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Hoosier Hundred Preview & Driver Notes

By Jay Hardin Track Enterprises Staff

May 23, 2016-Indianapolis, IN-The 62nd Hoosier Hundred Thursday night is shaping up to be one of the most competitive events in recent history, with a number of pilots having a fair shot at first prize.  The legendary USAC Silver Crown Series event on the Indiana State Fair Mile has seen legends such as Foyt, Unser, Andretti, Bettenhausen and Hewitt grace victory lane.  With a pre-entry list that tentatively is well over 30 machines, a number of drivers look to add their name to the Indiana mile history book.

The race is the second this week in USAC's "The Week Of Indy" series.  It all opens up on Wednesday night with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series at the Terre Haute Action Track, followed by the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday night, and finishes with the Carb Night Classic "The Race Before The 500" on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway.  The Thursday and Friday races are USAC Silver Crown Champ Car events. 

Full information on USAC's "The Week Of Indy" events can be found at www.trackenterprises.com.

This is a look (and by no means all-inclusive) at many of the entrants for Thursday night’s Hoosier Hundred, some of the favorites, contenders, and dark horses to watch.

FAVORITES
Kody Swanson-Kingsburg, CA.  Swanson has the opportunity to join Al Unser and Jimmy Bryan as the only drivers ever to win three consecutive Hoosier Hundred races.  The winner of the last two events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is also the winner of the last two Silver Crown titles and has won five of eight on dirt miles in the last two seasons.

Dave Darland-Lincoln, IN.  Never count out the 1997 Silver Crown champ and the three time (1995, 1996 & 2004) Hoosier Hundred winner.  Darland has six wins on dirt miles between Springfield and Indianapolis, the all-time leader in USAC Sprint Car feature wins shows no signs of slowing down.

Jerry Coons, Jr.-Tucson, AZ.  Car owner Gene Nolen got that first win on the Indy mile with Shane Hollinsgworth in 2009 and partnered last year with 2011 & 2012 winner Coons.  The 2008 USAC Silver Crown champ is always a threat on the big tracks and this team is a potent combo.

Shane Cockrum, Benton, IL-A new car purchased from the Tony Stewart stable paid dividends for the Hardy Boys racing team propelling the “Chief” to victories at Terre Haute and a repeat at DuQuoin.  Car and driver ran up front at Indy and Springfield as well, the second generation driver loves the big tracks.

Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN.  Starting in row 10 at the Indianapolis 500 Clauson becomes one of the few drivers in the past 20 years to run at the fairgrounds and the 500-mile race.  Clauson is due in the big cars on one of the big mile tracks and he has a strong race car that can carry him 100 miles.

CONTENDERS
Brian Tyler, Mt. Pleasant, NC.  Four wins at Springfield and one at DuQuoin proved Tyler could win on the dirt miles.  He returned to all three last year with a new car for owner Junior Kurtz but wasn’t able to find past magic.  He teams with Springfield, Illinois owner Dennis McQuinn in a car that can run at the front.

C.J. Leary, Greenfield, IN.  His dad won the 1997 Hoosier Hundred and in April he became the first son of a series race winner to also find victory lane.  A strong runner in USAC and Central Indiana sprints don’t be surprised if this driver and car challenge for the lead.

Aaron Pierce-Muncie, IN.  Pierce has wins on pavement and is the fastest driver in series history.  Last year he dazzled fans with a podium run at Indianapolis and the show he and Cockrum put on at DuQuoin is still fresh in the minds of fans.  If the car stays together count on him as a contender.

Justin Grant-Ione, CA.  Grant was overdue for a ride in the series having proven his talent in sprint cars and midgets.  The ride he got has been very fast as evidenced by a pole at Indy and an up front start at Springfield.  Help from new spotter and former driver Jason McCord should help him through 100 tough laps on the Indy mile.

A.J. Fike-Galesburg, IL.  Fike was strong in last year’s race leading until Swanson passed him around the 2/3 mark.  With two wins at Springfield and a stock car win on the mile dirt there to boot Foyt’s namesake knows his way around the Fairground’s dirt.  Look for him to be in contention.

DARK HORSES
Shane Cottle-Kokomo, IN.  Cottle won at DuQuoin in 2007 and was very strong running for Curtis Williams last year.  Williams had a bit of a health issue during the offseason yet expect the team and driver to be around for all 100-miles.

Chris Windom-Canton, IL.  The “Bear” has a victory on one of the half-miles in the Big Cars but hasn’t reached victory lane on one of the big tracks yet, despite several very good runs.  The Gormly machine is capable as is the driver.

Casey Shuman-Tempe, AZ.  The son of former winner Ron Shuman has very few series starts but when he’s been able to secure a ride he’s shown very well.  He ran in the top three a couple of years ago at Indy as a teammate to Cockrum and took over the Bateman ride in the middle of last year gaining a top ten at both Springfield and DuQuoin.

Brady Bacon-Broken Arrow, OK.  What is it about Broken Arrow that produces so many great dirt track drivers?  Bacon is another in a long line and the sprint car champ was fast in the beautiful Martens 48, gaining a tenth at Indy however mechanical gremlins haunted the team on the other big tracks.

Russ Gamester-Peru, IN.  Never count Russ out of any 100-mile dirt race.  Experience counts and this veteran and his family operation certainly have that.  Wins at Springfield and DuQuoin make this former USAC Midget champ a threat any time the dirt cars roll onto a mile track.  Gamester would like nothing better than to win on the home turf.

Jeff Swindell-Germantown, TN.  It’s nice to see the two-time (1991 & 1993) race winner back.  The car and the team are something of an unknown entity, Randy Hannagan ran the car for 99 miles at Springfield but didn’t crack the top ten.  

“HOOSIER HUNDRED” TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST

0 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL
Matt Barker – Ruthe Thackery/Barker-Thackery/Beast/Chevy

00 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
Terry Babb/APT Powder Coating – Flat-Out Ministries/Beast/Chevy

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN
Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star – Anderson Transport/Beast/Claxton Toyota

3 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL
RFMS Racing/Liberty Village – McGladrey/Beast/Foxco

5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL
Bland Brothers Enterprises/Sam’s Speed Shop – Bland Brothers Enterprises/Drinan/BBE Chevy

6 BRYAN CLAUSON/Noblesville, IN
Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America – JB Restaurant Hospitality Group/Beast/Ford

7 NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN
Neil Shepherd/Shepherd Firearms – Claxton Engines/Claxton Toyota

8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Chris Carli/Joe’s Racing Products – Wilwood Engeineering/DRC/Claxton Chevy

14 BRIAN TYLER/Mount Pleasant, NC
Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports – Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy

17 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Michael Dutcher Motorsports/RW Modular – Griffin’s Propane/Beast/Toyota

18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY
Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool – KVKK Racing/Beast/Gentry Chevy

20 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ
Nolen Racing/KECO – Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN
Swanson Racing/JR Levering Construction – The Bridge Restaurant/Beast/Chevy

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO
Todd Satterthwaite/Todd’s Machine Shop/Magnum/Chevy

25 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA
Eddie Sachs Racing/Mecum Auctions – Checkered Flag Tavern/Beast/Team RAYPRO Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN
Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet – Tom Cherry Mufflers/Beast/Pierce Chevy

27 BILLY PUTERBAUGH JR./Indianapolis, IN
Carla & Steve Phillips/Roberts Tech Jobs – TBA Oil & Warehouse/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL
Joey Moughan/Conaway Handyman Service – Moughan Electric/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Toyota

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country – Bytec Resource Management/J & D/Chevy

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO
Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza – DMR Motorsports/Beast/Chevy

48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
Paul Martens/Martens Machine Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN
Gamester Racing/Gamester Green Gable Village/GRP/Toyota

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ
Patty Bateman/Circle K Convenience Stores/Beast/Chevy

58 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
Ralph Liguori/Sunshine Trailer Park – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/DRC/Kercher Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital – Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services – Infinity Shocks/Maxim/Chevy

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL
Chris Urish/Elkhart Fertilizer – Pacesetter Solutions/Beast/Foxco Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines – QS Components/Maxim/Chevy

84 TAD ROACH/Granite City, IL
Scott Spivey/Lloyd Racing Enterprises – Malibu Art Tile & Stone/Stealth/Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile – F & S Collision Repair/Beast/Foxco

91 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
Hemelgarn Enterprises/Hemelgarn Enterprises/J & J/Ford

98 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/J & D

99 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise – Seals-It Indy Race Parts/JEI/Foxco Chevy

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46TH “TONY HULMAN CLASSIC” WEDNESDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

Brady Bacon leads the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship by 19 points as the series heads into this Wednesday night’s 46th running of the “Tony Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.  He finished on the podium in 2013 and 2014, but has yet to win the traditional event.  He’s never led the “Hulman,” but as a former winner at the “Action Track” in the fall of 2014 in the “Jim Hurtubise Classic,” Bacon has to rate as one of the pre-race favorites.

Bacon heads to Terre Haute on the heels of three consecutive runner-up finishes at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.  His lone victory this year came at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway in April.

One of America’s most revered open-wheel events, Wednesday’s race should include at least five former race winners. They are defending winner Robert Ballou, 1993 and 2014 winner Dave Darland, 2010 and 2013 winner Jerry Coons Jr., 2011 winner Chris Windom and 2002 and 2007 winner Jon Stanbrough.  Darland, Coons or Stanbrough could join Cary Faas and Levi Jones as three-time race winners.

Nine drivers have scored victories in the first 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in 2016, including two new 2016 winners this past weekend in Indiana.

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. dominated Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Brownstown, leading all 30 laps in his Franklin Equipment/CEP Concrete DRC/Chevy.  Bacon was second ahead of Darland, Meseraull and ProSource Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary.  The victory was Thomas’ first in the series in 15 months.

Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. finally ended his search for his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory after 115 starts since 2004 when he captured Friday’s “May Meltdown” at Gas City in his AAA/Carts & Parts DRC/Claxton.  He passed Bacon on lap 17, slipped behind Bacon on lap 21 and regained the lead on the white-flag lap! Trailing runner-up Bacon were Thomas, Max McGhee and Tyler Courtney.
 
Meseraull was Friday’s ProSource fast qualifier while Chad Boespflug, Chase Stockon, Courtney, Leary, Stanbrough, Justin Grant and Shane Cottle won preliminaries sponsored by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Benic Enterprises and Indy Race Parts.  Thomas grabbed Friday’s KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award at Gas City and Ballou was Saturday’s KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger at Brownstown.

In addition to the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will be in action, featuring a barrage of the best in the midwest, including NASCAR personality Ken Schrader.

Pits open Wednesday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin shortly after 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:30.  Grandstand admission is $25 for adults, $15 for the infield, and children 10 and under are free.

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana) - ½-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 46th “Tony Hulman Classic” featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifiedds. 

STARTING TIMES: Pits open at 3:00pm. Grandstands at 5:00pm. Hot Laps at 6:00pm. Racing at 7:30pm. 

TICKETS: General admission tickets (adult): $25. Infield tickets (adult): $15. Children 10 and under are FREE!

A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission to the following 

May 25: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars / “Tony Hulman Classic” / Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana)

May 26: USAC Silver Crown / “Hoosier Hundred” / Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, Indiana)

May 27: USAC Silver Crown / “Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500” / Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, Indiana)

To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/the-week-of-indy or call (217) 764-3200.

TRACK ADDRESS: 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807
TRACK PHONE: Track Enterprises: (217) 764-3200.  Race Day: (812) 232-4040
TRACK WEBSITE: http://trackenterprises.com/ & http://terrehauteactiontrack.net/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):
1.   (731) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
2.   (712) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
3.   (649) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)
4.   (631) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
5.   (628) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
6.   (619) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
7.   (573) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
8.   (571) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)
9.   (525) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (442) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP “ROOKIE” DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:
1.   (153) Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN)
2.   (138) Cole Ketcham (Muncie, IN)
3.   (133) Matt Goodnight (Winchester, IN)
4.   (131) Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)
5.   (84) Aric Gentry (Robards, KY)
6.   (81) Tony DiMattia (Malvern, PA)
7.   (32) James Lyerla (Hillsboro, IL)
8.   (30) Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, England)
9.   (30) Robert Bell (Colfax, IA)
10. (20) Lee Dakus (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):
1.   (731) Dynamics, Inc. #69
2.   (712) Amati Racing #66
3.   (649) 32/TBI Racing #32
4.   (628) Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing #11
5.   (626) Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP
6.   (619) Rock Steady Racing #3R
7.   (573) Ballou Motorsports #1
8.   (571) NineEight Motorsports/EZR #98E
9.   (525) Sam McGhee Motorsports #17
10. (524) Baldwin Brothers Racing #5

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ALL-TIME “TONY HULMAN CLASSIC” WINNERS
1971: George Snider, 1972: Bruce Walkup, 1973: Joe Saldana, 1974: Gary Bettenhausen, 1975: Pancho Carter, 1976: Jan Opperman, 1977: James McElreath, 1978: Dick Tobias, 1979: Pancho Carter, 1980: Eddie Leavitt, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Chet Johnson, 1983: Jack Hewitt, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Ron Shuman, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Jeff Bloom, 1991: Eric Gordon, 1992: Cary Faas, 1993: Dave Darland, 1994: Cary Faas, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Doug Kalitta, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Cary Faas, 1999: Terry Pletch, 2000: Jay Drake, 2001: Tracy Hines, 2002: Jon Stanbrough, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Cory Kruseman, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Daron Clayton, 2007: Jon Stanbrough, 2008: Levi Jones, 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Jerry Coons Jr., 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Bud Kaeding, 2013: Jerry Coons Jr., 2014: Dave Darland, 2015: Robert Ballou

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

Feb 18: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

WINNER: Bryan Clauson

Feb 19: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Robert Ballou
 
Feb 20: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull

Apr 2: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Dave Darland

Apr 15: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Bryan Clauson

Apr 16: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Chase Stockon

Apr 23: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon 

May 6: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Bryan Clauson

May 7: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Chad Boespflug

May 20: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Scotty Weir

May 21: Brownstown, IN - Brownstown Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

May 25: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track 

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Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos To Kick Season Off Saturday Night In Stockton, CA

Aptos, CA)- With Mother Nature washing out the scheduled season opener for the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joey Hunt Magnetos, on two separate occasions so far, the series will officially kick the 2016 season off Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track as they share the track with the King of the West 410ci Sprint Car Series.

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event in the 2016 season.

In 2015 the series made three appearances at the ultra fast Stockton Dirt Track and Colton Slack was victorious in two of the events while perennial series favorite, Terry Schank Jr, also picked up a win during the summer months.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape as the series will look for it’s fourth ever series champion.

In non wing action in 2016 thus far in the Nor Cal region some stand out drivers have been Terry Schank, Klint Simpson, and Shayna Sylvia, as all drivers have found victory lane at various tracks. Other drivers that have been strong thus far and should be in attendance include Joe Stornetta, Timmy Sherman, Jr, Cody Fendley, Ryon Silverling, Angelique Bell, and many more of the top drivers in the division.

Premium upper deck Saturday night will cost $25, with lower deck tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck bleachers. Tickets can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. The ticket booth and main gate opens at 4pm. Cars are expected to be on track a little after 5pm, with qualifying around 6 and heat races scheduled to begin around 7.

2016 Schedule
May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track
June 11th- Petaluma Speedway
June 25th- Calistoga Speedway
July 16th- Ocean Speedway
August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)
August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th- Petaluma Speedway
November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

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BOSS Set to Invade Wayne County Speedway

This Saturday, May 21st, the BOSS sprint cars will roar into Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.

The historic Wayne County oval has hosted more BOSS events than any other.  Inaugural series champion Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana has 2 wins there along with local driver Sheldon Haudenschild.  The fast 3/8 mile dirt track has been the setting for several great events in tour history with winners coming from the 16th and 19th starting positions in the past.

The opening event of 2016 was won by the youngest driver in the BOSS championship chase as 17 year old Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio scored the win at Fremont Speedway.  Defending series champion Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana ran 3rd in the opener and is on a quest to become the first repeat series champion.  Past champions Dustin Smith and Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio join Westerfeld in that quest this season.

Fans can expect another stout field of wingless warriors as Michael Fischesser, Justin Owen, Aaron Middaugh, Bob McMillin, Cody Gardner, Chad Wilson, Joe Butera, Kirk Jeffries, Scott Hardman, Steve Little, and Brandon Spithaler have all returned for 2016.  In addition, new rookies on the tour include Drew Rader, Andy Feil, Bobby Distel and Stratton Briggs.  Wayne County winged regular Mitch Harble will be making his wingless debut Saturday as well.  With no membership fees and an open tire rule, you just never know who will show up at the true outlaw BOSS events.

Saturday's event is one of the best deals in racing for the fans.  Three headlining classes and a support class for only $15 general admission as in addition to the BOSS non wing sprints, the weekly winged 410 sprints and RUSH late models are on the card along with super stocks for "school spirit night".

All students will be admitted free for this event.  Pit passes will be $30 for adults with kids pit passes (ages 6-14) just $15.  All gates will open at 3 pm with drivers meeting at 5:30.  Hot laps will get under way at 6 with racing at 7 pm.

For teams racing at WCS, this IS a track where mufflers or insert baffles are required.  Fuel and parts trucks will be at the track and transponder rental is $10.  Wayne County is a track to be commended for having a system that can accept either brand of transponder, so if you have your own, you WILL be able to use it.  The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series looks forward to seeing everyone Saturday!

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Number Three for Rick Kobs at CLS in Front of Huge School Bus Night Crowd
New Richmond, MN

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (5-14-16)
 
Despite temperatures and windy conditions that felt much more like March weather than May, a huge crowd descended upon the Cedar Lake Speedway for the 12th Annual School Bus Night at the popular western Wisconsin dirt oval.  For the first time at this event, the UMSS Traditional Sprint Car Series was part of the program and drew a field of 19 cars.  For the third time this season at CLS and the fourth time already during the early stages of the 2016 campaign, veteran racer Rick Kobs from Deer Park found his way to Rock Auto Victory Lane at the conclusion of the feature race.  Kobs passed race leader Mike Mueller just past the halfway mark and went on to lead the second half of the race.  Nobody in the history of the track has won feature races in eight different racing divisions other than Kobs, and his versatility and competitive nature as a driver continues to standout over 30 years from when he first started in the sport at a young age.
 
The distance in the Traditional sprint main event was cut down to 20 laps from the usual 25 laps due in part to a  long red flag period just four laps into the race when young Chase Viebrock of New Richmond flipped wildly down the backstretch after contact with the outside concrete wall exiting turn two.   Viebrock was taken by ambulance to New Richmond and later transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what was reported, on his Facebook page, to be five broken bones in his back.  Viebrock will be out of action for several months as he recovers, hopefully in a speedy fashion.
 
When the feature returned to green flag racing, Mike Mueller continued to lead with a group of cars close behind.  A caution two laps later for Hunter Custer in turn two slowed the pace.  Fifth starter Rick Kobs was slowly working his way to the front.  Five green flag laps later while exiting turn four on lap 11 Kobs got by Mueller for the top spot.  A couple of cautions on laps 15 and 16 for spins once again slowed the pace, and following the third yellow series officials decided to cut the distance to 20 laps with the large crowd anxiously awaiting the Battle of the Busses feature event.  Following the four lap dash to the checkers, another veteran racer, Jimmy Kouba ended up in second behind Kobs.  Young James Giossi, Brian VanMeveren and 14th starter Anne Hippe rounded out the top five.  Hippe was clearly one of the fastest cars on the track during the latter stages of the race and very likely would have continued her march forward should the race have run the full distance.
 
In order to save some time on the race program, the Traditional sprint cars ran two heat races with the usual passing and finishing points in play.  The 10 lap heats were won by Mueller and Kobs.  The top four drivers in points after the heats redrew for starting spots in the first two rows of the feature event.  Besides first heat winner Mueller, three drivers had advanced several positions in their heats.  VanMeveren was the high point car and drew the number four pill.  Mueller drew two while third place point earner Jimmy Kouba had the good fortune of pulling the pole position.  Giossi would start third.  An incident in heat two sidelined rookie driver Kyle Wehking for the remainder of the evening with left rear damage on his car.  Making his season debut was Elk Mound racer Blake Anderson.
 
The UMSS Traditional sprints return to action next weekend on May 20-21 with another scheduled double header.  The exciting series will make its lone appearance of the season at the Granite City Speedway on Friday night May 20.  The sixth race of the season at the Cedar Lake Speedway follows the next night.  GRP Motorsports decided to move some bonus money to this weekend instead of what usually is a hectic night at CLS for the bus races, so there will be some Hard Charger Awards and past champion/rookie bonuses in effect for May 20-21.  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 - Cedar Lake Speedway May 14, 2016 (Race #6)

A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 81-Rick Kobs[5]; 2. 2K-Jimmy Kouba[1]; 3. 11-James Giossi[3]; 4. 24-Brian VanMeveren[4]; 5. 16-Anna Hippe[14]; 6. 3K-Jeremy Kerzman[12]; 7. 6-Jake Kouba[8]; 8. 87-Mike Mueller[2]; 9. 95-Kevin Bradwell[6]; 10. 7B-Scott Brandt[13]; 11. 69S-Jon Lewerer[10]; 12. N1-Ty Sampair[15]; 13. 99-Bryan Roach[16]; 14. (DNF) 12X-Blake Anderson[11]; 15. (DNF) 14-Cam Schafer[7]; 16. (DNF) 29-Hunter Custer[18]; 17. (DNF) 50-Chase Viebrock[9]; 18. (DNF) 21J-Jori Hughes[17]; (DNS) 12W-Kyle Wehking.
 
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Parkinson Wires Winston

Winston, MO (May 14, 2016)-Taking the lead at the drop of the green flag, Chris Parkinson scored a dominant win with the Boss Chassis WAR Series at I-35 Speedway on Saturday night as he led all 25 laps.

Parkinson beat fellow front-row starter Rob Caho Jr. down the frontstretch and would lead lap one before action was halted for a Mike Dapra spin.  Dapra would spin again before another lap was completed ending his evening.  
Once green, Parkinson set a torrid pace as Steve Thomas, Ryan Kitchen, Caho Jr, and Clinton Boyles battled for position behind him.

Parkinson continued to lead as Thomas moved into the second spot with Kitchen in third.

Throughout the race, Parkinson would not be challenged as he went on to his seventh career win with the Boss Chassis WAR Series tying him with Mitchell Moore and WAR owner Casey Shuman for the all-time lead in his 54th Street Bar and Grill/Country Kids Daycare #65.  Thomas was a solid second in his Bell Helmets/K1 Racegear #20.

 Kitchen was third in his #21, with Boyles moving up to fourth from his ninth starting spot in the Jesse Hockett Racing/Lucas Oil #77 making him the night's hard charger.  Kameron Key, making his first start in the Helm Racing #12, rounded out the top five.  TJ Muths, back from a scary flip at Lakeside Speedway on May 5th, was sixth followed by Caho Jr.  Rounding out the top ten were Kenny Potter, Andrew Genkinger, and Chris Desselle.

Parkinson won the Hinchman Racewear Heat #1 with Caho Jr. picking up the Wilwood Disc Brakes Second Heat.

The Boss Chassis WAR Series will be back in action this Friday May 20 as they make their first ever appearance at the Sedalia State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

A-Main-25 laps 1. 65-Parkinson (1); 2. 20-Thomas (4); 3. 21-Kitchen (3); 4. 77-Boyles (9); 5. 12-Key (6); 6. 65M-TJ Muths (10); 7. 78-Caho Jr. (2); 8. 55-Potter (5); 9. 09-Genkinger (8); 10. 21C-Desselle (7); 11. 70-Palazzolo (13)-DNF; 12. 42-Johnson (12)-DNF; 13. 38-Dapra (11)-DNF

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SWANSON LOOKING FOR THREEPEAT IN HOOSIER HUNDRED

By Jay Hardin, Track Enterprises Staff

May 11, 2016-Indianapolis, IN-Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson entered the 2016 USAC Silver Crown season as just the tenth driver in the 45-year history of the series to win at least two national championships, and enters the prestigious Hoosier Hundred presented by TBA Oil & Warehouse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as tenth man to win back-to-back events on the ‘Track of Champions’ since 1953.  Swanson has the possibility to join only Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser as the only men to win the Hoosier Hundred three years in a row.

The legendary “Arizona Cowboy” Jimmy Bryan won three consecutive Hoosier Hundred events in 1954, 1955 and 1956 driving the famed Dean Van Lines Kuzma dirt car for another legend, chief mechanic Clint Brawner.   All four of Unser’s Hoosier wins were in the same Grant King car owned by Vel Miletch and Parnelli Jones with two coming in Johnny Lightning livery for chief wrench George Bignotti and the other two in the Viceroy colors.

Swanson’s two victories on the flat, tricky one-mile dirt track were near copies of each other.  Swanson let others lead in 2014 before taking the top spot and leading the last 23 circuits; he was perhaps less patient in 2015 taking the lead for the last 33 circuits before pulling into victory lane.  Both victories and national championships have come at the wheel of a car with familiar livery.  Swanson’s chief mechanic is the legendary Bob Hampshire who won three Hoosier Hundred races and two national championships with Jack Hewitt at the wheel of the red and white number 63, a scheme currently piloted by Swanson.  

Swanson, Bryan and Unser are among a select group of fourteen drivers who have won 100-mile championship dirt car races on the three remaining active one mile dirt tracks in the United States, Indianapolis, Springfield and DuQuoin.  While Bryan (55 & 56) and Unser (1970) swept the three in the same season, Swanson accomplished the feat over a four year period.  He first won at DuQuoin in 2010, placed the Indiana mile on the list in May of 2014 and completed the tri-fecta by winning at Springfield in August of the same year.

Swanson’s quest for the three-peat doesn’t get any easier on May 26.  Full fields of cars appeared at Springfield and DuQuoin as growth continues in the Silver Crown Series with a full field expected at Indianapolis.  Twenty-nine cars made the trek to the Indiana capitol last year and with several new entries being prepared for 2016 this year’s event promises to be one of the best in recent memory.

Three-time Hoosier Hundred winner Dave Darland is expected to challenge Swanson from the seat of a new ride as is two-time DuQuoin champion Shane Cockrum, two-time Springfield winner A.J. Fike and two-time Hoosier Hundred winner Jerry Coons, Jr.  Second generation driver C.J. Leary won the race at Terre Haute in April joining his father Chuck as the only father-son duo to post wins in the 46 year history of the series.  Leary is expected to compete as well.

Practice for the 2016 Hoosier Hundred is slated for 5 p.m. EDT on May 26, with qualifications at approximately 6:30 and the 2016 Hoosier Hundred beginning around 8 p.m. The UMP Modifieds will also be part of the show, racing for $2,000 to win.

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Rob Lindsey Scores WSS Opener At Madras

By Ben Deatherage

Madras, Oregon- The first race is in the books for the brand new Wingless Sprint Series.  The tour would visit the central Oregonian ¼-mile of Madras Speedway to open up the 2016 campaign.  A total of eleven entries would make the journey representing the states of Oregon and Washington.

Salem’s Tim Alberding would set the pace early.  Alberding would be out in front for the first half of the race and looked to go into to WSS history as the first ever feature winner.  But he would get passed by Ryan Arnold from Bend.

Arnold would have his hands full late in the race.  Sherwood’s Rob Lindsey, who started seventh, would pressure Arnold before a late race yellow would bunch the field up one last time. Lindsey would utilize the high side and get around Arnold for the lead.  Lindsey managed to stay in position for the rest of the distance to win the first Wingless Sprint Series feature.

Ryan Arnold would place second followed by Tim Alberding in third. Guy Weedman from Moro, was fourth and crossing the line in fifth would be Tommy Moreno.

The program called for no qualifications and implemented a pill draw format. Rob Lindsey and Gary Lynch were the heat race winners. Lindsey would also be victorious in the Trophy Dash.

The Wingless Sprint Series takes a week off before getting back to racing at Cottage Grove Speedway on May 21st in Cottage Grove, Oregon.  For the latest news and information regarding the Wingless Sprint Series visit their website at wingless.nwextremeseries.com.

Race Summary:
Wingless Sprint Series Race #1
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Madras Speedway
Madras, Oregon

A Feature 1: 1. Rob Lindsey; 2. Ryan Arnold; 3. Tim Alberding; 4. Guy Weedman; 5. Tommy Moreno; 6. Brad Rhodes; 7. Tony Parker; 8. Gary Lynch; 9. Johnny Butler; 10. Josh Horner; 11. Darren Rothe.

Current Point Standings (Top Ten): 1. Rob Lindsey 50; 2. Ryan Arnold 44; 3. Tim Alberding 40; 4. Tommy Moreno 39; 5. Guy Weedman 38; 6. Brad Rhodes 37; 6. Gary Lynch 37; 8. Tony Parker 36; 9. Johnny Butler 32; 10. Josh Horner 31.

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Andretti Picks Up First Career Win!

Jarrett Andretti has been searching for his first win for the last several years. He continued to look for the right combination to get it done. And on this night, he finally did it. He would take the green flag from the pole for the 25 lap feature. As the green flag flew, outside pole sitter Dickie Gaines would grab the lead from Andretti. Gaines would begin to pull away.

Defending track champ, Joss Moffatt passed Andretti for second and through lapped traffic, was able to catch and pass Gaines for the lead. As the race passed the halfway mark, Moffatt was blistering the field. As he came up on a slower car, Moffatt’s left front hit the right rear of the slower car and Moffatts car was sent hard into the outside wall ending Moffatt’s night.

That turned the lead back over the Gaines who would lead them back to the restart with Andretti following. Andretti would wait for his move and as they exited turn two with 3 laps remaining, he jumped to outside of Gaines and powered his way to the lead. Andretti led the rest of the way en route to his first career Sprint Car Victory! Gaines was second followed by Drew Abel, Jake Scott and Braxton Cummings. Heat race winners were Abel and Gaines.   

The Sprint Cars return to Lawrenceburg on Saturday May 14th for the King of the Midwest Sprints paying $2500 to win.

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DAUM TAKES VICTORY AT LUCAS OIL

Wheatland, MO (May 7, 2016) - Getting by leader Clinton Boyles on lap eight, Zach Daum picked up his second career Boss Chassis WAR Series victory at Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday.

Boyles set the pace early as Daum was in a battle for second with Derek Hagar and David Stephenson. With a handful of laps in the books, the action would be halted for Vinny Ward and Tyler Shoemaker, who got together in turn two, ending the evening for both drivers.

When the green came out, Boyles set the pace with Stephenson, Daum, Hagar and Terry Babb behind him. The action would again be halted a few laps later for Taylor Walton and Ryan Kitchen, who tangled in between turns three and four. Both drivers were done for the night.

The yellow was what was needed for Daum, who was able to get by Boyles shortly after the green. The final yellow of the race would come out on lap eight for Zach Clark, who suffered front end damage and came to a stop on the edge of the infield, just off of turn four.

Daum extended his lead and went on to his second career win with WAR in his DKM Motorsports #75K. Korey Weyant made a great charge in the later stages of the race, moving up to second in his Ealey Transportation/Moore Automotive #99. Boyles continued his string of top-five finishes, running third in the Jesse Hockett Racing/Rod End Supply #77. Babb was a solid fourth in his KCBJ Motorsports #8D with Kyle Clark rounded out the top five in the Same Day Auto Repair #9$. Mitchell Moore was sixth, followed by Chris Parkinson.

Glen Passmore, Katlynn Leer, and Riley Kreisel rounded out the top ten. Heat race winners for the thirty-two car field were Danny Smith, Babb, Hagar and Boyles, while Craig Carroll took the B-Main. Danny Thoman and Michael Tyre both flipped in heat race action. Both drivers were uninjured.

The Boss Chassis WAR Series will next be in action at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, MO, on Saturday, May 14, followed by their first ever appearance at the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO, on Friday, May 20.
 
Boss Chassis WAR Series at Lucas Oil Speedway
5/7/16
32 cars
A-­Main­ 25 laps 1. 75K­-Daum (2); 2. 99­-Weyant (9); 3. 77­-Boyles (1); 4. 8D-­Babb (7); 5. 9$­-K.Clark (4); 6. 51­-Moore (11); 7. 65-­Parkinson (8); 8. 69-­Passmore (12); 9. 8K­-Leer (13); 10. 90-Kreisel (16); 11. 24C­-Carroll (17); 12. 22-Stephenson (5); 13. 8­-Wingate (18); 14. 7JR-­Hagar (3)-­DNF; 15. 2­-Z.Clark (20)­-DNF; 16. 31-­Wills (14)- DNF; 17. 21-­Kitchen (19)­-DNF; 18. 93-­Walton (15)-­DNF; 19. 82- Ward (6)-DNF; 20. 1T­-Shoemaker (10)-DNF

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Clouse survives tangle to win BOSS opener at Fremont Speedway

Contact: Brian Liskai

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Cooper Clouse and Tyler Gunn tangled battling for the lead of the Rick’s Truck & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) season opener at Fremont Speedway Saturday. Gunn would end up on the hook while Clouse would drive to the victory on Smith Family Foods Night.

For the 17-year-old Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio, it was his second career BOSS win and his first at “The Track That Action Built.”

“I hate to win like this. I’m sorry guys. I want to offer my truest apologies to Tyler Gunn. My throttle was sticking at the beginning and I know that’s why I ended up running the top. I did not mean to do that,” said a contrite Clouse in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.

“This is my second win in Ohio. I hate to win this way but I wouldn’t want to win any place else but here,"added Clouse.

Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel didn’t know if he would have a sprint car ride in 2016. After having a very good rookie year in 2015 in the 410 sprints, that team would disband. Dussel and his family decided to put the 305 sprint back together. Then, Nate’s dad George suffered health problems that left him clinging for his life. George would not only survive, but was in victory lane Saturday with Nate.

Nate Dussel would execute a spectacular “flier” on leader Jamie Miller on a restart with seven laps to go to take the lead in the 305 Sprint feature. He drove to his 18th career Fremont victory.

Clouse and Gunn brought the field to green for the 25 lap BOSS feature but before a lap could be scored a multi-car pile-up involving four cars would necessitate a complete restart. On the next green Brandon Moore would stop bringing about a third try.

When the green flew Clouse would grave the lead with Gunn challenging while Dustin Smith, Michael Fischesser, Cody Gardner and Brian Smith gave chase. The car on the move early was Brandon Spithaler who moved from his 11th starting position to fourth by the second lap.

Clouse and Gunn would battle side by side with Gunn making hard contact with the front stretch wall at one point. That wouldn’t slow Gunn who took the lead on lap five with Cooper, Dustin Smith, Spithaler, Fischesser, Brian Smith and Gardner in pursuit.

A caution on lap eight would put Clouse on the rear bumper of Gunn, whose battered sprint car began to exhibit sounds of engine woes. On the restart Clouse would get into the side of Gunn as the pair battled for the lead in turn three, sending Gunn into the outside softwall, ending his night. On the ensuing restart Spithaler and Gardner would get together.

When the green flew again Clouse lead Dustin Smith, Fischesser, Brian Smith, Carmen Perigo and Chris Andrews. Steve Little would bring out another caution a lap later. This time when the green flew Clouse lead Dustin Smith, Fischesser, Perigo, and Brian Smith. Perigo would drive into third on lap 11 with Andrews moving into the top five.

Clouse began to pull away from the field while Perigo took second on lap 15. The leaders would find lapped traffic with eight laps to go with Clouse leading Perigo, Dustin Smith, Shawn Westerfeld (who was involved in the opening lap tangle that sent him to the tail) and Fischesser.

Dustin Smith would stop on the track with six laps to go for the final caution. On the green Clouse would pull away again from Perigo, Westerfeld, Fischesser and Brian Smith. Clouse would drive to the win over Perigo, Westerfeld, Brian Smith and Fischesser.

In the 25 lap 305 sprint feature Frank Neill and Jamie Miller would bring the field to green but before a lapped could be scored Neill would spin on the restart John Ivy would battle with Miller and Trey Jacobs for the lead. Ivy would lead the first two circuits before Miller drove around him with Dussel moving into third.

Just as Miller was preparing to race into heavy lapped traffic on lap 7, Dustin Dinan would bring out the caution. When the green reappeared Miller would lead as Dussel slipped past Ivy for the runner-up spot. Lapped traffic would come into play on lap 12 as Dussel closed on Miller with Ivy, Ricky Peterson, Steve Rando, Paul Weaver and Alvin Roepke in tow.

With 10 laps to go Jason Keckler would make contact with an infield tire, bringing about a caution. The restart order was Miller, Dussel, Ivy, Peterson, Rando, Weaver, Roepke, Matt Foos and Bobby Clark. Kyle Capodice and Keckler would tangle on lap 17, setting up Dussel’s winning move.

When the green flew Dussel would drive deep into turn three and slid up in front of Miller for the lead. The only thing that would slow his march to the win was a caution for Brandon Moore on lap 19. On the restart Dussel drove away from Miller, Ivy, Peterson, Clark (up from 16th), Weaver, Rando and Foos.

At the checkers it was Dussel, Miller, Ivy, Peterson and Clark rounding out the top five.

Fremont Speedway
Saturday, May 7, 2016

BOSS non-wing sprints A-Main (25 Laps) 1. 14C-Cooper Clouse[1] ; 2. 21-Carmen Perigo[15] ; 3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld[5] ; 4. 2+-Brian Smith[6] ; 5. 4-Michael Fischesser[3] ; 6. 18-Arnie Kent[17] ; 7. 2-Mike Galajda[19] ; 8. 46-Cody Gardener[9] ; 9. 9X-Chris Andrews[18] ; 10. 4J-Justin Owen[14] ; 11. 14-Chad Wilson[22] ; 12. 74-Drew Rader[7] ; 13. 77-Dustin Smith[4] ; 14. 91x-Aaron Middaugh[21] ; 15. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[20] ; 16. 53-Steve Little[8] ; 17. 16-Tyler Gunn[2] ; 18. 57B-Brandon Spithaler[11] ; 19. 08-Andy Feil[13] ; 20. 7M-Brandon Moore[16]

305 Sprints A-Main (25 Laps) 1. 1-Nate Dussel[4] ; 2. 66-Jamie Miller[2] ; 3. 77I-John Ivy[5] ; 4. 2-Ricky Peterson[7] ; 5. 8-Bobby Clark[16] ; 6. 19R-Steve Rando[10] ; 7. 2F-Matt Foos[8] ; 8. 10X-Dustin Stroup[13] ; 9. 1W-Paul Weaver[12] ; 10. 36-Seth Schneider[15] ; 11. 1X-Dustin Dinan[9] ; 12. 41-Thomas Schinderle[11] ; 13. 99-Alvin Roepke[6] ; 14. 22M-Dan McCarron[19] ; 15. 7M-Brandon Moore[20] ; 16. 18N-Frank Neill[1] ; 17. 12-Kyle Capodice[17] ; 18. 25-Jason Keckler[18] ; 19. 27-Cody Gallogly[14] ; 20. 1XX-Trey Jacobs[3]

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BOYLES WINS WAR AT LAKESIDE

Kansas City, KS (May 5, 2016) - Taking over the top spot after leader Terry Babb broke an axle on lap 22, Clinton Boyles picked up his second straight Boss Chassis WAR Series win on Thursday at Lakeside Speedway.

Polesitter Babb set the pace early, holding off pressure from second-starting Ryan Kitchen and Zach Daum. Babb would lead the first three laps, with Kitchen assuming command on lap four. The action was furious between Kitchen, Babb, Daum, Riley Kreisel and Aaron Reutzel. Kitchen would lead laps four and five, with Babb battling back and assuming control on lap six. Behind Babb, a torrid battle developed among Kitchen, Kreisel, Daum, Reutzel and tenth-starting Boyles. Babb would continue to lead while the battle continued for position behind him.

The wild action would come to a halt on lap fourteen for TJ Muths, who took a vicious flip down the frontstretch. Muths would emerge from his badly damaged car, much to the delight of those in attendance. The action would be halted again, before another lap could be completed, as Wyatt Burks stopped on the frontstretch. Burks would be towed to the pits, ending his evening.

When the green flag waved, Babb assumed command. He would remain in control over the next handful of laps as the action would again be halted for a Warren Johnson flip in between turns three and four. Babb again assumed control and the driver now on the move was Boyles, who had worked his way up to second from his tenth starting spot.

With twenty-one laps in the books, it appeared Babb was on his way to his second win of 2016 when an axle broke, sending him into the turn two wall and ending his evening in the KCBJ Motorsports #8D.

On the restart, Boyles took off running the high side with Kreisel on his bumper. Kreisel kept pace until the white flag lap, when he got too high and nearly into the wall in turn one. At the checkered flag, Boyles, in the Jesse Hockett Racing #77, scored his second win of 2016 in only his fifth career start with WAR. Kreisel, in his first WAR start of 2016, was second in the Rick and Deb Smith-owned/R&K Express MRP with Engine Connection power. Kitchen was third, but would be disqualified after coming up light at the scales in his #21. This moved Reutzel up to third in his Blackened Motorsports #7JR. Danny Thoman, subbing in the Helm Racing #12 for the first time, was fourth. Daum rounded out the top five in the DKM Motorsports #75K.

The Boss Chassis WAR Series will be in action on Saturday, May 7, at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO, as part of the 5th Annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown.

Boss Chassis WAR Series at Lakeside Speedway results:
May 5, 2016

A-Main- 25 laps 1. Boyles; 2. Kreisel; 3. Reutzel; 4. Thoman; 5. Daum; 6. Moore; 7. Parkinson; 8. Black; 9. Clark ; 10. Potter; 11. Ell; 12. Leer; 13. Desselle; 14. Babb-DNF; 15. Johnson-DNF; 16. Muths-DNF; 17. Burks-DNF; 18.-Kitchen-DQ.

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Wingless Sprint Series Make 2016 Debut At Madras Speedway

By Ben Deatherage

Madras, Oregon- This Saturday, May 7th, will make Non-Wing Sprint Car history in the Pacific Northwest as the brand new Wingless Sprint Series compete in their first race.  It will be the first time since 2008 that Non-Wing racing has been under one banner.  The venue the tour will make is Madras Speedway in gorgeous central Oregon.

A great car count is expected to be in attendance and for a good number of teams it will be their first, or first in a very long time, trip to the ¼-mile clay oval.  No doubt it is a step in the correct direction for Non-Wing racing as a whole and is a sign of a bright future in the years to come.  

Pit Gates open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates 4:30, and Racing around 6:30.  Adults are $10.00, Seniors/Military $6.00, Children (6-11) $5.00, and Kids 5 or younger are FREE.  For more information log on to www.madrasspeedway.com.  

For the latest news and information regarding the Wingless Sprint Series visit their website at wingless.nwextremeseries.com. We can’t wait to see all the teams returning under one banner and to get back to watching some wonderful racing action.

2016 WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE (DATE-TRACK-LOCATION)
May 7th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
May 21st-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon
May 28th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington
June 11th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington
June 18th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, Oregon
June 25th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon
July 9th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
July 16th-Coos Bay Speedway-Coos Bay, Oregon
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

Former Oregon Double Shot Series Champions (Non-Winged/Winged):
2002- N/A
2003- N/A
2004- Vince MacDonnell
2005- Tony Thomas
2006- Mark Hinkle
2007- Keary Morris
2008- Gary Davis
2009- Pat Canfield
2010- Pat Canfield
2011- Tim Alberding/Tim Alberding
2012- Guy Weedman/Tony Parker
2013- Guy Weedman/Tony Parker
2014- Tony Parker/Ryan Arnold
2015- Guy Weedman

Former Northwest Wingless Tour Champions:
2009- Kyle Miller
2010- Theo McCarty
2011- Cory Estaban
2012- Bill Winsley
2013- Rob Lindsey
2014- Brad Rhodes
2015- Tim Alberding

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MSCS RACE AT TRI-STATE APRIL 30  IS RAINED OUT

Haubstadt, IN - April 30, 2016 - The racing program scheduled to be held at Tri-State Speedway Saturday evening has been cancelled due to rain.  Weather conditions will not permit the Midwest Madness show to be held.

The next MSCS event scheduled to be held at Tri-State Speedway will be on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.  The Memorial Weekend Classic on May 29th will pay $2,500 to win the sprint car feature. The UMP Modified and MMSA Mini Sprints are scheduled for appearances that night also.

SPRING FLING IS POSTPONED AT TERRE HAUTE NEW DATE AGREED TO

May 1, 2016 -  Officials from the MSCS Sprint Car Series and Track Enterprises, the promotion company of the Terre Haute Action Track, have announced that the 2016 Spring Fling scheduled for Sunday, May 1 has been postponed due to wet grounds and an unfavorable forecast on race day.

A make-up date has been agreed upon.  An appearance at the Terre Haute Action Track for the MSCS Sprint cars will now be held on August 14th. That program is also set to be on a Sunday and will include the UMP Modifieds.

The new August date at Terre Haute will provide for a great weekend of sprint car racing. On Saturday August 13th the Midwest Sprint Car Series is scheduled to participate in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Tri-State Speedway which pays $5,000 to win.  The Terre Haute event the next day will pay $3,000 to win.  That will be some big bucks for non-wing sprint car teams to race for over the weekend.
 

It's Jimmy Kouba Up Top At Cedar Lake In Traditional Sprints
New Richmond, MN
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (4-30-16)
 
Different track, similar results to complete the double header weekend in late April.  There is no substitute for experience, and Jimmy Kouba of Byron, Minnesota likely has more laps in a sprint car than all of the rest of the field combined.  Granted a vast majority of those are in a winged sprint, but on a cold, windy spring evening at the Cedar Lake Speedway the veteran racer picked up his second career Traditional sprint car victory at the western Wisconsin dirt track and fifth over all in this popular series.  Kouba started the 25 lap feature outside front row next to his son Jake.  At the drop of the green, he planted his familiar number 2K sprinter up top and went to work.  Following an early caution with one lap in the books, the race ran 24 laps nonstop to the checkers and in the end another very experienced racer, Jimmy Kouba, pulled into Rock Auto Victory Lane to celebrate his first win of the season.  Also of interest, Jimmy Kouba was the 1997 Cedar Lake Speedway track champion in the winged sprint division.
 
With (19) Traditional sprint cars on hand, three heat races saw Jake Kouba, Jason Schill and Brian VanMeveren run up front. Schill, who has raced super stocks, modifieds and late models over the years at CLS, was making his fourth start ever in a sprint car and hadn't sat in one for a few years.  Schill was subbing for Jeff Pellersels and ran strong to hold off Mike Mueller for his first-ever heat race win in this division. His pole-to-checkers triumph wasn't quite enough though, as he ended up fifth in passing and finishing points to just miss the top four redraw. The redraw saw the son and father combo of Jake and Jimmy Kouba in row one with young James Giossi and VanMeveren in row two for the feature. All three 10 lap heat races ran caution-free.
 
On the initial start attempt to get the feature race underway, 2014 champion Cam Schafer, who was making his season debut in the Tommy Kamrath sprinter, was called for jumping the start and put back two rows.  The next attempt was good and the race went green.  Only one lap was in the books when rookie driver Bryan Roach spun sideways in turn two.  There would be no more cautions after that for a long green flag sprint to flagman Jeff Stacken's checkers.  Jimmy Kouba jumped up top on both ends of the track and drove into the lead, a lead he would not relinquish.  However, in the closing laps as the leaders approached traffic, James Giossi closed in on Kouba to make it close in the end.  A winded Jimmy Kouba stated to several fellow competitors after the race that he was about "ready to fall out of the seat" after working hard on the 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval.  Giossi, who also won last July at CLS on the big WoO weekend along with Jimmy Kouba, came up a few car lengths short at the finish.  Mike Mueller was strong in third ahead of Jake Kouba and three-time series champion Rob Caho, Jr. to complete the top five.  Sixteen of the eighteen starters finished with only one car lapped in what truly is a very competitive division.  Last week's feature winner Jeremy Kerzman along with Scott Brandt advanced the most positions in the main event (6).
 
The UMSS Traditional sprints will take the Mothers Day weekend off and return to action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday night May 14. One of the largest crowds of the season is typically on hand for the extremely popular School Bus Night, as the Traditional sprints will have the opportunity to put on another entertaining race in front of a big crowd that night. GRP Motorsports will be adding some money to the purse for this show. 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. See you on May 14 at Cedar Lake, as a few more Traditional sprints should be ready to make their season debut.
 
UMSS TSCS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway April 30, 2016 (Race #5)
 
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jimmy Kouba; 2. James Giossi; 3. Mike Mueller; 4. Jake Kouba; 5. Rob Caho Jr.; 6. Rick Kobs; 7. Brian Vanmeveren; 8. Jeremy Kerzman; 9. Jon Lewerer; 10. Scott Brandt; 11. Jason Schill; 12. Kevin Bradwell; 13. Ty Sampair; 14. Cam Schafer; 15. Bryan Roach; 16. Hunter Custer. DNF Anna Hippe, Tony Klose. DNS: Kyle Wehking.

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BRADY BACON BECOMES THE WINNINGEST DRIVER IN THE 87 YEAR/STORIED HISTORY OF HOFFMAN RACING

Loveland, OH (26 April ,2016) Saturday, 23 April, turned out to be a historic race in the history of Hoffman Racing. Brady Bacon, with his 14th USAC National  Sprint Car win in the # 69 Mean Green, Lykins Oil, Purple Heart Hoffman Machine, at Montpelier Speedway in Indiana, became the winningest driver in HAR Racing history. Brady went into this year tied with Jerry Coons Jr. with 13th, followed by Tracy Hines with 12 and Dave Darland with 11.

Brady first won in the #69 in 2012 while driving part time for the Team, at West Memphis AR. He became   the full time driver in 2013 and won again at Lake Odessa MI. Things really started to click in 2014 with 4 more wins and Brady’s first USAC National Sprint Car Championship and Hoffman’s 10th . 

The year 2015 was a tough year points wise but was a record year in Hoffman history with 7 USAC National Sprint Car wins, the most of any driver in 87 years in a single year.

“We were fortunate that Brady moved back to Indiana and gave me a call in 2013 .  It is really special that out of the 132 drivers Hoffman Racing has had over the years, Brady has won more races then any of them”, said Richard Hoffman President of Hoffman Racing.

Rob Hoffman, Vice President of Engineering and Crew Chief said  ”Brady has been a real pleasure to work with.  We have been able to work together each  year and improved our performance. When Brady gets into a rhythm he is hard to beat”.

“Brady is a dream driver for sponsors to work with, they all value what he brings to market their products and represents them in a first class manner always” said Tim Waechter VP of Marketing, PR and Social media.

Highlights of the team’s history include: -1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson - 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team - 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts - 1989 HAR won the first of 10 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14)

With 94 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 10 National Championships, HAR has won more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown and a National Midget win  for a total of  102 USAC National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car owners  points 19 times since 1989.

Drivers from the past 87 years reads like a who’s who of racing: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr, Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler , Jerry Coons Jr. Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow Shorty Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter, Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon. In all approximately 132 drivers have competed in the Hoffman cars. Of those there are four father/son combinations , Dick and Dickie Gaines, Jim and Tracy Hines Kerry and Dave Norris, Clark and Shorty Templemen. Two brother combinations, Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny Parsons Jr. HAR also had a step-grandfather and step-grandson combination of Elmer George and Ed Carpenter.

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Champ Moffatt Gets First Win of 2016

Defending Sprint Car Champion Joss Moffatt lost the lead with a few laps to go to Nick Bilbee, but a caution flag with a few laps to go gave him another shot at the win. On the restart Moffatt ally drove hard into turn 1 and was able to clear Bilbee as they raced down the backstretch.

This gave Moffatt the lead of which he would not give up for his first victory of the year and 4th of his career at Lawrenceburg. Polesitter and last week’s feature winner Shawn Westerfeld was involved in a crash with Jordan Kinser which sent Weseterfeld to the tail for the restart and eliminated Kinser from contention.

This put Moffatt at the front of the field to battle with Dickie Gaines, Nick Bilbee, and others. That set up the showdown between Bilbee and Moffatt with Moffatt holding on to the win followed by Bilbee, Garrett Abrams, Michael Fischesser, and Dickie Gaines.

Heat race winners were Gaines, Westerfeld, and Kinser. The Sprint Cars return to the Burg on Saturday April 30th for the King Of The Midwest Sprints.

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Kerzman Crates Off Traditional Sprint Win At Cedar Lake

New Richmond, WI

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (4-23-16)
 
Just as the first heat race for the evening was lined up in the staging area, a couple of light rain showers moved over the Cedar Lake Speedway causing a delay to the start of the Saturday night racing program on April 23.  Fortunately, the track was located just far enough to the south that only the very bottom edge of the rainy weather clipped the speedway.  Once the light showers moved off to the east, the weather cooperated for the remainder of the evening and the third race of the season was able to be completed.  Jeremy Kerzman of Gray Eagle, Minnesota passed race leader Rob Caho, Jr. on lap 18 of the 25 lap feature and went on to record his first win in a Traditional sprint car at Cedar Lake and his second ever in the popular non-winged UMSS division.  Kerzman commented on the race in his Rock Auto Victory Lane interview and chatted afterwards about the Pace Performance Chevrolet 602 crate engine in his car.
 
Kerzman dropped out of the feature the previous Saturday night at CLS with electrical issues.  He and his team chased those electrical problems all week long, as they could not seem to get his car to stay running.  Working frantically throughout the morning hours and into the early afternoon, Kerzman said, "the car finally stayed running about mid afternoon so we loaded it into the trailer and headed south to Cedar Lake in hopes that it would run."  Run it did, as the former super stock, Midwest modified and winged sprint driver who has a good number of laps around the western Wisconsin dirt oval in his racing career put his brightly colored number 3k sprinter in Rock Auto Victory Lane in what was another very good feature race.
 
The Traditional sprints had the high car count for the evening with 21 non-winged warriors on hand.  Three ten lap heat races were run with James Giossi, Caho and Kerzman showing the way in each.  The top four in passing and finishing points drew for the 1-4 starting spots in the exact order they earned the top points, so it would be Giossi and Caho on the front row of the feature with Scott Brandt and Kerzman sitting in row two.  Brandt, in his third season behind the wheel of a Traditional sprint, was making his season debut after a sore back sidelined him during the opening weekend.  Also racing for the first time this season was Jimmy Kouba, Tony Klose, rookie driver Kyle Wehking and Shaun Kelley subbing for Ty Sampair in the Liquid Nitro car.  Engine issues sidelined opening weekend double winner Rick Kobs and Neal Matuska in their heat races, as their nights ended early.
 
Pole starter Giossi grabbed the early lead and looked strong up front, as he was trying to win for the second time in his young career at Cedar Lake in a Traditional sprint.  In his rookie season last year, Giossi won during the first night of the WoO weekend in July.  Caho rode second behind Giossi until lap 9.  While racing through turn four on the bottom lane, Giossi did a complete 360 spin and was able to keep going.  Luckily he had built up enough of a lead at the time that no other cars were involved; however, the loss of momentum allowed Caho to pass him for the top spot coming off turn four.  A couple of cautions slowed the pace with ten and twelve laps completed for spins in turn four, as Caho continued to lead Kerzman with Giossi and Jake Kouba just behind the lead duo.  Kerzman made the winning pass while coming off the top side of turn two on lap 18, ducked in front of Caho on the low lane entering turn three, and held off the three-time champion during the remaining laps.  Caho, Jake Kouba, Giossi and Chase Viebrock completed the top five finishers.  Jimmy Kouba, rookie Bryan Roach and Jon Lewerer advanced the most positions (4) from their original starting spots in the feature.
 
The UMSS Traditional sprints are slated for another double header weekend on April 29-30, as they make their first of four scheduled appearances in 2016 at the Princeton Speedway on Friday night April 29 and return for their fourth show of the season at Cedar Lake Speedway the following night.  Several more Traditional sprints will be making their season debuts in the upcoming weeks, as the popularity of these local area non-winged sprint cars continues to build.  Racers and fans can check results, points, the schedule and much more regarding the UMSS Traditional sprints by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the blue logo or by following us on Facebook.
 
UMSS TSCS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway April 23, 2016 (Race #3)
 
Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jeremy Kerzman; 2. Rob Caho Jr.; 3. Jake Kouba; 4. James Giossi; 5. Chase Viebrock; 6. Brian Vanmeveren; 7. Jimmy Kouba; 8. Scott Brandt; 9. Anna Hippe; 10. Mike Mueller; 11. Jeff Pellersels; 12. Jori Hughes; 13. Bryan Roach; 14. Jon Lewerer; 15. Kevin Bradwell; 16. Hunter Custer; 17. Kyle Wehking. DNF: Shawn Kelley; Tony Klose. DNS: Neal Matuska; Rick Kobs.

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Two Northwest Non-Wing Groups Reunite To Form Wingless Sprint Series

By Ben Deatherage

Since 2009 fans of Non-Wing Sprint Cars in the Pacific Northwest have had the tough decisions to make. The decision whether or not to watch the Northwest Wingless Tour or the Oregon Double Shot Series if both groups had a conflicting date to where they would be at two different facilities. Now such an occurrence won’t take place in 2016 as both groups have decided to reunite under one banner, the Wingless Sprint Series.

“This is such a great thing for Non-Wing racing in this area,” commented Wayne Van Raden, Business Manager of the new series, “we were close to making a deal last year but we’re happy to announce that this is the year were able to make this happen. The drivers, fans, and track owners all win when we work together and the car counts should be very healthy this year.”

Thirteen events are on the tentative schedule for the series this year. Spanning from the months of May to September, the WSS will make appearances at six different facilities in the states of Oregon and Washington. Madras Speedway in gorgeous central Oregon will kick things off on May 7th and Sunset Speedway Park, in Banks, will be the final scheduled leg on September 10th when the champion will be crowned.

The Oregon Double Shot Series was formed in 2002 by Mike McCann. The Double Shot series consisted of a Non-Wing Sprint group and a Midget group. The Sprints were titled the United Sprint Car Association (or USCA) while the Midgets were called the Northern Outlaw Midget Association. When the Midget division discontinued the USCA group formed a Winged division in 2011 and retained the Oregon Double Shot Series name. They would sanction Winged events until the year 2014.

The Northwest Wingless Tour originated in 2009 as both a Non-Wing and Midget group. The Midget portion would go on until 2010 before the NWWT became strictly Sprint Cars. From 2009-15 there were seven different champions over seven different seasons.

For the latest news and information regarding the Wingless Sprint Series visit their website at wingless.nwextremeseries.com. We can’t wait to see all the teams returning under one banner and to get back to watching some wonderful racing action.

2016 WINGLESS SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE (DATE-TRACK-LOCATION)
May 7th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
May 21st-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon
May 28th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington
June 11th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, Washington
June 18th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, Oregon
June 25th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, Oregon
July 9th-Madras Speedway-Madras, Oregon
July 16th-Coos Bay Speedway-Coos Bay, Oregon
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

Former Oregon Double Shot Series Champions (Non-Winged/Winged):
2002- N/A
2003- N/A
2004- Vince MacDonnell
2005- Tony Thomas
2006- Mark Hinkle
2007- Keary Morris
2008- Gary Davis
2009- Pat Canfield
2010- Pat Canfield
2011- Tim Alberding/Tim Alberding
2012- Guy Weedman/Tony Parker
2013- Guy Weedman/Tony Parker
2014- Tony Parker/Scott Arnold
2015- Guy Weedman

Former Northwest Wingless Tour Champions:
2009- Kyle Miller
2010- Theo McCarty
2011- Cory Estaban
2012- Bill Winsley
2013- Rob Lindsey
2014- Brad Rhodes
2015- Tim Alberding

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Miller Tops WAR at Belle-Clair

Belleville, IL(April 15, 2016)-In a race that saw three drivers lead at least eight laps each, Joe B. Miller led the final seven laps to pick up his first career Boss Chassis WAR Series win.  

Rookie Clinton Boyles paced the field early from his second starting spot as he moved by Tucker Klaasmeyer going into turn one.  

Boyles set a furious pace on the fifth-mile oval as he was chased early on by Terry Babb.  With the leaders in heavy lapped traffic, Boyles would get a little high and into the wall allowing Babb to move by on lap thirteen.  The first stoppage of the race would happen with sixteen laps complete as Austin Brown got upside down in turn two ending the Millstadt, IL driver's evening.  

Babb set the pace on the restart as Miller was on the move.  The two drivers gave the fans their money's worth as Miller would move by Babb in one turn to have Babb return the favor in the next turn.  Miller would lead lap twenty one with Babb moving back by to lead laps twenty-two and twenty three.  Babb's great run would come to and end on lap twenty four as a car spun in front of the leaders in turn four.  Miller ran up on the wall to avoid the car and Babb came to a stop on the frontstretch ending his evening.

Once the field went green again, Miller was the class of the field as he went on to the win in his #51B.  

Boyles was a strong second in his first ever WAR start with Zach Daum in the third spot.  Shane Cockrum was fourth with Klaasmyer rounding out the top five.  TJ Muths was sixth followed by hard charger Warren Johnson coming from nineteenth to seventh.  Rounding out the top ten were Kenny Potter, Pete Palazzolo, and Kent Buckley.

Heat winners for the nineteen car field were Chris Parkinson, Klaasmyer, and Daum.    

The Boss Chassis WAR Series will be in action again tonight Saturday April 16th at the St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO.  

Boss Chassis WAR Series
Belle Clair Speedway-Belleville, IL
19 cars
A-Main- 30 laps
1. 51B-Joe B. Miller-Millersville, MO (4); 2. 77-Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, MO (2); 3. 75K-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (6); 4. 12-Shane Cockrum, Benton, IL (8); 5. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (1); 6. 65M- TJ Muths, Sedalia, MO (10); 7. 42-Warren Johnson, Overland Park, KS (19); 8. 55-Kenny Potter, Harrisonville, MO (12); 9. 70-Pete Palazzolo, Ballwin, MO (13); 10. 87-Kent Buckley, Farmington, MO (16); 11. 20-Steve Thomas, Rantoul, IL (9); 12. 45-Tony Lawrence, Cambria, IL (11); 13. 2-Zach Clark, Olathe, KS (18); 14. 90-Patrick Budde, Bartelso, IL (17); 15. 09-Andrew Genkinger, Mount Pleasant, IA (15); 16. 8K-Katlynn Leer, Moulton, IA (14); 17. 65-Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, MO (5)-DNF; 18. 8D-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (3)-DNF; 19. 7-Austin Brown, Millstadt, IL (7)-DNF

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MSCS AND USAC DRIVERS PREPARE FOR A TRI-STATE SHOWDOWN

Haubstadt, IN - April 13, 2016.  Tri-State Speedway will open this weekend with a racing  program featuring the United State Auto Club Sprint Cars and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.  This will be a co-sanctioned event. 

The match-up only happens twice this season and both shows will be at the Haubstadt quarter mile oval.

Tri-State Speedway’s “Spring Showdown” will take the green flag on Saturday evening April 16th.  Racing will be conducted using the USAC format which will include separate qualifying runs for all the 410 non-wing sprint cars entered.

The feature will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start.  That first race of the season is always very special.  Fans will be seeing the best drivers in the sport at the very outset of the season.

With the Lincoln Park MSCS appearance falling prey to weather last weekend, this will now be the first opportunity in 2016 for several drivers following the series to compete.  Nearly thirty drivers have purchased licenses in anticipation of competing with MSCS this season.  Annual licenses will also be available for purchase at the track for those needing to renew.

2015 Hoosier Tire MSCS Champion Brady Short is expected to defend his title.  If successful Short will be looking at earning a third series title.  All MSCS licensed drivers will be receiving full points even though the “Spring Showdown” is a co-sanctioned event.  Some drivers competing will benefit in earning points for both MSCS and USAC.

USAC already has four events in the record book for this season with a fifth scheduled this Friday.  Thomas Meseraull leads in an extremely tight AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series points battle with Kyle Cummins a single point behind.  Chase Stockon is third.

Chase Stockon won the last MSCS feature to be held which concluded the 2015 season.  Oklahoma driver Brady Bacon won the “Spring Showdown” over Robert Ballou and Kyle Cummins in mid-April last year. Brady Short was fourth and Stockon fifth in a terrific showdown and early season test.

Qualifying Saturday the 16th should begin about 6:30.  Tri-State Speedway is in the central time zone.  Racing will begin at 7:30 P.M.  The feature event will be for a 30 lap distance.

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Non-Wing Nationals, Featuring WAR Non-Wing Sprints

Belleville, IL – This Friday, April 15th Belle-Clair Speedway will be hosting the Non-Wing Nationals, featuring BOSS Chassis WAR Non-Wing Sprints, Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros, and Mod Lites/Dwarfs. This will be the first ever appearance of non-wing sprint cars at the high-banked 1/5th mile oval. After being rained out for their season opener at I-35 Speedway, the April 15th show at Belle-Clair will kick off 2016 for the BOSS Chassis WAR Non-Wing Sprints before the series travels to Saint Francois County Raceway on Saturday.

The Speedway Motors POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro Series will also be in attendance Friday, beginning their 2016 tour, as well. This will be the first of 12 shows the POWRi Micros will run at Belle-Clair Speedway in 2016. The POWRi Micros put on fantastic shows with close-quartered, side-by-side racing.

In 2015, Joe B. Miller, Aaron Andruskevitch, and Dereck King all took victories when POWRi came to town. Also racing alongside both classes and making their first appearance at Belle-Clair, the Mod Lites / Dwarfs will be running Friday night.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing following hot laps. General Admission is $15.00 Kids (under 12) FREE with adult. For more Information, go to www.belleclairspeedway.com.

Friday 4/15 Classes:

-WAR Non-Wing Sprints

-Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series / BOSS Micros

-Mod Lites / Dwarfs

Friday 4/15 Times:

-Pit Gates Open – 3:00pm

-Spectator gates open – 5:00pm

-Hot Laps - 6:30pm, racing following hot laps

General Admission – $15.00, Kids (under 12) FREE with adult

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Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos To Kick Season Off Sunday Night In Calistoga, CA

Aptos, CA)- With Mother Nature washing out the scheduled season opener for the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joey Hunt Magnetos, the series will officially kick the 2016 season off Sunday night at the Calistoga Speedway as they share the track with the famed World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event, with the season opener being a special event alongside ‘The Greatest Show On Dirt”.

In 2015 the series made two appearances at the famed ½ mile located in the beautiful Napa Valley, and both showings were exceptional with Colton Slack and Terry Schank each picking up historic wins.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape.

Sunday night, things will get started an hour earlier with the front gates opening at 3pm cars hitting the speedway by 430pm for hot laps. Limited reserved seats are still available for $50 while adult general admission will be $45.  General Admission tickets for children 12 and under will be available for just $10.

2016 Schedule

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

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WAR PARTNERS WITH BOSS CHASSIS & FINALIZES POINT FUND

Indianapolis, IN – The WAR Sprint Car Series and BOSS Chassis of Belleville, IL have announced their partnership for 2016. BOSS will be the official title sponsor of WAR for the 2016 season.

BOSS Chassis is a full service open-wheel race car supplier. In addition, BOSS offers a large inventory of open wheel parts and accessories while providing fabrication and machine shop services.

"Flea Ruzic and I have been in the chassis business for a while now building micros and midgets. We have many years of hands-on experience with open-wheel dirt racecars giving us the ability to create solutions to our customers chassis needs. We build, assemble, drive, and setup cars year round. I believe that gives us a little bit of an edge” said Austin Brown, Founder of BOSS Chassis, “We’re very excited to take on our next venture of building a sprint car chassis line, and partnering with WAR was an obvious opportunity to grow our brand as well as our customer base.”

The title sponsorship agreement connects the BOSS Chassis brand with race fans throughout at least 24 WAR events across the Midwest region of America. The deal has allowed WAR to finalize their $7,250.00 end-of-the-year point fund which is listed below. Founded in 2012, the WAR Sprint Car Series enters 2016 with a busy yet balanced race schedule which kicks off Saturday March 26 at I-35 Speedway in Winston, MO. Racin Boys will broadcast the race. Free audio will be available to Premium Racin Boys Members at www.RacinBoys.com.

“I am very excited to have our 2016 sponsors secure for WAR. The off season was a whirlwind. We’re ready to start racing while gaining exposure for BOSS Chassis as well as our other partners who have chosen to support us this season,” said Casey Shuman, WAR Owner.

2016 END OF THE YEAR POINT FUND:
1. $2,000.00
2. $1,250.00
3. $1,000.00
4. $750.00
5. $500.00
6. $450.00
7. $400.00
8. $350.00
9. $300.00
10. $250.00

To be eligible for the end-of-the-year point fund, competitors must be WAR members and must compete in at least 75% of the completed WAR shows in 2016
 
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Joe Hunt Magentos Back On Board With Wingless Series; Season Kicks Off March 5

Aptos, CA)- As the 2016 season opener approaches, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that Joey Hunt Magnetos will once again be on board as the title sponsor for the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magentos for the 11 race season.

“We are extremely pleased to have Joe Hunt Magnetos back on board with us for the 2016 season,” John Prentice, President of the Prentice Motorsports Group said. “We had a great first season together in 2016, and I am really excited for the season to get underway at the Silver Dollar Speedway on March 5th.”

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape.

2016 Schedule
March 5th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Silver Cup)
April 10th- Calistoga Speedway
May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track
June 11th- Petaluma Speedway
June 25th- Calistoga Speedway
July 16th- Ocean Speedway
August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)
August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th- Petaluma Speedway
November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MSCS

The Midwest Sprint Car Series will be going to a different format in 2016 to conduct and present sanctioned race programs.  Passing points, which have been used since 2011 to determine the cars transferring to the A Main, will be replaced by group qualifying!

With the series now using transponders the rules committee saw an opportunity to incorporate the use of group qualifying to set the fields for the heat races.

Drivers will still draw a number at registration but those numbers will be used to separate the field into heat race groups.

The drivers in each heat group will qualify together to determine the lineup for their particular heat race. Transfers to the B Main and A Main will no longer be by passing points but according to the actual finishes of the heat races.

An inversion process will be used to line up the heat races as well as the A Main.

This announcement affects each and every race team as they prepare for the 2016 season.  Therefore this information is being released in advance of the remainder of the rules.

Series officials view this change as a positive move and expect it to be a welcome change for non-wing sprint car competitors and equally appreciated by the race fans in the stands.

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Terre Haute IN Action Track Releases Schedule

USAC Divisions & UMP Modifieds Highlight Slate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clauson & Marriott Headline Winter Challenge Round Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canyon Speedway Park

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

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

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

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Clauson Captures Winter Challenge Opener!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canyon Speedway Park

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

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHEDULE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 17
TBA

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

October 1-9
Southern California Fair

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

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

November 9
Oval Nationals Practice

November  10
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November  11
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November  12
Oval Nationals  "Presented by All Coast Construction"

NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Leary Lands $10K Win in Richard Griffin Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lap Leaders:  C.J. Leary 1-40.

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KT Triumphs in Friday Richard Griffin Classic Prelim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernal Gets the “W” in Richard Griffin Classic Opener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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