USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

FIRST BC39 ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana.........The initial entry list for the Inaugural Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has been released. Thirty-two drivers and cars have entered thus far for September 5-6 race on the quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Clauson Marshall Racing has entered four drivers, including 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winners Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., plus series Rookie Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. and NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss.

USAC Triple Crown champs Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons, Jr. have each filed their entries. New Castle, Indiana's Hines returns to the Leader Card Racers team, the same team that won the Indianapolis 500 three times in 1959 and 1962 with Rodger Ward and in 1968 with Bobby Unser.

Tucson, Arizona's Coons is part of a three-car assault from the Petry/Goff Motorsports team, joined by Rookie sensation Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and the number 35 car for a driver yet to be named.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., the only driver to win multiple times on both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC P1 Insurance National Midget circuit in 2018, has entered in Joe Dooling's No. 63.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind., two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), recent NASCAR Truck Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Andrew Layer of Collegeville, Pa. are among the residents of a stellar field thus far.

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK
ENTRY LIST

(32 cars as of July 19, 2018)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
7 BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 TBA (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
35x ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TO AIR 5 OF THE 7 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RACES LIVE

Speed Shift TV will stream five of the seven races live on pay-per-view for the 31st annual NOS Energy "Indiana Sprint Week."

Plymouth Speedway makes its debut on the ISW schedule as the opener on Friday, July 20, followed by Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21 and Lawrenceburg on Sunday, July 22. Following a two-day break, the series resumes at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

The series features the top guns of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars including point leader Tyler Courtney, reigning Indiana Sprint Week champ Kevin Thomas, Jr., defending USAC National Sprint titlist Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, 2016 ISW champ Brady Bacon, 2015 ISW champ Robert Ballou, three-time ISW champ Dave Darland, two-time 2017 ISW winner C.J. Leary, Justin Grant, Chad Boespflug, Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull and many, many more!

The Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute and Bloomington rounds of ISW will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. The audio from all the events will be live for free on the USAC App. You can re-watch all the ISW races a day after they are run, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"ICE MAN" GULICK KNOCKS DOWN BRIDGEPORT EAST COAST MAIN

Swedesboro, NJ........Coleman Gulick of Bridgehampton, N.Y. won Tuesday night's 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Bridgeport Speedway. He passed Joey Biasi on lap five and led the rest of the way to beat Steven Drevicki, Ryan Godown, Biasi and Eddie Strada. The series continues Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2018 - Swedesboro, New Jersey - Bridgeport Speedway - "Three for All"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bill Unglert (#33b Unglert), 2. Coleman Gulick (#14c Gulick), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 4. Steve Surniak (#1st Surniak), 5. Josh Swanson (#17j Swanson), 6. Heidi Hedin (#3h Hedin), 7. Bobby Sandt Jr. (#131 Sandt), 8. Larry Drake (#8 Drake). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Kyle Lick (#8L Lick), 3. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 5. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 6. Dean Conk Jr. (#115 Conk), 7. Zach Burd (#5z Burd), 8. Craig Pelligrini (#27c Pelligrini). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 4. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 7. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher). NT

CONSOLATION RACE: (12 laps) 1. Strada, 2. Godown, 3. Sandt, 4. Hedin, 5. Burd, 6. Pelligrini, Conk, 8. Drake. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Coleman Gulick, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Ryan Godown, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Eddie Strada, 6. Trevor Kobylarz, 7. Bill Undlert, 8. Chris Allen Jr., 9. Eric Jennings, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. John Swanson, 12. Brian Riccio, 13. Zach Burd, 14. Bobby Sandt Jr., 15. Heidi Hedin, 16. Craig Pelligrini, 17. Trey Hivner, 18. Ryan Quackenbush, 19. Chandler Leiby, 20. Steve Surniak, 21. Kyle Lick. NT ------------------------------------------ **Leiby flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Biasi, Laps 5-25 Gulick.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Ryan Godown (17th-3rd(

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-365, 2-Biasi-328, 3-Strada-323, 4-Leiby-307, 5-Godown-280, 6-Bitner-246, 7-Quackenbush-238, 8-Kobylarz-207, 9-Jennings-177, 10-Unglert-172.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 20 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway

 

 

DEVIN, ELLIOTT, GOLDSMITH, , LIPKEY, RUTTMAN, SILLS
FORM NUCLEUS OF 2018 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES; CEREMONY SLATED AT IMS


Four drivers, a race organizer and a chief mechanic comprise the six initial 2018 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame. They will be joined by two additional inductees in a formal celebration of their accomplishments during an early-September USAC event in Indianapolis, Ind.

The official induction ceremony will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, September 6, prior to USAC's Driven2SaveLives BC39 P1 Insurance National Midget race which will unfold on the brand-new IMS infield dirt oval. The festivities are all part of the buildup to IMS' Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race, scheduled September 9. USAC's Hall of Fame inductees will also be saluted in a video tribute to be broadcast on the IMS jumbotrons in front of Thursday night's Midget crowd.

Highlighting the seventh annual USAC Hall of Fame inductions will be former USAC Technical Director and Chief Mechanic Mike Devin, USAC's first-ever race organizer Bill Lipkey, plus Indianapolis 500 champion Troy Ruttman, and USAC driving champions Tony Elliott, Paul Goldsmith and Jimmy Sills.

Online voting for the final two additional 2018 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame will be available on the USAC website soon at www.usacracing.com.

Devin, of San Gabriel, Calif., a mechanic, engine builder, chief mechanic and car owner, began with USAC in 1990 and coordinated the Saber car program, which eventually was purchased by the Japanese for usage at their multi-million dollar facility on the southern island of Japan, Autopolis. In 1991 he became USAC's Technical Director after serving as a chief mechanic with drivers Johnny Rutherford, Lloyd Ruby, Roger McCluskey and Johnny Parsons Jr. Prior to his retirement, he served as a USAC Vice-President, Technical Director and Director of Competition where his primary responsibilities were making rules for all racing divisions under USAC sanction, Involved was balancing new technologies, with their inherent costs, against the financial strengths of the participants and the entertainment quality of the series. Safety was a primary focus and he also managed the liability and participant accident insurance for USAC. He was Technical Director for the Indianapolis 500 from 1991 through 1996 and he was responsible for establishing the formula for car and engine construction for the fledgling Indy Racing League. He was responsible for safer chassis construction, implementing the impact recorders and the development of rear attenuators. Post-retirement duties included a Stewardship with the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis, FIA record attempts, the TORC Off Road Series and various other safety and rules related projects. Significant awards included the D.A. Lubricants Award and the USAC Mechanical Achievement Award, Eddie Edenburg Award for lifetime contributions, the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Outstanding Race Official Award and the Lincoln Electric Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elliott, of Warsaw, Ind., was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1998 and 2000) and excelled in USAC's Silver Crown cars as well. He posted 26 National Sprint car wins and five in Silver Crown competition, plus won nine USAC Midget races. Among the Silver Crown triumphs were 2000 and 2001 wins in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind. In 1999 he won USAC's "Indiana Sprint Week" title. For years he dominated the scene at his hometown track - the Kokomo Speedway. In 2015 he was one of four Warsaw men who perished in a private airplane accident.

Goldsmith, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., was USAC's 1961 and 1962 National Stock Car Champion. A six-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500, he finished 3rd in the 1960 classic and fifth in 1959. In 1958 he won the final race at the famed Daytona Beach, Fla. beach course. The oldest living member of the Indianapolis 500, Paul is a member of both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. In 1953 he posted AMA victories at Daytona and Langhorne, Pa. and in 1955 he won his final AMA race at Schererville, Ind.

Lipkey, of Kokomo, Ind., organized and presented the first USAC race ever held, a Midget race indoors at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. on January 8, 1956. The long-time race organizer at the legendary Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, also organized races at Baer Field in Fort Wayne and staged numerous indoor events at the Fort Wayne facility where a recent ceremony was held unveiling a commemorative marker saluting the first USAC race. The Lipkey family was a staple at USAC events in the Midwest and Bill's son Vic served as USAC's chief starter on many occasions spanning various racing series. Bill served for many years on USAC's Advisory Board as the race organizer representative. In 1983 he received USCA's prestigious Jim Blunk Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport of Midget auto racing. Bill passed away at the age of 86 in 1999.

Ruttman, of Mooreland, Okla., earned international recognition as the 1952 winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. At his 1952 age of 22 years and 80 days he remains the youngest winner of the "500." He won his first race at age 15 in 1945 and two years later became the California Roadster Association Champion. He repeated that title in 1948 and also won the 1948 United Racing Association Blue Circuit (Offy) crown. In 1952 he finished as runner-up to Chuck Stevenson for the AAA National Championship. He was USAC's 1956 Short Track Stock Car Champion and in 1963 finished third behind Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt in a NASCAR championship race at Riverside, Calif. A 1992 inductee into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, he also was an inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2002, the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. A spectacular Sprint racer on the famed Midwestern high-banks, he won the third leg of USAC's "Race of Two Worlds" Championship race at the Monza (Italy) Autodrome in 1957. He died in 1997.

Sills, of Placerville, Calif., was USAC's first three-time Silver Crown champion, in 1990, 1994 and 1996. Until surpassed by Dave Steele, he led the all-time standings for laps led in the Silver Crown series. A six-time champion of the prestigious "Dirt Cup" at Skagit, Wash., Sills won the 1978 "Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" in Australia and is a former champion of the famed "Oval Nationals" at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, In 1982 he won the championship at Baylands Speedway in Fremont, Calif. and the following year scored a significant opening-night win in the famed "Knoxville Nationals" in Iowa. The leader of one of America's most renowned Sprint Car Racing Schools, Jimmy was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006 and in 2007 joined the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS RUMBLE AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2018... The battle for the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water championship resumes this Saturday, July 21st, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) and also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western States Midget show is 1060 lbs.
-USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western States Midget points at Petaluma, competitors must check in with USAC officials.
-USAC MEMBERSHIPS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.
-BCRA POINTS: For BCRA points, BCRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.
-2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
-TARPS: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Saturday’s race honors Jack London, a famous car owner and mechanic dating back to the Offenhouser days of BCRA. As part of the festivities, the Bay Cities Racing Association will induct drivers Don Meaham and Chuck Stevenson, owner/drivers Rick Holbrook and John Mosekian, and official Peggy Holbrook into their Hall of Fame. Past winners of the popular race includes Michael Faccinto (twice) and Alex Schutte.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Michael Faccinto won last year’s “Hall of Fame Race.” Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013 and a complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) holds a 25-point lead over the competition. Racing the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte briefly led the June 16th Bakersfield race before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. At press time, the 2010 champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. Alex has seven career wins and will be looking to add another “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” to his resume.

After winning at Bakersfield on June 16th, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led in the campaign. The two-time “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” winner has seven career victories and will have his sights on another triumph at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) ranks third in the Western States Midget point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon finished tenth at Bakersfield Speedway. At press time, the 2012 champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes on the year. McQueen has one USAC win and will be looking to gain valuable points with a victory this Saturday night.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) has risen to fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby scored fifth in the June 16th feature at Bakersfield. To date, the young driver has three top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first USAC win at Petaluma Speedway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) sits fifth in the point standings. Driving his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett earned the Bakersfield Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh to third place run. With one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit, Robby will be looking for his fifth career win this Saturday at Petaluma.

Currently fourteenth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Frankie Guerrini, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, David Prickett, Marvin Mitchell, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson, and more.

Jesse Love (Menlo Park, California) leads the overall BCRA point standings. Maria Cofer, J.R. Williams, Chad Nichols, Mark Maliepaard, David Prickett, David Goodwill, Jerome Rodela, Cody Jessop, and Robert Dalby round out the top-10 in points.

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

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER 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.

JACK LONDON HALL OF FAME RACE WINNERS: 2015-Michael Faccinto, 2016-Alex Schutte, 2017-Michael Faccinto.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-220, 2. Michael Faccinto-195, 3. Shannon McQueen-187, 4. Robert Dalby-183, 5. Robby Josett-180, 6. Frankie Guerrini-168, 7. Clayton Ruston-158, 8. Ronnie Gardner-154, 9. Cory Elliott-146, 10. C.J. Sarna-140, 11. David Prickett-133, 12. Marvin Mitchell-117, 13. Dylan Ito-112, 14. Kyle Beilman-109, 15. Randi Pankratz-96, 16. Maria Cofer-95, 17. Bryan Drollinger-93, 18. Austin Liggett-81, 19. Ryan Bernal-79, 20. Jake Swanson-75.

2018 BCRA MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jesse Love-542, 2. Maria Cofer-531, 3. J.R. Williams-431, 4. Chad Nichols-365, -, Mark Maliepaard-365, 6. David Prickett-253, 7. David Goodwill-229, 8. Jerome Rodela-222, 9. Cody Jessop-219, 10. Robert Dalby-217, 11. Marvin Mitchell-210, 12. Jackson Dukes-205, -. Frankie Guerrini-205, 14. Floyd Alvis-164, 15. Scott Pierovich-147, 16. Cody Gerhardt-115, 17. Michael Faccinto-94, 18. Randi Pankratz-63, 19. Alex Schutte-25, --. Sean Dodenhoff-25.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Race)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Justin Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports Back in Victory Lane

PETERSEN MEDIA- After a couple of starts together ironing out some issues, Justin Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports have proved to be quite the combination as the Sanders was able to put the potent No. 4SA machine back in victory lane for the second time in 2018.

“Dale Miller and his team really do a great job and gave me another great car on Saturday night,” Justin Sanders said. “It is pretty cool to get in their car and get them back in victory lane and become the first repeat winners at the track this year in only our fourth start together.”

Sanders would kick Saturday night off by timing the Thompson’s Auto/RedHawk Casino/Dale Miller Septic, Inc. backed entry in fourth fastest amongst the 20 cars that checked in for weekly point racing action.

Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Aromas, CA driver would race his way to a third place finish and solidify himself a spot in the redraw. Having lady luck on his side, Sanders would find himself with the one pill, which meant he would lead the field to green for the 25-lap feature event.

When the 25-lap feature event came to life, Sanders would slip back to second as outside front row starter, Kalib Henry, was able to beat him into turn one. On a freshly manicured racing surface that saw two distinct grooves for the feature, Sanders would use the high side to race around Henry only to see the caution fly and negate his efforts.

Back underway in green flag conditions, Sanders would execute the same move on the restart as he used the cushion to sail around Henry off of turn two and put the Dale Miller Motorsports entry out front. A couple of scattered cautions would put the field on Sanders’ bumper, but on this night the kid from Aromas, CA would simply be too good as he went on to capture the second win of the season for Dale Miller Motorsports and his 10th overall win in 2018.

“It was a great night from start to finish, and I really have to thank Dale and Tara Miller for this great opportunity to run for them a handful of nights,” Sanders added. “It has been great so far, and hopefully we can get a couple more before the season is over.”

The Dale Miller Motorsports team would like to thank Thompson’s Auto, RedHawk Casino, Dale Miller Septic, Inc, El Dorado Hills Landscaping, Anrak Corporation, Frank’s Body Shop, Wion’s Powder Coating, Smith Titanium, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Motion Media Wraps, Hangtown Sheet Metal and Fabrication, and Vortex Wings for their support.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 10, Wins- 2, Top-5’s-4, Top-10’s-6

ON TAP: Dale Miller Motorsports will sit idle for a couple of weeks before returning to Placerville Speedway on August 4th with Bubba DeCaires.

 

 

 

USAC SPEED2 MIDGETS SLIDE INTO SPOON RIVER AND MONTPELIER SATURDAY

Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. and Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway are the venues for USAC Speed2 Midget racing this Saturday, July 21. The Engler IMRA Midgets compete at Spoon River and the Midwest Thunder Midgets take on Montpelier. Andy Baugh leads the IMRA standings and Aaron Leffel is atop the Midwest Thunder points.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. led all but the opening lap to take Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Dpeed2 Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. He was followed by Derek O'Hearn, Adam Whitney, Jason Goff and Seth Carlson. The series continues July 28 at Bear Ridge.

Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio emerged the winner of Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway after Alex Watson's car slowed on a restart at lap 23. Watson slipped to fifth in the finish behind runner-up Bill Dunham, Zach Guingrich and Jon Steed. Series leader Aaron Leffel finished eighth.

Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 15 laps to win Friday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. Joey Iest was second ahead of Tyler Slay and series rookie James Prickett. The next series race is August 1 at Ventura Raceway.

Last Saturday's Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop, Tenn. was cancelled. That series now prepares for an August 11 race at Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, N.C.

Rain forced cancellation of Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget races last Saturday and Sunday night, respectively, at Spoon River Speedway and Quincy (Ill.) Raceways.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-485, 2-Seth Carlson-476, 3-Joe Krawiec-465, 4-Will Hull-442, 5-Derek O'Hearn-402, 6-Justin Phillips-394, 7-Mike Chaffee-382, 8-Manny Dias-337, 9-Randy Higginson-321, 10-Adam Whitney-317.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-629, 2-Robby McQuinn-558, 3-Blake Buchholz-432, 4-Gedd Ross-395, 5-Shane Morgan-383, 6-Jake Sollenberger-308, 7-Kurt Mueller-304, 8-Daltyn England-279, 9-Kevin Battefeld-261, 10-Brent Burrows-255.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-436, 2-Neal Allison-395, 3-Nolan Allison-389, 4-Sam Hatfield-350, 5-Jordan Empie-324, 6-Dameron Taylor-245, 7-Chris Lamb-212, 8-Levi Riffle-111, 9-Connor Gross-107, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-390, 2-Alex Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Stratton Briggs-257, 6-Jon Watson-248, 7-Jon Steed-224, 8-Cory Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-652, 2-Blake Brannon-509, 3-Joey Iest-461, 4-Johnny Nichols-279, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Tyler Slay-139, 7-Ariel Biggs-82, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Ashley Heredia-72, 10-James Prickett-69.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-159, 2-Joey Iest-143, 3-Tyler Slay-139, 4-Ariel Biggs-82, 5-Ashley Heredia-72, 6-Blake Brannon-70, 7-James Prickett-69, 8-Keoni Texeira-65, 9-David Prickett-17.

 

 

BRIGHT GOES FOR 2ND BIG DIAMOND USAC EASTERN MIDGET VICTORY FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (July 16, 2018).........Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Alex Bright has three USAC Eastern Midget wins this season, including one in May at Big Diamond Speedway, where the series returns this Friday night, July 20. His five top-10s have him third in the series standings, just 35 points out of the lead.

Andrew Layser is the series leader, 24 points ahead of Shawn Jackson entering Friday's race. Neither Layser nor Jackson have cracked the winners circle this year, but Layser has six top-10s in six starts and Jackson has a third and a fourth among his five top-10s.

In addition to Bright, 2018 winners have included Tommy Kunsman, Jr., Steven Drevicki and Adam Pierson.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Andrew Layser-667, 2-Shawn Jackson-643, 3-Alex Bright-632, 4-Ryan Greth-578, 5-Kenny Miller-575, 6-Adam Pierson-428, 7-Brett Conkling-415, 8-Tommy Kunsman, Jr.-352, 9-Brett Arndt-338, 10-Jason Rice-325.

 

 

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT TRIPLEHEADER VISITS BRIDGEPORT, BIG DIAMOND & PATH VALLEY

The biggest week of the season for the USAC East Coast Sprint cars unfolds this week with three events in five nights.

It begins with Tuesday's race at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. on July 17. Friday, July 20, the series visits Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. and Saturday night, July 21, the venue is Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

Only Big Diamond has previously hosted the series, with Ryan Godown winning there in May.

These three races will certainly have a profound impact on the 2018 championship, with Steven Drevicki's point lead only 16 ahead of Chandler Leiby. Eddie Strada, the most recent series winner, is 29 out of the lead, tied with Joey Biasi.

Drevicki is the only repeat winner so far, taking races at Delmar, Del. and Bedford, Pa. Strada won the July 7 race at New Egypt, N.J.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-290, 2-Chandler Leiby-274, 3-Eddie Strada-261, 4-Joey Biasi-261, 5-Ryan Godown-213, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-206, 7-Mark Bitner-196, 8-Ryan Greth-165, 9-Trevor Kobylarz-146, 10-Carmen Perigo-127.

 

 

NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2018).........Seven races in seven nights represents more than just a stretch of Summer races on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar. It represents a moment in the season when the worlds of the top sprint car drivers in America and the largest crowds of the year collide in the Hoosier state for a momentous auto racing occasion.

NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week champion is the title that racers covet. It's the one that represents a drivers' will and pride over a week plus against drivers hanging it all on the line for their shot at glory, to be the representative of the most challenging achievements in sprint car racing.

Plymouth Speedway makes its debut on the ISW schedule as the opener on Friday, July 20, followed by Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21 and Lawrenceburg on Sunday, July 22. Following a two-day break, the series resumes at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

Point leader Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana leads the field into ISW. Courtney, who owns four wins on the season, earned his first career USAC victory in 2016 during ISW at Gas City.

Second in the standings is Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., who also owns four series victories in 2018. The defending champion of ISW grabbed his fifth career ISW victory in last year's stop at Bloomington.

Amazingly, Chris Windom hasn't won an ISW feature since 2011 at Terre Haute. But, all that means is that the 2011 ISW champ is overdue. Windom's been a champ on the Eastern Storm tour two consecutive tours and has won on three occasions this year on his way to a third place showing in the current standings.

Another past ISW champion, Robert Ballou, comes into this year's edition as the most recent ISW feature winner, capturing the 2017 finale at Lincoln Park. The Rocklin, California native possesses four career ISW triumphs, plus the 2015 title. He's already won at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and holds down the fourth spot in the points.

Fifth in points, Chase Stockon has a pair of wins in his ISW career and has been a consistent front runner in the series, just as he has done this year, kicking off the season with a victory during "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Fla.

Brady Bacon's ISW career includes a 2016 title and two victories to his credit. Bacon has been a force of late after returning to his own BBR No. 99 early in the season, reeling off wins at Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

No driver has more USAC National Sprint Car wins (60), starts (714) or ISW wins (18) than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The USAC Triple Crown champ and three-time ISW titlist (1998, 2001 & 2007), who sits 7th in points, reached victory lane for the first time since the 2016 season back in April at Bloomington.

C.J. Leary had a breakout during ISW 2017 with back-to-back victories at Lawrenceburg and Gas City. This year, the Greenfield, Indiana driver is still looking for win number one in the family-owned No. 30 and occupies the eighth position in the standings.

Another multi-time winner on the USAC trail last year who's still aiming to reach victory lane for the initial time in 2018 is Ione, California's Justin Grant. Coming in ninth in points, Grant has enjoyed the thrill of victory on one occasion this season back in April during Silver Crown action at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track. Grant has a tally in the ISW win column back in 2012 at Lawrenceburg.

Chad Boespflug has not yet celebrated the spoils of victory during Indiana Sprint Week in his career. But ISW is where the Hanford, California driver's USAC career began, at Tri-State. He resides tenth in the series standings, eyeing his first victory of the season.

Additional notables include Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins (13th in points), who picked up his first career USAC victory during ISW at Kokomo in 2016. Top-ranked Rookie Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. resides 14th in points. San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull (15th in points) returns to the Chase Briscoe Racing team, with who he earned his first career ISW win a year ago at Kokomo. Carson Short of Marion, Ill. stamped his first and only USAC win to date at Tri-State during ISW in 2016.

Furthermore, series Rookie Joe Stornetta (Napa, Calif.) joins the fray with Australian car owner Robin Dawkins while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) takes the wheel for Australia's Fitzpatrick Autosports. The past two USAC West Coast Sprint Car champs, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) will make the trek from the Golden State. Riding in from the Grand Canyon State of Arizona is five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) in the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19.

The Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute and Bloomington rounds of ISW will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. The audio from all the events will be live for free on the USAC App. You can re-watch all the ISW races a day after they are run, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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ROOKIE SENSATION SEAVEY A BRIDESMAID NO MORE WITH SWEET SPRINGS SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri.........Second, second, second. That's what the Logan Seavey personal box score read night after night following three consecutive runner-up finishes leading into Sunday's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget debut at the Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Late in the game, it appeared Seavey would have another bridesmaid honor to add to his resume. But with four laps to go, the Rookie sensation from Sutter, California was in prime position to pounce when the door cracked open, slipping by fellow Rookie Cole Bodine to win the "John Hinck Championship."

"I got déjà vu there at the end; it feels pretty good to be on the other end of that," Seavey said. "My teammate Tanner Carrick showed me the top early in the race in (turns) three and four. I was able to make it work for a while and then I felt like the bottom started coming back in three and four. I just went to the bottom and watched what Cole was doing and found a little mistake he was making. Down the straightaways, he was coming up just a little too high. I was really coming by the end of the straightaway and just tried to get as close as I could, then when I was there, I dove underneath him and got to the entry before he did. It's just one of those deals when you're leading, it's hard to try to change up what you're doing."

Upstart Bodine, who had a mere six stars in a full midget prior to Sweet Springs, took the lead from the pole position for the first four circuits. On the fifth lap, Carrick powered around the outside of Bodine, sneaking by at the start/finish line where he would lead the next eight laps.

Bodine looked the part of a veteran on the 13th lap when he got the bottom mo working and was able to reengage the battle with Carrick, beating the 2017 series Rookie of the Year to the entry of turn one to recapture the lead.

On the 19th lap, seventh-starting Seavey was running fourth, and on the chase, when teammate Carrick stumbled atop turn two. Seavey got by underneath as Carrick jumped back on the horse, gaining all the ground back on the high road where, in turns one and two on lap 24, he did his best impersonation of an airplane tipping its wing to the crowd at an air show. Somehow, someway, Carrick avoided getting upside down, dropping from sixth to third and out of contention for the victory.

Meanwhile, Seavey capitalized to third and, two laps later, jumped past Bacon to secure the second spot behind leader Bodine. When Kyle Craker backed into turn three to bring out the caution on lap 30, the question was whether Bodine would be sufficient on the restarts with the point leader on his rear bumper.

On the ensuing restart, Bodine left the door slightly ajar, leaving a car width of daylight open on the bottom, but Seavey wasn't able to get there in time to snag the position. One lap later, though, Jake Neuman got upside down between turns one and two, forcing another Bodine restart.

This time, though, Bodine was flawless, sticking a doorstop underneath the crack in the doorway, keeping Seavey from making any kind of move on the lap 32 restart. Yet, Seavey didn't stand and wait by idly. Instead, he remained within a car length of Bodine for the next four laps until Bodine entered turn one a step off the bottom on lap 37.

Seavey has led the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings for all but one race this season and now holds a commanding 100-point lead as he aims to become just the third driver to win the championship in his first season, following in the footsteps of Danny Caruthers (1971) and Christopher Bell (2013). (Rich Forman Photo)

Seavey was able to get a hand in the cookie jar and the lid would not be reclosed as the two hit the back straightaway. Bodine was unable to get back to the bottom of turn three with Seavey's front bumper occupying the bottom lane, allowing Seavey to have total control of his destiny as he passed Bodine and led the remaining four laps to win by eight-tenths of a second over Bodine, Ryan Robinson, Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney.

Seavey is a student of the game and, and the Rookie had his nose in the books as he observed Bodine's tendencies that he felt he could eventually take advantage of if the opportunity arose.

"On the restarts, he would pull up right about the flag stand and I was able to shoot underneath him there," Seavey detailed. "He would close the door just in time and I couldn't quite get all the way there. I kind of studied him and watched when he was making mistakes. I'm sure there were a lot of nerves running through his head when he's about to win his first USAC race. I was able to pounce right at the end. I moved down at the right time. It's a huge advantage when you're in second. You get to search and you're able to watch the leader and see what he's doing. You can always go back to that line if you need it."

Seavey has led the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings for all but one race this season and now holds a commanding 100-point lead as he aims to become just the third driver to win the championship in his first season, following in the footsteps of Danny Caruthers (1971) and Christopher Bell (2013).

"I definitely feel like I'm still a rookie," Seavey admits. "But at the same time, I get into these fast racecars and Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) believe in me to win these races. I just have to do my job and run good, smart races and I was able to do that tonight. "I do struggle with these racetracks the first time, but at a place like this, I don't feel like I'm at a disadvantage. For the most part, by feature time, I feel like I should be adapted. That's what these guys brought me over to do, to win races, so I have to figure it out."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Maria Cofer (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2018 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.252 (New Track Record); 2. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.323; 3. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.446; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.447; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.481; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.534; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.606; 8. Riley Kreisel, 93K, DKR-12.772; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.772; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 11. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.859; 12. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.880; 13. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.894; 14. Hudson O'Neal, 51B, Neuman-12.899; 15. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.911; 16. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-12.935; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.940; 18. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.980; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.985; 20. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-12.989; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.008; 22. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.008; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.009; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.017; 25. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.039; 26. Joe B. Miller, 51, Miller-13.056; 27. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.090; 28. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.124; 29. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.142; 30. Chase Porter, 81, Shields-13.157; 31. Casey Shuman, 4A, RAMS-13.319; 32. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-13.496; 33. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.576; 34. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.640; 35. Dave Darland, 21H, TKH-13.696; 36. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.697; 37. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.892; 38. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.949; 39. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-NT; 40. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Neuman, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Seavey, 7. Frewaldt, 8. Nelson, 9. Shelton, 10. Boyles. 2:05.78 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. McDougal, 4. Carrick, 5. O'Neal, 6. Miller, 7. Bell, 8. Porter, 9. Waterland, 10. Shapel. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Daum, 2. Bodine, 3. Hendricks, 4. Bayston, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Grant, 7. Darland, 8. Cofer, 9. Shuman. 2:11.31

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Sarff, 3. Coons, 4. Robinson, 5. Hollan, 6. Lynch, 7. Truedson, 8. Kreisiel, 9. Smith. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shuman, 2. Truedson, 3. Frewaldt, 4. Darland, 5. Lynch, 6. Shapel, 7. Boyles, 8. Lynch. 2:18.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Grant, 3. Bell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Kreisel, 7. Cofer, 8. Smith, 9. Hollan, 10. Shelton, 11. Shuman, 12. Miller, 13. Darland, 14. Nelson, 15. Truedson, 16. Frewaldt, 17. O'Neal, 18. Porter. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT
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**Neuman flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-696, 2-Bayston-596, 3-Boat-590, 4-Grant-587, 5-K. Thomas-583, 6-Bacon-580, 7-Courtney-572, 8-Carrick-511, 9-Robinson-470, 10-Coons-464.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 2 - Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 15, 2018 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.252 (New Track Record); 2. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.323; 3. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.446; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.447; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.481; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.534; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.606; 8. Riley Kreisel, 93K, DKR-12.772; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.772; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 11. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.859; 12. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.880; 13. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.894; 14. Hudson O'Neal, 51B, Neuman-12.899; 15. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.911; 16. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-12.935; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.940; 18. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.980; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.985; 20. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-12.989; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.008; 22. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.008; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.009; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.017; 25. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.039; 26. Joe B. Miller, 51, Miller-13.056; 27. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.090; 28. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.124; 29. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.142; 30. Chase Porter, 81, Shields-13.157; 31. Casey Shuman, 4A, RAMS-13.319; 32. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-13.496; 33. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.576; 34. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.640; 35. Dave Darland, 21H, TKH-13.696; 36. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.697; 37. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.892; 38. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.949; 39. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-NT; 40. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Neuman, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Seavey, 7. Frewaldt, 8. Nelson, 9. Shelton, 10. Boyles. 2:05.78 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. McDougal, 4. Carrick, 5. O'Neal, 6. Miller, 7. Bell, 8. Porter, 9. Waterland, 10. Shapel. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Daum, 2. Bodine, 3. Hendricks, 4. Bayston, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Grant, 7. Darland, 8. Cofer, 9. Shuman. 2:11.31

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Sarff, 3. Coons, 4. Robinson, 5. Hollan, 6. Lynch, 7. Truedson, 8. Kreisiel, 9. Smith. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shuman, 2. Truedson, 3. Frewaldt, 4. Darland, 5. Lynch, 6. Shapel, 7. Boyles, 8. Lynch. 2:18.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Grant, 3. Bell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Kreisel, 7. Cofer, 8. Smith, 9. Hollan, 10. Shelton, 11. Shuman, 12. Miller, 13. Darland, 14. Nelson, 15. Truedson, 16. Frewaldt, 17. O'Neal, 18. Porter. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT ---------------------------- **Neuman flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-696, 2-Bayston-596, 3-Boat-590, 4-Grant-587, 5-K. Thomas-583, 6-Bacon-580, 7-Courtney-572, 8-Carrick-511, 9-Robinson-470, 10-Coons-464.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 2 - Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

 

HULL REPEATS BEAR RIDGE DMA SPEED2 VICTORY

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. led all the but the opening lap to take Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre;s Sports DMA Dpeed2 Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He was followed by Derek O'Hearn, Adam Whitney, Jason Goff and Seth Carlson.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Daniel Moniz (#9 Moniz), 4. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 5. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 6. Matt Covey (#26 Covey), 7. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 5. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 6. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 7. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson). 8. Dan Douville (#7 Douville). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Jason Goff, 5. Seth Carlson, 6. Joe Krawiec, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Brandon Emerson, 9. Daniel Moniz, 10. Matt Covey, 11. Justin Phillips, 12. Randy Higginson, 13. Manny Dias, 14. Mike Chaffee, 15. Dan Douville. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 O'Hearn, Laps 2-25 Hull.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-485, 2-Carlson-476, 3-Krawiec-465, 4-Hull-442, 5-O'Hearn-402, 6-Phillips-394, 7-Chaffee-382, 8-Dias-337, 9-Higginson-321, 10-Whitney-317.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: July 28 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL JOINS USAC MIDGET SCHEDULE OCT. 21 IN WAYNE CITY, ILLINOIS

Wayne City, Illinois.........The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets will race in the memory of Jason Leffler on Sunday, October 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois, with the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

The event positions itself as the final series' race this season before heading west for California to round out the year, providing Midwest fans one last time to enjoy the action before the sun sets on the 2018 racing calendar. The event will offer appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

In that event, Bacon led the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Leffler to USAC National Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and a Silver Crown championship in 1998.

Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer is teaming up with new track promoter Jeremy Sneed and USAC to put orchestrate the event.

"I am beyond thrilled to announce the addition of a premier event such as the 'Jason Leffler Memorial' to the 2018 schedule," Sneed said. "USAC is a premier series and the National Midget division always puts on an outstanding show everywhere they travel, and we've seen that every time they've come to Wayne County."

In the late 1990s, Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive Midget titles and 19 career USAC National Midget feature wins in some of the most prestigious races, including the "Belleville Midget Nationals," "Hut Hundred," "Copper World Classic," "Summer Sizzle," "Turkey Night Grand Prix," and the "Night Before the 500" between 1997 and 2005. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval in Wayne City is a true bullring, regularly producing spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive action that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

Event times and ticket prices will be announced soon.

 

 

WILSON WINS WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA FEATURE AT 81

Wichita, KS........Brett Wilson of Coweta, Okla. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at 81 Speedway. He passed Danny Smith on lap 15 and set sail, leading the final 10 laps to beat Smith, Casey Wills, Craig Carroll and Johnny Kent. Wilson now trails Smith by only five points in the new series standings going into

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Wichita, Kansas - 81 Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 2. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 3. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 4. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 7. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). 8. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 2. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre),5. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 6. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 7. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Brett Wilson, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Casey Wills, 4. Craig Carroll, 5. Johnny Kent, 6. Matt Moore, 7. Michael Tyre II, 8. Ty Hulsey, 9. Cameron Hagin, 10. Cody Jarvis,11. Grant Wresche, 12. Kevin Cummings, 13. Ryan Dean, 14. Justin Dunn, 15. Kyle Clark. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Smith, Laps 16-25 Wilson.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Smith-786, 2-Wilson-781, 3-Carroll-736, 4-Clark-715, 5-Tyre-703, 6-Hagin-687, 7-Wills-685, 8-Kent-680, 9-Wresche-604, 10-Hulsey-592.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 27 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway

 

 

BRIGGS ENDS UP WITH MONTPELIER "THUNDER" VICTORY

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio emerged the winner of Saturday night's 25-lap USAC "Midwest Thunder" Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway after Alex Watson's car slowed on a restart at lap 23. Watson slipped to fifth in the finish behind runner-up Bill Dunham, Zach Guingrich and Jon Steed. Series leader Aaron Leffer finished eight.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 2. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 3. Zach Guingrich (11G Guingrich), 4. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 5. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 6. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 7. Kevin Blue (#7 Blue), 8. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 9. Brandon Watson (#29w Watson), 10. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Cory Guingrich (#11T Taylor), 13. Tyler Key (#5 Key). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Steed, Laps 3-22 A.Watson, Laps 23-25 Briggs.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-390, 2-A.Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Briggs-257, 6-J.Watson-248, 7-Steed-224, 8-C.Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: July 21 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 14, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #2” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-12.517; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.661; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.748; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-12.767; 5. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.770; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.834; 7. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.860; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.878; 9. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.923; 10. Tyler Edwards, 81X, Watt-12.927; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.976; 12. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.124; 13. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.130; 14. Matt Stewart, 33, Case-13.167; 15. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-13.180; 16. Tony Everhart, 55T, Everhart-13.197; 17. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.214; 18. Brent Owens, 71, Owens-13.323; 19. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-13.326; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-13.357; 21. Michael Faccinto, 81, Watt-13.362; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.394; 23. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.401; 24. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.427; 25. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.541; 26. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-13.555; 27. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-13.739; 28. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.822; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.252; 30. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-15.323.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendrix, 2. Butcher, 3. Montgomery, 4. Ellertson, 5. Faccinto, 6. McQueen, 7. Bender, 8. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Swanson, 3. T.Edwards, 4. Woodward, 5. Owens, 6. Majors, 7. Stewart. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. Smith, 4. Wiley, 5. Bock, 6. Helt, 7. Stolz. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Faria, 3. Timmons, 4. Everhart, 5. K.Edwards, 6. Hix, 7. Shaw. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (shortened to 4 laps) 1. Stewart, 2. Bock, 3. McQueen, 4. Majors, 5. Shaw, 6. Helt, 7. Bender, 8. Hix, 9. Faccinto, 10. Ervine, 11. K.Edwards, 12. Stolz, 13. Owens. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Ryan Timmons, 4. Tyler Edwards, 5. Matt Stewart, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Slater Helt, 8. Rick Hendrix, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Austin Liggett, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Charlie Butcher, 15. Kalen Montgomery, 16. Tristan Guardino, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Troy Rutherford, 19. Britton Bock, 20. Cody Majors, 21. Tony Everhart, 22. Guy Woodward. NT
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**Stolz flipped on lap 1 of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Swanson, Laps 20-30 Bernal.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (21st to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 28 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP UNFOLDS
IN GRANT FASHION

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska.........Justin Grant busted his way into the win column Saturday night in the Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway to become the eighth different winner in the first nine races of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season.

It's admittedly been an up-and-down 2018 racing season for Justin Grant.

One year ago, the Ione, California native shot off the launching pad to become the first driver to win both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC P1 Insurance National openers in a single season.

This year hasn't exactly taken off like a rocket ship, save a Silver Crown victory at April's "Sumar Classic" in Terre Haute, Ind. But, following an MSCS victory last Saturday in Putnamville, Ind. and now garnering his first USAC Midget win in nearly a calendar year, the tide may very well have turned for Grant to create his own new narrative and make this "The Summer of Justin."

"This year's been a bit of a struggle on kind of more than one front for me," Grant acknowledged. "We picked up a win last week in a sprint car and, hopefully, it feels like things are starting to turn around and I can start putting these cars where they need to be, up front."

Grant was a force right from the get-go, powering off the top in his Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood/NOS Energy Drink - Elk Grove Ford/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to the lead past pole sitter and teammate Tyler Courtney on the opening lap as Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Logan Seavey tussled for the second spot in a three-wide manner just behind.

Just like the initial take off, Grant was smoking the field on each and every restart during the 40-lapper. The question that remained during the first half was whether anybody could overcome the deficit on a longer run, which never actually came to fruition.

Following a Jerry Coons, Jr. spin at the halfway point, Courtney was on Grant's tail for the ensuing restart, and three laps later, was peeking a nose underneath Grant entering turn one. Grant countered that action with an opposite and equal reaction, scooting down to the bottom line as he sensed the track, and the pressure, change.

"It's a little bit of both because you can tell when a lane's starting to slow down," Grant explained. "When I started out, I was on the top and I felt like (turns) three and four were starting to slow down. You start listening and looking for somebody coming on the other lane. I saw Sunshine slow on the bottom of one and two. When he pulled alongside me into one, I thought, 'okay it's time to abandon the top.' You kind of feel you need to anyway, and you're just waiting for confirmation to do it."

As Grant began to add some groundage between he and Courtney, Seavey came right at Courtney and the two made contact at the start/finish line on the 24th lap. Both continued without much interruption of any kind despite the close call.

Following a Zane Hendricks flip on lap 27, Grant once again was a monster on the restart, distancing himself from Courtney and Seavey as he played the balancing act of the high line in turns one and two and the bottom in three and four.

On the 30th go-around, Seavey managed to slip by Courtney by the width of a cat whisker between he, Courtney and the outside concrete at the stripe. Once Seavey found second, the race was off to find first as he roped in Grant in a fraction of a moment, eating up Grant's interval like a Number Muncher eats up an integer.

"This year's been a bit of a struggle on kind of more than one front for me," Grant acknowledged. "We picked up a win last week in a sprint car and, hopefully, it feels like things are starting to turn around and I can start putting these cars where they need to be, up front." (Rich Forman Photo)

On the 34th lap, Seavey used a large run off four to set up slider on Grant. Seavey slid past Grant up to the turn two curb. Grant immediately ducked underneath as Seavey pulled the wheels up, losing ground to Grant who dove to the bottom in turn three with a two-car length advantage.

"I went to the bottom and that was pretty good for a while," Grant said. "I started thinking, 'hey that's getting awfully slow in the center and the bottom down here,' so I was thinking about moving and Seavey fired a slider at me into one. You know he can't get that big of a run off the bottom behind you, so you knew you had to come from the top. We were able to cross him over and fire back to the top. Then, I think it was pretty smooth sailing from there."

A yellow flag for an incident involving Hendricks and third-place Courtney with five laps remaining put a stoppage to the battle at the front just as the leaders were opening the door to lapped traffic.

While Grant was in the midst of dancing with the unknowns of lapped traffic, he was pursuing it admirably. Yet, with the caution lights reflecting off his visor, Grant now had the exodus of gridlock and a restart, which he had displayed his prowess on time and time again, awaiting. Not that the choice was his to make, but the preference for Grant in this situation was a toss-up.

"I wasn't sure what I wanted," Grant admitted. "I felt like we were getting through lapped traffic really well. I felt like the guys had the car pretty good through the slick and I could really peel off the cushion and get by some of those lapped guys. I don't know how well they were able to do that behind me, but I felt pretty confident in my car doing it. But you never know with lapped traffic. You're relying on those guys to keep everything straight and pointed in the right direction. It's a bit more comfortable to be out in the open water and be able to just run hard."

The latter would be true once again, and Grant, for the umpteenth time, stomped the throttle and stomped the competition following the restart, to swat away any possible challenge that Seavey might have in store. Grant cruised the top down the stretch to a half-second victory, the third of his USAC National Midget career, over Seavey, K. Thomas, Tanner Carrick and Brady Bacon.

"These midget races are tough, and these midget racers are really tough," Grant praised. "Late race restarts can cause some havoc and you got to make sure and nail them. We got one there at the end and we were going to be out of lapped traffic 'til the end. I had to nail the restart and get out in front of those guys because you can pretty easily fade back to fifth or sixth in a lap or two if you catch a slider on a restart. I knew I had to get off good enough to be able to clear anything that anybody threw at me. I was pretty confident once we cleared turn two that I would be able to stay out front. The car was really good, and I was confident in that."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway included Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Maria Cofer (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Brayton Lynch (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.742 (New Track Record); 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.747; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-10.781; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-10.818; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.893; 6. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-10.908; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.959; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.968; 9. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-10.976; 10. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.008; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.053; 12. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-11.063; 13. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-11.091; 14. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.103; 15. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-11.266; 16. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.320; 17. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-11.358; 18. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.368; 19. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-11.817; 20. Dustin Weland, 88w, Weland-11.837; 21. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-11.934; 22. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-12.067; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-12.715; 24. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-13.635; 25. Dave Darland, 85, Central-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Courtney, 3. Seavey, 4. Bodine, 5. Hendricks, 6. B. Bennett, 7. Becker, 8. Coons, 9. Darland. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Carrick, 5. Johnson, 6. Weland, 7. Spicer, 8. Cofer. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Grant, 3. McDougal, 4. Lynch, 5. Craker, 6. L. Bennett, 7. Waterland, 8. O. Bennett. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. Weland, 4. L. Bennett, 5. Spicer, 6. B. Bennett, 7. Waterland, 8. Darland, 9. Becker. 1:59.34 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (3), 5. Brady Bacon (10), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 7. Jason McDougal (9), 8. Tyler Thomas (11), 9. Spencer Bayston (5), 10. Kyle Craker (15), 11. Cole Bodine (16), 12. Chad Boat (8), 13. Brayton Lynch (12), 14. Sam Johnson (14), 15. Tyler Courtney (1), 16. Maria Cofer (17), 17. Dustin Weland (19), 18. Glenn Waterland (20), 19. Lance Bennett (18), 20. Zane Hendricks (13), 21. Blaze Bennett (21), 22. Curtis Spicer (22). NT
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**Hendricks flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (10th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brayton Lynch

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-616, 2-Boat-542, 3-K. Thomas-541, 4-Bayston-539, 5-Grant-538, 6-Bacon-509, 7-Courtney-505, 8-Carrick-457, 9-Coons-423, 10-Ryan Robinson-398.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 15 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

 

LEMKE TAKES DIRT LEAD WITH KERN COUNTY WIN

Bakersfield, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 15 laps to win Friday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Joey Iest was second ahead of Tyler Slay and series rookie James Prickett. The next series race is August 1 at Ventura Raceway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger), 2. Adam Lemke (#41 0Lemke), 3. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 4. James Prickett (#0FG Prickett). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. JoeyIest, 3. Tyler Slay, 4. James Prickett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-646, 2-Blake Brannon-509, 3-Iest-457, 4-Johnny Nichols-279, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Slay-134, 7-Ariel Biggs-82, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Ashley Heredia-72, 10-J.Prickett-66.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-153, 2-Iest-139, 3-Slay-134, 4-Ariel Biggs-82, 5-Ashley Heredia-72, 6-Blake Brannon-70, 7-J.Prickett-66, 8-Keoni Texeira-65, 9-David Prickett-17

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 1 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT 1 RAINED OUT

Fairbury, Nebraska.........Continuous rains that began to fall just before hot laps put an end to night one of the Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway.

Racing will continue Saturday, July 14 at Jefferson County Speedway with the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets. The standard format will be utilized for the event, concluding with a 40-lap feature event.

Those in attendance at the track Friday night can retain their pit armbands or grandstand tickets for admission Saturday night, July 14.

Pits open at 2pm. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Full coverage of Saturday's race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Live audio is available for free on the USAC App.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2018 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation

DRIVER AND CARS IN ATTENDANCE: Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), Brett Becker (#2B Becker), Curtis Spicer (# 4 Spicer), Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), Blaze Bennett (#10B Bennett), Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), Jason McDougal (#15 Petry/Goff), Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson/Marshall/Wood), Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), Maria Cofer (#35, Petry/Goff), Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Kyle Craker (#76E FMR), Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), Dave Darland (#85 Central), Dustin Weland (#88w Weland), Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian).
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NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation.


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA CHARGES TO SANTA MARIA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 11, 2018... Slipping by “The Cadillac” Cody Williams on lap 28, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) scored last Saturday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Roa, the $3,000 triumph was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the campaign. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Cody Williams, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan followed Roa to the checkered flags.

Outside front row starter Jake Swanson led the first three laps, but a trip to the work area gave the top spot to “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Facing changing track conditions, Williams set the pace until Roa took command on the twenty-eighth lap. From there, Roa led the rest of the way to earn the fifth USAC/CRA triumph of his career.

Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Brody Roa earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a win after starting tenth. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion qualified tenth out of nineteen cars and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Brody has climbed to second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit.

Starting fifth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) challenged for the lead but had to settle for second in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was second fast in time trials and won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. “The Demon” left Santa Maria with a 31-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) took third at Santa Maria after a hard fought battle. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fourth overall and ran second to Roa in his heat race. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has risen to fifth in the standings with one feature win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

After leading 24 laps, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) fell back to fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third quick in time trials and ran second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. “The Cadillac” heads to Santa Maria’s August 4th return ranked fourth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) placed fifth in his return to USAC/CRA action. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport Triple X, Sheridan qualified eighth overall and placed third in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Bandit 360 Sprint Car Champion has one top-10 finish and 3 feature laps led on the year.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) earned his first career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams scored fourth in his heat race and ran sixth in the 30-lap feature. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is seventh in the point standings with six top-10 finishes to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Making his first start in Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria was ninth quick in time trials and finished eighth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Champion ranks twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season.

On Saturday, August 4th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Nick Duggan’s Santa Maria Raceway. The eighth point race will also showcase Sport Mods, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and QRC Outlaw Karts. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 7, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Tenth Annual Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.522; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.591; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.598; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.864; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.871; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.889; 7. R.J. Johnson, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.918; 8. Danny Sheridan, 73T, Ford-13.923; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.972; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.991; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.146; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.225; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.325; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.589; 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-14.649; 16. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.811; 17. Ryan Stolz, 72X, Ford-14.970; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.399; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Williams, 3. Johnson, 4. Adams, 5. Gansen, 6. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sweeney, 3. Sheridan, 4. Swanson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. Bender, 4. Malcolm, 5. Marshall, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (10th), 2. Damion Gardner (5th), 3. Austin Williams (3rd), 4. Cody Williams (4th), 5. Danny Sheridan (8th), 6. Max Adams (6th), 7. Jake Swanson (2nd), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 9. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 10. Logan Williams (11th), 11. Chris Gansen (13th), 12. Joel Rayborne (19th), 13. R.J. Johnson (7th), 14. Austin Ervine (18th), 15. James Herrera (16th), 16. A.J. Bender (12th), 17. Verne Sweeney (14th), 18. Gary Marshall Jr. (15th), 19. Ryan Stolz (17th). NT
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**Marshall flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-27 C.Williams, Laps 28-30 Roa
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (10th to 1st)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-530, 2. Brody Roa-499, 3. Jake Swanson-487, 4. Cody Williams-413, 5. Austin Williams-377, 6. R.J. Johnson-363, 7. Max Adams-359, 8. Tommy Malcolm-339, 9. A.J. Bender-312, 10. Logan Williams-290, 11. Chris Gansen-276, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-167, 13. Verne Sweeney-164, ---. Joel Rayborne-164, 15. Ryan Bernal-152, 16. Matt Rossi-150, 17. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 18. Trent Williams-142, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 20. Austin Liggett-120.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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JULY 13-14 MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP
ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska.........The entry list for this Friday and Saturday's "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway is star-studded with four USAC National champions and a multitude of race winners littered throughout the driver lineup for the inaugural July 13-14 event.

Among those are a pair of USAC Triple Crown champs in Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), plus2017 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Four USAC National winners aside from Bayston have filed their entries including point leader and Du Quoin winner Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Kokomo Grand Prix winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week victor Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Kevin Thomas, Jr., the only driver to reach victory lane twice this season, at Kokomo's Indiana Midget Week round as well as Wednesday's "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a USAC Silver Crown winner at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, is one of three Clauson Marshall Racing entries.

USAC National Midgets have raced at Jefferson County's 1/5-mile dirt oval in each of the past two seasons. Boat (2016) and Tanner Thorson scored each of those victories. The event will mark the third and fourth appearance for the series at the Fairbury, Nebraska track with the first night on Friday paying $3000 to win the feature, leading into Saturday night's finale which sees the ante upped to $5000 for the main event winner.

The race is part of the Jefferson County Fair and features non-wing micro sprints on the card. Pits open at 2pm and the front gates open at 5pm. Qualifying begins at 6:30pm with racing scheduled to commence at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 54 inches tall and under. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

You can catch the race via pay-per-view LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen to LIVE audio for free on the USAC App. All USAC National races can be viewed again on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
2 Bob Harr/Arvada, CO (Hamilton Motorsports/Halarr Racing)
2B Brett Becker/Odessa, TX (Brett Becker)
4 Curtis Spicer/Marysville, KS (Spicer RaceCraft)
7 Troy Simpson/Ft. Collins, CO (Hamilton Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
10 Lance Bennett/Parker, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
10B Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11c Glenn Waterland/Broomfield, CO (Hayley Waterland)
15 ®Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
17BC Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
27z ®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
39BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
63 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
67 ®Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
72 ®Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
76E Kyle Craker/Lewisberry, PA (FMR Racing)
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 Payton Pierce/Bridgeport, TX (Wayne Simmons)
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Central Motor Sports)
88w Dustin Weland/Parker, CO (Dustin Weland Racing)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)

 

 

KTJ SCORES SECOND CAREER "CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL" AT SOLOMON VALLEY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Beloit, Kansas.........Prior to Wednesday night's 9th annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial," the last appearance of Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Solomon Valley Raceway in 2015 resulted in a victory.

Likewise, the most recent appearance of Joe Dooling's No. 63 at Solomon Valley in 2016 resulted in a victory.

When you blend the ingredients of Thomas, Dooling and Solomon Valley, it's bound to be a recipe for success.

The Cullman, Alabama native became the first repeat winner of the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season, leading all 30 laps on his way to a second "Chad McDaniel Memorial" win.

However, the road to victory lane from the pole position wasn't as smooth and pretty as it may appear on paper. Thomas admits that he was playing with fire on multiple occasions, nearly throwing away a surefire victory despite an otherwise perfect performance.

At the beginning, though, Thomas was flawless, grabbing the lead by a wheel at the line after battling with outside front row starter Logan Seavey for the entirety of the first lap. When Seavey stumbled at the exit of turn four on lap two, Thomas capitalized and immediately posted a half-straightaway lead. By the eighth lap, Thomas had already entered lapped traffic with a full-straightaway advantage.

With half the 30-lap distance in the rearview and Thomas on full Rad Racer cruiser mode, the beginning of the second half would prove topsy-turvy up front.

On the lap 16 restart following a Tyler Thomas flip, second-running Seavey clipped the turn two infield tire, losing ground that was all to Ryan Robinson's advantage as he took possession of second from Seavey and initiated his pursuit of K. Thomas.

However, on the 18th lap, K. Thomas got completely sideways between turns three and four. Robinson had nowhere to go and rammed into the side of the K. Thomas machine, kickstarting Thomas back into action, but accepting the brunt of the misfortune as he stopped at the edge of the infield to bring out the yellow. Robinson would restart from the tail and manage a 13th place finish by race's end.

Thomas knew he got away with one on this occasion, but that's racing, and on a bullring like Solomon Valley, it's sometimes a vicious part of the game.

"You had to be aggressive tonight because there were holes you had to get through to keep your tires spinning," Thomas recalled. "You couldn't go in there half-cocked. I did a few times and it about cost me the race. It was unfortunate for Ryan Robinson. He got turned around because of my mistake. That's small track racing. He did nothing wrong. It's just unfortunate that happened to him."

"There's a lot of depth and it's hard to win a midget race right now. It's so tough. You've got to be on your game and you can't make mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you just got to hope for the best. Tonight, we got lucky with one of my mistakes and still ended up winning the race, but nine out of ten times, that doesn't happen." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Brandon Anderson Photo)

Seavey got a reprieve and returned to second for the lap 18 restart, but Thomas was money once again, distancing himself from Seavey and, ultimately, widening the gap to a full-straightaway with five laps remaining as he tussled with lapped traffic, escaping with relative ease.

Thomas was in complete control down the stretch as he raced to his fourth career USAC National Midget feature win and his second at the quarter-mile in the north central Kansas birthplace of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward. Second went to Seavey, followed by Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Tanner Carrick rounding out the top-five.

"Bryan (Clauson)'s won this race a couple times and I've won this race a couple times now," Thomas reflected. "To win it the second time in the 63 that he won in, and in memory of Chad McDaniel, there's a lot of emotions running into one victory lane. I'm very humbled by the opportunity I've gotten with this team. Being able to win these races is something I can't even speak of."

Coming into Wednesday night's race, seven different winners had reached victory lane in the first seven events of the season, the longest such streak since 1987. Yet, Thomas was keen on putting an end to that factoid by winning his second series feature in his last three outings following a triumph in the "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway in June.

To Thomas, the fact that the season reached the mid-point of July to find a repeat winner, shows the talent and depth of the field he faces every time he steps into a USAC Midget, making each victory that more meaningful to him.

"Some people complain about midget racing," Thomas begins. "They say they run into each other too much or they drive disrespectfully. You've got a lot of people out there with a lot of talent and a lot of good racecars. It's good racing. Sometimes you get into people and that's not the way racing should be, but you're racing on fifth and quarter-miles, really small tracks. It's bound to happen. I'd like to see anybody else who complains about it get out here and do it and not run into something. You've got a lot of kids out here with a lot of talent. There's a lot of depth and it's hard to win a midget race right now. It's so tough. You've got to be on your game and you can't make mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you just got to hope for the best. Tonight, we got lucky with one of my mistakes and still ended up winning the race, but nine out of ten times, that doesn't happen."

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Solomon Valley Raceway included Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Zane Hendricks (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Maria Cofer (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Ryan Robinson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 11, 2018 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

QUALIFYING: 1. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.944 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.033; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.137; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.172; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.176; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.177; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.177; 8. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.179; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.225; 10. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-12.243; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.274; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.331; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.377; 14. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.452; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.476; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.545; 17. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.548; 18. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.649; 19. Dave Darland, 85, Central-12.785; 20. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.798; 21. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-12.951; 22. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-13.330; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.553; 25. Kyle Pfeifer, 54p, Pfeifer-13.570; 26. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.908; 27. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-14.636.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Robinson, 5. Shelton, 6. Darland, 7. Hollan, 8. Craker, 9. Pfeifer. 2:09.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Hendricks, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Johnson, 7. Waterland, 8. Spicer, 9. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Carrick, 5. Seavey, 6. Bodine, 7. Shapel, 8. Becker, 9. Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. Darland, 4. Bodine, 5. Hollan, 6. Johnson, 7. Shapel, 8. Spicer, 9. Waterland, 10. Lynch, 11. Becker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Holly Shelton (6), 7. Chad Boat (3), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Kyle Craker (10), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 11. Spencer Bayston (13), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (4), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 15. Maria Cofer (17), 16. Zane Hendricks (16), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Sam Johnson (19), 20. Dave Darland (18), 21. Tyler Thomas (14), 22. Shaun Shapel (22). NT ---------------------------- **Pfeifer flipped during the first heat. Lynch flipped during the semi. T. Thomas flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tucker Klaasmeyer (15th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 13-14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2018 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

QUALIFYING: 1. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.944 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.033; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.137; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.172; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.176; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.177; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.177; 8. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.179; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.225; 10. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-12.243; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.274; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.331; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.377; 14. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.452; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.476; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.545; 17. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.548; 18. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.649; 19. Dave Darland, 85, Central-12.785; 20. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.798; 21. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-12.951; 22. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-13.330; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.553; 25. Kyle Pfeifer, 54p, Pfeifer-13.570; 26. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.908; 27. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-14.636.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Robinson, 5. Shelton, 6. Darland, 7. Hollan, 8. Craker, 9. Pfeifer. 2:09.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Hendricks, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Johnson, 7. Waterland, 8. Spicer, 9. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Carrick, 5. Seavey, 6. Bodine, 7. Shapel, 8. Becker, 9. Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. Darland, 4. Bodine, 5. Hollan, 6. Johnson, 7. Shapel, 8. Spicer, 9. Waterland, 10. Lynch, 11. Becker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Holly Shelton (6), 7. Chad Boat (3), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Kyle Craker (10), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 11. Spencer Bayston (13), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (4), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 15. Maria Cofer (17), 16. Zane Hendricks (16), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Sam Johnson (19), 20. Dave Darland (18), 21. Tyler Thomas (14), 22. Shaun Shapel (22). NT
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**Pfeifer flipped during the first heat. Lynch flipped during the semi. T. Thomas flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tucker Klaasmeyer (15th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 13-14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

 

 

BELL SCORES KUNZ'S 100TH USAC MIDGET WIN AT USAC'S RED DIRT DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma.........In the illustrious history of Keith Kunz's tenure as a car owner, no individual has won more USAC National Midget feature events than Christopher Bell. Perhaps it was most fitting that it was Bell who drove Kunz's machine to victory lane for the 100th time with the series at "Tuesday Night Thunder" in USAC 's Red Dirt Raceway debut.

The Norman, Oklahoma native drove to his 22nd USAC National Midget victory Tuesday, tying Bobby East and Shorty Templeman in career wins as he moved into the top-25 on the all-time list.

Just as fitting may have been the fact that Bell did it in front of his home state crowd, which saw the series visit the Sooner State for the first time since 1975, in his Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - IWX/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"It's just really cool to see how many people were here," Bell said. "USAC hasn't been here for a long time. Honestly, Oklahoma's dying for professional motorsports, so it's nice for USAC to be able to come in here."

While the eyes of many were affixed on the first sight of USAC Midget in the state in over four decades, even Bell had not laid eyes on Red Dirt Raceway since a brief session there earlier in the decade.

"I tested here one time after the Chili Bowl in maybe 2011 or 2012," Bell recalled. "I'm pretty sure it was an abandoned racetrack back then. I hadn't seen the place since (track promoter) Cody (Brewer) had redone it. It was pretty perfect. They got it to where we could run all the way to the very top and all the way on the very bottom. You couldn't ask for more."

You would have never known that fact by watching Bell after he laid down fast time in qualifying, then picked his way through the field and into second by the ninth lap of the 30-lap feature as his KKM teammates Ryan Robinson, Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey each took their turn at the front of the pack.

Each driver found multiple ways to navigate to the front, with Robinson up top, Carrick crawling on the bottom and Seavey finding the bottom on the sixth lap to grab the lead. Meanwhile, Bell was searching, taking any avenue he could find as he swapped sliders with Robinson to move into second behind point leader and race leader Seavey. Bell rode the top as he attempted to reel in Seavey, yet Carrick wasn't quite finished yet, as he drove underneath Bell to retake second momentarily.

"I knew my car was really good from the get go," Bell said. "We had that yellow and, next thing you know, the 71K (Carrick) is leading me. I didn't even see him go by me! But I knew he started seventh, so I figured the bottom must be there. He was really good. He could run down. He could run up. It was just a matter of me getting my momentum built up top for me to get by."

Christopher Bell (middle), the winner of "Tuesday Night Thunder" at Red Dirt Raceway, is joined by Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Logan Seavey (right) who finished 2nd and Tanner Carrick (left) who finished 3rd. (Richard Bales Photo)

Though a bit stunned, Bell stood his ground and drove back past Carrick on lap 14 to move back into second just prior to a yellow flag for Dave Darland, whose car slowed to a stop between turns three and four. With a clear track and a clear mind, Bell had just himself and Seavey to deal with.

Briefly, for a lap following the lap 15 restart, Bell followed Seavey on the bottom, but that was not in his long-term plans as he quickly whipped back up to the top with a hard-charging Carrick right on his tail tank entering turn one. The bottom at first seemed the place to be with Seavey holding about a ten car length lead, but that gap would narrow steadily over the ensuing laps as Bell stayed the course, ripping the lip.

On the 19th lap, his work would pay dividends as Bell finally surged ahead just prior to hitting heavy lapped traffic where the 2013 series champ diced from top to bottom to escape the clutches of Seavey's return.

"I think it was A, me gaining momentum and B, figuring out the top," Bell said regarding the why he was able to run down Seavey. "I figured out a trick in where I could kind of open up my entry into (turn) three on the top and that helped me gain a lot of speed off of four. I figured it out a little bit and it was a matter of just not making mistakes. It was very treacherous right on the lip in one and two. It had some character, had some bounce to it, and I was trying to not go over."

Bell appeared to be well on his way to victory when Ace McCarthy spun between turns three and four, setting a three-lap sprint to the finish. Bell led the field high through three and four prior to taking the green, then darted to the bottom in turn one, disallowing any chance of Seavey throwing a slider for the lead.

"Logan was really good on the bottom," Bell pointed out. "I felt really good on the bottom earlier in the race. It was just a combination of things. The top was getting really thin and it was pretty rough up there. Then, on the restart, the tire pressure is going to be a little bit lower. I'm thinking about how I don't want my tire to be low and get up there and bounce over. I felt good on the top of three and four, so I was just going to go to the bottom of one and try and drive off hard, then go back to the top in three."

Bell did just that, punctuating his first USAC start of the year with a W by a tick over half a second in front of Seavey, Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Red Dirt Raceway included Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Ryan Robinson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2018 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.558 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.597; 3. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-13.628; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-13.697; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.727; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.767; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.837; 9. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-13.880; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.881; 11. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.898; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.081; 13. Ace McCarthy, 28, Two-Eight-14.092; 14. Dave Darland, 85, Central-14.122; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-14.137; 16. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.216; 17. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-14.260; 18. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.274; 19. Travis Scott, 2s, Scott-14.332; 20. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.443; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.461; 22. Cannon McIntosh, 08, McIntosh-14.472; 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.483; 24. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-14.508; 25. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.559; 26. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-14.607; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.693; 28. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.799; 29. Payton Pierce, 77, Simmons-14.915; 30. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-15.098; 31. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-16.117; 32. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-17.065; 33. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Bell, 3. Grant, 4. McCarthy, 5. Craker, 6. Beason, 7. Hollan, 8. Pierce, 9. Becker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. T. Thomas, 2. McIntosh, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. Coons, 6. Carrick, 7. Cofer, 8. McVay. 2:24.03

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. Courtney, 5. Johnson, 6. Scott, 7. Spicer, 8. Hendricks. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Robinson, 4. Seavey, 5. Bodine, 6. Marcham, 7. Lynch. 2:25.98

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Coons, 3. Craker, 4. Beason, 5. Hendricks, 6. Cofer, 7. Johnson, 8. Hollan, 9. Scott, 10. Becker, 11. Pierce, 12. Lynch, 13. Marcham, 14. Spicer, 15. Bodine, 16. McVay. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (4), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (14), 9. Spencer Bayston (18), 10. Tyler Courtney (2), 11. Chad Boat (19), 12. Holly Shelton (15), 13. Ryan Robinson (1), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 15. Tyler Thomas (17), 16. Brayton Lynch (24), 17. Jonathan Beason (9), 18. Cannon McIntosh (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (8), 20. Kyle Craker (16), 21. Cole Bodine (23), 22. Ace McCarthy (12), 23. Maria Cofer (22), 24. Dave Darland (13). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Robinson, Lap 2 Carrick, Laps 3-5 Robinson, Laps 6-18 Seavey, Laps 19-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (18th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-465, 2-Bayston-435,3-Boat-435, 4-Courtney-408, 5-Bacon-399, 6-K. Thomas-388, 7-Grant-387, 8-Zeb Wise-369, 9-Robinson-353, 10-Carrick-326.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 11 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 10, 2018 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.558 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.597; 3. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-13.628; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-13.697; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.727; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.767; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.837; 9. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-13.880; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.881; 11. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.898; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.081; 13. Ace McCarthy, 28, Two-Eight-14.092; 14. Dave Darland, 85, Central-14.122; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-14.137; 16. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.216; 17. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-14.260; 18. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.274; 19. Travis Scott, 2s, Scott-14.332; 20. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.443; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.461; 22. Cannon McIntosh, 08, McIntosh-14.472; 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.483; 24. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-14.508; 25. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.559; 26. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-14.607; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.693; 28. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.799; 29. Payton Pierce, 77, Simmons-14.915; 30. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-15.098; 31. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-16.117; 32. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-17.065; 33. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Bell, 3. Grant, 4. McCarthy, 5. Craker, 6. Beason, 7. Hollan, 8. Pierce, 9. Becker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. T. Thomas, 2. McIntosh, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. Coons, 6. Carrick, 7. Cofer, 8. McVay. 2:24.03

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. Courtney, 5. Johnson, 6. Scott, 7. Spicer, 8. Hendricks. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Robinson, 4. Seavey, 5. Bodine, 6. Marcham, 7. Lynch. 2:25.98

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Coons, 3. Craker, 4. Beason, 5. Hendricks, 6. Cofer, 7. Johnson, 8. Hollan, 9. Scott, 10. Becker, 11. Pierce, 12. Lynch, 13. Marcham, 14. Spicer, 15. Bodine, 16. McVay. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (4), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (14), 9. Spencer Bayston (18), 10. Tyler Courtney (2), 11. Chad Boat (19), 12. Holly Shelton (15), 13. Ryan Robinson (1), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 15. Tyler Thomas (17), 16. Brayton Lynch (24), 17. Jonathan Beason (9), 18. Cannon McIntosh (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (8), 20. Kyle Craker (16), 21. Cole Bodine (23), 22. Ace McCarthy (12), 23. Maria Cofer (22), 24. Dave Darland (13). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Robinson, Lap 2 Carrick, Laps 3-5 Robinson, Laps 6-18 Seavey, Laps 19-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (18th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-465, 2-Bayston-435,3-Boat-435, 4-Courtney-408, 5-Bacon-399, 6-K. Thomas-388, 7-Grant-387, 8-Zeb Wise-369, 9-Robinson-353, 10-Carrick-326.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 11 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA HOSTS SECOND USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH”
By Lance Jennings

JULY 9, 2018... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, July 14th, for their second of five appearances at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #2” is the tenth point race on the schedule. The co-sanctioned event with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars will also feature VRA Senior Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON AUGUST 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held nine West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Eight different drivers have claimed victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson with two main event wins. On June 30th, point leader Austin Liggett won the main event and a new 1-lap track record of 12.007 was set by Swanson. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

After winning’s Ventura’s “Battle of the Beach Race #1” on June 30th, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has a 98-point advantage over the competition. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for the $1,500 triumph.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) is second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino finished eighth in the 30-lap main event on June 30th. To date, the young driver has one feature win, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on another triumph at Ventura Raceway.

After finishing second to Liggett with a borrowed engine, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2016 Rookie of the Year will be looking to breakthrough with his first series win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) has risen to fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen led the first four laps at Ventura before scoring sixth at the checkered flags. At press time the 2011 USAC Western Midget Champion has eight top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Shannon will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Ventura.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Driving his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix charged from twentieth to twelfth at the “Battle of the Beach.” To date, Steve has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit. Hix will be looking to score his first main event win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Currently ninth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Jake Swanson, Hobie Conway, Kyle Edwards, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) leads the VRA Sprint Car point standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Charlie Butcher, Joey Bishop, Tom Hendricks, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Edwards, Brandon Wiley, and Brody Roa round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-652, 2. Tristan Guardino-554, 3. Ryan Timmons-500, 4. Shannon McQueen-480, 5. Steve Hix-474, 6. Koen Shaw-454, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-421, 9. Britton Bock-403, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 11. Austin Ervine-332, 12. Ryan Stolz-317, 13. Ryan Bernal-279, 14. Brandon Wiley-269, 15. Troy Rutherford-262, 16. Jake Swanson-186, 17. Trent Carter-167, 18. Max Adams-135, 19. Hobie Conway-131, 20. Kaleb Montgomery-129, --. Kyle Edwards-129.

VRA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-955, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-845, 3. Rick Hendrix-500, 4. Charlie Butcher-485, 5. Joey Bishop-430, 6. Tom Hendricks-305, 7. Ryan Stolz-295, 8. Kyle Edwards-275, 9. Brandon Wiley-270, 10. Brody Roa-260, 11. Austin Liggett-250, 12. Ryan Timmons-230, 13. Jake Swanson-220, 14. Troy Rutherford-210, --. Brent Owens-210, 16. Sterling Cling-205, 17. Hobie Conway-195, 18. Ed Schwarz-190, --. Danny Parrish-190, 20. Shannon McQueen-185, --. Greg Andrews-185.

ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-250, 2. Ryan Timmons-230, 3. Jake Swanson-220, 4. Troy Rutherford-210, 5. Kyle Smith-205, 6. Shannon McQueen-185, 7. Tristan Guardino-180, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-175, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-155, --. Tom Hendricks-155, 11. Rick Hendrix-150, 12. Steve Hix-130, --. Scotty Farmer-130, 14. Britton Bock-125, 15. Koen Shaw-120, 16. Ryan Stolz-110, 17. Charlie Butcher-105, --. Austin Ervine-105, 19. Brandon Wiley-100, --. Ricky Lewis-100, --. Joey Bishop-100, 22. Kyle Edwards-99, 23. Kaleb Montgomery-85.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
July 14: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV TO AIR ALL 5 USAC MIDGET RACES THIS WEEK

Speed Shift TV will have live pay-per-view coverage of every USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event this week as the series heads to the heartland for five races in six nights spread across four different states.

The week kicks off on Tuesday, July 10 with the series' first visit to the state of Oklahoma in 43 years when the road takes us to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. Back in 1975, John Batts and Sleepy Tripp earned successive victories at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena.

One night later, on Wednesday, July 11, the series returns to the birthplace of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward for the ninth running of the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas.

After one night off, on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the two-night, inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska debuts. The first night on Friday will feature a $3000 winner's share leading into Saturday night's finale which sees the ante upped to $5000 for the main event winner.

The series hits the trail the following night, on Sunday, July 15, for its second debut at a new track in a six-day span, Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri for the "John Hinck Championship." It will be the first "Show-Me State" showcase for the USAC National Midgets since Jerry Coons, Jr. victory at Eldon's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006.

Tuesday night's opener at Red Dirt Raceway and Sunday's closer at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex mark two of the three new tracks the series will visit during the 2018 season, along with the new Dirt Track at IMS being recently announced.

Among the drivers ready to battle include series point leader and top rookie Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Lincoln Park winner Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), Indiana Midget Week champion Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), young gun Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), "Kokomo Grand Prix" winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Oklahoman Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Kokomo Indiana Midget Week winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Clauson/Marshall Racing's Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.) and USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.).

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell, the 2013 series champ, will compete in both bookend events at Red Dirt and Sweet Springs for his only USAC Midget appearances of the week.

Past winners of the ninth-running of Wednesday's "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley include Scott Hatton (2012), Christopher Bell (2013 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2014 & 2016) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015). The 2011 event was rained out.

The swing of events is a homecoming of sorts for several regulars with the series, including Bacon (6th in points), Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (11th in points), Paola, Kansas driver Tucker Klaasmeyer (14th in points), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal (16th in points), Bethany, Oklahoma's Matt Moore (19th in points) and Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks (22nd in points). McDougal, Moore and Hendricks are among this year's highly-talented Rookie class.

On Tuesday at Red Dirt, the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

On Wednesday at Solomon Valley, the drivers meeting is schedule for 6pm with cars set to take to the track at 6:30pm.

On Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County, front gates open at 4pm. The drivers meeting is set for 5:30pm with cars on track at 6pm.

On Sunday at Sweet Springs, the pits open at noon, grandstands open at 3pm, drivers meeting at 5pm with the cars getting on track at 5:30pm.

All five races will also be available for viewing on-demand a day following the race at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

VP RACING FUELS NAMED OFFICIAL FUEL OF USAC

VP Racing Fuels, Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to become the Official Fuel of the United States Auto Club (USAC).

"USAC has been synonymous with championship auto racing for decades," said Bruce Hendel, VP's Vice President, North American Sales - Race Fuels & Consumer Products. "Being a sprint car racing fan, I grew up hearing about USAC, and it's an honor for us to be partnering with such a prestigious organization."

The United States Auto Club's heritage is steeped in open-wheel racing including a long history with Silver Crown, Sprint Car, Midget and .25 Midget racing. Also, USAC is the sanctioning body for the Pirelli World Challenge, TORC, and the ARA American Rally Association.

"USAC is proud to select VP Fuels as the Official Fuel Partner of USAC Racing," added Kevin Miller, United States Auto Club President & CEO. "USAC has enjoyed a long and rich history with VP, and we welcome them closer to the USAC family of motorsports."

For more information about VP and its products for consumers, enthusiasts, and racers visit http://www.vpracingfuels.com/.

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HECTIC MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK BRINGS MIDGETS TO 5 RACES IN 4 STATES ACROSS 5 NIGHTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The compasses are all pointed toward the middle of the United States this coming week for five races in six nights as the season hits a busy, hectic stretch of summer with two new tracks and a host of new events ready to welcome the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets for its annual, popular swing that sports a new look.

The expansive week of racing includes four racetracks in four different states. The week kicks off on Tuesday, July 10 with the series' first visit to the state of Oklahoma in 43 years when the road takes us to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. Back in 1975, John Batts and Sleepy Tripp earned successive victories at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena.

One night later, on Wednesday, July 11, the series returns to the birthplace of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward for the ninth running of the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas.

After one night off, on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the two-night, inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska debuts. The first night on Friday will feature a $3000 winner's share leading into Saturday night's finale which sees the ante upped to $5000 for the main event winner.

Teams can enter the event at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-midwest-midget-championship-fairbury-nebraska. Competitors must pre-enter to be eligible for the increased Saturday purse. Pre-entry is good for both nights of the "Midwest Midget Championship:" $50 for USAC members and $70 for non-USAC members. The deadline for pre-entering is Tuesday, July 10.

The series hits the trail the following night, on Sunday, July 15, for its second debut at a new track in a six-day span, Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri for the "John Hinck Championship." It will be the first "Show-Me State" showcase for the USAC National Midgets since Jerry Coons, Jr. victory at Eldon's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006.

Tuesday night's opener at Red Dirt Raceway and Sunday's closer at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex mark two of the three new tracks the series will visit during the 2018 season, along with the new Dirt Track at IMS being recently announced. Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell, the 2013 series champ, will compete in both bookend events at Red Dirt and Sweet Springs for his only USAC Midget appearances of the week.

Past winners of the ninth-running of Wednesday's "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley include Scott Hatton (2012), Christopher Bell (2013 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2014 & 2016) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015). The 2011 event was rained out.

USAC National Midgets have raced at Jefferson County's 1/5-mile dirt oval in each of the past two seasons. Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat (2016) and Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson (2017) scored each of those victories.

The USAC National Midget championship race is one of the closest seen in quite some time with the top-five separated by a mere 30 points. Series Rookie Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. continues to hold down the series lead by a scant four points over Phoenix, Arizona's Boat. Reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. is third, nine points out of the lead. Another rookie, Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind., is fourth, 21 points back from the leader. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney is 30 points from the lead in fifth.

The swing of events is a homecoming of sorts for several regulars with the series, including Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon (6th in points), Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (11th in points), Paola, Kansas driver Tucker Klaasmeyer (14th in points), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal (16th in points), Bethany, Oklahoma's Matt Moore (19th in points) and Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks (22nd in points). McDougal, Moore and Hendricks are among this year's highly-talented Rookie class.

Six USAC National Midget races have been held thus far in the 2018 season. Seavey won the opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on March 10. Courtney captured the victory at the "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway on April 13. The Indiana Midget Week title was won by Spencer Bayston as Kyle Larson (Montpelier), Chad Boat (Lincoln Park), Bayston (Lawrenceburg) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Kokomo) picking up the checkered flags.

On Tuesday at Red Dirt, the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

On Wednesday at Solomon Valley, the drivers meeting is schedule for 6pm with cars set to take to the track at 6:30pm.

On Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County, front gates open at 4pm. The drivers meeting is set for 5:30pm with cars on track at 6pm.

On Sunday at Sweet Springs, the pits open at noon, grandstands open at 3pm, drivers meeting at 5pm with the cars getting on track at 5:30pm.

All five races will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and LIVE via audio on the USAC App. All USAC National races can be viewed again on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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NOS ENERGY DRINK PARTNERS WITH USAC'S INDIANA SPRINT WEEK AND BC39

Speedway, Indiana.........NOS Energy Drink and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced a partnership for the high-performance energy drink to provide support for two marquee events on the 2018 racing calendar.

NOS Energy will become the title sponsor for "Indiana Sprint Week" July 20-28 featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars as well as presenting sponsor of the $15,000-to-win "BC39" on September 5th -6th at the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets.

"It's great that a nationally recognized brand with a passion for motorsports has recognized the marketing power of USAC racing," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "We are thrilled to share two of our most exciting racing events with the NOS Energy Drink family and expand the recognition of the NOS Energy Drink brand to our family or racers and fans. Indiana Sprint Week has grown to be a jewel on the national calendar of grassroots racing events and the BC39 is a historic and exciting new chapter for our Midget series. The NOS Energy Drink partnership is another example of the excitement that is showcased in these events with the toughest battles in sprint car and midget racing USAC offers."

"Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just epitomize motor racing in the United States of America and NOS Energy Drink is ready to power-down this summer at Indiana Sprint Week," NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director Lauren Albano said. "With seven races held over nine nights throughout the state, horsepower fans all over the Midwest will be able to come out and watch these remarkable lightweight, 1,400-pound, 800-horsepower dirt throwing machines run sideways and within inches of one another. Furthermore, and showing NOS Energy Drink's ever-evolving commitment to racing, NOS Energy will sponsor the two-night Driven2SaveLives "BC39" midget race set for the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5th and 6th. Indiana is racing, and NOS Energy certainly looks forward to welcoming all race fans out to the Hoosier State!"

The 31st edition of "Indiana Sprint Week" includes seven races in nine nights, beginning at Plymouth Speedway on Friday, July 20 before carrying onto Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Sunday, July 22, the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

The two-night Driven2SaveLives "BC39" will take on the newly-constructed Dirt Track at IMS on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event on the track constructed inside turn three of the iconic, world-famous Brickyard honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson.

The race will take place in the days leading up to the 25th running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line. Among the unique aspects of the "BC39" is a format featuring passing points that will conclude with a 39-lap feature on Sept. 6 in the richest payout for a USAC Midget race in recent history with a hefty $70,000 total in purse and incentives up for grabs. Entries are already pouring in with many of the top drivers and teams from across the nation lining up to compete in one of the most highly-anticipated racing events of 2018.

Based in Corona, California, NOS Energy is part of the Monster Energy Company, acquired from The Coca-Cola Company in 2015. Launched in 2005, NOS Energy Drink fuels performance by providing the high-performance energy and enhanced mental focus you need to stay ahead of the pack. Whether on the track, tuning a favorite car in the garage, or conquering your day, NOS Energy delivers a kick. Rooted in auto-culture, NOS Energy Drink is a proud partner of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kyle Busch and Chris Forsberg. High Performance Energy. High Performance Athletes. For more information, visit http://www.drinknos.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/NOSEnergyDrink/.

 

 

STRADA TAKES NEW EGYPT'S "FIRECRACKER 30" EAST COAST SPRINT

New Egypt, NJ........Eddie Strada of Lake Ariel, Pa. won Saturday night's "Firecracker 30" USAC East Coast Sprint race at New Egypt Speedway, leading the final 18 laps after passing series point leader Steven Drevicki on lap 13. Drevicki took second ahead of Chandler Leiby, Ryan Godown and Joey Biasi.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 7, 2018 - New Egypt, New Jersey - New Egypt Speedway - "Firecracker 30"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. .Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 2. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 3. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 4. Jermain Godshall (#56 Godshall), 5. Brian Spencer (#62 Spencer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 3. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 4. Kark Freyer (#4F Freyer), 5. Rich Mellor (#02 Mellor), 6. Al Cheney (#73 Cheney), 7. Duane Nixon (#74 Nixon). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Godown (#4 Freyer), 2. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 3. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 4. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 5. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Drake (#8 Drake).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Eddie Strada, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Chandler Leiby, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Mark Bitner, 7. Trevor Kobylarz, 8. Heidi Hedin, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Rich Mellor, 11. Jermain Godshall, 12. Karl Freyer, 13. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 14. Eric Jennings, 15. Brian Spencer, 16. Duane Nixon, 17. Chris Allen Jr., 18. Al Cheney, 19. Jonathan Swanson, 20. Bill Unglert. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Kobylarz, Laps 4-12 Drevicki, Laps 13-30 Strada.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Joey Biasi (15th-5th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-290, 2-Leiby-274, 3-Strada-261, 4-Biasi-261, 5-Godown-213, 6-Quackenbush-206, 7-Bitner-196, 8-Ryan Greth-165, 9-Kobylarz-146, 10-Carmen Perigo-127.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 17 - Swedesboro, NJ - Bridgeport Speedway - "Three for All"

 


 

LEMKE WIRE-TO-WIRE IN MADERA'S "GERHARDT CLASSIC"

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's "Gerhardt Classic" USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest took second ahead of Blake Brannon, Johnny Nichols and fast qualifier Cody Jessop.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: July 7, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Gerhardt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Jessop, 00J, Jessop-14.860; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.908; 3. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.992; 4. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.122; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.190.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Iest, 3. Brannon, 4. Nichols, 5. Jessop. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Johnny Nichols, 5. Cody Jessop. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-569, 2-Brannon-509, 3-Iest-384, 4-Nichols-279, 5-Jessop-219, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Ashley Heredia-72, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Keoni Texeira-65, 10-Tyler Slay-62.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-493, 2-Brannon-439, 3-Iest-318, 4-Nichols-279, 5-Jessop-219, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 13 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 7, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Tenth Annual Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.522; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.591; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.598; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.864; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.871; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.889; 7. R.J. Johnson, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.918; 8. Danny Sheridan, 73T, Ford-13.923; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.972; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.991; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.146; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.225; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.325; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.589; 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-14.649; 16. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.811; 17. Ryan Stolz, 72X, Ford-14.970; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.399; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Williams, 3. Johnson, 4. Adams, 5. Gansen, 6. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sweeney, 3. Sheridan, 4. Swanson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. Bender, 4. Malcolm, 5. Marshall, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Max Adams, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Chris Gansen, 12. Joel Rayborne, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Austin Ervine, 15. James Herrera, 16. A.J. Bender, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Gary Marshall Jr., 19. Ryan Stolz. NT
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**Marshall flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-27 C.Williams, Laps 28-30 Roa
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Joel Rayborne (19th to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: August 4 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

PIERSON WINS "SUMMER NATIONALS" MIDGET FEATURE AT LINDA'S

Jonesville, PA........Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. led the final five laps of Saturday night's "Summer Nationals" USAC Eastern Midget race at Linda's Speedway, capping a two-night event at the Pennsylvania oval. Andrew Layser led the first 25 laps but slipped to third behind Pierson and Alex Bright at the checkered flag. Brett Arndt and Brenden Bright rounded out the "top-five."

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 6-7, 2018 - Jonestown, Pennsylvania - Linda's Speedway - "Summer Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: (Held July 6) 1. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.376; 2. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini-13.425; 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 21k, Kunsman-13.524; 4. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.579; 5. Brett Arndt, 12, Heckman-13.600; 6. Kenny Miller, 23m, Miller-13.714; 7. Ryan Wilson, 29, Wilson-13.724; 8. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-13.780; 9. Reed Salony, 22, Salony-13.830; 10. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-13.852; 11. Jason Rice, 57, Rice-13.932; 12. Brett Conkling, 0nj, Conkling-14.313; 13. John Anderika, 96, Anderika-14.915; 14. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps - Held July 6) 1. Kunsman, 2. A.Bright, 3. Salony, 4. Arndt, 5. Wilson, 6, Rice, 7. Anderika. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps - Held July 6) 1. Pierson, 2. Layser, 3. Miller, 4. Jackson, 5. Conkling, 6. Greth. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - Held July 7) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Brett Arndt, 5. Brenden Bright, 6. Shawn Jackson, 7. Kenny Miller, 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. Jason Rice, 10. Brett Conkling, 11. John Anderika, 12. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 13. Reed Salony, 14. Ryan Greth, NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Layser, Laps 26-30 Pierson.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Layser-667, 2-Jackson-643, 3-A.Bright-632, 4-Greth-578, 5-Miller-575, 6-Pierson-428, 7-Conkling-415, 8-Kunsmzn-352, 9-Arndt-338, 10-Rice-325.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway

 

 

COURTNEY CAPITALIZES
IN LINCOLN PARK'S "SPRINTACULAR"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........The roots of Tyler Courtney's association with Lincoln Park Speedway run deep. In fact, his grandparents, Mike and Verla Farrar, owned and operated the joint for nearly two decades between 1981 and 1996.

Courtney didn't get to experience much of his family's era at the helm of the 5/16-mile dirt oval since he was a little tyke at the time. But on Friday night, he was able to experience what it was like to own victory lane at Lincoln Park, leading the final eight laps, and taking advantage of late-race misfortune that befell race leader Kevin Thomas. Jr., to win the 4th annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular."

Courtney had been knocking on the proverbial door at LPS in recent years, finishing in the runner-up spot in his first ever USAC appearance at the track in 2013 and again in his most recent stop there during the summer of 2017.

Courtney, a four-time series winner coming into the 30-lapper, began the race from the fifth spot while fellow four-time winner Thomas rocketed to the lead around pole sitter Jordan Kinser on the opening from his outside front row starting position.

The going got rough early with fifth-place driver Brady Bacon suffering a flat left rear tire on the second lap. On the ensuing restart, a tangle ensued between multiple cars exiting the fourth turn. Past track champ Brent Beauchamp became the victim suffering the worst wound as he rode over a wheel and barrel-rolled down the front straightaway. He walked away unscathed.

Immediately following the red, Thomas opened a half-straightaway lead on the field and it wasn't long before the leaders entered the tail end of lapped traffic. On the 10th lap, Thomas and Isaac Chapple had a close encounter of third turn kind, but Thomas escaped and continued to dominate with authority.

Tyler Courtney won his first Lincoln Park Speedway USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Friday night. Courtney's grandparents, Mike and Verla Farrar, owned and operated the track for nearly two decades between 1981 and 1996. (Travis Branch Photo)

On lap 17, what would prove to be the move of the race came to fruition, when Courtney slipped by A.J. Hopkins for the second position in turn one. The two made contact with each other in the process with Courtney's rear bumper and Hopkins left front wheel shaking hands. Yet, Thomas remained off into the great wide open ahead of Courtney who, at that point, seemed to have merely captured the battle for second in the background.

However, the topsy-turviness of racing would rear its head on the 23rd lap when race leader Thomas bucked the turn two cushion with his right rear tire, jackknifing the car to the right off the corner and sending him into a pair of aerial spirals before landing backdown on all fours beyond the ledge of the track. Though Thomas would bid adieu to his fifth win of the year, his health was okay and, in fact, he would restart the race from the tail, eventually driving up to a 16th place result.

Courtney had no qualms about "inheriting" the lead. To be in a position to take advantage of these opportunities, one must place themselves in a position to win. That's what he did and where he was tonight and has been for pretty much throughout the entire 2018 season.

"It's all about putting yourself in the right position," Courtney explained. "There are going to be nights where KT's going to be on the winning side of that. There'll be nights where somebody else is on the winning side of that and I'll be on the losing side, and so on and so forth. But you must put yourself in a position to be on the winning side of that. We're doing that night in and night out. As tough as this series is, to put yourself in a position to win every night is crucial, especially in this tight points championship that we got going on right now."

Multiple cars would occupy the space between new leader Courtney and second-place A.J. Hopkins for the lap 23 restart. Courtney swiftly launched away as Hopkins quickly excused the two lapped cars to pull within earshot of Courtney, creating a top-two breakaway from all challengers.

The breakaway became just a single party in the final laps as Courtney made a reservation for two in victory lane for he and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy to win the 11th USAC National Sprint Car feature of his career, tying Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler and Chase Stockon for 44th all-time.

Winner Tyler Courtney (middle) is flanked by 2nd place finisher A.J. Hopkins (left) and 3rd place finisher Jason McDougal (right). (David Nearpass Photo)

Hopkins, Jason McDougal (from 22nd), Chris Windom (from 21st) and Kinser rounded out the top-five. The finishes by Hopkins, McDougal, and Kinser were all career bests in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

Meanwhile, Courtney became the first to reach his fifth series feature win of the season and took over possession of the series point lead by six over Thomas heading into the 31st edition of "Indiana Sprint Week," which begins July 20 at Plymouth Speedway. While Courtney is optimistic, he remains realistic.

"Both of those numbers going into 'Indiana Sprint Week' are cool, but, unfortunately, we're not even halfway through the season yet. You just have to keep racing like you've been racing, and it will piece itself together. I think we're in a really good spot. We have a really good car and group behind us."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Lincoln Park Speedway included Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tim Creech (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kent Schmidt (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 6, 2018 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 4th"Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.467; 2. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-12.560; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.734; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.793; 5. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.840; 6. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.874; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.884; 8. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.896; 9. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-12.897; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.903; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.951; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-12.966; 13. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.047; 14. Brian VanMeveren, 24B, Silvers-13.102; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.113; 16. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-13.129; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.129; 18. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.143; 19. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.179; 20. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.198; 21. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.210; 22. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.225; 23. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-13.287; 24. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.323; 25. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.335; 26. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-13.349; 27. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.398; 28. Jason McDougal, 21K, Krockenberger-13.433; 29. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-13.517; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.525; 31. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.558; 32. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.666; 33. Shane Cockrum, 04, Burton-13.773; 34. Brady Ottinger, 4B, 4J Motorsports-14.190; 35. Harley Burns, 16, Rolison-14.242; 36. Eric Burns, 99B, Gasway-14.278; 37. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.706.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Meseraull, 2. Kinser, 3. Ballou, 4. Hopkins, 5. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Cockrum, 8. VanGilder, 9. Boespflug, 10. Bell. 2:12.38

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Creech, 2. C. Cottle, 3. Leary, 4. DiMattia, 5. Andretti, 6. Swanson, 7. Knight, 8. VanMeveren, 9. Ottinger. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Stockon, 3. Thomas, 4. Bacon, 5. Windom, 6. Clouser, 7. Chapple, 8. H. Burns, 9. Cummins. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Mattox, 5. Hodges, 6. McDougal, 7. McMillin, 8. McDonald, 9. E. Burns. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Short, 2. McDougal, 3. Clouser, 4. Hodges, 5. Windom, 6. Swanson, 7. Chapple, 8. McMillin, 9. VanGilder, 10. Schmidt, 11. Bell, 12. Ottinger, 13. Boespflug, 14. E. Burns, 15. VanMeveren, 16. Cockrum, 17. McDonald, 18. Knight. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. A.J. Hopkins (4), 3. Jason McDougal (22), 4. Chris Windom (21), 5. Jordan Kinser (1), 6. Thomas Meseraull (13), 7. Dave Darland (20), 8. Brandon Mattox (12), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Brady Bacon (6), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Kody Swanson (8), 15. Chase Stockon (11), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 17. Isaac Chapple (23), 18. Mario Clouser (19), 19. Justin Grant (15), 20. Tony DiMattia (3), 21. Tim Creech (14), 22. Brent Beauchamp (16), 23. Colten Cottle (18). NT
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**Andretti flipped during the second heat. Beauchamp flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Thomas flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thomas, Laps 23-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (22nd to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kent Schmidt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1260, 2-Thomas-1254, 3-Windom-1241, 4-Ballou-1102, 5-Stockon-1086, 6-Bacon-1080, 7-Darland-1042, 8-Leary-994, 9-Grant-983, 10-Boespflug-833.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 31st "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

UNPREDICTABILITY IS THE CORRELATION FROM FRIDAY'S LPS SPRINT ROUND TO ISW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........Momentum seemingly is at the forefront of a lot of the success that is found over a prolonged period of time.

With the final USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race prior to the 31st edition of "Indiana Sprint Week" looming this Friday night, July 6, at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, one would assume it's important to have a good showing to carry the "Big Mo" into the seven-races in nine nights series that runs from July 20-28.

However, a dig into the numbers show that isn't necessarily the case, believe it or not. Since USAC began sanctioning "Indiana Sprint Week" in 1996, only once has the driver winning the final race prior to the start of ISW gone on to win ISW. J.J. Yeley did it in 2003. But the Phoenix, Arizona native was nearly unbeatable that season whether it was pavement, dirt, before ISW, during ISW or after ISW, racking up a USAC record 23 victories across USAC's three national divisions to become just the second driver to win all three titles in a single season.

Yeley is also one of only two to have won the final race before ISW and actually win a race during ISW that same summer. Yeley won on the pavement at Indianapolis Raceway Park five days before notching another victory in the ISW opener at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Ind. He'd also win the next night at Gas City, then again at Tri-State and Bloomington.

Another Triple Crown champion, Dave Darland, is the only other to translate that success into ISW gold. He won the leadup to ISW at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc., then followed it up with a pair of wins at Lincoln Park and Kokomo during ISW. Though the ISW championship did not go to Darland, for good measure, he collected a win in the first race after ISW at Eldora for a fine bookend-shaped exclamation point!

Besides the two success stories of Yeley and Darland, the rest of the history has been spotty at best, with only four other drivers claiming top-5 finishes in the race leading up to ISW before winning the ISW title. We'll keep in mind that from 1996 through 2011, the final race before ISW was held on the pavement at venues such as IRP, Salem, Mansfield, Toledo and Richmond.

While many drivers throughout the years have been successful on both the dirt and pavement surfaces, in some of those years, the driver may not have had a ride on both surfaces or simply did not compete at the time, such as Kevin Thomas in 1996, Yeley in 1997, Darland in 1998, Cory Kruseman in 2002 & 2005, Jon Stanbrough in 2006 & 2010.

Although, in those years that the driver did not compete on both, the results weren't exactly foretelling that a championship run was on the horizon: Tony Elliott (14th in 1999), Jay Drake (10th in 2000), Darland (9th in 2001 & 13th in 2007), Levi Jones (18th in 2004, 4th in 2008, 12th in 2009 & 6th in 2012), Chris Windom (17th in 2011), Bryan Clauson (9th in 2013 & 4th in 2014), Robert Ballou (23rd in 2015), Brady Bacon (3rd in 2016) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5th in 2017).

Since 2013, though, the event before ISW has been held at Lincoln Park, site of this Friday's "Bill Gardner Sprintacular." The translation of success from the "Sprintacular" has been hit or miss over the last five seasons.

Chad Boespflug, the 2013 winner at LPS, went on to finish 8th in the LPS ISW round and 14th in ISW points. Jerry Coons, Jr. won the leadup at LPS in both 2014 and 2015. In the 2014 ISW round, he finished 19th at LPS on his way to a 10th place finish in ISW points. In 2015, his LPS ISW results was a solid 3rd and a 12th place finish in points. Robert Ballou was perhaps the most successful, finishing 4thin the LPS ISW round and 2nd in the ISW standings. Most recently, in 2017, the LPS leadup was rained out. However, Tyler Courtney won the final scheduled race prior to ISW at Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Speedway (now BAPS Motor Speedway) and finished 3rd in ISW points.

Long story short, the line of correlation from the final tune-up race and success in Indiana Sprint Week appears to be as faded as a chalk line on a dirt track after the opening lap. Despite similar competition, the circumstances and the results have played out differently.

What it proves though is unpredictability. Perhaps teams that hit the proverbial wall in that leadup race retool and adjust, in the following time off, providing them a new outlook once they hit ISW. Unpredictability may be the correlation that's played out the most over the past two decades. And who can complain about that?

Pits open at 4:30pm while the spectator gates open at 4:45pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5:30pm with cars scheduled to hit the track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 each.

You can listen to all the racing action LIVE on the USAC app or watch a day later, on- demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS EYE SANTA MARIA’S “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

JULY 3, 2018... The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action, this Saturday, July 7th, for their first of two appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. Now promoted by Nick Duggan, the “10th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 1:00pm, the front gates open at 4:00pm, time trials are scheduled for 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

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

Originally a winged 410 sprint car race, Tyler Walker claimed the inaugural “Doug Fort Memorial” that was sanctioned by the Golden State Challenge in 2009. The race switched to the USAC West Coast 360s in 2012 and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the next two memorials. The show became part of the USAC/CRA schedule in 2014 and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams added his name to the record books. Last year, 2016 Rookie of the Year, Max Adams took his first checkered flags in the Dwight Cheney machine. Since the inception of the "Doug Fort Memorial,” it continues to be a popular event and the complete win list is at the bottom of this release.

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

Entering the seventh point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 22-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner ran second to Justin Grant at Perris on June 23rd. At press time, “The Demon” has two feature wins, four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led to his credit. The six-time champion has seventy-seven USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with his third Santa Maria win.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson placed fifth in the June 23rd main event. To date, the defending USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has one career USAC/CRA win and will have his sights on adding his name to the Santa Maria win list.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa finished third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds after starting seventh. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, five top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. Brody has four career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add another Santa Maria win to his resume.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams ran eighth at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, 2010 Victorville Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and four top-10 finishes on the season. “The Cadillac” earned his only USAC/CRA win at the 2010 “Doug Fort Memorial” and will have his sights on the $3,000 victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson charged from thirteenth to ninth on June 23rd. At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest 360 Sprint Car Champion has four top-10 finishes on the season. R.J. has six USAC/CRA wins to his credit and will be looking for his first Santa Maria win this Saturday night.

Currently eighteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Max Adams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, James Herrera, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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.

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

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Austin Williams.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-450, 2. Jake Swanson-428, 3. Brody Roa-421, 4. Cody Williams-341, 5. R.J. Johnson-320, 6. Austin Williams-303, 7. Max Adams-293, 8. Tommy Malcolm-287, 9. A.J. Bender-275, 10. Logan Williams-243, 11. Chris Gansen-231, 12. Ryan Bernal-152, 13. Matt Rossi-150, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 15. Trent Williams-142, 16. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 17. Verne Sweeney-128, 18. Joel Rayborne-125, 19. Austin Liggett-120, 20. Matt McCarthy-118.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC CHAMP HINES AND LEADER CARD RACERS FILE FIRST BC39 ENTRY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines and Leader Card Racers have signed in as the first entry for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event at the new Dirt Track at IMS, located inside turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6.

Hines, the 2000 Silver Crown, 2002 National Sprint and 2015 National Midget titlist, returns to USAC competition for the first time since the season-ending "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in 2015. Nowadays, Hines' full-time gig is as the director of operation for ThorWorks, one of the entities of ThorSport Racing, yet he remains a racer, competing in about 12 races a year, just for fun and only when the time allows for it, as he puts it.

The majority of his racing these days is in a winged sprint car during the summer months near his Sandusky, Ohio home. Yet the lure of racing at IMS still shines brightly for the New Castle, Indiana native, as he relishes the opportunity to make his mark at the legendary venue.

"For me and what IMS is doing for short track racing, from the social media standpoint to the acknowledgement of how good the USAC national open wheel drivers are, it's prideful for someone who's spent so many years trying to build the USAC brand to be one of the premier series in short track racing," Hines said. "For the speedway to follow suit and carry it on and show how important it is, words can't explain that."

Hines will take the wheel for a team that has an illustrious history on the famed, adjacent 2.5-mile - Leader Card Racers. The Wisconsin-based team owned by the Wilke family has three Indianapolis 500 titles to its name with Rodger Ward in 1959 and 1962, then again in 1968 with Bobby Unser.

The team has earned 134 USAC victories and collected wins in many of the biggest races in the sport of midget racing, including the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the Four Crown Nationals, Hut Hundred, the Turkey Night Grand Prix, Pepsi Nationals, Copper World Classic and the Belleville Midget Nationals.

But a win at IMS, especially the inaugural edition on the dirt track, would have a significance that would be extra special to Leader Card Racers' Chris Wilke, the great grandson of the team's patriarch, Bob Wilke.

"It would be huge not just for me, but my family," Wilke said. "Our last win at Indy came in 1968 and I've always wanted to compete at the Speedway to follow in my great grandfather's footsteps. The reality of showing up with an IndyCar at the Speedway one day is more of a dream than a reality. I'm not saying it couldn't ever happen, but now I have an opportunity to go to the Speedway and feel like I can be competitive and hopefully leave my mark like the three generations before me have done. It would just be very special and I'm just very glad that we have an opportunity to go there and do this."

Hines made a splash in his debut for the Wilke team at a UMARA-sanctioned Midget race at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois back in 1996, winning the "Illinois State Championship." Since then, Hines and the Wilkes racked up nine USAC National Midget feature wins between 2002 and 2006. Although Hines ran for other teams in the following years, the two sides remained close-knit.

"I consider Greg, Chris, Mark, and everybody who's a part of the (Wilke) team, as family," Hines said. "I first ran with them in 1996 and I drove off-and-on for them for 10 years. I've always had a great relationship with them and I feel like I've always been a brother figure to Chris. He's turned into a great young man and he's going to carry their legacy on (fourth generation)."

Wilke remembers the first meeting with Hines in that 1996 race, which marked the beginning of the pair's partnership that included numerous victories and memories together from coast-to-coast.

"I would've been 12 years old at the time when I first met Tracy," Wilke recalls. "Now I'm 34 and Tracy's been a mentor in my life and someone I've always looked up to. He's ageless when it comes to talent and there's very few guys who can go their whole career and be successful every time they strap into a racecar."

Now the pairing has returned, Wilke is not only thrilled by the opportunity to compete at IMS, but for the shot in the arm it can provide to all midget racing.

"What better place to put a dirt track than inside the world's greatest track," Wilke exclaimed. "I think it's probably long overdue. It's going to be a good show and it's going to attract a lot of eyes being on Brickyard weekend. Not just a lot fans' eyes, but a lot of NASCAR eyes and national eyes on midget racing. We've produced some of the best racers in the country and the talent produced is second to none."

The inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 leads up to the 25th running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format, concluding with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The race will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country have expressed interest in the event, with a large and diverse field - including NASCAR Cup Series drivers - expected to compete.

Competitor entry and details for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 are now live at http://www.theBC39.com/.

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LINDA'S HOSTS EASTERN MIDGET FRIDAY/SATURDAY DOUBLE DIP

Jonestown, Pennsylvania.........Tommy Kunsman, Jr. stands ninth in the current USAC Eastern Midget standings, but his victory in the series opener at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. has him among the favorites for this weekend's back-to-back races, Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 at the quarter-mile dirt oval.

Andrew Layser enters the race with a slim six-point lead over Shawn Jackson, with Ryan Greth holding down the third spot in the points.

Alex Bright, fourth in the standings, has a series-leading three wins so far this year, while Kunsman and Steven Drevicki own the other victories so far in 2018.

Spectator gates open at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $8. Kids tickets age 6-12 are $3. Children age 5 and under are free! Pit passes are $25 apiece.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Andrew Layser-540, 2-Shawn Jackson-534, 3-Ryan Greth-511, 4-Alex Bright-500, 5-Kenny Miller-500, 6-Brett Conkling-327, 7-Mike Meyers-303, 8-Adam Pierson-288, 9-Tommy Kunsman, Jr.-267, 10-Steve Buckwalter-250.

 

 

SPEED2 MIDGETS POP INTO PUTNAMVILLE FRIDAY,
MEET UP AT MADERA SATURDAY

USAC's Speed2 Midgets compete in Indiana and California this week. Friday's "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" features the Midwest Thunder and Engler IMRA Speed2 Midgets as part of the program which also features the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. Saturday's "Gerhardt Classic" at Madera (Calif.) Speedway brings down the curtain on the 2018 USAC Western U.S. Speed2 campaign with an overall and pavement champion set to be crowned.

In Putnamville, Pits open at 4:30pm while the spectator gates open at 4:45pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5:15pm with cars scheduled to hit the track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes are $30 each. You can listen to all the racing action LIVE on the USAC app.

Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. led all 33 laps to win last Wednesday night's "Dave Steele 33" USAC Eastern Speed2/NEMA Lites feature as part of the "Boston Louie Seymour Memorial" event at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway. Calvin Carroll finished second ahead of Seth Carlson, Jim Chambers and Matthew Swanson. The race was a "special event" and therefore did not award Eastern Speed2 points. The Eastern series resumes July 14 at Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop, Tenn.

Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's IMRA race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Shane Morgan was second, followed by Austin Archdale, Robby McQuinn and Blake Buchholz.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt, led the final four laps to win Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre's Sports Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. Seth Carlson finished second ahead of Justin Phillips, Derek O'Hearn and Joe Krawiec.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-420, 2-Seth Carlson-412, 3-Joe Krawiec-405, 4-Will Hull-364, 5-Justin Phillips-349, 6-Mike Chaffee-345, 7-Derek O'Hearn-327, 8-Manny Dias-293, 9-Randy Higginson-277, 10-Jeff Champagne-268.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-594, 2-Robby McQuinn-490, 3-Blake Buchholz-386, 4-Gedd Ross-385, 5-Shane Morgan-383, 6-Jake Sollenberger-308, 7-Kurt Mueller-304, 8-Daltyn England-279, 9-Bart Andrews-250, 10-Kevin Battefeld-231.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-276, 2-Chett Gehrke-214, 3-John Heydenreich-193, 4-Stratton Briggs-187, 5-Alex Watson-185, 6-Cory Guingrich-167, 7-Jon Watson-153, 8-Gedd Ross-134, 9-Kyle Kriegbaum-115, 10-Andy Baugh-110.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-486, 2-Blake Brannon-435, 3-Joey Iest-307, 4-Johnny Nichols-211, 5-Cody Jessop-151, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Ashley Heredia-72, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Keoni Texeira-65, 10-Tyler Slay-62.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-410, 2-Blake Brannon-365, 3-Joey Iest-241, 4-Johnny Nichols-211, 5-Cody Jessop-151, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

 

 

SPRINTACULAR ARRIVES FOR USAC SPRINTS
FRIDAY IN PUTNAMVILLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........The final event leading up to Indiana Sprint Week provides an opportunity for teams to get their equipment and their minds sorted and take some last-minute notes on a track they will see on the trail twice in less than a three-week span.

That's the plan for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars this Friday night, July 6, when they hit the 5/16-mile dirt oval of Lincoln Park Speedway for the 4th running of the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular."

But, if you think this is just a simple test and tune-up for the July 26 return, think again. There's no breather in any racing event on the USAC calendar. This race unofficially begins another session of a crucial summer stretch that will show who's up to the challenge to wear the crown at the end of the season and who's going to be Kirk Cameron'd and left behind.

Interestingly enough, each of the three contenders who've separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the series' standings have yet to win at Lincoln Park.

Series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. has fond memories of Lincoln Park as it was the site in which he clinched the Indiana Sprint Week title in 2017. At the end of May of this year, he was victorious in the Sprint Car portion of the "Indiana Midget Week" show at LPS.

Along with Thomas, Tyler Courtney is the only other driver with four USAC National Sprint Car wins in 2018. He's second in points, 38 back in second in the series' standings. Courtney has bookended his career-best runs at LPS coming into Friday's event, scoring runner-up finishes in his first ever outing with USAC at the track in 2013 and in his most recent at last year's "Indiana Sprint Week" round.

Chris Windom, also 38 behind KTJ and third in points, is coming off a second-straight "Eastern Storm" title on the strength of back-to-back wins a couple weeks ago at Williams Grove and Port Royal in Pennsylvania. However, back on the relative "home turf" of LPS, Windom has managed just a single top-five, which came during the "Indiana Sprint Week" round of 2013.

On the flip side, no other driver in recent years has achieved more success in USAC National Sprint Car competition at LPS than Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou. The 2015 series champ has won two out of three, including the most recent race at the track in July of 2017. He's also a past victor of the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" in 2016. In 2014, LPS was the launching pad of his resurgence, ending a near two-year winless drought in the process.

During the recent "Eastern Storm" race at Pennsylvania's BAPS Motor Speedway, Ballou won the 29th USAC National Sprint Car race of his career, passing Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley to move into sole possession of 13th on the all-time list.

The two winningest active drivers in the series have found their share of success at LPS throughout the years. Along with Ballou's three, Dave Darland has collected a record-tying five wins at LPS in 1997, 1998 1999, 2005 and 2012. The two-time track champ (1990 & 1991) has more wins and starts in the series than any other driver with 60 and 713, respectively. He's even scored already at LPS earlier this season with a non-USAC-sanctioned victory on April 21.

LPS holds a special place in Chad Boespflug's heart as it served as the venue for his first career USAC victory, which he picked up in 2013. The Hanford, California driver is currently 10th in points and is aiming to return to victory lane for the first time in 2018.

Brady Bacon bagged USAC National Sprint Car wins in the months of May and June. Now, as the calendar moves to July, the two-time series champ appears to be on full-stride with his own team, sixth in points, and headed to a track he's once conquered with the series, back in 2015.

Lincoln Park's Independence Day Weekend USAC appearance has been an annual treat since the 2013 season and the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" since 2015. Jerry Coons, Jr. won the inaugural in 2015 and Ballou in 2016. Mother Nature snagged the win in 2017.

In 32 prior USAC National Sprint Car visits to LPS, no driver has doubled up with multiple wins in a single-season. Darland and Sheldon Kinser are the winningest drivers in the series' history at LPS. Kinser won the first appearance in 1981.

Pits open at 4:30pm while the spectator gates open at 4:45pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5:15pm with cars scheduled to hit the track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes are $30 each.

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DAN CUGINI WINS "DAVE STEELE 33" AT SEEKONK

Seekonk, MA........Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. led all 33 laps to win Wednesday night's "Dave Steele 33" USAC Eastern Speed2/NEMA Lites feature as part of the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial event at Seekonk Speedway. Calvin Carroll finished second ahead of Seth Carlson, Jim Chambers and Matthew Swanson. The race was a "special event" and therefore did not award Eastern Speed2 points.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET Special Event RACE RESULTS: June 27, 2018 - Seekonk, Massachusetts - Seekonk Speedway - "Dave Steele 33" - Co-sanctioned wih NEMA Lites

HEAT RACE: (8 laps 1. Ben Mikitarian (#9 Mikitarian), 2. Jake Trainor (#8T Trainor), 3. Kyle Valeri (#17 Valeri), 4. Paul Newcomb (#35 Cabral), 5. Chad LaBastie (#14 LaBastie), 6. Bruce Finley (#2 Cataldo), 7. Randy Cabral (#36 Cabral), 8. Meg Cigini (#41 Cugini), 9. Connor Gross (#14B Gross), 10. Tyler Rivard (#52 Park), 11. Jake Smith (#93 Smith). NT

DASH: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#6 Matczak), 2. Dan Cugini (#51 CMS Motorsports ), 3. Calvin Carroll (#24 Carroll), 4. Dylan Duhaime (#5 Cataldo), 5. Richie Coy (#19 Coy), 6. Jessica Bean (#5B Radical), 7. Jim Chambers (#12 Chambers), 8. Kevin Iannnarelli (#27 Iannarelli), 9. Matthew Swanson (#76 FMR), 10. Ray Parent (#45 Bertrand), 11. Ryan Locke (#38 Locke), 12. Avery Stoehr (#21 Scrivani), 13. Chris Lamb (#9R Lamb), 14. Matt Janisch (#48 Janisch). NT

FEATURE: (33 laps) 1. Dan Cugini, 2. Calvin Carroll, 3. Seth Carlson, 4. Jim Chambers, 5. Matthew Swanson, 6. Dylan Duhaime, 7. Avery Stoehr, 8. Ryan Locke, 9. Jessica Bean, 10. Ray Parent, 11. Ben Mikitarian, 12. Chad LaBastie, 13. Richie Coy, 14. Kyle Valeri, 15. Matt Janisch, 16. Paul Newcomb, 17. Jake Trainor, 18. Randy Cabral, 19. Bruce Finley, 20. Connor Gross, 21. Meg Cugini, 22. Tyler Rivard, 23. Kevin Iannarelli, 24. Jake Smith, 25. Chris Lamb. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-33 Dan Cugini

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 14 - Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway

 

 

HULL GRABS BEAR RIDGE 25-LAPPER

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt, led the final four laps to win Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre Sports Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. Seth Carlson finished second ahead of Justin Phillips, Derek O'Hearn and Joe Krawiec.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 4. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 5. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 6. Doug Norrie (#10 Norrie), 7. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller), 5. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 6. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 7. Dan Douville (#7 Douville). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Justin Phillips, 4. Derek O'Hearn, 5. Joe Krawiec, 6. Jason Goff, 7. Adam Whitney, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Randy Higginson, 10. Brandon Emerson, 11. Mike Chaffee, 12. Manny Dias, 13. Dan Douville. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Phillips, Laps 2-14 Hull, Laps 15-21 Carlson, Laps 22-25 Hull.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-420, 2-Carlson-412, 3-Krawiec-405, 4-Hull-364, 5-Phillips-349, 6-Chaffee-345, 7-O'Hearn-327, 8-Dias-293, 9-Higginson-277, 10-Jeff Champagne-268.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: July 14 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 


 

WEST COAST POINT LEADER LIGGETT WINS BATTLE #1 AT VENTURA

Ventura, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. continues to lead the USAC West Coast Sprint series after winning Saturday night's "Battle at the Beach #1" co-sanctioned by VRA at Ventura Raceway. Liggett passed Shannon McQueen on lap five and led the rest of the 30-lapper to beat Ryan Timmons, Jake Swanson, Troy Rutherford and Kyle Smith. "Battle at the Beach #2" is scheduled at Ventura July 14.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2018 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "Battle at the Beach Race #1" - co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-12.007 (New Track Record); 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.154; 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-12.226; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.320; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.321; 6. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.387; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-12.469; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.537; 9. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.615; 10. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.615; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.643; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.667; 13. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-12.722; 14. Ricky Lewis, 81M, Watt-12.736; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-12.936; 16. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.954; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.958; 18. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-13.243; 19. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-13.261; 20. Britton Bock 67, Bock-13.487; 21. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.527; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.752; 23. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.847.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Timmons, 4. Butcher, 5. Edwards, 6. Ervine, 7. Shaw. 8. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Rutherford, 3. Liggett, 4. Hendrix, 5. Bock, 6. Lewis, 7. Hix, 8. Bishop. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Wiley, 3. McQueen, 4. Hendricks, 5. Farmer, 6. Ellertson, 7. Montgomery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Ryan Timmons, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Tom Hendricks, 11. Rick Hendrix, 12. Steve Hix, 13. Koen Shaw, 14. Scotty Farmer, 15. Britton Bock, 16. Ryan Stolz, 17. Joey Bishop, 18. Austin Ervine, 19. Ricky Lewis, 20. Charlie Butcher, 21. Kyle Edwards, 22. Kaleb Montgomery, 23. Brandon Wiley. NT ---------------------------- **Wiley flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Montgomery flips on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 McQueen, Laps 5-30 Liggett

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jeremy Ellertson (18th to 7th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Liggett-652, 2-Guardino-554, 3-Timmons-500, 4-McQueen-480, 5-Hix-474, 6-Shaw-454, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 8-Faria-421, 9-Bock-403, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-390.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 14 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "Battle of the Beach Race #2" - co-sanctioned with VRA

 

SWANSON EQUALS HEWITT AS ALL-TIME
SILVER CROWN KING WITH 23RD WIN AT MADISON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin.........History has been a major part of his story for quite a while, but now the record books will forever reflect the fact that Kody Swanson made good on two pieces of USAC Silver Crown history in Friday night's debut at Madison International Speedway.

Swanson won his 23rd career race to tie Jack Hewitt atop the all-time series' victory list. Meanwhile, it was also the Kingsburg, California's fourth-straight Silver Crown victory of the season, becoming the third driver to accomplish the feat and the first since Hewitt in 1986.

These are stats that the humble Swanson doesn't take for granted and is quick to spread the credit around to the teams who've helped him along the way from the first one to number 23: Six-R Racing, the team whose car he piloted to his first back in 2010 and the ride in which Kody has become synonymous with - the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Beast/Hampshire Chevy - that he raced to victory lane at the Bytec "Dairyland 100" for the 23rd win of his career.

"I'm just extremely grateful," Swanson said. "There's 23, but I've done zero of them alone. That's how I feel about it. It takes a team, it takes a family and it takes support from people no one will ever see. I've been fortunate that 23 times those great people have carried me to victory lane. Racing's as big of a team sport as any. It's like a relay race and I get the baton last. This team puts in the work and deserves to win races. I take pride in being a part of that."

Though USAC's National Sprint and Midget divisions had made a smattering of visits over the years to the track, this was the first visit for the Silver Crown cars, putting everyone on mostly equal footing entering the gates of the half-mile paved oval.

"I put more into coming to Madison because it's such an opportunity to have a clean slate," Swanson explained. "No one's got any more laps than me. No one's got any more notes than me. You get a chance to go out and be the first one to get it done. But I was not getting it done early on. I didn't have the car handling very good. That's on me. These guys never quit on me. They jumped through hoops for me. We changed four springs during practice and changed another one before qualifying. We changed the left rear tire because I didn't think we were going to be good enough."

Despite the slight pessimism early on, Swanson sped to the lead from his outside front row starting spot, securing the lead from pole sitter Justin Grant by the time the two hit turn three on the opening lap.

Grant wasn't content to play it conservatively and let Kody ride into the Badger State sunset. Grant remained within arm's reach of Swanson, and on lap six, used an inside move to snare the lead away from Swanson at the stripe where he would remain for the ensuing 41 circuits.

Winner Kody Swanson (middle) is joined in victory lane by 2nd place finisher Bobby Santos (right) and 3rd place finisher Justin Grant (left) following Friday night's Bytec "Dairyland 100" at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway. (Gene Crucean Photo)

Swanson had remained within five car lengths of Grant as the front runners began to encounter lapped traffic just prior to midway. Grant encountered the lapped car of leading series Rookie contender Travis Welpott and tried to race past him using the lower groove, but no room was vacant, and Grant's ride got squirrelly off turn two. All the while, Swanson was steadfast up top and smoothly drove by both to capture the lead.

"When racecars that are equal are battling up front, you have to look for opportunities. Lapped cars are opportunities," Swanson dissects. "Lapped cars are opportunities. As a driver, where I can help this team is being the best prepared I can be ahead of time to capitalize on those opportunities. I saw he was going to choose low, so we chose high. It's hard to know exactly where they're going to go, but it's your job to know the drivers you're racing against. You got to have that feeling, that instinct, that it was time to sail it around the top."

"I got lucky (Justin) got pinned in and I was close enough to capitalize and get alongside of him so that he couldn't change lanes and occupy the space," Swanson continued. "He's someone I love racing against because he races me clean every time. At that point, you're committed and it's your job to see it to the end. I was fortunate to have a good handling car through the middle to keep it going on a long run."

Once Swanson was clear of Grant, the space between grew incrementally to 1 second, to 1.5, to 2 and ultimately more than 2.5 seconds with 30 laps remaining following a lengthy 60-lap green-flag stint. The construction of the lead would meet the wrecking ball when Toni Breidinger's machine went up in smoke with 14 laps remaining.

That put second-running Santos right on the tail tank of Swanson for the lap 92 restart. Santos was able to mount a furious challenge as he pulled alongside Swanson to the inside on the front straightaway. Swanson was able to flex enough muscle to ward off the challenge into turn one.

With four to go, Kyle Hamilton slowed to bring out the yellow and set up one last restart for a green-white-checkered finish. This time, Swanson never allowed Santos an opportunity to make a move, jetting away to lock up the lead as Santos followed single-file into one.

"I didn't do a good enough job on the first restart," Swanson admitted. "You're not going to beat Bobby Santos very many times. If you give him an opportunity with five to go, you know he's going to be there. I didn't do a great job on that first restart. I maybe brought the pace down too slow and I spun the tires. When it stood up, I slid out, and I drove it all the way down there into turn one and plumb missed the corner. I just got lucky that he couldn't carve it good enough to get by me, just back to me, and I had another opportunity to do a better job in turn three than I did in turn one. I surely wouldn't make the same mistake twice, so I got in hard to make sure he couldn't get a run, got on the brakes well to hit the bottom and do it like I was supposed to. On the second restart, I didn't do it perfect, but I got it a little better and was able to bring it home."

It was game, set, match as Swanson went on to stamp his place alongside and atop the USAC record books with a victory margin of seven tenths over Santos, Grant, a career-best finish for Jim Anderson in fourth and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2018 - Oregon, Wisconsin - Madison International Speedway - Bytec "Dairyland 100"

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.870; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.930; 3. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-16.982; 4. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-17.171; 5. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-17.181; 6. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-17.184; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-17.201; 8. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-17.263; 9. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.403; 10. Dave Darland, 32, Williams/Wright-17.452; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.516; 12. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-17.584; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.694; 14. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.773; 15. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-17.849; 16. Austin Blair, 96, Blair-17.865; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-18.815; 18. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-(Time of 17.128 disallowed); 19. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-(Time of 17.202 disallowed); 20. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Bobby Santos (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Jim Anderson (8), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 7. David Byrne (19), 8. Travis Welpott (9), 9. Matt Goodnight (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (14), 11. Kyle Hamilton (4), 12. Toni Breidinger (15), 13. Aaron Pierce (18), 14. Patrick Lawson (13), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Dave Darland (10), 17. Austin Blair (16), 18. Derek Bischak (12), 19. Eric Gordon (3). 36:49.04
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-47 Grant, Laps 48-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: David Byrne (19th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Aaron Pierce

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-432, 2-Grant-327, 3-Windom-296, 4-Byrne-292, 5-Santos-265, 6-Pierce-239, 7-Welpott-237, 8-Goodnight-230, 9-Coons-225, 10-Robbins-199.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE August 11 - Salem, Indiana - Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery - Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" Presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

JUSTIN GRANT SPRINTS TO PERRIS USAC/CRA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 27, 2018... Starting fourth, Justin Grant (Ione, California) had a furious battle with “The Demon” Damion Gardner and raced to victory last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. Living in Indiana and running an Arizona based car, Grant took the lead for good on the twenty-fifth lap and claimed the second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of his career. Gardner, Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

In one of the most furious main events at Perris, outside front row starter Logan Williams grabbed the early lead. Looking for his first win, Williams led the first two circuits before Damion Gardner grabbed the top spot. With two grooves for the racers to choose, Gardner led the next nine laps before Grant powered to the lead on lap twelve. Grant maintained the top spot until the twenty-fourth lap when Gardner returned the favor. Grant battled back and regained the lead on the next circuit as the pair fought through slower traffic. Gardner inched closer to make another challenge, but the night belonged to Justin Grant

Making his first start in the Andy Reinbold / Todd Underwood owned #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rental Spike, Justin Grant qualified third out of twenty-four racers. The USAC National driver finished third in his 10-lap heat race and left Perris ranked twenty-fourth in point.

Looking for his third USAC/CRA win of the campaign, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) led ten laps of the main event before taking second at the checkered flag. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was sixth quick in time trials and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The point leader heads to Santa Maria with a 22-point advantage with four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) raced from seventh to score third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified seventh overall, scored eighth in his heat race with a flat tire, and won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion is third in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) finished fourth in the Perris 30-lap main event. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was second fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year ranks sixth in the point standings with one feature win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) fought hard to take fifth at Perris Auto Speedway. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson qualified fourth overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The defending USAC West Coast 360 Champion is second in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) earned his second Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from eighteenth. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm was eighteenth quick in time trials and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. To date, Tommy “Thunder” ranks eighth in the point standings with three top-10 standings.

Making his first start in the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) claimed the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Mitchell scored fourth in his heat race and finished twenty-second in the feature after suffering mechanical problems.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) raced to victory in the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen qualified eleventh overall and placed twelfth in the main event. At press time, Chris sits eleventh in the point chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.

On Saturday, July 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their first of two appearances at Nick Duggan’s Santa Maria Raceway. “The 10th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 23, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.710; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.770; 3. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.777; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.794; 5. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.799; 6. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.814; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.887; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.975; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.081; 10. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.090; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.144; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.365; 13. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-17.402; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.506; 15. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.556; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.570; 17. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-17.624; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.852; 19. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.991; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.035; 21. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.132; 22. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.207; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.469; 24. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-20.562.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Sweeney, 4. Mitchell, 5. Rossi, 6. Mihocko, 7. Marshall, 8. Roa. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Stewart, 5. C.Williams, 6. Waitman, 7. Dyer, 8. Rayborne. 2:57.44.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. Grant, 4. T.Willliams, 5. Adams, 6. Bender, 7. Everhart, 8. Ervine. 2:54.08.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bender, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Rossi, 6. Waitman, 7. Everhart, 8. Rayborne, 9. Ervine, 10. Dyer, 11. Marshall, 12. Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Justin Grant (4th), 2. Damion Gardner (1st), 3. Brody Roa (7th), 4. Austin Williams (5th), 5. Jake Swanson (3rd), 6. Tommy Malcolm (18th), 7. Max Adams (9th), 8. Cody Williams (8th), 9. R.J. Johnson (13th), 10. Logan Williams (2nd), 11. A.J. Bender (12th), 12. Chris Gansen (11th), 13. Trent Williams (15th), 14. Matt Stewart (17th), 15. Randy Waitman (14th), 16. Joel Rayborne (21st), 17. Jeff Dyer (19th), 18. Verne Sweeney (16th), 19. Austin Ervine (22nd), 20. Tony Everhart (20th), 21. Matt Rossi (10th), 22. Matt Mitchell (6th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 L.Williams, Laps 3-11 Gardner, Laps 12-23 Grant, Lap 24 Gardner, Laps 25-30 Grant.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (18th to 6th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-450, 2. Jake Swanson-428, 3. Brody Roa-421, 4. Cody Williams-341, 5. R.J. Johnson-320, 6. Austin Williams-303, 7. Max Adams-293, 8. Tommy Malcolm-287, 9. A.J. Bender-275, 10. Logan Williams-243, 11. Chris Gansen-231, 12. Ryan Bernal-152, 13. Matt Rossi-150, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 15. Trent Williams-142, 16. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 17. Verne Sweeney-128, 18. Joel Rayborne-125, 19. Austin Liggett-120, 20. Matt McCarthy-118.


 


SWANSON COULD TIE ALL-TIME SILVER CROWN
WIN MARK FRIDAY AT MADISON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin.........On September 10, 1988, car No. 63 wheeled by Jack Hewitt and wrenched by Bob Hampshire recorded their ninth career USAC Silver Crown victory in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, surpassing Gary Bettenhausen to become the series' winningest driver.

Thirty years later, much has changed in the world around us. The internet has transformed how we exchange information and the smart phone/iPhone has completely altered the way we interact with each other.

But in the world of Silver Crown racing, the landscape has been relatively unaltered. Sure, mechanical advances have been made, round noses aren't as aplenty, and the safety of the cars have improved by leaps and bounds.

However, when you look at the front of the pack, what do you see? There it is - car No. 63 wrenched by Bob Hampshire winning, winning and then also winning some more.

Furthermore, since that afternoon of Hewitt's victory three decades ago, every time you've glanced atop the leaderboard in terms of Silver Crown career wins, the name Jack Hewitt has stood head and shoulders above the competition.

This Friday at Madison International Speedway's Bytec "Dairyland 100," another name could join Hewitt on the topline: Kody Swanson. The Kingsburg, California native needs just one more win to equal Hewitt's mark, which eventually climbed to 23 with his final series victory in 2000 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Swanson stands at 22 coming into Madison and the question coming into the season was whether the 2014, 2015 and 2017 champ could reach the mark by the end of the 2018 season. Swanson certainly hasn't wasted any time chopping down win after win in the last three races.

Kody's unbeaten streak includes a complete sweep of all three events in May at Ohio's Toledo Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway. In the first two races of the season, Swanson finished second. That kind of consistency has led to his massive 99-point advantage in the standings just one race shy of passing the halfway point of the season.

The thing is he's been in contention to win all five races run thus far in 2018. He led 14 laps in the opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. before Santos got by for the victory with 21 laps remaining before finishing 2nd. On the dirt of Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, Swanson took the lead late in the 100-lapper before being involved in an accident. Yet, he still came back from the tail, finishing 2nd, and was closing in the final laps, to winner Justin Grant.

During the three-race win streak, Swanson started 9th at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, took the lead on lap 40 from Jerry Coons, Jr. and led the final 61 laps. He started from the pole at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and led 73 laps on his way to a fourth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory, something only Al Unser had accomplished before. In the most recent battle at Lucas Oil Raceway, Swanson led all but the first lap from the pole, but had to fight off his brother, Tanner, who started from the 22nd position and was hounding Kody throughout much of the race.

The sky is the limit for Kody when it comes to how many records he can establish. Incredibly, the man also owns 19 career 2nd place finishes in the series, which means he has finished in top-2 in 41 of his 88 career starts for a nearly 47% average. Hewitt has the second-highest quotient of top-two finishes with 32, but he did it in 163 starts for a near 20% average.

Swanson is one away, but he has quite a bit of competition that's more than willing to use their right foot as a hindrance to his bid for history this Friday in the series' debut at Madison this Friday night.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts won the season opener in Phoenix, then proceeded to reel off a 2nd at Toledo and a 4th at LOR. Leading Rookie Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) slots in at the 7th spot coming in. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) and USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) occupy the remainder of the top-ten.

Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon checks in at the 11th spot in the series' standings, returning to USAC Silver Crown series after a handful of years' absence from the track. The nine-time "Little 500" champ has one Silver Crown victory to his credit, back at the Milwaukee Mile in 1990.

Gordon is the lone past Silver Crown winner in the state of Wisconsin expected to compete at Madison. He's part of a list of Wisconsin Silver Crown winners, all at Milwaukee, which includes George Snider (1988), Mike Bliss (1993), Jay Drake (2004), Dave Steele (2005), Wayne Reutimann, Jr. (2006) and Bobby East (2011).

Madison is the 44th different track to host a Silver Crown event in its 48th season of competition. However, the half-mile paved oval has hosted a smattering of USAC races over the decades. The National Sprint Cars have competed twice with Larry Dickson taking the top honors in 1970 and Dave Steele capturing the checkered flag in the most recent USAC appearance in 1997.

The National Midgets have raced at Madison on five occasions with the legendary Mel Kenyon sweeping all three in 1969 and Gary Bettenhausen winning the following year in 1970. Jimmy McCune was the most recent victor, picking up the midget portion of the USAC doubleheader in 1997.

Pits open at 3:30pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4:30pm. Two practice sessions will hit the track from 5:20pm to 5:45pm and from 6:05pm to 6:30pm. Front gates open at 6pm. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:35pm with racing action set for 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20. Seniors age 62+ are $18. Students age 12-17 are $10. Children age 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and under are free.

Catch the race audio LIVE on the USAC app or watch a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BYTEC "DAIRYLAND 100" ENTRY LIST:
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
131 (R) DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

IMS TO BUILD DIRT TRACK,
HOST LUCRATIVE USAC MIDGET EVENT SEPT. 5-6

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.

Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country have expressed interest in the event, with a large and diverse field - including NASCAR Cup Series drivers - expected to compete.

"This is an exciting new chapter of the longtime relationship between USAC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and reinforces the connection between short-track racing and this facility," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "The Speedway truly is The Greatest Race Course in the World, and adding a dirt track will create even more opportunities for fans to enjoy the magic of IMS. We can't wait to see some of the best drivers and teams in America compete here during Brickyard race week."

Construction of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval, started last week with the first loads of Indiana clay arriving for grading. Concrete walls and safety fencing will be constructed during the summer, and portable lights will illuminate the track.

Reece O'Connor of Kokomo (Indiana) Speedway is overseeing the track design and layout and supervising the construction. Allegiant International, a multinational advisory and consultancy firm based in Indianapolis, is facilitating the project.

The United States Auto Club and IMS were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.

"Over the years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played such a critical part not only in the formation but also the successful growth of the United States Auto Club," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "Our roots originated at IMS, and our passion continues to reside here. To have USAC return to hosting a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a historic and exciting new chapter for our Midget series. We are beyond thrilled for both our competitors and fans to add this race to our 2018 calendar."

Ticket prices will range from $35-50 and go on sale in mid-July. Camping also will be available. Visit www.ims.com/bc39 for more information about this event and to learn when tickets become available.

Indiana Donor Network, which oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation across the state, launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Stefan Wilson to promote donation and transplantation awareness around the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the campaign honored Stefan's late brother, IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and saved five lives as an organ donor.

Three-time USAC Midget and two-time USAC Sprint Car national champion Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor. In January 2017, Indiana Donor Network partnered with Clauson-Marshall Racing and expanded Driven2SaveLives into dirt track racing in honor of Clauson.

 

ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR FRIDAY'S
"DAIRYLAND 100" AT MADISON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin.........The entry list has been released for the Bytec "Dairyland 100," featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' debut at Madison International Speedway this Friday night, June 29.

The list includes four former Silver Crown champs, headed by series point leader and three-time titlist Kody Swanson. Swanson has two milestones that he could equal Friday. Swanson stands at 22 career Silver Crown victories, and with another win at Madison, he would equal Jack Hewitt's all-time record of 23. He also has the opportunity to become just the third driver to win four-straight Silver Crown races, joining Tom Bigelow in 1975-76 and Jack Hewitt, who is the only other driver to do the quadruple in a single-season back in 1986.

Additionally, 2016 champ Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and 2008 titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) head a stout two-car Gene Nolen Racing lineup. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, the 1997 champion, will make his third start with the Williams & Wright Racing team.

Five additional entries have accumulated victories in their Silver Crown careers, including Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon, whose only Silver Crown victory came in the state of Wisconsin, at the Milwaukee Mile, back in 1990. Shullsburg's David Byrne is the lone Badger state representative in the field. Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. was victorious in the season opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. while Ione, California's Justin Grant won the dirt season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April. Aaron Pierce recorded the fastest lap in the history of Silver Crown racing back in 2006 and was strong in his last series outing at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway in May, recording a 3rd place result.

Seven rookies and four veterans are looking for their first series win this Friday night. The veterans list consists of past series' Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind., HPD Midget champion Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio, Edwardsville, Illinois pilot Patrick Lawson and Winchester, Indiana's Matt Goodnight.

Among the Rookies are top first-year driver Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind., who stands 7th in the standings, plus USAC's winningest female driver Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif and past USAC D1 Midget champ Jim Anderson of Joliet, Ill. New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins, Fairview Heights, Illinois, Austin Blair, Levittown, Pennsylvania's Mike Haggenbottom and Angola, Indiana's Derek Bischak are all set to take on the half-mile paved Madison oval for the first time in their initial season on the circuit.

Pits open at 3:30pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4:30pm. Two practice sessions will hit the track from 5:20pm to 5:45pm and from 6:05pm to 6:30pm. Front gates open at 6pm. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:35pm with racing action set for 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20. Seniors age 62+ are $18. Students age 12-17 are $10. Children age 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and under are free.

Catch the race audio LIVE on the USAC app or watch a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

BYTEC "DAIRYLAND 100" ENTRY LIST:
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
131 (R) DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH” THIS SATURDAY AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 25, 2018... This Saturday, June 30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their first of five appearances at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars. The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eight West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Seven different drivers have claimed victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson with two main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 12.085 was set by Kenny Perkins on June 3, 2017 and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) leads the standings with a 77-point advantage over the competition. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won Santa Maria’s “Ron Otto Memorial” on June 9th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led. Austin has six career wins and will be looking to add a Ventura triumph to his resume.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks second in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino broke while leading at Santa Maria and placed seventeenth. At press time, the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” winner has one feature win, four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on another victory at Ventura Raceway.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the USAC West Coast point standings. The pilot of the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim did not compete at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the 2011 champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd has twenty-one series wins and is always a threat to score the victory.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix scored sixteenth in the “Ron Otto Memorial.” At press time, Steve has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Hix will be looking to breakthrough and score his first main event win.

After finishing second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast 360 point chase. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Ryan has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes and 19 feature laps led in the campaign. Timmons will have his sights on his first sprint car win this Saturday night.

Currently tenth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Koen Shaw, Jace Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Ryan Bernal, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Jake Swanson, Kyle Edwards, Scotty Farmer, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) leads the VRA Sprint Car point standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Charlie Butcher, Joey Bishop, Brody Roa, Sterling Cling, Danny Parrish, Ed Schwarz, Ryan Stolz, and Gage Rucker round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-574, 2. Tristan Guardino-497, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Steve Hix-433, 5. Ryan Timmons-424, 6. Shannon McQueen-419, 7. Koen Shaw-415, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 10. Britton Bock-366, 11. Austin Ervine-302, 12. Ryan Stolz-284, 13. Ryan Bernal-279, 14. Brandon Wiley-238, 15. Troy Rutherford-189, 16. Trent Carter-167, 17. Max Adams-135, 18. Hobie Conway-131, 19. Brody Roa-117, 20. Colby Copeland-114.

VRA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-495, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-460, 3. Charlie Butcher-380, 4. Joey Bishop-330, 5. Brody Roa-260, 6. Sterling Cling-205, 7. Danny Parrish-190, -. Ed Schwarz-190, 9. Ryan Stolz-185, 10. Gage Rucker-180, --. Kyle Edwards-180, 12. Brandon Wiley-170, --. Tyler Hatzikian-170, 14. Guy Woodward-165, 15. Rick Hendrix-155, 16. Tom Hendricks-150, 17. Greg Andrews-30, --. Josh Lakatos-30.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SAY CHEESE! SILVER CROWN MAKES DEBUT
AT MADISON THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin.........It's been seven seasons since USAC Silver Crown Champ Car racing has graced the state of Wisconsin, but the wait is over as the series heads to a first-time venue in Oregon, Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway this Friday night, June 29, for the Bytec "Dairyland 100."

That race in 2011 won by Bobby East was held at the Milwaukee Mile, which has hosted all eight of the series' previous appearances in the Badger State. In fact, Friday's race marks the first "new" track the series will race on since the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2013 and the first on pavement since 2010 at Michigan's Berlin Raceway.

Little did we know that Berlin's race nearly a decade ago would be a harbinger of what was going to come for the decade of the 2010s. Kody Swanson finished 2nd in the race behind his brother, Tanner, for his best career Silver Crown finish at the time. One race later, at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Swanson earned the first of his now 22 career series wins, which segues into the history that lies before him this Friday night at Madison.

Those 22 wins rank 2nd all-time behind Jack Hewitt's 23 in the all-time record books, which Kody could rewrite with another victory in two different ways. With another win at Madison, he would become just the third driver to win four-straight Silver Crown races, joining Tom Bigelow in 1975-76 and Jack Hewitt, who is the only other driver to do the quadruple in a single-season back in 1986.

Kody's streak included a complete sweep of all three events in May at Ohio's Toledo Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway. For the first two races of the season in April, the Kingsburg, California native was no slouch either, finishing in the runner-up spot each time.

Kody leads the points race by a country mile (99 points) over Justin Grant with six races remaining on the 2018 schedule. Ione, California's Grant was victorious at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April. Shullsburg, Wisconsin's own David Byrne holds down third in the standings coming in with 2016 series champ Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) rounding out the top-five.

Kody's stiffest competition may come in the form of Bobby Santos, the Franklin, Massachusetts native who won the season opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., then proceeded to reel off a 2nd at Toledo and a 4th at LOR. Leading Rookie Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) slots in at the 7th spot coming in. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) and USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) occupy the remainder of the top-ten.

Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon checks in at the 11th spot in the series' standings, returning to USAC Silver Crown series after a handful of years' absence from the track. The nine-time "Little 500" champ has one Silver Crown victory to his credit, back at the Milwaukee Mile in 1990.

Gordon is the lone past Silver Crown winner in the state of Wisconsin expected to compete at Madison. He's part of a list of Wisconsin Silver Crown winners, all at Milwaukee, which includes George Snider (1988), Mike Bliss (1993), Jay Drake (2004), Dave Steele (2005), Wayne Reutimann, Jr. (2006) and Bobby East (2011).

Madison is the 44th different track to host a Silver Crown event in its 48th season of competition. However, the half-mile paved oval has hosted a smattering of USAC races over the decades. The National Sprint Cars have competed twice with Larry Dickson taking the top honors in 1970 and Dave Steele capturing the checkered flag in the most recent USAC appearance in 1997.

The National Midgets have raced at Madison on five occasions with the legendary Mel Kenyon sweeping all three in 1969 and Gary Bettenhausen winning the following year in 1970. Jimmy McCune was the most recent victor, picking up the midget portion of the USAC doubleheader in 1997.

Pits open at 3:30pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4:30pm. Two practice sessions will hit the track from 5:20pm to 5:45pm and from 6:05pm to 6:30pm. Front gates open at 6pm. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:35pm with racing action set for 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20. Seniors age 62+ are $18. Students age 12-17 are $10. Children age 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and under are free.

Catch the race audio LIVE on the USAC app or watch a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 23, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.710; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.770; 3. Justin Grant, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.777; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.794; 5. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.799; 6. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.814; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.887; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.975; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.081; 10. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.090; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.144; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.365; 13. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-17.402; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.506; 15. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.556; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.570; 17. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-17.624; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.852; 19. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.991; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.18.035; 21. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.132; 22. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.207; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.469; 24. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-20.562.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Sweeney, 4. Mitchell, 5. Rossi, 6. Mihocko, 7. Marshall, 8. Roa. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Stewart, 5. C.Williams, 6. Waitman, 7. Dyer, 8. Rayborne. 2:57.44.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. Grant, 4. T.Willliams, 5. Adams, 6. Bender, 7. Everhart, 8. Ervine. 2:54.08.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bender, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Rossi, 6. Waitman, 7. Everhart, 8. Rayborne, 9. Ervine, 10. Dyer, 11. Marshall, 12. Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Logan Williams, 11. A.J. Bender, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Matt Stewart, 15. Randy Waitman, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Jeff Dyer, 18. Verne Sweeney, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Tony Everhart, 21. Matt Rossi, 22. Matt Mitchell. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 L.Williams, Laps 3-11 Gardner, Laps 12-23 Grant, Lap 24 Gardner, Laps 25-30 Grant. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (18th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

 

 

BULLET IMPRESSIONS BOOSTS USAC/CRA CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2018... Officials with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series have announced that Bullet Impressions will sponsor the 2018 California Sprint Week. For the fifth consecutive year, the popular mini-series will feature the traditional (non-wing) 410 sprints at six races in eight nights at five different race tracks.

Thanks to Bullet Impressions – onefasttee.com, the winner of the “California Sprint Week” point standings will earn $500, second will take home $300, and third will make $200. Last season, forty-nine drivers took the green flag and “The Demon” Damion Gardner emerged with his third mini-series crown in four years. This year, each “Sprint Week” main event will pay a minimum of $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start.

Based in Hanford, California, Bullet Impressions – onefasttee.com specializes in custom screen printing, embroidery, and specialty advertisements. While their client list includes drivers and racetracks from Central and Northern California, they are also known for their custom Slide Job City, Race Chic, One Fast Tee, and WFO Apparel lines of clothing. For more information, visit their website at onefasttee.com or call 559.585.0900.

Starting Saturday, September 1st, the “California Sprint Week” will open at the historic Calistoga Speedway with the “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” The special two-night event at the Napa County Fairgrounds will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets. The following night, the mini-series moves to the Petaluma Speedway for a rare Monday night sprint car race at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

On Thursday, September 6th, the “California Sprint Week” resumes at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway as part of the “65th Gold Cup Race of Champions.” The traditional 410s will invade Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway on Friday before closing their mini-series at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 8th.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.
**THE FLOWMASTER 53545-10 “SUITCASE” MUFFLER IS MANDATORY AT PETALUMA AND WATSONVILLE. IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED AT CHICO.

Today, June 23rd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK WINS: 7-Damion Gardner, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Rico Abreu, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Mike Spencer.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY FAST TIMES: 6-Damion Gardner, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Eliason, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Andy Forsberg, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Tanner Thorson, 1-Cody Williams.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-374, 2. Jake Swanson-359, 3. Brody Roa-353, 4. Cody Williams-291, 5. R.J. Johnson-267, 6. Max Adams-239, 7. Austin Williams-231, -. A.J. Bender-231, 9. Tommy Malcolm-225, 10. Logan Williams-191, 11. Chris Gansen-184, 12. Ryan Bernal-152, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 15. Matt Rossi-126, 16. Austin Liggett-120, 17. Matt McCarthy-118, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 19. Joel Rayborne-93, 20. Tye Mihocko-91.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GOFF EXTENDS DMA LEAD WITH ALBANY-SARATOGA WIN

MALTA, NY........Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. extended his lead in the USAC DMA Speed2 Midget standings with his victory in Friday night's 25-lap feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Seth Carlson took second ahead of Justin Phillips, Adam Whitney and Joe Krawiec. The race featured four different lap leaders. Manny Dian, Jeff Champagne and Seth Carlson all led before Goff took over on lap 21.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 22, 2018 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne), 2. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 3. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 6. Brandon Emerson (#8 Emerson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 5. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 6. Joe Krawiec (#1m Miller), 7. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Jason Goff, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Justin Phillips, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Joe Krawiec, 6. Derek O'Hearn, 7. David Moniz, 8. Manny Dias, 9. Randy Higginson, 10. Brandon Emerson, 11. Mike Chaffee, 12. Jeff Champagne, 13. Will Hull. NT ---------------------------- **Hull flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Dias, Laps 3-5 Champagne, Laps 6-20 Carlson, Laps 21-25 Goff.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-359, 2-Carlson-340, 3-Krawiec-339, 4-Chaffee-299, 5-Hull-287, 6-Phillips-280, 7-Champagne-268, 8-O'Hearn-258, 9-Dias-247, 10-Higginson-229.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: June 30 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

INAUGURAL MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS AT NEBRASKA'S JEFFERSON CO. JULY 13-14

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska.........When the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets come to the heartland, the excitement is palpable, and the on-track action has annually been on-point.

This year, those factors remain at the forefront as the trek through middle America for the series takes on a new look, culminating in the two-night, inaugural "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 in which the final night winner will pocket a $5000 grand prize.

USAC National Midgets have raced at Jefferson County's 1/5-mile dirt oval in each of the past two seasons. Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat (2016) and Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson scored each of those victories.

Teams can enter the event at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-midwest-midget-championship-fairbury-nebraska. Competitors must pre-enter to be eligible for the increased Saturday purse. Pre-entry is good for both nights of the "Midwest Midget Championship:" $50 for USAC members and 75 for non-USAC members. The deadline for pre-entering is Tuesday, July 10.

The first night on Friday will feature a $3000 winner's share leading into Saturday night's finale which sees the ante upped to $5000 for the main event winner. The race is part of the Jefferson County Fair and features non-wing micro sprints on the card. Pits open at 2pm and the front gates open at 5pm. Qualifying begins at 6:30pm with racing scheduled to commence at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 54 inches tall and under. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

The expansive week of racing includes five events at four racetracks in four different states. The week kicks off on Tuesday, July 10 with the series' first visit to the state of Oklahoma in 43 years when the road takes us to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. Back in 1975, John Batts and Sleepy Tripp earned successive victories at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena.

One night later, on Wednesday, July 11, the series returns to the birthplace of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward for the ninth running of the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas.

After one night off, the series hits Jefferson County for two night, Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, before hitting the trail for its second debut at a new track in a six-day span, Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri for the "John Hinck Championship." It will be the first "Show-Me State" showcase for the USAC National Midgets since Jerry Coons, Jr. victory at Eldon's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006.

All five races will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and LIVE via audio on the USAC App. All USAC National races can be viewed again on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS GEAR UP FOR JUNE 23RD PERRIS RETURN
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 19, 2018... This Saturday, June 23rd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for their third appearance of the season. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 206 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 44 main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. In the two previous races, Gardner topped the April 21st “Sokola Shootout” and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams took the hotly contested “Salute to Indy” on May 26th. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 15-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored eighth in the “Salute to Indy.” At press time, “The Demon” has two feature wins, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. The six-time champion has seventy-seven USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to extend his point lead with another Perris victory.

After running second to Austin Williams at the “Salute to Indy,” Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The defending USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one career USAC/CRA win and will have his sights on his first victory Perris Auto Speedway.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa placed eleventh in the May 26th main event. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. Brody has four series wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams ran fourth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, 2010 Victorville Champion has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Cadillac” has one USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first “home track” win this Saturday night.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson charged from twenty-second to twelfth in May 26th “Salute to Indy.” At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest 360 Sprint Car Champion has three top-10 finishes on the season. R.J. has six USAC/CRA wins to his credit and will be looking to gain valuable points with another win at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Currently nineteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, A.J. Bender, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Jeff Dyer, Verne Sweeney, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 44-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Austin Williams, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-374, 2. Jake Swanson-359, 3. Brody Roa-353, 4. Cody Williams-291, 5. R.J. Johnson-267, 6. Max Adams-239, 7. Austin Williams-231, -. A.J. Bender-231, 9. Tommy Malcolm-225, 10. Logan Williams-191, 11. Chris Gansen-184, 12. Ryan Bernal-152, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 15. Matt Rossi-126, 16. Austin Liggett-120, 17. Matt McCarthy-118, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 19. Joel Rayborne-93, 20. Tye Mihocko-91.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

FACCINTO CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AT BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 18, 2018… Powering by Jake Swanson after a restart with 20-laps in the books, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) raced to victory last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Faccinto’s triumph marked his second consecutive Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water feature win and the seventh of his career. Swanson, hard charger Robby Josett, point leader Alex Schutte, and Robert Dalby followed Faccinto to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, young Robert Dalby grabbed the early lead. Looking for his first series win, Dalby set a fast pace as track conditions were changing. Behind the leader, Faccinto, Schutte, and Swanson were having a torrid battle for the second, third, and fourth spots. As Dalby preferred the outside line, Schutte broke free on the low groove to take the lead at lap 15. As Schutte was settling in to the top spot, Swanson slipped by both drivers from third to take command on the next circuit. With the lead secured, Swanson was extending his head, but a flip by JFM teammate Dylan Ito on lap 20 halted the action. Now in second, Faccinto made the most of the opportunity and slid by Swanson after the restart to take the top spot. From there, Faccinto shook free from all challengers to lead the final 10-laps and earn the $1,200 win at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

Racing the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment, Michael Faccinto has won two out of three races in the young season. The former Calistoga Louie Vermeil Classic winner began his night by earning the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the stout 22-car field. In heat race action, Michael finished second to Swanson to earn a spot in the main event inversion. After the win, Faccinto has jumped from seventh to second in the point chase with two top-10 finishes and 29 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) raced hard at Bakersfield to lead five laps but had to settle for second after starting sixth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Naturipe / Sun Valley Ag Service TCR, Swanson was tenth quick in time trials and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. After his first start of 2018, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is twentieth in the point standings.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from eleventh. Driving his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett qualified seventeenth overall and scored fourth in his heat race. Heading to Petaluma, Robby sits fifth in championship points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) battled hard at Bakersfield with Faccinto, Dalby, and Swanson to lead one lap before taking fourth at the finish line. Racing the Schutte / McElwee #29 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte was twelfth fast in time trials and won the 8-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The point leader has 25-point advantage with one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) led the opening 14 laps before claiming fifth in the 30-lap feature. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified fourteenth overall and ran second to Frankie Guerrini in his heat race. At press time, Robert ranks fourth in the championship chase with three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) raced to victory in the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was eighth quick in time trials and placed seventh in the main event. To date, the former BCRA Champion is sixth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes and 11 feature laps led on the season.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, July 21st, at Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” is co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets and will also feature 360 Wing Sprints, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2018 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.129; 2. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.521; 3. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.533; 4. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.536; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.635; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 2X, Neverlift-14.653; 7. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-14.744; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.814; 9. Ariel Biggs, 1P, Nichols-14.874; 10. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-15.024; 11. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-15.045; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.047; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.108; 14. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.135; 15. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.149; 16. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-15.160; 17. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-15.161; 18. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.380; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.395; 20. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-15.614; 21. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-15.895; 22. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Faccinto, 3. Anderson, 4. C.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Dalby, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Guardino, 6. Sarna, 7. Hazelton-Heredia. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Prickett, 3. Gardner, 4. Cling, 5. Beilman, 6. Mitchell, 7. Biggs. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (3rd), 2. Jake Swanson (6th), 3. Robby Josett (11th), 4. Alex Schutte (4th), 5. Robert Dalby (2nd), 6. Cody Swanson (10th), 7. Frankie Guerrini (5th), 8. Randi Pankratz (13th), 9. C.J. Sarna (17th), 10. Shannon McQueen (8th), 11. Clayton Ruston (16th), 12. Kyle Beilman (15th), 13. Marvin Mitchell (18th), 14. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia (20th), 15. Tristan Guardino (14th), 16. David Prickett (1st), 17. Daniel Anderson (7th), 18. Dylan Ito (22nd), 19. Sterling Cling (12th), 20. Ronnie Gardner (9th), 21. Ariel Biggs (21st), 22. Bryan Drollinger (19th). NT
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**Cling flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Ito flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Dalby, Lap 15 Schutte, Laps 16-20 J.Swanson, Laps 21-30 Faccinto
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Robby Josett (11th to 3rd)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-220, 2. Michael Faccinto-195, 3. Shannon McQueen-187, 4. Robert Dalby-183, 5. Robby Josett-180, 6. Frankie Guerrini-168, 7. Clayton Ruston-158, 8. Ronnie Gardner-154, 9. Cory Elliott-146, 10. C.J. Sarna-140, 11. David Prickett-133, 12. Marvin Mitchell-117, 13. Dylan Ito-112, 14. Kyle Beilman-109, 15. Randi Pankratz-96, 16. Maria Cofer-95, 17. Bryan Drollinger-93, 18. Austin Liggett-81, 19. Ryan Bernal-79, 20. Jake Swanson-75.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

MESERAULL MAGNIFICENT AT WEEDSPORT,
WINDOM WEARS THE EASTERN STORM CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Weedsport, New York.........Thomas Meseraull returned to victory lane and Chris Windom returned to center stage as the king of "Eastern Storm" for the second consecutive year Tuesday night in the debut at Weedsport Speedway for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

With a one-point lead over Kevin Thomas, Jr. heading into the 30-lap main event, the arithmetic to earn the "Eastern Storm" title was clear for Windom: beat KTJ and the championship is his.

Windom started from the tenth position while Thomas rolled off from seventh despite a multitude of misfortune that dogged him throughout the early portion of the night. In his heat race, the Dynamics, Inc. machine suffered a blown engine that sent the team into a thrash to swap the engine out and slide another bullet in between the frame rails.

From the get-go, the two were involved in a midfield dog-fight that had them stuffed in a four and five-deep croissant of traffic on the outer edges of the top-ten.

Meanwhile, up front series Rookie Timmy Buckwalter was challenging pole sitter and fellow Pennsylvanian Tony DiMattia for the race lead, which he would conquer on the third lap with an inside pass midway down the back straightaway. One lap later, Thomas Meseraull would slot into second behind Buckwalter.

Back to the title chase, Windom and Thomas were involved in sea of organized chaos with racecars occupying the track from top to bottom to left field. Windom, who fell as deep as 13th in the first third of the race, inched his way forward until he was able to sneak by Thomas on the 12th lap for the 11th spot.

Back at the front, it was a two-car breakaway with Buckwalter and Meseraull separating themselves from the crowd. The two were set to duke it out as Meseraull climbed to the inside of Buckwalter between turns one and two.

However, on the 14th lap, Buckwalter's bid to become the first "first-time" USAC National Sprint Car feature winner of the 2018 season came to an abrupt halt when he bounced off the turn one wall, then ricocheted into Meseraull and spun sideways against the turn two wall. Buckwalter would restart from the tail, ultimately finishing 13th while Meseraull soldiered on as the race leader.

"He was doing a great job," Meseraull praised. "He was entering higher into (turn) one and catching the curb earlier and I was slide jobbing myself. I'd run it in on the bottom of one and catch the curb as late as I could because I felt like I wasn't hitting it so hard. Basically, he got in real high and, honestly, I thought I crashed him, but I didn't intend to. Then (Crew Chief) Sean (Michael) told me he got into the fence and got the thing all upset. My line was a lot different and I really didn't have anywhere to go. It was very tricky into one. The only way I could describe it is you go down the straightaway and there's a 90 degree turn and there's only 100 feet until I make it all work. That sounds like a lot, but it's not."

On the ensuing restart, Courtney emerged as the main contender to Meseraull's throne. Meseraull was undeterred, using the turn two concrete as an extension of the racetrack by bouncing his right rear off the wall to propel him down the back straight, something that was brought into the discussion between driver and crew chief earlier in the night.

"In the heat race, Sean told me Tyler (Courtney) was gone in the heat race," Meseraull recalled. "He said 'you got to slide it in there and bang it off the wall. That's what Tyler's doing.' I told him, exact words, 'Don't worry, I'll crash it in the feature. He says, 'No, no, no. I'm not saying you weren't driving it hard. So, I said, 'Oh, I know I was driving it hard. I'm just saying I will hang it out and bang it off the fence come feature time. Don't worry.'"

Courtney was hot on the heels of Meseraull's Chris Dyson Racing/Thetford - ProtectAll - Norcold - Penske Shocks/Maxim/Speedway Chevy by the midway point. Both were entering low in turn one, then sliding up to the outside turn two wall in unison. Meseraull felt the pressure and kicked himself into another gear as he hit lapped traffic with less than five laps to go. Instead of waiting, picking and choosing, he got into the zone, utilizing a line influenced by Buckwalter laps before.

"It was really the first time I got to the outside of a car," Meseraull remembered. "I pretty much just picked Buckwalter's entry and ran it in their harder and banged the wall sooner. The curb was better there, but I didn't feel I had as much time to let the car to slow down before I got to it. We put the Knoxville mufflers on tonight to try to kill some horsepower out of the Speedway motor, so it was quiet. I could hear Tyler behind me, then all of a sudden, I could hear somebody thundering. I could hear him, I could hear him. It put me in attack mode. I'm just fortunate he didn't get quite close enough because that car's been rolling really good lately."

On the final lap, Courtney was within a couple car lengths of Meseraull, looking for any slippage that he could take advantage of, but Courtney connected with the turn two wall just a tad too much, allowing Meseraull to break away and close out his first series victory of the year over Courtney, Justin Grant, Windom and Dave Darland.

It had been a bit of a struggle for Meseraull and the CDR team through the first five races of "Eastern Storm" as they fought to find the right combination following finishes of 9th, 11th, 20th, 12th and 9th. At Weedsport, the team found the Midas touch. Incidentally, the issue was not a lack of horsepower, but too much underneath the hood.

"I don't actually know what kind of power this thing makes," Meseraull admitted. "I can imagine it makes over 900. The motors have a curve to them. When you're coming off the corner, the thing gets about 3000 to 4000 RPMs. You don't have to be touching the gas and it will just explode on you. With my motor, you pretty much have to run it on the peddle. if you want half throttle, you run half throttle. If you want full throttle, you stand on it. With this motor, you give it half throttle and it's just screaming. We had it choked up, muffled down, we got the smaller injectors and we got more air filter. We literally did everything to choke it down. We were running the same gear we'd run at Terre Haute here tonight. I would've run 40 points less in my car. I think that was really the key. We took out a bunch of gear. The thing would come off the corner, it would be kind of lazy and it wouldn't blow the tires off down the straightaway. You really have to be able to get this thing to the ground. Our car rolled across the scales at 1400 pounds with me in it and it makes over 900 horse. You can do the math. It's ridiculous."

Meseraull provided the first win for car owner and two-time American Le Mans Series champion driver Chris Dyson, the first New York car owner to win a USAC National Sprint Car feature since 1991 when Dick Hammond and Gohr Racing were victorious with driver Danny Smith at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois.

While Meseraull owned the night, the week belonged to Windom, who collected two wins among his five "podium" finishes and a fourth-place result en route to his second consecutive "Eastern Storm" crown.

"It was pretty simple going in, we knew we had to beat him," Windom said point blank. "I got bottled up the first ten laps or so and it seemed like every move I made was wrong, which got me really frustrated. I fell back to 12th or 13th at one point, but I knew we had a good racecar, so I didn't want to overreact. I had to start picking my battles and I started picking the cars off and I drove all the way to fourth. It's been a grueling week for everybody on this team. it shows what they're made of to be able to come out and do this six nights straight without any issues and bring home the title."

Windom is keenly aware that eight of the previous 11 "Eastern Storm" champions have ultimately won the USAC National Sprint Car title later that season. Windom believes the correlation ultimately lies in the jelling process that takes place over a weeklong period of long days and long nights, which ultimately pays valuable dividends throughout the remainder of the year.

"When you can come out here and run like this six nights in a row, it really brings you together," Windom said. "Especially for Derek and I, we've had our ups and downs this year. We've been good, but this is really a momentum booster for us to come out here and do this. Hopefully it correlates with the rest of the season and we can go back-to-back. We're just going to keep trying to win as many races as possible, do our jobs and I think we'll be just fine."

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Weedsport Speedway included Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Timmy Buckwalter (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chad Boespflug (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 19, 2018 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, New York - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.483 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.497; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.605; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.610; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-15.619; 6. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-15.678; 7. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-15.796; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.804; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.804; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.838; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.879; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-15.905; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.064; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.354; 15. Ryan Godown, 4F, R & M-16.370; 16. Eric Jennings, 14E, Pinkerous-16.774; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-16.800; 18. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.110; 19. Ryan Susice, 79, Mahoney-17.490; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-NT; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Bacon, 5. DiMattia, 6. Jennings, 7. Susice. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Meseraull, 3. Grant, 4. Chapple, 5. Westfall, 6. Biasi. 2:10.62 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Stockon, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Godown, 5. Thomas, 6. Bell. 2:16.73

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (3), 2. Tyler Courtney (11), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Dave Darland (12), 6. Brady Bacon (6), 7. Robert Ballou (20), 8. Matt Westfall (14), 9. Chase Stockon (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Isaac Chapple (8), 12. Ryan Godown (15), 13. Timmy Buckwalter (2), 14. Chad Boespflug (13), 15. Ryan Susice (19), 16. Eric Jennings (16), 17. C.J. Leary (4), 18. Joey Biasi (17), 19. Tony DiMattia (1), 20. Robert Bell (18), 21. Jarett Andretti (21). NT
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**Ballou flipped during qualifying. Andretti flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 DiMattia, Laps 3-13 Buckwalter, Laps 14-30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (20th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Timmy Buckwalter

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chad Boespflug

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1217, 2-Courtney-1179, 3-Windom-1179, 4-Ballou-1050, 5-Stockon-1046, 6-Bacon-1030, 7-Darland-983, 8-Grant-950, 9-Leary-949, 10-Boespflug-823.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-452, 2-Thomas-433, 3-Courtney-419, 4-Ballou-397, 5-Bacon-382, 6-Stockon-358, 7-Darland-355, 8-Grant-334, 9-Buckwalter-299, 10-Meseraull-296.

FINAL CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTERS POINTS: 1-Courtney-25, 2-Darland-23, 3-Ballou-22, 4-Chapple-21, 5-Westfall-17, 6-Meseraull-16, 7-Windom-15, 8-Grant-15, 9-Thomas-14, 10-Bacon-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 6 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

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KTJ TAKES HOFFMAN TO THE CENTURY MARK IN BRIDGEPORT USAC SPRINT DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey.........Hemmings, Cannon, Vogler, Butler, Stanley, Faas, Irwin, Michner, Darland, Tyler, Hines, Stanbrough, Coons, Clayton, Larson, Hagen, Bacon, Boespflug.

There's a whole host of names who've been a part of the ride that's taken the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. team to the brink of 100 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points-paying victories.

Only one driver can say he was in the driver's seat of the ride that pushed the venerable team over the century mark: Kevin Thomas, Jr., who drove to victory for the fourth time in USAC Sprint Car competition this season in round 5 of "Eastern Storm" on Monday night in the series' debut at Bridgeport Speedway.

"It's an honor to be the driver to get them that milestone," Thomas exclaimed. "It's something special and something you'll remember until the day you die or tell your grandkids. I'm glad they've given me this opportunity to run for them this year. It's very special to me and this team. There's a lot of people who'd like to be on a team like this. I'm just glad the guys behind me are with me."

The Cullman, Alabama native set the tone early, as he has done time and time again this season, by setting quick time in qualifying for the fourth-straight night and for a remarkable tenth time overall through the first 16 events of the 2018 season.

"It's nice to start off the day with a smile on your face," Thomas said with a grin. "There are times when you hot lap and qualify 10, 12th quick and you're a miserable bastard at the end of the day and it screws your whole night. I'm very temperamental and I wear my feelings on my shoulder. Setting quick time helps me a lot mentally. It gives me a little bit of extra confidence that I can conquer whatever racetrack we're at. Whether I do or don't, it gives me the feeling that helps with momentum and even communicating with the crew and things like that. You just feel focused. We've been rolling off fast times and it's actually been making my crew mad since we have to start sixth every night. It's hard to pass these guys who are that fast unless they make a mistake."

Those individuals he eluded to were, yet again, the ones he'd have to contend with on this night, namely Chris Windom and Tyler Courtney. Chad Boespflug led the opening lap before giving way to third-starting Windom who raced to the lead underneath Boespflug entering turn three on the second go-around.

Meanwhile, Courtney, who had been shuffled back to third on the opening lap after starting from the outside of the front row, had worked his way back into contention and was draped all over the orange No. 5 of Windom. Courtney initially ducked low off turn four on lap eight to challenge the reigning Eastern Storm champ, then a lap later, changed course by riding the lip around the outside of Windom exiting turn four to take the point.

The lead was short-lived as Windom slid Courtney back on the very next lap between turns three and four to reclaim the prime real estate out front.

With those two engaged in their own tug-of-war, Thomas was chiseling ever closer to the front, lying just a car length behind Courtney for second when the yellow flag fell for a spin by both Jarett Andretti and Robert Bell between turns three and four.

"I'm really enjoying getting beat sometimes because it kind of wakes me up. In 'Indiana Midget Week,' we won a bunch of sprint car races and I kind of got comfortable. I was getting my ass kicked out here and it's made me sit up in the seat a little bit. They're doing the same thing. We're all just really fast right now, all the way down to qualifying. Some of us aren't even good qualifiers, but we're qualifying 1-2-3-4-5, all right together. I don't like getting beat, but this is a competition sport. You get beat sometimes and, sometimes, you get beat a lot. That's just the way it is." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Rich Forman Photo)

On the ensuing restart, Courtney took the dirt highway a lane higher than Windom, working, working intensely for the next two circuits on how to navigate his way to the brink. On the 14th lap, Courtney attempted a slider on his apparel trailer mate Windom entering turn three. Courtney's right rear and Windom's left front connected, bouncing Windom out of the lead and fighting to regain his marbles until slotting back into third behind Courtney and Thomas.

Courtney's joyride as the leader only lasted another half lap, ending when Thomas outlasted Courtney down the middle of the back straight into turn three. A highly-motivated Windom was able to skirt past Courtney a lap later to return to the runner-up position.

Once again, the group at the front consisted of the trio who's captured 11 of the 15 victories with the series this season, three drivers at the peak of their game battling for supremacy every night, which takes full concentration, effort and attention to every detail.

"I was driving my ass off," Thomas admits. "They're racing for the same things I'm racing for. They're driving their asses off and I'm driving mine off too. When you get three drivers like that who've been running together all week, all year, it's great competition. It's fun that it's gotten to the point where it's this competitive each and every week no matter if we're at Putnamville or in the middle of the east coast, I-80 or Knoxville."

Though a sterling start, and a spot among the most consistent, has put him solidly into the series point lead, Thomas hadn't yet won during Eastern Storm, something he changed by leading the final 16 laps at Bridgeport to win over Windom, Courtney, Bacon and Stockon.

Thomas admits he got a little too lax after a hot late May and early June run. It's the competition that keeps Thomas motivated, something he's relishing even if he doesn't always come out on top.

"I'm really enjoying getting beat sometimes because it kind of wakes me up," Thomas explained. "In 'Indiana Midget Week,' we won a bunch of sprint car races and I kind of got comfortable. I was getting my ass kicked out here and it's made me sit up in the seat a little bit. They're doing the same thing. We're all just really fast right now, all the way down to qualifying. Some of us aren't even good qualifiers, but we're qualifying 1-2-3-4-5, all right together. I don't like getting beat, but this is a competition sport. You get beat sometimes and, sometimes, you get beat a lot. That's just the way it is."

Bridgeport's new 3/8-mile dirt oval is one of three first-time venues on the USAC Sprint Car trail this season. Yet, to Thomas, Bridgeport didn't seem much like a stranger, more like a long-lost brother or cousin to a track near his home base in which he has had much recent success.

"This track is just a stretched-out Gas City," Thomas observed. The dirt's actually similar. It's got that dark dirt. It's got a lot of grip no matter where you go. It's got a D-shaped backstretch and a wall on the front stretch. We didn't necessarily run the same setup, but we had the same balance on the racecar and it worked. We could've went out there and sucked and it would've been a different story. The judgment call from Davey (Jones) and Brad (Alexander) on what to do with the racecar, they hit it right on the money."

Windom leads the Eastern Storm standings by a single point over Thomas entering the final stop Tuesday at New York's Weedsport Speedway. Ballou runs third, 38 points back, ahead of Courtney (-39) and Brady Bacon (-67).

Contingency award winners Monday night at Bridgeport Speedway included Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner) and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2018 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.013 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.050; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.099; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.130; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.197; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.259; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.287; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.291; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.294; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.303; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-16.307; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.344; 13. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.367; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.385; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.386; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.523; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-16.602; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-16.717; 19. Ryan Godown, 3x, Wasitowski-16.904; 20. Mark Bitner, 15, Bitner-17.421; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.416; 22. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Windom, 5. Thomas, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Godown, 8. Lick. 2:46.73

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Courtney, 4. Westfall, 5. Biasi, 6. DiMattia, 7. Bitner. 2:45.31 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Daum, 3. Andretti, 4. Boespflug, 5. Meseraull, 6. Chapple, 7. Bell. 2:46.59

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6),2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Brady Bacon (13), 5. Chase Stockon (5), 6. Robert Ballou (9), 7. Dave Darland (8), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Thomas Meseraull (18), 10. Isaac Chapple (12), 11. Chad Boespflug (1), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 14. Jarett Andretti (4), 15. Joey Biasi (17), 16. Matt Westfall (14), 17. Zach Daum (15), 18. Tony DiMattia (11), 19. Kyle Lick (22), 20. Mark Bitner (20), 21. Ryan Godown (19), 22. Robert Bell (21). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boespflug, Laps 2-8 Windom, Lap 9 Courtney, Laps 10-13 Windom, Lap 14 Courtney, Laps 15-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Timmy Buckwalter

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1166, 2-Windom-1110, 3-Courtney-1104, 4-Ballou-998, 5-Stockon-993, 6-Bacon-964, 7-Darland-917, 8-Leary-910, 9-Grant-875, 10-Boespflug-782.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-383, 2-Thomas-382, 3-Ballou-345, 4-Courtney-344, 5-Bacon-316, 6-Stockon-305, 7-Darland-289, 8-Grant-259, 9-Buckwalter-255, 10-Boespflug-247.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-21, 2-Courtney-16, 3-Darland-16, 4-Thomas-16, 5-Meseraull-16, 6-Bacon-13, 7-Grant-13, 8-Buckwalter-12, 9-Westfall-11, 10-Windom-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 19 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, New York - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

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DMA AT ALBANY-SARATOGA FRIDAY, MW THUNDER AT MONTPELIER SATURDAY IN SPEED2 ACTION

USAC Speed2 Midget racing this week includes Friday's DMA race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. and Saturday's Midwest Thunder race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Jason Goff continues to lead the DMA standings and Aaron Leffel sits atop the Midwest Thunder standings.

Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. posted his second USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget victory in as many nights, leading all 35 laps to win at South Boston (Va.) Speedway Saturday. Jessica Bean was second ahead of Sam Hatfield, Levi Riffle and Jordan Empie. The previous night, he fought off the challenges of Jessica Bean to score a thrilling 50-lap feature victory at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C. Bean finished second after leading 48 laps, including the white-flag lap. Fast qualifier Hatfield was third ahead of Neal and Nolan Allison. The Eastern series is now gearing up for an Open Wheel Wednesday "special event" June 27 at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.

Joe Krawiec of Granby, Conn. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre Sports DMA Speed2 Midget feature at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Krawiec got by Derek O'Hearn and led the final 11 laps to beat O'Hearn, Jeff Champagne, Jason Goff and Mike Chaffee.

Robby McQuinn of Springfield, Ill. took home the trophy Saturday night after winning the 20-lap USAC Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. He passed Andy Baugh on lap 14 and led the rest of the way to beat Blake Buchholz, Andy Baugh, Brent Burrows and Kurt Mueller. The IMRA Midgets resume action June 30 at Canton.

USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget point leader Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio is the latest driver to record a last-lap feature victory, taking Saturday night's 20-lapper at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway after passing Chett Gehrke on the final lap! Gehrke was second ahead of Cory Guingrich, John Heydenreich and Jon Steed. Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio passed Gehrke exiting the final turn of the final lap to win Friday night's 25-lap "Jack & Jiggs Classic" USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway. Gehrke led seven of the feature laps but ended up second at the checkered flag ahead of series point leader Leffel, Heydenreich and Guingrich.

Last Saturday's scheduled Western Speed2 race at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway was cancelled. The next Western Speed2 race is June 30 at Santa Maria (Calif.) Raceway.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-436, 2-Neal Allison-395, 3-Nolan Allison-389, 4-Sam Hatfield-350, 5-Jordan Empie-324, 6-Dameron Taylor-245, 7-Chris Lamb-212, 8-Levi Riffle-111, 9-Connor Gross-107, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-285, 2-Joe Krawiec-278, 3-Seth Carlson-267, 4-Mike Chaffee-256, 5-Will Hull-242, 6-Jeff Champagne-221, 7-Justin Phillips-211, 8-Derek O'Hearn-196, 9-Manny Dias-193, 10-Randy Higginson-177.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-516, 2-Robby McQuinn-426, 3-Gedd Ross-385, 4-Blake Buchholz-322, 5-Shane Morgan-308, 6-Kurt Mueller-304, 7-Daltyn England-279, 8-Jake Sollenberger-254, 9-Brent Burrows-214, 10-Bart Andrews-204.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-276, 2-Chett Gehrke-214, 3-John Heydenreich-193, 4-Stratton Briggs-187, 5-Alex Watson-185, 6-Cory Guingrich-167, 7-Jon Watson-153, 8-Gedd Ross-134, 9-Kyle Kriegbaum-115, 10-Andy Baugh-110.

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2018 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.013 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.050; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.099; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.130; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.197; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.259; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.287; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.291; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.294; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.303; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-16.307; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.344; 13. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.367; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.385; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.386; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.523; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-16.602; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-16.717; 19. Ryan Godown, 3x, Wasitowski-16.904; 20. Mark Bitner, 15, Bitner-17.421; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.416; 22. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Windom, 5. Thomas, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Godown, 8. Lick. 2:46.73

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Courtney, 4. Westfall, 5. Biasi, 6. DiMattia, 7. Bitner. 2:45.31 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Daum, 3. Andretti, 4. Boespflug, 5. Meseraull, 6. Chapple, 7. Bell. 2:46.59

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6),2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Brady Bacon (13), 5. Chase Stockon (5), 6. Robert Ballou (9), 7. Dave Darland (8), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Thomas Meseraull (18), 10. Isaac Chapple (12), 11. Chad Boespflug (1), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 14. Jarett Andretti (4), 15. Joey Biasi (17), 16. Matt Westfall (14), 17. Zach Daum (15), 18. Tony DiMattia (11), 19. Kyle Lick (22), 20. Mark Bitner (20), 21. Ryan Godown (19), 22. Robert Bell (21). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boespflug, Laps 2-8 Windom, Lap 9 Courtney, Laps 10-13 Windom, Lap 14 Courtney, Laps 15-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Timmy Buckwalter

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1166, 2-Windom-1110, 3-Courtney-1104, 4-Ballou-998, 5-Stockon-993, 6-Bacon-964, 7-Darland-917, 8-Leary-910, 9-Grant-875, 10-Boespflug-782.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-383, 2-Thomas-382, 3-Ballou-345, 4-Courtney-344, 5-Bacon-316, 6-Stockon-305, 7-Darland-289, 8-Grant-259, 9-Buckwalter-255, 10-Boespflug-247.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-21, 2-Courtney-16, 3-Darland-16, 4-Thomas-16, 5-Meseraull-16, 6-Bacon-13, 7-Grant-13, 8-Buckwalter-12, 9-Westfall-11, 10-Windom-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 19 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, New York - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

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BRIGHT GRABS BAPS 20-LAP EASTERN MIDGET

York Haven, PA........Alex Bright of Royersford, Pa. won Sunday night's 20-lap USAC Eastern Midget feature at BAPS Motor Speedway, leading the final 17 laps after passing Ryan Greth on lap four. Steve Buckwalter took second at the checkered flag ahead of Greth, Kenny Miller and new series point leader Andrew Layser.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2018 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - BAPS Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Steve Buckwalter (#0 Buckwalter), 3. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 4. Kenny Miller (#23m Miller), 5. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 6. Steve Craig (#55 Craig), 7. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 8. Brett Arndt (#12 Heckman), 9. Reed Salony (#22 Salony), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77x Bright), 11. Ryan Wilson (#29 Wilson), 12. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling), 13. Shawn Jackson (#7s Jackson). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Greth, Laps 4-20 Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Layser-540, 2-Jackson-534, 3-Greth-511, 4-Bright-500, 5-Miller-500, 6-Conkling-327, 7-Mike Meyers-303, 8-Adam Pierson-288, 9-Tommy Kunsman Jr.-267, 10-S.Buckwalter-250.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 6 - Jonesville, PA - Linda's Speedway

 

 

MADMAN BALLOU TAPS BAPS FOR FIRST VICTORY OF 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

York Haven, Pennsylvania.........A lot of the pub lately has gone to a core group of racers who've dominated the win column this season.

One driver notably absent from that group coming into Sunday night's round 4 of "Eastern Storm" at BAPS Motor Speedway was the second-winningest active driver in the series, one who's eyes hadn't laid sight on victory lane in 11 months.

Despite that, Robert Ballou never doubted he would soon return to the promised land. The tide was turning for the 2015 series champ from Rocklin, California native in recent weeks and it was only a matter of time before the Robert Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Berks Western Telecom - J. Davidson Scrap Metal/Twister-X/Ott Chevy would be back on the front page.

"I know I can do it," Ballou reiterates. "There's never been a doubt in my mind that I couldn't do it. I just need the tools. I've been going around and round with (crew chief) Jimmy Jones, who's basically taught me everything I know about sprint car racing. He said the car looked fine. It didn't feel fine, I don't care what it looked like. He only has one eye, so I keep saying 'maybe you're looking out of the wrong eye because this thing's just terrible. If you'll give me what I want, I'll win the damn race.' Finally, the last couple nights, we've pretty much been doing it Robert's way. It's not that I know what I'm doing because I'm pretty much a dumbass or I wouldn't be owning a sprint car, but if I can get comfortable, I can do this every night."

Ballou's 29th career USAC National Sprint Car victory moved him past Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley into sole possession of 13th on the all-time list. His 31-race winless streak coming into BAPS was chock full of changes in crew chiefs, chassis, shocks, what have you. But the mentality and the mindset of Ballou had never wavered, and like Frank Sinatra, he prefers to do it his way.

"We just keep changing racecars," Ballou said. "Unfortunately, in the game of motorsports, I don't want to say there's a lot of mental, but there's a lot of mental. If you're comfortable, you're comfortable. If you're not, you're not. I haven't been comfortable other than when I run my old racecars. We've tried everything, and I haven't felt comfortable. It's one of those deals in which I have no choice at this point but to find racecars that make me comfortable. This thing here is from 2006. Not too many people would even bring a car from 2006 to the racetrack. It makes me feel comfortable and makes me feel like I can do what I need to do. Ultimately, then, I can give forth a better effort."

"I know I didn't get as many wins as I have at this point from not being able to do it," Ballou points out. "Some people have doubted me. Some people say I haven't been comfortable since my crash. Ultimately, I know I've been comfortable a few times when I went back to my old cars. Everyone else runs new cars and you think you need a new car, but maybe I just need an old car. They don't even make the shocks that I run anymore. They haven't made them for like three or four years now."

Ballou occupied the outside of the second row at the beginning of the 30-lap main event as pole sitter Dave Darland jumped out front at the start, sliding to the top side in turn one. Fifth-starting Windom had won the previous two nights at Williams Grove and Port Royal and looked every bit as capable on this night of becoming the third driver in the history of Eastern Storm to win three-in-a-row (Levi Jones in 2010 & Ballou in 2015) when he slid past Isaac Chapple in turn three to slot into second by the end of the first lap.

Meanwhile, back in third was Ballou who, despite being overtaken by Windom on the opening lap, felt it in his mind, body, soul and his right foot that he was going to be a contender. Although, at first, the confidence was more confidential.

"I knew my racecar was awesome. I could run a lane below everybody, I could run the bottom or run where they were. Whenever you can get a racecar to do exactly what you want it to do, it's hard to be beaten. Comfort's everything in these things. You feel like you can do anything. You turn into Superman. That's what I felt like tonight. I felt like I could go anywhere and do anything." - Robert Ballou (Chad Warner Photo)

"I didn't realize they watered the track and I thought, man my car really sucks. Maybe I need to pull off and try again. I noticed everyone else was spinning their tires. It was pretty greasy for a lap or two so that let us get it buzzed in. I knew right away that I had a racecar that was probably a top-three car. When we took off, I got a really good run into one. By the second lap, I knew, unless they weren't showing their whole hand - sometimes it's a poker game around here - as long as they were showing their full hand, I had them covered."

By lap three, Windom was already staking his claim for the top spot when he threw a slider on Darland entering turn one. Windom swept past, but Darland crossed over and out-drag raced Windom down the back straight, beating him into turn three to reclaim his lead.

The very next lap, it was déjà vu all over again, with Darland able to withstand the Windom assault momentarily off turn two. Windom, the 2016 BAPS Eastern Storm winner, was steadfast in his stick-to-itiveness, hitting pay dirt off turn four a half-lap later to drive under Darland for the race lead.

On lap six, Ballou blitzed past Darland for the runner-up spot inside off turn two, then instantly clamped down on the defending Eastern Storm and USAC National Sprint champ for first. Lap eight saw Ballou attempt to pounce, but Windom sensed it, taking the middle line, sliding himself instead, to prevent the opposing slider on the entry into turn one.

Over the next lap and a half, the two would flip-flop the lead on both ends of the track with a bound and determined Ballou successfully capturing the point off turn four. Sometimes when you're in the zone, you feel like a superhero. It's something we all marvel at. And that left Ballou no doubt that this race was firmly in his hands and, ultimately, was his race to lose.

"I knew my racecar was awesome," Ballou continued. "I could run a lane below everybody, I could run the bottom or run where they were. Whenever you can get a racecar to do exactly what you want it to do, it's hard to be beaten. Comfort's everything in these things. You feel like you can do anything. You turn into Superman. That's what I felt like tonight. I felt like I could go anywhere and do anything."

Ballou would be mired in lapped traffic for the bulk of the remaining two-thirds of the feature, only allowing Windom to pull as close as four car-lengths to Ballou down the stretch in a torrid caution-free pace. Windom hung within the length of a regulation-size tug-of-war rope with the checkered in sight. But a right rear tap of the of the turn two outside guardrail with two laps remaining courtesy of Windom all but put the winner's trophy on the top shelf, too far to reach.

Ballou's navigation led him to victory lane for the first time this season over Windom, Courtney, Thomas and Timmy Buckwalter. Furthermore, he became the first two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at BAPS.

Ballou moves into third in the latest Eastern Storm standings with a pair of races remaining Monday at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway and Tuesday at New York's Weedsport Speedway. Windom remains the leader by a mere six points over Thomas with Ballou, standing 26 markers back from the lead.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at BAPS Motor Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tony DiMattia (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Trey Hivner (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2018 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-17.384; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.494; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.607; 4. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.729; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.761; 6. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-17.780; 7. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-18.000; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-18.017; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.041; 10. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-18.113; 11. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-18.118; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.167; 13. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-18.169; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-18.198; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-18.227; 16. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-18.326; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-18.360; 18. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-18.430; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-18.485; 20. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-18.647; 21. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-18.663; 22. Trey Hivner, 7H, Hivner-19.167; 23. Dan Shetler, 7K, Shetler-19.392; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.490; 25. Mark Bitner, 15, Bitner-19.534; 26. Todd Zinn, 23, Zinn-21.359.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Leary, 4. Andretti, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Coons, 8. Hivner, 9. Bitner. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Chapple, 2. Boespflug, 3. Daum, 4. Westfall, 5. Windom, 6. Biasi, 7. Shetler, 8. Zinn, 9. Meseraull. 2:29.99

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Darland, 5. Perigo, 6. DiMattia, 7. Moody, 8. Bell. 2:29.02

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. DiMattia, 2. Grant, 3. Coons, 4. Meseraull, 5. Moody, 6. Biasi, 7. Shetler, 8. Hivner, 9. Bell, 10. Zinn, 11. Bitner. 3:52.20 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (4), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Chase Stockon (12), 8. Brady Bacon (10), 9. Justin Grant (16), 10. Jarett Andretti (3), 11. Chad Boespflug (8), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. C.J. Leary (13), 14. Matt Westfall (14), 15. Zach Daum (11), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Isaac Chapple (2), 18. Joey Biasi (20), 19. Kyle Moody (21), 20. Carmen Perigo (18), 21. Dan Shetler (22), 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. (19). 9:37.32 (New Track Record)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Darland, Laps 4-8 Windom, Laps 9-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (16th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: C.J. Leary

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

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Trey Hivner

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1086, 2-Windom-1035, 3-Courtney-1032, 4-Ballou-935, 5-Stockon-922, 6-Bacon-895, 7-Leary-865, 8-Darland-858, 9-Grant-819, 10-Boespflug-735.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-308, 2-Thomas-302, 3-Ballou-282, 4-Courtney-272, 5-Bacon-247, 6-Stockon-234, 7-Darland-230, 8-Buckwalter-215, 9-Grant-203, 10-Boespflug-200.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-19, 2-Courtney-16, 3-Darland-15, 4-Grant-13, 5-Westfall-11, 6-Thomas-9, 7-Buckwalter-9, 8-Windom-8, 9-Leary-7, 10-Biasi-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

KRAWIEC WINS BEAR RIDGE DMA 25-LAPPER

Bradford, VT........Joe Krawiec of Granby, Conn. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre Sports DMA Speed2 Midget feature at Bear Ridge Speedway. Krawiec got by Derek O'Hearn and led the final 11 laps to beat O'Hearn, Jeff Champagne, Jason Gpff and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Jiffy Mart of Bradford New Digs for Dogs Benefit"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1m Miller), 3. Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne), 4. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson), 5. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 6. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 7. Doug Norrie (#10 Norrie). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller), 3. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 4. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 5. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 6. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Jeff Champagne, 4. Jason Goff, 5. Mike Chaffee, 6. Will Hull, 7. Justin Phillips, 8. Adam Whitney, 9. Seth Carlson, 10. Brandon Emerson, 11. Randy Higginson, 12. Doug Norrie, 13. Manny Dias. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 O'Hearn, Laps 15-25 Krawiec.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-285, 2-Krawiec-278, 3-Carlson-267, 4-Chaffee-256, 5-Hull-242, 6-Champagne-221, 7-Phillips-211, 8-O'Hearn-196, 9-Dias-193, 10-Higginson-177.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: June 22 - Malta, NY - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

 

 

WINDOM REPEATS PORT ROYAL RULERSHIP AT EASTERN STORM NIGHT 3

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania.........It takes a complete effort from top-to-bottom to win an Eastern Storm title. You must run up front each and every night with no aberrations. You must be prepared to go to battle night-after-night and shield yourself from the mental, physical and mechanical exhaustion.

Chris Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team did just that one year ago. In fact, they also did it one night earlier at Williams Grove Speedway. One year later - and one night later - the pairing has begun to write additional verses to their ever-growing book of feats, nearly similar to the first one he penned, repeating his 2017 Port Royal Speedway victory by winning again Saturday night in the third race of "Eastern Storm."

Points, and history, are on the Canton, Illinois driver's side as he and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car head into the second half stretch of the six-race tour with races at BAPS, Bridgeport and Weedsport looming.

For example, every driver who's won back-to-back races in the 12-year history of "Eastern Storm" has gone on to win that year's title: Cole Whitt (2009), Levi Jones (2010), Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2016) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Over the past four years, every driver who's won at Port Royal has gone on to win the Eastern Storm title.

Eight of the 11 Eastern Storm champs have gone on to win that year's USAC National Sprint Car title.

It's an omen, or a correlation, that has Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team grinning and appreciative of the roll they are on. For it was this month last year that turned the tide for the team on its way to the USAC title.

"This boosts our confidence a bunch," Windom exclaimed. "When you get rolling like this, everything seems to go a lot easier. You cherish these moments because, when you get on rolls like this, they don't always stay. When you're on top, you want to keep the momentum rolling as long as you can. We want to win this Eastern storm title again and, obviously, we want to win the USAC championship again. We're racing for the big picture, but we're also racing to win races. Right now, we're doing that, and things are really clicking."

Each of the two winners from the first two nights of "Eastern Storm" were staged side-by-side on the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature. Windom began the race from the pole position, yet it was Brady Bacon who used the ledge to power around Windom to nab the early lead.

The first stoppage arrived early as Pennsylvanian Trevor Kobylarz rode out a wild series of flips along the outside, front straightaway wall exiting turn four. He would walk away unscathed, but the same couldn't be said of his racecar.

With Saturday night's victory at Port Royal, Windom equaled two of his fellow USAC stars - Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Bacon - within the top-25 of the all-time USAC National Sprint Car list with his 21st career victory.

On the ensuing restart, Windom took a shot at Bacon, nudging ahead for a moment until Bacon's momentum up top catapulted him back by and allowed him to gain a little leg room between he and Windom down the back straightaway.

Bacon opened as much as a three-quarter of a second advantage on the field, then on the 11th lap, bumbled over the turn two cushion ever so slightly, allowing Windom to chop the gap substantially and close on the tail of the No. 99. On both laps 12 and 13, Windom was able to slide past Bacon for the lead, but each time, Bacon answered with a killer crossover off turn two to burst back into the lead.

On lap 14, Bacon took a defensive line, sliding himself through the middle on his entry into turn one, denying Windom a third consecutive shot at the top spot.

"You can throw a slide job from pretty far back here into turn one," Windom explained. "I remembered that from last year. So, if anything, I'd say I used what I learned last year to help me tonight. I wanted to see how far I could clear Brady there and if it was going to stick. He crossed me over a few times, so I knew if I threw another one, I needed to clear him by a bunch or he was just going to keep crossing me over."

Windom wouldn't have to stress about the situation at hand for too long, however, as Bacon began to slow between turns one and two with a broken left rear shock and torsion arm. He would restart from the tail of the field, but would only manage to reach 12th at race's end, a serious blow to the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's bid for a second "Eastern Storm" title.

An oft-used tactic at Port Royal is the second-place driver utilizing a massive slider on the leader in turn one. Windom was fully aware of this as he used one of his own on Ballou in the final laps of last year's race to snare the win. With Thomas behind him, Windom needed to be fully on his game. In turn three, Thomas took his chance, sliding wheel-to-wheel with Windom through the corner, yet Windom prevailed with the lead off turn four on the high side.

"I think once the top really came in, I felt like I got better even at the end of the race," Windom recalls. "I saw the 69 car sliding across the middle there, trying to clear slide jobs on me and I knew that wasn't going to work. If he cleared me, he cleared me, but if he didn't, I knew it wasn't going to last for long, so I just tried to keep ripping the same line up top. These big tracks are huge momentum places. Even if you're not the fastest car, if you can keep your momentum rolling up top, you're going to be in good shape."

With five to go, Windom had laid down a one-plus second lead as he rocketed away to certain victory. One big fear of a late-race caution at Port Royal is setting up the second-place driver for a one last ditch effort slider into turn one. However, Windom's fear at this moment in time was catching lapped traffic too early, which he did down to the final gun, getting hung up enough to have Thomas pose a threat on the final lap after Windom had to split between the cars of Carmen Perigo and Kyle Moody to find some clearance.

Thomas was unable to reel Windom in as Windom released the stranglehold of the gridlocked traffic on the last lap, breaking through for his third series victory of the year over Thomas, Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou and Dave Darland.

"I was hoping I wasn't going to catch those lapped cars before the checkered," Windom admitted. "I knew I was going to when we came to the white (flag). They didn't necessarily do me any favors, but they were racing their own race too. I'll be honest, I got nervous. I thought (Thomas) was going to try and throw a big one on me in the last corner. He didn't and I'm lucky for that."

With the victory, Windom equaled two of his fellow USAC stars - Thomas and Bacon - within the top-25 of the all-time USAC National Sprint Car list with his 21st career victory.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway included Zach Daum (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tony DiMattia (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Timmy Buckwalter (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2018 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

SPRINTCARUNLIMITED.COM QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-18.583 (New Track Record); 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-18.797; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.825; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.835; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-18.892; 6. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-18.940; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-18.992; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-19.074; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-19.087; 10. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-19.125; 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-19.168; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.202; 13. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-19.221; 14. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-19.315; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-19.324; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-19.357; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.360; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.420; 19. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.460; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-19.491; 21. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-19.909; 22. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-19.989; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-20.762.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Daum, 2. Windom, 3. Thomas, 4. T. Buckwalter, 5. Darland, 6. Stockon, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Moody. 2:38.16

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. DiMattia, 2. Ballou, 3. Leary, 4. Andretti, 5. Meseraull, 6. Coons, 7. Perigo, 8. Bell. 2:37.93

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Westfall, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Grant, 7. Biasi. 2:35.19 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (5), 5. Dave Darland (10), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (9), 9. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 10. C.J. Leary (17), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (11), 12. Brady Bacon (2), 13. Isaac Chapple (18), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (8), 16. Tony DiMattia (14), 17. Joey Biasi (21), 18. Carmen Perigo (20), 19. Kyle Moody (22), 20. Thomas Meseraull (3), 21. Robert Bell (23), 22. Zach Daum (13), 23. Trevor Kobylarz (19). NT ---------------------------- **Kobylarz flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Bacon, Laps 18-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Timmy Buckwalter (16th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1011, 2-Courtney-960, 3-Windom-959, 4-Stockon-864, 5-Ballou-854, 6-Bacon-842, 7-Leary-822, 8-Darland-797, 9-Grant-770, 10-Boespflug-687.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-232, 2-Thomas-227, 3-Ballou-201, 4-Courtney-192, 5-Bacon-189, 6-Stockon-176, 7-Darland-169, 8-Grant-151, 9-Buckwalter-150, 10-Boespflug-148.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-19, 2-Darland-15, 3-Westfall-11, 4-Courtney-10, 5-Thomas-7, 6-Buckwalter-7, 7-Leary-7, 8-Boespflug-6, 9-Grant-6, 10-Windom-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

June 16, 2018 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.129; 2. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.521; 3. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.533; 4. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.536; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.635; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 2X, Neverlift-14.653; 7. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-14.744; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.814; 9. Ariel Biggs, 1P, Nichols-14.874; 10. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-15.024; 11. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.045; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.047; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.108; 14. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.135; 15. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.149; 16. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-15.160; 17. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-15.161; 18. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.380; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.395; 20. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-15.614; 21. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-15.895; 22. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Faccinto, 3. Anderson, 4. C.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Dalby, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Guardino, 6. Sarna, 7. Hazelton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Prickett, 3. Gardner, 4. Cling, 5. Beilman, 6. Mitchell, 7. Biggs. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Robby Josett, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Clayton Ruston, 12. Kyle Beilman, 13. Marvin Mitchell, 14. Ashley Hazelton, 15. Tristan Guardino, 16. David Prickett, 17. Daniel Anderson, 18. Dylan Ito, 19. Sterling Cling, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Ariel Biggs, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT ----------------------- **Cling flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Ito flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Dalby, Lap 15 Schutte, Laps 16-20 J.Swanson, Laps 21-30 Faccinto SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Robby Josett (11th to 3rd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE: July 21 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

 

LAMB BACKS UP RALEIGH WIN WITH SOBO VICTORY

South Boston, VA........Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. posted his second USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget victory in as many nights, leading all 35 laps to win at South Boston Speedway Saturday. Jessica Bean was second ahead of Sam Hatfield, Levi Riffle and Jordan Empie.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2018 - South Boston, Virginia - South Boston Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-14.977; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.107; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.169; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.262; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.272; 6. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-15.545; 7. J.R. Bishop, 58, Resco-16.364; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.380; 9. Craig Tyska, 28, Lewis-17.445. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Sam Hatfield, 4. Levi Riffle, 5. Jordan Empie, 6. J.R. Bishop, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Neal Allison, 9. Craig Tyska. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-436, 2-Neal Allison-395, 3-Nolan Allison-389, 4-Hatfield-350, 5-Empie-324, 6-Dameron Taylor-245, 7-Lamb-212, 8-Riffle-111, 9-Connor Gross-107, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 27 - Seekonk (MA) Speedway (SE) - "Open Wheel Wednesday"

 

 

LAST-LAP THRILLER GOES TO BRIGGS AT GAS CITY

Gas City, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio passed Chett Gehrke exiting the final turn of the final lap to win Friday night's 25-lap "Jack & Jiggs Classic" USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Chett Gehrke led seven of the feature laps but ended up second at the checkered flag ahead of series point leader Aaron Leffel, John Heydenreich and Cory Guingrich.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2018 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Jack & Jiggs Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. John Heydenreich (Givens #22), 2. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 3. Aaron Leffel (Taylor #11L), 4. Mike Hessel (Hessel #7m), 5. Trey Osborne (Taylor #11D), 6. Anthony Haas (Haas #81), 7. Tyler Kalb (Kalb #32), 8. Andy Martin (Martin #X), 9. Kyle Kriegbaum (Kriegbaum #12). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (Gehrke #11c), 2. Alex Watson (Watson #3), 3. Cory Guingrich (Guingrich #11G), 4. Andrew Heitkamp (Heitkamp #4), 5. Becca Stiefel (Stiefel (#32B), 6. Tom Hessel (Hessel #7T), 7. Jon Watson (Watson #25). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Kevin Blue (Blue #7DW).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs, 2. Chett Gehrke, 3. Aaron Leffel, 4. John Heydenreich, 5. Cory Guingrich, 6. Anthony Haas, 7. Jon Watson, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Kyle Kriegbaum, 10. Andy Martin, 11. Tom Hessel, 12. Mike Hessel, 13. Alex Watson, 14. Andrew Heitkamp, 15. Becca Stiefel, 16. Tyler Kalb. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Briggs, Laps 11-12 Gehrke, Laps 13-19 Briggs, Laps 20-24 Gehrke, Lap 25 Briggs.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-206, 2-A.Watson-150, 3-Gehrke-147, 4-Gedd Ross-132, 5-Briggs-132, 6-Heydenreich-132, 7-Andy Baugh-110, 8-J.Watson-107, 9-Osborne-105, 10-Guingrich-103.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: June 16 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LAMB EDGES BEAN IN WAKE COUNTY THRILLER

Raleigh, N.C.........Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. fought off the challenges of Jessica Bean to score a thrilling 35-lap feature victory in Friday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Wake County Speedway. Bean finished second after leading 18 laps, including the white-flag lap.Fast qualifier Sam Hatfield was third ahead of Neal and Nolan Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2018 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1, Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.796; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.895; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-13.013; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-13.026; 5. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-13.033; 6. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-13.167; 7. Dillon Silverman, 28, Lewis-14.524.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Sam Hatfield, 4. Neal Allison, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Dillon Silverman, 7. Jordan Empie. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Bean, Lap 48 Lamb, Lap 49 Bean, Lap 50 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-364, 2-Neal Allison-340, 3-Nolan Allison-333, 4-Hatfield-284, 5-Empie-266, 6-Dameron Taylor-245, 7-Lamb-139, 8-Connor Gross-107, 8-Johnny Bridges-81, 10-Jake Garcia-74.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 16 - South Boston (VA) Speedway

 

 

WINDOM GROOVES AT THE GROVE
FOR EASTERN STORM NIGHT 2 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.........Chris Windom grew up racing and winning at Williams Grove Speedway.

No, not in the physical sense. But he was a regular at the famed track in his younger days every time he sat down in front of the tube and plugged in his PlayStation 2.

Winning at The Grove in virtual reality is one thing. Winning at the half-mile dirt oval in real life is the real deal. Now, the Canton, Illinois wheelman can say he's done it twice in two different types of racecars.

Two years following his spectacular Silver Crown win there, Windom returned to Williams Grove victory lane, this time in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car, Friday night in round two of the 12th annual "Eastern Storm" tour.

Windom lined up 5th in the 23-car field for the 30-lapper as Robert Ballou spurted to the lead from his outside front row starting position. Thursday night Grandview winner Brady Bacon was electrified as well, knifing between Timmy Buckwalter and C.J. Leary to migrate from 4th to 2nd heading into turn three.

Ballou and Bacon were the class of the field early on, gapping the third-place car of Leary to the tune of a half-straightaway by the 5thcircuit. Ballou, who swept all three races of the 2015 Eastern Storm series, was aiming to put his name on the board as a winner for the first time this year with USAC. He was at the right place as nearly half his 28 career series wins have come on tracks a half-mile in length. Ballou proved his prowess on the bigger venues by negating Bacon for nearly the first two-thirds of the race.

By that point, Windom held down the third spot and was searching the Pennsylvania countryside for a way to rope the top-two in. The heavy racing surface providing lightning-quick lap times throughout the night, with newly-established track records set in qualifying and the heats, but proved to be a challenge for drivers trying to pick their way through a murderer's row of front runners that included the three most recent series' champs.

"It was just so locked down and heavy, and with a full fuel load, we couldn't really get on the throttle early on," Windom explained. "It finally started cleaning off a little bit on entry at both corners. I kind of started to haul it in there a little harder and try to get into a groove instead of just sliding wherever your car was going to go. (The track) started moving up and the bottom came in a little better, which worked out in our favor."

"A million things go through your head when you get a late-race caution. It's the worst thing possible in racing. I was searching around under caution looking at the top to see if it looked like it could be coming in. I didn't think it was, so I figured if I just hit my marks and stayed right on the bottom, no one was going to be able to drive around the outside of us. It was easy to miss it there at the end, though, to slide up a groove and let a guy duck under you. I knew if I just hit that, I figured I'd be okay." - Chris Windom (Rich Forman Photo)

On the 20th lap, Bacon remained in attack mode, ready to swat the lead out of Ballou's hands at a moment's notice. In turn two, it finally came to fruition as Bacon powered off the bottom to rip by Ballou for the race lead. One lap later, Windom parroted the act, jetting past Ballou for 2nd.

Windom was now on the charge and Bacon was his intended target. Windom took a chance on laps 24 and 25, nearly nipping the inside guardrail with his left front rubber on corner entry in his pursuit of Bacon. Bacon's car began to shower sparks out of the rear as Windom zeroed in on the 26th go-around. Windom stuck a nose underneath Bacon between turns one and two, completing the process by the time the two hit the back straightaway to secure the top spot.

"The track finally started blowing off some with about 12 laps to go," Windom recalls. "(Bacon) was leading and I don't think he knew that he was missing the bottom or there was even more moisture. This place is so tough to get by a guy down the straightaways. I wanted to make sure that, when I made my move, I cleared him. I know he's a smart racecar driver. If I would've showed him a nose, he probably would've moved down, and I would've never been able to get by him."

Windom began to stretch his lead and the red-carpet, yellow brick road entrance to victory lane was a near certainty as the white flag loomed on the horizon. That is, until the yellow flag intercepted the proceedings for a turn 4 spin by Trevor Kobylarz, thus setting up a green-white-checkered finish and a chance for the two champs to duke it out one more time.

"A million things go through your head when you get a late-race caution," Windom admits. "It's the worst thing possible in racing. I was searching around under caution looking at the top to see if it looked like it could be coming in. I didn't think it was, so I figured if I just hit my marks and stayed right on the bottom, no one was going to be able to drive around the outside of us. It was easy to miss it there at the end, though, to slide up a groove and let a guy duck under you. I knew if I just hit that, I figured I'd be okay."

One night earlier, after losing the lead to Kevin Thomas, Jr. late in the going, Bacon's bid for a win seemed futile until the final two laps when he figuratively rose from the grave to reclaim the lead on his way to victory in the Eastern Storm opener.

Windom wasn't about to let this one slip through his hands as he hustled his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar on the restart, gapping Bacon by five car-lengths as he led the field into turn one.

Windom was never fazed and never threatened following the final restart, finishing out his night with a 0.558 margin of victory over Bacon, Ballou, Thomas and series Rookie Timmy Buckwalter, who scored a career-best fifth-place result.

The win was the 20th of Windom's career, making him the 27th USAC National Sprint Car driver to reach the 20-win mark.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway included Zach Daum (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tony DiMattia (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Moody (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2018 - Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-19.509 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.723; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-19.751; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.861; 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-19.943; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-19.991; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.011; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.027; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.122; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.168; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-20.187; 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-20.220; 13. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-20.237; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-20.290; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.330; 16. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-20.384; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-20.406; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-20.462; 19. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.468; 20. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-20.473; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.586; 22. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.678; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-22.196.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Daum, 2. Ballou, 3. Grant, 4. Moody, 5. Thomas, 6. Stockon, 7. Westfall, 8. Perigo. 2:42.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Coons, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Biasi, 7. Boespflug, 8. Bell. 2:42.81 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. DiMattia, 2. Andretti, 3. Courtney, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Bacon, 6. Meseraull, 7. Chapple. 2:44.08

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5); 2. Brady Bacon (4); 3. Robert Ballou; (2); 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6); 5. Timmy Buckwalter (3); 6. Dave Darland (11); 7. Chase Stockon (7); 8. Tyler Courtney (9); 9. Justin Grant (10); 10. C.J. Leary (1); 11. Thomas Meseraull (8); 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14); 13. Isaac Chapple (21); 14. Chad Boespflug (20); 15. Kyle Moody (13); 16. Joey Biasi (17); 17. Matt Westfall (22); 18. Jarett Andretti (15); 19. Trevor Kobylarz (12); 20. Carmen Perigo (19); 21. Zach Daum (16); 22. Tony DiMattia (18); 23. Robert Bell (23). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Ballou, Laps 20-25 Bacon, Laps 26-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (21st to 13th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Moody

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-932, 2-Courtney-884, 3-Windom-882, 4-Stockon-803, 5-Bacon-797, 6-Ballou-781, 7-Leary-773, 8-Darland-735, 9-Grant-715, 10-Boespflug-634.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-155, 2-Bacon-149, 3-Thomas-148, 4-Ballou-128, 5-Courtney-124, 6-Stockon-115, 7-Darland-107, 8-Andretti-103, 9-Buckwalter-99, 10-Boespflug-99.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-15, 2-Westfall-11, 3-Darland-10, 4-Courtney-9, 5-Boespflug-6, 6-Windom-5, 7-Thomas-3, 8-Bacon-2, 9-Ballou-2, 10-Coons-2.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

 

 

SHERRELL WIRE-TO-WIRE AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, OK........Matt Sherrell of Owasso, Okla. led all 25 laps to win Thursday night's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. He was followed at the checkered flag by Ty Hulsey, David Stephenson, Craig Carroll and Tim Kent. Danny Smith, despite a 17th-place finish Thursday, continues to lead the series standings going into a July 14 race at Wichita, Kans.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2018 - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Matt Sherrell (#22x Collins), 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 3. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 4. Robert Sellers (#21C Cothern), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. Joshua Tyre (#32T Abrams), 7. Brian McClelland (#2E Entze), 8. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 2. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 3. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 4. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 5. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 6. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 7. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 8. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 2. Chance Morton (#7M Morton), 3. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 4. Bailey Hughes (#777 Hughes), 5. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Noah Gass (#20G Gass), 8. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 9. Noah Harris (#20 Lewis). NT

B FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Wilson, 2. Gass, 3 Hagin, 4. J.Tyre, 5. Smith, 6. Clark, 7. Wresche, 8. Weaver, 9. McClelland, 10. Dunn, 11. Harris, 12. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 13. Grady Chandler (#5F McGuire). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Matt Sherrell, 2. Ty Hulsey, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Craig Carroll, 5. Tim Kent, 6. Casey Wills, 7. Cameron Hagin, 8. Andrew Deal, 9. Brett Wilson, 10. Kyle Clark, 11. Johnny Kent, 12. Joshua Tyre, 13. Grant Wresche, 14. Michael Tyre II, 15. Cody Jarvis, 16. Alex DeCamp, 17. Danny Smith, 18. Noah Gass, 19. Robert Sellers, 20. Bailey Hughes. NT ------------------------------------ **Bailey Hughes flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Robert Sellers flipped on the lap 1 restart in the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Sherrell.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Smith-646, 2-Wilson-631, 3-Clark-625, 4-Carroll-606, 5-Tyre II-584, 6-Hagin-574, 7-J.Kent-555, 8-Wills-550, 9-Wresche-496, 10-Hulsey-476.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 14 - Wichita, KS - 81 Speedway

 

 

DAVIS EXTENDS USAC SOUTHWEST POINT LEAD WITH SAN TAN VALLEY WIN
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 13, 2018... Last Saturday night, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) led all 30-laps to claim his fourth Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year. Davis earned the $1,500 triumph at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway ahead of top qualifier R.J. Johnson, hard charger Colton Hardy, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and Andy Reinbold.

Prior to scoring the twenty-fifth series win of his career, Charles Davis Jr. raced his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS to victory in the night’s third heat race. Ranked third out of twenty racers in passing points, the point leader started fourth in the main event. Heading to the upcoming “Freedom Tour,” the five-time Arizona champion has a 97-point advantage on the strength if four feature wins, four heat race wins, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sliced his way from sixth to place second at Arizona Speedway. Driving the Andy Reinbold / Todd Underwood owned #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Johnson won the night’s first heat race and earned his first Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the campaign. Despite missing a few races, the five-time champion is fifth in the point chase with four feature wins, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led on the year.

Colton Hardy (Phoenix, Arizona) took off the wing and earned his second hard charger / best passing job honors with a third place run from twelfth. Piloting Ted Williams’ #74 Bandit Racing / Diamond Mechanical Maxim, Hardy finished third in his heat race and sat twelfth in passing points. In limited starts, Colton is tied for thirty-first in points with three top-10 finishes.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) finished fourth in the 30-lap main event. Racing the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko ran second to Andy Reinbold in his heat race and ranked fourth in passing points. At press time, “The Bull” is second in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led in the campaign.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) had a solid fifth place finish at the San Tan Valley oval. Driving the Reinbold / Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Andy opened the night by winning the second heat race and placed second in passing points. The former Hank Arnold Memorial winner is eleventh in the point chase with four top-10 finishes to his credit.

On Wednesday, August 15th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their annual “Freedom Tour” in Little Rock, Arkansas’ I-30 Speedway. The non-point, four-race mini-series will also stop at Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway and battle for two nights at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas. Each “Freedom Tour” race will pay $2,500-to-win.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Austin Kuehl (#11T Team AZ), 3. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Colton Hardy (12th), 4. Tye Mihocko (3rd), 5. Andy Reinbold (5th), 6. Dennis Gile (8th), 7. Mike Martin (11th), 8. Matt Lundy (1st), 9. Zack Madrid (10th), 10. Michael Curtis (14th), 11. Chris Bonneau (15th), 12. Austin Kuehl (7th), 13. Asa Kesterson (13th), 14. Rick Shuman (17th), 15. Tyler Most (18th), 16. Sterling Cling (19th), 17. Matt Rossi (9th), 18. Brent Yarnal (16th), 19. Josh Pelkey (2nd), 20. Daylin Perreira (20th). NT
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**Cling flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Colton Hardy (12th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-709, 2. Tye Mihocko-612, 3. Mike Martin-577, 4. Michael Curtis-510, 5. R.J. Johnson-480, 6. Matt Lundy-476, 7. Dennis Gile-440, 8. Josh Pelkey-436, 9. Chris Bonneau-361, 10. Zack Madrid-288, 11. Andy Reinbold-283, 12. Tyler Most-274, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Austin Kuehl-174, 16. Jake Swanson-172, 17. Kyle Shipley-162, 18. Mason Keefer-156, 19. Matt Rossi-155, 20. Brent Yarnal-149.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON BURSTS TO VICTORY
IN GRANDVIEW EASTERN STORM OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.........Brady Bacon seems to have a flair for the dramatics every time he arrives at Grandview Speedway.

For the second-straight year, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ ran down the race leader on lap 38 of 40. Last year, C.J. Leary was the victim. This time, the target was Kevin Thomas, Jr., one of the hottest sprint car drivers in America at the moment. No small task to tackle by any means.

Akin to a buzzer beater at the end of a stick and ball sport, Bacon saved his most memorable shot for the end, staying loyal to his guns on the bottom of the one-third mile dirt oval to win Thursday night's "Eastern Storm" opener for the second consecutive year.

Late-race heroics are always a joy to witness from the grandstand. And it's certainly a joy to the one witnessing it through his own helmet visor as the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native did - and he wouldn't prefer it any other way.

"It actually makes it little more special," Bacon said regarding the late-race pass for the lead. "It doesn't sound that great if you start on the pole, lead every lap and win the race without any challenges. That's an easy payday, but it gets your adrenaline pumping a little bit with the ups and downs. When you think you're going to run second, but then you find something, get excited and make that finishing move that gets you to the lead and the win at the end. That gets your adrenaline pumping and makes it a little sweeter, especially when you beat someone as good as they are right now."

As exciting as it was, perhaps it was more meaningful in the race that it came in. One year ago, Bacon's Grandview victory was the first for the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 team since the passing of Bryan Clauson. Yet, the race also carries the name of 2009 Grandview winner, Jesse Hockett. Someone who Bacon felt a kinship with as they raced sprint cars together from coast-to-coast.

"I was really close with Jesse," Bacon remembers. "We had similar career paths. We ran a lot of non-wing, wing and 360 races together and became really good friends there when he had his accident. It's definitely special to win anything with his name attached to it."

Bacon started on the pole for the first of four 40-lap features on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar this season. Despite a track rework prior to the feature, the 2014 Eastern Storm champ wasn't deterred from his plans set-up-wise on the Brady Bacon Racing/Imperial Wagyu Beef - Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"We set it up pretty much the way we had it before the track prep because we knew it was going to go away," Bacon recalls. "It actually lasted a lot longer than we thought. It definitely made for some good racing as it stayed faster and not quite so slow and slick at the end. Once it started cleaning off, we got to where we could move around the track a bit. Fortunately, I had a car good enough regardless of what it threw at us."

"I was really close with Jesse. We had similar career paths. We ran a lot of non-wing, wing and 360 races together and became really good friends there when he had his accident. It's definitely special to win anything with his name attached to it." - Brady Bacon (Michael Fry Photo)


However, the early-going was all Chad Boespflug as he pounced to the lead on the opening lap from the outside of the front row. Boespflug cut a rug in the middle lane to lead the first 12 circuits with Bacon staged a lane lower on the bottom rail a car length back.

By the 13th lap, the leaders were working to put a lap on the tail end of the field. As Boespflug drifted high to get around the lapped car of Carmen Perigo, Bacon stayed glued to the bottom, which paid off handsomely as he followed Perigo off turn four, then shot to the right-side pocket in front of Boespflug to grab a solid lead at the stripe.

Following a Justin Grant flip on the 16th lap, Thomas repeatedly wreaked havoc with Bacon's lead up front, painting the outside wall with a pallet of brown dirt as he buzzed the outside of turn two on the 23rd lap, a move that very nearly paid off.

Thomas would apply layers of pressure on Bacon until lap 30 when he saw the door to the outside of Bacon swing wide open off turn two. Thomas took the welcome mat and slammed the door on Bacon, cutting down to the inside rail to steal Bacon's line heading into the third turn.

The race appeared to be over. The race was in the refrigerator, the door was closed, the lights were out, the butter was getting hard, the eggs were cooling, and the Jell-O was jigglin', to steal a line from Chick Hearn.

But, no! Thomas re-opened the door for Bacon with three laps remaining, drifting off the bottom to the middle of the track, allowing Bacon to scoot by on the bottom for the lead off turn four. Bacon dead-bolted the door and boarded it up with 2x4s on the final two circuits to secure his $6000 winner's share ahead of Thomas, Chris Windom, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney and fast qualifier Jarett Andretti.

With the victory, Bacon moves into the top-25 on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list to equal Greg Weld and, ironically, Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"He was in a better position than me when he was behind me because he could move around and try some stuff," Bacon explained. "I was stuck to the bottom unless someone proved me otherwise. (Thomas) got by me and he was actually pulling away a little bit. I moved around and found some stuff. We had our car set up pretty tight for the end of the race and once the track cleaned up and we got our tires hot, I moved up a little bit in three and four. When you're running second, there's nothing left to lose."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Grandview Speedway included Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Zach Daum (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Eric Jennings (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2018 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - "Jesse Hockett Classic" / "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.978; 2. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.008; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.048; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.184; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.377; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.378; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.388; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-14.497; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.497; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.505; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.509; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.541; 13. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.582; 14. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.637; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-14.730; 16. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.761; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-14.780; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.818; 19. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-14.830; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-15.099; 21. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-15.101; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.145; 23. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-15.156; 24. Ryan Godown, 3x, Wasitowski-15.157; 25. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-15.284; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.916; 27. Eric Jennings, 14E, Pinkurous-16.017.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Darland, 4. Andretti, 5. Bacon, 6. Chapple, 7. Moody, 8. Daum. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Meseraull, 3. T. Buckwalter, 4. Boespflug, 5. DiMattia, 6. Biasi, 7. Perigo, 8. Bell, 9. Berry. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Westfall, 3. Windom, 4. Coons, 5. Grant, 6. Stockon, 7. Godown, 8. Kobylarz, 9. Jennings. 2:09.42

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Chapple, 3. Perigo, 4. Daum, 5. Kobylarz, 6. Lick, 7. Biasi, 8. Jennings, 9. Moody, 10. Bell, 11. Godown. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (12), 5. Jarett Andretti (6), 6. Chad Boespflug (2), 7. Chase Stockon (7), 8. Robert Ballou (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (8), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Dave Darland (16), 12. Matt Westfall (18), 13. C.J. Leary (11), 14. Isaac Chapple (21), 15. Tony DiMattia (5), 16. Zach Daum (13), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 19. Joey Biasi (17), 20. Kyle Lick (22), 21. Trevor Kobylarz (20), 22. Carmen Perigo (19). NT
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**Daum flipped during the first heat. Grant flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Boespflug, Laps 13-29 Bacon, Laps 30-37 Thomas, Laps 38-40 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (12th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: C.J. Leary

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Zach Daum

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Eric Jennings

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-861, 2-Courtney-829, 3-Windom-801, 4-Stockon-745, 5-Leary-723, 6-Bacon-722, 7-Ballou-710, 8-Darland-675, 9-Grant-663, 10-Boespflug-597.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Thomas-77, 2-Bacon-74, 3-Windom-74, 4-Courtney-69, 5-Andretti-69, 6-Boespflug-62, 7-Stockon-57, 8-Ballou-57, 9-Meseraull-53, 10-Grant-47.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Courtney-8, 2-Chapple-7, 3-Westfall-6, 4-Darland-5, 5-Ballou-2, 6-Lick-2, 7-Thomas-1, 8-Windom-1, 9-Andretti-1.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 15 - Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - "Eastern Storm"

 

7 SPEED2 MIDGET RACES ON TAP THIS WEEK

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 14, 2018)......... Seven USAC Speed2 Midget events are on tap this week, involving the Midwest Thunder, Western, Engler IMRA, Laquerre Sports DMA and Eastern series.

Friday races are slated at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway (Midwest) and Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C. (Eastern). The five Saturday races are at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway (Western), Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway (Midwest Thunder), Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. (IMRA), Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. (DMA) and South Boston (Va.) Speedway (Eastern).

Series point leaders entering this week's races are Jessica Bean (Eastern), Jason Goff (DMA), Andy Baugh (IMRA), Aaron Leffel (Midwest Thunder), and Adam Lemke (Western Overall and Pavement).

Gedd Ross of Havana, Ill. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Engler IMRA and Midwest Thunder Speed2 feature event at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. He led the first 16 laps, yielded for two laps to Robby McQuinn, then returned to lead the final seven laps for the win. Adam Taylor was second ahead Blake Buchholz, Aaron Leffel and John Heydenreich.

Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but one of the 30 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Joey Iest finished second ahead of Cody Jessop (who led lap one), Blake Brannon and Johnny Nichols.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-294, 2-Neal Allison-277, 3-Nolan Allison-217, 4-Dameron Taylor-245, 5-Sam Hatfield-214, 6-Jordan Empie-213, 7-Connor Gross-107, 8-Johnny Bridges-81, 9-Jake Garcia-74, 10-Jake Trainor-69.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-219, 2-Seth Carlson-218, 3-Joe Krawiec-201, 4-Mike Chaffee-191, 5-Will Hull-181, 6-David Moniz-166, 7-Justin Phillips-155, 8-Manny Dias-153, 9-Jeff Champagne-151, 10-Randy Higginson-131.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-444, 2-Robby McQuinn-348, 3-Gedd Ross-340, 4-Shane Morgan-276, 5-Blake Buchholz-247, 6-Kurt Mueller-239, 7-Daltyn England-220, 8-Jake Sollenberger-207, 9-Blake Haynes-172, 10-Bart Andrews-166.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-136, 2-Gedd Ross-134, 3-Andy Baugh-110, 4-Alex Watson-106, 5-Robby McQuinn-103, 6-Adam Taylor-73, 7-Chett Gehrke-72, 8-Blake Buchholz-70, 9-John Heydenreich-63, 10-Shane Morgan-62.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-486, 2-Blake Brannon-435, 3-Joey Iest-307, 4-Johnny Nichols-211, 5-Cody Jessop-151, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Ashley Heredia-72, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Keoni Texeira-65, 10-Tyler Slay-62.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-410, 2-Blake Brannon-365, 3-Joey Iest-241, 4-Johnny Nichols-211, 5-Cody Jessop-151, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.


 

USAC EASTERN MIDGETS BACK AT BAPS THIS SUNDAY

York Haven, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2018).........The USAC Eastern Midget season resumes this Sunday, June 17 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. The event will be held in conjunction with the 12th annual edition of "Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. Alex Bright, currently fourth in the standings, was the winner when the series visited BAPS in April.

Racing gets going this Sunday at 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, seniors $15, students $15 and pit passes are $35.

Shawn Jackson holds a 34-point lead over Andrew Layser in the latest USAC Eastern Midget standings following last Friday's race at Bedford, Pa., won by Steven Drevicki.

Drevicki, of Reading, Pa., led all 20 laps and completed a "clean sweep" of the Bedford USAC Eastern Midget/Eastern Sprint Car "doubleheader. Layser took second in the Bedford Midget feature ahead of Kenny Miller, Jackson and Jason Rice.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Shawn Jackson-469, 2-Andrew Layser-435, 3-Ryan Greth-396, 4-Alex Bright-375, 5-Kenny Miller-360, 6-Mike Meyers-303, 7-Adam Pierson-288, 8-Tommy Kunsman Jr.-267, 9-Brett Conkling-257, 10-Johnny Smith-191.

 

 

LIGGETT RECOVERS TO SCORE RON OTTO MEMORIAL WIN
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 11, 2018... After a lap five tangle sent him to the work area, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) restarted at the back and sliced his way to victory at Santa Maria Raceway. For Liggett, last Saturday’s “Ron Otto Memorial” triumph was his first $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win of the campaign. Ryan Timmons, hard charger Kaleb Montgomery, Kyle Edwards, and Britton Bock rounded out the top-five drivers.

Defending champion Jake Swanson took the early lead from the pole position. Looking to run away from the field, Swanson’s run came to an abrupt stop on the third lap with mechanical issues. Recent Tulare winner Tristan Guardino inherited the top spot and began to set a torrid pace. In a bizarre turn of events, Guardino suffered driveline issues two laps later and collected the second running Liggett. Under yellow, Liggett’s crew worked on the damaged car in the “hot pit” and Austin restarted fourteenth.

Ryan Timmons became the third leader of the main event and set his sights on the first win of his career. Timmons was “hooked up” on the Santa Maria clay but several caution flags erased his advantage. As the laps counted down, slower traffic became a factor for the leader and Liggett was gaining ground. With twenty-four laps in the books, a caution flag set up a dash to the finish. With one lapped car separating the leader from second place Liggett, the green flag flew on the restart. Liggett made quick work of the lapper and grabbed the top spot. Timmons tried to counter, but it was not to be as Liggett sailed to the checkered flags.

Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Austin Liggett earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Timmons in his heat race. The point leader heads to Ventura’s June 30th “Battle of the Beach” with a 77-point lead with two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) led nineteen laps but had to settle for second at the “Ron Otto Memorial.” Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons qualified seventh out of nineteen racers and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has moved to fourth in points with five top-10 finishes on the season.

Making his second start of 2018, Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California) earned Santa Maria’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #3T Mission Country Properties / Konnected Clothing Maxim, Montgomery was third quick in time trials and scored sixth in his heat race. The rookie contender heads to Ventura ranked twenty-third in the point chase.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) had one of his best nights with the USAC West Coast Sprints with a fourth place run from ninth. Piloting the family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Day Construction Stinger, Edwards qualified twelfth overall and scored third in his heat race. At press time, Kyle ranks twenty-second in the point standings with one top-10 finish.

Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) had a solid run with a fifth place finish at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving his #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock was fifth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The rookie contender heads to Ventura sitting tenth in points with one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) won Santa Maria’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino qualified eighth overall and scored seventeenth in the feature after an early exit. The “Faria Memorial” winner left Santa Maria ranked second in the point chase with one feature win, four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) won the program’s Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting Matt Dale’s #12 Gage Huntley Design / West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Swanson was ninth fast in time trials and scored eighteenth in the feature after an early exit. In limited starts, the 2017 champion is twenty-first in points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the year.

On Saturday, June 30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of five appearances at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Ventura Racing Association, the “Battle of the Beach Race #1” will also showcase Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, more event information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Ron Otto Memorial” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.900; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.063; 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 3T, Montgomery-14.078; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.133; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.146; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.164; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.178; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.232; 9. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.536; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.613; 11. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-14.627; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.647; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.697; 14. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.755; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.779; 16. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.893; 17. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-15.098; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.411; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.630.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Hix, 5. Wiley, 6. Shaw, 7. Herrera. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Farmer, 3. Bock, 4. Conway, 5. Linson, 6. Carter. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Rutherford, 3. Edwards, 4. Stolz, 5. Ervine, 6. Montgomery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4th), 2. Ryan Timmons (3rd), 3. Kaleb Montgomery (18th), 4. Kyle Edwards (9th), 5. Britton Bock (8th), 6. Brandon Wiley (13th), 7. Trent Carter (17th), 8. Shannon McQueen (7th), 9. Scotty Farmer (5th), 10. Ryan Stolz (12th), 11. Koen Shaw (16th), 12. Hobie Conway (11th), 13. James Herrera (19th), 14. Austin Ervine (15th), 15. Jordan Linson (14th), 16. Steve Hix (10th), 17. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 18. Jake Swanson (1st). NT
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**Troy Rutherford did not start.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-5 Guardino, Laps 6-24 Timmons, Laps 25-30 Liggett
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kaleb Montgomery (18th to 3rd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-574, 2. Tristan Guardino-497, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Ryan Timmons-424, 5. Shannon McQueen-419, 6. Koen Shaw-415, 7. Steve Hix-396, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 10. Britton Bock-366, 11. Austin Ervine-302, 12. Ryan Stolz-284, 13. Ryan Bernal-279, 14. Brandon Wiley-238, 15. Troy Rutherford-189, 16. Trent Carter-167, 17. Max Adams-135, 18. Hobie Conway-131, 19. Brody Roa-117, 20. Colby Copeland-114.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 30: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

HISTORY SAYS USAC TITLE HOPES COULD HINGE
ON EASTERN STORM SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fishers, Indiana.........There are many barometers for success when it comes to capturing a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

Some barometers prove fruitful and some prove to be faulty over time. Yet, when one barometer results in a certain thing happening nearly every year, perhaps we should take note.

That's the case with the correlation between a driver winning Eastern Storm and going on to be crowned the USAC National Sprint Car champ later that same season.

In fact, in eight of the Eastern Storm's 11 years, the Eastern Storm champ has carried the momentum throughout the rest of the season and earned the USAC title: Levi Jones (2007, 2010 & 2011), Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015) and Chris Windom (2017).

On the flip side, in only four of those 11 years did the driver leading the USAC points entering Eastern Storm end up winning the USAC title at year's end: Jones (2011), Bacon (2014 & 2016), Ballou (2015).

Something says that's a trend. There's many theories that abound, but the main thing that is commonplace amongst all the teams competing in Eastern Storm is that this is a long stretch of races on consecutive nights on the road, which can be taxing both mentally and physically for even the most skilled and prepared teams.

The teams that make it to the other end of the tunnel with a good showing each night and were fairly easy on their equipment supply, will use it a positive to build upon and a morale booster for the summer stretch.

On the other hand, teams that crash a car, blow an engine, have a bad showing or simply just get road weary, those things can snowball and that snowball can turn into an avalanche that can grow until your tangled in a web that's hard to break out of.

Chris Windom was the most recent to pick up both titles in the same year in 2017, becoming the latest in a long line of drivers who've used the June stretch as a harbinger of things to come later in the year.

In 2007, 26 points separated point leader Darren Hagen and Levi Jones entering the inaugural Eastern Storm. Jones won two of the three races, took the Eastern Storm crown and went on to bag his second career USAC title.

In 2010, Jones was third in the USAC standings, 27 markers out of the lead, but three wins in four nights vaulted him into a 42-point lead over Damion Gardner that he would not relinquish on his way to the fourth of his five USAC Sprint championships.

Twice again the tide turned in June, both to the benefit of Bryan Clauson. In 2012, Clauson wasn't even residing in the top-ten of the USAC points by the time Eastern Storm arrived. He was busy tending to duties for his Rookie campaign at the Indianapolis 500. Two victories at Grandview and New Egypt and an Eastern Storm crown catapulted BC into sixth in the USAC standings by the end of the four-race swing. From there, he would drive on to his first USAC Sprint title.

One year, later, in 2013, Clauson was sixth entering Eastern Storm. Although garnering no victories, Clauson's consistency paid off with runs of 2nd, 3rd and 4th to earn a second consecutive Eastern Storm trophy. Clauson chomped down the USAC point lead from 49 to 34 in that stretch and would wind up with another USAC championship under his belt.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. holds the USAC National Sprint Car point lead entering the 12th Eastern Storm which begins this Thursday at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. He's already picked up three wins on the season, including last Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. and has been consistently consistent. However, Tyler Courtney has been the hottest of late, picking up two of the last three wins at Terre Haute and Knoxville and finished 2nd to KTJ at I-80 and is 2nd in points.

Plus, you have the defending champ of both Eastern Storm and USAC lurking in the shadows of the third position. All three were feature winners on Pennsylvania soil last June, possibly another harbinger of things to expect out of these three this week.

Thursday, June 14 at Grandview, gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. General admission tickets for adults are $30, children (6-11) are $10 and kids under the age of 6 are free.

Friday, June 15 at Williams Grove, racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 13-20 general admission is $10.

Saturday, June 16 at Port Royal, the drivers meeting takes place at 6pm and cars hit the track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 12-18 general admission is $10. Pit passes are $35.

Sunday, June 17 at BAPS, racing gets going at 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, seniors $15, students $15 and pit passes are $35.

Monday, June 18 at Bridgeport, racing begins at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets (15 and up) are $30. Kids (10-15) are $10. Kids 9 and under are free. Reserved tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 3-15. Pit passes are $35.

Tuesday, June 19 at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and racing at 7pm. General admission (18+) tickets are $25, (11-17) are $10 and (10 and Under) are free. Pit passes for member are $30 and $35 for non-members. Reserved seats are $29.

Races at Grandview, Williams Grove, Port Royal, Bridgeport and Weedsport will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. All races will be available on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ and live audio will be available on the free USAC app.

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Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

SCHUTTE LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 11, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water returns to action this Saturday, June 16th, at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the third point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, California Lightning Sprints, and Mini Mods. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 108 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Rain washed out the March 17th season opener with BCRA and a complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the third point race, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) holds a slim 5-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte scored a third place finish at Santa Maria on April 28th. At press time, the 2010 champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Alex has seven career wins and will be looking to extend his point lead with another Bakersfield triumph.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy CS9, Elliott charged from ninth to claim second at Santa Maria. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charge Award, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first “home track” victory.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) is third in the Western States Midget point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon ran sixth in the April 28th main event. At press time, the 2012 champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. McQueen has one career win and will be looking to claim her first Bakersfield victory this Saturday night.

Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Ken Dalby’s #14D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Gardner placed fifth at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the five-time champion has two top-10 finishes on the season. Ronnie has twenty-two series wins to his credit and is looking for a ride at Bakersfield.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) sits fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby raced to an eighth place finish at Santa Maria after starting fifteenth. At press time, Robert has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first series win this Saturday night.

Currently nineteenth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Clayton Ruston, Michael Faccinto, Robby Josett, Frankie Guerrini, Maria Cofer, David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, Dylan Ito, Bryan Drollinger, Ron Hazelton, Randi Pankratz, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $13, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER 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 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Alex Schutte.

BAKERSFIELD LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-151, 2. Cory Elliott-146, 3. Shannon McQueen-136, 4. Ronnie Gardner-124, 5. Robert Dalby-118, 6. Clayton Ruston-114, 7. Michael Faccinto-112, 8. Robby Josett-111, 9. Frankie Guerrini-108, 10. Maria Cofer-95, 11. David Prickett-91, 12. C.J. Sarna-86, 13. Dylan Ito-84, 14. Austin Liggett-81, 15. Ryan Bernal-79, 16. Marvin Mitchell-77, 17. Bryan Drollinger-68, 18. Ron Hazelton-67, 19. Kyle Beilman-66, 20. Randi Pankratz-43, ... Matt Mitchell-43

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TMEZ TO WHEEL DYSON RACING SPRINTER
AT EASTERN STORM

Poughkeepsie, NY (June 11, 2018).........Thomas Meseraull will take the wheel of Chris Dyson Racing's new #20 sprint car for the six-race USAC Eastern Storm series that begins Thursday evening, June 14, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA and runs for the next five evenings in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and upstate New York.

One issue with competing in multiple racing series, as Chris Dyson is in 2018, is date conflicts. With Dyson committed to racing his Plaid Ford Mustang this weekend in the 4th round of the Trans Am Series Championship on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Meseraull will take over the ride for Eastern Storm.

"I'd have loved to do Eastern Storm this year, but I'm running for the Trans Am championship and can't afford to miss any of those races," said Dyson, who has one win and a second place in the three series races so far. He is currently a close second in the point standings. "It didn't make sense to do the first Eastern Storm race, skip the next three and then do the last two. Last year, Sean Michael, who prepares my sprint, midget and Silver Crown cars, ran Thomas Meseraull in Eastern Storm and they won a race, had a second place and ran well in the other three races."

"I spoke with Sean and we both thought it would make sense to have Thomas drive our car this year. We were pleased that he was available," Dyson said. Eastern Storm offers excellent visibility for our commercial branding partners, and we want to take advantage of that."

This will be the first outing for the new CD Racing sprint car that Michael has built around a Maxim frame. "This car is pretty close to the one we ran last year in Eastern Storm, with a few improvements I was able to make," Michael said. "Thomas did a great job for me last year running against all the USAC regulars and I expect he'll do the same for Chris and me this time."

"I'm tickled to be able to drive this car," Meseraull said. "Sean doesn't cut any corners. He builds as good a car as anyone in any series. That's a big advantage."

Meseraull said that unlike competitors who bring a spare car along, he will need to temper his aggression with a bit of discretion. It's a fine line. If you want to win, you've got to be aggressive, but if you tear up the car, you have to fix it before the next race. You can't just roll the spare out of the trailer."

Michael noted that even without any major incidents, running six races in six nights demands a lot from the team. "At the end of the night, we clean the car and then get to bed right away, so we can get as much sleep as we can. In the morning we do whatever work we need to on the car and then get on the road to the next race."

Dyson and Michael plan to contest a variety of winged and non-winged sprint car events together this summer and fall, following the USAC Eastern Storm swing.

"Eastern Storm was a perfect spur for us to kick off the sprint car part of CD Racing, and I am confident that Sean and Thomas will have a competitive week of racing, with the #20 right up front and in the mix at all the races," Dyson said. "I will be checking in with them the whole time I am in Indy. And I am hopeful that I will be able to attend one of the final rounds of the Eastern Storm. It's sure going to be an action-packed week for CD Racing."

Thursday, June 14 at Grandview, gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. General admission tickets for adults are $30, children (6-11) are $10 and kids under the age of 6 are free.

Friday, June 15 at Williams Grove, racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 13-20 general admission is $10.

Saturday, June 16 at Port Royal, the drivers meeting takes place at 6pm and cars hit the track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 12-18 general admission is $10. Pit passes are $35.

Sunday, June 17 at BAPS, racing gets going at 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, seniors $15, students $15 and pit passes are $35.

Monday, June 18 at Bridgeport, racing begins at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets (15 and up) are $30. Kids (10-15) are $10. Kids 9 and under are free. Reserved tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 3-15. Pit passes are $35.

Tuesday, June 19 at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and racing at 7pm. General admission (18+) tickets are $25, (11-17) are $10 and (10 and Under) are free. Pit passes for member are $30 and $35 for non-members. Reserved seats are $29.

Races at Grandview, Williams Grove, Port Royal, Bridgeport and Weedsport will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. All races will be available on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ and live audio will be available on the free USAC app.


 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 9, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Austin Kuehl (#11T Team AZ), 3. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Colton Hardy, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Austin Kuehl, 13. Asa Kesterson, 14. Rick Shuman, 15. Tyler Most, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Brent Yarnal, 19. Josh Pelkey, 20. Daylin Perreira. NT
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**Cling flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Colton Hardy (12th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: August 15 – Little Rock, Arkansas – I-30 Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

 

 

"OTTO MEMORIAL" WIN EXTENDS LIGGETT'S WEST COAST LEAD

Santa Maria, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. extended his USAC West Coast Sprint Car point lead with a victory in Saturday night's 30-lap "Ron Otto Memorial" at Santa Maria Raceway. Ryan Timmons took second after leading 17 laps, while Kaleb Montgomery was third ahead of Kyle Edwards and Britton Bock.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway - "Ron Otto Memorial" - co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprint cars

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.900; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.063; 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 3T, Montgomery-14.078; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.133; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.146; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.164; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.178; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.232; 9. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.536; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.613; 11. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-14.627; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.647; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.697; 14. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.755; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.779; 16. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.893; 17. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-15.098; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.411; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.630.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Hix, 5. Wiley, 6. Shaw, 7. Herrera. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Farmer, 3. Bock, 4. Conway, 5. Linson, 6. Carter. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Rutherford, 3. Edwards, 4. Stolz, 5. Ervine, 6. Montgomery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Ryan Timmons, 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Britton Bock, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Trent Carter, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Scotty Farmer, 10. Ryan Stolz, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Hobie Conway, 13. James Herrera, 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Jordan Linson, 16. Steve Hix, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Jake Swanson. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-5 Guardino, Laps 6-24 Timmons, Laps 25-30 Liggett

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kaleb Montgomery (18th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Liggett-574, 2-Guardino-497, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4-Hix-432, 5-Timmons-424, 6-McQueen-419, 7-Shaw-415, 8-Jace Vander Weerd-390, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-467, 10-Timmons-424.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 30 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "Battle of The Beach #1" - co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

LEMKE LEADS 29 OF 30 AT MADERA

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but one of the 30 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest finished second ahead of Cody Jessop ( who led lap one), Blake Brannon and Johnny Nichols.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Jessop, 00J, Jessop-14.676; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.756; 3. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.822; 4. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.854; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.235.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Jessop, 3. Brannon, 4. Nichols, 5. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Blake Brannon, 5. Johnny Nichols. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jessop, Laps 2-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-486, 2-Brannon-435, 3-Iest-307, 4-Nichols-211, 5-Jessop-151, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Ashley Heredia-72, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Keoni Texeira-65, 10-Tyler Slay-62.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-410, 2-Brannon-365, 3-Iest-241, 4-Nichols-211, 5-Jessop-151, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: June 16 - Stockton 99 (CA) Speedway - "Tom Manning Memorial"


 


SUNSHINE SWEEPS HIS WAY TO KNOXVILLE REDEMPTION

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa.........One year ago, Tyler Courtney rode out one of the wildest flips of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season when the series visited Knoxville Raceway.

Three-hundred-seventy-one days later, the next chapter of Courtney's Knoxville story played out like a fairy-tale as he swept each and every challenge he confronted: fast qualifying time. Check. Heat race win. Check. Winning the 30-lap main event. Check. Victory lane. Another check, but one he was able to hoist high over his head after collecting his series-leading fourth feature win of the year Saturday night on the famed half-mile.

However, Courtney acknowledges that what happened last year actually did weigh on his mind, but it became a factor he was able to turn into a motivator rather than an obstacle to overcome.

"Obviously, it's in the back of your mind every time you get up close to that cushion," Courtney admitted. "When it gets a little tight, you have flashbacks to last year, but you can't let it affect you too much. You've got a job to do and we did that tonight. I was able to redeem myself because I didn't put myself in as bad of a position as last year and it worked out. I think we definitely had a winning car last year, but I know we had a winning car tonight. I wanted to make sure it happened, and I did everything in my power to keep all four wheels on the ground."

Starting sixth in a stacked lineup, though, made things challenging for the Indianapolis, Indiana native as 2011 Knoxville USAC Sprint Car winner Brady Bacon checked out on the 24-car field from his pole starting position, quickly constructing a half-straightaway lead in the opening laps.

Meanwhile, Courtney was slicing through the field with the precision of a Ron Popeil Ginsu knife, splitting between Chase Stockon and Chad Boespflug in one swing entering the third turn on lap four to move from fifth to third.

Already meeting up with heavy lapped traffic in the first third of the race, the top-three ripped the top in synch as they separated themselves from the competition. Courtney attempted a big slider on Leary between turns one and two that didn't quite have enough mustard to achieve, sending Courtney a tad over the cushion, costing him ground as he wiped his brow and regathered himself and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

"I've gotten to win at Terre Haute and Knoxville this year, which is something I thought I'd probably never do. Winning at Knoxville is not easy to do. To get to do this with the team I'm with, this family and this crew and to get to do the things were doing this year, it's pretty special. To do this in front of a big crowd like we had tonight is even cooler. This one goes up there with the 'Hulman' and the 'Smackdown.'" - Tyler Courtney

On the 18th lap, Courtney reloaded and tried the same maneuver again in turn one to no avail. Mired in traffic heading into turn three, Leary got stuck in the meat grinder of gridlock briefly, then pointed his ride to the bottom at the exit of four as he fought to hold off the hard-charging Courtney. Courtney then aimed for the bottom of turn one and slid up to the berm in front of Leary to snag the second position.

A lap later, Courtney hunted down Bacon, squared him up in turn one and slid by to take the lead, said 'sayonara' and immediately pulled away down the stretch for a 2.5-plus second victory over Leary, Bacon, Justin Grant and Brody Roa.

"I got myself in trouble last year by being impatient," Courtney recalled. "I knew this year that it's a longer race than you anticipate. I just rode, rode, rode a little bit behind those guys, got to lapped traffic and I knew I was going to have to do something drastically different than what they were doing because of how hard it was to pass. I was able to stick the bottom there in one and two and get by C.J., then slid up in front of Brady in one and two."

Courtney became the tenth different driver to win in ten appearances by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars since the series' debut in 1968. It's an honor he doesn't take lightly and considers it one of the highlights of his burgeoning career resume.

"This is one of most historical tracks we go to," Courtney said. "I've gotten to win at Terre Haute and Knoxville this year, which is something I thought I'd probably never do. Winning at Knoxville is not easy to do. To get to do this with the team I'm with, this family and this crew and to get to do the things were doing this year, it's pretty special. To do this in front of a big crowd like we had tonight is even cooler. This one goes up there with the 'Hulman' and the 'Smackdown.'"

In the process, Courtney surpassed what had seemed like an untouchable record of sorts over the past five decades: Gary Bettenhausen's 30-lap USAC Sprint Car track record at Knoxville, which Courtney defeated in 10 minutes and 45 seconds, nearly 19 seconds faster than the mark set by the 1969 and 1971 series champ.

"That's pretty cool stat right there," Courtney exclaimed. "Gary was one of the greatest to ever do this. To be able to break that is pretty dang special. That might be as cool as winning the feature!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway included Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Saldana Racing Products Clean Sweep), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dave Darland (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - "Hy-Vee Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.948; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-18.961; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.976; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.028; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-19.098; 6. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-19.100; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-19.129; 8. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-19.226; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.280; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.381; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-19.384; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.437; 13. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-19.487; 14. Brandon Stevenson, 0x, Stevenson-19.641; 15. Tom Harris, 5E, Harris-19.697; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-19.719; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.805; 18. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-19.881; 19. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-19.908; 20. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Rumsey-20.080; 21. Glen Saville, 75, Saville-20.091; 22. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-20.943; 23. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-21.196; 24. Kelly Graham, 12G, Graham-21.572.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Leary, 3. Thomas, 4. Hodges, 5. Ballou, 6. Caho, 7. Bell, 8. Darland. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Bilbee, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Andretti, 6. Burks, 7. Stevenson, 8. Rodgers. 2:45.80

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. Stockon, 4. Roa, 5. Harris, 6. Saville, 7. Leer, 8. Graham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (3), 3. Brady Bacon (1), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Brody Roa (9), 6. Chase Stockon (4), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Dave Darland (17), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (11), 12. Chad Boespflug (2), 13. Josh Hodges (15), 14. Tom Harris (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (8), 16. Glen Saville (21), 17. Wyatt Burks (20), 18. Brandon Stevenson (13), 19. Robert Bell (22), 20. Rob Caho, Jr. (19), 21. Frank Rodgers (23), 22. Kelly Graham (24), 23. Isaac Chapple (16), 24. Katlynn Leer (18). 10:45.63 (New Track Record)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Bacon, Laps 20-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (17th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-784, 2-Courtney-760, 3-Windom-727, 4-Stockon-688, 5-Leary-678, 6-Ballou-653, 7-Bacon-648, 8-Darland-628, 9-Grant-616, 10-Boespflug-535.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 14 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - "Eastern Storm"

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 9, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Ron Otto Memorial” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.900; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.063; 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 3T, Montgomery-14.078; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.133; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.146; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.164; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.178; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.232; 9. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.536; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.613; 11. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-14.627; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.647; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.697; 14. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.755; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.779; 16. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.893; 17. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-15.098; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.411; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.630.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Hix, 5. Wiley, 6. Shaw, 7. Herrera. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Farmer, 3. Bock, 4. Conway, 5. Linson, 6. Carter. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Rutherford, 3. Edwards, 4. Stolz, 5. Ervine, 6. Montgomery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Ryan Timmons, 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Britton Bock, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Trent Carter, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Scotty Farmer, 10. Ryan Stolz, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Hobie Conway, 13. James Herrera, 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Jordan Linson, 16. Steve Hix, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Jake Swanson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-5 Guardino, Laps 6-24 Timmons, Laps 25-30 Liggett
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kaleb Montgomery (18th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 30 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Battle of the Beach Race #1” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY TO HOST TWO-DAY "CORN BELT NATIONALS" IN 2019

Knoxville, Iowa (June 9, 2018).........The Sprint Car Capital of the World is adding another crown jewel event to its already action-packed season schedule. Starting in 2019, Knoxville Raceway will host a two-day non-wing sprint car race - The Corn Belt Nationals - on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, 2019.

"Knoxville is proud to host another Nationals event, especially one that brings us back to our roots of non-wing racing," said John McCoy, Knoxville Raceway promoter. "Non-wing racing opens up our facility to a new group of fans and many existing followers of the traditional sprint cars back to the Midwest. USAC and WAR have both been a great help in getting this event put together and planned and we appreciate the ongoing support and cooperation from tracks and groups nationwide. Hopefully we can get cars from all over the country to compete in this inaugural event."

The Corn Belt Nationals will feature a $20,000 prize for the winner of Saturday's feature event and $1,000 to start.

"It's exciting to be part of this historic event at a legendary racetrack such as Knoxville Raceway," USAC Competition Director Levi Jones said. "The Knoxville staff has treated us very well and we anticipate the USAC Sprint Car community to rally around this crown jewel event next summer."

"POWRi and WAR are excited to partner with Knoxville Raceway and to be a part of the Corn Belt Nationals in 2019 and beyond," said Casey Shuman, WAR Sprint League Director. "Knoxville is no doubt the Sprint Car Capital of the World and I'm excited that the non-wing sprint cars will have their time to shine in July."

The USAC National Sprint Car Series returned to Knoxville Raceway for a single-day event in 2017, following a six-year hiatus of non-wing sprint car action at the track. Justin Grant led the 30-lap event from start to finish, but not without excitement along the way. The 2017 event saw the highest attendance of any single-day event at Knoxville Raceway that season.

Tickets and camping will be available for the 2019 Corn Belt Nationals starting on Monday, December 1.

For more information on Knoxville Raceway, visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com or follow the track on facebook.com/KnoxvilleRaceway, @KnoxvilleRaces on Twitter and @KnoxvilleRaceway on Instagram.

More information on the USAC Sprint Car Series can be found at www.usacracing.com or by following facebook.com/usacracing, @usacnation on Twitter and @usacnation on Instagram.

More information on the POWRi WAR Sprint League can be found at www.powri.com or by following facebook.com/warsprints, @warsprints on Twitter and @warsprints on Instagram.

About Knoxville Raceway: Located on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Raceway is a 1/2-mile dirt track that hosts winged 305, 360 and 410 sprint car racing every Saturday night from April to September. The "Sprint Car Capital of the World" also hosts the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store, sprint car racing's most prestigious event, as well as the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals presented by Casey's General Store and the 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. Knoxville Raceway is the third-largest outdoor stadium in Iowa with 20,322 seats and 33 luxury suites seating 448.

 

 

IT'S ALL DREVICKI AT BEDFORD!

Bedford, PA........Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. led all 20 laps of Friday night's USAC Eastern Midget feature at Bedford Speedway, completing a "clean sweep" of USAC's races there. He also won the 25-lap East Coast Sprint feature! In the Midget race he was followed by Andrew Layser, Kenny Miller, Shawn Jackson and Jason Rice. The series now heads for Linda's Speedway in Jonesville, Pa. and a July 6 appearance.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2018 - Bedford, Pennsylvania - Bedford Speedway - "Wingless Doubleheader"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 3. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7s Jackson), 5. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 6. John Andenka (#96 Andenka), 7. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 8. Steven Drevicki (#12 Heckman), 9. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling), 10. Reed Salony (#22R Salony). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Kenny Miller, 4. Shawn Jackson, 5. Jason Rice, 6. Brett Conkling, 7. John Andenka, 8. Ryan Greth, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Reed Salony. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Drevicki.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Jackson-469, 2-Layser-435, 3-Greth-396, 4-Bright-375, 5-Miller-360, 6-Mike Meyers-303, 7-Adam Pierson-288, 8-Tommy Kunsman Jr.-267, 9-Conkling-257, 10-Johnny Smith-191.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 6 - Jonesville, PA - Linda's Speedway

 

 

THOMAS TROUNCES AT I-80 DIRT CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Greenwood, Nebraska.........Though the calendar indicates summer hasn't arrived quite yet, Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at I-80 certainly had that feel of summer.

Not only were the temperatures soaring, but the indication was given that this was a time and place for a sneak peek on how the summer months could transpire leading into next week's "Eastern Storm" and July's "Indiana Sprint Week."

Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s performance indicated that this very well could be a long summer for his sprint car brethren following a dominating performance to score his third series victory of the season and race the Hoffman family car into victory lane for the 99th time in its history of USAC National Sprint Car participation.

Thomas set the tone from the earliest stages of the night, notching fast time and a new track record in qualifying - the first of four track records set by the field on the night with nary a caution in sight in each of the night's preliminaries and main event. It was a flawless night overall set forth by a flawless performance from the Cullman, Alabama driver and his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy in the 30-lap feature.

"The car just went wherever I needed it to go," Thomas praised. "The guys are just so in tune with the car right now, with watching the racetrack and keeping up with everything. Just the simplest things that could go wrong, they're making sure they don't happen and it's showing. We're having good finishes, good qualifying efforts and, we're even getting lucky drawing the pill to begin the night. Things are going our way. Eventually that stuff ends, but right now, it's going our way and I'm not going to fight it."

It only took six laps for Thomas to reach the head of the class as Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon battled it out at the front, swapping the lead on numerous occasions until Thomas lurched forward. Thomas first followed Stockon as the two ripped past Bacon on the inside off turn four on the fourth lap. For much of the next two laps, like a vulture circling its prey, Thomas hovered around Stockon, anticipating his next move, searching for the line that would carry him to the forefront.

"I'd been watching all the other races throughout the night," Thomas recalled. "Starting at the beginning of the night, I saw the bottom had a lot of moisture. As hot as it was, it was bound to come in and get pretty good. If the temperatures would've been cooler, maybe we wouldn't have been able to run down there. The sun just baked the top of the track and made it to where it fell off a little bit, but to where there wasn't much to lean on as what you would've thought."

Near the end of lap six, Thomas found the trail, hitched his wagon to it and not once thought about leaving the well-groomed open highway.

"We're on such a roll right now, everything feels like it's supposed to happen. Whenever you hop in the racecar, sit down in the seat, and you feel the most comfortable you've felt in your entire life, that's when it's time to race as much as you can." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Brandon Anderson Photo)

"I searched around, ran the top one or two times and started to make some gains there on the bottom and never left," Thomas said. "The car was working perfect down there. I could run in the middle, diamond off three and four and make some good speed down the front straight. It was really slick and icy and there wasn't much grip to make some speed there, so I had to do something a little different. In three and four, around lap 10, we pulled the front wheels up all the way down the back straight. That just shows how good the car was at that point."

Thomas immediately stretched the lead out to more than four seconds, a full-straightway lead, in fact. The only thing Thomas had to contend with was lapped traffic, which behaved and minded their P's and Q's as Thomas picked through them as quickly as a contestant on Supermarket Sweep.

Tyler Courtney was the lone wolf who appeared to have a chance at mounting a challenge, charging from 12th to 2nd by midway. However, in a race that went green to checkered without a single stoppage, making up ground was Mission: Impossible.

Thomas was never challenged once he took the lead and hammered the field, winning by more than five seconds over Courtney, Stockon, Bacon and Dave Darland. Thomas moved into a tie with 1967 USAC National Sprint Car champ Greg Weld for 25th on the all-time series win list with 21 victories.

Thomas has been on an incredible roll of late, collecting numerous local, non-sanctioned sprint car races at several different tracks and arrived at I-80 fresh off a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature victory last Sunday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

As he holds down a 59-point lead, Thomas thinks of what got him to this point - winning, winning and winning some more. It's more than just standing on the gas and pointing the steering wheel. There's a lot that goes into being successful and that starts with preparing yourself for the rigors of a busy summer stretch that can be as mentally taxing as it is physical, with a little extra thrown in for good measure on the push to a championship.

"Obviously, you need luck," Thomas admits. "At the end of the day, preparation is the biggest key to this sport. Just like any other stick and ball sport - football and baseball - it's about conditioning yourself. It's hotter than hell out here, it's long nights, long drives and long stretches of races. Summer's hard. Our advantage when it comes to conditioning ourselves is how much we race outside of USAC. We run every single night that we can, whether it's the 69, the 63 or a midget, we never lose that touch. We're on such a roll right now, everything feels like it's supposed to happen. Whenever you hop in the racecar, sit down in the seat, and you feel the most comfortable you've felt in your entire life, that's when it's time to race as much as you can."

Contingency award winners Friday night at I-80 Speedway included Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Glen Saville (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2018 - I-80 Speedway - Greenwood, Nebraska - "I-80 Dirt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.423 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.663; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.797; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.867; 5. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.899; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.903; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.913; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.921; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.948; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.953; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.038; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-17.042; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.064; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.150; 15. Tom Harris, 5E, Harris-17.193; 16. Don Droud, Jr., 1m, Burch-17.322; 17. Ryan Kitchen, 21, Kitchen-17.415; 18. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Rumsey-17.418; 19. Cody Ledger, 35L, Ledger-17.470; 20. Brandon Stevenson, 0x, Stevenson-17.544; 21. Terry Richards, 18T, Richards-17.602; 22. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-17.844; 23. Glen Saville, 75, Saville-17.972; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.649; 25. Mike Dapra, 38, Dapra-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Ballou, 3. Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. Chapple, 6. Droud, 7. Ledger, 8. Artz. 2:22.72

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Andretti, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Roa, 6. Kitchen, 7. Stevenson, 8. Saville. 2:22.36

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Stockon, 3. Bilbee, 4. Leary, 5. Harris, 6. Burks, 7. Richards, 8. Bell. 2:20.93 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Droud, 2. Ledger, 3. Kitchen, 4. Burks, 5. Artz, 6. Richards, 7. Stevenson, 8. Saville, 9. Bell. 3:08.38 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (12), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Brady Bacon (2), 5. Dave Darland (8), 6. Robert Ballou (10), 7. Nick Bilbee (9), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Chad Boespflug (3), 10. Chris Windom (7), 11. Don Droud, Jr. (16), 12. Jarett Andretti (14), 13. Isaac Chapple (13), 14. Brody Roa (11), 15. Tom Harris (15), 16. C.J. Leary (4), 17. Cody Ledger (19), 18. T.J. Artz (22), 19. Ryan Kitchen (17), 20. Terry Richards (21), 21. Wyatt Burks (18), 22. Brandon Stevenson (20), 9:16.14 (New Track Record)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Stockon, Laps 2-3 Bacon, Laps 4-5 Stockon, Laps 6-30 Thomas.

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Glen Saville

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-735, 2-Courtney-676, 3-Windom-673, 4-Stockon-623, 5-Leary-601, 6-Ballou-597, 7-Darland-578, 8-Bacon-576, 9-Grant-542, 10-Boespflug-489.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - "Hy-Vee Night"

 

 


 

DREVICKI TAKES BEDFORD SPRINT AFTER STRADA PENALTY

Bedford, PA........Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. won Friday night's 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Bedford Speedway after Eddie Strada's car failed post-race technical inspection and he was relegated to 16th and last position. Drevicki was trailed at the checkered flag by Chandler Leiby, Carmen Perigo, Joey Biasi and Mark Bitner. Drevicki becomes the new series point leader going into a July 7 race at New Egypt, N.J.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2018 - Bedford, Pennsylvania - Bedford Speedway - "Wingless Doubleheader"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 2. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 3. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 5. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 6. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 7. Brian Ricco (#09 Ricco), 8. Tray Hivner (#7 TH Racing). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carmen Perigo (#21 Stehman), 2. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 3. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 4. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 8. Bob Garvey (#11x Garvey). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Chandler Leiby, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Mark Bitner, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Tray Hivner, 8. Ryan Quackenbush, 9. Heidi Hedin, 10. Brian Ricco), 11. Trevor Kobylarz, 12. Larry McVay, 13. Eric Jennings, 14. Bob Garvey, 15. Bill Unglert, 16. Eddie Strada. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Strada, Lap 25 Drevicki.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Tray Hivner

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-215, 2-Leiby-203, 3-Biasi-199, 4-Strada-183, 5-Greth-165, 6-Quackenbush-157, 7-Ryan Godown-144, 8-Bitner-136, 9-Perigo-127, 10-McVay-126.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 7 - New Egypt (NJ) Speedway - "NPS Paving Night"

 

EASTERN STORM BREWS JUNE 14-19 IN PA, NJ & NY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Eastern Storm enters its 12th year in 2018 boasting the most expansive schedule in the history of the series with six events in three different states, four returning tracks and two venues hosting the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship for the first time in the club's 63-year history.

Annual Pennsylvania dates at Grandview Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15), Port Royal Speedway (June 16) and BAPS Motor Speedway (June 17) lead off the week. Newcomers to the schedule include New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 18 and New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 19.

Grandview Speedway is the only track to have been a part of every Eastern Storm since its debut in 2007. The Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania 1/3-mile track opens the series on Thursday, June 14 while Williams Grove, which debuted on the schedule in 2017, brings the series into night two on Friday, June 15.

Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway is the second-straight half-mile pegged for Eastern Storm the following night with the blazingly-fast track set for duty on Saturday night, June 16. The venerable 3/8-mile dirt oval in York Haven, Pennsylvania has taken a new look over the past couple of years and now features a new moniker - BAPS Motor Speedway - as it makes its fifth Eastern Storm appearance on Sunday night, June 17.

The series travels across state lines for the first time in two years as the tour makes its debut at Swedesboro, New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway and their new 3/8-mile dirt oval on Monday, June 18, the first visit for the series to the Garden State since 2016. A night later, the series concludes when it travels to New York's Weedsport Speedway for the first time ever, marking the first time the series has ended outside of Pennsylvania since 2008.

Thirty-nine Eastern Storm events have been contested since the series' inception in 2007. Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson are tied atop the leaderboard as the winningest drivers in the series with six wins apiece. Standing tall in third-place on the all-time Eastern Storm win list is reigning champ Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois. Windom won the Port Royal round en route to his first Eastern Storm title in 2017 and, in fashion with the trend, built upon that to win the USAC National Sprint Car title at season's end. In fact, in eight of its 11 years of existence, the champion of Eastern Storm has gone on to win the USAC National Sprint Car title in the same season: Jones (2007, 2010 & 2011), Clauson (2012 & 2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015) and Windom (2017).

Windom won his first Eastern Storm feature all the way back in 2010 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA. Following Windom on the all-time Eastern Storm win list is Ballou, of Rocklin, California, who earned all three of his Eastern Storm victories in one magical weekend back in 2015, when he ran away with the series title.

Additional winners from 2017 returning to Eastern Storm include Grandview winner Bacon (his second career Eastern Storm victory), Lincoln winner Thomas Meseraull, Williams Grove winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. and BAPS winner Tyler Courtney.

Of the top-10 in the current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, eight have won at least a single Eastern Storm feature. Point leader Thomas won at Williams Grove in 2017, Windom (2nd) has four wins, Courtney (3rd) won at BAPS in 2017, Chase Stockon (5th) won at Grandview in 2014, Ballou (6th) won three in 2015, Dave Darland (7th) won at Port Royal in 2013, Bacon (8th) won twice and Chad Boespflug (10th) won at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway in 2016. Only C.J. Leary (4th) and Justin Grant (9th) have yet to break into victory lane yet and those two were among the winningest drivers in all of USAC last year and are hungry to pick up USAC National Sprint Car victory number one of the 2018 season during Eastern Storm.

Thursday, June 14 at Grandview, gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. General admission tickets for adults are $30, children (6-11) are $10 and kids under the age of 6 are free.

Friday, June 15 at Williams Grove, racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 13-20 general admission is $10.

Saturday, June 16 at Port Royal, racing starts at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Age 12-18 general admission is $10. Pit passes are $35.

Sunday, June 17 at BAPS, racing gets going at 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, seniors $15, students $15 and pit passes are $35.

Monday, June 18 at Bridgeport, racing begins at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets (15 and up) are $30. Kids (10-15) are $10. Kids 9 and under are free. Reserved tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 3-15. Pit passes are $35.

Tuesday, June 19 at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and racing at 7pm. General admission (18+) tickets are $25, (11-17) are $10 and (10 and Under) are free. Pit passes for member are $30 and $35 for non-members. Reserved seats are $29.

Races at Grandview, Williams Grove, Port Royal, Bridgeport and Weedsport will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. All races will be available on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ and live audio will be available on the free USAC app.

 

 

FRIDAY I-80 USAC SPRINT RACE LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

Greenwood, Nebraska.........Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car action from I-80 Speedway will be streamed LIVE via pay-per-view on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The field features all the top guns from the series, including point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, a two-time winner this season who holds down the point lead by 31 markers, and reigning race winner Tyler Courtney, the winningest driver in the series thus far with three triumphs piloting the Clauson Marshall Newman No. 7BC.

One of the most defining moments of last season came at I-80 via Courtney and a late-race battle with Chris Windom. Windom pounced on Courtney for the final two-lap shootout. On the 29th lap, Windom took the first swing at Courtney, pulling ahead between turns one and two. Courtney kept his foot on the throttle and escaped around the outside of Windom with mere inches to spare to retain the lead. Windom came back twice more on the final lap with a turn one slider to no avail and one last final run at him going into turn three, but each time, Courtney successfully countered, turning down the hill off turn four to cut underneath Windom and emerged with the victory by 0.184 of a second.

USAC Sprint Car history in Nebraska is surprisingly short with the first of its six visits to the Cornhusker state coming within the decade of the 2010s. This will be the second-ever trip for the series to the 4/10-mile dirt oval I-80 Speedway, located a half-hour southwest of Omaha.

Dave Darland is twice a winner at I-80 with the Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless series in 2007 and 2008. The Lincoln, Indiana driver is also the only multi-time USAC Sprint winner in Nebraska, picking up both at Eagle Raceway. A year ago, Darland was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and is enjoying a solid season, currently holding down 7th in the standings, winning at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in April for the 60th time in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

Chad Boespflug won in Nebraska two years ago, also at Eagle, after taking the lead on lap two and soaring to one of his six overall USAC victories in 2016. The Hanford, California native who holds down the 10th spot in points, aims to reach victory lane for the first time in 2018 aboard his own No. 98. Sixth in points is Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, an I-80 Sprint Bandits winner in 2006, who is looking to do likewise having last won in July of 2017.

Brady Bacon took a Sprint Bandits feature victory at I-80 in 2009, and the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ from Oklahoma bagged a victory in USAC's foray to Knoxville in 2011. He stands eighth in points after a victory at Eldora in May and hasn't finished outside the top-ten since moving to his own No. 99 in April.

Brody Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, will make the venture to I-80 for a rare appearance outside the Golden State. The Garden Grove, California driver finished 5th at I-80 last year and closed the season out with his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. This year, he's already picked up a pair of West Coast victories at Las Vegas and Hanford, and also scored a win at Ventura with CRA.

Reigning series champ Windom of Canton, Illinois runs second in the standings behind Thomas and recently closed the gap with a win at Eldora in May. He finished runner-up to Courtney at I-80. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is fourth in points and set quick time at Nebraska's Eagle Raceway in 2016. Chase Stockon, fifth in points, set the standard for one-lap prowess in qualifying at I-80 last season and won this year's season opener in Ocala, Florida.

Pits open for Friday's "I-80 Dirt Classic" 3pm. Grandstands open at 5:30. Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Children Age 6-12 are $5. Kids Age 5 and Under are Free. Pit Passes are $40. As always, you can view each and every USAC event one-day after the race is run, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

GAS CITY ADDED TO USAC SPRINT SCHEDULE ON SEPT. 7

Gas City, Indiana.........The month of September just got a little busier and a lot more exciting with the edition of Gas City I-69 Speedway to this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule on Friday night, September 7.

The event is part of a big weekend of USAC racing, which also includes the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series one night later, on Saturday, September 8, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for the "Rich Vogler Classic," leading into Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' "Big Machine Vodka 400" at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line. The addition to the schedule has Gas City promoter Jerry Gappens thrilled.

"Being included as part of USAC's event schedule during Brickyard 400 Week is a great opportunity," Gappens said. "We look forward to welcoming race fans from around the country and establishing this as one of the biggest, one-night, USAC sprint car races in the country. I want to thank Kevin Miller, Levi Jones and the entire USAC team for working with us in creating this new event." Gappens added.

The quarter-mile dirt oval has been the host of 30 USAC National Sprint Car events since making its debut on the schedule in 2002. Current USAC stars such as Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Tyler Courtney and C.J. Leary have won at the Grant County track over the years.

The September date is the latest in the year USAC will have ever visited Gas City, putting championship implications on the line as the season comes down to the wire.

General admission tickets are $25 with children 12 and under admitted free with a paid adult. Pit Passes are $30. The speedway also provides free parking and camping. For more event information, go to www.gascityi69speedway.com or www.usacracing.com.

 

 

DAVIS LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO SAN TAN VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 6, 2018… The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, June 9th, at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the ninth point race will be the fourth of seven appearances at the fast 3/8-mile oval. The action packed card at the San Tan Valley oval will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Since April 13, 2013, Arizona Speedway has hosted thirty-five USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car events. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eighteen victories and topped the March 17th and May 19th shows. On April 28th, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned his first career victory and the track series win list is at the bottom of this release.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) heads to Arizona Speedway with a stout 86-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran second to R.J. Johnson in the May 27th “Salute to Indy” finale at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has three feature wins, three heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 125 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles has 24 series wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko charged from fourteenth to finish third in the “Salute to Indy.” To date, “The Bull” has posted on feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the season. Tye will have his sights on adding another Arizona Speedway win to his resume.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed sixth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. At press time, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. “The Magic Man” has five series wins and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis raced from sixteenth to score eighth at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Michael will have his sights on earning his first series win at Arizona Speedway.

After finishing ninth at the “Salute to Indy,” Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Piloting his #98 American Flowtech Consulting Services / Desert State Electric Triple X, Lundy has posted one heat race victory and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2017 Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his first SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Tyler Most, Zack Madrid, Kyle Shipley, Mason Keefer, Austin Kuehl, Larry Kesterson, Joe Scheopner, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Rick Shuman, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-627, 2. Tye Mihocko-541, 3. Mike Martin-519, 4. Michael Curtis-463, 5. Matt Lundy-421, 6. Josh Pelkey-402, 7. R.J. Johnson-399, 8. Dennis Gile-380, 9. Chris Bonneau-316, 10. Tyler Most-238, 11. Zack Madrid-236, 12. Andy Reinbold-212, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Jake Swanson-172, 15. Sterling Cling-162, --. Kyle Shipley-162, 17. Mason Keefer-156, 18. Stevie Sussex-139, 19. Austin Kuehl-128, 20. Larry Kesterson-122.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA’S “RON OTTO MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 5, 2018... After a hotly contested “Faria Memorial” at Tulare, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will invade Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, June 9th. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” is the second of four appearances at “The West’s Best Short Track.” The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Santa Maria Dwarf Cars, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

Primarily showcasing the NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto Memorial” has featured sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 main event in 2015 and Ryan Bernal topped last year’s memorial.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-four West Coast Sprint Car events and Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut. Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories and Troy Rutherford won the April 28th event. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the eighth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits atop the standings with a 31-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored fourth in last Saturday’s “Faria Memorial” at Tulare. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Austin has five career wins and will be looking to add the “Ron Otto Memorial” to his resume.

After winning last Saturday’s “Faria Memorial,” Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on gaining valuable points with the Santa Maria triumph.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored tenth at Tulare after an early exit. To date, the 2011 Champion two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd has twenty-one series wins and is always a threat to score the victory.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix scored eighth in Tulare’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” At press time, Steve has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Hix will be looking to add his name to the winner’s least of the “Ron Otto Memorial.”

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fifth in the point chase. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has eight series wins and will be looking to add another Santa Maria trophy to his collection.

Currently tenth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Trent Carter, Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Patrick Frisco, and more.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Steve Hix, Trent Carter, Jordan Linson, Koen Shaw, Austin Ervine, Hannah Mayhew, Ryan Stolz, and Ryan Bernal round out the top-10 in points.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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.

"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE, 2017-Ryan Bernal.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-491, 2. Tristan Guardino-460, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Steve Hix-396, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 6. Koen Shaw-371, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 8. Shannon McQueen-361, 9. Ryan Timmons-349, 10. Britton Bock-300, 11. Ryan Bernal-279, 12. Austin Ervine-263, 13. Ryan Stolz-236, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy Rutherford-171, 16. Max Adams-135, 17. Brody Roa-117, 18. Colby Copeland-114, 19. Trent Carter-107, 20. Hobie Conway-87.

SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy Rutherford-47, 2. Austin Liggett-44, -. Tristan Guardino-44, 4. Steve Hix-41, 5. Trent Carter-39, -. Jordan Linson-39, 7. Koen Shaw-37, 8. Austin Ervine-36, 9. Hannah Mayhew-35, 10. Ryan Stolz-34, --. Ryan Bernal-34, 12. James Herrera-33, 13. Kevin Barnes-32, --. Danny Faria Jr.-32, 15. Shannon McQueen-31, 16. Brandon Wiley-28, 17. Britton Bock-27, --. Ryan Timmons-27, 19. Patrick Frisco-26.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO SHINES AT TULARE’S FARIA MEMORIAL
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 4, 2018... After a torrid battle with Max Adams, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) emerged victorious at last Saturday’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” For Guardino, the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph marked his fourth career triumph and his first win at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Adams, hard charger “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., point leader Austin Liggett, and Jace Vander Weerd followed Tristan to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Guardino got the jump and took the early lead. Setting a fast pace on the reworked clay surface, Tristan began to shake free from the competition. After reaching over a half-straightaway advantage, a caution flag on lap fifteen halted the action and bunched the field. On the restart, the second running Adams executed a turn one “slide job” to perfection and grabbed the top spot. Once out front, Adams was on the throttle as Guardino began to rally. Tristan managed to chase Adams down a few laps later and reclaimed the lead on the twenty-fourth circuit. From there, the night belonged to Guardino and the young driver took the “Faria Memorial” victory.

Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Tristan Guardino qualified third out of a thirteen car field and placed fourth in his heat race. At press time, Tristan has climbed to second in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led.

Making his first start in Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western X-Ray machine, Max Adams (Loomis, California) claimed second at Tulare after a valiant run. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year placed sixth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, Max ranks sixteenth in points with two top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from sixth. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified fifth overall and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. To date, the two-time champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored a hard fought fourth place finish at the “Faria Memorial.” Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, the point leader has two heat race victories, six top-10 finished, and 28 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ran fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fourth overall and ran second to Liggett in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the point standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) posted his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was second to Faria in his heat race and scored tenth in the feature after an early exit. Currently, the 2011 Champion sits third in the point chase with two feature wins, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the season.

This Saturday, June 9th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second of four appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the local Santa Maria Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” will also feature the IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Santa Maria Dwarf Cars, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.987; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.016; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.076; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.214; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.342; 6. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.679; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.719; 8. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.948; 9. Cody Smothermon, 81, Watt-17.011; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.115; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.250; 12. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-19.642; 13. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. McQueen, 6. Smothermon. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Adams, 4. Shaw, 5. Hix, 6. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Max Adams (1st), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (6th), 4. Austin Liggett (5th), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 6. Koen Shaw (8th), 7. Shannon McQueen (9th), 8. Steve Hix (10th), 9. Britton Bock (12th), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 11. Cody Smothermon (11th), 12. Ryan Timmons (7th), 13. Austin Ervine (13th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Guardino, Laps 16-23 Adams, Laps 24-30 Guardino.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (6th to 3rd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-491, 2. Tristan Guardino-460, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Steve Hix-396, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 6. Koen Shaw-371, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 8. Shannon McQueen-361, 9. Ryan Timmons-349, 10. Britton Bock-300, 11. Ryan Bernal-279, 12. Austin Ervine-263, 13. Ryan Stolz-236, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy Rutherford-171, 16. Max Adams-135, 17. Brody Roa-117, 18. Colby Copeland-114, 19. Trent Carter-107, 20. Hobie Conway-87.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS HEAD TO THE HEARTLAND FOR I-80 & KNOXVILLE THIS FRI./SAT.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

This time last year, the excitement was palpable. On the slate was a first ever trip to the racy I-80 Speedway and a return to the legendary Knoxville Raceway.

After witnessing two thrilling events in successive nights that weekend, it only served to whet the appetite even more. A year later, the hunger and the anticipation hasn't wavered an inch as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars are back in the middle of the U.S. for a doubleheader weekend, Friday, June 8, at I-80 in Greenwood, Nebraska and Saturday, June 9, at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway.

Tyler Courtney has been the winningest driver in USAC National Sprint Car competition this season with three victories piloting the Clauson Marshall Newman No. 7BC, two in Ocala, Florida, and one at the most recent event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and stands third in points. One of the most defining moments of last year's season came at I-80 via Courtney and a late-race battle with Chris Windom.

Windom pounced on Courtney for the final two-lap shootout. On the 29th lap, Windom took the first swing at Courtney, pulling ahead between turns one and two. Courtney kept his foot on the throttle and escaped around the outside of Windom with mere inches to spare to retain the lead.

Windom came back twice more on the final lap with a turn one slider to no avail and one last final run at him going into turn three, but each time, Courtney successfully countered, turning down the hill off turn four to cut underneath Windom and emerged with the victory by 0.184 of a second.

At Knoxville, in one of the most highly-anticipated events on the USAC calendar, Justin Grant made it a night to remember as he led wire-to-wire to win the series' first race at Knoxville after a six-year hiatus. The sailing was smooth for Grant from beginning to end as he led wire-to-wire, cruising to a 1.2 second victory, his fourth of the year at that point and remains his most recent series' victory. He did, however, find victory lane with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series this April in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track and occupies ninth in the National Sprint tally.

USAC Sprint Car history in Nebraska is surprisingly short with the first of its six visits to the Cornhusker state coming within the decade of the 2010s. This will be the second-ever trip for the series to the 4/10-mile dirt oval I-80 Speedway, located a half-hour southwest of Omaha.

Dave Darland is twice a winner at I-80 with the Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless series in 2007 and 2008. The Lincoln, Indiana driver is also the only multi-time USAC Sprint winner in Nebraska, picking up both at Eagle Raceway. A year ago, Darland was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and is enjoying a solid season, currently holding down 7th in the standings, winning at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in April for the 60th time in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

Chad Boespflug won in Nebraska two years ago, also at Eagle, after taking the lead on lap two and soaring to one of his six overall USAC victories in 2016. The Hanford, California native who holds down the 10th spot in points, aims to reach victory lane for the first time in 2018 aboard his own No. 98. Sixth in points is Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, an I-80 Sprint Bandits winner in 2006, who is looking to do likewise having last won in July of 2017.

One night later, the famed Knoxville half-mile welcomes the series for the tenth time. It's been 50 years since Knoxville held its first USAC Sprint race back in 1968 when eventual two-time series champ Gary Bettenhausen took top honors while drivers Dick Tobias (1971), Sam Sessions (1972), Tom Bigelow (1973), Sheldon Kinser (1982), Sammy Swindell (1988) and Bud Kaeding (2010) followed up with victories of their own.

Brady Bacon took a Sprint Bandits feature victory at I-80 in 2009, and the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ from Oklahoma bagged a victory in USAC's foray to Knoxville in 2011. He stands eighth in points after a victory at Eldora in May and hasn't finished outside the top-ten since moving to his own No. 99 in April.

Brody Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, will make the venture to I-80 and Knoxville for a rare appearance outside the Golden State. The Garden Grove, California driver finished 5th at I-80 last year and closed the season out with his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. This year, he's already picked up a pair of West Coast victories at Las Vegas and Hanford, and also scored a win at Ventura with CRA.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. holds down the National Sprint Car point lead by 31 markers entering this weekend's events. The Cullman, Alabama driver has won twice with the series this year and just recently rolled to his first USAC National Midget victory in three years last Sunday in the "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway. Thomas set a new one-lap track record in qualifying last year at Knoxville.

Reigning series champ Windom of Canton, Illinois runs second in the standings behind Thomas and recently closed the gap with a win at Eldora in May. He finished runner-up to Courtney at I-80 and charged from 18th to 6th at Knoxville. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is fourth in points and ran a solid 5th at Knoxville last year. Chase Stockon, fifth in points, set the standard for one-lap prowess in qualifying at I-80 last season and won this year's season opener in Ocala, Florida.

Pit gates open for Friday's "I-80 Dirt Classic" 3pm. Grandstands open at 5:30. Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Children Age 6-12 are $5. Kids Age 5 and Under are Free. Pit Passes are $40.

Action gets underway Saturday at Knoxville when cars hit the track at 6:45pm. Adult General Admission tickets are $20. Teens Age 13-19 are $15. Children Under Age 12 are Free. Pit Passes are $40.

You can listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can view each and every USAC event one-day after the race is run, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

 

BEDFORD USAC DEBUT BRINGS BIG SPRINT/MIDGET DOUBLEHEADER TO PA.!

Bedford (Pa.) Speedway hosts its first USAC event this Friday night, June 8, when the Eastern Midgets and East Coast Sprint Cars compete at the Fairgrounds dirt oval for a doubleheader treat. Shawn Jackson leads the Eastern Midgets to Bedford holding a 45-point lead over Andrew Layser. Alex Bright has won the past two Eastern Midget races, at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. and at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa., while Tommy Kunsman, Jr. won the opener at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa.

Jackson, Andrew Layser and Mike Meyers are the only drivers to record "top-10" finishes in all three races so far this season.

Eddie Strada is the head of the class in USAC's East Coast Sprint Car standings heading into Bedford. Strada has posted a pair pf second place finishes so far, while points runner-up Ryan Godown and third-place Steven Drevicki have been the winners. Others who have posted "top-10" finishes in both previous races this year have been Joey Biasi, Chandler Leiby and Ryan Quackenbush.

The event is the first ever for USAC at the Pennsylvania oval in a state known for its USAC Sprint race history.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Shawn Jackson-350, 2-Andrew Layser-305, 3-Mike Meyers-303, 4-Ryan Greth-300, 4-Adam Pierson-288, 6-Alex Bright-275, 7-Tommy Kunsman, Jr.-267, 8-Kenny Miller-233, 9-Johnny Smith-191, 10-Brett Conkling-153.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Eddie Strada-146, 2-Ryan Godown-144, 3-Steven Drevicki-138, 4-Joey Biasi-130, 5-Chandler Leiby-129, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-105, 7-Ryan Greth-105, 8-Larry McVay-83, 9-Mark Bitner-72, 10-Carmen Perigo-55.

 


 

BONUS MONEY POSTED FOR FRIDAY'S 50-LAP RED DIRT WSO SPRINT

This Friday's Wingless Sprints Oklahoma race at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. presents an extra challenge for drivers and teams, with a 50-lap main event on tap! Due to the extended feature distance, a number of contributors have stepped forward to enhance the total prize money.

The series wishes to thank the following for their support: Jett Star with Dagwell Dixie Company, Ind., Rick Kohn with Hardwood Innovations, Leon Brownlee with Tri-State Clams of Oklahoma, Jim Carr "In remembrance of his father" #7 "The Flying Dutchman," and Boyd's Racing Engines.

Danny Smith of Sand Springs, Okla. takes a 32-point lead over Brett Wilson into Friday's race. Smith won at Creek County Speedway May 18 and Wilson won at Red Dirt on March 30. Other series winners this year have been Craig Carroll at Creek County April 20 and Cameron Hagin at Red Dirt May 11.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-550, 2-Brett Wilson-518, 3-Kyle Clark-515, 4-Michael Tyre II-482, 5-Craig Carroll-476, 6-Cameron Hagin-455, 7-Johnny Kent-447, 8-Casey Wills-428, 9-Dillon Laden-399, 10-Grant Wresche-392.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 MIDGETS HIT MADERA & BACK AT SPOON RIVER SATURDAY

Madera (Calif.) Speedway and Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. host USAC Speed2 Midget races this Saturday. Adam Lemke leads the USAC Western Overall and Pavement points to Madera, while Andy Baugh sits atop the Engler IMRA standings entering Saturday's 2nd "Aaron Hull Memorial" at Canton and the Midwest Thunder series also shares billing at Canton.

Just like at this year's Indy 500, "Will" power prevailed Saturday night in the 25-lap USAC Laquerre Sports Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. passed Manny Dias on lap 15 and led the final 11 circuits to take the win over Joe Krawiec, Dias, Seth Carlson and series point leader Jason Goff. The series resumes June 16 at Bear Ridge.

Rain forced a third consecutive cancellation in the Eastern Speed2 campaign Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. Jessica Bean is the series point leader going into a June 16 race at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

Rains also interrupted Saturday's IMRA program at Canton after the heats had been conducted. Jake Sollenberger and Robby McQuinn won the heats.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-294, 2-Neal Allison-277, 3-Nolan Allison-217, 4-Dameron Taylor-245, 5-Sam Hatfield-214, 6-Jordan Empie-213, 7-Connor Gross-107, 8-Johnny Bridges-81, 9-Jake Garcia-74, 10-Jake Trainor-69.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-219, 2-Seth Carlson-218, 3-Joe Krawiec-201, 4-Mike Chaffee-191, 5-Will Hull-181, 6-David Moniz-166, 7-Justin Phillips-155, 8-Manny Dias-153, 9-Jeff Champagne-151, 10-Randy Higginson-131.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-409, 2-Robby McQuinn-294, 3-Gedd Ross-262, 4-Shane Morgan-214, 5-Jake Sollenberger-207, 6-Kurt Mueller-189, 7-Daltyn England-182, 8-Blake Buchholz-177, 9-Blake Haynes-172, 10-Bart Andrews-166.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-77, 2-Andy Baugh-75, 3-Chett Gehrke-72, 4-Aaron Leffel-68, 5-Alex Watson-64, 6-Gedd Ross-56, 7-Stratton Briggs-55, 8-Trey Osborne-52, 9-Jon Steed-51, 10-Robby McQuinn-49.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-403, 2- Blake Brannon-364, 3-Joey Iest-233, 4-Johnny Nichols-164, 5-Ariel Biggs-82, 6-Cody Jessop-74, 7-Toni Breidinger-72, 8-Ashley Heredia-72, 9-Keoni Texeira-65, 10-Tyler Slay-62.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-327, 2-Blake Brannon-294, 3-Joey Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Cody Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

 

 

PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY TO KICK OFF INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ON JULY 20

Plymouth, Indiana.........Plymouth Speedway will make its debut on the Indiana Sprint Week schedule after being tabbed as the opener for 31st edition of the series, which kicks off on Friday, July 20.

The addition of the 3/8-mile dirt oval expands the Indiana Sprint Week schedule to northern Indiana for the first time since 1988 at the first ISW race ever held, won by Rick Hood at Avilla Speedway.

Now the seven-race summer series encompasses venues from the north, south, west, southeast and central regions of the state and its proximity to the following night's race at Kokomo Speedway makes the hour drive feasible for teams and fans.

Plymouth Speedway has made great strides over the past few years in facility upgrades, with new press boxes added, a permanent video board, new concourse area, the construction of a towering grandstand and its conversion of the track surface from pavement to dirt.

"Indiana Sprint Week is the greatest week of sprint car racing in Indiana for our fans and teams worldwide," USAC Racing President Kevin Miller said. "We are excited to recognize the vast investments that Ed Kennedy and his team have made at Plymouth and offer our fanbase in northern Indiana with the opener of Indiana Sprint Week."

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship has made two previous appearances at Plymouth over the past two seasons and both have been memorable. Justin Grant won the debut in the spring of 2017 ahead of a hard-charging Tyler Courtney, who raced from 18th to 2nd. Earlier this May, Kevin Thomas, Jr. emerged victorious after swapping the lead twice on the final lap with Robert Ballou.

Plymouth Speedway becomes the first "first-time" addition to the ISW schedule since Brownstown Speedway in 2010 and the 14th track overall to host an ISW event since its inception three decades ago.

Following Plymouth, the "Indiana Sprint Week" schedule carries on to Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Sunday, July 22, the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

Indiana Sprint Week began in 1988 and since then has become one of the premier events on the USAC calendar. Dave Darland is the winningest driver in ISW history with 17 victories.

2018 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE: Friday, July 20: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, Indiana) Saturday, July 21: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) Sunday, July 22: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana) Wednesday, July 25: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana) Thursday, July 26: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana) Friday, July 27: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, Indiana) Saturday, July 28: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana)

 

KTJ WINS KOKOMO FINALE,
BAYSTON STORMS FROM THE BACK TO WIN IMW TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. captured Sunday night's electric USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature at Kokomo Speedway while Spencer Bayston returned from ruination to win the "Indiana Midget Week" title.

Sure, the box score may read that Thomas won the race from the pole position while Bayston moved up one position from third to second to secure the championship in a concise, clean-cut manner. However, Kokomo usually provides a cornucopia of theatrics that defy the norm and Sunday's IMW finale was no exception.

On the opening lap, Thomas stumbled atop the turn one cushion from his outside front row starting position, dropping him back several positions before gathering himself up. Meanwhile, IMW point leader Tyler Courtney shot from the pole to take command in the early going.

Courtney was in control early, using the bottom line to pull away to a hefty advantage while those on the top line, led by Thomas, initially fell further behind with the top seemingly too far around to make up any ground at the moment. Thomas ripped lap after lap up on the cushion, gaining his rhythm with each revolution, to close the gap on Courtney just a few laps later.

On the ninth lap, disaster struck when IMW title contenders Zeb Wise and Spencer Bayston collided in turn two while battling for fifth. The meeting resulted in a flat right rear for Wise and a flat left rear for Bayston. Both required a return to the pit area for a fresh set of rubber, and for all intents and purposes, appeared to have their IMW title dreams dashed after having to restart from the tail.

When racing resumed, Thomas continued working the high line while Courtney mowed the bottom. On lap 11, Thomas caught a run that propelled him to the lead past Courtney by inches at the stripe. The side-by-side battle lasted two more full laps with Thomas gaining a sliver more of an advantage each time before clearing him for good on the 14th lap with series Rookie Jason McDougal following the train to the second spot.

Kokomo Indiana Midget Week finale winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama. (Gene Crucean Photo)

"On long runs, I got my momentum built up and I eventually started working (turns) one and two a little bit differently," Thomas recalled. "I tried to carry more momentum with the right front instead of leading with the right rear, then carry a little bit more speed through there to nail down three and four. It's tough because it's not necessarily a round corner. It's kind of sweeping and pinches off and you don't want to get in too hard and jump the cushion. I just tried to fine tune my line there and started reeling them in little by little. Once I got by, I don't know if (Courtney) went to the top or not. Being able to see your line here is probably the biggest deal. If you're running behind a car, even if it's a lapped car, it's kind of hard to hit your marks. Having a clear track is a big advantage."

Following a Ryan Robinson flip on lap 13, McDougal and hard-charging Justin Grant swapped sliders for the runner-up position until Grant was able to clear him on the 17th lap. By the 22nd lap, Grant was bumper-to-bumper with Thomas for the lead, trying a slider that couldn't quite reach on the following lap in turn four before falling back into line behind Thomas and anticipating his next move.

On a lap 25 scramble for second, Grant tagged the turn one wall, flipping over and collecting the top-two in the IMW standings: point leader and Clauson Marshall Racing teammate Courtney and second-place Tanner Thorson. Now what seemed like a pretty straightforward calculation of points for the title was changed in an instant and translated the race for the crown into a free-for-all.

On the restart with five to go, Thomas carried the lead into turn one, but it was third-running Logan Seavey who made the big move to go to second past McDougal into turn one, tucking in behind Thomas for the late-race showdown. Surely enough, moving into the spotlight once again was Bayston, who once ran 18th a third of the way into the race, moved into the top-three with three to go.

Seavey went on the attack of Thomas, and on the final lap, made one last effort to get the job done on the final corner, but came up just short, bouncing on the cushion and actually losing the runner-up spot to Bayston to help pad Bayston's position atop the final IMW standings for good measure.

Yet, it was Thomas who finally broke through for his first USAC National Midget feature victory since the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas back in 2015. Ironically, prior to Sunday night, the last series victory for the Joe Dooling/Dooling Machine - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 came at Solomon Valley a year later, in 2016, for Bryan Clauson's final feature victory.

A lot of things had to line up for Bayston's incredible run to result in a title after the lap nine skirmish. But being at the right place at the right time with the right team sure paid its dividends for the Lebanon, Indiana driver, resulting in another piece of hardware for the reigning USAC National Midget champ.

2018 Indiana Midget Week champion Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana. (Travis Branch Photo)

"It was unfortunate for (Courtney) and Tanner (Thorson), but I got excited because I figured that put me right back in the hunt," Bayston admitted. "I didn't know what the points were. I wasn't trying to calculate. I was just trying to get as many positions as possible."

"It's all about not giving up," Bayston said. "It's tough going to the back there, but the guys gave me a good enough car that I knew if, given enough laps, we could get back up there, and we sure did. It's a testament to what this team's able to do. I'm thankful I got the week championship to reward these guys. They've been working way too hard and staying up way too late. We've been really close the last three years. To get this done really means a lot to me. It's a confidence booster and it's a huge reward for this team."

Contingency award winners included Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Chad Boat (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 14thAnnual "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.503; 2. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.518; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.574; 4. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.664; 5. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.704; 6. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-13.731; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.750; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.767; 9. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.809; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-13.848; 11. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.859; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.860; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.865; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.869; 15. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.956; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Mitchell-13.987; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.003; 18. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-14.030; 19. Andrew Layser, 77x, Bright-14.109; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-14.278; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-14.309; 22. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.368; 23. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-14.468; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, Lynch-14.480; 25. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.554; 26. Matt Moore, 35, Petry/Goff-14.653; 27. Max Guilford, 37, Felker-14.664; 28. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.761; 29. Kyle May, 39, May-14.870.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Bright, 3. Shelton, 4. McDougal, 5. Abreu, 6. Nelson, 7. Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Carrick, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Thorson, 6. Dickerson, 7. Guilford. 2:23.81

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Seavey, 5. Jones, 6. Layser, 7. Hettinger. 2:22.81

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Wise, 4. Lynch, 5. Coons, 6. May, 7. Mitchell. 2:22.74

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Thorson, 2. Dickerson, 3. Coons, 4. Jones, 5. Nelson, 6. Johnson, 7. Layser, 8. Guilford, 9. May, 10. Abreu. 2:49.45

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Spencer Bayston (3), 3. Logan Seavey (9), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (10), 6. Brady Bacon (13), 7. Zeb Wise (5), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 9. Chad Boat (22), 10. Holly Shelton (14), 11. Sam Johnson (8), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 13. Justin Grant (15), 14. Alex Bright (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (2), 16. Ryan Robinson (6), 17. Chase Jones (19), 18. Tanner Thorson (7), 19. Brayton Lynch (20), 20. Tyler Nelson (21), 21. Justin Dickerson (18), 22. Tanner Carrick (12). NT
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**Johnson flipped during the first heat. Robinson flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Grant flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Courtney, Laps 11-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (22nd to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Grant

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-390, 2-Boat-386, 3-Bayston-381, 4-Wise-369, 5-Courtney-360, 6-Bacon-335, 7-K. Thomas-332, 8-Grant-324, 9-Robinson-310, 10-Coons-256.

FINAL "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Bayston-281, 2-Courtney-269, 3-Boat-261, 4-Seavey-259, 5-K. Thomas-248, 6-Thorson-212, 7-Wise-243, 8-Bacon-229, 9-McDougal-198, 10-Abreu-198.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma

 

 

RAIN INTERRUPTS SPOON RIVER MIDGETS AFTER HEATS

Canton, IL........Rain forced cancellation of Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway, although the heat races had been completed. The series now gears up for next Saturday's race at Spoon River.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 2. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. John Springer (#3 Springer), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes), 7. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 2. Blake Buchholz (#37 Raymond), 3. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 4. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 5. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 6. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 7. Daltyn England (#19E England). NT

REMAINDER OF EVENT RAINED OUT ----------------------------

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-409, 2-McQuinn-294, 3-Ross-262, 4-Shane Morgan-214, 5-Sollenberger-207, 6-Mueller-189, 7-England-182, 8-Buchholz-177, 9-Haynes-172, 10-Bart Andrews-166.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: June 9 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - 2nd "Aaron Hull Memorial"

 

 

BAYSTON THE 'BURG KING IN PENULTIMATE IMW GO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........This weekend one year ago was the turning point for Spencer Bayston on what would become a championship season.

A rough go through the first four events of the 2018 season mired him to the back half of the top-10 of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings entering Saturday night's "Indiana Midget Week" round at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Perhaps the night served as the starting line for another title run for Bayston after leading the final nine laps and standing his ground against a late-race barrage courtesy of a hard-charging Tanner Thorson, from 23rd, to earn his first series victory of the season in his Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian/Craftsman - Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Bayston is certainly familiar with Thorson. After all, the two were teammates for the past two years on the KKM team and each have had the honor of wearing the series' crown over the past two years - Thorson in 2016 and Bayston in 2017. Perhaps you'd believe that nobody would be better equipped to master the challenge of a relentless late-race charge by Thorson, ready to counter any shot fired his way.

Yet, Bayston only knew he had a challenger to his throne in the final laps, not any specific driver. Without the aid of a spotter or rearview mirror in other forms of racing, the Lebanon, Indiana driver saw but a white flash out of the corner of his left eye. In the past, Bayston admits this situation might've been troublesome for him, but the 19-year-old's maturity and growth was on full display, never flinching, as he clutched his first victory of the young season.

"I knew there was somebody there," Bayston admitted. "I've fallen apart in the past and gave wins away because I was too worried about who was behind me and what they were doing. When I see someone, I get excited and feel like I need to change something instead of focusing on what I was doing."

"The only thing I thought was that if somebody was going to slide me, I wanted to be on the top, so I could crossover and get back by them," Bayston continued. "I just kept doing what I was doing, running the top, carrying the momentum, and if somebody threw something I was ready to crossover."

Initially, Tyler Courtney embraced the leading role up front as he led the field into turn one from the pole position. On lap two, the first stoppage arrived when Thorson appeared to have his hopes of victory and a possible Indiana Midget Week title dashed as he bounced like bucking bronco on a pogo stick through turns one and two before slowing to a stop on the back straight. After a quick foray to the pit area under the yellow, Thorson returned to the field, albeit from the 23rd and final spot.

Throughout the middle stages of the 30-lapper, the top-four were so close, you could've thrown them under an electric blanket and still had plenty of room to spare as Courtney, Grant, Boat and Bayston diced it up for position. On lap 18, Grant made his bid for the lead, sliding Clauson Marshall Racing teammate Courtney for the lead entering turn three. Courtney quickly countered and was able to reclaim the lead exiting turn four.

Three of Spencer Bayston's five career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget victories have come during Indiana Midget Week. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

Courtney continued his search of the surface, riding the cushion between turns one and two, then laying low on the turn three and four side, choosing a lower groove on both ends while Bayston, back in fourth, finally began to make some headway to third on lap 19 and second on lap 20. Two laps later, Bayston was in the driver's seat of the field, ripping around the outside of Courtney to snag the top spot.

"Sunshine was running the top early, leading and in control," Bayston recalled. "I saw him go to the bottom and there were a few other cars down there. I figured that if I stayed up top and kept it clean, the bottom was eventually going to go away with all those cars down there. I tried to keep the momentum going, kept the wheelspin up, knowing eventually the bottom was going to slow down. I was only worried that I was going to get next to Sunshine and he was going to jump back in front of me and I was going to have to slide him."

On the 23rd circuit, third-running Grant met an unfortunate end to his run, flipping in turn one. He emerged from the wreckage unscathed.

When racing resumed with seven laps remaining, Bayston said "see ya, bye" as he left the field in his vapor trails and jumped out to a commanding lead. Thorson, meanwhile, had already climbed to fifth and wasn't anywhere near closing up shop yet, advancing to fourth past Tanner Carrick, then was challenging Boat for third when series Rookies Zane Hendricks and Matt Moore tangled on the back straight, sending Hendricks into a tumble from which he would walk away from.

The five-lap sprint saw Thorson get on the giddy-up quickly, splitting between Boat and Courtney at the entrance of turn three to blast from fourth to second on the scoring sheet and had his focus geared on running down his former teammate Bayston for the top spot.

With the white flag in sight, Thorson took his chances at Bayston with a slider entering turn three. Thorson was able to pull wheel-to-wheel with Bayston, but it wasn't enough to break Bayston's stride, forcing Thorson to tuckin behind Bayston for the final lap.

However, entering turn one, Thorson got tight on the cushion, pushing the front end up the racetrack and slowing his momentum, denying him a shot at a possible last-ditch slider for the win. Bayston had no qualms, however, and was undeterred as he pulled away to win his fifth career USAC feature by 0.664 of a second over Thorson, Boat, Courtney and Carrick.

Courtney retains a 16-point advantage in the IMW points heading into Sunday's finale at Kokomo Speedway. Thorson holds down the second spot ahead of Bayston, Boat and Logan Seavey. Boat, meanwhile, takes over the USAC National Midget point lead.

Contingency award winners included Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Ryan Robinson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner) and Ryan Robinson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 14th Annual "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.511; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.533; 3. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-14.561; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.596; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.598; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.658; 7. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.667; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-14.706; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.711; 10. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.748; 11. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-14.771; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-14.775; 13. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.805; 14. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.836; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.889; 16. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.903; 17. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.904; 18. Matt Moore, 35, Petry/Goff-14.920; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-14.979; 20. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.998; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-15.087; 22. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.122; 23. Andrew Layser, 77x, Bright-15.177; 24. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-15.299.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Abreu, 2. Wise, 3. Thorson, 4. Carrick, 5. Bayston, 6. Shelton, 7. Coons, 8. Johnson. 2:00.19

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Robinson, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Boat, 5. Seavey, 6. McDougal, 7. Layser, 8. Lynch. 2:01.70

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Bacon, 4. Moore, 5. Grant, 6. Hendricks, 7. Bright, 8. Mitchell. 2:02.70

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Spencer Bayston (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (7), 3. Chad Boat (5), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Tanner Carrick (3), 6. Brady Bacon (9), 7. Rico Abreu (16), 8. Tyler Thomas (13), 9. Logan Seavey (2), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 11. Zeb Wise (10), 12. Jason McDougal (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (14), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 15. Andrew Layser (21), 16. Ethan Mitchell (23), 17. Sam Johnson (22), 18. Matt Moore (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12), 20. Justin Grant (4), 21. Alex Bright (19), 22. Brayton Lynch (20), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (17), 24. Holly Shelton (24). NT
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**Grant flipped on lap 23 of the feature. Hendricks flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Courtney, Laps 22-30 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Rico Abreu (16th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Boat-329, 2-Seavey-321, 3-Courtney-319, 4-Wise-308, 5-Bayston-308, 6-Grant-279, 7-Bacon-272, 8-Robinson-269, 9-K. Thomas-256, 10-Carrick-223.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Courtney-228, 2-Thorson-212, 3-Bayston-208, 4-Boat-204, 5-Seavey-190, 6-Wise-182, 7-Abreu-182, 8-K. Thomas-172, 9-Bacon-166, 10-Robinson-152.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 3 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 2, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.987; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.016; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.076; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd,-16.214; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.342; 6. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.679; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.719; 8. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.948; 9. Cody Smothermon, 81, Watt-17.011; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.115; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.250; 12. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-19.642; 13. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. McQueen, 6. Smothermon. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Adams, 4. Shaw, 5. Hix, 6. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Max Adams, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Steve Hix, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Cody Smothermon, 12. Ryan Timmons, 13. Austin Ervine. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Guardino, Laps 16-23 Adams, Laps 24-30 Guardino. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (6th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 9 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Ron Otto Memorial”

 

 

BLOOMINGTON INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RACE FALLS TO RAIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana.........Down came the rain and washed the racing out. That was the story from the Bloomington Speedway round of Indiana Midget Week Friday night.

Twelve of the 28 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget drivers on hand made a qualifying attempt with Tanner Thorson setting the top mark of 11.568 seconds on the quarter-mile dirt oval. Holly Shelton was the qualifier on the track when the precipitation hit hard and rained out the remainder of the night's racing events.

Bloomington Speedway and USAC track officials are working on a possible makeup date.

The 14th edition of Indiana Midget Week continues this Saturday night, June 2 at Lawrenceburg Speedway before concluding Sunday, June 3 at Kokomo Speedway. Both races will be live via pay-per-view stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch live audio of both races live for free on the USAC app.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 1, 2018 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 14th Annual "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-11.568; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.585; 3. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.620; 4. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-11.632; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.700; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.703; 7. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.734; 8. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.908; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-11.991; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.156; 11. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-12.237; 12. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-12.553.

CARS AND DRIVERS WHO DID NOT MAKE A QUALIFYING ATTEMPT: Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Andrew Layser (#77x Bright), Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), Max Guilford (#37 Felker), Jason McDougal (#15 Petry/Goff), Matt Moore (#35 Petry/Goff), Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), Alex Bright (#77 Bright), Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), Ethan Mitchell (#19M Mitchell), Chase Jones (#33 RayPro).

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM RAINED OUT ---------------------------- NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-269, 2-Wise-260, 3-Boat-255, 4-Courtney-250, 5-Grant-248, 6-Bayston-228, 7-Robinson-224, 8-Bacon-211, 9-K. Thomas-207, 10-Coons-190.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Courtney-159, 2-Thorson-139, 3-Seavey-138, 4-Wise-134, 5-Boat-130, 6-Bayston-128, 7-K. Thomas-123, 8-Abreu-122, 9-Grant-120, 10-Coons-120.

 

 

BOAT SHEDS LABEL;
WINS PUTNAMVILLE INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STOP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........Over the past couple of years, Chad Boat had affectionately become known as Mr. August to some. Six career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget victories all coming in the month of August will do that to you. There's no shame in that, but why wait until August to have some fun?

Boat shed the label two months early this season with Thursday night's wild "Indiana Midget Week" victory at Lincoln Park Speedway. After swapping a case of sliders with Tanner Thorson throughout the middle stages of the race, the Phoenix, Arizona driver then denied a late charge from Justin Grant to win his first career IMW feature event.

In reality, the shedding of the label began much earlier than Wednesday. With the competition the way it is right now, with stacked competition night in and night out, Boat and the Tucker/Boat Motorsports team began seeing the fruits of their labor come to fruition late last season, which has translated to the early rising of success so far in 2018.

"We learned a couple things at the tail end of last year with our cars and built on that through the winter and through the indoor season," Boat explained. "We started off strong at Du Quoin and were really good at Kokomo. I think our cars are where we need them to be. We've been fast right off the trailer. If we do the right things throughout the night, I think we should be competitive and in the hunt every single night."

Boat began the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row, yet it was Thorson who rode the bottom to the lead on the opening lap. Thorson would hold down the fort at the front for much of the first half, using different approaches to tackle each end of the racetrack. In turns one and two, the 2016 series champ utilized the bottom line, and in turns three and four, took it upstairs on the cush.

Meanwhile, Boat made consistent use of the middle of the racetrack, a groove higher than that of Thorson, as the pair broke away from the rest of the crowd.

"He made me work for it, but it should be hard to win at times," Boat said. "It makes it even more gratifying when you're able to put it in the circle after a good battle like that. I knew I was better than him, but whenever I seemed to get a good run, we had a caution and that was kind of messing up my flow."

 

After multiple cautions and a flip by teammate Zane Hendricks stifled his rhythm before midway, Boat was even more eager to press Thorson for the lead. On the 17th lap, Thorson swung wide on the entry to turn three, nearly touching wheels with Boat in the process. Boat checked up slightly and darted back to the middle between turns three and four, emerging with the lead by the time the two hit the stripe.

This then set off an epic chain of salivating slide jobs that served as eye candy for anyone with a beating heart. At the start/finish line on lap 18, Thorson dove low into turn one, ripping the lead away briefly before Boat cut down off turn two to reclaim his acreage on the back straight. Rinse and repeat on lap 19 and 20 with the same result: Boat riding the tide back to the front after withstanding an assault of sliders that's enough to stand your arm hair up on end.

"It's probably not as fun for me as it is for you guys," Boat said with a laugh. "But, at the end of the day, putting on a good show is number one, so I'm glad we were able to do that. It's even better when you're able to come out on top. You always enjoy the slider fest when you're the one who comes out on top. If you ask Tanner, he probably didn't enjoy it as much as I did."

Following Boat's wake were Clauson Marshall Racing teammates Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney. Grant pulled a two-for-one deal on the lap 21 restart, carving down the middle of a 7/10 split between turns three and four to roll past his teammate and Thorson for the second spot after starting back in the sixth row.

Grant closed quickly, trying to set up a slider of his own with three laps remaining for turns three and four, but Boat slammed the door as he moved a lane lower on entry to defy Grant's move. One lap later, Grant's run all but ended when he eked it a little bit too sideways in turn two, allowing Boat to motor away for good, closing out the first USAC victory of the year for he and his PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota ahead of Grant, Courtney, Zeb Wise and Tanner Thorson.

"Honestly, I still thought it was Tanner," Boat admitted. "I could only see the little bit of white on his nose. I started to try running a little bit more defensive line to not give him a big opportunity to slide me. I knew as long as I didn't make any mistakes, I was going to be able to hold my own ground. The big thing was just making sure I had good corner exits and didn't leave the door open for him to go through."

Courtney has now moved to the forefront of the IMW points with three races remaining, Friday at Bloomington Speedway, Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Sunday at Kokomo Speedway. The Indianapolis, Indiana driver holds a 20-point advantage over Thorson, Logan Seavey, Wise and Boat.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway included Holly Shelton (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Logan Seavey (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brayton Lynch (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Ryan Robinson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 31, 2018 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 14th Annual "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.535 (New Track Record); 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.669; 3. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.747; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.747; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.764; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.779; 7. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-12.813; 8. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-12.823; 9. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.857; 10. Matt Moore, 35, Petry/Goff-12.926; 11. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.936; 12. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.953; 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.970; 14. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.984; 15. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.002; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.003; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.004; 18. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.011; 19. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.013; 20. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-13.068; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.116; 22. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.183; 23. Andrew Layser, 77x, Bright-13.277; 24. Hudson O'Neal, 3ON, Neuman-13.281; 25. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.341; 26. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-13.385; 27. Damian Lopez, 21x, Shuman-13.829; 28. Max Guilford, 37, Felker-13.941; 29. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell-14.161; 30. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-(Time of 12.873 disallowed); 31. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-NT; 32. Zach Hampton, 7K, K & R-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Shelton, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Coons, 5. Bacon, 6. McDougal, 7. Neuman. 2:11.64 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Robinson, 4. Boat, 5. Moore, 6. Carrick, 7. Johnson, 8. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Lynch, 2. Bright, 3. Grant, 4. Wise, 5. Layser, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lopez. 2:12.94

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Thorson, 2. Courtney, 3. Abreu, 4. Hendricks, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Guilford, 7. O'Neal. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Moore, 3. McDougal, 4. Mitchell, 5. Carrick, 6. Johnson, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Layser, 9. Neuman, 10. Hettinger, 11. Jones, 12. Lopez, 13. Petrozelle, 14. Guilford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chad Boat (2), 2. Justin Grant (11), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Zeb Wise (4), 5. Tanner Thorson (1), 6. Spencer Bayston (9), 7. Logan Seavey (17), 8. Rico Abreu (12), 9. Ryan Robinson (22), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Holly Shelton (16), 14. Jason McDougal (21), 15. Brayton Lynch (18), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 17. Matt Moore (10), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Alex Bright (15), 20. Tyler Thomas (23), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (5), 22. Jake Neuman (24), 23. Ethan Mitchell (8), 24. Zane Hendricks (19). NT
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**O'Neal flipped during the fourth heat. Hendricks flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Thorson, Laps 17-30 Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Robinson (22nd to 9th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tyler Thomas

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Holly Shelton

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-259, 2-Wise-250, 3-Boat-245, 4-Courtney-240, 5-Grant-238, 6-Bayston-218, 7-Robinson-214, 8-Bacon-201, 9-K. Thomas-197, 10-Coons-180.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Courtney-149, 2-Thorson-129, 3-Seavey-128, 4-Wise-124, 5-Boat-120, 6-Bayston-118, 7-K. Thomas-113, 8-Abreu-112, 9-Grant-110, 10-Coons-110.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - "Indiana Midget Week"

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

JOHNSON WINS NONSTOP SALUTE TO INDY AT CANYON;
DAVIS TAKES SATURDAY PRELIM

By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2018... Surging off the last corner, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) slipped by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. in dramatic fashion to win last Sunday at Canyon Speedway Park. For Johnson, the $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was his sixth consecutive “Salute to Indy” triumph. Davis, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Chris Bonneau, and Matt Rossi rounded out the top-five drivers.

Looking for his first win of the season, “The Real American” Matt Rossi grabbed the early lead from the outside of the front row. The former Western World Champion led the first two laps before Davis powered to the front from sixth. Setting a torrid place, Davis was running away from the field and began to work through the slower traffic. Taking advantage, Johnson closed to within striking distance from seventh but “Chargin” Charles slipped away. Continuing to slice through traffic, Davis was in control as Johnson inched closer. With the checkered flags waving in a nonstop main event, Johnson made one last challenge off the last corner and took the victory.

Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / AME Electrical Sherman, R.J. Johnson ran second to Matt Rossi in his Sunday heat race and ranked seventh out of eighteen racers in passing points. At press time, the five-time champion is seventh in points with four feature wins, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led to his credit.

After winning the Saturday preliminary feature and leading 27 laps on Sunday, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) had to settle for second in the “Salute to Indy.” Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis was second to Dennis Gile in his Sunday heat race and earned his second consecutive Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. “Chargin” Charles leads the point chase with three feature wins, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 125 feature laps led.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) charged from tenth to score third at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko finished fourth in his Sunday heat race and sat tenth in passing points. To date, “The Bull” is second in the point standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at the “Salute to Indy.” Racing his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X entry, Bonneau finished third in his Sunday heat race and sat third in passing points. The veteran driver is currently ninth in the point standings with two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the opening two laps, “The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) claimed fifth in the nonstop 30-lap main event. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Maxim, Rossi won Sunday’s third 8-lap heat race and placed fifth in passing points. In limited starts, Matt is tied for twenty-first in points with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, June 9th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The ninth point race will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Zack Madrid (#34AZ Burkhart/Grau), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Austin Kuehl (#11T Kuehl), 4. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson), 5. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Mike Widdle (#25 Widdle), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 2. Mike Martin (5th), 3. Tye Mihocko (14th), 4. Chris Bonneau (3rd), 5. Michael Curtis (4th), 6. Zack Madrid (11th), 7. Matt Rossi (16th), 8. Matt Lundy (9th), 9. Kyle Shipley (7th), 10. Austin Kuehl (8th), 11. Randy Nelson (1st), 12. Brent Yarnal (12th), 13. Mason Keefer (10th), 14. Mike Widdle (13th), 15. Josh Pelkey (2nd), 16. Tyler Most (15th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pelkey, Laps 2-14 Bonneau, Laps 15-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (14th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Zack Madrid (#34AZ Burkhart/Grau), 4. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 5. Austin Kuehl (#11T Team AZ), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (7th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 3. Tye Mihocko (10th), 4. Chris Bonneau (4th), 5. Matt Rossi (2nd), 6. Mike Martin (9th), 7. Dennis Gile (5th), 8. Michael Curtis (16th), 9. Matt Lundy (1st), 10. Kyle Shipley (3rd), 11. Mason Keefer (11th), 12. Randy Nelson (17th), 13. Austin Kuehl (15th), 14. Rick Shuman (13th), 15. Tyler Most (18th), 16. Brent Yarnal (14th), 17. Zack Madrid (8th), 18. Josh Pelkey (12th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Rossi, Laps 3-29 Davis, Lap 30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (16th to 8th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-627, 2. Tye Mihocko-541, 3. Mike Martin-519, 4. Michael Curtis-463, 5. Matt Lundy-421, 6. Josh Pelkey-402, 7. R.J. Johnson-399, 8. Dennis Gile-380, 9. Chris Bonneau-316, 10. Tyler Most-238, 11. Zack Madrid-236, 12. Andy Reinbold-212, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Jake Swanson-172, 15. Sterling Cling-162, --. Kyle Shipley-162, 17. Mason Keefer-156, 18. Stevie Sussex-139, 19. Austin Kuehl-128, 20. Larry Kesterson-122.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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AUSTIN WILLIAMS REBOUNDS TO PERRIS SALUTE TO INDY VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2018... After having a rough start to the season, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) emerged victorious at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night. For Williams, the $2,500 “Salute to Indy” feature win was the sixth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of his career. Jake Swanson, Max Adams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd followed Austin to the checkered flags.

Looking for his second win of the year, outside front row starter Brody Roa led the opening laps. Charging from fifth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner grabbed the top spot on lap seven, but his lead was plagued by caution flags. Preferring to run the outside line, Gardner opened up a lead, but Roa was gaining ground. Starting eleventh, Austin Williams worked the bottom groove and managed to slip by Roa and Gardner for the lead. However, another yellow flag erased the pass and gave the lead back to “The Demon.”

Gardner continued to lead the field with Roa giving chase. Another caution flag bunched the field and with twenty-six laps down, disaster struck on the restart. Gardner and Roa tangled on the front stretch and tempers rose in the work area. Crews were able to make repairs and the two drivers rejoined the field.

Inheriting the lead, Austin Williams had a great restart and shook free from all challengers to earn his first win of the season. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Austin also earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award. Qualifying seventh out of twenty-four racers, the 2009 Rookie of the Year also and ran third in his heat race. Now tied for seventh in points, Austin has two top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) finished second in the “Salute to Indy.” Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson posted his claimed his sixteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Jake placed fourth in his heat race and rose to second in the point chase. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) ran a solid third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams was sixth fast in time trials and took third in his heat race. The 2016 Rookie of the Year ranks sixth in the standings with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) drove from seventh to fourth in the 30-lap feature. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the former Victorville Sprint Champion qualified seventh overall and took third in his heat race. “The Cadillac” is currently fourth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and three top-10 finishes on the year.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) rebounded from an early stop to claim fifth at the Perris checkered flags. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was fourth fast in time trials and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is thirteenth in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the season.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) raced to victory in the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall and placed eighth in the main event. To date, the six-time champion leads the points with two feature wins, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was fifteenth fast and scored twenty-first in the feature after an early exit. The USAC West Coast point leader is sixteenth in USAC/CRA points with one feature win, one top-10 finish, and 23 feature laps led in the campaign.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the event will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.620; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.657; 3. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.809; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.830; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.841; 6. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.857; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.965; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.075; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.078; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.081; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.082; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.096; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-17.119; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.176; 15. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.278; 16. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.383; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.435; 18. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.588; 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.026; 20. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.211; 21. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.257; 22. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-18.671; 23. Wayne Rowett, 14, Males-18.676. 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.844.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Bernal, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Waitman, 7. Johnson, 8. Stewart. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Gansen, 6. Edwards, 7. Rowett, 8. Everhart. 2:55.81

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. T.Williams, 7. Marshall, 8. Rayborne. 2:59.13

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Williams (11th), 2. Jake Swanson (6th), 3. Max Adams (1st), 4. Cody Williams (7th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (3rd), 6. Tommy Malcolm (9th), 7. A.J. Bender (8th), 8. Damion Gardner (5th), 9. Chris Gansen (17th), 10. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 11. Brody Roa (2nd), 12. R.J. Johnson (22nd), 13. Verne Sweeney (12th), 14. Randy Waitman (16th), 15. Kyle Edwards (14th), 16. Trent Williams (18th), 17. Matt Stewart (19th), 18. Wayne Rowett (23rd), 19. Joel Rayborne (24th), 20. Gary Marshall Jr. (21st), 21. Austin Liggett (15th), 22. Logan Williams (4th), 23. Ryan Bernal (13th), 24. Tony Everhart (20th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Roa, Laps 7-26 Gardner, Laps 27-30 A.Williams
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (11th to 1st)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-374, 2. Jake Swanson-359, 3. Brody Roa-353, 4. Cody Williams-291, 5. R.J. Johnson-267, 6. Max Adams-239, 7. Austin Williams-231, -. A.J. Bender-231, 9. Tommy Malcolm-225, 10. Logan Williams-191, 11. Chris Gansen-184, 12. Ryan Bernal-152, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 15. Matt Rossi-126, 16. Austin Liggett-120, 17. Matt McCarthy-118, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 19. Joel Rayborne-93, 20. Tye Mihocko-91.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT TULARE’S “FARIA MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 29, 2018... This Saturday, June 2nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their fourth and final appearance of the year at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “25th Annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” will also feature the King of the West–NARC Sprint Cars and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. This year’s event marks the twenty-fifth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the inaugural non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Ryan Bernal used a late race charge past Kyle Hirst to earn his second Faria victory. The winner’s list of the Faria Memorial is at the bottom of this release.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and topped the March 9th visit. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (May 18th) and Richard Vander Weerd (May 19th) claimed wins during the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the seventh point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits atop the standings with a 32-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored fourth at Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic” finale on May 19th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Austin has five career wins and will be looking to add the “Faria Memorial” to his resume.

After winning the May 19th “Peter Murphy Classic,” Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to second in the championship points. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the year. The 2011 Champion has twenty-one series wins and will have his sights on the “Faria Memorial” triumph.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed third at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the young driver has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the season. With three career wins, Tristan will be looking to add the “Faria Memorial” trophy to his collection.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix finished eleventh in the “Murphy Classic.” At press time, Steve has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Hix will have his sights on his first West Coast win.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ran fifth in the May 19th feature and climbed to fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes. Vander Weerd has eight series wins and will be looking to add his name to the “Faria Memorial” winner’s list.

Currently eleventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Timmons, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Each night, Adult Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Bleacher Seats are $20. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $23 and Bleacher Seats are $18. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $13 and Bleacher Seats are $10. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2- Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-417, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-385, 3. Tristan Guardino-380, 4. Steve Hix-343, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-322, 6. Koen Shaw-311, 7. Shannon McQueen-305, .. Ryan Timmons-305, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Bernal-279, 11. Britton Bock-251, 12. Ryan Stolz-236, 13. Austin Ervine-226, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy Rutherford-171, 16. Brody Roa-117, 17. Colby Copeland-114, 18. Trent Carter-107, 19. Hobie Conway-87, 20. Brent Owens-85.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

LARSON SWEEPS MONTPELIER
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........Kyle Larson pulled off the equivalent of a perfect game in Tuesday night's opening round of "Indiana Midget Week" at Montpelier Motor Speedway.
Any driver who seemed to take a swing at Larson throughout the night found themselves striking out time-after-time in pursuit of the current NASCAR star whose only planned appearance of Indiana Midget Week came on this night.

Larson came in and conquered his mission, tumbling each obstacle along the way by setting fast time, winning his heat and emerging victorious in the night's 30-lap feature.

And he did so by setting new one-lap and 10-lap track records along the way. A sweep is a feat that can't be backed into. Many variables must fall into place and the driver has to be on top of his game, ready to stand on the gas and make the right moves at the right times every moment the opportunity beckons.

"It kind of all starts with your pill draw," Larson explained. "The whole night has to be good. (Car owner) Keith (Kunz) drew early for me, which was nice. I got quick time, and in the heat race, I was hoping just to get to the top-four because the field was pretty tough. Our car was really, really good and we were able to get to the lead by the white flag lap. Any time you can get a perfect night or a clean sleep, it's pretty special."

Larson won the Montpelier round of IMW back in 2016 and set fast time and a new one-lap track record in qualifying in 2017. After a flawless preliminary performance, Larson made quick work at the start of the feature from his sixth-place starting position, charging to third by lap three and to second for good by lap nine.

During a side-by-side battle with Kevin Thomas, Jr., Thomas threw a slider at Larson in turn one. Larson performed a high-wire rope act to perfection, squeaking around the outside of Thomas with space so precious between the pair's wheels that you couldn't even slide a dime between the two.

"The beginning was a lot of fun," Larson exclaimed. "(Kevin Thomas, Jr.) and Justin Grant were throwing big bombs at each other and I was able to get by them. KT started sliding me and I was able to get clear of him before the caution came out just prior to getting the lead. I didn't expect to get to the front that fast, but I'm thankful that I did."

Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer dominated the opening nine circuits from the pole, holding a near-full straightaway lead before the yellow fell for a spin by tenth-running Justin Grant.

Kyle Larson earned his fifth career Indiana Midget Week victory (tied for second with Christopher Bell and four behind all-time leader Bryan Clauson). His 15th career USAC National Midget win ties him with Don Branson & Larry Rice for 45th on the all-time USAC National Midget win list. (Travis Branch Photo)

For the lap 10 restart, some might have expected to see a patented slide job delivered by the second-place driver in turn one. But, Larson had his own plan that paid off.

"The restart went perfect," Larson recalled. "What I was hoping to do was to get a good run down the front straight and be on his bumper into (turn) one when he peeled off to the bottom and I could have some momentum to get up top. I had a lot of speed around the top, nailed the corner pretty good and was able to clear him down the back straight. I tried not to make too many mistakes. I do a good job of getting overly excited and making mistakes, so I tried to stay calm throughout it."

Larson appeared flawless and fast, a potent combination and a harsh reality for the competition to overcome when a driver of his caliber is in the zone. By halfway, Larson's lead was over two seconds. The only thing acting as a thorn in his side were continuous cautions that forced him to replay the restart on several occasions, giving second-place runner and the most recent USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winner at Montpelier, Tyler Courtney, chance after chance to challenge Larson, forcing Larson to refrain from playing the same tune each time.

"I had been turning down to the bottom and taking off," Larson remembered. "When you do it so often, it gets easy to time. On the second to last one, I acted like I was going to do that, then took off up top. I don't know if it worked out or not, but I didn't see his nose on that restart, so I felt like that was a decent job. Then, I just tried to change it up again for the final restart by peeling off back to the bottom a little differently and it worked out."

Courtney was able to hang with Larson close by initially, but over the long haul, Larson gradually extended the lead, extinguishing all possible challengers by race's end to earn his fifth career Indiana Midget Week victory (tied for second with Christopher Bell and four behind all-time leader Bryan Clauson). His 15th career USAC National Midget win ties him with Don Branson and Larry Rice for 45th on the all-time USAC National Midget win list.

Following 2.178 seconds behind Larson at the finish were KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney (from 14th), series point leader Logan Seavey, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway included Kyle Larson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Saldana Racing Products Sweep), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tanner Thorson (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Zane Hendricks (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 29, 2018 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana - 14th Annual "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 21K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.712; 2. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.722; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-13.804; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.809; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.893; 6. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.926; 7. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.941; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.990; 9. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.993; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.995; 11. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.997; 12. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.058; 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-14.070; 14. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.086; 15. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.088; 16. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-14.108; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.123; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-14.189; 19. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.208; 20. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.215; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-14.249; 22. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.282; 23. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.288; 24. Matt Moore, 35, Petry/Goff-14.320; 25. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-14.333; 26. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.377; 27. C.J. Leary, 11AG, Gray-14.444; 28. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.447; 29. Andrew Layser, 77x, Bright-14.483; 30. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-14.508; 31. Zach Hampton, 7K, K & R-14.528; 32. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.581; 33. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.805; 34. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.996; 35. Damian Lopez, 21x, Shuman-15.092; 36. Max Guilford, 37, Felker-15.274.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Larson, 2. Bright, 3. Grant, 4. Bayston, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Coons, 7. Johnson, 8. Mitchell, 9. Layser. 2:24.23

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Abreu, 4. Jones, 5. Dickerson, 6. Hettinger, 7. Hendricks, 8. Robinson, 9. Carrick. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Thorson, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Lynch, 4. Craker, 5. Leary, 6. Lopez, 7. Seavey, 8. Shelton, 9. Hampton. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Boat, 3. Bacon, 4. Wise, 5. Neuman, 6. Walker, 7. Moore, 8. Guilford, 9. Simon. 2:31.14

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Robinson, 4. Coons, 5. Carrick, 6. Neuman, 7. Hendricks, 8. Mitchell, 9. Hettinger, 10. Moore, 11. Lopez, 12. Johnson, 13. Layser, 14. Dickerson, 15. Guilford, 16. Shelton, 17. Leary, 18. Walker, 19. Hampton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (14), 3. Logan Seavey (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Tanner Thorson (15), 7. Spencer Bayston (9), 8. Zeb Wise (18), 9. Rico Abreu (5), 10. Ryan Robinson (20), 11. Tyler Thomas (17), 12. Brady Bacon (3), 13. Chad Boat (8), 14. Alex Bright (19), 15 Jason McDougal (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (10), 17. Justin Grant (2), 18. Holly Shelton (23), 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 20. Chase Jones (22), 21. Kyle Craker (11), 22. Brayton Lynch (21), 23. Jake Neuman (12). NT
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**Robinson & Hendricks flipped in heat 2. Leary flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Klaasmeyer, Laps 10-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (14th to 2nd)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Zane Hendricks

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boat

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-199, 2-Wise-180, 3-Boat-169, 4-Courtney-166, 5-Grant-165, 6-Robinson-162, 7-Bayston-157, 8-Bacon-154, 9-K. Thomas-153, 10-Coons-132

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Larson-84, 2-Courtney-75, 3-K. Thomas-69, 4-Seavey-68, 5-Thorson-63, 6-Coons-62, 7-Abreu-57, 8-Bayston-57, 9-Wise-54, 10-Bacon-48.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 30 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

BAUGH SCORES 3RD 2018 IMRA VICTORY AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. scored his third win of the 2018 season Saturday night in the 30-lap USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway. Baugh passed Robby McQuinn on lap 19 and led the final two lap-s to beat McQuinn, Shane Morgan, Gedd Ross and Blake Buchholz. Baugh leads the series to this Saturday's "Kids Candy Dash" at Spoon River.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Blake Buckholz (#37 Raymond), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Mark Billings (#60E Billings), 5. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 6. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes), 7. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 3. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Daltyn England (#19E England). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Robby McQuinn, 3. Shane Morgan, 4. Gedd Ross, 5. Blake Bochholz, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Mark Billings, 8. Jake Sollenberger, 9. Mark McMahill, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. Daltyn England, 12. Blake Haynes, 13. Kevin Barrefeld. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Ross, Laps 6-16 Baugh, Laps 17-18 McQuinn, Laps 19-20 Baugh.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Baugh-380, 2-McQuinn-263, 3-Ross-237, 4-Morgan-214, 5-Sollenberger-176, 6-Bart Andrews-166, 7-McMahill-164, 8-Mueller-160, 9-England-157, 10-Buchholz-147.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: June 2 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Candy Dash"


 


SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 May 27, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Zack Madrid (#34AZ Burkhart/Grau), 4. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 5. Austin Kuehl (#11T Team AZ), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Matt Lundy, 10. Kyle Shipley, 11. Mason Keefer, 12. Randy Nelson, 13. Austin Kuehl, 14. Rick Shuman, 15. Tyler Most, 16. Brent Yarnal, 17. Zack Madrid, 18. Josh Pelkey. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Rossi, Laps 3-29 Davis, Lap 30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (16th to 8th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 9 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 May 26, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Zack Madrid (#34AZ Burkhart/Grau), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Austin Kuehl (#11T Kuehl), 4. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson), 5. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Mike Widdle (#25 Widdle), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Mike Martin, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Michael Curtis, 6. Zack Madrid, 7. Matt Rossi, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Austin Kuehl, 11. Randy Nelson, 12. Brent Yarnal, 13. Mason Keefer, 14. Mike Widdle , 15. Josh Pelkey, 16. Tyler Most. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pelkey, Laps 2-14 Bonneau, Laps 15-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (14th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 27 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 26, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.620; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.657; 3. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.809; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.830; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.841; 6. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.857; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.965; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.075; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.078; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.081; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.082; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.096; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-17.119; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.176; 15. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.278; 16. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.383; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.435; 18. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.588; 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.026; 20. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.211; 21. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.257; 22. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-18.671; 23. Wayne Rowett, 14, Males-18.676. 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.844.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Bernal, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Waitman, 7. Johnson, 8. Stewart. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Gansen, 6. Edwards, 7. Rowett, 8. Everhart. 2:55.81

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. T.Williams, 7. Marshall, 8. Rayborne. 2:59.13

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. A.J. Bender, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. Brody Roa, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Randy Waitman, 15. Kyle Edwards, 16. Trent Williams, 17. Matt Stewart, 18. Wayne Rowett, 19. Joel Rayborne, 20. Gary Marshall Jr., 21. Austin Liggett, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Ryan Bernal, 24. Tony Everhart. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Roa, Laps 7-26 Gardner, Laps 27-30 A.Williams SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (22nd to 12th) NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 23 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

KODY SWANSON WINS 3RD STRAIGHT IN "DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Winning three USAC Silver Crown Champ Car races in a row is an accomplishment of epic proportions. In fact, it's a feat that occurs so rarely, it took 13 seasons for it to happen again.

Perhaps there was something in the air that had Friday night's "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway pegged as the spot where the monumental task would be accomplished.

After all, the last one to win three consecutive was none other than Dave Steele in 2005, the man who used the .686-mile paved oval as his personal playground and ATM between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s in USAC competition and the man whose life was honored Friday night.

Perhaps no driver marvels at the significance of the event more than Kody Swanson. One night following his fourth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory, Swanson was again on a mission to get the coveted trophy and winner's share totaling $17,000. But, this night had an extra emotional incentive factored in, winning the 100-lap event in memory of his late friend and mentor.

"Dave was an incredible competitor and his resume speaks for itself on the racetrack," Swanson praised. "He was a friend and a guy I looked up to. I miss him dearly. It's truly special to be able to compete in a race in his honor, and to win it is something else. Lynn and the Steele family are ones I care about so much. It's great to see them here tonight and to see what they put into this event as well. You could feel the buzz from the crowd. I really hope this is something that everyone enjoyed not only for the Silver Crown series, but in memory of Dave."

On this night, not only was a statistical accomplishment on the line, so were bragging rights among brothers. Tanner Swanson cashed in the fastest time in qualifying for a $1000 bonus, then elected to start the main event from the tail of the 22-car field, which would net him another bonus of $5000 if he could take the checkered flag.

A furious start saw new pole sitter Kody Swanson swap the lead with fellow front row starter Bobby Santos where they exchanged the lead multiple times in the opening laps before Kody cleared the most recent Silver Crown race winner at the track on lap three.

Meanwhile, Tanner was hauling the mail and, by lap 32, had moved into the top-five. Just like clockwork, three laps later, he was fourth. Another four laps clicked by, he was third.

By midway, it had become a three-car race at the front with Kody leading Aaron Pierce and Tanner who were stacking 'em deep and selling 'em cheap in rush traffic, running nose-to-tail one-two-three.

Kody went to the low line often to work around the lappers, keeping his ears tuned in to his wife, Jordan, for direction as she served as his eyes in the sky as a spotter for the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Beast/Hampshire Chevy No. 63.

"My wife does an amazing job spotting," Swanson said. "On a night like this where strategy is so important, I could try whatever strategy I had because I knew they were coming. That played a huge role. You hate to say it's a radio race, but it is a strategy race. I feel like the Silver Crown series is open wheel's big-time. You can't ever give up. If you never do, breaks will go your way. And if you're close, maybe you'll come away with one here and there."

"If you even think about making a mistake, Tanner's going by you. I was fortunate that a couple of the spots played out in my favor and I was able to get clear. I had one spot where I knew he got to my outside. My only move left was to try and stay there on the bottom and do some sort of pick and roll and just hope that the lapped car occupied the space because I had been had." - Kody Swanson (Dallas Breeze Photo)

After relentlessly working on Pierce for nearly one-third of the race, Tanner finally made the move on lap 68, sliding up in front of Pierce for second with an inside move in turn three. However, Tanner drifted up the racetrack, nearly collecting the outside SAFER barrier in the process. Pierce got back by momentarily, but it would be only four more laps before Tanner found a little bit of redemption, passing Pierce again, this time on the outside of turn two to take second.

"My goodness, multiple times I was three-wide in lapped traffic for the lead. Man, I sure hope people enjoyed that. I don't know how it could get any more nail-biting. If I hadn't have had both hands on the wheel, I think I would've been in the same boat. We survived that and were better after the caution. The longer it went, the tighter I got and, all the while, I have to withstand all these charges knowing Tanner's still coming and that maybe we hadn't seen anything yet."

The final sprint to the finish would now be a showdown between Kody and younger brother Tanner, the way it has so many times before. Kody had been the dominant force thus far, but Tanner was the show throughout the race, bringing the fans to their feet with several daring passes on his charge to the front past 20 other competitors in the first 72 laps, something that didn't surprise Kody one bit.

"I knew it wouldn't be long," Swanson admitted. "I've told people Dave (Steele) might've been the greatest of all-time in a pavement open wheel car. Tanner's got to be next. For as little as he races, the fact that he comes out and he's the guy. I'm biased, but I have to be. He's my brother and he's earned it, I think. He's put it on us for how many years out here now? Tonight, he spotted us the field! Not only has he been special in a Silver Crown car at this racetrack, he's been great in everything even as little as he gets to go."

On lap 87, with the laps winding down, Kody took every avenue he could to keep his hard-charging younger brother at bay. It looked like a race from the Thursday/Saturday Night Thunder era of the early 1990s with Kody using the Steve Butler line at the entry of turn one in an effort to get around the lapped car of Chris Windom, nearly clipping the grass with his left side tires. Meanwhile, Tanner was running the old groove that was popular before the repave job in the late 1990s, right up against the outside wall in the corners.

"If you even think about making a mistake, Tanner's going by you," Swanson pointed out. "I was fortunate that a couple of the spots played out in my favor and I was able to get clear. I had one spot where I knew he got to my outside. My only move left was to try and stay there on the bottom and do some sort of pick and roll and just hope that the lapped car occupied the space because I had been had."

Tanner was relentless in his approach, pulling alongside Kody on several occasions and appeared poised to make the winning pass with 10 laps remaining on the outside at the exit of turn two, but was shielded by a lapped car that shackled his momentum, allowing Kody to breakaway.

Simultaneously, Tanner's car began to run low on fuel, causing the engine of his Bowman/Elmore Racing #02 to sputter as Kody began to put a gap on the rest of the field and would finish it out with Silver Crown win number 22, which stands just one behind Jack Hewitt for the all-time series lead.

Tanner just missed an opportunity to become the track's winningest Silver Crown driver. He still stands at five alongside Mike Bliss. Aaron Pierce finished third with Bobby Santos and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

Only eight times previously has a driver gone back-to-back-to-back within the same season in Silver Crown competition, Mario Andretti (1974), Tom Bigelow (1975), Rick Hood (1985), Jack Hewitt (1986), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jay Drake (2004), Tyler Walker (2004) and Steele (2005).

Even rarer, though, is the driver who's won two Silver Crown races in two nights: Andretti at the Missouri and Illinois State Fairgrounds in 1974 and J.J. Yeley at Indianapolis Raceway Park and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2003.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2018 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman/Elmore-21.010; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.043; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.083; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.258; 5. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.438; 6. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-21.451; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.503; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.518; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-21.529; 10. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.602; 11. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-21.621; 12. Austin Blair, 96, Blair-21.903; 13. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.974; 14. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.073; 15. Dave Darland, 32, Williams/Wright-22.084; 16. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-22.211; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-22.262; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.366; 19. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-22.385; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-22.461; 21. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-22.481; 22. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-NT; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 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). ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Santos, Laps 2-100 K. Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Tanner Swanson (22nd-2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Cody Gerhardt

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR POINTS: 1-K. Swanson-359, 2-Grant-260, 3-Byrne-240, 4-Windom-238, 5-Pierce-202, 6-Santos-198, 7-Welpott-188, 8-Goodnight-184, 9-Nemire-178, 10-Coons-170.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR RACE June 29 - Oregon, Wisconsin - Madison International Speedway - "Bytec Dairyland 100"


SWANSON EQUALS UNSER WITH 4TH STRAIGHT HOOSIER HUNDRED WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Al Unser and Kody Swanson. Of course, Al Unser's place in the history of the sport has long ago been cemented. Kody Swanson's legacy continues to grow with each race, each year.

Following Thursday night's 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred," those two names will forever be linked as drivers who've mastered the 100-mile event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in four consecutive attempts. Unser got the job done in 1970-71-72-73 and now Swanson in 2014-15-16-18 (2017 was rained out).

It's a feat that the Kingsburg, California driver admits he's unsure will ever sink in. But this had a slightly different feel for the three-time Silver Crown champion. Rather than settling in and then pouncing to the lead about two-thirds of the way in as he had during his first three wins, Swanson became the rabbit early on after starting from the pole position, setting the pace.

"Sometimes coming from fourth or sixth is ideal here," Swanson explained. "Winning the pole is important and getting those three bonus points is important. Two years ago, it proved that every point counts. I've won the pole before and still rode in third or fourth for a while. Tonight, the racetrack was different. I know the other three all came about the same way, but believe it or not, it wasn't just by design. You try to run each race independently, try to manage your tires, your situation, your brakes and they happened to work out the same as those ones. I'd say it's coincidence as much as anything."

"Obviously, the later it gets, the more time becomes of the essence," Swanson continued. "The way the racetrack was, I didn't feel like I wanted to be fourth or sixth because there are a lot of good cars and maybe you don't have as many passing opportunities to get them back. I was okay with leading early, for a little while, but the harder they wanted to press, the less I was okay with it. I didn't want to get off my game because of what was going on behind me."

At the start, Swanson set the tone, but two-time Du Quoin "Ted Horn 100" winner Shane Cockrum was an early challenger, peeking the nose of his No. 71 high and low on both ends of the racetrack on lap 12 before falling into line. There wasn't much time for riding around, though, and eight laps later, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brian Tyler stormed to second past Cockrum and quickly closed in on leader Swanson.

A yellow on lap 21 slowed the pace for a moment, but not Tyler's. Tyler checked high, he checked low and, on lap 29, got a run on Swanson down the front straightaway that propelled him into the lead on lap 29. Tyler quickly put a large gap between he and Swanson which grew to four-plus seconds by lap 40 when the yellow flag flew following series Rookie Kyle Robbins' turn three wall contact.

Sometimes plans change mid-stream and, when constant pressure was being applied to from Tyler, Swanson admitted that the game plan changed.

"It's hard," Swanson admits. "I'm trying to win the Depalmas a fifth-straight title, which has never been done. If I had let somebody outthink me, and I blow a tire and give it away, then that's on me. I got to a spot where I couldn't do it anymore. He got a big run and that seemed like the right time to change strategy a little bit and I tried to save as much as I could. If I'm going to be behind, I might as well save everything I can."

Kody Swanson equaled Al Unser's record of four-straight "Hoosier Hundred" wins set from 1970-73. (Rich Forman Photo)

"The racetrack was different and what it was going to require was different," Swanson continued. "I hated leading early. I mean, I just hated it. Cockrum was good and (Shane) Cottle was good. I knew Tyler would be good too. If Tyler qualifies in the top-18, he's going to be good. I know that from being his teammate. He was pushing hard, and I wasn't going to hold him off for 70 (laps) in a row. He wanted to go faster than I felt I could go at the time."

Following the lap 44 restart, Tyler reestablished a stranglehold at the front, but in racing, things can change in a hurry. On the 56th lap, Tyler made contact with a piece of brake rotor that came off Chris Windom's car, sending Tyler hard into the outside wall and ending dreams of a first "Hoosier Hundred" victory for the veteran driver.

During that 12-lap stint following the restart, Swanson was fully-entrenched in his game plan, hanging a little bit closer to Tyler than before the yellow.

"We caught a caution there and I felt like I tried to stay with him a little bit and felt like I could," Swanson said. "It wasn't as easy to run him down as I was hoping. I felt like we could stay with him, and maybe the longer it went, the more things would come to us. You watch their cars and I could tell he was very good through the corner and good off the corner. I felt like we were running awful hard and I absolutely hated to see that happen to him. Brian's been a teammate, he's a friend of mine and I know he's been after a "Hoosier Hundred" win for a long time. I can't say that I would've gotten him, but I was going to give it everything I had at the end, but so would he, and he's very good."

When racing resumed, the show came down to a two-horse race between Swanson and Cockrum. Swanson established his dominance by never wavering from 10-15 car-length lead as the two orchestrated a cat-and-mouse chase through lapped traffic. However, each time Cockrum seemed to move his chess piece past one obstacle, Swanson picked one off himself and never gave Cockrum an opportunity to shave off any of the interval.

A lap 88 yellow for a turn three crash involving Jerry Coons, Jr. erased the gap, albeit momentarily. Swanson never allowed Cockrum to get close enough to challenge, finishing out an incredible run of success on the Indy Mile, winning by 2.7 seconds over Cockrum, Tyler Courtney, Cottle and a career-best finish for birthday boy Johnny Petrozelle.

The win was the 21st of Swanson's Silver Crown career, moving him to within two of Jack Hewitt's record 23 victories.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 24, 2018 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - 63rd "Hoosier Hundred"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-33.522; 2. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-33.722; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy Boys-33.921; 4. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-34.496; 5. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-34.626; 6. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-34.749; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-34.808; 8. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-34.843; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.946; 10. A.J. Fike, 711, Hardy-Boys-35.049; 11. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-35.053; 12. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-35.089; 13. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR Racing-35.136; 14. Coleman Gulick, 114, Team Scorpion-35.251; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 56, Foxco-35.307; 16. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-35.370; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-35.400; 18. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-35.484; 19. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-35.563; 20. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-35.651; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-35.723; 22. J.C. Bland, 5, BBE-35.730; 23. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-35.745; 24. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-35.818; 25. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-35.985; 26. Neil Shepherd, 04, Shepherd-36.021; 27. Dave Darland, 75, Rose-36.244; 28. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-36,297; 29. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-36.306; 30. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five-Three-36.415; 31. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-36.556; 32. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-36.722; 33. Daniel Robinson, 43, Felker/Nix-37.476; 34. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-37.525; 35. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-38.843; 36. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-39.734; 37. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-41.079; 38. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Shepherd, 2. Shuman, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Weyant, 7. Lawson, 8. Rose, 9. Robinson, 10. Welpott, 11. Schrader, 12. Nemire, 13. Berkheimer.

FEATURE: (100 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Shane Cockrum (3), 3. Tyler Courtney (6), 4. Shane Cottle (2), 5. Johnny Petrozelle (18), 6. Jacob Wilson (21), 7. Joe Liguori (11), 8. David Byrne (15), 9. Dave Darland (28), 10. Austin Mundie (24), 11. Austin Nemire (29), 12. Matt Goodnight (19), 13. Chris Windom (4), 14. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 15. Casey Shuman (26), 16. Chris Dyson (8), 17. Korey Weyant (30), 18. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 19. Brady Bacon (25), 20. Steve Buckwalter (27), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Travis Welpott (32), 23. Brian Tyler (5), 24. C.J. Leary (7), 25. Kyle Robbins (31), 26. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 27. J.C. Bland (22), 28. Russ Gamester (20), 29. Jeff Swindell (12), 30. Neil Shepherd (23), 31. Coleman Gulick (14), 32. A.J. Fike (10).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Swanson, Laps 29-55 Tyler, Laps 56-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Dave Darland (28th to 9th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Windom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-286, 2-Grant-205, 3-Byrne-188, 4-Windom-180, 5-Nemire-168, 6-Goodnight-155, 7-Welpott-147, 8-Coons-145, 9-Pierce-138, 10-Bobby Santos-137.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR RACE May 25 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

COURTNEY HUNTS DOWN HULMAN CLASSIC VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........For a racer, there's not much better hardware you can add to your trophy collection than a "Tony Hulman Classic" rifle.

Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Tyler Courtney became a first-time gun owner following a flawless late-race restart in which he slid past leader Chase Stockon to lead the final nine laps and collect his third win of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

For Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney, it was a dream that became a reality. After setting fast time and finishing third in a Silver Crown car back in April, Courtney seems to have found the knack for being quick on the big half-mile at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

"To win here at Terre Haute is unreal," Courtney exclaimed. "It's something I dreamed about as a kid. (Former Terre Haute Action Track promoter) Don Smith had a big impact on getting my career going, so this one ranks right up there. I've watched Dave (Darland) and Jerry (Coons, Jr.) and all the greats that have raced before us here and they seemed to dominate. At this race, you want to be the one taking the rifle home and we get to do it this time."

The unique, traditional trophy awarded to the winner of the "Hulman Classic" dates to the early days of the Terre Haute Action Track. Courtney, not a hunter by trade, now gets to carry one of these pieces home with him with pride.

"The funny thing is I'm not a gun guy at all," Courtney admitted. "Somebody was asking me if I had ever gone hunting before, but I had to tell them that I've actually never held a gun. It's kind of ironic that I get to hold one tonight on the front straight at Terre Haute."

Courtney started the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row and was able to get the jump on pole sitter Shane Cottle to grab the lead on the opening lap. His run at the front would be short-lived, however, as inside second row starter Stockon burst to the front with a turn one slider on lap two and would hold down the spot for the first two-thirds of the event.

"To win here at Terre Haute is unreal," Courtney exclaimed. "It's something I dreamed about as a kid. (Former Terre Haute Action Track promoter) Don Smith had a big impact on getting my career going, so this one ranks right up there. I've watched Dave (Darland) and Jerry (Coons, Jr.) and all the greats that have raced before us here and they seemed to dominate. At this race, you want to be the one taking the rifle home and we get to do it this time."

The top-two of Stockon and Courtney separated themselves from the rest of the field, a half-straightaway ahead of their nearest competition and only three car-lengths separating themselves. At times, the pair had to thread the needle through lap traffic, with Stockon tight-roping between Brandon Mattox and Nate McMillin on the back straight to escape briefly at the halfway mark, but Courtney kept the walls from closing in on him, slipping between the 7/10 split of cars into turn three to stay within a puncher's chance of Stockon as he searched to find his zone of comfort entering the second half of the race.

"We were just a little tight," Courtney remembered. "I knew there were spots on the track where he was better than me. I was just trying to make myself a little better at the spots he was running, but I couldn't run exactly where he was running, so I just tried to find the best spot for mine."

On lap 22, series Rookie Jadon Rogers tagged the outside wall between turns three and four and flipped wildly right in front of the leaders. Stockon avoided contact, but Courtney could not escape completely unscathed, bouncing his right rear tire off Rogers' damaged racecar before continuing with just a bent wheel cover.

That set up a nine-lap shootout for the race win between Stockon and Courtney. At Terre Haute, the leader is often left as a sitting duck on restarts and the follower has the upper hand to make a patented turn one slider. Courtney took advantage of that fact, diving to the bottom and clearing Stockon by the time both got to turn two.

"I knew it was going to be my only shot," Courtney thought. "The track was tricky up top and it was tough to slide someone. I tried it once early in the race and couldn't clear him and spent the rest of the time trying to catch back up to him. I didn't think it was going to stick as well as it did when I tried it again."

"I protected myself in (turns) three and four thinking he was going to slide me," Courtney continued. "After that, once I couldn't really hear him, I ran my own race, counted the laps down, clicked them off and tried to make nine perfect laps."

Courtney executed to perfection down the stretch, extending his lead to more than two seconds by race's end to capture his first career victory at the Terre Haute Action Track over Kevin Thomas, Jr., Shane Cottle, Chris Windom and Stockon.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Brandon Mattox (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2018 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 48th "Tony Hulman Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-20.574; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.901; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-20.904; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.060; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-21.454; 6. Shane Cottle, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-21.567; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-21.596; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-21.602; 9. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-21.603; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-21.606; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB Motorsports-21.739; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-21.835; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-21.883; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-21.887; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-22.280; 16. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-22.495; 17. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-22.501; 18. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-22.525; 19. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-22.681; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-22.924; 21. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-23.004; 22. Brandon Morin, 98m, Morin-23.240; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-23.457;

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Bilbee, 3. Cummins, 4. Windom, 5. Stockon, 6. Mattox, 7. Gentry, 8. Morin. 2:52.28

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Leary, 3. Courtney, 4. Rose, 5. Coons, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Chapple, 8. Bell. 2:54.55

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Ballou, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. Cottle, 6. Rogers, 7. McMillin. 2:59.99

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Robert Ballou (11), 8. Justin Grant (14), 9. Brady Bacon (4), 10. Chad Boespflug (8), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 12. Nick Bilbee (16), 13. Dave Darland (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (7), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Bill Rose (17), 17. Aric Gentry (23), 18. Brandon Morin (21), 19. Nate McMillin (20), 20. Robert Bell (22), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (15), 22. Jadon Rogers (18), 23. Brandon Mattox (12). NT
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**Rogers flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Courtney, Laps 2-21 Stockon, Laps 22-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (10th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brandon Mattox

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-653, 2-Windom-622, 3-Courtney-601, 4-Leary-561, 5-Stockon-551, 6-Ballou-535, 7-Darland-512, 8-Bacon-507, 9-Grant-483, 10-Boespflug-435.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 8 - Greenwood, Nebraska - I-80 Speedway - "Dirt Classic"

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

JOHNSON RETURNS TO VICTORY CIRCLE AT SAN TAN VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 22, 2018... Racing past polesitter Dennis Gile on the fifth lap, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) powered to last Saturday’s Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at Arizona Speedway. The five-time champion claimed his third win of the season ahead of “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Gile.

Making his first start in the Andy Reinbold / Todd Underwood Motorsports #19 AME Electrical Spike, Johnson recorded the 54th series win of his career. R.J. began the night by winning the second heat race, ranked third out of seventeen racers in passing points, and started fourth in the feature. R.J. heads to Canyon’s “Salute to Indy” placed sixth in points with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) had a solid night at the San Tan Valley oval with a second place finish. Racing his #16 Sherwin Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin ran second to Johnson in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The veteran driver is currently third in the point chase with one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, and five top-10 finishes.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) scored third in the Arizona Speedway feature after starting seventh. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko finished second to Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. To date, “The Bull” is second in the point standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) claimed fourth in the 30-lap main event. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race and ranked second in passing points. To date, the five-time Arizona sprint car champion has a 58-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first four laps, Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) scored fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile ran third in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. At press time, Dennis is seventh in championship points with one feature win, one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season.

Zack Madrid (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from sixteenth. Piloting the #5M WSM Auctioneers / Martin Auto Museum Maxim, Madrid scored ninth in his heat race and ranked sixteenth in passing points. In limited action, Zach is fifteenth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) scored his first Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of 2018. Driving the Kevin Turner / Greg Wheeler owned #11C DAR Racing entry, Curtis took third in his heat race and finished ninth in the main event. To date, Michael is fourth in the chase for the championship with six top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign.


The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back for two days of action starting this Saturday, May 26th at Canyon Speedway Park’s annual “Salute to Indy.” The showcase will also feature Desert Restorations IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, Non-Winged Power 600 Micro Sprints, and IMCA Sport Compacts. In addition, there will be an open practice at Canyon Speedway Park on Friday, May 25th, starting at 7:00pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 9. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson)

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (4th), 2. Mike Martin (2nd), 3. Tye Mihocko (7th), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 5. Dennis Gile (1st), 6. Andy Reinbold (9th), 7. Josh Pelkey (3rd), 8. Jake Swanson (8th), 9. Michael Curtis (6th), 10. Zack Madrid (16th), 11. Matt Lundy (12th), 12. Brent Yarnal (11th), 13. Joe Scheopner (13th), 14. Tyler Most (10th), 15. Vickie Faber (15th). NT
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**Adams flipped on lap 1 of the second heat. *Kesterson & Adams did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Gile, Laps 5-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Zack Madrid (16th to 10th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Michael Curtis

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-464, 2. Tye Mihocko-406, 3. Mike Martin-378, 4. Michael Curtis-341, 5. Josh Pelkey-331, 6. R.J. Johnson-322, 7. Dennis Gile-315, 8. Matt Lundy-314, 9. Andy Reinbold-212, 10. Tyler Adams-200, 11. Chris Bonneau-174, 12. Jake Swanson-172, 13. Tyler Most-170, 14. Sterling Cling-162, 15. Zack Madrid-143, 16. Stevie Sussex-139, 17. Larry Kesterson-122, 18. Joe Scheopner-121, 19. Daylin Perreira-118, 20. Jason McDougal-76.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED HISTORY ON THE LINE
FOR SWANSON THIS THURSDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........As you dance your eyes down the list of "Hoosier Hundred" winners throughout the past six decades, it's easily recognizable to see and feel the history that this race carries.

You've got Indianapolis 500 winners, all seven of them: Bob Sweikert (1953), Jimmy Bryan (1954-55-56), Rodger Ward (1959-63), A.J. Foyt (1960-61-64-65-68-69), Parnelli Jones (1962), Mario Andretti (1966-67) and Al Unser (1970-71-72-73).

You've got USAC Hall of Famers Tom Bigelow (1975), Pancho Carter (1977), Gary Bettenhausen (1980), Larry Rice (1981), Chuck Gurney (1982-83), Sheldon Kinser (1985) and Jack Hewitt (1986-88-89).

And you've got the heroes of today, those of which are entered for this Thursday's 63rdrunning of the famed race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, namely Jeff Swindell (1991-1993), Dave Darland (1995-96-2004), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2011-12) and Kody Swanson (2014-15-16).

Following last year's rain out, Kingsburg, California's Swanson resumes his chase of history this Thursday when he aims for a fourth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory. It's something that's only been accomplished once, by Al Unser between 1970 and 1973. The current series point leader recently became just the second driver to reach the 20-win club in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car division with his early May win on the pavement at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in the DePalma Motorsports No. 63. Swanson holds a 27-point lead in the standings after three rounds in his quest for an unprecedented fourth series title.

Swanson's methodical, calculating precision has seen him take the lead at about the same point of the race in each of his three "Hoosier Hundred" triumphs. In 2014, he took the lead from Bobby East on the 78th lap. A year later, in 2015, it was lap 68 when he reached the front with a pass on A.J. Fike. In 2016, Swanson ripped past Shane Cottle on lap 67 and led the rest of the way for the win.

Two-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Jerry Coons, Jr. is always a consistent frontrunner on the miles. In fact, his last two appearances on a dirt mile in the Gene Nolen Racing No. 20 have resulted in pole position starts at Springfield and Du Quoin in 2017 and his last start at the Indy Mile had him starting from the outside of the front row, leading 32 laps and finishing third. He has two wins on the Indy Mile already and is the only driver not named Kody Swanson to win back-to-back races at the track in the last 17 seasons.

At first, it appeared as if three-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana may not have a ride for this year's race. A possible deal to jump in a second car for another established team did not materialize. However, longtime Darland competitor Bill Rose came to the rescue, providing a second car to the USAC Triple Crown champ. Rose will compete in the No. 66 while Darland will take the wheel of the 75. Rose also came to the aid of Chris Windom in the series' lone dirt appearance at Terre Haute, supplying a car to the 2016 champ who charged from 13th to 4th in the 100-lapper.

Jeff Swindell has pretty much done it all and seen it all in dirt track racing. He owns three Silver Crown wins on the Indy Mile, including "Hoosier Hundred" victories in 1991 and 1993. The Germantown, Tennessee driver was excellent on the dirt miles in 2017, charging from 28thto 3rd at Springfield and then led a race-high 68 laps at Du Quoin en route to another 3rdplace result aboard Mark Swanson's No. 21.

Second in points, Justin Grant was the victor in the series' lone appearance on the dirt in April at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Grant has also found success on the dirt miles, winning on the very similar Illinois State Fairgrounds track in Springfield a year ago. Back in 2015, the Ione, California native recorded a career-best Indy Mile finish of 5th.

After dipping his toes back in Silver Crown racing last September at Du Quoin, Fenton, Missouri's Ken Schrader will make his return to the "Hoosier Hundred" for the first time since 1985. It's an unprecedented 33-year gap between appearances in the race for any driver. However, drivers returning to the "Hoosier Hundred" after extensive sabbaticals have been successful in recent years. In 2015, Rickey Hood returned to the race following a 19-year absence, finishing an impressive seventh.

Chris Windom's extensive resume is absent a "Hoosier Hundred" victory thus far, but he does have a dirt mile track Silver Crown win under his belt at Du Quoin in 2016. This year, the Canton, Illinois driver is a teammate with Coons in the Gene Nolen Racing stable, a team that has won this race on three occasions: 2000 and 2001 with Tony Elliott and in 2009 with Shane Hollingsworth.

Additional entries come from past USAC National champions Brady Bacon (2014-16 National Sprint Car), Brian Tyler (1996-97 National Sprint Car) and Russ Gamester (1989 National Midget), plus past Silver Crown race winners Aaron Pierce, C.J. Leary, David Byrne, Shane Cockrum and Tyler Courtney.

Race Rookies entered for the event include USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. who makes his Indy Mile debut with the Foxco team operated by Galen Fox, the owner of five Hoosier Hundred victories with drivers Steve Chassey (1984), Kenny Jacobs (1987) and Darland (1995, 1996 & 2004). Additionally, Fox won a pair of "Hulman Hundred" races at the Indy Mile with Chuck Gurney (1988) and Darland (1995).

The rest of the Rookie class is represented by leading series first-year driver Travis Welpott, Kyle Robbins, Johnny Petrozelle, Chris Dyson, Dave Berkheimer, Daniel Robinson, Austin Mundie, Korey Weyant and Mike Haggenbottom.

The May 24 "Hoosier Hundred" presented by TBA Oil & Warehouse begins with the pits opening at noon, grandstands opening at 3pm, practice at 5pm and racing at 7pm. The 100-mile main event is scheduled for an 8pm start.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full Week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

The "Hulman Classic," "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" will all be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day following each of the races, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"HOOSIER HUNDRED" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Kenny Gentry)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 (R) DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (Ricky Nix/A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
75 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
114 COLEMAN GULICK/Binghamton, NY (Team Scorpion)
118 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VANDER WEERD TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE;
FARIA GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN FRIDAY PRELIM

By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2018... As track conditions were changing, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) slipped by “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the tenth lap and sailed to victory at Saturday’s “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Vander Weerd earned the $4,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Tulare ahead of hard charger Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett, and Jace Vander Weerd.

Starting fourth, Richard Vander Weerd took the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim to the twenty-first win of his career. After taking control of the main event, Vander Weerd used the outside line to his advantage and held the lead by a full straightaway. His progress was halted by a city power outage, but once racing resumed, he was not to be denied.

With twenty racers in the pit area, Saturday’s 10-lap heat races were claimed by Danny Faria Jr. (Extreme Mufflers), Colby Copeland (Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply), and Troy Rutherford (Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply). Copeland bested Faria in the special pole shuffle dash and elected to start eleventh for a chance at the $5,000 Four CCCC’s Construction bonus. Unfortunately for Copeland, a flip on the eighteenth lap ended his night.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) earned Saturday night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventeenth. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X also took home an additional $500 from the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

On the previous night, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) started on the outside of the front row and led all 30-laps to earn his first $1,500 win of the season. The two-time champion found the bottom groove to his liking and finished ahead of hard charger Colby Copeland, fast qualifier Ryan Bernal, point leader Austin Liggett, and Richard Vander Weerd.

Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified third out of sixteen racers, placed second in the trophy dash, and scored third in his heat race. The Friday main event victory marked the eleventh series win of his career.

Bernal began Friday’s action by claiming the 17th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. The 2011 Rookie of the Year followed that drive by winning the 4-lap Trophy Dash and the first 10-lap heat race sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Tristan Guardino raced to victory in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2.

Racing his #24 Good Guys Rod & Custom / Black Dog Drilling Maxim, Colby Copeland (Roseville, California) earned Friday night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, June 2nd, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” will also feature the King of the West – NARC Sprint Cars and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. Located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more information can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or by calling 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.836; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.863; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.923; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.247; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.270; 6. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-17.286; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.458; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.587; 9. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.790; 10. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.802; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.854; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-18.042; 13. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-18.119; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-18.179; 15. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.487; 16. Cody Smothermon, 81, Watt-18.555.

BUTLERBUILT PROFESSIONAL SEAT SYSTEMS TROPHY DASH: (4 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Timmons, 5. Hix, 6. Bock, 7. Stolz, 8. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Liggett, 4. Copeland, 5. Rutherford, 6. McQueen, 7. Shaw, 8. Smothermon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 2. Colby Copeland (8th), 3. Ryan Bernal (6th), 4. Austin Liggett (1st), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (3rd), 6. Steve Hix (9th), 7. Shannon McQueen (12th), 8. Ryan Stolz (13th), 9. Tristan Guardino (5th), 10. Ryan Timmons (7th), 11. Cody Smothermon (16th), 12. Koen Shaw (14th), 13. Austin Ervine (15th), 14. Britton Bock (11th), 15. Jace Vander Weerd (4th), 16. Troy Rutherford (10th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faria.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Colby Copeland (8th to 2nd)
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 2. Austin Liggett, (#83 Liggett), 3. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 4. Britton Bock (#67 Bock), 5. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter), 6. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3T Montgomery). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#24 Copeland), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Brody Roa (#56 Phulps), 5. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 6. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford), 7. Brandon Wiley (#33B Team 33). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 3. Max Adams (#42X Bates), 4. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 5. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 6. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford). NT

BUTLERBUILT PROFESSIONAL SEAT SYSTEMS POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Copeland, 2. Faria, 3. Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Guardino. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 2. Ryan Bernal (17th), 3. Tristan Guardino (5th), 4. Austin Liggett (3rd), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (7th), 6. Max Adams (8th), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 8. Ryan Timmons (6th), 9. Troy Rutherford (2nd), 10. Shannon McQueen (13th), 11. Steve Hix (12th), 12. Koen Shaw (14th), 13. Brandon Wiley (19th), 14. Brody Roa (10th), 15. Colby Copeland (11th), 16. Britton Bock (9th), 17. Ryan Stolz (16th), 18. Kaleb Montgomery (18th), 19. Austin Ervine (15th). NT.
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**Owens flipped on lap 3 of the first heat. Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Copeland flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Faria, Laps 10-30 R.Vander Weerd
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (17th to 2nd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-417, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-385, 3. Tristan Guardino-380, 4. Steve Hix-343, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-322, 6. Koen Shaw-311, 7. Shannon McQueen-305, .. Ryan Timmons-305, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Bernal-279, 11. Britton Bock-251, 12. Ryan Stolz-236, 13. Austin Ervine-226, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy Rutherford-171, 16. Brody Roa-117, 17. Colby Copeland-114, 18. Trent Carter-107, 19. Hobie Conway-87, 20. Brent Owens-85.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ENTRY LIST FOR FRIDAY'S "CARB NIGHT CLASSIC" RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Twenty-three USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars and drivers have entered for this Friday's "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Past winners entered for round four of the Silver Crown season at the .686-mile paved oval include Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson, a six-time winner at the track, and two-time winner of the "Carb Night Classic" in 2015 and 2016. Older brother Kody Swanson was last year's winner, which was his fourth win there. Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts won the most recent Silver Crown appearance at LOR last summer, his fourth win there. Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne broke through for his first career Silver Crown victory in the summer of 2014.

This year's "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" features an abundance of bonuses, including an extra $16,000 in lap money generously donated by several sponsors. Among the perks are that every Silver Crown driver will have their free pit pass covered for the event. Additionally, the night gets started with a bang with the driver recording fast time set to take home a sweet $1000 bonus.

The largest potential prize is slated for the main event in which an opportunity will be presented to the drivers starting in the first two rows of the Silver Crown 100-lapper. The option will be given to the pole winner first. He or she can elect to start from the tail of the field. If that driver can win the race, the driver will receive a $5000 bonus tacked onto their winnings for the evening. If the pole sitter declines, the option will be presented to the driver starting 2nd, then 3rd and then 4th.

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" gets underway on Friday, May 25 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. The pits open at noon while the grandstands open at 2:45pm. Practice begins at 3pm, with qualifying set for 5pm. Main events for the Pro Mazda and USF2000 series begin at 6pm. The Silver Crown main event is slated for an 8:15pm start.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day later, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

"DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
131 (R) DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

TWO-TIME WINNER SWINDELL, SILVER CROWN CHAMP SCHRADER RETURN TO HOOSIER HUNDRED THURSDAY

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Eleven rookies on this year's Hoosier Hundred entry list have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from two legendary drivers who competed in the big cars long before many of the rookies were even born.

If the return of 1991 & 1993 race winner Jeff Swindell wasn't enough news, the return of 1982 Silver Crown champion Ken Schrader has only added to the buzz created by the continued upward swing of USAC's top tier series.

Swindell continues to hold the 60-mile track record set here in May of 1987 when he drove from the back of the pack to capture a spectacular race win in the "Hulman 100" and went on to turn heads that year setting a world record at Springfield and nearly winning at Du Quoin. His performance led to a full-time ride with Tim Delrose and Bob Galas in 1990 and, in 1991, they captured the first of two "Hoosier Hundred" races.

Swindell was mostly absent from the series after the 1993 season, but returned in 2006 to run at Springfield and Du Quoin for Galas. Jeff came back to Indianapolis in 2010 and 2011, and again in 2016. In 2016, he was marching toward the front when he was caught up in an accident on lap 84. Later that year, he led 55 miles at Du Quoin before finishing second and nearly won at Du Quoin last year, showing that there is still gas left in the tank of the Tennessee native.

1982 Silver Crown champ Ken Schrader made his series debut at Terre Haute, ironically, driving for Tim Delrose and Bob Galas. The 1979 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year and the 1983 USAC Sprint Car champ would eventually go on to become a NASCAR Rookie of the Year and a multi-time NASCAR Cup winner before scaling back to run dirt tracks and a part-time ARCA schedule. He toyed with the idea of getting back into one of the dirt champ cars back in 2016. The idea became a reality in 2017 when Springfield, Illinois car owner Dennis McQuinn offered him the seat of the familiar orange 14 and Schrader willingly accepted running both Springfield and Du Quoin.

Kenny first appeared on the Indy mile in the May 1982 "Hulman 100," starting second and finishing third while leading 37 miles. He finished ninth in the 1982 "Hoosier Hundred," then won the pole in 1983 and led the first nine laps before blowing an engine in front of the grandstand on lap 33. His best finish in the event came in 1984 when he started and finished seventh, his last appearance in a dirt car on the fairgrounds mile. He has since, however, won in ARCA stock cars and UMP Modifieds at the fairgrounds.

The "Hoosier Hundred" presented by TBA Oil & Warehouse begins with the pits opening at noon, grandstands opening at 3pm, practice at 5pm and racing at 7pm. The 100-mile main event is scheduled for an 8pm start.

The "Hoosier Hundred" is the second of three events in USAC's "Week of Indy," featuring the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 24, and the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday, May 25.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy". A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the "Hoosier Hundred." To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

The "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day later, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can also listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC app.

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"HOOSIER HUNDRED" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Kenny Gentry)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 (R) DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (Ricky Nix/A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
114 COLEMAN GULICK/Binghamton, NY (Team Scorpion)
118 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

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48TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC" KICKS OFF BIG WEEK OF USAC RACING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. has seemingly had the Midas touch in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition over the past two years. No driver has accumulated more victories than the Cullman, Alabama driver over that stretch and he arrives at this Wednesday night's 48th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" as the reigning race winner and the current series point leader.

Thomas has already won twice this season at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. and Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway. Last fall, though, Thomas picked up one of the biggest victories of his career as he slid his way past Dave Darland with five laps remaining, then ran down leader Chase Stockon with three to go to win his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Action Track in four seasons.

Thomas owns two career USAC National Sprint Car victories at the half-mile dirt oval in Terre Haute, also winning back in 2013 during "Indiana Sprint Week" in a ferocious battle with Darland. His Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing team has won four times at Terre Haute, including one "Hulman Classic" with Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2010.

The "Hulman Classic" has been a special event for Darland over the years. It's the home of the Lincoln, Indiana native's first career series win back in 1993. A mere 21 years later, in 2014, he was back in victory lane at the Action Track for his second "Hulman Classic" win. The resurgence of Darland has already led him to victory lane at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in April.

Second in points, Chris Windom has a full plate of racing on his docket for this week, beginning with Wednesday's "Hulman Classic." The 2011 "Hulman Classic" winner also intends to run Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday and the Payless "Little 500" on Saturday at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. Sandwiched between all that is his debut appearance with the Indy Lights series in the "Freedom 100" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, marking 770 laps of competition in five races for the Canton, Illinois native in main events over a four-day span.

Robert Ballou, sixth in the standings, collected the two most recent "Hulman Classic" rifles prior to Thomas, winning the "Hulman" back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. After a tough start to the season, the 2015 series champ out of Rocklin, Calif. has finished in the top-five in his last three starts with two second-place finishes.

Another past series champ who's returned to form in the most recent races after a sluggish start is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon. The 2014 and 2016 champ has finished in the top-five in each of his past three starts, including a victory at Eldora two weeks ago to rise up to eighth in the standings.

Ninth in points, Ione, California's Justin Grant is USAC's most recent winner at Terre Haute, capturing the "Sumar Classic" for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car division in late April. Starting from the pole position in that race was Tyler Courtney from Indianapolis, Indiana. The driver known as "Sunshine" is third in points on the strength of two early season victories in Ocala, Fla.

Like Grant, C.J. Leary has reached the peak at Terre Haute in USAC competition, but not yet in a sprint car. In 2016, the Greenfield, Indiana native picked up a "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown victory and has been a perennial frontrunner in that event. He recently finished fifth in this year's edition and is looking to break through for his first USAC National Sprint Car win of the year following a banner year in 2017 in which he earned a career-high five wins.

Jerry Coons, Jr. is one of three multiple-time "Hulman Classic" winners entered for Terre Haute, bagging that crown in 2010 and 2013. The Tucson, Arizona native, and one of six USAC Triple Crown champs, returns to action in the Krockenberger Racing No. 21K.

Chase Stockon, fifth in the standings, finished third in last year's "Hulman," coming up just three laps short of the win after leading the first 27 laps of the 30-lap feature. You can count on the Fort Branch, Indiana driver being one of the contenders yet again this Wednesday. After all, he is a past USAC National Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute back in 2016 at the "Don Smith Classic."

Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug resides 10th in the standings, and has come close to winning at Terre Haute twice with a pair of runner-up finishes in two of his last three USAC Sprint Car appearances there.

The "Tony Hulman Classic" began in 1971 and is the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's longest-running annually-contested event. George Snider was victorious in the first edition. Other winners over the years include, just to name a few, Joe Saldana, Gary Bettenhausen, Pancho Carter, Jan Opperman, Sheldon Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Ron Shuman, Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Doug Kalitta, J.J. Yeley, Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough Cory Kruseman, plus the only three-time winners of the event: Cary Faas and Levi Jones.

USAC's "The Week of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 23. The "Tony Hulman Classic" will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP DIRTcar Modifieds.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, hot laps at 6:30pm, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 8pm. General admission tickets for the "Tony Hulman Classic" will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday. Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 11 and under are free.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

The "Tony Hulman Classic" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day later, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"TONY HULMAN CLASSIC" WINNERS:

Terre Haute Action Track 1971: George Snider 1972: Bruce Walkup 1973: Joe Saldana 1974: Gary Bettenhausen 1975: Pancho Carter 1976: Jan Opperman 1977: James McElreath 1978: Dick Tobias 1979: Pancho Carter 1980: Eddie Leavitt 1981: Sheldon Kinser 1982: Chet Johnson 1983: Jack Hewitt 1984: Rick Hood 1985: Ron Shuman 1986: Rich Vogler 1987: Steve Butler

Indianapolis Raceway Park 1988: Steve Butler 1989: Rich Vogler 1990: Jeff Bloom 1991: Eric Gordon

Terre Haute Action Track 1992: Cary Faas 1993: Dave Darland 1994: Cary Faas 1995: Jack Hewitt 1996: Doug Kalitta 1997: J.J. Yeley 1998: Cary Faas 1999: Terry Pletch 2000: Jay Drake 2001: Tracy Hines 2002: Jon Stanbrough 2003: J.J. Yeley 2004: Cory Kruseman 2005: Levi Jones 2006: Daron Clayton 2007: Jon Stanbrough 2008: Levi Jones 2009: Levi Jones 2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2011: Chris Windom 2012: Bud Kaeding 2013: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2014: Dave Darland 2015: Robert Ballou 2016: Robert Ballou 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

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JOHNSON WINS SOUTHWEST 30-LAPPER AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

San Tan Valley, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway. Mike Martin finished second ahead of Tye Mihocko, series point leader Charles Davis Jr. and Dennis Gile, who led the first four laps of the race.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2018 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 9. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Zack Madrid, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Brent Yarnal, 13. Joe Scheopner, 14. Tyler Most, 15. Vickie Faber. NT

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**Adams flipped on lap 1 of the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Gile, Laps 5-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Zack Madrid (15th to 10th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Michael Curtis

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-464, 2-Mihocko-406, 3-Martin-378, 4-Curtis-341, 5-Pelkey-331, 6-Johnson-322, 7-Gile-315, 8-Lundy-314, 9-Reinbold-212, 10-Adams-200.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 26 & 27 - Peoria, Arizona -Canyon Speedway Park - "Salute to Indy"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 19, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 2. Austin Liggett, (#83 Liggett), 3. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 4. Britton Bock (#67 Bock), 5. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter), 6. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3T Montgomery). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#24 Copeland), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Brody Roa (#56 Phulps), 5. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 6. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford), 7. Brandon Wiley (#33B Team 33). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 3. Max Adams (#42X Bates), 4. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 5. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 6. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford). NT

BUTLERBUILT PROFESSIONAL SEAT SYSTEMS POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Copeland, 2. Faria, 3. Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Guardino. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Max Adams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Ryan Timmons, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Koen Shaw, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Colby Copeland, 16. Britton Bock, 17. Ryan Stolz, 18. Kaleb Montgomery, 19. Austin Ervine. NT. ---------------------------- **Owens flipped on lap 3 of the first heat. Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Copeland flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Faria, Laps 10-30 R.Vander Weerd SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (17th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 2 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

SATURDAY'S I-55 USAC SPRINT RACE RAINED OUT; RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED

Pevely, Missouri.........Heavy afternoon precipitation at the track has rained out Saturday's night 2 of the "River Town Showdown" featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

However, Spire Sports + Entertainment and USAC have rescheduled both nights of the "River Town Showdown." The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Friday night, August 31. The very next night, the series heads to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri on Saturday night, September 1.

Meanwhile, the USAC Sprints return to action this Wednesday night for the 48th annual "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing action is scheduled to begin at 8pm. General admission tickets for the "Tony Hulman Classic" will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday. Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 11 and under are free.

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GODOWN TOPS BIG DIAMOND 25-LAP SPRINT

Pottsville, PA……..Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. won Friday night’s 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Big Diamond Speedway, passing Tim Buckwalter just past the half-way mark. New series point leader Eddie Strada took second ahead of Chandler Leiby, Joey Biasi and Steven Drevicki.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 – Pottsville, Pennsylvania – Big Diamond Speedway – “Red, White & Blue Autos Night”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher)2. Tim Buckwalter (#7 Nemeth/Lotier), 3. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 4. Larry NcVay (#83 McVay), 5. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 6. Alex Bright (#28 Fitzpatrick), 7. John Swanson (#17J Swanson), 8. Billy Brian Jr. (#16 Fitzpatrick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 3. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 4. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 6. Carmen Perigo (#21 Stehman)7. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 8. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Eddie Strada, 3. Chandler Leiby, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Ryan Quackenbush, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Billy Brian Jr., 10. John Swanson, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. Bill Unglert, 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Kyle Lick, 16. Larry McVay. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps (Biasi, Buckwalter and Godown) - TBA

FRANK’S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (16th-6th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Strada-146, 2-Godown-144, 3-Drevicki-138, 4-Biasi-130, 5-Leiby-129, 6-Quackenbush-105, 7-Greth-105, 8-McVay-83, 9-Mark Bitner-72, 10-Perigo-55.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 – Accord (NY) Speedway – “NPS Paving Night”

 

 

BRIGHT TAKES BIG DIAMOND MIDGET MAIN

Pottsville, PA........Alex Bright of Royersford, Pa. won Friday night's 20-lap USAC Eastern Midget race at Big Diamond Speedway, leading the final three laps after passing Brett Arndt on lap 18. Arndt finished second ahead of Steve Buckwalter, Adam Pierson and Ryan Greth.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway - "Red, White & Blue Autos Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steve Buckwalter (#0 Buckwalter), 2. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 3. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 4. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 5. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 6. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tim Buckwalter (#29 Seymour), 2. Adam Pierson (#74m Mancini), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 4. Brett Arndt (#12 Heckman), 5. Mike Meyers (#10 Myers), 6. Johnny Smith (#4s Smith), 7. John Andenka (#96 Andenka). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Brett Arndt, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Adam Pierson, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Shawn Jackson, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Johnny Smith, 9. Mike Meyers, 10. Brett Conkling, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. John Andenka, 13. Kenny Miller. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Arndt, Laps 3-15 T.Buckwalter, Laps 16-17 Arndt, Laps 18-20 Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Jackson-350, 2-Layser-305, 3-Meyers-303, 4-Greth-300, 4-Pierson-288, 6-A.Bright-275, 7-Tommy Kunsman Jr,-267, 8-Miller-233, 9-Smith-191, 10-Conkling-153.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 8 - Bedford, PA - Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway

 

JIM ANDERSON TO MAKE SILVER CROWN DEBUT
AT CARB NIGHT CLASSIC

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Three-time STARS Midget Champion and 2012 USAC D1 Regional Midget Champion Jim Anderson is set to make his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car debut when the series hits Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" on Friday night, May 25.

Anderson, who hails from Joliet, Illinois, will be behind the wheel of the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92, Response Management Services-sponsored Beast/Toyota for the 100-lap event. The race will mark the season debut for the Gene Kazmark-owned team after competing for the series championship with Chris Windom in 2017.

Anderson has always been a fan of the Lucas Oil Raceway, having competed several times in the prestigious "Night Before the 500" midget race at the .686-mile paved oval located west of Indianapolis. To compete in a Silver Crown car, though, fulfills a lifelong dream for the 42-year-old racing veteran.

"I have always wanted to drive one of these cars," Anderson said. "I have worked on them before when Gene was teamed up with Terry Jacobs and Bob Hoerner in the 1990s and early 2000s. To get the opportunity to be on the inside of the roll cage is incredible. I'm very thankful for Gene and the entire Kazmark team for giving me the opportunity to drive this race car. Chris (Windom) was always up near the front in this machine and I'm hoping to do the same."

Over the course of 20-plus years of midget racing, Anderson has created quite the resume. Four times he was crowned the champion at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois. (2008, 2011, 2012, & 2013) and claimed the 2012 USAC Regional D1 Midget Championship.

In 2010, he claimed his first career "Rumble in Fort Wayne" victory. In 2011, he won four times in the STARS Midget series, including the 'Illinois State Championship' and the 'Bob Tattersall Memorial.' In 2015, Anderson claimed what may be the biggest win of his career, the 'Bob Lockard Memorial.'

The race honors the life of Dave Steele, a driver who won a dozen USAC races at Lucas Oil Raceway (then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park) between 1997 and 2006. Steele's lone Silver Crown win at the track came back in 1999 in car No. 92, the same that Anderson will drive on May 25, with key players on the team on that day still going strong today in the same capacity.

"A lot of the recent success in my career has been due to Dave Steele," Anderson noted. "He worked with our team for many years on our shocks and springs program. While I would rather be racing with Dave on Carb Night like many of us would, it's an honor to make my debut on the same night we honor what he did for the sport and USAC."

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" gets underway on Friday, May 25 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. The pits open at noon while the grandstands open at 2:45pm. Practice begins at 3pm, with qualifying set for 5pm. Main events for the Pro Mazda and USF2000 series begin at 6pm. The Silver Crown main event is slated for an 8:15pm start.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day later, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

POINT LEADER SMITH WINS OKLAHOMA SPRINT AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, OK........Danny Smith of Sand Springs, Okla. extended his lead in the 2018 Wingless Sprints Oklahoma series standings with Friday night's 25-lap feature win at Creek County Speedway. He led all but two laps after battling Kyle Clark for the win. Smith actually led the final five laps to beat Clark, Andrew Deal, Brett Wilson and Blake Hahn.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith) 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 3. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 4. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 5. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 6. Noah Gass (#20 G Gass), 7. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 8. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Noah Harris (#20H Lewis), 4. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey), 5. Keith Bolton (#82 Bolton), 6. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 7. Kyle Admire (#18A Admire), 8. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 2. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin), 4. Warren Fields (#1 Fields), 5. Blake Hahn (#55H McGee), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Kyle Clark, 3. Andrew Deal, 4. Brett Wilson, 5. Blake Hanh, 6. Keith Bolton, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Craig Carroll, 9. David Stephenson, 10. Grany Wresche, 11. Michael Tyre II, 12. Dillon Laden, 13. Casey Wills, 14. Waylon Weaver, 15. Warren Fields, 16. Cameron Hagin, 17. Brian Harvey, 18. Kyle Admire, 19. Cody Jarvis, 20. Justin Dunn, 21. Johnny Kent, 22. Noah Harris, 23. Ty Hulsey. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Smith, Lap 9 Clark, Laps 10-19 Smith, Lap 20 Clark, Laps 21-25 Smith.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Smith-550, 2-Wilson-518, 3-Clark-515, 4-Tyre-482, 5-Carroll-476, 6-Hagin-455, 7-J.Kent-447, 8-Wills-428, 9-Laden-399, 10-Wresche-392.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 8 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway

 

 

FARIA POPS TIRE AFTER TAKING CHECKERED TO WIN AT TULARE

Tulare, CA........Danny Faria, Jr. of Tipton, Calif. made it to the checkered flag Friday, leading all 30 laps before popping a tire after crossing the finish line, winning the "Peter Murphy Classic" opener at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Trailing him in the USAC West Coast Sprint feature were Colby Copeland, Ryan Bernal, Austin Liggett and Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - "Peter Murphy Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.836; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.863; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.923; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.237; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.270; 6. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-17.286; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.458; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.587; 9. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.790; 10. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.802; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.854; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-18.042; 13. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-18.119; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-18.179; 15. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.487; 16. Cody Smotherman, 81, Watt-18.555.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Timmons, 5. Hix, 6. Bock, 7. Stolz, 8. Ervine. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Liggett, 4. Copeland, 5. Rutherford, 6. McQueen, 7. Shaw, 8. Smothermon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Steve Hix, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Ryan Stolz, 9. Tristan Guardino, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Cody Smothermon, 12. Koen Shaw, 13. Austin Ervine, 14. Britton Bock, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Troy Rutherford. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faria.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Colby Copeland (8th-2nd).

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Liggett-349, 2-Guardino-209, 3-R.Vander Weerd-308, 4-Hix-297, 5-Shaw-268, 6-J.Vanderweerd-258, 7-McQueen-258, 8-Timmons-250, 9-Faria-233, 10-Bock-215.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 19 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "Peter Murphy Classic"

 

 

BIGGS WIRE-TO-WIRE TO WIN AT KERN COUNTY

Bakersfield, CA........Ariel Biggs of Hoquiam, Wash., whose last USAC victory came over two years ago, led every lap to win Friday night's 30-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Kern County Raceway Park. Adam Lemke took second ahead of Ashley Heredia, Joey Iest and fast qualifier Blake Brannon.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFYING: 1. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.834; 2. Keoni Texeira, 73, McCluney-16,874; 3. Ariel Biggs, 11R, McCluney-16.894; 4. Adam Lemke- 41, Lemke-16.906; 5. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-17.128; 6. Ashley Heredia, 5, Hazelton-17.147; 7. Tyler Slay, 15, Breidinger-17.491; 8. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-NT;

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Briggs, 2. Slay, 3. Brannon, 4. Prickett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Texeira, 2. Heredia, 3. Lemke, 4. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ariel Biggs, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Ashley Heredia, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Tyler Slay, 7. Keoni Texeira. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Biggs.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-403, 2-Brannon-364, 3-Iest-233, 4-Johnny Nichols-164, 5-Biggs-82, 6-Cody Jessop-74, 7-Toni Breidinger-72, 8-Heredia-72, 9-Texeira-65, 10-Slay-62.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Biggs-82, 2-Lemke-76, 3-Heredia-72, 4-Brannon-70, 5-Iest-66, 6-Texeira-65, 7-Slay-62, 8-Prickett-17.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: June 9 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals" presented by Protect the Harvest & Hoosier Tires!

 

FRIDAY'S GRANITE CITY USAC SPRINT RACE RAINED OUT

Granite City, Illinois.........Consistent, lingering precipitation throughout the morning hours and a forecast of continued moisture expected to fall throughout the day has rained out Friday's night 1 of the "River Town Showdown" featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Tri-City Speedway.

Spire Sports + Entertainment, USAC and Tri-City Speedway are looking at all options for a reschedule date.

The second night of the "River Town Showdown" at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars is still on as scheduled for Saturday night, May 19. Saturday at I-55 gets started with pits opening at 2pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. All times local. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Can't make it to I-55? No worries. Catch every lap LIVE on http://www.SpeedShift.TV/! If you miss the live show or want to watch again, you're in luck! http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ has you covered with on-demand coverage of all the night's action the very next day. You can also listen to the whole shebang LIVE on the USAC app.

 

 

BIG USAC EAST COAST SPRINT/EASTERN MIDGET DOUBLEHEADER COMES TO BIG DIAMOND FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania.........Big Diamond Speedway is set to host a double-dip of USAC action this Friday night with two heavy-hitting divisions on the card: the East Coast Sprint Cars and the Eastern Midgets.

Steven Drevicki, winner of the 2018 USAC East Coast Sprint car opener April 18 at Delaware International Speedway, leads the series to round two this Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa.

It's the "Red, White and Blue Autos Night" and Drevicki has a four point lead over Eddie Strada in the series standings entering the race.

The last of five USAC Sprint races at Big Diamond (all National) occurred in 2012. Chris Windom, who also won there in 2010, won that last appearance. Previous USAC Sprint wins at Big Diamond were captured by Cole Whitt (2008 and 2009) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007).

Tommy Kunsman Jr. enters Friday night's USAC Eastern Midget race at Big Diamond with a 29-point lead over runner-up Shawn Jackson. Kunsman won the 2018 opener at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. and was third at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. in April.

Brenden Bright and Adam Pierson were winners of USAC Midget races at Big Diamond last year. Pierson is currently sixth in the 2018 standings.

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USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-78, 2-Eddie Strada-74, 3-Mark Bitner-72, 4-Ryan Godown-67, 5-Joey Biasi-63, 6-Ryan Greth-62, 7-Chandler Leiby-57, 8-Kevin Darling-53, 9-Ryan Quackenbush-49, 10-Larry McVay-47.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES POINTS: 1-Tommy Kunsman, Jr.-267, 2-Shawn Jackson-238, 3-Mike Meyers-210, 4-Andrew Layser-202, 5-Ryan Greth-185, 6-Adam Pierson-166, 7-Kenny Miller-159, 8-Lee Nardelli-148, 9-Alex Bright-140, 10-Daniel Robinson-122.

 

 

6 SPEED2 MIDGET RACES SLATED IN 4 SERIES THIS WEEKEND

Six USAC Speed2 Midget events are slated this week, with activity occurring in the Midwest Thunder, Eastern, Western and DMA series.

Friday action includes the Western US Dirt series at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., the "Open Wheel Madness" Midwest Thunder series at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and the Eastern Speed2 Midgets are at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.

Saturday brings the "Dad's 4 by Tool & Supply Night VT Foodbank Benefit" DMA race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., the "Paul Ring Memorial" Eastern race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. and the Midwest Thunder race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway.

Series point leaders entering this week's events are Jessica Bean (Eastern), Chase McDermand (Midwest Thunder), Adam Lemke (Western) and Jason Goff (DMA).

Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. led all 20 laps of Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway. Trailing in the official order of finish were Robby McQuinn, Shane Morgan, Blake Buchholz and Jake Sollenberger. Baugh is the new series point leader entering a May 27 race at Spoon River.

Sam Hatfield of Mooresville, N.C. passed Jake Trainor on lap 31 and led the final five laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Shenandoah Speedway. Trainor finished second ahead of series point leader Jessica Bean, Neal Allison and Nolan Allison.

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USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-294, 2-Neal Allison-277, 3-Nolan Allison-217, 4-Dameron Taylor-245, 5-Sam Hatfield-214, 6-Jordan Empie-213, 7-Connor Gross-107, 8-Johnny Bridges-81, 9-Jake Garcia-74, 10-Jake Trainor-69.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-156, 2-Seth Carlson-150, 3-Jeff Champagne-140, 4-Mike Chaffee-136, 5-Joe Krawiec-126, 6-David Moniz-108, 7-Will Hull-104, 8-Jeff Horn-104, 9-Justin Phillips-102, 10-Randy Higginson-92.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-77, 2-Andy Baugh-75, 3-Chett Gehrke-72, 4-Aaron Leffel-68, 5-AlexWatson-64, 6-Gedd Ross-56, 7-Stratton Briggs-55, 8-Trey Osborne-52, 9-Jon Steed-51, 10-Robby McQuinn-49.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-303, 2-Chase McDermand-229, 3-Robby McQuinn-190, 4-Gedd Ross-168, 5-Bart Andrews-166, 6-Shane Morgan-142, 7-Jake Sollenberger-122, 8-Mark McMahill-114, 9-Daltyn England-113, 10-Kurt Mueller-113.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-327, 2-Blake Brannon-294, 3-Joey Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Cody Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-327, 2-Blake Brannon-294, 3-Joey Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Cody Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

 

 

THOMAS TEAMS WITH FOXCO FOR THE HOOSIER HUNDRED ON MAY 24

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. and the Foxco, Inc. team have paired up for a run at the 63rd edition of the "Hoosier Hundred" Thursday, May 24, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., nor the Galen Fox-owned team have made a start with the series since 2015. Thomas' two career starts, both three years ago, resulted in top-ten finishes: a 10th place finish at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and an 8th at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks.

Fox sure knows how to prep a USAC Silver Crown to get around the Indy Mile, and any track for that matter. The 2002 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee's five Hoosier Hundred wins and 19 overall Silver Crown wins are a testament to that. That prospect has Thomas eager to get going in his "Rookie" appearance at the famed one-mile dirt oval.

"This is an awesome opportunity," Thomas explained. "One, getting to go to the Indy Mile, which will be my first time on a mile and, secondly, getting to do this with Galen and the Fox brothers, Brad and Steve. It's one of those cars that you've seen all these great drivers in and do really well. This is one of those deals where I feel I can be comfortable right off the bat with those guys. Just being able to hop in the 56 is a pretty cool experience for myself, personally."

Thomas has been a force on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail throughout the years, collecting 20 career victories in the series, including a season-high six in 2017 and a pair already in 2018 which has vaulted him into the point lead. He also owns a pair of USAC P1 Insurance National Midget victories back in 2015.

Fox, meanwhile, has a stellar resume that includes those five Hoosier Hundred victories with drivers Steve Chassey (1984), Kenny Jacobs (1987) and Dave Darland (1995, 1996 & 2004). Additionally, Fox won a pair of "Hulman Hundred" races at the Indy Mile with Chuck Gurney (1988) and Dave Darland (1995).

Fox's team was the Silver Crown champion in 1997 with Darland, who won the last race in the famed No. 56 back in 2009 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The team last appeared in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series in 2015 with Rickey Hood, who finished in top-ten in all three of his starts, including a 7th at the "Hoosier Hundred." Furthermore, he captured a USAC National Sprint Car title with driver Sheldon Kinser in 1977 and, in 1980, claimed an owner title with Gohr Distributing.

With all those accolades, this is a team that Thomas would like to be a part of into the future, but the starting block resides at the Indy Mile where he aims to build a successful foundation that he and the team can build off of to compete in more races down the road.

"We really haven't talked about anything else, so we're just going to try this mile out and see how it goes and go from there," Thomas explained. "There's a little bit of pressure because, obviously, I want to run more, but they told me no pressure. We'll get out there, make some laps, hopefully get comfortable pretty quickly and put it up front in the race."

The May 24 "Hoosier Hundred" presented by TBA Oil & Warehouse begins with the pits opening at noon, grandstands opening at 3pm, practice at 5pm and racing at 7pm. The 100-mile main event is scheduled for an 8pm start.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full Week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

The "Hulman Classic," "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" will all be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day following each of the races, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV./

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USAC SPRINTS COME DOWN TO THE RIVER
FOR SHOWDOWN AT GRANITE CITY & PEVELY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-hundred and fourteen years following Lewis and Clark's departure from the eastern edge of the Mississippi River where they began their expedition of the newly-acquired land to the west, a new crop of adventurers is eager to make their mark on their march to the Arch.

Names such as Thomas, Windom, Courtney, Leary, Stockon, Ballou, Darland, Bacon, Grant, Boespflug, Cummins and Chapple are among the explorers of today in search of a path that will take them to victory lane in this weekend's "River Town Showdown" presented by Brandt, a two-night rendezvous taking place at a pair of venues not seen before by the stars of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing: the 3/8-mile version of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on Friday, May 18 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. on Saturday, May 19.

The first stop of the "River Town Showdown" brings the Sprint Cars to Tri-City for the first time since 2006, which was also the last time the series made its way to the state of Illinois. However, this is the first stop for the series on the newer 3/8-mile configuration. All 19 previous visits by the series came on the old half-mile track between 1967 and 2006 with winners Greg Weld, Ralph Liguori, Rick Hood, Randy Standridge, Kelly Kinser, Steve Butler, Sammy Swindell, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Doug Wolfgang, Tony Stewart, Jay Drake, Troy Rutherford and Josh Wise.

Likewise, it's the 52nd stop for the series in the "Land of Lincoln." The last driver born east of the Mississippi River to win a USAC National Sprint Car points-paying feature in Illinois was Indiana's Derek Davidson who won at Red Hill Raceway in Sumner back in 1998. The last Illinois native to win in his home state was Randy Standridge of Springfield, who won at his home track of Springfield Speedway in 1987.

Saturday's voyage to Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is the first trip for USAC to the high-banked quarter-mile in 30 years, a late model race won by Willy Kraft. However, no open wheel cars under USAC sanctioning have hit the track there. In fact, this will mark just the 20th visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars to Missouri.

I-55 is one of three first-time venues on the series' calendar this year. In 2017, the Sprints hit two tracks for the first time. Justin Grant won at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway and Tyler Courtney was victorious at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. Additionally, Courtney was the winner of the series' last visit to the "Show-Me State" last season at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings by 16 points coming into this weekend's races. Canton, Illinois native and current St. Louis, Mo. resident Chris Windom won the most recent feature at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway last Saturday ahead of two-time feature winner Courtney who resides third in points, 49 out of the lead.

Last Saturday's fast qualifier, C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., is fourth ahead of Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon, the season-opening winner at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou possesses 28 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, second only to Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland's 60 wins among active drivers. Those two reside sixth and seventh in the standings, respectively. Ballou is a past winner with USAC in the state of Missouri back in 2012 at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon got off the schneid with a convincing victory last Friday at Eldora to move into eighth in the standings. Grant, of Ione, Calif., and Chad Boespflug of Hanford, Calif. aim to break into victory lane for the first time in 2018 this weekend and lie ninth and 10th in the points.

Extra cash is up for grabs at both Tri-City and I-55 with the winner's share being bumped up to $6000 and the minimum start money being expanded to $600.

Friday at Tri-City gets underway with pits opening at 3pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday at I-55 gets started with pits opening at 2pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

If you're stuck somewhere this weekend that isn't Tri-City or I-55, don't fret; http://www.SpeedShift.TV/ will be streaming both nights of racing live, flag-to-flag. If you miss the live show or want to watch again, you're in luck! http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ has you covered with on-demand coverage of all the night's action the very next day. You can also listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC app.

USAC LINKS

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Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR BATTLE
By Lance Jennings

MAY 15, 2018… This Saturday, May 19th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “8th Annual Robert Horne Ford Night at the Races” will be the third of seven appearances at the fast 3/8-mile oval. The sixth point race will also showcase Sport Mods, Modlites, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Since April 13, 2013, Arizona Speedway has hosted thirty-four USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car events. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with seventeen victories and topped the March 17th show. On April 28th, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned his first career victory and the track series win list is at the bottom of this release.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) heads to Arizona Speedway with a 49-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran second to Mihocko in the April 28th main event. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Davis will be looking to earn his 24th series win this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko earned his first career win at San Tan Valley on April 28th. At press time, “The Bull” has posted two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, five top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the season. Tye will have his sights on adding another Arizona Speedway win to his resume.

After starting twentieth and charging to third on April 28th, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to third in the point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. At Arizona Speedway, “The Magic Man” will be looking to claim his sixth career series triumph.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) ranks fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis placed ninth in the San Tan Valley main event. As this writing goes to press, the young driver has five top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Michael will have his sights on joining the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car winner’s list.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) sits fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes RSS, Pelkey claimed a fourth place finish on April 28th. At press time, the 1997 ASCA Champion has four top-10 finishes and 6 feature laps led to his credit. Josh will be looking to celebrate the sixth series win of his career.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Tyler Adams, Chris Bonneau, Sterling Cling, Tyler Most, Daylin Perreira, Larry Kesterson, Joe Scheopner, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 17-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-384, 2. Tye Mihocko-335, 3. Mike Martin-302, 4. Michael Curtis-283, 5. Josh Pelkey-271, 6. Matt Lundy-270, 7. Dennis Gile-250, 8. R.J. Johnson-240, 9. Tyler Adams-188, 10. Chris Bonneau-174, 11. Sterling Cling-162, 12. Andy Reinbold-153, 13. Stevie Sussex-139, 14. Tyler Most-131, 15. Jake Swanson-118, ... Daylin Perreira-118, 17. Larry Kesterson-112, 18. Zack Madrid-100, 19. Joe Scheopner-82, 20. Jason McDougal-76.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VANDER WEERD SPRINTS TO HANFORD VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 13, 2018... While most of the competitors chose the bottom groove, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) used the outside line to claim last Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Hanford. Taking the lead on the eighth circuit, Vander Weerd and sailed to the Keller Auto Speedway checkered flags ahead of fast qualifier Jace Vander Weerd, Tristan Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett, and Ryan Timmons.

Starting on the pole position, Richard Vander Weerd had slipped back to third at the opening lap. Switching to the top groove of the reconfigured oval, the 2011 champion used extra momentum to charge forward. Once out front, Richard shook free from the field and earned his first $1,500 win of the campaign.

Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd scored the 20th series win of his career. Earlier in the night, Richard qualified second out of thirteen racers and finished second to Guardino in his heat race. Vander Weerd left the Kings County Fairgrounds tied for third in points with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from fifth. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd posted his 8th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his 10-lap heat race. Heading to Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic,” Jace is sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

After starting third and leading the first seven laps, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) restarted from the back after a trip to the work area and charged to a third place finish. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino was fourth quick in time trials and raced to victory in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Tristan has climbed to second in points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fourth at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett qualified third overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Austin heads to Tulare with a 24-point advantage on the strength of three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) placed fifth in the Hanford main event. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Truck & Repair / Snap-On Tools Maxim, Timmons was fifth fast in time trials and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. The 2016 Rookie of the Year ranks eighth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes on the season.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series returns to action this Friday and Saturday, May 18th & 19th, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also feature the Winged 360 Sprint Car Challenge Tour and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars on Friday. Saturday’s card will also showcase the King of the West – NARC Sprint Cars and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. Located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more information can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or by calling 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.181; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.317; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.710; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.908; 5. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.111; 6. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.271; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.363; 8. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.493; 9. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.493; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K, 17.733; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.892; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.098; 13. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-18.243.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Timmons, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. McQueen, 6. Conway, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Shaw, 4. Hix, 5. Owens, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 2. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 3. Tristan Guardino (3rd), 4. Austin Liggett (4th), 5. Ryan Timmons (2nd), 6. Koen Shaw (6th), 7. Steve Hix (8th), 8. Shannon McQueen (9th), 9. Hobie Conway (11th), 10. Britton Bock (7th), 11. Austin Ervine (12th), 12. Brent Owens (10th), 13. Ryan Stolz (13th). NT
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**Stolz flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-30 R.Vander Weerd,
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (5th to 2nd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-279, 2. Tristan Guardino-255, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-238, -. Steve Hix-238, 5. Koen Shaw-227, 6. Jace Vander Weerd-216, 7. Shannon McQueen-203, 8. Ryan Timmons-202, 9. Britton Bock-177, 10. Austin Ervine-159, 11. Ryan Stolz-153, --. Danny Faria Jr.-153, 13. Brandon Wiley-140, 14. Ryan Bernal-131, 15. Trent Carter-107, 16. Hobie Conway-87, 17. Troy Rutherford-82, 18. Brody Roa-77, --. Kevin Barnes-77, 20. Jake Swanson-74.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CARB NIGHT CLASSIC TO HONOR DAVE STEELE MAY 25

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Dave Steele made most any pavement track his personal playground during the 1990s and 2000s. Yet, no track was more closely associated with the "Man of Steele" than Indianapolis Raceway Park (now known as Lucas Oil Raceway).

It is fitting now that the May 25 "Carb Night Classic" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will be named after the two-time Silver Crown champion who passed away in a racing crash in 2017.

Steele won 12 combined USAC National Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown races at the .686-mile oval between 1997 and 2006. One of those victories was aboard a Silver Crown car back in 1999 on ESPN's Thunder series.

This year's "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" is expected to fetch the largest field for a pavement Silver Crown in several seasons. Plus, more money is on the line with over $4000 in lap money already pledged for the driver who leads that respective lap of the 100-lap main event. Among the perks are that every Silver Crown driver will have their free pit pass covered for the event. Additionally, the night gets started with a bang with the driver recording fast time set to take home a sweet $1000 bonus.

The largest potential prize is presented for the main event in which an opportunity will be presented to the drivers starting in the first two rows of the Silver Crown 100-lapper. The option will be given to the pole winner first. He or she can elect to start from the tail of the field. If that driver can win the race, the driver will receive a $5000 bonus tacked onto their winnings for the evening. If the pole sitter declines, the option will be presented to the driver starting 2nd, then 3rd and then 4th.

If you would like to sponsor a lap for the "Carb Night Classic," please contact USAC Series Director Levi Jones at levi@usacracing.com.

Steele was one of the United States Auto Club's most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s. The Tampa, Fla. native ranks 14th on USAC's national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007. He was a dominant force on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins. Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele's win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC's record book. His 16 Silver Crown wins are the fourth most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 16th and his 18 Midget wins put him 35th on the list.

Steele gained a reputation as the man to beat on the pavement, winning a staggering 12 USAC features at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1 Silver Crown, 6 Sprint, 4 Midget and 1 Midget special event) during his career. His first USAC National Midget win came during the "Night Before the 500" at the .686-mile oval in 1998. In 2002, Steele put on one of the most memorable performances in USAC history when he won two National Midget features in one night at IRP. After winning the first feature, Steele started the second event from the 22nd position. Quickly cutting his way through the field, Steele took the lead by lap 12 and, by the end of the 25-lap feature, was $50,000 richer. He remains the most recent driver to win two USAC National Midget points races in a single day.

Steele stands behind only Jack Hewitt, Kody Swanson and Brian Tyler on the USAC Silver Crown career win list. Yet, no driver has led more laps or owns more pavement wins (16) in the series than does Steele.

The accolades for Steele within USAC are nearly endless. He was a two-time winner of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2001 and 2003. He was a force on the Indiana high banks, winning eight Sprint features at Winchester Speedway and three times at Salem Speedway. He captured three Silver Crown races at Richmond, Va. in a four-year span between 2002 and 2005. Steele won at least one race in all three of USAC's national divisions in the same season on six occasions (1998, 2001-2005), the most in club history.

Steele was a three-time Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Sprint Car champ in 2005, 2009 and 2013. He also made his way into other racing avenues with the Indy Racing League, where he made three starts in 1998, as well as NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series (now Xfinity Series) in which he made a pair of starts during the 2000 season.

Thus far, through three races on the 2018 USAC Silver Crown calendar, two races have been contested on the pavement. Bobby Santos won the season opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. over Kody Swanson. In the most recent series event at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, Swanson turned the tables, winning the main event ahead of Santos. On the dirt, Justin Grant captured his second-career Silver Crown victory, doing so at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track's "Sumar Classic."

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" gets underway on Friday, May 25 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. The pits open at noon while the grandstands open at 2:45pm. Practice begins at 3pm, with qualifying set for 5pm. Main events for the Pro Mazda and USF2000 series begin at 6pm. The Silver Crown main event is slated for an 8:15pm start.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at the gate on raceday. A three-day special Superticket for the full week of Indy including the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 23, the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 24 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 25 is also available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-week-of-indy.

Tanner Swanson won the race back in 2015 and repeated in 2016. His older brother Kody Swanson collected the triumph in 2017.

The "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. A day later, you can watch it again, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV./

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 12, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.181; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.317; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.710; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.908; 5. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.111; 6. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.271; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.363; 8. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.493; 9. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.493; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K, 17.733; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.892; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.098; 13. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-18.243.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Timmons, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. McQueen, 6. Conway, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Shaw, 4. Hix, 5. Owens, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Ryan Timmons, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Hobie Conway, 10. Britton Bock, 11. Austin Ervine, 12. Brent Owens, 13. Ryan Stolz. NT ---------------------------- **Stolz flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-30 R.Vander Weerd, SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (5th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 18&19 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

HATFIELD TAKES SHENANDOAH SPEED2 35-LAPPER

Shenandoah, VA........Sam Hatfield of Mooresville, N.C. passed Jake Trainor on lap 31 and led the final five laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Shenandoah Speedway. Trainor finished second ahead of series point leader Jessica Bean, Neal Allison and Nolan Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2018 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.623; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.643; 3. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.690; 4. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.843; 5. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.861; 6. Dameron Taylor, 8, Radical-15.878; 7. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-16.058; 8. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-16.099; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.257; 10. Peyton Ferree, 23, Ferree-16.305.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Sam Hatfield, 2. Jake Trainor, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Neal Allison, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Dameron Taylor, 7. Connor Gross, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Peyton Ferree, 10. Jordan Empie. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Trainor, Laps 31-35 Hatfield.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-294, 2-Neal Allison-277, 3-Nolan Allison-217, 4-Taylor-245, 5-Hatfield-214, 6-Empie-213, 7-Gross-107, 8-Johnny Bridges-81, 9-Jake Garcia-74, 10-Trainor-69.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: May 18 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

WINDOM WAXES 'EM AT ELDORA'S #LETSRACETWO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........For Chris Windom, this is supposed to be his big May. The reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ has a jampacked schedule of short track races across the Midwest to compete in and is on the verge of his first start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If Saturday night's #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway was any indication of how this May will play out for the Canton, Ill. native, this month will truly be one to remember.

Windom took the lead from Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the fourth lap of the 30-lap feature at the western Ohio half-mile dirt oval and went on to hammer home USAC victory number one for 2018 and his first Sprint Car win at the track since 2013.

Rain was on the forecast and urgency was at the forefront as the show was pushed along to defeat Mother Nature. Yet it was Thomas who initially looked like the one to take the bull by the horns at the start, splitting between Chase Stockon and Windom just past the flag stand, then sliding up in front of pole sitter Joe Stornetta to grab the lead by turn one.

Windom immediately charged forth and tried to redeem a two-for-one discount coupon, sliding by Stornetta and Thomas in quick succession entering turn three to briefly snare the top spot before Thomas ducked back underneath to regain control exiting the fourth turn.

The first big incident of the night occurred in turn two on the third lap when 11th-running Justin Grant and another car made contact, sending the Ione, Calif. native on a wild ride that he would walk away from unscathed.

On the ensuing restart, more trouble ensued when third-running Stornetta climbed the outside wall between turns three and four and cartwheeled several times before coming to rest near the bottom of turn four. The series Rookie making just his second start at Eldora escaped injury.

"We've had a lot of good runs. I think we've had four or five podium finishes so far, but you get sick of those after a while and you just want to win a race. It's awesome to start it here!" - Chris Windom (Ryan Sellers Photo)

On the restart, Windom got up on the wheel once again and went on the attack, running down Thomas with a successful turn one slider. Thomas fought back on both ends of the racetrack with a two-pack of sliders, to no avail.

"I don't know if there was urgency, but clean air here, even in a non-wing car, is crucial," Windom pointed out. "With the dust, and watching guys mess up on the cushion, it's just a lot easier being in the lead. I knew that the slider line (Thomas) was running would work on restarts, but I thought if I could get up and start getting my momentum going up top, it'd be better, and it was. When I saw the opportunity, I just took it. I wanted to get out to the lead and get away from everybody as quick as possible. Obviously, it helps with the great racecar (crew chief) Derek Claxton gave me."

Though it appeared Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team had the "it" factor going on from the get-go, it wasn't initially clear to Windom how well his car was going to react as the race wore on at a feisty joint like "The Big E."

"The first couple of laps, I didn't know how great my car was with the way we were sliding ourselves," Windom admitted. "Once we started rolling the top, I knew the car was really good. As long as I didn't mess up on my end, it was going to be tough for anyone to get to us. This place is just so mentally and physically demanding. Running the cushion like that is tough to do for 30 laps."

By halfway, Windom's lead was a full-straightaway - a country mile, if you will - as a pack that included Stockon, Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou and Friday night winner Brady Bacon sorted out the runner-up spot lap-after-lap with Courtney finally able to emerge with the second position on the 19th lap. But, by then, Windom's lead was a nearly insurmountable 4.843 seconds. It was a lead so large that Windom was unaware of how large it actually was.

"I didn't know I had that big of a lead," Windom exclaimed. "I knew we were pretty good, but when you start getting into lapped traffic, every little lapped car can slow you down just enough. It's such a momentum racetrack for a guy to catch you. You have to be slow and methodical through lapped traffic, but you can't let up too much. I tried to pick them off as quickly as I could and tried to get some guys between me and second."

By race's end, Windom had lapped up to eighth place. Courtney was able to make up some ground as Windom got hung up while threading the needle through traffic. But the hang-up was a brief one and not nearly enough to stall Windom as he finished hammering the proverbial nail, winning by a margin of 2.3 seconds over Courtney, Stockon, Bacon and Ballou.

"We've had a lot of good runs," Windom recalled. "I think we've had four or five podium finishes so far, but you get sick of those after a while and you just want to win a race. It's awesome to start it here!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Paul Dues (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2018 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.940; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.048; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.086; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.135; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.181; 6. Joe Stornetta, 44, Pace-16.182; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.205; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.284; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.300; 10. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.385; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.460; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.609; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.706; 14. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.772; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-16.924; 16. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-17.023; 17. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-17.106; 18. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-17.135; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.444; 20. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.691; 21. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-17.868.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Bacon, 3. Rose, 4. Grant, 5. Leary, 6. Chapple, 7. Goodnight. 2:19.73

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Ballou, 3. Courtney, 4. Darland, 5. Hewitt, 6. Dues, 7. Wilson. 2:18.57

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Stornetta, 3. Perigo, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Cummins, 7. VanHise. 2:26.50

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Robert Ballou (8), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Matt Westfall (12), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Dallas Hewitt (14), 11. Dave Darland (11), 12. Paul Dues (20), 13. Chad Boespflug (9), 14. Carmen Perigo (18), 15. Chad Wilson (17), 16. Isaac Chapple (13), 17. Riley VanHise (21), 18. Bill Rose (16), 19. Matt Goodnight (19), 20. Joe Stornetta (1), 21. Justin Grant (7). NT
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**Grant flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Stornetta flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Thomas, Laps 4-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Paul Dues (20th to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boespflug

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-572, 2-Windom-556, 3-Courtney-523, 4-Leary-494, 5-Stockon-486, 6-Ballou-476, 7-Darland-469, 8-Bacon-452, 9-Grant-426, 10-Boespflug-384.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 18 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway & May 19 - Pevely, Missouri - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - "River Town Showdown"

 

SMITH WINS "MOTHERS DAY" OKLAHOMA SPRINT

Meeker, OK........Danny Smith of Sand Springs, Okla. led the final 20 laps to win Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma Ladies Nigh "Mothers Day" feature at Red Dirt Raceway. He passed Michael Tyre II on the sixth lap and led the rest of the way to beat Tyre, Cameron Hagin, Steven Shebester and Tim Kent. Smith now leads the series standings going into a May 18 race at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 11 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway - Ladies Night "Mothers Day"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 2. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 5. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 6. Warren Fields (#1 Fields), 7. David Stephenson (#22X Stephenson), 8. Kyle Admire (#18A Admire). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steven Shebester (#16S Haskins), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 4. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 5. Grady Chandler (#5X Barksdale/Johnson), 6. Mason Smith (#31 Smith), 7. Morgan Fletcher (#94 Fletcher), 8. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Noah Harris (#20 Lewis), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#28 Holloway), 4. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 5. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 6. Joey Baker (#34 Hughes), 7. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 2. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 3. Craig Carroll (24C Risley), 4. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 5. Duane Baker (#29B Baker), 6. David Jones (#30 Jones), 7. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis). NT

B FEATURE 1: (25 laps) 1. Wresche, 2. Dean, 3. Stephenson, 4. Fletcher, 5. Baker, 6. Harvey, 7. Dunn, 8. Chandler. NT

B FEATURE 2: (25 laps) 1. Clark, 2. Weaver, 3. Jarvis, 4. Smith, 5. Fields, 6. Jones, 7. Admire. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Michael Tyre II, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Steven Shebester, 5. Tim Kent, 6. Ty Hulsey, 7. Kyle Clark, 8. Brett Wilson, 9. Johnny Kent, 10. Casey Wills, 11. Dillon Laden, 12. Ryan Dean, 13. Grant Wresche, 14. David Stephenson, 15. Craig Carroll, 16. Waylon Weaver, 17. Joe Wood Jr., 18. Noah Harris, 19. Matt Moore, 20. Cody Jarvis. NT ------------------------------------------ **Baker flipped during the third heat. Dunn flipped during the B-feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Tyre, Laps 6-25 Smith.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Smith-400, 2-Wilson-388, 3-Tyre-374, 4-K.Clark-373, 5-Carroll-360, 6-J.Kent-358, 7-Hagin-357, 8-Wood-326, 9-Wills-324, 10-Laden-293.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway

 

 

BACON BLAZES ELDORA
FOR #LETSRACETWO NIGHT ONE WALLOP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Brady Bacon is a renaissance man of sorts. Wing or wingless, running the top or the bottom, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native seems to adapt to a multitude of situations on any given racetrack.

Under the Friday night lights of Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo, Bacon was thrust into performing all those roles within a single performance as the lone wheelman pulling double-duty with both the USAC AMSOIL National and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars.

Bacon was exemplary on both ends of the spectrum, conquering his second career USAC Sprint Car victory on the high banks, doing so by riding his way to victory on the wave of the expected and the unexpected.

Wheels right up against the concrete - that's the expected line at Eldora that involves putting the right rear rubber smack dab up against the outer wall. Then there's the not-so-expected hide-and-seek line in which the left side wheels are within earshot of the inside walls in the corners before the car emerges from the bottom having gained substantial ground.

Bacon did it all in one night and even translated what he learned from one car to the other to get a feel for the track and find a comfort zone for himself.

"The B-Feature (in the wing car) really helped me," Bacon admitted. "I ran the top pretty much wide open. It's not as fast in a non-wing car, but you have a lot less control too. If the wing cars are on the cushion, then the non-wing cars are definitely going to be up there. It was an old-school Eldora tonight. I did kind of make the bottom off (turn) four work a little bit, which is a little uncharacteristic for here, but it's been working for us the last couple times."

Yet, Bacon would have his work cut out for him. He had to start eighth in the field, trailing a lineup that held a collective eight career USAC National Sprint Car victories at "The Big E" coming into the night's 30-lap main event, five of which belonged to Robert Ballou, who slid up to the lead past Chris Windom from the pole position to hold the early lead.

As the front runners ringed their way around the top, Bacon inch-wormed his way forward on the bottom and, by halfway, was erasing Ballou's once-happening lead. Bacon hit the top-shelf with authority between turns one and two and tickled the twines of the bottom line in three and four. Although, at times, lapped traffic would stifle Bacon's baseline shuffle, it would not deter him for long.

"It was getting trickier to hit the bottom, but I just kept it in my back pocket. I knew it was so treacherous up top and easy to lose your momentum. There really wasn't much grip to gain your speed back. I just knew if he got slowed up or started making mistakes, I could probably get underneath him on the bottom. We still got trapped under some lapped cars, but we were able to clear them before he did. I was a little worried he was going to come back around us, but once we got out there, I tried not to make any mistakes. I knew it was going to be hard for anyone to pass me." - Brady Bacon on his winning pass of Robert Ballou. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

On the 19th lap, Bacon took the initiative and went on the attack, using a big run to split between Ballou on the high side and the lapped car of Chad Boespflug on the inside. Like a motorist gracefully avoiding a rush hour headache by hitting the exit ramp just prior to traffic backing up to a standstill, Bacon found the open road, put the top down, mashed the throttle and checked out.

"It was getting trickier to hit the bottom, but I just kept it in my back pocket," Bacon explained. "I knew it was so treacherous up top and easy to lose your momentum. There really wasn't much grip to gain your speed back. I just knew if he got slowed up or started making mistakes, I could probably get underneath him on the bottom. We still got trapped under some lapped cars, but we were able to clear them before he did. I was a little worried he was going to come back around us, but once we got out there, I tried not to make any mistakes. I knew it was going to be hard for anyone to pass me."

From there, Bacon gradually constructed what would become an insurmountable advantage in the caution-free event, which eventually ballooned to a full-straightaway by race's end, defeating Ballou by a margin of 5.733 seconds. Windom was third ahead of Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

A full slate of non-stop competition that included jumping back-and-forth, to-and-fro from the USAC car to the WoO car was not an issue for the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ on this night. Neither was a caution-free affair that was completed at a clip of less than nine-and-a-half minutes, something that is not as physical to Bacon as it may seem to the outsiders.

"This place is more mental than physical," Bacon contends. "You can get mentally worn out. That happens more to me after the '4-Crown.' I just kind of zone out after it's over. As long as you're breathing and doing everything right, it's not that tiring. It's definitely a lot easier when things are going your way."

After a rough start to the season that included exiting the Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/Richard Childress Racing ride following a tumultuous term at Ocala, Fla. in February, Bacon brought his own team to the forefront to compete on the USAC trail. It's something that has been a challenge to get back up and going, but now Bacon is beginning to reap those rewards.

"We've come a long way," Bacon reflects. "I knew we had all the ingredients to win. We just had to figure out how to put them all together. It's been a few years since I've run this package. We've kind of been looking back; we called the Hoffmans a couple times and brought out the notebook to figure out where we were. Things have changed a lot in a couple years; it's constantly evolving. The shocks are getting better and what we used to do doesn't really work anymore. We're trying to find the balance to be fast at the beginning and at the end of the night. This place caters to me or the more experienced drivers. It's good to get a win close to where I live. Lots of friends are here watching and, obviously, this is a prestigious place."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora Speedway included Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dallas Hewitt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2018 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.318; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.384; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.631; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight Motorsports-15.656; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.671; 6. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-15.814; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.895; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.904; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.931; 10. Joe Stornetta, 44, Pace-15.976; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.991; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-16.067; 13. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.085; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.094; 15. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.103; 16. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.237; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.462; 18. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.493; 19. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-16.656; 20. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-16.876; 21. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.920; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.996; 23. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser-NT; 24. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Windom, 3. Thomas, 4. Stornetta, 5. Westfall, 6. Boespflug, 7. Goodnight, 8. Petrozelle. 2:10.19

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Courtney, 5. Chapple, 6. Wilson, 7. Hewitt, 2:09.85

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Bilbee, 4. Cummins, 5. Dues, 6. Perigo, 7. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (8), 2. Robert Ballou (1), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Dave Darland (12), 9. C.J. Leary (4), 10. Kyle Cummins (11), 11. Joe Stornetta (9), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Dallas Hewitt (16), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Chad Wilson (18), 16. Paul Dues (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (13), 18. Chad Boespflug (7), 19. Carmen Perigo (19), 20. Matt Goodnight (20). 9:24.44
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**DiMattia flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Ballou, Laps 19-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (8th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dallas Hewitt

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-505, 2-Windom-476, 3-Courtney-445, 4-Leary-432, 5-Darland-423, 6-Stockon-411, 7-Ballou-411, 8-Grant-398, 9-Bacon-384, 10-Boespflug-343.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 12 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo"

#LETSRACETWO WITH USAC AND WoO LIVE ON DIRTVISION FRI-SAT

Rossburg, Ohio.........Dirtvision.com will have exclusive LIVE coverage of this weekend's #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway, featuring two-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car action on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

This weekend's races are the only occasion all season in which USAC and World of Outlaws will compete at the same track on the same night. It also marks the first of three appearances by USAC's premier sprint car division at the high banked, half-mile dirt oval in 2018. C.J. Leary won the most recent appearance of the division last Fall while Justin Grant and Robert Ballou are the reigning race winners of #LetsRaceTwo a season ago.

The drivers meeting for both Friday Saturday's race begins at 5pm while cars hit the track at 6pm.

You can watch the race live on http://www.Dirtvision.com/ or listen live on the USAC app. A day later, on-demand, you can re-watch all the evening's USAC racing action with flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

HISTORY ON THE LINE FOR GRANT AT ELDORA'S #LETSRACETWO THIS FRI./SAT.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Eldora Speedway has been the home to several unprecedented feats over its five-and-a-half decades as an annual host of USAC events.

Jack Hewitt and Kyle Larson's "4-Crown Nationals" sweeps in 1998 and 2011, respectively, immediately come to mind. This Friday and Saturday's #LetsRaceTwo is as much of a rarity; it's one event that has no equal, one that you will only see once a year - a doubleheader featuring the USAC AMSOIL National & World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at the same venue on the same weekend.

Interestingly enough, the winners of the USAC portion of the event's debut in 2015 are the same as the two most recent winners a year ago: Robert Ballou and Justin Grant.

Speaking of history, Grant has won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Eldora in three consecutive seasons. It's an impressive feat which has been accomplished only eight times before by Sam Sessions (1971-72-73), Tom Bigelow (1975-76-77), Grant's father-in-law Bubby Jones (1977-78-79), Jack Hewitt (1982-83-84), Rick Hood (1984-85-86), Dave Darland (1998-99-2000), Tracy Hines (1999-2000-01) and J.J. Yeley (2001-02-03).

However, no driver has done the deed in four-straight seasons. Grant's streak began in 2015 with a last-lap pass of C.J. Leary on the second of the two-night #LetsRaceTwo. In 2016, he picked up a "4-Crown" win and, in 2017, won the opening night of #LetsRaceTwo in a wild late-race battle with Dallas Hewitt.

The second night of last year's event was a storybook finish as 2015 series champ Robert Ballou returned to victory lane after an eight-month recovery following serious injuries to win in just his second start of the season. Ballou has been a maestro at Eldora, winning five times throughout his career at the half-mile dirt oval since 2007. The Rocklin, Calif. native comes into Eldora fresh off a season-best third-place finish in a hotly-contested last-lap duel with Kevin Thomas, Jr. last Saturday night at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas is undoubtedly the hottest driver in the ranks right now. In the past seven days, he's won the USAC race at Plymouth, sandwiched between local sprint car wins at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. On Tuesday night, he kept the ball rolling by winning the USAC Benevolent Foundation 3-Hour Karting event at Speedway Indoor Karting in Speedway, Ind., his fifth victory in the event, which tied him for the all-time lead with Tracy Hines.

Yet, Thomas has yet to find the breakthrough at Eldora, joining a list of top guns looking to take their first step into Big E's victory lane, a list that also includes Tyler Courtney and Chase Stockon, both of whom have won in USAC Sprint Car competition this season. Thomas' Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing team has won 11 times at Eldora since 1974 with drivers Larry Cannon, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tracy Hines, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon.

The only driver with a USAC National Sprint Car win in 2018 and a previous victory at Eldora is none other than Darland, who, in fact, won his first series race at Eldora 20 years ago aboard the Dynamics/Hoffman No. 69. Darland since then has captured four more to grab five career USAC Sprint wins at Eldora, tied with Ballou for most among active drivers.

Back in 2016, Bryan Clauson opened #LetsRaceTwo with his only USAC Sprint Car win at Eldora. One night later, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug got back into the winner's circle with his first win in three years aboard the No. 98, which he has returned to for 2018.

Boespflug is among five expected entries with one career Eldora USAC Sprint win, including defending series champ Chris Windom, two-time series champ Bacon, Matt Westfall and the most recent Eldora USAC Sprint winner Leary.

Eldora Speedway has contested the most USAC National Sprint Car events of any track at 195 - 38 more than the track with the second most, the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Friday's USAC portion of #LetsRaceTwo will also mark the 34th running of the "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic." The event began in 1981 with Dave Peperak's dramatic last-lap victory on ABC Wide World of Sports. The tradition continues this year with three active drivers possessing wins in the event. Ballou and Grant are two-time winners with Ballou scoring the prize in 2007 and 2010, while Grant captured the 2015 and 2017 races. Darland bagged his lone win in 2014.

Ticket sales begin at 1:30pm on both Friday and Saturday at the main gate and the turn four gate. The pit gate opens at 2pm. Spectator gates open at 2pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 5pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $28 and $32 for reserved seats. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE and $10 for reserved.

You can watch the race live on http://www.Dirtvision.com/ or listen live on the USAC app. A day later, on-demand, you can re-watch all the evening's racing action with flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

All drivers planning to compete in this weekend's #LetsRaceTwo event are required to fill out and turn in their 2018 Eldora Speedway membership application form. Forms must be turned in to a USAC representative prior to getting on the track. There is no fee.

Membership Application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l-MfNGysQMOSzK4vnseBr1RRm0g40tnY/view?usp=sharing

#LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2015: Robert Ballou & Justin Grant, 2016: Bryan Clauson & Chad Boespflug, 2017: Justin Grant & Robert Ballou

DON BRANSON/JUD LARSON CLASSIC WINNERS: 1981: Dave Peperak, 1982: Jack Hewitt, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Steve Butler, 1985: Jac Haudenschild, 1986: Rick Hood, 1987: Rich Vogler, 1988: Jac Haudenschild, 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Terry Shepherd, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Frankie Kerr, 1995: Kevin Doty, 1996: Frankie Kerr, 1997: Kevin Huntley, 1998: Kevin Doty, 1999: Derek Davidson, 2000: Jay Drake, 2001: Tracy Hines, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: Boston Reid, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Jay Drake, 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2007: Robert Ballou, 2008: Tracy Hines, 2009:Jerry Coons, Jr., 2010: Robert Ballou, 2012: Tracy Hines, 2014: Dave Darland, 2015: Justin Grant, 2016: Bryan Clauson, 2017: Justin Grant

 


 

A TRIFECTA OF SPEED2 MIDGET RACES ON TAP THIS SATURDAY IN VIRGINIA, ILLINOIS & INDIANA

Virginia, Illinois and Indiana host USAC Speed2 Midget races this Saturday night. The Eastern series visits Shenandoah (Va.) Speedway and the Midwest Thunder series heads to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway while Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. welcomes the Engler IMRA series.

Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's "Vukovich Classic" USAC Speed2 Western Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He was trailed by Joey Iest, Cody Jessop, Blake Brannon and Elvis Rankin.

He only led for about five feet but Chase McDermand's spectacular victory in Sunday night's USAC Speed2 Midget race at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway was truly one "for the ages." In one of the most spectacular USAC Midget race finishes in history, McDermand, of Springfield, Ill., rode the outside cushion from behind to nose out a last-lap victory over Andy Baugh to win the 20-lap USAC Engler IMRA/Midwest Thunder feature by just a wheel length! Chett Gehrke took third, Aaron Leffel was fourth and Alex Watson fifth. Baugh led the first 19 laps and was headed for victory before McDermand's heroics left Baugh in the runner-up spot.

Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. scored his first USAC feature victory in Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre Sports DMA Speed2 Midget opener at Bear Ridge Speedway. He passed Jeff Champagne on lap six and led the rest of the way to beat Seth Carlson, Champagne, Mike Chaffee and Joe Krawiec. The race offered "double" points.

The Laquerre Sports DMA Midgets return to Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. May 19, while the next Western Speed2 Midget race marks the 2018 dirt opener May 18 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

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USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-225, 2-Neal Allison-212, 3-Nolan Allison-210, 4-Dameron Taylor-189, 5-Jordan Empie-170, 6-Sam Hatfield-138, 7-Johnny Bridges-81, 8-Jake Garcia-74, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Connor Gross-55.

USAC LAQUERRE SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-156, 2-Seth Carlson-150, 3-Jeff Champagne-140, 4-Mike Chaffee-136, 5-Joe Krawiec-126, 6-David Moniz-108, 7-Will Hull-104, 8-Jeff Horn-104, 9-Justin Phillips-102, 10-Randy Higginson-92.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-77, 2-Andy Baugh-75, 3-Chett Gehrke-72, 4-Aaron Leffel-68, 5-Alex Watson-64, 6-Gedd Ross-56, 7-Stratton Briggs-55, 8-Trey Osborne-52, 9-Jon Steed-51, 10-Robby McQuinn-49.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-229, 2-Andy Baugh-226, 3-Gedd Ross-120, 4-Robby McQuinn-115, 5-Bart Andrews-115, 6-Shane Morgan-72, 7-Chett Gehrke-72, 8-Aaron Leffel-68, 9-Mark Billings-66, 10-Jeff Sparks-65.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-327, 2-Blake Brannon-294, 3-Joey Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Cody Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-327, 2-Blake Brannon-294, 3-Joey Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Cody Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

 

WILSON LEADS WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA
BACK TO RED DIRT THIS FRIDAY

Brett Wilson leads the USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma back to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. this Friday holding a 12-point lead over Craig Carroll in the standings.

Wilson won the series debut at Meeker March 30 and Carroll was the winner on April 20 at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.

Friday's race is the second of five scheduled appearances at Red Dirt this season. Additional races there will be June 8, September 7 and the series closer October 5.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-272, 2-Craig Carroll-260, 3-Kyle Clark-254, 4-Danny Smith-250, 5-Johnny Kent-245, 6-Michael Tyre II-232, 7-Joe Wood Jr.-230, 8-Cameron Hagin-222, 9-Casey Wills-214, 10-David McDuffee-194.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS TO HANFORD
By Lance Jennings

MAY 7, 2018... This Saturday, May 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are set to make their final appearance of the year at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the Hanford, California oval will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gates will open at 1:00pm, front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

To date, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-eight USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On April 7th, Brody Roa took the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 24 to earn his second victory of the campaign. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits atop the standings with a 25-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett ran second to Troy Rutherford at Santa Maria on April 28th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes and 28 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Austin will be looking for his sixth series win of his career.

After finishing fourth at Santa Maria, Steve Hix (Ventura, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 3 feature laps led on the season. At Hanford, Steve will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car win.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino led five laps at Santa Maria before taking third at the checkered flags. At press time, the 2016 Turkey Night Sprint Car Winner has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. With three career triumphs, Tristan will be looking to add the Kings County Fairgrounds to his resume.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88K PMS Investments / Shaw Structures Unlimited KPC, Shaw charged from twelfth to score seventh at Santa Maria. To date, the Micro Sprint standout has one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, Koen will have his sights on claiming his first $1,500 series victory.

After missing the action at Santa Maria, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has fallen to fifth in the USAC West Coast standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and two top-10 finishes on the season. The 2011 Champion has nineteen series wins and will be looking for his tenth Hanford triumph.

Currently twelfth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Dalton Hill (Madera, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen, Brandon Wiley, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Trent Carter, Kevin Barnes, Brent Owens, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, Student tickets are $8, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2- Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 9-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-206, 2. Steve Hix-181, 3. Tristan Guardino-180, 4. Koen Shaw-166, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-156, 6. Danny Faria, Jr.-153, 7. Shannon McQueen-150, 8. Brandon Wiley-140, 9. Jace Vander Weerd-137, 10. Ryan Timmons-135, 11. Ryan Bernal-131, 12. Britton Bock-129, 13. Austin Ervine-115, 14. Ryan Stolz-114, 15. Trent Carter-107, 16. Troy Rutherford-82, 17. Kevin Barnes-77, ... Brody Roa-77, 19. Jake Swanson-74, 20. Jordan Linson-61.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

THOMAS AUTOCORRECTS ON LAST LAP TO WIN PLYMOUTH BARNBURNER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana.........A little tap never hurt anyone. A solid tap of a golf ball on a put can be the difference between winning and losing in a round of golf. A swift tap of the mic can reinforce that everything is A-Okay with the audio. A soft tap on the shoulder can gain another person's attention.

However, a little tap on the rear bumper of Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s ride on the final lap nearly proved disastrous. But the Cullman, Ala. driver gathered himself and kept his composure to run down Robert Ballou in the third turn with a go-for-broke slider that paid off with his second-straight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway.

Thomas executed a rare perfect night by setting fast time, winning his heat race and capturing the night's feature, something that's only been done once in each of the last four seasons.

Thomas started his methodical march to the front from the sixth position as a host of drivers in the first two rows battled for the lead. Recent Bloomington winner Dave Darland emerged as the initial leader on lap one by mere inches while one-lap track record holder Chase Stockon wheel-stood his way past Darland to the lead by the time the field reached turn one.

Meanwhile, third-starting Tyler Courtney had flipped the switch and motored around the outside of Stockon in turn four on the fourth circuit to snare the lead. Courtney had much less ground to make up compared to a year ago at Plymouth when he charged to second from his 18th starting position. This time, he appeared to have the field covered throughout the first half of the 30-lapper, constructing a three-fourths of a straightaway lead by the 14th lap when Kyle Cummins was found turned around at the exit of turn four.

The caution bunched up the field momentarily, but Courtney came off the starting block like an Olympic sprinter to post an eight-car length lead when racing resumed. As he appeared to check out on the rest of the field, Thomas and Ballou became the naysayers to that notion. On the 17th lap, Thomas muscled his way around Stockon on the high side of turn four for second and, moments later, Ballou scooted by Stockon on the inside of the back straightaway to occupy third.

In the blink of an eye, Courtney's lead began to shrink as Thomas tightened the leash on Courtney's collar three car-lengths back. But on lap 20, Daylan Chambers pancaked the back straightaway wall, scattering debris across the countryside as he slanted toward the infield to bring out the final caution period of the night.

Thomas was now in a position to go to school on Courtney, benefitting from shadowing the leader late in the going, just as he did exactly one week ago in his victory at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

"My initial thought was that I was going to spin out," Thomas admitted. "I had just enough to get it back pointed straight. He (Ballou) was just not far enough ahead to get away and I thought I could do a slider that wasn't going to crash both of us and do something stupid by ruining a good finish for both of us. It was just that little bit of moisture on the bottom of the racetrack that nobody really runs because this place is so sweeping." (Gene Crucean Photo)

"Once again, it was kind of beneficial to be behind the leader," Thomas acknowledged. "Once I started running the top there in (turns) three and four, I figured out it had some grip and some speed. Once we got to lapped traffic, I went to the bottom a few times and had a pretty good drive. So, on the restart, I started working the bottom in one and two and the top in three and four. I could stay with him a lot better in one and two and he'd make up ground in three and four."

On the 23rd lap, Courtney continued to run the middle/low line while Thomas put his Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 up top. At the exit of four, Courtney swung wide toward the outside wall to keep Thomas at bay. Thomas replied by countering to the bottom entering turn one as Courtney remained high. Thomas slipped by and Ballou tagged along for the ride as well, executing a sweeping pass around the outside of Courtney for second between turns one and two a half-lap later.

"It's one of those deals," Thomas explained about the pass on Courtney. "He was just running where he got the lead at. It's no fault of his. It's the unfortunate part about leading. The track changed so much there at the end and, if you're leading, you don't want to search, but that's just the beneficial part for us running in second, being able to search."

On the final lap, Ballou was surging as Thomas and he worked around the lapped car of Johnny Petrozelle. Entering turn one, Ballou completely erased the interval and closed so rapidly on Thomas, the two made contact with Ballou's front bumper lightly tapping Thomas' rear bumper. It was enough to send Thomas squirrelly at the exit of turn two, allowing Ballou to overtake Thomas for the lead by a single car-length entering turn three. After gathering his marbles, Thomas reached into his back pocket and fired a slider across the nose of Ballou. Ballou pitched the car 90 degrees, nearly losing control, allowing Thomas to break away for his 20th career series win while Courtney slipped underneath Ballou for his second-straight runner-up finish at Plymouth. Ballou recovered to grab third ahead of Stockon and Brady Bacon.

"My initial thought was that I was going to spin out," Thomas admitted. "I had just enough to get it back pointed straight. He (Ballou) was just not far enough ahead to get away and I thought I could do a slider that wasn't going to crash both of us and do something stupid by ruining a good finish for both of us. It was just that little bit of moisture on the bottom of the racetrack that nobody really runs because this place is so sweeping."

Regarding the tap from Ballou on the last lap, Thomas saw it as just racing, nothing more. In fact, he pointed the finger squarely at himself for the initiation of the contact.

"That's just racing on the bottom," Thomas acknowledged. "It's no big deal. That's just the way it is. Honestly, it's my fault. I chalked it up a little too much. He was agressive and he could've spun me out if he really wanted to. He could've just completed the process, but he didn't. He just made a little bit of contact. It is what it is. We'll race hard again next week and the week after. It's just no big deal."

Ballou slipped to third at the end, but the race very well could've been his had Thomas not gathered it up so quickly after the contact on the final lap.

The whole race he was running it in there really hard. He had moved up a little bit, he moved down, he was doing the same thing I was, searching for the fastest lane possible.

"I don't know what he was thinking," Ballou pondered. "He just came to a stop. He slowed down more than he had done on any other lap. I had the thing stuck and I had no choice but to run into him. If I wanted to, I could've spun him completely around, but that isn't the right thing do. I don't want to win a race by spinning out a guy to win. I eased off as long as I could and let him get unhooked from my front bumper. I didn't have a good run down the back straightaway and he was in the moisture. He was going to beat me to the outside lane in the middle of (turns) three and four. I'd have probably ended up out on 31 if I hadn't lifted and tried to do something different. When I tried to turn the car and get a run across the racetrack, it just busted free and tried to spin out on me. I was just thankful to salvage a third-place by that point."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Plymouth Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Saldana Racing Products Clean Sweep Winner), Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Jarett Andretti (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Clinton Boyles (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 5, 2018 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.089; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.154; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.175; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.185; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.198; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.268; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.301; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.314; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.363; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.383; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.485; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.459; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.503; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.546; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.598; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.678; 17. Shane Cottle, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.708; 18. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-13.768; 19. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-14.100; 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.117; 21. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-NT; 22. Joe Stornetta, 44, Pace-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Cummins, 4. Bacon, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Petrozelle. 2:12.03 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Cottle, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Short, 5. Darland, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bell. 2:16.02

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Grant, 3. DiMattia, 4. Stockon, 5. Andretti, 6. Chambers. 2:15.96

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Robert Ballou (11), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Brady Bacon (7), 6. Dave Darland (2), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Justin Grant (9), 9. Chad Boespflug (8), 10. C.J. Leary (10), 11. Chris Windom (15), 12. Shane Cottle (17), 13. Jarett Andretti (1), 14. Kyle Cummins (16), 15. Tony DiMattia (12), 16. Clinton Boyles (13), 17. Johnny Petrozelle (19), 18. Robert Bell (20), 19. Isaac Chapple (14), 20. Daylan Chambers (18), 21. Aric Gentry (21), 22. Joe Stornetta (22). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Darland, Laps 2-3 Stockon, Laps 4-22 Courtney, Laps 23-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (11th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jarett Andretti

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Clinton Boyles

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-435, 2-Windom-405, 3-Courtney-383, 4-Leary-375, 5-Darland-366, 6-Stockon-348, 7-Ballou-337, 8-Grant-329, 9-Boespflug-310, 10-Bacon-306.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 11-12 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway

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LEMKE WINS "VUKOVICH CLASSIC" SPEED2s

Madera, CA........Adam Lekme of Hollister, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's "Vukovich Classic" USAC Speed2 Western Midget race at Madera Speedway. He was trailed by Joey Iest, Cody Jessop, Blake Brannon and Elvis Rankin.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: May 5, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.840; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.864; 3. Cody Jessop, 00J, Jessop-14.955; 4. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.129; 5. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-15.392.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Iest, 3. Jessop, 4. Brannon, 5. Rankin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Blake Brannon, 5. Elvis Rankin. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-327, 2-Brannon-294, 3-Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-327, 2-Brannon-294, 3-Iest-167, 4-Johnny Nichols-146, 5-Jessop-74, 6-Toni Breidinger-72.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 18 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Raceway Park

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 5, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-12.272; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.333; 3. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-12.384; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.435; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.447; 6. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.476; 7. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-12.604; 8. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.617; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-12.682; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.728; 11. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-12.738; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-12.776; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-12.843; 14. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.967; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.974; 16. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.975; 17. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-12.981; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-12.987; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-13.288; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-13.314; 21. Austin Ervine, 51X, AJ-13.686; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Hendrix, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Dyer, 6. Bender, 7. Adams. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. T.Williams, 5. Edwards, 6. Owens, 7. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. A.Williams, 3. Johnson, 4. Gansen, 5. L.Williams, 6. Sweeney, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Max Adams, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. A.J. Bender, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Brent Owens, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Jeff Dyer, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Rick Hendrix, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Logan Williams.
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**McCarthy flipped during hotlaps and was transported to a local hospital for observation. Gansen and L.Williams flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Hendrix flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Gardner, Laps 13-40 Roa.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Troy Rutherford (14th to 6th)
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 26– Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 5, 2018 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.089; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.154; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.175; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.185; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.198; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.268; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.301; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.314; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.363; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.383; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.485; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.459; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.503; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.546; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.598; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.678; 17. Shane Cottle, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.708; 18. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-13.768; 19. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-14.100; 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.117; 21. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-NT; 22. Joe Stornetta, 44, Pace-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Cummins, 4. Bacon, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Petrozelle. 2:12.03 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Cottle, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Short, 5. Darland, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bell. 2:16.02

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Grant, 3. DiMattia, 4. Stockon, 5. Andretti, 6. Chambers. 2:15.96

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Robert Ballou (11), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Brady Bacon (7), 6. Dave Darland (2), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Justin Grant (9), 9. Chad Boespflug (8), 10. C.J. Leary (10), 11. Chris Windom (15), 12. Shane Cottle (17), 13. Jarett Andretti (1), 14. Kyle Cummins (16), 15. Tony DiMattia (12), 16. Clinton Boyles (13), 17. Johnny Petrozelle (19), 18. Robert Bell (20), 19. Isaac Chapple (14), 20. Daylan Chambers (18), 21. Aric Gentry (21), 22. Joe Stornetta (22). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Darland, Laps 2-3 Stockon, Laps 4-22 Courtney, Laps 23-30 Thomas.

 

 

FRIDAY'S ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio.........Bobby Santos has been the pavement dominator in USAC Silver Crown competition over the past two seasons, winning four of the last six held on the hardtop over that period.

The Franklin, Massachusetts driver arrives at Toledo Speedway for this Friday night's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" as the reigning race winner as well as the victor in the series' most recent pavement race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. back in early April.

In the 100-lapper at Toledo last July, Santos had to rundown Kody Swanson in traffic, making the outside line stick as he made the winning pass three-wide into turn three on lap 45. Santos held off a hard-charging Swanson and Chris Windom at the end and survived a green-white-checkered finish to get the win.

With the victory, Santos pulled off a rarity in completing the hat trick by adding a Silver Crown win to his previous wins at Toledo in a Sprint Car (2006) and a Midget (2009), marking just the 20th driver ever to win features in all of USAC's three current national series at a single track.

Swanson took second in last year's race and the three-time series champ is tied atop the series standings following back-to-back runner-up finishes in each of the first two Silver Crown races at ISM (Phoenix) and at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Both times Swanson won at Toledo (2011 & 2015), he started from the pole position. Last year, he scored his third pole position on his way to the runner-up spot behind Santos.

Chris Windom finished third in last year's Toledo stop. The 2016 Silver Crown champ comes off an impressive fourth-place finish at Terre Haute last Sunday that came after jumping into Bill Rose's ride for the 100-lap event due to mechanical troubles with his primary Nolen Racing ride. Amazingly, it's the third consecutive year Windom has had to jump in another owner's car to compete in the main event. Even more amazing is the fact that all those performances in 2016, 2017 and 2018 came in the second race of the Silver Crown season.

The driver who finished directly behind Windom at Toledo last season serves as his Nolen Racing teammate this season: Jerry Coons, Jr. Coons, of Tucson, Ariz., captured a pair of Silver Crown wins on the half-mile paved oval in Toledo in 2010 and 2012.

Dave Darland has won at Toledo too, but not yet in a Silver Crown car. He was the winner of a pair of USAC National Sprint Car features at the track in 2000 and 2007. The Lincoln, Ind. driver will make his first Silver Crown start of the season in the Williams & Wright No. 32, substituting for 2017 series Rookie of the Year Joss Moffatt.

Like Darland, Eric Gordon is a Toledo USAC Sprint Car winner. In fact, the Greenfield, Ind. driver won the very first USAC-sanctioned feature of his career there back in 1989! In April at Phoenix, Gordon returned to the series in fine form after a six-year absence, finishing fourth.

Justin Grant comes to Toledo as the series' most recent winner last Sunday at Terre Haute, the second victory of his career. Friday,the Ione, Calif. native hits the pavement behind the wheel of the Rollie Beale Classic's race sponsor, Ron Hemelgarn. Local driver Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio is back for his third career Toledo start. Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton led the most laps at Phoenix before mechanical trouble sidelined him. The last time Hamilton appeared at Toledo in 2015, he started from the third row and was running up front, but saw his race end early with a mechanical issue.

Other returnees from last year's race include David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc., Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. and Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. Making their Toledo Silver Crown debuts this Friday are Neil Shepherd of Warsaw, Ind., Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind., Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind., Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind. and Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, Calif. Hillsborough, California's Toni Breidinger will make her first appearance at Toledo a year after her twin sister, Annie, finished ninth. Pataskala, Ohio's Cody Gallogly aims for a better day than last year when a brake issue sent him into the turn three wall and upside down on the opening lap of practice.

The race gets underway this Friday with the pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, practice at 4pm, qualifying at 6:15pm and racing at 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Advance ticket sales end at 5pm this Thursday, May 3. Tickets for children age 6-12 are $3. Children 6 and under are FREE!

You can listen to all the action at Toledo LIVE on the USAC app with National Sprint Car Hall of Fame announcer Pat Sullivan on the mic. You can catch video of the race a day later, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

USAC's new pre-race show, "The Lowdown Before It Goes Down," will air LIVE from 2-3pm from Toledo Speedway. Guests Bobby Santos and Kyle Hamilton will join Pat Sullivan and Richie Murray on the stage for the hour-long show that is open to all fans. Listen LIVE on the USAC app and/or watch LIVE on USAC's Facebook page.

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/ (Shepherd Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott/Gorman Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

 

 

PLYMOUTH ROCKS WITH USAC SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana.........April showers may have brought us May flowers. But, Mayflowers bring us to the land named in honor of the pilgrims this Saturday night, May 5, for a Cinco de Mayo appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway.

This stop will be just the second ever by the series following Justin Grant's wire-to-wire victory last April. Though Grant has yet to find victory lane in a sprint car early in the 2018 season, he arrives at Plymouth riding a tide of momentum following his big victory in last Sunday's "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series 100-lapper at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

For 2018, Grant joined the Rochester, Indiana-based TOPP Motorsports team, whose shop is located a stone's throw away from the 3/8-mile Plymouth dirt oval. The team resides seventh in points with best results of 4th at the season opener in Ocala, Fla. and a 5th in Haubstadt, Ind. last Saturday.

The combination of TOPP and Ione, California's Grant may very well be the team to beat at Plymouth. TOPP was flawless in last year's Plymouth feature, with former team driver Tyler Courtney driving from 18th to 2nd in just 30 laps without the aid of a single yellow flag.

Although, Courtney may have a little say in that after being the winningest driver in USAC National competition throughout the first three months. Currently standing in 4th in the series standings, Courtney is the lone driver to have won in at least two USAC National series after having already won twice in the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing sprint car in Ocala and once in the Midget at Kokomo, Ind. Last Sunday, the Indianapolis, Ind. native won the pole position for the "Sumar Classic." Back in 2015, he even led the first 11 laps of the USAC National Midget feature at Plymouth.

The winner of that USAC National Midget stop back in 2015 was Kevin Thomas, Jr. Last Saturday, the Cullman, Alabama driver broke into victory lane for the first time in the Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing colors at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. Thomas was the series' winningest driver a year ago, but only garnered a 10th in last year's Plymouth stop. Thomas' recent victory, though, moved him to within five points of series leader Chris Windom.

Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Windom of Canton, Ill. finished 8th last year at Plymouth. He's been shut out of victory lane thus far in 2018, but has been the most consistent driver to date with finishes of 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd and 6th in his five starts.

Last Friday night, Dave Darland picked up a very popular victory at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. The win came in his 700th career series start and made him the first to reach 60in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win column. A 16th place run was the Lincoln, Ind. driver's result last season, but a 4th place finish on the Plymouth dirt in a USAC Midget back in 2015 serves as his best.

Sixth in points is Chase Stockon, a winner on the opening night of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season back in February at Ocala, was last year's fast qualifier at Plymouth. The Fort Branch, Indiana driver went on to win his heat that night before finishing 6th in the night's feature event.

Hanford, California's Boespflug was third a year ago at Plymouth and currently resides in the tenth position in points. C.J. Leary has had a fine season so far in 2018, standing third in points, and is knocking on the door for his initial victory this year after a breakout, five-win campaign in 2017. The Greenfield, Indiana driver took an 18th place finish at Plymouth in last Spring. Robert Ballou, the 2015 series champ from Rocklin, California, will make his USAC debut at Plymouth this Saturday after missing last year's race due to injury.

The drivers meeting for Saturday's race begins at 5:30pm while cars hit the track at 6pm. Adult tickets are $25 at the gate and just $20 pre-sale through the track. Children age 6-12 get in for just $8 while kids age 5 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

You can watch the race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ or listen live on the USAC app. A day later, on-demand, you can re-watch all of the evening's race with flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC/CRA SPRINTS GEAR UP FOR VENTURA 40-LAP MAIN EVENT
By Lance Jennings

MAY 2, 2018... This Saturday, May 5th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will travel to the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their only appearance of the year at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fourth point race will feature a special 40-lap main event to honor Naylor’s 40th year at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” The winged California Lightning Sprints and VRA Dwarf Cars will join Saturday’s action packed card. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, Pill Draw is at 1:15pm, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

In honor of flagman and track official Dave Adair, Mike Grosswendt from All Coast Construction has pledged an extra $100 to every racer that completes the 30th lap of the main event. Everyone with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Mike and All Coast Construction for their continued support.

Since May 22, 2004, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held nineteen USAC/CRA Sprint Car races. “The Ripper” Rip Williams won the Ventura USAC/CRA debut and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all series drivers with six victories. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the USAC/CRA qualifying record of 11.675 on October 25, 2008 and “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman holds the all-time 410 non-wing record of 11.527 on October 1, 1994. Last year, five-time champion Mike Spencer earned the 38th and final win of his career at Ventura Raceway. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 29-point lead over the competition. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won the April 21st “Sokola Shootout” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, “The Demon” has two feature wins, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led to his credit. The six-time champion will be looking to score his 78th career USAC/CRA victory this Saturday night.

Fresh off a VRA 360 win at Ventura, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks second in the point standings. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa finished second to Gardner at the “Sokola Shootout.” At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Brody will have his sights on the fourth USAC/CRA win of his career.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the championship point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson claimed fourth at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, last year’s USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will be looking to add Ventura to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson charged to seventh from twenty-third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The five-time USAC SouthWest 360 Champion has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his seventh USAC/CRA win.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished twelfth in the “Sokola Shootout.” To date, “The Cadillac” has posted one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the season. At Ventura, the 2010 Victorville Champion will be looking for the second USAC/CRA win of his career.

Currently twenty-fifth in points, Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Joel Rayborne (West Covina, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, Jeff Dyer, Troy Rutherford, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $15, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $15, Student tickets (with ID) are $15, Kids tickets (7-12) are $10, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Liggett.

VENTURA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Cory Kruseman, 2-Damion Gardner, 2- Mike Spencer, 2-Rip Williams, 1-Alan Ballard, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Scotty Weir.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-237, 2. Brody Roa-221, 3. Jake Swanson-212, 4. R.J. Johnson-164, 5. Cody Williams-154, 6. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 7. Logan Williams-132, 8. A.J. Bender-128, 9. Matt Rossi-126, 10. Austin Williams-119, 11. Max Adams-117, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 13. Tommy Malcolm-109, 14. Matt McCarthy-108, 15. Chris Gansen-106, 16. Tye Mihocko-91, 17. Austin Liggett-79, --. Richard Vander Weerd-79, 19. Chad Boespflug-69, 20. Stevie Sussex-58.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LATE CHARGE FOR MIHOCKO NETS FIRST WIN AT SAN TAN VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 1, 2018... After nearly winning at Casa Grande, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory last Saturday at Arizona Speedway. Taking the lead from “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. with two laps to go, Mihocko finished ahead of Davis, hard charger “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, and Andy Reinbold.

Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko earned the $1,500 victory after starting seventh in the main event. Earlier in the program, the young driver placed fourth in his heat race and ranked seventh out of twenty racers in passing points. Returning to San Tan Valley on May 19th, Mihocko is second in the point chase on the strength of two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, five top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led.

Starting fourth, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) took the lead from Josh Pelkey and led 21 laps before placing second at the checkered flags. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. The five-time Arizona champion has a 49-point advantage with two feature wins, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from twentieth. Driving his #16 Sherwin Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin scored seventh in his heat race and placed twentieth in passing points. The 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year is third in the point standings with one heat race victory, one Passing Master Award, and four top-10 finishes.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) held the lead for six laps before finishing fourth at Arizona Speedway. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes RSS, Pelkey ran second to Chris Bonneau in his heat race and sat fourth in passing points. At press time, the 1997 ASCA Champion is fifth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes and 6 feature laps led to his credit.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) scored fifth in the San Tan Valley main event. Racing the Reinbold/Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike. Reinbold ran second to Jake Swanson in his heat race and sat fifth in passing points. The 2008 Hank Arnold Memorial winner is twelfth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Driving his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales Triple X, Bonneau started sixth in the feature and claimed thirteenth at the checkered flags. The veteran driver left Arizona Speedway ranked tenth in the standings with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) returned to USAC SouthWest action and won the third 8-lap heat race. Piloting the Grau/Burkhart #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson was second in passing points and finished eighteenth after a late race tangle. The 2017 USAC West Coast Champion is tied for fifteenth in points with two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award and three top-10 finishes.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, May 19th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The sixth point race will also showcase Sport Mods, Modlites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Bruce St. James (#1AZ Trussel), 6. Austin Kuehl (#11T Kuehl), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Zack Madrid (#34Z Grau), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 4. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tye Mihocko (7th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 3. Mike Martin (20th), 4. Josh Pelkey (3rd), 5. Andy Reinbold (2nd), 6. Matt Lundy (9th), 7. Sterling Cling (13th), 8. Dennis Gile (11th), 9. Michael Curtis (8th), 10. Rick Shuman (10th), 11. Joe Scheopner (18th), 12. Tyler Adams (15th), 13. Chris Bonneau (6th), 14. Austin Kuehl (19th), 15. Bruce St. James (14th), 16. Jonas Reynolds (17th), 17. Zack Madrid (1st), 18. Jake Swanson (5th), 19. Tyler Most (12th), 20. Daylin Perreira (16th). NT
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**Kuehl, Reynolds, St. James, and Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Madrid, Laps 2-7 Pelkey, Laps 8-28 Davis, Laps 29-30 Mihocko.
HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (20th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-384, 2. Tye Mihocko-335, 3. Mike Martin-302, 4. Michael Curtis-283, 5. Josh Pelkey-271, 6. Matt Lundy-270, 7. Dennis Gile-250, 8. R.J. Johnson-240, 9. Tyler Adams-188, 10. Chris Bonneau-174, 11. Sterling Cling-162, 12. Andy Reinbold-153, 13. Stevie Sussex-139, 14. Tyler Most-131, 15. Jake Swanson-118, ... Daylin Perreira-118, 17. Larry Kesterson-112, 18. Zack Madrid-100, 19. Joe Scheopner-82, 20. Jason McDougal-76.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

FACCINTO REBOUNDS AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

MAY 1, 2018… After flipping at Tulare’s opener, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) won last Saturday’s Light Up the World USAC Western States Midget presented by CBD Living Water feature at Santa Maria. By winning the $1,200 30-lap main event ahead of hard charger Cory Elliott, point leader Alex Schutte, fast qualifier Robby Josett, and Ronnie Gardner, Faccinto has climbed to seventh in points.

Starting third under changing track conditions, Michael Faccinto raced the Sean Dodenhoff #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike past Frankie Guerrini for the top spot on lap twelve. From there, the former Calistoga Louie Vermeil Classic winner earned the sixth series win of his career. Earlier in the program, Faccinto qualified fourth out of twenty-two racers and ran second to Alex Schutte in his heat race.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from ninth. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy CS9, Elliott was sixth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is second in the point chase with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored third at Santa Maria after starting sixth. Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified seventh overall and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2010 Champion left Santa Maria with a five point advantage on the strength of one feature win, two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) started tenth and charged to fourth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #2 Walker Performance Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to Bakersfield, Robby is eighth in the point standings with on top-10 finish.

Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) started seventh and raced his way to second before taking fifth at the checkered flags. Driving Ken Dalby’s #14D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Gardner was tenth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The five-time champion left Santa Maria ranked fourth in points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) raced to victory in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Walker Performance Filtration / Naturipe TCR, Bernal qualified fifth overall and scored eighteenth in the main event. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion ranks fifteenth in points with 8 feature laps led in the campaign.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) won Santa Maria’s Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike in honor of Harisen Riley, Prickett was ninth fast in time trials and took seventh in the feature. The 2012 Dirt Champion ranks eleventh in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will take a break in the schedule before returning to action on Saturday, June 16th, at Bakersfield Speedway. The third point race will also feature the IMCA Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, California Lightning Sprints, and Mini Mods. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-14.786; 2. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-14.920; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.008; 4. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.178; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-15.308; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.363; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.387; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.501; 9. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-15.513; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 14D, Dalby-15.717; 11. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-15.746; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.819; 13. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.912; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.946; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.059; 16. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.114; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.187; 18. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-16.245; 19. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.947; 20. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT; 21. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT; 22. Koen Shaw, 2D, Neverlift-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Faccinto, 3. Gardner, 4. Josett, 5. Ito, 6. Beilman, 7. Mitchell. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ruston, 4. Drollinger, 5. Pankratz, 6. Bock. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. McQueen, 3. Elliott, 4. Cofer, 5. Dalby, 6. Sarna, 7. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (3rd), 2. Cory Elliott (9th), 3. Alex Schutte (6th), 4. Robby Josett (10th), 5. Ronnie Gardner (7th), 6. Shannon McQueen (1st), 7. David Prickett (4th), 8. Robert Dalby (15th), 9. Clayton Ruston (8th), 10. Maria Cofer (12th), 11. Frankie Guerrini (2nd), 12. Randi Pankratz (14th), 13. C.J. Sarna (18th), 14. Dylan Ito (13th), 15. Kyle Beilman (16th), 16. Bryan Drollinger (11th), 17. Marvin Mitchell (19th), 18. Ryan Bernal (5th), 19. Ron Hazelton (21st), 20. Koen Shaw (22nd), 21. Britton Bock (17th). NT
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**Sarna flipped during qualifications. DNS=Austin Liggett.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Guerrini, Laps 12-30 Faccinto.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Cory Elliott (9th to 2nd)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-151, 2. Cory Elliott-146, 3. Shannon McQueen-136, 4. Ronnie Gardner-124, 5. Robert Dalby-118, 6. Clayton Ruston-114, 7. Michael Faccinto-112, 8. Robby Josett-111, 9. Frankie Guerrini-108, 10. Maria Cofer-95, 11. David Prickett-91, 12. C.J. Sarna-86, 13. Dylan Ito-84, 14. Austin Liggett-81, 15. Ryan Bernal-79, 16. Marvin Mitchell-77, 17. Bryan Drollinger-68, 18. Ron Hazelton-67, 19. Kyle Beilman-66, 20. Randi Pankratz-43, ... Matt Mitchell-43

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

 

RUTHERFORD TRIUMPHS AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

 

MAY 1, 2018... Regaining the lead on lap 15, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) held off Austin Liggett to claim last Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car win at Santa Maria Raceway. The veteran driver earned his first $1,500 victory of the season ahead of Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Steve Hix, and Trent Carter.

 

Starting on the outside of the front row, Troy Rutherford piloted his #11 Trench Shoring / AMSOIL Spike to the fifth USAC West Coast Sprint Car win of his career. Earlier, the former Ventura track champion qualified second out of twenty-one racers and ran second to “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. Troy left Santa Maria ranked sixteenth in the point standings.

 

Facing changing track conditions, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) pressured Rutherford for the lead but had to settle for second. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was sixth fast in time trials and placed second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. Heading to Hanford on May 12th, Austin has taken over the point lead with two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led.

 

Starting fourth, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) led five laps at Santa Maria before scoring third in the main event. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino qualified ninth overall and won the Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The young driver has climbed to third in the point chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.

 

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) charged to fourth at Santa Maria feature after starting ninth in the feature. Driving his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix was third quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. Heading to Hanford, Steve has risen to second in points with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 3 feature laps led on the season.

 

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) raced from tenth to claim fifth at the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter qualified fourth overall and scored fourth in his heat race. The two-time Santa Maria track champion is ranked fifteenth in the point standings.

 

Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Racing the family owned #51 Pritchett Metal Products / Healthy Soil ITI, Ervine was nineteenth fast in time trials and scored seventh in his heat race. The third generation driver is currently thirteenth in the point standings.

 

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) was Santa Maria’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award winner. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Bernal won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and scored thirteenth in the main event. The 2011 Rookie of the Year sits eleventh in the standings with one feature win, one top-10 finish, and 2 feature laps led.

 

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) raced to victory in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified eighth overall and scored fifteenth after a flip in the main event. The two-time champion heads to Hanford ranked sixth in points with one top-10 finish.

 

On Saturday, May 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their last appearance at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

 

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

 

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

 

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

 

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.329; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.341; 3. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.553; 4. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.633; 5. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.633; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.734; 7. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.848; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.853; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.854; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.915; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-16.017; 12. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-16.021; 13. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.114; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.149; 15. Matt Mitchell, 12, Dale-16.170; 16. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.217; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.424; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.645; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.294; 20. Patrick Frisco, 10, Frisco-NT; 21. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT.

 

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Timmons, 3. Linson, 4. Carter, 5. Bock, 6. Mayhew, 7. Ervine. NT

 

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. McQueen, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Frisco, 7. Barnes. NT

 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Liggett, 3. Hix, 4. Shaw, 5. Herrera. NT

 

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (2nd), 2. Austin Liggett (1st), 3. Tristan Guardino (4th), 4. Steve Hix (9th), 5. Trent Carter (10th), 6. Jordan Linson (7th), 7. Koen Shaw (12th), 8. Austin Ervine (19th), 9. Hannah Mayhew (16th), 10. Ryan Stolz (14th), 11. James Herrera (15th), 12. Kevin Barnes (20th), 13. Ryan Bernal (6th), 14. Shannon McQueen (8th), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (5th), 16. Brandon Wiley (11th), 17. Britton Bock (13th), 18. Patrick Frisco (17th), 19. Ryan Timmons (3rd). NT

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**Faria flips on lap 18 of the feature. DNS=Matt Mitchell & Matt Day.

 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rutherford, Laps 10-14 Guardino, Laps 15-30 Rutherford

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (19th to 8th)

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:

1. Austin Liggett-206, 2. Steve Hix-181, 3. Tristan Guardino-180, 4. Koen Shaw-166, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-156, 6. Danny Faria, Jr.-153, 7. Shannon McQueen-150, 8. Brandon Wiley-140, 9. Jace Vander Weerd-137, 10. Ryan Timmons-135, 11. Ryan Bernal-131, 12. Britton Bock-129, 13. Austin Ervine-115, 14. Ryan Stolz-114, 15. Trent Carter-107, 16. Troy Rutherford-82, 17. Kevin Barnes-77, ... Brody Roa-77, 19. Jake Swanson-74, 20. Jordan Linson-61.

 

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)

May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)

June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)

July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)

July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)

October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)

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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

MIDWEST/IMRA SPEED2s COMBINE AT KOKOMO SUNDAY

This Sunday's "King of Kokomo" racing program includes a combined effort by the USAC Midwest Thunder and Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 series at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Chase McDermand leads the IMRA standings while the 2018 Midwest Thunder series will debut after inclement weather forced cancellation of last Saturday's race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Chase McDermand finished second ahead of Shane Morgan, Gedd Ross and Robby McQuinn. McDermand takes a one-point lead over Baugh into Sunday's race at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Rain forced cancellation of Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget feature race at Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania, Va. following qualifications. Neal Allison was the fastest qualifier. The series now gears up for a May 12 race at Shenandoah, Va. Speedway.

Sunday's Kokomo race opens a four-race series to determine the 2018 USAC Speed2 National Championship. Additional events will be June 9 at Spoon River Speedway at Canton, Ill., July 6 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and September 8 back at Spoon River.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-225, 2-Neal Allison-212; 3-Nolan Allison-210, 4-Dameron Taylor-189, 5-Jordan Empie-170, 6-Sam Hatfield-138, 7-Johnny Bridges-81, 8-Jake Garcia-74, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Connor Gross-55.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-152, 2-Andy Baugh-151, 3-Shane Morgan-72, 4-Bart Andrews-71, 5-Mark Billings & Robby McQuinn-66, 7-Jeff Sparks-65, 8-Gedd Ross-64, 9-Kevin Battefeld-62, 10-Daltyn England-61.

 

 


DARLAND TO SUB FOR MOFFATT IN FRIDAY'S
TOLEDO SILVER CROWN ROUND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio.........USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland has been tabbed as the driver of the Williams & Wright Racing No. 32 for this Friday night's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo Speedway.

Darland, the 1997 Silver Crown champ, will substitute in the E3 Sparkplugs-sponsored machine, a ride regularly driven by 2017 series Rookie of the Year Joss Moffatt.

Moffatt made his season debut in last Sunday's "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, but suffered a crash on lap 47 of the main event in which he got upside down. Darland, a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at Toledo in 2000, steps in to help the team with their newly-acquired Beast chassis.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., recently won his 60th career USAC National Sprint Car feature on April 27 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. The victory came in Darland's 700th all-time USAC Sprint start, which leads all drivers in the 63-year history of the club.

Darland could reach another milestone in terms of Silver Crown starts Friday night at Toledo. With one more start, Darland will surpass Brian Tyler as the driver with the most starts in series history. The two are currently knotted up at 193 starts. Other expected Toledo entrants among the all-time leaders in the category include Jerry Coons, Jr., fifth all-time with 167, and Eric Gordon in 10th with 126.

The race gets underway this Friday with the pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, practice at 4pm, qualifying at 6:15pm and racing at 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Advance ticket sales end at 5pm this Thursday, May 3. Tickets for children age 6-12 are $3. Children 6 and under are FREE!

You can listen to all the action at Toledo LIVE on the USAC app with National Sprint Car Hall of Fame announcer Pat Sullivan on the mic. You can catch video of the race a day later, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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GLORY GOES TO GRANT IN SUMAR SILVER CROWN SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Speed has never been an issue for Justin Grant when it comes to USAC Silver Crown racing at the Terre Haute Action Track.

Two years ago, the Ione, California driver set quick time and was dominant for the first 93 laps of the 100-lap event. But, it was just a slight mishap with seven laps remaining that cost him a shot at victory.

Fast forward to 2018 and a couple more years of experience under the belt, on a similar track surface he faced back then, Grant was determined to not let the past repeat itself on his way to Sunday night's "Sumar Classic" victory.

"You have to keep your eye on the rubber or have your spotter keeping an eye on the rubber for you," Grant detailed. "A couple years ago here, I was just concentrating on what I was doing, banging the fence and running as hard as I could. As I've gotten more comfortable in the Crown cars, I worry as much, or more, about what other guys are doing behind me and make sure to get to the rubber before somebody drives by."

At the drop of the green, Jerry Coons, Jr. was the dominant figure, climbing to the top spot from his outside front row starting position to lead the first 10 circuits before 2016 "Sumar" winner C.J. Leary went topside to ride by the USAC Triple Crown champ on the lap 11 restart.

Leary rode into the western Indiana sunset with the advantage until lap 36 when Grant caught Leary in lapped traffic and outlasted him down the back straightaway in a side-by-side battle similar to the duels at the adjacent Action Dragway before sliding back up to the berm where he would stand pat until nearly three-quarters of the event were in the books.

On lap 70, Shane Cottle dueled with Grant as the two swapped the top spot four times over the span of a lap and a half. Cottle was credited with leading the lap before each exchanged their race-leading surge. Grant made the ultimate, lasting move, ducking down to the inside of Cottle off turn two to recapture the lead.

"(Shane) and I were both running hard," Grant recalled. "He was on a harder compound tire than I was, so he could abuse his car a bit more. I was trying to keep my track position, but not burn my tire up doing it. Right before he slid past me and got into Kody, the team made the call that we needed to let him go because we weren't going to make it to the end racing like that."

By lap 77, Swanson, the 2014 "Sumar" winner who was relegated to the 18th starting position following an engine change prior to qualifying, was in position to pounce for the lead, ringing around the outside of both Cottle and Grant in a single move between turns three and four.

On the 84th lap, the now third-running Cottle took a chance on a two-for-one deal entering the third turn. In one fell swoop, Cottle breezed by Grant on the inside, then pulled along the inside of Swanson on the inner guardrail. The two touched wheels, sending both into 360-degree spin-cycles. Cottle's race came to an end backwards near the outside wall while Swanson managed to continue, albeit with a flat left rear tire, forcing him to make a pit stop for new rubber and restart from the tail of the field.

"My spotter, Chris (Wheeler), let me know that Swanson was back to P2 and that, whatever we had left, we needed to use it now. We saved everything as best we could up to that point. When he gave me the call, that's when we went." - Justin Grant (Gene Crucean Photo)

Once racing resumed, Grant set off toward a comfortable margin with a lead of nearly three seconds while Swanson mounted a valiant charge to the front, threading the needle to slip past Tyler Courtney with seven laps to go for third in turn three, then motoring past Leary with an outside pass a lap later. With Swanson's charge, the message was sent forth to Grant that this was no time to dawdle, this was 'go time.'

"My spotter, Chris (Wheeler), let me know that Swanson was back to P2 and that, whatever we had left, we needed to use it now," Grant exclaimed. "We saved everything as best we could up to that point. When he gave me the call, that's when we went."

It's a chess game trying to save, yet be fast throughout a 100-lap race on the dirt that, on this day, included variables such as the sun setting early on in the race and the ever-changing track conditions throughout the event.

"On a rubber down racetrack, you're slowing yourself down to not kill the tires," Grant continued. "If you wear a tire out, you won't make it to the end. You're trying to go as fast as you can without using the tire up. You have to get yourself to the end, then you can go as fast as you can. You hope you have enough tire left to run the last ten (laps) hard and not have a whole lot of concern with it."

The interval between Grant and Swanson was rapidly closing in the final laps as lapped traffic loomed. It's one thing to navigate your way through gridlock with ease and another to catch them at exactly the right spot without interruption to your rhythm, which Grant executed with the precision of an X-Acto knife as he encountered the lapped cars of Neil Shepherd and Mike Haggenbottom in turn one.

"You have to catch them right," Grant said point blank. "You don't want to waste any time and you can't let them break your momentum because somebody like Kody behind you will capitalize. You try to get through them as fast as you can and not let them break your stride and hope the guys behind you get caught up a little bit with them."

"I figured if I got caught behind them in (turns) one and two, I was going to be pretty well toast or, at least, allow Kody a good shot at it," Grant admitted. "I knew I needed to get by them there. I wasn't real sure where they were going to go, though. I thought about splitting them and staying in the rubber, but the inside car kind of moved up a little bit. Fortunately, I had enough of a run to where I was able to get down in the dust and get by them."

Grant flawlessly finished out the final lap to take his second career Silver Crown win by 1.33 seconds over KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Kody Swanson and pole sitter Tyler Courtney, who charged all the way from 22nd after an early race spin. Chris Windom was fourth after jumping into Bill Rose's car following mechanical trouble in his regular Gene Nolen Racing ride while Leary rounded out the top-five.

Grant continued the streak of a new "Sumar Classic" winner each year since 1999 with the victory and assumes the series point lead, holding the tiebreaker over Swanson heading into Friday's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Kody Swanson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Kyle Robbins (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chris Windom (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 29, 2018 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-22.990; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-23.004; 3. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-23.068; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-23.359; 5. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-23.521; 6. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-23.583; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-23.764; 8. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-23.825; 9. Coleman Gulick, 114, Scorpion-23.844; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-24.026; 11. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-24.167; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-24.219; 13. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-24.289; 14. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-24.420; 15. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-24.443; 16. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-24.516; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-24.555; 18. Neil Shepherd, 04, Shepherd-24.611; 19. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-24.919; 20. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-25.085; 21. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-25.192; 22. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-25.384; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-25.451; 24. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-25.460; 25. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-25.487; 26. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-25.597; 27. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-25.789; 28. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-NT; 29. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (15 laps, top-8 transfer) 1. David Byrne, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Kyle Robbins, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Joe Liguori, 6. Matt Goodnight,7. Neil Shepherd, 8. Mike Haggenbottom, 9. Austin Nemire, 10. Chris Dyson, 11. Korey Weyant, 12. Chris Fetter. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps - starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Kody Swanson (18), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Chris Windom (13), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Shane Cockrum (7), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 8. Joe Liguori (21), 9. Johnny Petrozelle (12), 10. Neil Shepherd (23), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (24), 12. Austin Nemire (25), 13. Kyle Robbins (19), 14. Shane Cottle (8), 15. Jacob Wilson (10), 16. Casey Shuman (11), 17. Steve Buckwalter (20), 18. Aaron Pierce (6), 19. Travis Welpott (14), 20. David Byrne (17), 21. Joss Moffatt (16), 22. Matt Goodnight (22), 23. Coleman Gulick (9), 24. Austin Mundie (15), 25. Brady Bacon (5). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Coons, Laps 11-35 Leary, Laps 36-69 Grant, Lap 70 Cottle, Laps 71-76 Grant, Laps 77-83 Swanson, Laps 84-100 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Kody Swanson (18th to 2nd).

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Robbins

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-137, 2-Swanson-137, 3-Windom-110, 4-Coons-81, 5-Welpott-80, 6-Byrne-75, 7-Nemire-72, 8-Bobby Santos, 9-Pierce-70, 10-Goodnight-67.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: May 4 - Toledo, Ohio - Toledo Speedway - "Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic"

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RUTHERFORD STARS IN SANTA MARIA SPRINT MAIN

Santa Maria, CA........Troy Rutherford of Ojai, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint race at Santa Maria Raceway, leading the final 16 laps after passing Tristan Guardino on lap 15. Austin Liggett took second ahead of Guardino, Steve Hix and Trent Carter. Liggett leads the series standings into a May 12 race at Hanford, Calif.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.329; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.341; 3. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.553; 4. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.633; 5. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.633; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.734; 7. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.848; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.853; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.854; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.915; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-16.017; 12. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-16.021; 13. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.114; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.149; 15. Matt Mitchell, 12, Dale-16.170; 16. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.217; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.424; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.645; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.294; 20. Patrick Frisco, 10, Frisco-NT; 21. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Timmons, 3. Linson, 4. Carter, 5. Bock, 6. Mayhew, 7. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. McQueen, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Frisco, 7. Barnes. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Liggett, 3. Hix, 4. Shaw, 5. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Steve Hix, 5. Trent Carter, 6. Jordan Linson, 7. Koen Shaw, 8. Austin Ervine, 9. Hannah Mayhew, 10. Ryan Stolz, 11. James Herrera, 12. Kevin Barnes, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Danny Faria Jr., 16. Brandon Wiley, 17. Britton Bock, 18. Patrick Frisco, 19. Ryan Timmons. NT
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**Faria flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rutherford, Laps 10-14 Guardino, Laps 15-30 Rutherford

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (19th to 8th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Liggett-206, 2-Hix-181, 3-Guardino-180, 4-Shaw-166, 5-Richard Vander Weerd-156, 6-Faria-153, 7-McQueen-150, 8-Wiley-140, 9-Jace Vander Weerd-137, 10-Timmons-135.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 12 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

IT'S A TRI-STATE TRIUMPH FOR THOMAS
AT THE SPRING SHOWDOWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Recently, it seems when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars come to Tri-State Speedway, Kevin Thomas, Jr. finds himself in the mix at the front.

On two occasions last year, he was involved in last lap battles on the quarter-mile paperclip - one of which went his way and one that did not.

On Saturday night, the wave went KTJ's way once again as he surged to the lead through the tight crevice between the outside wall and C.J. Leary's right-side wheels exiting turn four with four laps remaining to win the "Spring Showdown," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

The Cullman, Alabama driver has found his groove in Haubstadt in recent times, winning his second consecutive USAC race there and fourth overall dating back to 2013. But it's more than just simply being fast at this tricky joint. So many things can occur in the snap of a finger. You have to be on your toes, yet you have to keep your cool to put yourself in a position to win, which Thomas has been a natural at when it comes to Tri-State Speedway.

"Sometimes it's hard for me to do, but you have to be as patient as possible here," Thomas admitted. "Even right there at the beginning, I fell back a little bit. You get to racing with others, you fall back and you're not on the aggressive side. I just started picking them off; (Justin) Grant and I had a good race midway through the feature. We're sliding each other back and forth and that's fun, but whenever you're doing that, people are steadily driving away. Once we got cleared, we kind of had the seas part for us."

From the start, though, it was Kody Swanson who controlled much of the first half of the event, leading the opening 12 laps as Leary frisked the three-time USAC Silver Crown champ repeatedly. Leary had the middle line working, poking ahead of Swanson momentarily on each end of the track, but not enough to complete the pass on Swanson who carried the high-side momentum downhill off turns two and four to maintain the advantage.

On the 13th lap, as the leaders were mired in heavy lapped traffic, Leary's tireless work paid off handsomely as he slid up across the nose of Swanson's ride off turn four to complete the pass and possess the lead.

Two laps later, Swanson and Friday night Bloomington winner Dave Darland were engaged in a grapple for second. The two banged wheels, allowing Thomas and Logan Seavey to be the beneficiaries as they capitalized and moved past both to rotate into the second and third positions, respectively.

"I think it's beneficial as many times we've run here throughout the year because this track does different things," Thomas said. "Last year, we had a track similar to this and got really, really tight. We looked at our notebook, went back on that and freed our car up a little bit. Even though we were still tight, we were way freer than what we were. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

"When Dave and Kody got together, they split wide open and we went through both of them and got to second," Thomas recalled. "Lapped traffic is a key here too. You can't miss a step. As soon as the leader gets clear, he's going to pick up the pace quite a bit. If you're stuck three or four cars back, you can end up about a straightaway behind. You have to watch yourself really closely there and you have to make stuff happen. Once we got to second, I had to be the aggressor. Running second for a while tonight allowed me to move around a little bit. Tonight was one of those nights when running second was better."

Leary was indeed clear on the restart with 12 laps remaining. With a clear track ahead and lapped cars separating he and second-running Thomas, the advantage was all his. Yet, Thomas made quick work, clearing the traffic, but still remained a second-and-a-half back from Leary.

Following a Donny Brackett back straightway spin with six laps remaining, Thomas threw a series of curveballs, sliders and spitballs at Leary to no avail as Leary clung to the spot by the quick of his nails until Aric Gentry's car went up in a ball of flame and smoke to bring out the final yellow with four laps to go, forcing one final restart. Thomas acted a student on the previous restart, taking notes for the final exam he would have one more opportunity to ace on the lap 27 restart.

"I was watching C.J. in front of me, seeing where I could gain ground and where I couldn't," Thomas said. "I could gain ground in (turns) one and two and I'd lose it all in (turns) three and four. We were pretty tight, so I just couldn't figure out how to get through three and four without the nose pushing a little bit. I just spent a few laps working on my line in that corner, and then once I figured it out, luckily, we had a caution."

With Leary maintaining his midline route, Thomas stuck his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy on the high-line and, at the exit of turn four, emerged with the lead, squeaking by Leary without much room to spare on either side. Thomas would pull away in the final laps to win his first race for the famed Hoffman team by just a tick under a full second over Leary, Seavey, Darland and Grant.

"We were able to put it up top there," Thomas explained. "There wasn't as much grip up there, but it was better for me because we were really tight. I got up there in the crumbs a little bit and freed the car up, but I was still able to keep my momentum going. I think that move is all it took right there because he was every bit as fast as us. I was talking to him right after the feature he said that one of the spokes on his steering wheel ended up breaking after contact with another driver. That's crazy to be able to do as good as he did with the equipment breaking like that."

One night following a disastrous slip from 6th to 19th place in just two corners after jumping the turn three curb during the feature at Bloomington, Thomas found his mojo once again, but this time he did it by doing things a bit differently, equaling the same result as his most recent Tri-State trip.

"I think it's beneficial as many times we've run here throughout the year because this track does different things," Thomas said. "Last year, we had a track similar to this and got really, really tight. We looked at our notebook, went back on that and freed our car up a little bit. Even though we were still tight, we were way freer than what we were. This place is small and tight, but if you can't keep your momentum up and can't keep the front wheels on the ground, it's a tough place to get around. Honestly, I still struggle with that until probably the last five laps of the feature. It was just a few little notes that helped us out tonight and a few little adjustments here and there. I'm just glad to bounce back after running off the track last night!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Kellen Conover (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Brandon Mattox (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chris Windom (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.252; 2. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-13.333; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.385; 4. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.552; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.778; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.570; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.879; 8. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-14.068; 9. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.077; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.086; 11. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.131; 12. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-14.143; 13. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.145; 14. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.253; 15. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.258; 16. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.266; 17. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.267; 18. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.286; 19. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.292; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.355; 21. Stevie Sussex, 04, Burton-14.368; 22. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.423; 23. Joe Stornetta, 44, Pace-14.466; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.474; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.548; 26. James Lyerla, 11, JL-14.553; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-14.743; 28. Kellen Conover, 5K, Schmidt-14.796; 29. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.983; 30. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-20.727; 31. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Windom, 3. Gentry, 4. Sussex, 5. Cummins, 6. Mattox, 7. Ambrose, 8. Brackett. 2:20.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Short, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Seavey, 6. Lyerla, 7. Wallace, 8. Perrott. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Swanson, 4. Stornetta, 5. Boespflug, 6. Karraker, 7. Petrozelle, 8. Shelton. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Schnapf, 4. Chapple, 5. Conover, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Williams. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Mattox, 3. Brackett, 4. Cummins, 5. Ambrose, 6. Karraker, 7. Conover, 8. Wallace, 9. Petrozelle, 10. T. Thomas, 11. Shelton, 12. Boespflug, 13. Perrott, 14. Lyerla. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Logan Seavey (7), 4. Dave Darland (4), 5. Justin Grant (2), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Robert Ballou (20), 8. Kody Swanson (1), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Chase Stockon (14), 11. Joe Stornetta (19), 12. Tyler Courtney (15), 13. Brandon Mattox (21), 14. Brady Bacon (18), 15. Donny Brackett (9), 16. Stephen Schnapf (12), 17. Isaac Chapple (16), 18. Kyle Cummins (8), 19. Collin Ambrose (22), 20. Aric Gentry (13), 21. Brian Karraker (11), 22. Tyler Thomas (23), 23. Stevie Sussex (17). NT
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**Williams flipped during the fourth heat. Cummins flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Swanson, Laps 13-26 Leary, Laps 27-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (20th to 7th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kellen Conover

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brandon Mattox

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chris Windom

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-356, 2-K. Thomas-351, 3-Leary-328, 4-Courtney-306, 5-Darland-305, 6-Stockon-278, 7-Grant-273, 8-Seavey-271, 9-Ballou-266, 10-Boespflug-261.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 5 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

MIHOCKO EARNS 1ST SOUTHWEST SPRINT WIN AT SAN TAN VALLEY

San Tan Valley, AZ........Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz. scored his initial Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint feature victory Saturday, leading the final two laps of the 30-lap race at Arizona Speedway. Series point leader Charles Davis Jr. finished second ahead of Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey and Andy Reinbold. The series returns to Arizona Speedway May 19.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Bruce St. James (#1AZ Trussel), 6. Austin Kuehl (#11T Kuehl), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Zach Madrid (#34Z Grau), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreria (#21 Perreira), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 4. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Matt Lundy, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Rick Shuman, 11. Joe Scheopner, 12. Tyler Adams, 13. Chris Bonneau, 14. Austin Kuehl, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Jonas Reynolds, 17. Zach Madrid, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Tyler Most, 20. Daylin Perreira. NT ---------------------------- **Kuehl, Reynolds, St.James, and Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Madrid, Laps 2-7 Pelkey, Laps 8-28 Davis, Laps 29-30 Mihocko.

HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (20th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-384, 2-Mihocko-335, 3-Martin-302, 4-Curtis-283, 5-Pelkey-271, 6-Lundy-270, 7-Gile-250, 8-R.J. Johnson-240, 9-Adams-188, 10-Bonneau-174.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 19 - San Tan Valley, Arizona -Arizona Speedway

 

 

FACCINTO TOPS SANTA MARIA MIDGET FIELD

Santa Maria, CA........Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget race (presented by CBD Living Water) at Santa Maria Raceway. He passed Frankie Guerrini on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Cory Elliott, series point leader Alex Schutte, fast qualifier Robby Josett and defending series champ Ronnie Gardner. The series now gears up for a June 16 race at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:April 28, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-14.786; 2. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-14.920; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.008; 4. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.178; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-15.308; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.363; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.387; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.501; 9. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-15.513; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 14D, Dalby-15.717; 11. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-15.746; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.819; 13. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.912; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.946; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.059; 16. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.114; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.187; 18. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-16.245; 19. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.947; 20. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT; 21. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT; 22. Koen Shaw, 2D, Neverlift-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Faccinto, 3. Gardner, 4. Josett, 5. Ito, 6. Beilman, 7. Mitchell. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ruston, 4. Drollinger, 5. Pankratz, 6. Bock. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. McQueen, 3. Elliott, 4. Cofer, 5. Dalby, 6. Sarna, 7. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Cory Elliott, 3. Alex Schutte, 4. Robby Josett, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. David Prickett, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Clayton Ruston, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. C.J. Sarna, 14. Dylan Ito, 15. Kyle Beilman, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Marvin Mitchell, 18. Ryan Bernal, 19. Ron Hazelton, 20. Koen Shaw, 21. Britton Bock. NT ----------------------- **Sarna flipped during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Guerrini, Laps 12-30 Faccinto.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Cory Elliott (9th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Schutte-151, 2-Elliott-146, 3-McQueen-136, 4-Gardner-124, 5-Dalby-118, 6-Ruston-114, 7-Faccinto-112, 8-Josett-111. 9-Guerrini-108, 10-Cofer-95.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE: June 16 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

RAIN CLAIMS DOMINION RACEWAY SPEED2 FEATURE

Spotsylvania, VA........Rain forced cancellation of Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget feature race following qualifications. Neal Allison was the fastest qualifier. The series now gears up for a May 12 race at Shenandoah, Va. Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2018 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway- "DR Bike Attack"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.428; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.461; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.618; 4. Dameron Taylor, 8, Radical-15.704; 5. Johnny Bridges, 9, Lamb-15.734; 6. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.114; 7. Payton Ferree, 28, Radical-17.518.

FEATURE: (35 laps) RAINED OUT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-225, 2-Neal Allison-212; 3-NOLAN Allison-210, 4-Taylor-189, 5-Epie-170, 6-Sam Hatfield-138, 7-Bridges-81, 8-Jake Garcia-74, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Connor Gross-55.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: May 12 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 27, 2018 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tyler Thomas. 17GP, Dutcher-10.954; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-11.085; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.179; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.238; 5. Jeff Bland Jr., 18w, Waltz-11.240; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-11.252; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-11.281; 8. Stevie Sussex, 04, Burton-11.290; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.291; 10. Joe Stornetta, Jr., 44, Pace-11.355; 11. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.437; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-11.454; 13. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-11.489; 14. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-11.498; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.543; 16. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-11.553; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.560; 18. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-11.585; 19. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-11.596; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.605; 21. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.823; 22. Jerry Coons Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-11.848; 23. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-11.851; 24. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.905; 25. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-11.906; 26. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-12.037; 27. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-12.353; 28. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Jackson, 4. Stockon, 5. Bland, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Williams. 1:57.74

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Cummins, 2. Boespflug, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. Stornetta. 6. Swanson, 7. Petrozelle, 1:57.38

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Bilbee, 3. Leary, 4. Kinser, 5. VanGilder, 6. Rogers, 7. Grant. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Underwood, 3. Chapple, 4. Windom, 5. Sussex, 6. Seavey, 7. Schnapf. 2:02.42

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Stornetta, 3. Bland, 4. Seavey, 5. Grant, 6. Sussex, 7. Swanson, 8. Rogers, 9. Williams, 10. VanGilder, 11. Petrozelle. 2:38.40

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (2), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Logan Seavey (15), 4. Chad Boespflug (3), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Jeff Bland Jr. (8), 7. Chase Stockon (1), 8. Brady Bacon (13), 9. Joe Stornetta (10), 10. Tyler Courtney (12), 11. Justin Grant (14), 12. Tyler Thomas (7), 13. Jordan Kinser (11), 14. Kyle Cummins (17), 15. Nick Bilbee (18), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 17. Robert Ballou (16), 18. Isaac Chapple (19), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 20. Lee Underwood (22), 21. Stevie Sussex (9), 22. Kody Swanson (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (20). NT ---------------------------- **Jackson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Stockon, Laps 2-6 Darland, Laps 7-12 Stockon, Laps 13-30 Darland.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (15th to 3rd)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kody Swanson

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jordan Kinser

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-294, 2-K.Thomas Jr.-269, 3-Courtney-260, 4-Boespflug-251, 5-Leary-247, 6-Darland-233, 7-Stockon-227, 8-Cummins-215, 9-Grant-210, 10-Ballou-207.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 28 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown"

 

 

LIGUORI SIGNS IN AS 30TH ENTRY FOR
SUNDAY'S "SUMAR CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Joe Liguori has signed in to become the 30th driver to enter this Sunday's "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race at the Terre Haute Action Track.

The Tampa, Florida native has two previous starts in his "Sumar Classic" career, including a 10th place run in 2014 and a 12th place finish in 2017. The Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown veteran is amongst a crop of 30 car/driver combinations for the 18th running of the event which includes past "Sumar" winners Chris Windom, the reigning race winner, of Canton, Ill., who continued a streak of different "Sumar" winners that dates back to 1999. Among the other additional winners are C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. (2016), Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. (2015) and Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. (2014).

Swanson has won three of the last four Silver Crown titles and is aiming for an unprecedented fourth this year with the DePalma Motorsports team. Windom was the lone driver to halt the streak in 2016 and then opened up the 2017 season with a "Sumar" score last April with team owner Gene Kazmark, whose car was flawless during the 100-lapper to score the dominant win. This year, Windom finds himself in new scenery with the Gene Nolen Racing team as a teammate to USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.

Among the remainder of the entries includes past Silver Crown Series race winners Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind., David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc. as well as previous USAC National Sprint Car and Midget feature winners who are seeking their first career Silver Crown victories Sunday are Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, Crawfordsville, Indiana's Jacob Wilson, Royersford, Pennsylvania's Steve Buckwalter and Plainfield, Indiana's Bill Rose.

Veterans Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio, Coleman Gulick of Binghamton, N.Y., Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. and Chris Fetter of Troy, Mo. are among the veterans returning to the lineup while past Silver Crown Rookies of the Year Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. (2004), Casey Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. (2016) and Columbus, Indiana's Joss Moffatt (2017) will be joined by this year's new crop of Rookies that includes Warsaw, Indiana's Neil Shepherd, Denton, North Carolina's Johnny Petrozelle, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Dave Berkheimer, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind., Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind., Austin Mundie of Dallas, Texas, Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Pa. and the versatile Chris Dyson from Pleasant Valley, N.Y., a two-time American LeMans Series champ, a veteran of the 24 Hours of LeMans and a Trans Am winner at Road Atlanta earlier this year.

The "Sumar Classic," debuted with Donnie Beechler's 1995 score, but the the first ever Silver Crown event held at Terre Haute was in 1980 when Gary Bettenhausen drove the Delrose-Holt Racing machine to the victory.

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 2pm. An open pit party will take place from 2-3pm. Silver Crown cars hit the track for hot laps beginning at 4pm.

The pit party is free for everyone purchasing a ticket for the race. The pit area will be open from 2-3pm, allowing fans up-close and personal access to the drivers and cars of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series. You can also watch and listen to USAC's pre-race show, "The Lowdown Before It Goes Down" LIVE from the pit area.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-sumar-classic-at-terre-haute. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 11 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss the love coverage or would like to watch the full event, you can catch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

"SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
114 COLEMAN GULICK/Binghamton, NY (Team Scorpion)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

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Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 25, 2018… This Saturday, April 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade the Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “5th Annual Central Arizona College Night” will be the second of seven appearances at the fast 3/8-mile oval. Paying $1,750-to-win, the fifth point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Lady Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

To date, Arizona Speedway has held thirty-three USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin topped the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson earned his seventeenth San Tan Valley victory on March 17th. A complete series win list at Arizona Speedway is at the end of this release.

After winning the April 14th “Cotton Classic” at Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has taken over the points lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has two feature wins, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will be looking to earn his 23rd career series win.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko nearly won the “Cotton Classic” and took second at the checkered flags. To date, “The Bull” has posted two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four top-10 finishes, and four feature laps led on the season. Tye will have his sights on his first main event win at Arizona Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The pilot of Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman skipped Casa Grande to race with the USAC/CRA 410s in California. At press time, the five-time champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led on the year. The second generation driver leads the series with fifty-three victories and will be looking to claim the $1,750 payday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the championship points. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin finished sixth at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Magic Man” will have his sights on his sixth triumph this Saturday night.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis placed tenth at the “Cotton Classic.” As this writing goes to press, the young driver has four top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the season. Michael will be looking to earn his first series win at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Josh Pelkey, Dennis Gile, Tyler Adams, Chris Bonneau, Larry Kesterson, Sterling Cling, Tyler Most, Daylin Perreira, Andy Reinbold, Colton Maroney, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
17-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-305, 2. Tye Mihocko-260, 3. R.J. Johnson-240, 4. Mike Martin-236, 5. Michael Curtis-231, 6. Matt Lundy-209, 7. Josh Pelkey-200, 8. Dennis Gile-196, 9. Tyler Adams-145, 10. Stevie Sussex-139, 11. Chris Bonneau-123, 12. Larry Kesterson-112, 13. Sterling Cling-106, 14. Tyler Most-101, 15. Daylin Perreira-92, 16. Andy Reinbold-86, 17. Jake Swanson-78, 18. Jason McDougal-76, 19. Colton Maroney-73, 20. Mason Keefer-69.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SPEED2 MIDGETS IN INDIANA, ILLINOIS & VIRGINIA THIS WEEK

Indiana, Illinois and Virginia all host USAC Speed2 Midget events this week as the Midwest Thunder Series debuts and the IMRA and Eastern series compete.

All races are this Saturday, April 28, with the Midwest Thunder event at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway, the Engler IMRA Midgets visiting Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. and the Eastern Midgets heading for Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania, Va. Point leaders entering Saturday's races are Chase McDermand (IMRA) and Jessica Bean (Eastern), while Aaron Leffel was the 2017 Midwest Thunder champ.

Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. scored her ninth and 10th career USAC feature victories last weekend, winning the Eastern races at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, S.C. Friday and Hickory (N.C.) Speedway Saturday.

In Friday night's 35-lapper at Anderson, Johnny Bridges led the first 19 laps and finished second. Bean led the final 16 laps for the win. Neal Allison, fast qualifier Sam Hatfield and Nolan Allison rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

Bean led the final 19 laps at Hickory after passing Dameron Taylor on lap 17. Sam Hatfield was second ahead of Taylor at the finish, followed by Nolan Allison and Jordan Empie.

Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 30 laps of Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at the Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Toni Breidinger finished second ahead of Blake Brannon, Joey Iest and Elvis Rankin. The series resumes May 5 in the "Vukovich Classic" at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway.

Chase McDermand of Springfield, Ill. won Sunday night's 18-lap Engler USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Series opener at Quincy Raceways. Chase led all 18 laps to beat Andy Baugh, Bart Andrews, Mark Billings and Jeff Sparks.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Adam Lemke-244, 2-Blake Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Joey Iest-87, 5-Toni Breidinger-72

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Adam Lemke-244, 2-Blake Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Joey Iest-87, 5-Toni Breidinger-72

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-210, 2-Neal Allison-196, 3-Nolan Allison-196, 4-Dameron Taylor-176, 5-Jordan Empie-159, 6-Sam Hatfield-138, 7-Jake Garcia-74, 8-Johnny Bridges-69, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Connor Gross-55.

ENGLER USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase McDermand-78, 2-Andy Baugh-75, 3-Bart Andrews-71, 4-Mark Billings-66, 5-Jeff Sparks-65, 6-Daltyn England-61, 7-Blake Buchholz-16, 8-Kevin Battefeld-15, 9-Blake Haynes-14.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGET & 360 SPRINT CAR DOUBLEHEADER AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 24, 2018... This Saturday, April 28th, the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will invade the Santa Maria Raceway. Also featuring the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, the second point race will be the first of three appearances at “The West’s Best Short Track.” Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw Karts, and Junior Midgets will join the action packed card. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday's event will be the 36th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995, and a complete series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Santa Maria, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) holds a slim 5-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte won the April 14th feature at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The 2010 champion has seven career victories and will be looking to add Santa Maria to his win list.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon earned Tulare’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed fourth in the feature. This Saturday, the 2012 champion will have her sights on winning the USAC Midget and West Coast 360 sprint car main events.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving a new family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy CS9, Elliott raced from ninth to third at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The 2015 Rookie of the Year won at Santa Maria last August and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Liggett earned Tulare’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from thirteenth. The 2012 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first Western Midget triumph.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) ranks fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby claimed fifth in Tulare’s 25-lap main event. Robert will be looking to earn his first series win this Saturday night.

Currently twentieth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ronnie Gardner, Frankie Guerrini, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, Dylan Ito, Maria Cofer, Matt Mitchell, Ron Hazelton, Robby Josett, Bryan Drollinger, Michael Faccinto, David Prickett, Britton Bock, and more.

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

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER 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.

SANTA MARIA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS:
6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-79, 2. Shannon McQueen-74, 3. Cory Elliott-72, 4. Austin Liggett-71, 5. Robert Dalby-65, 6. Ronnie Gardner-60, -. Frankie Guerrini-60, 8. Clayton Ruston-57, 9. Marvin Mitchell-46, --. C.J. Sarna-46, 11. Dylan Ito-45, 12. Maria Cofer-43, --. Matt Mitchell-43, 14. Ryan Bernal-42, 15. Ron Hazelton-40, 16. Robby Josett-39, 17. Bryan Drollinger-32, --. Michael Faccinto-32, 19. David Prickett-31, 20. Kyle Beilman-30

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:

 

 

SANTA MARIA HOSTS USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINTS & WESTERN MIDGETS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 24, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will clash at Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, April 28th. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the third point race will be the first of four appearances at “The West’s Best Short Track.” The action packed card will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw Karts, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-three West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

After running second to Brody Roa at Hanford on April 7th, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) leads the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and two top-10 finishes on the season. The 2011 Champion ranks second on the series win list and will be looking for his twentieth victory.

Richard’s twin brother Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored a fourth place finish at Hanford on April 7th. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd has eight career West Coast wins and will have his sights on another Santa Maria triumph.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett claimed eleventh at the Kings County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish and 28 feature laps led on the season. Austin has five career feature wins and will be looking to add a Santa Maria victory to his resume.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast 360 point chase. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria placed seventeenth at Hanford after a flip ended his night. With one top-10 finish, the two-time (2013, 2015) champion will have his sights on earning his eleventh career main event win.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast standings. Driving his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix finished sixth in the April 7th main event. With one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit, Steve will be looking for his first victory at Santa Maria.

Currently eleventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Dalton Hill (Madera, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, Shannon McQueen, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Brandon Wiley, Jake Swanson, Ryan Stolz, Trent Carter, Johnathon Henry, Kevin Barnes, “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, and more.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dennis Gile.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races)
5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-156, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-137, 3. Austin Liggett-131, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-112, 5. Steve Hix-110, 6. Koen Shaw-109, -. Shannon McQueen-109, 8. Tristan Guardino-108, 9. Ryan Timmons-103, 10. Brandon Wiley-102, 11. Britton Bock-96, 12. Ryan Bernal-80, 13. Brody Roa-77, 14. Jake Swanson-74, 15. Ryan Stolz-67, 16. Austin Ervine-64, 17. Trent Carter-41, 18. Hobie Conway-38, 19. Johnathon Henry-37, 20. Kevin Barnes-36.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

GARDNER TOPS PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2018...After securing the lead from Jake Swanson on lap sixteen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) won last Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” at Perris Auto Speedway. The 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was Gardner’s second triumph of the season and the 77th of his career. Fast qualifier Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. chased “The Demon” to the checkered flags.

Starting fifth, Gardner took command from polesitter “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on the fourth lap. Looking for his third “Sokola Shootout” win, “The Demon” faced changing track conditions and briefly lost the lead to Swanson at the halfway mark. Gardner reclaimed the top spot and soon faced challenges from Swanson and Roa. As several caution and red flags halted the action, Damion had great restarts and powered to the win as Roa and Swanson battled for second.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner qualified second out of twenty-five racers and won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Heading to the May 5th Ventura show, Gardner leads the standings by 16 points with two feature wins, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) stormed from sixth to a second place finish in the “Sokola Shootout.” Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa earned his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Cody Williams in his heat race. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion is second in the point chase with three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) led the fifteenth lap and placed third in the Perris Auto Speedway feature. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson was third quick in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The defending USAC West Coast 360 Champion ranks third in the point chase with one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) started tenth to score fourth in the “Sokola Shootout.” Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified eleventh overall and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Champion sits twelfth in points with one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the year.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) returned to Perris Auto Speedway and claimed fifth in the main event. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis was fifth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion ranks sixth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) returned to Perris and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Driving the family owned #5T Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko qualified twenty-first and ran third in his heat race. To date, “The Bull” is sixteenth in the standings with one top-10 finish.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was sixteenth quick in time trials and finished twelfth in the “Sokola Shootout.” The 2008 National Non-Wing Co-Rookie of the Year ranks fifth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the season.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) won the night’s 12-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi qualified tenth overall, finished fifth in his heat race, and scored eleventh in the main event. The 2014 Western World Champion sits ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish in the campaign.

On Saturday, May 5th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the VRA Dwarf Cars and California Lightning Sprints will share the card. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.378; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.571; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.799; 4. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.844; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.918; 6. Jason McDougal, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.966; 7. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.975; 8. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.989; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.214; 10. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.219; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.269; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.277; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.290; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.375; 15. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.395; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.424; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.430; 18. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.566; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.600; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-17.645; 21. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.660; 22. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.938; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.002; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.678; 25. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.976.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. L.Williams, 5. Rossi, 6. A.Williams, 7. T.Williams, 8. Marshall, 9. Johnson. 2:57.12

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Davis, 4. Sheridan, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Waitman, 8. Sweeney. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Adams, 3. Bender, 4. McCarthy, 5. McDougal, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne, 8. Smith. 3:01.09

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. McDougal, 3. Mihocko, 4. Waitman, 5. A.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7. T.Williams, 8. Stewart, 9. Smith, 10. Rayborne, 11. Marshall, 12. Sweeney, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Brody Roa (6th), 3. Jake Swanson (4th), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (10th), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 6. Max Adams (13th), 7. R.J. Johnson (23rd), 8. Tye Mihocko (19th), 9. Matt Stewart (18th), 10. Chris Gansen (15th), 11. Matt Rossi (9th), 12. Cody Williams (14th), 13. Logan Williams (3rd), 14. A.J. Bender (8th), 15. Joel Rayborne (22nd), 16. Tommy Malcolm (12th), 17. Austin Williams (17th), 18. Jason McDougal (7th), 19. Randy Waitman (21st), 20. Cal Smith (16th), 21. Trent Williams (20th), 22. Danny Sheridan (1st), 23. Matt McCarthy (11th). NT
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**Sheridan flipped on lap 4 of the feature. A.Williams, McDougal, Malcolm, and Bender flipped on lap 19 of the feature.
**R.J. Johnson used a provisional.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Sheridan, Laps 4-14 Gardner, Lap 15 Swanson, Laps 16-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (19th to 8th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-237, 2. Brody Roa-221, 3. Jake Swanson-212, 4. R.J. Johnson-164, 5. Cody Williams-154, 6. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 7. Logan Williams-132, 8. A.J. Bender-128, 9. Matt Rossi-126, 10. Austin Williams-119, 11. Max Adams-117, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 13. Tommy Malcolm-109, 14. Matt McCarthy-108, 15. Chris Gansen-106, 16. Tye Mihocko-91, 17. Austin Liggett-79, --. Richard Vander Weerd-79, 19. Chad Boespflug-69, 20. Stevie Sussex-58.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

TIME TO GET DIRTY! SILVER CROWN BACK ON THE DIRT SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........When a new season beckons, a number of new driver/team combos come to the forefront to make a splash on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series scene, which begins this Sunday, April 29, at the Terre Haute Action Track with the "Sumar Classic."

Just one year ago, it was the new combination of driver Chris Windom and team owner Gene Kazmark who stole the spotlight in their debut together at Terre Haute. For 2018, Windom once again finds himself in a similar realm, taking on a new endeavor, but with an experienced team. There's no other team that has been more of a consistent front runner over the past two-plus decades than Gene Nolen's team. With USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. from Tucson, Ariz. as a teammate, you couldn't ask for a better one-two punch than Nolen has in his familiar yellow cars this season.

Windom signed up for a full season campaign with Nolen, whose cars captured the 1998 and 2002 "Sumar" with driver Tony Elliott. Windom, the 2016 series driver champ from Canton, Ill. is one of four past "Sumar" winners in this year's field for the 18th running of the event, including three-time series champ Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. (2014), Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. (2015) and Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary (2016).

A handful of drivers have reached the peak of victory in a Silver Crown car, but not yet at Terre Haute. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney scored the victory in the most recent dirt race in September's "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway. Ione, California's Justin Grant and Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle have gotten the job done at each of the Illinois miles - Grant at Springfield in 2017 and Cottle at Du Quoin in 2007. David Byrne's lone win came on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in 2014, but the Shullsburg, Wisconsin driver has shown continuous improvement on the dirt and could be a contender come Sunday.

Brady Bacon heads a list of USAC National feature winners in Sprints and Midgets who are striving to break through for their first win in the Silver Crown Series. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon is a two-time National Sprint champ who's making his first series start for the Klatt Enterprises team. Past "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" Salem (Ind.) Speedway Sprint Car winner Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind. returns to action after being sidelined by injury since last August. Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa. has been a standout in wing sprint cars and midgets over the years, collecting an Indiana Midget Week victory at Gas City I-69 Speedway in 2010. Two-time USAC Sprint Car winner Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind. has a plethora of laps throughout the years at the Terre Haute Action Track, coming oh-so-close to victory on multiple occasions.

Past HPD Midget champ Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio is back for a full-season run in his Nemire-Lesko Racing ride. Binghamton, New York's Coleman Gulick returns to the series for the first time since 2012. Terre Haute Action Track veterans Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. and Troy, Missouri's Chris Fetter make the trek back to Terre Haute in their self-owned machines.

Past Silver Crown Rookies of the Year Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. (2004), Casey Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. (2016) and Columbus, Indiana's Joss Moffatt (2017) will be joined by this year's new crop of Rookies. Warsaw, Indiana's Neil Shepherd, Denton, North Carolina's Johnny Petrozelle, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Dave Berkheimer and Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. each possess past Silver Crown experience at Terre Haute.

Meanwhile, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins and Pendleton, Indiana's have extensive experience under their belt on the Terre Haute half-mile in sprints and midgets, but this will be their first foray into gassing up a Silver Crown on the dirt after each made their debut on the pavement earlier this month at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Perhaps the most versatile background of any one driver in this year's Rookie class is Pleasant Valley, New York's Chris Dyson, the two-time American LeMans Series champion and three-time 24 Hours of LeMans competitor who recently finished as the runner-up at the 12 Hours of Sebring in a Trans Am competition, has made a handful of starts with USAC in midgets and sprints over the last few years, mainly on the west coast.

Austin Mundie of Dallas, Texas and Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Pa. come to Silver Crown racing from similar backgrounds in wing sprint car racing. Mundie comes from the 305 and 360 sprint car ranks, cutting his teeth at legendary venues such as Devil's Bowl Speedway. Haggenbottom is hardly a Rookie when it comes to seat time, but he arrives in the Silver Crown Series with an impressive resume that includes a URC Sprint Car title, a stint in ARCA and five Tri-State Racesaver Series championships.

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 2pm. An open pit party will take place from 2-3pm. Silver Crown cars hit the track for hot laps beginning at 4pm.

The pit party is free for everyone purchasing a ticket for the race. The pit area will be open from 2-3pm, allowing fans up-close and personal access to the drivers and cars of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series. You can also watch and listen to USAC's pre-race show, "The Lowdown Before It Goes Down" LIVE from the pit area.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-sumar-classic-at-terre-haute. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 11 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss the love coverage or would like to watch the full event, you can catch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

"SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Leary Racing)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
114 COLEMAN GULICK/Binghamton, NY (Team Scorpion)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER HITS THE HOOSIER STATE THIS FRIDAY-SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

After a tumultuous month of inactivity brought upon by Mother Nature, the teams of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship are champing at the bit to get their season back on track this weekend with a doubleheader of action in southern Indiana, Friday, April 27, at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, April 28, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. not only leads the series standings heading into the weekend, he was also the lone driver to win at both Bloomington and Haubstadt a year ago. In fact, the Cullman, Ala. driver is the only expected entrant for this weekend's events who has multiple wins at both venues. Additionally, Thomas was victorious at Bloomington in 2012 for his very first career series win. In 2013, Thomas won a pair of features at Tri-State.

His Dynamics, Inc. team has found a fortune of success over the years at both places, with three wins at Bloomington in 2005 with Tracy Hines, 2008 with Jerry Coons, Jr. and just last year with Chad Boespflug, who outdueled Chris Windom in an incredible, see-saw battle during the final laps. At Tri-State, Dynamics, Inc. has made it to victory lane with Tracy Hines in 2002 and Brady Bacon in 2015.

Reigning series champion Windom is the only other expected driver for this weekend's races besides Thomas to capture victories at both tracks. The Canton, Ill. native nailed down a "W" at Tri-State last Spring and was tops at Bloomington back in 2011.

Tyler Courtney and Clauson Marshall Newman Racing have been a staple of the post-race victory lane photos in the early part of the 2018 USAC season, with two National Sprint Car victories at Ocala in February and a National Midget win in the "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway a little over a week ago. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver notched his first Bloomington win during "Indiana Midget Week" last June. With Tim Clauson on the wrenches, a No. 7 has made it to Bloomington victory lane twice with Bryan Clauson in 2009 and 2015.

Past Bloomington USAC Sprint winners hoping to redo the deed this Friday night on the quarter-mile of red clay include 2016 Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp of Avon, Ind., 2007 and 2013 winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. as well as Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2008.

Local hero Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Ind. has won at Tri-State in each of the past two seasons and is always a top-threat at the quarter-mile paperclip in Haubstadt. Chase Stockon of nearby Fort Branch, Ind. picked up the season-opener in Ocala and is a past Haubstadt "Spring Showdown" winner in 2016. Carson Short of Marion, Ill. has been consistently fast everywhere he's been and Tri-State is the home of his lone USAC victory back in 2016. Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC champ from Rocklin, Calif. snared the honors at Tri-State during the summer of 2014.

At Bloomington, cars hit the track at 6:30pm (Eastern). Adult general admission tickets are $20, children 12 and under are FREE and pit passes are $30. If you can't make it to the track in person, watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

At Tri-State, pits open at 3:30pm (Central) while the grandstands open at 4:30pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm. Adult tickets are $25, students age 13-18 are $20 and children 12 and under are FREE!

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BRIGHT SHINES IN LAST-LAP BAPS EASTERN MIDGET WIN

York Haven, PA........Alex Bright of Royersford, Pa. scored a thrilling last-lap victory in Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Eastern Midget race at BAPS Motor Speedway, passing Adam Pierson on the final lap for the win. Pierson took second ahead of Tommy Kunsman Jr., Ryan Wilson and Shawn Jackson. The series continues May 18 at Pottsville, Pa.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - BAPS Motor Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 2. Adam Pierson (#74 Mancini), 3. Reed Salony (#22R Salony), 4. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 5. Lee Nardelli (#85 Nardelli), 6. Robert Spino (#46x Johnson), 7. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling), 8. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 9. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21k Kunsman), 3. Mark Lowery (#3U Woodland), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7s Jackson), 5. Ryan Wilson (#29 Wilson), 6. Mike Meyers (#10m Meyers), 7. Steve Craig (#55 Craig), 8. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 9. Johnny Smith (#4s Smith). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jason Rice (#57 Rice).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 4. Ryan Wilson, 5. Shawn Jackson, 6. Mark Lowery, 7. Mike Myers, 8. Johnny Smith, 9. Steve Craig, 10. Andrew Layser, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Reed Salony, 13. Josh Heckman, 14. Brett Conkling. NT ---------------------------- **Miller, Smith and Nardelli all flipped during the first heat. Salony flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Pierson, Lap 20 Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kunsman-267, 2-Jackson-238, 3-Meyers-210, 4-Layser-202, 5-Miller-188, 6-Greth-185, 7-Nardelli-181, 8-Pierson-166, 9-Bright-140, 10-Daniel Robinson-122.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway - "Red, White & Blue Autos Night"

 

 


 

LEMKE LEADS ALL BUT ONE AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but the first lap of Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tony Breidinger led the opening lap and finished second ahead of Blake Brannon, Joey Iest and Elvis Rankin.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.509; 2. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.509; 3. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.726; 4. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.043; 5. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-16.328.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Elvis Rankin. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Breidinger, Laps 2-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-244, 2-Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Iest-87, 5-Breidinger-72

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-244, 2-Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Iest-87, 5-Breidinger-72

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE: May 5 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

 

THE DEMON WINS PERRIS' "SOKOLA CLASSIC"

Perris, CA........Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. grabbed Saturday night's 30-lap "Sokola Classic" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. He got by Jake Swanson on lap 16 and led the final half of the race to beat fast qualifier Brody Roa, Swanson, Danny Faria Jr. and Charles Davis Jr. Danny Sheridan led the first three laps of the race but flipped on lap four.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.378; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.571; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.799; 4. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.844; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.918; 6. Jason McDougal, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.966; 7. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.975; 8. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.989; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.214; 10. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.219; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.269; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.277; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.290; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.375; 15. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.395; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.424; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.430; 18. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.566; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.600; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-17.645; 21. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.660; 22. Trent Williams, 52V, 17.938; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.002; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.678; 25. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.976.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. L.Williams, 5. Rossi, 6. A.Williams, 7. T.Williams, 8. Marshall, 9. Johnson. 2:57.12

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Davis, 4. Sheridan, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Waitman, 8. Sweeney. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Adams, 3. Bender, 4. McCarthy, 5. McDougal, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne, 8. Smith. 3:01.09

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. McDougal, 3. Mihocko, 4. Waitman, 5. A.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7. T.Williams, 8. Stewart, 9. Smith, 10. Rayborne, 11. Marshall, 12. Sweeney, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Matt Stewart, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Logan Williams, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Tommy Malcolm, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jason McDougal, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Randy Waitman, 20. Cal Smith, 21. Trent Williams, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Matt McCarthy. NT --------------------------- **Sheridan flipped on lap 4 of the feature. A.Williams, McDougal, Malcolm, and Bender flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Sheridan, Laps 4-14 Gardner, Lap 15 Swanson, Laps 16-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (19th to 8th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-237, 2-Roa-221, 3-Swanson-208, 4-Johnson-164, 5-C.Williams-154, 6-Davis-133, 7-L.Williams-132, 8-Bender-128, 9-Rossi-126, 10-.Williams-121.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 5- Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

CARROLL WINS CREEK COUNTY WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA 25-LAPPER

Sapulpa, OK........Craig Carroll of Collinsville, Okla. won Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. He led the final 23 laps after passing David McDuffee on lap three. Zach Chappell, Kyle Clark, Michael Day and Alex DeCamp rounded out the "top-five." The series continues May 11 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 2. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffee), 3. Ricky Crawford (#11C Crawford), 4. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 5. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 6. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn), 7. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 8. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 3. Michael Day (#2 Day), 4. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 5. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Matt Cash (#22x Cash), 8. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Wood Jr. (28 Holloway), 2. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 3. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 4. Zach Chappell (#50Z Chappell), 5. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 6. James Shoun (#62 Shoun), 7. G.L. Lowman (#54 Scribner), 8. Jaiden Hughes (#222 Hughes). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 2. Ryan Dean (#79 Dean), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Casey Bierman (#5B Bierman), 5. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey). (Bailey Hughes (#777 Hughes - disqualified) NT

B FEATURE #1: (10 laps) 1. Laden, 2. Wills, 3. Wilson, 4. Hagin, 5. J.Hughes, 6. B.Hughes, 7. Harvey, 8. Moore, 9. Lowman. NT

B FEATURE #2: (10 laps) 1. Dunn, 2. Tyre, 3. Wresche, 4. Shawn, 5. Weaver, 6. Bierman, 7. Cash, 8. Noah Harris (#20H Lewis). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Craig Carroll, 2. Zach Chappell, 3. Kyle Clark, 4. Michael Day, 5. Alex DeCamp, 6. Brett Wilson, 7. Michael Tyre II, 8. Casey Wills, 9. David Stephenson, 10. Johnny Kent, 11. Danny Smith, 12. Cameron Hagin, 13. Cody Jarvis, 14. David McDuffee, 15. Joe Wood Jr., 16. Justin Dunn, 17. Dillon Laden, 18. Ricky Crawford, 19. Kevin Cummings, 20. Grant Wresche, 21. Ryan Dean. NT ------------------------------------------ **Harvey flipped during the first B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 McDuffee, Laps 3-25 Carrroll.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-272, 2-Carroll-260, 3-Clark-254, 4-Smith-250, 5-J.Kent-245, 6-Tyre-232, 7-Wood-230, 8-Hagin-222, 9-Wills-214, 10-McDuffee-194.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 11 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway - "Ladies Night"

 

 

USAC WIN #9 FOR BEAN AT ANDERSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Williamston, SC........Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. scored her ninth career USAC feature victory in Friday night's 35-lap Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Anderson Motor Speedway. Johnny Bridges led the first 19 laps and finished second while Bean led the final 16 laps for the win. Neal Allison, fast qualifier Sam Hatfield and Nolan Allison rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 9, Lamb-15.443; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.475; 3. .778; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.615; 4. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.778; 5. Johnny Bridges, 28, Lewis-15.845; 6. Dameron Taylor, 8, Radical-15.858; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.931; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.878.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Johnny Bridges, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Dameron Taylor. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Bridges, Laps 20-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Neal Allison-136, 2-Bean-134, 3-Nolan Allison-132, 4-Taylor-110, 5-Empie-101, 6-Jake Garcia-74, 7-Bridges-69, 8-Hatfield-67, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Gross-55.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 21 - Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway

 

 

DAVIS SCORES VICTORY AT CASA GRANDE’S COTTON CLASSIC
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018... Slipping by “The Bull” Tye Mihocko on the last lap, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) won last Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” at Central Arizona Speedway. For Davis, the 30-lap triumph was his second $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Mihocko, Jason McDougal, Josh Pelkey, and hard charger Chris Bonneau rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, “Chargin” Charles started on the pole position and led the first 25 circuits. Looking to rebound from a wild flip at Canyon on March 31st, “The Bull” raced from sixth and grabbed the top spot from Davis. Mihocko had his first series win in his sights, but it was not to be on this night. Davis powered by the young driver and earned his 23rd career SouthWest victory.

Earlier in the program, “Chargin” Charles ran second to Mihocko in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. With R.J. Johnson racing in California with USAC/CRA, Davis has taken over the point lead with on heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) led four laps and had a heartbreaking second at the “Cotton Classic.” Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko won the third 8-lap heat race and earned his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the eighteen car field. At press time, “The Bull” is second in the point chase with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) made his USAC SouthWest debut and finished third at Casa Grande. Driving Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, McDougal won the night’s first heat race and ranked third in the night’s passing points. The young driver left Central Arizona Speedway placed eighteenth in the point chase.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) claimed fourth in the Central Arizona Speedway feature. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes RSS, Pelkey ran second to Matt Lundy in his heat race and placed second in the night’s passing points. The former ASCA Champion is currently seventh in points with three top-10 finishes on the year.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from eleventh. Driving his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales Triple X, Bonneau finished third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points. The veteran driver left the Pinal County Fairgrounds sitting eleventh in the standings with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) claimed victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy was fourth in passing points and finished seventh in the “Cotton Classic.” To date, Matt ranks sixth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes on the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 28th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The fifth point race will also will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, Bomber Stocks, and Lady Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Lealand Fuller (#3X Fuller), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Kyle Shipley (#4 Shipley), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 2. Tye Mihocko (6th), 3. Jason McDougal (4th), 4. Josh Pelkey (5th), 5. Chris Bonneau (11th), 6. Mike Martin (2nd), 7. Matt Lundy (3rd), 8. Ronnie Clark (10th), 9. Dennis Gile (7th), 10. Michael Curtis (13th), 11. Kyle Shipley (14th), 12. Daylin Perreira (12th), 13. Asa Kesterson (8th), 14. Tyler Adams (15th), 15. Tyler Most (17th), 16. Larry Kesterson (16th), 17. Lealand Fuller (9th), 18. Wayne Siddle (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Davis, Laps 26-29 Mihocko, Lap 30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Chris Bonneau (11th to 5th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-305, 2. Tye Mihocko-260, 3. R.J. Johnson-240, 4. Mike Martin-236, 5. Michael Curtis-231, 6. Matt Lundy-209, 7. Josh Pelkey-200, 8. Dennis Gile-196, 9. Tyler Adams-145, 10. Stevie Sussex-139, 11. Chris Bonneau-123, 12. Larry Kesterson-112, 13. Sterling Cling-106, 14. Tyler Most-101, 15. Daylin Perreira-92, 16. Andy Reinbold-86, 17. Jake Swanson-78, 18. Jason McDougal-76, 19. Colton Maroney-73, 20. Mason Keefer-69.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SCHUTTE TOPS TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018… Taking command after mechanical woes sidelined Ryan Bernal, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored last Saturday’s victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. With the $1,200 Light Up the World USAC Western States Midget presented by CBD Living Water win, the 2010 Champion leads to point chase heading to Santa Maria. Hard charger Austin Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Shannon McQueen, and Robert Dalby followed Schutte to the checkered flags.

Before capturing the seventh win of his career, Alex Schutte qualified fourth out of twenty entries and won the 8-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Starting seventh, the pilot of the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike inherited the lead on the ninth lap. From there, Alex held off all challengers as several caution flags and attrition forced officials to shorten the main event.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from thirteenth. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Liggett was thirteenth fast in time trials and placed fifth in his heat race. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion would later win the companion USAC/CRA feature and left Tulare ranked fourth in midget points.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) debuted a new chassis at Tulare and finished third after starting ninth. Racing the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy CS9, Elliott qualified seventh overall and won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is third in the point chase heading to Santa Maria.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after starting sixth. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Cory Elliott in her heat race. At press time, the 2012 Champion is second in the point standings.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) had a solid night at Tulare and finished fifth in the 25-lap main event. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby was eleventh quick in time trials and ran second to Clayton Ruston in his heat race. Entering the second point race, Robert is currently fifth in the chase for the championship.

Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Racing the CR Motorsports #7R S&J Service Incorporated / Alumin-Art Powder Coating Spike, Ruston qualified eighth overall and finished eighth in the main event. The young driver left the Tulare County Fairgrounds sitting eighth in points.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water are back in action on Saturday, April 28th, at Santa Maria Raceway. The second point race will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw Karts, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.091; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.294; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-16.371; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-16.516; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-16.688; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.701; 8. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-16.731; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.734; 10. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-16.839; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.904; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.905; 13. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.959; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-17.021; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-17.135; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-17.268; 17. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-17.340; 18. Ron Hazleton, 15, Hazelton-17.954; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.954; 20. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Liggett, 6. Drollinger, 7. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. Dalby, 3. Matt.Mitchell, 4. Sarna, 5. Faccinto, 6. Beilman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Bernal, 3. Prickett, 4. Gardner, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Alex Schutte (7th), 2. Austin Liggett (13th), 3. Cory Elliott (9th), 4. Shannon McQueen (6th), 5. Robert Dalby (5th), 6. Ronnie Gardner (12th), 7. Frankie Guerrini (10th), 8. Clayton Ruston (8th), 9. Marvin Mitchell (20th), 10. Dylan Ito (19th), 11. C.J. Sarna (11th), 12. Maria Cofer (15th), 13. Ron Hazelton (18th), 14. Matt Mitchell (2nd), 15. Robby Josett (3rd), 16. Ryan Bernal (4th), 17. Bryan Drollinger (16th), 18. Kyle Beilman (17th), 19. David Prickett (1st), 20. Michael Faccinto (14th). NT
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**Faccinto flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-25 Schutte.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (13th to 2nd)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-79, 2. Shannon McQueen-74, 3. Cory Elliott-72, 4. Austin Liggett-71, 5. Robert Dalby-65, 6. Ronnie Gardner-60, -. Frankie Guerrini-60, 8. Clayton Ruston-57, 9. Marvin Mitchell-46, --. C.J. Sarna-46, 11. Dylan Ito-45, 12. Maria Cofer-43, --. Matt Mitchell-43, 14. Ryan Bernal-42, 15. Ron Hazelton-40, 16. Robby Josett-39, 17. Bryan Drollinger-32, --. Michael Faccinto-32, 19. David Prickett-31, 20. Kyle Beilman-30

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DREVICKI WIRE-TO-WIRE IN DELAWARE EAST COAST SPRINT OPENER

Delmar, Del........Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. led all 25 laps to win Wednesday night's "Battle of the Bay Race 1" inaugural USAC East Coast Sprint race at Delaware International Speedway. Eddie Strada took the runner-up spot, ahead of Mark Bitner, Ryan Godown and Joey Biasi. Drevicki and Bitner won heat races. The series continues May 18 at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 18, 2018 - Delmar, Delaware - Delaware International Speedway - "Battle of the Bay Race 1"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 3. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 4. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 5. J.R. Berry (#74jr Berry), 6. Eric Jennings (#14 Jennings), 7. Thomas Radavoy (#1Q Radavoy), 8. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Kevin Darling (#9D Darling), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Luke Thomas (#9X Darling), 8. Tray Hivner (#7 TH Racing). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Eddie Strada, 3. Mark Bitner, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Chandler Leiby, 8. Kevin Darling, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Eric Jennings, 11. Larry McVay, 12. Luke Thomas, 13. J.R. Berry, 14. Tray Hivner, 15. Thomas Radavoy, 16. Brian Riccio. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Drevicki.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (12th-9th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-78, 2-Strada-74, 3-Bitner-72, 4-Godown-67, 5-Biasi-63, 6-Greth-62, 7-Leiby-57, 8-Darling-53, 9-Quackenbush-49, 10-McVay-47.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway - "Red, White & Blue Autos Night"

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

 

GARDNER LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINTS TO PERRIS FOR “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018... After battling at Tulare, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 21st, at Perris Auto Speedway.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout” is the 205th USAC/CRA “home track” event and will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd earned his second “Sokola Shootout” victory ahead of “The Demon” Damion Gardner, R.J. Johnson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and Brody Roa. The “Sokola Shootout” win list is at the end of this release.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) enters the third point race on top of the standings. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner led seven laps at Tulare before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, “The Demon” has posted one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. The six-time champion has two “Sokola Classic” wins and will be looking to claim his 77th USAC/CRA victory.

After scoring third at Tulare, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has two top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on adding the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the championship standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson earned Tulare’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award” with a fifth place run from twentieth. With two top-10 finishes and 8 feature laps led, last year’s USAC West Coast 360 Champion will be looking to score his second USAC/CRA feature win.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson scored thirteenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has one top-10 finish and will have his sights on his seventh USAC/CRA triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) has risen to fifth in the USAC/CRA standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished sixth in the Tulare main event. With one top-10 finish, the 2008 National Non-Wing Co-Rookie of the Year will be looking to earn his second series victory.

Currently twenty-fifth in points, Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Jason McDougal, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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.

SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS:
2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Liggett.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
43-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-154, 2. Brody Roa-141, 3. Jake Swanson-136, 4. R.J. Johnson-112, 5. Cody Williams-107, 6. Austin Williams-89, 7. Logan Williams-87, 8. A.J. Bender-87, 9. Matt Rossi-81, 10. Matt McCarthy-80, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-79, --. Austin Liggett-79, 13. Tommy Malcolm-72, 14. Chad Boespflug-69, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 16. Chris Gansen-62, 17. Stevie Sussex-58, 18. Max Adams-55, 19. Zack Madrid-54, 20. Isaac Chapple-49, --. Ryan Bernal-49.

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

LIGGETT EARNS FIRST USAC/CRA SPRINT WIN AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 17, 2018... Last Saturday night, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) secured the lead on lap fifteen and powered to his first career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Facing changing track conditions at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, Liggett became the 68th driver to earn a series win and earned $3,000 for his efforts. Fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and hard charger Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Liggett took the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim past Gardner on the second lap. Damion was able to return the favor seven laps later but Austin had other plans. After settling into second, Liggett regrouped and managed to regain the top spot from Gardner at the midway point. >From there, Austin held off a late charge by Vander Weerd to take the checkered flags at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Austin Liggett began his night by qualifying fifth out of twenty racers. The former USAC West Coast 360 Rookie of the Year finished second in his 10-lap heat race to Jace Vander Weerd and is now tied for eleventh in points. Liggett nearly swept the night by charging from thirteenth to second in the companion USAC Western Midget feature.

Starting sixth, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) mounted a late charge but had to settle for second at Tulare. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and took third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast 360 Champion heads to Perris tied with Liggett for eleventh place in the standings.

After winning a Hanford West Coast 360 show a week earlier, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) finished third at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third fast in time trials and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion left Tulare ranked second in the chase for the championship.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) started fifth and took the lead on the first lap. Slipping back, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike regained the top spot for six laps before running fourth at Tulare. This six-time champion qualified second overall and ran third in his heat race. “The Demon” heads to Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” with a 13-point lead.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twentieth. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson flipped in time trials, qualified twentieth, and placed fifth in his heat race. The 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion heads to Perris Auto Speedway ranked third in the point chase.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) returned to USAC/CRA action and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was fourth quick in time trials and finished sixteenth in the main event. The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Champion left Tulare placed twenty-third in the standings.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) won the 10-lap Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2 at Tulare. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified eleventh overall and scored eighteenth in the feature. The 2010 Rookie of the Year enters the “Sokola Shootout” tied for twenty-sixth in points.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) claimed victory in the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Racing the #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Bernal was ninth fast in time trials and claimed eleventh in the feature. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion is currently tied for twentieth in the USAC/CRA standings.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, April 21st, at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Sokola Shootout.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.871; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.991; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.021; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.145; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.220; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.327; 7. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-16.334; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.341; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.369; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.375; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.412; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.434; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.495; 14. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.599; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.661; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.792; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.943; 18. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.976; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.232; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-23.371.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bender, 5. Paulson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Liggett, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. L.Williams, 7. Rossi. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 3. Brody Roa (4th), 4. Damion Gardner (5th), 5. Jake Swanson (20th), 6. Cody Williams (10th), 7. Max Adams (12th), 8. A.J. Bender (13th), 9. Matt Rossi (14th), 10. Logan Williams (8th), 11. Ryan Bernal (9th), 12. Matt McCarthy (15th), 13. R.J. Johnson (18th), 14. Chris Gansen (16th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (19th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (3rd), 17. Austin Williams (17th), 18. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 19. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 20. Gary Paulson (7th). NT
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**Swanson flipped during qualifications. Paulson flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gardner, Laps 2-8 Liggett, Laps 9-14 Gardner, Laps 15-30 Liggett.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (20th to 5th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-154, 2. Brody Roa-141, 3. Jake Swanson-136, 4. R.J. Johnson-112, 5. Cody Williams-107, 6. Austin Williams-89, 7. Logan Williams-87, 8. A.J. Bender-87, 9. Matt Rossi-81, 10. Matt McCarthy-80, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-79, --. Austin Liggett-79, 13. Tommy Malcolm-72, 14. Chad Boespflug-69, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 16. Chris Gansen-62, 17. Stevie Sussex-58, 18. Max Adams-55, 19. Zack Madrid-54, 20. Isaac Chapple-49, --. Ryan Bernal-49.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.



 

 

MOUTH-WATERING MONTPELIER USAC SPRINT RACE RETURNS SATURDAY, APRIL 21

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........It took six decades for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to make their Montpelier Motor Speedway debut. Now, after two successful events in 2016 and 2017 and, following an unforgettable tilt just less than seven months ago, the waiting is over and the anticipations is on as the series makes its return trip to the quarter-mile dirt oval this Saturday, April 21.

In that event last fall, Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary admitted he was content to run third late in the going. However, after a late-race red flag, Leary's newfound spirit saw him split between heavy-hitters Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the back straightaway of the final lap to emerge with a stunning victory.

The two pilots Leary defeated on the unforgettable last-lap are the defending series champ and the driver who has risen to the top of the standings during this early season. Windom, of Canton, Ill, the 2017 series champ, finished third in last year's event and, last Friday, won an unsanctioned sprint race at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Windom trails the standings by eight behind Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. Consistency through the first three events has elevated Thomas to the lead by virtue of 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes. The winningest driver in the series from a year ago looks to get the proverbial rolling this Saturday at Montpelier with the Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, the same team that won the series debut at the track in 2016 with driver Brady Bacon.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., set fast time and captured the feature two years ago on his way to a title season. The two-time USAC Sprint champ recently underwent a change of scenery in the sprint car where he will now take the reins of his own No. 99 after competing in the first three events at Ocala in February for the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports team.

The winningest competitor in USAC thus far in 2018 is Tyler Courtney. The Indianapolis driver won two of those three previously-mentioned Sprint Car contests at Ocala and, just last Friday, picked up the win in a USAC National Midget at the "Kokomo Grand Prix." His lone sprint car appearance at Montpelier netted him a sixth-place finish in 2017, but the track does happen to be the home of his first career USAC National Midget feature win in June of 2017.

Though the records only encompass two events over the last two seasons, no driver has been as consistent as USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland. The Lincoln, Indiana native is the only driver to lead feature laps and finish in the top-five of both Montpelier USAC Sprint appearances. In 2016, Darland led the first 11 laps before finishing third. In 2017, he set a new one-lap track record in qualifying, then led two on his way to a fourth-place result.

Fort Branch, Indiana driver Chase Stockon (7th in points) opened up the season with a victory on the opening night of "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Fla. He finished fifth at Montpelier in 2016. Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins, a runner-up finisher at Montpelier in 2016, lies sixth in points. Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. (8th in points) collected a fifth-place finish a season ago. Californians Chad Boespflug of Hanford (4th in points) and Ione's Justin Grant (9th in points) were victorious in heat race events at Montpelier in 2017.

The timetable for events this Saturday at Montpelier are slightly different than the norm. The front gates open at 3pm. Cars are on track at 5pm. General admission tickets are $20. Kids (12 & Under) are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 each.

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10-RACE EAST COAST SPRINT CAMPAIGN DEBUTS TOMORROW AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The 2018 USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series debuts tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

The first of 10 series races will be followed by events at seven other venues, with Delaware International and Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. hosting two races each. Other venues are Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Bedford (Pa.) Speedway, New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. and Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, which hosts the closer August 25.

It's been nearly a half-century since USAC competed in the "First State," A.J. Foyt captured stock car victories at Dover in 1969 and 1970 and Art Pollard won a National Championship race at Dover in 1969.

Ryan Greth, who won USAC's Eastern Midget crown last year, is one of the drivers expected to compete in this year's Eastern Sprint Car series. Others include Chandler Leiby, who competed in USAC's "Eastern Storm" feature last year at Bechtelsville, Pa., plus Trey Hivner, Kyle Lick and Steve Wilbur, who also participated in last year's "Eastern Storm."

 

 

DAVIS TOPS IN "COTTON CLASSIC" AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, CA........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. scored a spectacular last-lap victory in Saturday night's 30-lap "Cotton Classic" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. Davis led the first 25 laps, then passed Tye Mihocko on the final lap for the win over Mihocko, Jason McDougal, Josh Pelkey and Chris Bonneau/ The series continues April 28 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Cotton Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Lealand Fuller (#3X Fuller), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Kyle Shipley (#4 Shipley), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Ronnie Clark, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Kyle Shipley, 12. Daylin Perreira, 13. Asa Kesterson, 14. Tyler Adams, 15. Tyler Most, 16. Larry Kesterson, 17. Lealand Fuller, 18. Wayne Siddle. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Davis, Laps 26-29 Mihocko, Lap 30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Chris Bonneau (11th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Davis-305, 2-Mihocko-273, 3-R.J. Johnson-240, 4-Martin-236, 5-Curtis-234, 6-Lundy-209, 7-Pelkey-200, 8-Gile-196, 9-Adams-145, 10-Stevie Sussex-123.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 28 - San Tan Valley, Arizona -Arizona Speedway


 

LIGGETT WINS TULARE USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE

Tulare, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. nearly scored a "clean sweep" of Saturday's USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He won the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race after finishing second to Alex Schutte in the 25-lap USAC Western Midget feature. In the USAC/CRA main he led the final 16 laps after passing Damion Gardner on lap 15. Fast Qualifier Richard Vander Weerd took second ahead of Brody Roa, Gardner and Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.871; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.991; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.021; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.145; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.220; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.327; 7. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-16.334; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.341; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.369; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.375; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.412; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.434; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.495; 14. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.599; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.661; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.792; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.943; 18. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.976; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.232; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-23.371.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bender, 5. Paulson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Liggett, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. L.Williams, 7. Rossi. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Matt Rossi, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Gary Paulson. NT

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**Swanson flipped during qualifications. Paulson flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gardner, Laps 2-8 Liggett, Laps 9-14 Gardner, Laps 15-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (20th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-154, 2-Roa-141, 3-Swanson-136, 4-Johnson-112, 5-C.Williams-107, 6-A.Williams-89, 7-L.Williams-87, 8-Bender-87, 9-Rossi-81, 10-McCarthy-75.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: April 21- Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"


 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

SCHUTTE #1 IN TULARE MIDGET FEATURE

Tulare, CA........Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Light Up the World Beverages/CBD Living Water Midget feature at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He passed Ryan Bernal on lap nine and led the rest of the way for the win, beating Austin Liggett, Cory Elliott, Shannon McQueen and Robert Dalby to the finish line.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.091; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.294; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-16.371; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-16.516; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte.McElwee-16.16.688; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.701; 8. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-16.731; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.734; 10. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-16.839; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.904; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.905; 13. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.959; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-17.021; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-17.135; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-17.268; 17. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-17.340; 18. Ron Hazleton, 15, Hazelton-17.954; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.954; 20. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Liggett, 6. Drollinger, 7. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. Dalby, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Sarna, 5. Faccinto, 6. Beilman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Bernal, 3. Prickett, 4. Gardner, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. Clayton Ruston, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Dylan Ito, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Ron Hazelton, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. Robby Josett, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Bryan Drollinger, 18. Kyle Beilman, 19. David Prickett, 20. Michael Faccinto. NT

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**Faccinto flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-25 Schutte

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (13th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Schutte-79, 2-McQueen-74, 3-Elliott-72, 4-Liggett-71, 5-Dalby-65, 6-Gardner-60, 7-Guerrini-60, 8-Ruston-57, 9-Marvin Mitchell-46, 10-Sarna-46.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE: April 28 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

COURTNEY CLAIMS REDEMPTION ON KOKOMO GP NIGHT ONE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Waiting for redemption is a challenge. That's just what Tyler Courtney faced Friday at Kokomo Speedway on night one of the "Kokomo Grand Prix," featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

One month after missing the feature in the season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., Courtney was champing at the bit to return to what everyone has become accustomed to at Kokomo since August of last year by getting back to victory lane.

Courtney overcame an appetizing see-saw battle for the lead with the driver who became the star of Du Quoin last month, Logan Seavey. With one final slider to close the door, an avoidance of lapped traffic mayhem and a late-race restart, Courtney overcame all those obstacles to come through with his fourth-career series win and first of the season. It's a long way, figuratively and literally, from the lonely sideline he stood on in the most recent race.

"It was frustrating having to wait a month," Courtney begins. "You just have to take those nights. Unfortunately, you're going to have those and just hope that everyone else has a night like that at some point, but you have to come back and rebound as best you can. There hasn't been any racing lately, so we couldn't do anything. Our motto is 'you're only as good as your last race,' so you don't want to end on missing the show. "We tried to maximize points tonight, but just came up short in qualifying there. We were really good in the feature and Tim (Clauson) gave me a really good racecar. I think we definitely rebounded and showed that we're still in contention for this thing for the rest of the year."

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., would roll off from the fifth position for the 30-lap feature while, up front, series point leader Seavey motored around the outside of pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. to take the early lead. Seavey would stretch the lead out following a brief challenge from reigning series champ Spencer Bayston until a lap nine red flag for a Dave Darland "Tommy Tipover" in turn four. Darland would restart.

On the ensuing restart, Bayston drew the bow back and the let the arrow fly toward the cushion, sliding up in front of Seavey near the exit of turn two, nearly forcing Seavey into a complete halt, which created an opening for third-running Courtney to enter the fray on the inside and make it three-wide midway down the back straightaway. Seavey rolled through the alley between Courtney and Bayston like an Earl Anthony strike, pinning himself to the top spot as he drifted up to the turn three cushion.

Courtney remained on the bottom as Seavey ripped the top, with Courtney clasping to the advantage by a mere car length at the line at the conclusion of laps 10 and 11. On the 12th circuit, however, Courtney moved up to the middle to slow Seavey's charge, but the impressive series Rookie from Sutter, Calif. looked anything but a Rookie when he stuck it on the cushion, went right for the jugular and reclaimed the lead from Courtney at the exit of turn four.

Instantly, Courtney aimed for the bottom of turn one and threw his slider, briefly taking the lead before Seavey cut back downhill off turn two to take back possession into turn three. Courtney reloaded and aimed for the bottom of turn four to slide back to the front yet again to lead lap 13. Seavey packed the gunpowder and fired another Bullet (by Spike) at Courtney in turn three, sliding all the way up to the cush which left the door open for Courtney to carry the momentum back to the point to pull ahead on the 14th lap.

"This place is all about momentum, so you just have to try and kill his momentum as much as possible. It was tough to do," Courtney explained. "The kid (Seavey) is a tough racer and he's proven that by winning the first race of the year and a POWRi championship last year. He's a smart racer and people have taken note of that. I think it was a deal where a little bit more experience on my part came into play. I kind of knew where to cut his momentum off and where to pick mine back up. We made the right moves at the right time tonight and it worked in our favor."

A lap past halfway, Seavey whacked the turn four wall in pursuit of Courtney. As he gathered up his horse, Chad Boat got by him for second as Courtney extended his lead to a second-and-a-half, although the lead would begin to shrink as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic.

The closest encounter came with five laps remaining as series Rookies Kyle Craker and Chase Jones tangled on the back straight, sending Jones sideways toward the infield grass just as the leaders were arriving on the scene, putting Courtney into a brief scare.

"It was pure pucker factor," Courtney said matter-of-factly. "I thought the 33 (Jones) was going to come right into the side of my right rear and I was going to go for a ride. I just jammed the throttle and squeaked out of there."

Despite the close calls in gridlock, Courtney was hoping for a clean and green run down the stretch.

"I wasn't hoping for a yellow," Courtney admits. "I wanted it to stay green because I thought we were really good through lapped traffic. I know that's where you can win or lose these races. Restarts are definitely tough. Then, to have to restart after the white flag came out, it's a tough deal. You really have to stay focused, hit your marks and make them perfect. These races aren't easy to win. Guys like Chad and Brady are veterans, so they know when to pounce and how to pounce. That's definitely in the back of your mind, but you just have to keep your nose down and do what you've been doing the whole race."

With Courtney seemingly control, the chessboard was reset when 12th running Tyler Thomas stalled atop the turn four cushion just as the white flag was waving, setting up a green-white checkered finish. On the GWC, Boat was able to hang with Courtney, just two car lengths separating the top-two as they crossed under the white. However, Courtney incrementally inched away from Boat on the final go-around to take the victory by a half-second over Boat, Brady Bacon, Bayston and fast qualifier Justin Grant.

With a pair of "Sprint Car Smackdown" wins and a "Kokomo Klash" score to close out 2017 and now a "Kokomo Grand Prix" triumph to begin 2018, Courtney has posted an undefeated mark since August of last year when he's made an appearance at Kokomo. Yet, with the competition as fierce as it is right now, Courtney won't allow himself to get complacent.

"If you get yourself too confident, you kind of get yourself in trouble," Courtney reminded himself. "I think anytime we come to this place, I feel pretty confident that I'm going to do my job to win. I've won with two different teams here now that have given me great cars and that definitely makes my job easier. Every win here is special. It's such a neat place and the O'Connors are great people who do a lot for our sport and put up a lot of our marquee events throughout the year. The best thing we can do to repay him is to put on a show like we did tonight."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway included Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tyler Nelson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2018 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.154; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.168; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.241; 4. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.261; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.274; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 15, Petry/Goff-13.373; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.400; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.402; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.428; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.549; 12. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.550; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.592; 14. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.604; 15. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.612; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 63, Dooling-13.688; 17. Andrew Felker, 7F, Boss-13.689; 18. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.696; 19. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-13.722; 20. Dave Darland, 91D, Thomas-13.770; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.771; 22. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.804; 23. C.J. Leary, 4, TOPP-13.944; 24. Matt Moore, 9, Hergott/RayPro-13.976; 25. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-14.007; 26. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-14.125; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.176; 28. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-14.219; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-14.301; 30. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-14.302; 31. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.487; 32. Bear Wood, 8JR, Wood-15.718; 33. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-19.423; 34. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Seavey, 3. Grant, 4. Felker, 5. Shelton, 6. Walker, 7. Nelson, 8. Mitchell, 9. Windom. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Courtney, 4. Carrick, 5. Craker, 6. Hendricks, 7. Layser, 8. Studley, 9. Bright. 2:16.86

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Bacon, 3. Robinson, 4. Schuett, 5. Leary, 6. Lynch, 7. Johnson, 8. Hettinger. 2:16.86

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Wise, 3. Boat, 4. Bayston, 5. Darland, 6. Jones, 7. Moore, 8. Wood. 2:16.66

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Darland, 3. Bright, 4. Craker, 5. Jones, 6. Lynch, 7. Nelson, 8. Leary, 9. Hendricks, 10. Walker, 11. Moore, 12. Layser, 13. Johnson, 14. Studley, 15. Mitchell, 16. Wood, 17. Hettinger, 18. Windom. 2:46.01

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Chad Boat (8), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Spencer Bayston (3), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Logan Seavey (2), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Ryan Robinson (4), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 11. Holly Shelton (9), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 13. Dave Darland (20), 14. Andrew Felker (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 16. Brayton Lynch (15), 17. Tanner Carrick (10), 18. Kyle Craker (14), 19. Gage Walker (23). 20. Alex Bright (21), 21. Tyler Thomas (11), 22. Chase Jones (22), 23. Kyle Schuett (19), 24. Matt Moore (24). NT ---------------------------- **Moore flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Darland flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Seavey, Laps 10-11 Courtney, Lap 12 Seavey, Laps 13-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tyler Nelson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-131, 2-Grant-128, 3-Wise-126, 4-Boat-125, 5-Robinson-117, 6-Bacon-106, 7-Bayston-100, 8-Courtney-91, 9-K. Thomas Jr.-84, 10-Carrick-75.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 14 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS READY TO RUMBLE AT CASA GRANDE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2018... This Saturday, April 14th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first of four appearances at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Cotton Classic” will also feature Late Models, Winged Power 600 Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 muffler is MANDATORY at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply with the muffler rule risks disqualification from the event.

The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted nine USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and is tied with R.J. Johnson for the series lead with three victories. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings with a seven-point advantage. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson finished second at the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the five-time champion has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 48 feature laps led. R.J. will miss the Casa Grande action to compete with USAC/CRA in Tulare, California.

After winning the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza,” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has taken over second in the point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will be looking to gain valuable points by winning the “Cotton Classic.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko scored fifteenth at Canyon Speedway Park after an early flip ended his night. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and three top-10 finishes. Tye will have his sights on rebounding with a “Cotton Classic” victory.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis finished ninth in the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” At press time, the young driver has three top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael will be looking to earn his first career USAC SouthWest triumph at Central Arizona Speedway.

After scoring fourth in the March 31st feature, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and two top-10 finishes. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on adding the “Cotton Classic” to his resume.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Sterling Cling, Tyler Adams, Andy Reinbold, Larry Kesterson, Colton Maroney, Tyler Most, Jonas Reynolds, Jason McDougal, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows)
3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-240, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-233, 3. Tye Mihocko-192, 4. Michael Curtis-187, 5. Mike Martin-172, 6. Matt Lundy-146, 7. Dennis Gile-144, 8. Josh Pelkey-127, 9. Stevie Sussex-123, 10. Sterling Cling-107, 11. Tyler Adams-106, 12. Andy Reinbold-86, 13. Larry Kesterson-78, --. Jake Swanson-78, 15. Colton Maroney-73, 16. Mason Keefer-69, 17. Tyler Most-65, 18. Zack Madrid-63, 19. Chris Bonneau-59, 20. Landon Cling-56.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS EYE TULARE RETURN
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2018... After a couple of rainouts, the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will head to Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the Saturday, April 14th, season opener will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 Tulare debut and rain washed out last year’s show. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Last November, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) clinched his fifth consecutive championship. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner posted three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led. Ronnie has been searching for a new ride and will be looking for his twenty-third series victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) took second in the 2017 Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini had one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13feature laps on the year. The former BCRA Champion has one career USAC victory and will have his sights on winning at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) scored third in the championship point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett had two heat race victory, one hard charger award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking to add Tulare to his resume.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) finished fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott had one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. The 2015 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on earning a victory at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) placed fifth in the 2017 USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Robert will be looking to earn his first series triumph this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon McQueen, Mason Daniel, Maria Cofer, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Bryan Drollinger, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Adult Tickets are $25 Grandstand and $20 Bleachers, Senior Tickets are $23 Grandstand and $18 Bleachers, Kids (6-12) Tickets are $13 Grandstand and $10 Bleachers, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER 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-S