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Winner Tristan Guardino
(Lance Jennings Photo)




 

GUARDINO CONTINUES TO ROLL AT SANTA MARIA


 

SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 15, 2019... Regaining the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 21, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) claimed the "Ron Otto Memorial" at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino extended his point lead with his third USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. Fast qualifier Swanson, T.J. Smith, Troy Rutherford, and Cody Majors rounded out the top-five drivers.


 

Ryan Stolz earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from twenty-first. Tom Hendricks scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a 13th place finish.


 

Earlier in the program, Swanson posted his seventh career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.787 over the 22-car roster.


 

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Brandon Wiley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Guardino (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Smith (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).


 

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway on Saturday, August 10th for the "Bud Stanfield Memorial."


 

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.


 

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


 

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2019 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "Ron Otto Memorial"


 

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.787; 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.802; 3. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.081; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.193; 5. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-14.214; 6. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.323; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.416; 8. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.425; 9. Cody Majors, 81X, Watt-14.514; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.605; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.657; 12. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-14.657; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.664; 14. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.665; 15. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-14.784; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 0K, Perkins-14.979; 17. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-15.022; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.087; 19. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.304; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.598; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Stolz-15.612; 22. Bill Jones, 16J, Jones-15.622.


 

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1.Wiley, 2. Swanson, 3. Ringo, 4. Rutherford, 5. Mayhew, 6. Tafoya, 7. Hix, 8. Jones. NT


 

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hendricks, 3. Owens, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Shaw, 6. Perkins, 7. Herrera. NT


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Lewis, 3. Timmons, 4. Majors, 5. Ervine, 6. Stolz, 7. Boul. NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (5), 2. Jake Swanson (6), 3. T.J. Smith (1), 4. Troy Rutherford (3), 5. Cody Majors (9), 6. Ryan Timmons (4), 7. J.J. Ringo (10), 8. Ricky Lewis (15), 9. Koen Shaw (11), 10. Hannah Mayhew (19), 11. Ryan Stolz (21), 12. Austin Ervine (18), 13. Tom Hendricks (8), 14. James Herrera (20), 15. Brandon Wiley (13), 16. Bill Jones (22), 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16), 18. Steve Hix (7), 19. Brent Owens (14), 20. Will Perkins (17), 21. Ricky Kirkbride (2), 22. Tanner Boul (12). NT

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**Wiley flipped on lap 18 of the feature.


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Smith, Laps 8-19 Guardino, Lap 20 Swanson, Laps 21-30 Guardino.


 

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER:  Ryan Stolz (21st to 11tth)


 

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tom Hendricks


 

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-598, 2-Timmons-455, 3-Shaw-420, 4-Mayhew-320, 5-Swanson-318, 6-Austin Liggett-308, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-294, 8-Ervine-293, 9-Rutherford-290, 10-Smith-289.


 

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 10 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "Bud Stanfield Memorial"

Tyler Courtney celebrates his Eastern Storm victory Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)




 

COURTNEY RULES PORT ROYAL EASTERN STORM ROUND


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 15, 2019).........For Tyler Courtney, the date of June 15th and the location of Port Royal Speedway means more than just another stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour.


 

For Port Royal was the half-mile dirt oval where his mentor, Bryan Clauson, recorded his record sixth and final "Eastern Storm" win in 2016.  Saturday night also marked what would've been Clauson's 30th birthday.


 

Courtney, the defending series champ, was bound and determined to make his own personal mark to honor BC on this night during round three of the 13th annual "Eastern Storm" series but felt there was a spirit helping him along the way.


 

"We've kind of struggled all week," Courtney admitted.  "But I think we had somebody looking down on us tonight.  This one's for him.  He's done a lot for my career.  He's done a lot for everybody on this team.  Even without him being here, he helped us more than he knows."


 

The emotional victory for Courtney aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy appeared as smooth as silk for 30 laps with barely any threats posed en route to his second series victory of the year.  His half-mile record with the series in 2019 now includes wins at Eldora and Port Royal to go along with a 3rd at Terre Haute.


 

Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney started from the outside of the front row and was seemingly gone, ripping the top, as Chris Windom attempted to keep pace in second.  Courtney's lead stretched out to three-quarters of a straightaway over Windom in the first-third of the race until 2015 Port Royal winner Robert Ballou made contact in turn three, heavily damaging the torsion bar and the left rear wheel, forcing him on the sideline for the remainder of the night.


 

Courtney had been solid as a rock at Port Royal in his previous two campaigns, finishing 4th in 2017 and 3rd in 2018.  But Windom, who lined up second on the ensuing restart, was victorious in both of those instances.  Windom's best opportunity to get past was to dive low in one to the inside guardrail to throw the slider on the restart.  He did just that when racing resumed on lap 12, but there wasn't enough mustard on the fastball to surge ahead, and instead, tucked in behind Courtney exiting turn two.


 

Yellows and restarts were the only things tugging on Courtney's cape this night as each time Courtney stood on the throttle, his competition was left in the distant past.  The separation from Courtney to Windom was instantly a half-straightaway while Windom found himself a 10-car length lead over the fierce battle for third between Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon and new one-lap track record holder, C.J. Leary.


 

At the midway point, Thomas slid by Stockon on the bottom of turn three.  Stockon countered to regain third exiting four.  Stockon's grasp on the spot was hanging in the balance and Thomas was able to pick Stockon off by the time they reached turn two on the 16th lap.  By turn four of the same lap, Leary had slid by Stockon to take ownership of fourth to begin the second half of the 30-lapper.


 

Meanwhile, Courtney was cruising with nothing but Warren Alston's double checkers on his mind and vision with six laps remaining.  That was until third-running Thomas, who was on the topside of turn three and in the midst of a joust with Leary for third, suffered a blown right rear tire which sent him hard into the outside guardrail with a mighty wallop, elevating all four wheels of his car off the ground before landing back on all fours.  The incident ended his night with a disappointing 18th place finish and placed a huge dent in his Eastern Storm title chances where he dropped form 2nd to 8th, and in the National Sprint points in which he fell from 2nd to 5th.


 

Four lapped cars separated race leader Courtney and second-running Windom on the lap 25 restart, negating any reasonable chance for Windom to toss a slider for the lead heading into turn one.  Instead, all Windom could do was stay pat on the topside while the lappers cooperated on the bottom.  Once again, any notion of anyone else having a shot at taking down Courtney was all for naught as Courtney opened it up to a lead of three seconds while Leary tried to step up a spot by challenging Windom, to no avail.


 

Courtney finished off a sterling performance by setting his fastest lap of the race on the 30th and final lap that ultimately resulted in his second career Eastern Storm victory by 3.15 seconds over Windom, Leary, Stockon and Justin Grant.



 

Courtney's win was the 19th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld's 21 victories for 28th on the all-time list. (Rich Forman Photo)


 

 

Courtney fell the struggle was real in the first two rounds this week with 4th and 6th place runs at Grandview and Bridgeport, respectively.  The prevailing feeling was that they needed to return to the basics and remember why they do what they do in the first place, and when winning is part of the equation, the fun never seems to find an end.


 

"We've been banging our heads against the wall just trying to figure out what we're doing," Courtney explained.  "I think we just came to the conclusion that we weren't really having fun.  So, we went back to the basics, 'have some fun.'  (Port Royal) is a place that suits our style, high speed, and when you get to run it nice and straight up against the wall like that, it's a lot of fun."


 

Courtney's win was the 19th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld's 21 victories for 28th on the all-time list.


 

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Sprint Car Unlimited Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/In Memory of Mike Grassmyer Hard Charger), Chris Windom (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Dustin Christie (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


 

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2019 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval


 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/SPRINT CAR UNLIMITED QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-18.105 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-18.332; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.457; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-18.518; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.670; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-18.691; 7. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-18.730; 8. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-18.737; 9. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-18.779; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-18.817; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-18.856; 12. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-18.886; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-18.888; 14. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-18.899; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-18.927; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Perigo-18.971; 17. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.000; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.084; 19. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-19.153; 20. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-19.343; 21. John Stehman, 23, Treyco-19.678; 22. Jared Esh, 33, Ehrenzeller-20.212.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Thomas, 3. Perigo, 4. Short, 5. Boespflug, 6. Andretti, 7. Biasi, 8. Esh. 2:33.36


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. Grant, 4. Courtney, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Christie, 7. Darland. 2:32.57 (New Track Record)


 

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Drevicki, 5. McDougal, 6. VanMeveren, 7. Stehman. 2:35.52


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (7), 7. Brady Bacon (17), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Jarett Andretti (10), 10. Joey Biasi (19), 11. Isaac Chapple (18), 12. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 13. Dustin Christie (20), 14. Carmen Perigo (16), 15. Brian VanMeveren (15), 16. Dave Darland (14), 17. John Stehman (21), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 19. Chad Boespflug (13), 20. Steven Drevicki (12), 21. Robert Ballou (11), 22. Jared Esh (22). NT


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Courtney.


 

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (17th to 7th)


 

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dustin Christie


 

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chad Boespflug


 

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-762, 2-Courtney-703, 3-Windom-700, 4-Stockon-695, 5-K. Thomas-688, 6-Bacon-660, 7-Grant-631, 8-Short-585, 9-McDougal-571, 10-Ballou-568.


 

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Leary-223, 2-Courtney-210, 3-Stockon-206, 4-Windom-199, 5-Bacon-196, 6-Grant-196, 7-McDougal-182, 8-Thomas-181, 9-Short-158. 10-Ballou-143.


 

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16, 2019 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, New York - 13th"Eastern Storm" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

Winner Johnny Kent
(Richard Bales Photo)




 

JOHNNY KENT READS THE RED DIRT TO VICTORY


 

Meeker, Oklahoma (June 14, 2019).........Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) caught reigning series champion Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) in lapped traffic with five laps remaining, took over the lead and carried onto victory in Friday night's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Red Dirt Raceway.


 

Wilson had led the first 25 laps of the 30-lapper, which was slowed by a wild flip by Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) into the turn three infield on lap 15.


 

J. Kent and Wilson were followed to the line by Tim Kent (Bristow, Okla.), Kyle Clark (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.), who rounded out the top-five.  


 

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma


 

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 2. Joshua Tyre (#25c Admire), 3. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 4. Jordan Herman (#54 Lemons), 5. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 6. Patrick Prescott (#5p Prescott). NT


 

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 4. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 5. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 6. David  Baxter (#7D Baxter). NT


 

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 2. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Noah Harris (#7F Fode), 5. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser). NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Johnny Kent (3), 2. Brett Wilson (1), 3. Tim Kent (7), 4. Kyle Clark (11), 5. Danny Smith (10), 6. Noah Harris (12), 7. Ryan Dean (2), 8. Ty Hulsey (4). 9. Waylon Weaver (6), 10. Jordan Herman (13), 11. David Baxter (16), 12. Joshua Tyre (5), 13. Cody Jarvis (8), 14. J.C. Wilson (14), 15. Ben Frey (15), 16. Cameron Hagin (9), 17. Patrick Prescott (17). NT


 

**Hagin flipped on lap 15 of the feature.


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Wilson, Laps 26-30 J. Kent.


 

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: June 21, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

 

Winner Chett Gehrke
(Bill Miller Photo)




 

GEHRKE GETS MTM WIN AT GAS CITY


 

Gas City, Indiana (June 14, 2019).........Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) captured the victory in Friday's USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget feature at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.


 

Gehrke got by Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio) on a lap five restart and lead the remaining 16 laps to seal the deal for his first series win of the season.


 

Series point leader Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) was second ahead of Watson, Cory Guingrich (Celina, Ohio) and Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio).


 

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USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2019 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway


 

FIRST HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 2. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 3. Cory Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 4. Gunnar Lucius (#22L Lucius), 5. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 6. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 7. Ian Creager (#36 Creager). NT


 

SECOND HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 2. Anton Hernandez (#8JR Wood), 3. Mark Nieft, Jr. (#20N Nieft), 4. Adam Schmenk (#6 Schmenk), 5. Zane Briggs (#10 Briggs), 6. Tyler Kalb (#32T Kalb), 7. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow). NT


 

THIRD HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 4. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 5. Ryan Moran (#01 Moran), 6. Braden Watson (#29 Watson). NT


 

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke, 2. Aaron Leffel, 3. Alex Watson, 4. Cory Guingrich, 5. Stratton Briggs, 6. Chris Bounds, 7. Gunnar Lucius, 8. Kyle Kriegbaum, 9. Tommy Bigelow, 10. Jacob Denney, 11. Tyler Kalb, 12. Zane Briggs, 13. Ryan Moran, 14. Jon Steed, 15. Mark Neift, Jr., 16. Don Bigelow, 17. Anton Hernandez, 18. Adam Schmenk, 19. Ian Creager, 20. Braden Watson. NT


 

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-207, 2-Stratton Briggs-158, 3-Gunnar Lucius-144, 4-Cory Guingrich-142, 5-Ian Creager-135, 6-Kyle Kriegbaum-135, 7-Alex Watson-134, 8-Zane Briggs-115, 9-Chris Bounds-113, 10-Jacob Denney-107.


 

NEXT USAC MIDGET THUNDER MIDGET RACE: June 22 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana  

 

"Get this man a napkin!" Brady Bacon shows the wears in victory lane after his first career USAC Silver Crown victory Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
(Rich Forman Photo)



 
BACON THE LAST MAN STANDING
IN DRAMA-FILLED WILLIAMS GROVE 100

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2019).........For Brady Bacon, it was the best of times.  For Steve Buckwalter and Chris Windom, in particular, it was the worst of times.
That about sums up the Helter Skelter roller coaster ride of emotions among the top-three drivers during the final laps of Friday's "Williams Grove 100" USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove Speedway.

 
For Bacon, the times couldn't have gotten any better as he avoided the misfortune in front of him.  On the 100th and final lap, second-running Windom got into the rear bumper of Buckwalter, sending Buckwalter spinning out of the race lead. 

 
On the ensuing restart, Windom, the new race leader, led the field into turn one on the final lap only to see his right rear tire give out, handing the lead to Bacon who ended the drama once-and-for-all by cruising the last three-quarters of a lap to capture his first career USAC Silver Crown win.

 
Bacon's score came in his 23rd series start aboard his Beast Chassis - Wilwood Disc Brakes - Hoosier Racing Tire-sponsored Beast/Ford, the second-straight win for the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 following Kyle Hamilton's victory on the pavement at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway in May.

 
Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ out of Broken Arrow, Okla., started third, but dropped to sixth on the opening circuit which, though had him a tad worrisome, became an afterthought as he preserved his equipment and steadily moved up as the race wore on, running fourth as late as nine laps remaining with Buckwalter, Kody Swanson and Windom sitting ahead of him in the pecking order.

 
Following the lap 90 restart, Bacon surged from fourth to third to second between laps 91 and 93 and was challenging for the lead.  Just a lap earlier, Swanson had slid by Buckwalter for the lead in turn one with just a bit too much gusto, sliding up just out of the bottom groove as Buckwalter didn't fret and drove back by underneath.

 
That opened up the door exiting turn two, allowing Bacon to sweep past Swanson to second as the field passed under the legendary back straightaway bridge, while Windom presented an inside challenge to Swanson entering the third turn.  Windom's right front and Swanson's left rear tangled not once, but twice in between turns three and four, forcing Swanson wide off turn four and allowing Windom to take the third position.

 
Bacon challenged Buckwalter for the lead entering the outside of turn three on three consecutive laps to no avail.  With five to go and Bacon unable to make the lane up from the bottom work to his liking, Windom took advantage and skirted underneath on the low line to grab second.

 
"It took me a lap to get going before I could start trying to squeeze on the outside of turn three," Bacon recalled.  "But Buckwalter was really smart.  He races a lot here, so he was keeping himself just far out enough to where I couldn't get a run on him, and then I slid out."

 
The top-four of Buckwalter, Windom, Bacon and Swanson ran practically nose-to-tail entering the conclusion.  Heading into turn one on the final lap, though, local favorite Buckwalter from Royersford, Pa., a nine-time wing sprint car and five-time ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove, seemed poised and primed to capture his first career Silver Crown victory in his 25th series start.

 
That's when the complexion of the race, and seemingly the universe, turned on its figurative head.  Second-running Windom entered turn one a couple car lengths behind Buckwalter.  Windom tagged Buckwalter's rear bumper with his own front bumper, turning Buckwalter sideways and, ultimately, to a stop in the middle of turn one.  Windom barely escaped to the outside behind Buckwalter's tail tank while third-running Bacon snuck by underneath without getting caught in the melee.

 
Buckwalter didn't mince words in his thoughts of what happened just three-quarters of a lap away from payday.

 
"I knew I had to get in low and protect the bottom," Buckwalter explained.  "I was running as hard as I had to (in order) to make that happen.  I just feel bad for all the PA fans.  We had them beat.  I don't know what else to say.  I guess he just didn't want to get second, but he just drove through me."

 
"You don't get that many opportunities to win one of these," Buckwalter continued.  "We only run (Silver Crown Cars) four or five times a year.  It's kind of out of my element.  These guys are driving non-wing sprint cars all the time and I maybe run half a dozen midget races a year.  To get out there and drive from eighth to the lead, and not touch anybody, and on the last corner to have somebody drive through your rear bumper, it's just heartbreaking."

 
From Windom's point of view, he admitted he just plainly misjudged the entry to turn one.

 
"I obviously misjudged it and I feel terrible about it," Windom admitted.  "I'd been battling brake issues the last 40 laps of the race and he got in so slow and low to protect the bottom.  Once the white flag came out, I got excited going down the front stretch and I got in too hard.  I had my left foot through the floor trying to slow the car down.  I just knew at that point that I had gotten in way too hard.  I tried to turn up at the last second, but it just ended up catching him even harder with the bumper and spun him.  I can't change it now.  I had a bad misjudgment there."


 
Brady Bacon's win Friday night was actually his second in USAC competition at Williams Grove Speedway, following his ARDC victory in 2017.
(Rich Forman Photo)

 

 
That set up a green-white-checker finish.  Though there was a tad fretfulness at the beginning, Bacon's car had come to life late.  Once he gained a close-up look of the leader's tire situation, he knew there was blood in the water.

 
"I knew we had a better car at the end," Bacon noted.  "I was a little worried when we  weren't very good at the beginning, then I saw some tire issues come about.  Buckwalter's tire was looking pretty bad and Windom's was looking bad.  Once they had that little altercation over there, that gave us an extra lap.  I knew that wasn't good for Windom because I could see his cords."

 
At that point, it was all about hanging on, although Windom still had the feeling that despite all the indicators he was feeling, he would still be able to preserve enough rubber to make it to the end.

 
"I knew it was low; I could feel it shaking down the straightaway," Windom remembered.  "But I thought it was going to be enough to last to the end, but it just wasn't."

 
As Windom's tire went down, forcing him to slip up the racetrack in turn one, Bacon scooted underneath and it was in the books as Bacon drove away and got out of Dodge to claim one of the most drama-filled last laps in USAC Silver Crown history.  Although confident, another yellow could've thrown a wrench into the deal for Bacon with tire wear weighing heavily on the mind and a hard-charging four-time champ in Swanson could have possibly resulted in a different outcome.

 
"Coming off turn two, maybe," Bacon explained when he thought he had the win sewn up.  "But then I'm like, there's no telling who's behind me.  I don't know how much I slowed down to miss (Windom), but I was pretty confident I had it.  I was just hoping they didn't throw the yellow.  It feels like I should've won a couple of these, but glad to get my first one," a cheerful Bacon said.  "I love coming out here to PA.  This is a really cool place to win a race."

 
Swanson finished six-tenths of a second behind Bacon in the second spot ahead of Fatheadz Eyewear pole winner Justin Grant in third.  KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Mike Haggenbottom earned a career-best fourth from the 15th starting spot while Eric Gordon rounded out the top-five.

 
The breakthrough win for Bacon comes following consecutive second place finishes in Silver Crown competition at The Grove for the Klatt team, with drivers Bryan Clauson (2016) and Damion Gardner (2017).  It's the first Silver Crown win for a Klatt-owned car on dirt and the first of any kind on dirt in USAC National competition since a 2011 Sprint Car win with Bobby East an hour and a half east at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.

 
Friday's win marked Bacon's second career USAC-sanctioned win at Williams Grove following his ARDC Midget win in June of 2017.

 
Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway included Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Mike Haggenbottom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

 
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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2019 - Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - "Williams Grove 100"

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.799; 2. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.816; 3. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-21.863; 4. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-21.938; 5. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-22.123; 6. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-22.245; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.325; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-22.428; 9. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.441; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.574; 11. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire-22.586; 12. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-22.599; 13. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-22.642; 14. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-22.840; 15. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.933; 16. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-23.021; 17. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.293; 18. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-23.298; 19. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-28.427.

 
FEATURE: (101 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Kody Swanson (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Mike Haggenbottom (15), 5. Eric Gordon (14), 6. Austin Nemire (5), 7. David Byrne (12), 8. Steve Buckwalter (8), 9. Chris Windom (2), 10. Matt Goodnight (10), 11. Chad Kemenah (11), 12. John Heydenreich (13), 13. Shane Cottle (7), 14. Dallas Hewitt (18), 15. Kyle Robbins (9), 16. Dave Berkheimer (17), 17. Tyler Courtney (4), 18. Johnny Petrozelle (16), 19. C.J. Leary (19). 1:01.52.305
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-47 Windom, Laps 48-99 Buckwalter, Lap 100 Windom, Lap 101 Bacon.

 
KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Mike Haggenbottom (15th to 4th)

 
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

 
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-320, 2-Grant-314, 3-Byrne-227, 4-Gordon-216, 5-Haggenbottom-211, 6-Nemire-209, 7-Bobby Santos-198, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-198, 9-Kyle Hamilton-186, 10-Windom-175.

 
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: June 28, 2019 - Madison International Speedway - Oregon, Wisconsin - Bytec "Dairyland 100"
 

BAPS EASTERN STORM ROUND FALLS TO RAIN


 

York Haven, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2019).........Following overnight rains and ongoing precipitation throughout the morning, Thursday's third round of Eastern Storm from BAPS Motor Speedway has been cancelled.


 

Up next for USAC's tour of the east is Friday's Silver Crown event at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.  On Saturday, Eastern Storm resumes with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. and on Sunday at New York's Weedsport Speedway.


 

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) leads the Eastern Storm standings.  Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won Tuesday's opener at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. while Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) claimed Wednesday's race at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.

 

Jason McDougal won his first career "Eastern Storm" feature Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)


 


 

McDOUGAL CROSSES BRIDGEPORT OFF EASTERN STORM CHECKLIST


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Swedesboro, New Jersey (June 12, 2019).........To earn his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory last September in Pevely, Mo., Jason McDougal played the role of the chaser on a late-race restart.


 

To gain his second career series win Wednesday night in round two of the 13th annual "Eastern Storm" at Bridgeport Speedway, the roles were reversed as the Broken Arrow, Okla. native had to hold off the competition on a green-white-checker restart.


 

Initially, McDougal was heralded as a quick study after making an impressive series debut less than a calendar year ago.  Now, after acing both of those particular exams in his young career, he's rapidly becoming one of the elite, earning his first career Eastern Storm triumph on the 3/8-mile dirt oval.


 

Although, as hard as McDougal drove into turn one on the final restart, he might've made it stick on the 5/8-mile track that surrounds it.


 

"I drove it into one as deep as I could," McDougal exclaimed, emphasizing the word 'deep.'  "That was the hardest I ran it into one during that whole race.  It was either going to bike or stick."


 

Justin Grant, a 14-time USAC Sprint Car feature winner himself, was eager to tally his initial Eastern Storm win as he lined up second on the final restart, ready to make his run at McDougal.


 

"I was going to slide him into one, but I didn't have enough of a run," Grant explained.  "Then I thought, 'well, if I can hook the bottom off of two, I can at least stay tucked up alongside of him and slide him going into three.  Then, I about half-spun in the middle of one and two, and that whole plan went away."


 

McDougal checked out initially on the start from the outside of the front row, though pole sitter Carson Short made a bid for the lead, running side-by-side and edging ahead momentarily on the bottom of turn three on the opening lap before McDougal used the top to drive around the outside of Short to lead the field back to the stripe.


 

As McDougal checked out to a 1.5 second advantage, the battled raged for second with Kevin Thomas, Jr. smothering Short for second to no avail as Short slammed the door on Thomas on the tenth lap into one.  Short had enough momentum each time to guard the challenge from Thomas, but three laps later, at the same spot, Thomas kicked the door open, grooving to the bottom and edging ahead for the second position exiting turn two.


 

Nearing midway, the sense was that, with an open track, Thomas would be able to start reeling McDougal in.  Initially, he did, cutting a half-second off the interval to knock McDougal's lead down to nine-tenths of a second.  As McDougal began to encounter the tail end of the field on lap 19, he built his lead back up to 1.3 seconds.


 

However, gridlock, road construction-type traffic lay ahead with not one, not two, but three cars occupying three different grooves together as McDougal approached.  Seemingly stuck, McDougal tried to split two of the lappers on separate occasions without much luck.  That allowed both Grant and Thomas to come back into play with five laps remaining.


 

On lap 26, Grant and Thomas' see-saw positioning saw Grant slide Thomas into turn three.  Thomas countered and the two drag raced into turn one with Thomas poking ahead and briefly surging ahead by a car length over McDougal between turns one and two.  That is, until McDougal zipped back past on the outside to regain the lead, albeit with the lapped cars of Brian VanMeveren and Dominick Buffalino running in tandem just ahead.


 

"They were racing just close enough side-by-side to where I couldn't split them  getting into the corner," McDougal recalled.  "One of them entered low enough every time, that I probably could've drove around the outside of him, but we would've crashed about halfway through the corner.  Basically, I just waited until the guy on the bottom messed up enough to where I could almost push the guy at the top off the track."



 

Jason McDougal's first "Eastern Storm" victory came in just his second career "Eastern Storm" start.  With Brady Bacon's win Tuesday at Grandview, it now makes Oklahoma natives 2-0 thus far in the mini-series. (Rich Forman Photo)


 

 

McDougal was on high alert and was able to wedge the front bumper between the two off the second turn on lap 28, cutting through the middle of both cars on the back straightaway to clear both in one fell swoop between turns three and four.


 

As soon as McDougal appeared to be in the clear, the yellow flag dropped for the stopped car of Dustin Christie in turn four, setting up one final two-lap showdown.  However, McDougal was flawless on the resumption, spurting away uncontested throughout the last 1-3/4 of a lap earn the $6,000 victory, the money with which McDougal said he might spend on a new Gucci belt to boost his appearance for the fans.


 

McDougal's victory in the Daigh-Phillips Motorsports/Frank & Jill Daigh - Roger & Barb Tapy - Griffin's Propane/DRC/Foxco Chevy provided the Phillips team their first Eastern Storm feature victory since Dave Darland's win at Port Royal in 2013.


 

Thomas outdueled Grant in a ferocious battle in the waning laps to take second.  Grant finished third ahead of fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Chase Stockon, while new "Eastern Storm" point leader C.J. Leary rounded out the top-five.


 

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway were Chase Stockon (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Joey Biasi (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).


 

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2019 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval


 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.767 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.010; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.019; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.056; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.089; 6. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-16.150; 7. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.163; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-16.186; 9. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-16.215; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.278; 11. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.309; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.340; 13. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-16.408; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.469; 15. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-16.520; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-16.520; 17. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.560; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.690; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.836; 20. Dominick Buffalino, 3x, Wasitowski-17.181; 21. Ryan Godown, 4F, Freyer-17.284; 22. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 11A, Pellegrini-17.476.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Biasi, 3. Stockon, 4. Thomas, 5. Windom, 6. Drevicki, 7. Christie, 8. Pellegrini. NT


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou,  2. McDougal, 3. Leary, 4. VanMeveren, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chapple, 7. Buffalino. NT


 

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Andretti, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Balog, 7. Godown. 2:15.75 (New Track Record)


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chase Stockon (6), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Brady Bacon (12), 8. Chris Windom (7), 9. Carson Short (1), 10. Robert Ballou (14), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Steven Drevicki (16), 13. Chad Boespflug (8), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Joey Biasi (13), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Jarett Andretti (18), 18. Ryan Godown (21), 19. Dominick Buffalino (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (17), 21. Dustin Christie (19), 22. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (22). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 McDougal.


 

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (12th to 7th)


 

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boespflug


 

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Joey Biasi


 

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-684, 2-K. Thomas-651, 3-Courtney-626, 4-Windom-624, 5-Stockon-624, 6-Bacon-600, 7-Grant-562, 8-Ballou-538, 9-Short-525, 10-McDougal-518.


 

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Leary-145, 2-Thomas-144, 3-Bacon-136, 4-Stockon-135, 5-Courtney-133, 6-McDougal-129, 7-Grant-127, 8-Windom-123, 9-Ballou-113, 10-Short-98.


 

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 13, 2019 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval

 

Brady Bacon celebrates with the $10,000 check after winning his third-straight Eastern Storm opener Tuesday at Grandview Speedway.
(Rich Forman Photo)



 
BACON GETS $10K GRANDVIEW TRIFECTA
IN EASTERN STORM OPENER

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (June 11, 2019).........In each of the last two years, Brady Bacon had to pull some late-race heroics out of his pocket in the final laps of the "Jesse Hockett Classic" / "Eastern Storm" opener at Grandview Speedway.

 
This one Tuesday night was anything but a nail-biter as the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver led all 40 laps in dominant fashion to collect $10,000 and become the first driver in Eastern Storm history to win three races at a single track, an achievement which took  him just three years to accomplish.

 
As opposed to his 2017-18 Grandview triumphs, Bacon felt he had car to beat right from the get-go, though it very nearly ended as soon as it started with a huge bike in turn two during hot laps that he managed to save, carry on and then thrive, on a night and a 1/3-mile track he seems to have a knack for winning at.

 
"This is the first year I actually think we had the best car," Bacon admitted.  "The other couple of years, we managed to sneak to the front and find some stuff to get the wins.  This time, I feel like we had a really good car all night.  We had a game plan going in here, and even though it was rough at the beginning of the night, we wanted to stick to our guns and make sure we got tight enough for the feature."

 
Bacon's victory was also special in personal ways, both for the car owner he won his two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titles for and for the race's namesake, who won at Grandview in 2009, and was one of Bacon's closest fellow competitors on the USAC trail.

 
"This is the first win since the passing of (car owner) Richard Hoffman and  with this being the Jesse Hockett race, I was close friends with him too. That's pretty special," Bacon beamed.

 
To set Bacon's Grandview backstory, in 2017, Bacon started sixth and worked his way to lead laps 25-35 before being overtaken by C.J. Leary with five laps remaining.  Bacon reeled Leary back in, and on lap 38 in lapped traffic, Bacon shot underneath as Leary got hung up on the outside.

 
In 2018, Bacon started from the pole, fell back, then charged to the front to lead laps 13-29 before Kevin Thomas, Jr. snatched the lead away with 11 laps to go.  Again, when it all looked to be over for Bacon, he found his second wind and tracked down Thomas with three to go to pull off the victory.

 
None of that transpired Tuesday night.  Bacon got the jump on the start, using the topside from his outside front row starting position to power around polesitter Justin Grant to grab the lead exiting turn two.  By the fourth lap, Bacon was wheels up and just about ready for takeoff as he crossed the stripe with a one second lead.

 
As would be the case throughout the duration of the race, the battle was for second on back.  Just before the end of the first quarter of the 40-lapper, Tyler Courtney went around the outside of Grant for position in turn four.  Grant fought back to reclaim second going into turn three before Courtney got Grant at the line on lap six.

 
Grant got the runner-up position back from Courtney on lap seven and the pair tussled until the ninth lap when Courtney made contact with Grant's rear bumper.  Courtney swung wide in turn three, laying down the red carpet for series point leader C.J. Leary to duck underneath for third.

 
Moments later, disaster struck for local favorite and 12th running Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa., who slid wide off turn four, clipped the right rear against the wall and rode out a wild flip down the front straightaway that ripped the tail tank off and displaced the engine from its normal position.  The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car co-Rookie of the Year climbed out and walked away.


 
Bacon's 25th career USAC National Sprint Car win moved him into a tie for 18th all-time with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Rich Forman Photo)

 

 
By the halfway mark, Bacon stepped away once again as second through seventh were all under a blanket, but the one surging through it all was ninth-place starter Chris Windom.  The two-time and defending Eastern Storm champ zipped by Kevin Thomas, Jr. for fourth on the bottom.  Then, on lap 22, disposed of Leary for third in the same spot on the track.

 
Two laps later,  on lap 24, Windom slid Grant into turn one.  Grant countered back underneath off turn two.  On lap 25, it was déjà vu with both swapping the lead on each end of the track before Windom prevailed a lap later with the position in turn three.  Leary moved to third by Grant one lap later, likewise, on the bottom of three.

 
All the while, Bacon was grinning as he constructed an unchallenged 3.5 second lead with less than 10 laps left and to 4 seconds with just five to go.  Although, the race for second was not on ice just quite yet.  Leary stormed his way back by Windom with just two laps left to nab second at the end, though, still 4.352 seconds behind Bacon at the finish.

 
Leary finished second ahead of Windom, Courtney and Thomas.  Robert Ballou, fast qualifier Chase Stockon, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Chad Boespflug rounded out the top-ten.

 
Bacon's 25th career USAC National Sprint Car win moved him into a tie for 18th all-time with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Kevin Thomas, Jr.  He also joined Windom as the second driver to win multiples races in the series this year. 

 
Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway were Chase Stockon (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Timmy Buckwalter (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dave Darland (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Steven Drevicki (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Ryan Godown (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

 
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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.478; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.616; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.792; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.799; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.829; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.936; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-13.956; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.959; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.992; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.024; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.127; 12. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-14.170; 13. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-14.188; 14. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-14.209; 15. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.294; 16. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.377; 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-14.516; 18. Ryan Godown, 4F, Freyer-14.551; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.611; 20. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-14.627; 21. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-14.673; 22. Dominick Buffalino, 3x, Wasitowski-14.925; 23. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.953; 24. Heidi Hedin, 3H, Hedin-15.797; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-NT.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Biasi, 3. Courtney, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Drevicki, 7. Chapple, 8. Christie, 9. Buffalino. 1:57.53

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Kobylarz, 4. Bacon, 5. Leary, 6. Balog, 7. VanMeveren, 8. McDougal. NT

 
AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, Jr., 3. Windom, 4. Godown, 5. Grant, 6. Perigo, 7. Lick, 8. Hedin. 1:56.93

 
INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Drevicki, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. Lick, 6. Balog, 7. Christie, 8. VanMeveren, 9. Buffalino, 10. Hedin. 3:01.48 (New Track Record)

 
FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. C.J. Leary  (5), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Tyler Courtney (3), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (11), 10. Chad Boespflug (15), 11. Ryan Godown (18), 12. Carson Short (14), 13. Steven Drevicki (7), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Joey Biasi (16), 16. Bill Balog (20), 17. Isaac Chapple (22), 18. Carmen Perigo (12), 19. Trevor Kobylarz (17), 20. Kyle Lick (21), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 22. Dustin Christie (19). NT
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**Buckwalter flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Bacon.

 
KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Godown (18th to 11th)

 
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steven Drevicki

 
ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

 
NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-615, 2-K. Thomas-576, 3-Windom-571, 4-Courtney-563, 5-Stockon-551, 6-Bacon-541, 7-Grant-489, 8-Ballou-487, 8-Short-474, 10-McDougal-439.

 
NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Bacon-77, 2-Leary-76, 3-Windom-70, 4-Courtney-70, 5-Thomas-69, 6-Ballou-62, 7-Stockon-62, 8-Grant-54, 9-Boespflug-51, 10-McDougal-50.

 
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 12, 2019 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

KOKOMO RAINED OUT; SEAVEY IS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMP


 

Kokomo, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Morning rain and continuing precipitation throughout the day has forced cancellation of Sunday's "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway.


 

USAC and Kokomo Speedway are looking into the possibility of adding an additional USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget at the ¼-track later this year.


 

By virtue of the cancellation, Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. has claimed the 2019 "Indiana Midget Week" title.


 

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship returns to action on Saturday, June 29, at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill.  Kokomo Speedway is back on Sunday, June 23, for the "Bob Darland Memorial" featuring Sprint Cars, 600cc Winged Micros, Thunder Cars and Hornets.

#16 Mike Martin wins at Canyon.



 
MIKE MARTIN'S LATE CHARGE EARNS CSP BIRTHDAY BASH VICTORY

 
PEORIA, AZ - JUNE 8, 2019... Starting third, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) worked his way past Brody Roa on lap 27 and powered to the "CSP Birthday Bash" win at Canyon Speedway Park.

 
Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Consulting Services Maxim, Martin's 30-lap triumph was his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the season. Roa, fast qualifier "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, and hard charger R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

 
Johnson claimed the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from ninth. For the second consecutive race, Matt Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus with an eighth place finish. 

 
Defending champion Davis had top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 15.373 over the 15-car roster.

 
The ten-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Roa (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).  

 
The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, July 13th at Perris Auto Speedway in a co-sanctioned event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints. 

 
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. 

 
For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

 
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2019 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "CSP Birthday Bash"

 
BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.373; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.477; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.619; 4. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-15.651; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.711; 6. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.857; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.972; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.137; 9. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.255; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, Roa-16.257; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.265; 12. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-16.333; 13. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-17.209; 14. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-17.340; 15. Tyler Most, 3, Most-18.064.

 
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gile, 3. Martin, 4. Davis, 5. Sussex, 6. Curtis, 7. Kierce. NT

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bonneau, 3. Lundy, 4. Shipley, 5. Perreira, 6. Most, 7. Reynolds. NT

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Mike Martin (3), 2. Brody Roa (1), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (6), 4. Stevie Sussex (7), 5. R.J. Johnson (9), 6. Chris Bonneau (2), 7. Kyle Shipley (5), 8. Matt Lundy (4), 9. Daylin Perreira (11), 10. Michael Curtis (8), 11. Justin Kierce (12), 12. Jonas Reynolds (10), 13. Tyler Most (13). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Roa, Laps 27-30 Martin.

 
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (9th to 5th)

 
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

 
NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-589, 2-Johnson-536, 3-Sussex-511, 4-Davis-482, 5-Martin-467, 6-Matt Rossi-381, 7-Lundy-368, 8-Swanson-357, 9-Curtis-347, 10-Bonneau-300.

 
NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 13 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA
Winner Andy Baugh of Mason City, Illinois
 



 
THREE IN A ROW FOR BAUGH AT SPOON RIVER

 
Canton, Illinois (June 8, 2019).........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. continued his  dominance of USAC Speed2 Engler IMRA Midget racing at Spoon River Speedway by winning his third-straight series feature at the 3/8-mile track Saturday night.

 
Defending champ and point leader Baugh led the final 14 laps after running down Macon IMRA winner Tyler Roth on the seventh circuit.  Baugh finished it out strong, leading the remainder of the 20-lap feature to defeat Brent Burrows, Roth, Mark McMahill and Jake Sollenberger.

 
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USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

 
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Roth (#18R Roth), 2. Blake Haynes (#96 Haynes), 3. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 4. Tori Smith (#18 Canham), 5. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman), 6. James Picardi (#127 Picardi), 7. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks). NT

 
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robby McQuinn (#51R Johnson), 2. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 3. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 4. Patrick Ryan (#23 Ryan), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7. Barry Trone (#69 Trone). 2:32.00

 
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 2. Tracy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Daltyn England (#19E England), 4. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 5. Russell Johnston (#0 Johnston), 6. Wes Sparks (#27 Sparks), 7. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan). NT

 
FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Tyler Roth, 4. Mark McMahill, 5. Jake Sollenberger, 6. Kevin Battefeld, 7. Tracy Hull, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Kyle Kriegbaum, 10. Daltyn England, 11. Barry Trone, 12. Blake Haynes, 13. John Heitzman, 14. Jeff Sparks, 15. Dave Baugh, 16. Wes Sparks, 17. Jim Picardi, 18. Russell Johnston, 19. Shane Morgan, 20. Patrick Ryan. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Roth, Laps 7-20 A. Baugh.

 
NEXT USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 15, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

Chris Windom celebrates his long-awaited first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
(Dallas Breeze Photo)




 

WINDOM BREAKS THROUGH

FOR FIRST MIDGET WIN AT THE BURG


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (June 8, 2019).........All throughout "Indiana Midget Week," Chris Windom was confident that he had a car to win.  Yet, when it came time to start the first four feature events this week, the Canton, Ill. driver found himself seemingly light years away from his destination.


 

Through the first four nights, no driver had passed more cars than Windom (42), an astonishing 24 more than his nearest competition.  But that's what happens when you start 11th, 23rd, 14th and 22nd.  He got up on the wheel on each of those nights and drove to finishes of 10th, 9th, 5th and 4th.


 

Just imagine the shot in the arm he felt in Saturday's penultimate round of IMW at Lawrenceburg Speedway when he qualified 2nd and secured the 5th starting spot for the 30-lap feature.  The same refrain lingered in his mind all week.  "If only..."


 

"I knew we've had fast cars all week," Windom said.  "We've just been behind the eight  ball early in the night all week and have had to come from 20th, 21st and 16th.  Like I've been saying all week, if we start up front, I think we can pull one off."


 

Few drivers had ever had to wait as long as Windom to reach victory lane in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, 102 starts to be exact.  Finally, that night arrived for the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion on Saturday.


 

Even before the green flag dropped, track position was key.  Scheduled outside front row starter Jerry Coons, Jr. had a left rear tire go flat, sending him to the work area for new rubber and a new starting spot from the tail.  That moved previous night's Bloomington winner and National point leader Tyler Courtney up to the outside of the front row, where he took full advantage.


 

Initially, Shane Golobic took his brief turn at the point, sliding past Courtney on the start in between turns one and two.  Courtney, using the "mo" from the topside, drove downhill off turn two to zip past the 2017 IMW champ.  Golobic took another shot in turn three, but Courtney was ready, countered off turn four and shot away to a 2.5 second lead.


 

Sixth-running Andrew Layser clipped the infield berm in turn three on the sixth lap, spinning sideways up to the middle of the racetrack where all incomers were able to scatter and dodge contact with the car of the series Rookie of the Year contender.


 

On the restart, Windom made quick work to get by Golobic and set forth toward CMR teammate Courtney and the race lead.  Entering turn one on lap seven, Windom dove to the bottom, sliding up the hill past Courtney who turned down and drove back past Windom midway down the back straight.  Windom shot to the bottom of turn three and  stuck it, riding the low line by Courtney to secure the top spot at the stripe.


 

The following lap, Courtney arched turns one and two like a three-point line around the top to get a massive run that took him underneath Windom as the two hit turn three.  Windom, though, slammed the lid on Courtney's fingers, keeping him in check behind him.


 

"When I got to Courtney, it was about being in the right place at the right time," Windom explained.  "He messed up on the cushion and I hit the bottom just right that lap and got a big run to throw a slider on him into one.  That worked out just out of luck, but I knew we had a car that could win."


 

At the halfway mark, similarly to how he executed the night prior at Bloomington, Seavey began to surge, sliding by Courtney for second in turn one on lap 16 before turning up the pressure on Windom.  Seavey put his right rear up on the cushion all the way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval, while Windom switched it up with a rim-riding line in one and two and the catfish line in three and four.


 

On the 22nd lap, heartbreak befell Courtney who ran third as he slowed with a flat right rear tire, sending him to the tail where he eventually finished 15th, putting a damper on his hopes for a first "Indiana Midget Week" title following runner-up finishes in each of the last two years.


 

For the first two laps following the ensuing restart, March "Shamrock Classic" winner Cannon McIntosh poked his nose under Seavey for second.  The two ran side-by-side for a back-to-back laps before Seavey cleared him around the outside of four for second and aimed to make a run at Windom.


 

With three laps remaining, Seavey had not only caught Windom, but slid by him into one to take the lead.  Windom countered and matched him wheel-to-wheel to the bottom of three.  Windom stuck the bottom again and throttled off the corner to edge Seavey by the width of dzus button.  As the pair headed into turn one with two laps remaining, the caution fell for fifth-running Michael Pickens of New Zealand, whose hard luck week continued as he slowed off turn four.  That set up one final restart, and one final opportunity to receive last-minute final instruction as it turned out.


 

Saturday's victory by Chris Windom at Lawrenceburg came in his 102nd career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start. (Dallas Breeze Photo)


 

 

"On the last restart, Rizzy (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom) told me to get up on the wheel," Windom recalled.  "So, I knew that Seavey was probably ripping the top.  I had to slide myself to kill his momentum because you could throw big sliders into one.  I hadn't been to the top in three and four the whole race and went up there with a prayer, and it worked."


 

Sliding himself into turn one prevented a patented Burg slide-job from Seavey and, getting into turn three a half-lap later, Windom threw a proverbial Tom Candiotti knuckleball by going topside.  Seavey jumped the cushion between three and four, allowing Windom to break away while Chad Boat and Tanner Thorson went into Blue Angels formation, surrounding Seavey.


 

Boat streamed through the middle between one and two on the final lap as Seavey got above the cushion again, this time at the exit of two, allowing Boat to slip away into the night with second.


 

At last, Windom's pressure was normalized as he arrived off turn four with the checkered flag in clear view without too much of a challenge to capture his long-awaited first series win by 0.607 sec. over Boat, Seavey, Thorson and McIntosh.


 

With 23 career USAC Sprint and 8 Silver Crown triumphs, it's almost hard to believe it took Windom this long to enter his name onto the list of USAC National Midget winners.  He's won twice in USAC Regional Midget action, in 2008 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and in 2016 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, but it was Saturday's win at Lawrenceburg that stands above the rest.


 

"I was at a loss for words in victory lane," Windom said.  "I haven't run a lot of midgets in the past few years, but I've been trying for a long time.  We've been working our butts off over here trying to get me in victory lane.  I know this is just as sweet for everybody on this team as it is for me."


 

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Logan Seavey (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Karsyn Elledge (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Zeb Wise (ProSource Hard Work Award), Jesse Colwell (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Sterling Cling (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval


 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-14.412; 2. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.443; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.449; 4. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.474; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.516; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.519; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.560; 8. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.562; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.573; 10. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-14.585; 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.616; 12. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.626; 13. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.641; 14. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.661; 15. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-14.671; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.698; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.747; 18. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.748; 19. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.821; 20. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-14.878; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.891; 22. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.906; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.907; 24. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.955; 25. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.960; 26. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.112; 27. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Coons, 5. Pickens, 6. Thorson, 7. Carrick, 8. Cling, 9. Layser. NT


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Boat, 2. Daum, 3. Golobic, 4. Windom, 5. Wise, 6. McIntosh, 7. Darland, 8. Klaasmeyer, 9. Hollan. NT


 

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Elledge, 2. Bacon, 3. Thomas, 4. Courtney, 5. Colwell, 6. McDougal, 7. Bodine, 8. Mitchell. 1:59.57


 

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Thorson, 2.  Klaasmeyer, 3. Layser, 4. McIntosh, 5. Darland, 6. Carrick, 7. Hollan, 8. Cling, 9. Bodine, 10. Mitchell, 11. McDougal. NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Logan Seavey (12), 4. Tanner Thorson (17), 5. Cannon McIntosh (8), 6. Zach Daum (13), 7. Shane Golobic (1), 8. Brady Bacon (9), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 11. Zeb Wise (22), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 13. Jesse Colwell (21), 14. Andrew Layser (7), 15. Tyler Courtney (4), 16. Tanner Carrick (19), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (24), 19. Karsyn Elledge (16), 20. Michael Pickens (10), 21. Thomas Meseraull (14), 22. Jason McDougal (23), 23. Justin Grant (6), 24. Dave Darland (18). NT

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**Gass flipped during practice and was transported to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for further observation.


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Courtney, Laps 7-30 Windom.


 

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)


 

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Zeb Wise


 

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jesse Colwell


 

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sterling Cling


 

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-772, 2-Seavey-709, 3-Thomas-664, 4-Windom-664, 5-Wise-618, 6-Boat-600, 7-Klaasmeyer-511, 8-Carrick-502, 9-Coons-498, 10-C.J. Leary-490.


 

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Seavey-352, 2-Thorson-316, 3-Courtney-316, 4-Golobic-276, 5-Windom-267, 6-Boat-253, 7-Thomas-247, 8-Coons-231, 9-McDougal-222, 10-Wise-222.


 

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Windom-32, 2-Thorson-31, 3-Wise-29, 4-Boat-28, 5-Seavey-21, 6-Daum-21, 7-McDougal-15, 8-Colwell-15, 9-Courtney-14, 10-McIntosh-13.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 


 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leiby, Laps 10-25 Buckwalter.

 
SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (21st to 13th)

 
NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 30 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, New York
Winner Tristan Guardino
(Lance Jennings Photo)

 


 
TRISTAN GUARDINO WINS NONSTOP FARIA MEMORIAL

 
TULARE, CA - JUNE 7, 2019... After taking command from "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride on the second lap, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) held off several challenges from Ryan Bernal to win the nonstop "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial." Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino's USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Thunderbowl Raceway was his second win of the campaign. The point leader repeated as the "Faria Memorial" champion over fast qualifier Austin Liggett, Bernal, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., and hard charger T.J. Smith.

 
Smith earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from tenth.

 
Earlier in the night, Liggett posted his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.854 over the 12-car roster. Michael Faccinto claimed the Peter Murphy Racing / Hoosier Tire Award (Right Rear Tire) by qualifying fourth overall.

 
The ten-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Smith (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to action on Saturday, June 15th at Santa Maria Raceway for the "Ron Otto Memorial."

 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

 
For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

 
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, California - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial"

 
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.854; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.861; 3. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-15.893; 4. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-15.912; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.961; 6. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.080; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.089; 8. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.372; 9. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.486; 10. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.795; 11. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.836; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.134.

 
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Bernal, 5. Shaw, 6.Boul. NT

 
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2.  Faria, 3. Faccinto, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Mayhew, 6. Ervine. NT

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2), 2. Austin Liggett (6), 3. Ryan Bernal (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 5. T.J. Smith (10), 6. Michael Faccinto (3), 7. Ricky Kirkbride (1), 8. Ryan Timmons (7), 9. Tanner Boul (9), 10. Koen Shaw (11), 11. Hannah Mayhew (8). 8:38.82
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**Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the second heat.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kirkbride, Laps 2-30 Guardino.

 
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER:  T.J. Smith (10th to 5th)

 
PETER MURPHY RACING / HOOSIER TIRE AWARD: Michael Faccinto

 
NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-515, 2-Timmons-390, 3-Shaw-370, 4-Liggett-308, 5-Faria-294, 6-Mayhew-273, 7-Ervine-250, 8-Slater Helt-241, 9-Jake Swanson-238, 10-Faccinto-231.

 
NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 15 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "Ron Otto Memorial"
Winner Timmy Buckwalter and family.
(Chad Warner Photo)



 
BUCKWALTER BLASTS TO BIG DIAMOND VICTORY

 
By: Nick Fillman - USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

 
Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 7, 2019).........For the second time in their first four races together, Timmy Buckwalter piloted the Bill Gallagher-owned, Curt Michael-prepared entry into victory lane in Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series action.

 
The win for Buckwalter kicks off what is a busy schedule for the driver as he will compete in modified action on Saturday at Grandview Speedway before moving on to action next week with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series in their annual "Eastern Storm."

 
Buckwalter was able to maneuver his way to the heat race victory in a duel with Carmen Perigo which would send Buckwalter to the redraw. Timmy drew the second-place position, start him alongside Chandler Leiby.

 
As the field went to green Buckwalter slid back a couple of positions with Leiby grabbing the early race lead. A caution would quickly fly for Joe Biasi who clipped an infield tire and sent him spinning into the infield ending his night. As the field would go back to green Leiby would again work his way into the lead holding off challenges from Carson Short and Steven Drevicki.

 
The caution would again fly on lap 9 for Jonathan Swanson and Ryan Quackenbush bunching the field back up. On the ensuing restart Buckwalter would power to the outside around Leiby in turns three and four, taking the lead and looking to run away. Buckwalter would maintain a solid lead while the battle was on for positions two through seven. Steven Drevicki, Leiby, Short, Perigo, Strada, and Chris Allen were all in close competition with no driver feeling in comfortable control of their position. A caution flag would fly again on lap 16 for a spinning Eric Jennings, setting up a restart.

 
The restart would again see high contention for positions inside the top 10 with Drevicki moving into the second-place position. Other drivers would see highly contested action for spots in the top six. The final caution of the event would fly on lap 22 for Steve Surniak who ended up getting into an infield tire. The restart would be the chance the Drevicki wanted to try and grab the win away from Buckwalter, but it wasn't meant to be as Buckwalter would go on to take the checkers. Steven Drevicki would come home second, Carson Short third, Carmen Perigo made a strong high side move to grab fourth powering to the outside around Strada and Leiby, with Chandler Leiby collecting yet another top five finish.

 
While the night was great for some, it was bad for others, with some in the in between. The night started off rough for Ryan Quackenbush and Brian Riccio. Quackenbush would have the front end folded up on his machine on lap one, of heat one before collecting Riccio who would go for a series of flips into the infield. Riccio was making just his second start of the season before the flip.

 
Trevor Kobylarz would make his return to the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Series, following missing the last two events with engine issues. Kobylarz was out to a solid lead in heat race number three before an exploding left rear would end his heat race. Unfortunately, the tire failure broke the shock and other components off the Kobylarz car. The team opted to sit out for the remainder of the night to keep things fresh for the upcoming eastern swing.

 
Despite the troubles in the heat race for Ryan Quackenbush, and a caution early on in the feature, he would rebound with a solid effort to collect the Scotty Signs Hard Charger award. The New York turned Pennsylvania transplant has had a bit of an up and down season, but the team never quits and works hard to get to every event. They were rewarded with a solid finish and a few extra winnings on Friday night, proving that while they may get down, they're never out.

 
In their first race together Carson Short, and the Chris Dyson Racing, Sean Michael-prepared entry had a solid night. The team pulled the number one pill for the night and started on the pole of heat one. Carson would cruise to the heat victory before having a strong third place run in the feature event as a great tune up before next week's USAC National Sprint action.

 
The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series comes on Sunday, June 30th at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park where the series will make their inaugural visit.

 
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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

 
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Carson Short (#20 Dyson), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 4. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 5. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 6. John Stehman (#23 Stehman), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 9. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

 
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Jake Winters (#1J Winters), 5. Austin Bishop (#11 Bishop), 6. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 7. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

 
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 4. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 7. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 8. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz). NT

 
SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jennings, 2. Stehman, 3. McVay, 4. Pellegrini, 5. J.  Swanson, 6. Hedin, 7. D. Swanson. NT

 
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carson Short, 4. Carmen Perigo, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Eddie Strada, 7. Chris Allen, Jr., 8. Bill Unglert, 9. Connor Leoffler, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Austin Bishop, 13. Ryan Quackenbush, 14. John Stehman, 15. Eric Jennings, 16. Larry McVay, 17. Jonathan Swanson, 18. Jake Winters, 19. Steve Surniak, 20. Craig Pellegrini, Jr.,  21. Joey Biasi. NT
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**Riccio flipped during the first heat.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leiby, Laps 10-25 Buckwalter.

 
SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (21st to 13th)

 
NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 30 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, New York

 

 

Tanner Thorson celebrates Thursday night's "Indiana Midget Week" victory at Lincoln Park Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)




 

THORSON TRIUMPHS IN FRENZIED IMW ROUND AT PUTNAMVILLE


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Putnamville, Indiana (June 6, 2019).........There are comeback stories.  And then there's the Tanner Thorson comeback story from Thursday night's third round of "Indiana Midget Week" from Lincoln Park Speedway.


 

With the wounds and scars still readily evident on his body after sustaining a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung following a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. in March of this year, the Minden, Nevada native delivered a performance that he said is "definitely one I'll remember forever."  And is one that will certainly remembered by those who were there to witness it as well.


 

Thorson used the bottom to capture the lead with just four laps remaining, enduring attack after attack from Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson to earn his 13th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory, a dream scenario for the 2016 series champ in just his third race back since his injuries three months earlier.


 

"It's a dream come true again, to be honest," Thorson said.  "I sat out for three months just wondering if I was going to be able to do it again.  I've been having doubting feelings in my mind and I didn't know if I was going to be okay to run.  I knew I probably could've run; I would've just had to change my ways.  Obviously, it's hard to do that."


 

Thorson appeared to be the same driver as before and, perhaps recharged, following Tuesday's IMW opener at Montpelier and Wednesday's race at Gas City where he finished 2nd and 5th, respectively.  Thorson had an uphill battle to climb at Lincoln Park, having to start from the 15th position.


 

"I knew at about lap five that I had a car to win," Thorson admitted.  "When you know that in your mind, nothing can stop you at that point."


 

These truths were not self-evident initially as he remained on the cusp of the top-ten for the first third of the 30-lapper before steadily moving his way through the top half of the field.  Early on, it appeared series point leader Tyler Courtney and Thomas Meseraull were on point, running one-two in a pair of lucky sevens and quickly separating themselves from the rest in the opening laps.


 

The sevens weren't so lucky entering turn one on lap five as Meseraull closed the gap on Courtney and the two made contact, sending Courtney into a spin and forcing Meseraull to stop, knocking them both out of contention for the victory.  Meseraull eventually wound up 23rd while Courtney charged back through the pack to take an impressive 7th.


 

Montpelier winner Logan Seavey inherited the lead for the lap five restart, ringing the topside as Thomas put on the chase through the middle until the 11th lap when series Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Layser flipped between turns three and four, escaping injury.


 

On the ensuing restart, fifth-running Michael Pickens, who drove to victory during IMW at Lincoln Park in 2017, looped it between turns one and two.  It was the second-straight night the Auckland, New Zealand midget racing star saw a front-running bid slip away.


 

Thomas stayed true to the middle and used a great drive off turn two to blast past defending champ Seavey on the 13th lap where he remained for the next several trips around the 5/16-mile dirt oval with a swarm behind him ready to attack with Seavey remaining close by and Thorson, plus Larson, digging low and high.


 

With seven laps remaining, Seavey fired the first shot that set forth a wild sequence of  events that saw the lead change 13 unofficial times in a six-lap span.


 

First, on the 23rd lap, Thorson nudged his way past Thomas on the bottom of turn one.  Thomas recovered to resume the point momentarily on the back straight.  Seavey then fired his Bullet to the bottom of turn three to slide past Thomas.  Thomas diamonded off midway through the corner and beat Seavey to the stripe just as Seavey dove low into one and up to the top past Thomas just as Thorson entered the frame on the bottom.   Thomas proceeded to slither his way through the gap between Seavey and Thorson exiting turn two to reclaim the top spot.    Seavey instantly reloaded and slid past Thomas entering turn three, but Thomas answered by sliding across the nose of Seavey off turn four.    Seavey instantly turned left to throw another haymaker at Thomas at the start/finish line, but suddenly Thorson was there inside to make it three-wide at the line at the conclusion of lap 25.

 

Seavey chose the topside as Thomas shot down off the turn one banking to get a run that would propel him past Thorson midway down the back straightway and into turn three on the 26th circuit.  Rinse and repeat, Thorson ably limboed underneath Thomas into turn one on lap 27, but Thomas counter-punched to get back by underneath exiting turn two.  Thorson stayed in touch, and off turn four, surged past Thomas once again for the umpteenth time to nip him at the line by a wheel.


 

Just as soon as one might've thought Thorson had it covered, here arrived an orange streak ripping the high side with Kyle Larson in the seat.  Larson used the momentum up top and appeared momentarily to have the edge with as quickly as he was erasing the gap coming to the white flag.  Off turn four, however, Thomas slid up in front of Larson's lane on the outside, stifling his charge momentarily as the two made contact while Thorson was a mere two car lengths ahead of them out front.


 

Larson gave it one last shot on the high line of one and two, but snagged the turn two cushion with the right rear, then landed on the left rear, sending him off the track in a pirouette and a couple of endos toward the billboard that prematurely ended his final IMW run of the week from which he walked away uninjured.


 

On the green-white-checker finish, Thorson got a strong jump to stretch his lead out to roughly six car lengths, allowing him to go relatively unchallenged the rest of the way while a tussle for second saw Seavey dive into three past Thomas on the final lap to snare second, while Jerry Coons, Jr. utilized the bottom to squeak past Thomas by a bumper for third at the line - his best finish since a third-place run at the Southern Illinois Center in 2017.  Chris Windom rounded out the top-five.


 

The clean, yet hard racing between Thorson, Thomas and Larson was a thrill to witness from the outside and from within the cockpit as well, which Thorson attributes to the respect each of these drivers has for each other.


 

"I think a lot of it was knowing how they race," Thorson explained.  "I'm good buddies with KT and Larson and I've raced with both of them for years.  We're going to be aggressive toward each other, but there's also a lot of respect.  I respect Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson more than just about anybody in this pit.  Those two people out of anybody are the ones that I would prefer to race with day in day out."


 

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway were Kyle Larson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Jesse Colwell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (ProSource Hard Work Award), Holley Hollan (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 6, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval


 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.383 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.496; 3. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.577; 4. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-12.706; 5. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.730; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.738; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.751; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.765; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.774; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.792; 11. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.800; 12. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.816; 13. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.839; 14. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.849; 15. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-12.885; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.898; 17. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.902; 18. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-12.971; 19. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Yeley/Styres-12.991; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.003; 21. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-13.006; 22. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.021; 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.022; 24. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-13.066; 25. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.080; 26. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.096; 27. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.112; 28. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.214; 29. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.425; 30. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-13.445; 31. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-13.493; 32. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-13.493; 33. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-13.498; 34. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-13.747; 35. Michael Koontz, 17x, Koontz-NT; 36. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Thorson, 3. Courtney, 4. Grant, 5. Larson, 6. Golobic, 7. Elledge, 8. Mitchell, 9. Cling. 2:14.82


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Seavey, 4. Coons, 5. Carrick, 6. Layser, 7. Hernandez, 8. Baue, 9. McIntosh. NT


 

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Pickens, 4. Wise, 5. Welch, 6. Johnson, 7. Cummins, 8. Hollan, 9. Koontz. NT


 

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Colwell, 2. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Windom, 5. Boat, 6. Bodine, 7. Hendricks, 8. Gass, 9. Bacon. NT


 

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Larson, 2. Boat, 3. Golobic, 4. Welch, 5. Carrick, 6. Layser, 7. Cummins, 8. Mitchell, 9. Bodine, 10. Johnson, 11. Cling, 12. McIntosh, 13. Hollan, 14. Elledge, 15. Baue, 16. Hernandez, 17. Koontz. NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (15), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. (1), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 5. Chris Windom (14), 6. Shane Golobic (8), 7. Tyler Courtney (2), 8. Jesse Colwell (10), 9. Zach Daum (17), 10. Jason McDougal (18), 11. Zeb Wise (21), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (20), 13. Holley Hollan (23), 14. Justin Grant (11), 15. Michael Pickens (5), 16. Chad Boat (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Tanner Carrick (9), 19. C.J. Leary (19), 20. Cole Bodine (24), 21. Kyle Larson (7), 22. Dillon Welch (13), 23. Thomas Meseraull (4), 24. Dave Darland (16). NT

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**Hendricks flipped during the fourth heat. Hollan flipped during the semi. Elledge flipped during the semi. Layser flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Larson flipped on lap 30 of the feature.


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Courtney, Laps 5-12 Seavey, Laps 13-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 Thorson.


 

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st)


 

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat


 

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Holley Hollan


 

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kyle Cummins


 

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-651, 2-K. Thomas-580, 3-Seavey-561, 4-Wise-534, 5-Windom-518, 6-Leary-490, 7-Boat-450, 8-Klaasmeyer-435, 9-Carrick-430, 10-Coons-408.


 

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-221, 2-Seavey-204, 3-Courtney-195, 4-McDougal-181, 5-Golobic-168, 6-Wise-167, 7-Thomas-163, 8-Grant-150, 9-Daum-144, 10-Coons-141.


 

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thorson-18, 2-Wise-18, 3-Daum-14, 4-McDougal-13, 5-Boat-13, 6-Courtney-11, 7-McIntosh-10, 8-Windom-10, 9-Coons-9, 10-Layser-9.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 7, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 

Justin Grant won his first career "Indiana Midget Week" feature Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway.  (David Nearpass Photo)




 

GRANT GETS REDEMPTION IN GAS CITY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RD. 2


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Gas City, Indiana (June 5, 2019).........Less than 24 hours after what he termed was a "toolbox issue" that put him behind eight ball just prior to Tuesday's "Indiana Midget Week" opening night feature, Justin Grant found the ultimate redemption by scoring his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of the season in round two of the series Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway.


 

One way of looking at the six-night stretch of consecutive races that is "Indiana Midget Week" is as a grueling physical and mental test that can take a toll, especially when things don't go as anticipated.  On the other side of the coin, an individual can look at the week as chance to immediately redeem yourself again and again, night-after-night, if an issue happens to arise along the journey.


 

Either way, there's no time to dwell on the past.  Another opportunity for success is just around the corner.  That's the path the Ione, California driver and his RAMS Racing crew chose to take.


 

"Last night, it's all over and everybody's upset," Grant recalled.  "But, that's why there's more than one race a year.  Let's go to the carwash.  Let's do our jobs.  Let's act like we're ready to win tomorrow."


 

"What's great about this team is its people constantly building you up," Grant explained.  "Last night, I had a huge blunder on my part.  I really let my car owners and my team down in our race prep.  But the first text message I got after the race was from Rick Young who said, 'I'm not upset in the least.  Every time I see that racecar on the track, I'm proud of it.  Go win tomorrow.'  Having that kind of support system and that kind of backing is huge.  Just being able to shake that night off, nobody's more worried about it than you are, so just shake it off and go do your job tomorrow."


 

When that tomorrow arrived on Wednesday night, Grant went to work from the word "go," leading the troops into turn one from his outside front row starting spot.  Meanwhile, pre-race favorite Kyle Larson, who started fifth, was shuffled back to ninth on the opening lap, forcing him into playing catchup mode for much of the 30-lap event.

Following a lap three caution for Jesse Colwell, who stopped in the infield grass at the bottom of turn one, Grant knew he had a good car.  One of those indicators came from an unlikely source over the one-way radio.


 

"I felt really good out of the gate," Grant said.  "It was a little tight, which was a good thing, but the track really came to us right out of the gate more or less.  After that first caution, (USAC Race Director) Kirk Spridgeon said, 'alright, hustle around' to the second-place car.  I thought we must be way out there.  It got me a bit worried because I thought we were too good too early.  If this thing goes away, we might be in trouble."


 

There was no indication of that happening any time soon as Grant proceeded to click off his best laps of the race, just less than a tenth off his qualifying time.  Grant opened his lead to roughly eight car lengths over Jason McDougal nearing the midway point as the two lone past IMW champs collided at the exit of turn four while battling for eighth.  Shane Golobic, the 2017 champ, and Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2007 titlist, made contact with Golobic inheriting the worst end of the deal, stopping, and necessitating a yellow flag.


 

One lap following the ensuing restart, on the 16th circuit, March "Shamrock Classic" winner Cannon McIntosh slipped into second under McDougal in turn four.  Moments later, Colwell spun to a rest in turn four to bring out the yellow.  That moment seemed to flip a switch for a pair of previous Gas City IMW winners in Michael Pickens (2017) and Larson (2013).


 

Justin Grant celebrated his first career "Indiana Midget Week" win Wednesday at Gas City, which was also his fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory. (David Nearpass Photo)


 

 

New Zealand's Pickens began the second half running sixth while Larson held down eighth.  Steadily, the two moved forward nearly in tandem, with Larson hitting the top and Pickens alternating between the bottom and the middle as they worked their way past Tanner Thorson and McDougal, while both Pickens and Larson occupied positions three and four, respectively, with just five laps remaining.


 

Meanwhile, up front, race leader Grant was enjoying a nice half-straightaway cushion over McIntosh with a first win for the Grant/RAMS combo seemingly within grasp.  As Grant saw the white flag on the horizon, however, 16th running Tucker Klaasmeyer slid off the edge in turn four, forcing a green-white-checker finish for Grant, McIntosh, Pickens, Larson and a host of others.


 

Grant's pattern around the quarter mile was a circle, swinging out to the wall on the straightaways, then straight to the bottom in the turns.  He'd keep his NOS Energy Drink - Rockwell Security - MPV Express/Bullet/Stanton SR-11 tighter on the bottom when he heard noise from a trailing car, then opened it a bit wider when the atmosphere became a bit quieter.


 

However, for Grant, it was anything but quiet on the lap 29 restart.


 

"On the second to last restart, I let the motor get loaded up and it didn't take off," Grant recalled.  Then I got tight, then I missed the bottom, then I was hanging off four, then I was hanging down the front stretch.  I'm like 'oh god, here it goes.'  Fortunately, our car was good enough and I was able to get back to the bottom of (turn) one quick enough and shut the door on that.  I thought, just stick the bottom from here and we'll be good."


 

That plan would be drafted into action one last time following a Coons and Karsyn Elledge tangle on the front straightaway, forcing one final GWC try where Grant executed perfectly on the bottom to slip away from McIntosh and disallow any move generated from him into one.


 

Third-running Pickens' bid for a repeat Gas City IMW win evaporated as he ran out of fuel on the restart.  At the head of the field, Grant distanced himself from McIntosh by four car lengths with both seeking their initial IMW win.  Heading into turn three, McIntosh had a nice run through the middle on entry, then angled his car down toward the infield tires at the exit of turn four.  Grant swung just a tad wide at the exit, but it was still good enough by two car lengths to capture his fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory over McIntosh with Larson, McDougal and new IMW point leader Thorson rounding out the top-five.


 

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Shane Golobic (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Holley Hollan (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (ProSource Hard Work Award & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Ethan Mitchell (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).


 

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval


 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.349; 2. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-12.416; 3. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.421; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.450; 5. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.455; 6. Kyle Larson, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.457; 7. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-12.503; 8. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.524; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.561; 10. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.569; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.594; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.630; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.663; 14. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.673; 15. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.701; 16. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-12.702; 17. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.720; 18. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.734; 19. Kyle Cummins, 1G, Yeley/Styres-12.735; 20. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.753; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.756; 22. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.773; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.779; 24. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.829; 25. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-12.897; 26. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-12.923; 27. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.928; 28. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-12.938; 29. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-12.939; 30. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.976; 31. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-12.994; 32. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.080; 33. Michael Koontz, 17x, Koontz-13.093; 34. Justin Peck, 17, Bus-13.106; 35. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-13.320; 36. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-13.473; 37. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-13.537; 38. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.611; 39. Brent Watson, 17K, Watson-14.561; 40. Davey Ray, 8, Cornell-NT.


 

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Leary, 4. Larson, 5. Daum, 6. Coons, 7. Welch, 8. Hernandez, 9. Koontz, 10. Ray. 2:05.54 (New Track Record)


 

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Hollan, 2. Bodine, 3. Colwell, 4. McIntosh, 5. Pickens, 6. Cummins, 7. Hendricks, 8. Bacon, 9. Watson, 10. Windom. 2:05.68


 

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Wise, 3. Golobic, 4. Grant, 5. Gass, 6. Thorson, 7. Layser, 8. Cling, 9. Peck, 10. Akard. NT


 

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Boat, 3. Elledge, 4. McDougal, 5. Carrick, 6. Darland, 7. Mitchell, 8. Malone, 9. Baue, 10. Meseraull. 2:06.32


 

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Bacon, 2. Mitchell, 3. Peck, 4. Koontz, 5. Baue, 6. Watson, 7. Malone. 1:43.50


 

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Thorson, 2. Pickens, 3. Coons, 4. Carrick, 5. Layser, 6. Daum, 7. Mitchell, 8. Darland, 9. Bacon, 10. Cummins, 11. Cling, 12. Gass, 13. Hernandez, 14. Windom, 15. Welch, 16. Peck, 17. Koontz. NT


 

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Kyle Larson (5), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tanner Thorson (7), 6. Tyler Courtney (15), 7. Zach Daum (12), 8. Tanner Carrick (13), 9. Chris Windom (23), 10. Zeb Wise (18), 11. C.J. Leary (1), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Andrew Layser (22), 14. Holley Hollan (17), 15. Shane Golobic (6), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 17. Karsyn Elledge (10), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Jesse Colwell (11), 20. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (19), 22. Michael Pickens (9), 23. Chad Boat (20). NT

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**Akard flipped during the third heat.


 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant.


 

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th)


 

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Andrew Layser


 

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Andrew Layser


 

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ethan Mitchell


 

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1- Courtney-593, 2-K. Thomas-512, 3-Wise-488, 4-Seavey-483, 5-Leary-458, 6-Windom-455, 7-Boat-416, 8-Carrick-401, 9-Klaasmeyer-389, 10-Colwell-341.


 

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-144, 2-Courtney-137, 3-McDougal-130, 4-Seavey-126, 5-Wise-121, 6-McIntosh-119, 7-Grant-110, 8-Golobic- 109, 9-Carrick-106, 10-Thomas-95.


 

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Courtney-11, 2-McIntosh-10, 3-Coons-9, 4-Layser-9, 5-Wise-8, 6-Thomas-7, 7-Boat-7, 8-Daum-6, 9-McDougal-5, 10-Carrick-5.


 

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 6, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

 
 
Logan Seavey celebrates the victory in Tuesday's "Indiana Midget Week" opener at Montpelier.  (Rich Forman Photo)



 
SEAVEY SEIZES MONTPELIER INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Montpelier, Indiana (June 4, 2019).........He had to wait until the month of June, but Logan Seavey returned to the championship form he used to win last year's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title when he arrived at Montpelier Motor Speedway Tuesday night for the "Indiana Midget Week" opener.

 
It became readily apparent following an incident during his heat race that forced him to restart from the tail.  From there, he carved his way through the field to win on a last lap, corner pass.  The thread continued into the feature where he had to slide by Zeb Wise not once, but twice, after a yellow forced him into 'Take Two.'

 
Seavey got to the front on the seventh lap and never surrendered despite having to wade through heavy traffic on a tricky track surface with a swarm of hungry drivers behind him seeking the same promised land for their first time in 2019.

 
The Sutter, Calif. native drove to his fourth career USAC win along with his first "Indiana Midget Week" triumph just one race after he finally broke through for his first top-five of the season, a second place run in Granite City, Ill. that, in a sense, foreshadowed what was to come at Montpelier after a rough start to his Sophomore USAC season.

 
"It's been a frustrating start to the year," Seavey admitted.  "Really, ever since (roommate and crew chief) Connor (Ridge) and I have been working together, we've just been on kill every time we're at the racetrack.  He's really good about that.  We just feed off each other's energy and it just makes it a lot of fun to go racing with someone like that.  We're just having fun right now, and every time I have fun, I normally run up front.  So, it's a good feeling."

 
Seavey started the 30-lapper from the pole but was beat to the punch in turn one by outside front row starter Wise.  Fourth-starting Tanner Thorson, making his first appearance since February after sustaining serious injuries in a highway crash, put in a bid below Seavey for second on the back straightaway, but Seavey was able to clear Thorson by turn three where the high line was the chosen path and track position was imperative right from the get-go.

 
"It was really tricky out there," Seavey recalled.  "I think we all knew the rubber was coming, but just didn't know when.  When Zeb beat me on the start, I was kind of surprised, but it was still just a little bit greasy on the bottom.  He got a really good start and I was just tracking him from there.  I knew our car was a little bit better and I just knew I had to make my move at the right time and not give him any second chances.  But, as soon as I did, the yellow came out.  That wasn't what we were planning for."

 
When Thomas Meseraull slowed to a stop atop turn four on the fifth lap, it came just a tick after Seavey used a monster slider to clear Wise for the lead between turns one and two.  The resulting yellow negated the move and positioned Seavey behind Wise for the ensuing restart, thus forcing him to re-rack and try the move once more.

 
Seavey stayed right with Wise for the two laps following the restart and was right on his bumper as the two crossed the stripe.  Seavey threw it down to the infield tires in turn one and slid up in front of Wise in turn two before driving away to distance himself from Wise by more than a second at the halfway mark as he split his way through lapped traffic.

 
Tuesday's win was Logan Seavey's fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory and his first during "Indiana Midget Week."
(David Nearpass Photo)

 

 
"Once we were able to get back by him again, not too long after that, the rubber came like we were kind of expecting," Seavey remembered.  "I was trying to take it easy on the tires.  If you run too hard with these things, you can blow the tires right off it.  After that, I had to take it easy, try to be smart in lapped traffic and not allow myself to lose the race.  The rubber's always tricky, and you never really know what's going on behind you.  You just have to run your own race."

 
Truth is, there was a lot going on behind him, with Wise and a rapidly closing Thorson trying to take advantage of any misstep Seavey might make through traffic as they remained on the rail up top and Seavey dipped down off the line to dispose of the lappers.

 
"It's tough to decide when you want to do it and when you can time it right," Seavey explained.  "The first five, six lapped cars were easy to get by.  The track hadn't completely laid rubber yet.  When it locked down, that made it really tough.  I tried to pull out of line three or four times to get by, which made me kind of rethink my moves.  Every time I did that, I probably lost half a second.  Do you stay in line and follow them or try to get another car in between you and second place?  These are the decisions you have to make.  Sometimes you make the wrong ones, but, luckily, everything went smooth tonight."

 
It did for him, although when Thorson slid by Wise for second with five laps remaining, he was running a tick quicker than Seavey, but Seavey made all the right moves through traffic down the stretch to notch his first victory of the year over Thorson, Wise, point leader Tyler Courtney and Dillon Welch.

 
Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tanner Carrick (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (ProSource Hard Work Award), Michael Pickens (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Noah Gass (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

 
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2019 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.029; 2. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.046; 3. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.160; 4. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-14.190; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.199; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.199; 7. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-14.231; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.268; 9. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-14.298; 10. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.331; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.338; 12. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-14.413; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.465; 14. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-14.466; 15. Billy Wease, 12, Wease-14.473; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.488; 17. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.518; 18. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.551; 19. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.618; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.639; 21. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.644; 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.651; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.726; 24. Kyle Cummins, 1G, Yeley/Styres-14.773; 25. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.800; 26. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-14.832; 27. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.884; 28. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.932; 29. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.940; 30. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.983; 31. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-14.988; 32. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-15.063; 33. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-15.752; 34. Ryan Padgett, 98p, Crow-15.830; 35. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-16.407; 36. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.097; 37. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-NT; 38. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

 
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carrick, 2. Thomas, 3. Grant, 4. Golobic, 5. Elledge, 6. Hollan, 7. Cling, 8. Koontz, 9. Colwell, 10. Akard. 2:04.77 (New Track Record)

 
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Bodine, 6. Darland, 7. Wease, 8. Hernandez, 9. Welch. NT

 
AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. Courtney, 3. Coons, 4. Pickens, 5. Leary, 6. Bacon, 7. Meseraull, 8. Layser, 9. Nelson. NT

 
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McIntosh, 2. Wise, 3. Thorson, 4. Windom, 5. Gass, 6. Baue, 7. Hendricks, 8. Cummins, 9. Padgett. NT

 
SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Meseraull, 2. Leary, 3. Welch, 4. Darland, 5. Cummins, 6. Hendricks, 7. Gass, 8. Layser, 9. Koontz, 10. Bacon, 11. Baue, 12. Hollan, 13. Hernandez, 14. Bodine, 15. Nelson, 16. Colwell, 17. Cling, 18. Elledge, 19. Wease, 20. Akard. NT

 
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Zeb Wise (2), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Dillon Welch (7), 6. Shane Golobic (5), 7. Jason McDougal (12), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Chris Windom (11), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 12. Cannon McIntosh (21), 13. Michael Pickens (9), 14. C.J. Leary (13), 15. Chad Boat (22), 16. Zach Daum (17), 17. Zane Hendricks (16), 18. Justin Grant (10), 19. Kyle Cummins (18), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (19), 21. Jesse Colwell (23), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Andrew Layser (24), 24. Thomas Meseraull (8). NT
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**Cling flipped during qualifying. Darland flipped during the second heat.

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Wise, Laps 7-30 Seavey.

 
PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th)

 
PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat

 
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Michael Pickens

 
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Noah Gass

 
NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-530, 2-K. Thomas-473, 3-Wise-438, 4-Seavey-436, 5-Leary-411, 6-Windom-409, 7-Boat-386, 8-Klaasmeyer-359, 9-Carrick-351, 10-Coons-341.

 
NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Seavey-79, 2-Thorson-78, 3-Courtney-74, 4-Wise-71, 5-Golobic-64, 6-Welch-63, 7-McDougal-59, 8-Thomas-56, 9-Carrick-56, 10-Windom-48.

 
PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Coons-9, 2-McIntosh-9, 3-Thomas-7, 4-Boat-7, 5-McDougal-5, 6-Thorson-2, 7-Courtney-2, 8-Welch-2, 9-Windom-1, 10-Daum-1.

 
NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval
 

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buckeye outlaw sprint series

Hall Takes BOSS Win at Moler

 
​Driving the Jon Nelson number 9N, Luke Hall picked up the feature win last night as the BOSS sprint cars made their return to the new Moler Raceway Park near Williamsburg, Ohio.  Hall was fast all night with a convincing win in his heat race and a hard charge from 5th to win the main event.  It was not without some controversy though, as passing Landon Simon for the lead on a restart, heavy contact was made with Simon executing a high series of tumbles into the turn 2 fencing.  He emerged unhurt.

 
The racing almost didn't happen.  Mother nature made a valiant attempt to take her 5th win of 2019 on the tour.  Rain began falling shortly before 6 pm and persisted until after 7:30.  New Moler promoter, Brad McCown, courageously went forward with the show, as many race fans sat patiently in their vehicles in the parking lot.  As the rain let up, and over an hour late, sprint cars began engine heat as a light mist continued to fall.  As the cars began hot lapping, the fans filed into the 1/4 mile facility and were rewarded with some of the most exciting action in sprint car racing!

 
A slim BOSS car count of 20 cars were on hand.  A week straight of Indiana racing took its toll on some teams and undoubtedly, the threatening weather also kept some away.  However, three solid heats and an incredible 25 lap A-Main was worth more than the price of admission and it allowed the entire show, with 5 divisions, to be run in under 3 hours!

 
Heat race wins were taken by Kory Crabtree, Hall and Landon Simon.  The redraw found Crabtree on the pole with Dustin Ingle alongside.  Mike Miller and Cody Gardner would start from row 2 after both had impressive heat race runner-up performances.  The star-crossed pair of Hall and Simon rolled off from row 3.

 
Ingle grabbed the lead from the holeshot and would lead early.  Two yellows would slow the action in the first 6 laps.  The lap 7 restart was worth the price of admission alone as cars were 3 wide down the backstretch, creating a slider-fest in turns 3 and 4.  Hall and Simon knifed their way through the field with Simon wrestling the lead from Ingle on lap 10.  The field would stay green until a lap 17 caution for a four car tangle that eliminated fine runs by Mike Miller and Kory Crabtree.  

 
With 8 laps remaining, the order was Simon, Hall, Matt Westfall, Ingle, and Dallas Hewitt making up the top 5.  With the green in the air, Hall decided it was time to make his move and drove the car in hard and deep to try to make the pass on Simon.  The two made contact with Simon flipping in a spectacular sequence, destroying the car.  Thankfully he emerged unhurt under the supervision of the Lawrenceburg Speedway Safety Crew and director Bobby Gompf.  Simon marched directly to the stopped machine of Hall to discuss the incident further.

 
With the final green flag run underway, it became Matt Westfall as the new threat.  He was able to pull the Marshall 33M within a car length on a few occasions, but Hall was excellent entering some light traffic to pick up the win.  Westfall was second, followed by Ingle.  Justin Owen charged from 14th to 4th to earn  The Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger" award.  Dallas Hewitt completed the top 5 in the Keen 18 entry.  The rest of the top 10 included Paul Dues, Cody Gardner, Ben Knight, Michael Fischesser and Bryan Nuckles.

 
Our hats off to Brad McCown and the Moler crew.  With racing action not getting started until roughly 9 pm and 5 classes on hand, the sprint feature was over at roughly 11 pm.  The final checkered of the night waved at 12:15.  With questionable weather all week, the race track was in tip-top shape and provided more than its fair share of thrills.

 
BOSS is back in action next Saturday night, June 15th,  at Fremont Speedway.  We'd also like to send along some get well wishes to 2 of our drivers absent from last night's action.  2018 series runner-up, Ty Tilton, is down with some effects from a crash a while back.  And 2019 BOSS rookie driver, Korbyn Hayslett, took a nasty tumble Thursday night in Indiana.  We wish both speedy recoveries and hope to see everyone at Fremont!

 
Box Score

 
TCB Speed - Heat 1:   1. 60-Kory Crabtree[2] ;  2. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[3] ;  3. 44-Michael Fischesser[1] ;  4. 33M-Matt Westfall[5] ;  5. 16K-Ben Knight[4] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[7] ;  7. wee34-Parker Frederickson[6]

 
Hoosier Race Tire - Heat 2:   1. 9N-Luke Hall[2] ;  2. 9G-Cody Gardner[1] ;  3. 19-Matt Cooley[3] ;  4. 53-Steve Little[4] ;  5. 4J-Justin Owen[7] ;  6. 99-Cale Stinson[5] ;  7. 43w-Callie Wolsiffer[6]

 
Performance Powder Coating - Heat 3:  1. 24-Landon Simon[1] ;  2. 82-Mike Miller[3] ;  3. 18-Dallas Hewitt[4] ;  4. 9-Dustin Webber[5] ;  5. 31-Buddy Lowther[6] ;  6. 59-Bryan Nuckles[2]

 
25 Lap - A Main:   1. 9N-Luke Hall[5] ;  2. 33M-Matt Westfall[10] ;  3. 2DI-Dustin Ingle[2] ;  4. 4J-Justin Owen[14] ;  5. 18-Dallas Hewitt[9] ;  6. 87-Paul Dues[16] ;  7. 9G-Cody Gardner[4] ;  8. 16K-Ben Knight[13] ;  9. 44-Michael Fischesser[7] ;  10. 59-Bryan Nuckles[18] ;  11. 9-Dustin Webber[12] ;  12. 53-Steve Little[11] ;  13. 31-Buddy Lowther[15] ;  14. 43w-Callie Wolsiffer[20] ;  15. 99-Cale Stinson[17] ;  16. 24-Landon Simon[6] ;  17. 82-Mike Miller[3] ;  18. 60-Kory Crabtree[1] ;  19. wee34-Parker Frederickson[19] ;  20. 19-Matt Cooley[8]

 
Hoosier Race Tire Bonus - Dallas Hewitt, Matt Westfall & Michael Fischesser

 
The Bridge Restaurant - Hard Charger -  Justin Owen +10

 
Apple Metal Polishing - Lucky Pill Draw - Paul Dues

 
Cowen Truck Line - Hard Luck Award - Landon Simon

 
All Pro Cylinder Heads - Perseverance Award - Justin Owen

 
All Star Performance - Sweet Move Award - Kory Crabtree
 
 

Cranston Conquers in DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car Clash 

Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY , Kan. (June 1, 2019) – Luke Cranston is finding the showdowns pitting the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series.

For the second time this year, the Ness City native raced to victory lane in Saturday night’s DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car clash atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas .

In the 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car Clash, Cranston chased down early leader Ty Williams in traffic on the 16th round and went on take the checkered flag by nearly a half straightaway aboard the Myers-powered Mid-America Millwright/Tunnel Car Wash No. 49x Schnee.

After a pair of aborted starts, Williams and Cranston led the 24-car feature field to the green flag with the ensuing 25 laps run off in non-stop fashion.  Williams gunned into the early lead and paced the field for the initial 15 circuits.

Cranston closed in to challenge for the point as traffic came into play after a dozen circuits and pounced on opportunity in traffic to take command on the 16th round.

Cranston slipped away in the final rounds with Williams holding on for runner-up honors.  Jake Martens battled past Taylor Velasquez to snare the show position with Velasquez crossing the stripe in fourth.  After starting 14th, defending track champion Steven Richardson was up to sixth within a handful of laps and then took over fifth for keeps on the 17th lap.

The initial start of the feature immediately went red when Chad Salem’s top wing failed and launched him into the turn one wall with Ross Essenburg getting upside down as well.  On the second try, Aaron Ploussard looped it exiting turn four and collected Cody Lampe.  All four drivers were done for the race with Salem taking a trip to the hospital.

Martens, Brian Herbert and Velasquez topped heat races.

The Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award went to Steven Richardson starting 14th and finishing fifth.

Dodge City Raceway Park – Sprint Car Clash

June 1, 2019 Results:

Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars vs. United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS):

Heat One (8 Laps):  1. 48-Jake Martens, 2. 10-Jordan Knight, 3. 2J-Zac Blurton, 4. 72-Ray Seemann, 5. 34c-Cale Cozad, 6. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 7. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 8. 7-Shane Sundquist.

Heat Two (8 Laps):  1. 97-Brian Herbert, 2. 17x-Kade Hagans, 3. 17s-Chad Salem, 4. 98-J.D. Johnson, 5. 33-Koby Walters, 6. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 7. 11k-Tyler Knight, 8. 18-Brandon Sprott.

Heat Three (8 Laps):  1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 911-Ty Williams, 3. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 4. 49x-Luke Cranston, 5. 0-Steven Richardson, 6. 28-Tracey Hill, 7. 1x-Cody Lampe, 8. 49-Kris Moore.

“A” Main (25 Laps):  1. 49x-Luke Cranston, 2. 911-Ty Williams, 3. 48-Jake Martens, 4. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 5. 0-Steven Richardson, 6. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 7. 72-Ray Seemann, 8. 2J-Zach Blurton, 9. 17x-Kade Hagans, 10. 97-Brian Herbert, 11. 28-Tracey Hill, 12. 33-Koby Walters, 13. 34c-Cale Cozad, 14. 45x-Kyler Johnson, 15. 49-Kris Moore , 16. 7-Shane Sundquist, 17. 18-Brandon Sprott, 18. 10-Jordan Knight, 19. 98-J.D. Johnson, 20. 11k-Tyler Knight, 21. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 22. 1x-Cody Lampe, 23. 17s-Chad Salem , 24. 51r-Ross Essenburg

Next up for the Rebels will be their only visit to Colorado next Saturday night, June 8th, as they invade El Paso County Speedway in Calhan , CO . 

 

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midwest sprint car series

SUMMER SHOWDOWN AT TRI-STATE CANCELLED
 

 
    Haubstadt, IN - June 8, 2019 -  The SUMMER SHOWDOWN scheduled for
 
Saturday June 8th at Tri-State Speedway has been cancelled.  The
 
decision was made following overnight rain at the track plus
 
intermittent showers on Saturday morning.  The extended forecast also
 
included the threat of additional rainfall!  The event will not be
 
rescheduled.
 

 
    The next event scheduled to be held at the Tri-State Speedway will
 
feature the late models and modifieds,  The UMP Late Model
 
Summernationals is set for Sunday June 23rd.  The Summit Modifieds
 
will compete on the same program.
 

 
    The MSCS Sprints will race next on June 29th.  The Saturday night
 
event will be held at Brownstown Speedway.  Then Sunday night June
 
30th the series will return to Tri-State Speedway in a co-sanctioned
 
event with USAC.  The Sunday date is the make-up date for the Spring
 
Showdown which was rained out in April and rescheduled.
 

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united rebel sprint series

Plemons Banks $1100 for First Career URSS Victory!

 

Calhan, Colorado – June 8, 2019 - Todd Plemons took the lead at the start and held off Zach Blurton to claim his first-career Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing 305-ci sprint car feature Saturday night at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colorado.

Tracey Hill and Plemons started on the front row for the twenty-lap-feature finale with Hill taking the lead as the initial green flag fell. The race quickly went caution when two cars got together entering turns one and two.

On the complete restart, Plemons took the lead while Zach Blurton charged from his fourth starting position to take the runner-up position while Hill fell back to third.

Plemons would keep the pace the rest of the distance and pick up his first-career series victory and $1100 paycheck while two-time and defending tour champion Blurton came home second. Third-starting Scott Cochran finished third while Jeremy Huish picked up the Keizer Wheels Hard-Charger award coming home fourth from his ninth starting position. Dalton Webb rounded out the top five.

The Lucas Oil POWRi URSS presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing will now ready themselves for the third annual Lubbock Wreck Dodge City Raceway Park 305 Sprint Car Nationals this coming Thursday through Saturday night, June 13-15, 2019. They will be joined by the Precise Racing Products DCRP sprint cars and the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

Officials and staff of the URSS would like to thank Kevin Schramek with Schramek Landscaping for his $500 added money to the night’s top five.  

El Paso County Speedway

Calhan, Colorado

June 8, 2019

14 Cars

A Feature (20 Laps): 1) 1 17 Todd Plemons, 2) 2j Zach Blurton, 3) 16 Scott Cochran, 4) 88j Jeremy Huish, 5) 29 Dalton Webb, 6) Mark Walinder, 7) 11 Darren Robertson, 8) 71 Frank Martinez, 9) 4s Kevin Schramek, 10) 45x Kyler Johnson, 11)   28 Tracey Hill – DNF, 12) 41 Monte Hein – DNF, 13) 33k Aaron Ploussard – DNF, 14) 29 Coby Pearce - DNS

 

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#17 Chris Windom owns five USAC Silver Crown victories on half-mile dirt ovals, second all-time behind Jack Hewitt.
(Cameron Neveu Photo)



 
WHO OWNS THE HALF MILE ADVANTAGE
COMING INTO WILLIAMS GROVE?

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2019).........Of the 426 total USAC Silver Crown races contested since the series' inception in 1971, less than 20% of them have come on dirt half-mile tracks.


 

Of the 83 previous half-mile dirt tracks run by Silver Crown, less than 5% of them have occurred at Williams Grove, host of this Friday's fifth visit by the series that reaches one of the most storied tracks in the history of auto racing.


 

The Silver Crown schedule is one of the most versatile in all of racing with paved and dirt ovals, both small and short in stature that dot the series trail.  It marks the fifth different size, shape and surface of track the series has visited thus far this year following Memphis (3/4-mile paved D-shape), Toledo (1/2-mile paved oval), Indiana State Fairgrounds (1-mile dirt oval) and Lucas Oil Raceway (.686-mile paved oval).


 

Some drivers have a knack for one surface over another, but some even have a decisive advantage on tracks depending on the length.  Jack Hewitt was the man to beat on the half-miles in the Silver Crown Series during the 1980s and 1990s.  Eldora Speedway was his personal ATM in every type of racecar he wheeled around the track, but mostly so in Silver Crown where he got eight of his nine career half-mile dirt track victories, with the other coming at Terre Haute in 1999.


 

However, the driver with the most dirt victories among those entered for this Friday's race at Williams Grove is a past winner there in 2016, Chris Windom.  The Canton, Ill. driver has won five of his nine series races on the halves, which have come at four different tracks: Williams Grove, Terre Haute, Eldora and Belleville.


 

No other driver in this Friday's field has more than three, which were accrued by Williams Grove's most recent Silver Crown winner in 2017, Kody Swanson.  The four-time champ kickstarted his prowess on the dirt with, what appeared to be at the time, a stunning victory at Terre Haute in 2014.  We've learned our lesson to never doubt Swanson on any type of track along the way as he's accumulated 26 Silver Crown wins, most all-time.  Later in 2014, he won on the Belleville, Kans. High Banks.   However, the half-mile of Eldora Speedway remains the only track on this year's schedule that Swanson hasn't yet tamed.


 

The most recent time the Silver Crown cars were on a half-mile, C.J. Leary was lights out as he hammered away up against the outside wall to win the 2018 "4-Crown Nationals."  In fact, the Greenfield, Indiana driver's first series win came on a half-mile at Terre Haute in 2016 and holds the one-lap track record for Silver Crown cars at The Grove entering Friday.


 

Ione, California's Justin Grant hustled to a victory at Terre Haute in early 2018 for his first half-mile dirt Silver Crown win a handful of months after his first Silver Crown win, which came on the Springfield Mile in 2017.  Meanwhile, for recent "Hoosier Hundred" winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., it was the half-mile at Eldora that served as the stage for his first career Silver Crown in 2017.


 

All will be prime contenders on any particular track on the schedule, but this Friday at Williams Grove, you can't go wrong with picking one of these winners to get the job done.  They've done it before, and they can get it done again half-mile or otherwise.


 

The back pit gate opens at 4:30pm Eastern, front pit gate at 5:30pm, all general admission gates at 5:30pm.  Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7pm.  General admission tickets are $28, youth age 13-20 are $10 and age 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.


 

Watch Friday's Williams Grove USAC Silver Crown race live and on-demand at  http://www.FloRacing.com/.  Follow along with live updates on  https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and  https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.


 

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN WINS ON HALF-MILE DIRT TRACKS:


 

1. (9) Jack Hewitt


 

2. (5) Dave Darland & Chris Windom


 

4. (4) J.J. Yeley


 

5. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Larry Rice & Kody Swanson


 

10. (2) Donnie Beechler, Steve Butler, Bryan Clauson, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Ron Shuman, Rich Vogler & Brian Tyler


 

19. (1) Christopher Bell, Gary Bettenhausen, Shane Carson, Shane Cockrum, Herb Copeland, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Billy Engelhart, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Kevin Huntley, Sheldon Kinser, Steve Kinser, Kyle Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Mat Neely, Ken Schrader, Jimmy Sills, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Tony Stewart, Danny Smith, George Snider, Kevin Thomas, Tyler Walker, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang


 

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN RACES RUN ON HALF-MILE DIRT TRACKS:


 

1. (37) Eldora Speedway


 

2. (19) Terre Haute Action Track


 

3. (4) Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, Tulsa Fairgrounds & Williams Grove Speedway


 

6. (3) Belleville High Banks, Florida State Fairgrounds, Knoxville Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Manzanita Speedway, Raceland & USA Raceway

 

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"WILLIAMS GROVE 100" ENTRY LIST:

# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)

10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)

15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Felker Racing)

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)

57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)

® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

#87 Ricky Kirkbride
(Lance Jennings Photo)




 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH SATURDAY

AT SANTA MARIA'S "RON OTTO MEMORIAL" 


 

By Lance Jennings


 

JUNE 11, 2019... This Saturday, June 15th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their second of four appearances at the newly renovated Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the "Ron Otto Memorial" will also showcase IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.


 

Primarily featuring the NMRA TQ Midgets, the "Ron Otto Memorial" has hosted sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 show in 2015, Ryan Bernal topped 2017, and Austin Liggett was victorious in last year's memorial. A win list for the "Ron Otto Memorial" is at the bottom of this release.


 

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-eight West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by "Showtime" Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Austin Liggett claimed the April 28th main event and the Santa Maria series win list is at the end of this release.


 

Entering the ninth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett and Tristan Guardino have two victories, while Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season. Rain washed out the May 18th show at Petaluma.


 

Returning to Santa Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 125-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won last Friday's nonstop "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" at Tulare. At press time, the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led. Tristan ranks ninth on the series win list and will be looking to add the "Otto Memorial" to his resume.


 

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons finished eighth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on his third USAC West Coast triumph.


 

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed tenth in last Friday's "Faria Memorial." At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Santa Maria Raceway.


 

After running a close second to Guardino at Tulare, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season. Austin ranks sixth in feature wins and will have his sights on another "Otto Memorial" victory. 


 

"Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) has risen to fifth in the West Coast point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored a fourth place finish at Tulare. To date, the two-time champion has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year. "Hollywood" is tied with Bud Kaeding for third in series victories and will be looking to add his name to the winner's list of the "Ron Otto Memorial."


 

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) and J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) are also in contention. 


 

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Tanner Boul, Brandon Wiley, D.J. Johnson, Ryan Stolz, and more. 

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.


 

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at  lwjennings@earthlink.net


 

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


 

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.


 

"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Austin Liggett.


 

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.


 

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons. 


 

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-515, 2. Ryan Timmons-390, 3. Koen Shaw-370, 4. Austin Liggett-308, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 6. Hannah Mayhew (R)-273, 7. Austin Ervine-250, 8. Slater Helt (R)-241, 9. Jake Swanson-238, 10. Michael Faccinto-231, 11. Ricky Kirkbride-225, 12. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 14. T.J. Smith-216, 15. Ryan Bernal-206, 16. Cody Majors-203, 17. J.J. Ringo (R)-197, 18. Kyle Edwards-178, 19. Tanner Boul-166, 20. Brody Roa-154.


 

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE-TRACK-LOCATION

February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)

February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)

March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)

March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino) 

April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)

May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)

May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)

June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)

June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)

June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)

October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA 

October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)

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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.

This schedule is subject to change.

April Red Dirt winner Steven Shebester of Mustang, Okla.
(Danny Clum Photo)



 
RED DIRT ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR USAC WSO FRIDAY

 
Meeker, Oklahoma (June 10, 2019).........The second of four visits to Red Dirt Raceway by USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma comes to Meeker, Okla. this Friday night, June 14, four round three of the 2019 season.

 
Mustang, Oklahoma's Steven Shebester captured the victory in the series opener at Red Dirt in April.  Layne Himebaugh (Collinsville, Okla.), Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.), Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) rounded out the top-five in the show.

 
Deal won the most recent USAC/WSO round at Creek County Speedway in the final week of April.  Deal now leads the standings by 24 points over Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.).  Himebaugh, Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and J. Kent complete the top-five coming into Friday's race.  Defending series champ Wilson is eighth in the standings.

 
On Friday, the gates open at 6pm Central, driver draw at 6:15pm at the USAC/WSO table until 7pm, USAC/WSO drivers meeting at 7pm, track drivers meeting at 7:15pm with hot Laps immediately following.  Racing starts at 8pm.

 
Grandstand general admission tickets are just $15.  High school students and younger are FREE (must show student ID).  Pit passes are $30.

 
USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Andrew Deal-285, 2-Danny Smith-261, 3-Layne Himebaugh-258, 4-Cameron Hagin-252, 5-Johnny Kent-250, 6-Tim Kent-248, 7-Noah Harris-235, 8-Brett Wilson-234, 9-Alison Slaton-210, 10-Waylon Weaver-207.
USAC DMA action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont
(John DaDalt Photo)



 
THREE USAC SPEED2 MIDGET SERIES IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

 
Speedway, Indiana (June 10, 2019).........USAC Speed2 Midget racing takes to the track this weekend on three dirt ovals in the states of Indiana, Illinois and Vermont.

 
First up is Friday's Midwest Thunder round at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, Ind. on June 14.  Two-time and defending series champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) is two-for-two in MTM action this season, scoring rounds at both Gas City and Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway during the month of May.  He leads the standings by 30 markers entering round three of the season.

 
Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. is back on the plate for the Engler IMRA Midgets for the fourth time this year this Saturday night, June 15.  Andy Baugh, of Mason City, Ill. has been the man to beat, winning all three Spoon River meets in 2019, including last Saturday's race.  He's the defending series champ and leads the standings by just seven ahead of the consistent Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.), who's been the only other driver to defeat Baugh this year, which he did two weeks ago at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

 
DMA's home track of Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont hosts the series for the fourth occasion in 2019.  The highly-competitive series has seen parity with three different winners in the first three outings: Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.), Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Adam Whitney (Warren, Vt.).  Hull leads the standings over Carlson by ten points coming in.

 
Friday at Gas City, the SOD Winged Sprint Cars, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Street Stocks and Hornets are on the event card.  Pit gates open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm.  Adult general admission tickets are $18, kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

 
Saturday at Spoon River, the pits open at 4pm Central with grandstands opening at 5pm.  Draw will close at 5:30pm with cars hitting the track at 6pm and racing at 7pm.  Adult general admission tickets are $10 with admission for kids age 4 thru 10 are $3.  All pit passes are $30.

 
Saturday at Bear Ridge, the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models and Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders will be on hand with the DMA Midgets.  Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 3pm and racing at 6pm.  Adult general admission tickets are $10, students 12-17 general admission is $8, seniors 62+ general admission is $8, kids 11 and under general admission is $2.

 
USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-140, 2-Ian Creager-110, 3-Stratton Briggs-100, 4-Gunnar Lucius-92, 5-Kyle Kriegbaum-86, 6-Cory Guingrich-81, 7-Zane Briggs-76, 8-Patrick Ryan-67, 9-John Heydenreich-64, 10-Jacob Denney-64.

 
USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-289, 2-Tyler Roth-282, 3-Mark McMahill-229, 4-Daltyn England-219, 5-Jake Sollenberger-210, 6-Jeff Sparks-189, 7-Patrick Ryan-184, 8-John Heitzman-177, 9-Adam Taylor-173, 10-Russell Johnston-171.

 
USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-299, 2-Seth Carlson-289, 3-Joe Krawiec-271, 4-Dean Christensen-235, 5-Adam Whitney-233, 6-Justin Phillips-228, 7-Jeff Horn-225, 8-Manny Dias-223, 9-Justin Sheridan-186, 10-Wayne Kohler-186.
(John DaDalt Photo)



 
DMA MIDGETS TO RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE'S NEW FLAT TRACK ON JULY 19

 
LOUDON, N.H. - New Hampshire Motor Speedway's newest racing surface, The Flat Track, will host the first ever race under the lights on Friday, July 19.

 
Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel will be headlined by the U.S. Legend Cars International and the USAC Dirt Midget Association and feature a night of short track racing with NASCAR stars on the 0.25-mile dirt track during the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 weekend.

 
"We're always looking for ways we can improve the fan experience and add new features to our race weekend to give fans more opportunities to see the drivers and enjoy racing," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "The Friday Night Dirt Duels will be a low cost, high energy event with some fan-favorite drivers racing in a short track setting. This is going to be a great show for New England race fans."

 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Corey LaJoie and Daniel Hemric will race in the 35-lap U.S. Legend Cars International feature event with fellow Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney serving as Grand Marshal. The winner will take home $2,000, which is the largest legends purse in the Northeast this season. LaJoie, Hemric and Blaney will be in town for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 on the 1.058-mile speedway.

 
"It's been forever since I drove a legend car and I've never raced anything on dirt," said LaJoie. "I'm sure I'll figure out the new flat track at NHMS pretty quick and put on a good show with Hemric."

 
The 30-lap USAC Dirt Midget Association race marks their first appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 
"This is an incredible opportunity for our teams to be racing at such an iconic venue such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Mark Hann, series director for USAC Dirt Midget Association. "The fans will be seeing a historic event since this will be the first time that a USAC and NASCAR race takes place on the same weekend at the same facility in New England."

 
Heat races start at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening and practice starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, which include open garage and pit access, are $10 for adults with kids 12 and under free. This is a typical dirt track setting with standing room style viewing and fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. While coolers are not allowed at The Flat Track, $3 draft beer or hot dogs will be available while supplies last as part of the speedway's fans first pricing. This event will replace the Fan Jam, which was previously held in the speedway's infield.

 
The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track. Construction began last fall, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 6, 2019. Motorcycles will be the first to race on the new surface on June 15 when American Flat Track, "America's Original Extreme Sport," takes over the venue during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

 
For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

 
Contacts:
Kristen Lestock, Communications Director (603) 513-5708 /  KLestock@NHMS.com
Shannon Stephens, Communications Manager (603) 513-5706 / SStephens@NHMS.c

 

#15 Chad Kemenah
(Cameron Neveu Photo)



 
WILLIAMS GROVE USAC SILVER CROWN PREVIEW

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 11, 2019).........Two of the classics in all of American motorsports meet up when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars take on the half-mile Williams Grove Speedway this Friday, June 14.

 
The "Williams Grove 100" marks the fifth Silver Crown event held at the half-mile dirt oval in Mechanicsburg, Pa.  Previous Silver Crown races at The Grove have included Sheldon Kinser (1980), Eddie Leavitt (1981), Chris Windom (2016) and Kody Swanson (2017).

 
Windom and Swanson return for the first Silver Crown race held at the famed track in two seasons, a track whose history with champ car racing dates back to AAA sanction in 1946.

 
Windom, of Canton, Ill., led the final 63 laps of the 2016 race at Williams Grove, a race that is still talked about as one of the greatest finishes in the history of the series where Windom fended off a late-race charge from Bryan Clauson to win in the return of the Silver Crown cars for the first time in 35 years.

 
Windom has been superb at Williams Grove in any type of car, backing up his Silver Crown win with a 4th in 2017.  In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, he's finished 3rdin 2017 and scored the victory in USAC's most recent trip in a Sprint Car in 2018.

 
Meanwhile, Kingsburg, California's Swanson is a frontrunner everywhere he goes on the Silver Crown trail, and The Grove is no exception.  The four-time Silver Crown champ and series' winningest driver was victorious in the most recent appearance in 2017 and was 3rdin 2016.  He leads the standings coming in by virtue of victories in the first two events of the season, on the pavement, at Memphis and Toledo.

 
Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif., trails Swanson by a mere six points after four-straight top-five finishes to begin the season, the only one to accomplish the feat in every race so far thus year.  Grant led eight laps and finished 5th in his Crown debut at Williams Grove in 2016.  He was 9th a year later in the Silver Crown car in 2017 and 4th in the USAC Sprint feature.

 
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon was an ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove in 2017.  The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion's four Grove USAC outings have been remarkably consistent.  In the Silver Crown car, he finished 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2017.  In the Sprint, he earned a 5th in 2017 and a runner-up result in 2018.

 
Bacon's Klatt Enterprises ride nearly won the 2017 Silver Crown race, winning the pole, leading 83 of 100 laps and finishing 2nd with driver Damion Gardner.  The Klatt car was the winner of the most recent Silver Crown race in 2019, on pavement, with driver Kyle Hamilton.

 
Williams Grove Silver Crown veteran C.J. Leary was Fast Qualifier in 2016 and holds  the one-lap track record for the series at 20.379.  He led the first 29 laps of the event before an engine issue sent him to the sideline.  The same trouble befell the Greenfield, Ind. native in 2017, forcing him to retire from the 100-lapper 30 laps in after a 5th place qualifying run.

 
Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) was the hard charger in 2017, starting 15th and finishing 8th.  David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) is aiming to up his first two results of 13th and 17that Williams Grove.  He was superb on the dirt in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in May, starting 6th and finishing 7th.  Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) took a top-ten finish in 2016.  One of the first career Silver Crown appearances by Denton, North Carolina's Johnny Petrozelle came in 2017 where he flipped in qualifying.  He aims for a bit of redemption this Friday.

 
Four Pennsylvania drivers are in the lineup, including John Heydenreich, whose 103 career series starts rank 16th all-time.  The Bloomsburg native owns seven Midget wins at The Grove between 1984 and 1996.  Royersford's Steve Buckwalter is a nine-time 410 Wing Sprint Car and 5-time ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove, and finished 9th in the Silver Crown race there in 2016.  Mechanicsburg's own Dave Berkheimer finished 17th in his first career Silver Crown start at Williams Grove in 2016.   Levittown's Mike Haggenbottom has competed with USAC at Williams Grove before, not in a Silver Crown as of yet, however, but in a Sprint Car where he finished 15th in his one and only USAC Sprint Car start in 1996.

 
May's "Hoosier Hundred" winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) will make his Williams Grove Silver Crown debut on Friday after suffering mechanical problems in his 2017 appearance.  He finished 8th in the USAC Sprint stop in 2018.  Although Eric Gordon of Fortville, Ind. is one of USAC's most prolific wheelman at 134 Silver Crown starts (9th all-time), this will mark his first USAC appearance of any kind at the prestigious track. 

 
Chad Kemenah (Arvada, Ohio) has plenty of laps at Williams Grove in a wing sprint car, but none without a wing.  He has the right man in his corner with Bob Hampshire turning the wrenches, the crew chief on Kody Swanson's 2017 winner.  Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) has a USAC Sprint Car start at Williams Grove to his credit but is making his Silver Crown debut at The Grove this weekend along with Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio).

 
The back pit gate opens at 4:30pm Eastern, front pit gate at 5:30pm, all general admission gates at 5:30pm.  Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7pm.  General admission tickets are $28, youth age 13-20 are $10 and age 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
The Williams Grove Silver Crown race comes amidst a flurry of USAC activity in the east.  Tuesday at Grandview, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.  NASCAR 358 Modifieds will join the USAC Sprint Cars.  Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 6-11 are $10.  Children 6 and under are free.  Advance tickets may be ordered by calling (443) 513-4456.

 
Wednesday at Bridgeport, racing starts at 7:30pm (Eastern).  Adult general admission tickets are $30, students 10-15 are $10, children 9 and under are free.

 
Thursday at BAPS, Adult general admission tickets are $25, seniors are $15, students 13-17 are $15, kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
Saturday at Port Royal, it's a sprint car doubleheader with 410 wing sprints also on hand.  Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $10 and pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
Sunday at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  Champion Oil Modifieds and NY6A Micro Sprints are also on the docket.  Reserved seating is $32, adult general admission tickets are $28, age 11-17 are $12 and age 10 and under are free.  Pit passes are $32 apiece for members and $36 for non-members.  Reserve camping is $30 and general camping is $24.

 
Watch each and every "Eastern Storm" race live and on-demand at  http://www.FloRacing.com/.  Listen live on the USAC app.  Follow along with live updates on  https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and  https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

2019 "Indiana Midget Week" champion Logan Seavey.
(Rich Forman Graphic)

 

 

 
SEAVEY CROWNED INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMP

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Speedway, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Last November, Logan Seavey added a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship to his resume.  Now, just a little over six months later, the Sutter, Calif. has gained an "Indiana Midget Week" title for 2019.
Seavey began his "Indiana Midget Week" with a flourish, leading the final 24 laps to win the opener on Tuesday at Montpelier Motor Speedway, which put him in the driver's seat for the title right out of the box.

 
Wednesday's round at Gas City I-69 Speedway proved to be the only setback to the week where he started 14th and finished 12th.  Despite that, he remained 4th in the IMW standings, 18 markers behind the point leader at the time, Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tanner Thorson.

 
Rolling into Lincoln Park Speedway for Thursday's third round of IMW was the turning point for the team.  Although coming up short for the win, Seavey led eight laps and finished 2nd behind Thorson.  Seavey managed to clip off only a single point to knock down the IMW deficit to 17.  But, in championship battles, any slip can cause a loss of the grip in the position you hold.  That was proven the very next night.

 
Onward to Bloomington on Friday, Seavey was once again in position to challenge for the win, coming up just short on a last lap, turn three slider to winner Tyler Courtney, his closest suitor in the IMW standings.  The fortuitous wavering of the standings saw point leader Thorson walk away uninjured from a flip over the turn one banking on lap seven, giving Thorson a last-place result of 24th and the minimum 23 points.  Seavey's consistent consistency provided him with a 67-point feature night, swaying the IMW title race completely in his direction where he now held a six-point bump over Courtney.

 
In what turned out to be the 2019 IMW finale due to Sunday's Kokomo rain out, like he did the night before at Bloomington, Seavey was once again right in the thick of the hunt for the victory.  With less than three laps remaining, he actually claimed the lead briefly and was engaged in a side-by-side battle with Chris Windom for the win before being relegated to 2nd for the restart.  He wound up 3rd in the end as Chad Boat got by on the final lap to finish in the runner-up spot.

 
However, once again, it pays to have the fortitude and the fortune to finish up front consistently without having a mechanical issue or the misfortune that Tyler Courtney encountered when he had a right rear tire go down on lap 22 while running third.  He was relegated to a 15th place finish in the end, putting him, as it turned out, out of contention for a first IMW title after consecutive runner-up finishes the last two years.

 
Seavey claimed he felt like he had a car to win four of the five races and indicated a bit of remorse on not being able to pull out at least one more victory during the week.  However, it's a race all its own for a driver just to simply put themselves in a position to win at the end.  Seavey has time and again accomplished that on the regular, a major reason why you can now call him both a National Champ and an "Indiana Midget Week" champ.

 
Seavey's $1,000 IMW title was also the fifth for car owner Keith Kunz who also captured IMW crowns with Christopher Bell (2013), Rico Abreu (2014-15) and Spencer Bayston (2018). 

 
In the meantime, Seavey also became the sixth driver to win the IMW title the year directly after winning the USAC National Midget championship, joining Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Brad Kuhn (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2015) and Spencer Bayston (2018).
 
FINAL 2019 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STANDINGS
1. (352) Logan Seavey
2. (316) Tanner Thorson
3. (316) Tyler Courtney
4. (276) Shane Golobic
5. (267) Chris Windom
6. (253) Chad Boat
7. (247) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
8. (231) Jerry Coons, Jr.
9. (222) Jason McDougal
10. (222) Zeb Wise
11. (217) Justin Grant
12. (216) Zach Daum
13. (207) Tanner Carrick
14. (200) Cannon McIntosh
15. (200) Michael Pickens
16. (180) Tucker Klaasmeyer
17. (177) Jesse Colwell
18. (165) Andrew Layser
19. (155) Thomas Meseraull
20. (144) Brady Bacon
21. (124) Holley Hollan
22. (124) Dave Darland
23. (118) Karsyn Elledge
24. (117) C.J. Leary
25. (105) Ethan Mitchell
26. (103) Kyle Larson
27. (97) Dillon Welch
28. (74) Cole Bodine
29. (68) Noah Gass
30. (56) Kyle Cummins
31. (53) Zane Hendricks
32. (50) Sterling Cling
33. (40) Michael Koontz
34. (30) Anton Hernandez, Chris Baue & Oliver Akard
37. (20) Sam Johnson
38. (10) Billy Wease, Tyler Nelson, Ryan Padgett, Justin Peck, Critter Malone, Brent Watson, Kendall Ruble, Davey Ray & Justin Dickerson
2019 "Indiana Midget Week" ProSource Passing Master Chris Windom.
(Rich Forman Photo)



 
HARD CHARGING WINDOM WINS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER AWARD

 
Speedway, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Following Saturday's victory in the 15th  annual "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Chris Windom lamented the fact that they had put themselves behind the eight ball early on in each of the first four races of the series, forcing them to fight from the back of the pack every night.

 
However, passing cars can pay plenty of dividends, and Windom did plenty of that over the past five nights to capture the $300 ProSource Passing Master bonus.

 
No driver passed more cars throughout the five-race series than did Windom, who overtook a total of 46 cars for a tick over an average of nine positions of advancement each night.  However, on the second night of IMW at Gas City, his 14-place advancement from 23rd to 9thdidn't calculate toward the ProSource Passing Master standings due to being a provisional starter, giving him an official total of 32 passes during IMW.

 
Windom started 11th and finished 10th in the opener at Montpelier, then the big charges began to happen in rapid succession.  The Canton, Ill. driver charged from 23rd to 9th at Gas City, from 14th to 5th at Lincoln Park, from 22nd to 4th at Bloomington and, finally, 5th to 1st at Lawrenceburg.

 
ProSource paid out $100 to each race's hard charger who advanced the most positions from his or her starting spot (provisional starters excluded).  Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th at Montpelier), Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th at Gas City), Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st at Lincoln Park), Chris Windom (22nd to 4th at Bloomington), Chad Boat (15th to 2nd at Lawrenceburg).

 
Furthermore, ProSource sponsored the Hard Work award, which rewarded $100 to the slowest qualifying driver each night who transferred to the night's main event: Boat (Montpelier), Andrew Layser (Gas City), Boat (Lincoln Park), Windom (Bloomington) and Zeb Wise (Lawrenceburg).
 
FINAL 2019 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK
PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS
1. (32) Chris Windom
2. (31) Tanner Thorson
3. (29) Zeb Wise
4. (28) Chad Boat
5. (21) Logan Seavey
6. (21) Zach Daum
7. (15) Jason McDougal
8. (15) Jesse Colwell
9. (14) Tyler Courtney
10. (13) Cannon McIntosh
11. (10) Shane Golobic
12. (10) Andrew Layser
13. (9) Jerry Coons, Jr.
14. (8) Tanner Carrick
15. (8) Tucker Klaasmeyer
16. (7) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
17. (6) Holley Hollan
18. (4) Brady Bacon
19. (3) Cole Bodine
20. (2) Kyle Larson
21. (2) Ethan Mitchell
22. (2) Dillon Welch
23. (2) Dave Darland
24. (1) Justin Grant
25. (0) Anton Hernandez, Billy Wease, Brent Watson, C.J. Leary, Chris Baue, Critter Malone, Davey Ray, Karsyn Elledge, Kyle Cummins, Michael Koontz, Michael Pickens, Noah Gass, Oliver Akard, Ryan Padgett, Sterling Cling, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Nelson, Zane Hendricks, Sam Johnson, Justin Dickerson, Kendall Ruble & Justin Peck

 
USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Eastern Storm" returns June 11-16.
(John DaDalt Photo)



 
EASTERN STORM PREVIEW 2019

 
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

 
Speedway, Indiana (June 8, 2019).........Three past Eastern Storm champions are headed eastbound June 11-16 for one of the most-highly anticipated events on the USAC calendar with five USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races in a six-day span at five different tracks in three states - Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

 
The series begins Tuesday, June 11, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville and honors the memory of the 2009 Grandview Eastern Storm winner who lost his life tragically in the Spring of 2010 with the "Jesse Hockett Classic."  The 40-lap event pays a sweet $10,000-to-win prize.

 
From there, the series travels to the 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey for the second time ever on Wednesday, June 12.  Then, it's back to the Keystone State and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. on Thursday, June 13.  The following night is an idle night for the Sprint Cars, but the USAC Silver Crown Cars are in action on the half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on Friday, June 14.  

 
It's the Sprint Cars turn on the half-mile the following night on Saturday, June 15, at Port Royal Speedway in Pa.  The series closes out on Sunday, June 16, in New York at the 3/8-mile Weedsport Speedway.

 
In each of the last two years, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has been the dominant force, capturing three wins and both titles.  The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ is the lone driver to have won Eastern Storm feature events in each of the past three seasons and owns six career wins in the series, including last year's round at Williams Grove and the two most recent trips to Port Royal.  His six Eastern Storm victories are tied with Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson for the most all-time.  His first career USAC win came in 2010 at Big Diamond.

 
Robert Ballou's stellar 2015 Eastern Storm performance was one for the ages as the Rocklin, Calif. driver swept all three nights and walked away with a title.  The Eastern part of the country has been kind to Ballou, who also claimed the 2015 National title.  Last year's trip to BAPS is the most recent of his 29 career USAC National Sprint Car victories, which rank 13th on the all-time list.

 
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured the Eastern Storm crown in 2014 and has won thrice in the series along the way.  The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion in 2014 and 2016 has been spectacular the past two seasons when the series has arrived at Grandview, using late race passes to claim each of the wins.

 
A handful of additional drivers are aiming to add onto their Eastern Storm feature win title.  Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has been victorious the last two seasons, first in 2017 at Williams Grove and in last year's debut at Bridgeport.  He's been excellent this year with six top-6 finishes in seven series starts and, at press dates, has won four local sprint features in four nights at four different tracks in the state of Indiana.

 
The Eastern Storm one-win club includes a talented bunch who are hungry to reach the pinnacle once again during the series.  Defending USAC National Sprint Car titlist Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) took the BAPS closer by storm in 2017.  Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), your most recent USAC Sprint winner in May's "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, nailed down the win in the 2014 Grandview opener.  Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), a 2013 Port Royal winner, was recently tabbed as the driver of New Jersey car owner Tim Hogue's ride for Eastern Storm.  Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) was dominant in his lone Eastern Storm triumph at New Egypt in New Jersey back in 2016.

 
Drivers who've tasted USAC victory lane but are seeking a first Eastern Storm include current USAC National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), a winner in Ocala, Fla. in February.  Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won in both USAC National Sprint Cars and Midgets in 2019, including a last-lap midget win at BAPS in 2017.  His TOPP Motorsports team was previously victorious in Eastern Storm with Courtney at BAPS in 2017.

 
Speaking of victorious teams with drivers aiming for Eastern Storm victory number one, you can include Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) who has joined Chris Dyson Racing for the tour.  Dyson's ride took the 2018 finale at Weedsport with driver Thomas Meseraull.  Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is an Eastern Storm Rookie, arriving on the scene with Daigh/Phillips Motorsports who won with Darland at Port Royal in 2013.

 
Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) made his USAC Sprint Car debut at Eastern Storm in 2015.  The North Pole Nightmare Bill Balog (Brookfield, Wisc.) is set to make his debut as well along with Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, Minn.) and Dustin Christie (Washington, Ind.).

 
A strong representation from the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series contingent will be on display with three of the series' winners making plans to do the tour, including 2018 East Coast champ and current point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.), who will pilot his own car with technical assistance from 2018 USAC National Sprint Car owner champ Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing and 2013 Eastern Storm feature winning car owner Gene Franckowiak.  Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) is a force on the National scene, capturing co-Rookie of the Year honors in 2018.  Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) and Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) have been regular competitors on the National scene and are top-flight forces to reckon with when USAC travels to their home turf.

 
Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) has had some impressive Eastern Storm performances, earning his best career USAC National Sprint Car feature finish of 2nd at Lincoln Speedway in 2017.  Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio) won a USAC Sprint Car Special Event feature at Lincoln in 2016.  Versatile racing veteran Ryan Godown (Ringoes, N.J.) was a regular on the Eastern Storm tour a year ago while the ever-popular "Colfax Comet" Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) is making the trip east for the full deal.

 
Tuesday at Grandview, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and racing at 7:30pm.  NASCAR 358 Modifieds will join the USAC Sprint Cars.  Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 6-11 are $10.  Children 6 and under are free.  Advance tickets may be ordered by calling (443) 513-4456.

 
Wednesday at Bridgeport, racing starts at 7:30pm (Eastern).  Adult general admission tickets are $30, students 10-15 are $10, children 9 and under are free.

 
Thursday at BAPS, Adult general admission tickets are $25, seniors are $15, students 13-17 are $15, kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
Friday at Williams Grove for the Silver Crown race, pits open at 5pm (Eastern), hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  The 410 wing sprints are also on the event card.  Adult general admission tickets are $28, age 13-20 are $10, kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
Saturday at Port Royal, it's a sprint car doubleheader with 410 wing sprints also on hand.  Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $10 and pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
Sunday at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  Champion Oil Modifieds and NY6A Micro Sprints are also on the docket.  Reserved seating is $32, adult general admission tickets are $28, age 11-17 are $12 and age 10 and under are free.  Pit passes are $32 apiece for members and $36 for non-members.  Reserve camping is $30 and general camping is $24.

 
Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at  http://www.FloRacing.com/.  Listen live on the USAC app.  Follow along with live updates on  https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and  https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

#98 Tanner Thorson
(David Nearpass Photo)




 

ANATOMY OF A COMEBACK: THE RETURN OF TANNER THORSON


 

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media


 

Speedway, Indiana (June 7, 2019).........The Accident: It was Monday morning, March 4, 2019.  USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tanner Thorson had wrapped up competing with the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway days earlier and was driving the Tri-C Motorsports hauler back to the team's Sacramento, Calif. shop.


 

Thorson wouldn't get a chance to complete the mission, the result of a fiery multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. that left the Minden, Nevada driver battered, broken and bruised, but, thankfully, alive.


 

Thorson's hospitalization resulted in multiple surgeries to repair a broken right foot and a broken left arm.  He also had a breathing tube put in to help pump up his collapsed lungs.  He'd also suffered a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident.

 

The Hospital:

"It's been really hard," Thorson admitted.  "I've never been through anything like this.  I thought for sure if I was going to get hurt, it was going to be in a racecar."


 

This was the reality that Thorson was living.  He went from traveling the country gravitating from race-to-race, track-to-track, in midgets and sprint cars one minute to lying in a hospital bed contemplating the future.  Would it involve racing?  Tanner didn't know that answer and, in fact, attempted to cleanse himself from racing, refusing to let it cross his mind until he knew he was capable of doing it.  One aspect that Tanner was not privy of early on in the recovery was the full situation with his left hand.


 

"I didn't find out until about a month and a half, two months ago, that the doctor came out and told my parents that I may never be able to use my left hand again.  No one told me because they didn't want me to get down on myself.  I feel like that helped me.  My parents were by my side for so long through that time, all they wanted was the best for me and they tried to keep that away from me.  When I figured that out, I really started to wonder that I might not be able to do this.  My hand might give out or something.  I just kept pushing.  That's all I could do."

 

The Recovery:

Once Tanner was released from the hospital, the bite of the racing bug still had just as much teeth as it did prior to the accident.  Tanner kept going to the racetrack and, in fact, was back in the pits for a World of Outlaws race at Chico, Calif. the weekend following his release.  He helped his friends, wrenched on a few cars and kept his head in the racing game and off the pain.


 

However, much of his focus went toward personal reflection and improvement, the things he felt he could control amidst the thoughts of what the future could hold.


 

"I just focused on trying to better myself in that time period of being out," Thorson said.  "There's a lot of time you don't realize you're missing as far as spending time with family and friends.  It's something I tried to focus on as much as I could and not worry about the racing aspect of it because it was either going to work or it wasn't."


 

"Obviously, I was dwelling on it and wondering at the same time if I could do it again," Thorson continued.  "I'd tell people 'I want to race.  I can race right now.'  But I think that was more me trying to settle my mind down."

 

The Call:

After a successful five-year run for the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian USAC Midget team between 2013-2017, Tanner set off on his own course, running winged sprint cars on the west coast for Clyde Lamar and part-time with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for owner Randy Young while making an occasional midget start.


 

However, Thorson never forgot where he got his start.  After all, KKM is where he made his first laps in a midget, scored his first win a midget and his first championship in a midget in 2016.  Vice versa, the same can be said for KKM, which gave him a phone call with an offer that Tanner couldn't refuse.


 

"When I got the phone call from (KKM's) Pete (Willoughby) to come run for them again, it was one of the best phone calls I could've had at that time, just knowing that someone was still out there," Thorson said.  "Pete and Keith and all these guys are like family to me.  It's my other family over here."

 

The Return:

The announcement of Thorson's return was both stunning and admirable.  Many were surprised at the remarkably rapid recovery made by Thorson to even entertain the idea of jumping back in a racecar for the most grueling week of midget racing all year in "Indiana Midget Week."  Once he was in the car, the question became 'How long will it take him to shake off the rust and get back to speed?'  Those particular questions didn't take long to get answered.


 

In the opener at Montpelier, Thorson timed in second quickest, transferred through his heat and finished 2nd in the feature.  Rather quickly, this became more than just a fuzzy, warm, feel-good story.  This became the comeback of a driver who was ready to contend for wins right away.


 

Tanner backed up his performance the following night by qualifying 3rd, winning the semi, then finishing 5th in the main event, the only driver to finish in the top-five in each of the first two races.  By virtue, he found himself at the top of the "Indiana Midget Week" standings entering round three at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville.


 

But, as Tanner said pretty bluntly, there was still room for improvement.


 

"I'm really, really hard on myself," Thorson said.  "I ran second my first night out, and that still wasn't good enough for me."

 

The Triumph:

With the wounds and scars still visible on his body, Tanner delivered a performance that he said is "definitely one I'll remember forever."  And is one that will certainly remembered by those who were there to witness it as well.


 

Thorson used the bottom to capture the lead with just four laps remaining, enduring attack after attack from Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson down the stretch to earn his 13th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory, a dream scenario.


 

"It's a dream come true again, to be honest," Thorson said.  "I sat out for three months just wondering if I was going to be able to do it again.  I've been having doubting feelings in my mind and I didn't know if I was going to be okay to run.  I knew I probably could've run; I would've just had to change my ways.  Obviously, it's hard to do that."


 

The situation put Thorson and Kunz working in tandem on the No. 98 for the entirety of "Indiana Midget Week," something of which they haven't been able to do in a number of years.


 

"Keith has worked really hard and close with me.  I haven't worked with Keith since 2014.  We work really well together.  It's really cool to work with him and be able to talk to him one on one versus one on five like it used to be.  I'm just really blessed to be able to come back and race with these guys.  I needed that win."

 

The Future:

The future for the 23-year-old Thorson certainly holds a lot left in the tank where he reiterates his home is in midget racing.  Tanner has taken inspiration from the team that he has seen up close and person, and one that's been a major part of his life and career.  Something of which he hopes to give back one day to young, up-and-coming drivers like himself.


 

"I have a lot of passion for this sport.  The midget world, this is my gig," Thorson made clear.  "I eventually want to own a team like Keith Kunz and be able to develop drivers and have a big company like they have.  This is kind of my dream ever since I started there.  I want to do this one day.  I still want to race, but I want to help kids out and try to make them as good as they can and try to go out there and win races.  I think that's what pushed me along during those three months of just not giving up. 


 

With three races remaining in the IMW series, Thorson holds a 17-point lead over Logan Seavey, Tyler Courtney (-26), Jason McDougal (-40) and Shane Golobic (-53).


 

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well.  Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $30 apiece.


 

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets.  Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7.  Children 6 and under are free.  Pit passes are $30 apiece.


 

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.  It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket.  Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes are $30 apiece.


 

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at  http://www.FloRacing.com/.  Listen live on the USAC app.  Follow along with live updates on  https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and  https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

(Chad Warner Photo)



 
USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS READY FOR BIG DIAMOND FRIDAY

 
Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 3, 2019).........The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars head to Pottsville, Pennsylvania's Big Diamond Speedway this Friday night, June 7, for "Kids Night," round six for the series and the second of three visits to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 2019.

 
Defending series champ and current series point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) was victorious at Big Diamond on May 17 and is the lone driver to have reached USAC East Coast victory lane twice thus far in the season.  In fact, the top-four finishers from that night's feature mirror the series standings coming in.

 
Chandler Leiby (Carlisle, Pa.) finished second in May at Big Diamond and is second in points, 18 behind Drevicki.  Third-place finisher Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.) is third in the standings, 34 out of the lead, while fourth-place finisher Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) stands fourth in the points, 57 back.

 
"Kids Night" also features Sportsman, Roadrunner and Street Stock action along with face painting, bike giveaways, games and much more for the kids.  Kids age 10 and under are free, kids age 11-12 are $10 and adult general admission is $15.  Front gates open at 5:30pm (Eastern) with cars getting on track at 7:15pm (Eastern).

 
USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-360, 2-Chandler Leiby-342, 3-Eddie Strada-326, 4-Chris Allen, Jr.-303, 5-Bill Unglert-262, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-235, 7. Eric Jennings-226, 8-Joey Biasi-207, 9-Carmen Perigo-198, 10-Mike Thompson-185.
#51 Austin Ervine
(Lance Jennings Photo)



 
TULARE HOSTS FRIDAY'S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT FARIA MEMORIAL

 
By Lance Jennings

 
JUNE 3, 2019... After a hard fought battle at Ventura, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday, June 7th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" was moved after rains washed out the final night of the "Peter Murphy Classic" on May 18th. The second and final appearance of the non-winged 360s at the Tulare County Fairgrounds will also showcase the Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:30PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more information, visit the track's website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

 
NOTICE TO RACERS: 
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

 
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.

 
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.

 
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

 
The "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. This year's event marks the twenty-sixth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the first non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Tristan Guardino added his name to the winner's list, which is at the bottom of this release. 

 
Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 42 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. Austin Liggett topped the "Peter Murphy Classic" on May 17th and the Tulare series win list is at the bottom of this release.

 
Entering the eighth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett has two victories, while Brody Roa, Swanson, Chase Johnson, Guardino, and Troy Rutherford have one win in the campaign. Rain washed out the May 18th event at Petaluma.

 
Heading to Tulare, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 101-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino scored nineteenth last Saturday night after an early exit. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for his second "Faria Memorial" triumph.

 
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons set fast time and placed thirteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. At Tulare, Ryan will have his sights on his third career feature win.

 
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw charged from thirteenth to fifth at last Saturday night. At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Friday night, Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Thunderbowl Raceway.

 
Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Steve Watt's #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Helt scored twenty-second at Ventura after having mechanical issues ended his night. To date, the leading rookie contender has posted one Wilwood Brakes Lucky 13 Award and one top-10 finish in the campaign. The Missouri driver will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast victory this Friday night.

 
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. The pilot of Keith Ford's #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped Ventura to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake might skip Tulare as he travels to Canyon Speedway Park. 

 
While Helt leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention. 

 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Austin Liggett, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Michael Faccinto, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, T.J. Smith, Tanner Boul, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and more. 

 
Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $16 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $9 and Bleacher Seats are $8. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track's website at thunderbowlraceway.com

 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net

 
For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

 
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

 
CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Tristan Guardino.

 
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino,  1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

 
TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd. 

 
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino- 436, 2. Ryan Timmons-335, 3. Koen Shaw-323, 4. Slater Helt-241, 5. Jake Swanson-238, 6. Austin Ervine-237, 7. Hannah Mayhew-228, 8. Austin Liggett-227, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-221, --. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 12. Cody Majors-203, 13. J.J. Ringo-197, 14. Kyle Edwards-178, 15. Michael Faccinto-167, --. Ricky Kirkbride-167, 17. Brody Roa-154, 18. T.J. Smith-150, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 20. Stevie Sussex-145.

 
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino) 
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA 
October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
#15 Chris Bonneau
(Ben Thrasher Photo)



 
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CSP BIRTHDAY BASH THIS SATURDAY AT CANYON

 
By Lance Jennings

 
JUNE 4, 2019... After Saturday's clash at San Tan Valley, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, June 8th, at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the "CSP Birthday Bash" will be the fourth of five appearances at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The eighth point race will also feature the AZ Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Stock Cars, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, starting at 7:00pm and General Admission is FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

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

 
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360. 

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

 
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.

 
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The "Medium" is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars. 

 
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

 
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at.usacracing.com. 

 
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com. 

 
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

 
Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-seven Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the three previous visits, New Mexico's Josh Hodges, Missouri's Hunter Schuerenberg, and California's Brody Roa claimed victory at the 1/3-mile oval. "The Demon" Damion Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.  

 
Heading to the "CSP Birthday Bash," Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 44-point lead over the competition. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran second to R.J. Johnson last Saturday at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a Canyon triumph.

 
R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season last Saturday night. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion also has two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. has fifty-six USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

 
Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen's #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed third at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. Stevie will be looking to claim his fourteenth career win this Saturday night.

 
"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth championship point chase. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis led the first five laps at San Tan Valley before scoring fifth in the main event. To date, the defending champion has four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. "Chargin" Charles has thirty SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory the year.

 
"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin earned San Tan Valley's hard charger award with a ninth to fourth place run. At press time, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes in on the year. "The Magic Man" has six career SouthWest victories and will be looking to earn his first win of 2019.

 
Currently ranked seventeenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention. 

 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, and more.
Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

 
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. 
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

 
2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

 
PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Mike Martin, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

 
2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-514, 2. R.J. Johnson-470, 3. Stevie Sussex-442, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-407, 5. Mike Martin-391, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Jake Swanson-342, 8. Matt Lundy-312, 9. Michael Curtis-299, 10. Chris Bonneau-238, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Isaac Chapple-200, 13. Austin Williams-189, 14. Jonas Reynolds-160, 15. Damion Gardner-139, 16. Jason McDougal-124, 17. Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122, 19. Dennis Gile-119, --. Hunter Schuerenberg-119.

 
2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges) 
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg) 
April 20: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA 
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.
#37 Andy Baugh and #7 Adam Taylor
(Joe Putnam Photo)

 

 

 
IMRA HITS SPOON RIVER SATURDAY

 
Canton, Illinois (June 5, 2019).........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. is two-for-two when it comes to USAC Speed2 IMRA racing at Spoon River Speedway in 2019.
The defending series champ and current point leader aims to make it a trifecta this Saturday night when the series returns to the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

 
Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.) broke the stranglehold Baugh had on the series by winning last weekend at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.  Roth is second in the standings, just two markers behind Baugh, who took eighth at Macon.

 
Saturday at Spoon River, IMRA will be joined by the the Built Ford Tough Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series Delivered by Morrow Brothers Ford.  Also on the card are UMP Modifieds, UMP Hornets and E-Mods.

 
Pits open Saturday at 2pm (Central), grandstands open at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

 
Adult general admission tickets are $20, youth (10 & Under) are $5 and pit passes are $35 apiece.

 
USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-212, 2-Tyler Roth-210, 3-Adam Taylor-173, 4-Daltyn England-170, 5-Mark McMahill-160, 6-Patrick Ryan-156, 7-Jeff Sparks-152, 8-Jake Sollenberger-149, 9-Russell Johnston-140, 10-John Heitzman-136.
 
 
Carson Short will drive the Chris Dyson Racing #20 during Eastern June 11-16.
(Dave Olson Photo)



 
CARSON SHORT ROLLS WITH DYSON FOR EASTERN STORM

 
From Chris Dyson Racing PR

 
Poughkeepsie, New York (June 5, 2019).........Southern Illinois hotshoe Carson Short will drive the blue and white #20 CD Racing Thetford / ProtectAll Maxim Speedway Chevy in next week's five-race Eastern Storm series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. In only his second year as a full-time touring sprint car driver, 23-year-old Short has already won three sprint features this season.

 
"Carson was parked next to us for several days during the Florida race series earlier this year," said Sean Michael, who looks after the CD racing stable of USAC Silver Crown, sprint car and midget equipment. "Chris (Dyson) and I were looking for someone to run the sprint car when the USAC series made its annual swing through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We were both impressed with Carson's approach to racing, both on the track and off. He ran good - fast every night. So, Carson was at the top of our list of potential drivers for the Eastern Storm."

 
Short not only owns and maintains the sprint car he drives in Midwestern events, but is responsible for making his program's financial ends meet. So, he's well aware of the fine line between winning races and breaking cars. "I learned when I was young, you've got to be hard and fast, but not tear up the equipment," Short said. "I run off what I make, and you don't get paid if you put the car in the fence. I'm not going to take second place when I've got a winning car, but I won't tear it up, either."

 
"I am pleased we are able to do this with Carson," said Dyson. "We won a race and had some other good finishes in last year's Eastern storm with Thomas Meseraull. We learned a lot last year and I believe the potential is here for us to do even better in 2019. It is going to be exciting."

 
Dyson noted that the team would enter Short in a pair of races this week as a tune-up for next week's Eastern Storm. "Sean will run him in the USAC East Coast Sprint Car race at Big Diamond this Friday night and then put a wing on the car for Saturday's URC race at Lincoln. We thought this would be a good way to for everyone to get to know each other better before next week's opening Eastern Storm race at Grandview."
 
2019 Eastern Storm Schedule
Tuesday, June 11: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.)
Wednesday, June 12: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, N.J.)
Thursday, June 13: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, Pa.)
Friday, June 14: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) **Silver Crown**
Saturday, June 15: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pa.)
Sunday, June 16: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, N.Y.)
 

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BOSS Set To Try Again at Fremont

 
Four of the first seven events of 2019 BOSS season have been claimed by mother nature.  That list includes one wash out at Fremont Speedway on May 4th.  This Saturday night, the traditional wingless sprint cars will try once again at the historic Sandusky County Fairgrounds 1/3 mile dirt oval.  The first 3 completed events have been won by Matt Westfall, Nick Bilbee and Luke Hall.

 
Dallas Hewitt, aboard the Todd Keen owned #18, is the current points leader over Westfall.  Hewitt was runner-up in the opening round at Atomic and followed that up with 7th place and 5th place runs at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Moler Raceway Park.  Westfall sits in the second spot after winning at Atomic, he was eliminated in a crash at Lawrenceburg, but rebounded for a runner-up finish to Hall at Moler.  Dustin Ingle, Justin Owen and Michael Fischesser round out the current top 5 in the standings.  Cody Gardner, Dustin Webber, Kory Crabtree, Mike Miller and Steve Little complete the top 10.   The 11-15 spots belong to Matt Cooley, Ben Knight, Parker Frederickson, Bill Rose and Shawn Westerfeld.  

 
Gates will open at 4 pm on Saturday.  General admission is $15 with seniors admitted for $13.  Kids age 10-15 are admitted for $10 while kids 9 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  Joining BOSS for Fort Ball Pizza Palace night will be the 305 winged sprints and the Fremont dirt trucks.

 
For teams competing, Hooiser Race Tire has graciously extended the "open tire" burn off period for this event.  Rain or shine this Saturday, the 4 corner Hoosier rule will go into effect NEXT weekend (June 21-22) with the doubleheader weekend at Twin Cities and Richmond.  NO MUFFLERS are required for BOSS at Fremont.  Teams are required to use the Westhold (yellow) transponders.  As always at Fremont, they will be available to rent for just $5.  Cars will draw into heat race groups, then time trial during their hot lap session.  

 
This event will be the standard purse as follows:  1500, 900, 700, 600, 500, 450, 400, 375, 350, 325, 300, 290, 280, 270, 260, 250, 250, 250, 250, 250.  Heat races will pay the top 4 as follows:  40, 30, 20, 10.  There are also 6 bonus awards up for grabs courtesy of sponsors listed below.  PLEASE let them know you appreciate their support of BOSS.  Also, this 4th event now changes the tow bonus program to the current 2019 point standings.  All top 15 drivers are guaranteed $300 to start the main event or $150 tow money if they fail to start the main.
 

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United Rebel Sprint Series Set for 3rd Annual DCRP 305 Nationals This Weekend!

 

Oberlin, Kansas – June 9, 2019 - It’s time for a huge three nights of racing action beginning this Thursday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil United Rebel Sprint Series as they once again partake in the third annual Lubbock Wrecker DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals takes place at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas.

Set for a $3,000-to-win event that could potentially climb to as much as $4,500 with lap money included is set for this Thursday through Saturday night, June 13-15, atop the three-eighths mile clay oval in southwest Kansas . Joining the “Rebels” for this huge event will be the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars as well as the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

Sprint car veteran Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth , Texas took home the victory in the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals back in 2017, while Fairview , Oklahoma ’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s championship feature finale.

Marten has already picked up one URSS victory thus far this season while track regular Luke Cranston has won two events, both at DCRP. Also picking up series victories this season are Jason Martin of Lincoln , Nebraska and two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton from Quinter, Kansas .  

This year’s event fires off with the first of two preliminary events on Thursday, June 13, with a second round of preliminary action on Friday before culminating with Saturday’s championship finale.

Each night of racing will fire off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Thursday and Friday preliminary events are only $12 for each night with Saturday’s finale just $20 while children eleven and under are free each night.  Pit passes are $30 for each night.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park .  Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000.

Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south.  For more information on this event and more, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check  www.dodgecityraceway.com.

Information concerning the POWRi Lucas Oil URSS presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing can be found on their official website www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com and their facebook page: United Rebel Sprint Series. Questions and inquiries can be addressed by calling URSS president Rick Salem (785) 475-7010. 

 

$1100 to Win Special Await United Rebel Sprint Series This Saturday Night!

 

Oberlin, Kansas – June 4, 2019 - The only trip into the state of Colorado takes place this coming Saturday night as the POWRi Lucas Oil United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing makes their annual appearance to El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colorado.

Rain has washed out three events thus far this season while Luke Cranston (2), Jake Martens and Jason Martin having taken home victories this 2019 race season.

Courtesy of Kevin Schramek with Schramek Landscaping is adding $500 to the purse with the extra $100 going to positions 1-5, making this a $1100-to-win event.  

Twenty-two previous events have been held at El Paso County Speedway with Brian Hardman and Adam Trimble having won here four times. Other feature winners include Jake Bubak (3), Patrick Bourke (2), Smokey Fairbank, Blake Smith, Mike Hathaway, Clint Schubert, Mike Taylor, Mark Walinder, John Jacob, Coby Pearce and Zach Blurto. Blurton won this event last year.   

Gates will open at 3:00 PM with race action slated for a 5:00 PM start time. Grandstand general admission is $15 while all seniors and military general admission tickets are $10. Kids ages 6-12 years of age is $5 general admission while ages 5 and under will be admitted into the grandstands for free.

More track information can be found on their official website www.bstpromotions.com/el-paso-county-raceway-calhan and by calling (720) 404-0400.

Information concerning the POWRi Lucas Oil URSS presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing can be found on their official website www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com and their facebook page: United Rebel Sprint Series. Questions and inquiries can be addressed by calling URSS president Rick Salem (785) 475-7010.

 

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2019 Silver Crown Schedule

Key

Date

 

Location

Track

(P)#

Mar 23

 

Memphis, TN

Memphis International Raceway

(D)

Apr 14

 

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute Action Track

(P)

Apr 28

 

Toledo, OH

Toledo Speedway

(D)

May 23

 

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana State Fairgrounds

(P)

May 24

 

Brownsburg, IN

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

(D)

Jun 14

 

Mechanicsburg, PA

Williams Grove Speedway

(P)

Jun 28

 

Oregon, WI

Madison International Speedway

(P)

Aug 10

 

Salem, IN

Salem Speedway

(D)#

Aug 17

 

Springfield, IL

Illinois State Fairgrounds

(D)

Sep 01

 

Du Quoin, IL

Du Quoin State Fairgrounds

(P)

Sep 07

 

Brownsburg, IN

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

(D)

Sep 28

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway



 

(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

 

 

2019 AMSOIL National Sprint Schedule

Key

Date

 

Location

Track

 

Feb 14

 

Ocala, FL

Bubba Raceway Park

 

Feb 15

 

Ocala, FL

Bubba Raceway Park

 

Feb 16

 

Ocala, FL

Bubba Raceway Park

 

Apr 12

 

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington Speedway

 

Apr 20

 

Lawrenceburg, IN

Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

May 10

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway

 

May 11

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway

 

May 17

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

 

May 18

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

 

May 22

 

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute Action Track

(E)

Jun 11

 

Bechtelsville, PA

Grandview Speedway

(E)

Jun 12

 

Swedesboro, NJ

Bridgeport Speedway

(E)

Jun 13

 

York Haven, PA

BAPS Motor Speedway

(E)

Jun 15

 

Port Royal, PA

Port Royal Speedway

(E)

Jun 16

 

Weedsport, NY

Weedsport Speedway

 

Jun 22

 

Putnamville, IN

Lincoln Park Speedway

(M)

Jun 30

 

Haubstadt, IN

Tri-State Speedway

 

Jul 05

 

Knoxville, IA

Knoxville Raceway

 

Jul 06

 

Knoxville, IA

Knoxville Raceway

 

Jul 17

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway

(I)

Jul 18

 

Gas City, IN

Gas City I-69 Speedway

(I)

Jul 19

 

Plymouth, IN

Plymouth Speedway

(I)

Jul 20

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

(I)

Jul 21

 

Lawrenceburg, IN

Lawrenceburg Speedway

(I)

Jul 24

 

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute Action Track

(I)

Jul 25

 

Putnamville, IN

Lincoln Park Speedway

(I)

Jul 26

 

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington Speedway

(I)

Jul 27

 

Haubstadt, IN

Tri-State Speedway

 

Aug 21

(SE)

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Aug 22

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Aug 23

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Aug 24

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Aug 30

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

 

Sep 13

 

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute Action Track

(M)

Sep 14

 

Haubstadt, IN

Tri-State Speedway

 

Sep 26

 

Gas City, IN

Gas City I-69 Speedway

 

Sep 28

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway

 

Oct 05

 

Lawrenceburg, IN

Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

Oct 11

 

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute Action Track

(C)

Nov 07

 

Perris, CA

Perris Auto Speedway

(C)

Nov 08

 

Perris, CA

Perris Auto Speedway

(C)

Nov 09

 

Perris, CA

Perris Auto Speedway

(C)

Nov 15

 

San Tan Valley, AZ

Arizona Speedway

(C)

Nov 16

 

San Tan Valley, AZ

Arizona Speedway

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(M) Represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS

 

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

 

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

 

(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

 

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

 

2019 NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series Schedule

Key

Date

 

Location

Track

 

Feb 08

 

Ocala, FL

Bubba Raceway Park

 

Feb 09

 

Ocala, FL

Bubba Raceway Park

(N) (A)

Mar 09

 

Du Quoin, IL

Southern Illinois Center

 

Apr 05

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Apr 06

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

May 17

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

 

May 18

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

(I)

Jun 04

 

Montpelier, IN

Montpelier Motor Speedway

(I)

Jun 05

 

Gas City, IN

Gas City I-69 Speedway

(I)

Jun 06

 

Putnamville, IN

Lincoln Park Speedway

(I)

Jun 07

 

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington Speedway

(I)

Jun 08

 

Lawrenceburg, IN

Lawrenceburg Speedway

(I)

Jun 09

 

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Speedway

 

Jun 29

 

Joliet, IL

Dirt Oval at Route 66

 

Jul 09

 

Meeker, OK

Red Dirt Raceway

 

Jul 10

 

Concordia, KS

Concordia High Banks

 

Jul 12

 

Fairbury, NE

Jefferson County Speedway

 

Jul 13

 

Fairbury, NE

Jefferson County Speedway

 

Jul 14

 

Sweet Springs, MO

Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex

 

Jul 30

 

Bechtelsville, PA

Grandview Speedway

 

Jul 31

 

Kutztown, PA

Action Track USA

 

Aug 01

 

Spring Run, PA

Path Valley Speedway Park

 

Aug 02

 

Jonestown, PA

Linda's Speedway

 

Aug 03

 

Newmanstown, PA

Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway

 

Aug 30

 

Granite City, IL

Tri-City Speedway

(A)

Sep 04

 

Speedway, IN

The Dirt Track at IMS

(A)

Sep 05

 

Speedway, IN

The Dirt Track at IMS

 

Sep 28

 

Rossburg, OH

Eldora Speedway

(A)

Oct 17

 

Wayne City, IL

Wayne County Speedway

 

Oct 19

 

Haubstadt, IN

Tri-State Speedway

(W)

Nov 15

 

San Tan Valley, AZ

Arizona Speedway

(W)

Nov 16

 

San Tan Valley, AZ

Arizona Speedway

(W) (A)

Nov 19

 

Placerville, CA

Placerville Speedway

(W) (A)

Nov 20

 

Placerville, CA

Placerville Speedway

(W)

Nov 23

 

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Speedway

(W)

Nov 28

 

Ventura, CA

Ventura Raceway


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(N) represents an indoor event

(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event.

(W) represents a race with the USAC Western States Midgets

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

 

Saturday, April 13 - Atomic Speedway ; Alma, OH


 

Saturday, April 27 - Montpelier Motor Speedway ; Montpelier, IN


 

Sunday, April 28 - Kokomo Speedway ; Kokomo, IN


 

Saturday, May 4 - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH


 

Saturday, May 18 - Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg, IN


 

Saturday, June 1 - Oakshade Raceway ; Wauseon, OH

Friday, June 7 - Moler Raceway Park; Williamsburg, OH


 

Saturday, June 15 - Fremont Speedway ; Fremont, OH


 

Friday, June 21 - Twin Cities Raceway Park ; North Vernon, IN  (Soudrette Memorial)


 

Saturday, June 22 - Richmond Raceway ; Richmond, KY


 

Friday, June 28 - Lernerville Speedway ; Sarver, PA


 

Saturday, June 29 - Mercer Raceway Park ; Mercer, PA

Wednesday, July 3 - Waynesfield Raceway Park; Waynesfield, OH  (Hewitt Classic)


 

Saturday, July 27 - Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway ; Imperial, PA


 

Friday, August 9 - Gas City Speedway ; Gas City, IN


 

Saturday, August 10 -  To Be Announced


 

Saturday, August 24 - Kokomo Speedway ; Kokomo, IN (Smackdown)


 

Saturday, September 7 - Montpelier Motor Speedway ; Montpelier, IN


 

Saturday, October 5 - Atomic Speedway ; Alma, OH

 

Saturday, Apr 13

Tri-State Speedway

Saturday, May 18

Tri-State Speedway

Friday, May 24

Bloomington Speedway

Saturday, May 25

Lincoln Park Speedway

Sunday, May 26

Tri-State Speedway

Friday, May 31

Paragon Speedway

Saturday, Jun 8

Tri-State Speedway

Saturday, Jun 29

Brownstown Speedway

Sunday, Jun 30

Tri-State Speedway

Thursday, Jul 4

Paragon Speedway

Friday, Jul 5

Lincoln Park Speedway

Saturday, Jul 6

Lincoln Park Speedway

Wednesday, Jul 10

Terre Haute Action Track

Saturday, Jul 13

Tri-State Speedway

Saturday, Aug 10

Tri-State Speedway

Sunday, Aug 11

Terre Haute Action Track

Friday, Aug 16

Paragon Speedway

Saturday, Aug 17

Lincoln Park Speedway

Sunday, Sep 1

Tri-State Speedway

Saturday, Sep 14

Tri-State Speedway

Saturday, Oct 19

Tri-State Speedway

 

April 5 81 Speedway, Wichita KS
April 6 DCRP, Dodge City, KS
   
May 4 Lincoln County Speedway, North Platte NE
May 5  
May 18 DCRP, Dodge City, KS
May 25 Longdale Speedway, Longdale OK
May 26 81 Speedway, Wichita KS
   
June 8 El Paso County Speedway, Calhan CO
June 13 DCRP, Dodge City, KS
June 14 DCRP, Dodge City, KS
June 15 DCRP, Dodge City, KS
   
July 4 Belleville High Banks, Belleville KS
July 5  
July 6 Thunderhill Speedway, Mayeta, KS
July 13 RPM Speedway, Hays KS
July 14 RPM Speedway, Hays KS
July 27 Solomon Valley Raceway, Beloit KS
July 28 Rush County Speedway, LaCrosse KS
July 31 Thayer County Speedway, Deschler NE
   
Aug 1 Belleville High Banks, Belleville KS
Aug 2 Belleville High Banks, Belleville KS
Aug 3 Belleville High Banks, Belleville KS
Aug 15 Stockton Speedway, Stockton KS
Aug 16 Oberlin Speedway, Oberlin KS
Aug 17 Oberlin Speedway, Oberlin KS
   
Sept 14 DCRP, Dodge City, KS

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