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Terre Haute IN Action Track Releases Schedule

USAC Divisions & UMP Modifieds Highlight Slate

Officials from Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has announced the 2016-season schedule for the 1/2-mile racetrack.  The speedway holds several special events during the summer that feature divisions from the United States Auto Club and United Midwestern Promoters.

The campaign will begin on Sunday, April 3 for an exciting season opener that will feature the USAC Silver Crown cars.  Not only will this be the season opener for the track, it will be the first look at the champ cars for the new year.  Benton, IL driver, Shane Cockrum, held off a late race challenge from C.J. Leary to take his second career Silver Crown victory in last year's race, which was held in July.  This year's opener will also feature the UMP Modifieds.

The second event on this year's schedule is set for Sunday, May 1.  On the card will be the MSCS Sprint cars and UMP Modifieds.  Last season, 23 drivers took the green with Brady Short taking the victory over Jerry Coons, Jr. and Carson Short.  Former NASCAR racer and current TV personality Kenny Wallace took the win in the Modifieds.

Back on the schedule for 2016 is the Tony Hulman Classic, set for Wednesday, May 25.  The event, held the week of the Indy 500 and the night before the Hoosier 100, features the USAC National Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds.  Last season, the race was postponed due to bad weather and was run in September as part of the Hurtubise Classic.

The fourth event this year will feature a special event for the Summit National UMP Modifieds as part of their Summernationals and the Indiana Late Model Series on Sunday, June 19.  Last season, officials attempted a UMP sanctioned Pro Late Model event but due to lack of area cars, the count was small for the race.  This season, the Late Model race will be an Indiana Late Model Series scheduled event, which should bring a solid field of cars.  The class is based at Brownstown Speedway.

Historically, the biggest event of the year is the Don Smith Classic, held during USAC Indiana Sprint week.  This year, the event is set for Wednesday, July 13, which is also part of fair week in Vigo County.  Last season, the stands were jam packed for one of the best turnouts in recent memory.  19-year old Aaron Farney, from Brookston, Indiana claimed his first career victory against a near 40-car field.

Rounding out this year's slate of events is the Jim Hurtubise Classic for the USAC Sprint Cars on Friday, September 16.  Last year, another great turnout of fans saw an exciting show that had Robert Ballou claiming the lead with three laps to go.  Chris Windom and Dave Darland followed him across the line.  The UMP Modifieds will join the Sprints for the season finale.

In addition to the slate of races, a preseason test and tune has been added to the schedule for Saturday, March 26. The event will run from 12:00-4:00 and will be open to any division competitor wanting to get some shakedown laps.

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Clauson & Marriott Headline Winter Challenge Round Two

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 23, 2016) – Bryan Clauson and Hunter Marriott took center stage by posting Saturday night feature wins as 101 cars filled the pit area at Canyon Speedway Park for the second of five Winter Challenge rounds of competition.

While Indiana’s Clauson bested the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Car ranks for the second night in a row, Missouri’s Marriott bested Friday night winner Ricky Thornton, Jr., for IMCA Modified honors.

Along with Clauson and Marriott, other Saturday night winners included George Fronsman in IMCA Stock Car vs. Pure Stock action, Colton Hardy in Micro Sprints and Josh Rivera in Mod Lites.

After winning Friday night’s USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car Winter Challenge opener, Clauson and the Mike Martin-owned team found themselves in scramble mode when mechanical woes surfaced.

“We had a little trouble with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America No. 16b, we were able to jump into Mike’s backup car,” Clauson explained.  “I can’t say enough about how hard those guys work, we didn’t have any laps in that car when we went out for the heat race and we were able to get it working well enough.”

While Clauson gridded the feature field outside the second row, Brian Hosford set the early pace before spinning to a stop in turn three after getting together with a lapped car after eight laps.

Charles Davis, Jr., assumed the point with R.J. Johnson, Josh Hodges and Clauson dicing for position in his wake.  Clauson made his way up to second by the time a red flag flew after 17 laps for Guy Weedman, who got on his side in turn one, and then charged by Davis, Jr., on the high side of turns one and two on the restart to take command.

“I screwed up on the restart, I went to the bottom and that wasn’t the right thing to do,” Davis, Jr., commented afterward.

Johnson followed Clauson around Davis, Jr., and tried to mount a late charge, but to no avail.  “I tried a couple of Hail Mary’s, it just wasn’t enough.”

Clauson’s second win in as many nights came atop the 1/3-mile clay oval that has been friendly to home over the years.  “This is kind of like a home away from home, I don’t really know what it is but we always seem to get around here pretty good.”

Clauson took the checkered flag ahead of Johnson and Davis, Jr., with Hodges crossing the stripe fourth and commenting that, “I don’t think the driver got it done tonight, the car was good enough but I didn’t put it in the right places a few times.”

After his early spin, Hosford rallied back through the field to round out the top five.

Winter Challenge 2016 continues with Round Three action going green at 5:00 p.m. Sunday night at Canyon Speedway Park with another full slate of USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs. Pure Stocks, Micro Sprints and Mod Lites.

Canyon Speedway Park

January 23, 2016 – Winter Challenge 2016 Night Two of Five Results

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

“A” Feature (30 Laps):  1. Bryan Clauson, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Brian Hosford, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Thomas Ogle, 8. Kenny Perkins, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. David Dykes, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Connor Strait, 15. Will Perkins, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. -Guy Weedman, 18. Matt McCarthy.

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Clauson Captures Winter Challenge Opener!

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 22, 2016) – Bryan Clauson certainly is no stranger to victory lane at Canyon Speedway Park.  Neither is Ricky Thornton, Jr.

So it was only fitting that Clauson and Thornton, Jr., were among those to pick off victories in Friday’s opening leg of Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge 2016.

While Clauson took USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car honors and Thornton, Jr., bested a loaded field of ICMA Modifieds, other Friday night winners included Matt Martinez in IMCA Stock Car vs. Pure Stock action, Jarrett Martin in Micro Sprints and Chaz Baca, Jr., in Mod Lites.

In non-wing USAC Sprint Car action, Indiana’s Clauson gridded the feature field fourth and set sail after early leader Charles Davis, Jr., at the outset.

When Davis, Jr., checked out the low side with traffic in play, Clauson made a quick move into the lead on the top side of turns one and two.  Clauson led the rest of the way aboard Mike Martin’s No. 16b entry, denying some late charges from New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, who charged from tenth to take runner-up honors.

“That was kind of a tough loss in Tulsa last weekend, we’re kind of out here licking our wounds right now,” Clauson said of a runner-up finish at last weekend’s Chili Bowl Nationals.  “This place has always been good to me, I love racing out here.”

While Clauson took the $2,000 victory ahead of Hodges, Davis, Jr., settled for the show position with defending USAC Southwest champion R.J. Johnson and Dennis Gile rounding out the top five.

Winter Challenge 2016 continues with Round Two action going green at 5:00 p.m. Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park with another full slate of USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs. Pure Stocks, Micro Sprints and Mod Lites.

Canyon Speedway Park

January 22, 2016 – Winter Challenge 2016 Night One of Five Results

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

Heat One:  1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 2. 22b-Brian Hosford, 3. 51-R.J. Johnson, 4. 74x-Josh Hodges, 5. 5-Tye Mihocko, 6. 34-Tanner Grau, 7. 58-Connor Strait.

Heat Two:  1. 16b-Bryan Clauson, 2. 16-Mike Martin, 3. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 4. 12k-Mason Keefer, 5. 4-David Dykes, 6. 50x-Will Perkins, 7. 45-Bob Strait.

Heat Three:  1. 11c-Michael Curtis, 2. 13-Dennis Gile, 3. 0k-Kenny Perkins, 4. 27w-Guy Weedman, 5. 5x-Matt McCarthy, 6. 48T-Thomas Ogle.

“A” Feature (30 Laps):  1. 16b-Bryan Clauson, 2. 74x-Josh Hodges, 3. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 4. 51-R.J. Johnson, 5. 13-Dennis Gile, 6. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 7. 22b-Brian Hosford, 8. 48T-Thomas Ogle, 9. 11c-Michael Curtis, 10. 0k-Kenny Perkins, 11. 34-Tanner Grau, 12. 27w-Guy Weedman, 13. 45-Bob Strait, 14. 50x-Will Perkins, 15. 16-Mike Martin, 16. 12k-Mason Keefer, 17. 4-David Dykes, 18. 5x-Matt McCarthy, 19. 5-Tye Mihocko, 20. 58-Connor Strait (DNS).

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DAVE DARLAND NAMED 2015 RECIPIENT OF “THOMAS J. SCHMEH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPORT” BY NORTH AMERICAN SPRINT CAR POLL

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 16, 2016)  -  Champion sprint car driver Dave Darland of Indiana has been named the recipient of the 2015 “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport” by all three voting panels of the North American Sprint Car Poll.  According to poll founder and current National Sprint Car Museum curator Tom Schmeh, after whom the award was permanently named back in 2014, “The poll’s Outstanding Contribution Award is the museum foundation’s highest honor for current achievers in the sport, as it is voted on by industry insiders from the 360-, 410-cubic-inch, and non-winged sprint car divisions.  For a driver known almost exclusively for his skills driving non-winged cars, it is an incredible accomplishment for him to win this award.  It speaks to the genuine respect that voters in all three classes have for what Dave has accomplished during his lengthy and remarkable career.”

Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows:  Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art & Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, Earl Baltes, Casey & Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.

The North American Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.  All awards will be distributed in 2016 at tracks throughout North America.  This award was announced on the fifth and final day of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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11-Race Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Schedule Set For 2016

Aptos, CA)- After a very successful first year under Prentice Motorsports Group leadership, the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos are geared up for an 11-race schedule in 2016.

As it did in 2015, the season will open up at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday March 5th, as it takes part in the prestigious Silver Cup. The Series will be in action at the Silver Dollar Speedway on two occasions, as they will make their second and final appearance at the ¼ mile track during the Gold Cup Race of Champions on September 7th.

April 10th, the series will return to the scenic ½ mile Calistoga Speedway for the first of two visits in 2016. The April 10th date will see the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos share the stage with the famed World of Outlaws, and the June 25th date will feature them racing alongside the King of the West Series.

May 21st is slated for the first of two vists at the Stockton Dirt Track, where they will again be racing with the KWS, before making their season debut at the Petaluma Speedway on June 11th.

June 25th will be the aforementioned return trip to the Calistoga Speedway, before the series heads to the Ocean Speedway on July 16th to take part in the Howard Kaeding Classic.

August features a couple of big races for the series as they will be at the Petaluma Speedway on the 13th for the Soares Classic, and at the Ocean Speedway on the 20th for the Johnny Key Classic.

Taking part in the Gold Cup opener on September 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway as the season begins to wind down, the Wingless Series will be in action at the Petaluma Speedway on September 17th before the season again closes out at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4th.

2016 Schedule
March 5th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Silver Cup)

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will open the 2016 season on March 5th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

WINNERS: (2015) Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway, March 7), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway, April 12), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway, May 30), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track, June 13), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway, June 27), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway, July 11), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway, July 18), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track, August 1), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway, August 8), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway, Aug. 29) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway, Sept. 9).

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HOFFMAN RACING IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT BRADY BACON WILL RETURN FOR HIS FOURTH YEAR TO DRIVE THE LEGENDARY HOFFMAN 69 MEAN GREEN MACHINE IN THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES

Loveland, OH (December 11, 2015) -- Hoffman Racing is announcing that Brady Bacon has agreed to return to the seat of the legendary Hoffman Mean Green #69 for the entire USAC National Sprint Car Series schedule in 2016.  “We are proud to have a driver with the skill, determination and experience that Brady brings to our team.  We have been very impressed with his ability to adapt to track conditions and to communicate with Rob and the Team. Brady does a tremendous job representing Mean Green, all of our sponsors  and always has time for the fans. He is one of the most popular drivers in any  series , with loyal fans from coast to coast.” said Richard Hoffman, President and owner of Hoffman racing.

“Brady has had tremendous success in the Hoffman car.  The entire Team has enjoyed working with him in the past and we are excited about this year.  We have won big with Brady.  Winning our 10th USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2014, winning more USAC National races in a single season in the history of the Team in 2015 with 7 and in three short years Brady has matched Jerry Coons Jr  with 13 USAC National Sprint Car wins, the most in the 86 year storied history of my family’s race team”  said Rob Hoffman VP of Engineering, Hoffman Racing.

Brady Bacon commented “We had another great year together, setting milestones along the way.
More   National USAC wins in a single season and helping the Hoffman’s reach the 100 USAC National win  mark.  I look forward to setting more records this year.  Racing for a great sponsor like Mean Green is a lot of  fun and using it in my race shop reminds me what a great performing product  it is on a daily basis”.

Brady Bacon, from Broken Arrow Oklahoma, is a third generation driver. He started driving at age 5 in quarter midgets. At age 15 he started running sprint cars and midgets as well. Towards the end of 2006 Brady signed a driver development contract with Chip Ganassi. Brady began racing for Kasey Kahne’s USAC Team in sprints and midgets in 2007.  In 2009 he began his winged sprint car career.  Brady took over ownership of the winged and non-winged 99 team in 2011.  He has been in the top 3 in points with the ASCS tour since 2010.  In only his 2nd year of running the USAC National Sprint Car series, he won the championship in 2014. Brady now has 13 USAC National Sprint series wins with the Hoffman, Mean Green Team. He not only has excelled in racing but also academically.  Brady was a National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian of his class.

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PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHEDULE!

(Perris, CA, December 2, 2015)   Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian released the schedule for the 2016 season at the popular Riverside County clay oval on Wednesday morning.  The expanded schedule includes one additional sprint car race and additional Night of Destruction.  A new division, Figure 8 Chain Racing, is being added to the Nights of Destruction.

February 27
OPEN PRACTICE - Pit Gate Opens at 3:00, Grandstands open FREE  to the Fans

March 5
"SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints,PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night"

March 12
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

April 2
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing,Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing "Power of Purple Night"

April 9
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

April 16
"SO CAL SHOWDOWN"  WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night"

April 30
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing

May 14
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

May 21
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION  III - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing

May 28
"SALUTE TO INDY " USAC/CRA Sprint Cars , PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns  "Power of Purple Night"

June 4
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

June 11
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars,  PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

June 25
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD IV -  Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing

July 2
"BUDWEISER FIRECRACKER 30 & SKY CONCERT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars,  PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns  "Power of Purple Night"

July 16
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA  Modifieds

July 23
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD V  - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing

July 30
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns

August 20
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

August 27
"CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars,  PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

September 3
NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD VI  - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing and Spectator Racing

September  10
PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

September 17
TBA

September 24
"GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 1-9
Southern California Fair

October 15
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars,  PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 29
PASSCAR "Champions Night"  - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA  Modifieds

November 9
Oval Nationals Practice

November  10
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November  11
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November  12
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Leary Lands $10K Win in Richard Griffin Classic

Lonnie Wheatley, LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 7, 2015) – C.J. Leary saved the best of the weekend for last by wiring the field to take the $10,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic atop the 5/16-mile Southern New Mexico Speedway clay oval.

The Greenfield, IN, native fought off a host of early challengers and then survived a bid from Brady Bacon just seven laps shy of the checkered flag in the 40-lapper to secure the lucrative triumph aboard the Leary Construction No. 30 non-wing Sprint Car.

“I saw Brady at the end and used the lapped car as a pick,” Leary explained of Bacon’s near pass for the lead at the stripe on the 33rd lap.  “It was good timing for us.”

Among the most pivotal moves of the night for Leary was his last lap pass of Kevin Thomas, Jr., for second in the Casa Nissan Pole Dash that awarded $500 to winner Ryan Bernal.

That pass of the Friday night preliminary winner moved Leary to the front row outside for the finale and he took full advantage of it, gunning into the lead ahead of Bernal at the outset.

Reigning USAC Southwest champion R.J. Johnson race past Thursday night winner Bernal for second in the early going and challenged for the lead until Bernal stepped up the pace and recaptured second after eight laps.

Bernal slipped over the turn four banking on the 13th round though and fell back to tenth with Johnson’s challenges cut short as well when he went up in smoke at the midway point.

Bacon was on the move from fifth in the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 and gave chase from second at the midway point.  Closing in on a lapped car in the final ten rounds, Bacon nearly took advantage only to ultimately get trapped behind the lapped car himself.

“I thought I was gonna set him up and use the lapped car to my advantage, but I ended up getting messed up instead,” Bacon said afterward.

The lapped car brought Kevin Thomas, Jr., back into the mix, with Thomas, Jr., and Bacon battling it out for second over the final half-dozen laps as Leary slipped away to take the big payday.

Bacon outlasted Thomas, Jr., over the final rounds for runner-up honors with Thomas, Jr., settling for third in the RW Motorsports No. 17rw.

“Third isn’t where I wanted to be, I made some mistakes early that cost me and had to race my way back up there,” Thomas, Jr., said afterward.

Shon Deskins stayed among the lead group throughout before finishing fourth with Dave Darland rounding out the top five.  Charles Davis, Jr., was sixth with Bernal, 15th-starter Casey Shuman, Mike Martin and Chris Windom completing the top ten.

A Feature (40 Laps):  1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Charles Davis, Jr., 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Casey Shuman, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Chris Windom), 11. Harli White, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. John Carney II, 14. Jesse Baker, 15. Robert Herrera, 16. Randy Smith, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Brian Hosford, 19. Spencer Hill, 20. Aaron Reutzel.

Lap Leaders:  C.J. Leary 1-40.

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KT Triumphs in Friday Richard Griffin Classic Prelim

Lonnie Wheatley, LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 6, 2015) – Kevin Thomas, Jr., broke a victory drought in impressive fashion by racing to victory lane in a wild 25-lapper that put the wraps on Friday night’s Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic preliminary action at Southern New Mexico Speedway.

“KT” took advantage of an Aaron Reutzel miscue on the second lap and led the rest of the way aboard the RW Motorsports No. 17rw to post the victory atop the 5/16-mile clay oval.

“It’s been a while, I don’t think we have won anything since July so it definitely feels good to get this one and get locked into the big money show tomorrow night,” Thomas, Jr., commented.

After Reutzel led the opening lap from the front row outside, fourth-starter Thomas, Jr., took advantage of a lap two restart when Reutzel slipped off the edge of turn two.

Once out front, Thomas, Jr., waded through a red flag after five laps for a wild Blake Hahn tumble off of turn two and then several more cautions along the way atop a slick surface that was conducive to mega-slidejobs.

“It was so slick, you had to really be careful and not blast the cushion,” Thomas, Jr., explained.  “I felt like the cautions really fell about right for me, it kept me out of traffic and I could keep a rhythm out front.”

In his wake, Thursday night winner Ryan Bernal moved into second and stayed there throughout aboard the Phulps No. 56 to lock into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale as well.

While the lead duo were safely out front, the action behind them was wild throughout the pack in battles for position.

John Carney II ultimately rounded out the podium in third after charging from the 18th starting position.

Reutzel crossed the stripe fourth but was disqualified for not meeting minimum weight with Brady Bacon assuming the fourth position with C.J. Leary rounding out the top five after a mid-race scruffle with Reutzel.

Dave Darland, Mike Martin and Thomas, Jr., won Friday night’s heat races with R.J. Johnson, Tye Mihocko and Harli White winning the Qualifiers.

Along with Thomas, Jr., and Bernal, others locking into Saturday’s Richard Griffin Classic finale include R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Shon Deskins and Brady Bacon.

A Feature (25 Laps):  1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. John Carney II, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Chris Windom, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Harli White, 9. Casey Shuman, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Charles Davis, Jr., 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Spencer Hill, 17. Jesse Baker, 18. Randy Smith, 19. David Dykes, 20. Robert Herrera, 21. Blake Hahn, 22. Aaron Reutzel (DQ). DNS: Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex.

Lap Leaders:  Aaron Reutzel 1, Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2-25.

Total Points after Thursday & Friday preliminaries (Top Six in Thursday & Friday Preliminary Events lock into Saturday Feature, balance lined straight up according to points in Saturday night heat races):

1. Ryan Bernal 236
2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 225
3. R.J. Johnson 209
4. C.J. Leary 205
5. Shon Deskins 204
6. Brady Bacon 198
7. Mike Martin 195
8. John Carney II 192
9. Charles Davis, Jr. 191
10. Dave Darland 182
11. Harli White 178
12. Casey Shuman 176
13. Chris Windom 174
14. Tye Mihocko 165
15. Brian Hosford 155
16. Jesse Baker 148
17. Randy Smith 147
18. Spencer Hill 146
19. David Dykes 141
20. Blake Hahn 137
21. Aaron Reutzel 134
22. Dennis Gile 119
23. Stevie Sussex 106
24. Robert Herrera 62
25. Nick Rael 57

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Bernal Gets the “W” in Richard Griffin Classic Opener

Lonnie Wheatley, LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 5, 2015) – Ryan Bernal pounced on a late-race opportunity to take the $1,500 winner’s share in Thursday night’s Richard Griffin Classic opener atop the 5/16-mile Southern New Mexico Speedway.

The Hollister, CA, racer took advantage of lapped traffic to race around race-long leader Shon Deskins on the highside with just a handful of laps remaining to put himself in the driver’s seat for Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win share.

“Traffic definitely came into play there, I don’t that I would have had the opportunity to get by him (Deskins) otherwise,” Bernal said after picking off his tenth overall Sprint Car win of the season in the Phulps-owned Tri-L Mandarin Ranch No. 56 machine.

While Bernal worked forward from the sixth position in short order, pole starter Deskins gunned into the early lead ahead of R.J. Johnson.  Bernal was third by the third round but spent much of the race dicing with Mike Martin for the position before capturing it and moving into second by the 15th round.

With lapped traffic in play, the battle for the lead intensified among the frontrunners with Bernal ultimately finding a break in traffic as Deskins got boxed in.

Following a red flag with four laps to go for a wild Spencer Hill flyer off turn four, Bernal checked out in the closing laps to secure the win with Deskins in second.  Martin rounded out the podium in third with Johnson and Charles Davis, Jr., rounding out the top five.

A pair of cautions slowed the proceedings in the opening ten rounds with Dennis Gile biking it off the top of turns three and four in big fashion with Brian Hosford and Blake Hahn getting together as that caution flew.  With eight laps in the books, Dave Darland came to a stop at the top of turn two.  Darland rallied back to finish eighth.

Martin, Hosford and Hahn topped heat race action with Chris Windom, C.J. Leary and Deskins victorious in the qualifying races.  Nick Rael’s night ended after a heat race flip in turn one while Brady Bacon rebounded from a last-lap qualifying race flip in turn three to race from 19th to ninth in the feature.

Action at Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic resumes on Friday night with another full card of Heat Races, Qualifying Races and Features.  The top six in combined points from the two nights are locked into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale with the balance lined up in heat races according to points.  Friday’s racing action goes green at 7:45 p.m.

A Feature (25 Laps):  1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Mike Martin, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis, Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. John Carney II, 11. Harli White, 12. Jesse Baker, 13. Randy Smith, 14. Casey Shuman, 15. David Dykes, 16. Spencer Hill, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Aaron Reutzel, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Brian Hosford, 21. Blake Hahn, 22. Dennis Gile. DNS: Nick Rael, Stevie Sussex.

Lap Leaders: Shon Deskins 1-19, Ryan Bernal 20-25.

Points Through Thursday Night (Top Six in Thursday & Friday Preliminary Events lock into Saturday Feature):
1. 56-Ryan Bernal 121
2. 20-Shon Deskins 119
3. 16-Mike Martin 114
4. 77m-R.J. Johnson 110
5. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. 103
6. 17rw-Kevin Thomas, Jr. 102
7. 30-C.J. Leary 99
8. 16d-Dave Darland 96
9. 73x-Brady Bacon 89
10. 74b-John Carney II 88
11. 38-Casey Shuman 84
12. 17w-Harli White 82
13. 26-Randy Smith 81
14. 7-Jesse Baker 79
15. 56w-Spencer Hill 75
16. 55-David Dykes 74
17. 32-Brian Hosford 73
18. 22-Chris Windom 73
19. 5-Tye Mihocko 73
20. 52-Blake Hahn 70
21. 87-Aaron Reutzel 65
22. 13-Dennis Gile 61
23. 73-Nick Rael 57
24. 21az-Stevie Sussex 53

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A Guide to the 2015 Western World Championships
 
Kevin Montgomery PEORIA, Ariz. (October 30th, 2015) - The 2015 Western World Championships will feature The Amsoil USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars along with USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. An open practice session will take place on Wednesday evening, November 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m with racing action kicking off on Thursday, November 19, at 7pm. Both divisions will compete in full programs Thursday, Friday and Saturday with pit gates opening at 3pm, Front Gate will open at 5pm Thursday and Friday and 4pm Saturday, Qualifying at 6pm and racing starting at 7pm each night.
 
Lodging
The official hotel for the Western World Championships is the Courtyard by Marriott at the Tucson Airport. This is a great place to stay and in close proximity to USA Raceway and offers a $64 per night room rate. Please call (520) 573-0000 to make your reservation for the upcoming events or visit http://raceusaraceway.com/fan-info/lodging/
 
Tickets
Three-day General Admission tickets for this historical event can be purchased for just $65, with VIP All Access Suite tickets (includes pit pass) for all three days available for $150. Single day tickets are $25 with reserved seating available for an additional $5 per night.

Advanced tickets may be purchased online at: http://raceusaraceway.com/events/western-world-championship-4/ and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://raceusaraceway.com/tickets/ or by calling the USA Raceway office at 520-664-2074.
 
Tickets purchased on or before October 31st will be mailed, anything after will be placed in will call and available for pick up at the gate.
 
Driver Information
Complete purse and entry information can be found at: http://raceusaraceway.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Entry-Form-2015-Western-World.pdf Western World Championships pre-entry deadline is October 31st.

Schedule
Wednesday , November 18th - Open Practice Session (6pm-9pm)
 
Thursday , November 19th - USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars and USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Friday , November 20th - USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars and USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Saturday , November 21st - USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars and USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
Event Format
All entries in the Amsoil USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars will race each night with Thursday and Friday preliminary events following standard USAC format including qualifying, heat races and features, the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will do similar with a full card of heat races and features on both Thursday and Friday using a passing points format. Single car qualifying (410 Sprint Cars only), heat and feature points will be tabulated from each night to determine Saturday night Western World Championship lineups.

The winner from each preliminary night along with the top six in combined points from Thursday and Friday action will be locked into Saturday's main event. Those eight will engage in a Revenge Draw during Saturday's opening ceremonies to determine the Dash lineups. The Dash finish will determine the alignment of the front four rows of the main event.
The balance of the field will be aligned in Qualifying races straight up by points, with finishes determining the balance of the night's "A" and "B" Main lineups.

Camping
Camping will be FREE at this year's Western World with RV Parking open on Monday November 16th. There are no hookups available.
Directions
USA Raceway is located east of Tucson, Arizona off I-10 exit 268, then 1.6 miles south on Craycroft Road, which turns into Los Reales. For more information please, contact the track at 520-664-2074 or additional information regarding USA Raceway can be found at www.raceusaraceway.com

Questions
For any questions, please log on to www.RaceUSARaceway.com or call (520) 664-2074 for information.
Top USAC drivers from around America will congregate in the west at Tucson, Arizona's USA Raceway for three nights of USAC National 410 Sprint Cars vs. USAC CRA 410 Sprint Cars and USAC Southwest Sprint Cars vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. The Western World will mark the end of the 2015 Sprint Car campaign and will crown all four USAC Sprint Car Series Champions for the first time in history.

Arizona's Matt Rossi reigned supreme over the Sprint Car Portion of the 2014 Western World while Darren Hagen held off 2013 champion, Bryan Clauson, at the line to earn his first Western World Championship.

Steve Kinser has claimed the most Western World titles with seven triumphs including wingless wins in 1982 and 1983 followed by winged wins in 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992 and 1996.

Ron Shuman is next on the list with five Western World triumphs, all of the wingless variety, with other drivers posting multiple Western World wins including Donnie Schatz (3), Lealand McSpadden (3), Sammy Swindell (3), Bryan Clauson (3), Brady Bacon (2), Bud Kaeding (2), Mark Kinser (2) and Jan Opperman (2).

Past Western World Championship Winners (Wing /Non-Wing/Midget)
2014 - Matt Rossi (nw) Darren Hagen (midget)
2013 - Bryan Clauson (nw/midget)
2012 - Wayne Johnson (w) Bryan Clauson (nw)
2011 - Donny Schatz(w) Tracy Hines (nw)
2010 - Donny Schatz(w) Brady Bacon (nw)
2009 - Sammy Swindell(w) Brady Bacon (nw)
2008 - Kevin Swindell (nw)
2007 - Jerry Coons, Jr. (nw)
2006 - Josh Wise (nw)
2005 - Dave Darland (nw)
2004 - Bud Kaeding (nw)
2003 - Tony Elliott (nw)
2002 - Bud Kaeding (nw)
2001 - Jeremy Sherman (nw)
2000 - Jay Drake (nw)
1999 - Donny Schatz (w)
1998 - Tyler Walker (w)
1997 - Mark Kinser (w)
1996 - Steve Kinser (w)
1995 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1994 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1993 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1992 - Steve Kinser (w)
1991 - Danny Lasoski (w)
1990 - Steve Kinser (w)
1989 - Sammy Swindell (w)
1988 - Mark Kinser (w)
1987 - Steve Kinser (w)
1986 - Bobby Davis, Jr. (w)
1985 - Steve Kinser (w)
1984 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1983 - Steve Kinser (nw)
1982 - Steve Kinser (nw)
1981 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1980 - Sammy Swindell (nw)
1979 - Tim Green (nw)
1978 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1977 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1976 - Bubby Jones (nw)
1975 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1974 - Rick Ferkel (nw)
1973 - Earl Wagner (nw)
1972 - Jan Opperman (nw)
1971 - Jan Opperman (nw)
1970 - Jerry McClung (nw)
1969 - Bob Huebner (nw)
1968 - Bob Cleberg (nw)

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2015 SEASON WRAP-UP AND AWARDS PRESENTATIONS FOR THE HOOSIER TIRE  MIDWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES

Haubstadt, IN - November 4, 2015.  Additional 2015 Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Season Awards have been distributed to drivers.  The week of October 26th thru October 31st served as the annual MSCS Awards Week for this year.  Post season awards included point fund checks to the top 10 drivers, recognition plaques for second to fifth in points, and all the available contingency prizes.

Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, won his second MSCS Championship.  Short earned the most points of any MSCS Champion since the 2002 season with a total of 1,194.  His lead as the season ended was 82 points. In route to the championship he  won a record  ten MSCS features to become the series All Time Feature Wins leader.  A five race winning streak developed as the Bedford Blaster won every MSCS race held in August!

Brady Short received the driver championship trophy in a ceremony prior to the Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway which closed out the 2015 season.  Cam Potorff was also present to receive the Championship Car Owner’s trophy.  The Crew Chief was Don Short. Embroidered award jackets from Point Fund Sponsor Hoosier Tire Midwest were  presented to the Champions and Rookie of the Year.

Brandon Morin of Jasonville, IN, was awarded the MSCS Rookie of the Year trophy.  Morin also managed to earn a tenth place finish in overall series points.  Morin received two checks.  Besides the point fund check he received a check for $750 as the Rookie of the Year. In addition to the monetary awards he also received a valuable certificate towards the purchase of a racing uniform from series sponsor Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms.  Each year Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms provides an award designated to be given in support of the MSCS Rookie Driver Program.

Hoosier Tire MSCS Point Fund Checks were issued to the top 10 drivers that met the 60% participation requirement.  The Champion’s portion was $2,500.  The total of the point fund that was paid out totaled over $7,500.

Carson Short finished as the runner-up in season points.  The nineteen year old Marion, IL, driver led the MSCS standings four different times during the season and it was only his third year to drive a sprint car.  Carson Short, James Lyerla, Donny Brackett, and Brandon Mattox received beautiful rosewood plaques for finishing in positions two through five.

The remainder of the top ten drivers included Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Jeff Bland Jr., Jon Stanbrough, and Brandon Morin.  Robert Ballou received the plaque from MSCS for being  the 2015 Hard Charger of the Year.  The special plaque is awarded each year to the driver who is the Hard Charger of the Race the most times.

More than 120 drivers participated in MSCS races in 2015,  They arrived at an average rate of 25 cars per event.  High car count honors for the season belonged to Bloomington Speedway where 35 cars at an April race was topped by 39 cars at the Josh Burton Memorial in May.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series wishes to thank all the series sponsors, drivers, car owners, track promoters, officials, journalists, photographers, and the enthusiastic race fans for their support and involvement in 2015.

This was the 15th season of racing for MSCS.  The schedule of 20 events was 100% completed.  This was the most races ever conducted in a season by MSCS.  Management is already working with track promoters to create an equally exciting schedule of non-wing sprint car races for 2016.

Hoosier Tire MIDWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES
TOP TWENTY DRIVERS
2015 Points Including the October 10th Race
With all 20 of 20 Races Completed
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 1)   11p   Brady Short              1194
 2)   21    Carson Short             1112
 3)   11x   James Lyerla              910
 4)   4b    Donny Brackett            857
 5)   28    Brandon Mattox            849
 6)   12    Robert Ballou             746
 7)   3r    Kyle Cummins              695
 8)   04    Jeff Bland Jr.            674
 9)   81    Jon Stanbrough            630
10)   98    Brandon Morin ®           630
11)   32    Chase Stockon             626
12)   17m   Max McGhee                509
13)   38w   Chet Williams             452
14)   5K    Kent Schmidt              447
15)   3     Dakota Jackson            403
16)   35x   Chris Babcock             379
17)   71p   Dave Darland              378
18)   17rw  Kevin Thomas Jr.          373
19)   15f   Aaron Farney              373
20)   44    Dickie Gaines             371

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Richard Griffin Classic at Southern New Mexico Speedway this Weekend

Lonnie Wheatley, LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 2, 2015) – The wingless Sprint Car racing world sets its sights on Southern New Mexico Speedway this weekend where the best of the best will battle it out for the $10,000 winner’s share at the Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic.

A loaded field of non-Wing 360-ci Sprint Cars will execute slider upon slider for three nights atop the 5/16-mile clay oval near Las Cruces on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a pair of $1,500-to-win events on Thursday and Friday leading the way into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, $500-to-start Richard Griffin Classic.

The Thursday and Friday preliminary events will feature a full program of heat races, qualifying races, “B” Mains and “A” Main with cumulative points setting the stage for Saturday’s Richard Griffin Classic championship event.

The top six in combined points from the qualifying events will lock into the Richard Griffin Classic finale with the balance lining up according to points in heat races on Saturday night to fill out the feature field.  Those six that are locked in will determine their Saturday feature starting position in the $500-to-win Casa Nissan Pole Dash.

Reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon and “The People’s Champ” Dave Darland are among top wingless aces such as Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Chris Windom along with the dicey Arizona contingent led by multi-time champions R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis, Jr., set to battle it out, while newly-crowned ASCS National Champion Aaron Reutzel will shed his wings to vie for the $10,000 winner’s share as well.

Darland was the wingless Sprint Car winner last November at Southern New Mexico Speedway after Reutzel topped preliminary action.

Racing action starts at 7:45 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday with Saturday’s green flag flying at 6:30 p.m.  General admission is $12 on both Thursday and Friday and then $18 on Saturday with children ages 10 and under admitted free.  Pit passes are $40 each night with a three-day pit pass available for just $110.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located west of Las Cruces off I-10 Exit 132, then south to Frontage Road and then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Boulevard.  For more information, contact the track at 575-524-7913 or check online at http://snmspeedway.com/.

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Wingless Series Season Finale Takes To Stockton Dirt Track Friday Night

Aptos, CA)- The stage is set for the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos season finale Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, as Gary Nelson, Jr brings a 27 point lead over Klint Simpson into the series’ final race of the year as both drivers look for their first career series title.

Friday night the series opens up a monster Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track, as the weekend will mark the close of the Sprint Car season in Northern California, and it will also crown a new Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Champion.

Nelson and Simpson have both had two polar opposite seasons to date, as Simpson has used the strength of two feature event wins to sit in the second spot, and Nelson has been a model of consistency as he is still in search of his first win of the season though sits atop the championship standings.

The series has been off for nearly two months, as the last event was back in September during the 2015 Gold Cup Race of Champions, a race that was won by Austin Liggett.

Friday night’s season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track will mark the series’ third visit to the high-speed 3/8 mile facility located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. In the first appearance back in June, Austin Liggett put together a strong showing to become the series’ first ever winner at the facility, in August Terry Schank Jr was able to pick up a win.

During the two previous stops at the speedway, our Championship drivers have both have strong runs with each having a podium run, but each have also had a tough night as well, making Friday night’s battle that much more exciting.

Other drivers that are likely to be on hand on Friday night include Terry Schank, Cody Fendley, Angelique Bell, Austin Liggett, Shane Myhre, Jimmy Christian, Nick Larson, John and Bradley Clark, Shayna Sylvia, and many more of the regions top wingless driers.

Friday night the front gate will open at 4pm with General Admission tickets available for $15, Kids 6-12 available for $5, and children five and under will be admitted for free.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank,  (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

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Jeremy Kerzman Captures First Traditional Win at Topless Nationals

Ogilvie, MN

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (10-24-15)
 
About a month before the Topless Nationals at the Ogilvie Raceway was scheduled to run, Jeremy Kerzman called UMSS Media Director Greg Parent and asked if the Traditional sprints could be added to the program.  It was only fitting that the driver from Grey Eagle, Minnesota picked up his first career Traditional Sprint Car Series victory at the Big O on Saturday night October 24 during the running of the 5th Annual Topless Nationals.  Kerzman came from his fourth starting spot up to second three laps into the race, and then made the winning pass of race leader Mike Mueller coming off turn two down the back stretch on lap 11.  Although Mueller stayed closed, Kerzman drove to the win and celebrated his first "topless" sprint car feature win in Rock Auto Victory Lane along with his crew chief Ronnie Wuiff.
 
The Traditional sprints certainly fit right into the theme of the Topless Nationals, as the event was a late addition to the 2015 schedule.  With the points championship already determined back in September at the Richert Memorial, the Topless Nationals race would be a non-point show but a fully sanctioned UMSS event.  The series returned to Ogilvie for the first time since its inaugural season in 2011 when they ran twice at the Big O.
 
Although the Traditional sprints were only scheduled for the final night at the Topless Nationals, rain nixed the scheduled Friday night portion of the event for the other seven divisions on the program.  Reduced to a one-day show on Saturday, the sun shown during the afternoon with seasonal temperatures.  A huge field of 191 cars descended upon the Big O, as the pit area overflowed into the parking lot with race haulers.  It would make for a long afternoon and evening of racing action at the big 3/8ths mile dirt oval, but the large crowd on hand certainly saw plenty of variety amongst the eight classes in action with some good racing taking place.
 
The Traditional sprints ran their usual format with Kerzman and Mike Walters winning the heat races.  The top four drivers in passing and finishing points redrew for the top four starting spots in the main event.  Walters drew the pole with Mueller outside of him.  Scott Brandt and Kerzman sat in row 2 for the 20 lap feature.  At the drop of the green, Mueller, who was looking for his first win of the season, got the advantage over Walters for the lead.  Kerzman moved up to second on lap 3 and began looking for a way around Mueller.  Kerzman was running up top on the cushion in turns 1 & 2, but at the opposite end, the bottom line was the quicker way around in turns 3 & 4.  Making the winning pass on lap 11 flying off the top side of turn two, Kerzman led the remaining 10 laps for the victory.  Mueller stayed close during the last half of the race but was unable to mount a real serious bid to regain the top spot.  Mike Walters finished third behind the lead duo with 2015 TSCS Champion Rob Caho, Jr. and Brian VanMeveren rounding out the top five.  Brandt, rookie Ty Sampair, Jori Hughes, Doug Taubert and Sid Denzer completed the top ten.  The Traditional sprints ran all 36 laps (heats and feature) during the night caution-free.
 
With the late addition of the Topless Nationals in the books, the 2015 racing season officially concluded for this popular non-winged sprint division.  Kerzman, who had previous winged sprint car racing experience, jumped into a Traditional sprint part way through the season when he purchased the car from Jim Goerges.  A smiling Kerzman stated after the race that he was going to purchase a new Ron Olson race motor for the 2016 season and looked forward to more trips to victory lane next season.
 
UMSS Traditional Sprint Race Results, Ogilvie Raceway, October 24, 2015 (Race #25):
5th Annual Topless Nationals
 
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jeremy Kerzman; 2. Mike Mueller; 3. Mike Walters; 4. Rob Caho Jr.; 5. Brian Vanmeveren; 6. Scott Brandt; 7. Ty Sampair; 8. Jori Hughes; 9. Doug Taubert; 10. Sid Denzer. DNF Jon Lewerer.

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NOVEMBER’S ALREADY RECORD OVAL NATIONALS PURSE GETS BIGGER!

(Perris, CA, October 15, 2015)  On June 3rd, Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced that the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction would carry an event record purse of more than $120,000.00.  That record did not stand for long as Tuesday Kazarian announced that more money has been added to the already whopping swag.  

The jump in the purse is $10,000.00 dollars and it brings the total to a new record $130,510.00.  The extra money will be added to the paychecks of the drivers finishing second and third.

“Mike Grosswendt from All Coast Construction called me on Monday morning and said that he wanted to add more money to the purse,” Kazarian said.  “He is adding an extra $5,000.00 for second place and an extra $5,000.00 for third in the Saturday night main event.  That means the driver who finishes second on Saturday will now take home $15,000.00 and the third place driver will pocket $10,000.00.  Previously second place was to pay $10,000.00 and third place was going to get $5,000.00.  With the additions and the winner getting $25,000.00, a total of $50,000.00 will be paid for the first three spots.  Mike’s addition to the purse is great news not only for the drivers, but for the fans as well!”

“Mike has a very successful construction business and he had been working on a massive project that has taken up most of his time for the last year,” Kazarian said with a nod.  “However, he just finished that project and he is now going full throttle to help make the Oval Nationals bigger and better than ever.  In addition to upping the prize money for second and third, he has some other ideas for this year’s Oval Nationals that we are announcing in the upcoming week.  He has more passion than anyone I know for sprint car racing and he is a massive asset to the sport and Perris Auto Speedway.”

Grosswendt decided to add the extra dough to the purse at the urging of a good friend.

“I got the idea from Jon Stanbrough,” Grosswendt said.  “We are friends and go out to dinner when he is out here to race.  I like to talk to him and listen to what he has to say.  He has been after me to get the prize money up for second and third.  I am taking his advice and we are going to do that this year.”

The 20th edition of America’s most prestigious traditional sprint car race will take place on the famous Riverside County clay oval on November 12th, 13th and 14th.  All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.’  In addition, there will be a practice session that will be free for fans in the grandstands on Wednesday, November 11th.  

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