Arizona Speedway is the next target for USAC's Southwest Sprint Cars as drivers R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey and Charles Davis Jr. continue their battle for supremacy in one of America's most hotly-contested motorsports series.

All three combatants have fared well at the one-third dirt oval at ET Motopark southeast of Phoenix. Johnson has three wins, a fourth and a fifth in the five previous appearances there. Pelkey has a win, a second, two thirds and a sixth, while Davis has a win, two seconds and two fourths.

Johnson's point lead stands at 116 points over Pelkey so his position at the top of the standings won't change Saturday, but the margin could. A total of 74 points are available at each event and, with four points races remaining on the 2014 calendar, things could change quickly.

The series competes in a "non-points" special event November 6 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway before closing with three point races at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. November 20-21-22.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,193, 2-Josh Pelkey-1,077, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,072, 4-Matt Rossi-979, 5-Shon Deskins-940, 6-Mike Martin-930, 7-Tye Mihocko-844, 8-Michael Curtis-649, 9-Andy Reinbold-640, 10-Nick Aiuto-613.


USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Hank Arnold Memorial"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.295; 2. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-15.344; 3. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-15.380; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.395; 5. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.439; 6. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.487; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.489; 8. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.636; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-15.781; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-15.904; 11. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.937; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.996; 13. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-16.303; 14. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-16.346; 15. Justin Quinn, 93, Quinn-16.673; 16. Glenn Styres, OG, Styres-17.726.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Deskins, 5. Johnson, 6. Hosford, 7. Lundy, 8. Quinn. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ogle, 2. Mihocko, 3. Rossi, 4. Davis, 5. Curtis, 6. Pelkey, 7. Styres, 8. Morin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Glenn Styres, 14. Justin Quinn, 15. Matt Lundy, 16. Mark Morin.


FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Sussex.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,193, 2-Pelkey-1,077, 3-Davis-1,072, 4-Rossi-979, 5-Deskins-940, 6-Martin-930, 7-Mihocko-844, 8-Curtis-649, 9-Andy Reinbold-640, 10-Nick Aiuto-613.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 11 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway



Syracuse, New York…….Kody Swanson finished off a magical 2014 Silver Crown Series championship for he and DePalma Motorsports on Saturday in the “Salt City 78” on the New York State Fairgrounds mile. The Kingsburg, California driver was dominant all year, notching five wins in ten races to claim his first USAC National title.

“I can’t really believe this is how it’s all worked out. That’s what this is all about. To be able to go five-for-ten in Silver Crown and winning the championship is so special. They (DePalma Motorsports) hadn’t won a race in the series before this year, and they knew we had to find a way to make me better on dirt. They did everything they could do to make us better to compete for the championship, and it’s amazing to see a group that is such an epitome of “team.” These are great people, and we have a lot of fun racing together,” Swanson said of his team led by owner Tony DePalma and crew chief Bob Hampshire.

Swanson, who has been a series mainstay since 2009, put into words his pursuit of the series crown over the past six season, saying, “I’ve been trying for this for so long – I was a rookie in 2009 and had a shot at it a few different times. I lost a year to injury and then lost my full-time ride, so last year I got to drive for Ricky Nix and Eddie Sachs on dirt, and the DePalmas on pavement. I’m so grateful to all of them for keeping me on track last year, having a lot of fun, and putting me in position to have a year like this one. This is years and many people in the making, and I’m so happy to do it with the DePalmas, my family, our friends, and all the people who are involved and helped us accomplish what we have this year. It’s an incredible feeling to win the race and see all of them so happy and excited at what we’ve been able to do.”

Swanson immediately showed himself as a strong contender for the race win, as he jumped to the lead from outside the front row on the opening lap before a caution for Shane Cockrum. After a quick yellow, Swanson was off with the lead as two-time series champion Bobby East pressured him. East got a run down the frontstretch as they completed lap twelve to take the lead going into turn-one.

East pulled away as Swanson kept a conservative pace that stacked up the pack behind him racing for second through eighth. A.J. Fike stayed glued to Swanson through the first half of the race, as Rich Tobias, Stewart Friesen, Jerry Coons, Jr., and Steve Buckwalter raced just outside the top-five.

Swanson began to gain ground on East around lap 50, slowly reeling him in as Fike came along with him. He went to work quickly after catching him, using the difficult groove through turns one and two to slip underneath with the lead on lap 67.

Fike was the pursuer over the final ten laps, moving past East for second and coming after Swanson for the top spot. He had a shot at the win in the final two laps, but a move to the outside while negotiating a slower car sent him out of the groove through turns one and two, allowing Swanson to slip away.

The dream season for Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire ended parked on the frontstretch of the “Moody Mile” with the win.

“I didn’t want to be too greedy and risk losing the championship by going too hard to win the race. We were almost in position to come here with a little safety net, but in the last two laps at Eldora, we blew a tire and put ourselves in jeopardy with the championship today. So that was on my mind throughout the race. We finally reeled Bobby (East) back in and the opportunity presented himself with that hole down there that could make you tight. Right when I got there, his car hit it and the hole opened up. I wanted to go harder at the end to fend off A.J. for the win, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t cost myself all of it by running the tire off,” Swanson said.

Fike finished his strong day in second aboard the RFMS Racing – H.E. Mitchell Construction #3 Beast/Foxco.

East rounded out the podium in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #10 Maxim/Kistler.

Chris Windom lost touch with Swanson & Fike just as they made their charge to go after East, but came home fourth in the Rotondo Weirich – Curb Records #17 Beast/Triad. Stewart Friesen finished fifth in his first Silver Crown Series appearance aboard the RPM Auto Enterprise – City of Syracuse Special #99 JEI/Mopar.

USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 11, 2014 – Syracuse, New York – New York State Fairgrounds – “Salt City 78”

QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-32.436; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-32.535; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.627; 4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-32.640; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-32.702; 6. Rich Tobias Jr., 117, Tobias-32.762; 7. Stewart Friesen, 99, RPM/Gormly-32.856; 8. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-33.113; 9. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-33.160; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.273; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-33.315; 12. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-34.005; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-35.105; 14. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-37.972; 15. Wes Miller, 36, Miller-NT.

FEATURE: (78 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. A.J. Fike, 3. Bobby East, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Rich Tobias Jr., 9. Davey Ray, 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Randy Bateman, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Kenny Gentry, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Wes Miller. 45:23.12
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Swanson, Laps 13-66 East, Laps 67-78 Swanson.

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-582, 2-Hines-555, 3-East-537, 4-Windom-469, 5-Coons-408, 6-Fike-320, 7-Jacob Wilson-306, 8-Cockrum-286, 9-Caleb Armstrong-259, 10-Lawson-245.



Two of America's Eastern driving stars have thrown their hat into the ring for this Saturday's "Salt City 78" USAC Silver Crown Championship race at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and Rich Tobias Jr. of Lebanon, Pa. are among entered drivers in the series finale, a 78-mile, 78-lap contest on one of America's most storied ovals.

The race is part of the track's NAPA Auto Parts "Super Dirt Week XLIII" slate which includes a variety of motorsports racing events. The Silver Crown Cars are scheduled to practice at 2:05 pm Friday, with qualifications at 5:40 pm. Saturday's Silver Crown feature gets the green flag at 1:30 pm.

Friesen, winner of the recent SEF Small Engine Fuels 200-lapper at the New York State Fairgrounds oval and a former two-time winner of Syracuse's Big-Block "200", will pilot the #99 RPM/Fred Gormly entry as a teammate to USAC Triple Crown Champion Jerry Coons Jr. Coons is the most recent series winner, taking the September 21 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Tobias, son of the legendary Pennsylvania driver Dick Tobias, returns to the series after a two-year hiatus driving his own #177 Tobias/Chevy. Tobias' last Silver crown start came in the 2012 finale and he has 64 career starts dating back to 1999. In 2003 he won the prestigious "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., winner of four Silver Crown dirt races already this season, enters Saturday's race with a 12-point margin in the standings over runner-up Tracy Hines, the 2000 series champion. Hines has four seconds, two thirds and two fourths in nine 2014 starts.

Defending Silver Crown Champion Bobby East also retains hope for a 2014 championship, trailing Swanson by 45 points with 66 total points available at Syracuse.

Dave Darland owns the one-lap Syracuse track qualifying record of 119.713 mph. Saturday's race will be the first for the USAC Silver Crown cars at the New York State Fairgrounds since J.J. Yeley's 2003 victory. Tobias finished second in that race ahead of third-place Darland.

Drivers who competed in the 2003 Syracuse race expected to return, including Tobias, are sixth-place A.J. Fike, 13th-place Coons, 16th-place Russ Gamester and 17th-place Wes Miller.

USAC Championship racing at Syracuse dates back to 1956 when Tony Bettenhausen was victorious in a 100-mile race. Other USAC winners include Elmer George (1957), Johnny Thomson (1958), Eddie Sachs (1959), Bobby Grim (1960) Rodger Ward (1961 and 1962), Al Unser (1974), Sheldon Kinser (1975), Pancho Carter (1976 and 1978), Larry Dickson (1977) and Yeley (2002 and 2003).

2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-522, 2-Tracy Hines-510, 3-Bobby East-477, 4-Chris Windom-418, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-366, 6-Jacob Wilson-308, 7-Shane Cockrum-264, 8-A.J. Fike-263, 9-Caleb Armstrong-259, 10-Dave Darland-234.


USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 4, 2014 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-13.998; 2. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-14.410; 3. Sparky Howard, 6, Howard-14.467; 4. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.553; 5. Joe Stornetta, 9N, Lathrop-14.597; 6. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-14.698; 7. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-14.710; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 27, Thomas-14.717; 9. Bradley Terrell, 3X, Dupont-14.739; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.767; 11. Jason McIntosh, 33, McIntosh-14.783; 12. Paul Alonso, 1P, Alonso-14.820; 13. Brett Rollag, 27, Rollag-14.823; 14. Tommy Laliberte, 56X, Thomas-14.929; 15. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-14.914; 16. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-15.000; 17. Eli Deshaies, 91RI, Deshaies-15.197; 18. Greg Higginbotham, 11, Higginbotham-15.582; 19. Scott Hall, 77J, Campanile-16.146; 20. Adam Brenton, 28, Brenton-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rollag, 2. Ensign, 3. Adams, 4. Arriaga, 5. Richardson, 6. Sibley, 7. Hall. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guerrini, 4. McIntosh, 5. Brenton, 6. Laliberte, 7. Deshaies. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Terrell, 3. Alonso, 4. Hawkins, 5. Higginbotham, 6. Howard. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Frankie Guerrini, 4. Bradley Terrell, 5. Terry Schank Jr., 6. Marty Hawkins, 7. Joe Stornetta, 8. Brett Rollag, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Sparky Howard, 12. Adam Brenton, 13. Paul Alonso, 14. Eli Deshaies, 15. Greg Higginbotham, 16. Jason McIntosh, 17. Jim Richardson, 18. Shawn Arriaga, 19. Scott Hall. NT


**Hall flipped during practice. Howard flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Arriaga, Laps 4-30 Bernal

FINAL WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bernal-501, 2-Matt Mitchell-333, 3-Nic Faas-324, 4-Rchard Vander Weerd-303, 4-Jace Vander Weerd-280, 6-Hawkins-278, 7-Austin Liggett-232, 8-Hall-215, 9-Sibley-212, 10-Markus Niemela-211.



Granite City, IL........The 6th "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" has fallen to the elements as continuing rain, wet grounds and predicted low temperatures in the St. Louis area have conspired to force cancellation of the remaining two nights of the Honda USAC National Midget race weekend at Tri-City Speedway. The Honda USAC National Midget series resumes November 20-21-22 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.



Persistent rains in the St. Louis area have conspired to force cancellation of Thursday night's opening round of the 2014 "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

 The 6th Annual event will resume Friday night with a complete program of racing on the 3/8-mie dirt oval. Saturday night's finale will culminate with a 50-lap feature offering $10,000-to-win.

National Weather Service data indicates that the weather system is expected to leave the area later tonight and the forecast is optimistic for racing Friday and Saturday.

Rico Abreu continues to lead the Honda USAC National Midget Series as it enters its final two months of the 2014 season.






























National Sprints
2014 points
Sept. 27
1. Brady Bacon 1762
2. Bryan Clauson 1711
3. Dave Darland 1683
4. Jon Stanbrough 1588
5. Chase Stockon 1474
6. Tracy Hines 1401
7. Justin Grant 1376
8. Chris Windom 1351
9. Robert Ballou 1284
10. Hunter Schuerenberg 1188

 National Dirt Midgets
Aug. 18
1. Rico Abreu 822
2. Tracy Hines 740
3. Christopher Bell 719
4. Bryan Clauson 675
5. Zach Daum 606
6. Chris Windom 559
7. Tanner Thorson 531
8. Michael Pickens 499
9. Dave Darland 418
10. Andrew Felker 378

Silver Crown

1. Kody Swanson 582
2. Tracy Hines 555
3. Bobby East 537
4. Chris Windom  469
5. Jerry Coons Jr. 408
6. A.J Fike 320
7. Jacob Wilson 306
8. Shane Cockrum 286
9. Caleb Armstron 259
10. Patrick Lawson 145

Sept. 13

1. Damion Gardner 1189
2. Mike Spencer  936
3. Brody Roa 790
4. Cody Williams 751
5. Matt Mitchell  750
6. Austin Williams  7224
7.  Jake Swanson 640
8. Nic Faas  628
9. R. Vander Weerd 574
10. Logan Williams 464


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