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  • USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR BATTLE HEATS UP AT SAN TAN VALLEY
    #20 Shon Deskins

    USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR BATTLE HEATS UP AT SAN TAN VALLEY 

    By Lance Jennings

    APRIL 26, 2017... This Saturday, April 29th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the seventh point race will also showcase Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

    NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.

    Since April 13, 2013, twenty-six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the San Tan Valley oval. Four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Stevie Sussex (3 wins) claimed the 30-lap main event on March 18th.

    Entering Saturday’s event, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 14-point advantage over the competition. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson battled with Charles Davis Jr. for the top spot before finishing second at Casa Grande on April 15th. To date, the four-time champion has posted two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. R.J. leads all drivers with 44 SouthWest feature wins and will be looking for his first win of the campaign.

    “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis got the better of Johnson to earn the April 15th win at Casa Grande. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on his sixteenth triumph this Saturday night.

    Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran fourth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has five top-10 finishes in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add Saturday’s feature at Arizona Speedway to his resume.

    Young Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) continues to impress and sits fourth in the point chase. Driving the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling charged from twelfth to score third at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and two top-10 finishes on the season. Landon will have his sights on his first USAC SouthWest victory at San Tan Valley.

    Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship standings. The pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS has missed several shows to compete on the World of Outlaw and USAC National Sprint Car tours. At press time, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit. Sussex has eleven career SouthWest triumphs and drive Jack Yeley’s potent #2 entry this Saturday.

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Matt Lundy, Andy Reinbold, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Michael Curtis, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Ronnie Gardner, and more.

    Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

    For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. 

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    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Stevie Sussex.

    SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-395, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-381, 3. Shon Deskins-348, 4. Landon Cling-285, 5. Stevie Sussex-278, 6. Mike Martin-259, 7. Nick Aiuto-250, 8. Chris Bonneau-237, 9. Tye Mihocko-217, 10. Matt Lundy-215, 11. Andy Reinbold-208, 12. Dave Darland-169, 13. Matt Rossi-168, 14. Ryan Bernal-160, 15. Jeff Lowery-157, ... Bruce St. James-157, 17. Brian Hosford-151, 18. Michael Curtis-150, 19. Brady Bacon-148, 20. Brent Yarnal-146.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

    April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)

    October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

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    # = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.

     



  • USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE HANFORD SATURDAY
    #81M Cody Majors.

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE HANFORD SATURDAY

    By Lance Jennings

    APRIL 26, 2017... Fresh off Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic,” the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are ready to battle at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Making their second of three appearances at the 3/8-mile oval, the seventh point race will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

    NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

    Heading into Saturday’s event, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-five USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On March 25th, young Austin Liggett used a late surge over “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. to claim the checkered flags. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

    After running second in the “Peter Murphy Classic,” Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has reclaimed the point lead. Primarily racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal has posted three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. The 2011 Rookie of the Year is expected to miss Saturday’s race to compete under a wing at Petaluma.

    Sitting 41 points behind the leader is Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California). Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard finished seventh in last Saturday’s main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2011 Champion has five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd ranks second on the series win list with 19 victories and will be looking to earn his first win of the year at Hanford.

    Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Last Saturday, the pilot of Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX did not compete at Tulare as Laurie recovered from surgery. Everyone with the series wishes her a speedy and complete recovery. To date, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature wins and will have his sights on adding Hanford to his resume.

    Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace charged from eighth to score fourth at the “Peter Murphy Classic.” At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the win list and will be looking for his ninth West Coast victory.

    Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett scored fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after becoming the 37th series driver to earn a Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. In addition, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has posted one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Austin will have his sights on his fourth career USAC triumph this Saturday night.

    Currently ranked tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California) and Steven Garris (Escalon, California) are also in contention.

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Ryan Timmons, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, Max Adams, Geoffrey Strole, and more.

    Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $18, Student and Senior tickets are $15, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

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

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

    Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Kyle Hirst.

    HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 9-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-Austin Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-395, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 3. Jake Swanson-343, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-328, 5. Austin Liggett-288, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-280, 7. Cody Majors-245, 8. Geoff Ensign-244, 9. Tristan Guardino-242, 10. Brandon Wiley-195, 11. Jeff Sibley-192, 12. Ryan Timmons-188, 13. Steven Garris-166, ... Steve Hix-166, 15. Tye Mihocko-158, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-149, 17. Brady Bacon-148, 18. Stevie Sussex-132, 19. Koen Shaw-127, 20. Shannon McQueen-126.

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

    April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

    June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

    June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA

    July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

    August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

    October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

    November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

    November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • KYLE HIRST TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE
    #51T Kyle Hirst & Crew – April 22nd Tulare Peter Murphy Classic Winner.

     

    KYLE HIRST TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

    By Lance Jennings

    APRIL 25, 2017... Slipping past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the sixth lap, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) led the rest of the way to win last Saturday’s “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” By claiming the shortened $3,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, Hirst became the 45th driver to earn a series win. Ryan Bernal, Faria, Jace Vander Weerd, and fast qualifier Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

    Making his first start of the year, Kyle Hirst qualified seventh out of the twenty-one racers and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions KPC, the three-time King of the West Champion ran second in the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. Starting second and hitting his marks on the changing track surface, Hirst took the 25-lap main event. Now ranked thirty-third in points, Kyle also gave Roth his first USAC West Coast triumph.

    Racing from fourth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) looked to challenge Hirst but had to settle for second. Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and took fourth in the pole shuffle. With his second place finish at Tulare, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has reclaimed the point lead with three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

    After leading the first five laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored third in the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified sixth overall, won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3, and claimed the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. The two-time champion left Tulare ranked sixth in points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit.

    Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was fifth fast in qualifications and placed third in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford sitting fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season.

    Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fifth in the “Peter Murphy Classic” and became the 37th series driver to earn a Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat race. Liggett left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked fifth in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

    Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified fourteenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver has climbed to tenth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to victory in the night’s Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was eighth fast in time trials and placed sixteenth in the feature after an early flip. As this writing goes to press, Cody has risen to seventh in points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year.

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, April 29th, at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990. 

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

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

    Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” 

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

    COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

    FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Kyle Hirst (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal (4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 5. Austin Liggett (7th), 6. Brandon Wiley (14th), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 8. Billy Butler (10th), 9. Max Adams (11th), 10. Jeff Sibley (12th), 11. Steven Garris (13th), 12. Kyle Smith (15th), 13. Steve Hix (19th), 14. Ryan Timmons (17th), 15. Koen Shaw (16th), 16. Cody Majors (3rd), 17. Tristan Guardino (9th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (21st), 19. Joe Stornetta Jr. (6th), 20. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 21. Ryan Stolz (20th). NT

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    **Majors flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-395, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 3. Jake Swanson-343, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-328, 5. Austin Liggett-288, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-280, 7. Cody Majors-245, 8. Geoff Ensign-244, 9. Tristan Guardino-242, 10. Brandon Wiley-195, 11. Jeff Sibley-192, 12. Ryan Timmons-188, 13. Steven Garris-166, ... Steve Hix-166, 15. Tye Mihocko-158, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-149, 17. Brady Bacon-148, 18. Stevie Sussex-132, 19. Koen Shaw-127, 20. Shannon McQueen-126.

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

    April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

    June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

    June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA

    July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

    August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

    October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

    November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

    November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • GRANT AND McGHEE STAY ON A TEAR WITH EARLY SEASON ROLL
    Justin Grant was victorious in last Friday's first ever appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

    GRANT AND McGHEE STAY ON A TEAR WITH EARLY SEASON ROLL

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    Since Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports joined up in August of 2016, the pair has seen their level of success soar to a new stratosphere.

    When the two knocked down a non-sanctioned win in their first race together at Bloomington Speedway eight months ago, then followed it up with two-straight top-three finishes at the Badlands, you just had the feeling this was a dream pairing in the making.

    When their formation resulted in a dominating performance at Eldora Speedway’s “4-Crown Nationals” last September, you just knew this dream was becoming a reality.

    In the 16 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts the 26-year-old Grant and McGhee, the 17-year-old mechanical prodigy, have teamed up, they’ve earned an average finish of 3.7.  This year alone, that average has peaked to its current 2.3 through six starts, which includes a season-opening victory at “Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, Florida.

    Without a single finish outside the top-four and no signs of letting up just yet, 2017 has thus far been a season that could turn out to be simply magical.  The magic continued Friday night at northern Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway where the USAC National Sprint Cars made their first ever pilgrimage.

    Early on in a downright chilly and wind-soaked evening, Grant’s run of success took on a bit of a turn for the worse on his ProSource Qualifying run when he stumbled in turn four coming to the green.  He took a mulligan, turning it around before giving lap number a second shot.  In turn three, he proceeded to almost dump it before setting it down and going on to salvage a respectable eighth on his second go-around.

    Two top-six qualifiers missed the invert by not transferring through their heat, providing Grant a seat on the outside of the front row, which he took full advantage of by racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two.  That allowed Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage right off the bat.

    By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight.  By lap five, the lead was a full-straightaway.  And 10 laps into the 30-lapper, Grant had packed his suitcase, bought an airline ticket and checked out to a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

    Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant’s lead would begin to shrink mightily through the second half of the event as the lappers ran high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant.

    Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant.  With six laps remaining, Boespflug pulled even with Grant in turn one.  The two Californians were separated by a single car length as they battled down the back straight with the lapped car of Aaron Pierce just in front of them.  Grant decided this was the time to get aggressive and took a chance, splitting between Pierce and Jarett Andretti to separate himself for good.

    Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting around the top to zip by Thomas Meseraull for third with 3 laps remaining and ran down Boespflug on the white flag lap with a sweet outside, inside move off the second turn, beating him to turn three to grab the second position.

    By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding three-and-a-half second victory over KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney and Chad Boespflug.

    Grant established the 30-lap mark in caution-free fashion at 7 minutes, 36 seconds in a race that saw all 22 starters finish.

    Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, in a different role.  The now 17-year-old McGhee raced to a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

    Justin Grant remains at the top of the standings after winning his second series feature of the season.  Yet, Chad Boespflug actually closed the gap to a single point after collecting valuable ProSource Qualifying and Heat Race points throughout the night.  Chris Windom remains third ahead of Chase Stockon and Jarett Andretti.

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    UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

    DATE: Friday, May 12, 2017

    SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

    TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) – 1/2-Mile 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: Cars on track

    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/

    MEDIA COVERAGE: Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.  Watch the race one-day later at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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    UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

    DATE: Saturday, May 13, 2017

    SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

    TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) – 1/2-Mile 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: Cars on track

    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/

    MEDIA COVERAGE: Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.  Watch the race one-day later at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

    Feb 23: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Rained Out

    Feb 24: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Justin Grant

    Feb 25: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Hunter Schuerenberg

    Apr 1: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    WINNER: Chris Windom

    Apr 14: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

    WINNER: Chad Boespflug

    Apr 15: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    WINNER: Chris Windom

    Apr 21: Plymouth, IN – Plymouth Speedway

    WINNER: Justin Grant

    Apr 22: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

    WINNER: Rained Out

    May 12: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    May 13: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    May 19: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway

    May 20: Pevely, MO – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

    May 24: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Jun 2: Greenwood, NE – I-80 Speedway

    Jun 3: Knoxville, IA – Knoxville Raceway

    Jun 13: %%% Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway

    Jun 14: %%% Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway

    Jun 15: %%% Mechanicsburg, PA – Williams Grove Speedway

    Jun 17: %%% Port Royal, PA – Port Royal Speedway

    Jun 18: %%% York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

    Jun 30: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

    Jul 7: *** Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

    Jul 8: *** Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Jul 9: *** Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Jul 12: *** Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Jul 13: *** Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

    Jul 14: *** Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

    Jul 15: *** Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    Jul 28: TBA - TBA

    Jul 29: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway

    Jul 30: Moberly, MO – Randolph County Raceway

    Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 24: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 25: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 26: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Sep 15: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Sep 16: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    Sep 23: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    Sep 30: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Oct 6: TBA – TBA

    Oct 7: TBA – TBA

    Nov 3: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

    Nov 4: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

    Nov 9: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

    Nov 10: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

    Nov 11: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

     

    Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying "Special Event"

    Races noted with %%% represent Eastern Storm

    Races noted with @@@ represent California Sprint Week.

    Races noted with *** represent Indiana Sprint Week

    Races noted with ### represent a race with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (445) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

    2.   (444) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

    3.   (386) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)

    4.   (364) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)

    5.   (297) Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, NC)

    6.   (282) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)

    7.   (239) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

    8.   (234) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN)

    9.   (230) Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO)

    10. (228) Landon Simon (Tipp City, OH)

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (445) Sam McGhee Motorsports #11

    2.   (444) Dynamics, Inc. #69

    3.   (386) Baldwin Brothers Racing #5

    4.   (364) 32 TBI Racing #32

    5.   (304) Pace Racing #44

    6.   (297) Andretti Autosport Short Track #18

    7.   (282) TOPP Motorsports #23c

    8.   (239) Leary Racing #30

    9.   (230) Seth Motsinger Motorsports #2

    10. (228) Landon Simon Racing #24

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (120) Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ)

    2.   (59) Shawn Westerfeld (Guilford, IN)

    3.   (53) Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, MO)

    4.   (42) Joe Liguori (Tampa, FL)

    5.   (40) Aric Gentry (Robards, KY)

    6. (34) Rob Caho, Jr. (Wyoming, MN)

    7. (20) Robert Bell (Colfax, IA) & Cooper Clouse (Ohio City, OH)

    9. (10) Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:

    FEATURE WINS:

    1.   (2) Justin Grant (Feb. 24 at Bubba Raceway Park & Apr. 21 at Plymouth Speedway)

          (2) Chris Windom (Apr. 1 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Apr. 15 at Tri-State Speedway)

    3.   (1) Chad Boespflug (Apr. 14 at Bloomington Speedway)

          (1) Hunter Schuerenberg (Feb. 25 at Bubba Raceway Park)

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    FEATURE LAPS LED:

    1.   (85) Chris Windom

    2.   (51) Justin Grant

    3.   (26) Chad Boespflug

    4.   (9) Dave Darland

    5.   (7) Hunter Schuerenberg

    6.   (2) Thomas Meseraull

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    TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (6) Chad Boespflug & Justin Grant

    3.   (3) Chris Windom

    4.   (2) Brady Bacon, Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon

    6.   (1) Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Carson Short, Landon Simon, Jon Stanbrough, Stevie Sussex & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

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    TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (6) Chad Boespflug & Justin Grant

    3.   (5) Chris Windom

    4.   (4) Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

    6.   (3) Jarett Andretti & Thomas Meseraull

    8.   (2) Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Carson Short & Jon Stanbrough

    17. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Nick Bilbee, Jeff Bland, Jr., Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Aaron Farney, Max McGhee, Landon Simon, Stevie Sussex & Shawn Westerfeld

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    PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

    1.   (2) Justin Grant

    2.   (1) Jarett Andretti, C.J. Leary, Carson Short & Chase Stockon

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    HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), Chalk Stix & Indy Race Parts):

    1.   (5) Chase Stockon

    2.   (2) Chad Boespflug, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

    5.   (1) Brent Beauchamp, Nick Bilbee, Jeff Bland, Jr., Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee, Landon Simon, Carson Short & Tyler Thomas

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    SEMI WINS:

    1. (1) Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Max McGhee, Chase Stockon & Stevie Sussex

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    FEATURE STARTS:

    1.   (6) Jarett Andretti, Chad Boespflug, Isaac Chapple, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Landon Simon, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

    10. (5) Shane Cottle, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee & Hunter Schuerenberg

    15. (4) Jeff Bland, Jr., Kyle Cummins, Aaron Farney, Carson Short & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

    20. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough

    24. (2) Brady Bacon, Nick Bilbee, Clinton Boyles, Dallas Hewitt, Stevie Sussex & Tyler Thomas

    30. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Donny Brackett, Rob Caho, Jr., Colten Cottle, Aric Gentry, Tyler Hewitt, Dakota Jackson, Joe Liguori, Brandon Morin, Aaron Pierce, Kyle Robbins, Corey Smith, Josh Spencer, Kody Swanson, Shawn Westerfeld & Chet Williams

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    KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE:

    2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (16th to 4th)

    2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

    4/1: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Shane Cottle (21st to 10th)

    4/14: Bloomington Speedway – Kevin Thomas, Jr. (20th to 5th)

    4/15: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Short (20th to 4th)

    4/21: Plymouth Speedway – Tyler Courtney (18th to 2nd)

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    WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

    2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

    2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

    4/1: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tyler Thomas

    4/14: Bloomington Speedway – C.J. Leary

    4/15: Tri-State Speedway – Tyler Courtney

    4/21: Plymouth Speedway – Landon Simon

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    ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

    1. [59 wins] Dave Darland

    2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

    3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

    4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

    5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

    6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

    7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

    8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

    9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

    10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

    12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

    13. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

    15. [26 wins] Robert Ballou, Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

    18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

    20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

    22. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

    25. [21 wins] Greg Weld

    26. [17 wins] Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

    30. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Chris Windom

    32. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

    36. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

    40. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

    42. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

    44. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler

    46. [10 wins] Tony Stewart

    47. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

    50. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana, & Chase Stockon

    55. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

    65. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Justin Grant, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

    74. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

    90. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Thomas Meseraull, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

    102. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

    123. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Kyle Cummins, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

    153. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Tyler Courtney, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, C.J. Leary, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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    ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

    1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern); 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern); 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern); 1961: Parnelli Jones; 1962: Parnelli Jones; 1963: Roger McCluskey; 1964: Don Branson; 1965: Johnny Rutherford; 1966: Roger McCluskey; 1967: Greg Weld; 1968: Larry Dickson; 1969: Gary Bettenhausen; 1970: Larry Dickson; 1971: Gary Bettenhausen; 1972: Sam Sessions; 1973: Rollie Beale; 1974: Pancho Carter; 1975: Larry Dickson; 1976: Pancho Carter; 1977: Sheldon Kinser; 1978: Tom Bigelow; 1979: Greg Leffler; 1980: Rich Vogler; 1981: Sheldon Kinser; 1982: Sheldon Kinser; 1983: Ken Schrader; 1984: Rick Hood; 1985: Rick Hood; 1986: Steve Butler; 1987: Steve Butler; 1988: Steve Butler; 1989: Rich Vogler; 1990: Steve Butler; 1991: Robbie Stanley; 1992: Robbie Stanley; 1993: Robbie Stanley; 1994: Doug Kalitta; 1995: Tony Stewart; 1996: Brian Tyler; 1997: Brian Tyler; 1998: Tony Elliott; 1999: Dave Darland; 2000: Tony Elliott; 2001: J.J. Yeley; 2002: Tracy Hines; 2003: J.J. Yeley; 2004: Jay Drake; 2005: Levi Jones; 2006: Josh Wise; 2007: Levi Jones; 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2009: Levi Jones; 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement); 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement); 2012: Bryan Clauson; 2013: Bryan Clauson; 2014: Brady Bacon; 2015: Robert Ballou; 2016: Brady Bacon



  • KYLE HIRST TAMES TULARE THUNDERBOWL
    Kyle Hirst (black) battles Ryan Bernal for position Saturday night in the

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” 

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

    COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

    FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Billy Butler, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Steven Garris, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Cody Majors, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Joe Stornetta Jr., 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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    **Majors flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

    NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

    NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 29 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

     



  • GRANT BREATHES EASY WITH VICTORY IN USAC SPRINTS’ FIRST PILGRIMAGE TO PLYMOUTH
    Justin Grant pulls the front wheels up Friday night at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

    GRANT BREATHES EASY WITH VICTORY IN USAC SPRINTS’ FIRST PILGRIMAGE TO PLYMOUTH

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    Plymouth, Indiana………Early on in Justin Grant’s sprint car racing career, a fellow competitor told him that he wouldn’t last more than eight laps without consciously remembering to breathe while he was racing.

    Justin heeded that advice, and a handful of years later, the Ione, California native is finding the greatest success of his driving career.  He could breathe easy after all was said and done Friday night after holding off a late-race charge from Chad Boespflug while mired in lapped traffic to collect his second series victory of the season in the first ever visit by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway.

    The win came as a sigh of relief to Grant after a breathtaking moment in ProSource Qualifying that almost ended his night before it even began.

    “I tried to end our night pretty early on during qualifying,” Grant said with a grin.  “I was coming to the green (flag) and about spun out.  I went ahead, turned around and went back and tried to gain a little composure.  I took a breath, came back and restarted my qualifying attempt.  I went down into (turn) three on the first lap and all but turned over.  Getting into three, my speed and the calculations I was running in my head, I figured I was going to go ahead and make it over the fence.  It went ahead and sat down and I was able to salvage a respectable time on the second lap.  Fortunately for me, a couple guys missed the transfer through the heat races and that put us on the front row.”

    Grant took full advantage of his seat on the outside of the front row, racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two, allowing Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage.

    By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight.  The lead had grown to the length of a straightaway with just five laps down as Meseraull, Chris Windom, Boespflug and Shane Cottle scrambled for positions two through five.  Ten laps into the 30-lap event, Grant held a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

    “I felt like our car was pretty good,” Grant said.  “It was launching down the straightaways pretty fast.  I was going as fast as I was comfortable going through the holes.  I didn’t know we had a straightaway lead or anything like that, but I thought we had a buffer.  I couldn’t hear anything.  Normally, you can hear a guy behind you, but I couldn’t hear anybody.”

    Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant’s lead would begin to shrink mightily by the halfway point as the drivers near the tail end of the field were running high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant’s black and red No. 11.

    “Getting into lapped traffic, they were all two-wide for three or four rows in front of me,” Grant recalls.  “I was really just trying to keep myself calm, stay patient and wait for holes to open up so I could pick my way around those guys and not get caught up in something I didn’t need to get caught up in.”

    Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant.  On lap 23, Grant found himself entering turn three as he sought to overtake Aaron Pierce.  Boespflug attempted to capitalize on the bottom to no avail as Grant clung to the lead by the cuticles of his fingernails.  Grant then found his second wind, disposing of Pierce and Jarett Andretti to set himself free of the mounting pressure from Boespflug.

    “I knew we had slowed down a ton in that group of lapped cars.  I knew somebody was going to be coming pretty quickly.  I was just kind of hoping things would open up.  I saw Boespflug poke a nose under me in the middle of (turns) one and two.  When I saw him, I decided I had to start taking some chances and be a little more aggressive.  I kind of moved our way by a few of those guys and was able to open up a few lanes where I could start sliding guys and move around.  As soon as I started clicking a couple lapped cars off, I felt comfortable and confident that we’d be alright.”

    Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting to the top around Boespflug in turn two with just a pair of laps remaining to grab second.  By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding 3.5 second victory over Courtney, Boespflug, Meseraull and Stevie Sussex.

    Grant’s victory in the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco was his first since the season-opening “Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, Florida.  His sixth career score ties him with the likes of Jac Haudenschild, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider and Dick Tobias on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list.

    Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, it was in a different role.  The now 17-year-old McGhee drove to victory lane after winning a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

    Back to Grant, though, who established the 30-lap mark at Plymouth Friday night during a caution-free, green-to-checker feature finish in a time of 7:36.34 that saw all 22 starters finish.  By Grant’s estimation, 30 laps non-stop in a sprint car doesn’t take long, but it can, without a doubt, be taxing on the mind.

    “A sprint car race is 30 laps, but they’re 30 intense laps,” Grant explains.  “Things are happening so fast and everybody’s so quick, if the race gets away from you, you’re not getting it back.   It’s mentally challenging and you just really have to try and make sure to breathe and that’s the biggest thing, especially when the track’s rough.  You actually have to tell yourself to breathe.  Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to just keep some oxygen going and to stay focused.”

    After four-straight sub-top-ten performances to begin the season, Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney bounced back in just about the most spectacular way imaginable, driving from the outside of the ninth row to finish second without the aid of a single yellow flag in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts – Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton.

    “This is what we all needed, not only for me as a driver, but as a team,” a proud Courtney beamed.  “We struggled at the beginning of the year.  We changed a few things this week and it worked out.  Our car was the best it’s been in a while.  We screwed up in qualifying on a tough racetrack and that put us deep in the field.  It makes it pretty hard to win races from that far back, especially with the caliber of guys we have running in the series.  You can’t slouch off at any point in the night.  Getting behind the eight-ball is tough, but we rebounded to get a podium here in front of a hometown crowd for my car owner who grew up here in Plymouth.”

    “I knew we were good from the start,” Courtney continued.  “I was hoping we weren’t too good too early, but I was able to find a different line than everybody out there through (turns) one and two, which is where I passed a bunch of guys.  I knew once I started seeing Chad (Boespflug), Thomas (Meseraull), Chris (Windom) and those guys, I had to be getting close to the front, but I still couldn’t see Justin.  I knew I hadn’t passed him yet, so I knew it was still a long row to hoe.  We needed a yellow, but we didn’t quite get one.  To get second, I’ll take it.  This is the best second has ever felt!”

    Third-place finisher Chad Boespflug briefly clamped down on Grant for the race lead late in the going Friday night at Plymouth, yet he also closed to within one-point of Grant for the series point-lead in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton heading into Eldora Speedway’s “LetsRaceTwo” on May 12-13.

    “I just started to really hone in on my line when I got to Justin (Grant) in lapped traffic there,” Boespflug replays.  “I tried to roll the bottom a few times and realized I was a little freer than I had been all night.  Come to find out, we had a bleeder stick in the right rear, or actually shut off.  We just grew too much pressure in the right rear.  We got to Justin’s rear bumper there, kind of, and it was just time to try and make some moves.  Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out for us tonight.  We slipped back to third there at the end, but overall, great night again.

    Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway include Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Landon Simon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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    USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2017 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

    PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.016; 2. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.195; 3. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.254; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.284; 5. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.364; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.369; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.417; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 00, SC-13.448; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.462; 10. Colten Cottle, 1RL, RL-13.511; 11. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.531; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.613; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.625; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.630; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.691; 16. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.712; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.715; 18. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.741; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.746; 20. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-13.879; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.933; 22. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.961; 23. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.000; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.017; 25. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.724; 26. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.254; 27. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-14.320.

    SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Short, 3. Grant, 4. Andretti, 5. Windom, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Goodnight, 8. Wilson, 9. Farney. 2:16.91

    COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Leary, 4. Meseraull, 5. Spencer, 6. Robbins, 7. Underwood, 8. Pierce, 9. Hewitt. NT

    CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. S.Cottle, 4. Chapple, 5. Simon, 6. Sussex, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Smith. 9. Barrow. 2:22.50

    INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Hewitt, 3. Stanbrough., 4. Robbins, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Pierce, 7. Farney, 8. Wilson, 9. Underwood, 10. Barrow, 11. Goodnight, 12. Smith. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Brady Short, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kyle Robbins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Josh Spencer. 7:36.34

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    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant

    KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (18th-2nd).

    WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Landon Simon

    NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-445, 2-Boespflug-444, 3-Windom-386, 4-Stockon-364, 5-Andretti-297, 6-Courtney-282, 7-Leary-239, 8-S.Cottle-234, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-230, 10-Simon-228.

    NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 12-13 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – “#LetsRaceTwo”



  • SATURDAY'S MONTPELIER USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE POSTPONED
    SATURDAY'S MONTPELIER USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE POSTPONED

    SATURDAY'S MONTPELIER USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE POSTPONED

    Montpelier, Indiana………Saturated grounds have forced postponement of Saturday night, April 22nd’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway.

    USAC officials and Montpelier Motor Speedway are discussing a reschedule date.

    The series returns to action on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 for #LetsRaceTwo in a twin-bill with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.



  • IRACING PARTNERS WITH USAC TO BRING AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACING SIMULATION
    IRACING PARTNERS WITH USAC TO BRING AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACING SIMULATION

    IRACING PARTNERS WITH USAC TO BRING AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACING SIMULATION

    The buzz around the racing world with the recent introduction of dirt tracks to iRacing.com has now arrived at the United States Auto Club as the two announced an agreement Thursday to create an online racing series that features the cars of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

    It all begins Monday, April 24 when the USAC Sprint Cars first hit the tracks on the premier online racing simulation.  A computer, controller and a broadband internet connection is all you need to join the community of racing enthusiasts that number in the tens-of-thousands.

    A special discount code is available to USAC fans who join iRacing on Monday.  By using the promo code PR-USAC, you will receive a three-month membership for just $5 and begin competing virtually behind the wheel in a USAC Sprint Car event in the most accurate racing simulation available.

    “We’re excited to partner with USAC in creating official iRacing series for our 410 and 360 non-winged sprint cars,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com.  “The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is rightly known for some of the most competitive racing to be found on dirt – or any surface for that matter.  I’m sure sim racers everywhere will be eager to sling some dirt in iRacing’s non-wing USAC sprint cars.”

    “Joining forces with iRacing enables us to make an exciting new dimension in racing available to our fans in the United States and around the world,” says USAC President and CEO Kevin Miller. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity and look forward to participating in the rapidly-growing sim racing community in the months and years to come.”

    The initial phase of the USAC and iRacing’s partnership focuses on sprint cars, but future plans are in place to introduce additional USAC series on famed dirt track such as Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and the Belleville High Banks in Kansas.

    iRacing, a leader in the field of e-sports and simulation, organizes, hosts and officiates races on virtual tracks all around the world for casual gamers as well as professional drivers who use the simulation for training.  iRacing uses the latest in technology to accurately recreate its continuously-expanding portfolio of cars and race tracks, including intricate details such as changes in the handling of the car and varying track conditions throughout the night.

    iRacing and USAC YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEwM77kWyxs



  • CHARLES DAVIS JR. WINS CASA GRANDE SHOOTOUT
    #50

    CHARLES DAVIS JR. WINS CASA GRANDE SHOOTOUT

    By Lance Jennings

    APRIL 19, 2017... After multiple lead changes, seventh starting “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) emerged victorious last Saturday night at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The veteran driver earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the campaign over top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, and hard charger Matt Lundy.

    Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. took command from Johnson on the twenty-second lap. Johnson returned the favor a couple of laps later, but the night belonged to Davis who led the last four circuits. Before celebrating his fifteenth career series victory, Charles scored fifth in his heat race and placed seventh out of the nineteen car roster in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion heads to San Tan Valley ranked second in points with three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit.

    After starting sixth and taking the top spot from early leader Chris Bonneau and Davis, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) had to settle for second at Casa Grande. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first heat race and earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Masters Award in the process. The four-time champion and current point leader has posted two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes and 15 feature laps led on the year.

    Young Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) continues to impress after his third place run from twelfth at Casa Grande. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling ran seventh in his heat race and was seated twelfth in passing points. The 2016 Rookie of the Year heads to San Tan Valley sitting fourth in the standings on the strength of two fast time awards and two top-10 finishes on the season.

    Veteran Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at Central Arizona Speedway. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Currently sitting third in the point chase, Shon has posted five top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his second hard charger award / “best passing job” by scoring fifth in the 30-lap feature after starting sixteenth. Driving his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack XXX, Lundy scored seventh in his heat race and ranked sixteenth in passing points. With one top-10 finish on the year, Matt has climbed to tenth in championship points.

    Veteran Bobby Marcum (Cottonwood, Arizona) drove to victory in the second 8-lap heat race. Racing his #80 Mountain Valley Performance / Donaldson Trucking entry, Marcum ranked second in the nightly passing points and scored thirteenth in the feature. As this writing goes to press, the Manzanita Speedway “Last Dance” winner is twenty-sixth in the chase for the championship.

    The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 29th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The event will also will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

    The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

    For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. 

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    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2017 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

    FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 9. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz), 10. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

    SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 9. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (7th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Landon Cling (12th), 4. Shon Deskins (2nd), 5. Matt Lundy (16th), 6. Tye Mihocko (13th), 7. Chris Bonneau (4th), 8. Brian Hosford (14th), 9. Nick Aiuto (1st), 10. Bruce St. James (9th), 11. Andy Reinbold (8th), 12. Mike Martin (10th), 13. Bobby Marcum (5th), 14. Joe Scheopner (17th), 15. Cody Sickles (19th), 16. Michael Curtis (11th), 17. Matt Rossi (3rd), 18. Ryan Stolz (18th), 19. Brent Yarnal (15th). NT

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    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Bonneau, Laps 10-21 Johnson, Laps 22-23 Davis, Laps 24-26 Johnson, Laps 27-30 Davis

    HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (16th to 5th)

    BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-395, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-381, 3. Shon Deskins-348, 4. Landon Cling-285, 5. Stevie Sussex-278, 6. Mike Martin-259, 7. Nick Aiuto-250, 8. Chris Bonneau-237, 9. Tye Mihocko-217, 10. Matt Lundy-215, 11. Andy Reinbold-208, 12. Dave Darland-169, 13. Matt Rossi-168, 14. Ryan Bernal-160, 15. Jeff Lowery-157, ... Bruce St. James-157, 17. Brian Hosford-151, 18. Michael Curtis-150, 19. Brady Bacon-148, 20. Brent Yarnal-146.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

    April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)

    October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.

    # = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.

     



  • DAMION GARDNER ADDS BAKERSFIELD TO USAC/CRA WIN LIST
    #4 “The Demon” Damion Gardner – Bakersfield Winner.

    DAMION GARDNER ADDS BAKERSFIELD TO USAC/CRA WIN LIST

    By Lance Jennings

    APRIL 17, 2017... Taking control from “The Cadillac” Cody Williams on the fourteenth lap, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) claimed last Saturday’s return to Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his second win of the campaign with Brody Roa, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jake Swanson, and Williams rounding out the top-five drivers.

    Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner continues to make USAC/CRA history. The five-time champion set the standard in time trials over the twenty-three car roster and earned his 71st career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. After running third in his heat race, “The Demon” started sixth in the feature and charged to his first victory at the Bakersfield oval. By taking the 30-lap win, Gardner recorded his 72nd series triumph and gave Alexander the series car owner lead with 67 victories. Damion left Bakersfield with a twenty-nine point lead on the strength of two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

    After restarting at the back, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) raced through the field and got to within striking distance of the leader. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa qualified third overall and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. The 2016 USAC West Coast Champion has climbed to second in the point chase with three top-10 finishes and 6 feature laps led on the year.

    Making his first USAC/CRA start of the year, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored third at Bakersfield Speedway. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria had briefly taken the lead from Williams before a caution flag erased the pass. Now tied with R.J. Johnson for eighteenth in points, the two-time USAC West Coast Champion was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Kenny Perkins in his heat race.

    Like Roa, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) restarted at the back and battled his way forward on the tricky surface. Claiming fourth at the checkered flags, the pilot of Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX qualified sixth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year heads to Ventura ranked third in the point standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and three top-10 finishes.

    After leading the first thirteen laps, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) placed fifth at the checkered flags. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams had benefitted from three caution flags to regain the lead. Earlier in the program, the former Victorville Champion was fifth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. Cody left Bakersfield placed fifth in points with three top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led to his credit.

    Making her first career USAC/CRA start, Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from eighteenth. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Spike with 360 power, McQueen qualified eighteenth overall and placed seventh in her heat race. The former USAC Western States Midget Champion left her hometown track ranked twenty-first in points.

    Kenny Perkins (Oak Hills, California) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #0K Sprint Car Driving Experience / Victory Race Cars entry, Perkins was thirteenth fast in time trials and scored eleventh in the main event. 

    Leading rookie contender Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) earned his first career USAC/CRA heat race victory by taking the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions event. Racing the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, McCarthy qualified fourteenth overall and scored twenty-third in the feature after an early exit. Matt heads to the May 6th Ventura event ranked twelfth in the standings.

    On Saturday, May 6th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the VRA Senior Sprints and Focus Midgets will share the card. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE. 

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

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

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

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    AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway 

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.545; 2. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-12.586; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.640; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.713; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-12.746; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.828; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-12.945; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-12.992; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.005; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-13.007; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.047; 12. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.073; 13. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-13.089; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.092; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.098; 16. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.186; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-13.466; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.617; 19. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-13.653; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.999; 21. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman- 14.030; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.394; 23. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.950.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Perkins, 2. Faria, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. Hendrix, 7. Bender, 8. Herrera. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Spencer, 3. C.Williams, 4. Colston, 5. Tafoya, 6. Owens, 7. Ellertson, 8. Malcolm. NT

    CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gansen, 3. L.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. Conway, 7. McQueen. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Brody Roa (4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 4. Jake Swanson (1st), 5. Cody Williams (2nd), 6. Austin Williams (3rd), 7. Tommy Malcolm (8th), 8. Chase Johnson (12th), 9. Mike Spencer (5th), 10. Logan Williams (15th), 11. Kenny Perkins (13th), 12. Shannon McQueen (18th), 13. Parker Colston (11th), 14. Chris Gansen (9th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 16. Hobie Conway (21st), 17. Brent Owens (23rd), 18. Eddie Tafoya (17th), 19. James Herrera (22nd), 20. Rick Hendrix (16th), 21. Max Adams (10th), 22. A.J. Bender (19th), 23. Matt McCarthy (14th). NT

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    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 C.Williams, Laps 14-30 Gardner

    SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (18th to 12th)

    AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-246, 2. Brody Roa-217, 3. Jake Swanson-208, 4. Mike Spencer-192, 5. Cody Williams-179, 6. Austin Williams-157, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 8. Tommy Malcolm-150, 9. Logan Williams-136, 10. Chris Gansen-122, 11. Parker Colston-113, 12. Matt McCarthy-104, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 14. Jeremy Ellertson-98, 15. Eddie Tafoya-96, 16. Verne Sweeney-86, 17. Kyle Edwards-76, 18. Danny Faria, Jr.-71, R.J. Johnson-71, 20. Chad Boespflug-51

    2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE-TRACK-LOCATION

    May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)

    June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)

    July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA

    August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)

    September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)

    September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)

    September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week) 

    September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)

    September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)

    September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)

    September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)

    October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

    November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

    November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



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