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WINDOM SET TO DEFEND USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH KAZMARK MOTORSPORTS

Defending USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom will sport a new look in the 2017 season as he takes the wheel of the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92, a team that makes its return to the series after a 16-year hiatus.

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, was a consistent front-runner in each and every series race on both the dirt and pavement surfaces in 2016, becoming the first driver since Jimmy Caruthers in 1975 to finish in the top-five in all the Silver Crown races in a single season.
Windom's ride will be fielded by Kazmark Motorsports, a team that makes its first entry into the USAC Silver Crown division since the 2001 Hoosier Hundred with driver Ricky Shelton. The team plans on competing for a series championship with Windom in 2017 and will utilize a Beast Chassis with Toyota power on pavement and a Maxim Chassis with Mopar power on the dirt.

Windom finished the 2016 season at the top of his game. His ongoing streak of top-six finishes in USAC National points-paying races dates back to the July 17, 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" date at the Terre Haute Action Track. He was also the only driver to earn three straight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories last season, which included the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute and a sweep of both nights at Arizona Speedway's "Western World Championships."

In Silver Crown competition, Windom collected three victories, including a pair of classic duels on the dirt. In June, Windom held off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson on the final lap to take the Horn/Schindler Memorial at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway. On Labor Day weekend, Windom passed Jeff Swindell in the final laps to win the "Ted Horn 100" at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. Windom concluded the season in winning fashion with a dominating victory at Ohio's Eldora Speedway during the "4-Crown Nationals."

Team owner Gene Kazmark is no stranger to victory lane with the Silver Crown cars as he was a part of the 1997 "Copper World Classic" winning team with driver Jimmy Kite and team partners Bob Hoerner and Bill Stapleton. Hoerner, himself a two-time winner as an owner with Kite as well as Dave Steele at Indianapolis Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway) in 1999, will serve as the crew chief.

Windom and Kazmark will make their debut in the season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2 for the "Sumar Classic."

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A LOOK AHEAD AT THE 2017 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The offseason provides a welcome rest. A time for rejuvenation and a chance to catch a breath after a long, arduous season journey.

Yet, the dawn of a new season marks a beginning full of hopes, dreams and glory that lie ahead on this dirt road from coast-to-coast. A chance to start anew and reemerge from the doldrums of winter and focus the mind, body and soul on getting back behind the wheel of a racecar.

As has been the case since 2010, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make the annual trek down to the Sunshine State for three consecutive nights to kick off the season. This year's edition begins on the three-eighths-mile Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2017 in Ocala, Florida where gray skies and the cool air give way to blue skies, sunshine and big horsepower. A sure sign that the USAC racing season has arrived.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon finished a career-best second in series points in 2016 on the strength of a pair of victories in Haubstadt and Terre Haute. The 28-year-old continues to inch toward the top of the rankings year-by-year and enters 2017 as one of the favorites to take the title in his 32 TBI Racing number 32.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's all-time leader in victories returns to the seat of a familiar ride in 2017. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland is "Back in Black" so to speak as he takes control of the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports number 71p, a ride he raced to 17 USAC victories between 2013 and 2015, including a Winter Dirt Games triumph in 2015.

Nobody in the USA finished last season hotter than Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois. Windom carries a streak of 19 consecutive top-6 finishes in USAC National points races into Ocala. Coming off a Silver Crown championship season, Windom is hungry to add a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship trophy to his ever-growing trophy case.

Chad Boespflug blossomed into a perennial front runner in 2016 with six series victories to his credit, but in 2017, a slew of changes landed the "Hanford Hornet" in the most vaunted ride of them all, the Hoffman Auto Racing number 69. A shake-up on the Hoffman team moves ace wrench Davey Jones into the role of crew chief for the team that owns 11 USAC National Sprint owner titles and exactly 100 wins in the series dating back to 1957.

One season ago, C.J. Leary broke through for his long-anticipated first career series victory. Now that the door has been knocked down, the Greenfield, Indiana native who is still just a mere 20-years-old, look for big things out of the number 30 as the family team now has three-time series owner champ Jeff Walker turning the wrenches.

A new number adorns the Sam McGhee Motorsports ride for 2017, but the plan for 17-year-old team owner/crew chief and driver Justin Grant is to approach the season with the same attitude and vigor the pair used on their late-season wave of success in the final months of 2016 in which Grant pocketed 4 top-fives in six starts for the team including a thrilling first victory for the team in last September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora.

Perhaps no one was more efficient in as few starts last year as was Indianapolis driver Tyler Courtney, who finished with 16 top-tens in 17 starts including an incredible run from 24th to 1st in Gas City's Indiana Sprint Week round that turned many heads. The schedule expands for "Sunshine" this season as he heads to Florida to kick off his first full run at a USAC National Sprint Car championship.

Thomas Meseraull is a gasser and the San Jose, California native always knows how to put on a show. In 2016, T-Mez grabbed 5th in the standings on the strength of a pair of victories to his credit, including a last corner, last lap score in Ocala just one year ago. Meseraull opens his 2017 season aboard the potent number 21 owned by Rick Pollock.

Two-time series champ and two-time Winter Dirt Games feature winner Brady Bacon takes the wheel of the Dooling-Hayward Number 63, the very same team that won last year's opening race with Bryan Clauson as the pilot.

The field for "Winter Dirt Games VIII" is stacked with talented and proven winners across the board. These men will be joined by USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr. in Gene Nolen's No. 20, two-time series winner Kyle Cummins, 2016 "Rookie of the Year" Aaron Farney, Haubstadt "Indiana Sprint Week" victor Carson Short, Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner Josh Hodges, veteran front runners Hunter Schuerenberg and Shane Cottle, plus past series Rookies of the Year Isaac Chapple and Jarett Andretti, Lincoln, PA "Special Event" winner Landon Simon, South Dakota's Bret Mellenberndt and many more.

Who will seize the moment? Who will step to the forefront and find their breakthrough moment of glory and become USAC's newest national champion in 2017? Time will answer those questions. But the first step on the quest to reach the pinnacle begins right here, right now on Feb. 23rd, 24th and 25th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida!

On Thursday and Friday night, the pit area opens at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm and hot laps at 7:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 8pm. On Saturday night, the activities begin one hour earlier. The pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 7pm. Tickets each night are $20 for children 11-15, $30 for adults and $40 for a pit pass.

On-track action at the "Winter Dirt Games" begins Wednesday night, February 22 with open practice from 7-10pm. The pit gate opens at 5pm. Pit passes are $15 each.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON'S "STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL"
By Lance Jennings
 
FEBRUARY 6, 2017... This Saturday, February 11th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their fifth season at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the first annual "Steve Stroud Memorial" will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Dwarf Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
Saturday's event honors Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. The Stroud owned Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix and it has become a popular destination for racers and fans alike. Steve's passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.
 
Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen "home track" victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.
 
Coming off his fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest championship, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with 44 series wins. Racing Bill Michael's #77M Kodiak Products / Beal's Auto Body Sherman, Johnson posted twelve feature wins, two fast time awards, eleven heat race victories, six top qualifier awards, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led in 2016. R.J. will pilot Bobby Martin's #51 Weiler Farms entry as he looks to add the "Steve Stroud Memorial" to his resume and claim another title.
 
"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ran second in last year's point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports' #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-eight top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has 14 career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park victory.
 
"The Real American" Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) scored third in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi had four heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one semi-main win, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for tenth on the series win list, Matt will be looking to claim his fourth triumph.
 
"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) finished fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year. "The Magic Man" is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on taking the "Steve Stroud Memorial" victory.
 
"The Bull" Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranked fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko claimed one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in 2016. The young driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest win this Saturday night.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The People's Champion" Dave Darland, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Nick Aiuto, Josh Pelkey, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, Shon Deskins, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Tom Ogle, and more and more.
 
Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil and Hoosier Tire for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.
 
CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Dave Darland, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 11: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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LAS VEGAS DOUBLEHEADER OFFERS $3,000-TO-WIN JACKPOT EACH NIGHT
By Lance Jennings
 
FEBRUARY 3, 2017... On March 9th and 10th, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season opener for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Also featuring the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the prestigious "6th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" will pay $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start the feature on BOTH NIGHTS. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest will battle for bragging rights on the large half-mile clay oval. The famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will join the action packed card. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 5:00pm, with racing set for 7:30pm on Thursday and 8:00pm on Friday. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.
 
Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Outlaw Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last year, Indiana's Bryan Clauson outdueled Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex, and Brady Bacon to earn his second Las Vegas jackpot. Sussex, Bacon, Roa, and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five drivers.
 
Also known as the "Sin City Showdown," Bud Kaeding (Campbell, California) won the inaugural race on his way to the USAC West Coast crown in 2012. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana), Austin Liggett (Tracy, California), and Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) celebrated Las Vegas wins before Clauson returned to victory circle last season.
 
After winning his first USAC Sprint Car championship, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) will lead a strong contingent of drivers from the West Coast series. Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, and Cody Majors rounded out the top-10 in last year's point chase.
 
R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) capped off another successful year with his fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest crown. Johnson heads a strong roster of Arizona drivers including "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., "The Real American" Matt Rossi, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, and Andy Reinbold.
 
Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.
 
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Two-day Reserved and General Admission tickets are on sale for $80 (with fan pit pass). Single-day Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $39, and Children (12 and Under) are FREE. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).
 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Extreme Mufflers, King Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
 
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil and Hoosier Tire for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.
 
SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.
 
LAS VEGAS OUTLAW / SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson.
 
USAC LAS VEGAS FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:30pm
Racing to Follow
 
FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:30pm
Opening Ceremonies: 8:00pm
Racing to Follow
 
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
 
2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 11: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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USAC WESTERN RACERS HONORED AT LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings
 
JANUARY 29, 2017... The United States Auto Club's 2016 Western champions and special award winners were honored last Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by Chris Kearns at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, the annual Western Awards Banquet celebrated the accomplishments of racers from fourteen divisions.
 
The event was headlined by returning champions. "The Demon" Damion Gardner of Concord, California scored his fourth consecutive Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car title for Alexander Racing. Laveen, Arizona's R.J. Johnson claimed his fourth straight Southwest Sprint Car crown and Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California earned his fourth consecutive Western States Midget Series championship for Six8 Motorsports. Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa earned his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship.
 
In the Western HPD Midget divisions, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, California scored top honors with the Western Overall and Western Dirt series. Hillsborough, California's Toni Breidinger earned the Western Pavement crown and Blake Brannon of San Jose, California won the Western Restricted title.
 
The National Micro Sprints had a successful inaugural season and Fresno, California's Jake Hagopian won the Super 600 championship. Josh Ames of Rochester, New York claimed the Nonwing 600 crown and Concord, California's Joey Ancona earned the Restricted 600 title. Shawn Freeland of Scottsville, New York scored the 270 championship and Irondequiot, New York's Jordan Jermyn claimed the 125 title. Caeden Steele of Fresno, California earned the Junior Sprint crown and all of the champions were also honored at last month's "USAC Night of Champions" in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
Rookie of the Year honors went to Max Adams of Loomis, California (CRA Sprint), Pleasant Hill, California's Ryan Timmons (West Coast Sprint), Landon Cling of Tempe, Arizona (Southwest Sprint), Corona, California's Courtney Crone (Western Midget), and Antonia Boscacci of Mountain View, California (Western HPD Midget).
 
Western USAC special awards were presented to Tommy Horne (Bruce Bromme Jr. Mechanic of the Year), Max Adams (CRA Most Improved Driver), Lance Jennings (Billy Wilkerson Memorial Award), and Dick and Claudia Woodland (Evelyn Pratt Award).
 
The USAC Western staff thanks Mike and Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions for supplying their great videos and Mike Grosswendt for photographing the event.
 
The Western campaign opens on February 11th at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) with the "Steve Stroud Memorial" for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
 
On March 4th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Perris Auto Speedway's (Perris, California) annual "Sokola Shootout."
The USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada) on March 9th and 10th for the "Outlaw Showdown."
 
On March 11th, the Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California) will host the season opener for the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.
 
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Fifth Annual "Freedom Tour" Set for USAC Southwest Sprint Cars
 
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (January 24, 2017) – Race fans in and around Oklahoma and Kansas will once again get their annual serving of premier wingless Sprint Car racing as the slate has been set for the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars "Freedom Tour".
 
For the fifth consecutive year, the stars of the Arizona-based USAC Southwest Sprint Car series will storm through Oklahoma and Kansas in August, taking on the best the region has to offer up.
 
This year's "Freedom Tour" once again consists of four nights of competition, with the four-race set of $2,500-to-win, $250-to-start events kicking off Wednesday night, August 16.  Creek County Speedway, 81 Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway will host this year's action.  Creek County Speedway and 81 Speedway have been a part of the "Freedom Tour" since its inaugural season in 2013 with Caney Valley Speedway a new addition to the popular series in 2017.
 
This year's "Freedom Tour" kicks off at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, on August 16.  The ¼-mile bullring has offered up four winners in four previous years of "Freedom Tour" competition including local shoe Danny Smith in the inaugural tour event in 2013 along with fellow area representatives Brady Bacon and Blake Hahn in 2014 and 2015 before reigning USAC Southwest champ R.J. Johnson broke the Oklahoma stranglehold on victory lane last August.
 
From there, the tour moves on to 81 Speedway near Wichita, KS, for two nights of action on Thursday and Friday, August 17-18.  After New Mexico's Rick Ziehl won the initial "Freedom Tour" event at 81 Speedway in 2013, Yuma, Arizona's "Magic Man" Mike Martin made it two in a row atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in 2014 and 2015 before last year's round fell victim to heavy rain.
 
This year's final round of "Freedom Tour" action brings a change of scenery with the racy, ¼-mile Caney Valley Speedway near the Oklahoma-Kansas state line on Saturday night, August 19.
 
In four previous years of USAC Southwest Sprint Cars "Freedom Tour" competition, nine different drivers have earned feature wins in 15 events.  R.J. Johnson leads the way with four triumphs, including two of three last year.  Rick Ziehl, Charles Davis, Jr., and Mike Martin each have two wins, will single "Freedom Tour" wins have gone to Danny Smith, Brady Bacon, Mike Bonneau, Blake Hahn and Josh Hodges.
 
2017 USAC Southwest Sprint Cars "Freedom Tour" Schedule:
August 16 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
August 17 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
August 18 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
August 19 – Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, KS)

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20 DATES SET FOR USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS IN 2017

Twenty events align the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car schedule for the 2017 season with dates at traditional series venues throughout the states of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park kicks off the docket with the "Steve Stroud Memorial" on Feb. 11. A month-long break follows before the series returns with a bang in back-to-back nights of rapid fire succession in conjunction with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars for the "Outlaw Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9-10.

Seven dates apiece are slotted for Arizona Speedway and Canyon Speedway Park. Arizona greets the series in the fourth race of the season on March 18 with additional dates set for April. 29, May 20, June 10, September 9 and the season-enders at the 50th "Western World Championships" on November 3-4.

Canyon Speedway Park returns to the fold for the second of its seven dates on April 1 before returning on Memorial Day Weekend for the "Salute to Indy" on Memorial Day weekend on May 27-28. Back-to-back nights at Canyon close out the month of September for the series on Sept. 29-30 with the final trip taking place on Oct. 21.

In addition, the Southwest Sprint Car make the trek to Casa Grande's Central Arizona Speedway on two occasions, once early-on and again as the season winds down on April 15 and Oct. 28, respectively.

The annual "Border Tour" pits the best of the Southwest Sprint Cars against the New Mexico Motor Racing Association stars at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces on Sept. 2-3.
 
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2017 SANDS CHEVROLET
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 11: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Mar 9: (W) The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Mar 10: (W) The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Mar 18: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Apr 1: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Apr 15: Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, AZ)
Apr 29: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
May 20: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Jun 10: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Sep 2: (N) Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, NM)
Sep 3: (N) Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, NM)
Sep 9: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Sep 29: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Sep 30: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Oct 21: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Oct 28: Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, AZ)
Nov 3: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 4: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
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(W) = A race with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
(N) = A race co-sanctioned by the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA)

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS TOUR LAND OF LINCOLN FOR TRIPLEHEADER INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

The state of Illinois will play host to a triple-header docket of events featuring the USAC Midget National Championship in Macon, Lincoln and Springfield on Independence Day weekend in 2017.

Beginning on Saturday, July 1, the tour heads off to Macon Speedway for the first time in a decade. The intense one-fifth-mile bullring's history with the USAC National Midgets dates to 1959 when local hero Don Branson took the checkered flag.

Lincoln Speedway is the following night's stop on Sunday, July 2, marking the first visit for the series at the racy quarter-mile since Bob Tattersall's victory in 1964.

The tour concludes on Monday, July 3 with the Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals." The visit marks the series debut at the one-sixth-mile Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena located outdoors, adjacent to the famed Springfield Mile which annually hosts the USAC Silver Crown Series' "Bettenhausen 100" each August. The Springfield Mile was the venue for the series' most recent event in the capital city of Illinois in 1996 when Brian Gerster triumphed.

USAC National Midget pilots Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Dave Darland will be among many hunting for victory on the first occasion of three-straight Illinois races on the series schedule in 30 years!

"This will surely be one 'can't miss' event to kick off the summer," USAC Series Director Levi Jones exclaimed. "USAC has a great tradition with the state of Illinois dating back to the beginning in 1956 and it is an honor that the stars of the USAC National Midget series will be showcased on such a great weekend of events."

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GRANDVIEW AND LINCOLN TO OPEN UP JUNE'S EASTERN STORM

The Eastern Storm schedule for 2017 has been completed with the additions of Grandview Speedway and Lincoln Speedway to the five-race series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in Pennsylvania during June.

The series now kicks off on Tuesday, June 13 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA, followed up one night later at Abbottstown, PA's Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 14.

Eastern Storm continues with the previously-announced dates on Thursday, June 15 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA before resuming Saturday, June 17 at Port Royal Speedway and concluding at York Haven, PA's Susquehanna Speedway on Sunday, June 18.

Grandview has been a staple of Eastern Storm since the series' inception in 2007 while Lincoln has held Eastern Storm features in 2010 and 2011, including double-features in 2016 won by Bryan Clauson and Landon Simon.

Levi Jones (2007-2010-2011) and Bryan Clauson (2012-2013-2016) hold the record for most Eastern Storm titles with three apiece. Clauson won the 2016 Eastern Storm on the strength of three feature victories in five races. Further champions include Cole Whitt (2008 & 2009), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Jones and Clauson also hold the record for most Eastern Storm wins with six each. Both have a pair of victories at Grandview while Jones scored twice at Lincoln and Clauson once.

Other drivers who've earned Eastern Storm triumphs at Grandview include Jesse Hockett, Bobby East, Daron Clayton and Chase Stockon.

Eastern Storm has also proven to be a harbinger of success throughout the years with seven of its ten champions going on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title in the same season as their Eastern Storm championship.
 
2017 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE
Tues., Jun 13: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Wed., Jun 14: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Thurs., Jun 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Sat., Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Sun., Jun 18: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)

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LINDA'S SPEEDWAY COMPLETES 2017 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

The final TBA date for the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week has been revealed.

Linda's Speedway, the quarter-mile dirt oval in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, will host the PA Midget Week finale on Thursday, August 17. The event will be the finale of the four-race USAC National Midget tour of the Keystone State alongside the USAC/ARDC Midgets.

The third annual Pennsylvania Midget Week gets underway Sunday, Aug. 13 at York Haven's Susquehanna Speedway, followed by Spring Run's Path Valley Speedway Park on Monday, Aug. 14 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on Tuesday, Aug. 15. A one-day rest or possible rain date is slotted for Wednesday, Aug. 16 before the series resumes Thursday, Aug. 17 for the date at Linda's.

The event is the first ever visit to Linda's by the USAC Midget National Championship, joining the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield as one of two first-time venues for the series in 2017.

Brett Arndt, Trevor Kobylarz and Alex Bright won ARDC Midget features at Linda's during the 2016 season.

In the three features completed in the history of the Pennsylvania Midget, which began in 2015, Rico Abreu has two victories while 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson completed an amazing run from the tail to win on the final corner of the last lap at Lanco last August.

USAC's 2017 National Midget schedule gets underway Saturday, Mar. 18 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. ARDC's season-opener will be held at Linda's on Friday, Mar. 31, one of five dates for the series at the track throughout the coming season.

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2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings
 
DECEMBER 15, 2016... Entering their fourteenth season, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will showcase twenty-four events at eleven racetracks in 2017. Starting with the "Sokola Shootout" and closing with the "Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction" at Perris, this promises to be another competitive year for the traditional 410s. A highlight of the schedule is the popular "4th Annual California Sprint Week" that features six shows in eight nights at five speedways.
 
Perris Auto Speedway will host eleven races on the 2017 calendar. Promoted by Don Kazarian, "America's Premier Dirt Track" continues to feature special events like the "Sokola Shootout" on March 4th and the "So Cal Showdown" with the World of Outlaws on April 1st. The "Salute to Indy" on May 27th, the August 26th "California Racers Hall of Fame Night," and the "Glenn Howard Classic" on September 23rd also highlight the schedule. Starting November 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprints will clash for three nights at the prestigious "22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Last season, "The Demon" Damion Gardner led all drivers with three "home track" wins, including the $25,000 Oval Nationals on his way to his fifth series crown. Bryan Clauson, Josh Hodges, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, "Showtime" Danny Sheridan, Matt Mitchell, "The Hanford Hornet" Chad Boespflug, and "The People's Champion" Dave Darland also won at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California and for more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.
 
The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare returns to the USAC/CRA schedule on April 8th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets. The Tulare County Fairgrounds last hosted the traditional 410s on May 18, 2013 and Mike Spencer took the checkered flags. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
 
Bakersfield Speedway also returns to the Amsoil USAC/CRA calendar on April 15th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" last featured the non-winged 410s on March 12, 2005 and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman scored the win. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.
 
On May 6th, the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Ventura Raceway. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and promoted by Jim Naylor, "The Best Little Dirt Track in America" is also home to the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." Last season, Troy Rutherford become the second driver in series history to claim a victory with an iron-block 360 engine. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
 
Santa Maria Raceway will host two shows on the schedule. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the July 1st "Doug Fort Memorial" and the August 5th race at "The West's Best Short Track" are fan favorites. Last July, Ryan Bernal returned from an eight month layoff from racing and took the victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
 
The scenic Calistoga Speedway will open "California Sprint Week" on September 2nd with two nights of action. Promoted by Tommy Hunt and HMC Promotions, "10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, vintage cars, an autograph session, auctions, wine tasting, and more. Last season, Ryan Bernal and Thomas Meseraull earned hard fought victories at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.
 
On Monday, September 4th, Petaluma Speedway will host the third round of "California Sprint Week." Promoted by Rick Faeth, "The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California" has become a popular stop on the schedule. Last season, "The Demon" Damion Gardner earned his second win of the campaign at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.
 
On Thursday, September 7th, the powerful 410s will return to Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway. Promoted by Dennis Gage, the fourth round of "California Sprint Week" is held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions" and also features the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets. Last September, "The Demon" Damion Gardner" scored his third win of the season at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.
 
Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will showcase the fifth round of "California Sprint Week" on Friday, September 8th. Promoted by John Prentice, the 1/4-mile oval at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is a fan favorite. Last year, Thomas Meseraull earned a dramatic last corner victory over Damion Gardner to claim his second Sprint Week win. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN).
 
The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford on September 9th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile Central Valley oval will host the sixth and final round of "California Sprint Week." Last September, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon won the race and Damion Gardner claimed his second mini-series crown. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.racekingspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
 
Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona will host two nights of action starting on November 3rd. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the "50th Annual Western World Championships" will also feature the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Cars. Last year, Chris Windom of Illinois won both nights at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona and for more details, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 28th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and orders must be received by January 19th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267 for room reservations.
 
The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.
 
2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 28: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 1: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 18 DATES AT 7 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings
 
DECEMBER 15, 2016... Heading to their ninth season, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set for eighteen nights of action at seven racetracks. Opening with the two-day "Outlaw Showdown" at Las Vegas on March 9th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura's two-day (non-points) "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on November 23rd.
 
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC SouthWest Sprints, the "Outlaw Showdown" is held during NASCAR weekend and also features the World of Outlaw Sprints. Last March, Indiana's Bryan Clauson earned his second $2,500 jackpot at the 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call (702) 644-4444.
 
Tulare's Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will host four dates on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will showcase the USAC 360s and World of Outlaw Sprints on March 17th and 18th. The popular "Peter Murphy Classic" will be held on April 22nd and the "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" is scheduled for May 20th. Last season, D.J. Johnson led all drivers with two victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Other wins were claimed by Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, and Troy Rutherford. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
 
The USAC West Coast Sprints will make three appearances at Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile oval will host the March 25th, April 29th, and June 17th dates. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd scored two Hanford wins and Brody Roa claimed the June checkered flags on his way to the championship. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.racekingspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
 
Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has four events on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, "The Best Little Dirt Track in America" will host the June 3rd and July 8th races along with the non-point "77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix" on November 22nd and 23rd. The November finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Tristan Guardino and "The Human Highlight Reel" Geoff Ensign claimed victory at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
 
The traditional 360 Sprints will clash at Santa Maria Raceway for three nights on the schedule. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, "The West's Best Short Track" hosts the June 10th "Ron Otto Memorial," the August 12th "Bud Stanfield Memorial," and the "Championship Night" on October 7th. Last year, Brody Roa and Jace Vander Weerd scored wins at Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
 
On Friday, July 28th, the traditional 360s will make their only appearance at Watsonville's Ocean Speedway. Promoted by John Prentice, the 1/4-mile oval at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is a fan favorite. Last August, Jace Vander Weerd stormed to his second win of the campaign. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN).
 
The following night, Saturday, July 29th, the USAC West Coast Sprints will make their first visit to Petaluma Speedway. .Promoted by Rick Faeth, "The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California" has become a popular stop for the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints during "California Sprint Week." Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.
 
The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 28th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and orders must be received by January 19th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267 for room reservations.
 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.
 
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 28: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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WINDOM, BACON, THORSON SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIDAY'S 61st "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION

USAC National driving champions Chris Windom, Brady Bacon and Tanner Thorson shared the spotlight along with other 2016 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 61st USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Thorson, of Minden, Nev., earned National championships. Windom was a first-time Silver Crown titlist, Bacon a second-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Thorson the National Midget champ.

Bacon also secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" and the $2,500 Resource "Fast Time" Award. The former was for scoring the most National points combined in the three series, while the latter was for posting the most National fast qualifying efforts during the campaign.

Car owner National champions for 2016 included DE Palma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Dynamics, Inc. (Hoffman Auto Racing) of Milford, Ohio (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).

Emcees Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.

Among items presented to the 2016 champions were trophies, plaques, Hoosier jackets, medallions, distinctive art canvases and remote-control TRAXXAS trucks.

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned include Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Calif. (West Coast Sprints) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest Sprints).

Other 2016 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. (Western States Midget); Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. (DMA Midget); Gage Etgen of Celina, Ohio (Midwest Thunder Midget); Carson Macedo of Lemoore, Calif. (Indiana Midget), Jeff Mallonee of Davenport, Iowa (IMRA Midget), Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif.. (HPD Western Pavement Midget); Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. (HPD Western Overall and Dirt Midget), Blake Brannon of San Jose, Calif. (Western HPD Restricted Midget) and Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. (Eastern Midget). Maxwell Industries Micro Sprint Champions honored were Jake Hagopian of Fresno, Calif., Josh Ames of Rochester, N.Y., Joey Ancona of Concord, Calif., Shawn Freeland of Scottsville, N.Y., Jordan Jermyn of Irondequoit, N.Y. and Caeden Steele of Fresno, Calif.

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to Hoosier Racing Tire (corporate) and long-time USAC car owner Gene Nolen (individual) for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles was presented USAC's prestigious Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence, recognizing his commitment to the overall sport of auto racing and his numerous contributions to USAC.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. posthumously received the Jason Leffler Award, in recognition of his intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career.

USAC's 2016 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was presented to Track Enterprises and accepted by race organizer Bob Sargent.

Casey Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. earned the 2016 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. was honored as the AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Carson Macedo of Lemoore, Calif.

Chad Boespflug of Hanford, Calif. was named USAC's "Most Improved" National Driver of 2016.

USAC's 2016 "Chief Mechanic of the Year" awards went to Rob Hoffman and Dan Launderville, who guided Bacon's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.

All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

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USAC TRACSAFE INITIATIVE AIMED AT QUICKER SAFETY RESPONSE

A USAC initiative aimed at driver safety was introduced during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center Thursday.

The TraceSAFE system will launch in early 2017 and will be implemented in the three USAC National Championship Series: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and National Midgets.

USAC will supply the TracSAFE equipment to teams at each of the series' national events throughout the 2017 season. USAC has led the development of this innovative new safety feature with support from Toyota Racing Development.

A light system on the dash and the back of the roll cage of each racecar will serve multiple functions. The innovative feature incudes an indicator on the dashboard that will light up yellow when the track goes under a yellow or red flag situation. The system is connected to USAC's timing and scoring, which will allow for an instantaneous response from race control to the competitors on the track to alert each driver in the event of an on-track incident.

Furthermore, a series of three lights will be located on the back of the roll cage. During green flag periods, the lights will serve as "leader lights" to indicate to fans the running order position of the car on the track. If a driver is leading, one green light will be illuminated, two green lights for the second-place running car and three green lights for the third-place car.

As soon as timing and scoring goes under a yellow or red flag condition, the three lights on the back of the cage of all cars will immediately flash rapidly to alert drivers of a full-course yellow flag condition.

Additionally, scan code stickers will be placed on the back of each driver's helmet to allow medical personnel quick and easy access to the driver's detailed medical history.

With an objective of safety and decreasing the response time for communication from race control to the drivers, TracSAFE won overwhelming approval from attendees visiting the USAC display.

"TracSAFE is a first for grassroots motorsports as USAC continues to be a leader in sprint and midget racing nationally," USAC president Kevin Miller said. "We look forward to the full rollout in 2017 and sharing the technology with tracks and series throughout the country with our universal goal of increased safety for our competitors."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RIDES INTO THE DESERT AT PHOENIX IN 2017

Phoenix International Raceway, a venue synonymous with USAC Silver Crown racing for more than two decades, returns to the 2017 schedule after an eight-year absence.

The highly-anticipated return of the big cars to the mile in Arizona's Valley of the Sun arrives on Saturday, April 29 on the same bill as the IndyCar Series race later that night.

The roar of champ car engines fell silent at PIR after Cole Whitt's victory in 2009 on the racy, triangular-shaped paved track, but the series is back this season as it embarks on its 47th season of competition with a schedule as balanced as it's ever been. Six dirt and five pavement events are on tap for the 11-race docket for 2017.

The series opens on the dirt at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on Apr. 2 for the "Sumar Classic." On May 25, the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" makes it traditional stop at the Indiana State Fairgrounds mile. In June, amidst the "Eastern Storm" series for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Silver Crown cars take on Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway on June 16.

The series closes out the 2017 calendar with three-straight races on the dirt, beginning with a pair of events on the two legendary mile tracks in Illinois. The "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield's Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 19 is the longest-running of all Silver Crown events with roots dating back to 1934.

The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, host of the Sept. 3 "Ted Horn 100," is one of just three racetracks on the series' 2017 schedule to have been on the schedule in every single year of USAC's existence since 1956 (Indiana and Illinois State Fairgrounds).

The season closes with the Sept. 23 "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio - the only event in which one can witness all three of USAC's National Divisions (Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget) at the same track on a single night.

The pavement portion of the schedule is an array of flat and high-banked surfaces ranging in size from a half-mile to a full-mile. Phoenix serves as the pavement season opener as well as the series' sole visit to the west on Apr. 29.

Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana is the lone track scheduled to host multiple Silver Crown events this season with the "Carb Night Classic: The Race Before the 500" on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and the "Rich Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic" on July 20.

The final two races hit the high banks of two of the Midwest's most history-rich racetracks in Ohio's Toledo Speedway and Indiana's Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. Toledo's July 28 event honors the city's greatest racing hero and 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ with the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

The Silver Crown cars return to Salem for the final round of pavement for the season one year after making their first stop at the .555-mile, high-banked oval since 1988. As it has since 1958, the event honors the lives of National Sprint Car Hall of Famers and Indianapolis 500 veterans Joe James and Pat O'Connor.
 
2017 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Apr 2: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 29: (P#) Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)
May 25: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 16: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jul 20: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jul 28: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
Aug 12: (P) Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery (Salem, IN)
Aug 19: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 3: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 23: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(D) represents a dirt event
(P) represents a pavement event
# represents a daytime event

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KNOXVILLE AND WILLIAMS GROVE RETURN TO THE FOLD FOR 2017 USAC SPRINT SEASON

Two of the most storied dirt tracks in the United States return to the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar in 2017.

On June 3, the series invades the legendary half-mile Knoxville Raceway for the first time since 2011. The Saturday night event coincides with National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend at the Iowa dirt oval.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the only venue on this year's 47-race slate that was on the Sprint Car schedule in USAC's inaugural year of 1956, will host its first series race since 1996 as part of the 11th edition of "Eastern Storm" on June 15.

In addition, the USAC Sprints call Tri-City Speedway home once again, where the series hasn't visited since 2006.

The May 19 date at the Granite City, Ill. track will also feature the USAC Midget National Championship. July 30 marks a return visit to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. USAC's lone appearance there came in 1989 when the late Rich Vogler won a rare winged race for Hoffman Auto Racing.

Furthermore, the series will make initial appearances at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on Apr. 21, Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 20 and Greenwood, Nebraska's I-80 Speedway on June 2.

Traditional USAC stops on the 2017 horizon include the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" for three-straight nights at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Eldora Speedway's docket features multiple showcase events with back-to-back nights of #LetsRaceTwo on May 12-13 alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. Fast forward to Sept. 23 when the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile is the showplace for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" that also features USAC's Silver Crown and National Midget divisions as well as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of
Champions.

Western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track pays homage to a pair of USAC racing heroes from year's past. The 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" hits the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile on May 24 while the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" is earmarked for September 15.

The "Eastern Storm" and "Indiana Sprint Week" series have become institutions in their respective regions of the country, annually playing to large crowds and some of the most intense racing seen all year long. It will be no different in the five-race Eastern Storm series that runs from June 13-18 in the "Keystone State." The first two nights will be held at a pair of tracks to be announced at a later date. Williams Grove serves up a feast of racing action on June 15, then a one-day break from action before closing out the mini-series at Port Royal Speedway on the 17th and Susquehanna Speedway on the 18th.

The 30th annual "Indiana Sprint Week" series consistently produces as one of the country's premier events. Its schedule of events remains just as consistent. Once again, ISW launches at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 7 with Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway rounding out the first weekend of racing July 8-9, respectively. A two-day sabbatical gives way as the action roars back to life for the final four-race stretch of ISW at Terre Haute, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway on July 12-13-14-15.

The sole non-points, special event of the USAC Sprint season occurs on Aug. 23 as a prelude to three more consecutive nights at Kokomo and "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" on Aug. 24-25-26.

Lawrenceburg hosts a duo of events - one in the spring and one in the fall - as does Tri-State. The three-eighths mile Lawrenceburg oval brings the series to town for both the Midwest opener on Apr. 1 as well as the Midwest closer on Sept. 30. Bloomington Speedway's red clay will fly when USAC makes a visit on Apr. 14 which kicks off a double-header weekend that moves to Tri-State the following night at the "Spring Showdown" on Apr. 15 for the first of two shows at the quarter-mile paperclip co-sanctioned by MSCS. The series makes the trek back to Tri-State for
the "Haubstadt Hustler" on Sep. 16.

Additional dates include trips to Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and Lincoln Park Speedway on Apr. 22 and June 30, respectively, as well as a date at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. on July 29.

The series closes out its campaign with a multitude of events in conjunction with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car Championship for a pair of annual events headquartered in the western U.S. First up is the 50th annual "Western World Championships." The golden anniversary of the famed event that has been a staple of the southwest since 1968 takes place at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway on Nov. 3-4.

The season closes out with the three-night spectacular known as the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 9-10-11. The 22nd running at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway pits the best from the National and CRA scenes against each other for bragging rights in what is annually the highest-paying purse of the year.
 
2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Feb 23: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 24: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 25: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Apr 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 15: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Apr 21: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Apr 22: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 6: TBA
May 12: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 13: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 20: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jun 2: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jun 13: (E) TBA
Jun 14: (E) TBA
Jun 15: (E) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 18: (E) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jul 8 (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 9: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 12: (I) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 13: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 14: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 15: (I) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Jul 28: TBA
Jul 29: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Jul 30: Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 15: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 16: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Sep 30: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct. 6: TBA
Oct. 7: TBA
Nov. 3: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 4: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 9 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 10 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 11 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event
(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event
(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TOUR TRAVELS COAST-TO-COAST IN 2017 CAMPAIGN

Twenty-seven dates in seven states serve as the ingredients for the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship schedule.

Among the events are four distinct tours that make up the bulk of the schedule such as June's "Indiana Midget Week," July's weekend trip to Illinois as well as an August tour of the Heartland of America and "Pennsylvania Midget Week," which offers a total of eight races in a busy Summer stretch.

The 13th annual "Indiana Midget Week" kicks off with the first of six straight nights of racing action on June 6 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, followed by Gas City, Lincoln Park, Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo to round out the series that continues to grow in popularity each year since its debut in 2005.

The series resumes with a weekend getaway to the Land of Lincoln on July 1-2-3. First up is Macon Speedway whose roots with USAC date back to Don Branson's victory at the one-fifth mile bullring in 1959. However, the series will make its comeback to the track after a decade absence on the first of July. A date is scheduled for July 2at a track yet to be determined, which will be followed up by the USAC National Midgets' first venture to the one-sixth mile Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - an outdoor venue in the capital city of Springfield located
on the grounds nearby the one-mile dirt oval that the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes on each August.

The USAC National Midgets' tour of the Heartland kick starts the month of August on the first with "Tuesday Night Thunder" at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway followed one night later by the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on Aug. 2. After a single day off, drivers and teams get back at it on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas for the 40th annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" on Aug. 4-5.

Susquehanna Speedway opens "Pennsylvania Midget Week" on Aug. 13 with dates at Path Valley Speedway Park and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway set for the following two nights on Aug. 14-15. Aug. 16 is a day of rest before the mini-series' final event hits the track at a yet-to-be-determined venue on Aug. 17.

Traditional dates dot the remainder of the series calendar for 2017 with the season set to begin indoors on March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. The "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Indiana provides the first multi-event weekend for competitors on Apr. 7-8.

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois moves to an earlier slot on the schedule - May 19 - for a twin-bill with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The ever-popular "4-Crown Nationals" goes into its 36th year at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway as the largest showcase for all three of USAC's national divisions on one card in a single night. The famed event includes the National Midgets, Silver Crown, National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

The fifth-annual "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois provides the largest winner's payday of the year on Oct. 20.

For the second consecutive year, the National Midgets pair with the Western States Midgets to conclude the 2017 USAC outdoor racing season with the 77th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" oceanside at California's Ventura Raceway.
 
2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Mar 18: (N) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 8: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Jun 6: (I) Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 8: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 9: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 10: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 11: (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 1: Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Jul 2: TBA
Jul 3: Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena (Springfield, IL)
Jul 22: TBA
Aug 1: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Aug 2: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Aug 4: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 5: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 13: (A) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 14: (A) Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 15: (A) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 17: (A) TBA
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 6: TBA
Oct 7: TBA
Oct 20: (P) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
Nov 23: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
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(N) represents an indoor event
(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event
(A) represents an event with the USAC/ARDC Midgets
(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi
(W) represents an event with the USAC Western States Midgets

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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.

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National Sprints
2016 points
FINAL
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

 National Midgets
FINAL
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

Silver Crown
FINAL
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

USAC/CRA
FINAL
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

 

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