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It's Western World Week at CSP

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (November 17, 2014) - The Western World Championships, the perfect way to end a season.

That's how Canyon Speedway Park will bring the curtains down on the 2014 season with this weekend's 47th Annual USAC Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.

The Honda USAC National Midgets and the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will battle it out for three nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday following an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The week's festivities get under way early with Tuesday night's Western World Kickoff Party at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Glendale.

By week's end, one elite driver could pocket $15,000 in Saturday night's Western World finale with a winner's share of $7,500 up for grabs in both the Midget and Sprint Car ranks.

It's a feat that Bryan Clauson pulled off last year.  After dominating the Sprint Car portion for his second Western World title in as many years, Clauson made a last lap pass in the Midget main event to make it a sweep.

A winner of ten CSP main events in 2013, Clauson comes off a win in this past weekend's USAC National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Classic.

Clauson will have his hands full in both divisions with a number of top competitors looking to add the title of Western World champion to the ledger.

In the Midget ranks, Rico Abreu leads Keith Kunz Racing teammate Christopher Bell into the weekend with Hall of Fame opening night winner Tracy Hines third in points.

Current USAC Southwest points leader R.J. Johnson defends his home turf in the Sprint Car portion with series champion Matt Mitchell leading the way for the USAC West Coast forces along with USAC Western Classics champ Ryan Bernal.

Johnson is one of several top contenders along with Clauson pulling double duty over the weekend including two-time Western World winner Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, USAC/CRA shoe Mike Spencer and Casey Shuman.

Approximately 70 Midgets and Sprint Cars are anticipated for the event, with a quick glimpse at the entry list revealing one of the most competitive fields in Western World history.

Honda USAC National Midgets:
0 Jack Hawley (Menifee, CA)
1p Terry Nichols (Delano, CA)
5d Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)
7 Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, CA)
17 Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA)
17n Johnathon Henry (Stockton, CA)
24 Tracy Hines (New Castle, IN)
32 Casey Shuman (Phoenix, AZ)
51 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
51 R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
52c Isaac Chapple (Wilkinson, IN)
55 Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA)
56 Darren Hagen (Riverside, CA)
57 Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA)
63 Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
67 Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)
68 Ronnie Gardner (Norco, CA)
71 Christopher Bell (Norman, OK)
73 Trey Marcham (Newcastle, OK)
73x Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
91T Tyler Thomas (Tulsa, OK)
97 Rico Abreu (Rutherford, CA)
98 Jarid Blondel (Orange, CA)

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:
2 Larry Gibson (El Mirage, AZ)
2 Josh Shipley (Peoria, AZ)
02 Matt Rossi (Peoria, AZ)
5 Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ)
5v Bradley Terrell (Sebastopol, CA)
7k Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ)
7m Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA)
8 Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA)
11c Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ)
12 Josh Pelkey (Peoria, AZ)
12x Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
16 Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ)
17m Michael Colegrove (Peoria, AZ)
17rw Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)
19 Andrew Reinbold (Chandler, AZ)
20 Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
20 Shon Deskins (Waddell, AZ)
20s Jon Stanbrough (Avon, IN)
21az Stevie Sussex (Phoenix, AZ)
22b Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
28 Mark Morin (Surprise, AZ)
30 C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
32b Brian Hosford (Gilbert, AZ)
37 Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA)
48 Thomas Ogle (Surprise, AZ)
50 Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ)
55 Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA)
56 Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA)
73 Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
74 Colby Copeland (Roseville, CA)
74x Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM)
75 Casey Shuman (Phoenix, AZ)
77 Dalten Gabbard (Peoria, AZ)
77m R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX)
92 Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA)
98 Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ)
99 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

In a slight alteration to the format of yesteryear, the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car field will not be split, with all entries running each night just as the Midgets have done.

While all entries in Midgets will race each night with Thursday and Friday preliminary events following standard USAC format including qualifying, heat races and features, the Sprint Cars will do similar with a full card of heat races and features on both Thursday and Friday.  Separate qualifying (Midgets only), heat and feature points will be tabulated to determine Saturday night Western World Championship lineups.

The top eight in combined points for both Midgets and Sprint Cars 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 for both Midgets and Sprint Cars.  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.

Past Western World Championship Winners (Wing / Non-Wing / Midget)
2013 - Bryan Clauson (nw) / Bryan Clauson (m)
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 - Jeff 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)

Three-day advanced tickets are available for just $65 with VIP Suite tickets for all three days available for $95 and All Access Passes for $110.

Single day tickets are $20 for both Thursday and Friday and $25 for Saturday's Western World Championships finale.

Detailed Western World Championships ticket information and pricing is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/the-45th-annual-western-world-championships/.

Tickets may be ordered by calling the track at 602-258-RACE (7223).

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News.  The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2014 Canyon Schedule and early portion of 2015 can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway.  For more information, contact

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PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2015 SPRINT CAR DATES!

(Perris, CA, November 11, 2014)    Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has released the dates for the 2015 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series races at Perris Auto Speedway.  There are 11 dates on the schedule beginning on March 7th and culminating with the finale of the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 7th.

The resident USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be present on all of the dates.  They will be joined on April 18th by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.  As always, the Oval Nationals will be a joint effort featuring the USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars.

2015  USAC/CRA SCHEDULE
March 7th                     USAC/CRA
April 18th                     World of Outlaws & USAC/CRA
May 2nd                       USAC/CRA
May 23rd                      USAC/CRA
June 13th                      USAC/CRA
July 4th                        USAC/CRA
August 15th                  USAC/CRA
September 19th             USAC/CRA
November 5th               Oval Nationals
November 6th               Oval Nationals
November 7th               Oval Nationals

Note: Schedule subject to change

The dates for the PASSCAR Series and Nights of Destruction will be forthcoming.  

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DAMION GARDNER TALKS ABOUT THIS WEEK’S OVAL NATIONALS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

(Perris, CA, November 4, 2014)   Heading into this week’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, make no mistake about who is the favorite heading into the prestigious event.  Most insiders are tabbing Concord, California sprint car superstar Damion Gardner as the man who will drive home with the $20,000.00 paycheck on Saturday night.

The reason most racing pundits are picking the driver, who is known as “The Demon,” to win the biggest traditional race in the country is quite simple.  He has dominated the action in 2014.  The slender star is about to sew up his second USAC/CRA title in a row and his third of all-time.  Heading into the big race, he is 253-points ahead of second place Mike Spencer in the championship standings.  He has won 11 of the 18 main events this year.  He also tops the charts in the series in fast times and heat race wins.  In addition, the Mark Alexander owned #4 that he drives performs almost flawlessly every time it is on the track.

With the race looming only a few days away, the fiery driver took the time to answer some questions on Monday afternoon.

The PAS: The USAC/CRA Series has had a long time off since the last race.  Nearly two months. How have you and the team been getting ready and have you done anything special?

Gardner: No, not really done anything special.  We have had a long time off.  I don’t think anyone wishes for this long of a time off, but I guess that is what USAC wants so that is what we got.  We have not really done much.  Polishing everything I guess.  We will shake the rust off a bit and get going.

The PAS: Are you guys bringing two cars down?

Gardner: No.  What do you mean?  One car.  We have three cars, but we are only going to race one.  

The PAS: I mean you are hauling back up cars with you in case of an emergency?

Gardiner: Oh yeah!  These guys have plenty of spares.  They are ready to go.

The PAS: You have won the Oval Nationals two-times.  In your mind, how big of a race is it compared to other big races around the country?

Gardner: Oh, I think it is the biggest race in the non-wing world.  I don’t know if there is any bigger one.  You can argue about bigger sprint car races, but there not any bigger non wing races.  Thanks to Mike and All Coast Construction they got the purse back up to what it needs to be.  It has been kind of down for a while and now it is back to what a purse for something called the Oval Nationals needs to be.  They have got the money back and it is kind of got to be a big event again.  I think you can feel it from the competitors to the fans getting excited about it again.  Hopefully we can all learn something from that.  You put more in, you get more back.  Hopefully we can keep rolling and make this thing bigger every year.

The PAS:  You just talked about the prestige of the Oval Nationals.  So, what is more important to you?  Winning the Oval Nationals or the size of the paycheck?

Gardner: Oh, I don’t know.  I have always been a guy who just races to win.  I know a lot of guys say that, but that is not true.  I have always figured if you win races the money just comes whether it is a little bit or a lot. There have been races I won and been cruising around toward victory lane when I am thinking how cool it is just to win and then, holy moly, it pays this much money.  That is a sweet bonus.  So to stack another trophy and get another Oval Nationals win and be one of the guys who wins a lot of them that would mean a lot to me.  And, to be a west coast guy who wins it, that is another big thing.  The money is just a bonus.
 
Damion Gardner lets out a yell after winning the PAS season opening sprint car race in March.  Media, please feel free to publish this photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

The PAS: You are racing two nights against the best competition you will race all year.  You have all of the regular stars from out here against all of the top guys from the Midwest.  Does that make your approach any different for this race?

Gardner: Fortunately, I think I am in a good point’s position.  You are going to race to win it.  You are going to race hard to win the Oval Nationals and you are going to race hard to show you are the best.  I take a little pride in showing those guys in the Midwest that we are as good as them.  That goes back and forth through the years.  There was a time in the SCRA days when the west coast guys were probably better than the Midwest guys.  It goes back and forth so there is bragging rights.  Sometimes I don’t think our guys take that serious enough, but we should.  If you can just step up your game or go a little extra, you should.  This is the race to do it at.
 
The PAS: You are going to win the USAC/CRA championship this year.  You have won over half the main events.  Had the most fast qualifying times and won the most heat races.  You also met your goal of going more than 200-MPH in a sprint car.  So, if you do not win the Oval Nationals will that have an effect on how you will look back on this season years from now?

Gardner: Not at all.  The only time a race will affect me is when I have not done my homework or have not prepared well for it.  That is from the car, to me mentally and to correcting the errors I have made in the past.  If I have not done that, then I would feel bad about losing the Oval Nationals.  As long as me and the crew do all of our work and do our best, then I am all right with that.  I have been in a lot of Oval Nationals and I did not win a lot of them.  And, there is a lot of them I should have won, but I didn’t.  You never know how it is going to play out. You just give it your all, your best and hopefully you can do it.  

The PAS: Win, lose or draw at the Oval Nationals, there will be an after the race party in your pit with a DJ and a film crew to shoot scenes for the documentary “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car” on Saturday.

Gardner: Yeah, we are looking forward to that.  Mike from All Coast Construction is throwing a little party there and wants to film.  You know for the fans to come down and enjoy it after the big race.  If we can go to victory lane, we will have a couple things to celebrate.  If not, we will have other things to celebrate.  It should be a good time,

Camping for the 19th Oval Nationals will be on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.  The campground will open at noon on Wednesday and the fee is $25.00 per night.

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPIONS
1996 - Jimmy Sills
1997 - Rip Williams
1998 - Rodney Argo
1999 - Rickie Gaunt
2000 - Tony Jones
2001 - Bud Kaeding
2002 - Bud Kaeding
2003 - Cory Kruseman
2004 - Cory Kruseman
2005 - Dave Darland
2006 - Dave Darland
2007 - Bud Kaeding
2008 - Jesse Hockett
2009 - Damion Gardner
2010 - Chris Windom  
2011 - Damion Gardner
2012 – Mike Spencer
2013 - Dave Darland

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DEFENDING OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPION DAVE DARLAND IS READY


Dave Darland (71) battles with Bryan Clauson in last year's Oval Natioanls. Photo Copyright Doug Allen.

(Perris, CA, October 29, 2014)   Dave Darland is one of the all-time greats in the sport of sprint car racing.  Earlier this year he passed Tom Bigelow to become the all-time leading winner in the USAC National Championship Series and his victory total now stands at 53.  Only three of those wins have come at Perris Auto Speedway. However, all three of them wins were in the A Main at the Oval Nationals and netted the personable driver $75,000.00.  Darland hopes to up that number to four wins and $95,000.00 at next week’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction.

Darland, a 48-year-old who lives in Lincoln, Indiana, never dreamed his career would go like it has and never thought he would become the all-time leader in USAC National Sprint Car main event wins.  Appropriately, he tied Bigelow’s record of 52 wins at his home track, Kokomo Speedway, on August 23rd and he set the new record on the same track the following night.

“No, I would have never, ever guessed that,” he laughed from his Indiana home on Tuesday afternoon.  “Me and my dad started out in a little old sprint car we pieced together.  We were just lucky to make it to the local shows.  Coming from where we did to where we are now is something I did not see happening in the early stages.  I won my first one (USAC main) in 1993 at Terre Haute in the Hulman Classic. We kind of lucked into it, but there was quite a story to it.  This little old team winning that race on that track which is a big old half-mile.  It was an odd place for someone to win their first one.”  

The racer, who is affectionately known as “The People’s Champ” by his legions of fans, spends most of the year racing in the USAC National Sprint Car Series and on the local tracks in and around Indiana.  Thus far in 2014 the racing grandfather leads the USAC National Series with six main event wins and he estimates he has won 15 main events total this year including those at the local tracks.  

The USAC National Sprint Car Series is considered to be the toughest traditional sprint car series in the country.  However, it reaches its toughest point when it hit the track at the Oval Nationals as that matches all of the top stars in the national series against the top west coast stars in the USAC/CRA Series.  And, it only happens once a year.

“The Oval Nationals is always tough to win,” Darland said.  “It always has 45 to 60 cars entered and all of the best drivers are there.  The CRA guys, the Midwest guys along with drivers from Northern California and Arizona.  It is a tough competition and a good racetrack.  Perris Auto Speedway is a tricky track that you have to drive hard, but you also have to use some common sense.  It certainly is hard to win there.  I look forward to coming to the Oval Nationals every year.”

Darland like his chances heading into next week’s event, but his is anything, but cocky about it.

“I will have a great opportunity as I am driving for the same team as I was when I won it last year and we have the same amount of wins heading into it as we did last year,” he said.  “We have good equipment and a good team.  My confidence is good about that, but like I said, 55 cars and the top drivers from around the country make it a very tough race.”

Last year’s win for Darland was a like a boxer getting off the canvas after being knocked down in the first round and coming back to win.  He had an engine problem in hot laps before the first night of racing.  However, the Phillips Motorsports Team pulled there other car out of the trailer and 24 hours later they collected the winner’s check.

“It did not slow us down much,” the 1999 USAC National Sprint Car champion chuckled, “We ran another car at Canyon the week before and had to pull it out of the trailer.  We did not have any laps on it when we went out to qualify.  It set us back just a bit, but that car was just as good and as ready as the other car was.  It certainly did not hurt us.”

In addition to running the 410 Oval Nationals, just last week Darland picked up a ride for the November 6th 360 portion of the show driving for USAC/CRA regular Chris Gansen.  Darland does not know a lot about that car, but he likes what he sees.

“I know it is a great looking car, but that is about all I know about it,” Darland laughed.  “I do not know much about it, but I do know he has great equipment and some good sponsors on the car.  I see he has Trench Shoring. They (Trench Shoring) have been around racing for a long time.  I know it is good equipment and he has some good help,”

In addition to his racing chores for the three nights, on Saturday Darland will have his new book, “The People’s Champ, A Racer’s Life” available for fans at an autograph session starting when the gates open at 3:00 PM.  The book details Darland’s life on and off the track and features a forward written by Tony Stewart.  The humble racer is not sure why Bonces Bourcier chose him.  

“Bones came to me first and I was not really prepared for it as I never thought about doing a book,” laughed the driver who won last year’s USAC Midget Turkey Night Grand Prix at The PAS.  “I don’t really see my life outside of racing as very exciting.  Three kids and a wife of 25-years.  It would be a little bit boring I would think, but it came out great.  It has my racing, how I grew up, my heroes and friends throughout the years. It was Bones and the publisher Lew Boyd.  They came over six or eight times and we would do a two or three hour session.  We would talk and they would ask questions.  With their knowledge, it came out great.  Everybody enjoys it and we have sold a lot of them.”  

Advance tickets to see Dave Darland and all of the other stars at the Oval Nationals are available by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at http://www.tix.com/

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

Camping the Oval Nationals is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Wednesday, November 5th.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

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JON STANBROUGH AND ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION TEAM UP TO BRING SPRINT CAR RACING NOSTALGIA TO THE OVAL NATIONALS!



(Perris, CA, October 28, 2014)   Sprint Car racing superstar Jon Stanbrough and All Coast Construction have teamed up to bring Southern California fans a big piece of nostalgia at next week’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.  Stanbrough has built an exact re-creation of one of the most famous sprint cars in the history of west coast racing.  The famous J.F.K. Co. #1 driven by National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and record setting 5-time CRA Champion Jimmy Oskie.  And, to add icing on the cake, Oskie will be giving a demonstration by driving the car and possibly pacing the field for the prestigious race.

Stanbrough, who resides in Avon, Indiana and who will be competing in both the 360 and 410 portions of the Oval Nationals, was introduced to Oskie by 2-time CRA champion Billy Wilkerson.  The two struck up a friendship and Oskie took Stanbrough to the Justice Brothers Museum in Duarte, California to see one of his old cars.

“The one that he originally drove is in the museum and it just does not look right,” Stanbrough said via telephone on Monday morning.  “It is his original car, but it does not look like the car did when he drove it in 1979 and 80.   I ran across a car that was the same era that he won the 1979 CRA championship in.  I really like Jimmy and I just wanted to preserve that part of sprint car racing history and it is a tribute to him and Jack Kindoll (Oskie’s car owner).  Jimmy is just a neat guy to meet and he has become a great friend.  He is the main reason I did it.  It is kind of a tribute to him.”

The car that Stanbrough ended up buying was purchased brand new about 35-years ago, but the prospective driver was killed in a crash in his street car before he ever got to race it.  His sons inherited the car and it sat until the early to mid-1990’s when they became old enough and decided to race it.  However, by that time the car was outdated and not competitive with the cars of the era.  The sons put it back into storage before offering it to Stanbrough after they heard he liked restoring old sprint cars.  Stanbrough declined the offer at first, but eventually got the car from them.

“It sat in my shop for six-months or so,” Stanbrough said who is not only a star sprint car driver, but also a lover of the history of the sport.  “I went out to Perris to race last year and talked to Jimmy and we went and looked at the original car.  That is when I made up my mind and decided to do it.  So I got started on it as soon as I got back from Perris last year.  I have taken my time.  I have done everything as correctly as I could possibly do.  I have used pictures and information from Jimmy to get it right.  Dave Brzozowski, who was out there at the time working on cars, helped a lot as well.  My goal was to bring it out the there this year and that is what we are going to do.  I went through a lot of trouble to get it to be period correct to what it was when it raced.”

While the car had a lot of the original components, Stanbrough had to go out and hunt down what it did not have and at times finding those gems was not easy.  He looked all over the place including eBay where he found some of the Koni Shocks.  

“It did not have a motor when I got it,” Stanbrough mused.  “I found the motor and it was actually in a basket. So, I found an engine guy who put it together for me.  Probably the hardest things I had to locate was the correct style wheels and tires.  I searched high and low looking for the correct wheels and Firestone tires for it and I found them.  The whole thing is as authentic as I can possibly make it.  To the best of my knowledge everything on this car is period correct to what he ran.”

The car is authentic to the period right down to the decals.  Stanbrough hunted most of those down, too and the ones he could not find, a graphics friend in Ohio did for him.    

While the car has been on a chassis dyno, as of yet it has not been on the track.  That is going to change next week.  

“I probably had the car done three or four months ago,” Stanbrough said.  “I wanted to have some time to take it to the racetrack and at least try it, but I have been obviously busy racing every weekend, so I could not.  When we fired it at the shop it ran fine.   I took it to the chassis dyno to make sure the driveline was good, the rear end was good and there were no vibrations.  When we put it on the chassis dyno under a load, that is when we learned there was a problem with the oil system and that was a blessing in disguise.  We found the problem and fixed it.  If I had taken it to the track there could have been a possibility that I would have blown the motor.  That is why I say it was a blessing.”

The first time the car hits the track will be at next Wednesday’s practice for the Oval Nationals and it may be Oskie driving it or it may be Stanbrough.  That is yet to be determined.  It will then be driven by Oskie at the actual Oval Nationals race possibly as the pace car.

“I have not talked to him yet, but I am going to call him before we head out there to see if he wants to come out on practice night and try it out,” Stanbrough stated.  “If he doesn’t, I will probably do it just to make sure it is okay.  I feel that should be done on practice night just to check on everything we have done.  If he wants to come out, he will be the first guy to run it.  If not, I will do it and probably just make sure it goes around the track and maybe gas it up a time or to and then put it in the trailer to wait for him.”

Getting the car from Indiana to the west coast is a costly proposition and that is where sprint car super fan “Big Mike” Grosswendt comes in.  His company, All Coast Construction, is funding the fuel bill for Stanbrough to haul the beauty across the country for fans on the west coast to not only see, but to be able to relive countless memories of the great Jimmy Oskie in the famous blue J.F.K. Co. car.  

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The Nineteenth Annual 2014 Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 7th & 8th

PROGRAM FORMAT

Friday Night

Qualifying:  All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car misses their qualifying spot by more than three positions that car goes to the end of the qualifying line and will receive one (1) lap, that car won’t be able to start any higher than 50% of the scheduled feature field.

D Main:  The D Main will be for all cars Qualifying 57th and back up to a total of 20 cars. The D Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the D Main will tag the back of the C Main.

C Main: The C Main will be for all cars Qualifying 41st – 56th plus the top four cars from the D Main. The C Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the C Main will tag the back of the B Main.

Heat Races: All cars Qualifying in the top 40 will be in the heat races. There will be a total of five (5) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. The top six qualifiers will be fully inverted. The top four in each heat race will transfer to the thirty (30) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 5th – 8th will go straight to the B Main. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps.

B Main: The B Main will have a total of 24 cars. All cars finishing 5th – 8th in the heat races will make up the lineup for the B Main plus the four transfers from the C Main. The lineup will straight up based on qualifying times. The top four (4) cars will transfer to the A Main. The B Main will be twelve (12) laps.

A Main: The A Main will have a total of 24 cars. The fastest six (6) cars that transferred from the heat races will be inverted to make up rows 1-3. The rest of the field (rows 4 – 12) will be lined straight up according to qualifying times. The A Main will be thirty (30) laps.

SATURDAY NIGHT’S FORMAT

"THE SUPER SIX"

The "TOP SIX" in points from Friday Nights program will transfer directly to Saturday's A Main. Any ties in points will be broken by Friday Nights qualifying times.

Qualifying:  All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car misses their qualifying spot by more than three positions that car goes to the end of the qualifying line and will receive one (1) lap, that car won’t be able to start any higher than 50% of the scheduled feature field.

Heat Races: All cars qualifying in the top 32 will be in the heat races. All cars qualifying 33rd and back will go directly to one of the B Mains. There will be a total of four (4) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. The top four qualifiers will be inverted. The top two (2) in each heat race will transfer to the forty (40) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 3rd – 8th will go straight to one of the B Mains. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps. Any car or driver that did not make a qualifying attempt Friday night will be delegated to tagging the back of their respective B Main.

THE SUPER SIX DASH: The top six in points will be fully inverted and run a six (6) lap dash. The finishing order will determine the first three rows in the A Main. The winner of the dash may choose the inside or outside of row 1.

B Mains
The B Mains will be all the remaining cars that have not transferred to the A Main. The B Main Lineups will be based on total points including Saturday night’s points. The odd point cars will be lined straight up according to their points for the first B Main. The even point cars will be lined straight up according to their points for the second B Main. Each B Main will be twelve (12) Laps. The top five (5) cars from each B Main will transfer to the A Main.

Saturday’s A MAIN EVENT
The A Main will have a total of twenty-four (24) cars. The lineup for the first three (3) rows will be determined by the Super Six Dash. Rows 4 - 7 will be the cars that transferred from the Heats and they will lineup according to their total points. Rows 8 – 12 will be the cars that transferred from the B Mains and they will line up according to their total points. The A Main will be Forty (40) laps. The Oval Nationals will be governed by the Official Rule Book for the USAC National and CRA Series. Once the first car is pushed off for the A Main, a 50 minute clock will begin. Once the clock reaches 50 minutes, the next yellow flag will produce a red flag to allow fuel only to be added to the cars. Any provisional starts in the Preliminary Main on Friday night’s program, points will only be awarded for USAC National standings and USAC/CRA standings. No Oval National points will be awarded for a Provisional start. You must earn your way into the Friday night Main to earn Oval National points for your starting position on Saturday Night.

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Richard Griffin Grand Marshal of The Hall of Fame Classic

Kevin Montgomery PEORIA, Ariz. (October 21st, 2014) - Silver City, New Mexico's, Richard Griffin, will be honored as Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual USAC HoseAdvantage Hall of Fame Classic at Canyon Speedway.

The Hall of Fame Classic, a raced named for celebrating Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame members as well as induction ceremonies for new members, will take place at the Peoria, Arizona facility in just a few short weeks on November 14th and 15th.

The "Gas Man" Richard Griffin captured the 1984 Arizona SCOA Sprint Car Championship and spent many years battling with Arizona's best including the likes of Wayne Bennet and Billy Boat prior to moving on to the famed CRA Sprint Car Series. Griffin won nearly 60 CRA/SCRA Sprint Car events and etched his name into history as "The Gas Man".

Griffin earned a place in the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame after a storied career spanning more than 25 years. The five-time SCRA Champion earned his first Sprint Car title in Arizona aboard Lowell Carsten's Speedmart car and earned each of his 5 SCRA titles aboard the famed Ron Chaffin ride that was wrenched by hall of fame mechanic Bruce Bromme.

Griffin will be among several Arizona racing legends scheduled to sign autographs at the upcoming Hall of Fame Classic along with many more Arizona racing legends as Windy McDonald inducts five new members in to the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Classic, presented by The HoseAdvantage Store, found a home at the Peoria, Arizona race track in 2010 and has quickly become one of the marquee events of the 30 year old facility. The combination of the National USAC Sprint Cars and the tradition of the Parker Store Hall of Fame Classic will likely make for a formidable West Coast Sprint Car event.

Brady Bacon and Damion Gardner lead the National Sprint Car's and CRA Sprint Car's into the USAC Sprint Car Finale where Both series Champions will be crowned.

The Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame was founded in 1986 when the first 10 members were inducted. Since its inception, more than 80 new members have been elected to the elite group that is occupied with a rich racing heritage, one that is abundant with tradition and prestige. The members list is impressive and each of them has made a considerable impact on racing across the country.

Open to the public, The Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame will host the annual kickoff party starting at 6pm on Thursday November 13th and is also open to race fans. Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, the HoseAdvantage Hall of Fame Classic will feature the non-wing Sprint Cars of the USAC National and CRA 410 Sprint Car Series.

Two-day tickets will be just $45 with Platinum Reserved seating available as well for just an additional $5 per night. Detailed ticket information, as well as a Canyon Speedway Park seating chart, is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/the-12th-annual-parker-store-usac-hall-of-fame-classic/.

Tickets may be ordered by calling the track at 602-258-RACE (7223).

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News.  The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2014 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

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CHRISTOPHER BELL AMONG LATEST ENTRIES FOR 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS - NOW UP TO 52 CARS!

Photo copyright Steve Lafond /Tear- Off Heaven Fotos.

(Perris, CA, October 21, 2014)  Young open wheel star Christopher Bell is among the latest entries for the 410 portion of the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 7th and 8th.  As of October 21st, the entry list stands at a very strong 52 cars.

To date, Bell, a native of Norman, Oklahoma who resides in Columbus, Indiana, has 20 wins, 46 top five’s and 59 top 10’s in 89 starts in 2014.  The versatile 19-year-old driver has won in Midgets, 360 Wing Sprint Cars, 410 Wing Sprint Cars, 410 Non Wing Sprint Cars and pavement Late Models.  His latest victory came last Saturday night in the pavement Late Model race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, North Carolina.

For the Oval Nationals, Bell, who currently sits second in the Honda USAC National Midget standings, will be in the same Dennis & Teresa Roth owned #51t that he drove to victory in the USAC/CRA main event at Calistoga in early September.

The Oval Nationals entry list currently features 8 of the top 10 drivers in USAC National Sprint Car Series points and 11 of the top 15.  It also contains all 10 of the top 10 in the USAC/CRA Series and 17 of the top 20.

In addition to the 410’s, the USAC West Coast Sprints Cars and the USAC Southwest Series Sprint Cars will lock horns in a special 360 show on November 6th.  The California Lightning Sprint Cars will decide their season championship on November 7th and the PAS Senior Sprint Cars will do likewise on the 7th and 8th.

An entry form for the prestigious race is at the end of this release.
 
Entries
0 - Alex Malycke - Purceville, VA
02 - Matt Rossi - South Central, AZ
2 - Austin Williams - Yorba Linda, CA
2F - Danny Faria Jr. - Tipton, CA
4 - Damion Gardner - Concord, CA
4G - Chris Gansen - San Bernardino, CA
4X - Tracy Hines - Wilkinson, IN
5 - Logan Williams - Yorba Linda, CA
5 - Chad Boespflug - Plainfield, IN
5V - Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA
5X - Max Adams - Loomis, CA
7 - Garrett Hansen - Manhattan Beach, CA
10 - Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA
12 - Josh Pelkey - Peoria, AZ
12B - Tobey Sampson - Moore, OK
12X - Robert Ballou - Westfield, IN
16 - Mike Martin - Yuma, AZ
17 - Jonathon Henry - San Luis Obispo, CA
18 - Jarett Andretti - Mooresville, NC
20 - Bryan Clauson - Noblesville, IN
21 - A.J. Bender - Ramona, CA
30 - C.J. Leary - Greenfield, IN
32 - Chase Stockon - Elizabethtown, IN
34 - Corey Ballard - Orange, CA
36 - Mikey Lovas - Menifee, CA
37 - Matt Mitchell - Orange, CA
37F - Nic Faas - Huntington Beach, CA
37RW - Jon Stanbrough - Avon, IN
37X - David Bezio - El Cajon, CA
39E - Kyle Edwards - Fountain Valley, CA
40 - Justin Grant - Indianapolis, IN
44 - Cody Williams - Corona, CA
50 - Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA
51 - R.J. Johnson - Laveen, AZ
51T - Christopher Bell - Columbus IN
55 - Tony Everhart - El Cajon, VA     
59 - Stephen Limon - Corona, CA
56 - Ryan Bernal - Hollister, CA
64- Parker Colston - Lake Elsinore, CA
66 - Rickie Gaunt - Torrance, CA
69 - Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
71P - Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
72 - Greg Alexander - San Pedro, CA
73 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - Cullman, IN
73X - TBA88 - Jace Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA
91R - Brody Roa - Buena Park, Ca
92 - Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA
92M - TBA
98 - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98A - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98X - Jeremy Ellertson - Lawndale, CA

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Friday.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

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SPRINT CAR SUPERSTARS ENTER BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS 360 SHOW!

(Perris, CA, October 21, 2014)  The early entries are in for the 360-portion of the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All-Coast Construction on November 6th and to say the least, it will be a show fans will not want to miss.  The prelude to the 410 portion of the Oval Nationals on November 7th and 8th, open wheel racing stars are prevalent throughout the first 33 entries in the 360 field.  

The winner of the 360 main event will take home $2,500.00 and that has drawn the attention of top stars from California, Arizona and Indiana.

“What a super field we have for the 360 Budweiser Oval Nationals this year,” promoter Don Kazarian said on Tuesday afternoon.  “The winner will take home $2,500.00 and that is a great payday for 360’s.  That is obvious by the top stars who have already entered the race this year.  Mike Spencer is the defending champion and he will have to be on his game again to win this one.  Last year the 360 race was fabulous and I expect the same on November 6th.”

Three of the entries, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana, Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama and two-time defending USAC National Sprint Car champ Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana have all entered the prestigious race and are currently ranked in the top 12 in USAC points.  Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson, the defending champ and current point leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, and multi-time Arizona area champion Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona, head the list of entries from the Copper State.

Heading the contingent from Central and Northern California will be 2014 USAC Western Classic Champion Ryan Bernal of Hollister, 2013 USAC West Coast Champion Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Landon Hearst of Riverdale and Colby Copeland of Roseville.

All of the visiting drivers will have to put up with a fierce group of PAS locals who plan on ferociously defending their local turf.  Included in The PAS delegation is Spencer of Temecula, the defending race champ and 5-time USAC/CRA champion.  Matt Mitchell of Orange, who leads the USAC West Coast Series standings, Huntington Beach driver Brody Roa, who is getting married this weekend, twins Richard and Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia and past USAC/CRA rookie of the year Jake Swanson of Anaheim.  

The 410’s will take over the action on November 7th and 8th and will be joined by The PAS Senior Sprints both of those night.  The California Lightning Sprint Cars will be in action on the 7th as well.

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets
 
Entries
 
02 - Matt Rossi - Glendale AZ
04 - Mike Collins - Lake Forest, CA
2F - Danny Faria Jr. - Tipton, CA
3X - Terry Schank Jr. - Santa Rosa, Ca
4G - TBA
5V - Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA
5X - Max Adams - Loomis, CA
10 - Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA
12 - Josh Pelkey - Peoria, AZ
15 - J.J. Ercse - Huntington Beach, CA
16 - Mike Martin - Yuma, AZ
16B - Bryan Clauson - Noblesville, IN
17 - Jonathon Henry - San Luis Obispo, CA
20 - Shon Deskins - Waddell, AZ
25 - Brian Grosenheider - El Cerrito, CA
36 - Mikey Lovas - Menifee, CA
37 - Matt Mitchell - Orange, CA
39E - Kyle Edwards - Fountain Valley, CA
48 - Brody Roa - Huntington Beach, CA
50 - Charles Davis Jr. - Buckeye, AZ
54 - Cody Majors - Simi Valley, CA
55 - Tony Everhart - El Cajon, VA      
56 - Ryan Bernal - Hollister, CA
73 - Marcus Niemela - Rauma, Finland
73X - Kevin Thomas Jr. - Cullman, AL
74 - David Taylor - Moorpark, CA
77M - RJ Johnson - Laveen, AZ
81 - Tristan Guardino - CA
81M - Jon Stanbrough - Avon, IN
86 - Chris Ennis - Bakersfield, CA
88 - Jace Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA
92 - Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA
179 - Landon Hurst - Riverdale, CA

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Friday.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

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$1000 to win for Wingless Sprints This Saturday Night at 81 Speedway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Geary, Oklahoma – October 19, 2014 - 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas will close out the 2014 race season in traditional style as C Ray Hall’s track will be hosting a $1000 to win; $100 to start non-wing sprint shootout this coming Saturday night, October 25.

Whether it be 305-ci; 360-ci or 410-ci motors, all sprint car drivers are welcome as the track goes topless to close out the 2014 race season.

Also competing will be a $1000 to win event for the mod-lite division with the highlight of the night being the season finale for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products modified division where three drivers  are separated by a mere 45 points for the 2014 tour championship.

Gates open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time. 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then .7 mile west on 77th St. in Park City. For more race and ticket information for the 2014 season finale at 81 Speedway contact the office (316) 755-1781.

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BRADY SHORT WINS THE HARVEST CUP AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY

Haubstadt, IN - October 11, 2014.  The "Harvest Cup" held at Tri-State Speedway Saturday evening closed out the racing season for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.  The event lived up to all the pre-race expectations.  Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, would win the 30 lap feature after a dual to the finish between two front row starters.  2014 MSCS Champion Kyle Cummins led the first 7 laps.  Short led the next 9 laps.  The racing continued with the cars running side by side.  Cummins wrestled the lead away on lap 17.  Short had it back by lap 22 and the $4,000 top prize was his. Cummins would finish second.

Short's win was his twelfth of the season and third at MSCS events.  He was driving a Maxim sprint sponsored by Indiana Stone Works.  "It was a lot of fun racing with Kyle Cummins.  The win was the second here for my car owner Cam Pottorff.  We all work a lot of hours."  The other Tri-State win was at the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.

In addition drivers running third in the feature were close enough to present a pending threat.  That continued despite the heavy traffic as the leaders found the back of the pack.  Carson Short kept pace in third until lap 23 when he connected with the wall in turn three.  Robert Ballou then had a late race chance.  "I dug as hard as I could.  There were two lanes to race in and they had them."  He had started twelfth and would complete the race in third.

2012 and 13 Harvest Cup winner Chase Stockon finished fourth.  Brian Karraker rounded out the top five.  Karraker had started thirteenth and was working through the pack.  Jon Stanbrough was sixth.  Seventh through tenth included Brandon Mattox, Scotty Weir, Chet Williams, and Chris Phillips.

Three sprint car heat races were conducted.  Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon, and Carson Short won those.  Carson Short collected the most MSCS passing points by starting eighth in his heat and winning it.  That win over Chris Phillips included a last lap pass!  Chase Briscoe won the B Main driving a team car to that of Brady Short.

At the opening ceremonies the MSCS Championship Driver & Owner trophies were presented to Kyle Cummins.  It was the fourth MSCS title for the Princeton, IN, second generation sprint car driver.  "It was an unbelievable season," he said.  "I didn't tear up one piece on the car."

The 2014 MSCS Rookie of the Year Award was also presented to James Lyerla of Hillsboro, IL.  Officials could not present that award until after the feature was completed.  Lyerla needed to start the feature in order to secure enough points to lock up his bid for the honor.  He obtained his goal.  "Our goal coming into the series was to be the Rookie of the Year.  It is a very tough series with a lot of rookies.  I kept trying and learning."

Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series: Feature (30 Laps): Brady Short, Kyle Cummins, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Brian Karraker, Jon Stanbrough, Brandon Mattox, Scotty Weir, Chet Williams, Chris Phillips, Donny Brackett, Aaron Farney, Jeff Bland Jr., Bradley Sterrett, Daylan Chambers, James Lyerla, Carson Short, Chase Briscoe, Dakota Jackson, Cole Smith

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Prentice Motorsports Group Acquires Joe Hunt Wingless Series

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After taking control of both the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster and the King of the West Series in 2014, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that they will assume the leadership role for the Wingless Shootout Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos starting in 2015.

“We are very pleased to add the Wingless Shootout Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos to our team,” John Prentice said. “It is a great class, and we look forward to having them on hand at a few Civil War and KWS shows in 2015, and I really thank Roger Gleeson for making this all possible.”

With the ownership of the WSS moving over to PMG, the rules package will stay the same as it was in 2013, and races will still be $1000 to win, and $130 to start.

“I have taken the series as far as I can, and I think the Prentice Motorsports Group can really help it grow,” former series director, Roger Gleeson said. “John and his staff have shown they have a great system in place, and when he approached me about this I knew it was best for the series, the racers, and our fans.”

The series will remain a traveling series with a 10-race schedule, though in 2015 most races will be ran with either the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster or the King of the West Series. Joe Hunt Magnetos has also signed on to remain the title sponsor for the Wingless Shootout Series through the 2016 season.

“We think this is a great addition to our group, and are really excited to have them run with the Civil War Series and the KWS in 2015,” Prentice added. “We think fans will enjoy even more sprint car racing at these shows, and we hope the WSS drivers enjoy sharing the stage with our winged classes, and we are excited about working with Joe Hunt Magnetos.”

For more information on the WSS, we encourage all to visit the current website, www.joehuntmagnetoswingless.com.

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LATEST ENTRY LIST FOR 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS!

(Perris, CA, October 10, 2014)  Latest entry list for the 410 portion of the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 7th and 8th is fast approaching on October 14th.  As of Friday, October 10th, the following drivers have already submitted entries.   Included in the drivers already entered are three-time winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana, Concord, California’s Damion Gardner who has won the race two times and 2012 race champion Mike Spencer of Temecula.  An entry form for the prestigious race is at the end of this release.
 
Entries
0  - Alex Malycke - Purceville, VA
2F - Danny Faria Jr. - Tipton, CA
4 - Damion Gardner - Concord, CA
4G - Chris Gansen - San Bernardino, CA
4X - Tracy Hines - Wilkinson, IN
5 - Chad Boespflug - Plainfield, IN
5V - Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA
7 - Garrett Hansen - Manhattan Beach, CA
16 - Mike Martin - Yuma, AZ
20 - Bryan Clauson - Noblesville, IN
32 - Chase Stockon - Elizabethtown, IN
37RW - Jon Stanbrough - Avon, IN
37 - Matt Mitchell - Orange, CA
37F - Nic Faas - Huntington Beach, CA
39E - Kyle Edwards - Fountain Valley, CA
50 - Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA
51 - R.J. Johnson - Laveen, AZ
56 - Ryan Bernal - Hollister, CA
64- Parker Colston - Lake Elsinore, CA
69 - Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
71P - Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
72 - Greg Alexander - San Pedro, CA
73 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - Cullman, IN
73X - TB
86 - Chris Ennis - Bakersfield, CA
91R - Brody Roa - Buena Park, Ca
92 - Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA
98 - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98A - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98X - Jeremy Ellertson - Lawndale, CA

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Friday.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

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HARVEST CUP TO BE THE LAST RACE OF THE SEASON!

Haubstadt, IN - October 6, 2014.  The 2014 season is about to come to a close for race fans that attend Tri-State Speedway.  The Harvest Cup set for Saturday night October 11th will finalize the schedule.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will headline a triple header that evening which will also include modified cars and mini sprints.

The MSCS Sprints will be racing for a $4,000 first place feature prize to top off their season winnings.  The series has been very active this season.  The feature for the Harvest Cup will be number 16.  It has also been a very competitive season.  Eight different drivers have won main events.  Robert Ballou leads the list with three wins.  Five drivers have a pair of wins.  They are Hunter Schuerenberg, Jeff Bland Jr., Brady Short, Daron Clayton, and Kyle Cummins.  Tyler Courtney and Jon Stanbrough  have also visited victory lane.

The 2014 season has been one highlighted with hot streaks!  Robert Ballou took three features in a row in a three week period at mid season.  Jeff Bland Jr. had back to back victories Memorial Day Weekend.  Brady Short had back to back wins in August beginning with the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.  Daron Clayton won both MSCS and USAC co-sanctioned events which included the biggest payoff of the year at the Haubstadt Hustler.  Hunter Schuerenberg won two of the first three races at the beginning of the season.  Kyle Cummins has won two of the last four events held.

The Harvest Cup has two roles to play in that it is also the final event on the MSCS schedule and provides an opportunity for a race site celebration along with some great racing.  It is customary to present the MSCS Championship trophies and the MSCS Rookie of the Year Award as part of the activity fans can share in and enjoy.

Kyle Cummins of Princeton, IN, will be receiving the Championship trophy for 2014.  He locked up the title chase with his performance at the September 27th event at which he put together a perfect night in winning both his heat and the feature.  He widened his point lead to 142 markers.  He now ranks as the only four time champion for the MSCS series.  Cummins was a rookie in the series in 2003 with his four titles accumulating over a twelve year MSCS driving career with his first being captured in 2007.

The MSCS Rookie of the Year honor is undecided going into the finals at the Harvest Cup.  That opportunity is now only possible for two drivers.  The Rookie of the Year will be either James Lyerla or Aaron Farney.  Following the last event they were separated by a mere 25 points.  Both have worked their way into the top ten in overall points.  Lyerla is seventh and Farney eighth.  Farney was fifth in the feature at the Fall Roundup and Lyerla tenth.  If both drivers show up prepared and in top form the outcome will likely depend on the results of the feature.

Chase Stockon won the Harvest Cup to conclude both the 2013 and 2012 seasons.  The other past winner was Jon Stanbrough in 2011.   With several tracks having already closed for the season, additional drivers will have an opportunity to compete at this race.

The Harvest Cup has a 7:30 P.M. start time.  Tri-State Speedway is in the Central Time Zone.  Opening ceremonies begin 10 or 15 minutes earlier.  Hot laps are at 6:30.  Pit gates open at 3:30.  Enjoy all the action.  Racing also includes the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds who will be running for $1,000 to win plus the MMSA-MALS Lightning Mini Sprints.

HOOSIER TIRE MSCS POINTS
Updated on September 28, 2014
1. Kyle Cummins  964
2. Brandon Mattox 822
3. Brady Short   816
4. Robert Ballou  787
5. Carson Short  734
6. Jeff Bland Jr.  685
6. James Lyerla  685
8. Aaron Farney  660
9. Chase Stockon  628
10. Daron Clayton  610
 
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Cold temperatures forces Fremont to cancel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Unseasonably cold temperatures and a chance of rain has forced the cancellation of racing on Flag City Recycling Night at Fremont Speedway for Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Buckeye Machine BOSS event and the Run-What-You-Brung will not be rescheduled. However, track officials are trying to come up with a plan to run the ladies Powder Puff dirt truck race.

By race time Saturday, temperatures were forecast to be only 45 degrees with a wind chill effect bringing that to 34 degrees. There’s also a forecast of possibility of rain and sleet.

Fremont Speedway will close out the 2014 season on Saturday, Oct. 18 with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. It is also the Salute to the King, Steve Kinser, who is in his final season of touring with the series.

For more information go to www.fremonohspeedway.com

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DAVE DARLAND TO DO BOOK SIGNING AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY’S OVAL NATIONALS

(Perris, CA, October 1, 2014)  Perris Auto Speedway is pleased to announce that three-time Oval Nationals champion and USAC National Sprint Car Series all-time main event win leader Dave Darland will be doing a book signing at the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on Saturday, November 8th.  

The popular Lincoln, Indiana racer will have copies of the book, “The Peoples, Champ,” for sale at the signing.  The signing will take place in the track’s sports bar from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.  After the signing is over, fans can watch Darland in his quest to become the only 4-time winner of the Oval Nationals.  

Written by Darland with award winning author Bones Bourcier and a forward from Tony Stewart, the 192-page book is the autobiography of one of Sprint Car racing’s most popular and talented racers. The People’s Champ charts the course of Darland’s racing life, from Quarter-Midgets and local Sprint Cars through his remarkable professional career, including championships in all three of USAC’s national divisions – Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets.

No mere chronological rehashing of a great driver’s climb, in the book Darland discusses the rivalries that helped shape his career, the code of conduct he races by, the magic of his sport’s biggest events, and the joys and stresses of being a husband and father in a sport that requires frequent travel and intense focus. The book is illuminated with reflections from “eyewitnesses” who have seen Darland through the prisms of their own personal and professional relationships, whether as car owner, mechanic, rival driver, or family member. Darland’s story is illustrated by dozens of photographs, many previously unpublished.

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134

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Non-wing sprints, run-what-you-brung Saturday at Fremont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – The Buckeye Machine Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) will invade Fremont Speedway Saturday, Oct. 4. It will be the second appearance of the 2014 season for the traditional, non-wing sprint car series.

Also on tap will be the “run-what-you-brung” which pits several different types of race cars against each other. The divisions will include a combination of late models and modifieds – rules are there are no rules on engines, tires or body styles. Another division will put stock cars and dirt trucks together. The only rule for this division is the motor will not be allowed to be set back beyond the ball joint…there are no rules on engine size, tires or body styles. There will also be a division for compacts and four cylinder race cars/trucks (Waynesfield trucks are allowed). The only rule for this class – must have a four cylinder engine.

BOSS visited Fremont Speedway to open the series season on May 3 with Kody Swanton picking up the win over Thomas Meseraull and Robert Ballou.

Other winners for BOSS in 2014 include Andre Layfield (Wayne County); Chase Stockon (Eldora); Mike Miller (Raceway 7); Dustin Smith (Mercer); Thomas Meseraull (Lawrenceburg); Logan Hupp (Lernerville and Whitewater Valley); Brandon Spithaler (America’s Motorsports Park and Wayne County); Matt Westfall (Waynesfield); C.J. Leary (Whitewater Valley); and Robert Ballou (Montpelier).

Dustin Smith currently leads the BOSS points over Mike Miller, Michael Fischesser, Brandon Spithaler, Derek Hastings, Chuck Wilson, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Adam Miller and Logan Hupp with Fremont and Eldora the final two races of the season.

It is also Family Fun Night at “The Track That Action Built” on Flag City Recycling Night. There will be a penny toss with several prizes for the kids and hot dogs will only be $1 with popcorn just 50 cents. Also Buffy, the Buffalo Wild Wings mascot will be in attendance. Also, several ladies will suit up and compete in a Powder Puff race in dirt trucks.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday with racing under way at 7 p.m.

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