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  • USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO PLACERVILLE MARCH 29TH
    #11E Cory Elliott – 2nd in USAC Western Midget Point Standings.

    USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO PLACERVILLE MARCH 29TH

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 24, 2017... On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will tackle the Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” will also showcase 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/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592. 

    NOTICE TO RACERS: 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.

    2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: 

    B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, 

    Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s

    Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet  with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)  

    Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135

    Schoenfeld:  14272535

    *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

    While a fixture on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted three USAC Western States Midget shows. On October 11, 1996, “The Professor” Jimmy Sills raced to a popular victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Shane Golobic won the BCRA co-sanctioned race in 2013 and Ronnie Gardner won last year’s event.

    After winning the March 11th Bakersfield season opener, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a slim three point lead over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner also earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Award. The defending four-time champion has 20 career series wins and will be looking to add another Placerville win to his resume.

    Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott ran second at his hometown racetrack. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has one career series win and will have his sights on the Placerville victory. 

    Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) is third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas led the first five laps at Bakersfield before taking third at the checkered flags. With four career series triumphs, it is unknown if the 2008 Champion will compete at Placerville.

    Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. The 2015 BCRA Champion has one career USAC win and will be looking to gain valuable points by winning the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.”

    “The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the season opener. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first USAC Western Midget win at Placerville.

    Currently ninth in points, Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California) are also in contention. 

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, J.J. Ercse, Randi Pankratz, Robert Dalby, C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Maria Cofer, Tyler Dolacki, David Prickett, Michael Faccinto, and more.

    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/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592. 

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

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

    Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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    LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood*, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

    2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Ronnie Gardner.

    PLACERVILLE SHORT TRACK OUTLAW SHOWDOWN WINNERS: 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

    PLACERVILLE LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Jimmy Sills.

    LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-82, 2. Cory Elliott-79, 3. Nic Faas-77, 4. Frankie Guerrini-66, 5. Terry Nichols-64, 6. Courtney Crone-62, 7. J.J. Ercse-54, 8. Randi Pankratz-53, 9. Mason Daniel-51, 10. Chris Ennis-50, 11. Robert Dalby-49, 12. Clayton Ruston-42, 13. Matt Mitchell-40, 14. Austen Figueroa-39, . C.J. Sarna-39, . Shannon McQueen-39, 17. Maria Cofer-33, 18. Tyler Dolacki-31, 19. David Prickett-28, 20. Robby Josett-26, 21. Bryan Drollinger-25, 22. Ron Hazelton-24, 23. Michael Faccinto-13.

    2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE

    DATE-TRACK-LOCATION

    March 29: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown)

    April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

    May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)

    August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA

    September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)

    September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)

    September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)

    September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

    October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

    November 23: #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 NATIONAL MIDGET REVIEW: March 20, 2017
    2017

    USAC NATIONAL MIDGET REVIEW: March 20, 2017

    The spirit of Bryan Clauson was felt throughout the season-opening “Shamrock Classic.”  The event, promoted by Bryan’s fiancée Lauren Stewart, brought 50 stars to the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season opener to race for a winner’s share of Thirty-Nine-Hundred dollars in honor of Bryan who drove the number 39 to consecutive USAC National Midget titles in 2010 and 2011. 

    The only indoor venue on USAC’s national calendar: the one-sixth-mile dirt oval at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin was the scene where, as fortune would have it, the 39BC owned by Bryan’s father Tim, would begin the 50-lap feature from the pole position with driver Justin Grant at the controls. 

    However, it would be NASCAR Truck Star and past USAC National Midget champ Christopher Bell who would ultimately dart out to the lead by the second lap, steadily increasing his lead at the point where he would remain for the bulk of the contest.

    With 17 laps remaining, Grant was able to slice into Bell’s lead as the two leaders diced their way through the throes of lapped traffic.  Suddenly, a fortuitous bout of Irish luck came Grant’s way when Christopher Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as the lapped cars of Korey Weyant and Chris Andrews tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four.  Bell became trapped in a box with nowhere to go as he sought an escape.  Grant’s move to the bottom just as the entanglement occurred proved to be a wise one as he was able to avoid the mayhem and come away with the lead on the ensuing green flag.

    On the lap 34 restart, a new, but familiar member joined the fray at the front of the field in the name of defending “Shamrock Classic” winner Shane Golobic, who began the feature from the 14th spot.  Golobic busted his way from fifth to second in quick fashion when action resumed and, soon enough, was right on the tail of Grant for the lead with 12 laps to go until clipping the berm on the inside of turn two.  That dropped Golobic back a bit as Grant began to create a bit of separation between he and his CMR teammate.

    Down the stretch, Golobic had reeled in Grant as the two weaved their way through the tail-end of the field.  The two dipped and dove between the lapped cars of Weyant and Daniel Adler as the pair threaded through the eye of a needle in a game of racing limbo to see who could be the first to get the lowest on the racing surface.

    Golobic repeatedly stuck a nose underneath Grant, but Grant never flinched an inch in the final laps as he fended off his hard-charging teammate to take the first USAC National Midget victory of his career.

    Grant even rewrote the record books Saturday night by becoming the first driver in the 62-year history of USAC to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.

    Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position - sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series - where he leads Golobic by three markers.  Third-place finisher Jerry Coons, Jr. sits third in points ahead of Brady Bacon and Jake Neuman.  Spencer Bayston, Gage Walker, series rookie Tanner Carrick, Chad Boat and Tanner Thorson are sixth through tenth.

    The USAC Midget National Championship returns to action Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 for two consecutive nights of complete racing programs at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the “Kokomo Grand Prix.”

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    UPCOMING USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

     

    DATE: Friday & Saturday, April 7-8, 2017

     

    SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship

     

    TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) – 1/4-mile dirt oval

     

    EVENT: “Kokomo Grand Prix” featuring the USAC National Midgets

     

    STARTING TIMES: Front Gates open at 3pm. Pit gates open at 3pm.  

     

    TICKETS: Adult General Admission: $20. Pit Pass: $35. (Each night)

     

    TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN 46901

     

    TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877

     

    TRACK WEBSITE: http://kokomospeedway.net/

     

    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.

     

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    2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (70) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

    2.   (67) Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA)

    3.   (64) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)

    4.   (61) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

    5.   (49) Jake Neuman (R) (New Berlin, IL)

    6.   (39) Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN)

    7.   (37) Gage Walker (Fairland, IN)

    8.   (35) Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA)

    9.   (29) Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)

    10. (23) Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)

    **(R) represents a USAC Midget National Championship Rookie Driver

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    2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

    1.   (70) Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC

    2.   (67) Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood Racing #17w

    3.   (64) Petry-Goff Motorsports #25

    4.   (61) FMR Racing #76m

    5.   (49) Jim Neuman #3N

    6.   (43) Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #21

    7.   (39) Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97

    8.   (35) Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K

    9.   (29) Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84

    10. (23) Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

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    2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

    Mar 18: &&& Du Quoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center

                   WINNER: Justin Grant (Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC)

    Apr 7: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Apr 8: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

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

    Jun 6: @@@ Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

    Jun 7: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

    Jun 8: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

    Jun 9: @@@ Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

    Jun 10: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Jun 11: @@@ Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Jul 1: Macon, IL – Macon Speedway                                                                                    

    Jul 2: Lincoln, IL – Lincoln Speedway

    Jul 3: Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena

    Jul 22: TBA – TBA

    Aug 1: Fairbury, NE – Jefferson County Speedway

    Aug 2: Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway

    Aug 4: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

    Aug 5: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

    Aug 13: *** York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

    Aug 14: *** Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park

    Aug 15: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway

    Aug 17: *** Jonestown, PA – Linda’s Speedway

    Sep 23: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    Oct 6: TBA – TBA

    Oct 7: TBA – TBA

    Oct 20: %%% Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway

    Nov 23: ### Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway

    ------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

    Races noted with &&& represent an indoor race.

    Races noted with @@@ represent Indiana Midget Week.

    Races noted with *** represent a race with the USAC Eastern Midgets presented by ARDC.

    Races noted with %%% represent a co-sanctioned race with POWRi.

    Races noted with ### represent a Co-Sanctioned race with the USAC Western States Midget Championship.

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    2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

    FEATURE WINS:

    1. (1) Justin Grant (Southern Illinois Center on Mar. 18)

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    FEATURE LAPS LED:

    1.   (32) Christopher Bell

    2.   (18) Justin Grant

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    TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (1) Brady Bacon, Brent Beauchamp, Jerry Coons, Jr., Shane Golobic & Justin Grant

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    TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (1) Brady Bacon, Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Jerry Coons, Jr., Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Josh Most, Jake Neuman, Tony Roney & Billy Wease

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

    1. (1) Jerry Coons, Jr., Colten Cottle, Justin Grant, Tony Roney Tyler Thomas & Matt Veatch

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    QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

    1. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Justin Grant & Billy Wease

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    C-MAIN WINS:

    1. (1) Tyler Courtney

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    SEMI WINS:

    1. (1) Brady Bacon & Shane Golobic

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    FEATURE STARTS:

    1.   (1) Daniel Adler, Chris Andrews, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Tanner Carrick, Mark Chisholm, Jerry Coons, Jr., Colten Cottle, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Joe B. Miller, Josh Most, Jake Neuman, Justin Peck, Tony Roney, Tanner Thorson, Gage Walker, Billy Wease & Korey Weyant

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    KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

    Mar 18: Southern Illinois Center - Shane Golobic (14th to 2nd)

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    WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

    Mar 18: Southern Illinois Center – Gage Walker

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    ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

    1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

    2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

    3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

    4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

    5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

    6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

    7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

    8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

    9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

    11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

    14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

    16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

    19. [24 wins] Bill Engelhart

    20. [23 wins] Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

    25. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

    27. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

    31. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

    32. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

    35. [18 wins] Dave Steele

    36. [17 wins] Christopher Bell, Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

    39. [16 wins] George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

    44. [15 wins] Rico Abreu, Don Branson & Larry Rice

    47. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Kyle Larson, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

    51. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

    55. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim, & Ron Shuman

    61. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

    67. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung, Tanner Thorson & Chuck Weyant

    74. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

    77. [8 wins] Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

    89. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton, & Johnnie Tolan

    98. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., & Roger West

    109. [5 wins] Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

    119. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, & Rodger Ward

    149. [3 wins] Brady Bacon, John Batts, Gays Biro, Chad Boat, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

    182. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Michael Pickens, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

    218. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Spencer Bayston, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Justin Grant, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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    ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS

    1956: Shorty Templeman; 1957: Shorty Templeman; 1958: Shorty Templeman; 1959: Gene Hartley; 1960: Jimmy Davies; 1961: Jimmy Davies; 1962: Jimmy Davies; 1963: Bob Wente; 1964: Mel Kenyon; 1965: Mike McGreevy; 1966: Mike McGreevy; 1967: Mel Kenyon; 1968: Mel Kenyon; 1969: Bob Tattersall; 1970: Jimmy Caruthers; 1971: Danny Caruthers; 1972: Pancho Carter; 1973: Larry Rice; 1974: Mel Kenyon; 1975: Sleepy Tripp; 1976: Sleepy Tripp; 1977: Mel Kenyon; 1978: Rich Vogler; 1979: Steve Lotshaw; 1980: Rich Vogler; 1981: Mel Kenyon; 1982: Kevin Olson; 1983: Rich Vogler; 1984: Tom Bigelow; 1985: Mel Kenyon; 1986: Rich Vogler; 1987: Kevin Olson; 1988: Rich Vogler; 1989: Russ Gamester; 1990: Jeff Gordon; 1991: Mike Streicher; 1992: Stevie Reeves; 1993: Stevie Reeves; 1994: Tony Stewart; 1995: Tony Stewart; 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr.; 1997: Jason Leffler; 1998: Jason Leffler; 1999: Jason Leffler; 2000: Kasey Kahne; 2001: Dave Darland; 2002: Dave Darland; 2003: J.J. Yeley; 2004: Bobby East; 2005: Josh Wise; 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2008: Cole Whitt; 2009: Brad Kuhn; 2010: Bryan Clauson (Overall) & Darren Hagen (Pavement); 2011: Bryan Clauson (Overall) & Darren Hagen (Pavement); 2012: Darren Hagen (Overall), Darren Hagen (Pavement) & Darren Hagen (Dirt); 2013: Darren Hagen (Pavement) & Christopher Bell (Dirt); 2014: Rico Abreu; 2015: Tracy Hines; 2016: Tanner Thorson



  • GRANT GETS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN #1 AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC
    Justin Grant celebrates his first career USAC National Midget victory Saturday night in the

    GRANT GETS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN #1 AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

    By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

    Du Quoin, Illinois………Thus far, USAC’s 2017 season has already become the year of Justin Grant.

    The record books were rewritten in Saturday night’s “Shamrock Classic” USAC Midget National Championship season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center as Grant became the first driver in the 62-year history of the organization to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.

    Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position: sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series.  It’s a remarkable accomplishment for Grant, a driver who readily admits that his racing career was floundering less than a year ago.

    “Last summer, I was sitting on the couch,” Grant recalls.  “I wasn’t doing much racing.  I couldn’t beg my way into a racecar.  From then ‘til now, it’s just incredible.  I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from a dream and it’s not going to be real.”

    The dream is now reality for the 26-year-old Grant as he gladly accepted a fortuitous bout of Irish luck with 17 laps remaining when Christopher Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as the lapped cars of Korey Weyant and Chris Andrews tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four.  Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape.

    Just moments before, second-running Grant had decided to take his shot at Bell and the race lead.  Just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart.

    “It was just kind of a chance deal,” Grant believes.  “I’d been kind of shadowing him, waiting and waiting for lapped traffic to try and take a shot at him.  I thought the top was slowing down enough that I could maybe make a move on the bottom if he caught some lapped traffic on the top.  As soon as we caught that pack of cars on the top, I dove to the bottom in turn three to try and take a shot and capitalize.  It just happened to work out for me with those guys crashing right in front of him.  I don’t know why I picked that lap to do it or why it worked out that way, but I’ll take it.”

    On the lap 34 restart, a new, but familiar member joined the fray at the front of the field in the name of defending “Shamrock Classic” winner Shane Golobic. 

    Golobic, originally beginning the 50-lap feature from the 14th spot, busted his way from fifth to second in quick fashion when action resumed.  Soon enough, Golobic was right on the tail of Grant for the lead with 12 laps to go until clipping the berm on the inside of turn two.  That dropped Golobic back a bit as Grant began to create a bit of separation between he and his CMR teammate.

    In the final five circuits, Golobic had reeled Grant in as the two weaved their way through the tail-end of the field.  The two dipped and dove between the lapped cars of Weyant and Daniel Adler as the pair threaded through the eye of a needle in a game of racing limbo to see who could be the first to get the lowest on the racing surface.

    “I caught sight of Shane (Golobic) off the middle of (turns) three and four.  I kind of got a run back around him off the cushion of (turn) four.  I knew he started real deep and if he’d come from that far back on the bottom, I knew I needed to get back to the bottom in a hurry.  I had just enough to get back by him off (turn) four and shut him down on the bottom getting into (turn) one.  From there on out, it’s about not missing the bottom and not getting caught up on the berm.  Once it started laying rubber, I knew if I didn’t get out of the rubber, he wasn’t going to be able to get by me.  Catching lapped cars and rubber is highly frustrating.  You can’t get out of it to get around him and they’re not going to get out of it.  You just have to settle in, follow, stay in it and hope you’re not a sitting duck.”

    Grant never flinched an inch as Golobic swarmed Grant’s tail tank coming to the checkered flag to no avail, providing Grant his first career USAC National Midget victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives – Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over Golobic, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brady Bacon and Brent Beauchamp.

    The spirit of Bryan Clauson was prominent throughout the event, which was promoted by Bryan’s fiancée Lauren Stewart.  The winner’s share of the purse was $3900 in honor of Bryan who drove the No. 39 to consecutive USAC National Midget titles in 2010 and 2011.  Grant’s drive was reminiscent of Bryan’s magnificence throughout the years as he piloted Bryan’s father’s, Tim Clauson’s, car to victory lane Saturday night.

    The combination of the Southern Illinois Center, plus Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the wrenches has proven to be an unstoppable equation since the first USAC-sanctioned midget race at the one-sixth-mile indoor oval in December of 2015.  Since then, the pairing has earned four-straight victories with four different drivers: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and, the latest, Justin Grant.

    “They’re racecars are fast,” Grant exclaimed.  “They were fast at the Chili Bowl.  They’re fast here.  They’ve clearly got this place figured out.  I’ve been racing a long time now and I’ve never been this quick.  It’s obviously the car I’m sitting in.  Tim and Tyler do such a good job.  They’re so good at what they do and it’s such a pleasure to drive for them.”

    Shane Golobic has yet to finish outside the top-two in his three Southern Illinois appearances since his inaugural “Shamrock Classic” victory in March of 2016.  On Saturday night, he collected a close second behind his teammate in his Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford – Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

    “I don’t know if it’s me who’s got this place figured out or if it’s the team.  I’m thinking it’s the team,” a humble Golobic said.  “The team’s won the last four here and I’ve finished second the last two times and won the time before that.  This team’s obviously got this place figured out and it’s made it very easy for me to get the track figured out.  I think if we could’ve gotten a little further up on Justin before he changed lanes, it might’ve been a different story.  He switched lanes at just the right time just like the veteran that he is.  If I’m going to be beaten by anybody, I’m glad it’s by a teammate.”

    “I kind of had the bottom figured out,” Golobic continued.  “I was catching a little bit of rubber on the bottom.  As I was reeling Justin (Grant) in, I really just needed to get to the point where I could get wheel-to-wheel with him.  I just couldn’t quite get there.  If he wasn’t my teammate, I might have had a little different mindset getting into (turn) three when he shut the door down there.  I might’ve shoved the car in there a little bit harder, but I lifted and hoped to get another opportunity in traffic.  That opportunity never showed up; Justin never made a mistake.”

    Jerry Coons, Jr. equaled his best finish of a year ago at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks with a third-place run Saturday night in his Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating – Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota.

    “I started off the race a little too tight on the right rear,” Coons explained.  “It kind of came to us and got better midway through the race.  I thought we were pretty good until the early yellow came out and we got smoked on the bottom.  I went down there, it was a little free and I made a bunch of adjustments on the shocks.  Then, the rubber really started laying down and I got too tight.  I was going back on the shock adjustment.  The car was really good all throughout the night.  Hopefully, we can go on to the next one and keep piling up top-threes.

    Contingency award winners include Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Billy Wease (CSI Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Christopher Bell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Elliott’s Custom Trailers Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher Winner).

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    USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

    FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Tim Siner (#15 Siner-Cyliax), 7. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall-Wood), 8. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 9. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell). NT

    SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 2. Josh Most (#92M Most), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker-Boat), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Kyle Cummins (#5 Briscoe), 9. David Budres (#31 Manic). NT

    THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Derek Hagar (#9jr Hagar-Proctor), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Kellen Conover (#2 Baue). NT

    FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry-Goff), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#11B B & B), 3. Jeff Zelinski (#68 SFH), 4. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Cole Fehr (#15F Live Loud). NT

    FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Grogan), 4. Daniel Adler (#50A Adler), 5. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 6. Mitchell Davis (#15s Morgan), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Pollock), 8. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett). NT

    SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 3. Korey Weyant (#9 Allen), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Baue (#35 Baue), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k Kunz), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright). NT

    ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dave Darland (#11 Gray).

    LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Schuett, 4. Cummins. 5. Budres, 6. Fehr, 7. Bell, 8. Chapple. NT

    SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Coons, 3. Most, 4. Malpocker, 5. Andrews, 6. Bacon, 7. R.Robinson, 8. Davis, 9. Zelinski, 10. Baue. NT

    COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Wease, 2. Miller, 3. Thorson, 4. DiMattia, 5. Neuman, 6. Bayston, 7. Nelson, 8. Morgan, 9. Veatch, 10. Lynch. NT

    CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Weyant, 3. Roney, 4. Adler, 5. Peck, 6. Shelton, 7. Urish, 8. Chisholm, 9. Babb, 10. Siner. NT

    INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Walker, 3. Golobic, 4. Cottle, 5. Boat, 6. Schudy, 7. Thomas, 8. Carrick, 9. D,Robinson, 10. Hagar. NT

    B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Adler, 3. Andrews, 4. Chisholm, 5. Malpocker, 6. Boat, 7. Hagar, 8. Schuett, 9. Lynch, 10. Courtney, 11. Veatch, 12. Zelinski, 13. Davis, 14. Thomas, 15. Schudy, 16. Nelson. NT

    B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Miller, 3. Bayston, 4. Peck, 5. Siner, 6. R.Robinson, 7. Babb, 8. Bright, 9. Morgan, 10. Cummins, 11. Urish, 12. DiMattia, 13. Carrick, 14. Shelton, 15. D.Robinson, 16. Baue. NT

    FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT

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    **Conover flipped during the third heat.  Fehr flipped during the fourth heat.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-33 Bell, Laps 34-50 Grant.

    KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S TRAILERS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-2nd)

    NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-70, 2-Golobic-67, 3-Coons-64, 4-Bacon-61, 5-Neuman-49, 6-Bayston-39, 7-Walker-37, 8-Carrick-35, 9-Boat-29, 10-Thorson-23.

    NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 7-8 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"



  • RONNIE GARDNER SCORES WIN #20 AT BAKERSFIELD
    #68 Ronnie Gardner & Crew in Bakersfield victory lane.

     

     

    RONNIE GARDNER SCORES WIN #20 AT BAKERSFIELD

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 15, 2017… Slipping past Nic Faas on lap six, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) claimed last Saturday’s season opener at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the $1,200 win after starting seventh was his twentieth career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory. Cory Elliott, Faas, Frankie Guerrini and Terry Nichols followed the four-time and defending champion to the checkered flags. 

    Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Pac Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Ronnie Gardner moves into fourth on the series win list behind Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, and Billy Boat. Gardner earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the twenty-three car roster and placed third in his heat race. Heading to Placerville on March 29th, Ronnie holds a three point lead over the competition.

    Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night and finished second in front of his hometown fans. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified third overall and won the 8-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The 2015 Rookie of the Year heads to the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” ranked second in points.

    After leading the first five laps, Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) settled for third in the Bakersfield main event. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 with a late surge over Randi Pankratz. The 2008 Champion and Rookie of the year left Bakersfield sitting third in the point chase.

    Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini qualified eighteenth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former BCRA Champion heads to Placerville Speedway ranked fourth in the championship points.

    “The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols had trouble in time trials, placing twenty-third and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year left Bakersfield sitting fifth in the chase for the championship.

    Rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #33 Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel was nineteenth quick in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The micro sprint veteran ranks ninth in the point standings.

    Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified seventh overall and placed eleventh in his heat race. The RMMRA feature winner heads to Placerville sitting eleventh in the point chase.

    On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Placerville Speedway for the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California, the event also features the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592. 

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

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

    Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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    LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 11, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.988; 2. Nic Faas, 25X, Rodela-13.044; 3. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.088; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.109; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.116; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.133; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.189; 8. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.212; 9. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.277; 10. Matt Mitchell, 75, Mitchell-13.331; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.404; 12. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.412; 13. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.448; 14. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.498; 15. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-13.500; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.554; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.566; 18. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.661; 19. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.742; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.856; 21. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.888; 22. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.119; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Prickett, 7. Daniel, 8. Hazelton. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Pankratz, 3. Nichols, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Faccinto. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Ennis, 3. Crone, 4. Guerrini, 5. Dolacki, 6. Josett, 7. Figueroa. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (7th), 2. Cory Elliott (1st), 3. Nic Faas (2nd), 4. Frankie Guerrini (12th), 5. Terry Nichols (8th), 6. Courtney Crone (9th), 7. J.J. Ercse (11th), 8. Mason Daniel (19th), 9. Randi Pankratz (5th), 10. Chris Ennis (6th), 11. Robert Dalby (3rd), 12. Clayton Ruston (17th), 13. Austen Figueroa (21st), 14. C.J. Sarna (13th), 15. Matt Mitchell (4th), 16. Shannon McQueen (10th), 17. Maria Cofer (14th), 18. Tyler Dolacki (15th), 19. David Prickett (16th), 20. Robby Josett (18th), 21. Ron Hazelton (22nd), 22. Bryan Drollinger. (20th) NT

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    **Dolacki flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faas, Laps 6-30 Gardner

    ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Mason Daniel (19th to 8th)

    LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-82, 2. Cory Elliott-79, 3. Nic Faas-77, 4. Frankie Guerrini-66, 5. Terry Nichols-64, 6. Courtney Crone-62, 7. J.J. Ercse-54, 8. Randi Pankratz-53, 9. Mason Daniel-51, 10. Chris Ennis-50, 11. Robert Dalby-49, 12. Clayton Ruston-42, 13. Matt Mitchell-40, 14. Austen Figueroa-39, . C.J. Sarna-39, . Shannon McQueen-39, 17. Maria Cofer-33, 18. Tyler Dolacki-31, 19. David Prickett-28, 20. Robby Josett-26, 21. Bryan Drollinger-25, 22. Ron Hazelton-24, 23. Michael Faccinto-13.

    2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE

    DATE-TRACK-LOCATION

    March 29: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown)

    April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

    May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)

    August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA

    September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)

    September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)

    September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)

    September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

    October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

    November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

    November 23: #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.



  • THORSON EYES REPEAT OF USAC MIDGET TITLE SEASON IN 2017
    2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson begins his quest for a second straight title this Saturday night, March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

    THORSON EYES REPEAT OF USAC MIDGET TITLE SEASON IN 2017

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    In the 61-year history of the United States Auto Club, repeating as a national series champion has proven to be one of the ultimate litmus tests of determining the greats in the sport.  Though, certainly not unprecedented in the history of the series, the list of drivers who have repeated as a USAC National Midget is chock full of drivers who defined their eras.

    In 2017, Tanner Thorson has an opportunity to take a big step toward joining that list that includes a variety of established hall of famers and future hall of famers, among them are Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies, Mike McGreevy, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the most recent back-to-back series champ Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011.

    Thorson will begin his fifth season with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in 2017 this Saturday, March 18 at the second running of the “Shamrock Classic,” held indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.  As the most experienced member of the team, Thorson has seen much of what the series calendar has to offer, which lends an advantage to the Minden, Nevada driver.  Yet, with a stacked field of competitors returning for a title run this season, the competition will be stiff and the challenge grand in becoming the 12th driver to accomplish the feat.

    “I think the biggest challenge of repeating a USAC championship is the stiff competition,” Thorson explained.  “You have so many great cars and teams, it makes everything you do a little more tricky.”

    There isn’t an ounce of exaggeration when Thorson explains the tests he will face at each event in 2017, with drivers like his teammate Spencer Bayston as well as Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr., plus the Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant, in addition to numerous other challengers that make this the deepest lineup from top-to-bottom in the USAC Midget National Championship in a number of years.

    “I think the competition this year is awesome and it will be great for the sport,” Thorson said.  “All of those guys will be tough this year.  Bacon and Boat were always right there.  I think those two guys are going to come back even stronger this year.”

    With his experience, Thorson is looked to as a leader by teammates Bayston, Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton and Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Carrick.  Though, it is not simply a process of strapping into the seat and standing on the gas that gets a driver to victory lane.  It takes a team effort, and over the past several seasons, no team has consistently run up front more than the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team.

    “The people you are surrounded by are huge in everything you do in racing,” Thorson acknowledged.  “Having a good team at the track is huge, but I think having a good team at the shop is more important.  We all get along pretty well, yet we all have our own beliefs and think differently on things, but that all comes from being in competition with each other.  We are all teammates, but there comes a point when you do what’s best for yourself and that goes for all of us.  We all want to win!”

    The quest for Thorson begins this Saturday on the indoor bullring in Du Quoin.  Thorson has found success under the roof at the “Chili Bowl Midget Nationals” in recent years, including a fourth-place finish in the Saturday night A-Main in Tulsa, Okla. two months ago.  The challenges are aplenty, but Thorson is up to the task.

    “The biggest challenge of indoor racing compared to the rest of them are that usually the tracks are smaller, which makes almost everyone somewhat fast,” Thorson said.  “There is absolutely no room for mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you know the rest of the field is right there.”

    Saturday’s race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am.  Spectator gates open at 1pm.  A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm while hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm.  Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.



  • CLAUSON-MARSHALL RACING ANNOUNCES 2017 USAC MIDGET LINEUP AND PARTNERSHIP WITH DRIVEN2SAVELIVES
    Tyler Courtney battles Kyle Larson in the 2017 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

    CLAUSON-MARSHALL RACING ANNOUNCES 2017 USAC MIDGET LINEUP AND PARTNERSHIP WITH DRIVEN2SAVELIVES

    Clauson-Marshall Racing has announced a star-studded three-man lineup that consists of USAC winning drivers currently at the top of their game – Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant – to compete for a USAC Midget National Championship in 2017.

    The first destination on the road to a championship begins March 18 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the second running of the “Shamrock Classic.”  It’s a place that’s been very kind to the CMR team’s top wrenches, Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom, under USAC sanction.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won under the Bryan Clauson Racing banner at Du Quoin in December of 2015 while Courtney captured the “Junior Knepper 55” in December 2016 during his first ride in the CMR car.

    Last March’s inaugural “Shamrock Classic” saw Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic take the lead just past the halfway point of the 50-lapper on his way to picking up his first career USAC National Midget feature score.  The 25-year-old Golobic is no stranger to the team as he has won a number of sprint car and midget races under the tutelage of Tim Clauson over the years.  In 2017, Golobic will be behind the wheel of the Elk Grove Ford/Driven 2 Save Lives machine as he chases the series title for the first time.

    “I am excited and thankful for a full season behind the wheel of the Matt Wood Racing/Clauson Marshall No. 17w,” an appreciative Golobic stated.  “I enjoy racing with Matt, Tim, Tyler and the rest of the CMR team and I have no doubt that we will be very successful in 2017.”

    Twenty-two-year-old Courtney’s first start for CMR was one he’ll never forget as he raced to victory in the “Knepper 55” USAC Midget “Special Event” at Du Quoin just less than three months ago.  His follow-up performance during a “Chili Bowl Midget Nationals” preliminary night in January ended in the same result – celebrating in victory lane with the CMR crew.  “Sunshine,” as he is affectionately known, assumes control of the Driven 2 Save Lives #7BC for 2017.

    “I’m really excited to contend for my first national midget championship this season,” Courtney exclaimed. “We've got a solid group of guys with a lot of momentum on our side from the winter season that hopefully transcends into this season.  I feel it’s going to be a great year.  I've got two really good teammates and one really solid team.”

    Ione, California’s Justin Grant seized the moment the first time he had an opportunity behind the wheel of a CMR entry on the Friday night “Chili Bowl” preliminary.  Grant, age 26, took the victory and earned the pole position for Saturday night’s finale, firmly establishing himself as a member of the CMR family where he will tackle the full USAC National Midget schedule for the first time.  The versatile Grant finished third in last season’s USAC Silver Crown standings and currently leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point standings after winning the season-opener at “Winter Dirt Games VIII” in Ocala, Florida.

    “I am very grateful for the opportunity to compete for the 2017 USAC National Midget Championship with the Clauson-Marshall Racing team,” an excited Grant said.  “Between Tim Clauson’s dedication and knowledge and the Marshall’s commitment to this team and our sport as a whole, I couldn’t ask for better people to work with.  Having a seat in the No. 39BC midget will provide me not only a chance to race for wins and a championship title, but also an opportunity to learn from a great team and talented teammates both on and off the race track.  Clauson-Marshall Racing is highly professional as well as very family-oriented and I am honored to be a part of it as we chase wins, a championship and hope to honor Bryan’s memory.”

    The lineup of Golobic, Courtney and Grant owns just a single USAC National Midget points win coming into 2017, but expectations are high for this group of young guns who have achieved success in several disciplines of racing at the local and national levels.  Golobic is a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car feature winner, Courtney is a USAC National Sprint Car feature winner and Grant owns five career USAC National Sprint Car wins.  It’s a youthful, exciting group that’s hitting its stride at just the right time.

    “I am really proud of the lineup we have assembled for our inaugural season,” Clauson added.  “While our original plan was to run a two-car team for the championship with Tyler and Shane, the opportunity to add Justin was one we just couldn’t pass up.  All three of the drivers have won in our cars and now to have a team that will allow them the chance to compete for a championship is very exciting.  All three drivers are professional racecar drivers and the type of people we want our development drivers to look up to.”

    "To me, this team should be called "We Loved Bryan Racing," team partner Matt Wood said.  “I've never met a person that impacted my life the way Bryan (Clauson) did.  I'm honored to have an opportunity to represent Bryan and be affiliated with the Driven 2 Save Lives campaign.  This USAC midget season will be the best ever.  It's no secret the road to the championship goes thru Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.  With this lineup of drivers, and the talent of Tim Clauson, I predict next year it goes thru CMR/MWR.”

    “After seeing the teamwork displayed by these guys at this year’s Chili Bowl, I could not be more excited to keep it going for the 2017 USAC championship campaign,” team owner Richard Marshall noted.  “These three drivers are winners on and off the track.  They carry themselves in a way that would make Bryan proud, and consequently, will be great mentors for Clauson-Marshall Development drivers.  I can’t wait to get to the track!”

    Clauson-Marshall Racing is not only driven by the pursuit of feature wins and a season championship in 2017, but also by promoting organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation in honor of, Tim Clauson’s son, the late Bryan Clauson, through a partnership with the Indiana Donor Network and the Driven2SaveLives campaign.

    Bryan, a two-time USAC National Midget champion and three-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist, passed away after an incident during the “Belleville Midget Nationals” in August 2016.  Bryan was a registered donor and, because of that, saved five lives and will enhance the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.

    Driven2SaveLives initially started in 2016 as a partnership between the Indiana Donor Network, Stefan Wilson and KV Racing Technology.  The goal was to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in honor of Stefan’s late brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. 

    Together, Indiana Donor Network and Clauson-Marshall Racing hope to get people across the country to register their donation decision through Driven2SaveLives.  There are more than 120,000 people nationwide waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.  The Driven2SaveLives campaign will have a presence at dirt track races around the country in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and more during the 2017 season.

    In the U.S., another person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.  Each day, 22 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn’t made available in time.  You can make a difference. You could save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of approximately 75 people through tissue donation now at Driven2SaveLives.org. 

     “I can think of no better way to honor the gift that Bryan left us all with his decision to be an organ donor then to have our program be a part of the Driven2SaveLives campaign,” Clauson said.  “The campaign is focused on bringing education and awareness about organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation.  To be able to share the message through the sport that Bryan was so passionate about is humbling to say the least.  Following Bryan’s death, the impact that his decision had on not only the short track community, but racing was something that we knew we wanted to carry on by continuing to spread the message and allow those who are willing an opportunity to share their stories and experiences with donation and transplantation.  The Driven 2 Save Lives Campaign will follow the blue print of Bryan’s Chasing 200 tour by being present at several of racing’s biggest events during the 2017 season.”

    You can follow Driven2SaveLives on a variety of social media channels on Facebook, Twitter (@Driven2Save) Instagram (@Driven2Save), Snapchat (@Driven2Save) and YouTube (Driven2SaveLives).

    You can follow along with the Clauson-Marshall Racing throughout the season on Facebook (Clauson-Marshall Racing) and Twitter (@ClausonMarshall).



  • SHAMROCK CLASSIC KICKS OFF 2017 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON SATURDAY IN Du QUOIN
    Defending USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson.

    SHAMROCK CLASSIC KICKS OFF 2017 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON SATURDAY IN Du QUOIN

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    One of the deepest USAC National Midget fields in years is set to hit the track for the first time in 2017 this Saturday, March 18th for the second-running of the “Shamrock Classic” at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center.

    Fifty drivers have already pre-entered for the $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener that brings the series indoors to showcase the intense open wheel action on the 1/6-mile indoor oval that has routinely provided some of the most memorable races each season and features a number of the biggest names in open-wheel, dirt track racing.

    Among them are defending USAC National Midget champ Tanner Thorson, who leads a six-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable into Du Quoin.  The Minden, Nevada native won six features on his way to the title one year ago, and intends to kick off the year in strong fashion as he aims to become the first back-to-back series champ since Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011. Thorson is joined on the KKM team by Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston, last season’s runner-up in points, who was victorious in last season’s Gas City round of “Indiana Midget Week.”

    Christopher Bell, a USAC National Midget champion in 2013, rounds out the KKM lineup for Du Quoin.  The versatile Norman, Oklahoma native recently won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and is also a past winner in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars as well as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.  Rounding out the KKM lineup is the California trio of Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and series Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Carrick.

    The two most recent USAC Midget winners at the Southern Illinois Center have signed on to compete for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.  Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic will attempt to defend his “Shamrock Classic” victory in the CMR/Matt Wood Racing No. 17w while Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney, a Southern Illinois Center winner in last December’s “Junior Knepper 55,” will pilot the CMR No. 7BC.  Filling out the CMR stable is current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant who won just one month ago in the Sprint series’ season opener in Ocala, Florida.  The Ione, California native won his first ever start in the CMR No. 39BC in a Chili Bowl preliminary night feature in January.

    Dave Darland is one of just six drivers to have claimed titles in USAC’s National Midget, National Sprint and Silver Crown divisions during his career.  The Lincoln, Indiana veteran will be in the seat of Gray Racing No. 11 in which he aims to find victory lane in the series for the first time in three seasons.  During his illustrious career in which he has amassed more than 100 USAC victories, 30 of those came in a USAC National Midget event, ranking him 11th all-time.

    The other USAC Triple Crown member in Saturday’s field is Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2006 and 2007 USAC National Midget champ.  Coons returns to the seat of the Petry/Goff Motorsports No. 25 for 2017.

    In addition, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon is back in the saddle of the FMR Racing No. 76m for the 2017 USAC season.  The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ won last season’s “Jason Leffler Memorial” in Wayne City, Ill. on his way to a third-place finish in series points.

    Chad Boat picked up his first three career USAC National Midget victories in 2016, all within the span of a week in early August.  The first of which came at the bullring of Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. before sweeping both nights at Belleville to close out the weekend.  The Phoenix, Ariz. driver is a two-time Rookie of the Year in both the USAC National Midget and National Sprint divisions and is the son of 1995 USAC Western States Midget champ and 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat.

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania’s Alex Bright is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the “Chili Bowl Midget Nationals” in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January of 2016. Bright has made 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012, but is still seeking his first trip to victory lane.

    Further entries include a handful of USAC regulars eyeing their first series victory.  Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas who finished in the runner-up spot in last August’s “Tuesday Night Thunder” in Fairbury, Nebraska.  Up-and-comers Gage Walker and Tony DiMattia have sights set on a breakthrough season of their own.

    Saturday’s race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am.  Spectator gates open at 1pm.  A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm while hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm.  Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

     

    50 DRIVERS ENTERED FOR THE “SHAMROCK CLASSIC”

    1K Brayton Lynch - Springfield, IL

    1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO

    2 Kellen Conover - St. Louis, MO

    3N Jake Neuman - New Berlin, IL

    5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN

    5c Colten Cottle - Kansas, IL

    7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN

    7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN

    7K Justin Peck - Monrovia, IN

    9 Korey Weyant - Springfield, IL

    9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR

    9K Kyle Schuett – Philo, IL

    11 Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN

    11B Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN

    12w Billy Wease - Noblesville, IN

    15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL

    15F Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN

    15M Shane Morgan - Morton, IL

    15s Mitchell Davis - Auburn, IL

    17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA

    21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK

    22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO

    25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ

    28 Kory Schudy - Springfield, MO

    29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN

    31 David Budres - Beloit, WI

    35 Chris Baue - Indianapolis, IN

    35T Tyler Robbins - Collinsville, IL

    39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA

    50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA

    50A Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO

    52 Isaac Chapple - Willow Branch, IN

    56v Matt Veatch - McLeansboro, IL

    56x Mark Chisholm - Cheyenne, WY

    57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL

    67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV

    67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA

    68 Kyle O'Gara - Indianapolis, IN

    71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA

    71B Robert Bell - Colfax, IA

    71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA

    75 Lee Dakus - Edmonton, ALB, CAN

    76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK

    77 Alex Bright - Collegeville, PA

    84 Chad Boat - Phoenix, AZ

    88 Terry Babb - Harristown, IL

    91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS

    91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH

    91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK

    97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN



  • SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRY LIST HITS 50!
    #84 Chad Boat is among the 50 drivers entered for Saturday's

    SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRY LIST HITS 50!

    The pre-entry list for the second running of the “Shamrock Classic” USAC National Midget season opener at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center has reached 50!

    The Saturday, March 18th event on the one-sixth-mile, indoor dirt oval features many of the biggest names in U.S. open-wheel, dirt track racing, including two drivers who’ve attained the status of USAC Triple Crown champion in their careers - Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr.

    The two most recent winners at the Southern Illinois Center – Tyler Courtney and defending “Shamrock Classic” winner Shane Golobic – make up two-thirds of the Clauson-Marshall Racing stable.  Past USAC National Midget Champions Tanner Thorson (2016) and Christopher Bell (2013) will be among two of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ six entries.  Two-time, and reigning, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon has entered the event along with current USAC Sprint point leader Justin Grant.

    Past USAC National Midget feature winners will be in abundance as well with Chad Boat, Billy Wease and Spencer Bayston ready to roll this weekend.  Recent USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp and Kyle Cummins will make a rare appearance in a midget, with Cummins making his midget racing debut in Du Quoin.  Last season’s USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple makes his midget return as well.

    Free entry is available for all “Shamrock Classic” competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at  https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry.  Use the code regriesemer.  The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13.  Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

    Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while 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.  The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass!  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

    The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the “Shamrock Classic” begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday’s race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am, followed by a “pit sweep” at noon. Spectator gates open at 1pm.  A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm.  Hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

    Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

     

    49 MIDGETS ENTERED FOR THE “SHAMROCK CLASSIC” AS OF SUNDAY, MARCH 12

    1K Brayton Lynch - Springfield, IL

    1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO

    2 Kellen Conover - St. Louis, MO

    3N Jake Neuman - New Berlin, IL

    5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN

    5c Colten Cottle - Kansas, IL

    7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN

    7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN

    7K Justin Peck - Monrovia, IN

    9 Korey Weyant - Springfield, IL

    9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR

    9K Kyle Schuett – Philo, IL

    11 Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN

    11B Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN

    12w Billy Wease - Noblesville, IN

    15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL

    15F Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN

    15M Shane Morgan - Morton, IL

    15s Mitchell Davis - Auburn, IL

    17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA

    21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK

    22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO

    25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ

    28 Kory Schudy - Springfield, MO

    29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN

    31 David Budres - Beloit, WI

    35 Chris Baue - Indianapolis, IN

    35T Tyler Robbins - Collinsville, IL

    39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA

    50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA

    50A Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO

    52 Isaac Chapple - Willow Branch, IN

    56v Matt Veatch - McLeansboro, IL

    56x Mark Chisholm - Cheyenne, WY

    57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL

    67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV

    67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA

    68 Kyle O'Gara - Indianapolis, IN

    71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA

    71B Robert Bell - Colfax, IA

    71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA

    75 Lee Dakus - Edmonton, ALB, CAN

    76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK

    77 Alex Bright - Collegeville, PA

    84 Chad Boat - Phoenix, AZ

    88 Terry Babb - Harristown, IL

    91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS

    91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH

    91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK

    97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN



  • RONNIE GARDNER TOPS BAKERSFIELD SEASON OPENER
    Ronnie Gardner & Crew in Bakersfield Victory Lane

     

    LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 11, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.988; 2. Nic Faas, 25X, Rodela-13.044; 3. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.088; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.109; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.116; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.133; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.189; 8. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.212; 9. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.277; 10. Matt Mitchell, 75, Mitchell-13.331; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.404; 12. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.412; 13. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.448; 14. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.498; 15. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-13.500; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.554; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.566; 18. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.661; 19. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.742; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.856; 21. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.888; 22. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.119; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Prickett, 7. Daniel, 7. Hazelton. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Pankratz, 3. Nichols, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Faccinto. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Ennis, 3. Crone, 4. Guerrini, 5. Dolacki, 6. Josett, 7. Figueroa. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Cory Elliott, 3. Nic Faas, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Courtney Crone, 7. J.J. Ercse, 8. Mason Daniel, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Chris Ennis, 11. Robert Dalby, 12. Clayton Ruston, 13. Austen Figueroa, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Tyler Dolacki, 19. David Prickett, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Ron Hazelton, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT

    ------------------------------------

    **Dolacki flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faas, Laps 6-30 Gardner

    ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Mason Daniel (19th to 8th)

    NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-82, 2-Elliott-79, 3-Faas-77, 4-Guerrini-66, 5-Nichols-64, 6-Crone-62, 7-Ercse-54, 8-Pankratz-53, 9-Daniel-51, 10-Ennis-50.

    NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: March 29 – Placerville (CA) Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” 



  • CUMMINS TO MAKE USAC MIDGET DEBUT IN MARCH 18 “SHAMROCK CLASSIC”
    The midget Kyle Cummins will pilot in the

    CUMMINS TO MAKE USAC MIDGET DEBUT IN MARCH 18 “SHAMROCK CLASSIC”

    By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

    The beginning of the 2017 National Midget season marks a new beginning for one of USAC’s longtime standout Sprint Car stars, Kyle Cummins.

    Cummins, the 29-year-old Princeton, Indiana veteran driver has raced his way to numerous feature victories and championships throughout his decade-and-a-half career behind the wheel of a sprint car.  But on Saturday night, March 18 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds’ Southern Illinois Center, he attacks a new challenge as he straps into the seat of a midget for the first time in the “Shamrock Classic” USAC National Midget season opener.

    “This will be my first time in a dirt midget,” Cummins establishes.  “I haven’t raced much other than a sprint car in years.  I figure it has four wheels, a motor and we’re on dirt, so I think I’ll adapt pretty quickly”

    Cummins’ ride for Du Quoin will be fielded by Chase Briscoe, a recent sprint car and midget driver who picked up an ARCA Stock Car driving title in 2016 and now competes full-time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit.  Cummins and Briscoe have battled alongside each other for much of the last decade, but this time they’re teaming up, and with high aspirations.

    “With the equipment and the knowledge they bring, there are no excuses to not be in the top-five or so,” Cummins admits.  “If I left there with a top-three finish, I would be content for the first night out.  I have high expectations for myself, but I know it will be a good accomplishment just to put it in the A-Main with this group of cars.  At this moment, this is the only race I will run (in a midget), so hopefully we can have a good showing and run again.”

    The connection between the Cummins and Briscoe families date back to before Kyle and Chase’s own careers had even begun.  Back when each of their fathers, Mark Cummins and Kevin Briscoe, were battling up front on a weekly basis on the bullrings at Haubstadt and Bloomington.

    “I have known the Briscoes for years, from going racing with my dad, to racing with Kevin when I first started, to racing with Chase,” Cummins recalls.  “In my third or fourth season, I ran for Richard (Briscoe) a hand full of times in the famous white and red No. 5.  Chase and I have always been friends and have gotten along really well.  He asked me at the PRI show in December if I would be interested in running his midget a couple times if he couldn’t, and I was all for it.”

    Coming on the heels of his first two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins a year ago during “Indiana Sprint Week” at Kokomo and the “Haubstadt Hustler” at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, Cummins is pumped at the thought of finally getting on track at the one-sixth-mile indoor bullring, a place he’s been to as a fan, but not as a competitor.

    “I’m pretty excited to get the chance to go to Du Quoin as a driver instead of as a spectator,” said Cummins, who is the owner of a CNC machine shop in Haubstadt by day.  “There’s a lot of luck that is involved to keep your car out of trouble and finish up front.  I just hope that I feel comfortable in the car.  If I feel good right out of the gate, I think we can have a good run for my first time in a midget.”

    Free entry remains available for all “Shamrock Classic” competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at  https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry.  Use the code regriesemer.  The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13.  Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

    Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while 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.  The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass!  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

    The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the “Shamrock Classic” begins with participant parking on March 17 (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.  Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

    Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.



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