WINDOM, BACON, THORSON NATIONAL CHAMPS FETED FRIDAY; WESTERN CHAMPS CELEBRATE JANUARY 28 IN LAS VEGAS
USAC's 61st "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2016 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.
Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title for the second time. The National Midget Championship went to Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev.
The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.
Numerous other performance awards are also part of the ceremonies as well as special recognition awards.
USAC's .25 Midget National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, during a special awards ceremony held prior to the National Awards Dinner, beginning at 3 pm. The .25 champions will also be headlined during the "Night of Champions" celebration later in the evening.
USAC broadcasters Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb will again serve as this year's emcees.
The Indiana Roof Ballroom is located at 140 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.
USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2016 accomplishments on January 28, 2017 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. More information regarding that affair will be released soon.
LARSON CARVES UP TURKEY NIGHT WIN #2; THORSON TASTES FIRST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Ventura, California………On the rare occasion that Kyle Larson gets the chance to take the wheel of a midget these days, he certainly makes each opportunity count.
On Thursday night in the centerpiece of the USAC National and Western States Midget calendar, Larson cooked up one of his patented performances, holding off a furious late-race rally from early leader Brady Bacon to win his second career “Turkey Night Grand Prix” in the 76th running of the prestigious event at California’s Ventura Raceway.
Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., started from the outside of the front row alongside Bacon. Larson fought his way to the lead on lap 21 with a turn two outside pass of Bacon. Larson then navigated through numerous bouts with lapped traffic as Bacon rapidly closed to mount a serious challenge on Larson for the victory in the final laps. Larson weathered the storm and sped off to grab the 0.303 second victory over Bacon, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu and Damion Gardner.
Larson became the 18th driver to win “Turkey Night” twice during his career and also joins Mel Kenyon, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Dave Darland as one of six drivers to claim a “Turkey Night” victory at two different tracks after also winning in 2012 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
“I had a good qualifying run and started second,” Larson explains. “I was able to get by Brady (Bacon) fairly early and got through traffic. I tried the bottom early on, but it still felt like the top was better, so I went back to the top. I could see he was closing in on me a little bit more on the bottom and I knew I just had to get around that one lapper. I was running the top and could see Brady running to my inside. I knew eventually I’d have to get down to the bottom and I knew if I could clear him, I could run a better pace around the bottom. As soon as I cleared the lapper, I got down just in time to hold onto the lead. Once I cleared him, I ran the bottom even though I still went to the top a couple times in (turns) three and four and Brady was still right there. The white flag was not too far after that. A 98-lap race is a long time, but it felt pretty short for me.”
A successful NASCAR Cup season that saw Larson score his first career series victory at Michigan in August concluded with the 14th win of his USAC National Midget career on a playground that he doesn’t get to visit as much any longer, but cherishes every opportunity he gets.
“I enjoy running on the dirt every chance I get since I don’t get to do it a whole lot anymore,” Larson admits. Anytime I can do it, run up front and get wins, it’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait for the rest of the offseason, so I can run some more stuff on the dirt and get some more wins.”
A melting pot of 52 midget drivers from coast-to-coast filled the pit area at Ventura in the event’s largest car count since Larson’s first victory in 2012.
The event was whittled to 29 for the 98-lapper at the one-fifth-mile dirt oval by the beach, but the action was quickly halted with Gage Walker’s flip on the first corner of the first lap. He walked away unscathed.
Following the complete restart, Bacon and backed up the speed shown by recording the fastest laps in two of the three sessions in Wednesday night’s practice and Thursday’s fastest qualifier, proving to be the strongest combination early on after rocketing away to a half-straightaway lead.
By the 13th lap, Bacon was steadfast on the bottom as Larson made waves up on the cush. After slipstreaming through Bacon’s wake, Larson charges right to the tail of the leader. On lap 21, Larson ripped around the outside of Bacon in turn two for the race lead. As the pair entered turn three, Larson slanted down from the top, cutting in front of the nose of Bacon just before the apex of the turn to take the bottom line, and the race lead, away just prior to meeting the tail-end of lapped traffic.
Meanwhile, the table was set for a heated battle for the USAC National Midget title. Separated by a mere nine markers coming into “Turkey Night,” point leader Tanner Thorson ran eighth and teammate Spencer Bayston 11th just prior to the midway point.
On lap 42, Bayston and Frankie Guerrini were involved in a turn four tangle. The move was disastrous for Bayston as he lost pivotal track position that relegated him to the 23rd position for the restart.
Larson appeared to establish himself in a class of his own as he built his very own half-straightaway lead. However, multiple yellow flag periods would evaporate those leads. With 26 laps to go, Larson and Bacon, running one-two, were separated by the lapped car of Holly Shelton on the restart. It would take a couple of laps before Bacon would manage to slip by Shelton, using a turn one slide job on lap 74 to put Larson back within a clear view of out of the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s helmet visor.
Larson went topside while Bacon remained on the chalk-lined bottom berm as the two entered the green room of lapped traffic. Bacon steadily reeled in Larson, but swiftly as Larson went high, low, anywhere he could go to find daylight.
With seven laps remaining, Bacon edged ahead of Larson on the bottom for the lead, briefly, off turn two. Yet, Larson found an avenue back to the front moments later by sneaking back down to the bottom in front of the lapped car of Nick Chivello to create separation between he and second-running Bacon.
With three laps remaining, Larson and Bacon swapped lines with Larson now down low and Bacon up top. Bacon appeared to have found the top to his liking soon after, but was unable to get off the corners as strongly as Larson who commandeered the point as Bacon lost precious ground.
Larson withstood a heady drive by Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, to seal the deal in the final laps for his second USAC National Midget win of the year in just his third start.
Minden, Nevada’s Thorson would leave the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” a happy man for the second straight Thanksgiving night after winning last season’s diamond jubilee. By virtue of his sixth-place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota in Thursday night’s feature, the 20-year-old Thorson was crowned as 2016 USAC National Midget champion.
“I went into this race set on winning,” Thorson assured. “I didn’t think about points all year until this race, so I wasn’t trying to make it a big deal to myself because it can get you worked up and it doesn’t allow you to perform your best. I just went out there to win the race.”
Thorson’s teammate and fellow championship combatant Bayston recovered from a spin just before halfway to finish ninth after restarting from the tail. It was an impressive feat in its own right to respond to adversity, but it would not warrant enough points for Bayston to surpass Thorson who became the first Nevada native to claim the series title.
“I saw Spencer get tangled up and it was really unfortunate,” Thorson recalls. “You never want to see a teammate go out like that. It was unfortunate for him, but it worked in our favor. This whole team and our sponsors are what make this deal what it is. We have two of the best in the business in Keith (Kunz) and Big Al (Scroggins) who always put awesome cars underneath us.”
“I came really close to getting the job done last year, but we came up a little bit short,” Thorson adds. “This year, we were able to get it done even though we didn’t start the season the way we wanted. I remember we were leading the first race during ‘Indiana Midget Week’ at Montpelier and popped a right rear tire. A few races later, we had an issue at ‘The Ditch’ (West Memphis, Ark.) and all that led to a not-so-great stretch. I didn’t think that we were going to be able to get the job done after those issues. Suddenly, though, we just started clicking. Every time I went out onto the track, I had an awesome car which allowed me to win a lot of races this year. That’s really the only thing that saved me this year. We got wins and stayed consistent after ‘Midget Week’ and it allowed us to get the job done. It’s pretty incredible to be the champion. I’m speechless!”
Thirteenth-place finisher Ronnie Gardner would be the first to tell you that his ‘Turkey Night’ didn’t go as well as he had hoped, but despite that one aberration, it was yet another banner season for the Corona, California native who became the first driver in the history of the USAC Western States Midget series to win four consecutive series championships.
“My mom and Sleepy Tripp’s wife are really good friends,” Gardner explains. “I grew up idolizing Sleepy with what he accomplished on the west coast and across the United States in a midget. It’s a pretty big deal to actually beat one of his records.”
“I was a little disappointed,” Gardner laments about Thursday night’s race. “I thought we’d stack up a little better, but we kind of went outside the box tonight just trying to be better than we were, but we missed a little bit. I messed up qualifying and that put us mid-pack at the start and that hurt us in the race. Starting from the middle of the field against this competition makes it hard to get up to the front.”
USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 24, 2016 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 76th “Turkey Night Grand Prix”
FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Ryan Robinson, 17. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Maria Cofer, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Tyler Dolacki, 22. Courtney Crone, 23. Nick Chivello, 24. Frankie Guerrini, 25. Michael Faccinto, 26. Michael Pickens, 27. Randi Pankratz, 28. Cory Kruseman, 29. Gage Walker. NT
**Ennis flipped during the first qualifier. Greth flipped during the second qualifier. Hardy flipped during the second qualifier. Walker flipped on lap 1 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-98 Larson.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS/KEIZER WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 8th)
DON BASILE “ROOKIE OF THE RACE:” Carson Macedo (3rd)
FINAL USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-1,249, 2-Bayston-1,231, 3-Bacon-1,202, 4-Boat-1,162, 5-Macedo-1,126, 6-Robinson-1,003, 7-Shelton-847, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Tyler Thomas-714, 10-Greth-582.
FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-R. Gardner-1,042, 2-Faccinto-873, 3-Elliott-835, 4-Guerrini-772, 5-Crone-713, 6-Cofer-610, 7-Dalby-609, 8-Pankratz-596, 9-Cody Swanson-564, 10-Dolacki-498.
THORSON & BAYSTON: ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN TO DETERMINE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE
By: Richie Murray - USAC Media
Nine points separate two men from reaching the pinnacle of their sport.
Two men who've endured a season that's seen its ups and its downs, but a season that can be redeemed and rewarded with one more successful performance in an event that simply oozes with history - the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at California's Ventura Raceway.
The main figures playing lead roles on the stage for this Thursday's USAC National and Western States Midget season finale involve two Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates who've reached the top of the season standings via different avenues: Tanner Thorson and Spencer Bayston. Although, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon do remain mathematically eligible to win the title. Both stand 65 points out of the lead.
Point leader Thorson leads the series with six victories and 180 laps led in 2016 - twice as many as any other driver in both statistical categories. However, inconsistent stretches through the early to mid-point of the season left Thorson in the rearview mirror in the championship hunt. But, a late-season surge has not only thrust Thorson right back into the thick of title contention in the very race he is the defending winner of, the 20-year-old Minden, Nevada native is now in the driver's seat.
In fact, just one and a half month ago, Thorson entered a crucial three-race stretch at Tri-City Speedway's "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois fourth in the series' standings behind Bayston, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon. By the time the checkered flag had flown on Saturday night's finale, Thorson was second in points, just nine out of the lead, after sweeping all three nights of the "Gold Crown."
One race later, at the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Illinois, Thorson left the grounds with a second-place finish in his pocket and became the new USAC National Midget point leader heading into the final event of the season at Ventura.
On the other hand, Bayston has relied on consistency to maintain his position near the top of the standings throughout 2016. The Lebanon, Indiana driver took his sole victory of the season during "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Indiana and leads the series in both top-fives and top-ten finishes.
Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, jumped to the point lead in June on the final night of "Indiana Midget Week." After losing the lead briefly in early August, the 18-year-old Bayston regained the top spot in the standings just two races later - a lead he held until the Oct. 21 race at Wayne City.
The USAC National Midget title being decided at "Turkey Night" is no new phenomenon. In fact, just one year ago, in 2015, the championship chase between Tracy Hines and Kevin Thomas, Jr. came down to the finale with Hines able to eke out an 18-point victory to complete the career USAC Triple Crown.
This year's nine-point difference in the standings heading into the final race is the closest in the past 20 years. Over that same 20-year period since the last "Turkey Night" held at Ventura in 1997, there have been six occasions when the difference between first and second was 20 or less: Rico Abreu by 10 over Christopher Bell in 2014, Bryan Clauson by 16 over Darren Hagen in 2011, Brad Kuhn by 8 over Brad Sweet in 2009, Cole Whitt by 1 over Hines in 2008 and Jason Leffler by 11 over Jay Drake in 1998.
The unique set of circumstances presented to Thorson and Bayston on Thursday night not only pertain to the points race, but also to the fact that, at 98 laps, the race is the longest, most grueling challenge that is put forth in front of the competitors all year long. When does a driver push? When and where can a driver settle in? With so much at stake, does it alter the focus from the race to the points chase or vice versa? Thorson feels that it'll be business as usual.
"I don't think the points race changes my game plan at all," Thorson said. "I'm going into Thursday night with my mindset on winning. If I give my best and give this team the best finish I possibly can, hopefully it will be enough to secure the title. I'm not going into Turkey Night to 'points race;' I'm there to win."
Bayston aims to make his first visit to the one-fifth, seaside oval at Ventura as well as embarking on his initial "Turkey Night" start this Thursday as he heads up a strong crop of Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates. The 98-lap race is outside the box of what Bayston has been accustomed to in his career, but it is a challenge he is excited to tackle head-on.
"This will be the longest race I've ever run," Bayston claimed. "It will be great to be a part of and it will be something very different for me. Instead of going all-out for 30 laps, I'll have to try to pace myself. Having never been to Ventura before, it will be very helpful to get a lot of practice laps in on Wednesday."
"Going into the final race in the position I'm in, I must run my own race and just do the best I can," Bayston added. "If I run the best I can, it will be up to Tanner to not make mistakes. I just need to put myself in the best position possible and leave the rest up to him. I just have to run the race as if it were any other race."
One year ago, Thorson threw a slide job for the ages on teammate Bell to take over the lead in the final stages of his "Turkey Night" victory. This year, Thorson hopes to ink his name into the record books alongside eight other drivers who have won back-to-back "Turkey Night" titles: Ronney Householder, Roy Russing, A.J. Foyt, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Bryan Clauson.
"It would be awesome if I could add my name to that list with all those great names," Thorson said. "You always want to make history every time you're out on the track and, to do that this Thursday night, it would definitely mean a lot."
The schedule for the 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.
In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.
"TURKEY NIGHT" RETURNS TO VENTURA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TWO DECADES
Thursday's 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" returns to California's Ventura Raceway for the first time since 1997, concluding a 2016 USAC points racing calendar that features a four-way battle for the USAC National Midget Championship.
Among the four drivers who mathematically have a shot at winning the title are Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the defending "Turkey Night" Champion, who holds a slim nine-point edge over runner-up Spencer Bayston from Indiana.
Both are seeking their initial series titles, while Chat Boat and Brady Bacon have long-shot hopes of overhauling the leaders, trailing Thorson by 65 points each.
Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. virtually locked up his record fourth consecutive USAC Western States Midget crown Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 at Bakersfield and led the final 10 laps in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger.
Trailing the Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier at the checkered flag were Guerrini, Chad Boat, Cory Elliott and the series' top rookie in points, Courtney Crone.
A stout field of "Turkey Night" combatants is expected to include former winners Thorson (2015) and Kyle Larson (2012), plus 2016 Western States Champ Gardner, 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Champ Brady Bacon, 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champ Damion Gardner, 2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Champ R.J. Johnson and 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Champ Carson Macedo.
Fan Favorite Rico Abreu is also among pre-race favorites as he seeks his initial "Turkey Night" victory.
Winners of the 1997 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura, Billy Boat and car owner John Lawson, will serve as Grand Marshals Thursday.
"Turkey Night" is one of America's most storied motorsports histories, dating back to 1934 and having been won by many of the sport's most accomplished champions.
The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins Wednesday at Ventura with an open practice for the USAC Midgets. Furthermore, an autograph session featuring all the star drivers will be held at the track during intermission.
In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and compete in a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return with semi-feature events, followed by a 30-lap feature.
Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling 805-648-7223.
Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.
TITLES TO BE DECIDED AND STARS CONVERGE AT 76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX IN VENTURA!
(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016) Fans who congregate at the Ventura Raceway for the 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix next Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, will have a chance to see a bevy of racing stars, including NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu, as well as two championships being decided. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30.
After closing out their NASCAR seasons this weekend in Miami, Larson, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in August, Bell, who is one of four drivers left in Friday's championship showdown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Abreu, who is closing out his rookie season in the truck series, will head to Ventura for the prestigious midget race. Larson, a native of Elk Grove, California, engraved his name in the Turkey Night history books in 2012 when he won the 98-lap main event at Perris Auto Speedway. Bell, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris two years ago. Popular Rutherford, California's Abreu almost joined his good friends on the TNGP victory ledger in 2015, but a flat left rear late in the race knocked him out of contention.
Kyle Larson on his way to the win in the 2012 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.
Like Larson, Bell and Abreu, several other stars will be jetting in for the high profile 98-lapper. Most notably will be the four drivers still in contention for the 2016 USAC National Midget championship. Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson carries a precarious 9-point margin over Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston going into the Thanksgiving night race. While those two have a distinct advantage heading into the finale, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, who sewed up his second USAC National Sprint Car championship last week, and Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat are tied for third and still have a mathematical chance of winning the crown. Boat's father Billy won the Turkey Night Grand Prix the only other time the race was held in Ventura in 1997 and he is one of the Grand Marshal's for this year's race.
Rico Abreu's flat left rear tire (shown in the photo above) deprived him of a chance of victory in the 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.
While not quite as tight as the fight for the National Championship, the USAC Western Midget Series title could come down to next Thursday as well. Heading into this Saturday's race at the Bakersfield Speedway, Corona, California's Ronnie Gardner is 121-points in front of Hanford, California Michael Faccinto. Gardner, the grandson of Ronnie Duman who finished sixth in the 1968 Indianapolis 500, can set a Western Midget record by winning his fourth straight title. He is currently tied with legendary Sleepy Tripp who won three in a row in the early 1990's.
Another contender in the star-studded field will be Concord, California veteran Damion Gardner. Known affectionately to his fans as "The Demon," the slender driver sewed up his fifth USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship last Saturday night when he won the Oval Nationals for the third time since 2009 at Perris. Gardner, who established the land speed record of 211.59 MPH for a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats two years ago, is no stranger to midget racing fans. In 2008 he won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three years ago, he had the Turkey Night Grand Prix in the bag when he lost a left rear wheel with five laps to go.
In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and main events. On Thursday, the sprint cars will come back with B-main events and a $3,000.00 to win finale.
The midgets will practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will qualify and run preliminary main events and the 98-Lap Turkey Night Grand Prix feature. There will be an autograph session at the track at intermission on Wednesday night.
Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling: 805-648-7223.
Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners
1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium
1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium
1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium
1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium
1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium
1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium
1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium
1941 Rou Russing – Gilmore Stadium
1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium
1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium
1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium
1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium
1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium
1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium
1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium
1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium
1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium
1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium
1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium
1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park
1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park
1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park
1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park
1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park
1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park
1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park
1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park
1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park
1969 George Benson – Ascot Park
1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park
1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park
1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park
1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park
1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park
1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605
1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park
1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park
1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park
1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park
1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park
1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park
1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park
1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park
1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park
1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway
1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway
1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway
1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway
1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway
1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway
1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway
1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway
1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway
2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway
2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway
2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway
2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway
2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway
2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway
2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway
2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway
2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway
2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway
2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway
2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway
2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway
2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway
2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway
2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway
1. Brady Bacon 2676
2. Chase Stockon 2362
3. Dave Darland 2251
4. Chris Windom 2226
5. T. Meseraull 2166
6. Chad Boespflug 2158
7. C.J. Leary 2038
8. Robert Ballou 1919
9. K.Thomas Jr. 1419
10. A. Farney 1383
1. Tanner Thorson 1249
2. S. Bayston 1231
3. Brady Bacon 1202
4. Chad Boat 1162
5. Carson Macedo 1126
6. Ryan Robinson 1003
7. Holly Shelton 847
8. Bryan Clauson 720
9. Tyler Thomas 714
10. Ryan Greth 582
1. Chris Windom 588
2. Kody Swanson 583
3. Justin Grant 474
4. Jerry Coons Jr. 465
5. David Byrne 398
6. Casey Shuman 386
7. Shane Cottle 381
8. Austin Nemire 340
9. Joe Liguori 316
10. Brady Bacon 268
1. Damion Gardner 1645
2. R. Vander Weerd 1473
3. Brody Roa 1342
4. Jake Swanson 1320
5. Austin Williams 1254
6. Mike Spencer 1061
7. Max Adams 938
8. Logan Williams 824
9. Cody Williams 759
10. Chris Gansen 721