Jimmy Kouba Tops Kobs in Outstanding Race at Red Cedar Speedway
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (7-22-16)
Racing for the second time-ever at the Red Cedar Speedway, the UMSS Traditional sprint cars put on an outstanding race for the top spot in what turned out to be a 25 lap nonstop run to the checkers on Friday night July 22 in their feature race. Jimmy Kouba led all but one lap, but current TSCS point leader Rick Kobs stayed close throughout most of the race, actually grabbed the lead on lap 22 only to see Kouba charge back and retake the top spot by a matter of inches on lap 23, and then go on to win for the third time this season. Kobs was looking for his second win at Red Cedar in a Traditional sprint car, having won last year when the popular non-winged division raced at the Dunn County Fair on a Thursday night in July. Jimmy Kouba was not to be denied on this night though. Kouba commented on the race and his battle with Kobs during his post-race winner interview with Loren Miller in Rock Auto Victory Lane. Kouba picked up $500 for the victory thanks to some sponsorship help from GRP Motorsports.
It was also the first night of a planned two night challenge between the Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series (WWSS) and the UMSS Traditional sprints. Four non-winged sprints made the long tow up on a very hot summer day/evening. The WWSS sprints primarily race each Saturday night at Wilmot Speedway. On hand were Doug Schenck, Craig Campton, Jeremy Hunt and George Gaertner, Jr. Last Saturday (July 16), Jimmy Kouba won for the first time down on their home track, as the both Jimmy and Jake have traveled to Wilmot several times this season already. Tonight would mark two wins in a row for Jimmy Kouba in his last two nights of racing. Commenting in the pits after the races, Jimmy said, "I saw Kobs next to me a few times during the race, then we came up on that lapped car running in my line, and before I knew it Kobs had snuck past me. I got up on the wheel and drove back by him the next lap. That was a fun race!" Jake Kouba also joined the battle for the lead in the closing laps but settled for third behind Kobs at the checkers.
James Giossi had a strong run, but was hampered by a motor which broke a valve about eight laps into the race and was down a cylinder. Giossi rode home in fourth ahead of Anna Hippe. Local favorite Blake Anderson finished sixth ahead of Jeremy Kerzman who started 14th. 2011 TSCS Champion Kevin Bradwell turned in one of his better runs recently for eighth. Rookie Ty Sampair finished ninth. Earning the $100 GRP Motorsports Hard Charger award was Scott Brandt, coming from 19th to round out the top ten. Brandt broke a power steering pump in hot laps and missed his heat race. Borrowing a spare pump from Mike Mueller, Brandt moved up nine spots in the feature. All 20 cars on hand started the feature, and ALL 20 cars finished the green flag-to-checkers run. Sixteen cars finished on the lead lap. The highest finishing WWSS sprint was Doug Schenck in fourteenth. Schenck had a solid run in his heat race and found himself in the top four redraw where he ended up with an outside front row starting spot. Jimmy Kouba drew the pole with Kobs and Giossi in row two. Heat races were by Giossi, Jimmy Kouba and Kobs. The only two caution flags of the evening came in the heat races for a couple of spins.
The second night of the two race challenge series between the WWSS and TSCS sprints scheduled for the Eagle Valley Speedway fell victim to stormy weather and was rained out. It would have been the first-ever appearance for the UMSS Traditional sprints at Eagle Valley, and many teams were looking forward to racing at a new track and watching the IRA 410 Outlaw sprints as well. The weather did not allow that to happen. Hopefully the Traditional sprints can make it over to Eagle Valley next season.
The next race for the Traditional sprints will see them return to the Cedar Lake Speedway for their tenth appearance of the season next Saturday night July 30. Rick Kobs has won five out of the nine shows at CLS so far. Jeremy Kerzman has three CLS wins while Jimmy Kouba has one win this season at the track where he earned a track championship at back in 1997 in the WISSOTA 360 winged sprints. Following the scheduled Cedar Lake race on July 30, the Traditional sprints will take a planned two week break from racing before returning to action at the Grand Rapids Speedway for a non-points show on Thursday night August 18 prior to a double header weekend at Princeton and Ogilvie the next two nights. The Princeton show will feature all three UMSS divisions while the Ogilvie race will also have the UMSS winged sprints on the program. There is plenty of racing action remaining, as the series works its way through the second half of the season! Check out the schedule, results, points and other news for the Traditional Sprint Car Series on our website at www.umsprints.com by clicking on the blue logo or follow us on Facebook.
UMSS TSCS Race Results - Red Cedar Speedway July 22, 2016 (Race #15)
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 2K-Jimmy Kouba; 2. 81-Rick Kobs; 3. 6-Jake Kouba; 4. 11-James Giossi; 5. 16-Anna Hippe; 6. 12X-Blake Anderson; 7. 3K-Jeremy Kerzman; 8. 95-Kevin Bradwell; 9. N1-Ty Sampair; 10. 7B-Scott Brandt; 11. 55-Joseph Kouba; 12. 99-Bryan Roach; 13. 48-Neal Matuska; 14. 71S-Doug Schenck; 15. 87-Mike Mueller; 16. 7S-Craig Campton; 17. 29-Hunter Custer; 18. 32-Jeremy Hunt; 19. 89-George Gaertner Jr; 20. 00-Kyle Finnegan
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Kouba 1-21, Kobs 22, Jimmy Kouba 23-25.
WSS Makes Sunset Debut This Saturday July 23rd
By Ben Deatherage
Banks, Oregon- Although Non-Winged Sprint Car racing has a rich history at Sunset Speedway Park it has never hosted an event for the newly created Wingless Sprint Series. However, that will change on Saturday, July 23rd as the WSS will invade the "Banks Bullring". A very good count is predicted to be on hand with teams traveling from all over the states of Oregon and Washington.
2016 marks the first time since 2008 that there has been one sole Non-Wing sanctioning body in the Pacific Northwest. From 2009-2015 the Northwest Wingless Tour and the Oregon Double Shot Series would run two separate schedules although some dates were co-sanctioned. The two groups would unify during the 2015-16 offseason and so far every single edition has been a nail bitter.
With six events completed there have been five different winners. Rob Lindsey has the most, with two, while Cooper Desbiens, Kyle Miller, Gary Lynch, and Lance Hallmark all have one. Lindsey enters the weekend with the current points lead.
Pit Gates on Saturday will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates open at 4:00, and racing starts at 6:30. Tickets for this event are Adults $13.00, Seniors/Military/Juniors (13-18) $10.00, Youths (Ages 12-6) $5.00, and Children under the age of 5 are FREE and a family pass will be offered for two Adults and up to four Youths for just $35.00. For more information, log on to www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com. For the latest news regarding the Wingless Sprint Series visit their website at wingless.nwextremeseries.com.
2016 WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE (DATE-TRACK-LOCATION)
May 7th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon (Rob Lindsey)
May 21st-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon (Cooper Desbiens)
May 28th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington (Rained Out)
June 11th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington (Rob Lindsey)
June 18th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, Oregon (Rained Out)
June 25th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon (Kyle Miller)
July 9th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon (Gary Lynch)
July 16th-Coos Bay Speedway-Coos Bay, Oregon (Lance Hallmark)
July 23rd-Sunset Speedway Park-Banks, Oregon
August 6th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, Oregon
August 20th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
September 3rd-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
September 10th-Sunset Speedway Park-Banks, Oregon
Tommy Laliberte Shines In First Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Start Of Season
Aptos, CA)- Stepping away from the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos for an extended period of time, 2014 series champion, Tommy Laliberte, made the most of his first start of 2016 as he fended off Klint Simpson to win the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.
With Laliberte and Jimmy Christian leading the field to green on Saturday night, it was Christian getting the jump initially, but Laliberte would lead the first lap officially as he made a big time move in turns three and four.
With Christian and Laliberte setting up an exciting battle for the race lead early in the feature, the caution would fly on the race’s second lap slowing the field and setting up another restart.
As the green flag was displayed to the field, Klint Simpson would get around Christian and take over the second spot, before he briefly took the race lead on the fifth lap, only to see Laliberte answer the call one lap later and reclaim the top spot on lap six.
While the top two battled hard, the red flag would be needed on the seventh lap, as Nick Larsen would come into contact with a fellow competitor and his machine would flip violently down the back stretch though he would escape uninjured.
Back under way, Laliberte, Simpson, and Christian entertained the crowd with an exciting battle up front, but Simpson would drift high in turns one and two and give up some ground to the lead duo.
Laliberte would shake his challengers as the race reached the halfway point and open up a comfortable lead. Though out front, Klint Simpson would get back into the second spot and take a liking to the cushion as he slowly closed Laliberte’s gap.
In the final stages of the race, Simpson would find himself in the mix and would be all over Laliberte with the white flag in the air. Looking to duplicate his last lap move that he pulled off at this race in 2015, Simpson would come up short as Lalitberte would fend him off and score his first win of the 2016 season.
“To come back out and beat a driver like Klint Simpson who is at the top of his game right now is really cool,” an emotional Tommy Laliberte said. “To have my little boy in the stands tonight and win, I am kind of speechless.
Simpson would finish in the second spot, while Cody Fendley would make a move on lap 16 to claim the final spot on the podium. Jimmy Christian would finish in fourth, while Terry Schank would overcome a tangle on lap two to round of the Top-5.
Klint Simpson would get things started on Saturday night by setting the standard in qualifying time trials, as Simpson and Fendley would pick up heat race wins on this night, with Jimmy Christian winning the Dash.
August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)
August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th- Petaluma Speedway
November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track
Lee Grosz Wins Earl Kouba Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (7-8-16)
Despite a light rain shower during hot laps that caused a 40 minute delay to the start of the racing program, the sun reappeared and a pleasant evening followed for the running of the 24th Annual Earl Kouba Memorial race at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Friday night July 8. Becoming just the third driver to win this prestigious race more than once in its 24 year history, Harwood, North Dakota racer Lee Grosz led the entire 25 lap distance in the UMSS winged sprint car feature and parked in Rock Auto Victory Lane for his eighth career UMSS win. Grosz had previously won the Kouba Memorial back in 2008. Thanks to the tremendous support from several sponsors, Grosz earned $2,000 for his first victory in just his second UMSS race of the season.
A very competitive field of (21) UMSS winged sprint cars were on hand for the opening night of the big two-day World of Outlaws weekend at the popular western Wisconsin dirt oval. That number was immediately pared down to 20 cars, as 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf had an engine failure in the CT525 crate motor while putting heat in the engine in the pits prior to the racing program. Jeff Pellersels offered his car to Graf, so Chris jumped in the 1DOC ride for the evening and competed in the full program. Graf's team was heading home after the races to get their other car for Saturday night.
The UMSS ran their usual double round of qualifying races. Inaugural UMSS Champion Leigh Thomas won the first heat while three-time UMSS Champion Jerry Richert, Jr. picked up the win in the second heat and eventual race winner Lee Grosz topped the third heat. Challenge race victories went to 2010 UMSS Champion Cody Hahn and 2015 UMSS Champion Ryan Bowers. Bowers defeated Thomas Kennedy in the second Challenge race by 1/1000th of a second in a photo-finish at the line. The top four drivers in passing and finishing points redrew for starting spots in the first two rows of the feature. Grosz drew the pole with Hahn outside. Richert and Kennedy would go from row two. All five previous UMSS Champions were on hand.
Grosz blasted into the lead at the start of the 25 lap Earl Kouba Memorial feature and immediately established his line up on the cushion. Grosz drove to a comfortable lead while a group of cars battled for the second through fifth positions behind him. The lone caution of the race waved with 12 laps scored when Thomas Kennedy slid sideways in turn two and came to a stop near the bottom of the track. Kennedy restarted behind the lead lap cars. Kennedy had been racing with Brooke Tatnell for the fourth spot. Tatnell began his move forward following the caution, as the laps clicked off under the green. Grosz was long gone up front. Tatnell, the all-time leading UMSS feature winner, moved to third on lap 14 and passed his brother-in-law Richert for second on lap 17. Tatnell slowly began cutting into Grosz' lead, but without the aid of another caution Grosz never had to fend him off for the top spot. Tatnell finished second ahead of Richert, Bowers and Hahn. Driving the DDR #2 sprinter in his first-ever UMSS race, Fresno, California driver Dominic Scelzi finished sixth. Kennedy recovered for seventh. Mark Toews, driving Anna Hippe's winged sprint, rode home in eighth in his first race of the season. Cam Schafer came from 20th to finish ninth. Jared Goerges rounded out the top ten. Seventeen of the twenty starters were still running at the finish with eleven cars still on the lead lap.
The UMSS winged sprints return to Cedar Lake Speedway on for the second night of the all-sprint car racing weekend on July 9. A separate race report will follow to recap night number two. The opening night saw 34 WoO sprints, a record 27 UMSS Traditional sprints and 21 UMSS winged sprints in the pits for a total of 82 sprint cars! Fans can keep track of all the UMSS action on our website at www.umsprints.com or on the UMSS Facebook page.
UMSS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway July 8, 2016 (Race #5)
24th Annual Earl Kouba Memorial
GRP Motorsports Earl Kouba Memorial Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 4J-Lee Grosz; 2. 14-Brooke Tatnell; 3. 34DD-Jerry Richert Jr; 4. 199-Ryan Bowers; 5. 34-Cody Hahn; 6. 2-Dominic Scelzi; 7. 21K-Thomas Kennedy; 8. 5T-Mark Toews; 9. 5C-Cam Schafer; 10. 9-Jared Goerges; 11. 1DOC-Chris Graf; 12. 1D-Dean Brown; 13. 29-Leigh Thomas; 14. 52-Jake Lempelius; 15. 91A-Reed Allex; 16. 77-Kevin Bradwell; 17. 7M-Bob McVitty; 18. (DNF) 74-Roger McVitty; 19. (DNF) 03-Jamey Ogston; 20. (DNF) 5G-Dave Glennon.
Lap Leader: Grosz 1-25.
TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY WET
Haubstadt, IN - July 3, 2016 - THe Southern Indiana Sprint Stampede scheduled to be held Sunday at Tri-State Speedway was cancelled due to wet conditions at the track. The event will not be rescheduled.
The next event at the track will be the USAC Indiana Sprint Week finale on July 16th. The sprints will be running for $5,000 to win and the modifieds will be competing for $1,000 to win. The MSCS Sprints will return August 13th for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.
MESERAULL SPECTACULAR AT THE BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR
Putnamville, IN - July 2, 2016 - Thomas Meseraull pulled into victory lane for a third consecutive time at an MSCS race being held at Lincoln Park Speedway Saturday night. The California driver has won all three of his most recent Midwest Sprint Car Series appearances there. This time Meseraull collected the hardware for the second day of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular held in the honor of the founder of the Indiana Open Wheel web site. The 30 lap feature paid $3,000 to win!
The main event became a constant battle between the two leaders. Jeff Bland Jr. led the first third of the event. He was using a tight line along the inside edge of the track. Meseraull was working the high side of the track in the red Amati Racing Team sprint car. Fans watched as the two engaged in a see-saw contest. Back and forth efforts became a side by side challenge with less than 5 laps to go. Meseraull caught the checkered flag first with Bland running second.
Just behind the two leaders, Dave Darland was attempting to improve on the third spot that he was running in. Robert Ballou began charging deeper and deeper into the turns. Eventually those moves paid off as he powered past Darland to earn the third spot. Darland held on to fourth with Brent Beauchamp rounding out the top five.
A polished second five was made up of C.J. Leary, Shane Cottle, Chase Stockon, Dickie Gaines, and Brady Short. A.J. Hopkins picked up the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh. Drivers that encountered trying situations included Jarett Andretti and Tyler Hewitt. Andretti had a front row starting spot for the feature but his car would not fire after repeated efforts. Hewitt, a leading MSCS Rookie driver, was involved in an incident in turn two that relegated his car to the pits after only 13 laps.
The B Main was an absolute showdown with talented drivers lining up row after row back into the starting field. Kevin Thomas Jr. took this 12 lap event. Carson Short was second. Following the event points leader Brandon Morin took the MSCS provisional offered to become the 21st starter for the feature.
The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be racing again later in July. The series will be running at Montpelier Motor Speedway The MSCS at MMS feature event will pay $2,000 to win!
A Main (30 Laps) - Thomas Meseraull, Jeff Bland Jr., Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Shane Cottle, Chase Stockon, Dickie Gaines, Brady Short, A.J. Hopkins, Josh Hodges, Jon Stanbrough, Carson Short, Tyler Thomas, Brandon Morin, Kevin Thomas Jr., Shane Cockrum, Chad Boespflug, Tyler Hewitt, Jarett Andretti DNS.
MSCS & MOWA AT THE TRI-STATE STAMPEDE FOR SPRINT CARS
Haubstadt, IN - June 29 - Sunday night July 2nd the MSCS Sprints will appear at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. This is year four for the Southern Indiana Sprint Car Stampede. The event is on a different weekend this year but the attraction is two, make it threefold. The MSCS non-wing sprints will share the oval with the MOWA winged Sprint Cars. The inclusion of the UMP Modified Cars this year will provide race fans with an outstanding three-way, your-way open wheel combo!
The MSCS series is now ready to undertake the second half of the season schedule. There are now just nine races left on the schedule. Saturday night the MSCS Sprints will compete at day two of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway. Then Sunday drivers can travel the 125 miles downstate to compete at Tri-State Speedway.
After last week’s appearance for the series at the Daugherty Speedway, the MSCS Points Standings once again changed. Brandon Morin of Jasonville, IN, has assumed the points lead. The 20 year old driver was the 2015 MSCS Rookie of the Year. Consistent finishes and steady performances have propelled him to the top of the current standings.
Two drivers are tied for second in MSCS points. Carson Short and Brady Short remain in the hunt for the title. Brady Short is the defending champion and Carson was the runner-up last season. Dakota Jackson and Tyler Hewitt are fourth and fifth in points. Jackson is off to a great start this season. Hewitt just took over the MSCS
Rookie Points lead. Rookies Nevil Algie and Jared Chastain are just a few points back.
The Neal Tire Midwest Open Wheel Association will be making its third appearance in Indiana this season. Jerrod Hull has won the last two races including the Summer Showdown at Tri-State in June. He also leads that series’ points standings. Others in the top five in MOWA points after the Haubstadt race were Parker Price-Miller, Jake
Blackhurst, Jim Moughan, and A.J. Bruns.
With wings and non-wing sprints on the same program the opportunity is there for drivers to run both. Having two cars available is usually one major deciding factor. Usually there are a couple of drivers who have the equipment, crew, and versatility to undertake the challenge. It certainly increases a driver’s potential earnings.
At a recent MOWA race there were half a dozen non wing drivers either switching to wings or doing double duty.
Racing remains a sport that is all about winning! Chase Stockon won the MSCS feature at the Southern Indiana Sprint Stampede in 2015. Stockon heads this season’s MSCS winner’s list with 2 wins. Both of those were at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas Meseraull, Kyle Cummins and Mitch Wissmiller have posted feature wins also.
TWO BEFORE THE FOURTH - MSCS IS AT LINCOLN PARK & TRI-STATE
Haubstadt, IN - June 29 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series is booked for two big nights of holiday weekend racing activity. The non-wing sprint car drivers racing with the organization will be running at two different tracks on successive nights. The Saturday and Sunday night events are some 125 miles apart. That is close enough to insure that a lot of sprint car fans can attend both and yet far enough apart to attract a number of different racing teams to one or both shows. Everyone can enjoy seeing some great racing prior to the actual Fourth of July Holiday.
Saturday night the MSCS Sprints will unload to race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN. The racing program is the second annual event named in honor of Bill Gardner who was the originator of the ever popular Indiana Open Wheel website. The Bill Gardner Sprintacular will be a two day show with MSCS sanctioning the
Saturday night show. The USAC sprints will be running to captivate the opening night crowd on Friday night. Drivers will be able to compete for high stakes both nights. The MSCS feature Saturday pays $3,000 to win!
Sunday night the MSCS Sprints will appear at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. This is year four for the Southern Indiana Sprint Car Stampede. The event is on a different weekend this year but the attraction is two, make it threefold. The MSCS non- wing sprints with deep roots in Hoosier land will share the oval with the MOWA winged Sprint Cars based in Illinois. The inclusion of the UMP Modified Cars will provide race fans with an outstanding offering. It is in actuality a giant three-way open wheel combo! The MSCSfeature Sunday pays $2,500 to win!
Two great racing opportunities await the MSCS regulars. The series is now ready to undertake the second half of the season schedule. There are nine races left on the schedule. That still allows drivers to join or rejoin the series and race for the special purses and still have ample time to climb up through the standings. At each race drivers are also welcome to compete on a temporary permit.
After the last appearance for the series at the Daugherty Speedway the MSCS Points Standings once again changed. Brandon Morin of Jasonville, IN, has assumed the points lead. He was the 2015 MSCS Rookie of the Year. Consistent finishes and steady participation in combination have propelled him to the top of the current standings. Two drivers are tied for second in points. Those are 2015 MSCS Champion Brady Short and 2015 Points Runner-up Carson Short. Carson Short is ranked second based on best feature finishes! Dakota Jackson and Tyler Hewitt are fourth and fifth in points. Jackson is off to a great start this season and Hewiit just took over the MSCS Rookie Points lead.
Racing remains a sport that is all about winning! Robert Ballou won the MSCS Gardner Sprintacular last season.
Chase Stockon won the Sprint Stampede in 2015. Stockon heads the MSCS winner’s list this season with 2 wins. Both of those were at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas Meseraull took the MSCS show at LPS in May. Kyle Cummins and Mitch Wissmiller won the two most recent features held for MSCS.
Racing gets underway at 7 P.M. Saturday at Putnamville. Racing Sunday at Tri-State Speedway begins at 7:30. Group qualifying is set for an hour earlier each night. Remember that the two tracks are in different time zones!
Kyle Miller Wins CGS Wingless Sprint Series Feature
By Ben Deatherage
Cottage Grove, Oregon- Cottage Grove Speedway would host the fourth race of 2016 for the inaugural season of the Wingless Sprint Series. Seventeen drivers would make the journey to the historic ¼-mile clay oval. Teams from Oregon and Washington would make appearances.
Sutherlin teenager Cooper Desbiens would get his J.H. Desbiens Construction/Budget Lumber/Lithia Autobody/Oregon Tool & Supply #4D Maxim to the front on the opening lap. Eugene’s Kyle Miller would make the pass on lap two and began to pull away from there. Miller, in the Kady Adelman owned Machined For Speed By Craig Jensen/G.K. Machine & Fabrication #6A XXX, would develop a decent lead but a few cautions would keep the field close.
Shortly after a lap twelve restart Miller would receive some pressure and in fact lost the lead on lap thirteen to Rob Lindsey. Lindsey, of Sherwood and in his Maxline Custom Cases/Summerfield Golf & Country Club/Triple X Race Co./Speedmart Inc. #23 XXX, would try and create some distance but Miller would remain hot on his heels. Miller would take the position back on lap nineteen and stayed there the rest of the way. It was Miller’s first career win with the newly created Wingless Sprint Series.
Rob Lindsey held onto second while the Todd’s Auto Body/Clark Printing/Hedge Carter Gutter Service/Herz Precision Parts #85 Maxim of Ricky Ashley, from Thurston, was third. The balance of the top five was made up of Aloha’s Brad Rhodes in fourth, piloting his Pro Tow/Beaverton Automotive/Raybourn Performance #50 Eagle, and the Whit Log Trailers/Double R Powdercoating/Redmond Trucking #57X Rocket, driven by Dusty Redmond, in fifth.
Kyle Miller set quick time in time trials while Rob Lindsey was triumphant in the trophy dash. Heat races were won by Miller, Lindsey, and Salem’s Tim Alberding in the Alberding Racing #52 Maxim.
The Wingless Sprint Series will next visit Madras Speedway on Saturday July 9th. It will be the second time this year that the WSS visit the central Oregon ¼-mile clay oval. Be sure and keep up with the latest news and information regarding the Wingless Sprint Series by visiting wingless.nwextremeseries.com.
A Feature: 1. Kyle Miller; 2. Rob Lindsey; 3. Ricky Ashley; 4. Brad Rhodes; 5. Dusty Redmond; 6. Mike Griffith; 7. Cooper Desbiens; 8. Theo McCarty; 9. Lance Hallmark; 10. Otto Jorgenson; 11. Jonathan Jorgenson; 12. Randy Dunlap; 13. Jake Gilman; 14. Lindsay Barney; 15. Tim Alberding; 16. Chris Batalgia; 17. Johnny Butler.
EXTRA BONUSES ADD SPICE TO “PETER MURPHY CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings
JUNE 23, 2016... Excitement and anticipation is growing as get closer to July 22nd & 23rd for the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Hosted by the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, the event is one of the most prestigious and richest dates on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Schedule. Also featuring the winged King of the West Sprints and “Legends of Kearney Bowl” Vintage Cars, both nights are a “must see” event for California Sprint Car fans.
NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Peter Murphy Classic” will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships are mandatory and can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing. Membership forms will also be available on raceday.
A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising additional prize money for the event. At press time, they are continuing to look for more sponsors and a list of current bonuses are listed below. Interested parties can contact Peter Murphy at Pro Signs in Fresno at (559) 292-4429 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 22nd
-Normal Purse ($1,500 to win and $225 to start). 22 Cars will start Main Event.
SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
-Main Event will be at least $4,000 to win and $400 to start.
-$500 for Fast Time. ($400 Bonus, plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award)
-$400 for Hard Charger.
-$400 for Long Tow.
-Additional Cash will go to a 4-Car, 4-Lap, Dash For Cash
All bonuses raised by Peter Murphy will be paid in cash. USAC West Coast Contingency Awards worth over $1,600 will also be distributed. More information will follow as additional bonuses are available.
Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australia native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Matt Mitchell won the USAC West Coast feature and Aaron Reutzel scored the King of the West triumph.
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Geared Up For Wine Country Classic at Calistoga Speedway
Aptos, CA)- This Saturday night, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos is set to make it’s lone appearance of the 2016 season at the famed Calisotga Speedway as the series will share the stage with the King of the West 410ci Series during the Wine Country Classic.
With Mother Nature causing several cancelations early in the year, the series was able to kick it’s 2016 season off two weeks ago in thrilling fashion at the Petaluma Speedway.
During the series opener, Klint Simpson put on a show as he was able to carve his way through the field after a lap one spin and claim the win in dramatic fashion, as he continues to have a strong 2016 season in the division.
In two appearances at the Calistoga Speedway in 2015, wins went to Colton Slack and Terry Schank. With Slack out of the division now, Schank will look to become the first repeat winner with the series at the famed ½ mile, and look to rebound from some tough luck during the season opening event.
Other drivers that are expected to be on hand during Saturday nights event include Barry Pries, Shayna Sylvia, Jared Morrison, Nick Larson, Bruno Bianchi, and many more of the top drivers in the wingless division from northern California.
Saturday night, Adult reserved seats cost $30, with general admission tickets $25. Children 6-12 cost $10. Kids five & under are free.
Will call/ ticket sales & pit gate will open at 1pm, front gate opens at 4pm, with cars on track around 5pm. Teams are welcome to arrive early and set up in the infield pit area, which will then be swept at noon. The pit area age minimum is 14, with anyone under 18 being required to have a parent sign a release.
June 25th- Calistoga Speedway
Jul 10th- Stockton Dirt Track
July 16th- Ocean Speedway
August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)
August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th- Petaluma Speedway
November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track
MSCS HEADS TO DAUGHTERY SPEEDWAY TO RACE JUNE 25
Haubstadt, IN - June 16, 2016 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be racing at the Daugherty Speedway on Saturday night June 25th. This event will mark the return of the MSCS series to the 3/8s mile track for the first time in ten seasons. In that span of time there have been many changes within the series as well as at the facility.
The race represents an excellent opportunity for drivers in northern and central Indiana to run with the series. New faces in different or additional cars always makes for an interesting race. Support for the series currently averages 25 sprint cars per event. Strong competitors are following the series and are joined by equally strong teams that participate as opportunity allows. Drivers can purchase a temporary permit from MSCS to run a particular event or obtain an annual license.
Some of the most successful drivers with MSCS so far include recent “Summer Showdown” winner Kyle Cummins, two time feature winner Chase Stockon, and LPS winner Thomas Meseraull. The series has completed just 4 races so far of the eight on the original schedule. The race at Daugherty marks the end of a wet first half of a season. Frequent members of the top five after the features include Carson Short, C.J. Leary, and Brady Short. Brady Short has taken the lead in the season points for MSCS. He is compiling steady performances to work towards a third MSCS season title.
A number of drivers have made progress in finding openings in the top five so far in 2016. Donny Brackett and Kevin Thomas Jr. have garnered runner-up feature finishes. Six other drivers have earned a top five finish just outside of a trip to the podium. They are Dakota Jackson, Jeff Bland Jr., Josh Hodges, Chad Boespflug, Ted Hines, and Brent Beauchamp.
The Daugherty Speedway may present one of the most neutral battlegrounds of the season for the MSCS sprint car drivers. MSCS last raced at the track when it was known as Kamp Motor Speedway. Those events were held during 2003, 2004, and 2005. The series was gaining momentum then and is now in its 16th season. Series records list the winners during those years as Bobby Smith, A.J. Anderson, Danny Williams Jr., Kenny Carmichael Sr., and Kyle Wissmiller. Odds are that fans will be watching for a new face to appear in victory lane. The winner’s prize will be $2,000!
The current top twelve in points for MSCS are Brady Short, Brandon Morin, Kyle Cummins, Nevil Algie, Dakota Jackson, Carson Short, Tyler Hewitt, Jared Chastain, Donny Brackett, Jim Shelton, Jadon Rogers, and C.J. Leary.
Racing will begin at 6:30 Eastern Time. Hot laps and group qualifying will be held an hour earlier. Four other classes will be racing on the card. There should be plenty of action and excitement for race fans to experience at a dirt track.
SUMMER SHOWDOWN NEXT UP FOR MSCS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY
Haubstadt, IN - June 7, 2016 - The Midwest Sprint Car Series will return to the Tri-State Speedway to race on Saturday night June 11th.
The speedway’s“Summer Showdown” will also feature the popular MOWA Winged Sprint Cars. It is the first time this season that full sized non-wing and winged sprint cars will be competing at the speedway as part of the same program. The UMP Modified Cars will also race to provide fans with a triple header of open wheel racing.
Three MSCS events have been completed so far on the 2016 MSCS schedule. Two of those have been held at Tri-State Speedway. Chase Stockon won both of those features. But the driver who has accumulated the most points so far in 2016 is defending MSCS Champion Brady Short. Short also won the 2015 “Summer Showdown” with Carson Short finishing second. Brady Short is the all time leader in series feature wins with 21. He is looking for that first MSCS win in 2016. The feature winner will receive $2,000.
Brandon Morin is currently second in the series points. Morin was last year’s MSCS Rookie of the Year! He is off to a good start this season. He trails Short by just 31 points. The two lead a top five that includes Kyle Cummins, Nevil Algie, and Carson Short. Nevil Algie rates as the top rookie driver so far this season. C.J. Leary, Dakota Jackson, Tyler Hewitt, Jared Chastain, and Mitch Wissmiller round out the top ten performers based on points. Hewitt and Chastain are among the nine rookies that are competing with MSCS and checking out opportunities in running with the series this season.
The MOWA Sprint Car Series is a regional traveling organization supported by experienced winged sprint drivers with home bases primarily in Illinois and Missouri. So far this season they have competed four times with all the tracks involved being located in Illinois. This is the first opportunity for Tri-State race fans to watch them in the Hoosier State. Indiana based sprint car drivers who have competed with MOWA this season so far include Spencer Bayston, Bryan Clauson, Kody Kinser, Parker Price-Miller, and Jacob Wilson. This event is a closer opportunity for others to participate in.
The MOWA Points leader is Jerrod Hull from Sikeston, MO. He has also won two of their four feature events. Parker Price-Miller, Jake Blackhurst, Bret Triplett, and A.J. Bruns round out the top five in points.
Racing at Tri-State Speedway begins at 7:30 P.M., C.D.T. Hot laps & group qualifying will begin an hour earlier. The track is located three miles north of I-64 on Highway 41 at Haubstadt, IN. Adult tickets are $20, students $15, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Reserved seats are available for an additional $3 per seat.