USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 23, 2016 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-12.782; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.956; 3. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.994; 4. John Gerber, 20w, WHPD-13.206; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-13.340; 6. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-13.379.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Love IV, 3. Paterson, 4. Boscacci, 5. Gerber, 6. A.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. John Gerber, 5. Antonia Boscacci, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Paterson, Laps 3-15 Hazelton.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-953, 2-A.Breidinger-774, 3-Toni Breidinger-716, 4-0Boscacci-630, 5-Hazelton-488, 6-Blake Brannon-406, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 8-Paterson-257, 9-Cody Jessop-212, 10-Adam Lemke-172.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love IV-382, 2-Boscacci-326, 3-Hazelton-323, 4-A.Breidinger-261, 5-Paterson-159, 6-Wally Pankratz145, 7-Toni Breidinger-113, 8-Ariel Biggs-84, 9-Jesse Love III-74, 10-David Prickett-68.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: August 3 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "Ventura County Fair"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 23, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Danny Faria Jr., (#17V Faria), 3. Joe Stornetta Jr. (#3F Finkenbinder), 4. Kyler Shaw (#92 Shaw), 5. Gary Nelson Jr. (#6N Nelson), 6. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 7. Eddie Tafoya (#85 Perkins). NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Michael Faccinto (#81M Watt), 3. Cody Majors (#54 Majors), 4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Chris Dyson (#16K Kruseman), 6. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 7. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Max Adams (#81S Watt), 5. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56 Stolz). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Garris, 2. McQueen, 3. Tafoya (#5X Perkins), 4. Perkins, 5. Macedo, 6. Dyson, 7. Stolz, 8. Sibley. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION POLE SHUFFLE DASH: 1. Ryan Bernal (#56MW Phulps), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Danny Sheridan (#81T Watt), 5. Bud Kaeding (#29 Bowman), 6. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 8. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Max Adams, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kyler Shaw, 14. Kenny Perkins, 15. Danny Sheridan, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Ryan Timmons, 18. Eddie Tafoya, 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Tristan Guardino, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Steven Garris. NT ------------------------------------ **Sibley flipped during the semi. Stornetta flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Roa, Laps 18-30 Rutherford BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Macedo (22nd to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 23 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway - "Boy Scouts of America Night at the Races"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.786; 2. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.820; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.887; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.906; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.965; 6. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.015; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.197; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.199; 9. George Kurtz, 6, Radical-16.212.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Kyle Resco, 6, Sam Hatfield, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. George Kurtz, 9. Chris Lamb. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-755, 2-Nelke-710, 3-Bean-691, 4-Hatfield-688, 5-Kurtz-648, 6-Lamb-607, 7-Allison-492, 8-Parker-490, 9-Famous Rhodes II-436.10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 6 - Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 July 22 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - 3rd "Peter Murphy Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 56MW, Phulps-15.359; 2. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.517; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.672; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.702; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.734; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.785; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.820; 8. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-15.915; 9. Max Adams, 81S, Watt-15.930; 10. Michael Faccinto, 81M, Watt-15.988; 11. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.998; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.007; 13. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.027; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.033; 15. Danny Sheridan, 81T-Watt-16.102; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.231; 17. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-16.261; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.271; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.329; 20. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-16.330; 21. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.342; 22. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.394; 23. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.522; 24. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-16.770; 25. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-17.307; 26. Eddie Tafoya, 85, Perkins-17.468; 27. Malyssa Perkins, 5X, Perkins-17.564; 28. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-NT; 29. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Sussex, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bernal, 3. Macedo, 4. Adams, 5. Nelson, 6. Stolz, 7. Guardino. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Kaeding, 3. Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. McQueen, 6. Sussex, 7. Tafoya. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Sibley, 5. Majors, 6. Garris, 7. M.Perkins. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Roa, 3. Stornetta, 4. Shaw, 5. Timmons, 6. Dyson, 7. K.Perkins. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Timmons 3. Garris, 4. Nelson, 5. McQueen, 6. K.Perkins, 7. Stolz, 8. Tafoya, 9. Dyson, 10. M.Perkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. D.J. Johnson, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Max Adams, 12. Kyler Shaw, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Steven Garris, 18. Joe Stornetta Jr., 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Kenny Perkins, 22. Cody Majors. NT
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**Sussex flipped during the second heat and was transported to a local hospital for observation.. Majors, Macedo, and R.VanderWeerd flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Roa, Laps 10-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Timmons (18th to 13th)

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-637, 2-Johnson-565, 3-J.Vander Weerd-547, 4-R.Vander Weerd-479, 5-Trey Marcham-457, 6-Liggett-444, 7-Adams-427, 8-Faria-425, 9-Guardino-403, 10-Timmons-394.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 23 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - 3rd "Peter Murphy Classic"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 22 - Raleigh, Nortth Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-12.910; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-13.045; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-13.046; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-13.095; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.137; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-13.176; 7. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-13.194; 8. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-13.317; 9. Dillon Spain, 6, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Sam Hatfield, 3. George Kurtz, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Chris Lamb, 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Dillon Spain (#6 Radical), 9. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-687, 2-Nelke-638, 3-Hatfield-633, 4-Bean-621, 5-Kurtz-599, 6-Lamb-555, 7-Parker-438, 8-Rhodes-436, 9-Nolan Allison-430, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 23 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 21, 2016 - Meridian, Idaho - Meridian Speedway - "Pink Lady Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-13.661; 2. Michael Daniels, 87, Daniels-13.731; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-13.774; 4. Tom Paterson, 9w, WHPD-13.913; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-13.947; 6. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-14.689; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-16.978.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Love IV, 4. Boscacci. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Daniels, 2. Paterson, 3. Groat. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Michael Daniels, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Antonia Boscacci, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Chaz Groat,. 7. Annie Breidinger, NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Paterson, Laps 8-25 Daniels.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-887; 2-T.Breidinger-716, 3-A.Breidinger-715, 4-Boscacci-565, 5-Blake Brannon-436, 6-Ashley Hazelton-406, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr,-288, 8-Cody Jessop-212, 9-Paterson-178, 10-Adam Lemke-172.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-603, 2-Love IV-581, 3-A.Breidinger-513, 4-Blake Brannon-436, 5-Boscacci-304, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288; 7-Cody Jessop-212, 8-Adam Lemke-172, 9-Ashley Hazelton-165, 10-Daniels-156.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: July 23 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 21 - Farmer City, Illinois - Farmer City Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 4. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 5. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 6. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 2. Patrick Bruns (#10B Full Throttle), 3. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 4. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Tracy Hull (#24 Hull). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Mitchell Davis, 3. Chett Gehrke, 4. Jeff Mallonee, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Hunter Lane, 7. Gedd Ross, 8. Brent Burrows, 9. Dillon Morley, 10. Chase McDermand, 11. Tracy Hull, 12. Broc Hunnell. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-899, 2-Burrows-725, 3-Morley-695, 4-Jake Sollenberger-681, 5-Davis-649, 6-Andy Baugh-577, 7-Travis Pence-532, 8-McDermand-472, 9-Hunnell-395, 10-Shane Morgan-374.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 22 - Farmer City (IL) Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

 

 

KODY TURNS THE TABLES IN SWANSON BROTHER BATTLE AT "RICH VOGLER/USAC HALL OF FAME CLASSIC"

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Despite winning ten races and a pair of championships over the course of the last two-and-a-half seasons, Kody Swanson consistently played second fiddle to his brother, Tanner, each time the USAC Silver Crown division came to Lucas Oil Raceway.

But on Thursday night, Kody finally became first chair, ending Tanner's stranglehold of the .686-mile paved oval and his run of five wins in the last six races at the track, dominating all 100 laps from the pole in a new (to him) racecar in the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic."

Kody, of Kingsburg, California, hit the track in a different machine than he usually pilots, which also sported different colors. The DePalma Motorsports team recently acquired the former RFMS Motorsports car, driven by A.J. Fike in recent years, after irreparably damaging the primary, familiar white #63 at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.

On this night, though, Kody's car was completely black, except for the red lettering that adorned the nose and tail tank of the machine. "The Man in Black," as Kody would be known throughout the night, was on a rail from the get-go, setting ProSource Fast Qualifying time to earn the pole starting position.

The pomp and circumstance prior to the start of the main event was abundant with 12 new members joining the class of 2016 during a ceremony held on the front straightaway. Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall all joined the immortal list of those who have been enshrined as one of the legends for their contributions to USAC throughout their careers.

After the fifth annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony concluded, it was time to get down to business. At the drop of the green flag, Kody spurted out front to take the advantage on the opening lap. Tanner, who started fourth, was not far behind, taking third from 1999 series champ Ryan Newman after the former Daytona 500 winner slid up and pancaked the wall, but kept on moving, at the exit of turn three on lap four.

On the 17th lap, Tanner got a run on second-place Jerry Coons, Jr., diving to the inside at the entrance of turn three and engaging in a wheel-to-wheel battle through turns three and four before sliding up in front of Coons at the exit of turn four to secure the runner-up spot.

However, by that point, Kody had already built up a half-straightaway lead. Yet, soon came lapped traffic, which entered the fray a quarter of the way into the race. As the leader, Kody knew Tanner was lurking and couldn't be too far behind. His pace could not lessen or Kody would once again have the oh-so-familiar sight of staring directly at the tail tank of the black and yellow 02 of his younger brother as he pulled away into the distance.

Entangled in traffic on lap 24, Kody chose to split the lapped cars of David Bryne and Shane Cottle at the exit of turn two, then slide down below to overtake both Shane Cockrum and Casey Shuman in turn four to maintain his gap over a closing Tanner, who chopped Kody's lead by a half-second.

On a lap 48 restart, after a spin by Patrick Lawson between turns one and two, the field was bunched up and the lead cars were removed from lap traffic. Immediately, it didn't appear to make much of a difference as Kody pulled away from Tanner and the rest of the field once again. With 30 laps to go, Kody had once again rebuilt his lead to a half-straightaway.

A pair of cautions in the late-going couldn't even hinder Kody's dominance, but an Austin Nemire spin with two laps remaining did set up one last green-white-checkered run to the checkered between Kody and Tanner.

As had happened time and time again throughout the night, Kody got a good jump on the restart, pulling away to create a seven-car-length interval between the two by the time the pair had crossed under the white flag.

Kody would not be deterred on the final lap, defeating Tanner by 0.768 seconds, followed by Coons, Bobby Santos, Chris Windom and Newman at the line to finally return to victory lane at Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time since July of 2011 in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Beast/Hampshire Chevy. With the victory, Kody, the two-time, defending series champ, retook the point lead by seven markers over Chris Windom.

"Tanner is the best here; there's no question," Kody said of his younger brother. "People asked me last time about the sibling rivalry, and I told them, 'There isn't a rivalry; I'm 0-for-6. He just beats me.' Tonight, though, we got the better of him. I can't thank this team enough. They just about pulled an all-nighter last night to get this thing together. I have to thank Don Fike too; he gave us a whale of a deal on this car. To win this event is great. To be a part of this series is just great. I've heard stories about Rich (Vogler) and, to win a race in his memory, that's really special to me. It's so neat that his family still supports USAC and the pleasure is mine tonight."

Despite coming up a little short in a solid second-place run, Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson extended his streak of top-two finishes in the Silver Crown Series at Lucas Oil Raceway to seven in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"I could stand here and tell a bunch of lies and say we had a chance, but the fact is he was just better tonight," Tanner acknowledged. "I thought we'd have a shot with another yellow, and then we got another one and had no chance. We've been on the other end of that deal and have had great cars and have been able to capitalize, but tonight, we just missed it. Kody was just hooked up. We could go for about two laps after a restart, but there was no way we could keep the pace he had. I know he wasn't showing us all he had, but I told (car owner) Mike Bowman that, three years ago, this team had never won a Silver Crown race and we would've been ecstatic with second. We'll move on, but if we can't win it, I'm glad Kody did.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. raced to his best career finish at Lucas Oil Raceway Thursday night, garnering a third-place finish in his Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Beast/Tranter Chevy. It also marked the best finish for a Gene Nolen-owned car at LOR since Jim Keeker drove the number 20 to victory in August of 1995.

"My spotter was keeping me aware of where I was," Coons explained. "We've had good cars here and we tried a different setup tonight and were just a little too positive on the right front. You never have a perfect car, but they gave me a good one tonight. I felt like we were better on the long runs than Santos, but he was better on the short ones, so I was a little nervous with all those yellows. I was just hoping we could get through the lap traffic smoothly and, thankfully, we did.

Contingency award winners at Lucas Oil Raceway included Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Casey Shuman (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) Kevin Studley (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.169; 2. Ryan Newman, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.228; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.285; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.298; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.329; 6. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.338; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.404; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.538; 9. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.611; 10. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-21.655; 11. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.780; 12. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-21.865; 13. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.956; 14. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.071; 15. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.175; 16. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT; 17. Kevin Studley, 157, Studley-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tanner Swanson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ryan Newman, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9. Joe Axsom, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Kevin Studley, 14. David Byrne, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Shane Cockrum. 45:52.428 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 K.Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Casey Shuman (15th-11th)

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-385, 2-Windom-378, 3-Grant-324, 4-Coons-300, 5-Cottle-276, 6-Byrne-274, 7-Shuman-262, 8-Nemire-251, 9-T.Swanson-213, 10-Liguori-186.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 13 - Salem (IN) Speedway - Scott County Visitors Commission "Joe James-Pat O'Connor Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

$4,000-TO-WIN “3RD ANNUAL PETER MURPHY CLASSIC” STARTS FRIDAY AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

JULY 20, 2016... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday and Saturday (July 22nd & 23rd) at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Noted as one of the richest dates on the schedule, the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will be capped off by Saturday’s $4,000-to-win and $400-to-start main event. Promoted by Steve Faria, the action packed card will also feature the winged King of the West 410 Sprints and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. A Friday post-race party with live music and food and drinks will be held on the fairgrounds. The cover charge is a donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund which has aided many drivers, including Peter Murphy after injury. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Peter Murphy Classic” will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships ARE MANDATORY and can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing. Membership forms will also be available on raceday.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising extra prize money for the event. The fast qualifier will earn $400 ($300 plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), the hard charger will take home $500, $500 will be awarded to the racer with the longest tow, and $350 will go to the hard luck driver. There will also be a special 4-lap, 4-car “Dash for Cash” with the fastest four qualifiers paying $500 to first, $400 for second, $300 to third, and $200 to fourth. While Friday’s race will pay a regular purse ($1,500-to-win and $225-to-start), Saturday’s winner will earn $4,000, second will pocket $2,000, third will get $1,200, fourth will take home $1,000, and the remaining purse is at the end of this release. In addition, series contingencies (totaling $2,000) will be awarded over both nights.

FORMAT: Friday’s race WILL HAVE the normal format with Woodland Auto Display time trials and the finish will determine Saturday’s lineup. Saturday WILL NOT have time trials and the top-five cars from the Friday main event are locked into an 8-car pole shuffle dash. The finish from the pole shuffle dash will set up the four rows of Saturday’s feature. Championship points on Saturday will only be awarded for the main event. The format for the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” is posted at http://www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter16/16murphy2.jpg.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australia native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Matt Mitchell won the USAC West Coast feature and Aaron Reutzel scored the King of the West triumph.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-one USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and Richard Vander Weerd set a new 1-lap track record of 15.014 on April 23rd. Bernal won the inaugural Peter Murphy Classic in 2014 and Matt Mitchell won last year’s feature. This season, D.J. Johnson has won two Tulare shows and Austin Liggett won the May 14th Chris & Brian Faria Memorial. A complete series win list at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has a 52-point advantage over the competition. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa is the hottest driver on the circuit after winning the last two main events. In addition, the defending Western World 360 Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led. Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid by adding the “Peter Murphy Classic” to his win list.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored eighteenth at Hanford on June 25th. To date, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. D.J. will have his sights on gaining valuable points on Roa by sweeping both nights of the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

After finishing second at Hanford, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had climbed to third in the point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, five top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led on the year. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Craig Stidham for seventh on the series win list and will have his sights on the $4,000 payday.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham was nineteenth in the Hanford main event. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Trey will be looking for his first main event triumph at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fifth in the championship standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored fourth at Hanford after starting tenth. To date, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps to his credit. Vander Weerd is second on the series win list with 18 victories and will have his sights on adding the “Peter Murphy Classic” to his resume.

Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Cody Majors, Kyle Smith, Shannon McQueen, Troy Rutherford, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex, and more.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter 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. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC NON-WING WINNERS: 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Matt Mitchell.

SATURDAY PETER MURPHY CLASSIC PURSE: 1. $4,000; 2. $2,000; 3. $1,200; 4. $1,000; 5. $900; 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $550; 10. $500; 11. $400; 12. $400; 13. $400; 14. $400; 15. $400; 16. $400; 17. $400; 18. $400; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-560, 2. D.J. Johnson-508, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-475, 4. Trey Marcham-457, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-423, 6. Austin Liggett-415, 7. Tristan Guardino-391, 8. Max Adams-381, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-362, 10. Ryan Timmons-354, 11. Jeff Sibley-281, 12. Cody Majors-270, 13. Kyle Smith-252, 14. Kevin Barnes-249, 15. Shannon McQueen-236, 16. Troy Rutherford-216, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 19. Bryan Clauson-137, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic) July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic) August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial) August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

 

 

 

TONY STEWART TO BE INDUCTED INTO USAC HOF; NEWMAN TO RACE THU. AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Tony Stewart, one of the most legendary names in all of auto racing, will be in attendance as he is inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway Thursday, July 21, in conjunction with the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic."

Stewart, of Columbus, Ind., became the first driver ever to claim all three of USAC's National championships in a single season (in 1995) and is one of only six USAC "Triple Crown Champions." He won the 1994 USAC National Midget title, then added the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown honors the next season.

Proficient in virtually every form of motorsports, he has earned three NASCAR Cup championships (2002, 2005 and 2011) and a 1997 Indy Racing League title. He has 27 USAC National Midget wins to his credit, as well as 10 wins in the Sprint cars and three in the Silver Crown series.

A member of the National Midget Hall of Fame (2001), his list of impressive motorsports awards and accolades continues to grow. In five Indianapolis 500 appearances, he started first in 1996, finished fifth from the front row in 1997, was ninth in 1999 and sixth in 2001.

His charitable contributions through his Tony Stewart Foundation are endless. In addition to his USAC driving titles, he also has seven Sprint Car Owner championships as well as seven in the Silver Crown Series as an owner.

Thursday's race honors Vogler, the winningest driver in USAC history and also serves as the backdrop for USAC's fifth Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors a dozen participants from USAC's past. Along with Stewart, Thursday's inductees include (in alphabetical order) Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson and Bob Tattersall.

The ceremony is set to be held at 8pm prior to the Silver Crown main event, which is slated for 8:45pm.

 

USAC CHAMP, NASCAR VET RYAN NEWMAN TO RACE IN USAC'S "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" THURSDAY

South Bend, Indiana's Ryan Newman will be pulling double-duty this weekend. Along with his duties at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Brickyard 400, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion will be competing in the "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the Silver Crown cars on the .686-mile paved oval at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Newman competed in last July's LOR race and finished third after starting on the front row. Like last year, Newman will pilot an entry for Bowman/Armstrong Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of five of USAC's last six Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

Thursday's 100-lap race is the sixth in the 2016 Silver Crown series. C.J. Leary (Terre Haute, Ind.), Kody Swanson (Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis), Chris Windom (Williams Grove, Pa.) and Tanner Swanson (Lucas Oil Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park) have been this year's race winners so far.

Pits open at 2:00pm, grandstands at 4:00, Silver Crown practice at 5:30, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30, the USAC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony begins at 8:00 while the green flag waves for the Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic" 100-lap race at 8:45.

Adult general admission is $25. Advance tickets are available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/track-enterprises.

 

 

ALEX SCHUTTE STORMS TO PETALUMA USAC-BCRA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 19, 2016… Powering past Ronnie Gardner on lap seventeen, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) claimed Saturday’s USAC Western States Midget feature at Petaluma Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association, the $1,000 “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” victory was Schutte’s first win of the campaign. Gardner, Shannon McQueen, Michael Faccinto, and Greg Bragg rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting from the pole position, Ronnie Gardner dominated the early laps at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Looking for his fifth win, Gardner’s progress was stalled by slower traffic and Schutte took advantage. Slipping by Gardner for the top spot, the 2010 Champion managed to shake free from the point leader. Gardner gave chase, but Schutte sailed to his fourth career USAC Western States triumph.

Racing the Schutte/McElwee owned #28 Zito Vault Aero / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Alex Schutte qualified twelfth out of twenty-four racers. Finishing second to Frankie Guerrini in his heat race, Alex also earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run to victory. In limited starts, Schutte left Petaluma ranked sixteenth in points with two top-10 finishes.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) led the first sixteen laps, but had to settle for second in the USAC-BCRA main event. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner was fourth quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The three-time champion enters the schedule break with a 40-point advantage on the strength of four feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night with a third place finish at Petaluma Speedway. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Racing Products / Lucas Oil Spike, the 2012 Champion qualified third overall and placed third in her heat race. McQueen heads to the schedule break ranked twelfth in the point standings.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored fourth at the checkered flags. Racing the MF Motorsports’ owned #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth fast in time trials and ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. The second generation driver is second in the point chase with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the year.

Greg Bragg (Visalia, California) claimed fifth in Petaluma’s “Jack London Hall of Fame Night.” Driving the Dave Thurston owned #11 Bruce Thurston Enterprises Spike, Bragg qualified seventh overall and placed fourth in his heat race.

Dustin Golobic (Fremont, California) earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic ran fifth in his heat race and scored twentieth in the feature after an early exit.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was eleventh quick in time trials and ran seventh in the main event after starting eleventh. Last season’s Rookie of the Year left Petaluma ranked fourth in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) won the night’s 8-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified ninth overall and took sixth in the main event from ninth. Last year’s BCRA Champion sits third in the point chase with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and six top-10 finishes in the campaign

After taking a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action on Saturday, September 3rd, at Calistoga Speedway. The 2-day “Louie Vermeil Classic” at the Napa County Fairgrounds is part of a Northern California swing that includes Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Thursday, September 8th. Also showcasing the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, more event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org, or calling 916.773.7225.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter 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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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:
July 16, 2016 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Rodela-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Alex Schutte (12th), 2. Ronnie Gardner (1st), 3. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 4. Michael Faccinto (5th), 5. Greg Bragg (7th), 6. Frankie Guerrini (9th), 7. Cory Elliott (11th), 8. Courtney Crone (6th), 9. Maria Cofer (18th), 10. Brian Gard (10th), 11. Britton Bock (22nd), 12. Randi Pankratz (14th), 13. Bobby Wilson (23rd), 14. Nick Foster (24th), 15. Taylor Clark (13th), 16. Sparky Howard (15th), 17. Nate Waite (17th), 18. Floyd Alvis (20th), 19. Bill Lindsey (19th), 20. Dustin Golobic (4th), 21. Robert Dalby (8th), 22. Rick Cook (16th), 23. J.R. Williams (21st). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17- 30 Schutte.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Alex Schutte (12th to 1st)

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-486, 2. Michael Faccinto-446, 3. Frankie Guerrini-355, 4. Cory Elliott-326, 5. Cody Swanson-290, 6. Randi Pankratz-287, 7. Tyler Dolacki-279, .. Courtney Crone-279, 9. Maria Cofer-249, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 11. Robert Dalby-231, 12. Shannon McQueen-183, 13. Darren Hagen-163, 14. Terry Nichols-158, 15. Dylan Ito-156, 16. Alex Schutte-145, 17. Robby Josett-125, 18. Troy Rutherford-113, 19. Ashley Hazelton-111, 20. Britton Bock-102.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #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.

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS FOR "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" THURSDAY

Former USAC Silver Crown National Champion Ryan Newman returns to the series Thursday night to compete in the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Newman competed in last year's LOR race and finished third after starting on the front row.

Newman's USAC career at the track includes five victories in Midgets (1997-1999) and one in the Silver Crown machines (1999). He was the 1999 series champion and three years earlier had been named the series "Rookie of the Year." He has two series victories, the last coming in a 1999 race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Newman will pilot an entry for car owner Bowman/Armstrong Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of five of USAC's last six Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

Thursday's race salutes the career of the late Rich Vogler, who amassed more USAC victories than any driver in history

Thursday's 100-lap race is the sixth in the 2016 Silver Crown series. C.J. Leary (Terre Haute, Ind.), Kody Swanson (Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis), Chris Windom (Williams Grove, Pa.) and Tanner Swanson (Lucas Oil Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park) have been this year's race winners so far.

Thursday's event also includes USAC's fifth Hall of Fame induction ceremonies honoring 2016 inductees Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

 

 

"DOUBLE POINTS" VICTORY FOR PIERSON AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........USAC DMA Midget point leader Adam Pierson scored an important "double points" victory in Saturday's "Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial" at Bear Ridge Speedway. The fourth different feature lap leader, he led the final eight laps after passing Ray Miller on lap 18. Sunn finished second ahead of Robert tucker, Dean Christensen and Miller.

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 6. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 7. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 8. Vinny Lucca (#9 Miller), 9. Bob White (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 5. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 6. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 7. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 8. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard), 9. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 10. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Robert Tucker, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Ray Miller, 6. Jeff Horn, 7. Dylan Duhaime, 8. Kenney Johnson, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Adam Whitney, 11. Seth Carlson (#5 Matczak), 12. Tyler Rivard, 13. Tim Gallant, 14. Mark Cole, 15. Manny Dias, 16. Bob White, 17. Amanda Habel, 18. Vinny Lucca. ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Dias, Lap 12 Miller, Laps 13-14 Tucker, Laps 15-17 Miller, Laps 18-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-673, 2-Sunn-655, 3-Christensen-581, 4-Whitney-543, 5-Miller-496, 6-Champagne-485, 7-Tucker-451, 8-Horn-447, 9-Dias-431, 10-Cole-403.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 30 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

STOCKON SEALS THE WIN, BACON THE CHAMP AT TERRE HAUTE ISW FINALE

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Chase Stockon became the seventh different winner on the seventh night of the 29th annual "Indiana Sprint Week" finale Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track. Yet, it was fourth place finisher Brady Bacon who, despite going winless throughout the seven races, used a string of consistent finishes to accumulate enough points to claim his first ISW crown.

Bacon's finishes of 5th, 5th, 7th, 11th, 2nd and 7th in the first six ISW races put him in the catbird seat coming into Sunday night's "Don Smith Classic" feature. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver held a 15-point advantage over defending ISW champ Robert Ballou.

Due to their solid qualifying efforts earlier in the evening, both Bacon and Ballou were in an enviable position at the start of the 30-lap main event. Ballou would roll off third with Bacon directly behind him on the inside of row three.

Ballou was more than a formidable challenge to Bacon evidenced by his prowess on the half-mile dirt oval, picking up victories in the two most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car visits to the "Action Track" at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

But Bacon's mission was clear. Finish in the top-five and the ISW title was all his.

At the start, pole-sitter Chase Stockon gallantly streamed to the lead into turn one, sliding up to the high side as outside front row starter Tyler Courtney skated sideways in the middle of the corner, yet was able to maintain the position as the field shot down the back straightway.

On lap two, the red flag flew for the night's only incident involving Englishman Tom Harris, who took a nasty-looking tumble between turns three and four. He was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney took a run at Stockon for the lead on the bottom of turn one, but was denied, forcing him to fall back into line in the second position at the exit of turn two.

One lap later, third-running Ballou attempted a similar move on Courtney, shooting to the inside guardrail in turn three for second, but wasn't able to make it stick as Courtney motored away to hold steady in the runner-up spot.

Meanwhile, Stockon was gone, checking out on the field for a half-straightaway lead by lap six as the drivers throughout the pack settled into a groove on the high, wide and handsome cushion.

With each position in the top-ten paying three points for every spot gained, points were of utmost importance and Ballou needed his share. Ballou began to erase the separation that was wedged between himself and second-running Courtney on lap 13 as he shadowed "Sunshine" up against the concrete.

Sunday's winner at the Terre Haute Indiana Sprint Week finale: Chase Stockon. (Gene Crucean Photo)

As the two battled for their own supremacy, leader Stockon was now within an arm's reach of Courtney and Ballou as he became hung up on lapped cars on the 14th circuit. Now nose-to-tail and running one, two, three, Stockon felt the pressure intensify as he worked to overtake the lapped car of previous night's Haubstadt winner Carson Short. Two laps later, with Courtney and Ballou just a few footsteps behind, Stockon was able to gain some much-needed breathing room as he slid Short to create a little separation for himself just past the halfway point.

With 11 laps to go, Ballou tried a colossal slider on Courtney for second in turn one. Ballou drifted his way toward the topside in a classic, patented Terre Haute slide job, appearing to pinch Courtney just a tad enough to slow him up. But Courtney never lifted, instead, throttling his way off the exit of turn two while crop dusting western Indiana soil into the Vigo County Fair midway to remain in second.

However, three laps later, Ballou gave it another shot. This time, he made the move on Courtney stick, slipping past the Gas City ISW winner for second. One lap later, with six to go, Bryan Clauson smoked by Courtney for the second position as well, but his stay in the top-three would be short-lived after his right rear tire blew out on lap 25, bringing out the night's final caution and setting up a final six-lap dash for glory.

Stockon, Ballou and Courtney marched single-file at speed up against the cushion, right up next to the wall, on the restart with ISW point leader Brady Bacon behind in a distant fourth, holding stable and unwavering in his steadfast resolve.

Shortly thereafter, Stockon and Ballou broke away from Courtney, creating a two-man, two-car race for the race win.

Three to go, Ballou was closer to Stockon than he'd been all race, prompting Ballou to toss a short-slider at Stockon in turn one that came up short, but Ballou refused to be fazed, staying right with Stockon two to three links back in second.

Though Stockon was just within Ballou's grasp during the final laps, Ballou was never quite close enough to mount a serious challenge to make the winning move. As Stockon gassed his machine sideways off of the final corner with the checkered flag in clean sight, the Fort Branch, Indiana driver had the victory in the bag, his second win at the track in USAC competition and first since 2012, followed to the line by Ballou and Courtney.

Stockon was the seventh driver to win a feature during the unprecedented, historic seven night ISW of 2016, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 2001.

Bacon's fourth place run was the centerpiece at the end of the night after he was able to garner enough valuable points to pocket the ISW title by nine markers over Ballou. In the process, it marked the ninth time the ISW champ won the series without a feature victory, joining Randy Kinser (1988), Gary Trammell (1990), Bob Kinser (1991), Tony Elliott (1999), Levi Jones (2004, 2008 & 2012) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Bacon's title staked the claim for the traditional hand-crafted Bridgeport Rocker that is awarded annually to the ISW champions by longtime supporters John and Terri Youngs of Vincennes, Ind. as well as the $5000 top prize.

"This means a lot," Bacon said proudly after driving the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar to the ISW title. "Anytime you can put an accomplishment like this on your resume, that's pretty special. I'm glad to get another one for the Hoffman's. This is a lot more intense place to end it than some of the other places. We're usually good here and these guys gave me a good enough car that I could make up for some of my mistakes earlier in the week and a good enough car to keep it up front every night.

"You never know what's going to happen at this place," Bacon continued after delivering the Hoffman Auto Racing team its first ISW championship since Dave Darland's one-point victory for the team in 1998. "When Bryan (Clauson) passed me, I was a little nervous, but I thought we were still good enough to get in line and not make any mistakes. I don't think any team had the "Sprint Week" we were wanting, but we got the best of everybody else. The experience of the team helps in that situation because they know not to get too down on themselves. If you can only run 7th or 11th some night, they know to just take what we can get and move on to the next one."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon led wire-to-wire on his way to victory in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher. The win was an emotional one for Stockon whose career was aided by the financial help supplied by the race's namesake: Terre Haute businessman, sponsor and Action Track promoter, Don Smith.

"This is pretty awesome," Stockon exclaimed. "This is the 'Don Smith Classic' and I've wanted to win this one really bad. Once I knew nobody was going to get to me coming to the checkered, I was about in tears. Don Smith has been a big part of my career with First Financial Bank. They helped us out a lot and I think this win means more than any I've ever had. Getting through lapped traffic was tricky, trying to slide across the track and get to the top as quick as possible. I knew Robert would be back there because this is his kind of race track and he's proven time and time again that's he's the car to beat here. I just drove every lap as hard as I could and hoped the car would hang on."

Ballou, of Rocklin, California, finished second in the feature and second in the final ISW points in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott. Many competitors would be satisfied with that result, but for the 2015 USAC National Sprint and ISW titlist, his 2016 ISW experience was a disappointment.

"We just didn't have a very good 'Sprint Week,' Ballou said bluntly. "You have to put complete nights together to win championships and the Hoffmans deserve this the most because they did that the best. We've been off all week and I'm not really sure why. Chase (Stockon) was really good and Tyler Courtney was too. Both of those guys did a great job. I'm happy for the Stockons, but we just missed it a little bit tonight. We were too tight and had to settle for second."

Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney rebounded from two consecutive less-than-stellar nights at Bloomington and Haubstadt after a hot start to his "Sprint Week" to earn a respectable third-place finish in both the race as well as the ISW standings in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy.

'Hats off to my guys," Courtney said. "I tore up that car at Bloomington and all we had up top was our wing car that we run. It had a non-wing front axle in it, but we pulled it out and struggled through the rest of the night. Then, we worked all day in the hot sun at Haubstadt just to get it ready, but they worked their tails off to make this the best non-wing car possible. A third tonight is one of the only things I could do to repay them for all their hard work."

Contingency award winners at the Terre Haute Action Track included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

July 17, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-21.051; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.077; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-21.131; 4. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.192; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.206; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-21.244; 7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-21.398; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.430; 9. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-21.448; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.487; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.503; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 24, Simon-21.558; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.714; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-21.819; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.940; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-22.031; 17. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-22.065; 18. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-22.067; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-22.085; 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-22.138; 21. Carson Short, 21, Short-22.192; 22. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-22.212; 23. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-22.670; 24. Tom Harris, 5E, East-22.672; 25. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-22.758; 26. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-22.920; 27. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-23.035; 28. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-23.667; 29. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-23.724; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-25.021; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 32. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. C.Short, 5. K.Thomas Jr., 6. Mattox, 7. Phillips, 8. S.Thomas. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. McGhee, 6. M.Wissmiller, 7. Rose, 8. Bell. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Mellenberndt, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Chapple, 7. Windom, 8. Farney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Coons, 3. Jarrett, 4. Stockon, 5. Kreisel, 6. Harris. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Farney, 3. Harris, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Kreisel, 6. McGhee, 7. M.Wissmiller, 8. Mattox, 9. Hughes, 10. Rose, 11. Phillips, 12. S.Thomas, 13. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Logan Jarrett, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. Carson Short, 17. Riley Kreisel, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Kevin Thomas, 22. Tom Harris. NT ---------------------------- **Harris flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (18th-8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,937, 2-Ballou-1,771, 3-Stockon-1,725, 4-Meseraull-1,695, 5-Darland-1,575, 6-Boespflug-15.40, 7-Lear-1,528, 8-Windom-1,386, 9-McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,089.

FINAL USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-448, 2-Ballou-439, 3-Courtney-390, 4-Stockon-382, 5-Windom-359, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-340, 7-Boespflug-336, 8-Andretti-327, 9-Coons-295, 10-Kyle Cummins-291.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 29-30 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Ty Tilton (#42 Tilton), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 6. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 8. Jon Watson (#41 Watson), 9. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt), 10. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 11. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 12. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 13 Alex Watson (#3W Watson), 14. Nick Daugherty (#44 Coleman). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Lucius, Laps 12-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-466, 2-Bedwell-382, 3-Lucius-375, 4-A.Watson-342, 5-Bigelow-331, 6-Guingich-298, 7-Taylor-243, 8-Corea-198, 9-J.Watson-185, 10-Hunt-169.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: August 6 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Candy Dash Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. John Springer (#3 Springer), 4. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 7. Jimmy Picardi (#15S Picardi). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 2. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 3. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 4. Ryan Probst (#99 Probst), 5. Daitlyn England (#19E England), 6. Mike Cusack Jr. (#7 Cusack), 7. Austin Archdale (#2A Archdale). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 6. Beau Burnett (#37 Burnett). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. John Springer, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Jeff Mallonee, 7. Shane Morgan, 8. Gedd Ross, 9. Ryan Probst, 10. Tyler Roth, 11. Mitchell Davis, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Austin Archdale, 14. Jake Sollenberger, 15. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 16. Jimmy Picardi, 17. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 18. Todd Baker, 19. Mike Cusack Jr., 20. Daitlyn England, 21. Jack Marion, 22. Beau Burnett. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Morley, Laps 4-20 A.Baugh.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-831, 2-Sollenberger-681, 3-Burrows-672, 4-Morley-646, 5-A.Baugh-577, 6-Davis-577, 7-Travis Pence-532, 8-McDermand-421, 9-Morgan-374, 10-Bart Andrews-361.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACES: July 21-22 - Farmer City (IL) Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

 

CARSON SHORT SCORES FIRST WIN AT TRI-STATE IN USAC's 10,000TH RACE

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Carson Short continued the roll of first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners into victory lane Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, becoming the fourth different driver to pick up his initial career series victory in the first six races of the 29th edition of Indiana Sprint Week.

Short, of Marion, Illinois, joined Tyler Courtney (Gas City I-69 Speedway), Kyle Cummins (Kokomo Speedway) and Brent Beauchamp (Bloomington Speedway) as one of the new names to join the USAC record books.

The run of new winners hasn't been seen in the series since five drivers - Hunter Schuerenberg, Jacob Wilson, Brad Sweet, Brady Bacon and David Cardey - triumphed for the first time during a seven-race stretch late in the 2008 season.

On this night, USAC celebrated its 10,000th sanctioned event since its debut in January of 1956. Starting from the pole position for the 30-lap event on this momentous occasion was the 20-year-old Short, unrelated to Thursday night's winner at Lincoln Park Speedway Brady Short.

Short bolted to the lead in the first turn at the start, sliding up in front of fellow front row starter, Jarett Andretti for the race lead on the opening lap.

As Short began to distance himself from second-running Andretti, Tri-State Speedway favorite Cummins was able to sneak by Andretti for the second spot with a move on the inside of turn two.

Cummins began to run down leader Short by the sixth lap, but a turn four tangle involving Tyler Thomas and Jeff Bland, Jr. would help tighten up the gap between first and second, placing Cummins right on Short's tail tank for the restart.

Both Short and Cummins occupied the middle groove on both ends of the racetrack, setting a blistering pace as both entered lapped traffic.

With ten laps remaining, Short would have to weave his way through a bevy of slower traffic with the Haubstadt master, Kyle Cummins hot on his trail as the laps wound down. With lapped cars running high, low middle and everywhere in between, Short had to be nearly perfect as he worked his way through the nooks and crannies in the back of the field while simultaneously being shadowed and hounded by Cummins.

With just five to go, Short almost saw the race slip through his fingers after getting extremely sideways at the exit of turn four. Short momentarily sliced down on Cummins' inside line, forcing Cummins to back off the throttle, which slowed his momentum as Short regained control and maintained his place atop the leaderboard.

During the final laps, Short hit all of his marks correctly and was able to maneuver around a handful of lapped machines with relative ease to collect not only his first career series victory, but his first ever sprint car win of any kind, in his Indiana Sprint Week debut of 2016 over Cummins and Chase Stockon.

Carson Short, of Marion, Illinois, became the fourth driver in six Indiana Sprint Week races to record his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. (David Nearpass Photo)

Robert Ballou took KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger honors for the second straight night after coming home fourth from his 16th starting position and now trails seventh place finisher Brady Bacon by just 10 points heading into Sunday's ISW finale at the Terre Haute Action Track, a place where he's been victorious in his two most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts.

Meanwhile, Andretti tied his career-best series finish of fifth, set at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway just a little over a month ago.

It's been quite a successful week for the young lions of USAC racing who've responded to the challenge night-in, night-out at racetracks all around the state of Indiana this week in front of packed houses during ISW. Carson Short became the latest to meet the challenge, stepping up to take the Haubstadt round in his Richard Short/Total Field & Environmental Services - RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC, marking just his second career top-five finish in his 28th career start dating back to his series debut at Tri-State in 2013.

"This is unreal," Short exclaimed. "With about five (laps) to go, I was thinking, 'man, I'm leading this and I know Cummins is down there.' My car started getting better right around half way and on those last five laps, we were really fast. I saw lapped traffic, but they were fast enough to concern me and I think, for sure, played a role in me getting away from Kyle (Cummins) at the end. To beat Kyle makes this even better because he's the best here. The top just wasn't there tonight, so we stuck it on the bottom and Kyle showed me that about half way through, so I owe him one. You can't beat this feeling of winning during Indiana Sprint Week!"

With his second place run on Saturday night, Princeton, Indiana's Cummins tallied his seventh podium finish in 17 series starts this season in his Rock Steady Racing/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. Though Cummins has been known for his close-but-no-cigar moments over the years in USAC competition, after his recent win at Kokomo, Cummins freely admits this second place run doesn't sting as much as it once would have.

"Since I won one already, I'm actually happy to run second tonight," Cummins admitted. "The track stayed tacky from beginning to end, so we were just too tight. I was hoping Carson (Short) would make a mistake or get bottled up in the lapped traffic, but it seemed like every time he did, he picked the right line and would get away. It's been an up and down week for us, but we're happy to run second tonight."

Chase Stockon, of Fort Branch, Indiana, earned his sixth straight Tri-State Speedway top-five finish Saturday night, taking third place at the checkered in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher.

"We banked on the track blowing off quite a bit and it never really came to us," Stockon said. "We were set up for the end of the race and the track just didn't behave like we thought it would. We just needed it to be about five or 10 laps longer."

Contingency award winners at Tri-State Speedway included Josh Hodges (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Logan Jarrett (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Brady Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway - "Jack London Hall of Fame Night" - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Clark-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Greg Bragg, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. Brian Gard, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Bobby Wilson, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Nick Foster, 14. Britton Bock, 15. Taylor Clark, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Floyd Alvis, 19. Bill Lindsey, 20. Dustin Golobic, 21. Robert Dalby, 22. Rick Cook, 23. J.R. Williams. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17-30 Schutte.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Bobby Wilson (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-486, 2-Faccinto-446, 3-Guerrini-355, 4-Elliott-326, 5-C.Swanson-290, 6-Pankratz-287, 7-Tyler Dolacki-279, 8-Crone-279, 9-Cofer-249, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-242.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: September 3-4 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - 9th "Louis Vermeil Classic"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Bright, 29, Bright-15.404; 2. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.531; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.576; 4. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.611; 5. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.647; 6. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.736; 7. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.741; 8. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.755; 9. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.898; 10. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.995; 11. Eric Lewis, 6, Radical-16.670; 12. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-NT.

FEATURE RAINED OUT (No reschedule yet) ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-624, 2-Nelke-586, 3-Hatfield-561, 4-Bean-548, 5-Kurtz-529, 6-Lamb-493, 7-Allison-430, 8-Parker-391, 9-Rhodes-381, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 22 - Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.319; 2. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.367; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.416; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.462; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.495; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.497; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.510; 8. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.549; 9. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.601; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-13.660; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.677; 12. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.725; 13. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.742; 14. Critter Malone, 7, Seven LLC-13.743; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.782; 16. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.785; 17. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.793; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-13.812; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.854; 20. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.855; 21. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.910; 22. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.931; 23. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.963; 24. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-14.066; 25. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.069; 26. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.184; 27. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-14.208; 28. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-14.216; 29. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-14.262; 30. Dallas Hewitt, 69R, Pearson-14.273; 31. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-14.277; 32. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.305; 33. Brian Karraker, 23k, Karraker-14.377; 34. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.387; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.453; 36. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.495; 37. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.705; 38. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.824; 39. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.923.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. B.Short, 4. Hodges, 5. Bacon, 6. Farney, 7. Hewitt, 8. Ketcham, 9. Harris, 10. Chambers. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Malone, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Boespflug, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Leary, 7. Darland, 8. Schmidt, 9. Mellenberndt, 10. Bell. 2:16.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Andretti, 3. Cummins, 4. Jackson, 5. Windom, 6. Chapple, 7. Morin, 8. Mattox, 9. Lyerla. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Bland, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Stockon, 5. McGhee, 6. Brackett, 7. Kreisel, 8. Karraker, 9. Gentry. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Karraker, 2. Mattox, 3. Morin, 4. Chambers, 5. Bell, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Ketcham. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. McGhee, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. Leary, 8. Mattox, 9. Kreisel, 10. Hewitt, 11. Karraker, 12. Schmidt, 13. Chapple, 14. Lyerla, 15. Harris, 16. Chambers, 17. Brackett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Short, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Critter Malone, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Max McGhee, 11. Josh Hodges, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Brady Short, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Dakota Jackson, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jeff Bland Jr., 21. Tyler Thomas, 22. Tyler Courtney, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Dave Darland. NT
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**Brackett flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 C.Short.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (16th-4th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,863, 2-Ballou-1,696, 3-Meseraull-1,652, 4-Stockon-1,650, 5-Darland-1,532, 6-Boespflug-1,496, 7-Leary-1,488, 8-Windom-1,323, 9-McGhee-1,222. 10-Farney-1,028.

FINAL USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-374, 2-Ballou-364, 3-Courtney-318, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-314, 5-Stockon-307, 6-Windom-296, 7-Andretti-295, 8-Boespflug-292, 9-Cummins-291, 10-Meseraull-246.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 17 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"


 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Clark-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Greg Bragg, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. Brian Gard, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Bobby Wilson, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Nick Foster, 14. Britton Bock, 15. Taylor Clark, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Floyd Alvis, 19. Bill Lindsey, 20. Dustin Golobic, 21. Robert Dalby, 22. Rick Cook, 23. J.R. Williams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17- 30 Schutte.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Bobby Wilson (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 3 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

BLOOMINGTON BELONGS TO BEAUCHAMP; BECOMES USAC SPRINTS' 3RD NEW WINNER IN ISW

Bloomington, Indiana.........In a week chock-full of veteran drivers entering USAC victory lane for the first time, Brent Beauchamp became the latest to break through after prevailing in a classic duel with Dave Darland throughout the majority of the 30-lap event during round five of "Indiana Sprint Week" at Bloomington Speedway's 28th annual "Sheldon Kinser Memorial." A race that featured the most lead changes in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race in 15 years!

Beauchamp would start third in the 30-lap event, directly behind Dave Darland who began his race from the pole position for the second consecutive night.

As the green flag flew, Darland drew first blood, sliding up in front of outside front row starter Brady Bacon as the 24-car field filed into turn one.

Immediately, Darland gained company as Beauchamp utilized the bottom of the racetrack to pull even with Darland entering turn three, resulting in a dead heat at the line at the conclusion of lap one.

With Beauchamp up on the high line and Darland hugging the infield tires, the two engaged in a side-by-side war lap-after-lap with neither driver able to put more than a half car length's advantage between each other at the flag stand for the first eight laps of the feature.

Though credited with only three "official" lead changes at the start/finish line during the first one-third of the race, Darland and Beauchamp swapped the top spot a dozen times in the first eight laps. Darland's strong suit was on his entry into turns one and three where he was able to pull ahead by a car length midway through the corner while Beauchamp was able to propel himself off the exit of turns two and four to pull even on the inside of Darland down the front and back straightaways.

The two put on a show for the ages, running several identical-looking, side-by-side laps resulting in numerous photo finishes at the line with each successive circuit appearing as if the two were on a high-speed pace lap.

Without either able to break away up front, Beauchamp was able to edge ahead of Darland by mere inches at the scoring loop on lap five, but the lead would be short-lived as Darland fought back to claim the top spot at the stripe on the sixth and seventh laps. On lap eight, Beauchamp got a titanic run on the bottom that lunged him forward off the exit of turn four and into the lead, putting a five-car-length gap between himself and Darland in the ensuing laps.

After the stoppage of Chase Stockon brought out a caution at the halfway mark, the lap 15 restart saw Darland find his second wind. Just as the topside of the red clay surface appeared to fade, Darland quickly proved there was still something left up top as he clawed his way back on the outside to beat Beauchamp to the line on lap 16 by 14-thousandths of a second.

Meanwhile, Beauchamp drove his machine as straight as an arrow on the bottom, re-taking the lead by a car length on the 17th lap before Darland found another bullet in the chamber, reloading for another run at Beauchamp to reclaim the lead by a car length on laps 18 and 19.

By lap 20, the exit of turn two began to slip away as Darland was still able to pull even alongside Beauchamp between turns one and two, but was unable to find any moisture at the top of the second turn, hindering his forward motion as he faded and Beauchamp raced by on the inside and distanced himself from the rest of the field in the waning laps.

In the last 10 laps, it was all Brent Beauchamp, who pulled away to join Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins as the third different driver to claim his first career USAC victory during 2016 ISW over Brady Bacon, who slipped by Darland for second on the final lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 2012 Bloomington ISW winner, was fourth while Thomas Meseraull drove the Landon Simon Racing car to its second straight fifth place finish.

Bloomington winner Brent Beauchamp (middle) is joined by second place finisher Brady Bacon (left) and third place finisher Dave Darland (right) in victory lane. (Steve Lafond Photo)

Bloomington Speedway, the only track to host an ISW event in each year of the series' existence dating back to 1988, has now produced six first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners during its ISW round over the years: Brad Fox (1997), Cory Kruseman (1999), A.J. Anderson (2001), Brady Short (2006), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2012) and now Beauchamp.

The spectacular 30-lap affair featured the most lead changes in a USAC National Sprint Car race since Lincoln Park Speedway's "Indiana Sprint Week" feature at Lincoln Park Speedway on July 21, 2001 that also involved Dave Darland. In that event, Jon Stanbrough got by Dave Darland on the final corner of the final lap to take a photo finish victory.

However, this night belonged to Beauchamp, the Avon, Indiana native who came into Friday night's race with only one career top-five finish in USAC National Sprint Car competition - a third at Bloomington's ISW round in 2012. He drove his Jeff Olson/Concrete Connection - Brownsburg Mufflers/Spike/J & D to a 1.85-second victory that was not indicative of the fierce battle that was waged between first-time winner Beauchamp and Darland, the winningest ISW and USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time.

"I can't put this into words," Beauchamp said. "I said last night that winning a 'Sprint Week' race would be something that I literally would not be able to describe and, to do it here- a place that has eluded me for so long- it's a place I've wanted to win at so bad, but to do it during 'Sprint Week,' it's amazing. I felt like I was running a Kenyon car at the Speedrome when I was down there on the bottom. I just tried to roll it smooth and not get off the tires. I knew Dave was out there and I could sense that if I just hit my marks that I was better and could get away from him. When I got to the lapped cars, I just told myself not to do anything dumb and stuck it on bottom and then went wide coming to the checkered to try and block any sort of run. I am just so excited. This is amazing!"

In "Indiana Sprint Week," every little thing matters. Though he's run spectacularly all week, earlier in the night, during the Indy Race Parts fourth heat, ISW point leader Courtney skated over the turn one cushion and embarked on a wild series of flips over the backside of the banking. Though Courtney returned in a backup car for the semi-feature, he was unable to transfer, thus missing the feature and having to stand on the sidelines to witness his 32-point lead coming into Friday night quickly evaporate.

Courtney's misfortune was all Bacon's gain, as the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's second place finish helped him leapfrog past Courtney to take over the ISW point lead heading into the final two races on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt and Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We caught a break when Hodges went by me and we got a yellow," Bacon admitted. "I calmed down after that and just tried to run the bottom and not make too many mistakes. I thought the top was going to be the place to be, but the bottom was just too good and the top was treacherous. Hats off to the track prep crew, though. To go through 50 cars in the middle of the summer without any prep breaks is fantastic. These last three tracks are three of our best, so we've got some momentum. We had to battle back all week, but tonight, we could get to the front and just sort of hang out, so that was nice. But I padded my bank account a little bit this week, so, hopefully, we can keep it up these last two nights."

It was a valiant effort for Lincoln, Indiana's Darland, who led on four different occasions for a total of nine laps and finished a strong third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We've been decent this year, but we're still learning," Darland acknowledges. "Jeff (Walker) and I are getting better. We were good last night and then tonight, obviously, too. We could get around Brent (Beauchamp) a few times, but the cushion just got so tough to run. I slipped the right rear over the edge a couple times in turn two, and then would just get hung up, so it was difficult. I had to shoot off of it a little early as we got going towards the end. But we were good tonight, so it's a step in the right direction."

Contingency award winners at Bloomington Speedway included Chad Boespflug (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Logan Jarrett (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Hunter Schuerenberg (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) & A.J. Hopkins (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Sheldon Kinser Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-10.737; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-10.846; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-10.858; 4. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.961; 5. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-10.974; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-10.981; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-10.986; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.988; 9. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-10.988; 10. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-11.005; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.005; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-11.026; 13. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.038; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.043; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.046; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-11.061; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.062; 18. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.074; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.085; 20. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.085; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.087; 22. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.124; 23. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-11.129; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.136; 25. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-11.144; 26. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.158; 27. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.161; 28. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-11.211; 29. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.231; 30. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-11.247; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-11.267; 32. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-11.270; 33. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-11.282; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-11.312; 35. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-11.322; 36. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-11.329; 37. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-11.355; 38. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-11.417; 39. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-11.453; 40. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-11.489; 41. Matt McDonald, 5M, McDonald-11.508; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-11.661; 43. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-11.688; 44. Nate McMillin, 15J, Johnson-11.790; 45. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-11.798; 46. Matt Brannin, 27, Brannin-11.945; 47. Lukas Smith, 61, Smith-11.971; 48. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.046.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Mattox, 3. Boespflug, 4. Hopkins, 5. DiMattia, 6. McGhee, 7. Andretti, 8. T.Thomas, 9. C.Smith, 10. Schmidt, 11. McDonald, 12. Babcock. 1:53.43

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. B.Short, 5. Bland, 6. Kinser, 7. K.Thomas Jr., 8. Meseraull, 9. Gaines, 10. Harris, 11. Brannin, 12. Gentry. 1:55.18

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Cummins, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Hodges, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Williams, 8. Chapple, 9. L.Smith, 10. S.Cottle, 11. Jackson, 12. Bilbee, NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Bacon, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Farney, 6. Grant, 7. Kreisel, 8. McMillin, 9. Chambers, 10. Ketcham, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. C.Smith, 3. Kreisel, 4. Chambers, 5. Gaines, 6. Harris, 7. McMillin, 8. Williams, 9. McDonald, 10. Babcock, 11. L.Smith, 12. Schmidt. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Meseraull, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Andretti, 5. Jackson, 6. Kinser, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. C.Smith, 9. Farney, 10. McGhee, 11. Chapple, 12. Kreisel, 13. Chambers, 14. DiMattia, 15. Courtney, 16. Stanbrough, 17. Grant, 18. Bland. 2:35.32

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brady Short, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Tyler Thomas, 22. Jordan Kinser, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT ---------------------------- **Jackson flipped during the third heat. Courtney flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Darland, Lap 5 Beauchamp, Laps 6-7 Darland, Laps 8-15 Beauchamp, Lap 16 Darland, Lap 17 Beauchamp, Laps 18-19 Darland, Laps 20-30 Beauchamp.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (17th-10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,808, 2-Ballou-1,625, 3M-Meseraull-1,619, 4-Stockon-1,578, 5-Darland-1,508, 6-Leary-1,445, 7-Boespflug-1,437, 8-Windom-1,294, 9-McGhee-1,178, 10-Farney-996.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-317, 2-Ballou-2,95, 3-Courtney-288, 4-Windom-267, 5-K.Thomas Jr.-263, 6-Coons-239, 7-Stockon-237, 8-Boespflug-233, 9-Andretti-230, 10-Meseraull-215.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 16 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 


BACK FROM VACATION;
SHORT RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE
IN ISW NIGHT FOUR AT PUTNAMVILLE


Putnamville, Indiana.........After being absent from the first three races of "Indiana Sprint Week," Brady Short made his triumphant return to the seven-race series a memorable one, quickly picking his way through the field one-by-one from his 11th starting position before taking the lead on lap 12 from Dave Darland and pulling away to go virtually unchallenged down the stretch to take the victory Thursday night at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway.

Winning an Indiana Sprint Week event is one of the most daunting tasks a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competitor will face all season, but on Thursday night, Short and the Pottorff number 11p worked in perfect harmony as the Bedford, Indiana driver collected his fifth career ISW victory at a fifth different racetrack exactly 10 years to the day of his very first ISW triumph at Bloomington Speedway in 2006.

Aside from Bloomington and Lincoln Park, Short has also scored ISW wins at Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2008, Brownstown Speedway in 2010 and Tri-State Speedway in 2015, moving him into a tie for eighth on the all-time ISW win list alongside Kevin Briscoe, Tony Elliott and Kevin Thomas.

After a torrential downpour hit Lincoln Park Speedway throughout late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the 5/16-mile dirt oval became "Lake Putnamville" for a period of time. Due to the incredible effort by Joe Spiker and the rest of the LPS crew, the track was in tip-top shape by the time hot laps began and throughout the night, provided a smooth, racy, multiple-lane surface.

Regardless, in this stacked field, Short would have to get his elbows up to reach victory lane on Thursday night from his 11th starting spot. Though, he wouldn't have to come from as far back as he did one year ago when he earned hard charger honors after storming from 22nd to 5th during the feature.

Up front at the beginning of the 30-lap affair were Chase Stockon and Dave Darland. The two battled back-and-forth throughout the first circuit until Stockon lunged ahead for the lead at the exit of turn two on lap two.

However, just moments later as the field funneled into turn three, ISW point leader Tyler Courtney hopped over the right rear tire of Justin Grant while battling for fourth. Courtney slid a lengthy distance over the turn three banking toward the pit exit guardrail before coming to a stop. Courtney would restart from the tail of the field in the 24th position, the very same spot he began his charge from six days earlier during his spectacular come-from-behind victory at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

On the restart, Darland, the winningest driver in the history of "Indiana Sprint Week," engaged in a war for the lead with Stockon. On the third lap, Darland crossed over off the turn four banking, sweeping inside of Stockon, beating him by a bumper in a drag race to the flag stand.

Stockon countered with a slider on Darland at the entrance of one, briefly securing the lead before Darland crossed over to the inside of Stockon once again, driving by him to grab the top spot for good down the back straightway.

Meanwhile, Short's steady, methodical drive through the middle in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three and four put him in the top-three by lap nine. On lap 11, Short worked the low groove to slip by Stockon for second by the length of a wheel at the line. Just one lap later, Short threw his machine toward the bottom of turns one and two to pull even with Darland. The two battled down the back straight with Short outracing Darland to turn three before motoring off with the lead and a stranglehold on the top spot.

Short continued to stretch out his lead by a country mile in the forthcoming laps and, with less than 10 to go, held a half-lap lead over second-running Stockon, who had just gotten by Darland for the runner-up spot one lap prior. However, that substantial lead would be erased after a Zach Daum 360 spin in turn two with five laps remaining that brought out the yellow flag.

For the restart, Stockon was right on the tail of Short, but as soon as the green flag dropped, Short got an excellent jump, quickly distancing himself from the pack. Just one lap, later, though, the yellow flew for ninth-running Brent Beauchamp, who slid to a stop next to an infield tire in turn two.

On what would prove to be the final restart, Short once again shot out of a proverbial cannon, distancing himself from Stockon and the remainder of the field who had no answer for Short at the end. Short put the race on ice, winning by a second and a half over Stockon, Chad Boespflug, Robert Ballou (from 16th) and KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger Thomas Meseraull who darted his way from 18th to 5th in his debut for Landon Simon Racing.

Courtney, who restarted from the tail of 24-car field with just one lap complete, fought back through the field to salvage an eighth-place finish and, in turn, maintained his solid 32-point lead in the "Indiana Sprint Week" standings with just three events to go.

Throughout the first four ISW events, the winner has started no better the sixth: Courtney (16th at Gas City), Kyle Cummins (6th at Kokomo), Bryan Clauson (6th at Lawrenceburg) and Short (11th at Lincoln Park), putting the average winners' starting position at 9.75. However, Short attributes his success Thursday night to getting off on the right foot in ProSource Qualifying, which set the tone and put himself in a position to be a contender come feature time in his Cam Pottorff/Sipes Body & Glass - Indiana Stone Works/Maxim/SPEC.

"Qualifying was huge tonight, but I went out early and made the best lap I could to give us a good spot," Short said. "When we took off in the heat race, I knew we were going to be one of the good cars and it was going to be up to me. I tried to give it away a couple times, just because I kept missing my marks and overdriving. I was on vacation last week and decided to come run this second week, so it's pretty special. To come here and beat 50 cars, you have to have a lot of luck. I didn't think we'd even be racing today, so that's a credit to Joe Spiker and his crew because they gave us an awesome race track."

Stockon led the first pair of laps during the feature before fading back, running fourth, in fact, with just 10 to go. But the Fort Branch, Indiana, responded in a strong way, making his way back to the second spot at the checkered in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher.

"I knew we could rip the bottom pretty well, but I had to go somewhere they weren't," Stockon explained. "I thought the cushion would blow completely off, but we freed it up quite a bit and couldn't quite roll the bottom like we needed to. I could run higher up in it in turn one and diamond it off to make up some decent ground. We just tried to maintain in (turns) three and four, but we never gave up and rallied back for a good finish."

Hanford, California's Boespflug returned with a vengeance Thursday night after struggling last Sunday night at Lawrenceburg and followed up his second place run at Lincoln Park on July 1 with another podium finish, bagging third at the finish in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Pac Racing Springs - Schroeder Torsion Bars/Maxim/Claxton.

"I thought I'd have something for them when I found something on the bottom in (turns) one and two, but we just had to hang on there at the end," Boespflug said. Overall, though, it was a good night for us and we'll take this momentum to Bloomington. I haven't ever been great there, so hopefully we can keep these strong runs up."

Meseraull, of San Jose, California, stepped into the Landon Simon Racing/Mount Baker Vapor - Club W/DRC/Rider after he and the Amati Racing team parted ways after Lawrenceburg last Sunday. Meseraull was a rocket during the feature, driving from the outside of row nine into the top-five to earn his best finish of ISW 2016.

"This car was on kill tonight," Meseraull exclaimed. "I struggled at the beginning of the week, obviously, but I'm just stoked to have a good run."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Brady Short (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) & Jarett Andretti (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.670; 2. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.697; 3. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.040; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.053; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.054; 6. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-13.100; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.142; 8. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.154; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.267; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.303; 11. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.320; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.373; 13. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.415; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-13.450; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.458; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.485; 17. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.500; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-13.505; 19. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.571; 20. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.592; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.642; 22. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.678; 23. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-13.704; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.748; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.751; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.761; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.874; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.912; 29. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.916; 30. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.953; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.959; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.960; 33. Tom Harris, 5E, East-13.984; 34. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.034; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.043; 36. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-14.134; 37. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-14.331; 38. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-13.354; 39. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.426; 40. Lukas Smith, 61, Smith-14.492; 41. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-14.495; 42. Nate McMillin, 24x, McMillin-14.599; 43. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.627; 44. Mike Gass, 17G, On The Gass-14.667; 45. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-14.753; 46. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.868; 47. Matt Brannin, 27, Brannin-15.031; 48. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.996; 49. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-NT; 50. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hughes, 4. K.Thomas, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mattox, 7. Hopkins, 8. Schmidt, 9. Light, 10. Coons, 11. S.Cottle, 12. Harris, 13. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Windom, 4. Grant, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Farney, 8. C.Smith, 9. Williams, 10. Cummins, 11. Underwood, 12. McMillin. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Bacon, 3. Daum, 4. Stockon, 5. Leary, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Gaines, 8. Shuman, 9. Chambers, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Ketcham. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Jarrett, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. Cockrum, 7. Hodges, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Gass, 10. Kreisel, 11. L.Smith, 12. McGhee. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Hopkins, 3. Farney, 4. Hodges, 5. Creech, 6. Williams, 7. Gaines, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Light, 10. Schmidt, 11. Kreisel, 12. Chambers, 13. Underwood, 14. Gass, 15. Brannin, 16. Chapple, 17. L.Smith. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Coons, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Cockrum, 8. Mattox, 9. McGhee, 10. DiMattia, 11. Hodges, 12. Cummins, 13. Farney, 14. Hopkins, 15. Shuman, 16. C.Cottle, 17. C.Smith. 2:48.67

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Brent Beauchamp, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. J.J. Hughes, 24. Jon Stanbrough. NT
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**Light flipped during qualifying. Harris flipped during the first heat. Ketcham flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Stockon, Laps 3-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 B.Short.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (18th to 5th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,734, 2-Ballou-1,576, 3-Meseraull-1,557, 4-Stockon-1,545; 5-Darland-1,437, 6-Boespflug-1,384, 7-Leary-1,382, 8-Windom-1,251, 9-McGhee-1,168, 10-Farney-986.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-278, 2-Ballou-246, 3-Bacon-243, 4-Windom-224, 5-Stockon-202, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-193, 7-Bryan Clauson-190, 8-Coons-184, 9-S.Cottle-182, 10-Andretti-181.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 15 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Sheldon Kinser Memorial"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

 

USAC REACHES HISTORIC 10,000TH EVENT!

America's most diversified motorsports sanctioning body - the United States Auto Club - reaches a significant milestone this weekend, its 10,000th professional event!

The historic milestone will be celebrated Saturday night during the "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Since debuting with an indoor Midget race at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. on January 8, 1956, USAC has conducted nearly every form of motorsports imaginable. Included in the total of 10,000 events are the following: Indy Cars, Formula One, Silver Crown Championship Cars, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Stock Cars, Road Racing, IROC, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Late Models, Supermodifieds, Grand-Am, Modifieds, Off-Road Trucks, Stadium Trucks, Solar-powered vehicles, Electric-powered vehicles, Global Rally Cross and others.

USAC annually conducts some 250-300 events each year. The largest calendar year was 2013 when 313 races were conducted. A total of 44 states have hosted USAC races and international events have occurred in Canada, Italy, Australia, England, Argentina, Barbados, Japan and the Bahamas.

"We at the United States Auto Club are proud of this accomplishment," says USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller. "It represents a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people and is a testament to all of our participants, fans and corporate partners who have helped make this milestone possible. We continue to celebrate 60-plus years of motorsports excellence and hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy our product as the 2016 season continues."

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS SET TO RUMBLE AT PETALUMA

By Lance Jennings

JULY 12, 2016... This Saturday, July 16th, the USAC Western States Midget Series will make their only appearance of the year at Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). Promoted by Rick Faeth, the action packed showcase will also feature the BCRA Midget Lites and Vintage Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: -WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western Midget shows is 1060 lbs. This will also be in effect at the September 8th Chico show. -USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western Midget points at Petaluma, competitors must check in with USAC officials. This will also be in effect at the September 8th Chico show. -MUFFLERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s. Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone. Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135. Schoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535. -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.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted five USAC Western States Midget races. Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural victory and Michael Faccinto won last year’s “Hall of Fame Race” on July 18th. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three Petaluma victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.200, set on October 5, 2013. A complete series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race,” Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a 32-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner had won four of the season’s five races, including the last event at Hanford on June 25th. To date, the three-time champion has also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Currently ranked sixth overall with tied with seventeen series wins, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Petaluma triumph.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the MF Motorsports owned #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was the fast qualifier at Hanford and ran second in the main event. At press time, the second generation driver has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael is currently tied for sixth-eighth overall on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourth feature win this Saturday night.

After scoring fifth at Hanford, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. As this writing goes to press, the defending BCRA Champion has one USAC Western Midget victory and will be looking to move up the standings with a win at Petaluma.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki placed eighth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. To date, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes. It is unknown if Tyler will be in action at Petaluma after damaging his chassis in a flip at Hanford.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) has risen to fifth in the point standings after claiming third at Hanford. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson has three top-10 finishes on the season. The former VRA Midget Champion has one series win to his credit and will have his sights on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds victory.

Currently ninth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cory Elliott, Sean Dodenhoff, Randi Pankratz, Terry Nichols, Shannon McQueen, Jeff Harrington, Shane Golobic, Alex Schutte, Britton Bock, and more.

Bobby Wilson leads the overall Bay Cities Racing Association point standings. Multi-time champion Floyd Alvis, Tyler Simas, J.R. Williams, Brian Gard, Greg Bragg, Maria Cofer, Cory Elliott, Dustin Golobic, and Britton Bock round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 4-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-408, 2. Michael Faccinto-376, 3. Frankie Guerrini-292, 4. Tyler Dolacki-279, 5. Cody Swanson-269, 6. Cory Elliott-266, 7. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 8. Randi Pankratz-239, 9. Courtney Crone-224, 10. Maria Cofer-208, 11. Robert Dalby-204, 12. Darren Hagen-163, 13. Terry Nichols-158, 14. Dylan Ito-156, 15. Robby Josett-125, 16. Troy Rutherford-113, 17. Ashley Hazelton-111, 18. Shannon McQueen-109, 19. Jeff Harrington-88, 20. Shane Golobic-74.

BCRA MIDGET OVERALL POINT STANDINGS: 1. Bobby Wilson-390, 2. Floyd Alvis-377, 3. Tyler Simas-330, 4. J.R. Williams-326, 5. Brian Gard-317, 6. Greg Bragg-240, 7. Maria Cofer-231, 8. Cory Elliott-220, 9. Dustin Golobic-192, 10. Britton Bock-178, 11. Alex Schutte-156, 12. Chad Nichols-150, 13. Nick Chivello-149, 14. David Goodwill-139, 15. Mike Snider-131, 16. Scott Pierovich-127, 17. Cody Gerhardt-96, 18. Bill Lindsey-80, 19. Mark Maliepaard-75, 20. Frankie Guerrini-74.

 

 

CLAUSON ON CRUISE CONTROL AT THE BURG; CLAIMS VICTORY IN INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RD. 3

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Bryan Clauson continued his winning ways Sunday night during the third round of Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway, holding off a mid-race challenge from Josh Hodges and snookering the field on a late race restart to earn his 41st career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, surpassing Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time list.

Clauson also collected his 111th career USAC-sanctioned feature victory, moving him into the top-five on the all-time list alongside some of the giants of the sport. Clauson now stands behind only Rich Vogler (171), A.J. Foyt (162), Sleepy Tripp (161) and Mel Kenyon (131) in career USAC wins.

Hunter Schuerenberg started the race from the pole position and, just as he did at Gas City two nights prior in the "Sprint Week" opener, shot out to the lead on the opening lap.
ProSource Fast Qualifier Clauson, meanwhile, had already made quick work disposing of Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Hodges to move from sixth to third on lap one.

With a single lap in the books, Kyle Wissmiller, who was making his first USAC Sprint Car start exactly eight years to the day of his last feature appearance in 2008, slid to a stop, bringing out the first yellow of the night.

On the ensuing restart, Clauson wasted no time resuming his charge to the front, slipping past April 2015 Lawrenceburg winner Logan Jarrett for second on the bottom off the exit of turn four.

Next on BC's radar was leader Schuerenberg, who saw his lead quickly evaporate as Clauson reeled him in in no-time flat by lap five. The duo drag raced to a dead heat at the flag stand, but Schuerenberg was able to hold steady for the time-being until Clauson was able to jet off the topside of turn four to complete the pass for the lead on lap six.

However, at the same moment, Jarett Andretti found himself turned around on the main straightaway, bringing out the caution.

Due to the lap not being fully completed, Schuerenberg would be reinserted into to the lead with Clauson relegated back to second.

On the restart, Clauson dove low, grabbing the bite off the bottom of the banking to recapturing the lead from Schuerenberg on the sixth circuit. Clauson would secure the spot for good in turn two as he slid up to the top, ripping away Schuerenberg's line and pulling away to a healthy advantage.

Quickly thereafter, Hodges grabbed second as Schuerenberg began to slip into the distance from the front of the pack. Hodges still had a more than half-straightaway deficit to overcome Clauson's lead, but a turn three tangle between April's Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner Dave Darland as well as Nick Bilbee and Zach Daum brought the yellow out, thereby erasing the gap and putting Hodges, an April USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winner at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, squarely behind the rear bumper of Clauson on the restart with 17 laps to go.

After the green flag waved, Hodges was able to hang right along with leader Clauson, chipping away at the interval little-by-little. Clauson ran his machine up top against the wall at both ends of the racetrack while Hodges ran side-by-side with Clauson, pulling even with the leader while utilizing the bottom line between turns three and four and the middle in turns one and two to pose a formidable challenge to Clauson's throne at the front throughout the middle portion of the 30-lap event.

On the 17th lap, Clauson dove to the bottom between turns three and four to see if that suited his liking, but that was short-lived as Clauson migrated back to the topside for lap 18, and each lap thereafter, as he began to gap himself and Hodges, constructing his lead to three seconds as Hodges began to drop.

With eight to go, Friday night Gas City winner Courtney started to come alive during crunch time, sticking a slide job on Schuerenberg for third in turn three and repeating the move on Hodges in turn one for the second spot with five laps remaining.

Third-running Schuerenberg's race came to an abrupt end just three laps from the finish, slowing to a stop in a puff of smoke between turns three and four, which set up one final restart - a rematch between the rapidly-closing Courtney and Clauson for a three-lap shootout.

Clauson quickly thwarted any thoughts Courtney had of repeating his Gas City triumph, blasting away to a substantial advantage heading into turn one on the restart. Nobody was able to mount a serious challenge to Clauson's supremacy during the final three laps as he pulled away for the victory in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar over Courtney, Windom, Leary and Hodges.

Lawrenceburg winner Bryan Clauson (middle) is flanked by 2nd place finisher Tyler Courtney (left) and 3rd place finisher Chris Windom (right) in victory lane.
(Steve Lafond Photo)

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson moved into the top-five in all-time Indiana Sprint Week wins with his seventh career checkered flag Sunday night at "The Burg" while also capturing his seventh USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the 2016 season, already equaling his best single-season win total in the series, which he accomplished during his back-to-back championship years in 2012 and 2013.

"I wanted to catch everybody by surprise on that last restart and it worked," Clauson said. "We were a little tight on the curb, so I didn't know how aggressive to be on it, but we were able to get to the front early on. It's hard sometimes, when you're out front, to know what pace to run, but we held them off. When I saw Hodges on the bottom, I went down there just to feel it out, but felt like it'd take me too long to figure out how to run it. The cushion on both ends on exit was pretty big and, if you hit it wrong, it would throw the nose. I had to be careful, but those guys behind us made me pick up the pace more than what I had been doing up to that point. Our car was good, I just had it on cruise control and tried not to make any mistakes."

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Indiana, not only retained his Indiana Sprint Week point lead with his second place run in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy, but extended it from 2 to 22 points over Brady Bacon and Chris Windom heading into the final four-race stretch of "Sprint Week" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 13.

"I can't ask for much more, other than to have won the last two nights," Courtney said. "That last restart shows why Bryan (Clauson) is the best because he snookered the whole field. I didn't really know what to do because we're supposed to stay in line but that's the way it goes. We were pretty decent; Bryan was a little better, obviously, but we'll get it tuned up again and probably head to Terre Haute now."

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, took the Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to another solid third place run, tying him for second in Indiana Sprint Week points alongside Brady Bacon.

"I didn't need all those cautions at the beginning because we were better on the long run," Windom admitted. "I was trying to make something work on the middle to bottom and I could get those guys off the bottom of four when they'd get bottled up running the top. We fell back to 11th or something at some point, so to charge back up to third is good. We're right there in the hunt for this Sprint Week title, so if we can keep knocking out podiums, we're going to be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Lawrenceburg Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Nick Bilbee (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Jon Stanbrough (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.166; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.179; 3. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-14.188; 4. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.292; 5. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.297; 6. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.312; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.363; 8. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.375; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-14.432; 10. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.444; 11. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.447; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.463; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.470; 14. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.473; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.493; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.506; 17. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.509; 18. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-14.516; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.516; 20. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.530; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.619; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.623; 23. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-14.676; 24. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.678; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.682; 26. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.709; 27. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.745; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.766; 29. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.780; 30. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.817; 31. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.832; 32. Justin Owen, 4JO, Fischesser-14.846; 33. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.897; 34. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.953; 35. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.962; 36. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.977; 37. Michael Fischesser, 4, Fischesser-14.990; 38. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-15.147; 39. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-15.254; 40. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-15.509; 41. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-16.206; 42. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Andretti, 4. Clauson, 5. Ballou, 6. Clouser, 7. Robbins, 8. Goodnight, 9. Abrams, 10. Fischesser, 11. S.Thomas. 2:26.47

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bilbee, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Courtney, 4. Hodges, 5. Stockon, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Chapple, 8. McGhee, 9. T.Thomas, 10. Hery. 2:28.82

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Daum, 3. Simon, 4. Grant, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Cummins, 7. Ketcham, 8. Meseraull, 9. Boespflug, 10. Gaines. 2:29.10

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Darland, 3. Moffatt, 4. Jarrett, 5. Leary, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. DiMattia, 8. Farney, 9. Owen, 10. Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Meseraull, 3. Abrams, 4. Gaines, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Hery, 7. Owen, 8. Fischesser, 9. S.Thomas. 2:39.57

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Ballou, 3. K.Thomas, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Cummins, 6. Stockon, 7. Westerfeld, 8. Ketcham, 9. Clouser, 10. Goodnight, 11. Gaines, 12. Abrams, 13. DiMattia, 14. Chapple, 15. Boespflug, 16. Meseraull, 17. Farney, 18. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Nick Bilbee, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. Kyle Wissmiller, 24. Joss Moffatt. NT
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**Farney & Williams flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Schuerenberg, Laps 6-30 Clauson.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (20th to 8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,694, 2-Ballou-1,507, 3-Meseraull-1,491, 4-Stockon-1,473, 5-Darland-1,389, 6-Leary-1,344, 7-Boespflug-1,311; 8-Windom-1,220, 9-McGhee-1,158, 10-Clauson-962.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-215, 2-Bacon & Windom-193, 4-Clauson-188, 5-Ballou-177, 6-Cummins-166, 7-Thomas Jr.-142, 8-Andretti-136, 9-Stockon-130, 10-S.Cottle-129.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Waynesfield, Ohio - Waynesfield Raceway Park - "Dick Spencer Memorial"

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Kobe Allison (#22A Allison), 2. Ty Tilton (#42 Tilton), 3. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 4. Chris Whipple (#44w Whipple), 5. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 6. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 7. Alex Watson (#41 Watson), 8. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 9. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr), 10. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 11. Ron Kimmel (#28k Kimmel), 12. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 13. Jacob Stickle (#14s Stickle), 14. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 15. Anthony Haas (#81H Haas), 16. Dylan Troyer (#48D Troyer), 17. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 18. Nick Daugherty (#44 Coleman), 19. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 20. Michael Prine (#26 Prine), 21. Austin Powell (#17P Powell), 22. Audisty Brunk (#44L Brunk), 23. Josh Chess (#72 Chess), 24. Jon Watson (#29 Watson). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Allison.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-396, 2-Bedwell-330, 3-Lucius-311, 4-A.Watson-305, 5-Bigelow-288, 6-Guingrich-243, 7-Taylor-204, 8-Corea-140, 9-J.Watson-136, 10-Tom Hunt-123.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Gerhardt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.766; 2. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.827; 3. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.845; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.853; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-14.873; 6. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.004; 7. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.009; 8. Michael Daniels, 87, Daniels-15.073; 9. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.090; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.157; 11. Davey Hamilton Jr. 9w, WHPD-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Lemke, 4. Brannon, 5. Boscacci, 6. Hamilton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Love, 3. Daniels, 4. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Annie Breidinger, 2. Michael Daniels, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Jesse Love IV, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Adam Lemke, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Davey Hamilton Jr., 9. Ashley Hazelton. NT ----------------------------- **Cars of original feature winner Cody Jessop and fourth-place Tom Paterson were disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Boscacci, Laps 5-9 A.Breidinger, Laps 10-16 Hamilton, Laps 17-22 Daniels, Laps 23-30 A.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-817, 2-A.Breidinger-652, 3-T.Breidinger-644, 4-Boscacci-497, 5-Brannon-436, 6-Hazelton-406, 7-Hamilton-288, 8-Jessop-212, 9-Lemke-172, 10-Wally Pankratz-145.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-531, 2-Love-511, 3-A.Breidinger-450, 4-Brannon-436, 5-Hamilton-288, 6-Boscacci-236, 7-Jessop-212, 8-Lemke-172, 9-Hazelton-165, 10-Ethan Lesser-142.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: July 21 - Meridian (ID) Speedway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Gabeline & Sons Trucking Night at the Races"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Troy Daniels (#0B Zero), 5. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 7. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Jason Walls (#10B Walls), 4. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 5. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 4. Beau Burnett (#37 Burnett), 5. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Bart Andrews (#69 Trone),

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Hunter Lane, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Broc Hunnell, 8. Jeremy Hull, 9. Jake Sollenberger, 10. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 11. Jason Walls, 12. Todd Baker, 13. Travis Pence, 14. Beau Burnett, 15. Gedd Ross, 16. Troy Daniels, 17. Derek Goble, 18. Dave Anderson. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Ross, Laps 7-8 Morley, Laps 9-13 Baugh, Laps 14-15 McDermand.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-769, 2-Sollenberger-642, 3-Burrows-608, 4-Morley-572, 5-Pence-532, 6-Mitchell Davis-528, 7-A.Baugh-499, 8-McDermand-374, 9-Andrews-361, 10-Shane Morgan-317.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Candy Dash Night"

 

 


CUMMINS CRACKS WIN COLUMN;
CAPTURES FIRST USAC SPRINT VICTORY
BY A FOOT OVER BALLOU AT KOKOMO

Bridesmaid. Perennial runner-up. Call him what you will, but Kyle Cummins certainly cannot be labeled as such any longer. For, on Saturday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, the long wait came to an end for the Princeton, Indiana driver.

After passing Chris Windom for the lead with just nine laps to go, Cummins emerged from late-race turmoil and a massive charge by Robert Ballou on the final corner of the last lap to take the win by a foot in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins-powered machine, and thereby penning his name into the record books as a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Saturday on night two of the 29th annual Indiana Sprint Week.

Twenty-four hours after Tyler Courtney pulled a stunner with his victory on Friday night at Gas City, Cummins became the second consecutive new face to emerge in Indiana Sprint Week victory lane, marking the first time since September of 2008 there have been first-time winners in back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car races. Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Brady Bacon accomplished the feat in two straight races at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, respectively.

Cummins victory following Courtney's on Friday also was only the second time Indiana Sprint Week has produced two straight first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. In 1997, Brad Fox (Bloomington) and Bill Rose (Paragon) notched their initial series wins one after the other.

After many close calls and near triumphs throughout the years, Cummins' breakthrough performance came 13 years after his USAC debut at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in late 2003.

"Finally," Cummins exhaled. "I about teared up when I got out. I'm so tired of second and third; I started sixth and looked at those guys ahead of me and thought, 'man, this is going to be a tough race to win.' I got better and better as the race went on. Once I got around Windom, the infield tire got moved down and I hit the slime and got into him. I hate that it happened because I want to beat them all. That yellow with one to go had me all sorts of nervous. I knew if I slipped up even a little bit, Robert would pounce. Our car would get super tight if I got into the corner straight, so I opened up my entry a little bit. I was too tight to run there at the beginning, so I started making a bigger arc as the race went on. I knew as long as I could keep the arc up, I could catch the moisture on the bottom and I'd be okay."

Chris Windom shot to the lead on the opening lap from his outside front row starting position with pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. running three to four car lengths back throughout much of the first half of the race.

A lap 14 incident involving Tyler Thomas, Max McGhee Thomas Meseraull and Jon Stanbrough in turn two slowed the pace just before the halfway point, setting up a restart with Windom at the point and K. Thomas right on his tail tank.

K. Thomas shadowed Windom through turns one and two on the restart. As the pair headed into turn three, K. Thomas threw a massive slider on Windom for the lead, briefly taking the top spot before Windom clawed back to the lead at the line by a fingernail's length. However, a yellow due to the stopped car of Meseraull in turn three reset the order once again.

On the following lap 14 restart attempt, Windom pulled the front wheels off the ground twice after standing on the throttle leading the pack to the green flag. Windom finally got the power to the ground just past the flag stand, but K. Thomas was ready to pounce, pulling within striking distance of Windom as he drove down the hill off the high side of turn two, splitting between leader Windom and Chase Stockon to take the race lead heading into turn three.

However, Thomas' timing was ill-fated once again as fifth-running Brady Bacon found himself sitting backwards in turn three just after the restart. As the field scattered to miss Bacon, C.J. Leary, Logan Jarrett, Tyler Thomas and Hunter Schuerenberg couldn't avoid the trouble. Schuerenberg received the worst end of the deal, getting upside down after climbing the wall with the right side tires. He was uninjured.

Since the lap wasn't fully completed, K.Thomas lined up behind Windom once again for the ensuing restart.

Once action resumed, second-fastest qualifier and sixth-starting Cummins began his methodical dissection of the front runners. Using the bottom side of the racetrack, Cummins drove by Stockon off the inside of turn two for the third spot on lap 19 and, one lap later, slipped past K. Thomas on the bottom of turn three to steal second.

With eight laps to go, Cummins caught Windom and got the pull off the moisture on the bottom of turn two to propel him by Windom for the lead heading into turn three.

Windom countered midway between turns three and four, crossing over to get underneath Cummins at the exit of turn four. But Cummins got a tad bit sideways at the exit, initiating contact with his left rear tire and Windom's right front, sending Windom sideways and, in turn, setting off a chain-reaction incident that also collected frontrunners Chase Stockon and Bryan Clauson.

In the blink of an eye, the entire complexion of the race had changed with the second, third and fifth-place cars now out of the picture. Yet, Cummins ride wouldn't be free and easy as he now had to fend off 2013 Kokomo "Indiana Sprint Week" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. and defending "Sprint Week" champ Robert Ballou for the final eight circuits.

Cummins remained dedicated to the low line as did Ballou while K. Thomas stayed true to the top side in the final laps. K. Thomas was able to hang close with Cummins for the lead, engaging in a battle that saw him just one car length behind at the stripe a lap after the restart.

K.Thomas (outside) and Ballou (inside) swarmed Cummins from both sides. The rapidly closing Ballou inched closer and closer on the bottom, peeking his nose inside Cummins for the lead off of turn four at the conclusion of lap 26 and in turn one on the 27th lap, but just wasn't close enough yet to attempt the knockout punch.

A four-car tangle involving Aaron Farney, Leary, Dave Darland and McGhee brought out the night's final yellow, setting up a two-lap shootout to the finish line.

Cummins worked the low-line throughout the 30-lap feature, but Ballou sunk his teeth firmly into the moisture a car length lower than Cummins while K. Thomas put his right rear Hoosier up against the outside wall for the last two laps.

On the final lap, Ballou gave it one last shot, skimming the infield tires with his front wheels as he pitched his machine sideways through the final two corners a car-width underneath leader Cummins.

Ballou got a big bite coming off the last corner in a side-by-side drag race to the checkered flag with Cummins, but Cummins had just enough to eke out the victory by a foot over Ballou while Thomas, Coons (from 22nd) and Bacon rounded out the top-five.

Kyle Cummins earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Saturday night during the 2nd round of Indiana Sprint Week
at Kokomo Speedway.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

It was yet another solid second place run for Rocklin, California native Ballou, who nearly ripped away the win from Cummins at the end in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott.

"I got hit in the helmet with a rock and it shattered my helmet. It felt like it broke my jaw," Ballou explained. "But we salvaged a good run. I had the best car I've ever driven here. We made some last minute changes once we were on the track before the feature and everything we changed was the right decision."

Kevin Thomas, Jr. has been a rocket during his six visits to Kokomo Speedway during the 2016 season in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy, finishing third Saturday night after results of 1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd and 5th in his five previous visits in non-USAC, weekly competition shows at the ¼-mile oval this year.

"There was a hole in (turns) three and four and, if you hit it wrong on the restarts, it would get the car upset, Thomas said. "Windom did that a few times and protected the bottom, and then I could get some momentum built up and slide him the next time around. I thought that was going to work for a while, but then I went to the bottom and got swarmed. Unfortunately, those guys got collected in that wreck, so we couldn't race it out. But I lived and died by the top and, tonight, it just didn't work out for us."

Contingency award winners at Kokomo Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Chad Boespflug (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Logan Jarrett (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Tony Elliott Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.069; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.095; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.113; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.115; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.135; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.192; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.210; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.213; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.225; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.276; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.292; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.297; 13. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.303; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.310; 15. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.329; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.336; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.355; 18. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.383; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.389; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.400; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.404; 22. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.436; 23. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.450; 24. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-13.513; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.517; 26. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.522; 27. Brian Karraker, 23k, Karraker-13.530; 28. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.554; 29. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-13.582; 30. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.589; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.617; 32. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-13.628; 33. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-13.633; 34. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.636; 35. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-13.657; 36. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.674; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.701; 38. Critter Malone, 7, Seven LLC-13.702; 39. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.724; 40. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.727; 41. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.763; 42. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.766; 43. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.788; 44. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-13.798; 45. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.818; 46. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.020; 47. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-14.119.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Meseraull, 3. Leary, 4. Coons, 5. Hodges, 6. Beauchamp, 7. Courtney, 8. Grant, 9. Farney, 10. Bland, 11. Mattox, 12. Spencer. 2:14.91

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Andretti, 3. Ballou, 4. Cummins, 5. Daum, 6. Darland, 7. Malone, 8. McGhee, 9. Goodnight, 10. Robbins, 11. Creech, 12. Hopkins. 2:14.89

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. Ketcham, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Clouser, 8. Karraker, 9. Gaines, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Hines, 12. Williams. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. S.Cottle, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Jarrett, 5. Stanbrough, 6. DiMattia, 7. Light, 8. Schmidt, 9. Simon, 10. Chapple, 11. Bares. NT

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Bland, 2. DiMattia, 3. Farney, 4. Light, 5. Goodnight, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Gaines, 8. Robbins, 9. Mattox, 10. Chapple, 11. Spencer, 12. Malone, 13. Williams, 14. Creech, 15. Hines. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Darland, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Courtney, 5. Hodges, 6. Schmidt, 7. McGhee, 8. Clouser, 9. Daum, 10. Farney, 11. Grant, 12. DiMattia, 13. Bland, 14. C.Cottle, 15. Karraker, 16. Goodnight, 17. Light, 18. Beauchamp. 2:47.54

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Bryan Clauson, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Josh Hodges, 24. Cole Ketcham. NT
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**Bares flipped during the fourth heat. Schuerenberg flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Windom, Laps 22-30 Cummins.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (22nd to 4th).

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,626, 2-Meseraull-1,464, 3-Ballou-1,458, 4-Stockon-1,433, 5-Darland-1,351, 6-Boespflug-1,288, 7-Leary-1,279, 8-Windom-1,148, 9-McGhee-1,148, 10-Farney-934.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-137, 2-Bacon-135, 3-Ballou & Coons-128, 5-Windom-121, 6-S.Cottle-119, 7-Cummins-116, 8-Clauson-109, 9-Boespflug & Thomas Jr.-97.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

COMEBACK COURTNEY CHARGES FROM THE TAIL TO COLLECT STUNNING VICTORY
IN GAS CITY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK OPENER

After an opening lap spin sent him to the 24th and last position on the grid for the restart, the odds certainly did not appear to be in Tyler Courtney's favor.

Passing 23 cars in 30 laps around a ¼-mile track is a tall task for anyone, let alone a driver seeking his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win with the backdrop of an intense Indiana Sprint Week environment present.

However, Courtney was up to the task, methodically picking his way through the field as he tiptoed his way around the infield tires. With eight laps to go, Courtney caught the red-hot Bryan Clauson for the top spot and hung on to score one of the most stunning victories in recent series memory Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway on opening night of the 29th annual "Indiana Sprint Week."

Already mired deep in the field from his original 16th starting position, Courtney seemed to be a longshot as all eyes from the packed Gas City grandstand were affixed at the head of the pack throughout the first portion of the race.

Two-time Gas City USAC Sprint Car winner Hunter Schuerenberg started from the pole, but by the end of the first lap, three-time 2016 series winner Chad Boespflug had bolted from his fourth starting spot to pull even with Schuerenberg at the flag stand.

But, Tyler Courtney's first lap spin between turns three and four brought about the yellow flag, resulting in a complete restart.

On the ensuing restart, Schuerenberg shot to the front as Boespflug slid into second. At the front of the pack, drivers found the fastest way to be around the top side where Boespflug zeroed in on Schuerenberg in a bid for the lead on the ninth lap before the action slowed with ninth-running Justin Grant stopped in turn two, bringing out the second yellow of the night.

On the lap nine restart, Schuerenberg sprinted to the bottom as Boespflug hit the cushion. Suddenly, Boespflug's car dramatically slowed due to a dzus button falling out of the ignition plate and, in turn, ceasing the engine. Despite the issue, Boespflug would restart from the tail, but would not a play a factor in the race at the front, winding up a disappointing 21st at the finish line.

The next attempt at resuming action saw Clauson slip by Max McGhee for the second position and, one circuit later on lap 10, scooting past Schuerenberg for the lead with authority on the bottom, quickly distancing himself from the rest of the field. On the 11th lap, Brady Bacon was able to dart by Schuerenberg for second at the entrance to turn one.

As soon as it appeared to become a two-man race between the season's winningest driver in the series (Clauson) and the series point leader (Bacon), Bacon slipped off the edge of the racetrack between turns three and four, dropping the 2014 series champion all the way back to seventh.

Meanwhile, the 23c of Courtney began to come into focus as he slowly, but surely, and steadfastly hit his marks on the bottom of the track's surface, knocking off one position after another.

By the midway point, Courtney was running fifth as he got a major run coming off the bottom of turn four. He hit the stripe three-wide with McGhee sandwiched between Windom on the outside and Courtney on the inside, beating them both into turn one.

However, when Courtney got there, Schuerenberg was headed for the same piece of real estate. The two made contact, sending Courtney sideways while popping his car up into the air as it bounced through turn one.

Though the contact knocked Courtney off his saddle for a moment, he hopped back on his horse and was incredibly able to lasso both Schuerenberg and Windom in as the trio stormed down the back straightaway just moments later with Courtney able to blast out in front of both to claim second off of turn four.

From that point forward, Courtney had just one man to beat: Bryan Clauson. Clauson, a six-time series winner this season, has been practically unbeatable when he gets out front this season, but Courtney was able to dig in his heels on the bottom, cutting the interval between him and Clauson by nearly a half a second each lap.

Clauson continued to cement his trust in the high line while Courtney stuck like Loctite to the low line as the two entered lapped traffic. Clauson pushed his machine to the edge, dipping off the turn two edge on multiple occasions as he clung onto the number one position while Courtney continued to sneak up on him. But a yellow for Thomas Meseraull flew after he found himself facing the outside turn four guardrail.

Seven laps to go, Clauson and Courtney had a clear track in front of them. As expected, Clauson took to the low side on the restart in turns one two, defending the line that Courtney had worked to perfection all race long. Yet, as Clauson headed into turn three, he aimed his car to the high side, thus leaving the door open for Courtney to take advantage and claim the lead at the line with eight laps to go.

Clauson refused to relent his high line and fall into line, instead, fighting back to pull side-by-side with Courtney in turn two on lap 24. Clauson was on the ragged edge, literally, as he slipped his right side tires over the turn two berm, biking the car, but still managing to stay on the gas, only losing one position in the process to Windom.

A three-car freight train on the bottom consisting of Courtney, Windom and Shane Cottle ensued while Clauson ripped the high side. Clauson hovered between second and fourth-place each lap, but was unable to reach Courtney, who held off all remaining challenges to pick up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in one of the most amazing drives seen in the series in years over Clauson, Windom, Cottle and Bacon.

 

Reminiscent of Terry Pletch's storied charge from 21st to 1st in the 1999 Indiana Sprint Week opener at the Terre Haute Action Track, Courtney's longshot win under trying circumstances is a performance that is sure to go down in 'Sprint Week" lore.

"My grandpa (former Lincoln Park Speedway owner Mike Farrar) was a huge part of starting Indiana Sprint Week when it originated, so to win this is even more special," Courtney said after driving the TOPP Motorsports' Maxim/Chevy to his first career series win.

"I've been close before, but to beat the best guy in Bryan Clauson the way we did, it's just amazing. I'm truly speechless. I couldn't believe he left me the bottom on the restart, but I knew I still had to hit my marks because I've given one away before running the bottom like that. When I got by him, I just started counting down the laps in my head and they couldn't fall quick enough."

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson saw a rare one slip away from him near the end of the night's 30-lapper. The winner of six series victories in 2016 was able to squeak by Windom for second on the final corner of the final lap in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I felt like I was as good as him once I got back up to ripping the top, but it was treacherous, so I just tried to stay close," Clauson explained. "If he could've been a little closer, I think we could've maybe got him. But we got out front and maybe just led a little too soon."

2011 Indiana Sprint Week champ Windom, of Canton, Illinois was able to overcome mechanical issues early in the night, but was able to come out of night one of "Sprint Week" with a solid third place effort in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"I couldn't believe when Tyler (Courtney) went by me how slow he was going, but how fast he was at the same time," said a surprised Windom. "With how big the curb up top was getting, I never thought you could slow down that much and still go that well. But once he got by, there was no getting him back. We'll take a podium though. We had to fix a struck throttle and change a rear end too, so we salvaged what we could and ended up alright."

Contingency award winners at Gas City I-69 Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Kyle Robbins (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.175; 2. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.340; 3. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-12.460; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-12.464; 5. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-12.487; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.488; 7. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-12.532; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.535; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.598; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-12.602; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.621; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-12.642; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-12.645; 14. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.675; 15. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-12.692; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-12.692; 17. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.728; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.736; 19. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.753; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.767; 21. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.793; 22. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-12.808; 23. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-12.810; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.832; 25. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-12.844; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.847; 27. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.869; 28. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-12.873; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.884; 30. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.893; 31. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.898; 32. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-12.901; 33. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-12.915; 34. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.917; 35. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.932; 36. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-12.939; 37. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.955; 38. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-12.955; 39. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-12.994; 40. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.085; 41. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.147; 42. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-13.180; 43. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.183; 44. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.238; 45. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.260; 46. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.268; 47. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.390.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. Shuman, 6. Cummins, 7. Grant, 8. Hines, 9. Clouser, 10. Creech, 11. Andretti, 12. Hery. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Coons, 3. Daum, 4. Farney, 5. Windom, 6. Mattox, 7. DiMattia, 8. Williams, 9. Hodges, 10. Light, 11. Schmidt, 12. Mellenberndt. 2:04.27

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Clauson, 3. Ballou, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Leary, 6. K.Thomas, 7. Stanbrough, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Darland, 10. Goodnight, 11. Smith, 12. Bares. 2:05.32

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Meseraull, 4. Boespflug, 5. Jarrett, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Spencer, 8. Gaines, 9. Hopkins, 10. Ketcham, 11. Simon. 2:08.25

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Hodges, 4. Hopkins, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Gaines, 7. Hines, 8. Ketcham, 9. Goodnight, 10. Clouser, 11. Spencer, 12. Creech, 13. Mellenberndt, 14. Schmidt, 15. Hery, 16. Bares, 17. Light. 2:11.66

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Andretti, 4. Grant, 5. Hopkins, 6. Cummins, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Hodges, 9. Jarrett, 10. Smith, 11. Darland, 12. DiMattia, 13. Mattox, 14. Stanbrough, 15. Leary, 16. Shuman, 17. Williams, 18. Simon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Max McGhee, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. A.J. Hopkins, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Kyle Robbins, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chase Stockon, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Isaac Chapple. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Schuerenberg, Laps 10-22 Clauson, Laps 23-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (16th-1st)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,560, 2-Meseraull-1,416, 3-Stockon-1,388, 4-Ballou-1,385, 5-Darland-1,314, 6-Leary-1,246, 7-Boespflug-1,222, 8-McGhee-=1,119, 9-Windom-1,095, 10-Farney-903.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-78, 2-Clauson-74, 3-S.Cottle & Bacon-69, 5-Windom-68, 6-Coons-62, 7-McGhee-59, 8-Ballou-55, 9-Daum-54, 10-Robbins-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Tony Elliott Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2016 FINALIZED; BUTLER, DAVIS, MEARS & OLSON LATEST HONOREES

USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2016 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame has resulted in inductions for drivers Steve Butler, Rick Mears and Kevin Olson, and car owner and chief mechanic Willie Davis.

The four new inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies the July 21 "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Previously-announced 2016 inductees include (alphabetically) Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O'Connor, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

Steve Butler, of Kokomo, Ind., is a six-time USAC National Driving Champion. He won the Silver Crown title in 1988 and 1992 and swept three straight Sprint Car championships between 1986 and 1988 before repeating in 1990. A 2005 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, he is also in the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Hall of Fame and has been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. He was USAC's Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" in 1985 and also won an AMA Motorcycle championship in 1976. He's a 4-time "4-Crown Nationals" champ (twice each in Silver Crown and Sprint) and won back-to-back "Tony Hulman Classic" Sprint races on dirt and pavement!

Willie Davis, of Pittsboro, Ind., was one of USAC's most proficient car owners and chief mechanics. He captured USAC National Sprint Car Owner titles in 1969 and 1971, producing driver titles for Gary Bettenhausen. He recorded 34 feature victories during his tenure as a USAC car owner. In 1980, he served as the chief mechanic on Bettenhausen's third-place Indianapolis 500 entry from Armstrong Mould Racing. Having started in hot rods in the 1940s, Willie assisted with Art Bisch's 1956 CRA Sprint Car championship and later was instrumental in providing Johnny Rutherford's initial USAC Sprint car ride at Reading, Pa. In 1996, he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Rick Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif., is one of only three four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, having won all four under the sanction of USAC. In 1984, 1988 and 1991 he was USAC's Gold Crown Driving Champion. His six Indy 500 poles are the all-time record. He is also a three-time Indy Car World Series Champion (1979, 1981 and 1982). In 1978, he shared the Indianapolis 500 "Rookie of the Race" award with USAC Hall of Famer Larry Rice. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the following year was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Kevin Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won USAC National Midget championships in 1982 and 1987 and captured 23 victories during his USAC career. Among his victories were wins in the 1983 Turkey Night Grand Prix and the 1996 Hut Hundred. He is a five-time Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) Champ and also won the prestigious "Pepsi Midget Nationals" at Sun Prairie, Wisc. five times! Olson has more recently been involved in motorsports broadcasting and has worked on the team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 2. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 6. Mike Larson (#95 Larson). 7. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Aaron Schuck (#1 SET), 3. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 4. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 5. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 6. Beau Burnett (#13 Burnett), 7. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 8. Jimmy Picardi (#154m PiCardi). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 3. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7. Travis Pence (#01 Pence). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Gedd Ross, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Brandon Smith, 8. Jake Sollenberger, 9. Tyler Roth, 10. Broc Hunnell, 11. Travis Pence, 12. Beau Burnett, 13. Todd Baker, 14. Jimmy Picardi, 15. Jack Marion, 16. Mike Larson, 17. Johnny Murdock, 18. Shane Morgan, 19. Jeff Mallonee, 20. Aaron Schuck, 21. Andy Baugh, 22. Dave Baugh, 23. Jeremy Hull. NT ------------------------------------ **Dave Baugh, Andy Baugh and Schuck all flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 McDermand, Laps 7-20 Davis.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-704, 2-Sollenberger-590, 3-Burrows-539, 4-Davis-528, 5-Morley-510, 6-Pence-490, 7-Ross-433, 8-A,Baugh-428, 9-Baker-371, 10-Bart Andrews-351.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 9 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway - "Gabelite & Sons Trucking Night at the Races"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 6. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Dennis Gile, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Ronnie Clark, 14. Landon Cling, 15. Jonas Reynolds, 16. Joe Schoepner, 17. Jordan Stetson, 18. Vickie Faber, 19. Brett Yarnell. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Gile, Laps 24-28 Davis, Lap 29 Gile, Lap 30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Allscapes Back to School Special”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 30”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.559; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.597; 3. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.671; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.804; 5. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-16.876; 6. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.940; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.962; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.020; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-17.039; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.128; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.136; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.152; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.158; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.203; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.341; 16. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.373; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.610; 18. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.719; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.790; 20. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.915; 21. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.946; 22. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.221; 23. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-18.499; 24. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.720.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. R.Gardner, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. A.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. Ellertson, 7. Smith, 8. Malcolm. 2:54.26

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. L.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. Gansen, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Dyson. 2:54.07

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. C.Williams, 3. Sussex, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Spencer, 6. Bender, 7. Everhart, 8. A.Sweeney. 2:56.74

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Sheridan, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Max Adams, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Chris Gansen, 12. Chris Dyson, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Verne Sweeney, 15. Andrew Sweeney, 16. Tony Everhart, 17. Cal Smith, 18. A.J. Bender, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Cody Williams. NT

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**V.Sweeney, C.Williams, and R.Gardner flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 D.Gardner, Lap 8 Sussex, Lap 9 D.Gardner, Laps 10-12 Sussex, Laps 13-30 Sheridan.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Dyson (21st to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 30 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

BALLOU GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN PUTNAMVILLE'S "BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR"

Putnamville, Indiana.........Lincoln Park Speedway has been very kind to Robert Ballou in recent years. Almost two years to the day of the Rocklin, California native's career-turning triumph at the 5/16-mile dirt oval, Ballou once again took his own team to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane at the track Friday night, holding off a late charge by Chad Boespflug to take the 2nd annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular."

Outside front row starter Ballou rolled off alongside pole-sitter Boespflug at the beginning of the 30-lap event. After battling side-by-side throughout the first circuit, Ballou was able to edge ahead of Boespflug on the outside as he shot off the turn four curb to lead lap one.

As Boespflug shifted back-and-forth from the topside to the lowside and back again in search of the fastest way around, Ballou found the legendary Putnamville cushion to his liking and, by the fifth lap, had already built up a half-straightaway lead over Boespflug in second.

By the 14th lap, Ballou held the advantage by a country mile as he entered lapped traffic just prior to the halfway point, allowing Boespflug to steadily knife his way back into contention as he closed the gap for the top spot.

With 10 to go, the top-two began to check out on the rest of the field, with Boespflug in hot pursuit of Ballou up top.

Behind them, Thomas Meseraull was beginning to charge, picking off ProSource Fast Qualifier Josh Hodges for sixth on lap 19 and Shane Cottle to move into the top-five on 20th lap. But on the 21st lap, Meseraull slid over the turn four cushion, gliding up and punching the outside wall with the right side of the car with major force, putting an end to his night and providing a damaging blow to his standing in the series points.

The lapped car of Aaron Farney separated leader Ballou and second-running Boespflug on the restart with nine laps to go. Boespflug was able to maneuver around Farney with relative ease and now put himself in a two-car shootout with Ballou and an open track ahead of them.

Boespflug evaporated Ballou's lead as the laps continued to dwindle. As flagman Tom Hansing raised his hand to signify five laps remaining, Ballou's lead was cut down to a mere three car lengths.

Yet, catching is quite different from passing in auto racing, but Boespflug had put himself in prime position to capitalize on any small mistake by Ballou.

On the 28th lap, Ballou's right rear tire hit the turn three cushion with a mighty wallop, knocking him off course just slightly enough to allow Boespflug to put his bumper within inches of the golden #1 on Ballou's tail tank. Ballou didn't panic, though. He simply stood on the throttle and was able to ward off Boespflug's attack and, in fact, was able to give himself a tad bit more breathing room entering the final two laps.

On the last lap, Ballou approached the side-by-side lapped cars of Shane Cockrum (inside) and Bret Mellenberndt (outside) entering the third turn. With Boespflug making one last bid for the win and traffic just out in front of his nose, Ballou navigated the outside without so much as a flinch, putting the Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott in victory lane for the fourth time in 2016, defeating Boespflug, Bacon, Shane Cottle and Dave Darland.

"Everybody has stepped their game up here lately, so having a starting spot up front was big tonight," Ballou admitted. "Putnamville is always tricky and the weather today didn't help, but the water they put on before the feature helped. We've fought some issues with our whole package all year and we've been searching and trying different things. We're trying to dig out of a little bit of a low point right now and this win obviously helps. It's tough to beat Brady (Bacon) and the Hoffmans right now, but getting a win tonight is a good indication that we're moving in the right direction."

Hanford, California's Boespflug finished second in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton, coming up just short of duplicating his victory on Independence Day weekend three years ago at Putnamville.

"The track was a little greasy at the start and Robert (Ballou) got a better advantage right away, so that hurt us a little bit," Boespflug said. "We've kind of been up and down this year, so we'll take a second tonight. We had the frame on this car clipped after Susquehanna, so this was a little bit of a test run tonight and it passed pretty well, so we're happy with it heading into 'Indiana Sprint Week.' I think I was better in (turns) three and four than he was and, towards the end, I could kind of slow roll and cheat the cushion a little and I gained some ground there. Once I figured that out, I was thinking the whole time how I was going to get by him. It was going to take a haymaker, but we almost had him."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon continued his impressive streak as of late, knocking down his eighth consecutive top-four finish Friday night in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. In the process, he extended his point lead to a season-high 104 after capitalizing on Meseraull's misfortune.

"We took what we could get tonight," accepted Bacon. "It was a good points night for us, but there wasn't really a lot we could do. I moved up towards the end and got rolling decent, but we were just going the same speed as everybody else, so it was just kind of one of those nights where you soldier home to the finish and just get the best you can."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Josh Hodges (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Shane Cockrum (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.633; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.028; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.096; 4. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.106; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.162; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13,165; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.185; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.185; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.225; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.273; 11. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.293; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.339; 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.343; 14. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.345; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.367; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.439; 17. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.480; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.537; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.561; 20. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.591; 21. Casey Shuman, 21k, Krockenberger-13.600; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.650; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.696; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.717; 25. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.725; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.731; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.755; 28. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.776; 29. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.790; 30. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.388; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-14.761; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT;

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Leary, 6. Shuman, 7. Robbins, 8. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Simon, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Smith, 7. Hines, 8. Mattox. 2:20.53

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Bacon, 4. Ketcham, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. McGhee, 8. VanGilder. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cockrum, 2. Andretti, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Hopkins, 6. Jarrett, 7. Cottle, 8. Chapple. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. Jarrett, 4. Darland, 5. Shuman, 6. Farney, 7. Mattox, 8. Smith, 9. Hopkins, 10. Robbins, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Creech, 13. Hines, 14. McGhee. 3:01.41

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon, NT ---------------------------- **Chapple flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,491, 2-Meseraull-1,387, 3-Stockon-1,343, 4-Ballou-1,330, 5-Darland-1,283, 6-Leary-1,219, 7-Boespflug-1,191, 8-McGhee-1,060, 9-Windom-1,025, 10-Farney-868.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 8 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - 29th "Indiana Sprint Week"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 1, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.237; 2. Logan Willliams, 5, Jory-14.305; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.347; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.373; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.458; 6. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-14.488; 7. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.525; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.530; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-14.594; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-14.661; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-14.690; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.696; 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.820; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.840; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.871; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.879; 17. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.993; 18. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.122; 19. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.197; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-15.344; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-15.437; 22. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-15.489; 23. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.678; 24. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-15.718; 25. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-16.044; 26. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ellertson, 2. Bender, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Spencer, 5. Boles, 6. A.Williams, 7. Dyson, 8. Malcolm. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thompson, 2. Swanson, 3. Roa, 4. R.Gardner, 5. L.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7.V.Sweeney, 8. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Bernal, 3. Kruseman, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. C.Williams, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. A.Sweeney. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. C.Williams, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Lopiccolo, 9. Adams, 10. Dyson, 11. A.Sweeney, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Logan Wiliams, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Cory Kruseman, 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 17. Anthony Lopiccolo, 18. Verne Sweeney, 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 20. Chris Dyson, 21. Max Adams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Roa, Laps 9-30 Bernal

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (8th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 2 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 30”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 1, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.633; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.028; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.096; 4. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.106; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.162; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13,165; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.185; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.185; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.225; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.273; 11. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.293; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.339; 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.343; 14. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.345; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.367; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.439; 17. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.480; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.537; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.561; 20. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.591; 21. Casey Shuman, 21k, Krockenberger-13.600; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.650; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.696; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.717; 25. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.725; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.731; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.755; 28. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.776; 29. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.790; 30. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.388; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-14.761; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT;

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Leary, 6. Shuman, 7. Robbins, 8. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Simon, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Smith, 7. Hines, 8. Mattox. 2:20.53

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Bacon, 4. Ketcham, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. McGhee, 8. VanGilder. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cockrum, 2. Andretti, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Hopkins, 6. Jarrett, 7. Cottle, 8. Chapple. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. Jarrett, 4. Darland, 5. Shuman, 6. Farney, 7. Mattox, 8. Smith, 9. Hopkins, 10. Robbins, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Creech, 13. Hines, 14. McGhee. 3:01.41

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon, NT ---------------------------- **Chapple flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,491, 2-Meseraull-1,387, 3-0Stockonj-1,343, 4-Ballou-1,330, 5-Darland-1,283, 6-Leary-1,219, 7-Boespflug-1,191, 8-McGhee-1,060, 9-Windom-1,027, 10-Farney-868.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 8 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"


 

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 29, 2016 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway - 5IVE-6IX "Hump Day Summer Series"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 6. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 7. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). 1:56.55

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 2. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Davey Ray (#33 RAYPRO), 5. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 6. Gary Gipson (#5 Byers), 7. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister). 1:57.02

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Ryan Robinson, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Brayton Lynch, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Austin Nemire, 10. Gary Gipson, 11. Justin Peck, 12. Rich Drangmeister, 13. Ken Drangmeister, 14. Gage Walker. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Bayston, Laps 17-25 Thorson.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thorson-150, 2-Bayston-144, 3-Macedo-141, 4-Robinson-127, 5-Shelton-121, 6-Darland-118, 7-Lynch-102, 8-Peck-95, 9-Walker-92, 10-Bryan Clauson-77.

NEXT USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS & FIREWORKS
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 28, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, July 2nd. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the “Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display” will also showcase Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with twelve wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). This season, Johnson has two wins at Arizona Speedway and Sussex claimed the May 7th victory.

Entering the eleventh point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 104-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced to his fourth win of the year at Queen Creek on June 11th. At press time, the second generation driver has also posted five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. R.J. leads all SouthWest drivers with thirty-six feature wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid was a Saturday night triumph.

After running second to Johnson on June 11th, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time Arizona champion ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth victory on Saturday.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) sits third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS skipped the last Queen Creek show to run with USAC/CRA at Perris, California. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has five feature wins, five heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led on the year. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins with nine triumphs and might miss Saturday’s show to compete with USAC/CRA.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the Queen Creek main event. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to add another Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed third in the June 11th main event. To date, the former Western World 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, seven top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to score his fourth USAC SouthWest feature victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dustin Burkhart, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Spencer Hill, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
12-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-749, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-645, 3. Stevie Sussex-640, 4. Mike Martin-611, 5. Matt Rossi-592, 6. Nick Aiuto-517, 7. Tye Mihocko-492, 8. Josh Pelkey-444, 9. Dennis Gile-420, 10. Andy Reinbold-417, 11. Brian Hosford-377, 12. Chris Bonneau-358, 13. Landon Cling-324, 14. Shon Deskins-320, 15. Bruce St. James-304, 16. Dustin Burkhart-250, 17. Tom Ogle-241, 18. Michael Curtis-240, 19. Spencer Hill-138, 20. Jonas Reynolds-119.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS HEADLINE SANTA MARIA’S “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AND PERRIS “FIRECRCKER 30”

 By Lance Jennings

JUNE 28, 2016… The powerful Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday and Saturday night for a special doubleheader. On Friday, July 1st, the traditional 410s will make their only appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway for the “Doug Fort Memorial.” The following night, the series will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the popular “Firecracker 30 & Skyconcert.”

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial” will be the twentieth USAC/CRA event at the “West’s Best Short Track.” Six different drivers (Ryan Bernal, Damion Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, and Austin Williams) are tied for the series lead with two Santa Maria victories and “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. The action packed card will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gate will open at 10:00am, Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:00pm, and Racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232. A complete “Doug Fort Memorial” and series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Saturday’s “Firecracker 30” at Perris Auto Speedway will be the 186th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car event promoted by Don Kazarian. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 Perris victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. This season, Bryan Clauson, Josh Hodges, Austin Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd have claimed “home track” victories. The “Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and California Lightning Sprints. The Spectator Gates will open at 3:00pm and there will be an Autograph Session and Kids Games for early arrivals. Racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm and for more information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Friday'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 in 2009, the event changed to a non-winged 360 show in 2012. The race became part of the USAC/CRA 410 schedule in 2014 and the "Doug Fort Memorial” continues to be a popular event at the speedway.

The annual "Firecracker" race has been a Southern California tradition going back to the legendary Ascot Park in Gardena. Howard Gardner won the 1957 event and other winning drivers include Bob Hogle, Billy Vukovich, Jimmy Oskie, Dean Thompson, Bubby Jones, Rip Williams, Brad Noffsinger, and Ron Shuman. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman scored the second of his record six event wins.

Heading to the sixth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the championship standings with a slim two point advantage. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored fourth at Perris on June 11th. To date, the defending 360 Western World Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. During the short break, Brody won both USAC West Coast 360 shows at Santa Maria and Hanford. The point leader will be looking to add the “Doug Fort Memorial” and “Firecracker 30” to his resume.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to score the June 11th victory at Perris. At press time, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps to his credit. Currently tied with six other drivers (Robert Ballou, Ryan Bernal, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Blake Miller, and Matt Mitchell) for thirteenth on the series win list, Vander Weerd will have his sights winning at Santa Maria and Perris.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson ran second to Richard Vander Weerd on June 11th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and five top-10 finishes on the season. This Friday and Saturday, Jake will be looking to win his first USAC/CRA features at Perris and Santa Maria.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) is fourth in the point standings. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports owned #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer took sixth at Perris after starting ninth. As this writing goes to press, the five-time champion has five top-10 finishes and 21 feature laps led on the year. Ranked second on the win list with 37 victories, Mike will have his sights on gaining valuable points with triumphs at the “Fort Memorial” and “Firecracker 30.”

After running fifth at Perris on June 11th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has two heat race victories, four top-10 victories, and 20 feature laps led on the year. The four-time champion leads all USAC/CRA drivers with sixty-five wins and will be looking to sweep the shows on Friday and Saturday.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Trent Williams (Victorville, California), Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Verne Sweeney, Anthony Lopiccolo, Ronnie Gardner, 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, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $23, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Reserved Adult tickets are $30 and Reserved Child tickets (12 & under) are $10. For General Admission, Adult tickets are $25 and Child tickets (6-12) are $5. The event is FREE to residents of the City of Perris with proper identification. 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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, email 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 and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Austin Williams.

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

SANTA MARIA “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.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 37-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, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 5- Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Robert Ballou, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Austin Williams, 1-Jason York.

PERRIS "FIRECRACKER" WINNERS: 1996-Cory Kruseman, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Troy Cline, 1999-Rip Williams, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Rickie Gaunt, 2003-Rip Williams, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Danny Sheridan, 2009-Cory Kruseman, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-352, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-350, 3. Jake Swanson-333, 4. Mike Spencer-318, 5. Damion Gardner-308, 6. Austin Williams-255, 7. Max Adams-214, 8. Jeremy Ellertson-212, 9. Cody Williams-208, 10. Chris Gansen-198, 11. Logan Williams-192, 12. Trent Williams-183, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-171, ... A.J. Bender-171, 15. Tommy Malcolm-170, 16. Verne Sweeney-163, 17. Josh Hodges-146, 18. R.J. Johnson-122, 19. Parker Colston-119, 20. Anthony Lopiccolo-117.

 

 

2016 SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
United States Auto Club

In the fast evolving world of digital media, social media can mean many things. Social media includes all means of communicating or posting information or content of any sort on the Internet, including to your own or someone else's web blog, journal or diary, personal web site, social networking or affinity web site, web bulletin board or a chat room, whether or not associated or affiliated with USAC, as well as any other form of electronic communication. The most common forms of social media are Facebook and Twitter, but continue to evolve with Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of peer-peer and user-generated content sites.

Even though these forums may seem informal, often they are home for people who choose to vent frustration. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what is posted online from accounts managed by yourself, or those you may be responsible for (your children under 18). Before creating online content yourself and/or allowing others the ability to post online content for you, consider some of the risks that you may pose. Keep in mind that any of your conduct that adversely affects USAC, our track partners, our sponsors and all other members and participants of USAC may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Does This Apply To Me?
This new Social Media policy applies to all USAC Competitors and Officials. A Competitor is a Driver, Entrant, Family Member, Crew Member, or any other individual or entity who is a Member and participates competitively in a USAC Sanctioned Event. An Official is any and all authorized USAC officers, employees, agents, representatives, and subcontractors. USAC reserves the right to apply the policy to other Members as it deems appropriate.

This new policy is in effect immediately and will be posted on all USAC rulebooks and websites for members. For 2017, this policy will become part of the annual waiver and credentialing process.

Know The Social Media Rules
Carefully read these guidelines, as well as the Rule Book, and ensure your postings are consistent with these policies. Inappropriate postings that may include discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and may subject you to disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Be Respectful
Always be fair and courteous to others. Also, keep in mind that you are more likely to resolve complaints by speaking directly with others than by posting complaints to a social media outlet. Nevertheless, if you decide to post complaints or criticism, avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening or intimidating, that disparage others or that might constitute harassment or bullying. Examples of such conduct might include offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone's reputation or posts that could contribute to a hostile trackside environment on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or any other status protected by law, rule or policy.

Be honest and accurate
Make sure you are always honest and accurate when posting information or news, and if you make a mistake, correct it quickly. Be open about any previous posts you have altered. Remember that the Internet archives almost everything; therefore, even deleted postings can be searched. Posts are "on the record" and available to the media, public, sponsors, and other business partners and subject to discovery in litigation matters. Never post any rumors, speculation or information about USAC or others until an official announcement, release or other post by official social media accounts has been made to the public and media.

Don't Retaliate
USAC prohibits taking negative action against any Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation. Any Member who retaliates against another Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

USAC reserves the right to modify this policy as it deems appropriate in its discretion. In such case, USAC will provide: i) existing Members with a bulletin and the revised policy via the electronic mail account on file with USAC for the Member, Entrant and/or Associate and post the bulletin and the revised policy on the USAC website; ii) new applicants with the revised policy as part of the membership application materials.

For more information
Of course, nothing in this social media policy is meant to discourage Members from exercising their rights to use social media. Social media plays an integral role in reaching out to and growing our fan base. It is a way to give fans direct interaction with USAC, drivers, teams, tracks, and sponsors. This policy, if used correctly, will only enhance and brighten this experience for all parties involved.

If you have questions or need further guidance, please contact Kirk Spridgeon (USAC Circle Track) at kirk@usacracing.com or Jerry Coons (USAC .25) at jerry@usacracing.com.

 

 

MESERAULL ALL FIRED UP
IN LAKESIDE SPRINT VICTORY

Kansas City, Kansas......... In a battle between the two most consistent drivers throughout the 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Thomas Meseraull prevailed through the early rain and a brief fire on his car during a red flag period in the feature, sneaking underneath Brady Bacon on the bottom of turn four as the two raced to the white flag and holding on to take his second series victory of the year.

Heavy showers just prior to the original starting time delayed the proceedings for more than an hour. When the cars hit the track for the first time at a quarter after seven, it was evident the track was going to be heavy and hammer down.

Thomas Meseraull drove home the point in ProSource Qualifying, breaking Chase Stockon's one-day old USAC Sprint Car track record at the 4/10-mile dirt oval by more than three-tenths of a second. That would position the San Jose, California driver outside of the third row for the start of the 30-lap feature.

On the start, Dave Darland darted out front from the pole position to lead the opening lap with Brady Bacon in tow.

By the fifth lap, Bacon was challenging for the top spot as he worked the bottom and Darland held court up top. The next five circuits all appeared as mirror images of each other with Bacon edging ahead entering turn four and Darland using the momentum off the top to race past Bacon to reach the flagstand first each time.

On lap 10, Darland and Bacon encountered the lapped car of Terry Richards as the two entered turn three. With the line up on the cushion occupied by Richards, Darland switched lanes to the middle of the track between three and four. Bacon seized the opportunity, slipping by Darland on the bottom to take the point with 21 to go.

On the ensuing restart after a caution for the stopped car of Riley Kreisel, Bacon stretched his lead over Darland by a half-straight margin. But, by lap 20, Bacon had gained new company.

With 11 to go, Meseraull motored by Darland for second off the fourth turn and now had his radar locked on the distant Bacon.

In the midst of Bacon putting Clinton Boyles a lap down on the 22nd lap, Boyles vaulted over Bacon's right rear tire with his own left rear, sending Boyles hard into the turn two outside wall with the right rear wheel first before helicoptering around 360 degrees in mid-air, landing and flopping over to the right side, and then coming to a rest on all fours. Boyles was uninjured.

Under the red flag period that brought a stoppage to the action, flames began to shoot out of the left side of second-running Meseraull's machine. The safety crew was able to extinguish the fire, but not before the flames singed the left side body work of the Amati Racing number 66.

Though it appeared as a somewhat serious situation at first, Meseraull was able to restart without an issue from the second position, right on Bacon's tail for the lap 22 restart.

Bacon got a nice jump on the field on the restart, putting a little breathing room between himself and Meseraull up front.

Two laps later, Meseraull was able to close in a flash, amazingly laying down some of his fastest laps of the race during the late stretch of laps.

Like one of the ghosts in a game of Pac-Man, Meseraull tracked Bacon down, rapidly erasing the distance between himself and Bacon as the final handful of laps ticked away.

On lap 26, Meseraull was two car lengths back; on lap 27, one length back. On lap 28, Meseraull had Bacon in his crosshairs and was ready to fire.

Meseraull was able to pull even with Bacon midway down the back straightaway with two to go and, with the white flag in the air, Meseeraull pounced to the front to pull ahead of Bacon exiting turn four.

Meseraull finished out the night in the same manner he started it in qualifying: with his number 66 listed at the top of the scoreboard after taking the checkered flag in front of Bacon, Chris Windom, Chase Stockon and Chad Boespflug.

The familiar refrain "I've seen fire and I've seen rain" is a tune that played out to reality in Sunday night's event at Lakeside Speedway with competitors and fans able to withstand the rain early on as well as witness Meseraull's resilience, coming back from a burning car near the midway point of the feature to standing in victory lane at night's end after picking up his fourth career series win in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"I was chasing Brady (Bacon) and I finally decided I was maybe good enough to do something with him," Meseraull said. "I saw (Dave) Darland moving around people pretty good on the outside earlier, so I just got it in a little higher and got myself diamonded off of (turn) two. On that lap, Brady moved up just enough and I got underneath him. I love racing Brady. He gave me room and he raced me clean."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon grabbed second in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. Despite the disappointment of seeing the win slip through his fingers in the final laps, Bacon lost minimal ground - two points to be exact - in the championship race to Meseraull, his nearest challenger, after earning his seventh consecutive top-4 finish. He now holds a 59-point advantage heading into the 2nd annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway on July 1.

"I had an extremely successful Midwest swing," Bacon noted. "I'm disappointed to come up short at the end here at Lakeside, but I can't complain too much about second-place. My tires went away a little after that red and I lost just enough grip that enabled (Meseraull) to get by."

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, drove his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to a third-place finish Sunday night.

"Track position was a big key tonight," Windom acknowledged. "We qualified well and it put us up front. We anticipated to stay on the top, so we tightened the car up a little too much. We did a few things that hurt us when (the groove) moved to the bottom, but (the car) was actually really good around the bottom. We held on. We weren't a winning car tonight, but we'll take a top-three to finish off this weekend."

Fifth-place finisher Boespflug pocketed the Weld Racing $1000 bonus.

Contingency award winners at Lakeside included Thomas Meseraull (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Rob Caho, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.712 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.871; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.908; 4. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.117; 5. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.139; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.148; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.212; 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.231; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.291; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.293; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.297; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.348; 13. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-17.507; 14. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.549; 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-17.592; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-17.605; 17. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-17.787; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-17.844; 19. Wyatt Burks, 11R, Rumsey/Clausen-18.285; 20. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-18.449; 21. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-18.469; 22. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT, 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 24. Cody Baker, 9, Hall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Farney, 4. Parkinson, 5. Meseraull, 6. Kreisel, 7. Burks, 8. Johnson. 2:22.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Simon, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Potter, 7. Thoman, 8. Bares. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Caho, 4. Darland, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Richards. 2:20.21 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Wyatt Burks, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Riley Kreisel, 20. Danny Thoman, 21. Kenny Potter, 22. Warren Johnson. NT
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**Bares flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Meseraull.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (22nd to 7th)

WELD RACING "MOVE OF THE NIGHT:" Chad Boespflug

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,417, 2-Meseraull-1,358. 3-Stockon-1,277, 4-Ballou-1,252, 5-Darland-1,224, 6-Leary-1,174, 7-Boespflug-1,116, 8-McGhee-1,014, 9-Windom-978, 10-Farney-845.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 1 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 26, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.712 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.871; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.908; 4. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.117; 5. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.139; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.148; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.212; 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.231; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.291; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.293; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.297; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.348; 13. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-17.507; 14. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.549; 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-17.592; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-17.605; 17. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-17.787; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-17.844; 19. Wyatt Burks, 11R, Rumsey/Clausen-18.285; 20. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-18.449; 21. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-18.469; 22. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT, 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 24. Cody Baker, 9, Hall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Farney, 4. Parkinson, 5. Meseraull, 6. Kreisel, 7. Burks, 8. Johnson. 2:22.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Simon, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Potter, 7. Thoman, 8. Bares. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Caho, 4. Darland, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Richards. 2:20.21 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Wyatt Burks, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Riley Kreisel, 20. Danny Thoman, 21. Kenny Potter, 22. Warren Johnson. NT ---------------------------- **Bares flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Meseraull.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (22nd to 7th)

WELD RACING "MOVE OF THE NIGHT: Chad Boespflug

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,417, 2-Meseraull-1,358. 3-Stockon-1,277, 4-Ballou-1,252, 5-Darland-1,224, 6-Leary-1,174, 7-Boespflug-1,116, 8-McGhee-1,014, 9-Windom-978, 10-Farney-845.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 1 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 4. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Ryan Jamison (#51J Jamison) and Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Hunter Lane, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Jake Sollenberger, 7. Todd Baker, 8. Travis Pence, 9. Dave Anderson. NT ------------------------------------ **Davis flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Sollenberger, Laps 6-12 Mallonee.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-671, 2-Sollenberger-538, 3-Burrows-473, 4-Morley-451, 5-Davis-450, 6-Pence-447, 7-Baugh-399, 8-Gedd Ross-360, 9-Bart Andrews-351, 10-Shane Morgan-281.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 2 - Canton, IL - Sppon River Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jim Jones (#97 Jones).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5. Alex Watson (#41 Watson), 6. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 7. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 8. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 9. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 10. Craig Dori (#38 Dori). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Lucius, Laps 7-14 Hunt, Laps 15-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-347, 2-Bedwell-287, 3-Bigelow-263, 4-Lucius-256, 5-Watson-253, 6-Guingrich-208, 7-Taylor-175, 8-Hunt-123, 9-Blake Vermillio n-116, 10-Jon Watson-113.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 9 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.050; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.154; 3. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-16.223; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.310; 5. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.377; 6. Max Adams, 58, Garris-16.463; 7. Landon Hurst, 81X, Watt-16.528; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.598; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.609; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.641; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.664; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.679; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.690; 14. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-16.700; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.715; 16. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.779; 17. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.987; 18. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-17.122; 19. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-20.053.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hurst, 2. Roa, 3. Liggett, 4. R.VanderWeerd, 5. Smith, 6. Barnes, 7. Stolz. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Johnson, 4. Sibley, 5. Ballard, 6. Faria. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Adams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Marcham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Ryan Timmons, 7. Max Adams, 8. Landon Hurst, 9. Tristan Guardino, 10. Austin Liggett, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Jeff Sibley, 13. Matty McCarthy, 14. Corey Ballard, 15. Ryan Stolz, 16. Kevin Barnes, 17. Cody Majors, 18. D.J. Johnson, 19. Trey Marcham. NT

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**Liggett flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 12-15 Roa, Laps 16-26 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 27-30 Roa.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 4th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 22 & 23 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-16.279; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.476; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.503; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.820; 5. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.832; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.851; 7. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-16.880; 8. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.894; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.998; 10. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-16.999; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-17.229; 12. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-17.522; 13. Dylan Ito, 73. Ford-17.834; 14. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-19.905.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faccinto, 3. Dolacki, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Ito, 7. Dodenhoff. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. Guerrini, 4. Cofer, 5. Crone, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Dylan Ito, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Tyler Dolacki, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Ashley Hazelton, 12. Robert Dalby. NT

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**Dalby, Ito, and Dolacki flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Courtney Crone (10th to 4th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 16 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

BALLOU CRUISES TO SECOND STRAIGHT LAKESIDE SCORE

Kansas City, Kansas.........Lakeside Speedway has been very kind to Robert Ballou over the past two seasons and on Saturday night, the Rocklin, California driver returned to victory lane for the second consecutive time at the 4/10-mile track, leading all 30 laps from his pole-starting position.

On the initial lap of the main event, Ballou shot to the front for the advantage into turn one. Inside second row starter Thomas Meseraull followed suit and was able to pull even with Ballou at the stripe on the opening lap.

Lap three, Dave Darland, who's shown consistency of late, put his machine up on the cushion, using a highside flyer to dispose of Meseraull for the second spot and now had his sights set on the defending series champion and last year's Lakeside winner Ballou.

Ballou was masterful through lapped traffic in his dominant run above the cushion at the Kansas City dirt oval one season ago and, this time, he would meet the tail of the field on the ninth lap as the frontrunners set a torrid pace in the opening laps.

Quickly, Ballou, Darland and now Brady Bacon successfully weaved their way through a conglomeration of lapped cars, diving low and high to maintain momentum and stay in front of their nearest challenger.

As Ballou opened up a three-quarters of a straightaway length by the midway point, the battle intensified for the second position. Bacon and Darland ran side-by-side - Bacon low, Darland high - with Bacon able to get a run off of turn four to take second at the line.
With 13 laps to go, the feature's only yellow flew when the right rear of Isaac Chapple's came apart right in front of race leader Ballou. Ballou was able to dive to the inside to safety as shards of rubber scattered through the air between turns one and two.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon was able to pull even with Ballou as the two entered the second corner, but Ballou was able to jet off the top to reclaim the point down the back straightaway.

On lap 21, Darland used the outside line to swing past Bacon for second, but almost immediately, Bacon clawed back, retaking the position from Darland for good at the entrance to turn one.

Meanwhile, Ballou had stretched his lead out and, with five laps to go, the only thing that stood in his way of claiming another Lakeside triumph was the Kansas City rush hour traffic.

Ballou sliced, diced, minced and chopped his way through the back of the field, making it look easy as he cruised to victory by 1.395 seconds over Bacon, Darland, Meseraull and Chris Windom.

Robert Ballou earned his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season Saturday night at Lakeside Speedway. Ballou also scored wins in February in Ocala, Fla. and in May at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
(RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Ballou led the event wire-to-wire in his Ballou Motorsports/Blakesley Auto - Rossie Feed & Grain/Maxim/Ott for his third victory USAC National Sprint Car victory of the 2016 season.

"Starting on the front row, especially after the track rework, I was worried about whether the top or bottom would be better," Ballou said. I ran the bottom early, but almost stayed down too long before I got back up. I got back up and got my momentum going. By the end, I was attacking traffic hard because I knew those guys were right there. I hurt my tires by the end. They were pretty well used up and I was sliding around. I just tried to stay high and keep my momentum up and that was probably the key there."

Brady Bacon's consistency of late has put him squarely in the driver's seat of the series point standings. His second place finish at Lakeside in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar netted him his sixth straight top-four finish and, thus, provided him a 61-point advantage - his largest lead of the season - as the series heads into night two of back-to-back nights at Lakeside on Sunday.

"Robert (Ballou) got through traffic pretty aggressively and got through there good and I didn't quite clear a couple lap cars soon enough to get where I needed to be," Bacon said. It just cost me a little bit of time. "I got close to him on a restart, but it's hard to beat Ballou from the pole. He's not really going to mess up too bad. The bottom just didn't stick around at the end long enough to be able to run very hard. It was a fun race, though, and hopefully we get a good track again tomorrow."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland has had a successful week, earning a 5th in Jackson, Minn. on Thursday and a pair of third-place finishes Friday night in Eagle, Neb. and Saturday night at Lakeside in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We had a good car early," Darland acknowledged. "Robert (Ballou) was running the bottom and I was sneaking up on him. If he had run the bottom maybe one more lap, we could've got him, maybe, maybe not, but we were coming. He apparently heard me. I told (team owner Jeff Walker) I was going to be quiet coming up there and I don't know if he heard me or what, but he did move up at just the right time. We were great early, but with ten laps to go, we got way too tight. I couldn't really run the cushion with authority. Every time I caught lapped traffic, I didn't seem to catch them at the right time. But we're still happy to get out of here with a podium finish. We're sneaking up on getting some wins; we're getting better and we're looking forward to the future."

Contingency award winners at Lakeside included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner) and Bret Mellenberndt (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 25, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.015 (New Track Record), 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.199; 3. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.305; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.423; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.512; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.513; 7. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.529; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.557; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.564; 10. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.663; 11. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.728; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.804; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.896; 14. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-18.024; 15. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-18.192; 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-18.502; 17. Mike Ell, 99, Ell-18.759; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-18.984; 19. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-19.230; 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT; 21. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Leary, 5. Caho, 6. Potter. 2:23.55

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Farney, 3. McGhee, 4. Bares, 5. Ell, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Kreisel. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. Darland, 4. Boyles, 5. Parkinson, 6. Simon, 7. Johnson. 2:26.93

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Riley Kreisel, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Joe Bares, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 17. Kenny Potter, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Mike Ell, 21. Warren Johnson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Bret Mellenberndt (20th to 13th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,339, 2-Meseraull-1,278, 3-Ballou-1,203, 4-Stockon-1,203, 5-Darland-1,163, 6-Leary-1,121, 7-Boespflug-1,051, 8-McGhee-972, 9-Windom-903, 10-Farney-793.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 26 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway


 

 

TANNER SWANSON BEATS THE RAIN,
THE LIGHTNING AND THE WINDOM
IN GATEWAY SILVER CROWN SHOWDOWN

Tanner Swanson maintained his dominance of the paved ovals on the USAC Silver Crown series schedule, winning his fourth race in his last five appearances on the hardtop, warding off threatening skies and an old-fashioned Midwestern thunderstorm in Saturday afternoon's Vatterott College "Silver Crown Showdown" at the series largest venue, the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

Tanner began the race from the pole position after taking ProSource Fast Qualifier honors earlier in the day, slotting him to start alongside his older brother, two-time defending series champ Kody Swanson.

Kody out-drag-raced Tanner into the first turn on the opening lap, but a substantial factor on the longer paved circuits is drafting and both Tanner and Chris Windom would demonstrate that fact as the top-three exited turn four at the conclusion of lap one.

Tanner was able to line up behind Kody's tail tank and quickly erase the gap, slipstreaming by on the inside with Windom in tow to take the top-two spots as Kody dropped to third.

However, dropping two positions early in a 75-mile race was the least of Kody's worries. On the ninth lap, Kody's engine began to sound sour as he took a dramatic drop in speed while he lumbered down the front straightaway.

One lap later, as Kody entered turn one, one of the worst nightmares a driver can face - a stuck throttle - became his reality.

Just before the turn, Kody was hard on the brakes, veering hard left as he mowed through the infield grass and rumble strips before careening up the track and making near head-on contact with the SAFER Barrier.

Dark, heavy skid marks left by the four tires of Kody's machine were highly visible on the pavement surface from the moment of realization of the stuck throttle until the moment of contact with the wall. Kody was uninjured.

During the lengthy yellow flag for the cleanup, lightning could be seen within the vicinity of the speedway. Fans were directed to exit the grandstands as a precaution, but since the track was dry, the racing resumed on lap 21.

With storms imminent, the urge to get to the front in a timely manner weighed heavily on each competitor as their race could be interrupted at the drop of a hat, and the drop of precipitation.

Just one lap after the restart, on lap 22, Tanner made a bid for the lead, chattering his teeth as he rode his left side wheels over the rigid turn one rumble strips to get by Windom, to no avail.

On the 27th circuit, Tanner used the draft to his advantage, running down leader Windom on the inside of turn three. Tanner ran his line a little wide as he entered the corner side-by-side, forcing Windom just a tad out of the groove at the bottom of the corner. It was just enough to slow Windom down and allow Tanner to slip by for the lead just three laps shy of the halfway point.

Meanwhile, young Austin Nemire was putting in his best performance in his year-and-a-half of Silver Crown series experience. Nemire had reeled in the two leaders, coming within roughly five car-lengths of Windom in second as the trio separated themselves from the rest of the field.

As flagman Tom Hansing threw up the crossed sticks indicating the halfway point, the temps had cooled considerably and the winds flared up as the sun-drenched St. Louis afternoon quickly became a distant memory and the main race now became the sprint to defeat the rain before the checkered.

In the second half of the race, Tanner, little-by little, was able to open up his lead over Windom as Nemire began to fade somewhat in the third spot.

With 10 to go, Tanner's lead was three-plus seconds over Windom and his time up front went undaunted the rest of the way, except for a little precipitation on the white flag lap.

Tanner grabbed his first career victory at Gateway, leading the final 34 laps to defeat a distant Windom, who led 25 in the first half of the 60-lap event while Nemire, David Byrne and Joe Liguori rounded out the top-five.

During Tanner's victory lane celebration, the skies finally relented, opening up a deluge of rain upon fans and competitors alike. But, it was not enough to throw a damper on the Kingsburg, California native's celebration after racking up his second series victory of the season in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"That was an exciting race," Tanner exclaimed. "We were worried about the rain the entire time, but I feel like I wore my car out trying to get by Chris (Windom). We started picking up a vibration, but I don't know if that's just me being worried or what, but I think we were on seven cylinders there at the end. It's just a testament to how good the Bowman guys got this car to cut the corners and give us a chance to win."

St. Louis resident and Canton, Illinois native Windom, took over the series point lead from Kody Swanson with his second-place finish in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It/Beast/J & D Mopar. He now leads the points by 11 over the two-time defending series champion. The 60-lap Gateway race was just one of the many adventures Windom was taking part in during a 24-hour period from Friday night to Saturday night.

He competed in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway before heading straight to Gateway via truck-ride on minimal sleep to be at the track in time for a 8:20am drivers' meeting. After his runner-up finish at Gateway, Windom hurried to the airport so he could hop on a flight to Kansas City, Kansas to participate in Saturday night's USAC Sprint event at Lakeside Speedway, where he arrived just in time for qualifying.

"I just need to thank all my guys who withstood the heat all day and gave me a great racecar," said a pleased Windom. "Evan (Avart) gave me a car to win with today and I think I just pressed too hard early trying to hold Tanner off. Congrats to him and his team; they are definitely the guys to beat right now on the pavement side. I'm very happy to come out with a second place run and be able to move into the points lead. I know it would mean a lot to (car owners) Fred & Gloria (Gormly) to be able to win a championship as it would to me. Hopefully we can keep this streak of momentum rolling and click off a few more wins and the points will come with that."

Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire looked strong in a career-best third place finish in his Ron Hemelgarn/Hemelgarn Enterprises/Beast/Speedway Ford.

"It was definitely an experience for being my first time there," Nemire admitted. "The track was fast all day long and we kept gaining on it. A few things went our way and we ended up with my best finish in a Crown car, so we're all pretty happy!"

Contingency award winners at Gateway Motorsports Park included Tanner Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Joe Liguori (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tad Roach (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 25, 2016 - Madison, Illinois - Gateway Motorsports Park - Vatterott College "Silver Crown Showdown"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-31.462; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.714; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-31.979; 4. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.305; 5. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-32.325; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.336; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-33.285; 8. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.374; 9. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-33.442; 10. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.291; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-34.786; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-35.835; 13. Tad Roach, 16, Logan-NT.

FEATURE: (60 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Austin Nemire, 4. David Byrne, 5. Joe Liguori, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Tad Roach. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 T. Swanson, Laps 2-26 Windom, Laps 27-60 T. Swanson

KSE HARD CHARGER: Joe Liguori (9th to 5th)

NEW SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-320, 2-K. Swanson-309, 3-Grant-272, 4-Byrne-239, 5-Coons-236, 6-Cottle-235, 7-Shuman-221, 8-Nemire-212, 9-Bryan Clauson-177, 10-Shane Cockrum-154.

NEXT SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway - "Rich Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

BOESPFLUG BREAKS OUT
FOR 3RD WIN OF SEASON AT EAGLE

Coming into the 2016 season, it had been three seasons since Chad Boespflug visited USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane. Now, as the calendar nears the edge of the month of June, the Hanford, California native found the perfect balance on both ends of the racetrack, running the bottom in turns one and two and the topside of turns three and four to perfection to grab his third series win of the year in Friday night's "Rumble in the Bullring" at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway.

On the start, Boespflug shot to the lead from the pole position, sliding up in front of fellow front row starter Isaac Chapple at the flag stand, occupying the high line into turn one. Chapple, the top-rookie in series points, fought back on the bottom of the back straightaway to take the lead from Boespflug.

As the frontrunners came out of turn four, Chapple was in the middle of a three-wide sandwich, just barely nipping Mellenberndt (inside) and Boespflug (outside) to lead the initial lap of the 30-lap feature. The lead was short-lived, however, as Boespflug would carry the momentum from the outside to retake the top spot on the second lap.

On the third circuit, third-running Stockon got squirrely through turn two, sliding sideways down the back straightaway as he wrestled to regain control of his machine. Max McGhee, with no place to go, plowed into the left side of Stockon's car. The two came to a stop, bringing out the race's first yellow. While both would require a visit to the work area in the pits, both would return to action.

Shortly after the restart, two drivers in a position to solidify their best result of their respective seasons - Chapple and Mellenberndt - waged war for second on lap six. Mellenberndt snuck his nose underneath Chapple at the exit of turn four, but Chapple's left rear tire ramped over the right front tire of Mellenberndt, send Mellenberndt with a collapsed front end straight up to the outside wall as C.J. Leary nailed the front end of Mellenberndt's stopped car.

Meanwhile, Robert Ballou, while trying to avoid getting caught in the incident, veered left to steer away from contact. Just behind Ballou was Landon Simon, who ramped over the left side wheels of Ballou, sending him into a wild series of flips down the front straightaway. He was uninjured.

By lap seven, seventh-place starter and previous night's feature winner Brady Bacon had become a player, soaring around the outside of Chapple for second in turn two. Thirteenth place starter Dave Darland also got by the fading Chapple for third on the topside a half-lap later.

Three laps later, Darland, a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Eagle, made a bid for second on the bottom of turn two past Bacon, securing the post down the back stretch.
Bacon would remain within arm's length of Darland as the two closed the gap on leader Boespflug throughout the middle-stages of the race. An intense three-car clash between the three ensued, but was put to rest after the red flag was displayed for a Brandon Stevenson tumble on lap 15.

On the restart, Boespflug was able to put his car anywhere he pleased, maintaining his unique line lap-after-lap, running the bottom of turns one and two and up on the cushion in turns three and four.

On lap 17, Chris Windom and Thomas Meseraull became entangled coming off the fourth turn. Meseraull vaulted over Windom's left side wheels and landed on the sidewalls of his own left side tires while Windom was sent into a 360 degree spin. Though Windom continued on without coming to a stop, by rule, he had to restart from the tail of the field.

With Bacon glued to the bottom side of the racetrack and Darland up top, Bacon was able to grab the second spot for good with ten to go. However, Boespflug rode off into the distance, leading with a half-straight advantage with two-thirds of the race's story already written.

A lap 24 caution for McGhee's meeting with a turn three infield tire set up a six-lap shootout between Boespflug, Bacon and Darland. The Hoffman 69 came alive with Bacon at the controls in the final laps as he ran the short way around while Boespflug rode the fence.

With three to go, Bacon reached into his bag of tricks, briefly swapping lines to mimic Boespflug's tracks on the high-side of turns three and four before returning to the bottom one lap later.

Heading toward the final two turns on the final lap, Bacon appeared to edge slightly ahead of Boespflug between turns three and four, but Boespflug had the momentum, rocketing down the hill out of turn four toward the finish line to take the victory by 0.363 of a second for his third victory of the year, thereby quadrupling his USAC win total in the first four months of the 2016 season.

Rounding out the top-five behind Boespflug were Bacon, Darland, Meseraull and Ballou.
Boespflug's Eagle victory joins his "#LetsRaceTwo" Eldora Speedway victory back in May and his recent "Eastern Storm" triumph at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on his USAC resume this season. Boespflug led the final 29 laps in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton.

 

"I felt really comfortable ripping the top in (turns) three and four and I took my time up there on the last lap," Boespflug explained. "I could see Brady down there, but I knew I was getting a good run off of turn four. I tried to just start slowing down and making sure I hit my marks. We're kind of hit-and-miss right now, so we're working on a balance. These bigger, high-banked tracks seem to be to our liking right now, so if we can get the flatter tracks figured out we'll be good to go."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon earned his series-leading 13th top-five finish in 19 starts, taking second at the checkered in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar and extending his point lead to 51 over Meseraull in the standings heading into back-to-back nights Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

"The last five laps, somebody had hit the infield tire and knocked it out onto the track and that hurt me going into (turn) three because I couldn't stay on the bottom all the way around the other end," Bacon said. "I moved up the last few laps and started catching the crumbs and I wish I would've tried that a lap earlier because I almost got him at the checkered. Chad never messed up too bad, even though the track was tricky tonight. It was fun, though, to get to move around and get to run the top and bottom. We survived the bumper cars at the beginning and kept our momentum rolling."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland was the victor of the two most recent USAC Sprint races at Eagle in 2014 and 2015. On Friday night, Dave was in the hunt once again throughout the duration of the event, taking third at the finish in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We were good early around the top and gained a lot of spots that way," Darland recalled. "The track was slick, so a lot of places you had to be easy on the throttle and try to hit the cushion at the right spot to carry enough speed. Those guys were getting off both corners really well, but we did what we could and we're happy with a podium."

C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Ryan Kitchen (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner) and Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2016 - Eagle, Nebraska - Eagle Raceway - "Rumble in the Bullring"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.247, 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.321; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.417; 4. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.439; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.503; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.568; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.571; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.614; 9. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.626; 10. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-13.685; 11. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-13.827; 12. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.828; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.880; 14. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.902; 15. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.982; 16. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-13.995; 17. Ryan Kitchen, 21, Kitchen-14.086; 18. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-14.427; 19. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-14.626; 20. Alex Schriever, 0x, Davis-14.677.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Leary, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Caho, 6. Stevenson, 7. Boyles. NT-

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kitchen, 2. Simon, 3. Farney, 4. Chapple, 5. Stockon, 6. Schriever, 7. Windom. 2:02.07

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Meseraull, 4. McGhee, 5. Richards, 6. Bares. 1:59.60

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Rob Caho, Jr., 7. Ryan Kitchen, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Joe Bares, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Alex Schriever, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Clinton Boyles, 17. Brandon Stevenson, 18. Terry Richards, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Landon Simon. NT
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**Simon flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Stevenson flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chapple, Laps 2-30 Boespflug.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (13th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,259, 2-Meseraull-1,208, 3-Stockon-1,134, 4-Ballou-1,125, 5-Darland-1,089, 6-Leary-1,070, 7-Boespflug-991, 8-McGhee-923, 9-Windom-838, 10-Bryan Clauson-774.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 25 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway


 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

EXTRA BONUSES ADD SPICE TO “PETER MURPHY CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... Excitement and anticipation is growing as get closer to July 22nd & 23rd for the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Hosted by the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, the event is one of the most prestigious and richest dates on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Schedule. Also featuring the winged King of the West Sprints and “Legends of Kearney Bowl” Vintage Cars, both nights are a “must see” event for California Sprint Car fans.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Peter Murphy Classic” will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships are mandatory and can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing. Membership forms will also be available on raceday.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising additional prize money for the event. At press time, they are continuing to look for more sponsors and a list of current bonuses are listed below. Interested parties can contact Peter Murphy at Pro Signs in Fresno at (559) 292-4429 or prosignsfresno@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 22nd
-Normal Purse ($1,500 to win and $225 to start). 22 Cars will start Main Event.

SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
-Main Event will be at least $4,000 to win and $400 to start.
-$500 for Fast Time. ($400 Bonus, plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award)
-$400 for Hard Charger.
-$400 for Long Tow.
-Additional Cash will go to a 4-Car, 4-Lap, Dash For Cash

All bonuses raised by Peter Murphy will be paid in cash. USAC West Coast Contingency Awards worth over $1,600 will also be distributed. More information will follow as additional bonuses are available.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australia native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Matt Mitchell won the USAC West Coast feature and Aaron Reutzel scored the King of the West triumph.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter 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.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

 

 

BACON BESTS BALLOU IN FAST-PACED, CAUTION-FREE JACKSON THRILLER;
HOFFMANS CLAIM 100TH USAC SPRINT WIN

Brady Bacon held off a hard-charging Robert Ballou as the two sliced and diced their way through lapped traffic during the final laps to take the victory in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' first visit to the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in 28 years.

With the victory, the legendary Hoffman Auto Racing team crossed the century mark in total USAC Sprint Car feature victories (95 National, 2 Midwest, 3 Special Event).

Outside front-row starter Bacon, driving for the winningest team in USAC Sprint Car history - Hoffman Auto Racing - staged alongside the series' winningest driver, Dave Darland, at the start of the 30-lapper.

As the green flag dropped, it was Darland who jumped out front, sliding up in front of Bacon at the entrance of one, but Bacon was never out of reach as he shadowed Darland throughout much of the first half of the event.

On the tenth lap, Darland was beginning to feel the pressure from Bacon. Darland cut low into three, barely squeaking underneath the lapped car of Brandon Halverson, briefly gapping Bacon.

Meanwhile, third-running Ballou became a formidable player in this high-stakes game of speed, chomping at the bit as he ate away at the interval between himself and the two frontrunners.

On lap 14, backmarkers Brandon Stevenson and Joe Bares were running in close quarters with nary a car-length between the two heading into the third turn. With a small window of real estate available between the Stevenson and Bares, Darland shot the gap, splitting between the two while sliding from the bottom berm up to the cushion at the exit of turn four. That allowed Bacon, running the bottom, to maintain his momentum as he shot down the front straightaway and into turn one and rocketing off turn two with the race lead in his hands with 16 laps remaining.

With 20 laps in the books, Ballou cleared Darland with a mammoth turn one slider to take second. Now, it was just Ballou and Bacon, two of USAC's best when it comes to sprint cars on half-mile dirt tracks. However, the two were both bad fast and it would take a handful of obstacles to slow down Bacon's mission. Therein came lapped traffic.

Ballou laid down the fastest lap of his race on lap 23 as he lurked in the distance, inching closer to Bacon's rear bumper as he hustled his number one on the outside.

Mired in heavy lap traffic in the final five laps, Bacon and Ballou crept upon gridlock as a logjam of cars ran two and, at times, three-wide, making wading through the back of the field treacherous.

With three to go, Bacon was able to slash around the lapped car of Landon Simon, but Ballou got hung up behind Simon exiting the fourth turn. Ballou made contact with the rear bumper of Simon exiting the corner, sending Simon into a half-spin before regaining control as Ballou went on by. Subsequently, Ballou lost substantial ground to Bacon with just a couple to go, and was, thus, out of time.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon put a stamp on his second series win of the season, lapping up to eighth place in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, beating Ballou, Chase Stockon, C.J. Leary and Darland while also maintaining and increasing his lead in the standings to 47 points over sixth place finisher Thomas Meseraull.

"The pace slowed up so much on the top and bottom once we hit the lapped traffic," Bacon explained. "I knew I could sneak around them on the bottom in (turns) one and two, but I was nervous that he'd run the top and get a run on me. Thankfully, we were good enough off the bottom of turn two that we could still hold him off. I'm just glad to get a win for these Hoffman guys. We had a stretch where we were in a little slump, but we've gotten the ball rolling here lately and it feels good to get back on track. I love tracks like this; the big, fast, heavy tracks. Robert and I used to race like this a lot at the old "Ron Shuman Classic" at Lakeside, so it was fun to race with him again for a win."

After stumbling through a stretch of the season, Ballou, of Rocklin, California, seems to have righted the ship of late, securing his eighth straight top-10 finish with a fine second place effort at Jackson in his Ballou Motorsports/Blakesley Auto - Rossie Feed & Grain/Maxim/Ott.

"We were a tick too tight and the track didn't go away like we thought it would," Ballou said. "I think we had a better racecar, but I made a couple silly mistakes and the Hoffman guys had their car dialed. It's been a rough go for our team lately and we've torn a lot of stuff up, so it's good to have a solid run tonight."

ProSource Fast Qualifier Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Indiana put the 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher atop the speed charts early in the evening and finished off the night by rounding out the podium with a solid 3rd place finish.

"Brady and Robert were really good in traffic and just in general," Stockon acknowledged. "I could catch them, but it was always at the wrong times. We're happy with a third. We're normally not the best on tracks like this, so we feel like we have the car pretty comfortable right now and I could put it about anywhere. We've worked really hard on this thing all year to get it to go and I feel like we're finally there."

Contingency award winners at Jackson Motorplex included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Joe Bares (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 23, 2016 - Jackson, Minnesota - Jackson Motorplex - "Presented by the Minnesota Mafia"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.222; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-18.441, 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-18.462, 4. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-18.491, 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-18.601, 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-18.628, 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-18.657, 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-18.693, 9. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.699, 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-18.735, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-18.820, 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-18.897, 13. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-18.966, 14. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-19.012, 15. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-19.200, 16. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-19.647, 17. Alex Schriever, 0x, Davis-19.876, 18. Brandon Halverson, 13MJ, Halverson-20.023, 19. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-20.518, 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT, 21. Kyle Simon, 24x, LSR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stockon, 4. Chapple, 5. Leary, 6. Bares, 7. Bruns. 2:31.54

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Bacon, 3. Meseraull, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Schriever, 6. Caho. 2:34.83

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. L. Simon, 3. Darland, 4. McGhee, 5. Stevenson, 6. Halverson. 2:34.42

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Max McGhee, 13. Joe Bares, 14. Brandon Stevenson, 15. Alex Schriever, 16. Brandon Halverson, 17. Clinton Bruns, 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 19. Rob Caho, Jr., 20. Robert Bell, 21. Kyle Simon. 9:48.96
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Darland, Laps 15-30 Bacon.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (11th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,184, 2-Meseraull-1,137, 3-Stockon-1,090, 4-Ballou-1,059, 5-Leary-1,021, 6-Darland-1,018, 7-Boespflug-913, 8-McGhee-885, 9-Windom-787, 10-Bryan Clauson-774.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 24 - Eagle (NE) Raceway - "Rumble in the Bullring"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS INVADE HANFORD SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... This Saturday, June 25th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their only appearance at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the fifth point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since June 6, 1986, the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds has hosted 41 USAC Western States Midget races. Robby Flock scored the inaugural victory and Cory Elliott earned his first career win last October 3rd. Billy Boat leads all drivers with six Hanford triumphs and Ronnie Day holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.555, set on October 3, 1998. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Entering Saturday’s show, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has won three of the four races in the campaign. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran a close second to Michael Faccinto at Bakersfield on June 4th. To date, the three-time champion holds a 30-point advantage with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, and 52 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, and Rusty Rasmussen with sixteen wins, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with his first Hanford victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the MF Motorsports owned #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto led all 30-laps to score the Bakersfield victory on June 4th. At press time, the second generation driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season. Michael has three career wins and will have his sights on another feature won this Saturday night.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is third in the USAC Western States point standings. Racing his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff finished ninth at Bakersfield. Heading to Hanford, the veteran driver has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Sean will be looking to score his first victory at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at Bakersfield after starting twelfth. To date, the defending BCRA Champion has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on moving up the point standings by claiming Saturday’s main event win.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki raced to fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. At press time, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Tyler will be looking to earn his first main event win this Saturday night at Hanford.

Currently tenth in points, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, Troy Rutherford, Shannon McQueen, Jeff Harrington, Steve Davis, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto.

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Billy Boat, 4- Robby Flock, 3-Jimmy Sills, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Alex Harris, 2-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Ron Shuman, 1-Tommy Astone, 1-Donnie Beechler, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Mark DeBeaumont, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Joe Gaerte, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Dallen McKenney, 1-Andy Michner, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Ricky Shelton, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Matt Streeter, 1-Sleepy Tripp, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Josh Wise

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-326, 2. Michael Faccinto-296, 3. Sean Dodenhoff-228, 4. Frankie Guerrini-225, 5. Tyler Dolacki-224, 6. Cory Elliott-214, 7. Cody Swanson-193, 8. Randi Pankratz-188, 9. Darren Hagen-163, 10. Robert Dalby-161, 11. Courtney Crone-159, 12. Terry Nichols-158, 13. Maria Cofer-151, 14. Robby Josett-125, 15. Troy Rutherford-113, 16. Shannon McQueen-109, 17. Dylan Ito-98, 18. Jeff Harrington-88, 19. Shane Golobic-74, 20. Alex Schutte-68.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS RUMBLE AT HANFORD SATURDAY

 By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... After a successful Santa Maria return, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second of three appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the eighth point race will also showcase the USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

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

Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-two West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with eight victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On April 2nd, Vander Weerd took command from his twin brother Jace to score his first victory of the season. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday’s race at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has reclaimed the point lead. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa heads to Hanford with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. With two career USAC West Coast Sprint Car victories, the defending Western World 360 Champion will be looking for his first win at Hanford.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored fourth at Santa Maria after starting tenth. The 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year enters Saturday’s race with two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will have his sights on his third win of the campaign this Saturday night.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) sits third in the West Coast point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham earned Santa Maria’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a third place run from eighteenth. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes on the season. Trey will be looking for his first main event win at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2 and scored fourteenth at Santa Maria. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights on his seventh career feature win.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett won Santa Maria’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 and scored eleventh in the main event. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. At Hanford, Austin will be looking to earn the third USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Tristan Guardino, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Cody Majors, Troy Rutherford, Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Shannon McQueen, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter 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. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 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. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

 

 

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR FINAL 4 INDUCTEES
INTO USAC HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2016

Voting is now open for the final four candidates to be inducted into USAC's Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Fans are permitted to vote in four from the at-large list of eligible inductees at the link below. It's all up to you. You decide! Voting ends Friday, July 1.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

THE CANDIDATES FOR THE "FINAL 4" ARE:

STEVE BUTLER: 6-time USAC champion

WILLIE DAVIS: 1969 & 1971 USAC Sprint Car champion car owner

FRANKIE DEL ROY: USAC official & chief mechanic

PAUL GOLDSMITH: 1961 & 1962 USAC Stock Car champion

SAM HANKS: 1957 Indy 500 winner & USAC official

GENE HARTLEY: USAC's first feature winner (1956)

JOE LEONARD: 2-time USAC National Driving champion

STEVE LEWIS: 10-time USAC National Midget Car Owner champion

BILL LIPKEY: USAC promoter at Kokomo Speedway & Ft. Wayne Coliseum

RICK MEARS: 4-time Indy 500 winner

KEVIN OLSON: Two-time USAC National Midget champion

JIM RATHMANN: 1960 Indy 500 champion

LLOYD RUBY: 7-time USAC Championship Car race winner

TROY RUTTMAN: 1952 Indy 500 winner

JOHNNY THOMSON: 1958 USAC Eastern Sprint Car champion

JOHN ZINK: 2-time Indy 500 winning car owner

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#2 Matczak), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 5. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 6. Kelly Arrison (#10 Arrison), 7. Bob White (#3 White), 8. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 9. Vince Lucca (#9 Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 4. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 5. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 6. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 7. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 8. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Chaffee, 2. Dias, 3. Miller, 4. Duhaime, 5. Champagne, 6. Christensen. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Kevin Chaffee, 3. Josh Sunn, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Ray Miller, 8. Adam Whitney, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Dylan Duhaime, 11. Mark Cole, 12. Vinny Lucca, 13. Robert Tucker, 14. Kelly Arrison, 15. Amanda Habel, 16. Tim Gallant. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Chaffee, Lap 25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-446, 2-Sunn-441, 3-Whitney-393, 4-Christensen-378, 5-Champagne-347, 6-Miller-310, 7-Dias-307, 8-Jeff Horn-280, 9-Cole-274, 10-Chaffee-258.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 2 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

CLAUSON CONQUERS "40 FOR SHORTY"
AT THE DITCH

West Memphis, AR.........Up to this point in the 2016 season, Bryan Clauson's journey had been mostly rosy and smooth as he's picked up win-after-win (22 to be exact) from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between. But, after losing an engine on Friday night and forced to go to the the backup powerplant, Clauson and the Dooling/Hayward team had to work feverishly with uncertainty lingering in their minds, unsure if they would even be able to make the call at all for Saturday night's event.

When all was said and done, Clauson overcame, once again finding himself in familiar territory, victory lane, after taking advantage of a late-race tire issue on the car of leader Tanner Thorson to nail down his first USAC National Midget win of the season in Saturday night's "40 for Shorty" at Riverside International Speedway in his Dooling-Hayward/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"Tonight was one of those nights where we'll look back on it after we finish all 200 (races) this year and just smile about," Clauson acknowledged. "We were at the point of just wanting to scrap it tonight because of our motor issues, but these guys kept busting their butts. Big Rick Stenhouse patched this motor back together and put the super tune on it; it was spectacular all night. My guys' effort and passion for the sport is unbelievable and it makes me want to win for them. Having dad on the wrenches is fun. As we've gotten older, we've learned how to deal with each other, but it's been fun this year to win with him again. We did a lot of that in the midget in 2009 and 2010 and it was a lot of fun again tonight."

On the initial start, things went awry for Oklahoma's Matt Sherrell as he tumbled down the back straightaway on the opening lap, bringing out the red flag. He would walk away uninjured, but unable to restart.

On the next attempt, pole-sitter Brady Bacon would run side-by-side with outside front row starter Zach Daum, but would hold court, fending off Daum to take the lead at the conclusion of lap one.

In a repeat performance of Friday night's opener at Riverside, Tanner Thorson was lightning quick during the early stages of the feature, picking his way to the front in no-time-flat from his fourth starting position.

On lap three, Thorson slid past Daum in turn three to seize the second spot and, three laps later, he had reeled in race-leader Bacon. On the seventh lap, Thorson would head to the bottom, setting up a turn three slider on Bacon for the lead. As Thorson drifted his right rear tread up to the guardrail, Bacon crossed over, pulling alongside Thorson as the two drag-raced to the line with the advantage going to Thorson by a mere .033 seconds.

Shortly thereafter, tenth-running Kyle Jones was unharmed after barrel-rolling his machine through turns one and two to bring out the feature's second red.

After the restart, Thorson was on a rail, appearing to put the field to bed as he continuously stretched his lead throughout the middle portion of the race.

Meanwhile, Clauson was hanging tough, running consistent, fast laps, but not able to significantly chop into Thorson's lead, but on lap 29, what looked like a foregone conclusion had vanished into the thick West Memphis atmosphere. Thorson's right rear tire had come apart, shredding pieces down the back straightaway as he crawled to a stop.

With the stage reset, Clauson was now in control at the front of the pack while Thorson, with fresh rubber, restarted at the tail, which was only 11th at that point in the race due to attrition. Thorson could not be counted out as a contender. For, it was just one season ago during the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois that Thorson pitted to change a flat right rear tire just after the midway point, and then proceeded to slice his way through the pack to take the lead and secure the victory in the final two laps.

Thorson charged hard up against the outer edge during the final circuits, but was only able to manage a seventh at the finish.

But, up front, nobody had anything for Clauson who took his third 40-lap USAC National Midget feature win in his last four tries, completing a memorable performance with his 13th USAC-sanctioned victory of 2016 and 23rd overall triumph of the season.

Clauson collected his 37th career USAC National Midget win ahead of Bacon, Carson Macedo, Chad Boat, Shane Golobic, Ryan Robinson, Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Holly Shelton.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon took home second in his FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota for his third straight top-five finish, placing himself in the thick of the championship race as the series takes a break before hitting the heartland hard during a four-race stretch in early August.

"Bryan found the bottom first and we were a little too tight to run as far down as he was," Bacon explained. "We just didn't have the grunt to race with them and we had to be more defensive than we should have. The car was really good and hooked up and it was cool to watch the track change as the line moved around. Second is our best run of the year, so we're knocking on the door and, hopefully, we can just keep picking up steam."

Macedo, the series rookie out of Lemoore, California, followed up Friday night's career-best second place performance with yet another strong run, taking third in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"The track was really fast through the middle which made it a little hard to pass, but it was a great weekend for us," Macedo said. "I guess I jumped the start, which is too bad, obviously, but that's the way it goes sometimes. But we're running up front, so I think we can get one of these sometime soon. All in all, though, we're happy with how things went and we'll come out next time and just try to keep getting better."

Contingency award winners at Riverside International Speedway included Spencer Bayston (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) First Heat Race Winner/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Second Heat Race Winner), and Cody Brewer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 for Shorty"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.373 (New Track Record); 2. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.389; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.501; 5. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.572; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.610; 7. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.675; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.785; 9. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.807; 10. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.832; 11. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.897; 12. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-13.962; 13. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-14.020; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.033; 15. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.092; 16. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.179; 17. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-16.200.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Daum, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Golobic, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Walker, 8. Brewer, 9. Bailey. 2:15.41

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Jones, 5. Greth, 6. Robinson, 7. Sherrell, 8. Shelton. 2:15.25 (NTR)

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Matt Sherrell, 17. Nick Bailey. NT
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**Sherrell flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Jones flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-28 Thorson, Laps 29-40 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (9th to 1st)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-515, 2-Clauson-505, 3-Bacon-492, 4-Thorson-455, 5-Boat-451, 6-Golobic-407, 7-Macedo-387, 8-Daum-349, 9-Robinson-327, 10-Walker-286.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2 - Fairbury, Nebraska - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), Riley VanHise (#65x Bounds) and Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Jon Watson (#41 Watson), 3. Jesse Vermillion (#5 Vermillion), 4. Blake Vermillion (#73 Vermillion), 5. Cory Guingrich (#2G Guingrich), 6. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 7. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 8. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 9. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 10. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell). ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bounds, Laps 9-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-277, 2-Bedwell-232, 3-Bigelow-211, 4-Alex Watson-195, 5-Gunnar Lucius-192, 6-Guingrich-162, 7-Taylor-126, 8-B.Vermillion-116, 9-J.Watson-113, 10-J.Vermillion-107.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 3. Brad Greenup (#4 Greenup), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 6. Jason Allen (#54 Teer), 7. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 8. Travis Pence (#01 Pence). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 5. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 6. Mike Larson (#95 Larson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Aaron Schuck (#1 SET), 2. Chase McDermand (#10A MWR), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. A.J. Johnson (#13 Johnson), 5. Tyler Baran (#11x BBoyz), 6. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 7. Jimmy PiCardi (#154m PiCard). NT

FEATURE: (24 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Jake Sollenberger, 4. Andy Baugh, 5. Aaron Schuck, 6. Brad Greenup, 7. Dillon Morley, 8. Tyler Baran, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Jeff Mallonee, 11. Jason Allen, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Todd Baker, 14. Tyler Roth, 15. Mike Larson, 16. Jimmy PiCardi, 17. A.J. Johnson, 18. Shane Morgan, 19. Travis Pence, 20. Johnny Murdock, 21. Derek Goble, 22. John Springer (#3 Springer), 23. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Davis.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-593, 2-Sollenberger-479, 3-Davis-435, 4-Burrows-400, 5-Pence-391, 6-A.Baugh-389, 7-Morley-383, 8-Ross-360, 9-Bart Andrews-351, 10-Morgan-281.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-14.280; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.337; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.339; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.475; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88,Vander Weerd-14.556; 6. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.604; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.614; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.633; 9. Max Adams, 58, Garris-14.642; 10. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.645; 11, Luke Boles, 56B, Boles-14.651; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.739; 13. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.748; 14. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.835; 15. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.843; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.853; 17. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.939; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.972; 19. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.005; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B. Barnes-15.220; 21. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.307; 22. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.377; 23. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-16.175; 24. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-17.888; 25. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT; 26. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-NT; 27. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. Slack, 4. Johnson, 5. Sheridan, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Swanson, 8. Linson. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Carter, 4. McQueen, 5. Boles, 6. Barnes, 7. Hendricks, 8. McCarthy, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Roa, 3. Adams, 4. Timmons, 5. Thompson, 6. Butcher, 7. Smith, 8. Herrera, 9. Marcham. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Hendricks, 3. Marcham, 4. Thomson, 5. Barnes, 6. McCarthy, 7. Linson, 8. Stolz, 9. Herrera, 10. R.Vander Weerd, 11. Butcher, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Danny Sheridan, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Cody Majors, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Tom Hendricks, 9. Jordan Linson, 10. Matty McCarthy, 11. Austin Liggett, 12. Ryan Timmons, 13. Colton Slack, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Trent Carter, 16. Max Adams, 17. Kevin Barnes,18. Shannon McQueen, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Brandon Thomson, 21. Jimmy Thompson, 22. Luke Boles. NT

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**Timmons flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Adams, Laps 3-30 Roa.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (18th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 25 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 For Shorty"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.373 (New Track Record); 2. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.389; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.501; 5. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.572; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.610; 7. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.675; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.785; 9. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.807; 10. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.832; 11. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.897; 12. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-13.962; 13. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-14.020; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.033; 15. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.092; 16. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.179; 17. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-16.200.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Daum, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Golobic, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Walker, 8. Brewer, 9. Bailey. 2:15.41

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Jones, 5. Greth, 6. Robinson, 7. Sherrell, 8. Shelton. 2:15.25 (NTR)

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Matt Sherrell, 17. Nick Bailey. NT ---------------------------- **Sherrell flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Jones flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-28 Thorson, Laps 29-40 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (9th to 1st)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-515, 2-Clauson-505, 3-Bacon-492, 4-Thorson-455, 5-Boat-451, 6-Golobic-407, 7-Macedo-387, 8-Daum-349, 9-Robinson-327, 10-Walker-286.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2 - Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.181; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.184; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.203; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.214; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.284; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.290; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.294; 8. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.386; 9. Nic Davidson, 3, Davidson-15.402; 10. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.443.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Andew Layser, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Scott Hunter, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Layser, Laps 22-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-611, 2-Nelke-576, 3-Hatfield-551, 4-Bean-528, 5-Kurtz-514, 6-Lamb-479, 7-Allison-418, 8-Parker-381, 9-Famous Rhodes II-371, 10-Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway

 

 

THORSON TURNS UP THE HEAT
IN VICTORY AT THE DITCH

West Memphis, AR.........On a hot muggy night in West Memphis, Tanner Thorson became the first repeat winner of the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship season, using a sensational turn three slide job on lap 11 to scoot past Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Carson Macedo, which proved to be the winning move, taking the win in the series' first ever visit to the state of Arkansas Friday night at Riverside International Speedway.

At the start of the 30-lap main event, outside front row starter Chad Boat took the first step forward, sliding across the nose of pole-sitter Carson Macedo to the lead at the entry of turn one.

Series rookie Macedo would fight back, inciting a barrage of sliders with Boat throughout the first couple of circuits that each culminated with Macedo leading at the stripe.

On the third lap, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., running fourth, got an enormous run off the turn two banking. As he attempted to split the gap between the cars of Boat and Macedo, the gap quickly closed. Stenhouse ramped over the left rear tire of Boat, sending himself into a mid-air 180-degree spin, launching him off the gumbo surface like an over-inflated basketball before smacking the back of the rollcage against the track, bouncing completely over once, and then slapping the sidewalls of his right side tires off the ground which propped him up on all fours as he stayed on the gas and drove away.

The amazing, spectacular, highlight-reel save by Stenhouse resulted in a red flag. Despite Stenhouse's ability to initially drive the car away from the scene, Stenhouse's Bryan Clauson Racing mount received a myriad of mechanical issues that came about due to the incident including a broken shock, radius rod, and a bent axle. Stenhouse was unable to continue, ending his return to his home track located just 30 miles northwest across the Mississippi River from his native Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Fifth-running Bryan Clauson's trying night came to an abrupt end, pulling into the infield on the eighth lap and having to settle for a disappointing 15th place result. This came after Clauson's RKR/Dooling team thrashed to replace the rear-end of the number 63 just prior to the feature.

By the 11th lap, ProSource Fast Qualifier and fifth-place starter Thorson had reeled in race leader Macedo. With Macedo set up high at the entrance to turn three, Thorson throttled to the bottom in a daring move that allowed him to slide up in front of his teammate as Macedo got squirrelly and lost substantial ground to the flying Thorson.

Thorson was on a rail, on a one-way track and never looking back as he posted the fastest lap of the race one circuit later on the 12th lap. With less than ten to go, Thorson had extended his advantage to a full-straightaway over second-place Macedo.

At the checkered, Thorson had delivered a proverbial spanking to the rest of the field, winning by nearly five seconds and lapping all but the top-eight finishers: Macedo, Boat, Bayston, Brady Bacon, Ryan Greth, KSE Hard Charger Shane Golobic and Ryan Robinson.

It was Minden, Nevada native Thorson's sixth career USAC National Midget victory and his second in the series' first seven races of the 2016 season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Tanner Thorson (third from right) and his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports crew celebrate in victory lane after winning Friday night at Riverside.
(RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

"These guys work their butts off," Thorson praised. "That was breathtaking. The track was awesome. It was racy and you could move around. The slide jobs were a lot of fun and you could run the bottom down in turns one and two to sneak by some guys. I could put my car anywhere I wanted all night and it's just a testament to Keith, Pete (Willoughby), Big Al (Scroggins) and the rest of these guys for all their hard work."

Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo led the first 10 laps of his USAC National Midget career on his way to earning a series' career-best second place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota

"This team puts great cars underneath all of us," Macedo said. "I felt like I was good enough to win; I just spent too much time up top. I didn't know Tanner was so good down on the bottom and then he got by me, so then I could see where he was running. Being a rookie in the midget, everywhere we go is new to me, so it's nice to come back and use what we learned tonight. We'll try to do that tomorrow. I know I'll have a good car under me, so it's up to me."

Chad Boat, of Phoenix, Arizona, had yet another solid run in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, finishing in the third spot for the second straight series race.

"We'll take a third tonight," Boat contented. "Tanner was just a little better than us tonight, but it's two thirds in a row, so we're building momentum. It was a decent night for us; it just kind of felt like we were missing something all night. But we'll work on it and come back tomorrow and go for the dub."

Contingency award winners at Riverside International Speedway included Tanner Thorson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ryan Robinson (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Second Heat Race Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Cody Brewer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-13.767; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.767; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.794; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.807; 6. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.831; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.884; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.893; 9. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 11. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.110; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.127; 13. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.195; 14. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-14.285; 15. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey; 14.300; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.319; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.497.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10
laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Thorson, 3. Sherrell, 4. Boat, 5. Bayston, 6. Bacon, 7. Brewer, 8. Walker, 9. Bailey. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Daum, 3. Clauson, 4. Shelton, 5. Greth, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Golobic, 8. Jones. 2:23.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Gage Walker, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Matt Sherrell, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Kyle Jones, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17. Nick Bailey. NT
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**Stenhouse flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Macedo, Laps 11-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-455, 2-Clauson-427, 3-Bacon-417, 4-Thorson-393, 5-Boat-382, 6-Golobic-343, 7-Macedo-312, 8-Daum-301, 9-Tyler Thomas-275, 10-Robinson-266.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 for Shorty"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

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USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track @ Kern County Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.985; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.377; 3. Wally Pankratz, 98jr, Pankratz-16.457; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-16,637; 5. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-16.921; 6. Mike Leach, 33, Leach-17.122; 7. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-17.300; 8. Toni Breidinger, 37, Pankratz-18.565; 9. David Prickett, 20w, WHPD-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Pankratz, 3. Boscacci, 4. A.Breidinger. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Love, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Leach, 5. Prickett. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. David Prickett, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Jesse Love IV, 6. Annie Breidinger, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Toni Breidinger, 9. Mike Leach. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pankratz, Laps 2-20 Hazelton/

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-671, 2-T,Breidinger-517, 3-A.Breidinger-505, 4-Boscacci-378, 5-Blake Brannon-373, 6-Hazelton-273, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 8-Cody Jessop-190, 9-Ethan Lesser-142, 10-Tommy McCarthy-134.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Love IV-229, 2-Boscacci-200, 3-Hazelton-159, 4-A,Breidinger-138, 5-Ariel Biggs-84, 6-Paterson-80, 7-Jesse Love III-74, 8-W.Pankratz-72, 9-Prickett-68, 10-T.Breidinger-55.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Dixon (CA) Speedway


USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.626; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.688; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.702; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.727; 5. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.759; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.763; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.993; 8. Neal Allison, 7, Lamb-16.050; 9. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-16.364; 10. Nic Davidson, 3, Davidson-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Nolan Allison. 3. Jake Nelke, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Scott Hunter, 9. Neal Allison, 10. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Layser.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-540, 2-Nelke-516, 3-Hatfield-504, 4-Bean-461, 5-Kurtz-459, 6-Chris Lamb-404, 7-Famous Rhodes II-371, 8-Nolan Allison-351, 9-Parke-329, 10-Hunter-245.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-13.767; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.767; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.794; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.807; 6. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.831; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.884; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.893; 9. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 11. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.110; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.127; 13. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.195; 14. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-14.285; 15. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-14.300; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.319; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.497.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Thorson, 3. Sherrell, 4. Boat, 5. Bayston, 6. Bacon, 7. Brewer, 8. Walker, 9. Bailey. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Daum, 3. Clauson, 4. Shelton, 5. Greth, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Golobic, 8. Jones. 2:23.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Gage Walker, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Matt Sherrell, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Kyle Jones, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17. Nick Bailey. NT ---------------------------- **Stenhouse flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Macedo, Laps 11-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 7th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-455, 2-Clauson-427, 3-Bacon-417, 4-Thorson-393, 5-Boat-382, 6-Golobic-343, 7-Macedo-312, 8-Daum-301, 9-Tyler Thomas-275, 10-Robinson-266.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 For Shorty"

 

 

8 INITIAL 2016 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED;
CLENDENEN, DAVIES, HIGMAN, HINNERSHITZ, KING, O'CONNOR, STEWART & TATTERSALL


The initial eight 2016 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced and four more, selected by popular vote from a list of 16 eligibles distributed through social mediums, will be announced June 20.

The fifth annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held July 21 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in conjunction with the "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race.

The eight-member class of inductees announced today includes five drivers, two officials and a car owner-chief mechanic. They are (alphabetically) Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O'Connor, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

Online voting for the final four 2016 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame will be available on the USAC website Monday (June 20) at www.usacracing.com.

Clendenen, of Dayton, Ohio, probably supervised more USAC racing events than anyone in history, spanning several series, primarily including the National Championship Series and the National Sprint Cars. Involved in Midwestern oval-track racing for more than five decades, he started as a mechanic for driver Everett Saylor, the 1937 Central States Racing Association champion. After the war, he turned to officialdom and was an assistant to AAA Midwestern Supervisor Bob Martindale. In 1958, he succeeded Martindale and, after his retirement as a full-time official, he was honored in 1982 with the prestigious Eddie Edenburn Award for his lifelong contributions to the sport. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 94.

Davies, of Gardena, Calif., was three-time USAC National Midget Champion, taking consecutive titles in 1960, 1961 and 1962. His 48 career Midget victories still rank sixth on USAC's all-time National Midget win list. A winner at age 20 in the ill-fated 1949 Del Mar, Calif. AAA 100-miler which claimed the life of Rex Mays, Davies would eventually compete in five Indianapolis 500s, recording his best finish of third in 1955. He also won USAC's Pacific Coast Midget title in 1960 and scored three victories in the prestigious "Night Before the 500" classic. Proficient in his appearances "down under," Davies won the 1963 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix and the 1963 and 1964 South Australian Speedcar titles. He lost his life in a 1966 Midget race at Santa Fe Park Speedway in Hinsdale, Ill. and in 1984 was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Higman, of Lafayette, Ind., was instrumental in the growth of USAC's National Midget Series in so many ways, from providing top-flight cars for the top drivers to his insightful assistance into rules making as part of USAC's Advisory Board of Directors. His list of major drivers ran the gamut of America's greatest talent and he was directly responsible for USAC Midget Championships for drivers Bob Wente (1963), Mike McGreevy (1966) and Larry Rice (1973). The only man to build a successful turbo-charged Offy Midget engine, he served as the crew chief for Indianapolis 500 driver Jigger Sirois who nearly stole the pole starting position in 1969. Bob's enormous contributions resulted in his induction into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also awarded USAC's "Jim Blunk Award" for contributions to Midget racing in 1973 and the prestigious Eddie Edenburn Award in 1988. Bob passed away January 13, 2010.

Hinnershitz, of Oley, Pa., was one of Eastern America's all-time motorsports heroes, claiming USAC Eastern Sprint Car crowns in 1956 and 1959 after winning AAA Eastern titles in 1949-1950-1951-1952 and 1955. He grabbed 11 victories in USAC Sprint racing and competed in a trio of Indianapolis 500s in the 1940s, scoring a ninth-place in 1948 and a 10th in 1941. Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1990, he also was honored by the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Hinnershitz died on August 1, 1999.

King, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., joined USAC as an official in 1966 and as its Safety Director for the Championship Series in 1967. Three years later, he became the chief steward for the Championship Series and in 1972 became Assistant to the USAC Executive Director and Competition Director. He served as USAC's President and Chief Executive Officer from 1976 to 1997 and also held the title of Chairman of the Board between 1979 and 1981. In 1984, he also took on the additional responsibilities of President of USAC Properties, Inc. King directed USAC through its most turbulent times, after the 1978 plane crash in Indiana which claimed the lives of eight key officials. In 1997, he was awarded USAC's most prestigious honor, the Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 73.

O'Connor, of North Vernon, Ind., earned the respect of everyone with is demeanor on and off the race track and in 1958 graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in a build-up to that year's Indianapolis 500. He unfortunately perished in a first-lap crash in that year's race, but his career in the sport is legendary. Despite his somewhat brief career (10 years), he captured USAC's inaugural Midwest Sprint Car championship in 1956 and earlier had won 1953 and 1954 Midwest titles under AAA sanction. He scored eight wins in USAC's Sprint car campaign and was generally regarded as one of the "Kings of the Hills," extremely proficient at the high-banked Salem and Winchester, Ind. and Dayton, Ohio ovals. In 1956, he scored a popular victory in the "Pee Dee 200" National Championship race at the Darlington, S.C. Raceway. In 1957, he led the American contingent as they tested at the spectacular Monza, Italy Autodrome, then competed in the famed "Race of Two Worlds." His best Indianapolis 500 finishes in five starts were eighth-places in 1955 and 1957. In 1995 he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Stewart, of Columbus, Ind., became the first driver ever to claim all three of USAC's National championships in a single season (in 1995) and is one of only six USAC "Triple Crown Champions." He won the 1994 USAC National Midget title, then added the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown honors the next season. Proficient in virtually every form of motorsports, he has earned three NASCAR Cup championships (2002, 2005 and 2011) and a 1997 Indy Racing League title. He has 27 USAC National Midget wins to his credit, as well as 10 wins in the Sprint cars and three in the Silver Crown series. A member of the National Midget Hall of Fame (2001), his list of impressive motorsports awards and accolades continues to grow. In five Indianapolis 500 appearances, he started first in 1996, finished fifth from the front row in 1997, was ninth in 1999 and sixth in 2001. His charitable contributions through his Tony Stewart Foundation are endless. In addition to his USAC driving titles, he also has seven Sprint Car Owner championships as well as seven in the Silver Crown Series as an owner.

Tattersall, of Streator, Ill., continues to rank fourth on USAC's all-time Midget winners list with 63 total victories. In 1969 he claimed the USAC National Midget Championship. As an ambassador for America, he travelled to New Zealand and Australia, winning over 50% of his races during a 13-year stretch! In 1966, he passed a Rookie Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but was unable to secure a starting spot in the 500. Starting in stock cars, he switched to Midgets in 1950 and earned a pair of UARA Midget crowns. He debuted in USAC in 1960 and, in the ensuing 11 years, he never finished worse than eighth in the standings. In 1971, he passed away after a bout with cancer. In 1984, he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

 

 

STENHOUSE RETURNS HOME FOR "40 FOR SHORTY" IN USAC MIDGETS' ARKANSAS DEBUT

This Friday and Saturday night, the USAC Midget National Championship hits the state of Arkansas for the first time in the 61-year history of the series for the inaugural "40 for Shorty" presented by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis.

Stenhouse, a regular for Roush Fenway Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit will be on hand, not only at promoting the event, but will also be competing, getting behind the wheel of a midget in a USAC-sanctioned event for the first time since winning last December's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

On both Friday and Saturday, Stenhouse will race in the USAC Midget portion of the program in the number 17 owned by longtime friend, USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson, who will also be competing in the event. Furthermore, on Friday, Stenhouse will also pilot a 360 sprint car and, on Saturday, he will jump into the seat of 305 Sprint Car alongside his midget racing duties.

"Shorty for 40" honors the legacy of Howard "Shorty" Chambliss, a man who owned the number 40 sprint car that Stenhouse piloted often in the early part of his racing days and was an integral part of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s racing career, especially early on when Ricky was just beginning to make a name for himself.

"Having this event in honor of the 'Shortman' is something that is very close to the heart," Stenhouse said. "He was a longtime family friend who I'd known forever. Dad and him would always be working on their racecars in the garage, and dad took care of his cars when he was racing at the end. He gave me a chance and helped push me to be better with lots of advice that he had learned racing all the years he did. Even in NASCAR, he was one of my biggest supporters."

Stenhouse is thrilled to be returning to his "home track" in West Memphis. A native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, east of the Mississippi River, Stenhouse's goal has been to race a midget on the quarter-mile track known as "The Ditch."

"Racing a midget at Riverside International Speedway has been a dream of mine," Stenhouse acknowledged. "It's one of the tracks I loved racing at growing up combined with a car (midget) that is probably my favorite to drive of any. In 2007, the midget was my calling, I feel like, and we won enough that it helped continue my rise through my racing career.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back home and racing with the friends I grew up around and getting back into a midget and sprint car," Stenhouse said. "It's been about 2009 since I've raced at Riverside and it's a place a lot of great racers learned to race on. I grew up going there as a kid watching my dad every single week until I started racing there. It has always been one of my favorite dirt tracks. It will be great to see all the fans who still support the race track every week as well as the ones who support me from the time I started and throughout my career."

Friday night's June 17th event at Riverside features a 30-lap $3000-to-win USAC National Midget feature along with 360 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars. Saturday night's June 18th program will be highlighted by a 40-lap $4040-to-win USAC National Midget feature as well shows for 305 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars.

On both Friday and Saturday, the pit gates for "40 for Shorty" will open at 3pm. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the on-track action getting underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Adults can purchase a two-day pass for $35, a $5 discount at the gate. Pit passes are $30 each day.

For all Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. media requests, please contact Joey Dennewitz at jdennewitz@spiresportsinc.com.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 14, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances at Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, June 18th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the seventh point race will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Dunn Edwards IMCA Modifieds, Rugged Radios Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Mini Stocks. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 10:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

Since May 2, 2009, Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-eight USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five victories and Ryan Bernal set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.529 on September 17, 2011. On September 11, 2004, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 1-lap record of 13.354.

Heading to Santa Maria, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has an eight point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored fifth at Tulare’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” on May 14th. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for sixteenth in series wins, D.J. will be looking for his third career main event win.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa claimed third at Tulare’s “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the defending 360 Western World Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Brody is tied for twenty-fourth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria triumph.

After running second at Tulare, Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and five top-10 finishes on the year. Last season’s Rookie of the Year will be looking to earn his first series triumph this Saturday night.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored fourteenth at the “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd has six career USAC West Coast wins and will have his sights on another $1,500 payday at Santa Maria.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fifth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard took sixth at Tulare’s checkered flags. Heading to Santa Maria, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. Vander Weerd is second in career series wins and will be looking to claim his nineteenth main event on Saturday.

Currently ninth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Troy Rutherford, Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) sits atop the Santa Maria Sprint Car point standings. Bill Jones, Charlie Butcher, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, Luke Boles, “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Jeremy Ellertson, Matt Day, and Ryan Timmons round out the top-10 drivers.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter 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. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-404, 2. Brody Roa-396, 3. Trey Marcham-359, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-356, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-344, 6. Austin Liggett-314, 7. Max Adams-286, 8. Tristan Guardino-278, 9. Ryan Timmons-249, 10. Jeff Sibley-237, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-228, 12. Troy Rutherford-216, 13. Kevin Barnes-185, 14. Kyle Smith-179, 15. Cody Majors-171, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 17. Shannon McQueen-150, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

SANTA MARIA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-89, 2. Bill Jones-81, 3. Charlie Butcher-80, 4. James Herrera-77, --. Jordan Linson-77, 6. Luke Boles-48, --. Jimmy Thompson-48, 8. Jeremy Ellertson-43, 9. Matt Day-40, 10. Ryan Timmons-38, --. Sean Martin Jr.-38, 12. Ryan Stolz-36.

 

 

STENHOUSE RETURNS HOME FOR "40 FOR SHORTY"
IN USAC MIDGETS' ARKANSAS DEBUT

This Friday and Saturday night, the USAC Midget National Championship hits the state of Arkansas for the first time in the 61-year history of the series for the inaugural "40 for Shorty" presented by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis.

Stenhouse, a regular for Roush Fenway Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit will be on hand, not only at promoting the event, but will also be competing, getting behind the wheel of a midget in a USAC-sanctioned event for the first time since winning last December's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

On both Friday and Saturday, Stenhouse will race in the USAC Midget portion of the program in the number 17 owned by longtime friend, USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson, who will also be competing in the event. Furthermore, on Friday, Stenhouse will also pilot a 360 sprint car and, on Saturday, he will jump into the seat of 305 Sprint Car alongside his midget racing duties.

"Shorty for 40" honors the legacy of Howard "Shorty" Chambliss, a man who owned the number 40 sprint car that Stenhouse piloted often in the early part of his racing days and was an integral part of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s racing career, especially early on when Ricky was just beginning to make a name for himself.

"Having this event in honor of the 'Shortman' is something that is very close to the heart," Stenhouse said. "He was a longtime family friend who I'd known forever. Dad and him would always be working on their racecars in the garage, and dad took care of his cars when he was racing at the end. He gave me a chance and helped push me to be better with lots of advice that he had learned racing all the years he did. Even in NASCAR, he was one of my biggest supporters."

Shorty Chambliss (left) and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in victory lane
after a winged sprint car win.

Stenhouse is thrilled to be returning to his "home track" in West Memphis. A native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, east of the Mississippi River, Stenhouse's goal has been to race a midget on the quarter-mile track known as "The Ditch."

"Racing a midget at Riverside International Speedway has been a dream of mine," Stenhouse acknowledged. "It's one of the tracks I loved racing at growing up combined with a car (midget) that is probably my favorite to drive of any. In 2007, the midget was my calling, I feel like, and we won enough that it helped continue my rise through my racing career.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back home and racing with the friends I grew up around and getting back into a midget and sprint car," Stenhouse said. "It's been about 2009 since I've raced at Riverside and it's a place a lot of great racers learned to race on. I grew up going there as a kid watching my dad every single week until I started racing there. It has always been one of my favorite dirt tracks. It will be great to see all the fans who still support the race track every week as well as the ones who support me from the time I started and throughout my career."

Friday night's June 17th event at Riverside features a 30-lap $3000-to-win USAC National Midget feature along with 360 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars. Saturday night's June 18th program will be highlighted by a 40-lap $4040-to-win USAC National Midget feature as well shows for 305 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars.

On both Friday and Saturday, the pit gates for "40 for Shorty" will open at 3pm. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the on-track action getting underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Adults can purchase a two-day pass for $35, a $5 discount at the gate. Pit passes are $30 each day.

For all Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. media requests, please contact Joey Dennewitz at jdennewitz@spiresportsinc.com.

 

 

WINDOM TRUMPS COMPETITION AT SUSKY; CLAUSON CROWNED EASTERN STORM CHAMP

York Haven, PA.........After a four-year sabbatical from victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom made the Baldwin number 5 great again after picking up Sunday night's "Eastern Storm" finale at Susquehanna Speedway.

Meanwhile, it was Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson who, despite dropping out after only six laps and finishing 21st, had enough of a points cushion between himself, Windom and Ballou to clinch his third career "Eastern Storm" title as soon as he pushed off for the feature event. Clauson joined Levi Jones to become the second driver to add a third "Eastern Storm" title to the résumé.

Coming into the night, Robert Ballou and Windom needed all the stars to align and for a little bad luck to befall Clauson in order to come out on top of the "Eastern Storm" standings. Clauson quickly put that notion to rest early in the night, setting a new one-lap track record in ProSource Qualifying to take fast time honors and the six essential bonus points that come along with it. With the six points earned via his third place finish in the first heat race, Clauson had essentially sewn up the "Eastern Storm" title, needing only to push off for the feature to secure the crown.

With the title all said and done, pride was on the line for both Ballou and pole-sitter Windom, who took the lead entering turn one on the opening lap.

Coming out of turn four and heading for one on the second go-around, Stockon bolted to the inside of Windom on the bottom of the racetrack as Boespflug stuck his nose in between the two briefly while Windom was able to hold on to the advantage.

Clauson quickly moved to the front from his outside row three starting position, pulling ahead of Boespflug for third after a two-lap wheel-to-wheel tussle on laps five and six.

Bryan Clauson set a new one-lap USAC track record at Susquehanna Speedway Sunday night. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

As soon as the hint of yet another patented Clauson charge came to fruition, the ride was over. Clauson rolled to a stop on the front straightaway on the seventh lap and exited the racecar, ending his night with a 21st place finish.

On lap 10, third-running Boespflug drifted high in turn one, slapping the wall with his right rear tire, bouncing off and slowly rolling to a stop in the middle of the track. C.J. Leary made slight contact as he maneuvered around the backside of Boespflug, but was able to keep moving along no worse for the wear.

Up front, Windom's ride was undaunted, holding a near half-straightaway lead at the halfway mark, with Stockon and Bacon battling for second behind him in the distance.

Windom utilized the topside for most of the 30-lapper, but began diamonding through turn two as the pair of Stockon and Bacon began to close the gap while the frontrunners encountered the tail-end of the field.

On lap 24, the interval between Windom and Stockon/Bacon was minimized to less than a few car lengths as the trio approached backmarker Carmen Perigo, but the savvy Windom was able to sneak by Perigo to gain some much-needed breathing room as the leaders exited turn two.

Windom left the top to give the bottom a try in turn one with three to go as he sought the quickest line around the 4/10-mile dirt surface in the late stages. But, with two to go, Stockon was right on his tail, ready to pounce at any given opportunity.

As the two took the white flag, Windom entered high as Stockon dove low on entry into turn one. Stockon slid even with Windom between turns one and two for a brief moment, but was unable to keep his momentum going as Windom skirted the brim off of turn two, distancing himself from Stockon on the final trip down the Susquehanna back straight.

Windom went unwavered on his way to his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory since August of 2015 during the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, defeating Stockon, Bacon, Thomas Meseraull, Ballou, Leary, Max McGhee, Dave Darland, Shane Golobic and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Chris Windom earned his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory since August of 2015 and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team's first since 2012! (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Windom finished off a splendid weekend that also included a victory in Friday night's "Horn/Schindler Memorial" USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. But on this night, the story was the culmination of the reunification between Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team that re-joined forces just one month ago. Windom was able to take the West Lafayette, Indiana-based team's Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to their first series victory nearly four years to the day after its most recent: an "Eastern Storm" win at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA with Windom at the controls.

"This is pretty sweet," Windom proclaimed. "Winning Williams Grove was a feather in my cap, but I couldn't be happier to get Kenny (Baldwin), Margo (Baldwin) and Derek (Claxton) back in victory lane. They worked their butts off all week. Derek has been wanting one all week because we've been right there, but Bryan (Clauson) has obviously been really tough out here. It felt like the top was getting so slow coming off of turn two that I needed to move around. I started diamonding it off. It was tough to figure this place out tonight, but we came out with a win and that's all that matters."

On the other hand, Clauson's race wound up less-than-stellar after a strong start. He became the first driver to finish outside of the top-ten and record a "DNF" in an "Eastern Storm" race, yet still hold on to win the title, primarily due to his outstanding performances in the first four races of the mini-series, which included three wins and a third-place run. Cole Whitt's 10th place run at Grandview Speedway in 2009 was the previous lowest finish for an "Eastern Storm" champion during the series.

It's been a glorious two-week stretch for Clauson. First, leading three laps in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, then winning "Indiana Midget Week" and now adding an "Eastern Storm" title to his mantle, plus tying the legendary Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with his 40th series win Saturday at Port Royal and, in the process, winning an astonishing eight non-wing sprint car features in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

Bryan Clauson earned his third career "Eastern Storm" title Saturday night. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

"I'm so proud of this whole team," Clauson exclaimed. "It was a pretty good week if you can fall out of the last race and still win the whole deal. I felt like we were strong again tonight, so I hated to not finish off strong. But we'll take the championship back home with us and keep digging."

It's been a trying week for Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon, whose week included mechanical issues and finishes 14th, 6th, 16th and 16th in the first four races, but the hard-luck team persevered for a solid second-place run in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"Chris (Windom) was really good," Stockon admitted. "We could get close, but once we got into lapped traffic, I felt like we'd have a shot if he made a mistake, but he never did. We're just happy to bring it home tonight. It's been a rough week and we've had a few problems, but we finally got the car to run all night, so we're happy."

Brady Bacon's third place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar extended his point lead ever so slightly over Thomas Meseraull to 29 markers as the team, and the series, head into the crucial summer stretch that could make or break a championship season.

"We've struggled on tracks like this all year, but we finished this week strong," Bacon said. "We struggled the first few nights, but got back to where we needed to be the last couple of nights. We've had some breaks each night too, but our car has been good enough that we've been in a position to capitalize. We'll take this momentum back to Indiana with us and keep our heads up as we get into the bulk of the schedule."

Contingency award winners at Susquehanna Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Landon Simon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tom Harris (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.753 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.840; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.910; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.087; 5. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.300; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.356; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.358; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.373; 9. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.387; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.389; 11. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.457; 12. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.539; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.572; 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-17.626; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.630; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.655; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.662; 18. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.728; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.840; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.948; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.950; 22. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-18.125; 23. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-18.179; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-18.271; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-19.280; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Berry, 8. Kohen. 2:27.93 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. M. Smith, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Moody, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Golobic, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris. 2:28.33

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Golobic, 3. D. Smith, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Harris, 6. Moody, 7. Perigo, 8. Kohen, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. 2:35.67

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Max McGhee, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Mark Smith, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Tom Harris, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Carmen Perigo, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Harris Kohen. NT ---------------------------- **DiMattia flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.

KSE HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (16th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,105, 2-Meseraull-1,076, 3-Stockon-1,014, 4-Ballou-980, 5-Darland-953, 6-Leary-953, 7-Boespflug-860, 8-McGhee-841, 9-Clauson-774, 10-Windom-730.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-346, 2-Windom-332, 3-Ballou-325, 4-Stockon-312, 5-Bacon-301, 6-Meseraull-289, 7-McGhee-282, 8-Leary-280, 9-Darland-269, 10-Golobic-251.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 23 - Jackson (MN) Motorplex

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 12, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.753 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.840; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.910; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.087; 5. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.300; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.356; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.358; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.373; 9. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.387; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.389; 11. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.457; 12. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.539; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.572; 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-17.626; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.630; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.655; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.662; 18. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.728; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.840; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.948; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.950; 22. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-18.125; 23. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-18.179; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-18.271; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-19.280; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Berry, 8. Kohen. 2:27.93 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. M. Smith, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Moody, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Golobic, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris. 2:28.33

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Golobic, 3. D. Smith, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Harris, 6. Moody, 7. Perigo, 8. Kohen, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. 2:35.67

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Max McGhee, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Mark Smith, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Tom Harris, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Carmen Perigo, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Harris Kohen. NT
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**DiMattia flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.

KSE HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,105, 2-Meseraull-1,076, 3-Stockon-1,014, 4-Ballou-980, 5-Darland-953, 6-Leary-953, 7-Boespflug-860, 8-McGhee-841, 9-Clauson-774, 10-Windom-730.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-346, 2-Windom-332, 3-Ballou-325, 4-Stockon-312, 5-Bacon-301, 6-Meseraull-289, 7-McGhee-282, 8-Leary-280, 9-Darland-269, 10-Golobic-251.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 23 - Jackson (MN) Motorplex

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 6. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Josh Pelkey, 12. Dustin Burkhart, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Jonas Reynolds, 15. Joe Scheopner, 16. Jordan Stetson, 17. Andy Reinbold, 18. Landon Cling, 19. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**Cling flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Rossi, Laps 13-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (17th to 9th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 2 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

CLAUSON TIES BETTENHAUSEN
WITH 40TH USAC SPRINT WIN AT PORT ROYAL

Sometimes good fortune falls your way. Sometimes the dominoes fall where they may. Not that the red-hot Bryan Clauson needed any luck with how successful he's been throughout the 2016 season, but any little bit helps.

After falling to 15th on the opening lap, and mired back in 10th at the halfway point, Clauson steadily worked his way through the field, using timely cautions and the misfortune of several frontrunners that played into his favor and put him in position to make the winning move on Brady Bacon on lap 24 and put the finishing touches on his 40th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, tying USAC Hall of Famer Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time series win list.

Clauson would start on the inside of row six at the start, but it was the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver of all-time, pole sitter Dave Darland, who bolted out to the early lead.
On lap three, Chase Stockon was able to take the third spot from Thomas Meseraull, but the side-by-side battle continued one lap later when the two banged wheels at the start/finish line, narrowly avoiding catastrophe.

On the sixth circuit, Meseraull pressed Stockon for the spot, but got the car completely sideways on the high side at the exit of turn four, slamming the right rear tire and right side of the tail tank against the guardrail with enormous force, sending Meseraull into a series of mid-air spirals before landing cage-first into the clay. Meseraull gingerly got out of the car under his own power, but was otherwise okay.

Brady Bacon entered the fray up front, battling with Darland for the lead on lap seven and eventually securing the spot one lap later.

Robert Ballou became the next driver to throw his helmet into the ring of frontrunners on lap 11, overtaking Chase Stockon for third on the outside of the second turn, and then running down Darland between turns three and four, speeding past the USAC Triple Crown champion at the exit of four for the second position.

Ballou made quick work erasing Bacon's ever-decreasing gap, as the defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion squared up the 2014 champion he dethroned one year ago, in a run for his money at the halfway mark.

Lap 15, with Bacon down low and Ballou up high, Bacon drifted up in front of Ballou at the exit of two, slamming the door on him to slow his momentum, allowing Bacon to remain out front.

Two laps after a lap 16 yellow stopped the action, Ballou threw his number one deep into turn three in front of Bacon for the lead, but Bacon countered the move, slicing down to the inside guardrail at the exit of turn four, but to no avail. Ballou, last year's Port Royal winner and defending "Eastern Storm" champion, staked his claim at the top and appeared to be the one that everyone would be chasing.

Attrition started to wear on several of the top contenders down the stretch. Thursday's New Egypt winner Chad Boespflug was the first to fall by the wayside, slowing with mechanical trouble on lap 19. After a contentious, see-saw battle between Stockon and Bacon for second, the expensive sounds of a misfiring engine began to emanate from underneath the hood of Stockon's machine, sending him to the infield with seven laps to go.

Simultaneously, fourth-running Aaron Farney jumped the cushion and banged the guardrail between turns one and two before coming to a rest backwards against the Armco.

Under the yellow, race leader Ballou pulled into the work area in the infield with an apparent loose power steering line. He would restart, but was relegated to the tail of the field with just a handful of laps remaining.

The reshuffled starting order left Bacon out front with new neighbors Clauson and Max McGhee in his shadow running second and third.

Immediately, Clauson went to work on Bacon and, on lap 24, dove low at the entrance of turn three, throwing a massive slider on Bacon to pull ahead and put the race to bed. As Clauson peeled off lap-after-lap of perfection, evidenced by posting his fastest lap of the race just four laps from the end, he began to distance himself from Bacon in the remaining laps and drive into the history books with his milestone 40th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, something only seven other men have been able to accomplish. Clauson was followed to the checkered flag by Bacon, McGhee, Darland, C.J. Leary, Jerry Coons, Jr., KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Shane Golobic, Ballou, Carmen Perigo and Isaac Chapple.

 

After winning his third USAC National Sprint Car race this week, Clauson extended his commanding point lead in the "Eastern Storm" standings to 52 over Chris Windom heading into Sunday night's finale at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Clauson continues to add more accolades to his world-class racing profile, earning his 40th series win at the age of 26 years, 11 months. The man he tied, Gary Bettenhausen, was just shy of his 39 birthday when he won his 40th and final at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1980.

"I struggle to run in the top-five every time we come to this place, but we kind of sold out on this thing knowing we were starting 11th," Clauson said. "Watching the first 10 laps of the race, nobody would've guessed we'd be in victory lane. We decided to leave it alone under that open red and let the car come to us. We caught some breaks with some yellows and those guys falling out. When I restarted behind Brady, I was committed to doing whatever he didn't. I got my momentum up through turns one and two and pulled the trigger. This thing was flawless."

In Clauson's three "Eastern Storm" wins this week in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, the Noblesville, Indiana driver has taken the lead for good on lap 24 (Grandview & Port Royal) and lap 25 (Lincoln), exemplifying that Clauson knows when it's "go-time."

"I got by Farney for fourth and hadn't really had an opportunity to size myself up to those guys up front. We'd driven up to them, but they were so far out that I couldn't gauge how good we were compared to them. Robert and Brady get going really well on these big, sweeping tracks so we were happy to just run with them, but when you get that close, you don't want to let them slip away and you want to close them out. Last night, I didn't get it done, but we stole one tonight."

Brady Bacon's second place finish, coupled with Meseraull's misfortune, allowed Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to re-emerge as the series point leader by 21 points in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"I hadn't realized Chase pulled off and you race according to who you're racing with," Bacon described. Chase isn't normally somebody who is going to rip the top, so I went to the bottom to protect and it turned out that Bryan was actually behind me. He got a good enough start to slide me into three and then I just couldn't get back by him. Then, I was trying stuff to catch him and ended up having to race back into second and, by then, Bryan was already gone."

"We got back to square one tonight," a relieved Bacon said. "We changed some things on the car and got it back to normal and had a really good points night. Wish we could've gotten the win though; this is one of my favorite tracks."

Camby, Indiana's Max McGhee earned a career best third-place result in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco.

"We've been working really hard this week and haven't gotten the finishes we wanted to," McGhee lamented. "The car has been really good; it's just been on me to step up a little bit. Racing with Bryan and Brady is a big confidence booster. Just to be able to hang with them is great. We worked on some stuff tonight and got better, so from here on out, I think we'll be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Port Royal Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner Max McGhee (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Aaron Farney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dustin Smith (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2016 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.148; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.385; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-19.428; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-19.434; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-19.503; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.521; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-19.627; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-19.635; 9. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-19.776; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-19.876; 11. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.972; 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-19.973; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-20.008; 14. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-20.073; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.074; 16. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-20.076; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.110; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-20.199; 19. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-20.360; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-20.383; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-20.385; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.387; 23. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-20.761; 24. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-20.951; 25. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.176; 26. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.540.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Simon, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. M.Smith, 7. Perigo, 8. Cottle, 9. Mahoney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Clauson, 3. Coons, 4. D.Smith, 5. Boespflug, 6. Golobic, 7. Farney, 8. Moody, 9. Thomas. 2:40.92

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Meseraull, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Harris, 8. Berry. 2:43.28

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Farney, 2. M.Smith, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. Golobic,
5. Moody, 6. Thomas, 7. Perigo, 8. -Harris, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max McGhee, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Kyle Moody, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mark Smith, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT
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**Cottle flipped over the guardrail during the first heat. Meseraull flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Darland, Laps 8-17 Bacon, Laps 18-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (21st to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,028, 2-Meseraull-1,007, 3-Stockon-938, 4-Ballou-914, 5-Darland-900, 6-Leary-891, 7-Boespflug-830, 8-McGhee-781, 9-Clauson-739, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-311, 2-Ballou-259, 3-Windom-255, 4-Stockon-236, 5-Bacon-224, 6-McGhee-222, 7-Meseraull-220, 8-Leary-218, 8-Darland-216, 10-Boespflug-212.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 12 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.652; 2. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.680; 3. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.777; 4. Joey Iest, 9w, WHPD-14.856; 5. Adam Lemke, 98, 15.075; 6. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-15.182; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.230; 8. Ariel Biggs, 00, Jessop-15.233; 9. Ashlkey Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.262; 10. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Brannon, 3. Lemke, 4. Hazelotn, 5. Jessop. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Boscacci, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Iest, 5. Biggs. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Ashley Hazelton, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Adam Lemke, 9. Joey Iest. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Jessop, Laps 16-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-603, 2-T,Breidinger-470, 3-A,Breidinger-442, 4-Brannon-373, 5-Boscacci-319, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 7-Jessop-190, 8-Hazelton-189, 9-Ethan Lesser-142, 10-Tommy McCarthy-134.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-470, 2-Love-442, 3-Brannon-373, 4-A.Breidinger-366, 5-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 6-Jessop-190, 7-Boscacci-177, 8-Ethan Lesser-142, 9-Tommy McCarthy-134, 10-Jeff Kelley-128.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: June 17 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2016 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#2 Matczak), 2. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 3. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 4. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 5. Alex Rose (#11 Miller), 6. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 7. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 8. Bobby White (#3 White). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 2. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 3. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Scott Duell (#5 Matczak) and Vince Lucca (#9 Miller).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Kevin Chaffee, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Kenney Johnson, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. Mark Cole, 8. Robert Tucker, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Jeff Horn, 11. Manny Dias, 12. Tyler Rivard, 13. Alex Rose. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Chaffee, Laps 7-20 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-375, 2-Pierson-375, 3-Whitney-340, 4-Christensen-309, 5-Champagne-282, 6-Horn-280, 7-Dias-255, 8-Miller-251, 9-Rose-241, 10-Cole-229.

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


 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.781; 2. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.850; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.944; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.969; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.969; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.981; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.121; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.129; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.186; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-17.253; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.271; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 92M, Sertich-17.409; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.410; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.518; 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.539; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.585; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.595; 18. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.885; 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.959; 20. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-17.966; 21. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.979; 22. Eddie Tafoya, 0K, Tafoya-18.099; 23. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.178; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.304; 25. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-NT; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Bender, 3. Spencer, 4. Sussex, 5. C.Williams, 6. Hendricks, 7. Everhart, 8. Adams. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ellertson, 2. T.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. R.Gardner, 5. A.Sweeney, 6. Ballard, 7. Dyer, 8. J.Vander Weerd. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Gansen, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. V.Sweeney. 2:51.49

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Jeremy Ellertson, 9. Corey Ballard, 10. Andrew Sweeney, 11. Tom Hendricks, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Anthony Lopiccolo, 14. Jeff Dyer, 15. Trent Williams, 16. Logan Williams, 17. Tommy Malcolm, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 20. Tony Everhart, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT
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**A.Williams flipped over the fence during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 R.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Verne Sweeney

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-352, 2-R.Vander Weerd-350, 3-Swanson-333, 4-Spencer-318, 5-D.Gardner-308, 6-A.Williams-255, 7-Adams-214, 8-Ellertson-212, 9-C.Williams-208, 10-Gansen-198.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: July 1 - Santa Maria (CA) Speedway

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.148; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.385; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-19.428; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-19.434; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-19.503; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.521; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-19.627; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-19.635; 9. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-19.776; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-19.876; 11. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.972; 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-19.973; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-20.008; 14. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-20.073; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.074; 16. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-20.076; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.110; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-20.199; 19. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-20.360; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-20.383; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-20.385; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.387; 23. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-20.761; 24. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-20.951; 25. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.176; 26. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.540.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Simon, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. M.Smith, 7. Perigo, 8. Cottle, 9. Mahoney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Clauson, 3. Coons, 4. D.Smith, 5. Boespflug, 6. Golobic, 7. Farney, 8. Moody, 9. Thomas. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Meseraull, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Harris, 8. Berry. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Farney, 2. M.Smith, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. Golobic, 5. Moody, 6. Thomas, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max McGhee, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Kyle Moody, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mark Smith, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT
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**Cottle flipped over the guardrail during the first heat. Meseraull flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Darland, Laps 8-17 Bacon, Laps 28-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,028, 2-Meseraull-1,007, 3-Stockon-938, 4-Ballou-914, 5-Darland-900, 6-Leary-891, 7-Boespflug-830, 8-McGhee-781, 9-Clauson-739, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-311, 2-Ballou-259, 3-Windom-255, 4-Stockon-236, 5-Bacon-224, 6-McGhee-222, 7-Meseraull-220, 8-Leary-218, 8-Darland-216, 10-Boespflug-212.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 12 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"


 

 

WINDOM WITHSTANDS CLAUSON'S CHARGE
IN HORN/SCHINDER MEMORIAL AT THE GROVE

 

Mechanicsburg, PA.........Chris Windom was able to fend off a furious late-race rally by Bryan Clauson to win in the return of champ car racing to Williams Grove Speedway after a 35-year hiatus in Friday night's "Horn/Schindler Memorial" 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race.

C.J. Leary was the first car to hit the track for ProSource Qualifying and the first to break Steve Kinser's long-standing one-lap track record from 1981 by three and a half seconds. None of the remaining drivers were able to reach the bar that the Greenfield, Indiana driver set, which placed him on the pole for the main event.

Leary and outside front row starter Justin Grant engaged in a side-by-side battle for the top spot on the opening lap with Leary assuming and maintaining control throughout the early stages. However, turn four proved to be a Bermuda Triangle of sorts in the first quarter of the race, plaguing a bevy of drivers that halted the action on four separate instances involving three different drivers.

Race leader Leary had seen nothing but daylight in front of him during the first several laps, but on the lap 29 restart, all Leary had was smoke in his eyes as a continuous plume billowed from the headers of the number 30. Leary began to slow dramatically, eventually coming to a stop in the first turn one lap later before being towed off to the pit area. The night for April's "Sumar Classic" winner at the Terre Haute Action Track was finished after such a strong performance in his first visit to the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania track.

Justin Grant inherited the lead for the lap 35 restart, but, by lap 37, Windom had sliced into Grant's lead, setting Windom up for an outside turn four pass to take the top spot.
Meanwhile, Clauson was picking cars off at a rapid pace from his 16th starting position, crossing over from the topside to the inside of Mark Smith for fourth out of turn 4 on lap 39.

Windom sailed away on a comfort cruise after the race's final caution flew for the stopped car of Austin Nemire on lap 40. The Canton, llinois driver built his lead to a full-straightaway advantage with 35 laps to go.

Yet, Clauson was determined not to give in yet, taking third from Grant on lap 65 and sliding up in front of Brady Bacon for second on lap 69. However, Clauson still had a long row ahead of him to catch Windom who was on cruise control up front.

With 10 laps to go, some fans were seen leaving the grandstands with the feeling that the conclusion would be inevitable with Windom rolling to an easy victory. It appeared that Clauson would need a caution to close the gap on Windom's seemingly insurmountable lead, but with the pedigree that Clauson has attained over the last decade plus in the United States Auto Club, nothing was outside the realm of possibility.

Shot out of a cannon, Clauson continued to chop and slash the interval between him and leader Windom little-by-little, driving on the edge, appearing as if he was on a single-car qualifying run in the final laps.

With two laps to go, Windom jumped the skyscraper-high turn three cushion, allowing Clauson to close in right behind the tail tank of Windom's machine as the two exited turn four.

As the two sprinted down the front straightaway, Clauson got the bite off the bottom and was able to pull ahead by a car length inside of Windom at the exit of two on lap 99. Yet, Windom was able to find each and every morsel of horsepower to muscle his car back in front into turn three.

As Clauson and Windom ran Hoosier-to-Hoosier between turns three and four, the duo had to contend with the lapped car of David Byrne immediately after passing under the white flag indicating one more lap to go. The two split Byrne with Windom aiming for the topside and Clauson cutting to the low side. Clauson attempted to slide job Windom at the entrance to one by drifting up to the top line in front of Windom, but came up just shy, getting his car too far sideways and killing his momentum between turns one and two.

But, like Michael Myers in the "Halloween" movie series, Clauson would not go away, re-emerging yet again to make one last run at Windom into the final two turns. However, it was simply not enough as Windom led the final 63 laps to claim his third career USAC Silver Crown Series victory over Clauson, Kody Swanson, Bacon, Grant, Smith, Casey Shuman, Jerry Coons, Jr., Steve Buckwalter and Shane Cottle.

Like Kody Swanson's stranglehold on the dirt miles over the past few seasons, Windom appears to have taken a shine to the half-mile dirt tracks, previously taking victories at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg Ohio in 2013 and the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2015. In those two races, Windom led a combined 97 of 100 laps. Friday night at Williams Grove, Windom led the final 63 laps of the contest, but putting his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/J & D was no cinch as he had to hold off the hottest open-wheel driver in the nation, Bryan Clauson, in the closing laps.

"Holy cow," Windom exclaimed. "My guys came on the radio with about 10 (laps) to go and screamed at me to go. I saw that (number) 6 car down there and I knew Clauson was coming. What a hell of a race for these fans at the end!"

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Windom stated. "With all the history here, I can't believe we're here! This track was awesome. These guys did a great job of prepping it. It was superfast early on in practice and qualifying. It's probably my new favorite Silver Crown track. In the feature, it slicked off there. You just had to be very easy on the top because it built a big curb and it was very easy to jump over. I did it a few times and thought I was going to lose the lead there. At the end, it was just the lap cars that were running side-by-side in front of me and I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to completely come off the top and go to the bottom and have someone drive around me, so I just tried to use them as a pick, and then I saw the 6 car down there, so I had to start sliding, going as quickly as I could."

Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson hoped to become the first driver since Rodger Ward in 1959 to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500 and win in a champ car at Williams Grove Speedway in the same season. Clauson came up just short despite a valiant effort after his car experienced mechanical problems during qualifying, finishing second while earning KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop Hard Charger honors in his Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality & Restaurant Group/Beast/Ford.

"We had a tough night all the way around until the feature," Clauson reflected. "But these guys worked hard to get this car good for the feature. We were really strong, especially late. I got to him there and really wanted to run the bottom in (turns) one and two, but I kind of had a lapper pinning me down. I just decided to try and clear him and get up in front of him, but didn't get it done. We made up a lot of ground there late by just driving my butt off to try and get there; I just needed 105 (laps) or so. We dug out of a big hole there and it was a spectacular run there for sure."

Kody Swanson, of Kingsburg, California came home third in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy while maintaining his series point lead by 15 over Windom heading into the June 25 "St. Louis Silver Crown Showdown" at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

"What an honor it is to be here at Williams Grove and it's great to drive this DePalma family 63," Swanson said. "They're a great family to race for and a great group of people to work on it. They put a great racecar on the track for us every time. I always hate it when I can't win for them, but we gave it everything we had tonight. We struggled a little early, but as the track got a little wider and a little trickier, we were able to find something there late and battle our way up to third."

Contingency award winners at Williams Grove Speedway included C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop Hard Charger) and David Byrne (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2016 - Williams Grove, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-20.379; 2. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-20.459; 3. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-20.602; 4. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-20.757; 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.776; 6. Mark Smith, 99, RPM/Gormly-20.933; 7. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-20.999; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.202; 9. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 27, Phillips-21.254; 10. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-21.305; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.400; 12. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.451; 13. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.526; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-21.759; 15. Billy Pauch, Jr., 52, Lesko-21.830; 16. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-22.844; 17. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.472; 18. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-27.303; 19. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-37.954; 20. John Heydenreich, 90, BBH-NT; 21. Neil Shepherd, 107, Shepherd-NT; 22. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 13. David Byrne, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Chris Fetter, 17. Dave Berkheimer, 18. John Heydenreich, 19. Joe Liguori, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 49:29.81
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**Shepherd flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Leary, Laps 30-37 Grant, Laps 38-100 Windom.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-268, 2-Windom-253, 3-Grant-217, 4-Cottle-192, 5-Coons-190, 6-Byrne-178, 7-Clauson-177, 8-Shuman-169, 9-Cockrum-154, 10-Bacon-152.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (16th to 2nd)

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 25 - Madison, IL - Gateway Motorsports Park

 

CHAD HANGS TOUGH AT NEW EGYPT;
BOESPFLUG BAGS NIGHT 3 OF EASTERN STORM

 

New Egypt, N.J.........Chad Boespflug was able to withstand the pressure from the two most successful drivers in "Eastern Storm" over the past two seasons, Robert Ballou and Bryan Clauson, to take his third career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory during night three of "Eastern Storm" Thursday night at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway.

On the start, pole sitter C.J. Leary slid up in front of Boespflug into turn one to take lead. Boespflug ran the top as Leary used the low line to beat Boespflug back to the line by half a car length at the conclusion of the opening lap.

After a yellow on the third lap, Boespflug stepped up the pressure on leader Leary. Coming down the front straightaway at the end of lap three, Boespflug pulled the front wheels off the ground in spectacular style as he pulled even with Leary for a dead heat at the start/finish line.

Leary was able to hold off Boespflug's pressure for only one more lap. Boespflug got the bite off of the turn two Jersey clay, running down Leary to get to the front of the pack on lap five.

One lap later, Bacon devoured Leary for the second spot and, on lap seven, Ballou bolted from the outside of turn one, cutting across the nose of Leary's machine and stealing his line away to slot into third.

After a lap eight caution, Boespflug wasted no time re-building his interval on the restart, opening up a sizable advantage as the field stormed into turn one.

On lap 12, Ballou swung low by Bacon in turn one for the second position, but still had an enormous amount of ground to overcome as he trailed Boespflug by a half-straightaway at the midway point of the 30-lap feature.

Meanwhile, Clauson had suddenly come alive as Bacon swung wide at the exit of turn two on the 16th lap, leaving the door open for Clauson to grab the third spot.

With 12 to go, leader Boespflug hit heavy, lapped traffic. That allowed Ballou to begin reeling in Boespflug as Clauson went into catch-up mode as he looked to take the upper hand while the Boespflug and Ballou navigated through the backmarkers.

With eight to go, Ballou was right within striking distance, trailing Boesplfug by just two car lengths. One slip-up by Boespflug was all the defending series champ needed to taste victory for the third time in 2016.

Ballou shot to the turn one inside guardrail for an attempted slider on Boespflug with seven laps remaining, but it was to no avail as he got stacked up by the lapped car of Kyle Moody. Boespflug, who was utilizing the middle of the racetrack was able to maintain his momentum to slip around Moody and Ballou to remain at the front.

Ballou put the gold number 1 right on the rear bumper of leader Boespflug while Clauson, in third, rapidly closed on the pair as a four-lap "trophy dash" to the finish ensued.

Ballou hounded Boespflug repeatedly, but couldn't inch his way closer to the confident Boespflug, who didn't flinch down the stretch, withstanding each and every jab Ballou threw his way to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year over Ballou, Clauson, Bacon, Leary, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom, Max McGhee, Thomas Meseraull and Dave Darland.

Entering the 2016 season, Hanford, California's Boespflug had seen three years pass since his last USAC victory. After forming a new team in the offseason set on traveling the USAC National Sprint Car tour in its entirety, the odds were stacked against him. However, with himself, crew chief Davey Jones and car owners Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow, the team has stepped up to the plate, winning two races thus far in this young season in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Capitol Renegade - Capitol Custom Trailers/Maxim/Claxton.

"When we caught those lapped cars, it was really difficult with them running the bottom in front of me, but I saw Robert's nose there and knew it was go time," Chad recounted. "I was trying to minimize my mistakes. I knew Robert and Bryan were going to be right there; they were tough all week. To put an end to Bryan's run is pretty special for this team. It's a brand new racecar and a pretty fresh motor, so it's definitely working the way we wanted it to."

Defending "Eastern Storm" champion Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California came mighty close to returning to victory lane in the 2016 edition of the five-race series despite losing an engine just after taking the checkered flag, but remains optimistic after finishing second behind Boespflug in his Ballou Motorsports/Weikel Sunglasses - Sunglass Central/Maxim/Ott.

"The engine started letting go on us with about 10 to go," Ballou said. "We blew up this thing pretty bad. Don Ott will have it fixed in the morning and we'll get this thing in victory lane at Port Royal. We fell just one spot short tonight, but we got our ducks in a row. We've got everything figured out that we've had problems with. They're going be in trouble on Saturday!"

After winning first two races at Grandview and Lincoln Speedways, Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson was aiming at joining Levi Jones and Ballou as the only driver in the 10-year history of the event to win three straight "Eastern Storm" features in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar. Clauson was able to manage a solid third and, in the process, extended his grasp of the "Eastern Storm" title by 24 points over Chris Windom heading into a night off on Friday before the series returns for the final two-race Pennsylvania stretch at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday and Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven on Sunday.

"We needed a 40-lapper," Clauson exclaimed. "We just got going a little too late there. We started running down those guys at the end, we just didn't have quite enough to get there in 30 laps. There at the end, we needed a yellow or something to fall our way. Tonight, it didn't happen. It's been a pretty good run here of late, so I can't complain."

Contingency award winners at New Egypt Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Mark Smith (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Shane Golobic (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2016 - New Egypt, New Jersey - New Egypt Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.362; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-16.524; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-16.542; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.608; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.643; 6. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.689; 7. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-16.708; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.770; 9. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.820; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-16.855; 11. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-16.896; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.922; 13. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-16.947; 14. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.963; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.006; 16. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.023; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.025; 18. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-17.042; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.152; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.159; 21. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.336; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.365; 23. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.411; 24. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-17.480; 25. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.533; 26. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-17.763; 27. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-18.133; 28. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-18.881.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. M. Smith, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Clauson, 5. McGhee, 6. Golobic, 7. Coons, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Kohen. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Cottle, 3. Boespflug, 4. Ballou, 5. Simon, 6. Bacon, 7. Chapple, 8. Farney, 9. Berry. 2:21.40

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. Thomas, 4. Moody, 5. Andretti, 6. Biasi, 7. Mahoney, 8. D. Smith, 9. DiMattia. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Chapple, 3. Golobic, 4. Coons, 5. Farney, 6. Biasi, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Berry, 9. Kohen, 10. Mahoney. 3:33.82

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Shane Golobic, 14. Mark Smith, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kyle Moody, 17. Bret Mellenberndt, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Joey Biasi, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Jarett Andretti. NT
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**D. Smith flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Leary, Laps 5-30 Boespflug.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Meseraull-975, 2-Bacon-953, 3-Stockon-894, 4-Ballou-854, 5-Darland-834, 6-Leary-825, 7-Boespflug-797, 8-McGhee-709, 9-Clauson-662, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-234, 2-Windom-210, 3-Ballou-199, 4-Meseraull-188, 5-Stockon-182, 6-Boespflug-179, 7-Thomas-161, 8-Leary-152, 9-McGhee-150, 10-Darland-150.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 11 - Port Royal, PA - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS INVADE QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 8, 2016... After successful “Border Tour” races at El Paso and Las Cruces, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, June 11th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the tenth point race will also feature Sport Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, nineteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eleven wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). To date, Johnson and Sussex have already claimed victory at Arizona Speedway in 2016.

Heading to Queen Creek, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 27-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran third at El Paso and Las Cruces. To date, the second generation driver has three feature wins, five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all drivers with thirty-five series wins and will be looking to extend his point lead with a victory this Saturday night.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks second in the championship chase. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex won both “Border Tour” races at El Paso and Las Cruces. At press time, Stevie has five feature wins, five heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins with nine triumphs and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory at Queen Creek.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fourth at El Paso and ran second at Las Cruces. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with 13 main events and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin took sixth at El Paso and scored fourth at Las Cruces. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his sixth SouthWest triumph.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi ran fifth at El Paso and sixth at Las Cruces. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the former Western World 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, six top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led to his credit. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to score his fourth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Shon Deskins, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Dustin Burkhart, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Spencer Hill, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
11-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-667, 2. Stevie Sussex-640, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-572, 4. Mike Martin-539, 5. Matt Rossi-520, 6. Nick Aiuto-454, 7. Tye Mihocko-428, 8. Josh Pelkey-399, 9. Andy Reinbold-383, 10. Dennis Gile-357, 11. Chris Bonneau-331, 12. Shon Deskins-320, Brian Hosford-320, 14. Landon Cling-291, 15. Dustin Burkhart-250, 16. Bruce St. James-249, 17. Tom Ogle-241, 18. Michael Curtis-191, 19. Spencer Hill-138, 20. Asa Kesterson-109.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

CLAUSON CAPTURES LINCOLN;
GOES BACK-TO-BACK TO OPEN EASTERN STORM

Abbottstown, PA.........And the beat goes on for Bryan Clauson after the Noblesville, Indiana driver continued his fairytale season Wednesday night by picking up his fifth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the 2016 season, and 11th overall USAC win, at Pennsylvania's Lincoln Speedway.

Clauson ran down Chase Stockon for the lead with just six laps remaining in the caution-free affair to claim his 39th career USAC National Sprint Car victory, just one shy of the legendary Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time list.

Clauson lined up third behind front row starters Shane Golobic of California and Joey Biasi of Pennsylvania, but at the start, it was Biasi who took control as the field headed into turns one and two. As the two drag raced down the back straightaway, Golobic was able to mount a charge to grab the lead by a single car length at the line at the completion of lap one.

By lap four, third row starter and ProSource Fast Qualifier Chase Stockon began to charge to the front, maneuvering around the outside of Biasi for the second spot in turn one.

On lap six, Stockon had reeled in leader Golobic. The pair blasted side-by-side out of turn two, down the back straight without sparing an inch. As the two came wheel-to-wheel off of four, Stockon stole the leader's lane, cutting across the nose of Golobic to assume the lead. One lap later, Clauson worked the middle and high grooves to take second away from Biasi with Stockon now his lone target.

Stockon took the high side of the 3/8-mile dirt oval after running low earlier while Clauson continued to search both high and low for the fastest way around the joint. Meanwhile, Chris Windom resumed his run of the bottom line from Grandview one night earlier, where he finished a strong third after starting deep into the field. This time, Windom didn't have as far to travel from his fourth starting position as he ripped third from Golobic on the 12th lap.

Despite applying pressure throughout the middle portion of the 30-lapper, Stockon was able to gain a little breathing room as he distanced himself from Clauson a bit with 13 to go.

With 10 laps left, leader Stockon began to encounter lapped traffic, holding a roughly five-car-length advantage over Clauson in second.

Clauson began to creep ever closer to Stockon, foot-by-foot, inch-by-inch, reeling him in to within an arm's length distance when Clauson (inside) and Stockon (outside) engaged in a fight that resulted in two near dead-heats at the line on laps 23 and 24, both officially credited to Stockon.

On the 25th lap, Clauson dove to the inside at the entrance of the first turn, pitching his machine sideways to slide up in front of Stockon in turn two, forcing him to slow his momentum, which allowed Clauson to pull away to a good-sized advantage down the back straightaway.

One lap later, when Stockon was still trying to settle back into a groove, Windom used a big run on Stockon heading into turn one, clearing Stockon for second as the duo exited turn two.

In the final laps, Clauson ran away from the pack, taking the victory by a half-straightaway over Windom, Stockon, Thomas Meseraull, Golobic, Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Biasi, Chad Boespflug and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Clauson has now won an astonishing seven of eight non-wing sprint car starts in the last 11 days in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar. It's Clauson's fifth USAC National Sprint win behind the wheel of the Dooling/Hayward number 63 in only eight series starts this season.

Dating back to the Clauson/Dooling/Hayward combination's series debut at the Eldora Speedway "4-Crown Nationals" in September of 2015, the duo has won seven of the 15 USAC National Sprint Car races they've appeared and now takes a nine-point lead into Thursday's round three of "Eastern Storm" at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. But this night wasn't easy from the get-go, having to compete in the late stages for the lead with Chase Stockon, who was fast right off the trailer.

"Chase was pretty good," Clauson admitted. "He was moving around and I was moving around and we were just kind of staying even. It seemed like once he got to traffic, something happened and he couldn't get into the corner quite as hard and we were able to track him down. I just kind of threw a half-hearted slider at him just to break his momentum and I don't know if it surprised him or what, but I never saw him again after that. These races are tough. The competition is so deep in USAC right now. I just feel lucky to be able to drive a racecar as nice as this."

Making his fifth ride since rejoining the Baldwin Brothers Racing stable a month ago, Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom netted another strong performance in his Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, his third straight top-five feature finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.

"We ran Bryan down, but when he got in front of Chase, he just checked out," Windom explained. "But, we were really good. The first part of the race, I just had to figure out where to go because the track had been on the bottom all night and then it moved up. Bryan's on it right now, but I think we've got something for him the rest of the week."

Despite leading a race-high 19 laps in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher, Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon had to settle for third after losing his brakes in the late going.

"I could hear somebody back there when I was running the bottom doing that diamond move and I figured the top would eventually come in," Stockon said. So, I moved up there just to see if I could stay up front and run away. Shortly after I got into lapped traffic, the brake pedal just went to the floor and this place is pretty tough to run without brakes. But, we're extremely happy to run third after we had a rough night last night. This was a nice rebound run for us."

 

For the first time since November 5, 2011 during the "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, a track hosted multiple USAC National Sprint Car features in one night.
In Wednesday night's second feature at Lincoln that awarded no points toward the series championship, the lineup was determined by who finished on the lead lap during the first feature and then completely inverted. Nineteenth place finisher Carmen Perigo, the last driver on the lead lap in the first feature, would start from the pole alongside Landon Simon while first feature winner Clauson lined up 19th.

Perigo led the first two laps from the pole, but Simon would run him down to take the number one spot on lap three.

With five laps to go, it became a three-car race between Simon, Brady Bacon and Aaron Farney. The trio were separated by an estimated three-car-lengths as they each hugged the inside guardrail around each turn.

Bacon continuously closed on Simon until he was right on Simon's tail tank as the two headed for turn three. Bacon threw a Hail Mary to the treacherous high side in order to find a single ounce of moisture that would propel him past Simon. But it was not to be as Simon took his first career USAC-sanctioned victory and, in fact, Farney was able to make up the ground to beat Bacon to the checkered flag for the second spot.

With the win, Simon joined Troy Rutherford (Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. 2003) as the only driver to be victorious in a non-points-paying USAC National Sprint Car event without having a single full-points series win to his credit.

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Carmen Perigo (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Shane Cottle (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2016 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.730; 2. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-15.891; 3. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.051; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.212; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.290; 6. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-16.354; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-16.358; 8. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-16.372; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-16.449; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-16.467; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.521; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.558; 13. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.608; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.612; 15. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-16.614; 16. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-16.733; 17. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.736; 18. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.849; 19. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-16.941; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-17.111; 21. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.266; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.292; 23. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.340; 24. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.376; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-17.470; 26. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.491; 27. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-17.793; 28. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-21.018; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-22.433.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Perigo, 2. Clauson, 3. Simon, 4. Stockon, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ballou, 7. Kohen. 2:20.00

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Darland, 3. Biasi, 4. Leary, 5. Harris, 6. Farney, 7. Chapple. 2:18.35

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Meseraull, 4. D. Smith, 5. Thomas, 6. Boespflug, 7. Mahoney. 2:19.13

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Moody, 3. Golobic, 4. M. Smith, 5. Bacon, 6. Mellenberndt. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. DiMattia, 6. Farney, 7. Mahoney, 8. Harris, 9. Chapple, 10. Kohen, 11. Mellenberndt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Joey Biasi, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Dave Darland, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Carmen Perigo, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Tony DiMattia, 22. Mark Smith. 9:09.86

"SPECIAL EVENT" FEATURE: (25 laps - no points) 1. Landon Simon, 2. Aaron Farney, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Kyle Moody, 6. Max McGhee, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Carmen Perigo, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Joey Biasi, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Tony DiMattia. NT
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**Mellenberndt flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Golobic, Laps 6-24 Stockon, Laps 25-30 Clauson.

"SPECIAL EVENT" FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Perigo, Laps 3-25 Simon.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (11th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Meseraull-922, 2-Bacon-888, 3-Stockon-830, 4-Darland-783, 5-Ballou-777, 6-Leary-760, 7-Boespflug-719, 8-Kyle Cummins-658, 9-McGhee-656, 10-Clauson-587.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-159, 2-Windom-150, 3-Meseraull-135, 4-Thomas-128, 5-Ballou-122, 6-Stockon-118, 7-Golobic-110, 8-Boespflug-101, 9-Darland-99, 10-McGhee-97.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 9 - New Egypt, NJ - New Egypt Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media**


 

CLAUSON CORRALS WILD GRANDVIEW
EASTERN STORM OPENER

Bechtelsville, PA.........Since starting his third Indianapolis 500-mile race a little over a week ago, Bryan Clauson has been on an absolute tear. Along with picking up the recent "Indiana Midget Week" championship, the Noblesville, Indiana driver had won five of his last six non-wing sprint car starts coming into Tuesday night's "Jesse Hockett Classic" - "Eastern Storm" opener at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday night, Clauson chalked up his series-leading fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in 2016, as well as tallying his 10th overall USAC-sanctioned win, leading the last 17 laps after a torrid battle up front that saw four different leaders and a bevy of others battle tooth and nail in a see-saw war of supremacy.

Pleasant surprises and front row starters Tony DiMattia and Jarett Andretti led the field to the green at the start of the 40-lap event - the longest race on the USAC National Sprint calendar this season.

Andretti got the jump from the outside as the 22-car pack headed for turn one, but it was DiMattia who found the grip to pull ahead into the lead exiting turn two.

By the end of the opening lap, fourth-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr. used the outside groove to motor past Andretti for the second spot.

DiMattia was able to hold off continuous pressure from Thomas until the sixth lap when Thomas outdueled DiMattia up top in the second turn for the lead.

After a yellow for Bret Mellenberndt, on the ensuing restart, Andretti made quick work of DiMattia for second, sliding up in front of DiMattia to secure the position in turn two.

Andretti, whose best career finish coming into the night was a seventh at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway one year ago, was having the race of his life as he rapidly reeled in Thomas, blasting by him on the backstretch on lap 12. Thomas reared back as he took a shot at him in turn three, but Andretti was able to ward him off for the time being.

As the barrage of sliders between the two continued, Andretti and Thomas stuck like glue as the two ran side-by-side through turns one and two on the 13th circuit, but Thomas was able to assume control to regain his lead.

A yellow on lap 16 halted the action and bunched the field up, but it didn't slow down the clash between Thomas and Andretti up front as Andretti immediately took to the high line on the restart. As the two drag raced down the back straightaway, Thomas pinched Andretti toward the wall, forcing Andretti to crossover at the entrance of turn three. As the two hit the start/finish line on lap 17, it was a dead heat.

A five-car race for the lead ensued with Thomas heading a tight-knit slew of drivers that included himself, Andretti, Chris Windom, Clauson and Robert Ballou. Windom catfished the bottom to take second from Andretti on the 18th lap, but one lap later, Andretti used the middle-road to slingshot around both Windom and Thomas for the lead at the exit of the second turn.

Andretti flew into turn three, nearly knocking down the wall as he sprayed the ecstatic Pennsylvania crowd with Grandview Speedway soil, emerging through the fourth corner four-wide with Thomas, Clauson and Windom underneath him heading for the stripe on lap 19.

All the while, Clauson's car seemingly got stronger on the bottom as Andretti blitzed the cushion lap-after-lap. Clauson disposed of both Windom and Thomas to move from fourth to second in one fell swoop off of turn two on the 21st lap.

By lap 24, the bottom/middle of the track was the place to be as the top began to go away, causing Andretti to begin to fade and Clauson to have it made, as he flipped the figurative switch and cruised by Andretti for the lead and began to pull away.

Despite a caution with 12 to go, a result of contact between Shane Golobic and Shane Cottle, that erased the lead he'd built, no one could match Clauson after the last restart. Clauson was able to seal the deal, winning by a full straightaway and taking his second "Eastern Storm" victory at Grandview, backing up his win in 2012. He was followed to the line by Thomas, Windom, Thomas Meseraull, Andretti, Ballou, Max McGhee, Brady Bacon, DiMattia and Dave Darland.

Clauson's victory was the fourth of his career in "Eastern Storm." The 2011 and 2012 "Eastern Storm" champion now moves into sole possession of eighth on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing Sheldon Kinser with his 38th career series win in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"When everybody was all over each other there through the middle part of the race, I just needed to find a clean lane," Clauson explained. "We got moving around and I didn't even really know until the very end, when the bottom got cleaned off, where exactly I needed to run. On the restarts, I just tried to keep my momentum up so I could react more than anything. I kept looking over my shoulder and didn't see anybody, but this place changes so much over 40 laps, you always have to be on your toes. These last eight or nine days have been special. My guys are giving me fantastic cars to drive right now and it's making my job easy."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. led 12 laps on his way to a second place finish in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy, his third top-three finish in his last four USAC National Sprint Car appearances.

"That battle with Andretti was fun," Thomas exclaimed. "He stepped it up tonight and kept everything clean. I was kind of out to lunch, though, honestly. I missed the setup pretty bad and, when it laid rubber at the end, that helped me. I felt like we had about a sixth place car, but we held on and got a good run out of it."

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois won KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for his run from the 14th starting position to third, running as high as second just before the midway point in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"I was all over the place when I was moving forward," Windom said. "I picked up a lot of ground diamonding turns three and four when guys would slide up and I could get them on the bottom. But, we got to the lead battle and, just because the track is so narrow going into turn one, I ran out of room and jumped Thomas' right rear and fell back to sixth or seven. Derek (Claxton) gave me a great car, though, and we could drive back to a podium run."

Contingency award winners at Grandview Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2016 - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - Grandview Speedway - "Eastern Storm" - "Jesse Hockett Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.664; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.778; 3. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.876; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.900; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.934; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.937; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.952; 8. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.015; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.032; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.039; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.099; 12. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-14.107; 13. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-14.126; 14. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, Becker-14.141; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.219; 16. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-14.289; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.294; 18. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.313; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-14.326; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-14.341; 21. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.341; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.489; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.559; 24. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.628; 25. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.711; 26. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.860; 27. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-15.222; 28. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-15.358; 29. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-15.527; 30. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-16.329.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Chapple, 3. Cottle, 4. Meseraull, 5. Bacon, 6. Clauson, 7. Perigo, 8. Hamer. 1:56.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Mellenberndt, 3. Andretti, 4. Thomas, 5. Kobylarz, 6. D.Smith, 7. Stockon, 8. Kohen. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Simon, 3. Coons, 4. McGhee, 5. Farney, 6. Berry, 7. Leary. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Biasi, 3. DiMattia, 4. Golobic, 5. M.Smith, 6. Moody, 7. Mahoney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Stockon, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. M.Smith, 6. Farney, 7. D.Smith, 8. Kobylarz, 9. Hamer, 10. Perigo, 11. Moody, 12. Berry, 13. Kohen. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Max McGhee, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tony DiMattia, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Jerry Coons, Jr., 17. Landon Simon, 18. Mark Smith, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Joey Biasi. NT
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**Berry flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 DiMattia, Laps 6-11 Thomas, Lap 12 Andretti, Laps 13-18 Thomas, Laps 19-23 Andretti, Laps 24-40 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (14th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-855, 2-Meseraull-855, 3-Stockon-755, 4-Darland-735, 5-Ballou-721, 6-Leary-715, 7-Boespflug-665, 8-Kyle Cummins-658, 9-McGhee-616, 10-Clauson-508.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-80, 2-Thomas-73, 3-Windom-72, 4-Meseraull-68, 5-Ballou-66, 6-Andretti-64, 7-McGhee-57, 8-DiMattia-52, 9-Bacon and Darland-51.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 8 - Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

 

MICHAEL FACCINTO WINS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 6, 2016… After temperatures reached over 100 degrees, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Leading all 30-laps, Faccinto scored the third series main event triumph of his career. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, Cory Elliott, and Tyler Dolacki rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ owned #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Michael Faccinto faced heavy pressure from Gardner for the top spot as track conditions changed. Continuing to hit his marks on the Bakersfield clay, Faccinto took the checkered flags with Gardner right on his heels. Earlier in the program, Michael qualified fifth overall out of twenty racers and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The second generation driver left Bakersfield ranked second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) finished a very close second to Faccinto at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner claimed his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Heading to Hanford on June 25th, the three-time champion has a 30-point lead with three feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the year.

“The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) scored third in the 30-lap main event. Driving Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, Hagen was fourth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The former USAC National Midget Champion has climbed to ninth in the point standings with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish to his credit.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at this hometown racetrack. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified second overall and ran second to Faccinto in his heat race. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) raced to fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was fifteenth fast in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The young driver heads to Hanford sitting fifth in points with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from thirteenth. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified seventh overall and ran fifth in her heat race. To date, the rookie contender is eleventh in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) drive to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was sixth quick in time trials and finished ninth in the main event. Sean left his “home track” placed third in the point standings with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led.

On Saturday, June 25th, the USAC Western States Midgets will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2016 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.386; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.825; 3. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.883; 4. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-14.900; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.023; 6. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.048; 7. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.228; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.278; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.299; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.344; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.419; 12. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.490; 13. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.588; 14. Michelle Decker, 7X, McQueen-15.606; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-15.749; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.987; 17. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.041; 18. Jeff Harrington, 9H, Dodenhoff-16.057; 19. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.818; 20. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Hagen, 3. Hazelton, 4. Swanson, 5. Crone, 6. Cofer, 7. Ito. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Nichols, 6. Davis, 7. Decker. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Dalby, 3. Dolacki, 4. Guerrini, 5. Pankratz, 6. Harrington. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (1st), 3. Darren Hagen (4th), 4. Cory Elliott (5th), 5. Tyler Dolacki (9th), 6. Cody Swanson (10th), 7. Courtney Crone (13th), 8. Frankie Guerrini (12th), 9. Sean Dodenhoff (3rd), 10, Robby Josett (11th), 11. Ashley Hazelton (7th), 12. Robert Dalby (6th), 13. Jeff Harrington (18th), 14. Maria Cofer (16th), 15. Dylan Ito (19th), 16. Terry Nichols (14th), 17. Randi Pankratz (15th), 18. Steve Davis (17th), 19. Shannon McQueen (8th), 20. Michelle Decker (20th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto. KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Courtney Crone (13th to 7th)

 

 

RICO REIGNS AT KOKOMO;
CLAUSON CAPTURES MIDGET WEEK TITLE

 

Rico Abreu finished off a stretch of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports domination Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway, becoming the fifth driver from the team's stable to win during the five nights of "Indiana Midget Week." However, a string of consistent finishes by RKR/Dooling Racing pilot Bryan Clauson throughout the week was enough to earn the Noblesville, Indiana driver his third "Indiana Midget Week" title.

Coming into the night, Clauson held a 40-point advantage over Spencer Bayston in the "Indiana Midget Week" standings. By feature time, Clauson had bumped up his lead over Bayston to 43, meaning that Clauson would merely have to finish 18th or better to clinch the title.

Clauson's cause was benefited by his outside front row starting position, while Bayston rolled off from the eighth spot. However, it was Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat who took control at the start of the 30-lap feature.

Two laps in, Tyler Nelson, Gage Walker and Dave Darland tangled in a turn two tussle that put both Walker and Darland on the sidelines for the remainder of the event. Nelson would restart from the tail.

On the lap three restart, third-running Christopher Bell and Abreu in fifth were the only two frontrunners to put their right rears up on the cushion while the majority clung to the middle of the racetrack.

Abreu continuously worked the high line, reeling in Clauson for fourth, and by lap ten, put four wheels in the fluff to ring around the outside of Clauson in turn two to take the spot.

On lap 12, the action came to a stop when Tyler Nelson barrel-rolled down the back straightaway. He was uninjured.

After the restart, it was a Keith Kunz triumvirate of Bayston, Bell and Abreu running nose-to-tail in second, third and fourth as Boat sailed out front. Bayston was able to catch Boat just before the halfway point, making an attempt for the lead to no avail as he bounced through the third turn, settling back into second.

On the 19th lap, Abreu rocketed past Bell in turn three for third, but a red flag for a flip by Holly Shelton on the main straightaway ceased the action momentarily as the track crews had to make minor repairs to the catch fence.

As the leaders shot into the third turn just after the ensuing restart, Abreu slid Bell for second simultaneously as second-running Bayston got sideways between turns three and four. Abreu banged wheels with Bayston, ricocheting in front of Bayston and into second-place with ten laps to go.

A yellow for debris in turns three and four closed the gap between first and second, providing Abreu a lifeline and a chance by placing him right on Boat's tail tank for the restart.

At the drop of the green, Abreu rode the razor's edge up against the wall as Boat matriculated the middle groove. Abreu continued to grind and grind as he applied pressure to Boat, ultimately pulling alongside Boat in a drag race that resulted in a dead-heat at the start/finish line on lap 22. Abreu was seemingly shot out of a cannon at the exit of turns two and four, distancing himself from Boat in the waning laps. Meanwhile, Bayston made his bid for second, banging wheels at the flag stand with Boat before ultimately emerging with the spot.

But, in the end, it was Rico Abreu who would not be denied, taking the victory in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian/DC Solar - Abreu Vineyards/Bullet/Speedway Toyota by a half-second over Bayston, Boat, Brady Bacon, Bell, Clauson, Tanner Thorson, Carson Macedo, Davey Ray and Ryan Robinson.

Sunday night's Kokomo "Indiana Midget Week" feature winner Rico Abreu.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Abreu's 14th career USAC National Midget win puts him 46th on the all-time series list alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner. The victory also allowed the St. Helena, California native to become the fifth different Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports driver to stand in victory lane in the past five series races, joining teammates Kyle Larson (Montpelier), Bayston (Gas City), Thorson (Lincoln Park) and Bell (Bloomington) as USAC National Midget feature winners in the last week.

"Running the top the way we did tonight is tough because you have to keep the tires spinning and not let the motor get bogged down," Abreu explained. "Midget racing is all about momentum and I felt like, running the bottom, you could get to the middle really quick, but then it would kill your exit because you are so sideways. So, I just tried to keep it straight up top and keep the wheels spinning, so it didn't start bouncing. It means a lot to win another one of these races because this midget deal is so competitive right now with Clauson and guys like Brady Bacon, Tyler Thomas, plus eight Keith Kunz cars now. So, instead of just four or five competitive cars, there's more like ten. Track position and qualifying are even more important now. It was a great week for us, but we would've liked to have had a better start to the week. But, big congratulations to Bryan because I know how tough it is to win this whole deal. I want to run it next year and get a third one."

Although Bryan Clauson was unable to pick up a win in his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 during "Indiana Midget Week," his finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 6th showed remarkable consistency that corralled him the title by a 31-point margin. He joins Shane Cottle (2005) and Tracy Hines (2008) as the only drivers to win the title without winning a single feature.

"We were strong all week long," Clauson exclaimed. "We knew tonight, seeing how rough and heavy the track was, that it wasn't really our cup of tea, so we were just trying to make sure we did our job and finish this thing off. We ran strong all week; we just came up a little short the first few nights to get a win, but a few years from now, the only thing people will remember is who won 'Indiana Midget Week.' I'm proud of these guys, so we'll just keep plugging along and see if we can get into victory lane."

With his solid third-place effort in the Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston vaulted himself into the point lead in the latest USAC National Midget standings by a single point over Clauson.

"I was running the top, just not running it right," Bayston admitted. "When Rico went by me, he kind of showed me a little different line. I'd run it deep into three, but turn off too early and start bouncing. So, when he went by, it showed me I could run in deeper and come across a little smoother. I think if I'd gotten up there before he got to me, we would've been alright."

Chad Boat scored a third-place finish after leading 21 laps in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Esslinger, his best finish since a third at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on February 28, 2010.

"It's a little disappointing to lead that much and run third, but it was still a great run for us," Boat said. "We had a solid week and I was excited to get back here to the Indiana bullrings and to come here to Kokomo, which is my favorite track. We obviously wanted to cap off the week with a win, but we'll take the third and try to keep the momentum up for Arkansas."

Contingency award winners at Kokomo Speedway included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Ryan Greth (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Davey Ray (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Dayne Kingshott (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Chase Johnson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.332; 2. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.454; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.579; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.580; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.690; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.747; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.747; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.763; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.786; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.840; 11. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.881; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.950; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.970; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.982; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.985; 16. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.011; 17. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-14.033; 18. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.061; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.107; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.186; 21. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.223; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.227; 23. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.275; 24. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-14.410; 25. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-14.501; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.506; 27. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.832; 28. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-14.885; 29. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.030; 30. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.069; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-(Time of 14.776 disallowed); 32. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-NT; 33. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Abreu, 5. DiMattia, 6. Kingshott, 7. Nemire, 8. Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Nelson, 3. Boat, 4. Bell, 5. Quin, 6. Shelton, 7. Dickerson, 8. Budres. 2:24.77

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Thorson, 5. Walker, 6. Thomas, 7. Julian, 8. Arnold. 2:26.65

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Bayston, 3. Robinson, 4. Darland, 5. Jarrett, 6. Golobic, 7. Gipson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Golobic, 3. Thomas, 4. Walker, 5. Quin, 6. Kingshott, 7. DiMattia, 8. Jarrett, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Gipson, 12. Arnold, 13. Nemire, 14. Budres, 15. Julian, 16. Coons. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Carson Macedo, 9. Davey Ray, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Dayne Kingshott, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Jimi Quin, 16. Ryan Greth, 17. David Budres, 18. Zach Daum, 19. Holly Shelton, 20. Tyler Nelson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT
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**Gray flipped during practice. Nelson flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Shelton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Boat, laps 22-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dayne Kingshott (19th to 12th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-386, 2-Clauson-385, 3-Bacon-356, 4-Boat-311, 5-Thorson-310, 6-Golobic-291, 7-Thomas-275, 8-Daum-248, 9-Macedo-236, 10-Darland-221.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-362, 2-Bayston-331, 3-Abreu-312, 4-Bell-288, 5-Bacon-275, 6-Boat-274, 7-Thorson-258, 8-Thomas-240, 9-Macedo-226, 10-Golobic-221.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 5, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.332; 2. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.454; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.579; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.580; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.690; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.747; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.747; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.763; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.786; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.840; 11. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.881; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.950; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.970; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.982; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.985; 16. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.011; 17. Chase Johnson, 17M, Wood-14.033; 18. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.061; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.107; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.186; 21. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.223; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.227; 23. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.275; 24. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-14.410; 25. Austin Nemire, 91, NemireYager-14.501; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.506; 27. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.832; 28. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-14.885; 29. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.030; 30. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.069; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-14.776; 32. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-NT; 33. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Abreu, 5. DiMattia, 6. Kingshott, 7. Nemire, 8. Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Nelson, 3. Boat, 4. Bell, 5. Quin, 6. Shelton, 7. Dickerson, 8. Budres. 2:24.77

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Thorson, 5. Walker, 6. Thomas, 7. Julian, 8. Arnold. 2:26.65

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Bayston, 3. Robinson, 4. Darland, 5. Jarrett, 6. Golobic, 7. Gipson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Golobic, 3. Thomas, 4. Walker, 5. Quin, 6. Kingshott, 7. DiMattia, 8. Jarrett, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Gipson, 12. Arnold, 13. Nemire, 14. Budres, 15. Julian, Coons. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Carson Macedo, 9. Davey Ray, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Dayne Kingshott, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Jimi Quin, 16. Ryan Greth, 17. David Budres, 18. Zach Daum, 19. Holly Shelton, 20. Tyler Nelson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT ---------------------------- **Gray flipped during practice. Nelson flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Shelton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Boat, laps 22-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dayne Kingshott

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-386, 2-Clauson-385, 3-Bacon-356, 4-Boat-311, 5-Thorson-310, 6-Golobic-291, 7-Thomas-275, 8-Daum-248, 9-Macedo-236, 10-Darland-221.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-362, 2-Bayston-331, 3-Abreu-312, 4-Bell-288, 5-Bacon-275, 6-Boat-274, 7-Thorson-258, 8-Thomas-240, 9-Macedo-226, 10-Golobic-221.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway -

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 4 - Las Cruces, New Mexico - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" co-sanctioned by NMMA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 5. Dylan Harris (#4 Harris), 6. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 7. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 8. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 9. Ted Schlote (#29 Schlote). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 6. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 7. David Dykes (#04 Dykes), 8. David Burns (#41 Burns). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Spencer Hill (#56 West), 6. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 7. Caleb Saiz (#52NM Burns), 8. JR Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Nick Aiuto, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Wes Wofford, 13. Dylan Harris, 14. Landon Cling, 15. Michael Fanelli, 16. Randy Smith, 17. Matthew Cardenas, 18. Spencer Hill, 19. Nick Rael, 20. Ted Schlote, 21. Dillon Tanner, 22. Caleb Saiz, 23. David Dykes, 24. JR Bonesteel, 25. David Burns. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

HARD CHARGER: Landon Cling (21st to 14th)

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-667, 2-Sussex-640, 3-Davis-572, 4-Martin-539, 5-Rossi-520, 6-Aiuto-454, 7-Mihocko-428, 8-Pelkey-399, 9-Reinbold-383, 10-Gile-357.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE:June 11 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 4, 2016 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.386; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.825; 3. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.883; 4. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-14.900; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.023; 6. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.048; 7. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.228; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.278; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.299; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.344; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.419; 12. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.490; 13. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.588; 14. Michelle Decker, 7X, McQueen-15.606; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-15.749; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.987; 17. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.041; 18. Jeff Harrington, 9H, Dodenhoff-16.057; 19. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.818; 20. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Hagen, 3. Hazelton, 4. Swanson, 5. Crone, 6. Cofer, 7. Ito. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Nichols, 6. Davis, 7. Decker. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Dalby, 3. Dolacki, 4. Guerrini, 5. Pankratz, 6. Harrington. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Tyler Dolacki, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Courtney Crone, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Sean Dodenhoff, 10, Robby Josett, 11. Ashley Hazelton, 12. Robert Dalby, 13. Jeff Harrington, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Dylan Ito, 16. Terry Nichols, 17. Randi Pankratz, 18. Steve Davis, 19. Shannon McQueen, 20. Michelle Decker. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-326, 2-Faccinto-296, 3-Dodenhoff-228, 4-Guerinni-225, 5-Dolacki-224, 6-Elliott-214, 7-Swanson-193, 8-Pankratz-188, 9-Hagen-163, 10-Dalby-161.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 4, 2016 - Robersonville, North Carolina - East Carolina Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.213; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.214; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.256; 4. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.257; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.357; 6. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.394; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.422; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.497; 9. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.532; 10. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.548; 11. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.671.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Scott Hunter, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Kyle Resco, 9. Famous Rhodes II, 10. Jagger Parker, 11. Jessica Bean. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Resco, Laps 20-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-464, 2-Nelke-446, 3-Hatfield-432, 4-Bean-415, 5-Lamb-400, 6-Kurtz-398, 7-Rhodes-365, 8-Allison-279, 9-Parker-277, 10-Hunter-196.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 17 - Williamston, S.C. - Anderson Motor Speedway

 

 

KOKOMO TO OPEN BYRD'S INDY CHALLENGE SUNDAY


The 2016 "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway will serve as host for the debut of Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" on Sunday, June 5, filling in the slot as a replacement for Saturday's originally-scheduled challenge opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway, which was cancelled due to rain.

It's the first of seven USAC National and Western Midget races to determine if anybody can earn one of the incentives posted, including a chance to compete in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd have constructed a unique format for their "challenge" and are anxiously awaiting the competition. "On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge," says Jonathan. "We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy. We look forward to continuing our commitment to giving an opportunity to the best of the best in Midget racing, given our family's championship history. We want to thank USAC for allowing us to play a part in bringing a renewed focus to the incredible racing that is featured by the USAC National Midget Championship."

The races included in the "challenge" are: Kokomo on June 4, the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 and subsequent races are the August 17 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway September 4; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 24; the "Gold Grown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.

Five victories would earn that driver a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC events would earn the driver the 2017 Indy Lights oval races mentioned, as well as propel the winner to a ride in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

USAC President Kevin Miller offers: "This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants. "The Byrd family has long been a supporter of America's grassroots motorsports and this challenge will mark a new avenue for our drivers who aspire to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 3 - El Paso, Texas - Western Tech Speedway Park - "Border Tour" co-sanctioned by NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dylan Harris (#4 Harris), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 7. Robert Herrera (#9 Herrera), 8. David Burns (#41 Burns). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Caleb Saiz (#52NM Burns), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 West), 7. David Dykes (#04 Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 6. Dillon Tanner (#11W West). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. JR Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 5. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 6. Ted Schlote (#29 Schlote), 7. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. R.Ziehl, 3. Mihocko, 4. Hill, 5. Fanelli, 6. Dykes, 7. Tanner, 8. Herrera, 9. Schlote, 10. Bonneau, 11. Burns, 12. M.Ziehl, 13. Cardenas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Rick Ziehl, 11. Wes Wofford, 12. Michael Fanelli, 13. Nick Rael, 14. Dillon Tanner, 15. Randy Smith, 16. Caleb Saiz, 17. JR Bonesteel, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Josh Pelkey, 20. David Dykes, 21. Chris Bonneau, 22. Landon Cling, 23. Dylan Harris, 24. Spencer Hill. NT ---------------------------- **Pelkey flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Wofford, Laps 9-30 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-590, 2-Sussex-561; 3-Davis-497, 4-Martin-466, 5-Rossi-460, 6-Aiuto-406, 7-Pelkey-399, 8-Mihocko-365, 9-Brian Hosford-320, 10-Reinbold-317.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE:June 4 - Las Cruces, NM - Southern New Mexico Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 3, 2016 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-12.945; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.988; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.993; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-13.033; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.050; 6. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-13.119; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-13.259; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-13.529.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Famous Rhodes II, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Chris Lamb. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Lamb, Laps 21-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-395, 2-Hatfield-377, 3-Nelke-373, 4-Bean-373, 5-Kurtz-333, 6-Lamb-328, 7-Rhodes-319, 8-Parker-234, 9-Nolan Allison-227, 10-Scott Hunter-138.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Robersonville, N.C. - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

BELL BOLTS TO 3RD STRAIGHT
BLOOMINGTON "MIDGET WEEK" VICTORY

Just like clockwork, each June when "Indiana Midget Week" rolls around, one has been able to witness what has become a yearly tradition: Christopher Bell standing in Bloomington Speedway's victory lane.

For the third straight year, Bell's mastery of Bloomington's red clay was on full display Friday night at the southern Indiana track as he picked up USAC National Midget victory number 17, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 36th on the all-time list.

Norman, Oklahoma's Bell also extended the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports dominance of the past week by becoming the fourth consecutive (and fourth different) pilot on the team to earn a victory in the first four races of the six-race series.
At the start, pole sitter Dave Darland stepped out in front of the field and, despite contact from behind by Carson Macedo between turns one and two, was able to take the advantage in the early going, leading his first laps in the series since the "Belleville Nationals" in July of 2014.

Meanwhile, seventh-place starter and ProSource Fast Qualifier Bell was steadfast in his charge to the front, moving into fifth by the second lap and fourth by lap three. On the fifth circuit, Bell surged from fourth to second with a three-wide pass on the outside of Shane Golobic and teammate Spencer Bayston coming off the second turn.

On lap seven, Bell continued to use the cushion to reel in race leader Darland, powering off of turns three and four to nip Darland at the stripe. Darland continued to fight back, but was beat back to the line by Bell out of turn four to lead the eighth lap.

After a yellow on lap 12, sixth-running Clauson was the only frontrunner running the high line as the top-five continued to utilize the bottom groove. But Clauson found the topside to his liking, taking the fifth spot away from Macedo at the halfway mark and then running down Shane Golobic for fourth and Gas City winner Spencer Bayston for third with 13 to go.

Clauson then set sail toward Darland for second, who was working the low line as Clauson skated the rail up top with 10 laps remaining.

A caution for a Dayne Kingshott blown right rear tire closed the gap at the front of the field with just six laps to go. Immediately, Bell left his challengers in the distance as Darland (inside) and Clauson (outside) continued to battle for the runner-up spot. Each time Clauson was able to inch ahead of Darland, the wily racing veteran refused to relent, regaining the second position on lap 29 after the two champions waged war in a see-saw battle throughout the final run to the checkered.

But, once again, nobody could match the sheer speed of Christopher Bell at the end, taking a nearly one and a half second victory over Darland, who edged out Clauson by a mere 27-hundreths of a second and a half-car length to take second, while Golobic and Bayston grabbed fourth and fifth.

 

In an era of domination at Bloomington in both the USAC National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car divisions, Bell's three consecutive victories at the track are just one shy of Clauson's current string of four straight USAC Sprint Car victories. Bell, though, has found that sweet spot on the red clay that has suited his strengths at the wheel of his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - DC Solar/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This place is really technical and that plays to my advantage," Bell assured. "Tonight, there was a big ledge up top and I didn't spend a lot of time up there, but when I did, I could use it to my advantage and pass guys. The bottom here is really tough to run; you have to make sure you have enough angle in your car, but not too much so you miss the moisture. It's tough, but very fun too, and, obviously, Keith's (Kunz) cars are always good so that helps."

With his second place result in the Gray Auto - Petry Excavating/Spike/Esslinger, Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, earned his best series finish since collecting the win in the "Indiana Midget Week" round at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana in June of 2014. Furthermore, he rewarded the Gray team with its best ever series finish, besting the 14th place finish earned by C.J. Leary for the team at Bloomington one season ago.
"I could hit the bottom of (turns) three and four really well, but in (turns) one and two, it was a lot harder," Darland explained. "When Bryan (Clauson) got up next to me, I might've bobbled down there and let him get around me. But I just had to get into turn one easy and not get out into the slick. I did that a couple of times early on, but, luckily, it didn't cost me anything. Tonight is a great confidence builder. It feels good for the team. These guys are still new to the midget scene, so it feels really good to reward their effort."

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson had his night go sour during heat race action after encountering mechanical trouble. Clauson and the team rolled the backup machine out of the trailer to start at the tail-end of the semi, a race in which Clauson drove from the rear of the 19-car field to earn a coveted transfer spot. During the feature, Clauson started in the eighth position before racing through to grab third at the checkered in the RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to extend his "Indiana Midget Week" point lead to 40 markers over Spencer Bayston heading into Saturday's penultimate "Midget Week" event at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

"The middle was never really the fastest, but on restarts, I could use it to pick some guys off," Clauson said. "It made the guys on the bottom overdrive the corner a little bit and let me sneak by and that was really the only option I had. It was a herculean effort tonight to get back into contention with having to pull out the backup car and it kept our 'Midget Week' hopes alive."

Contingency award winners at Bloomington Speedway included Christopher Bell (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Austin Brown (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Garrett Aitken (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.301; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-11.383; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.450; 4. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.516; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.544; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.577; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.600; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-11.607; 9. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.612; 10. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.635; 11. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-11.636; 12. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-11.664; 13. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.672; 14. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-11.706; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-11.712; 16. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-11.719; 17. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-11.738; 18. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.744; 19. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-11.759; 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-11.781; 21. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-11.802; 22. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-11.809; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-11.822; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-11.831; 25. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-11.831; 26. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.840; 27. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-11.847; 28. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-11.856; 29. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-11.894; 30. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-11.897; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-12.020; 32. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-12.108; 33. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-12.130; 34. David Budres, 31, Manic-12.142; 35. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-12.168; 36. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-12.229; 37. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-12.637; 38. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-NT; 39. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT; 40. Harli White, 17H, White-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Quin, 3. Ray, 4. Macedo, 5. Bell, 6. Koontz, 7. Dickerson, 8. Secrest, 9. Boat, 10. Conover. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bacon, 3. Aitken, 4. Golobic, 5. Thomas, 6. Daum, 7. Neuman, 8. Clauson. 2:58.00

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brown, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Darland, 4. Bayston, 5. Peck, 6. Arnold, 7. Gray, 8. Greth, 9. Robinson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Kingshott, 3. Coons, 4. Walker, 5. Nelson, 6. Shelton, 7. Morton, 8. Julian, 9. Prock. 2:30.00

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Shelton, 3. Daum, 4. Boat, 5. Clauson, 6. Thomas, 7. Peck, 8. Greth, 9. Neuman, 10. Nelson, 11. Conover, 12. Morton, 13. Arnold, 14. Julian, 15. Dickerson, 16. Gray, 17. Budres, 18. Koontz, 19. Hatton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Rico Abreu, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Garrett Aitken, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Ryan Greth, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Austin Brown, 18. Jimi Quin, 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 20. David Budres, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Dayne Kingshott, 23. Zach Daum, 24. Holly Shelton. NT
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**Robinson flipped during the third heat. Shelton flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Darland, Laps 7-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART (in memory of Dean Wever) HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (21st to 9th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-320, 2-Bayston-312, 3-Bacon-285, 4-Thorson-253, 5-Golobic-247, 6-Boat-240, 7-Thomas-238, 8-Daum-214, 9-Coons-194, 10-Darland-193.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-297, 2-Bayston-257, 3-Abreu-231, 4-Bell-220, 5-Bacon-204, 6-Thomas & Boat-203, 8-Thorson-201, 9-Coons-194, 10-Darland-183.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 4 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS TOPS PERRIS “SALUTE TO INDY”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 2, 2016... Leading all 30 laps, Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) earned his first “home track” victory last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. For Williams, the $2,500 “Salute to Indy” triumph was the fourth Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career. Richard Vander Weerd, Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Austin Williams dominated the main event. Making his way through slower traffic, Williams had several challenges by Fast Qualifier Brody Roa. Roa managed to slip by Williams for the top spot, but the pass was soon erased by a caution flag. Having excellent restarts, Austin shook free from the competition and claimed the checkered flags.

Earlier in the program, Williams qualified fifth out of twenty-five racers and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year returns to Perris on June 11th ranked fifth in points with three top-10 finishes on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night with a second place run at the “Salute to Indy.” Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was sixth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion is second in the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) claimed third in the Perris main event. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson qualified fourth overall and finished third in his heat race. The 2011 Rookie of the Year left Perris sitting third in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fat Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and four top-10 finishes.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) scored fourth in his debut for Gansen Engineering Motorsports after starting eighth. Racing the #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. The five-time champion is fourth in the point chase with four top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the year.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) rebounded from an ignition box problem to take fifth in the “Salute to Indy.” Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The four-time champion is sixth in points with three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led in the campaign.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was sixteenth quick in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2010 Rookie of the Year heads to Perris ranked thirteenth in points with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned the program’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa ran second to Jace Vander Weerd in his heat race. Running up front during most of the main event, Brody pressured Williams for the lead before a mechanical ill resulted in an eighth place finish. The defending 360 Western World Champion is the point leader on the strength of strong finishes and four top-10 finishes.

Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) made his return to racing and won the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems Spike, Faas qualified ninth overall and scored nineteenth after an early tangle. The 2008 Rookie of the Year is thirty-fifth in the point standings.

On Saturday, June 11th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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, email 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 and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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 RACE RESULTS:
May 28, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.477; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 3. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.566; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.616; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.690; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.765; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.825; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.964; 9. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.987; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.045; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.097; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.177; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.215; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.316; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.379; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.473; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.514; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.547; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.601; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.677; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.713; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.956; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.375; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.254; 25. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. J.Vander Weed, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Malcolm, 8. Everhart, 9. Stewart. 2:50.39.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. A.Sweeney. 2:51.34.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faas, 2. Adams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.54.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Austin Williams (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Jake Swanson (3rd), 4. Mike Spencer (8th), 5. Damion Gardner (5th), 6. Trent Williams (4th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (15th), 8. Brody Roa (6th), 9. Max Adams (11th), 10. Tommy Malcolm (7th), 11. Verne Sweeney (17th), 12. Jeremy Ellertson (16th), 13. Chris Gansen (14th), 14. A.J. Bender (13th), 15. Andrew Sweeney (21st), 16. Anthony Lopiccolo (19th), 17. Matt Stewart (23rd), 18. Logan Williams (10th), 19. Nic Faas (9th), 20. Cody Williams (12th), 21. Kyle Edwards (18th), 22. Tony Everhart (20th), 23. Cal Smith (22nd). NT
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**Edwards flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (15th to 7th)

 

 

THORSON THRIVES IN RETURN TO PUTNAMVILLE

 

It was one year ago during Lincoln Park Speedway's round of "Indiana Midget Week" that Tanner Thorson found himself leaving the racetrack in the back of an ambulance after a nasty crash during the feature event. One year later, at the same track and event, Thorson found redemption, holding off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson in the final laps and driving his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota into victory lane at the Putnamville, Indiana 5/16-mile dirt oval.

Young Ryan Robinson started on the pole at the beginning of the 30-lap feature with seven-time USAC National champion Clauson outside. Robinson, making only his fifth career series start, exhibited no ounce of intimidation as he quickly shot out to the lead with a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps.

On the sixth lap, season-opener winner Shane Golobic rotated and pole-vaulted through the air between turns three and four before landing hard on the track's surface, bringing out the red flag. Golobic would walk away without injury.

On the ensuing restart, Thorson shot out of a cannon down the back straightaway into turns three and four, blasting off the cushion around Clauson to grab second on lap six. With his sight now set on leader Robinson, Thorson rapidly erased the gap, hounding Robinson as the race neared the halfway point.

On lap 13, Thorson made his first bid for the top spot, sliding in front of Robinson as the two hit turn four, but Robinson hit the brakes, and turned down inside of Thorson as they exited four to maintain the lead.

With the pressure now squarely on the 15-year-old shoulders of Robinson on lap 14 and Thorson ready to strike, Robinson bobbled at the top of turn two, handing off the lead to Thorson.

Meanwhile, Robinson and Thorson's Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate Rico Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, sliced and diced his way to third by the 18th lap. After a Jimi Quin spin that briefly disrupted the action, Rico spurted to second with a slide-job on Robinson entering turn one on the restart.

ProSource Fast Qualifier Brady Bacon dove underneath Robinson for the third spot in turn two with 11 laps to go as he hunted down his prey while the laps ticked away. After a brief yellow, the restart saw Abreu follow Thorson's tracks, as they both ripped the high side of turns one and two. Now, the chase was on.

With just eight laps remaining, Thorson stumbled atop the second turn cushion, allowing Abreu to close. As the two ran nose-to-tail down the back straight, Abreu set up Thorson for the winning pass. However, just as Abreu was in the process of clearing Thorson in turn three, the yellow lights around the track flashed due to a tangle between turn four tangle between Darland and Shelton, thus making Abreu's move all for naught and slotting him in the second position for the next restart.

Under caution, Brady Bacon's car began to slow, relegating him to the infield for the rest of the feature after being one of the contenders for the victory as the laps wound down.
On the lap 23 restart, Abreu threw all he had at Thorson for the lead into turn one, but couldn't make it stick. As Abreu lost momentum while drifting up the cushion, Clauson was able to get by to reclaim second.

Abreu's determined drive to get back to the front knew no bounds, where he tested the outer limits by jumping the cushion between turns three and four multiple times and losing valuable ground in the closing laps, falling to as far back as fifth.

On the final lap, Clauson made one last ditch effort for the lead, attempting a slider on Thorson heading into one, but it was to no avail as Thorson withstood the challenge and was able to hang on for a 0.762 second victory over Clauson, with Tyler Thomas, Rico Abreu and Spencer Bayston rounding out the top-five.

 

It was quite a turn of events from one year to the next for Minden, Nevada's Thorson, who captured his fifth career USAC National Midget feature victory after taking the lead on lap 14 and holding off all challenges throughout the remaining 17 laps to take the Kunz-Curb/Agajanian Motorsports team to victory lane for the third time in the first three nights of "Indiana Midget Week."

"I left here last year in an ambulance, so to come back to this track and win is pretty awesome," Thorson said. "These guys work their butts off starting at 2:30 in the morning when we get back to the shop and it feels great to reward them with another win. Rico had me nervous just because you know a big move is coming. I knew the laps were winding down, but I knew that I just needed to keep hitting my marks. The top was so treacherous that you had to nail it perfectly every lap. I kept getting tight on the cushion and just tried to keep my composure towards the end because the last ten laps were really tricky with the track the way it was and knowing I had fast guys behind me."

Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson had to settle for his third consecutive runner-up feature finish in "Indiana Midget Week," behind the wheel of his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11. Though he remains winless in his three IMW starts this week, Clauson has taken over the USAC National Midget point lead and, with a 24-point lead, Clauson has placed himself in prime position to collect a third "Indiana Midget Week" title with three events to go.

"We just needed more time," Clauson said. "I was a little snug early and each yellow just wasn't what we needed. We got rolling towards the end and Tanner was getting tight on the curb, but we were good enough off of it to make some decent speed; we just ran out of laps. I saw the white and made my move in turns one and two because it seemed like it was easier to counter a slide job at the other end. I felt like if I slid him in (turns) three and four, it'd be too easy to cross me over, so I took a shot in (turns) one and two and just came up a little short."

Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Oklahoma made a spirited drive to finish third after dropping back from his 10th starting position in the opening laps in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine - AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.

"I moved to the bottom in the early laps of the race and it stuck, so I knew I needed to be down there if I wanted to pick some off," Thomas explained. "The top was so fast early on and the only way to pass was to slide somebody, but you had to have so much momentum to pull it off that it was just really difficult to make happen. Fortunately, our car was really working well on the bottom and I could slide myself in turns three and four and catch the cushion on exit. We qualified better tonight too, so if we can keep that up these next three nights, I think we'll be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.308; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.396; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.435; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.475; 5. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.481; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.521; 7. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.550; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.581; 9. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-13.597; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.641; 11. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.652; 12. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-13.687; 13. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.714; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.725; 15. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.756; 16. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.792; 17. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-13.849; 18. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.855; 19. Harli White, 17H, White-13.860; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.891; 21. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-13.910; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.919; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-13.932; 24. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.065; 25. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.070; 26. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-14.080; 27. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-14.137; 28. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-14.165; 29. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.177; 30. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.182; 31. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.278; 32. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-14.322; 33. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.440; 34. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.452; 35. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.467; 36. Travis Young, 11, Young-14.542; 37. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.592; 38. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.605; 39. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-14.643; 40. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.895; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.116; 42. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-NT; 43. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Golobic, 5. Boat, 6. Johnson, 7. Schuett, 8. Budres, 9. Julian, 10. Baue, 11. Jarrett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Clauson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. DiMattia, 7. Koontz, 8. Hatton, 9. Quin, 10. Conover, 11. Prock. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Walker, 3. Neuman, 4. Daum, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Shelton, 7. Nelson, 8. White, 9. Aitken, 10. Dickerson, 11. Morton. NT3

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Kingshott, 3. Robinson, 4. Greth, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Weisensel, 7. Gray, 8. Young, 9. Brown. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Koonts, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Prock, 5. Julian, 6. Young, 7. Budres, 8. Dickerson, 9. Morton, 10. Baue, 11. Gray, 12. Conover. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. Nelson, 6. Jarrett, 7. Quin, 8. White, 9. Brown, 10. Aitken, 11. Hatton, 12. Weisensel, 13. C.Cottle, 14. DiMattia, 15. Klaasmeyer, 16. Koonts, 17. Prock, 18. Schuett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Chad Boat, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Ryan Greth, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Jimi Quin, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Tyler Nelson, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Logan Jarrett, 22. David Budres, 23. Dayne Kingshott, 24. Shane Golobic. NT
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**Prock flipped during the second heat. DiMattia flipped during the semi. Golobic flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Robinson, Laps 14-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (23rd to 9th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-250, 2-Bayston-249, 3-Bacon-225, 4-Thorson-204, 5-Thmas-191, 6-Daum-189, 7-Boat-188, 8-Golobic-181, 9-Coons-165, 10-Robinson-143.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-227, 2-Bayston-194, 3-Abreu-180, 4-Coons-165, 5-Bacon-164, 6-Thomas-156, 7-Thorson-152, 8-Boat-151, 9-Kyle Larson-150, 10-Daum-146.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 3 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 


USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA "BORDER TOUR" STARTS FRIDAY AT EL PASO
By Lance Jennings


JUNE 1, 2016... This Friday, June 3rd, the annual "Border Tour" featuring the USAC SouthWest and New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) Sprint Cars will open at Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. The following night, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico will host the second round of the four race mini-series. The "Border Tour" events are known as "must see" events as drivers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will battle for bragging rights.

For the fifth consecutive season, the newly rechristened Western Tech Speedway Park has featured the traditional sprint cars of Arizona and New Mexico. On June 8, 2012, veteran Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural El Paso show that was sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region. R.J. Johnson earned back-to-back USAC SouthWest wins in 2013 and 2014, and rain washed out last year's race. Friday's point show will also feature Street Stocks, X-Mods, Super Trucks, Street Stocks, Casa Nissan Legends Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Like El Paso, the Southern New Mexico Speedway will showcase the Arizona and New Mexico Sprints for five straight years. Last July, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin added the fast 5/16-mile facility to his win list by leading all 30-laps. On June 9, 2012, Rickey Hood backed up his El Paso triumph, "The Real Deal" Rick Ziehl earned a popular hometown win in 2013, and R.J. Johnson claimed victory in 2014. Saturday's point race will also feature X-Mods, Street Stocks, Casa Nissan Legends Cars, and Claimers. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

After winning both nights of last weekend's "Salute to Indy" at Canyon, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Driving Bill Michael's #77M Kodiak Products / Beal's Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has a 40-point lead on the strength of three feature wins, four top-qualifier awards, five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led. The three-time champion will be looking to sweep the El Paso and Las Cruces dates as he continues another run for the crown.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Mike Burkhart's #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran eighth and twentieth at Canyon's "Salute to Indy." To date, the hard charger has three feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, four heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to add El Paso and Las Cruces to his resume.

"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports' #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored tenth and eighteenth at Canyon Speedway. Heading to El Paso, the five-time Arizona champion has six heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led. "Chargin" Charles is second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth triumph.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin placed ninth and sixth at the "Salute to Indy." To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. "The Magic Man" is tied for fifth on the series win list with Josh Pelkey as he looks to earn valuable points with "Border Tour" victories.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed eleventh and third in the Canyon main events. To date, the former 360 Western World Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led to his credit. Matt will be looking to score El Paso and Las Cruces feature wins.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Dustin Burkhart, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Dennis Gile, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, Asa Kesterson, and more.

Farmington, New Mexico's Jason Grady leads the NMMRA point standings. Michael Fanelli, Matthew Cardenas, Nick Rael, David Dykes, J.R. Bonesteel, Randy Smith, Robert Marfia, Cody Mansfield, and Caleb Saiz round out the top-10 drivers.


2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-519, 2-Stevie Sussex-479, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-424, 4-Mike Martin-404, 5-Matt Rossi-398, 6-Nick Aiuto-373, 7-Josh Pelkey-364, 8-Brian Hosford-320, 9-Tye Mihocko-312, 10-Andy Reinbold-264.

 

 


BAYSTON BUSTS THROUGH
FOR FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT GAS CITY

Flawless is the only word to describe Spencer Bayston's performance Wednesday night in the second round of the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The Lebanon, Indiana driver quickly shot to the lead from the pole position at the drop of the green flag and ran 30 straight laps without turning a wheel wrong to earn his first career USAC National Midget victory.

Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget "Rookie of the Year," began the race alongside fellow front row starter Zach Daum. It was Bayston who got the better of the two as the field headed for the bottom of the racetrack in the opening laps.

By the eight circuit, Bayston moved up a lane to run the middle as Daum, Kyle Larson and Bryan Clauson gave chase. However, on lap nine, Chase Johnson barrel-rolled his machine in turn four to bring about the first stoppage of the feature.

On the ensuing restart, Daum got to the inside of Bayston for the lead, but Bayston was able to withstand the challenge, nipping Daum at the stripe at the end of lap nine.

Larson and Clauson soon swarmed Daum for the second spot, crossing the line three-wide on both lap 11 and lap 12 as Larson emerged with second in front of Clauson while Daum dropped to third.

Just before halfway, Clauson fought back to reclaim the runner-up spot from Larson as Bayston continued to lead the way with a one-and-a-half second advantage over his nearest challenger. Bayston never missed a beat as he conquered the backmarkers with ease. But with just seven laps to go, the stopped car of Tanner Thorson brought out the yellow, erasing the lengthy gap that Bayston had established.

Bayston had a combined 68 career USAC National Midget wins bearing down on him in the four spots in the immediate vicinity of his tail tank on the lap 24 restart.

When the opportunity arose, Bayston was mentally and physically prepared to meet the task at hand. Clauson, Larson, Daum and Christopher Bell could not phase Bayston on the restart as the 17-year-old kept his poise and focus on what was in front, not behind him, standing on the throttle as he exploded on the restart to lay all doubts to rest.

From that point forward, the attention turned to the battle for second between Clauson and Larson. Larson stayed on Clauson's heels, but with five to go, Larson clipped a turn four infield tire, slowing his progress as Clauson sped away into the distance, allowing him to seize an additional position that provided important points toward the 2016 "Indiana Midget Week" championship.

In the end, Bayston had the field covered, defeating Clauson by .097 seconds with Larson, Daum and Bell rounding out the top-five at the checkered flag.

 

For the second consecutive year, the USAC National Midget schedule opened up its season with two first-time series winners in the first three races. Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tanner Thorson won races two and three in 2015 while Shane Golobic won the 2016 season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and now Spencer Bayston put his name in the winners' column in the third race of this season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I'm speechless right now," Bayston exclaimed. "Big Al (Scroggins) had the car absolutely perfect. I could hold it to the ground and it would dig the whole way around. I was waiting for Bryan (Clauson) and Kyle (Larson) to show up, but these guys gave me a good enough race car that I could stay out front. I was getting some signals under the red from my guys about where those two were running, so I just tried to focus on my line and tried to keep making good laps. To race against these guys is special and to beat them is even more special because both of them are guys that I've looked up to my whole career."

By virtue of two straight runner-up finishes at Montpelier and Gas City, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana takes over the "Indiana Midget Week" point lead as the series resumes Thursday at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, a race he was victorious in one year ago.

"Our car was alright tonight; we were just a little off," Clauson admitted. "We could hang; we just didn't have enough to mount anything. I pulled out everything I had to hold Kyle off. Those three points could play a big factor at the end of the week, but it's a great start to 'Indiana Midget Week' for us."

Elk Grove, California's Kyle Larson couldn't quite replicate the magic of his Montpelier performance one night ago, but would have to settle for the third spot in his final appearance in 2016 "Indiana Midget Week."

"It's always fun racing Bryan (Clauson)," Larson said. "I needed the caution, but I needed to restart in front of Bryan and, after that, I didn't really have a shot at Spencer (Bayston). He wasn't on the bottom in (turns) three and four and I could get through there pretty well. Bryan was running on the bottom in (turns) three and four too and it was enough to slow me down a little, but I had a lot of fun. It was a pretty solid weekend of racing for me, so a big thanks to Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby)."

Contingency award winners at Gas City included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ryan Greth (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Christopher Bell (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Justin Grant (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finish).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 1, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.048; 2. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.206; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-12.245; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.328; 5. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.346; 6. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.376; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.385; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.390; 9. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-12.391; 10. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-12.429; 11. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.433; 12. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.492; 13. Harli White, 17H, White-12.494; 14. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.497; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-12.508; 16. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.521; 17. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.522; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.532; 19. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.538; 20. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-12.549; 21. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.580; 22. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.581; 23. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-12.587; 24. Justin Grant, 38, Gardner-12.602; 25. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-12.611; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-12.634; 27. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-12.655; 28. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.695; 29. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-12.718; 30. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-12.720; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-12.805; 32. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-12.820; 33. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-12.842; 34. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-12.846; 35. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-12.883; 36. Chett Gehrke, 19p, Ronk-12.887; 37. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-12.933; 38. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-12.943; 39. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-13.063; 40. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-13.071; 41. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-13.087; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-13.125; 43. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-13.326; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-13.329; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Abreu, 3. Larson, 4. Walker, 5. Darland, 6. Quin, 7. White, 8. Jarrett, 9. Conover, 10. Biggs, 11. Buckwalter. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Golobic, 3. Daum, 4. Windom, 5. Nelson, 6. Schuett, 7. Budres, 8. Koontz, 9. Robinson, 10. Peck, 11. Secrest. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Clauson, 3. DiMattia, 4. Coons, 5. Prock, 6. Boat, 7. Johnson, 8. Neuman, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Julian. 2:09.11

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Bayston, 3. Grant, 4. Kingshott, 5. Thomas, 6. Macedo, 7. Gehrke, 8. Shelton, 9. Gray, 10. Nemire, 11. Hatton. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Conover, 3. Schuett, 4. Gehrke, 5. Jarrett, 6. Koontz, 7. Morton, 8. Gray, 9. Biggs, 10. Hatton, 11. Nemire, 12. Secrest, 13. Dickerson, 14. Julian. 2:18.52

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Robinson, 3. Peck, 4. Johnson, 5. Boat, 6. Quin, 7. Darland, 8. Shelton, 9. Gehrke, 10. Neuman, 11. Buckwalter, 12. Nelson, 13. Schuett, 14. Prock, 15. Budres, 16. Conover, 17. Macedo. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Justin Peck, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Ryan Robinson, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tony DiMattia, 19. Tanner Thorson, 20. Dayne Kingshott, 21. Jimi Quin, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Chase Johnson, 24. Dave Darland. NT
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**Hatton flipped during the fourth heat. Johnson flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (17th to 8th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-188; 2-Spencer Bayston-182; 3-Bryan Clauson-175; 4-Zach Daum-155; 5-Shane Golobic-151; 6-Chad Boat-144; 7-Tanner Thorson-122; 8-Tyler Thomas-119; 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-114; 10-Justin Peck-105.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Clauson-152; 2-Larson-150; 3-Bell-140; 4-Bayston-127; 5-Bacon-127; 6-Coons-114; 7-Daum-112; 8-Abreu-111; 9-Boat-107; 10-Windom-92.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 2 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 1, 2016... This Saturday, June 4th, USAC Western States Midgets will make their second of three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the fourth point race will also feature the USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, Mid Cal Fabrication IMCA Modifieds, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. 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: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory and Ronnie Gardner won the event on April 30th. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has won all three races of the campaign and holds a 29-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories and 52 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, and Rusty Rasmussen with sixteen triumphs, the three-time champion has won three of the last six shows at the Bakersfield oval. Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory this Saturday night.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran fourth at Ventura Raceway on May 21st. In addition, the second generation driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Michael has two career wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory at Bakersfield.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff scored twelfth in the Ventura main event. Entering Saturday’s action, the veteran racer has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Sean will be looking to break through and earn his first victory at his hometown track.

After scoring third at Ventura, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The defending BCRA Champion will have his sights on moving up the standings by claiming his second career USAC win.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) has risen to fifth in the championship chase. Racing the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki charged from seventeenth to seventh at Ventura. To date, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and two top-10 finishes to his credit. Tyler will be looking to claim his first series win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Currently tenth in points, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Troy Rutherford, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, Shannon McQueen, Robby Josett, Alex Schutte, and more.

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 USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter 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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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
3-Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Ronnie Gardner, 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-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-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.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-245, 2. Michael Faccinto-216, 3. Sean Dodenhof-173, 4. Frankie Guerrini-167, 5. Tyler Dolacki-160, 6. Randi Pankratz-155, 7. Cory Elliott-141, 8. Cody Swanson-133, 9. Terry Nichols-123, 10. Robert Dalby-115, 11. Maria Cofer-113, ---. Troy Rutherford-113, 13. Courtney Crone-103, 14. Darren Hagen-89, 15. Shannon McQueen-78, 16. Robby Josett-77, 17. Shane Golobic-74, 18. Alex Schutte-68, 19. Britton Bock-64, 20. Dylan Ito-63.

 

 

LARSON LIGHTS UP MONTPELIER FOR VICTORY IN INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

These days, Kyle Larson doesn't get the chance to jump behind the wheel of a USAC Midget as often as he once did due to his NASCAR commitments to Chip Ganassi, but on Tuesday night in the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week" opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Larson looked as if he never left the open wheel ranks, crafting a masterpiece of wheelmanship to take his first USAC National Midget win since 2013 in his first, as well as the series' first, visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval in Montpelier, Ind.

Larson, in one of eight Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entries, started on a star-studded front row that included recent Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson on the outside. Larson quickly jetted out to the lead at the start, but on the second circuit, teammate Tanner Thorson threw his car to the track's edge, running down and disposing of Larson as the two reached the flagstand at the end of lap two.

On lap five, a Steve Buckwalter turn four tip-over, that also collected Dave Darland, brought out the red flag.

Thorson, who was looking to repeat his "Indiana Midget Week" opening night victory from a year ago, came under constant attack from Larson as the race neared the one-third mark. Larson threw a rapid fire succession of sliders on Thorson on the tenth lap in turns one and three, but was unable to keep the advantage after pushing the nose of his machine over the cushion. On lap 11, Larson attacked Thorson once again in the first turn with a slider, but Thorson battled back to remain up front.

Two laps later, Larson attempted yet another major slide job on Thorson for the top spot, pulling in front and almost bringing the two a halt as Thorson continued on and Clauson scooted past Larson for second.

Just before the halfway point, it was Clauson's turn to take on Thorson for the lead. Clauson's slider attempt briefly put him in front, but it was to no avail as Thorson fought his way to remain the man to beat.

After a Spencer Bayston spin on lap 18 brought out the yellow, Clauson immediately returned to the "slider-fest" on the ensuing restart, entering turn one with a full head of steam, emerging in front of Thorson at the top of turn one, but Thorson made contact with the rear bumper of Clauson's car, sending Larson slightly off the berm as Thorson sped off with the advantage as Larson moved back into second.

Thorson and Larson distanced themselves from Clauson with less than ten to go as Larson bounced off the concrete in turn four, but a Holly Shelton spin in turn four reset the lineup with just eight laps remaining.

After the restart, Larson followed Thorson on the high side for the next couple of laps, setting up his next move on Thorson. With five to go, Larson finally made the slide-job stick as the two entered one, with Larson pulling away and building a gap between him and second-running Thorson. But, once again, a yellow slowed the action, setting up a three-lap shootout between Larson, Thorson, Clauson and Bell, who charged from the tail after an opening lap incident.

Larson was able to get a huge jump on the restart as Thorson began to fade and Clauson and Bell moved past Thorson to run second and third. However, no one was in the vicinity of Kyle Larson, who pulled away at the end to take a 1.905-second victory over Clauson, Bell, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Larson, of Elk Grove, California, picked up his 4th career "Indiana Midget Week" win and his 13th career USAC National Midget victory, tying him with Rico Abreu, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman and Stevie Reeves for 49th on the all-time list after taking the win in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Parker Store - Target/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"That was a lot of fun." Larson exclaimed. "I didn't think the top in (turns) one and two would be that great, but Tanner was able to rip around me. I knew I was a lot better than him in (turns) three and four. I just couldn't quite figure out turn two. I was getting beat pretty bad over there. I don't know if it just got cleaned off or what, but my grip off of turn two got a little better and I could stay closer to Tanner and then, eventually, throw the slider. I had so much fun, though! Thirty laps fly by in these races. It's so enjoyable to run with Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby). They deserve all the attention that they've been getting the last few years."

Just two days after competing in his third career Indianapolis 500-mile race, Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson returned to the controls of his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to take second place after a furious race-long battle with Larson and Thorson.

"It became a race between me and Kyle to see who could clear Tanner first," Clauson explained. "I got a run and threw something at him and Tanner got into me when he came back across and I let Kyle get by us. We just started getting tight there at the end. It might not have made a difference because it got tough to run once the track got real curby, but second is a solid start to "Indiana Midget Week."

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell came back after getting caught up in a first-turn, first-lap scrum involving two other cars that put him near the tail of the field of the restart. Bell stormed back to the front to salvage a third in the Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - DC Solar/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Staying out of trouble was huge," Bell said with a sigh of relief. "Everybody kept crashing each other and it got me on the first lap. But once I got back there, they kept running into each other and I didn't really feel like I passed a whole lot of cars. I was good at the end; it just got to be so fast around the top that you couldn't really slide anybody unless you had a big run like Kyle did. I worked around the bottom really well, so that helped, but we just needed them to bottle up on the top one more time."

Contingency award winners at Montpelier included Christopher Bell (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Steve Buckwalter (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Rico Abreu (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Kyle Larson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Kyle Schuett (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 31, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.141; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.295; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.322; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.408; 5. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.414; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-14.439; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.446; 8. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.447; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.476; 10. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.497; 11. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.499; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.565; 13. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.586; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.618; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.627; 16. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-14.635; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-14.666; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.684; 19. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.690; 20. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.696; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.704; 22. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.756; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.767; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.773; 25. Anthony Nocella, 29s, Seymour-14.820; 26. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.829; 27. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-14.836; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.850; 29. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.866; 30. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.867; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.868; 32. Cole Fehr, 15, Fehr-14.872; 33. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.886; 34. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.896; 35. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray Auto-14.915; 36. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.929; 37. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-15.069; 38. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-15.172; 39. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.310; 40. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-15.420; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.897; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-15.951; 43. Harli White, 17H, White-21.436; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-NT; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Quin, 5. Bell, 6. Walker, 7. Ray, 8. Nocella, 9. Greth, 10. Hatton, 11. Baue. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Boat, 3. Clauson, 4. Coons, 5. Biggs, 6. Kingshott, 7. Golobic, 8. Koontz, 9. Schuett, 10. Secrest, 11. Gray. 2:28.28

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Bayston, 3. Shelton, 4. Darland, 5. Nelson, 6. DiMattia, 7. White, 8. Morton, 9. Conover, 10. Daum, 11. Neuman. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Thorson, 3. Robinson, 4. Peck, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Johnson, 8. Prock, 9. Fehr, 10. Gehrke, 11. Nemire. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Neuman, 3. Kingshott, 4. Jarrett, 5. Hatton, 6. Morton, 7. Nemire, 8. Fehr, 9. Koontz, 10. Secrest. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Daum, 3. Golobic, 4. Thomas, 5. Walker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Ray, 8. Nelson, 9. Jarrett, 10. Prock, 11. Schuett, 12. Neuman, 13. Biggs, 14. Kingshott, 15. Nocella, 16. Greth, 17. Gehrke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Jimi Quin, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Holly Shelton, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tanner Thorson, 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Ryan Robinson, 21. Shane Golobic, 22. Justin Peck, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT ---------------------------- **Nocella flipped during the semi. Buckwalter flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Larson, Laps 2-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (22nd to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-125, 2-Bayston-105, 3-Boat-104, 4-Clauson-97, 5-Golobic-95, 6-Thorson-89, 7-Daum-87, 8-Thomas-82, 9-Shelton-70, 10-Cottle & Darland-67.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-78; 2-Bryan Clauson-74; 3-Christopher Bell-74; 4-Chad Boat-67; 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-66; 6-Brady Bacon-64; 7-Dave Darland-57; 8-Chris Windom-56; 9-Jimi Quin & Spencer Bayston-50.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1 - Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 31, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway -12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.141; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.295; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.322; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.408; 5. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.414; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-14.439; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.446; 8. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.447; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.476; 10. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.497; 11. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.499; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.565; 13. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.586; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.618; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.627; 16. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-14.635; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-14.666; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.684; 19. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.690; 20. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.696; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.704; 22. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.756; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.767; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.773; 25. Anthony Nocella, 29s, Seymour-14.820; 26. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.829; 27. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-14.836; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.850; 29. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.866; 30. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.867; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.868; 32. Cole Fehr, 15, Fehr-14.872; 33. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.886; 34. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.896; 35. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray Auto-14.915; 36. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.929; 37. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-15.069; 38. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-15.172; 39. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.310; 40. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-15.420; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.897; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-15.951; 43. Harli White, 17H, White-21.436; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-NT; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Quin, 5. Bell, 6. Walker, 7. Ray, 8. Nocella, 9. Greth, 10. Hatton, 11. Baue. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Boat, 3. Clauson, 4. Coons, 5. Biggs, 6. Kingshott, 7. Golobic, 8. Koontz, 9. Schuett, 10. Secrest, 11. Gray. 2:28.28
BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Bayston, 3. Shelton, 4. Darland, 5. Nelson, 6. DiMattia, 7. White, 8. Morton, 9. Conover, 10. Daum, 11. Neuman. NT
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Thorson, 3. Robinson, 4. Peck, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Johnson, 8. Prock, 9. Fehr, 10. Gehrke, 11. Nemire. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Neuman, 3. Kingshott, 4. Jarrett, 5. Hatton, 6. Morton, 7. Nemire, 8. Fehr, 9. Koontz, 10. Secrest. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Daum, 3. Golobic, 4. Thomas, 5. Walker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Ray, 8. Nelson, 9. Jarrett, 10. Prock, 11. Schuett, 12. Neuman, 13. Biggs, 14. Kingshott, 15. Nocella, 16. Greth, 17. Gehrke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Jimi Quin, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Holly Shelton, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tanner Thorson, 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Ryan Robinson, 21. Shane Golobic, 22. Justin Peck, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT
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**Nocella flipped during the semi. Buckwalter flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Larson, Laps 2-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-125, 2-Bayston-105, 3-Boat-104, 4-Clauson-97, 5-Golobic-95, 6-Thorson-90, 7-Daum-87, 8-Thomas-82, 9-Shelton-70, 10-Cottle & Darland-67.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Larson-78, 2-Clauson-74, 3-Bell-74, 4-Boat-67, 5-Coons-66, 6-Bacon-64, 7-Darland-57, 8-Windom-56, 9-Quin-50, 10-Bayston-50.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 29, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 3. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 4. Mike Larson (#95 Larson), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Bart Andrews (#69 Trone), 7. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns (#10B Full Throttle), 2. Austin Archdale (#2A Archdale), 3. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 4. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 5. John Springer (#3x Springer), 6. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 7. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Jeff Mallonee, 3. Broc Hunnell, 4. Austin Archdale, 5. Dillon Morley, 6. Shane Morgan, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Dave Baugh, 9. Mike Larson, 10. Travis Pence, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Mike Cusack Jr. (#7 Cusack), 13. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 14. Bart Andrews, 15. John Springer, 16. Gedd Ross. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Ross, Laps 2-4 Hunnell, Laps 5-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-427, 2-Andrews-341, 3-Ross-337, 4-Sollenberger-291, 5-Mitchell Davis-282, 6-Morley-267, 7-Brent Burrows-259, 8-Pence-244, 9-Andy Baugh-242, 10-Ken Hanson-241.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Bicycle Night"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 29, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Adam Milsap (#9G Milsap), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29B Yarnel), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds), 5. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 8. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Bruce St. James, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dustin Burkhart, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Spencer Hill, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Tanner Grau, 13. Kyle Shipley, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Andy Reinbold, 16. Adam Milsap, 17. Josh Pelkey, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Shon Deskins, 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Larry Kesterson, 23. Brent Yarnel. NT

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*Davis flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pelkey, Laps 9-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (22nd to 6th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 3 – El Paso, TX – Western Tech Speedway Park

 

 

6-RACE INDIANA MIDGET WEEK BEGINS TUESDAY

The expanded six-raced slate for this year's "Indiana Midget Week" begins Tuesday night, May 31 at the series' newest addition to the schedule - Montpelier Motor Speedway. Races will follow Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday at Bloomington Speedway, Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway with the finale set for Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Shane Golobic, by virtue of his indoor victory at DuQuoin, Ill. in March, leads the USAC National Midget Series standings, but a host of drivers will be out to knock him off the pedestal in the upcoming swing.

Rico Abreu repeated as "Indiana Midget Week" Champion last year, joining former IMW champs Shane Cottle (2005-06), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Tracy Hines (2008 and 2010), Bryan Clauson (2009-2011), Brad Kuhn (who shared the 2010 title with Hines), Darren Hagen (2012) and Christopher Bell (2013).

Clauson leads in terms of all-time IMW victories at nine. Bell has four and several drivers have three. The 45 previous races have produced 22 different winners!

Defending race champs include Tanner Thorson (Gas City), Clauson (Putnamville), Bell (Bloomington) and Abreu (Lawrenceburg). Last year's Kokomo race fell to the elements.

Tuesday's race marks the inaugural appearance of USAC's National Midget Series at Montpelier. The track has become a staple of USAC participants this year, however. Brady Bacon, currently second in the National Midget points, won USAC's inaugural AMSOIL National Sprint Car race there April 23. Bacon trails Golobic by just nine points in the USAC National Midget points heading into "Indiana Midget Week."

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 28, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29B Yarnel). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steve Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 5. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 5. Adam Milsap (#9G Milsap), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Cling). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cling, 2. St. James, 3. Grau, 4. A.Kesterson, 5. Reynolds, 6. Hill, 7. Shipley, 8. Milsap, 9. Yarnel, 10. L.Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Nick Aiuto, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Landon Cling, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Jonas Reynolds, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Dustin Burkhart, 13. Shon Deskins, 14. Spencer Hill, 15. Tom Ogle, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Bruce St. James, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Zack Madrid, 20. Michael Curtis, 21. Asa Kesterson, 22. Tanner Grau. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 29 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 28, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.477; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 3. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.566; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.616; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.690; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.765; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.825; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.964; 9. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.987; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.045; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.097; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.177; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.215; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.316; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.379; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.473; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.514; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.547; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.601; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.677; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.713; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.956; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.375; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.254; 25. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weed, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Malcolm, 8. Everhart, 9. Stewart. 2:50.39.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. A.Sweeney. 2:51.34.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Adams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.54.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Damion Spencer, 6. Trent Williams, 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Max Adams, 10. Tommy Malcolm, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Andrew Sweeney, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Matt Stewart, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Nic Faas, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Kyle Edwards, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Cal Smith. NT

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**Edwards flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (15th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: June 11 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

TANNER TAKES "CARB NIGHT CLASSIC;" SWANSONS RUN 1-2 AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

In recent years, Tanner Swanson hasn't gotten behind the wheel of a racecar as often as he once did. Despite his limited schedule of races that one could count on a single hand, the 25-year-old Kingsburg, California driver makes each and every one of those opportunities count, specifically at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana where Friday night he earned his fifth victory in his last six visits to the .686-mile paved oval at the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500". In the process, he tied Mike Bliss to become the winningest driver in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway.

To put his domination in perspective, Tanner's only defeat in the past four seasons at Lucas Oil Raceway in a Silver Crown car came after leading the opening 99 and three-quarters of a lap in a race in July 2014 before David Byrne snuck by him for the win on the final corner.

However, early on in the night, it was not a simple cakewalk for Tanner after only managing a fourth-place qualifying run in ProSource Qualifying. Up front, it was three-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos on the pole with Tanner's brother Kody Swanson, a one-time Lucas Oil Silver Crown winner and the previous night's victor at the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, alongside.

At the drop of the green flag, the top-three consisted of highly-accomplished pavement shoe Santos in the lead with K. Swanson and T. Swanson running one, two, three. By lap three, Tanner had got around Kody for the second spot. The three followed nose-to-tail, trying to maintain a quick pace, but also conserving the tires with a full load of fuel behind them.

On lap 21, fourth-running Jerry Coons, Jr. went for a scary ride after his throttle stuck at the end of the back straightaway. With nowhere to go and no time to slow the car down, Coons pummeled the SAFER barrier, leaving a trail of rubber against the pearly white wall from the entrance of three to between turns three and four. Coons was uninjured.

Tanner would size up Santos, peeking his nose alongside Santos multiple times in a bid for the top spot through the middle portion of the 100-lap event. But luck didn't seem to be on Tanner's side as yellow flags flew on multiple occasions just as Tanner appeared ready to pounce on Santos for the lead.

By lap 70, the trio of Santos, T.Swanson and K.Swanson were all running just feet from each other in a high-stakes, high-speed game of poker as each stayed within striking distance but trying not to show their hand quite yet.

Santos was able to withstand each challenge to his perch, but on lap 81, his car quickly slowed with apparent engine trouble, giving way to Tanner Swanson for the remaining 20 circuits.

From that point forward, Tanner went relatively unchallenged, making his way with ease around a handful of backmarkers in the final few laps to take the checkered flag over Kody, Chris Windom, first-time series starter Robert Stout, Aaron Pierce. Justin Grant came home 6th in his pavement Silver Crown debut while David Byrne, Joe Axsom, Shane Cockrum and Joe Liguori rounded out the top-10.

With his fifth victory, Tanner Swanson tied Mike Bliss as the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver at Lucas Oil Raceway. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Throughout the 56-year history of Lucas Oil Raceway, there have been distinct eras of domination in USAC competition. In the last 20 years, when one showed up to the Brownsburg, Indiana oval, for a time, it seemed no one could beat names such as the aforementioned Mike Bliss and Bobby Santos, but also Dave Steele and Tracy Hines. In the mid-2010s, the name that strikes fear into competitors signing in at the pit window at Lucas Oil belongs to Tanner Swanson, who led the remaining 20 laps of Friday night's race to take the victory in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"We were great on the long runs, but on the restarts, I was super tight all the time," Tanner recalled. "We lost our radios as soon as I went green, but I figured Kody was close and I was trying to make moves that wouldn't put us both in a bad spot. I hate to win one when the leader falls out, but I'm glad that this team and all their hard work paid off."

In the 46-year existence of USAC's Silver Crown division, Friday night's race marked just the fourth time that the series has raced on back-to-back nights. Kody Swanson once again proved to be the most versatile, following up Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" victory on the dirt with a second place run on the pavement one night later in the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Hampshire/Hampshire Chevy to extend his championship point lead to 24 over Chris Windom heading into June 10th's race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

"I always say I should win every night I get in this car and I mean it," Kody declared. "Tonight was one of those nights where I thought we'd maybe be able to double up. Tanner just does a phenomenal job and I hated to see Bobby (Santos) out because he was making Tanner press awfully hard. I was just hoping to capitalize late in the race because I thought we had that good of a car. With about 30 to go, the power steering started going out, so that made it tough, but the guys gave me a car that I could still handle despite that. But we'll take second. I think it's the first time in two years I've even been able to see that #02 car (of Tanner Swanson) here, so we're looking forward to coming back in July."

Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom collected his third top-five finish in the three series races run thus far in 2016, finishing a season-best third on Friday night in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Beast/J & D Mopar.

"The car took off really well on the restarts; that's how I got by Pierce and Wilson early on," Windom said. "We just didn't have the four-tire grip that the #63 and the #02 had, but at the end, we came on a lot stronger. We just couldn't keep up with them for that long to be there at the end."

"Carb Night Classic" contingency award winners included Bobby Santos (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cockrum (KSE Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.380; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.449; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.462; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.516; 5. Robert Stout, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.533; 6. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.546; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.653; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.773; 9. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.832; 10. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.978; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-22.032; 12. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-22.081; 13. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-22.247; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.432; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.550; 16. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.751; 17. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Stout, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. Justin Grant, 7. David Byrne, 8. Joe Axsom, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Bobby Santos, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Patrick Lawson. NT ----------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-80 Santos, Laps 81-100 T.Swanson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Cockrum (16th to 9th)

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-204, 2-Windom-180, 3-Cottle & Grant-159, 5-Coons & Byrne-141, 7-C.J. Leary-125, 8-Cockrum-121, 9-Shuman-117, 10-Bryan Clauson-110.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Friday, June 10, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

TRACK: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) - ½-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Horn-Schindler Memorial" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship and the ARDC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: TBA

TICKETS: General Admission (Adult): $25. General admission (Youth/Ages 13-20): $10.

TRACK ADDRESS: 1 Speedway Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

TRACK PHONE: (717) 697-5000

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.williamsgrove.com/

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS:

1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson 3. (3) Bobby East & Bobby Santos 5. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader 9. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

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2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

1. (204) Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, CA) 2. (180) Chris Windom (Canton, IL) 3. (159) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN) & Justin Grant (Ione, CA) 5. (141) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ) & (89) David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI) 7. (125) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) 8. (121) Shane Cockrum (Benton, IL) 9. (117) Casey Shuman (Tempe, AZ) 10. (110) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 27, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.380; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.449; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.462; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.516; 5. Robert Stout, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.533; 6. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.546; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.653; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.773; 9. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.832; 10. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.978; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-22.032; 12. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-22.081; 13. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-22.247; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.432; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.550; 16. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.751; 17. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Stout, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. Justin Grant, 7. David Byrne, 8. Joe Axsom, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Bobby Santos, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Patrick Lawson. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-80 Santos, Laps 81-100 T.Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Cockrum

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-204, 2-Windom-180, 3-Cottle & Grant-159, 5-Coons & Byrne-141, 7-C.J. Leary-125, 8-Cockrum-121, 9-Shuman-117, 10-Bryan Clauson-110.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

 

 

SWANSON STAMPS PLACE IN HISTORY;
WINS 3RD STRAIGHT "HOOSIER HUNDRED"

 

Two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has been the beacon of excellence in the series over the past two-plus seasons, but on Saturday night, the Kingsburg, California native added yet another amazing feat on his ever-growing resume by etching his name in "Hoosier Hundred" lore, earning the victory in the 62nd edition of the prestigious event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, joining Indianapolis 500 winners Jimmy Bryan (1954-56) and Al Unser (1970-73) as the only wheelmen to claim three straight "Hoosier Hundred" victories.

Swanson stayed in the hunt all race long, but just as he did one year ago, Swanson decided it was go-time near the two-thirds mark of the 100-lap event. In 2015, Swanson took the lead from A.J. Fike with 33 laps to go. This year, Swanson took care of business one lap earlier, sailing past Cottle with 34 to go before holding off multiple challenges from Cottle down the stretch to take his 13th career series victory, surpassing three-time Silver Crown champ Jimmy Sills and placing himself 7th on the all-time win list.

In the first quarter of the race, all eyes were on the battle at the front between Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon. At the start, pole-sitter Bacon was overtaken by Coons for the lead, before shooting back to the top spot on lap two. On the 27th circuit, just two laps after a restart, Coons squeezed between Bacon and the outside wall, outdueling Bacon for the lead in a drag race into turn one.

Meanwhile, Cottle began his charge, entering the top-five with a pass on Justin Grant in the first turn. By lap 44, Cottle had assumed second with an inside maneuver on Bacon as Coons, Cottle and Swanson ran nose-to-tail.

On lap 58, Cottle's persistence paid off as he ran down Coons for the lead with Swanson and Grant in hot pursuit, while Coons slipped to 4th.

With 35 laps to go, longtime series veteran Russ Gamester went for a wild end-over-end ride in turn two, bringing out the night's first red flag. On the ensuing restart, Swanson turned up the wick, eventually clamping down on leader Cottle using his patented patient, calculating, methodical approach, overpowering Cottle for the top spot on lap 67.

Swanson's prowess on the dirt-miles wasn't able to force Cottle into submission during the final stretch. With 15 laps remaining, Cottle flexed his muscle by attempting to split between Swanson and the lapped car of Terry James, nearly colliding with each other as the pack trekked down the front straightaway.

Cottle refused to go away quietly, giving it one more shot with just nine laps to go, pulling to within a tail tanks' length of Swanson as the pair stormed into turn one. Catching and passing were proven to be two completely separate scenarios, as Cottle could only reel Swanson in briefly on occasion, but Swanson was simply too strong down the stretch, pulling away for the landmark win over Cottle, Coons, Indy 500 competitor Bryan Clauson and Chris Windom, who took over the seat of scheduled driver Brian Tyler in the McQuinn no. 14 after his primary ride, the RPM/Fred Gormly no. 98 suffered mechanical issues in practice.

Kody Swanson joined Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser
as the only drivers to take three-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victories.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Swanson has made the Indiana State Fairgrounds look like his own, personal playground in the last three years and this night was no different in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

"The mile is probably my favorite (race) and I don't really know why," Swanson said. "There's just something about it. Part of it is because it's the 'Hoosier Hundred,' which is so cool, but there's a lot of challenges that the Indy Mile presents. People say it's narrow and it's hard to get a hold of and you have to be precise. For some reason, the more other people don't like race tracks, the more I like them. Getting three in a row is hard to put into word how much it means. It puts me in a category with a group of guys that I don't feel like I belong with, but it wasn't just me. Our team won this race three times; not just me. I'm just so thankful to be a part of it."

Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle took second in the Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines - QS Components/Maxim/Chevy after leading nine laps and throwing a slew of challenges to Swanson in the final run, thereby earning his best series finish since his 2007 victory in the "Ted Horn 100" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

"Kody was a lot better getting into the corner and through the center, but it just came down to him conserving his tires a lot longer than I did," Cottle admitted. "He had a little more left at the end and I had to save mine after the red and that allowed him to get by me. I think we were a little faster than he was; I just couldn't ever catch him. This car is really fast and it's been good ever since I got in it. So, hopefully, our time will come soon."

Two-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Jerry Coons, Jr. led 32 laps on his way to a third place result in the Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy.

"I saw Bryan on the outside a couple times, but I wasn't worried about him doing something silly," Coons said. "I just needed a little bit more everywhere. I just couldn't believe the pace those guys were setting early. I got to the lead and just tried to cruise and conserve because that's what you do here, but Kody went by me with 50 to go and I couldn't believe how quick they were running. But these cars change over the years and this is our first mile with the Maxim, so we're pleased to come away with a third."

"Hoosier Hundred" contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Terry James (KSE Hard Charger) and Austin Nemire (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2016 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - 62nd "Hoosier Hundred"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.396; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.402; 3. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-34.910; 4. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-35.130; 5. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-35.272; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-35.583; 7. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-35.589; 8. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-35.747; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-35.842; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-35.862; 11. Chris Windom, 14, McQuinn-35.907; 12. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 27, Phillips-36.058; 13. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-36.060; 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-36.135; 15. Mark Smith, 99, RPM/Gormly-36.135; 16. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-36.205; 17. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-36.288; 18. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-36.292; 19. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-36.317; 20. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-36.355; 21. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-36.659; 22. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-36.712; 23. Neil Shepherd, 7, Shepherd-36.972; 24. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-37.033; 25. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-37.061; 26. Danny Long, 44, Long-38.779; 27. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-41.994; 28. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson (Time of 35.418 disallowed), 29. Mitch Wissmiller, 0, Barker/Thackery-NT; 30. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-NT; 31. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT; 32. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-NT; 33. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Chris Windom, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. David Byrne, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Terry James, 15. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jeff Swindell, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Russ Gamester, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Neil Shepherd, 22. Aaron Pierce, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Terry Babb, 25. Joey Moughan, 26. Joe Liguori, 27. A.J. Fike, 28. Danny Long, 29. Mitch Wissmiller, 30. J.C. Bland. NT
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**Gamester and Swindell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Coons, Laps 2-26 Bacon, Laps 27-57 Coons, laps 58-66 Cottle, Laps 67-100 Swanson.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-137, 2-Leary-128, 3-Cottle-122, 4-Windom-113, 5-Coons-110, 6-Clauson-110, 7-Grant-104, 8-Bacon-91, 9-Byrne-89, 10-Darland-86.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Terry James (27th to 14th)

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 27 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Friday, May 27, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

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

EVENT: "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship presented by Mazda.

STARTING TIMES:
Paddock opens at 9am
Silver Crown practice at 3pm
USF2000 qualifying at 4pm
Pro Mazda qualifying at 4:25pm
Silver Crown qualifying at 5:05pm
"Freedom 75" USF2000 race at 6:10pm
"Freedom 90" Pro Mazda race at 7:10pm
"Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at 8:15pm

TICKETS: TBA

TRACK ADDRESS: 10267 US-136, Indianapolis, IN 46234

TRACK PHONE: (317) 291-4090

TRACK WEBSITE: http://trackenterprises.com/ & http://www.lucasoilraceway.com/

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS
AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS:

1. (5) Mike Bliss
2. (4) Tanner Swanson
3. (3) Bobby East & Bobby Santos
5. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
9. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

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2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

1. (13) Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, CA)
2. (128) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
3. (122) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN)
4. (113) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
5. (110) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)
6. (110) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
7. (104) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
8. (91) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
9. (89) David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI)
10. (86) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)

 

BACK-TO-BACK FOR BALLOU
IN 46TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC"

TERRE HAUTE, IN.........Robert Ballou slid his way into the record books Wednesday night, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win list with his 24th career series win and becoming just the third driver in the 46-year history of the "Tony Hulman Classic" to win in back-to-back years after outdueling Thomas Meseraull in a torrid race-long battle to collect the coveted rifle at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

As the green flag flew at the start of the 30-lap feature, pole-sitter Meseraull shot out to the front of the pack. But, it was second-quickest qualifier and inside row-three starter Ballou who quickly charged to the second spot by lap two, setting the stage for an epic battle between the two for the top spot.

After a pair of cautions slowed the pace with just four laps completed, Meseraull and Ballou rode the cushion, spraying Terre Haute's newly-painted red, white, and blue wall with rooster tails through each of the four turns. On lap nine, Ballou followed Meseraull with a full head of steam into turn three, jetting to the bottom at the entrance of three and throwing a massive slider that stuck, giving him the lead as the two exited turn four.

However, the move was all for naught due to the stoppage of Landon Simon's stalled machine at the top of turns three and four, bringing out the yellow flag.

The yellow did not deter Ballou one iota. As soon as the green dropped on the ensuing restart, Ballou went to the well once again, replicating the same move he made on Meseraull just before the caution fell, diving to the inside guardrail before sliding up to the wall between turns one and two. But Meseraull didn't blink, instead, staying on the throttle with just inches to spare between Ballou's right side Hoosiers and the concrete, taking back the lead as they exited turn two.

A rejuvenated Jon Stanbrough threw his hat in the ring of contenders after slipping past Ballou for 2nd at the flag stand on lap 10. However, Ballou would reload and reclaim the second spot from Stanbrough, the 2002 "Hulman Classic" victor, one lap later and now found Meseraull clearly within sight on his radar.

Ballou and Meseraull engaged in an exhibition of sliders on laps 17 and 18 that put the sizable Wabash Valley crowd on its feet. The two exchanged the lead on three separate occasions in that lap and a half span, as they traded slide jobs at the end of the straightaways at the entrance of turns one and three, culminating with Ballou and Meseraull banging wheels at the exit of four on lap 18 as Mesearull reemerged at the head of the field.

On lap 22, Ballou threw one last jab for good measure, executing a picture-perfect slider on Meseraull for the lead. From that point until the drop of the checkered flag, nobody was game for Ballou's presence down the stretch as the Rocklin, California driver ultimately delivered the final knockout blow, pulling away for a 4.422-second margin of victory over Meseraull, Stanbrough, Bacon, Chris Windom (from the 20th starting spot), Chase Stockon, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Justin Grant.

Ballou was able to add another rifle to his growing collection of "Hulman Classic" hardware after picking up his first series victory in three months in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley's Auto/Maxim/Ott. He joined Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09) as a winner of consecutive winners of the classic event and also became just the fourth defending USAC National Sprint Car champ to win the race, adding his name to a list that includes Pancho Carter (1975), Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2009)

"We haven't finished as well as we'd have liked to recently," Ballou admitted. "But we've been really fast and we don't give up. We had to put a motor in this car at 1:30 this morning, and then I was late for qualifying, and it just made me furious for the rest of the night. This car keeps going up and down the road based on our winnings, so it's great that we got another one tonight. I slid Meseraull and knew I didn't have him cleared, and then the last time, we both slid the same corner and he was trying to protect himself; thankfully, we're both standing up here on the front stretch."

Ballou (pictured above) joined Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09) as the only back-to-back winners of the "Tony Hulman Classic."
(DAVID NEARPASS)

Meseraull, of San Jose, California, chopped two markers off of Bacon's lead in the series' standings with his second place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech, now standing just 17 points behind Bacon heading into the six-race "Eastern Storm" series that begins June 7 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

"It was nice to start up front tonight," Meseraull said with relief. "(Crew chief) Donnie (Gentry) had the car awesome tonight. Him and I disagree on things sometimes, but he had it spot-on tonight and that just shows how good Robert (Ballou) was."

Avon, Indiana's Jon Stanbrough scored his first top-three USAC result in nearly a full-calendar year, a second-place at Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Speedway in June of 2015. Stanbrough returned to form in his Jon Stanbrough Racing/Woodland Auto Display - MPHG Promotions/Spike/J & D, running as high as second on the 10th lap and dropping to 4th before rallying just one lap from the finish to take third from point-leader Brady Bacon.

"Lapped traffic was a factor at the end for us, Stanbrough said." But I felt like I got better after Brady (Bacon) passed me. Then, I got back by him and, luckily, the lapped cars played into our favor at the end. To be able to pull out a 3rd is good, but we keep getting better and better every weekend. I thought we had something at (last weekend's race at) Gas City before we tipped over. All I've got to do is keep sitting up in the seat and we'll keep running up front."

"Tony Hulman Classic" contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "46th Tony Hulman Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.514; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-20.882; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.924; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-21.087; 5. Justin Grant, 2E, Epperson-21.176; 6. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.219; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-21.219; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-21.234; 9. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.313; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.330; 11. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-21.350; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.353; 13. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.547; 14. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-21.584; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.612; 16. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.631; 17. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.671; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.711; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-21.713; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-21.777; 21. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-22.034; 22. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-22.097; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.191; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-22.248; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-22.465; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-22.687; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.817; 28. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-22.956; 29. Terry Babb, 8D, KCBJ-29.425; 30. Ken Drangmeister, 27, Drangmeister-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Light, 6. DiMattia, 7. Wissmiller, 8. Babb. 2:49.16

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Rose, 8. Drangmeister. 2:47.61

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Darland, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Stockon, 6. Ketcham, 7. Goodnight. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Windom, 3. Cummins, 4. Boespflug, 5. Jarrett, 6. Simon, 7. Chapple. 2:53.47

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Simon, 4. Hughes, 5. DiMattia, 6. Rose, 7. Ketcham, 8. Chapple, 9. Jarrett, 10. Light, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Goodnight. 13. Babb, 14. Drangmeister. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Justin Grant, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Bill Rose, 17. J.J. Hughes, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Carson Short, 22. Tony DiMattia. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Meseraull, Lap 17 Ballou, Laps 18-21 Meseraull, Laps 22-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (20th to 5th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-804, 2-Meseraull-787, 3-Stockon-712, 4-Darland-684, 5-Leary-673, 6-Cummins-658, 7-Ballou-655, 8-Boespflug-618, 9-McGhee-559, 10-Grant-492.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 7 - Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway - "Eastern Storm" - "Jesse Hockett Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania) - 1/3-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm"/"Jesse Hockett Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National National Championship and 358 Modifieds

STARTING TIMES: Gates open at 5pm. Racing at 7:30pm.

TICKETS: Adults: $30. Children 6-11: $10. Children 5 and under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members).

TRACK ADDRESS: 43 Passmore Rd, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

TRACK PHONE: (610) 754-7688

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com/

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DATE: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pennsylvania) - 3/8-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship 30-lap feature, plus 25-lap make-up feature from 2015 and 358 Sprints

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30.

TRACK ADDRESS: 800 Racetrack Rd, Abbottstown, PA 17301

TRACK PHONE: (717) 624-2755

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.lincolnspeedway.com/index.shtml

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DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, NJ) - 7/16-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, NEWS Sprints and Modified Invitational

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members)

TRACK ADDRESS: 720 County Rd 539, New Egypt, NJ 08533

TRACK PHONE: (609) 758-1900

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/

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DATE: Saturday, June 11, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pennsylvania) - 1/2-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm"/"EMMR/Penn Central Racing Reunion Honoree Night" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, 355-econo late model championship, PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints.

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Adult general admission: $25. Students age 12-18: $7. Pit passes: $30.

TRACK ADDRESS: 302 6th St, Port Royal, PA 17082

TRACK PHONE: (717) 527-2303

TRACK WEBSITE: http://portroyalspeedway.com/

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DATE: Sunday, June 12, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, Pennsylvania) -

EVENT:
"Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship & ARDC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: Pits open: 4pm. Grandstands open: 5pm. Racing at 7pm.

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members)

TRACK ADDRESS: 690 York Rd, York Haven, PA 17370

TRACK PHONE: (717) 938-9170

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.susquehannaspeedway.net/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (804) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
2. (787) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
3. (712) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)
4. (684) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
5. (673) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
6. (658) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
7. (655) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
8. (618) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)
9. (559) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (492) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SALUTE TO INDY”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 24, 2016... This Saturday, May 28th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” “The Power of Purple Night” benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and current NASCAR competitor J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd took command from Matt Mitchell and added the “Salute to Indy” win to his resume.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 183 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In the two previous visits of 2016, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson and New Mexico’s Josh Hodges earned wins at USAC/CRA’s ‘home track.” A complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the chase for the championship by eighteen points. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored third at Ventura on May 7th. To date, the defending 360 Western World Champion has three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Brody will be looking for his second career USAC/CRA feature win.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard placed eighth at Ventura Raceway. Heading to Perris, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd will have his sights on making this year’s “Salute to Indy” this sixth USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Making his debut in his fourth ride in as many races, the driver of the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Baldozier Racing Maxim has three top-10 finishes and 21 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion won the 2012 “Salute to Indy” and will be looking to claim his 38th win this Saturday.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran sixth at Ventura. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes. This Saturday, Jake will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA triumph at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored fourth in the Ventura main event. Heading to Perris, the four-time and defending series champion has two top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the year. “The Demon” won the 2003 & 2004 “Salute to Indy” and will be looking to earn his series leading 66th victory.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Trent Williams (Victorville, California), Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Jace Vander Weerd, 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 with School ID), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are available and for more 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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, email 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 and Twitter pages.

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

PERRIS "SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1996-J.J. Yeley; 1997-Cory Kruseman; 1998-Mike Kirby; 1999-Troy Rutherford; 2000-Richard Griffin; 2001-Mike Kirby; 2002-Mike Kirby; 2003-Damion Gardner; 2004-Damion Gardner; 2005-Cory Kruseman; 2006-Tony Jones; 2007-Blake Miller; 2008-RAIN; 2009-Blake Miller; 2010-David Cardey; 2011-Matt Mitchell; 2012-Mike Spencer; 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 37-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, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-218, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-200, 3. Mike Spencer-189, 4. Jake Swanson-185, 5. Damion Gardner-168, 6. Austin Williams-167, 7. Max Adams-150, 8. Cody Williams-149, 9. Josh Hodges-146, 10. R.J. Johnson-122, ---. Logan Williams-122, 12. A.J. Bender-114, 13. Jeremy Ellertson-113, 14. Parker Colston-109, 15. Chris Gansen-101, 16. Tommy Malcolm-90, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-85, 18. Bryan Clauson-82, 19. Verne Sweeney-78, ---. Troy Rutherford-78.

 

 

THOMAS THRASHES FIELD
IN FLAG-TO-FLAG BROWNSTOWN ROUT

Just a mere month after combining forces, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and the 4J Motorsports team found USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory lane Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway, leading wire-to-wire in a caution-free affair at the series' first visit to the southern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval since 2011.

Making just their third series start together, including a 3rd at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway one night prior, Thomas began the 30-lap feature from the pole position in the number 4J alongside Thomas Meseraull.

From the drop of the green flag, Thomas and his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy were a rocket ship on the cushion as the Cullman, Alabama driver rode the topside like a rail.

By lap 12, Thomas has already made his way to the backmarkers, surpassing them with ease as he built his advantage over nearest challenger, Meseraull, to a full-straightaway by the midway point.

However, Brady Bacon was the man on the move, swiping the second spot from Meseraull with an inside move in the first turn 10 laps from the finish. Trying to claw his way back into the hunt after starting eighth, Bacon's only hope down the stretch was for a caution, which would help close the interval between him and leader Thomas, thereby setting up a run for the checkered.

With just a few laps to go, a body panel on the car of leader Thomas became dislodged, hanging loose and flapping in the breeze as the final laps wound down. A potential debris caution loomed if the body panel ripped loose and fell onto the track's surface, which would negate Thomas's substantial margin and, in turn, benefit Bacon.

But it was not to be as the body panel held on while Kevin Thomas, Jr. laid the lumber to the 22-car field, leading flag-to-flag to earn his first series victory in 15 months, defeating Bacon, Dave Darland, Meseraull, C.J. Leary, 2010 Brownstown USAC winner Brady Short, KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart "Hard Charger" Robert Ballou, Aaron Farney, Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins.

Saturday night marked the first time in five years that two different teams won their first ever series features in consecutive events. Todd Keen (whose car won with Scotty Weir at Gas City on Friday) and 4J Motorsports won back-to-back this weekend. Hank Byram (with driver Hunter Schuerenberg at Gas City) and the Baldwin Brothers (with driver Chris Windom at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway) accomplished the feat in 2011.

Thomas became the ninth different driver to win a feature through 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events during the 2016 season, collecting his first series victory since February of 2015 at Eastbay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida.

"This is the most exciting win I think I've ever had, besides my first one," Thomas exclaimed. "These guys all have day jobs and they work their butts off and tune on this car three or four hours a night, week in and week out. I'm just pumped for my team. My car owner, Jeremy (Ottinger), told me a few weeks ago that he's never been part of a USAC win; I told him, 'that's going to change.' I didn't know it was going to happen this fast, but I'm just so excited I can't even express the feelings running through my body right now. It's just a great experience and I'm so glad I could do it with this team. I've found my comfort level with this car pretty quickly. I like running the top here (at Brownstown), but I've always had trouble being able to hold it and not slip over the edge. Brownstown gave us a great track tonight and gave us a cushion with something to lean on."

Winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) is surrounded by 2nd place Brady Bacon (right) and 3rd place finisher Dave Darland (left) in victory lane Saturday night at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.
(RYAN SELLERS PHOTO)

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma claimed a second place finish for the second consecutive night in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, which nudged his point lead to 19 over Meseraull in the new standings as the series heads into next Wednesday's 46th "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

"We had the best car the last half of the race, but you can't afford to start eighth with no cautions, especially with this USAC field being as tough as it is," Bacon said. "You can't just charge up through there, especially with KT having as good of a car as he had. We were catching him slowly, but surely, but we ran out of laps and he never made a mistake. Our car was good and has been night-in and night-out and we're really gaining some momentum. We've been able to go pretty good on all different kinds of tracks, so all our hard work is paying off. We're starting to stretch our legs a little bit and, hopefully, we can keep riding this high now that we're getting into the bulk of the season."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland came home third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton for, by far, his best finish in USAC competition at Brownstown after recording finishes of 18th, a DNQ and a 23rd in his three previous visits.

"I had a lot of fun out there tonight," Darland said. "Brownstown did a great job with the racetrack tonight."

Tonight's contingency award winners included C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Jon Stanbrough (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - Military & Veterans Appreciation Night

QUALIFYING: 1. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.365; 2. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.368; 3. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.395; 4. Tommy McCarthy, 44, Love-15.420; 5. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.480; 6. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.828.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Tommy McCarthy, 4. Jesse Love IV, 5. Jeff Kelley, 6. Blake Brannon. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 McCarthy, Laps 24-35 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-451, 2-T.Breidinger-387, 3-Brannon-302, 4-A.Breidinger-293, 5-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 6-Antonia Boscacci-186, 7-Ethan Lesser-1142, 8-McCarthy-138, 9-Kelley-128, 10-Ashley Hazelton-126. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-387, 2-Love-373, 3-Brannon-302, 4-A.Breidinger-293, 5-Davey Hamilton Jr,-236, 6-Ethan Lesser-142, 7-McCarthy-134, 8-Kelley-128, 9-Cody Jessop-121, 10-Antonia Boscacci-117.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE: June 11 - Madera (CA) Speedway - Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Bill Durham (#94 Durham).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 3. Alex Watson (#41 Watson), 4. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 5. Nick Daugherty (#44 Coleman), 6. Aaron Leffel (#11T Taylor), 7. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 8. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 9. Jon Watson (#29 Watson), 10. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 11. Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), 12. Jim Jones (#97 Jones). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bedwell, Laps 7-9 Etgen, Laps 10-12 Bedwell, Laps 13-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-207, 2-A.Watson-195, 3-Lucius-192, 4-Bedwell-189, 5-Bigelow-156, 6-Taylor-116, 7-Guingrich-104, 8-Cox-92, 9-Daugherty-58, 10-Hunt-56.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: June 4 -Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Randy Test Memorial"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Patrick Bruns, 10B, Full Throttle-14.393; 2. Dave Anderson, 47, Anderson-14.508; 3. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-14.549; 4. Andy Baugh, 6B, Baugh-14.622; 5. Hunter Lane, 0A, Zero-14.700; 6. Mitchell Davis, 7x, Mahan-14.723; 7. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.827; 8. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-14.896; 9. Austin Archdale, 2, Archdale-14.958; 10. John Springer, 3, Springer-14.998; 11. Jackie Willis, 17, Willis-15.016; 12. Brent Burrows, 51, Terry-15.074; 13. Jake Sollenberger, 5, Utsinger-15.085; 14. Joe Rinne, 13, Zero-15.111; 15. Dillon Morley, 69x, Morley-15.156; 16. Tyler Roth, 0B, Zero-15.196; 17. Jason Wells, 10B, Walls-15.199; 18. Mike Larson, 95, Larson-15.224; 19. Ryan Jamison, 51T, Jamison-15.273; 20. Beau Burnett, 92, Burnett-15.291; 21. Robby McQuinn, 56, Davis-15.362; 22. Todd Baker, 48, Baker-15.401; 23. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.438; 24. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.456; 25. Jason Allen, 54, Teer-15.522; 26. Shane Morgan, 15m, Morgan-15.543; 27. Broc Hunnell, 73, Hunnell-15.585; 28. Mike Cusack Jr., 7, Cusack-16.273; 29. Bob Anderson, 2, Anderson-17.830; 30. Jack Marion, 49, Marion-34.800; 31. Derek Goble, 55, Goble-NT; 32. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-NT; 33. Dave Baugh, 7B, Baugh-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruns, 2. Lane, 3. Archdale, 4. Sollenberger, 5. Wells, 6. Allen, 7. McQuinn. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Anderson, 2. Davis, 3. Springer, 4. Larson, 5. Rinne, 6. Morgan, 7. Baker, 8. Marion. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ross, 2. Mallonee, 3. Willis, 4. Morley, 5. Hunnell, 6. Jamison, 7. Pence, 8. Goble. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Baugh, 2. Hanson, 3. Andrews, 4. Burrows, 5. Murdock, 6. Burnett, 7. Cusack, 8. Roth. NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Murdock, 2. Wells, 3. Hunnell, 4. Rinne, 5. Morgan, 6. Burnett, 7. Allen, 8. McQuinn, 9. Baker, 10. Pence, 11. Cusack, 12. Jamison, 13. Goble, 14. Roth. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Gedd Ross, 3. Jeff Mallonee, 4. Hunter Lane, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Mitchell Davis, 7. Brent Burrows, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Bart Andrews, 10. Dillon Morley, 11. Ken Hanson, 12. Johnny Murdock, 13. Patrick Bruns, 14. Broc Hunnell, 15. Mike Larson, 16. Jason Wells, 17. Joe Rinne, 18. Dave Anderson, 19. Jackie Willis, 20. John Springer. NT ------------------------------------ **McQuinn flipped during the semi. Willis flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Bruns, Laps 11-20 A.Baugh.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-282, 2-Mallonee-277, 3-Andrews-243, 4-Ross-230, 5-Hanson-197, 6-Burrows-192, 7-Sollenberger-181, 8-A.Baugh-164, 9-Morley-152, 10-Pence-148.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: May 28 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway - "Fleck Sales $5 Appreciation Night"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 May 21, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.455; 2. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.561, 3. Troy Rutherford, 11R, Brutton-12.830; 4. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-12.877; 5. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-12.887; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.908; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 19S, Sala-12.946; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.972; 9. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.975; 10. Jerome Rodela, 25K, Rodela-13.102; 11. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.169; 12. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.198; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.208; 14. Jeff Harrington, 9H, Dodenhoff-13.305; 15. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-13.350; 16. Cody Williams, 5, Van Dyne-13.352; 17. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.373; 18. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.394; 19. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.406; 20. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.445; 21. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-13.454; 22. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.483; 23. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.494; 24. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.585; 25. Rick Shuman, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.678; 26. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.721; 27. Gio Scelzi, 12K, Kruseman-13.881; 28. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. McQueen, 4. Swanson, 5. Dolacki, 6. Shuman, 7. Davis. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Dalby, 4. Rodela, 5. Nichols, 6. Harrington, 7. Cofer. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Scelzi, 3. Ito, 4. Rutherford, 5. Dyson, 6. Bock, 7. Crone. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Guerrini, 3. Josett, 4. Williams, 5. Pankratz, 6. Hazelton, 7. Figueroa. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Dolacki, 2. Dyson, 3. Shuman, 4. Pankratz, 5. Davis, 6. Crone, 7. Bock, 8. Hazelton, 9. Cofer, 10. Nichols, 11. Harrington. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Cory Elliott, 3. Franki Guerrini, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Troy Rutherford, 6. Jerome Rodela, 7. Tyler Dolacki, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Robby Josett, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Sean Dodenhoff, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Rick Shuman, 16. Maria Cofer, 17. Gio Scelzi, 18. Chris Dyson, 19. Cody Swanson, 20. Steve Davis, 21. Shannon McQueen, 22. Dylan Ito, 23. Cody Williams. NT

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**Ito flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Troy Rutherford (15th to 5th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 4 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2016 - Brownstown, Indiana - Brownstown Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-12.899; 2. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.994; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.036; 4. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.113; 5. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.136; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.157; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J-13.162; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.190; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.197; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.203; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.204; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.256; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.262; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-13.368; 15. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.390; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.404; 17. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.407; 18. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-13.545; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.582; 20. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-13.607; 21. Chiris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.739; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.882; 23. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.910; 24. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-NT; 25. Isaac Chapple , 52, LNR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Ketcham, 7. Leary, 8. Goodnight. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cummins, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Kinser. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Mattox, 3. Meseraull, 4. Simon, 5. Windom, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Chappel, 8. Jackson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Ketcham, 5. Goodnight, 6. Kinser, 7. Chappel, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Schmidt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Short, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Isaac Chappel, 21. Jordan Kinser, 22. Landon Simon. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-731, 2-Meseraull-712, 3-Stockon-649, 4-Leary-631, 5-Darland-628, 6-Cummins-619, 7-Ballou-573, 8-Boespflug-571, 9-McGhee-525, 10-Justin Grant-442.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 25 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "46th Tony Hulman Classic"


WEIR WARMS UP TO USAC NATIONAL VICTORY #1 IN GAS CITY'S "MAY MELTDOWN"

GAS CITY, IN..............In an epic side-by-side duel for the ages that lasted the entire second half of the feature, Scotty Weir was the ultimate gunslinger, outgunning Brady Bacon in the final pair of laps to claim his long-awaited first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway's "May Meltdown."

Weir started the 30-lap feature from the pole position, but it was outside front row starter Bacon who jumped out to the lead on the top side at the drop of the green flag.

As Bacon distanced himself from Weir, Chase Stockon began to make a charge toward the front, getting by Weir for the second spot with a first turn pass on lap 10.

At the midway point, Stockon was able to close within striking distance of leader Bacon as the two approached the tail end of the field. Yet, Stockon was unable to take advantage after making an uncharacteristic unforced error, doing a half-spin exiting turn one and stalling his ride to bring out the night's first yellow.

As the sprinkles continued to fall from the sky, the ensuing restart was short-lived with Jon Stanbrough, Gas City's winningest USAC Sprint Car driver with six wins, bouncing between turns three and four before getting upside-down to bring out the red flag on lap 16.

On the restart, it was nearly an exact replica of last year's "May Meltdown" clash between the Hoffman Racing no. 69 running first and the Todd Keen-owned no. 18x in second. One year ago, the same two cars battled it out in the final laps with Brady Bacon in the Hoffman car denying Thomas Meseraull in the Keen machine in what would've been his first career series win at the time. This time, it was down to Bacon and Weir, who's long come close to scoring his initial victory.

Weir went to the bottom of the racetrack while Bacon remained at the top. Bacon led lap 16, but the hard-charging Weir used the slow and steady line around the infield tires to pull even with Bacon one lap later, eventually able to nip Bacon at the line to take the lead on the 17th lap.

The side-by-side battle between the two continued lap-after-lap without either able to make any headway. Tyler Courtney followed Weir on the bottom to briefly make it a three-way battle with just 10 laps to go as Bacon retook the lead, edging Weir at the stripe on lap 21.

Bacon used every single inch of the high line on the quarter-mile surface he possibly could to stave off Weir, teetering off the edge of the backstretch on multiple occasions while maintaining and extending his lead as he encountered lapped traffic with three laps remaining.

Brady Bacon came upon the car of Dallas Hewitt, who was also running the high line just in front of Bacon. Bacon quickly moved to the middle, attempting to overtake Hewitt, which slowed him down just enough to allow Weir to rapidly close while utilizing the inside line he never wavered from, making the winning pass on Bacon with two laps to and pulling away to gain his first career series victory over Bacon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Max McGhee, Courtney, Colten Cottle, Kyle Cummins, C.J. Leary, Chris Windom and Dave Darland.

Until tonight, Weir had been unable to crack the top-two in each of his 115 USAC National Sprint Car feature starts dating back to his first series appearance in 2003. In fact, three of his now six podium finishes have come on the Gas City dirt. It was a long time coming, but the Marion, Indiana driver was finally able to break through to become the AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's first first-time winner of the 2016 season after taking the win in his Todd Keen/AAA - Carts & Parts/DRC/Claxton.

"I think I might cry," Weir admitted. "I've been trying to do this for forever it seems like. I wasn't going to catch Brady (Bacon). We were about equal it seemed like, but we started catching him and I just told myself, 'Okay, just slow down.' I figured as long as I didn't hit the last infield tire, we'd be okay. I told (car owner) Todd (Keen) before the race that the top was going to slow down eventually and the bottom would be where we wanted to be and, thankfully, it worked out in our favor."

 

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was attempting to repeat as the winner of the "May Meltdown," but came up just a bit short at the checkered after leading 24 of the 30 laps in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. He did, however, surpass Thomas Meseraull in the series point standings and will carry a 14-point lead into Saturday night's race at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.

"We got to that lapped car that was running the cushion and that just killed me." Bacon said. "I think I moved up to the top right about the time I needed to because we were fading pretty fast on the bottom and got the top cleaned off just enough to really get going. But, the lapped car just really hurt us. Scotty was there to capitalize, though, so congrats to those guys to get a big win like this. On our end, the last four or five nights, we've been really, really good and that's all you can ask for. Sometimes you sneak one in and sometimes one sneaks past you, so we'll just regroup and try to get one tomorrow."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. certainly was one who snuck through the field during the feature, emerging with a third-place finish after starting 14th, earning himself and his team the KSE Racing Products "Hard Charger" Award in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy.

"The cautions and reds really helped us," Thomas agreed. "I got to tune on the shocks a little bit and the top just got to be too far around. I'm not really known for just creeping around the tires, but these guys gave me a great car that allowed me to be patient and just click laps off at the end. It wasn't spectacular by any means, but we got a podium finish from 14th, so it was a good run for all of us. We've kind of gotten on a roll here, so hopefully, we can keep it going."

Contingency award winners for the night included Thomas Meseraull (ProSource Fast Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat winner), Jon Stanbrough (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat winner), Justin Grant (Benic Enterprises Third Heat winner), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KSE Hard Charger) and Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "May Meltdown"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-11.720; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.809; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.851; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.884; 5. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-11.892; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.895; 7. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-11.913; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.940; 9. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.940; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.951; 11. Justin Grant, 2E, Epperson-11.959; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.030; 13. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-12.036; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.037; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.059; 16. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-12.067; 17. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-12.095; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.113; 19. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-12.145; 20. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-12.147; 21. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-12.165; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-12.206; 23. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.278; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-12.376; 25. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.406; 26. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.425; 27. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.438; 28. Dustin Ingle, 2D, Ingle-12.487; 29. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-12.504; 30. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.513; 31. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.536; 32. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-12.555; 33. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-12.591; 34. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-12.595; 35. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.671; 36. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-12.693; 37. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-12.763; 38. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.776; 39. Tony Main, 74, Main-12.832; 40. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-12.845.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Meseraull, 3. Simon, 4. C.Cottle, 5. McGhee, 6. Hines, 7. Ketcham, 8. Spencer, 9. Underwood, 10. Hopkins. 2:04.42

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Ballou, 3. Thomas, 4. Bacon, 5. Windom, 6. Schmidt, 7. Chapple, 8. Creech, 9. DiMattia, 10. Robbins. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Coons, 3. Stockon, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Goodnight, 7. T.Hewitt, 8. Farney, 9. Main, 10. Darland. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. D.Hewitt, 3. Boespflug, 4. Courtney, 5. Cummins, 6. Clouser, 7. Ingle, 8. Gentry, 9. Hery, 10. Mellenberndt. 2:07.10

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Hery, 2. T.Hewitt, 3. Chapple, 4. Main, 5. Underwood, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Creech, 8. Gentry. 2:11.44

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. McGhee, 3. Cummins, 4. Windom, 5. Andretti, 6. Farney, 7. Ketcham, 8. Goodnight, 9. Clouser, 10. Hery, 11. Spencer, 12. Schmidt, 13. T.Hewitt, 14. Main, 15. Chapple, 16. Ingle, 17. Hines, 18. DiMattia. 2:45.97

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Max McGhee, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Colten Cottle, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland. 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Justin Grant, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Jon Stanbrough. NT
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**Hopkins flipped during the first heat. Robbins flipped during the second heat. Stanbrough flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Bacon, Laps 17-20 Weir, Laps 21-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Weir.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 3rd)

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) - 1/4-mile, semi-banked dirt oval

EVENT: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, RaceSaver Sprints, MMSA Sprints & Indiana Pro Late Models

STARTING TIMES: Gates open: 3pm. Hot laps: 6pm.

TICKETS: Adult general admission: $20. Kids 12 & Under: Free with paid adult. Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members)

TRACK ADDRESS: 476 E. County Rd. 100 S, Brownstown, IN 47220

TRACK PHONE: (812) 358-5332

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.brownstownspeedway.com/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (658) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
2. (644) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
3. (606) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN)
4. (569) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
5. (563) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
6. (554) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
7. (524) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)
8. (514) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
9. (480) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (442) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

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ALL-TIME USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS
AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

1. (6) Jon Stanbrough

2. (2) Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg & J.J. Yeley

8. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Scotty Weir & Cole Whitt

HOOSIER HUNDRED MAY 26; CARB NIGHT CLASSIC MAY 27; SILVER CROWN "DOUBLE DIP" SPICES "WEEK OF INDY"

USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series showcases the nation's top open-wheel drivers in back-to-back spectaculars this week as the nation's racing capital welcomes race fans from around the world for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Thursday night's (May 26) 62nd "Hoosier Hundred" continues a tradition started in 1953 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and Friday night's (May 27) "Carb Night Classic" extends the rich history of Silver Crown racing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. Thursday's dirt-track outing concludes with a 100-mile feature and Friday's pavement appearance at LOR also has a 100-lap main event.

The back-to-back events on the Silver Crown schedule mark a rare occurrence in the history of the series. Since 1971, only three times has the Silver Crown Series raced at different tracks in consecutive days.

In 1974, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend's 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in his Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Bob East & Tony Stewart's number 9. The last occasion came in 2008 when Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson will try to become only the third driver in Hoosier Hundred history to claim a third race win. Jimmy Bryan won three in a row in 1954-1956 and Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973. Swanson has now won nine of the last 22 Silver Crown races dating back to the start of the 2014 campaign as he collected series championships in both 2014 and 2015.

Swanson enters the race third in the latest Silver Crown standings behind Justin Grant and C.J. Leary, son of 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" winner Chuck Leary. Grant is the leader by virtue of his performance in the series-opening race at Terre Haute, Ind. in April, although 2015 series "Rookie of the Year" Leary won the Terre Haute opener. Grant's lead over Leary is just three points. Grant won the pole and led 93 laps before finishing second to Leary at Terre Haute.

Former "Hoosier Hundred" champions Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland and Jeff Swindell are expected to join Swanson in the field Thursday. Coons won the 2011 and 2012 classics, Swindell was the victor in 1991 and 1993, while Darland won the Hoosier Hundred in 1995, 1996 and 2004.

Friday night's "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" at Lucas Oil Raceway opens the pavement Silver Crown slate for 2016 and Swanson will also be a favorite there, but he'll have to contend with brother Tanner, who swept both LOR Silver Crown appearances last year and also took the May race there in 2014. Tanner's LOR dominance has included a total of 419 laps led in the last five races at the Brownsburg oval! Joining the Silver Crown cars will be complete events for two series from the Mazda Road to Indy: The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

David Byrne, the surprise winner at LOR in July of 2014, is expected to again challenge for Friday night's victory. Bobby Santos, who captured both races at LOR in 2012, also figures to be a top candidate for victory May 27.

Drivers will aim for Johnny Parsons' official 1-lap Indiana State Fairgrounds track record of 114.726 mph established in 1995 while Jason Leffler continues to be the standard-bearer at Lucas Oil Raceway after qualifying there in 2000 at 121.667 mph.

For Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred," pit gates will open at noon, grandstands at 3:00, with hot laps set to begin at 5:00. Racing begins with the UMP Modifieds at 7:00 with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating for adults is available for $25 and can be purchased by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. At the gate, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 11 and under. Infield tickets are available for adults at $15 apiece while children 11 and under are $5.

On Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway, pits will open early in the morning at 9:00am. Grandstands open up at 2:45pm, with Silver Crown practice set to begin at 3:00. USF2000 and Pro Mazda qualifying fires off at 4:00 while Silver Crown qualifications push off at 5:05. Features racing begins at 6:10 with USF2000 and the Pro Mazda Series at 7:10. The green flag for the Silver Crown 100-lapper is scheduled to drop at 8:15. General admission tickets will be available on race day at the gate for $25 (Adult) and $10 (Kids 11 & Under).

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/the-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

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2016 "HOOSIER HUNDRED" TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST

0 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL Matt Barker - Ruthe Thackery/Barker-Thackery/Beast/Chevy

00 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL Terry Babb/APT Powder Coating - Flat-Out Ministries/Beast/Chevy

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star - Anderson Transport/Beast/Claxton Toyota

3 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL RFMS Racing/Liberty Village - McGladrey/Beast/Foxco

5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL Bland Brothers Enterprises/Sam's Speed Shop - Bland Brothers Enterprises/Drinan/BBE Chevy

6 BRYAN CLAUSON/Noblesville, IN Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - JB Restaurant Hospitality Group/Beast/Ford

7 NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN Neil Shepherd/Shepherd Firearms - Claxton Engines/Claxton Toyota

8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Chris Carli/Joe's Racing Products - Wilwood Engeineering/DRC/Claxton Chevy

14 BRIAN TYLER/Rocklin, CA Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports - Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy

17 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports/RW Modular - Griffin's Propane/Beast/Toyota

18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool - KVKK Racing/Beast/Gentry Chevy

20 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool/Beast/Chevy

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO Todd Satterthwaite/Todd's Machine Shop/Magnum/Chevy

25 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA Eddie Sachs Racing/Mecum Auctions - Checkered Flag Tavern/Beast/Team RAYPRO Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - Tom Cherry Mufflers/Beast/Pierce Chevy

27 BILLY PUTERBAUGH JR./Indianapolis, IN Carla & Steve Phillips/Roberts Tech Jobs - TBA Oil & Warehouse/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL Joey Moughan/Conaway Handyman Service - Moughan Electric/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Toyota

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA Berkheimer Racing/Subway Auto Body - Cease Auctioneers/Drinan/Chevy

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country - Bytec Resource Management/J & D/Chevy

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza - DMR Motorsports/Beast/Chevy

48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK Paul Martens/Martens Machine Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN Gamester Racing/Gamester Green Gable Village/GRP/Toyota

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ Patty Bateman/Circle K Convenience Stores/Beast/Chevy

58 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL Ralph Liguori/Sunshine Trailer Park - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/DRC/Kercher Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks-Simpson Racing

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL Chris Urish/Elkhart Fertilizer - Pacesetter Solutions/Beast/Foxco Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines - QS Components/Maxim/Chevy

84 TAD ROACH/Granite City, IL Scott Spivey/Lloyd Racing Enterprises - Malibu Art Tile & Stone/Stealth/Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision Repair/Beast/Foxco

91 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH Hemelgarn Enterprises/Hemelgarn Enterprises/J & J/Ford

98 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/J & D

99 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It Indy Race Parts/JEI/Foxco Chevy

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 17, 2016... This Saturday, May 21st, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to Jim Naylor's Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also showcase Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, and Go-Karts. 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: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, Ventura Raceway has hosted 135 USAC Western States Midget races. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Tripp is followed by Billy Boat (13), Page Jones (8), Garrett Hansen (7), and Jimmy Sills (6). Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading into Saturday’s race, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the standings with a twenty-two point advantage. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored victories at Placerville and Bakersfield. To date, the 3-time champion has also posted two heat race victories and 22 feature laps led to his credit. Among his fifteen series wins, Ronnie won the last Ventura show on September 28, 2013 and will be looking to add another victory to his resume.

After running second at Bakersfield on April 30th, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to second in the championship chase. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Michael has two career USAC Western Midget wins and will have his sights on claiming Saturday’s 30-lap main event.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff placed seventh in the Bakersfield feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the veteran racer has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign. Sean will be looking to break through and earn his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) ranks fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Pankratz scored eighth at Bakersfield on April 30th. With two top-10 finishes on the season, Randi will have her sights on winning at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols sits fifth in the Western Midget point chase. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols had an impressive third place run at Bakersfield. To date, the 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish to his credit. Terry will be looking to celebrate his first series win this Saturday night.

Currently ninth in points, Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tyler Dolacki, Cody Swanson, Frankie Guerrini, Alex Schutte, Cory Elliott, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Nate Waite, Shannon McQueen, Troy Rutherford, Jeff Harrington, Robby Josett, Chris Dyson, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors, Military, and Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call (805) 648-RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter 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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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ronnie Gardner.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Robby Josett, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Michael Faccinto-143, 3. Sean Dodenhof-127, 4. Randi Pankratz-117, 5. Terry Nichols-113, 6. Tyler Dolacki-104, 7. Cody Swanson-101, 8. Frankie Guerrini-96, 9. Maria Cofer-82, 10. Shane Golobic-74, 11. Alex Schutte-68, 12. Courtney Crone-67, 13. Cory Elliott-65, 14. Robert Dalby-63, 15. Brady Bacon-60, 16. Cory Kruseman-59, 17. Nate Waite-55, 18. Britton Bock-54, 19. Shannon McQueen-49, --. Taylor Simas-49.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #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 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 14, 2016 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.745; 2. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.753; 3. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.898; 4. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.926; 5. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.929; 6. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-16.090; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-16.116; 8. Eric Lewis, 21, Leydig-16.137; 9. Peter Hathaway, 9, Lamb-16.412; 10. Timmy Tyrrell, 39, Davidson-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Sam Hatfield, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Jessica Bean, 5. Kyle Resco, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Peter Hathaway, 8. Famous Rhodes II, 9. Eric Lewis, 10. Timmy Tyrrell. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Nelke, Laps 28-35 Hatfield.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-340, 2-Hatfield-316, 3-Bean-315, 4-Nelke-303, 5-Chris Lamb-279, 6-Kurtz-266, 7-Rhodes-255, 8-Nolan Allison-227, 9-Jagger Parker-182, 10-Scott Hunter-138.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Robersonville, N.C. - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 14, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-15.671; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.044; 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.069; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.085; 5. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.132; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.136; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.247; 8. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.253; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.277; 10. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.308; 11. Landon Hurst, 81, Watt-16.334; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.341; 13. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-16.350; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.525; 15. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.528; 16. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.736; 17. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.889;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Marcham, 3. Liggett, 4. Johnson, 5. Guardino, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Kirkbride, 8. Sibley, 9. Hurst. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Timmons, 3. McQueen, 4. Smith, 5. Majors, 6. Barnes, 7. R.Vander Weerd, 8. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Ryan Timmons, 5. D.J. Johnson, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Ricky Kirkbride, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kevin Barnes, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Landon Hurst, 16. Max Adams, 17. Shannon McQueen. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Liggett.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (14th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 18 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2016 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway - "Bob Newton Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 3. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 6. Tyler Nelson (#88 Robinson), 7. Richard Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 2. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Logan Arnold (#43 Arnold), 6. Gary Gipson (#5 Byers), 7. Ken Drangmeixter (#76 Drangmeister). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 5. Ross Rankine (#39R Rankine), 6. Logan Jerrett (#29 Doak). NT

FEATURE: (24 laps - Halted by rain) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Holly Shelton, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Gage Walker, 10. Brayton Lynch, 11. Tyler Nelson, 12. Justin Peck, 13. David Budres, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Justin Dickerson, 16. Ross Rankine, 17. Ken Drangmeister, 18. Logan Arnold, 19. Gary Gipson. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bacon, Laps 4-24 Clauson.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-77, 2-Thorson-74, 3-Bayston-72, 4-Macedo-67, 5-Darland-65, 6-Robinson-61, 7-Shelton-57, 8-Bacon-57, 9-Walker-52, 10-Lynch-47.

NEXT USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 29 - Plymouth (IN) Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE TULARE FOR “CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 11, 2016... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action this Saturday, May 14th, at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will be the third of five appearances at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval. The winged King of the West 410 Sprints, winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprints, and IMCA All-Star Modifieds will join the action packed card. 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: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. While this year’s event marks the twenty-third running of the race, Peter Murphy won the inaugural 360 non-winged memorial in 2009. Since then, Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Bernal have joined Murphy on the winner’s list. Last season, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. raced past Bernal on the sixteenth lap and claimed one of the most emotional victories in track history. After years of trying, “Hollywood” won the race that honors his fallen brothers.

Entering the sixth point race, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and Richard Vander Weerd set a brand new 1-lap track record of 15.014 on April 23rd. D.J. Johnson has won the last two events at Tulare and will be looking to add the “Faria Memorial” to his resume.

Heading to Tulare, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has a twenty point lead over the competition. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is tied for sixteenth in series wins and will have his sights on another $1,500 payday.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is second in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored eighth at Tulare on April 23rd. To date, last year’s 360 Western World Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Brody is tied for twenty-fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his first victory at Tulare.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace ran ninth in the April 23rd feature. At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd has six career USAC West Coast wins and will have his sights on adding the “Faria Memorial” trophy to his collection.

After running second to Johnson on April 23rd, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. The 2011 Champion ranks second in series wins and will be looking to claim his nineteenth main event on Saturday.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham scored seventh in the Tulare feature. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has posted four top-10 finishes on the season. Trey will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast triumph at the “Faria Memorial.”

Currently eleventh in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Troy Rutherford, Jeff Sibley, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and more.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter 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. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING 360 WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-341, 2. Brody Roa-321, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-314, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-282, 5. Trey Marcham-279, 6. Max Adams-247, 7. Austin Liggett-238, 8. Tristan Guardino-222, 9. Troy Rutherford-216, 10. Jeff Sibley-195, 11. Ryan Timmons-181, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-177, 13. Kevin Barnes-145, 14. Bryan Clauson-137, 15. Kyle Smith-128, ---. Cody Majors-128, 17. Brady Bacon-119, 18. Ricky Kirkbride-115, ---. Shannon McQueen-115, 20. Landon Hurst-102

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "2nd Annual Mothers Day Celebration"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#121AZ Burkhart), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Michael Curtis (#11c Turner/Wheeler), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Adam Millsap (#9G Millsap), 6. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 4. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 5. Mason Keefer (#12K Keefer), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Dustin Burkhart, 13. Leland Fuller, 14. Adam Millsap, 15. Asa Kesterson, 16. Josh pelkey, 17, Mason Keefer, 18. Tom Ogle. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Sussex, Laps 3-7 Johnson, Laps 8-30 Sussex.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-384, 2-Johnson-351, 3-Davis-330, 4-Martin-290, 5-Rossi-279, 6-Pelkey-258, 7-Aiuto-247, 8-Gile-238, 9-Bonneau-212, 10-Mihocko-196.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: May 28 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 5th Annual "Salute to Indy"

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 4. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 5. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 6. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 7. Kevin Chaffee (#5 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 2. Anthony Nocella (#29 Seymour), 3. Alex Rose (#11 Miller), 4. Vinny Lucca (#9 Miller), 5. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 7. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard), 8. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jamie Santa Maria (#4 Matczak) and Amanda Habel (#09 Habel).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Josh Sunn, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Ray Miller, 7. Manny Dias, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Tyler Rivard, 10. Alex Rose, 11. Vinny Lucca, 12. Mark Cole, 13. Robert tucker, 14. Anthony Nocella. NT ---------------------------- **Santa Maria flipped during practice. Horn flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Tucker flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Nocella flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Whitney, Lap 7 Sunn, Laps 8-9 Nocella, Laps 10-20 Sunn.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-152, 2-Pierson-148, 3-Whitney-144, 4-Christensen-138, 5-Champagne-118. 6-Miller-116, 7-Dias-112, 8-Horn-108, 9-Rose-98, 10-Rivard-96.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: May 21 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Watson (#41 Sexton), 2. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 5. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 6. Blake Vermillion (#73 Vermillion), 7. Nick Corey (#38 Corey), 8. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 9. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt), 10. Jesse Vermillion (#5V Vermillion). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Etgen, Laps 18-20 Watson.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-137, 2-Watson-131, 3-Lucius-131, 4-Bedwell-122, 5-Taylor-116, 6-Bigelow-107, 7-Hunt-56, 8-B.Vermillion-55, 9-Cory Guingrich and Corey-52.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: May 14 - Waynesfield, OH - Waynesfield Raceway Park

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.618; 2. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-14.731; 3. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-14.796; 4. Jake Sollenberger, 5, Utsinger-14.954; 5. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.170; 6. Mitch Davis, 56, Davis-15.190; 7. Austin Archdale, 2, Archdale-15.710; 8. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.902; 9. Shane Morgan, 15m, Morgan-15.912; 10. Todd Baker, 48, Baker-16.135; 11. Broc Hunnell, 73, Hunnell-27.773; 12. Brent Burrows, 51, Terry-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mallonee, 2. Sollenberger, 3. Burrows, 4. Andrews, 5. Archdale, 6. Pence. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ross, 2. Davis, 3. Hanson, 4. Morgan, 5. Baker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee, 2. Gedd Ross, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Mitch Davis, 5. Jake Sollenberger, 6. Bart Andrews, 7. Ken Hanson, 8. Shane Morgan, 9. Todd Baker, 10. Travis Pence, 11. Austin Archdale. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Burrows, Laps 2-20 Mallonee.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-219, 2-Mallonee-206, 3-Andrews-191, 4-oss-151, 5-Hanson-149, 6-Pence-138, 7-Burrows-135, 8-Sollenberger-127, 9-Morgan-117, 10-Dillon Morley-104.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: May 14 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.469; 2. Davey Hamilton Jr., 9, WHPD-14.573; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.733; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.768; 5. Tommy McCarthy, 44, Love-14.868; 6. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.173; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.208; 8. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-NT.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Hamilton, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Love, 4. McCarthy, 5. A.Breidinger, 6. Lesser, 7. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Hamilton Jr., 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Tommy McCarthy, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Cody Jessop. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Love, Laps 4-30 Hamilton.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-388, 2-T.Breidinger-312, 3-Brannon-246, 4-Hamilton-236, 5-A.Breidinger-220, 6-Antonia Boscacci-186, 7-Lesser-142, 8-Ashley Hazelton-126, 9-Jessop-121, 10-Ariel Biggs-84. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-312, 2-Love-310, 3-Brannon-246, 4-Hamilton-236, 5-A,Breidinger-220, 6-Lesser-142, 7-Jessop-121, 8-Antonia Boscacci-117, 9-Austin Mero-71, 10-McCarthy-67.

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

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.619; 2. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.088; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.114; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.185; 5. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-13.352; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.358; 7. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.436; 8. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.495; 9. Mike Spencer, 21K, Kruseman-13.621; 10. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.776; 11. Guy Woodward, 1, Woodward-13.800; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.865; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.866; 14. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.870; 15. Tyler Walker, 73, Ford-13.910; 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.935; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.029; 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.030; 19. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.110; 20. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.113; 21. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.181; 22. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-14.256; 23. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.409; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-14.463; 25. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.465; 26. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-14.466; 27. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-14.692; 28. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-15.038; 29. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-15.451; 30. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Swanson, 3. Adams, 4. Spencer, 5. Colston, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Gansen, 8. A.Sweeney. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. K.Smith, 4. T.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. C.Williams, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Figueroa. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Gardner, 3. A.Williams, 4. Woodward, 5. Majors, 6. Hendricks, 7. Stewart. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Hendrix, 3. Ellertson, 4. Roa, 5. Everhart, 6. C.Smith, 7. Malcolm. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Colston, 3. L.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Majors, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Hendricks, 8. C.Smith, 9. Lopiccolo, 10. Figueroa, 11. Gansen, 12. Everhart, 13. A.Sweeney, 14. Stewart. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Guy Woodward, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Max Adams, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Tyler Walker, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Logan Williams, 17. Rick Hendrix, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Parker Colston, 20. Verne Sweeney, 21. A.J. Bender, 22. Cody Majors, 23. Tommy Malcolm. NT

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**Ellertson flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Spencer, Laps 18-30 Rutherford.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (20th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 28 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

BOESPFLUG A ONE-HIT WONDER NO MORE; RECORDS 2ND CAREER WIN IN ELDORA'S #LETSRACETWO

It's been nearly three years since Chad Boespflug last visited victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. On Saturday night, the Hanford, California veteran driver put an end to that drought with an exclamation point, leading all 30 laps to claim his second career series victory and his first on the legendary high banks of Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway.

From the get-go of the 30-lap feature event, pole-sitter Boespflug showed his prowess on starts, immediately pulling away from outside front row starter Kody Swanson for a quarter-straightaway advantage as the field hit turn three on the opening lap.

At the start, the man on the move was ProSource Fast Qualifier Chris Windom, already seizing the third spot from his sixth starting position by the end of lap one.

However, on lap four, fourth-running Robert Ballou attempted a turn-one slider on Windom for third, but ended up making contact with Windom, sending Windom helicoptering through the air before landing on all fours as Ballou rolled to a stop on the back straightaway and Clauson spun to avoid the carnage. Only Clauson would restart, while Windom and Ballou took home disappointing 22nd and 23rd place finishes, respectively.

As he routinely did throughout the event, Boespflug gapped the field on the restart, building a full-straightaway lead over Swanson just seven laps in. As Boespflug was making his way through lapped traffic, Bacon made a turn three slider on Swanson stick for the second position on the 13th lap as Meseraull tracked down Swanson, swapping the spot back-and-forth with each other until Meseraull lost ground after climbing the wall between turns three and four at the midway point.

After a caution for debris with 13 laps to go closed the interval, Bacon was able to make some headway on Boespflug, closing the distance between the two considerably, to within three car links, before a flat right rear tire on the car of Tony DiMattia brought out the yellow with just nine to go.

The war of attrition continued on the lap 23 restart when Dallas Hewitt, replacing Justin Grant in the Baldwin Bros. Racing machine on this night, made contact with the wall between turns one and two, resulting in a collapsed front end. As Hewitt's car slowed on the highside of turn two without its steering, another car ran over his left front wheel, it sent Hewitt flipping end-over-end at the exit of turn two. Cole Ketcham, with no place to go, plowed into Hewitt, vaulting him into a series of flips.

Boespflug once again was dialed-in on the restart, pulling out to a healthy five car length lead over Bacon and extending his lead during the final stretch to take his first feature victory of the year in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton over Bacon, Meseraull, C.J. Leary, Tyler Courtney, Clauson, Swanson, Carson Short, Chase Stockon and Scotty Weir.

For Boespflug, it was an extremely rewarding victory considering his new team with Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow came together mere months ago.

"Man, this is huge," exclaimed Boespflug. "Over the winter last year, I did some ride-jumping and luckily Chuck, Fred and I were able to team up this year. I had my mind set last year that I kind of wanted to do my own thing. It's extremely hard and costs a lot of money. To get another USAC win, especially here, I kept telling people I didn't want to be a one-hit-wonder. I guess we're not that now."

 

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon ran second in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, staying within striking distance of point leader Meseraull as the series heads into an off-weekend before visiting Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway and Brownstown Speedway on back-to-back nights May 20 and 21.

Meseraull's birthday celebration didn't go as well as planned early on in the night after climbing the wheel of Leary and flipping into the catchfence during the second heat race, destroying his ride. Meseraull, of San Jose, California, not only made the backup car work well enough to take third in the feature in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech, he also was able to retain his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead over Bacon in the latest standings.

"After we tore the car up in the heat race, I'm happy to have the balls to get back on the top (of the racetrack)," Meseraull admitted. "After that, I don't think anybody in their right mind goes out and bangs the fence for 30 laps. Ultimately, I'm not that smart, so I gave it a try. We destroyed the car we qualified with, so we pulled out the backup car. I had no faith in the backup car, but here we are up on the podium."

Fourth-place finisher C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana earned KSE "Hard Charger" of the race honors after storming from 14th to 4th in the feature in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Indiana Underground /Maxim/Fisher, finishing off a solid weekend on the high banks that netted him finishes off 2nd and 4th despite a rough start to his Saturday night.

"Thomas (Meseraull) and I got together in the heat race there and we crashed pretty hard," Leary recalled. "Luckily, we were able to pull out a backup car and make it through the B-Main. I think we had something for the leaders there at the end, but we just ran out of laps. The yellows kind of helped us and hurt us at the same time. Every time I seemed to make a pass, the yellow would come out and they'd get their spot back."

Saturday night's contingency award winners included Chris Windom (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Dallas Hewitt (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - #Let'sRaceTwo

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 40, Hery-15.983; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-15.985; 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-16.027; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-16.048; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.056; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.057; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.106; 8. Kody Swanson, 63x, DePalma-16.113; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.123; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-16.147; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.190; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.198; 13. Carson Short, 21, Short-16.204; 14. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-16.204; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.218; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.363; 17. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-16.369; 18. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-16.394; 19. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-16.475; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.543; 21. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.546; 22. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-16.583; 23. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.724; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 5, Baldwin-16.750; 25. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-16.881; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-16.980; 27. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.410; 28. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-17.655.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Boespflug, 3. C.Short, 4. Windom, 5. Clauson, 6. Gentry, 7. Ketcham. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Stockon, 3. Westfall, 4. Cummins, 5. Leary, 6. Meseraull, 7. Mellenberndt. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Simon, 3. DiMattia, 4. Farney, 5. Whited, 6. Goodnight, 7. Bacon. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hewitt, 2. Darland, 3. Courtney, 4. Swanson, 5. Chapple, 6. VanHise, 7. McGhee. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Clauson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Leary, 5. Ketcham, 6. Whited, 7. Chapple, 8. Gentry, 9. Mellenberndt, 10. McGhee, 11. Goodnight, 12. VanHise. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Carson Short, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Robert Ballou. NT
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**Meseraull and Leary flipped during the second heat. McGhee flipped during the fourth heat. Hewitt and Ketcham fipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-590, 2-Bacon-585, 3-Stockon-569, 4-Cummins-512, 5-Darland-507, 6-Leary-506, 7-Boespflug-481, 8-Ballou-463, 9-Clauson-428, 10-McGhee-416.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 20 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "May Meltdown"


CLAUSON COMES UP CLUTCH;
CLAIMS FIRST ELDORA USAC SPRINT VICTORY

Bryan Clauson's continually growing list of accomplishments got a little bit larger after the Noblesville, Indiana driver claimed his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at the famed Eldora Speedway in Friday night's "#LetsRaceTwo" / "Don Branson-Jud Larson Classic."

Clauson made the winning pass on C.J. Leary with just four laps to go to earn his 37th career USAC Sprint win, tying the late Sheldon Kinser for eighth on the all-time list.

Among the highlights on Clauson's impressive resume coming into Friday night's event were three career USAC wins (two Silver Crown, one Midget), but nary a Sprint Car triumph. Clauson, the night's ProSource Fast Qualifier, rolled off from the sixth spot in the feature while a pair of drivers looking to earn their first series win, Dallas Hewitt and Leary, occupied the front row.

At the drop of the green, Hewitt jolted out to the lead as the Troy, Ohio native looked to become the first driver with the surname "Hewitt" to pull into victory lane in USAC competition at Eldora since his uncle Jack claimed all four crowns of the "4-Crown Nationals" in 1998.

After a slider for the lead that didn't quite stick one lap earlier, Leary attempted the same move on Hewitt for the lead in turn one once again one lap later, this time pulling it off successfully, and darting off to a substantial advantage as he edged closer to lapped traffic by lap 10.

As Leary threaded the needle on the high side past the backmarkers, Thomas Mesearull, winner of Eldora's most recent USAC Sprint event in September of 2015, began to reel him in at the halfway point as Clauson stayed within striking distance in third.

Meseraull attempted a slider on Leary for the lead with 12 to go, nearly pulling it off, as the trio of Leary, Meseraull and Clauson ran the highline separated from each other by mere car links.

With five to go, Clauson got by Meseraull for the second spot and had his radar locked on Leary for the lead as he split between a gaggle of lapped cars at the flagstand with just a fraction of a hair to spare.

One lap later, Clauson zeroed in right on Leary's tail tank. Clauson dove low in turn three as Leary treaded the high line, pulling off a patented Eldora slide job to take the point with just 4 laps remaining.

Robert Ballou's race came to a halt with three laps to go after tagging the wall and flipping between turns one and two, collecting Jarett Andretti in the process, and resetting the field for one final three-lap dash to the checkered.

On the restart, Clauson jumped out to the advantage, but Leary was able to remain in the hunt with just three car lengths separating the two as they both rode inches from the wall on the thin cushion. Entering turn 4 on lap 28, Clauson nearly threw it away, banging the right rear hard off the wall, shooting sparks into the air, stumbling him a bit, before regaining control which caused Leary to check up ever so slightly and unable to capitalize.

Clauson led the remaining laps to win by a half second over Leary, Meseraull, Hewitt, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chad Boespflug, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Kody Swanson.

Clauson, who along with his feature victory also claimed the night's KSE "Hard Charger" Award in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, collected his third USAC National Sprint feature of the season and his eighth overall USAC victory of 2016.

"We've been so close here a number of times and we were close again to giving it away," Clauson admitted. "But after getting through those last few laps, we were finally able to get the monkey off our back. Our car was good, but it was really hard to make enough speed to finish the slider on the guys who were really good. We hit lapped traffic a little bit there and were able to make some moves at the end. The car was flawless! Man, it feels good to win a sprint car race at Eldora!"

C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana nearly avenged his final lap defeat in last May's Eldora USAC Sprint feature, but came up just a few laps short after leading a combined 52 of the last 60 laps in "LetsRaceTwo" openers the last two years with a pair of second place finishes to his credit, including tonight in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher.

"We led a lot of this race again, but you know, I let it go there at the end," Leary said. "I thought we might have had something there for him at the end, but when Bryan made that mistake, we were too close behind to capitalize."

By virtue of his third place finish, San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull takes over the series point lead in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"I've ran 10th through 18th for like five years before this, so I know what it's like to be getting dusty in the back," Meseraull recalled of his past Eldora visits. "We've been really good here lately and I've got a lot of people to thank for making sure the car's fast."

Friday night's contingency award winners included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Cody Gardner (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner) and Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 6, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - #LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.611; 2. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.805; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.867; 4. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.898; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.039; 6. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.068; 7. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-17.122; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.125; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.267; 10. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.303; 11. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.420; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.547; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.575; 14. Kody Swanson, 63x, DePalma-17.646; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-17.661; 16. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.677; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.719; 18. Chris Windom, 40, Hery-17.823; 19. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-17.879; 20. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.952; 21. Carson Short, 21, Short-18.136; 22. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-18.176; 23. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-18.186; 24. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-18.189; 25. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.263; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.395; 27. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-18.621; 28. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.725; 29. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-18.736; 30. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-18.760; 31. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-18.811; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.981; 33. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-19.116; 34. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-19.218; 35. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. C.Short, 4. Clauson, 5. Stockon, 6. Courtney, 7. Farney, 8. Gentry, 9. Jarrett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Leary, 4. Grant, 5. Swanson, 6. Whited, 7. Underwood, 8. Chapple, 9. Simon. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Hewitt, 3. Meseraull, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Cummins, 7. Westfall, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Coons. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Bacon,3. Andretti, 4. Weir, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ketcham, 7. VanHise, 8. Goodnight. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Swanson, 3. McGhee, 4. Coons, 5. Farney, 6. DiMattia, 7. Simon, 8. Cummins, 9. Stockon, 10. Whited, 11. Westfall, 12. VanHise, 13. Underwood, 14. Chapple, 15. Goodnight, 16. Gentry, 17. Mellenberndt, 18. Ketcham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Carson Short, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Cody Gardner, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Tony DiMattia. NT
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**Jarrett flipped during the first heat. Ballou flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Hewitt, Laps 4-26 Leary, Laps 27-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-519, 2-Stockon-515, 3-Bacon-514, 4-Cummins-482, 5-Darland-463, 6-Leary-444. 7-Ballou-429, 8-Boespflug-404, 9-Grant-401, 10-McGhee-386.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 7 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - #LetsRaceTwo

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, May 7, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) - 1/2-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "LetsRaceTwo" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES:
1:30pm: Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate and Turn 4)
2:00pm: Turn 3 Pit Gate Opens
2:00pm: Spectator Gates Open
6:00pm: Hot Laps Begin
7:30pm: Racing Begins

TICKETS:
Ages 13 & up: $28 (General Admission), $32 (Reserved)
Ages 12 & under: Free (General Admission), $10 (Reserved)

TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

TRACK WEBSITE:
http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (519) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
2. (515) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN)
3. (514) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
4. (482) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
5. (463) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
6. (444) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
7. (429) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
8. (404) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)
9. (401) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
10. (386) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)


 

USAC'S "WEEK OF INDY" JUST AROUND THE CORNER; HUGE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE VIA SUPERTICKET

USAC and Track Enterprises are looking forward to and highly excited about the Week Of Indy, coming up Wednesday-Friday, May 25-27 in Indiana. The three-night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 25. The 46th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifieds. Last year's event was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled as part of the Hurtubise season ending event, so everyone is looking forward to the race on its traditional date.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 7:30. 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 10 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 26, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 62nd running of the "Hoosier Hundred." The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and UMP Dirtcar Modifieds. "Hoosier Hundred" pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for the Mods at 7:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 27 at Lucas Oil Raceway. For the first time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500."

Typically, the event was held on Saturday, which created a split in fans and drivers with the Little 500 going on the same day. This is no longer a problem. The "Carb Night Classic" will also feature action from the Pro Mazda Series and USF 2000 cars.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open early in the morning at 9:00, grandstands at 2:45, with Silver Crown practice at 3:00, USF 2000 and Pro Mazda qualifying at 4:00, Silver Crown qualifications at 5:05, USF 2000 feature racing at 6:10, the Freedom 90 for the Pro Mazda cars at 7:10, and the green flag scheduled to drop on the "Carb Night Classic" at 8:15. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

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/the-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

For more information on any of the events, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.usacracing.com , or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 4, 2016... This Saturday, May 7th, the popular Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also feature the VRA Senior Sprints 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 USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272735). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 22, 2004, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held seventeen USAC/CRA Sprint Car races. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all drivers with six victories and “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675 on October 25, 2008. When the series last battled at Ventura on May 9, 2015, Richard Vander Weerd bested Matt Mitchell in a photo finish to claim the “All Coast Challenge” victory. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

After starting fifteenth and winning the April 16th “So-Cal Showdown” at Perris with a last corner pass, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is tied for the USAC/CRA point lead. Racing the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges also has one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, two top-ten finishes, and 1 feature lap led to his credit. At press time, it is unknown if the young driver will be in action at Ventura.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is tied for the championship point lead. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa raced to third at Perris Auto Speedway after starting sixth. Entering the third point race, the 360 Western World Champion has two top-10 finishes on the season. Fresh off last Saturday’s Ventura 360 sprint win, Brody will be looking for his second career USAC/CRA triumph.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led the first nine laps of the “So-Cal Showdown” before scoring fourth. Heading to Ventura, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights on the sixth USAC/CRA win of his career.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) is currently fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders entry, Johnson scored fifth in the Perris 30-lap main event. To date, the three-time USAC SouthWest Champion has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. At press time, R.J. might skip the Ventura show to compete in the USAC SouthWest race at Queen Creek, Arizona.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is tied for fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson placed ninth in the April 16th main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and two top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Jake will be looking to earn his first USAC/CRA feature win at Ventura Raceway.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) is tied for fifth in the championship points. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92M Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Spencer ran tenth in the “So-Cal Showdown.” With two top-10 finishes, it has been announced that the five-time champion has left Moose Racing and will debut for Gansen Engineering Motorsports at the May 28th Perris “Salute to Indy.” A rumor is circulating that Mike will race a local Ventura car this Saturday night.

Currently ranked eighth in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California) and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Austin Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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, email 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 and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges.

VENTURA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Cory Kruseman, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rip Williams, 1-Alan Ballard, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Scotty Weir.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Josh Hodges-146, --. Brody Roa-146, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-144, 4. R.J. Johnson-122, 5. Jake Swanson-117, --. Mike Spencer-117, 7. Cody Williams-104, 8. Max Adams (R)-103, 9. Damion Gardner-100, 10. Austin Williams-99, 11. Logan Williams-84, 12. A.J. Bender-83, 13. Bryan Clauson-82, 14. Parker Colston-81, 15. Chris Gansen-74, ---. Jeremy Ellertson-74, 17. Tommy Malcolm-63, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-58, 19. Verne Sweeney-54, 20. Jace Vander Weerd-38.

 

 

QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CLASH SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 4, 2016... After rain washed out last Saturday’s “Canyon Clash,” the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are ready to battle this Saturday, May 7th, at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the “Second Annual Mother’s Day Celebration” will also feature Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Bomber Stocks, and Lady Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, eighteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eleven wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). On April 9th, Johnson grabbed the lead from “The Magic Man” Mike Martin on the seventeenth lap and sailed to his thirty-third series triumph.

Entering the event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Piloting Gene Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex raced to victory at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway on April 23rd. To date, Stevie has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to claim the $1,500 victory at Queen Creek.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) is currently second in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in the Cocopah Speedway feature. As this writing goes to press, the three-time champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. R.J. will have his sights on adding another Arizona Speedway trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fifth at Yuma from the eleventh starting spot. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with 13 main events and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin led the first ten laps at Yuma before scoring third at the finish line. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied for fifth on the win list with five triumphs and will be looking to add another victory to his resume.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the championship points. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey placed fourth in the Yuma 30-lap main event. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, two hard charger awards and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to earn his sixth USAC SouthWest feature win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Tom Ogle, Shon Deskins, Landon Cling, Dustin Burkhart, Michael Curtis, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-R.J. Johnson.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 11-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-306, 2. R.J. Johnson-276, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-258, 4. Mike Martin-231, 5. Josh Pelkey-225, 6. Matt Rossi-212, 7. Nick Aiuto-185, 8. Tye Mihocko-183, 9. Dennis Gile-178, 10. Chris Bonneau-159, 11. Brian Hosford-139, 12. Bruce St. James-138, 13. Andy Reinbold-137, 14. Tom Ogle-115, Shon Deskins-115, 16. Landon Cling-110, 17. Dustin Burkhart-98, 18. Bryan Clauson-79, 19. Brody Roa-72, 20. Brady Bacon-69.

 

 

Upstart USAC Super 600’s Strike Deal To Offer 2016 Champion Midget Opportunity In 2017

PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking a page out of the USAC history books, the upstart USAC Super 600 Micro division is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with MF Motorsports to offer the inaugural series champion a race aboard one of the teams potent midgets during the 2017 season.

“We are extremely excited with the package we have put together with MF Motorsports,” Series Director, Doug Lockwood said. “This is all about driver development, so to offer our champion a chance to run a midget is really exciting for the future of the sport.”

In it’s first year of existence, the USAC Super 600’s will off points at all events at the Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, CA, the Dixon Speedway in Dixon, CA and at the Limerock Speedway in New York. Points will also be up for grabs on three occasions at the Bakersfield Speedway, and during one event at the Santa Maria Speedway.

With a wide variety of tracks to chose from, the driver crowned as the series champion will be the one who has the highest 15 race average over the season.

“It is a new series that we are all really excited about,” Lockwood added. “Micros have been huge in California for years, and we are hoping the USAC sanction brings more notierity to the class, and with this Midget opportunity for the Champion, we are hoping that it helps the class continue to grow.”

ON TAP: The USAC Super 600’s will be in action this Friday night at the Plaza Park in Visalia, CA and on Saturday night in Dixon, CA and Limerock, NY.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the USAC Micro Series by clicking over to www.usacracing.com.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

MAY 2, 2016... Taking advantage of Michael Faccinto’s contact with a lapped car, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) led the final three laps to claim Saturday’s main event at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, it was his second USAC Western States Midget victory of the campaign and the fifteenth of his career. Fast qualifier Faccinto, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, and hard charger Tyler Dolacki chased the three-time champion to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner qualified second out of twenty-five racers and won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. After starting fifth in the feature, Ronnie has moved to ninth in series wins and left Bakersfield with an 18-point advantage.

After starting third and leading the first twenty-seven laps, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) had to settle for second at Bakersfield. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto held off “The Hawk” Darren Hagen early in the race and held the top spot until Gardner slipped by. Earlier in the program, Michael earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Sean Dodenhoff in his heat race. Heading to Ventura on May 21st, Faccinto is second in the chase for the championship.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) had one of his best nights with a third place finish from eighth. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has climbed to fifth in the point standings.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored fourth in the Bakersfield 30-lap main event. Racing the Schutte/McElwee owned #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified ninth overall and ran second to Darren Hagen in his heat race. The 2010 Champion left “The West’s fastest 1/3-mile oval” sitting eleventh in the point chase.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) earned his second Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was eighth fast in time trials and scored fifth in his heat race. Entering the third point race, the young driver ranks sixth in the championship points.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff qualified tenth overall and placed seventh in the main event. Sean left his hometown track sitting third in the USAC Western Midget standings.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. The 2012 USAC National Midget Champion was third quick in time trials and scored nineteenth after an early tangle knocked him out of contention. Hagen is currently twenty-sixth in the championship point chase.

With twenty-five cars on hand, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) claimed the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified fourteenth overall, ran sixth in his heat race, and charged to ninth in the feature from sixteenth. Last year’s BCRA Midget Champion left Bakersfield Speedway ranked eighth in USAC Western Midget points.

On Saturday, May 21st, the USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action at Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the date will also showcase Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, and Go-Karts. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 30, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.036; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.120; 3. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-13.247; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.339; 5. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-13.369; 6. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.387; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.428; 8. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.473; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.525; 10. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.538; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.563; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 35S, MF-13.637; 13. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.667; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.668; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.710; 16. Troy Rutherford, 11R, Britton-13.748; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.786; 18. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.059; 19. Cory Kruseman, 12K, Kruseman-14.063; 20. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-14.103; 21. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-14.107; 22. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-14.178; 23. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-14.397; 24. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-17.941; 25. Jeff Harrington, 9E, Dodenhoff-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Faccinto, 3. Elliott, 4. McQueen, 5. Kruseman, 6. Rutherford, 7. Crone, 8. Waite, 9. Harrington. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Nichols, 4. Dalby, 5. Dolacki, 6. Guerrini, 7. Dyson, 8. Ito. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Schutte, 3. Pankratz, 4. Josett, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton, 7. Davis, 8. Faria. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Rutherford, 3. Crone, 4. Dyson, 5. Waite, 6. Ito, 7. Harrington, 8. Hazelton, 9. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (5th), 2. Michael Faccinto (3rd), 3. Terry Nichols (8th), 4. Alex Schutte (1st), 5. Tyler Dolacki (14th), 6. Cory Kruseman (13th), 7. Sean Dodenhoff (6th), 8. Randi Pankratz (9th), 9. Frankie Guerrini (16th), 10. Troy Rutherford (17th), 11. Shannon McQueen (10th), 12. Maria Cofer (15th), 13. Jeff Harrington (22nd), 14. Courtney Crone (18th), 15. Dylan Ito (21st), 16. Robert Dalby (11th), 17. Nate Waite (20th), 18. Chris Dyson (19th), 19. Darren Hagen (4th), 20. Cody Swanson (2nd), 21. Robby Josett (12th), 22. Cory Elliott (7th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Faccinto, Laps 28-30 Gardner. KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (14th to 5th)

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Michael Faccinto-143, 3. Sean Dodenhof-127, 4. Randi Pankratz-117, 5. Terry Nichols-113, 6. Tyler Dolacki-104, 7. Cody Swanson-101, 8. Frankie Guerrini-96, 9. Maria Cofer-82, 10. Shane Golobic-74, 11. Alex Schutte-68, 12. Courtney Crone-67, 13. Cory Elliott-65, 14. Robert Dalby-63, 15. Brady Bacon-60, 16. Cory Kruseman-59, 17. Nate Waite-55, 18. Britton Bock-54, 19. Shannon McQueen-49, --. Taylor Simas-49.

 

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" Just Weeks Away

Huge Discount Available Via Superticket

USAC and Track Enterprises are looking forward to and highly excited about the Week Of Indy, coming up Wednesday-Friday, May 25-27 in Indiana. The three night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 25. The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifieds. Last year's event was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled as part of the Hurtubise season ending event, so everyone is looking forward to the race on its traditional date.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 7:30. 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 10 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 26, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 62nd running of the Hoosier Hundred. The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and UMP Dirtcar Modifieds. Not only does the Hoosier Hundred have a rich history, the Modified event pays $2,000 to win and draws some of the best competitors to the mile.

Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for the Mods at 7:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 27 at Lucas Oil Raceway. For the first time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500. Typically, the event was held on Saturday, which created a split in fans and drivers with the Little 500 going on the same day. This is no longer a problem. The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the Pro Mazda Series and USF 2000 cars.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open early in the morning at 9:00, grandstands at 2:45, with Silver Crown practice at 3:00, USF 2000 and Pro Mazda qualifying at 4:00, Silver Crown qualifications at 5:05, USF 2000 feature racing at 6:10, the Freedom 90 for the Pro Mazda cars at 7:10, and the green flag scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 8:15. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

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/the-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

For more information on any of the events, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.usacracing.com, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

USAC REGIONAL MIDGETS TO TAKE ON GRANITE CITY JULY 1ST

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois will play host to a USAC Regional Midget event on Friday night, July 1, 2016.

The $2000-to-win feature event will take place at the 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval alongside the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Winged Sprint Cars, allowing several drivers the chance to pull double-duty in both series' events at the same track on the same night.

"We are excited about this new addition to our midget schedule," USAC Series Director Levi Jones said. "This event is part of USAC's continued, growing regional racing efforts to give midget racers more events to compete in."

USAC's Midget division has competed at Tri-City on 43 occasions dating back to Danny Frye's victory in 1961. In addition to the regional midget event in July, the USAC Midget National Championship will make a visit Tri-City for three consecutive nights of action at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" on October 6-7-8 this year.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson was victorious in both of last season's USAC Midget appearances at Tri-City, sweeping both nights of the "Gold Crown" in September of 2015.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 30, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.036; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.120; 3. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-13.247; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.339; 5. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-13.369; 6. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.387; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.428; 8. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.473; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.525; 10. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.538; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.563; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 35S, MF-13.637; 13. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.667; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.668; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.710; 16. Troy Rutherford, 11R, Britton-13.748; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.786; 18. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.059; 19. Cory Kruseman, 12K, Kruseman-14.063; 20. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-14.103; 21. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-14.107; 22. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-14.178; 23. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-14.397; 24. Roby Josett, 2, Josett-17.941; 25. Jeff Harrington, 9E, Dodenhoff-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Faccinto, 3. Elliott, 4. McQueen, 5. Kruseman, 6. Rutherford, 7. Crone, 8. Waite, 9. Harrington. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Nichols, 4. Dalby, 5. Dolacki, 6. Guerrini, 7. Dyson, 8. Ito. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Schutte, 3. Pankratz, 4. Josett, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton, 7. Davis, 8. Faria. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Rutherford, 3. Crone, 4. Dyson, 5. Waite, 6. Ito, 7. Harrington, 8. Hazelton, 9. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Terry Nichols, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Tyler Dolacki, 6. Cory Kruseman, 7. Sean Dodenhoff, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Frankie Guerrini, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Jeff Harrington, 14. Courtney Crone, 15, Dylan Ito, 16. Robert Dalby, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Chris Dyson, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Cody Swanson, 21. Robby Josett, 22. Cory Elliott. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Faccinto, Laps 28-30 Gardner.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (14th to 5th)

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 21 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

“6TH ANNUAL CANYON CLASH” ON TAP SATURDAY FOR USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 27, 2016... After last Saturday’s race at Yuma, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “6th Annual Canyon Clash” will also feature the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades, Western ModLites, and Mini Sprints. The front gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the Canyon Speedway will host an Open Practice from 7pm to 10pm on Friday night. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

“The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural “Canyon Clash” in 2011 and returned to victory circle the following year. On his way to the SouthWest crown in 2013, R.J. Johnson added the April classic to his resume. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. earned top honors in 2014 and Johnson grabbed the lead from Stevie Sussex on lap 27 to claim last year’s “Canyon Clash.”

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-six USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car races. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). At Canyon’s last USAC SouthWest race, Sussex passed Davis on the sixteenth circuit to win the March 26th “Easter Eggstravaganza.” A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning last Saturday at Cocopah Speedway, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Piloting Gene Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to claim his seventh triumph this Saturday.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) is currently second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in Yuma’s 30-lap feature. To date, the three-time champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th victory at the “Canyon Clash.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fifth last Saturday from eleventh. Heading to Canyon, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with 13 main events and will be looking to earn Canyon’s $1,500 payday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin led the first ten laps at Yuma before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied for fifth on the win list with five victories as he looks to add the “Canyon Clash” trophy to his collection.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the point standings. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey placed fourth last Saturday at Cocopah Speedway. Heading to Canyon, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, two hard charger awards and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to earn his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Tom Ogle, Shon Deskins, Landon Cling, Dustin Burkhart, Michael Curtis, and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON CLASH WINNERS: 2011-Jeremy Sherman, 2012-Jeremy Sherman, 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-Charles Davis Jr., 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-306, 2. R.J. Johnson-276, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-258, 4. Mike Martin-231, 5. Josh Pelkey-225, 6. Matt Rossi-212, 7. Nick Aiuto-185, 8. Tye Mihocko-183, 9. Dennis Gile-178, 10. Chris Bonneau-159, 11. Brian Hosford-139, 12. Bruce St. James-138, 13. Andy Reinbold-137, 14. Tom Ogle-115, Shon Deskins-115, 16. Landon Cling-110, 17. Dustin Burkhart-98, 18. Bryan Clauson-79, 19. Brody Roa-72, 20. Brady Bacon-69.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD ACTION

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 26, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “Autism Awareness Night” will also feature the new USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, H&S Body Works Hobby Stocks, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. 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: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory as Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte won last year’s events. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

After rain washed out the April 9th date at Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Placerville season opener on March 23rd. The 3-time champion is tied with Garrett Hansen for ninth in series history with fourteen wins and will be looking to add another Bakersfield trophy to his collection.

Entering the second point race, Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic led nine laps at Placerville before scoring second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will join Saturday’s action.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) is currently third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson finished third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second USAC victory at Bakersfield.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps before scoring fourth at the “Placerville Short Track Showdown.” Sean will have his sights on earning his first USAC main event win at his hometown track.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the championship standings. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking to celebrate a Bakersfield win on Saturday.

Currently nineteenth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Nate Waite, Tyler Walker, and more.

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 USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 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-Ronnie Gardner, 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-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-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.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27, 21. Dustin Golobic-25, ---.Nate Waite-25.

 

 

MIDGET SANCTIONS AGREE ON 3-YEAR RPM LIMIT RULES

Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC), POWRi and ARDC Midget Series today jointly announced a rule which will unify engine platform-specific RPM limits in all sanctioned races, effective May 29, 2016. This commitment to RPM limits constitutes a three-year commitment and any uniform limit modifications will be determined through on-going data analysis obtained through actual on-track racing.

RPM limits are used in midget racing as a "throttle" to limit the expense of further development of current midget racing engine platforms, save money for car owners with increased time between engine maintenance cycles, and as a means to enable midget racing to welcome lower cost alternatives to current engine platforms in the future.

The initial RPM limits will be adopted from a USAC-sponsored study conducted by ILMOR Engineering and in use for the last four race seasons. These RPM limits can be found posted in the individual series rule books for USAC, POWRi and ARDC. Throughout 2016, additional race data will be collected to further study equivalency power curves among the varying midget engine platforms, including pushrod and overhead cam configurations. This data will be used to determine if RPM limit modifications will be required.

Additionally, all entrants using an EFI-branded ignition must use the new EFI "R1" (Red) Ignition Box for all sanctioned races with USAC, POWRi and ARDC. The EFI R1 unit was designed specifically for midget racing and has a limited range of user interface which assures race officials adherence to RPM limit rules and eliminates traction control capabilities through the EFI module.

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.805; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.827; 3. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.866; 4. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.870; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.872; 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.973; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.992; 8. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.160; 9. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.240.

FIRST FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Famous Rhodes II, 8. Jagger Parker, 9. Jake Nelke. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Chris Lamb, 3, Sam Hatfield, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Nolan Allison, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Jagger Parker, 9. Famous Rhodes II. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Bean, Laps 20-25 Lamb. SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hatfield, Laps 9-25 Layser.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-279, 2-Layser-270, 3-Bean-254, 4-Hatfield-242, 5-Nelke-231, 6-Allison-227, 7-Kurtz-208, 8-Rhodes-204, 9-Parker-182, 10-Scott Hunter-138.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 30 - Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 – Yuma, Arizona – Cocopah Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwod), 6. Matt Stewart (#84 Stewart). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Kent Rosevear (#16R Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Dustin Burkhart, 14. Matt Stewart, 15. Kent Rosevear, 16. Shon Deskins, 17. Landon Cling. NT

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**Rosevear flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Martin, Lap 11 Rossi, Laps 12-30 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (11th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Canyon Clash”

 

 

BACON BRINGS IT HOME IN MONTPELIER'S USAC SPRINT DEBUT

Brady Bacon methodically maneuvered his way from his sixth starting spot and, in a three-lap stretch a third of the way into the 30-lap feature, drove from fourth to first, passing Dave Darland on lap 12 and held off a late charge from Kyle Cummins to take the victory in front of a standing-room only crowd in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's debut at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma earned ProSource Fast Qualifying honors in the early going, putting him outside of row three for the feature event. But, it was Darland, from his pole starting position, who quickly established the point at the start with Shane Cottle and Cummins in tow.

By lap five, the freight train of Darland, Cummins and Cottle ran nose-to-tail as they each took to the high side to pull away from the pack. Meanwhile, Bacon went to the bottom, hugging the infield tires as he rapidly reeled in third-running Cottle.

By the tenth lap, Bacon had disposed of Cottle for third, then ran down Cummins for the second spot one lap later before nearly getting by Darland, trailing by about a foot in a dead heat at the start/finish line before claiming the lead just moment later going into turn one on lap 12.

As Bacon blew by the top-three for the lead on the bottom, the trio of Darland, Cummins and Cottle followed suit by heading to the inside line on lap 13 when Cummins got by Darland for second. Cummins moved his car from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom in search of the fast way around as the race crossed the midway point.

An A.J. Hopkins backwards spin on the front-straightaway with 10 to go closed the gap between Bacon in first and second-running Cummins. On the restart, Bacon and Cummins both went to the inside with Cummins hounding Bacon, shadowing his every move, readying himself to pounce on any single slip-up that Bacon might encounter in the closing laps.

With seven laps to go, Cummins was able to get his right front wheel inside of Bacon's left rear in turn two, nearly making contact, but was unable to make it stick, falling back roughly four car-lengths as the two headed into turn three, but a Bret Mellenberndt turn two spin brought out a yellow, providing Cummins with another shot.

After a restart with six to go, Cummins was looking to gain an inch, a yard, anything that would give him an opportunity to gain valuable ground on Bacon at the end, but he was never close enough to mount a serious challenge in the final laps as Bacon never blinked, distancing himself from the fading Cummins and taking the win in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

Brady Bacon #69 at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday night.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

With the victory, Bacon became the sixth different driver to win in the series' first seven races of the 2016 season and, with his 14th career win in the number 69 car, became the all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship "points-paying" races for the venerable Hoffman family team.

"I knew the bottom was a little greasy, so I was trying to drive around it in (turns) one and two; (turns) three and four were good from the start," Bacon, the 2014 series champ, said. "Once it came in in (turns) one and two, I was able to drive by those guys and, from then on, just had to hold on. The car got a little evil right before and after that red (flag), but luckily, I didn't make a mistake big enough for him to get around me. I made some mistakes, but we were able to keep it down on the low line and keep him behind us. We're working hard because we haven't had the start to the season we wanted, so we made some changes to the car and the first race out we won. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the summer."

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins once again put himself in a position to win, but came up just a little short of scoring his initial USAC victory in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. In seven series races thus far in the 2016 season, it was his third 2nd place finish and his fifth top-three result, exemplifying how close he is to finally breaking through for that elusive triumph.

"Everything has been consistent with the car," Cummins beamed. "I just have to thank these guys for working on the car. Everybody is working together and it makes my job easy because I can just focus on the racecar. It's been a good start to the year; I'm hopeful we can just keep knocking them off."

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, led the first 12 laps of the feature in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton before relenting the spot to Bacon, ultimately ending up third, which moved him into the top-five of the series point standings.

"It was tough to go from the lead to third after the top was so good," Darland said. "Then, we were a little too tight to run the bottom. We had a good car, but I got into a rut down in turn one a couple times and it shoved the front end. Things didn't go all that well at some points, but to get out of here with a third, we're pretty happy."

Contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), A.J. Hopkins (Simpson Race Products First Heat), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat), C.J. Leary (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Racing Products "Hard Charger"), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Semi), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.199; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.209; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.255; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.284; 5. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.297; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.330; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.367; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.374; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.378; 10. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.385; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.449; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.465; 13. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-14.513; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.521; 15. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.585; 16. Aaron Farney, 15, Farney-14.588; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.642; 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.645; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.712; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.715; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.772; 22. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-14.777; 23. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.874; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.901; 25. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-15.569.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hopkins, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. C.Short, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Goodnight, 8. Ketcham, 9. Hanft. 2:29.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Chapple, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Weir, 7. Simon, 8. Coons. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Cummins, 5. McGhee, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Stanbrough, 3. C.Cottle, 4. Goodnight, 5. Ketcham, 6. Simon, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer, 9. Hanft. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Carson Short, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (15th to 6th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-476, 2-Cummins-451, 3-Bacon-449, 4-Meseraull-445, 5-Darland-409, 6-Ballou-398, 7-Leary-370, 8-Grant-367, 9-McGhee-343, 10-Boespflug-340.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 6 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Friday, May 6, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) - 1/2-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "LetsRaceTwo" / "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES:
1:30pm: Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate and Turn 4)
2:00pm: Turn 3 Pit Gate Opens
2:00pm: Spectator Gates Open
6:00pm: Hot Laps Begin
7:30pm: Racing Begins

TICKETS:
Ages 13 & up: $28 (General Admission), $32 (Reserved)
Ages 12 & under: Free (General Admission), $10 (Reserved)

TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, May 7, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) - 1/2-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "LetsRaceTwo" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES:
1:30pm: Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate and Turn 4)
2:00pm: Turn 3 Pit Gate Opens
2:00pm: Spectator Gates Open
6:00pm: Hot Laps Begin
7:30pm: Racing Begins

TICKETS:
Ages 13 & up: $28 (General Admission), $32 (Reserved)
Ages 12 & under: Free (General Admission), $10 (Reserved)

TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (476) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN)
2. (451) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
3. (449) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
4. (445) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
5. (409) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
6. (398) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
7. (370) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
8. (367) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
9. (343) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (340) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS
AT MONTPELIER MOTOR SPEEDWAY

4/23/2016: Brady Bacon

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.463; 2. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-15.580; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.649; 4. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.674; 5. Davey Hamilton Jr., 44, Love-15.675; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.722; 7. Jimmy Leal, 00, Jessop-16.516; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.694; 9. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT. FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love IV, 2. Hamilton, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Hazelton, 5. Leal. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kelley, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Jessop, 4. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Davey Hamilton Jr., 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Jeff Kelley, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Jimmy Leal, 9. Ashley Hazelton. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jessop, Laps 2-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-311, 2-T.Breidinger-241, 3-Brannon-189, 4-Antonia Boscacci-186, 5-Hamilton-153, 6-A.Breidinger-152, 7-Ethan Lesser-128, 8-Hazelton-126, 9-Ariel Biggs-84, 10-Austin Mero-71. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-241, 2-Love-233, 3-Brannon-189, 4-Hamilton-153, 5-A.Breidinger-152, 6-Ethan Lesser-128, 7-Antonia Boscacci-117, 8-Austin Mero-71, 9-Jessop-69, 10-Kelley-55.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: May 7 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-14.806; 2. Andy Baugh, 6B, Baugh-14.816; 3. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.835; 4. Dillon Morley, 69x, Morley-15.106; 5. Brent Burrows, 51, Myers-15.129; 6. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-15.214; 7. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.217; 8. Mike Larson, 95, Larson-15.270; 9. Dave Baugh, 7B, Baugh-15.308; 10. Jake Sollenberger, 5, Utsinger-15.378; 11. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-15.418; 12. Brandon Smith, 11, Smith-15.604; 13. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.641; 14. Ryan Jamison, 51J, Jamison-15.767; 15. Todd Baker, 48, Baker-16.040; 16. Jack Marion, 49, Marion-16.425; 17. Mike Cusack Jr., 7, Cusack-16.698; 18. Jackie Willis, 17, Willis-NT; 19. Derek Goble, 55, Goble-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Burrows, 2. Sollenberger, 3. Davis, 4. Smith, 5. Pence, 6. Cusack. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Baugh 2. Morley, 3. Andrews, 4. Larson, 5. Baker, 6. Ross. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. D.Baugh 2. Mallonee, 3. Hanson, 4. Jamison, 5. Marion. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Jeff Mallonee, 3. Mitchell Davis, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Bart Andrews, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Brandon Smith, 9. Travis Pence, 10. Mike Larson, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Ryan Jamison, 13. Jackie Willis, 14. Mike Cusack Jr., 15. Jack Marion, 16. Dave Baugh, 17. Ken Hanson, 18. Gedd Ross, 19. Derek Goble. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Mallonee, Laps 5-20 A.Baugh.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-150, 2-Andrews-129, 3-Mallonee-122, 4-Morley-104, 5-Larson-97, 6-Pence-92, 7-Hanson-86, 8-A.Baugh-83, 9-Patrick Bruns-82, 10-Ross-72.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 30 - Burlington, IL - 34 Raceway - "Roberts Tire Center Night at the Races"


 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.014 (New Track Record); 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.168; 3. Landon Hurst, 81X, Watt-15.250; 4. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.264; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.320; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.330; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.406; 8. Tyler Walker, 73, Ford-15.471; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-15.502; 10. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.572; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.585; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.662; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.805; 14. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-15.851; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.854; 16. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-15.861; 17. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.184; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.303; 19. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Sibley, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Marcham, 5. McQueen, 6. Ballard, 7. Day. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Roa, 3. Guardino, 4. Majors, 5. Adams, 6. Faria, 7. Barnes. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Hurst, 3. Johnson, 4. Timmons, 5. Smith, 6. Kirkbride. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Max Adams, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Tristan Guardino, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Corey Ballard, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. Landon Hurst, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Ricky Kirkbride, 20. Matt Day. NT

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**Faria flipped during second heat. Kirkbride flips during third heat. Hurst flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-30 Johnson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 14 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.199; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.209; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.255; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.284; 5. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.297; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.330; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.367; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.374; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight-14.378; 10. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.385; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.449; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.465; 13. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-14.513; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.521; 15. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.585; 16. Aaron Farney, 15, Farney-14.588; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.642; 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.645; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.712; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.715; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.772; 22. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.777; 23. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.874; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.901; 15. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-15.569.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hopkins, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. C.Short, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Goodnight, 8. Ketcham, 9. Hanft. 2:29.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Chapple, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Weir, 7. Simon, 8. Coons. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Cummins, 5. McGhee, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Stanbrough, 3. C.Cottle, 4. Goodnight, 5. Ketcham, 6. Simon, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer, 9. Hanft. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Jerry Coons Jr.8. Carson Short, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-476, 2-Cummins-451, 3-Bacon-449, 4-Meseraull-445, 5-Darland-409, 6-Ballou-398, 7-Leary-370, 8-Grant-367, 9-McGhee-343, 10-Boespflug-340.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 6 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO COCOPAH SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 20, 2016... For the second time in series history, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway this Saturday, April 23rd. The fourth point race will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing at the fast 3/8-mile facility will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

On his way to his third series crown, R.J. Johnson won the April 11, 2015 debut at Cocopah Speedway. Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five and Nick Aiuto earned “best passing job” honors with a fifteenth to seventh place run.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a ten point advantage over the competition. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran sixth at the April 9th “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie is currently tied for fourth in SouthWest wins and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season at Queen Creek’s “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the three-time champion has two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th feature win at Yuma.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Johnson at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles ranks second with 13 main event wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

After running third at Queen Creek, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin has posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. With five SouthWest triumphs, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on the hometown victory.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is ranked fifth in the championship points. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey charged from nineteenth to score eighth at the April 9th “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the 1997 ASCA Champion has two hard charger awards and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to claim his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.

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

Cocopah Speedway is located at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona. Adult tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $13, Skybox tickets are $30, and Kids (12 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Stevie Sussex.

YUMA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-R.J. Johnson.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-226, 2. R.J. Johnson-216, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-195, 4. Mike Martin-159, 5. Josh Pelkey-153, 6. Nick Aiuto-140, 7. Matt Rossi-134, 8. Bruce St. James-128, 9. Tye Mihocko-125, 10. Tom Ogle-115, ---. Dennis Gile-115, 12. Chris Bonneau-110, 13. Andy Reinbold-92, 14. Brian Hosford-88, 15. Bryan Clauson-79, 16. Landon Cling-77, 17. Shon Deskins-72, ---. Brody Roa-72, 19. Brady Bacon-69, 20. Josh Hodges-68, ---. Michael Curtis-68

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

D.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 20, 2016... This Saturday, April 23rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second stop at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “J.D. Heiskell & Company Appreciation Day” will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval 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: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Entering the fifth point race, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133 on March 13, 2015. When the series last visited Tulare on March 12th, D.J. Johnson lead all 30 laps to earn his first main event win.

After rain washed away the April 9th date, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) heads to Saturday’s event with a slim one point lead. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will be looking to extend his lead with another $1,500 payday at Tulare.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Last year’s 360 Western World Champion will have his sights on claiming his first Tulare victory.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his seventh career West Coast victory on Saturday.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is ranked fourth in the point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham has posted three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last season’s Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) sits fifth in the championship points. Driving his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The former Ventura champion will be looking to score his fourth West Coast win at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Currently eleventh in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kyle Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. D.J. Johnson-264, 2. Brody Roa-263, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-260, 4. Trey Marcham-219, 5. Troy Rutherford-216, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-203, 7. Max Adams-185, 8. Tristan Guardino-173, 9. Austin Liggett-169, 10. Jeff Sibley-147, 11. Ryan Timmons-139, 12. Bryan Clauson-137, 13. Brady Bacon-119, 14. Kevin Barnes-116, 15. Danny Faria Jr.-114, 16. Kyle Smith-93, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-87, 18. Cody Majors-84, 19. Stevie Sussex-78, 20. Shannon McQueen-76.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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White Lightning Motorsports Picks Up Two Top Fives during Knoxville Season Opener

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 19, 2016) - White Lightning Motorsports had a strong start to the Knoxville Raceway season last Saturday when Jamie Ball and Devin Kline each registered a top-five finish during the season opener at the half-mile oval.

"It was a great effort for both of us," Ball said. "We were both consistently fast every time we hit the track."

Ball qualified third quickest and he advanced from sixth to fourth place during a heat race in the 360ci class.

"The night started off great," he said. "Our goal this year is to be consistent every time we hit the track. I feel excellent about the qualifying result. I went in the first lap and missed the bottom. On the second lap I nailed the top as best I could.

"Then we moved forward in the heat race. I had a nice start and spent most of the race racing with Kade Higday for third. He raced good and clean so he earned my respect."

The feature inversion lined Ball up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

"I didn't get the greatest start," he said. "(Clint) Garner got around me right away. I was able to get my wing pulled back and the car locked down and found a nice line to run the bottom. We got by a couple of cars toward the end to get a top five, which is what we need."

Ball recorded a fifth-place result.

Kline kicked off the night in the 305ci class by setting quick time during qualifying. He then charged from sixth to second place in a heat race. A six-car inversion for the main event lined him up on the outside of the third row, but he quickly maneuvered toward the top spot.

Kline was running second on the last lap and was within striking distance of the leader in traffic entering turn three, but a caution came out to set up a green-white-checkered finish.

"I spun my tires on the restart and then slid out of the groove in turns one and two and lost a spot," he said. "Overall I think it was a good opening night. Every time we hit the track we went forward so we have to be happy with that. It was one of the slicker tracks we'll probably see all season. I'm a little bummed with myself, but if this is what I'm bummed about I'll take that."

Kline ended with a third-place finish.

The team will return to Knoxville Raceway this Saturday.

QUICK RESULTS -

JAMIE BALL:

April 16 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 5 (4).

DEVIN KLINE:

April 16 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 3 (6).

SEASON STATS -

JAMIE BALL : 3 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 2 top 20s

DEVIN KLINE : 1 race, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa

MEDIA LINKS -

Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com

Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com

Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j

Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j

APPAREL -

White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Allen Construction

Allen Construction specializes in siding for new and remodeled construction in the Des Moines, Iowa, area.

"I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with Allen Construction," Kline said. "A special thanks goes to Matt Allen for his support for me and the race team."

White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank JJ Kane Auctioneers, Housby, Timber Line Tree Service, Iowa State Savings Bank, The Hearing Clinic, Wingdance Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Ostrich Racing Engines, Sweet Manufacturing, Hooker Harness, My Race Pass, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Fragola Performance Systems, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Sign Pro of Newton, Shell Shock, Maxim Chassis, Hinchman Racewear, Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) and Bell Helmets for their continued support.

 

 

6 WEEKS TO BYRD'S CHALLENGE DEBUT

Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway will open the unique Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" June 4 as part of the 2016 "Indiana Midget Week." It's the first of seven USAC National and Western Midget races to determine if anybody can earn one of the incentives posted, including a chance to compete in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd have constructed a unique format for their "challenge" and are anxiously awaiting the competition. "On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge," says Jonathan. "We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy. We look forward to continuing our commitment to giving an opportunity to the best of the best in Midget racing, given our family's championship history. We want to thank USAC for allowing us to play a part in bringing a renewed focus to the incredible racing that is featured by the USAC National Midget Championship."

The races included in the "challenge" are: Lawrenceburg June 4, the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 and subsequent races are the August 17 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway September 4; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 24; the "Gold Grown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.

Five victories would earn that driver a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC events would earn the driver the 2017 Indy Lights oval races mentioned, as well as propel the winner to a ride in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

USAC President Kevin Miller offers: "This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants. "The Byrd family has long been a supporter of America's grassroots motorsports and this challenge will mark a new avenue for our drivers who aspire to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

The USAC National Midget Series began indoors at DuQuoin, Ill. in March but suffered a rainout of last weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" and it resumes with the "Indiana Midget Week" activities on the final day of May at Montpelier Motor Speedway. The USAC Western Midgets debuted at Placerville, Calif. in March but suffered a rainout last weekend at Tulare, Calif.

 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Showdown"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.826; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.839; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.862; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.950; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.962; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.120; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.125; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.231; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.261; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.415; 11. Mike Spencer, 92M, Sertich-17.425; 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.610; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.690; 14. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.695; 15. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-17.748; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.028; 17. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.060; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.093; 19. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-18.113; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-18.156; 21. Greg Alexander, 23, Bellegante-18.362; 22. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.383; 23. Patrick Clark, 21K, Kruseman-19.282; 24. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-19.623; 25. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-19.765; 26. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Colston, 6. Gansen, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Stewart, 9. A.Sweeney. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Spencer, 4. A.Williams, 5. Bender, 6. Hendricks, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Clark, 9. Smith. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. L.Williams, 3. Gardner, 4. Ellertson, 5. Tafoya, 6. Dyson, 7. Malcolm, 8. Alexander. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gansen, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Smith, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Hendricks, 8. Tafoya, 9. Alexander, 10. V.Sweeney, 11. Stewart, 12. A.Sweeney, 13. Clark, 14. Dyson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Jeremy Ellerrtson, 15. Tom Hendricks, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Tommy Malcolm, 19. Cal Smith, 20. Greg Alexander, 21. Parker Colston, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT ------------------------------------ **Bender flipped during qualifications. Malcolm flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1- 9 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 10-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Hodges.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 1st)

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-146, 2-Roa-146, 3-R.Vander Weerd-144, 4-Johnson-122, 5-Swanson-117, 6-Spencer-117, 7-C.Williams-104, 8-Adams-103, 9-Gardner-100, 10-A.Williams-99.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: May 7 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

Chase Stockon won Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

STOCKON DEFENDS HOME TURF; TAKES TRI-STATE'S SPRING SHOWDOWN

It was home-sweet-home for Haubstadt, Indiana resident Chase Stockon as he ran down Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 12, and pulled away to capture his first series victory at his backyard track and his seventh career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at a seventh different track after winning Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" at Tri-State Speedway.

On the initial start, outside front row starter C.J Leary jumped to the lead using the cushion to ride around pole sitter Meseraull for the top spot. The action quickly came to a halt for inside second row starter Max McGhee as he saw his night abruptly end after smoke began to pour out from under the hood of the number 17.

On the restart, it took just one lap around the high-banked paperclip for Meseraull to slide up in front of Leary to claim the lead on the second lap. Meanwhile, Stockon got around Leary for second and then set his sights on Meseraull for the lead.

A yellow for the stopped car of Aaron Farney on the sixth lap bunched up the field momentarily, but the frontrunners continued their torrid pace, catching the backmarkers in less than a handful of laps.

Meseraull rode the high line as Stockon worked the middle, inching ever closer to the lead on each corner of every lap. As Meseraull and Stockon negotiated heavy traffic, Stockon staked his claim for the number one spot, getting by Meseraull at the exit of turn four on lap 12.

Just four laps later, Tri-State Speedway fan favorite Kyle Cummins got by Meseraull for second, putting him in position to make a run at Stockon for his first career series win. Despite a yellow for Isaac Chapple's stopped car with just five laps to go that bunched up the field, on the restart, Cummins was no match for Stockon, who sprinted to a half-straightaway advantage in the final laps to take the checkered flag in his 32-TBI Racing Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher ahead of Cummins, Carson Short, Chad Boespflug, Leary, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Brady Short, Meseraull and Kent Schmidt.

Stockon's win vaulted him into the series point lead by 14 markers over Meseraull. Similarily, after last season's "Spring Showdown," Stockon held a 15-point lead in the series standings. Stockon, the winner of numerous races at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years outside of USAC competition, was proud to add his name to the list of USAC winners at the southwestern Indiana track.

"It feels great to finally get a USAC win down here with it being so close to home," Stockon said. "I've always loved it (Tri-State Speedway) and have been fortunate enough to win a fair share of races and even some down here, but to get a USAC win feels awesome. This thing was unreal and I don't think I could've driven any harder."

Cummins once again showed his prowess at Tri-State, finishing a distant second in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins and, as a result, moved into third in the series standings. Cummins is still searching for his first career USAC win after earning his ninth podium finish in the series. Despite another close, but no cigar performance, Cummins is pleased with his performance after running into misfortune during the last couple of races.

"After last night (at Bloomington) and Lawrenceburg, this is a nice turn around," Cummins said. "Chase (Stockon) was a little better and I thought I had a shot on that late restart. I was going to try to slide him and he moved down a lane and I had to chalk it up a little bit just so I didn't take us both out. It was all I could do, but the car is running really well right now. The beginning of the season has started out really well, so if we can keep up these podiums, we'll get a win."

Young Carson Short of Marion, Illinois, earned a career-best third-place finish in his Richard Short/Total Field & Environmental Services - RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC.

"It feels really good to kick the season off running well," Short said. "I'm hopeful we can keep this little bit of momentum up for the next few months and keep putting together some good finishes."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown" - co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.512; 2. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.570; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.588; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.593; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.707; 6. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.725; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.770; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-13.839; 9. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips-13.925; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.934; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.959; 12. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.959; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.063; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.248; 15. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-14.287; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.302; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.313; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.344; 19. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.895; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.477; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.556; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.687; 23. Jared Chastain, 52c, Chastain-15.699; 24. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-16.549; 25. Nevil Algieo, 11A, Algieo-NT (Time of 14.917 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Meseraull, 4. Cummins, 5. Darland, 6. Ballou, 7. Morin, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Algieo. 2:17.42

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schmidt, 2. Farney, 3. C. Short, 4. Grant, 5. Leary, 6. Morin, 7. Chapple, 8. Chastain. 2:18.75

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Jackson, 3. Simon, 4. Swanson, 5. Goodnight, 6. Lyerla, 7. B. Short, 8. Shelton. 2:17.62

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Lyerla, 6. Algieo, 7. Morin, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Shelton, 10. Chastain. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Short, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Dakota Jackson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. James Lyerla, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Brandon Morin, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Nevil Algieo, 22. Max McGhee. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Leary, Laps 2-11 Meseraull, Laps 12-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-407; 2-Meseraull-393; 3-Cummins-378; 4-Bacon-368; 5-Ballou-351; 6-Darland-339; 7-Grant-317; 8-Leary-307; 9-McGhee-306; 10-Boespflug-297.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 23 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.021; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.133; 3. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.139; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.215; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.239; 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.324; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.330; 8. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.376; 9. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-15.493; 10. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.511; 11. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.511; 12. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Scott Hunter, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Sam Hatfield, 9. George Kurtz, 10. Jagger Parker, 11. Mike Ward, 12. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Bean, Laps 24-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-139, 2-Hunter-138, 3-Lamb-136, 4-Nelke-133, 5-Bean-127, 6-Hatfield-112, 7-Rhodes-105, 8-Allison-104, 9-Kurtz-92, 10-Parker-84.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 22 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway


 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Ariel Biggs, 11E, Biggs-12.847; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-13.017; 3. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-13.397; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44 Love-13.709.

HEAT RACE: (10 laps) 1. Biggs, 2. Hazelton, 3. Love, 4. Boscacci. NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Ariel Biggs, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Antioia Boscacci. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Biggs.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-233, 2-Boscacci-186, 3-Toni Breidinger-161, 4-Blake Brannon-132, 5-Ethan Lesser-128, 6-Bigg2-84, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-83, 8-Annie Breidinger-77, 9-Hazelton-75, 10-Austin Mero-71.
NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Biggs-84, 2-Love-78, 3-Hazelton-75, 4-Boscacci-69.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 23 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.929; 2. Mitchel Davis, 56, Davis-14.981; 3. Patrick Bruns, 10B, Full Throttle-14.984; 4. Chase McDermand, 40, McDermand-15.009; 5. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-15.091; 6. Dave Anderson, 47, Anderson-15.099; 7. Hunter Lane, 0A, Zero-15.218; 8. Dillon Morley, 69x, Morley-15.231; 9. Mike Larson, 95, Larson-15.482; 10. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-15.618; 11. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.723; 12. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-15.736; 13. Shane Morgan, 15, Morgan-15.739; 14. John Springer, 3, Springer-15.747; 15. Broc Hunnell, 73, Hunnell-15.825; 16. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.916; 17. Ryan Sharshair, 13, Zero-16.991; 18. Derek Goble, 55, Goble-17.257.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruns, 2. McDermand, 3. Morley, 4. Morgan, 5. Springer, 6. Larson, 7. Murdock, 8. Pence, 9. Sharpshair. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Mallonee, 3. Ross, 4. Lane, 5. Andrews, 6. Hunnell, 7. Hanson, 8. Goble, 9. Anderson. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Mitchel Davis, 3. Dave Anderson, 4. Bart Andrews, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Hunter Lane, 8. Ken Hanson, 9. Mike Larson, 10. Chase McDermand, 11. Travis Pence, 12. Ryan Sharpshair, 13. Johnny Murdock, 14. John Springer, 15. Gedd Ross, 16. Jeff Mallonee, 17. Derek Goble, 18. Dillon Morley. NT ------------------------------------ **Murdock flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Mallonee, Laps 2-6 Ross, Laps 7-12 Bruns, Laps 13-16 Anderson, Laps 17-18 Davis, Laps 19-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bruns-82, 2-Davis-80, 3-Anderson-66, 4-Andrews-65, 5-Morgan-63, 6-Hunnell-58, 7-Lane-57, 8-McDermand-53, 9-Hanson-51, 10-Larson-49.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 23 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

CLAUSON CASHES 4TH STRAIGHT USAC SPRINT WIN AT BLOOMINGTON

Bryan Clauson knows the red clay of the Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway like the back of his hand, and over the past several seasons, the track has become his personal ATM as he once again found his way to victory lane for the fourth consecutive time in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the southern Indiana speed plant.

Clauson, who started 11th, quickly made his way to the front in a race that had a rough beginning for a couple of his competitors up front. After Boespflug led the initial lap from his pole starting position, ProSource fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder, 6th place-running C.J. Leary, got upside down, bouncing over the turn one banking, resulting in the polar opposite of fortunes from his victory in the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track two weekends ago. Despite the tumble, Leary was able to restart.

On the restart, the action lasted until the end of the second lap as Brady Bacon made an attempt for the second spot on Brent Beauchamp. Same as Leary, Beauchamp ended up taking a wild ride over the turn one berm. However, the damage to Beauchamp's machine was enough to end his night on the hook.

On the next restart, Bacon went to the topside to run down Boespflug, taking the lead off of turn two on the third circuit and opening up a wide margin between himself and his nearest contenders.

After trading sliders with Boespflug, Hunter Schuerenberg, in his new ride for Seth Motsinger Motorsports, followed Bacon's lead by running the high line to take the second position from Boespflug on lap nine. On lap 15, Schuerenberg's superb run slipped through his fingers after sliding over the berm in turn four, falling all the way back to the 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Clauson was on a tear, maneuvering his way into the top-four by the midway point, chasing down and stealing the 3rd spot from Boespflug and taking 2nd from Stockon as he began to turn up the heat on Bacon for the lead.

Clauson rim-rode the cushion around the ¼-mile, erasing and evaporating Bacon's lead in a hurry, ultimately nipping him at the line for the lead on lap 19.

Clauson, who initially did not have Bloomington Speedway on his racing agenda for this weekend, had to be pleased of his decision as he was a man on a mission, pulling away from Bacon in the final laps to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, beating Bacon, Meseraull, Stockon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Schuerenberg, Jarett Andretti, Brady Short and Max McGhee to the line.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana, picked up his 6th USAC feature win of the 2016 season, four more than any other driver. (David Nearpass Photo)

Since taking the controls of the Dooling/Hayward sprinter in late 2015. Clauson has won five of the 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events he has entered. It was the Noblesville, Indiana driver's sixth USAC feature victory in a USAC-sanctioned event in 2016. Only one other driver has won multiple features in USAC this season: Josh Hodges with two.

Rolling along on a wave of confidence, tonight's KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger, Clauson, feels he has the opportunity to win anytime he pulls into Bloomington.

"This place has always been good to me," Clauson said. "I really feel like we can start about anywhere in this number 63 car and still have a shot to win. We were good on the top tonight and everybody else was working the bottom, which left the top open for me. I knew we were good; I just had to make sure I didn't slip off the edge like last year." Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who led the field with the most laps led, scored a solid second-place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"When you're the leader, it's hard to know where to go," Bacon admitted. "The only thing I could've done to hold him (Clauson) off would've been to go to the top earlier than when I did. But, never on Earth did I think that that was the way to go because the top was so slick all day in (turns) three and four. I just never thought it would've come in like it did. We were better tonight, but so was everyone else. The competition is so tough in this deal right now that everybody is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you can't ever stop!"

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull extended his point lead to 16 points as the series heads into Saturday night's race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. with his third place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"It was kind of unfortunate with a couple guys going over there up on top, but we kind of got everybody going down on the bottom," Meseraull said. "I got into Ballou in turn two and, after that, the left front seemed kind of messed up, but, in the end, it helped us run the bottom."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.842; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.863; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-10.924; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.951; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-10.963; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.065; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.076; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-11.152; 9. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.162; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-11.223; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-11.241; 12. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-11.246; 13. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.291; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-11.324; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.428; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-11.435; 17. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-11.436; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.441; 19. Jeff Bland, Jr., 38, Bland-11.464; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.484; 21. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.508; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.539; 23. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2E, Epperson-11.592; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.621; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-11.648; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.695; 27. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-11.857; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.878; 29. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-11.895; 30. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-11.979; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-12.409; 32. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-12.678; 33. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-NT; 34. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-NT; 35. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Leary, 4. B. Short, 5. Andretti, 6. Morin, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Schmidt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Ballou, 6. Thomas, 7. Prock, 8. VanGilder. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Farney, 4. Mattox, 5. Goodnight, 6. Chapple, 7. McGhee, 8. C. Short. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bacon, 3. Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Grant, 6. Simon, 7. Swanson, 8. DiMattia. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Andretti, 3. C. Short, 4. Simon, 5. Thomas, 6. McGhee, 7. Prock, 8. Swanson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Schmidt, 12. VanGilder, 13. Morin, 14. Chapple, 15. Grant, 16. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland, Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT ---------------------------- **Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Beauchamp flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana) - ¼-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "Spring Showdown" featuring USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series) and Modifieds

STARTING TIMES: Qualifying starts at 6:30 PM with racing to start at 7:30 PM (CST)

TICKETS: Adults $25, Students (Age 13-18) $20, Children 12 & Under Free

TRACK ADDRESS: 10149 U.S. 41, Haubstadt, IN 47639

TRACK PHONE: (812) 768-5995

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.tristatespeedway.com/index.php

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (341) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA) 2. (325) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN) 3. (306) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 4. (300) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN) 5. (300) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN) 6. (296) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA) 7. (287) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN) 8. (273) Justin Grant (Ione, CA) 9. (272) Max McGhee (Camby, IN) 10. (243) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2016 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.411; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.510; 3. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.541; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.549; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.608; 6. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.639; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.788; 8. Eric Lewis, 21, Leydig-15.824; 9. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.885; 10. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.954; 11. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.182.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Soctt Hunter, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Famous Rhodes II, 9. George Kurtz, 10. Eric Lewis, 11. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Lamb, Laps 23-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-73, 2-Nelke-72, 3-Hunter-68, 4-Lamb-64, 5-Hatfield-63, 6-Bean-56, 7-Allison-52, 8-Rhodes-49, 9-Kurtz-46, 10-Lewis-43.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 16 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.842; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.863; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-10.924; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.951; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-10.963; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.065; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.076; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-11.152; 9. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.162; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-11.223; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-11.241; 12. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-11.246; 13. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.291; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-11.324; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.428; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-11.435; 17. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-11.436; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.441; 19. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-11.464; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.484; 21. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.508; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.539; 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-11.592; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.621; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-11.648; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.695; 27. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-11.857; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.878; 29. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-11.895; 30. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-11.979; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-12.409; 32. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-12.678; 33. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-NT; 34. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-NT; 35. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-NT. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Leary, 4. B.Short, 5. Andretti, 6. Morin, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Schmidt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Ballou, 6. Thomas, 7. B.Prock, 8. VanGilder. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Farney, 4. Mattox, 5. Goodnight, 6. Chapple, 7. McGhee, 8. C.Short. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bacon, 3. Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Grant, 6. Simon, 7. Swanson, 8. DiMattia. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Andretti, 3. C.Short, 4. Simon, 5. Thomas, 6. McGhee, 7. Prock, 8. Swanson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Schmidt, 12. VanGilder, 13. Morin, 14. Chapple, 15. Grant, 16. DiMattia,. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT ---------------------------- **Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Beauchamp flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-341, 2-Stockon-325, 3-Bacon-306, 4-Darland-300, 5-Cummins-300, 6-Ballou-296, 7-Clauson-287, 8-Grant-273, 9-McGhee-272, 10-Leary-243.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 16 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Sprint Showdown" - co-sanctioned by MSCS

 

 

NEW USAC/CRA DRIVER-TEAM COMBINATION DEBUTS THIS SATURDAY AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 12, 2016... When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, April 16th, a new partnership will make their debut. The Moose Racing #92 Team has announced that 5-Time Champion Mike Spencer will pilot a second car alongside Jake Swanson. The Tom and Laurie Sertich owned team hope to run both cars for the entire season and are looking for additional sponsorship to make this a reality.

Since earning the Non-Wing World Championship Rookie of the Year honors in 2001, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has been building a resume worthy of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame consideration. Driving for Ron Chaffin Motorsports, Spencer won five consecutive USAC/CRA titles from 2008 to 2012. As this writing goes to press, Mike ranks second in series history with 63 Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and 37 main event wins to his credit. On November 3, 2012, the second generation driver scored his greatest victory- the prestigious Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition, Spencer has recorded two USAC West Coast victories, including the inaugural 360 Oval Nationals at Perris in 2013 racing for Mark Priestley.

In a recent interview with Scott Daloisio on the Perris Auto Speedway Podcast (www.perrisautospeedway.com/podcasts.html), Mike explained that following the passing of car owner Ron Chaffin, the family has decided to suspend operations of the #50 team. For the first time in his career, this left Spencer without a ride and the opportunity with Moose Racing became available.

The Huntington Beach, California based Moose Racing Team has competed on the West Coast Sprint Car scene since the mid-1990s. Drivers such as Glenn Carson, Casey Shuman, Tony Jones, Rusty McClure, Dave Darland, Danny Sheridan, Greg Bragg, David Cardey, and more have raced the popular #92 sprint car. Last season, Jake Swanson ran fourth in USAC/CRA points on the strength of four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eight top-5 finishes, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led. In 2014, Jake earned Most Improved Driver honors with USAC/CRA and on June 19th, the team won their USAC West Coast & VRA 360 Sprint Car debut at Ventura Raceway.

To join the efforts of the Moose Racing Team, visit their website at www.sprintcars.com or on Facebook at Mooseracing92.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 16th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “So-Cal Showdown.” The event will mark the third time in history that the USAC/CRA 410s will race on the same card with the famed World of Outlaw Sprints. The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will join the action on the “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For advance ticket information, visit woosprint.com. For more information on Perris Auto Speedway, 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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, email 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 and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-82, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-75, 3. Brody Roa-70, 4. Josh Hodges-68, -. Mike Spencer-68, 6. Jake Swanson-63, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-58, 8. R.J. Johnson-54, 9. Cody Williams-50, 10. Parker Colston-48, 11. Max Adams-45, --. A.J. Bender-45, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-38, 14. Austin Williams-37, 15. Logan Williams-36, 16. Jeremy Ellertson-34, 17. Tommy Malcolm-33, 18. Chris Gansen-32, --. Trent Williams-32, 20. Matt Rossi-30.

 


 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 9, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "4th Annual Spring Fling"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Tom Ogle, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Asa Kesterson. NT
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**Lundy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Martin, Laps 17-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-226, 2-Johnson-216, 3-Davis-195, 4-Martin-159, 5-Pelkey-153, 6-Aiuto-140, 7-Rossi-134, 8-St. James-128, 9-Mihocko-125, 10-Ogle-115.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 23 - Yuma, AZ - Cocopah Speedway

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT TULARE THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their first of two appearances at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

Since September 7, 1988, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the series debut as Michael Faccinto and Brady Bacon won last year’s events, joining Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Tracy Hines, and Trey Marcham as Tulare victors. Heading into Saturday’s event, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010.

After winning the Placerville season opener on March 26th, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and passed Shane Golobic on lap twelve before claiming his fourteenth career victory. The 3-time champion will be looking to continue his championship by adding Tulare to his win list.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) is currently second in the championship points. Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic took the lead from Sean Dodenhoff on the third lap and had to settle for second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) ranks third in the Western Midget point chase. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson ran third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC victory.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the point standings. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps at Placerville before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. Sean will have his sights on scoring his first USAC win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto scored fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two career USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking for another Tulare trophy to add to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, Nate Waite, 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. 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 Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the series available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #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 SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS INVADE QUEEN CREEK FOR “SPRING FLING”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first of eight appearances at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “5th Annual Spring Fling” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bomber Stocks, and more. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, seventeen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with ten wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Last season, Johnson won his second straight “Spring Fling” and Martin scored the popular victory in 2013. Davis won the inaugural event sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region in 2012.

After winning the March 26th “Easter Eggstravaganza” at Canyon Speedway Park, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex has also posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will be looking for his sixth victory and add a Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

3-Time Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has climbed to second in the championship points. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson charged from sixth to finish third at Canyon Speedway Park. Heading to Queen Creek, R.J. has earned three top-qualifier awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the year. Johnson will have his sights on his third “Spring Fling” triumph and his thirty-third SouthWest win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis rebounded to finish seventh on March 26th after a late race caution. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one top-qualifier award, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to earn his fourteenth SouthWest victory and continue his championship bid.

Nick Aiuto (Camp Verde, Arizona) is currently ranked fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto raced to sixth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting ninth. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the year. This Saturday, Nick will have his sights on his first career series win at Queen Creek.

After earning Canyon’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth, Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey has one top-10 finish in the campaign. The 1997 ASCA Champion will be looking to claim the checkered flags at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Tom Ogle, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

SPRING FLING WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Martin, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-Stevie Sussex.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
10-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-159, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-121, 4. Nick Aiuto-104, 5. Josh Pelkey-102, 6. Matt Rossi-95, 7. Mike Martin-86, 8. Bryan Clauson-79, 9. Tye Mihocko-74, 10. Dennis Gile-74, 11. Brody Roa-72, 12. Brady Bacon-69, 13. Josh Hodges-68, 14. Tom Ogle-65, 15. Dave Darland-63, 16. Bruce St. James-57, 17. Trey Marcham-54, 18. Brian Hosford-49, 19. D.J. Johnson-48, 20. Chris Bonneau-47.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 9: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WEATHER FORCES KOKOMO MIDGET CANCELLATIONS

This weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" for USAC's National Midget Championship races at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway have been cancelled due to inclement weather. There is no re-schedule of this event planned.

"We are disappointed that the weather has intervened, producing conditions not conducive for racing for race fans or participants," said race organizer Reece O'Connor. "We want this event to offer everyone a pleasant atmosphere of fun and these weather forecasts will not permit that."

Kokomo Speedway is among USAC's most active venues and will, host "Indiana Midget Week" June 5, "Indiana Sprint Week" July 9 and the "Sprint Car Smackdown" August 24-27, plus a USAC Indiana Midget Championship race October 14.

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS WITH EIGHT RACE, FIVE VENUE SCHEDULE FOR 2016

The USAC Indiana Midget Championship is set to hit the track with an eight-race schedule at five different venues throughout the Hoosier state during the 2016 season.

The series kicks off Friday, May 13, alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for the first of four dates at northern Indiana's 3/8th-mile clay oval Plymouth Speedway. The ensuing scheduled races at Plymouth are part of the inaugural "Hump Day Summer Series," which takes place on three Wednesday nights throughout the summer on June 29, July 20 and August 31.

The next stop on the calendar includes a trip to Boswell, Indiana's Daugherty Speedway on Saturday night, September 10. Daugherty, formerly known as Kamp Motor Speedway and Henry's Speedway, which has been the home of six USAC National Midget events between 1969 and 2007, hosts the midgets after a nine-year absence.

Additional dates on the slate for the 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Championship have the series at Montpelier Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 17, Gas City I-69 Speedway's "Open Wheel Fall Fest" on Friday, September 30 and the "Kokomo Klash" on Friday, October 14.

Utilizing the rules model for events like the "Kokomo Klash" and series such as the Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget division that has accommodated midget teams over the last several years, the USAC Indiana Midget Championship will have a point fund that guarantees $1,000 to the champion.

The announcement of the series is a revival of the USAC Regional Midget division in the Midwest which last ran on the dirt in 2011 and the first all-dirt Regional USAC Midget division based in the Midwest since 2001.

"The formation of the USAC Indiana Midget Championship adds venues in Indiana to create a schedule that allows local teams to aim for a championship with limited travel," USAC Racing Director Levi Jones said. "We are committed to growing the local midget racing scene and hopeful that it leads to even bigger and better things in the years to come."

Though none of the eight series events will require a USAC entry fee, eligibility for the point fund will require a USAC National or Speed2 Midget driver's license.

The use of a Hoosier SP2, 3 or 4 right rear tire and a D122 or harder compound on the left rear is mandated.

Stay tuned for details on individual race formats and purses will be available soon.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Levi Jones at levi@usacracing.com.

2016 USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 13: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Jun 29: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Jul 20: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Aug 31: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Sep 10: Daugherty Speedway - Boswell, Indiana
Sep 17: Montpelier Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana
Sep 30: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Oct 14: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

LEARY BREAKS THROUGH, WINS FIRST USAC NATIONAL RACE IN TERRE HAUTE'S SUMAR CLASSIC

They say good things come to those who wait. Those words never rang more true than in Sunday's "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track as C.J. Leary's turn finally came, breaking through for his long-awaited first career USAC National feature victory in the 2016 Silver Crown season opener, joining his father Chuck, who won the 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, to become the first father-son duo to win races in the 46-year history of the Silver Crown Series.

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind., the Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" just one season ago, took the lead from Justin Grant on lap 94 and reversed his fortunes from last year's "Sumar Classic" second place finish to take the victory in his Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction-AMSOIL-sponsored DRC/Claxton Toyota.

The 100-lapper in the afternoon sunshine harkened back to yesteryear when the Terre Haute Action Track regularly hosted daytime events, creating a challenge for each of the teams from the get-go. Within the first 10 laps, turn two took rubber and became a treacherous test as the drivers had little room for error between the paper-thin cushion and the Action Track's infamous red, white and blue cement.

Leary, who started outside the front row, continuously made runs at ProSource fast qualifier and race pole sitter Grant for the lead, but was never able to pull ahead, having to settle for the second spot throughout the middle portion of the race. On lap 55, Grant tagged the wall with the right rear in turn two, briefly disrupting his rhythm and momentum, but Leary was unable to close the gap, hitting the wall in the same spot as Grant moments later, with both continuing without damage.

Grant's pace was electric as he lapped everyone but the first eight positions by the 68th lap. By lap 74, Brady Bacon had found the rubber, closing in on Leary for second, now putting Grant, Leary and Bacon one-two-three with one quarter of the race remaining.

Leary closed on Grant once again after Grant bounced his right rear off the turn two wall, but Leary was unable to shrink the advantage, getting pinned behind the lapped car of Neil Shepherd on the bottom, allowing Bacon to run down Leary a few laps later and clear him for the second position with just 21 laps to go.

Just when Bacon appeared to be Grant's top challenger for the lead, Leary returned the favor, beating Bacon to the bottom in the first turn to regain second. With Grant able to ward off every single challenge that was thrown at him, a lap 89 caution for the stopped car of Austin Nemire reset the field.

The car of Robert Ballou was the only lapped machine separating Grant in first and Leary, second. Leary quickly disposed of Ballou and made his charge at Grant and, with just seven laps to go, Leary used a run off the bottom of turn four to jet past Grant for the lead and pull away from the field, winning by a 0.424 second margin over Grant, 2015 Silver Crown champ Kody Swanson, Bacon, Chris Windom, Shane Cottle, defending "Sumar Classic" winner Shane Cockrum, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland.

One night after his runner-up finish in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Leary was beaming with confidence and was finally able to claim the victory that had eluded him after six career runner-up finishes in USAC National competition.

C.J. Leary on his way to victory during Sunday's "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David Nearpass Photo)

"I never thought my first USAC win would come in the (Silver) Crown car," Leary said. "It kind of feels surreal. The track was rough with it taking rubber, so we had to be a little patient there. That yellow (on lap 89) helped a lot because they had been telling me that Bacon was down there (on the bottom of the track) and that it finally took rubber, so I moved all the way down on that restart and got around Justin (Grant)."

Though somewhat disappointed by his second place finish after running up front for the majority of the 100 lap race, by virtue of his fast qualifying time and leading the most laps (93), Grant, of Ione, Calif., leads the points after the first round of the 2016 Silver Crown schedule.

"The track was tricky just because it was super slick and there wasn't really a lot to hold onto up top," Grant said. "But I felt like we were good up there. I just hated to see that yellow at the end because I felt like we could've finished the deal, but it's a good start to our season and hopefully we can keep building on this. We'll get one soon."

Former "Sumar Classic" winner Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. had a quiet, but strong third place run as he seeks to become the first driver to win three consecutive USAC Silver Crown titles.

"I'm just so thankful to drive for DePalma Motorsports," Swanson beamed. "These guys work so hard for me and deserve to win every race and I hate that I couldn't get this one for them. But we'll take third; it's a solid run to start the season and we'll just go out and try to win the next one."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 3, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.691; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.806; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-22.021; 4. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-22.066; 5. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.222; 6. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-22.225; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.819; 8. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-22.836; 9. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.843; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-22.956; 11. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 27, Phillips-23.025; 12. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-23.226; 13. Robert Ballou, 14, McQuinn-23.259; 14. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-23.544; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-23.839; 16. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-23.914; 17. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-24.011; 18. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-24.610; 19. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-25.039; 20. Neil Shepherd, 7, Shepherd-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. David Byrne, 14. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 15. Neil Shepherd, 16. Terry James, 17. Austin Nemire, 18. Terry Babb, 19. Steve Buckwalter, 20. J.C. Bland. NT ------------------------------ KSE/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-93 Grant, Laps 94-100 Leary.

 

 

DARLAND DOES IT AGAIN AT LAWRENCEBURG FOR USAC SPRINT WIN #58

In what became a contest of survival of the fittest, Dave Darland was the last man standing, making his tires last to the finish to extend his all-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship career victory tally to 58 in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. With the win, Darland continued his incredible streak of winning at least one USAC National feature in each year to 24 consecutive seasons!

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., started 10th and picked his way to the front one-by-one, conserving his right-rear tire as several of the frontrunners fell by the wayside in the latter half of the feature. Justin Grant was the first one to fall victim to tire wear while running in the third spot on lap 19, bringing out the yellow, and moving Darland to third behind Robert Ballou and Thomas Meseraull.

Defending USAC National Sprint car champ Ballou and USAC's most recent feature winner at Lawrenceburg, Meseraull, battled for the top spot throughout the middle portion of the race as the field began to gravitate toward the bottom of the track to the rubber. Though Meseraull threw everything he could at Ballou, he was unable to wrestle away the position.

With just 10 to go, Meseraull's right rear tire began to soften as Shane Cottle and Jerry Coons, Jr. tangled in turn two, bringing out the yellow flag. With right rear tire degradation imminent on Meseraull's machine, all he could do was hold on, but a yellow for fifth-running Chad Boespflug, who lost a right rear tire with eight laps to go, brought a stoppage to the action once again.

On the restart, the right rear tires of leader Ballou and second-place Meseraull began to show their cords. Meseraull's was the first to give way on a lap 22 restart while Ballou's only lasted two more laps until the 24th lap. Darland took over the lead and, with his tires appearing to show limited wear, seemingly took control of the event.

Late-race challenger Brady Bacon stood second when action resumed, but he quickly became the next victim, wearing out a right rear on lap 25.

After Aaron Farney's tire gave way with three to go and a Landon Simon spin in turn three, due to the number of yellow flags and the total laps run under green and yellow conditions during the feature, the decision was made by race control to throw the red flag so that teams could stop for a splash of fuel for the final dash to the finish.

The final restart saw C.J. Leary lined up behind Darland for the final three-lap sprint, but a strong restart by Darland erased all doubt, providing him with an insurmountable lead in the final laps as he wheeled his Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In-Storage - Hoosier Tire-sponsored Maxim/Claxton as straight as an arrow on the bottom of the racetrack on his way to his first victory of the season over Leary, Scotty Weir, Chase Stockon, Max McGhee, KSE Hard Charger Dallas Hewitt, new series point leader Meseraull, Ballou, Grant and Farney.

Darland earned his first USAC win in the seat of a Jeff Walker-owned car since October of 2012 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona while Walker's number 11 found USAC victory lane for the first time since Chris Windom's triumph in 2013 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Darland, who dedicated his victory to longtime friend and sponsor Steve Stroud, who passed away in February of this year, netted his seventh career USAC National Sprint win at Lawrenceburg Speedway, two more than any other driver. Darland knew early on that tire conservation was going to be the key to putting his car in victory lane at night's end.

"I knew from the beginning that it was going to be tough to save tires, but I knew everybody else was in the same boat, so we just had to make the best of it," Darland said. "We were fast, but had to save our stuff and I'm glad we could hold on and get it done."

Leary's maiden voyage in the Michael Dutcher Racing number 17GP went about as smoothly as he could hope for, recording ProSource qualifying time to begin the night and finishing a strong second place at the checkered flag for the second consecutive year in the April Lawrenceburg show.

"I was running up top at the start because I didn't even really know how much rubber was down on the bottom," Leary admitted. "But once I moved down, it was just a matter of riding and trying to save your stuff. I hate to run second again, but it was a good first night in Mike's (Dutcher) stuff, so I'm pretty happy."

Weir's run to third in the Todd Keen machine was his best result since April of 2014 when he scored a third at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway.

"I watched the B-Main and knew it was going to lay rubber, so I had the mindset from the beginning that I was just going to ride and try to outlast everybody," Weir said. Thankfully, it sort of played out that way for us and we had a solid run."

Contingency award winners include C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat), Jarett Andretti (Benic Enterprises Third Heat), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat) and Dallas Hewitt (KSE Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.861; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.996; 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.027; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.224; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.304; 6. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.317; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.339; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.350; 9. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.433; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.455; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.570; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.602; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.618; 14. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.817; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.848; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-14.878; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.883; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.050; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.073; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-15.140; 21. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.153; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.197; 23. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.211; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-15.222; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.234; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, 4J Motorsports-15.278; 27. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.304; 28. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-15.316; 29. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-15.387; 30. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.475; 31. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.517; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.521; 33. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.565; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-15.774; 35. Kent Wolters, 71wp, Wolters-16.310; 36. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.883.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Bacon, 4. Weir, 5. Windom, 6. Farney, 7. Jarrett, 8. Robbins, 9. Ketcham. 2:06.75

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Simon, 8. Chapple, 9. Gentry. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. Coons, 5. Moffatt, 6. Abrams, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Wolters, 9. Swanson. 2:07.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Cummins, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mattox, 6. Thomas, 7. Goodnight, 8. VanHise, 9. McGhee. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Thomas, 3. Farney, 4. Short, 5. Moffatt, 6. Ketcham, 7. Robbins, 8. Shuman, 9. Simon, 10. Goodnight, 11. Abrams, 12. Chapple, 13. VanHise, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Swanson, 16. Mattox, 17. Jarrett, 18. Wolters, 19. Windom. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT ---------------------------- **Wolters and Jarrett flipped at the start of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Westerfeld, Laps 4-24 Ballou, Laps 25-30 Darland.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-269, 2-Cummins-268, 3-Stockon-253, 4-Darland-240, 5-Grant-240, 6-Ballou-233, 7-Bacon-229, 8-McGhee-228, 9-Bryan Clauson-209, 10-Leary-208.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.553; 2. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.585; 3. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-15.627; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.656; 5. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.767; 6. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-15.802; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.847; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.871; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd- 15.899; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.913; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.186; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.188; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.190; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.528; 15. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.543; 16. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.567; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.576; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.375; 19. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Roa, 3. Guardino, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Adams, 6. Smith. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Johnson, 3. Marcham, 4. Sibley, 5. Barnes. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kirkbride, 2. Ballard, 3. J.Vander Weeerd, 4. Timmons, 5. McQueen, 6. Rutherford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Max Adams, 7. Ryan Timmons, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Cody Majors, 11. Austin Liggett, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Troy Rutherford, 15. Danny Faria Jr., 16. Corey Ballard, 17. Brody Roa, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Steve Hix. NT

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**McQueen flipped during third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 J.Vander Weerd, Lap 25 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 26-28 J. Vander Weerd, Laps 29-30 R.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Smith (16th to 5th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: April 9 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Short Track Speedweeks"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.554; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.719; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.939; 4. Austin Mero, 00, Jessop-15.631; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44b, Love-15.247; 6. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.321; 7. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.329; 8. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.924. RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Antonia Boscacci, 44b, Love-15.247; 2. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.321; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.924. FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. Lesser, 4. Boscacci. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Breidinger, 2. Mero, 3. Brannon, 4. Lemke. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Blake Brannon, 2. Antonia Boscacci, 3. Adam Lemke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Austin Mero, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Ethan Lesser, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Adam Lemke. NT -----------------------------

RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brannon. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Love, Laps 27-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-84, 2-Love-78, 3-A.Breidinger-77, 4-Mero-71, 5-Brannon-65, 6-Lesser-61, 7-Boscacci-59, 8-Lemke-54. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-84, 2-Love-78, 3-A.Breidinger-77, 4-Mero-71, 5-Brannon-65, 6-Lesser-61, 7-Boscacci-59, 8-Lemke-54. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD RESTRICTED MIDGET POINTS: 1-Brannon-75, 2-Boscacci-73, 3-Lemke-68.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 16 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.861; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.996; 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.027; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.224; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.304; 6. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.317; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.339; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.350; 9. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.433; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.455; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-14.570; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.602; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.618; 14. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.817; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.848; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-14.878; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.883; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.050; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.073; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-15.140; 21. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.153; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.197; 23. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.211; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-15.222; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.234; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-15.278; 27. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-15.304; 28. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-15.316; 29. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-15.387; 30. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.475; 31. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.517; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.521; 33. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.565; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-15.774; 35. Kent Wolters, 71wp, Wolters-16.310; 36. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.883.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Bacon, 4. Weir, 5. Windom, 6. Farney, 7. Jarrett, 8. Robbins, 9. Ketcham. 2:06.75

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Simon, 8. Chapple, 9. Gentry. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. Coons, 5. Moffatt, 6. Abrams, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Wolters, 9. Swanson. 2:07.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Cummins, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mattox, 6. Thomas, 7. Goodnight, 8. VanHise, 9. McGhee. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Thomas, 3. Farney, 4. Short, 5. Moffatt, 6. Ketcham, 7. Robbins, 8. Shuman, 9. Simon, 10. Goodnight, 11. Abrams, 12. Chapple, 13. VanHise, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Swanson, 16. Mattox, 17. Jarrett, 18. Wolters, 19. Windom. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT
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**Wolters and Jarrett flipped at the start of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Westerfeld, Laps 4-24 Ballou, Laps 25-30 Darland.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-269, 2-Cummins-268, 3-Stockon-253, 4-Darland-240, 5-Grant-240, 6-Ballou-233, 7-Bacon-229, 8-McGhee-228, 9-Bryan Clauson-209, 10-Leary-208.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 15 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway

 

 

IRMA'S "NIGHT AT THE STUTZ" TO FEATURE INDY/USAC STARS PAST AND PRESENT AND HISTORIC STUTZ CAR COLLECTION

Auto racing stars past and present are expected to be on hand alongside an extensive display of Stutz vehicles for the Indiana Racing Memorial Association's "Night at the Stutz" Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 at the Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis.

Building owner Turner Woodard regularly rotates the automobiles from his extensive collection, including race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including a replica of 1926 Indy 500 winner Frank Lockhart's Daytona Beach land speed record car.

Among the drivers committed to attend the event are several current and former auto racing stars from IndyCar and USAC. They include:

** Bryan Clauson: 4-time USAC National Champion and two-time Indy 500 veteran ** Tom Bigelow: 2-time USAC National Champion and nine-time Indy 500 veteran ** Levi Jones: 7-time USAC National Champion ** Johnny Parsons: 12-time Indy 500 veteran ** Jerry Coons, Jr.: 4-time USAC National Champion ** Jerry Sneva: 5-time Indy 500 veteran ** Spike Gehlhausen: 5-time Indy 500 veteran ** Eldon Rasmussen: 3-time Indy 500 veteran

AND MORE!!

You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) Fundraiser, an evening at the historical Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis. The event will include an IRMA Marker dedication honoring Stutz at 6:00pm followed by the fundraiser at approximately 6:30pm.

** Admission to the event will provide access to the exclusive Stutz Car Room, housing the stunning car collection of Turner Woodard that will include a replica of Frank Lockhart's 1928 Land Speed Record car and other historic Stutz automobiles.

The Indiana Racing Memorial Association, Inc. (IRMA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize the historically significant individuals, events, businesses and race tracks that have made Indiana "The Racing Capital of the World."

IRMA believes that the rich heritage of racing in the state of Indiana deserves greater awareness, engagement and recognition. To this end, IRMA is proposing that racing-themed historical markers be developed, officially designated and erected by its organization at appropriate locations throughout the state.

ALSO PROVIDED AT THE EVENT: ** A New Orleans style dinner and dessert, compliments of Yats.

** Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

** The opportunity to mingle and socialize with Indianapolis 500 drivers of the past and present, and with many USAC champions.

** Auctions and drawings for specialty items and cash prizes, including autographed helmets and a "Kiss the Bricks" tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dress is business casual. Ticket price is $45.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT CAN BE PURCHASED AT: --Three Sisters and a Trunk located at 1434 Main Street, Speedway, Indiana

--By check to Bob Gates at 2181 Dockside Dr. Greenwood, IN 46143 or by emailing him at rgates1@msn.com.

--Online with credit card, debit card or via Paypal at: www.indianaracing.org

Donations are appreciated if you cannot make the event.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Location: Stutz Business and Arts Center On the corner of 11th and Capital Ave. at 1060 North Capital Avenue C200, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S ACTION AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

MARCH 29, 2016... This Saturday, April 2nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of three appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the Hanford, California oval will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

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

Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-one West Coast Sprint Car events. Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with seven victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last season, Bernal, Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Jace Vander Weerd celebrated main event wins at Hanford. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa ran fourth at Bakersfield Speedway on March 19th. To date, Brody has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion has one series triumph and will be looking to add a Hanford victory to his resume.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson had a solid run at Bakersfield with a third place finish. At press time, D.J. has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his second career West Coast win.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has risen to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Troy Rutherford at Bakersfield. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, two top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. Vander Weerd will be looking for his seventh career West Coast triumph this Saturday night.

After winning at Bakersfield, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The 1997 SCRA Rookie of the Year earned one of his three West Coast triumphs at Hanford and will be a threat to win the 30-lap feature.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is currently ranked fifth in the championship points. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham scored fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Heading to Hanford, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Trey will have his sights on his first win at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

Currently fourteenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 7-Ryan Bernal, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 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. Brody Roa-221, 2. D.J. Johnson-201, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-187, 4. Troy Rutherford-178, 5. Trey Marcham-157, 6. Bryan Clauson-137, 7. Max Adams-126, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-125, 9. Austin Liggett-120, 10. Brady Bacon-119, 11. Tristan Guardino-118, 12. Jeff Sibley-96, 13. Kevin Barnes-85, 14. Ryan Timmons-82, 15. Stevie Sussex-78, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-73, 17. Geoffrey Strole-69, 18. Josh Hodges-68, 19. Dave Darland-63, 20. Landon Hurst-62.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

STEVIE SUSSEX TRIUMPHS AT CANYON’S “EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 28, 2016... Charging from fifth, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. and held off all challengers to win Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.” For Sussex, the $2,000 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway was noted as one of the most exciting races in track history. Hard charger Josh Pelkey, top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Matt Rossi, and Tom Ogle chased Sussex to the checkered flags.

Making his first start of the year, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James led the first two circuits from the pole position. Looking for his first win, Davis took command from St. James and held the top spot for the next thirteen laps. The five-time state champion’s hopes were dashed as Sussex took the lead for good and recorded the fifth series win of his career.

Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Steve Sussex ran third in his heat race and placed second in the night’s passing points. With the feature victory, Sussex is now tied with Josh Pelkey and Mike Martin for fourth on the SouthWest win list and has taken over the point lead.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth. Piloting Ronnie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts entry, Pelkey scored third in his heat race and seated eighth in the night’s passing points. The 1997 ASCA Champion left his hometown track ranked fifth in the point chase.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) stormed from sixth to finish third in the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body machine, Johnson won the night’s first eight lap heat race and was the program’s top qualifier. For his efforts, the three-time champion has climbed to second in the point standings.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) placed fourth in the Canyon Speedway main event. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi ran second to Davis in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Heading to Queen Creek on April 9th, the former Western World Champion is sixth in the championship chase.

Tom Ogle (Surprise, Arizona) had a solid night and claimed fifth at the checkered flags after starting seventh. Piloting the family owned #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle was second to Mike Martin in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. After his first start of the campaign, the veteran driver sits fourteenth in the standings.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second eight lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis took third in passing points and led thirteen laps before Sussex took command. “Chargin” Charles rebounded to finish seventh after a late race caution and climbed to third in points.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the program’s third eight lap heat race. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin was fourth in passing points and placed ninth in the 30-lap main event. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner has risen to seventh in the point standings.
On Saturday, April 9th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will travel to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Located at the ET Motopark, the “Spring Fling” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and more. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 26, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway - “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Stevie Sussex (5th), 2. Josh Pelkey (8th), 3. R.J. Johnson (6th), 4. Matt Rossi (2nd), 5. Tom Ogle (7th), 6. Nick Aiuto (9th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 8. Bruce St. James (1st), 9. Mike Martin (3rd), 10. Chris Bonneau (15th), 11. Andy Reinbold (11th), 12. Tye Mihocko (18th), 13. Dennis Gile (10th), 14. Brian Hosford (16th), 15. Michael Curtis (14th), 16. Matt Lundy (12th), 17. Tanner Grau (17th), 18. Dustin Burkhart (20th), 19. Kyle Shipley (13th), 20. Landon Cling (21st). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 St. James, Laps 3-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Sussex.
HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey (8th to 2nd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-159, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-121, 4. Nick Aiuto-104, 5. Josh Pelkey-102, 6. Matt Rossi-95, 7. Mike Martin-86, 8. Bryan Clauson-79, 9. Tye Mihocko-74, 10. Dennis Gile-74, 11. Brody Roa-72, 12. Brady Bacon-69, 13. Josh Hodges-68, 14. Tom Ogle-65, 15. Dave Darland-63, 16. Bruce St. James-57, 17. Trey Marcham-54, 18. Brian Hosford-49, 19. D.J. Johnson-48, 20. Chris Bonneau-47.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 26, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway - “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

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

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 St. James, Laps 3-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Sussex.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 9 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

IRMA'S "NIGHT AT THE STUTZ" TO FEATURE
INDY/USAC STARS PAST AND PRESENT
AND HISTORIC STUTZ CAR COLLECTION

Auto racing stars past and present are expected to be on hand alongside an extensive display of Stutz vehicles for the Indiana Racing Memorial Association's "Night at the Stutz" Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 at the Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis.

Building owner Turner Woodard regularly rotates the automobiles from his extensive collection, including race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including a replica of 1926 Indy 500 winner Frank Lockhart's Daytona Beach land speed record car.

Among the drivers committed to attend the event are several current and former auto racing stars from IndyCar and USAC. They include:

** Bryan Clauson: 4-time USAC National Champion and two-time Indy 500 veteran
** Tom Bigelow: 2-time USAC National Champion and nine-time Indy 500 veteran
** Levi Jones: 7-time USAC National Champion
** Johnny Parsons: 12-time Indy 500 veteran
** Jerry Coons, Jr.: 4-time USAC National Champion
** Jerry Sneva: 5-time Indy 500 veteran

AND MORE!!

You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) Fundraiser, an evening at the historical Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis. The event will include an IRMA Marker dedication honoring Stutz at 6:00pm followed by the fundraiser at approximately 6:30pm.

** Admission to the event will provide access to the exclusive Stutz Car Room, housing the stunning car collection of Turner Woodard that will include a replica of Frank Lockhart's 1928 Land Speed Record car and other historic Stutz automobiles.

ALSO PROVIDED AT THE EVENT:
** A New Orleans style dinner and dessert, compliments of Yats.

** Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

** The opportunity to mingle and socialize with Indianapolis 500 drivers of the past and present, and with many USAC champions.

** Auctions and drawings for specialty items and cash prizes, including autographed helmets and a "Kiss the Bricks" tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dress is business casual. Ticket price is $45.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT CAN BE PURCHASED AT:
Three Sisters and a Trunk located at 1434 Main Street, Speedway, Indiana
By check to Bob Gates at 2181 Dockside Dr. Greenwood, IN 46143
Online with credit card, debit card or via Paypal at: www.indianaracing.org

Donations are appreciated if you cannot make the event.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Location: Stutz Business and Arts Center
On the corner of 11th and Capital Ave. at 1060 North Capital Avenue C200, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

 
CANYON HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
By Lance Jennings
 
MARCH 23, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway this Saturday, March 26th. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “Easter Eggstravaganza” will also showcase the Western ModLites, Mini Sprints, IMCA Sport Mods, and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The front gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will host an Open Practice from 7pm to 10pm on Friday night. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-five USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car races. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories and thanks to Rajin Race Wear, Saturday’s main event will pay $2,000 to the victor. A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway is at the bottom of this release.
 
After winning the Las Vegas “FVP Sin City Showdown” on March 4th, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) leads the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson surged past Stevie Sussex off the last corner to score the victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is expected to return to the Midwest and will miss Saturday’s action.
 
Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex looked to repeat at Las Vegas until Clauson took the checkered flags. Stevie is currently tied with Ryan Bernal for sixth in series wins and will be looking for his fifth victory.
 
Running third in the chase for the championship is Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California). Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa led three laps at Las Vegas before scoring fourth. The 360 Western World Champion currently leads the USAC West Coast points and is not expected to race at Canyon.
 
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the championship points. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon was in the mix for the Las Vegas win before scoring third. The former USAC National Sprint Car Champion might skip Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.”
 
Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges ran fifth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young driver has already won two Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway and is not expected to compete on Saturday.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Brian Hosford, and more.
 
Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges.
 
CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
12-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-79, 2. Stevie Sussex-78, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Brady Bacon-69, 5. Josh Hodges-68, 6. Dave Darland-63, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 8. R.J. Johnson-56, 9. Trey Marcham-54, 10. D.J. Johnson-48, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-45, 12. Nick Aiuto-43, 13. Jason Grady-42, --. Colton Slack-42, 15. Troy Rutherford-40, 16. Casey Shuman-39, 17. Tye Mihocko-32, --. Dennis Gile-32, 19. Max Adams-31, 20. Mike Martin-29, --. Josh Pelkey-29, 22. Matt Rossi-25, 23. Austin Liggett-15, 24. Kenny Perkins-10, --. Josh Grady-10, --. Aaron Reutzel-10, --. Shon Deskins-10, --. Dustin Cormany-10, --. Jeff Sibley-10, --. Landon Cling-10, --. Asa Kesterson-10, --. Richard Vander Weerd-10, --. Tristan Guardino-10, --. Bob Strait-10, --. Brian Hosford-10, --. Ryan Timmons-10.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 9: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
April 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 23, 2016 – Placerville, California – Placerville Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Showdown”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner (#68 Six8), 2. Shane Golobic (#26 Bock), 3. Matt Streeter (#19S Sala), 4. Michael Faccinto (#35F MF), 5. Brian Gard (#88 Arata), 6. Frankie Guerrini (#35S MF), 7. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 8. Tyler Dolacki (#18 Dolacki). NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Carroll (#9E Dodenhoff), 2. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. Britton Bock (#67 Bock), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Cofer), 6. Courtney Crone (#25 Rodela), 7. Dustin Golobic (#25G Bock). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 2. Bryan Clauson (#25K Rodela), 3. Sean Dodenhoff (#9D Dodenhoff), 4. Cody Swanson (#71S Swanson), 5. Terry Nichols (#1P Nichols), 6. Taylor Simas (#62 Bock), 7. Nate Waite (#35W MF). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Brian Gard, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Elliott, 18. Courtney Crone, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Nate Waite, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic. NT

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**Dolacki flipped during the first heat. Dalby flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Dodenhoff, Laps 3-11 Golobic, Laps 12-30 Gardner.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 9 – Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

PLACERVILLE HOSTS 34TH USAC WESTERN MIDGET OPENER ON WEDNESDAY

 By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2016... On Wednesday, March 23rd, the USAC Western States Midgets will open their 34th season at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Showdown” will also feature the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 6:30pm with Racing to follow. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

While a fixture on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted two USAC Western Midget events. On October 11, 1996, “The Professor” Jimmy Sills raced to a popular victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. When the series returned to Placerville on June 1, 2013, Shane Golobic won the BCRA co-sanctioned event.

After scoring two wins last season, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned his third consecutive championship. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner also posted five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart, Ronnie will be looking to claim his fourteenth series triumph.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) placed second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon recorded two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in 2015. Heading to Placerville, the 2012 Champion will have her sights on her second USAC Western Midget victory.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) finished third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson had one Semi-Main win, one Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. The 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC win.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) ran fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols finished last year with three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first series win this Wednesday night.

Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) ran fifth in last year’s championship point chase. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Pankratz had one hard charger award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver will be looking to earn her first series win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Brian Gard, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Tyler Dolacki, Robert Dalby, and more. In addition, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, former USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson, and race promoter / World of Outlaw driver Brad Sweet will be on hand.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. All seating is reserved and tickets are $45. More ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. For more track information, visit the track's website at www.placervillepeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the series available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Jimmy Sills.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Short Track Speedweeks"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.856; 2. Davey Hamilton, Jr., 75, Breidinger-14.933; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.954; 4. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.557; 5. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.565; 6. Antonio Bosacci, 44b, Love-15.738.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Hamilton, 2. Love IV, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Brannon, 5. Bosacci, 6. Lesser. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Hamilton, Jr., 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Ethan Lesser, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Antonia Bosacci. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 T.Breidinger, Laps 8-30 Hamilton.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hamilton-80, 2-T.Breidinger-77, 3-Love-77, 4-Lesser-66, 5-Brannon-66, 6-Bosacci-60. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Hamilton-80, 2-T.Breidinger-77, 3-Love-77, 4-Lesser-66, 5-Brannon-66, 6-Bosacci-60.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 2 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

GOLOBIC GLIDES TO FIRST USAC MIDGET VICTORY IN Du QUOIN'S SHAMROCK CLASSIC

#17w Shane Golobic of Fremont, California won Saturday night's "Shamrock Classic" USAC National Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. (Neil Cavanah Photo)

Shane Golobic of Fremont, California wasn't content on just running the bottom as he went to the high side to pass leader Shane Cottle on lap 34 and was able to pull away on a late green-white-checkered to win his first career USAC Midget National Championship feature in Saturday night's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Golobic, driving the Matt Wood Motorsports/Elk Grove Ford - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Esslinger, joined drivers Kevin Besecker, Blake Fitzpatrick, Todd Forbes, Gene Hartley, Steve Lotshaw, Henry Pens, Dick Pole and Terry Wente as the only drivers to win their first career USAC National Midget race in the season opening event.

Golobic started in the fifth spot, while the night's race promoter Bryan Clauson started on the pole with Tony Roney outside. The 50-lapper started out as the race that refused to begin. Three cautions and a red flag were thrown before a single lap was even completed.

When the race finally did begin, Clauson jumped into the lead with Cottle in tow. Clauson, who won his heat and his qualifying race earlier in the night appeared to be the car to beat as he first encountered lapped traffic on the fifth circuit. On the sixth lap, USAC Midget National Championship Rookie Holly Shelton pirouetted off the berm between turns three and four directly in front of the lead pack. Amazingly, Clauson's car went under the airborne Shelton without making contact.

However, under the caution, Clauson's engine shut off, forcing him into the pit area and leaving him with a hard luck, last place finish on the night. Cottle, who did make slight contact with Shelton during the incident, was the new leader on the ensuing restart followed by Zach Daum.

On the lap 6 restart, Travis Berryhill participated in the only flip during the feature. He was uninjured and, in fact, was able to restart.

With Cottle still in front on lap 18, second running Zach Daum spun in turn three while fourth-place Tyler Thomas came to a stop on the high side, sending them both to the tail.

It was a race to the bottom for the front runners through the midway point of the race as Cottle, Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, and Roney hugged the inside berm while Brady Bacon was the lone driver in the top-five utilizing the higher line.

After a caution brought out by the stopped car of Gage Walker with 18 laps to go, the restart saw second-running Shane Golobic venture to the outside and making it stick, gaining ground on Cottle each lap, resulting in a near dead-heat at the flag stand at the end of the 33rd lap. One lap later, Golobic was finally able to nose his number 17w ahead of Cottle, officially taking the lead at the stripe on lap 34.

Golobic drove away from second-place Cottle to gain a healthy advantage, but the lead was erased when a yellow on the final lap brought out a green-white-checkered finish. With the field bunched up and a clear track in front, Golobic had no problems whatsoever driving away to the victory followed by Cottle, Meseraull, Bacon, Roney, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Thorson, David Budres, Berryhill and Daum.

Saturday night, Golobic became the first driver since Kenny Irwin, Jr. at the Toronto (Ontario) SkyDome in 1993 to win a full, points-paying USAC National Midget feature indoors.

"Man, I've waited so long to hear my name attached to the phrase 'USAC National Midget winner,' and it feels amazing," Golobic exclaimed. "Our car was so good tonight; I've never driven one that good before. I'm so excited to be working with Tim Clauson and this Matt Wood Racing team. I think we've really got a nice package put together and I can't wait for the rest of the season."

Cottle, of Kokomo, Indiana led the most laps (28) and just came short of picking off his first series win since 2010.

"It's hard to be the leader and not really know where those guys behind you are running," Cottle explained. "We were good on the bottom, but then Golobic went around us on the top and from then on, it was just playing defense to hold those other guys off. We had a really good car all night; (we) just couldn't quite finish it off."

Contingency award winners for the "Shamrock Classic" included Bacon (Max Papis Innovations (MPI) "Wheelman of the Race"); Daum, Cottle, Shane Morgan and Daniel Adler (Competition Susepension, Inc. (CSI); Cottle, Clauson, Budres and Chad Boat (All Star Performance); Golobic (Simpson Race Products Steering Wheel); Roney, Ryan Greth, John Campbell and Terry Babb (Simpson Race Products); Golobic (Priority Aviation $777); Golobic, Danny Meyer and Bayston (Afco Shocks); Dave Darland, Chris Andrews, Boat, Robert Bell and Babb (Indy Race Parts); Golobic (Lap 39 leader from Ben Hodgin), plus the Dooling Machine "Pot of Gold" to five different winners.

USAC Contingency award winners included Chase Briscoe (Simpson Race Products First Heat); Bryan Clauson (Benic Enterprises Second Heat); Jake Neuman (Competition Suspension, Inc (CSI) Third Heat); Dereck King (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat) and Tanner Thorson (KSE "Hard Charger").

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 19, 2016 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#D33 Davis), 2. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 3. Katlynn Leer (#77K Leer), 4. Justin Grant (#38 Gardner), 5. Nick Knepper (#55 Knepper), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#2x Shuman), 7. Ty Hulsey (#21 Hulsey), 8. Chase Hill (#11H Felker). NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Kevin Olson (#5H Hoppe), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 6. Mike McSparin (#0A Zero), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Chase Johnson (#17m Wood), 3. Michelle Decker (#4M Meents), 4. J.D. Black (#7JR Robinson), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9K Schuett), 6. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 7. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 8. Scott Orr (#88x Orr). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m Noffsinger/Manafort), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Austin Prock (#41 Prock), 7. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 8. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 3. Travis Berryhill (#11 Manic), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Greth), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Robert Bell (#71½ Bell). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 2. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 3. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 4. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 5. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 7. Bill Rose (#6 Rose). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56 5IVE-6IX), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 6. Brad Kraus (#6B Kraus). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Knowles (#13 Zero).

C-MAIN #1: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Macedo, 3. Morgan, 4. McSparin, 5. Hulsey, 6. Rose, 7. Bell. NT

C-MAIN #2: (10 laps) 1. Andrews, 2. Orr, 3. Meyer, 4. Prock, 5. Hill, 6. Klaasmeyer. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Meseraull, 3. Felker, 4. Neuman, 5. Decker, 6. Peck, 7. Siner, 8. Schuett, 9. C.Cottle. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Roney, 3. Adler, 4. Babb, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Bacon, 7. Olson, 8. Urish, 9. Black, 10. D.Robinson. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Budres, 2. Walker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Daum, 5. Knepper, 6. Hernandez, 7. Leer, 8. K.Thomas, 9. Greth. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Berryhill, 3. King, 4. Golobic, 5. Briscoe, 6. Thorson, 7. Shelton, 8. Bayston, 9. Campbell. NT

SEMI #1: (15 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Adler, 6. Knepper, 7. Schuett, 8. Briscoe, 9. Macedo, 10. Darland, 11. Siner, 12. C.Cottle, 13. K.Thomas, 14. Leer, 15. Campbell. NT

SEMI #2: (15 laps) 1. Berryhill, 2. Babb, 3. Decker, 4. D.Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Andrews, 7. Shelton, 8. Orr, 9. Urish, 10. Neuman, 11. R.Robinson, 12. Greth, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. Daniel Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT

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**Rose flipped during the sixth heat. Prock flipped during the second last chance qualifier. R.Robinson flipped during the second qualifier. Urish flipped during the second qualifier. Berryhill flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Clauson, Laps 6-33 S.Cottle, Laps 34-50 Golobic.

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Golobic-70, 2-Bacon-61, 3-Bayston-55, 4-Thorson-52, 5-Budres-49, 6-Daum-43, 7-Hernandez-41, 8-Boat-37, 9-T.Thomas-35, 10-Shelton-33.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 8-9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

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UPCOMING USAC MIDGET

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Friday, April 8-9, 2016

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship

TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) - 1/4-Mile, High-Banked Dirt Oval

EVENT: "Kokomo Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship

TICKETS: General Admission: $20.00; Pit Pass (All Ages): $35.00. Kids 10 & Under FREE with Paid Adult (General Admission Only)

TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN, 46901

TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877

TRACK WEBSITE: http://kokomospeedway.net

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PAST "KOKOMO GRAND PRIX" WINNERS:

4/11/2014: Rico Abreu

4/12/2014: Rico Abreu

4/11/2015: Darren Hagen

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (70) Shane Golobic

2. (61) Brady Bacon

3. (55) Spencer Bayston

4. (52) Tanner Thorson

5. (49) David Budres

6. (43) Zach Daum

7. (41) Anton Hernandez

8. (37) Chad Boat

9. (35) Tyler Thomas

10. (33) Holly Shelton

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Mar 19: &&& DuQuoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center

WINNER: Shane Golobic

Apr 8: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Apr 9: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

May 31: @@@ Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

Jun 1: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

Jun 2: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

Jun 3: @@@ Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

Jun 4: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

Jun 5: @@@ Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Jun 17: West Memphis, AR - Riverside International Speedway

Jun 18: West Memphis, AR - Riverside International Speedway

Aug 2: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway

Aug 3: Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway

Aug 5: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

Aug 6: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

Aug 14: *** York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

Aug 15: *** Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park

Aug 16: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway

Aug 17: *** Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway

Sep 24: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

Oct 6: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 7: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 8: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 21: %%% Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway

Nov 24: ### Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway

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Races noted with &&& represent an indoor race.

Races noted with @@@ represent Indiana Midget Week.

Races noted with *** represent a Co-Sanctioned race with ARDC.

Races noted with %%% represent a co-sanctioned race with POWRi.

Races noted with ### represent a Co-Sanctioned race with the USAC Western Midget Championship.

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS:

1. (1) Shane Golobic (Southern Illinois Center on March 19)

FEATURE LAPS LED:

1. (28) Shane Cottle

2. (17) Shane Golobic

3. (5) Bryan Clauson

TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull & Tony Roney

TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Travis Berryhill, David Budres, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, Tony Roney & Tanner Thorson

HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), Benic Enterprises & Indy Race Parts):

1. (1) Chase Briscoe, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Dereck King & Jake Neuman

SEMI WINS:

1. (1) Travis Berryhill & Thomas Meseraull

QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (1) Chad Boat, David Budres, Bryan Clauson & Shane Cottle

C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Chris Andrews & Dave Darland

FEATURE STARTS:

1. (1) Terry Babb, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Travis Berryhill, Chad Boat, David Budres, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Michelle Decker, Andrew Felker, Shane Golobic, Anton Hernandez, Dereck King, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Peck, Daniel Robinson, Tony Roney, Holly Shelton, Tyler Thomas, Tanner Thorson and Gage Walker

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

3/19 Southern Illinois Center: Tanner Thorson (12 positions)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-13.499; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.633; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.645; 4. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.756; 5. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-13.803; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.894; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.971; 8. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-14.147; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.165; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 55, Everhart-14.195; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.301; 12. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.599; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.606; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-14.633; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.839; 16. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-15.024; 17. Cory Elliott, 81X, Watt-15.087; 18. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.345; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.388; 20. Johnny White, 17, White-15.445; 21. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-37.084; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-NT; 23. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. J.VanderWeerd, 3. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Strole, 6. Herrera, 7. Carter. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Boles, 4. Timmons, 5. Barnes, 6. White, 7. Elliott. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Liggett, 3. Marcham, 4. Roa, 5. Faria, 6. Sibley, 7. Majors. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Tristan Guardino, 7. Max Adams, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Luke Boles, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kevin Barnes, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 16. Geoffrey Strole, 17. Johnny White, 18. Austin Liggett, 19. James Herrera, 20. Cory Elliott, 21. Steve Hix. 22. Trent Carter. NT

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**White flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Rutherford, Lap 21 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 22-30 Rutherford.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jeff Sibley

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: April 2 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 - DuQuoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

SIMPSON RACING PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#D33 Davis), 2. Andrew Felker (#11a Felker), 3. Katlynn Leer (#77k Leer), 4. Justin Grant (#38 Gardner), 5. Nick Knepper (#55 Knepper), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2x Shuman), 7. Ty Hulsey (#21 Hulsey), 8. Chase Hill (#11H Felker). NT BENIC ENTERPRISES SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Kevin Olson (#5H Hoppe), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 6. Mike McSparin (#0A Zero), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer). NT COMPETITION SUSPENSION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Chase Johnson (#17m Wood), 3. Michelle Decker (#4M Meents), 4. J.D. Black (#7jr Robinson), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 6. Daniel Robinson (#57d McCreery), 7. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 8. Scott Orr (#88x Orr). NT INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 2. Brady Bacon (#76M Noffsinger/Manafort), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Austin Prock (#41 Prock), 7. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 8. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 3. Travis Berryhill (#11 Manic), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Greth), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Colten Cottle (#5C Cottle), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Robert Bell (#71.5 Bell). NT SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 2. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 3. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 4. Chris Urish (#77U Casson), 5. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 7. Bill Rose (#6 Rose). NT SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56 5IVE-6IX), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 6. Brad Kraus (#6b Kraus). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Knowles (#13 Zero).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #1: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Madeoa, 3. Morgan, 4. McSparin, 5. Hulsey, 6. Rose, 7. Bell. NT LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Andrews, 2. Orr, 3. Meyer, 4. Prock, 5. Hill, 6. Klaasmeyer. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Meseraull, 3. Felker, 4. Neuman, 5. Decker, 6. Peck, 7. Siner, 8. Schuett, 9. C.Cottle. NT SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Roney, 3. Adler, 4. Babb, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Bacon, 7. Olson, 8. Urish, 9. Black, 10. D.Robinson. NT THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Budres, 2. Walker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Daum, 5. Knepper, 6. Hernandez, 7. Leer, 8. K.Thomas, 9. Greth. NT FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Berryhill, 3. King, 4. Golobic, 5. Briscoe, 6. Thorson, 7. Shelton, 8. Bayston, 9. Campbell. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Adler, 6. Knepper, 7. Schuett, 8. Briscoe, 9. Macedo, 10. Darland, 11. Siner, 12. C.Cottle, 13. K.Thomas, 14. Leer, 15. Campbell. NT B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Berryhill, 2. Babb, 3. Decker, 4. D.Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Andrews, 7. Shelton, 8. Orr, 9. Urish, 10. Neuman, 11. R.Robinson, 12. Greth, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. David Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT ---------------------------- **Rose flipped during the sixth heat. Prock flipped during the second last chance qualifier. R.Robinson flipped during the second qualifier. Urish flipped during the second qualifier. Berryhill flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Clauson, Laps 6-33 S.Cottle, Laps 34-50 Golobic.

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES POINTS: 1-Golobic-70, 2-Bacon-61, 3-Bayston-55, 4-Thorson-52, 5-Budres-49, 6-Daum-43, 7-Hernandez-41, 8-Boat-37, 9-T.Thomas-35, 10-Shelton-33.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES: April 8-9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

UPDATED 2016 USAC WESTERN MIDGET MUFFLER LIST
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 18, 2016... Officials with the USAC Western States Midget Series have issued an updated list of approved mufflers for competition in 2016. The twelve approved mufflers have been tested and will help meet the sound levels required by racetracks with strict noise regulations. It will still be racer’s responsibility to meet the 95db sound rule enforced at most California racetracks.

“It is our goal and hope that the combination of large choices will enable the racers to find a muffler that works for their combination without costing them a bunch of money,” stated USAC Western Director Chris Kearns. “At the same time, we can keep the racetracks and neighbors happy so that we can preserve midget racing.”

The approved mufflers (with part numbers) are:

B&B:
FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet

COAST FABRICATION:
300x625x17-2s
350x625x17-2s
400x625x17-2s

EXTREME:
3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30)
3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30)
4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone

FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved)
13009130
1509130
13509135

SHOENFELD:
14272735-78
14272535

The USAC Western States Midget Series will open their 34th season on Wednesday, March 23rd at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Showdown” will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 23: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
April 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Fall Shootout)
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #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 SPRINTS INVADE BAKERSFIELD THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 16, 2016... This Saturday, March 19th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the third point race will also showcase the IMCA Northern SportMods, American Stocks, and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, with Racing at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" set for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

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

Since April 2009, the Bakersfield facility has hosted twelve West Coast Sprint Car events. Davey Pombo leads all drivers with three victories and Jace Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.597, set on March 22, 2014. Last year, Ryan Bernal earned his second Bakersfield checkered flag after passing “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the fourth lap. A complete Bakersfield win list is at the end of this release.

After running second last Saturday at Tulare, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has taken over the point lead. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion will be looking for his second USAC West Coast triumph.

Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) is currently second in the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson scored eighth at Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, the Indy 500 driver has four feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, six heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC National Champion will promote and race a midget in Duquoin, Illinois.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) runs third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson led all 30 laps to earn his first USAC West Coast win at Tulare. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes. At Bakersfield, the young driver will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon finished tenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. At press time, the former USAC National Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes and 2 feature laps led on the season. Like Clauson, Brady will be racing a midget in the “Shamrock Classic” in Illinois.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to fifth in championship points. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace ran sixth last Saturday at Tulare. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish on the year. The Bakersfield track record holder will be looking for his seventh career win on Saturday.

Currently twenty-third in points, Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Troy Rutherford, Trey Marcham, Austin Liggett, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Shannon McQueen, Cody Majors, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, King Racing Products, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-151, 2. Bryan Clauson-137, 3. D.J. Johnson-129, 4. Brady Bacon-119, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-107, 6. Troy Rutherford-100, 7. Trey Marcham-93, 8. Austin Liggett-83, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-80, 10. Stevie Sussex-78, 11. Josh Hodges-68, 12. Max Adams-66, 13. Dave Darland-63, 14. Landon Hurst-62, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 16. R.J. Johnson-56, 17. Tristan Guardino-55, ---. Mike Martin-55, 19. Geoff Ensign-54, 20. Jeff Sibley-47.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

NUMEROUS BONUSES AND PRIZES ADDED TO SHAMROCK CLASSIC POT

Numerous companies have pledged support of Saturday night, March 19th's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" promoted by Bryan Clauson. The much anticipated indoor event at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center marks the season opener for the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship season.

Among those offering prizes and bonuses to competitors include Simpson Race Products, who is awarding a brand new helmet to the winner of the 50-lap midget feature while a select few other drivers will receive a set of seatbelts, a set of nomex, as well as a pair of gloves, and a pair of shoes. Additionally, the feature winner will earn $777 from Priority Aviation as a reward for taking the checkered flag.

Five random drivers still running at the finish of the 50-lap feature will be given $200 each courtesy of Dooling Machine. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will be named "Hard Charger" and receive $200 cash from Elliott Custom Trailers.

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) is giving away five $50 certificates to various drivers. Likewise, Afco Shocks will award five $50 certificates to five different drivers throughout the evening. Five sets of tear-offs are part of Indy Race Parts' contingency package for Saturday night.

The winners of each of the four qualifying races will receive a $50 certificate from All Star Performance, who will also add another $50 to the pocket of another driver.

In addition to the special contingency awards, competitors this Saturday night will have the opportunity to earn certificates up for grabs at each and every USAC National event throughout the 2016 season: Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI), Benic Enterprises and Indy Race Parts (Heat Race Winners) as well as KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger).

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic," which includes Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts as part of the program, begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.

Reserved seats are $25.00. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-classic-at-duquoin-tickets-20089747977.

For fans who are unable to attend the event, coverage of the race will be LIVE on http://thecushion.com/ on Saturday, March 19 and can be purchased for $21.50 ($19.25 for Premium/VIP members).

 

 

USAC GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS IN 2016 WITH SIX-RACE SCHEDULE

The Gulf Coast Midget Championship, USAC's newest racing series, has announced a six-race schedule at two southeast Texas venues for the 2016 season.

Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas serves as the host of four dates including the series opener on April 23. In addition, the series visits the ¼-mile, semi-banked clay oval on June 11, July 23 and August 27.

The red clay of the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas greets the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship on two occasions during the 2016 campaign on May 7 and for the season finale on September 17.

Each of the six races on the schedule will pay $1000 to the winner of the feature.

All cars participating in the series must appear and fit the guidelines of a traditional midget. Cars powered by spec engines such as the Honda/Ford Focus, Volkswagen or the Chevy II with an entirely stock-production head and block, etc. do not have a minimum weight. For all purpose-built racing engines, cars must meet a minimum weight of 1035 pounds (including driver).

All 1000cc or greater upright cars are eligible to compete without a minimum weight and may be chain-driven and utilize a traditional driveline or quick-change rear-end.

All four corners of the car must be fitted with Hoosier Tires. On the right rear, teams may use the SP2, SP3 or SP4. A D12 tire or harder compound must be used on the left rear.

A maximum 10-inch-width right rear rim may be used. However, a maximum 12-inch width tire may be mounted to the 10-inch rim. Cars with 1000cc engines can use a maximum 12-inch wide right rear wheel rim.

Only one right rear tire can be used for an entire racing event (heat race and all features) unless it is inspected and determined by a race official to be flat or a potential safety hazard. If another tire is required, the replacement tire must be of the same compound and brand as the tire being approved for removal. All tires will be marked following hot laps.

To compete in the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship, drivers must be at least 14 years old and a licensed member as a driver with USAC Speed2.

For more information on the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship, please contact Jon McIntyre at mcintyrespeedshop@gmail.com.

2016 USAC GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Apr 23: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas May 7: Gator Motorplex - Willis, Texas Jun 11: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Jul 23: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Aug 27: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Sep 17: Gator Motorplex - Willis, Texas

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 12, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.308; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.309; 3. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.324; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.353; 5. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-15.377; 6. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-15.388; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.410; 8. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.445; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.491; 10. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-15.565; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.625; 12. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.700; 13. Landon Hurst, 81H, Watt-15.864; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.908; 15. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.010; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.027; 17. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-16.109; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.110; 19. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-16.246; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.320; 21. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.383; 22. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.441; 23. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.546; 24. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.651.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Rutherford, 5. Hurst, 6. Martin, 7. Henry, 8. Strole. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Faria, 4. Bacon, 5. Guardino, 6. Smith, 7. Sibley, 8. Timmons. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Barnes, 5. McQueen, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Marcham, 8. Richardson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Landon Hurst, 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Kevin Barnes, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Geoffrey Strole, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Kyle Smith, 18. Max Adams, 19. Jim Richardson, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Ryan Timmons, 22. Ricky Kirkbride, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Danny Faria Jr. NT --------------------------- **Richardson flipped during the third heat. Faria flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Henry flipped on lap 1 of the feature restart.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 D.J. Johnson.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-151, 2-Clauson-137, 3-Johnson-129, 4-Bacon-119, 5-J.Vander Weerd-107, 6-Rutherford-100, 7-Marcham-93, 8-Liggett-83, 9-R.Vander Weerd-80, 10-Stevie Sussex-78.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 19 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

KERN COUNTY DIRT DEBUT FRIDAY FOR WESTERN HPDs

USAC makes its initial appearance at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. Friday as the USAC Western HPD Midgets invade the one-third-mile oval.

The series competed on the Kern County quarter-mile pavement in 2014 and 2015, but Friday will be the first event on the new dirt track. Jesse Love III from Menlo Park, Calif. was the 2014 winner on the pavement and Clovis, California's Dylan Nobile won twice there last year.

Love III's son, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif., was last season's USAC Western "Restricted" HPD Midget champion. Female competitors Antonia Bosacci of Mountain View, Calif. and 2014 Western Dirt HPD Midget champ Ashley Hazelton, Chatsworth, Calif. are also expected to compete.

Orange, California's Wally Pankratz, the 2000 USAC Western Midget champion, and Daniel Anderson, who finished 5th in the series' most recent visit to the city of Bakersfield (on the dirt at Bakersfield Speedway) will battle it out on the clay.

Opening night for the series begins Friday night with pits opening at 3:00pm and spectator gates opening at 5:00pm. Hot laps are set to roll of at 6:00pm with opening ceremonies getting underway at 7:00pm and racing to follow immediately. General admission is $10 for adults while tickets are just $7 for kids age 6-15, active military and seniors 65 years of age or older. Kids age five and under are FREE!

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UPCOMING USAC HPD MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES EVENT

DATE:
March 11, 2016

SERIES:
USAC Western HPD Midget Championship

TRACK:
The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - 1/3-Mile, Clay Oval

EVENT:
Opening Night featuring the USAC Western HPD Midget Championship, A-Mods, Pro Stocks and Mod Lites

STARTING TIMES:
Pits open at 3:00pm
Grandstands open at 5:00pm
Hot Laps begin at 6:00pm
Opening ceremonies get underway at 7:00pm with racing to follow immediately

TICKETS:
Adults: $10
Children Age 6-15, Active Military and Senior Age 65+: $7
Children Age 5 and Under: FREE!

TRACK ADDRESS:
13500 Raceway Blvd Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311

TRACK PHONE:
(661) 835-1264

TRACK WEBSITE:
http://www.kernraceway.com/

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2016 USAC HPD MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Mar 11: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Mar 19: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Apr 1: (E) Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway
Apr 2: (E) Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway
Apr 2: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Apr 15: (E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Apr 16: (E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Apr 16: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Apr 22: (E) Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway
Apr 23: (E) Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway
Apr 23: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Apr 30: (E) Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway
May 7: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
May 13: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
May 14: (E) Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway
May 20: (WD) Orland, CA - Sacramento Valley Speedway
May 21: (WD) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
May 21: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Jun 4: (E) Robersonville, NC - East Carolina Motor Speedway
Jun 4: (WD) Dixon, CA - Dixon Speedway
Jun 11: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Jun 17: (E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Jun 17: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Jun 18: (E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Jun 25: (WP) Anderson, CA - Shasta Speedway
Jun 25: (WP) Fountain, CO - Pikes Peak International Raceway
Jun 25: (WD) Orland, CA - Sacramento Valley Speedway
Jul 9: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Jul 16: (E) Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway
Jul 21: (WP) Meridian, ID - Meridian Speedway
Jul 22: (E) Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway
Jul 22: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Jul 23: (E) Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway
Jul 23: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Aug 3: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Aug 6: (E) Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway
Aug 6: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Aug 6: (WP) Stockton, CA - Stockton 99 Speedway
Aug 13: (E) Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park
Aug 13: (WD) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
Aug 13: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Aug 27: (E) Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway
Sep 9: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Sep 10: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Sep 16: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Sep 17: (E) Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway
Sep 17: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Sep 24: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 1: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Oct 7: (SE-E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Oct 8: (SE-E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Oct 15: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Oct 16: (WP) Lake Havasu, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway
Oct 21: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 22: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 29: (E) Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park
Nov 19: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
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(E) = USAC Eastern HPD Midgets
(WD) = USAC Western Dirt HPD Midgets
(WP) = USAC Western Pavement HPD Midgets


 

 

WHEELS UP WEDNESDAY SHOW TO COVER ALL THE HAPPENINGS IN USAC RACING FOR 2016

"Wheels Up Wednesday," a new weekly highlight show focusing on all things USAC, made its debut Wednesday night, March 9. The web-based series, that will air each Wednesday night at 9pm EST, 6pm PST throughout the racing season exclusively on http://Loudpedal.TV, covers the most recent USAC activity from coast-to-coast featuring in-depth race highlights, interviews, feature stories and more.

Voiced by Road Trip Productions' Michael McIntyre and written by USAC Media's Richie Murray, the new series plans to fill the void by having a flagship highlight show focusing solely on the thrilling world of USAC racing.

"A show featuring every wheel stand, slide job, amazing finish, thrills and spills from USAC is long overdue and we are very excited to be bringing 'Wheels Up Wednesday' to race fans around the world on Loudpedal.TV," exclaimed series creator and producer Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions.

Each episode will recap all of USAC's racing action from its vast array of open wheel series from the past weekend as well as preview USAC's upcoming events for the next weekend. Throughout the season, you will also see highlights of classic racing events from USAC's extensive video archive as well as other informative features to keep race fans in the loop.

To watch "Wheels Up Wednesday" each week, subscribe to http://Loudpedal.TV/ now for just $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a full year to watch not only each exciting episode, but you can also catch replays of every single 2016 USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget, CRA Sprint and Western Midget race from start to finish as well as several USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint races. "On-Demand" replays of each USAC race are posted to http://Loudpedal.TV/ one day after the event. Additionally, you will have access to watch all of the 2015 USAC action and enjoy a plethora of "classic" content featuring races from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.


 


FAN-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE PLANNED FOR
USAC'S INAUGURAL Du QUOIN SHAMROCK CLASSIC

The 2016 USAC Midget National Championship schedule is set to launch Saturday night, March 19, with the inaugural "Shamrock Classic" on the 1/6-mile, semi-banked dirt track located inside the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-five teams have already pre-entered for the "Shamrock Classic," including USAC champions Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon, plus USAC National Series feature winners Zach Daum, Bill Rose, Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull.

An electric atmosphere was in full force last December in USAC's most recent race at the Southern Illinois Center during the "Junior Knepper 55." Mississippi's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. chased down teammate Clauson in the final laps to take the victory. Clauson is entered for the event, but is partaking in a new venture for the "Shamrock Classic:" race promoter.

"This event is going to be more than just a race," Clauson exclaimed. "The race fans are in for a treat not only because of the great, competitive racing, but also because of the fan experience. With things like the open drivers meeting, free giveaways, and driver introductions, among many other things, we hope this event will become an annual tradition that fans can look forward to each and every year."

Among the perks fans can enjoy is a free pit pass for those who purchase reserved tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-classic-at-duquoin-tickets-20089747977. The free pit pass offer, available until Monday, March 14, will provide fans a unique up-close vantage point of the teams and drivers at work prior to, during and after the evening's racing events have concluded.

For fans who are not able to attend the event, coverage will be LIVE on http://thecushion.com/ on Saturday, March 19 and can be purchased for $21.50 ($19.25 for Premium/VIP members).
An open, public, drivers' meeting will be held prior to the night's racing events at 3:30pm and is open to all race fans! The meeting will be held in in the stands at the end of the front straightaway in turn one.

The intimate atmosphere of an indoor racing setting added an extra element of excitement for fans last year as the southern Illinois crowd saw a thrilling show from start to finish. Race fans can expect no different this time around with a format rewarding position advancement through the preliminary events, just as what was used in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" and at the Chili Bowl Nationals. Passing points from the heats and qualifying races will form the lineups for the 50-lap feature event.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic," which includes Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts as part of the program, begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.


"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST (35 cars as of March 9)
0A MIKE McSPARIN/Carrier Mills, IL
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO
2 TBA
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL
4 RYAN GRETH/New Cumberland, PA
4M MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK
5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL
5x JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN
6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
7 GAGE WALKER/Indianapolis, IN
11AG DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
15 TIM SINER/Dupo, IL
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL
17m CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA
19 JOHN CAMPBELL/Belleville, IL
21 TY HULSEY/Owasso, OK
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS
35T TYLER ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL
38 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO
55 NICK KNEPPER/Belleville, IL
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL
63 BRYAN CLAUSON/Noblesville, IN
66 THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA
76 KELLEN CONOVER/St. Louis, MO
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL
86 DANNY MEYER/Tuscola, IL
88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
91 DERECK KING/Vienna, IL
91A CHRIS ANDREWS/Sandusky, OH
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT TULARE’S FRIDAY/SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 8, 2016... After opening the point season at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway for two nights of action. Starting this Friday, March 11th, the non-wing sprints will tackle the lighting fast 1/3-mile clay oval with the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman and King of the West Sprint Cars. The popular winged Western RaceSaver Sprints will join Saturday’s showcase. The front gates will open at 4:00pm on both nights, time trials is at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Friday and Saturday races at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected both days. 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. Thunderbowl Raceway has 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Heading into Friday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-eight USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133, set on March 13, 2015. On October 3rd, Jace Vander Weerd added his name to the Tulare record books by dominating the 30-lap main event. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning last Friday’s USAC SouthWest co-sanctioned “FVP Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) leads the point chase. Racing Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson surged past Stevie Sussex off the last corner to score the victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is expected to compete at Tulare with both the Outlaw and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is currently second in the championship point standings. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex looked to repeat at Las Vegas until Clauson took the checkered flags. The USAC SouthWest regular is not expected to compete at Tulare and will race at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway on March 26th.

Running six points behind Stevie Sussex is Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California). Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa led three laps at Las Vegas before scoring fourth. Brody won the 360 Western World Championships in Tucson last November and will be looking to add Tulare to his win list.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the West Coast point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon was in the mix for the Las Vegas win before scoring third. Like Clauson, the former USAC National Sprint Car Champion will be at Tulare racing “double duty” with the USAC West Coast and Outlaw Sprint Cars.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges finished fifth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young driver has already won two Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway and is not expected to compete at Tulare.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen, Bud Kaeding, 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. Grandstand Tickets are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED. 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, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase at www.loudpedalvideo.com 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-79, 2. Stevie Sussex-78, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Brady Bacon-69, 5. Josh Hodges-68, 6. Dave Darland-63, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 8. R.J. Johnson-56, 9. Trey Marcham-54, 10. D.J. Johnson-48, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-45, 12. Nick Aiuto-43, 13. Jason Grady-42, --. Colton Slack-42, 15. Troy Rutherford-40, 16. Casey Shuman-39, 17. Tye Mihocko-32, --. Dennis Gile-32, 19. Max Adams-31, 20. Mike Martin-29, --. Josh Pelkey-29, 22. Matt Rossi-25, 23. Austin Liggett-15, 24. Kenny Perkins-10, --. Josh Grady-10, --. Aaron Reutzel-10, --. Shon Deskins-10, --. Dustin Cormany-10, --. Jeff Sibley-10, --. Landon Cling-10, --. Asa Kesterson-10, --. Richard Vander Weerd-10, --. Tristan Guardino-10, --. Bob Strait-10, --. Brian Hosford-10, --. Ryan Timmons-10.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 11: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 12: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 5, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.529; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.607; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.730; 4. Mike Spencer, 50 Chaffin-16.749; 5. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.865; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.914; 7. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.920; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.957; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.994; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.002; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.038; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.049; 13. Matt Mitchell, 9, McDonald-17.049; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.082; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.102; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.185; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.299; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.310; 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.349; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.391; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.864; 22. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.967; 23. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.070; 24. Mikey Lovas, 36, Lovas-18.111; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.429; 26. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-NT; 27. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-NT; 28. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-NT; 29. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Spencer, 3. Clauson, 4. T.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Everhart, 8. Mitchell, 9. Tafoya. 2:49.47

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Colston, 3. Bender, 4. Hodges, 5. C.Williams, 6. L.Williams, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Stewart, 9. A.Williams. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Rossi, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Swanson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson, 8. Lovas. 2:24.01

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. A.Williams, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Mitchell, 6. Gansen, 7. L.Williams, 8. V.Sweeney, 9. J.Vander Weerd, 10. Ellertson, 11. Tafoya, 12. Lovas, 13. Stewart. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Cody Williams, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Max Adams, 11. Parker Colston, 12. A.J. Bender, 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 14. Logan Williams, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Trent Williams, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Matt Mitchell, 21. Verne Sweeney, 22. Matt Rossi, 23. Damion Gardner. NT
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**A.Sweeney flipped during qualifications. A.Williams flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 13-30 Clauson.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-82, 2-R.Vander Weerd-75, 3-Roa-70, 4-Hodges-68, 5-Spencer-68, 6-Swanson-63, 7-Faria-58, 8-Johnson-54, 9-C.Williams-50, 10-Colston-48.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: April 16 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway


 

USAC WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 4, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 5th FVP "Sin City Showdown"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Trey Marcham (#81 Watt), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 9. Aaron Reutzel (#0 Styres). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Casey Shuman (#38 McGerigle), 4. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 5. Max Adams (#5M Adams), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 8. Dustin Cormany (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 9. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#42 Cheney), 2. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 8. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 9. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 5. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 6. Colton Slack (#3F Finkenbinder), 7. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 8. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 9. Bob Strait (#58 Strait). NT

FIRST SEMI: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Mihocko, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Reutzel, 5. Guardino, 6. Josh Grady, 7. Liggett, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

SECOND SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Jason Grady, 2. Slack, 3. Rossi, 4. Sibley, 5. Strait, 6. Cling, 7. Hosford, 8. Cormany, 9. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dave Darland, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Colton Slack, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Max Adams, 19. Dennis Gile, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Matt Rossi. NT ---------------------------- **Deskins flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Clauson, Laps 5-7 Roa, Laps 8-23 Clauson, Laps 24-27 Sussex, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Clauson.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 11 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: March 26 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Easter Eggstravaganza"

 

USAC/CRA RACER ATTENDANCE PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2016
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 4, 2016... Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series have announced that the Racer Incentive Program will be back for 2016. Designed to encourage more teams to travel and compete during the entire schedule, the program was deemed a success.

Any Amsoil USAC/CRA team that has perfect attendance up to the July 1st race will receive ONE FREE PIT PASS that night at Santa Maria. This will continue as long as perfect attendance is maintained. For teams that had perfect attendance last year, it will carry over until July 1st as long as they keep their perfect attendance record going.

This Saturday, March 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their thirteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. The event is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. The spectator gates 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.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, 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 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 and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
May 7: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Firecracker 30)
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *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.

 

 

13TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAMPAIGN OPENS SATURDAY AT PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2016... This Saturday, March 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their thirteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. The event is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. The spectator gates 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.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular event on the West Coast since March 17, 2001 when "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural race at Manzanita Speedway. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the race has grown to also recognize his family and their contributions to racing. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd earned his first of four USAC/CRA wins after taking the lead from Mike Spencer on the eighth lap. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Spencer, Ryan Bernal, and Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

After claiming eight wins last year, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) earned his fourth series championship. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 192 feature laps led. “The Demon” will be looking to win his third “Sokola Shootout” and sixty-sixth USAC/CRA feature in honor of sponsor Ken Goecke, who recently passed away.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had his best year with USAC/CRA and finished second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard had four main event wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one dash win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 139 feature laps led. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights on defending his “Sokola Shootout” win and earning his sixth USAC/CRA victory.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ran third in the Amsoil USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer had two main event wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, two semi-main wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time champion will be looking for his thirty-eighth victory and honor car owner Ron Chaffin, who recently passed away.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) had a solid year and ran fourth in the championship points. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Victory Race Cars entry, Swanson posted four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led. The 2012 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first series win and honor team sponsor John Carroll, who recently passed away.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) scored fifth in last year’s chase for the championship. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season. The 2009 Rookie of the Year will be looking to make Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” his fourth USAC/CRA triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Jace Vander Weerd, Chris Gansen, A.J. Bender, Jeremy Ellertson, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Bryan Clauson, 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, Circle Track Performance, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, 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 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 and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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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.

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.

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

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
May 7: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Firecracker 30)
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *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 & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON OPENS FRIDAY AT LAS VEGAS
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2016... This Friday, March 4th, the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The prestigious "5th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" opens the point season for both groups and will pay $2,500 to the winner. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest will race for bragging rights on the large half-mile clay oval. The famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will share the spotlight as the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing set for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Sin City Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last year, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona grabbed the lead from Sikeston, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg on the twenty-second lap. From there, Sussex held off all challengers to claim his first Las Vegas triumph. Ryan Bernal, Matt Mitchell, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Schuerenberg were the top-five drivers.

Campbell, California’s Bud Kaeding won the inaugural event on his way to the 2012 USAC West Coast championship. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) raced Mike Martin’s second car to victory the following year and Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned his first USAC Sprint Car win in 2014. At press time, former USAC National champions Clauson and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) will be in action this Friday night.

After winning his second championship, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) will lead a strong contingent of drivers from the USAC West Coast series. Trey Marcham, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson, Tristan Guardino, Brody Roa, Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, and “Shifter” Landon Hurst rounded out the top-10 in last year’s point chase. Former VRA Champion Troy Rutherford has announced that he will compete in Las Vegas.

Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson capped off a successful year with his third consecutive USAC SouthWest crown. Johnson heads a strong roster of “Copper State” drivers including “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, and Dennis Gile. Other probable drivers are “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Michael Curtis, and Shon Deskins.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 and Reserve tickets are $40. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase at www.loudpedalvideo.com and 805.407.7229.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC SouthWest Facebook page.
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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.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 4: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
March 11: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 12: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 9: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 4: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (FVP Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
March 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 9: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
April 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ENTRIES FREE UNTIL MARCH 14!

Participants who elect to enter the upcoming March 19 "Shamrock Classic" USAC Midget National Championship race at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. will benefit from sponsorship by R.E. Griesemer. Entries filed by March 14 will be FREE of charge by accessing https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic and entering the discount code regriesemer. R.E. Griesemer, a fire protection contractor that has been installing fire sprinkler systems for the past 40 years, has been a constant supporter of Midwest short-track racing, driver Bryan Clauson and Jonathan Byrd's Racing in their "Circular Insanity" pursuit of 200-plus races this season.

A Bryan Clauson, Inc. promotion, the race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims, similar to the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, just like the format employed last December at DuQuoin, concluding this time with a 50-lap main event.

Additional contingencies, over and above those distributed at all USAC National Midget races, include a Simpson Helmet to the feature winner. Other prizes to be distributed will come from Competition Suspensions, Inc. (CSI), Indy Race Parts and All Star Performance.

Dooling Machine has posted unique "pot of gold" cash prizes for random feature finishers and Max Papis Innovations (MPI) will provide a steering wheel for the driver voted the "Wheel Man of the Race," which will signify an outstanding performance.

The 50-lap feature winner will take home a unique trophy, which will be topped by a pot containing treasure, constructed by Cold Hard Art, the same company which crafts the unique "Indiana Sprint Week" trophies.

Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts are also part of the evening's racing program.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.

 

 

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC CONTINUES
USAC's MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRADITION
AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

USAC's long-standing tradition of racing on Memorial Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis continues on Friday night, May 27, 2016, with the running of the "Carb Night Classic...
The Race Before the 500" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series.

The event will feature a 100-lap event for the USAC Silver Crown Series. In addition, the racing extravaganza at the .686-mile track west of Indianapolis, located just a little over six miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will play host to the 5th Annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as well as complete events for two series from the Mazda Road to Indy: The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

The event is the continuation of a tradition of USAC racing in Central Indiana on Memorial Day Weekend leading up to the running of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, this year's "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" will mark the 34th consecutive year a USAC event has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway on Memorial Day weekend.

"It's very exciting to be part of such a big event on Memorial Day weekend in Indy," USAC Racing Director Levi Jones said. "Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is synonymous with USAC racing ever since the first event back in 1961. The 'Carb Night Classic' is sure to provide a night full of action-packed open wheel racing for fans."

The Silver Crown Series event, previously known as the "Day Before the 500" last season was won by Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson who also took the victory in Lucas Oil Raceway's other Silver Crown event in July of 2015.

In what is a busy week for USAC competitors in Indiana, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will take on the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday, May 25, for the 46th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic." The following day, Thursday, May 26, the USAC Silver Crown cars will compete on the one-mile dirt surface at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" before coming to Lucas Oil Raceway for the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" on Friday night, May 27.

The back-to-back events on the Silver Crown schedule mark a rare occurrence in the history of the series. Since 1971, only three times has the Silver Crown Series raced at different tracks in consecutive days.

In 1974, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend's 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in his Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Bob East & Tony Stewart's number 9. The last occasion came in 2008 when Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.


 

USAC Appoints Firestone Farm Tires President to Board of Directors
Tony Orlando named to 3-year term


SPEEDWAY, Indiana - The United States Auto Club (USAC) today announced that Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Farm Tires, has been appointed to the organization's board of directors. Orlando will serve a three year term that began in January. Firestone Farm Tires, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is a leader in the agricultural tire solutions market.

USAC is America's most diversified motorsports sanctioning organization. Headquartered in Speedway, Indiana, USAC annually conducts more than 250 motorsports events nationwide in a wide variety of disciplines. Throughout the organization's 60-year history, USAC has presented nearly 10,000 total motorsports events internationally, spanning the spectrum of the sport from quarter-midget racing to Indy Cars and Formula One.

"Bridgestone has a great tradition of racing that is ingrained in our company's history and roots, and I am honored to have been appointed to the USAC board of directors," said Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Farm Tires, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "An avid follower of motorsports for many years, I am looking forward to bringing my passion for the sport to the position."

Orlando joins a board comprised of business executives representing several facets of the sport, including Chairman and Indianapolis businessman Jeff Stoops, Secretary Pete Morse of Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys, Brett Frood of Tony Stewart Racing, Sterling Pratz, founder of Autonet Mobile, Mark Kvamme, co-founder and partner for Drive Capital, Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motorsports, Colin Dyne, CEO of Global Rally Cross, and USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.

For more information about USAC, visit www.USACRacing.com.

 

 

MESERAULL SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN EPIC WINTER DIRT GAMES FINALE

By Richie Murray & Dillon Welch

There's a fine line between conservation and aggressiveness behind the wheel of a racecar. How much a driver can push himself and his car in either strategic direction without sacrificing the other is an art that is truly a difficult art to master. If a driver doesn't push hard enough, he will not put himself in a position to win. Conversely, if a driver doesn't take care of his equipment, namely the four pieces of rubber on his car, throughout the race, odds are he will not likely be standing in victory lane at night's end. On Saturday night, San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull was able to find just the right combination of speed, patience, and timeliness to take the victory on the last corner of the final lap in a wild, topsy-turvy USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship "Winter Dirt Games VII" finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

Meseraull, who was the night's ProSource Fast Qualifier would start the 30-lap feature from outside the third row, but it was the previous two nights' fast qualifier Max McGhee who started on the pole and led the first lap of the affair. Following a three-car tangle that brought out the race's first caution, the ensuing restart saw outside front row starter Robert Ballou taking the point from McGhee on lap two with Bryan Clauson in tow.

On the fifth lap, Clauson and Ballou banged wheels three separate times, swapping the lead back-and-forth in a battle of the two most recent series feature winners. As Clauson took command of the top spot, Ballou attempted to regain his rhythm as he dropped to fourth, overtaken by McGhee and Meseraull.

At the halfway point, the surface began to take rubber and tire wear became a primary concern as Meseraull got to the second spot on lap 17 with an outside maneuver on McGhee coming off of turn four. On the 18th lap, Meseraull threw a slide job on Clauson for the lead entering one, making slight contact with his right rear tire on Clauson's left front.

Just two laps later, Clauson regained the lead as Meseraull slid high exiting the second turn. Clauson immediately began to pull away and appeared as if he had the race in the bag as he distanced himself from the rest of the field. However, on lap 23, Clauson became the first victim of tire wear, popping a right rear tire and handing over the lead to youngster Max McGhee, putting the 18-year-old in a position to win his first career series race with just eight laps to go.

Under caution, McGhee and others cooled their tires off on the cushion, looking for any possible way to subdue the heat on the tires for the run to the checkered flag. On lap 25, Brady Bacon, running seventh, and fifth-place Ballou saw right rears wear out on them in what was becoming a battle of survival of the fittest.

With two laps remaining, McGhee, Justin Grant, and Meseraull ran nose-to-tail into turn one when suddenly McGhee's right rear tire went flat, sending him out of the groove, out of the lead, and out of luck. The green flag stayed out as Grant and Meseraull now ran one-two headed for the white flag. On the fourth turn of the final lap, with the checkered flag in sight, Grant's right rear gave way, allowing Meseraull to get underneath him and take his first series win of the season aboard his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Claxton number 66, beating Chris Windom, Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon and a heartbroken Grant to the finish line.

The Meseraull/Amati combo has become a force within the series since teaming up last summer, already peeling off three feature victories since late September of 2015. But on this night, Meseraull admits that it's not only experience that enabled him to manage his tires enough to win on this night, but sometimes luck plays a role along with being in the right place at the right time.

"I think I'm already one of the guys that can keep the tires under it." Meseraull said. "You can't over-gas these things and tonight that was the key. I tried not to get wheel spin and we made some changes to get the car over on the left side more and I think that was the key. If we'd have been buried on the right rear, we would've been done. Once Clauson went out, I just started to not burn it at all and then it was just a waiting game. Then, Max McGhee lost his (tire) and Justin lost his in the last corner. We kind of got lucky, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."

Runner-up Chris Windom had a strong, steady, under-the-radar run in his Rick Pollock/Bates Commodities/Maxim/Advanced Engines number 21x, picking his way through the field from his 14th starting spot by altering his race strategy midway through the feature.

"The first ten to twelve laps we had a really good car and could pick some guys off," Windom said. But the last half was all strategy. You had to save your tires as much as possible, and then the last five laps became even more strategic. I was watching the top-three and knew at least a couple of them were going to blow tires because they were going way too hard on the right rear, so I just laid off and hoped that mine would stay up; thankfully it did."

Third place Kyle Cummins continued his impressive performances during "Winter Dirt Games VII" in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins number 3R, taking his third consecutive top-three finish in Ocala and extending his lead in the series point standings to 18 markers over Meseraull.

"It's been a really good week," Cummins exclaimed. "Every night we tried something different and we still have a good top-five car each night. The team is clicking and we're having fun. For a while there it became like a job to me. But I just try to go out and race and have a good time. We certainly want to win, but with finishes like that, we're going to start winning some. Once we do win, we'll have even more confidence and, I think, have a really good season."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS: PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFIER: Thomas Meseraull SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT WINNER: Kyle Cummins COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT WINNER: Justin Grant BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT WINNER: Brady Bacon INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT WINNER: Chad Boespflug KSE HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 3RD PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Cummins SCHOENFELD HEADERS 5TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Grant SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 8TH PLACE FINISHER: Jon Stanbrough TOP MAXIM FINISHER: Chris Windom WILWOOD BRAKE SYSTEMS PASSING MASTER: Bryan Clauson

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:February 20, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII" PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.073; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.149; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.157; 4. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.174; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.240; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.269; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.304; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.309; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.317; 10. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.322; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.411; 12. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.442; 13. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.500; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.554; 15. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.557; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.580; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.601; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.632; 19. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.658; 20. Brady Short, 17GP, Dutcher-14.706; 21. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.708; 22. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-14.730; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.773; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.798; 25. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-14.848; 26. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.878; 27. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-14.908; 28. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.156; 29. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.302; 30. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.339; 31. Lee Dakus, 75, DOW-15.611; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.626.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Clauson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Andretti, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Robbins, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Shuman. 2:04.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Stockon, 3. Spithaler, 4. Ballou, 5. Gentry, 6. Schmidt, 7. Harris, 8. Carlsson. 2:03.00

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Simon, 7. Westfall, 8. Dakus. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. B. Short, 3. Stanbrough, 4. McGhee, 5. C. Short, 6. Farney, 7. Leary, 8. Bell. 2:04.86

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. C. Short, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Farney, 4. Swanson, 5. Leary, 6. Simon, 7. Harris, 8. Robbins, 9. Shuman, 10. Westfall, 11. Dakus, 12. Bell, 13. Mellenberndt, 14. Carlsson, 15. Schmidt, 16. Gentry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Carson Short, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Brandon Spithaler, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Brady Short. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McGhee, Laps 2-4 Ballou, Laps 5-17 Clauson, Laps 18-19 Meseraull, Laps 20-22 Clauson, Laps 23-28 McGhee, Lap 29 Grant, Lap 30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Cummins-227, 2-Meseraull-209, 3-Clauson-209, 4-Stockon-184, 5-Grant-184, 6-Bacon-178, 7-Ballou-174, 8-McGhee-163, 9-Darland-163, 10-Windom-162.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 2 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

BALLOU BANKS WINTER DIRT GAMES GOLD IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray & Dillon Welch

Some might consider putting the #1 on a racecar in the year following a championship as a well-earned honor. On the other hand, some might consider it a curse.Defending series champion Robert Ballou quickly put the latter notion to rest by leading all 30 laps in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley's Auto/Maxim/Ott to win night two of "Winter Dirt Games VII" in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The Rocklin, California driver started on the pole position, quickly jumping out to a sizable lead in the opening laps. Throughout the duration of the race, Ballou rarely encountered trouble, magnificently maneuvering through lapped traffic by the tenth lap. Just two laps later, a Kyle Robbins turn four spin ridded the leaders of traffic, supplying Ballou with an advantage on the lap 12 restart with the lapped car of Kent Schmidt sandwiched between him and second-running Brady Bacon at the green flag.

Bacon was Ballou's most serious threat in the early going, yet it was previous night's second place finisher Kyle Cummins riding the cushion around Bacon in turn two for the second spot on lap 14.

A flip by Jarett Andretti into turn one on lap 21 created one last restart with ten laps remaining. Cummins' left rear appeared to be low on air as the field prepared to come to the green and Bacon was quickly able to charge past Cummins to claim the second position.

Ballou's commanding lead quickly shrank as Bacon once again was looking at a clear racetrack through his visor. One last move by Bacon on Ballou coming out four to the checkered flag wasn't enough as Ballou earned his first victory of the year, beating Bacon, Cummins, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland to the line at the finish.

Ballou tallied his 23rd career series win, tying him for 19th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

"I thought we had a car that was capable of winning last (Thursday) night, but we forgot to put a bleeder in and it just kind of messed up the night," said Ballou who finished 10th in Thursday night's feature. We didn't point any fingers; we just kept digging. We put our heads down today and I said, 'it's a new night; we've got to start over; it's a long season.' We had to dig deep, but we hit everything where we needed to tonight."

Bacon, the 2014 series champ and a USAC Sprint feature winner in Ocala, Fla. one season ago, discovered during his run Friday night that the high side was the place to be.

"Before the next to last yellow, I tried the bottom and it just didn't work and Cummins got around me," admitted Bacon, the driver of the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/XXX/Williams Mopar. "But the next restart, I went back up top and was able to get back around him. I felt like I was better the first few laps after a restart than a couple of those guys, but everyone was pretty equal up on the top and that was pretty much the only option."

Third place finisher Cummins, who carries the series point lead into Saturday night's "Winter Dirt Games VII" finale, backed up his second place run on Thursday night with another podium finish in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins.

"I kind of found a different groove when I was chasing Robert and I'd catch him, but then lose him again," Cummins said. "This thing is right on the edge of being a handful to drive right now and we just haven't found a good setup to calm it down. We changed quite a bit from last night and it still acted sort of the same. Finishing third is alright, but we'll have to try some drastic stuff tomorrow to really get after it. We're fast. We just have to be better."

Friday night's contingency award winners included Max McGhee (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat); Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat); Clauson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Hard Charger); Brady Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat); Cummins (Schroeder/Pac Springs 3rd Place Finisher); Darland (Schoenfeld Headers 5th Place Finisher); Chris Windom (Schroeder/Pac Springs 8th Place Finisher); Ballou (Top Maxim Finisher).

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:February 19, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.771 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.914; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.979; 4. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.997; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.040; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.111; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.115; 8. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.116; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.119; 10. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.152; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.164; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.171; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.221; 14. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-14.290; 15. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.301; 16. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.307; 17. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.379; 18. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.409; 19. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.476; 20. Brady Short, 17GP, 14.481; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.491; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.500; 23. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.508; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.565; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-14.592; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-14.636; 27. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.655; 28. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.704; 29. Lee Dakus, 75, DOW-14.726; 30. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.949; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.288; 32. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.640; 33. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.657.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Andretti, 4. Bacon, 5. Spithaler, 6. Wissmiller, 7. Dakus, 8. Leary, 9. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle. 2. Cummins, 3. Darland, 4. Simon, 5. Harris, 6. Shuman, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Westfall. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Schmidt, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. C. Short, 6. Robbins, 7. Farney, 8. Bell. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ballou, 4. Stockon, 5. Windom, 6. Chapple, 7. Gentry, 8. Carlsson. 1:59.69

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. C. Short, 4. Wissmiller, 5. Leary, 6. Robbins, 7. Farney, 8. Shuman, 9. Gentry, 10. Chapple, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Dakus, 13. Harris, 14. Westfall, 15. Bell, 16. Spithaler, 17. Carlsson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Carson Short, 13. Brady Short, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 1