HOFFMAN RACING ANNOUNCES MEAN GREEN RETURNS AS PRIMARY SPONSOR AND CHAD BOESPFLUG WILL DRIVE THE ICONIC #69 IN THE 2017 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES
Loveland, OH (Dec 5, 2016) – The one thing constant in life is change.
Coming off a banner Year for Hoffman Racing (HAR), winning the Team's unprecedented 11th USAC National Sprint Car Series Championship, winning Indiana Sprint Week for 2016, the first ever Little 500 win and reaching 100 National USAC Sprint Car wins, major changes are in store for 2017.
Staying the same are the return of our major sponsor, Mean Green Cleaner & Degreaser, associate sponsors Lykins Energy Solutions, XYZ, and the addition of EZR. HAR remains an Official Military Order of The Purple Heart Race Team.
What is changing?
Of the five "core Team members" of HAR, only Richard Hoffman and Tim Waechter are remaining. Dan Launderville is moving on to a business opportunity, Rob Hoffman is retiring, after a lifetime of racing, to concentrate on family and his business career in banking.
Brady Bacon will not be able to run the entire schedule due to other racing conflicts and will concentrate on wing sprint cars.
"The loss of Dan, Rob and Brady necessitated a restructuring of the Team. I want to wish Dan, Brady, and my son, Rob, the best. We had one heck of a Team, as evidenced by results. Without the backing of Mean Green, Lykins, XYZ, Hoosier Tire, and now EZR, it would have been difficult to continue. As it is we are excited to carry on our legacy with Chad. He will drive the 69 car. Chad's career is taking off and with the addition of Davey Jones as the crew chief, that makes us a threat every night, and for our 12th USAC National Sprint Car Championship," said Richard Hoffman, President of Hoffman Racing. The Team will be headquartered out of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chad Boespflug commented "I am looking forward to working with Dynamics Inc. Hoffman Racing. With the help of EZR we will be chasing another championship in 2017. It's a tall feat to follow in the footsteps of their accomplishments over the years, but also a huge honor to help carry on the Hoffman Racing legacy of excellence and championship. They have truly helped evolve the sport of racing."
Chad began racing micros in 1998 in his home state of California. He graduated to sprint cars in 2004. He won the SCRA championship in 2005 and made the big move to Indiana in 2007. He became the Lawrenceburg track champion in 2011. Chad began his own team with the help of Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow and ran the entire USAC National Sprint Car schedule. They racked up 6 USAC National wins in 2016.
PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY RELEASES 2017 SCHEDULE
(Perris, CA, November 15, 2016) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has released the 2017 regular season schedule. The regular season will open on March 14th with the “Sokola Shootout” and end with the final night of the 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals.
2017 EVENT SCHEDULE
March 4 "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
March 11 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
April 1 "SO CAL SHOWDOWN" WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
April 22 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
May 13 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and CDCRA Dwarf Cars
May 27 "SALUTE TO INDY " USAC/CRA Sprint Cars , PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Guns
June 3 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
June 24 USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
July 1 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS
July 15 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
July 22 USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns
August 19 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
August 26 "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
September 9 PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, Modifieds
September 23 "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
October 7-15 Southern California Fair
October 21 USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
October 28 PASSCAR "Champions Night" - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds
November 8 Oval Nationals Practice
November 9 Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"
November 10 Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"
November 11 Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"
POWRi Partners with WAR Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Comes Aboard as Title Sponsor
By Brooke Rowden
Belleville, IL – Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc. (POWRi) has officially expanded the brand into the non-wing sprint car circuit by partnering with the Kansas City, Missouri-based Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Sprint Car Series to form the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series. This partnership was formed with drivers and their teams in mind to continue to develop sprint car racing in the Midwest.
"We are very excited about the opportunities and doors that have opened for WAR this off season now that this partnership is finalized," said Casey Shuman. "When we entered into discussions with POWRi about this partnership, Brooke and I were concerned about keeping the authenticity of our series intact while holding true to our core values. We were very happy to find that Jason McCord and the whole POWRi team shared our concerns and goals. Therefore, the decision to move forward with the partnership was simple. This allows us to explore options such as increasing the point fund, national television opportunities, and expanding into new regions of the country. We are working on the 2017 schedule and it will be released around the same time as the rest of the POWRi series."
"POWRi has had their eye on non-wing sprint car racing for quite some time," said Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition. "Casey [Shuman] and the WAR series are the perfect partner for POWRi to expand the brand into the sprint car scene. Casey brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with his successful series. He will continue to run the newly formed Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series as the director. We want to continue the success that Casey has had and build on that."
Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding the 2017 season at www.Powri.com or www.WARSprints.com.
Lucas Oil is the title sponsor for the POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series. For further information about Lucas Oil products, visit www.lucasoil.com.
ANNUAL AWARDS WEEK CAPS THE 2016 SEASON FOR MSCS
Haubstadt, IN - November 4, 2016. Drivers participating with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Season are receiving or have received awards to finalize this season. The week of October 24th thru 29th served as the annual MSCS Awards Week.
Post season awards included sending point fund checks to the top 10 drivers that met the 60% participation requirement. Beautiful rosewood plaques were provided to drivers placing second to fifth in points and to the MSCS Hard Charger of the Year. Award jackets from point fund sponsor Hoosier Tire Midwest were provided for the Champions and Rookie of the Year. And there were various other contingency prizes.
Brady Short of Mitchell,IN, won his third MSCS crown. Short was ever consistent in finishing in the top 5 or top 10 in every feature he competed in except one. He also remains the All Time Feature Wins leader in the series with 21victories! A second place feature finish at Montpelier Speedway in late July propelled him into the points lead and he protected that lead during the final four events.
Brady Short received the driver championship trophy following the Harvest Cup in October at Tri-State Speedway. Cam Pottorff was the Championship Car Owner. The Champion's portion of the Hoosier Tire sponsored MSCS Points Fund was $2,500. The total of the point fund that was paid out totaled over $7,500.
Tyler Hewitt of Marion, IN, was awarded the MSCS Rookie of the Year trophy trackside prior to the last race. Hewitt also finished in second place in overall series points. In addition to the point fund check he received a check for $750 as the Rookie of the Year.
Brandon Morin finished third in season points. The twenty-one year old Jasonville,IN, driver led the MSCS standings two times during the season in only his second full season to compete with MSCS. He was the series Rookie of the Year in 2015!
Carson Short and Donny Brackett rounded out the top five in points. The remainder of the top ten drivers included Kyle Cummins, rookie Jared Chastain, C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, and Dakota Jackson. Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon finished just outside of the top ten as did rookie Jadon Rogers.
Kyle Cummins recorded the most feature wins for the season with three. Robert Ballou received the plaque from MSCS for being the 2016 Hard Charger of the Year. This is the second season in a row that the award went to Ballou.
Merchandise certificates from AFCO totaling over $500 were awarded to the top drivers from those who signed up with MSCS under their racing
shocks program. Awards went to Tyler Hewitt, Brandon Morin and C.J. Leary.
The gate prize that is presented at the end of the season by RaceBumpers.Com was won by Donny Brackett. He won a complete set of bumpers and nerf bars. Brackett's name was drawn from a pool of all of the eligible drivers that participated in 60% or more of the MSCS points paying events.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, also contributed three membership packets for the upcoming year. They are provided for the Champion, Points Runner-up, and Rookie of the Year.
A hundred drivers participated in MSCS races in 2016. They arrived in an average of 27 cars per event. The two highest car counts for the season belonged to Tri-State Speedway with 41 entries and Lincoln Park Speedway followed closely with 38.
The 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 involvement and support in 2016.
This was the 16th season of racing for MSCS. Management will be working with track promoters in the weeks ahead to create a full and challenging schedule of non-wing sprint car races for 2017.
FINAL POINTS as of 10/9/2016
1) 11p Brady Short 589
2) 97x Tyler Hewitt 560 R
3) 98 Brandon Morin 542
4) 21 Carson Short 532
5) 4b Donny Brackett 481
6) 3r Kyle Cummins 470
7) 52c Jared Chastain 424 R
8) 30 C.J. Leary 372
9) 28 Brandon Mattox 361
10) 3 Dakota Jackson 341
11) 81 Jon Stanbrough 319
12) 32 Chase Stockon 313
13) 66j Jadon Rogers 305 R
14) 1 Kevin Thomas Jr. 304
15) 38 Jeff Bland Jr. 257
16) 5k Kent Schmidt 254
17) 17 Max McGhee 234
18) 41 Jim Shelton 224
19 38w Chet Williams 223
20) 7 Critter Malone 218
R - Rookie Driver
UPDATED BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST!
(Perris, CA, October 24, 2016) Updated entry list for the 21st Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 10th, 11th and 12th.
# Driver Residence Car Owner
3F Colton Slack Brentwood, CA Ted Finkbinder
4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander
4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Engineering
4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering
4D TBA Gansen Engineering
5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers
5X Tom Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier
10 Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
12 Ronnie Gardner Corona, CA Robbie & Gaye Allen
12A Josh Pelkey Phoenix, AZ Robbie & Gaye Allen
17 Josh Hodges Tijeras, NM Jack Hodges/Sam McGhee
17X Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Danny Faria Jr.
17GP Aaron Farney Brookston, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports
21 Alex Bander Ramona, CA Richard, Vander Weerd
21AZ Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ Michael Burkhart
21A Matt Mitchell Newport Beach, CA Michael Burkhart
30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary
36 Anthony Lopiccolo Yorba Linda, CA John Springstead
39E Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards
42 Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Dwight Cheney
42X Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Joshua Bates
51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin
56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Michael Phulps
64 Parker Colston Lake Elsinore, CA Richard Gore/Paul Colston
69 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman
81 Jon Stansbrough Brownsburg, IN Jon Stansbrough
81X TBA Steve Watt
83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Austin Liggett
88V Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
91R Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance
92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Moose Racing
92M TBA Moose Racing
98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson
98V Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracy
98JR Andrew Sweeney Torrance, CA Ken Tracy
98 Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA NineEight/EZR
First place in the Oval Nationals will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale. Saturday’s main event will pay $1,000.00 to start. The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.
Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 21st Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/forms/16ovalform.html
THOMAS NUMBER ONE IN THE HARVEST CUP AT TRI-STATE BRADY SHORT IS THE MSCS CHAMPION
Haubstadt, IN - October 8, 2016 - The "Harvest Cup" for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series at Tri-State Speedway provided an exciting climax to the 2016 racing season. The 30 lap feature event for the sprint cars stayed green from beginning to end. Those drivers dropping out eased their cars into the infield. The drivers continuing performed exceptionally and there were not any incidents. No yellows! No reds! Just continuous racing action!
Kevin Thomas Jr. had the fastest car and proved it in leading all qualifiers with a 13.255 second lap to begin the evening. The Alabama driver also won the third heat and wrapped up the evening in winning the $3,000 Harvest Cup first place money. Thomas was piloting the Jeremy Ottinger owned entry sponsored by Franklin Equipment and CEP Concrete. It was Thomas' first MSCS win this season and fifth MSCS all time victory.
Chase Stockon would start on the pole for the feature alongside 2016 MSCS Rookie of the Year Tyler Hewitt. Thomas started in the second row. Stockon took the early lead but Thomas began diving into the turns and had the lead in a half dozen laps. From that point on he sped away as packs of drivers behind him fought to improve their positions. Thomas flew around any lapped traffic and the race for second was well behind him.
Kyle Cummins was persistent and took second place honors in the feature. Earlier he won a heat race with a fourth turn last lap pass that virtually threaded the needle. Carson Short would finish third in the feature. Jarett Andretti was fourth after being at the center of the battle for second and third. Critter Malone not only finished fifth but took the Keizer aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award after gaining 11 positions in the process!
The second five included Chase Stockon, Brady Short, Aaron Farney, Brian Karraker, and Tyler Hewitt.
Critter Malone won the MSCS B Main. He also came from the back in this one after experiencing some misfortune in a heat race that he had been leading. Veteran Ted Hines was second. Brandon Morin was third. Twenty six sprint cars were on hand to compete. The field included three drivers who were competing for the first time with the series.
Brady Short protected his points lead with steady finishes during the night's events and received the MSCS Championship Trophy at a brief awards ceremony after the feature was completed. It was the Bedford Blaster's third MSCS Championship and second series title in a row. The Championship car owner this season was Cam Pottorff of Martinsville, IN. Tyler Hewitt of Marion, IN, was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award prior to heat racing action.
HARVEST CUP at Tri-State Speedway
October 8, 2016
FEATURE (30 Laps) : Kevin Thomas Jr., Kyle Cummins, Carson Short, Jarett Andretti, Critter Malone, Chase Stockon, Brady Short, Aaron Farney, Brian Karraker, Tyler Hewitt, J.T. Stapp, Jadon Rogers, Ben Knight, Kendall Ruble, Collin Ambrose, Chet Williams, Ted Hines, Kyle Stearns, Kent Schmidt, Brandon Morin
WEYANT VICTORIOUS AT I-35
Winston, MO (October 8, 2016)- Capping off a stellar season with the BOSS Chassis WAR Series, Korey Weyant picked up his sixth win of 2016 on Saturday night in the season finale at I-35 Speedway.
Weyant started his night by picking up a series best eighth heat race win. The win earned him the Heat Race Hero award over Clinton Boyles, who also came into the night with seven wins. The award was worth $400 thanks to Scott Shuman out of Pennsylvania.
In the 30 lap A-Main, Chris Parkinson set the pace early as he was trailed by Mitch Wissmiller and Rob Hockett. Third row starters Weyant and Terry Babb started to make their presence known as the pair battled with Hockett for third with both moving by on lap four. A lap later, Babb slid high in turn three over the bank bringing out the yellow as he backed into the wall. Babb would restart at the tail of the field.
On the restart, Wissmiller applied heavy pressure on Parkinson for the top spot. As the pair battled down the backstretch side by side, Wissmiller got a run on top and around Parkinson. Parkinson would get sideways in turn four and slid to a stop bringing out the yellow flag. He would restart at the tail. As the field got bunched up after the spin, Vinny Ward and Steve Thomas made contact with both suffering too much damage to continue.
Once green again, Wissmiller set the pace. Wissmiller lead laps six to eleven as Weyant started gaining ground around the top groove. On lap twelve, Weyant would work his way past Wissmiller and steadily he would increase his lead until a yellow came out for RJ Johnson and TJ Muths, who got tangled up in between turns one and two on lap seventeen. Johnson's night would come to and end, while Muths would restart at the tail.
Weyant got a great restart as he immediately increased his lead over Wissmiller. Behind Wissmiller, Rob Hockett, Clinton Boyles, Craig Carroll, and Terry Babb battled for third. The race would see one final yellow for PJ Grimes, who looped it in turn one.
On the final restart, Weyant again proved his dominance as he went on to his sixth win of 2016, setting a single season record in the process. The victory in his Ealey Transportation/Moore Automotive/Mahan Fiberglass Eagle with Automotive Machine power put him within one win of Mitchell Moore, Chris Parkinson, and Casey Shuman on the all-time WAR win list. Babb, made a great charge as he worked his way past Wissmiller and into the second spot in his KCBJ Motorsports/Faith Flatout Ministries Maxim with Stanton-All Pro power. Wissmiller was a solid third in his Air Plus Contracting/Roberts Tech Jobs.com Hixsom-powered Maxim. 2016 WAR Champion Boyles was fourth in his Jesse Hockett Racing/Lucas Oil/Rod End Supply/Rockwell Security Maxim with RMS power. Hockett rounded out the top five in his Jesse Hockett Racing Frankenstein with a Kevin Roth 305 under the hood. Parkinson would work his way back to sixth with Carroll, Layne Himebaugh, Muths, and Ryan Kitchen rounding out the top ten.
Please remember to reserve your 2016 WAR Awards Banquet tickets now. Head to the Schedule tab on the WAR website to find the event and buy your tickets today. Stay tuned to WarSprints.com for more information about the 2017 season as many exciting announcements are in the works.
BOSS Chassis A-Main- 30 laps 1. 99-Korey Weyant (5); 2. 8D-Terry Babb (6); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (2); 4. 77-Clinton Boyles (8); 5. 77H-Rob Hockett (3); 6. 65-Chris Parkinson (1); 7. 24C-Craig Carroll (4); 8. 24L-Layne Himebaugh (7); 9. 65M- TJ Muths (11); 10. 75-Ryan Kitchen (10); 11. 00-PJ Grimes (13); 12. 55-Kenny Potter (15); 13. 8K-Katlynn Leer (12)-DNF; 14. 75K-RJ Johnson (9)-DNF; 15. 82-Vinny Ward (14); 16. 20-Steve Thomas (16)-DNF
WAR SEASON FINALE
Indianapolis, IN - The BOSS Chassis WAR Sprint Car Series is readying for their final race of the 2016 season which will be held at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Missouri on Saturday, October 8, 2016. In preparation, the stats have been updated heading into the season finale.
Eighty different drivers have competed with WAR so far this season with nine different winners - Korey Weyant (5), Terry Babb (4), Clinton Boyles (3), Zach Daum (2), Chris Parkinson, Justin Grant, Wyatt Burks, Joe B. Miller, and James Lyerla. Three races have been cancelled due to rain.
Clinton Boyles has locked up the Points Championship after his three podium finishes during the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial 3-day weekend with 2,376 points currently. Running second is Chris Parkinson trailing 288 points behind Boyles with 2,088 points followed by Korey Weyant with 1,962 points. Kenny Potter has 1,899 points in fourth and T.J. Muths rounds out the top five with 1,819 points. All drivers have the last race of the season at I-35 Speedway to gain points towards the final tally of the year.
Leading the "Heat Race Hero" standings are Clinton Boyles and Korey Weyant, with seven wins each. Chris Parkinson follows with four wins. Then Mitch Wissmiller and Zach Daum with three wins. Ryan Kitchen, Rob Caho Jr., Mitchell Moore, Kyle Clark, and Bret Mellenberndt each have two wins. Tucker Klaasmeyer, Joe B. Miller, Aaron Reutzel, Riley Kreisel, Danny Smith, Derek Hagar, J.D. Black, James Scott, Carson Short, Mario Clouser, Katlynn Leer, Cody Baker, and Wyatt Burks all have one heat race win. Thanks to Scott Shuman out of Pennsylvania, the driver with the most heat race wins at the end of the year will be the 2016 "Heat Race Hero" and collect a $400 cash prize at the WAR Banquet. In the event of a tie, the best finishing competitor in the A-Main Saturday, October 8, 2016 will be named the "Heat Race Hero" of 2016.
Cottle gets 1st Fremont win with BOSS; Lay tames 410s; Weaver last lap 305 victory
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Shane Cottle had a lot to live up to Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. The Paul Hazen owned sprint car has visited victory lane at “The Track That Action Built” on a couple occasions with other drivers.
“The Throttle” Cottle, from Kokomo, Ind., used lapped traffic to take the lead in the Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) feature on lap 10 and held off Dustin Smith for his first career Fremont victory.
It was a lightening quick track on Kear’s Speed Shop/Fort Ball Pizza Palace Open Wheel Shoot Out Night. After 10 heats were completed in just over an hour, a shower hit the track causing a 50 minute delay and creating a very tacky surface.
“Every time we’ve been here we’ve been pretty darn fast. I let one get away here last year and one this year. She was pretty hooked up tonight. I had to keep hitting my marks. I about busted my butt in turn three one time so I kind of slowed down getting into there. The track crew did a heck of a job getting this track back in shape after the rain. I have to thank Kercher Engines, Paul Hazen, Dave Booth and everyone who helps on this car,” said Cottle in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
Genoa, Ohio’s Brian Lay survived a crash-filled 410 winged sprint feature, leading all 30 laps for his second win of the year at Fremont Speedway. It was his fourth career win at the track.
“Almost on every restart I carried the front tires from the cone all the way into turn one. And you really don’t know what’s going to happen when it sits down. Sometimes it’s a little spooky. I have to thank Rich Farmer (track promoter) for doing one hell of job to get this race in for you fans. I want to thank all the fans who stuck around through the rain,” said Lay beside his Robert Mucha Law; Seagate Sandblasting;Varga Farms; American Quality Stripping; Dave Story Equipment; Wood County Collision backed #45.
In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprint feature, a caution with six laps to go was the break Fremont’s Paul Weaver needed. It wiped out a 4.5 second lead by Alvin Roepke and gave Weaver, who started 9th, a shot. Weaver used a lapped car in the final two corners on the last lap to get around Roepke for his fifth win of the year at Fremont Speedway. It is his 41st career win at the track and moves him into 9th on the track’s all-time win list.
“I think he (Roepke) moved up thinking I was going to zoom around the top and the lapped car kind of boxed him in and I closed one eye and hoped I didn’t hit the infield tire and squeezed it in there. I never got a chance to really watch Harold McGilton (who Weaver passed on the all-time win list) but they say he was one of the greats so this is a special accomplishment,” said Weaver beside his Hampshire Racing Engines, M&L Excavating, Schiets Motorsports, Weaver Performance Center backed #1w.
In the 25 lap non-wing sprint feature, Cottle and Shane Westerfeld brought the field to green, but Cottle was penalized for jumping the start and moved back to the second row. On the second attempt Westerfeld grabbed the lead over Dustin Stroup, Cottle, Dustin Smith and Chad Wilson. Westerfeld pulled away while a tremendous battle ensued for second between Stroup, Cottle and Smith. Cottle finally took the runner-up spot on lap four with Smith moving into third a circuit later.
Westerfeld drove into heavy lapped traffic by the eighth circuit, allowing Cottle to slowly close while Smith, Stroup and Wilson gave chase. Cottle used the traffic to drive into the lead on lap 10 with Smith grabbing second two laps later. The only caution of the feature flew on lap 13 for Derek Hastings who stopped on the track. On the restart Cottle now had his hands full with Smith who was glued to the leader’s rear bumper.
Cottle, Smith and Westerfeld ran nose to tail the rest of the feature. Smith kept waiting for Cottle to make a mistake, but the veteran hit his marks perfectly and drove to the win. Smith, Westerfeld, Stroup and Wilson would round out the top five.
When he took the green, Westerfeld locked up the 2016 BOSS championship, his second consecutive series title.
Lay and Craig Mintz brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 winged sprint feature with Lay blasting into the lead over Mintz, Max Stambaugh, D.J. Foos, Chris Andrews and Bryan Sebetto. Stambaugh drove into second on lap two with Mintz staying glued to his rear bumper. Lay held a commanding lead as he raced into traffic on the fifth circuit. Cole Duncan brought the action to a halt on lap seven when he got upside down. He was uninjured but done for the night.
On the ensuing restart Jody Keegan took a tumble. He too was unhurt but done for the night. When the green flew again rookie Joey Pendergrass flipped and he too was okay but done for the night. Lay drove away on the next restart with Stambaugh, Mintz, Foos and Brubaker in tow. Just as Lay caught the back of the field again, Broc Martin flipped on lap 12. He was okay but done for the feature.
When the green flew so did Lay, pulling away to another commanding lead as Stambaugh and Mintz battled for second. Lay drove into traffic once again on lap 17 with Stambaugh, Mintz, Foos, Brubaker, Shawn Valenti and Brian Smith in pursuit. With eight laps to go smoke began to billow from Stambaugh’s mount and finally let go on lap 23 as Foos got tangled with the powerless machine. The restart order was now Lay, Mintz, Brubaker, Valenti, Smith, Joe Swanson, Roger Campbell and Dakota Busche.
Lay motored away the final seven laps to score the win over Mintz as third running Brubaker got into the turn three fence on the final lap, moving Valenti to a third place finish. Smith and Swanson would round out the top five.
Roepke and Landon LaLonde brought the field to green for the 25-lap 305 sprint feature with Roepke gaining the advantage. LaLonde, Jason Keckler, Steve Rando, Matt Foos, Nate Dussel, Stroup and Weaver gave chase. Roepke set a blistering pace, encountering heavy lapped traffic by the sixth circuit. Roepke sliced his way through the traffic like a surgeon, building a huge lead as LaLonde continued to run second while a great four car battle ensued for third involving Keckler, Dussel, Weaver and Foos.
Roepke appeared to be on his way to his second win of the year, building a 4.6 second lead when Jordan Ryan would spin on lap 19. Weaver, who had just taken second from LaLonde, would restart right on Roepke’s bumper. When the green flew Roepke held the point over Weaver as Keckler and Dussel got around LaLonde. As they took the white flag Weaver ran in Roepke’s tire tracks. As they prepared to enter turn three on the final lap, Roepke got held up by a lapped car and drifted high to try and make a move, opening a narrow lane for Weaver who pounced.
Weaver drove under Roepke as they raced to the checkers with Weaver winning by half a car length. Dussel, Keckler and Foos rounded out the top five.
It was the season ending race for “The Track That Action Built” and Farmer passed on his thanks to all the fans, race teams and marketing partners, track workers, the emergency team and all the push trucks for making 2016 a great year.
For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
BOSS A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 57-Shane Cottle ; 2. 77-Dustin Smith ; 3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld ; 4. 1M-Dustin Stroup ; 5. 14-Chad Wilson ; 6. 33M-Matt Westfall ; 7. 4-Michael Fischesser ; 8. 21-Carmen Perigo ; 9. 9X-Cooper Clouse ; 10. 2DI-Dustin Ingle ; 11. 9N-Luke Hall ; 12. 4J-Justin Owen ; 13. 91x-Aaron Middaugh ; 14. 2-Mike Galajda ; 15. 71-Straton Briggs ; 16. 18-Arnie Kent ; 17. 2+-Brian Smith ; 18. 9-Cody Gardener ; 19. 32M-Derek Hastings ; 20. 69R-Dallas Hewitt ; 21. 74-Drew Rader ; 22. 57B-Brandon Spithaler
410 Sprints A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 45L-Brian Lay ; 2. 09-Craig Mintz ; 3. 7V-Shawn Valenti ; 4. 2+-Brian Smith ; 5. 7-Joe Swanson ; 6. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 7. 51-Roger Campbell ; 8. 16B-Dakota Busche ; 9. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 10. 23-DJ Foos ; 11. 8-Bryan Sebetto ; 12. 12X-Lou Scudere ; 13. 97-Broc Martin ; 14. 16-Chris Andrews ; 15. 22-Cole Duncan ; 16. 60-Jody Keegan ; 17. 1K-Joey Pendergrass ; 18. 59-Bryan Nuckles ; 19. 0-Steve Irwin
305 Sprints A-Main (20 Laps): 1. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 2. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 3. 1-Nate Dussel ; 4. 25-Jason Keckler ; 5. 2F-Matt Foos ; 6. 19R-Steve Rando ; 7. 2L-Landon Lalonde ; 8. 4M-Jamie Miller ; 9. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 10. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 11. 77I-John Ivy ; 12. 1X-Jordan Ryan ; 13. 18R-Tony Beaber ; 14. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 15. 97-Kyle Peters ; 16. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 17. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath Jr ; 18. 7K-Brad keckler ; 19. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 20. 14-Luke Daughtery ; 21. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh ; 22. 20I-Dustin Stroup ; 23. 51-Chase Dunham ; 24. 47-Matt Lucius
HARVEST CUP TO FINALIZE SEASON ON OCTOBER 8
Haubstadt, IN - September 30, 2016 - Tri-State Speedway will host the Harvest Cup on Saturday October 8th. It has become the championship event for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.
This race for 410 non wing sprint cars originated in 2011 to provide the series with a special event designed to showcase the talents of the drivers one last time each season.
The Harvest Cup is that one last opportunity to gain valuable points which could earn a driver a series title and/or a larger share of the point fund sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tire. The evening provides an advantageous time to present the MSCS season awards with fans supporting the series and the track in attendance. The MSCS Championship Driver, Car Owner, and the Rookie of the Year Awards await those competitors!
Sprint car drivers present will be competing for a purse which will award the 30 lap feature winner $3,000. The event will also be the last race to be held at the speedway in the 2016 season so Sunday October 9th will serve as a rain date. If racing is held on Sunday qualifications will begin at 5 P.M. and racing at 6 P.M. Race fans will be treated to a triple header with the AMS Open Wheel Modifieds and the MMSA Mini Sprints set to appear on the race card.
The number of MSCS feature winners at Tri-State Speedway this season has been limited to two. They are Kyle Cummins and Chase Stockon. Cummins leads Stockon three wins to two! However, Stockon won the Harvest Cup in 2015. Both drivers reside in Gibson County where the track is located. It appears that these two drivers are enjoying a home track advantage magnified with well prepared machines and sharpened driving skills. Features are usually still too close to predict a winner with every lap and any incident so important to the outcome.
In providing increased interest, it should be noted that the MSCS Points title is still undecided. It most likely will not be decided until the points are tallied after the feature itself. Brady Short holds a 28 point margin over Tyler Hewitt. Brandon Morin is just another 4 points back at a difference of 32 points. Carson Short is
at best a long shot to become this season's title holder but could certainly move up higher in the standings. Heat racing provides up to 10 points and the feature the 40 points that could make a big difference.
Tyler Hewitt has already locked up the Rookie of the Year Award for the Midwest Sprint Car Series. It is his first season to compete with MSCS and he has performed well. Brandon Morin was last year's MSCS Rookie of the Year. Morin has been in the thick of the points battle all season. After finishing tenth in overall points in 2015 he has upped his game to lead the points in late June and early July.
While Hewitt, Morin, and Carson Short are working to capture a first time MSCS Championship, Brady Short has two MSCS titles and is looking for a third.
Positions fifth to tenth are close enough that movement up or down in the standings could follow this final race. A perfect night for a driver would total seventy points. That would include show up points, a heat race win, and a feature win. Donny Brackett is currently fifth with Kyle Cummins ranked as his closest challenger. Dakota Jackson is tenth with Jon Stanbrough in striking distance at eleventh. Rookie Jared Chastain, C.J. Leary, and Brandon Mattox are closely wedged together within the second five!
Remember that on October 8th it will be Racing Times Three! The American Modified Series will be at the speedway to compete for an increased purse paying $1,500 to win. Brandon McDowell won the final event for modifieds last season. The modified class will also race in an extra feature needed to make up the one rained out back on June 26th. It will be the second appearance of the season for the MMSA Mini Sprints, but this time out they will be running minus the wing
on top. Rick Hench won this year's only previous mini-sprint race at Tri-State. It all happens at Haubstadt and on the same night!
Bryan Clauson Racing – “Race On”
Lonnie Wheatley, NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (September 27, 2016) – Race on. It’s what Bryan Clauson would relate to his father Tim when faced with some of the darker moments in the sport. It’s what racers do, they continue to race on.
With that in mind, it comes as little surprise that Bryan Clauson Racing will continue on under the watch of Tim Clauson and team co-owner Richard Marshall under the new Clauson-Marshall Racing banner. The team’s first outing will be the USAC Midget “Jason Leffler Memorial” at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois on October 20 with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., at the wheel.
“I never had a doubt that I wanted to carry on what Bryan’s true passion was in his life and that was racing,” Tim Clauson commented. “Bryan and I had several conversations when tragic things happened in the sport and his opinion never wavered; ‘We race on. That’s what we do, we are racers’.
“We both took great pride in working with young drivers and Bryan especially wanted to teach them the right way to race, and that was with respect and reverence for the sport. That is what we will carry on in his honor.”
Clauson continued on, “I have been overwhelmed with not only the love and compassion from our racing family, but also with what I have learned since August 7th. I’ve learned the great respect he had not only for the sport, but, more importantly, the people in the sport. My goal with this program is not only to win races, but more importantly to share the love and respect that Bryan had and showed to the sport. If we can help cultivate a generation of racers who share that vision, then I think Bryan would be proud.”
Richard and Jennifer Marshall have been more than sponsors to Bryan and the teams over the years, they have become family and now partners. Bryan and his teams have represented the Marshall Family through Priority Aviation from the small dirt tracks of the Midwest to the Indianapolis 500. Tim Clauson could not be prouder to partner with Richard and Jennifer to continue on Bryan’s legacy in the sport with Clauson-Marshall Racing, knowing that BC will guide their every move.
"I have long shared the passion for this sport with Tim and Bryan,” Marshall explains. “Bryan's passing gave all of us a serious pause. Since then, Tim and I agreed that Bryan would want us to race on. We had a meeting of the minds and decided to move forward with our passion and Bryan's dream. We could not be more excited to see this through with Clauson-Marshall Racing!"
Bryan and Tim initiated Bryan Clauson Racing in 2008 with the idea of providing their knowledge and experience with drivers and families attempting to navigate their way through the sport while at the same time providing Bryan with an outlet to pursue the venue of motorsports that he loved most, Midget and Sprint Car racing.
Along the way, the team met many of its goals including a pair of USAC National Midget championships and a USAC Sprint Car title along with three USAC Driver of the Year awards while also helping in the development of many younger drivers making their way through the ranks.
Bryan Clauson Racing had the honor of having some of the nation’s top drivers race out of its stable including the likes of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Spencer Bayston, Jason Johnson, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., among others. Whether a seasoned veteran or an aspiring rookie, Bryan took great pride in providing a team to showcase their talents.
As such, it is only fitting that the Clauson-Marshall Racing debut at the Jason Leffler Classic will feature current NASCAR racer Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., at the wheel. All you have to do is watch Bryan’s victory lane interview from last year to understand why.
“I'm always thrilled to race with Tim and this team. I value the friendship and passion he and Bryan have for racing,” Stenhouse, Jr., comments. “This race means a lot to Bryan. The whole racing family comes together to remember an awesome guy and racer.
“I'm looking forward to representing this team and hope I can do even half of what Bryan could do in this car. Bryan's passing hasn't gotten easier, but it's been unbelievable to see the support of so many friends, family and fans. With them, I hope to continue Bryan's legacy and continue in his winning ways. It helps all of us and I'm glad to be a tiny part of it with this team.”
Additional information regarding the Clauson-Marshall Racing team will be available in the coming weeks.