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HAGEN, BELL & HINES SHARE "WESTERN WORLD" SPOTLIGHT

Only 36 points separate the top-three drivers in USAC's Honda National Midget Series entering Thursday night's 74th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Combatants Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell and Tracy Hines all have significant objectives as they chase the championship going into the season finale. Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. is set to celebrate his second consecutive Honda USAC Western Midget crown at Perris.

Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., eyes his initial USAC National title, while teammate Bell, of Norman, Okla., is seeking his second in a row. Hines, of New Castle, Ind., could enter the prestigious USAC "Triple Crown" list by claiming his first National Midget crown. Bell trails Abreu by 26 points and Hines stands just 36 back of the leader.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. virtually clinched the 2014 Honda USAC Western overall and dirt championships after his seventh-place finish in Saturday's Peoria finale.

Hines opened last week's 47th Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. with a 30-lap feature victory in his Parker Machinery/Toyota Spike/Toyota. He passed Zach Daum on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Bell, Tanner Thorson, Daum and Bryan Clauson.

Bell came back on Friday to lead all 30 laps at Peoria in his Toyota TRD/Curb Records Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Clauson finished second ahead of Daum, Hines and Thorson.

Saturday's "Western World" finale saw Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. hold off repeated challenges from several drivers to win the 30-lap championship in his Great Clips/Fatheadz Eyewear Triple X/Esslinger. He led the first six laps, trailed Tanner Thorson for five laps, then led the last 19 laps to polish off the victory over Thorson, Bell, Hines and Clauson.

Thursday's Perris classic concludes with a 98-lap feature event, saluting long-time race organizer J.C. Agajanian. Gardner and the Honda USAC National Champion will be recognized during post-race ceremonies.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Rico Abreu-996; 2-Christopher Bell-970; 3-Tracy Hines-960; 4-Bryan Clauson-912; 5-Zach Daum-814; 6-Tanner Thorson-741; 7-Chris Windom-594; 8-Michael Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-419; 10-Tyler Thomas-395.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Jarid Blondel-632, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Shannon McQueen-357, 7-Scott Pierovich-327, 8-Christopher Bell-324, 9-Nick Chivello-322, 10-Tanner Thorson-307.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Jarid Blondel-411, 4-Alex Schutte-390, 5-Shannon McQueen-357, 6-Christopher Bell-324, 7-Tanner Thorson-306, 8-Scott Pierovich-288, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Rico Abreu-249.

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HAGEN CLOSES "WESTERN WORLD" WITH HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET WIN

Peoria, Arizona.……Darren Hagen waited until the penultimate round of the 2014 Honda National Midget season to score his first win, and he made it a big one with the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet “Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. The Riverside, California driver, who narrowly lost off the final corner a year ago, held on in an eerily similar circumstance on Saturday night for the $7,500 win.

Hagen led from the pole, but Tanner Thorson was hot on the trail of his first career National Midget win. He rode the high side to the lead on lap seven. Zach Daum was on the move, too, pressuring Hagen for the second spot as Thorson slipped away a bit. Daum’s night came to a sudden end on lap nine when his car locked up and stopped off turn-four.

After another quick caution with eleven laps complete, Hagen tried a new move, this time burying himself in the turn-one cushion and turning down across the track to catch the bottom of turn-two. It propelled him to the lead on lap twelve and he extended his advantage.

Rico Abreu broke a U-joint on lap 20 and darted off the backstretch, but the race went red to attend to him after the car appared to flare up. Abreu jumped out of the car but was attended to by the track crew after the unfortunate break for the National point leader.

The race’s final eleven laps went green, and Hagen was moving around through turns three and four to protect his lead. Thorson had the high side working, though, and he had a full head of steam with two to go. Through turns three and four, Hagen’s line slowed and Thorson had a run at the white. On the final lap, Thorson again was humming through three and four, but Hagen caught the bottom and shot to the line just ahead of Thorson.

It was the 24th career National Midget win for Hagen, tying him for 18th all-time with Bill Engelhart. He also extended a streak of ten consecutive years with at least one USAC National win with his score aboard the Shane Hmiel-owned Great Clips – Fatheadz Eyewear #56 Triple X/Esslinger.

“We switched to a new car, and this is definitely the way to break it in. I was definitely not letting this one get away again. I brought it all the way to the wall at the end and knew he’d have to pretty much drive over us to get the win. It’s great to take this new car with Shane Hmiel and Levi Jones and Great Clips backing us to a win right away. I’ve never been one to do donuts, but I was that excited to win this one,” Hagen said.

Thorson matched his best career finish with the series after coming home second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“I did everything I could on that last lap. I know I was banging the chip on the last lap because I never lifted. We had a big run at it there but just came up a little bit short. Our car was unbelievably fast again tonight, and I can’t thank everyone enough for the opportunity to run this car. Keith consistently gives us a great chance to win with these cars,” Thorson said.

Christopher Bell came home third in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota and now stands 26 points behind Abreu in the battle for the season championship.

“We had a shot at him there at one point, but he was able to turn back down underneath us and take it back. It got real tough to run the top on both ends tonight, and we actually came down in three and four towards the end. It was another good weekend for us with 71 car,” Bell said.

Tracy Hines finished up fourth in the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota and is only ten points behind Bell, while Bryan Clauson rounded out the top-five in the Curb Records – Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #63 Spike/Esslinger.

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (91T, Thomas), 2. Brady Bacon (51s, Fly), 3. Shane Golobic (17, Nichols), 4. Casey Shuman (32, Dunlap), 5. Mike Spencer (57, Ecker), 6. Jarid Blondel (98, Blondel), 7. Isaac Chapple (52, Chapple), 8. Terry Goodwin (2G, Goodwin), 9. Nick Foster (17N, Nichols).

DASH: (10 laps) 1. Darren Hagen (56, Hmiel), 2. Tanner Thorson (67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Rico Abreu (97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Zach Daum (5D, Daum), 5. Christopher Bell (71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ronnie Gardner (68, Johnson), 7. Tracy Hines (24, Parker), 8. Bryan Clauson (63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian).

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Shannon McQueen (7, McQueen)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Casey Shuman, 10. Shane Golobic, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Isaac Chapple, 13. Rico Abreu, 14. Jarid Blondel, 15. Zach Daum, 16. Nick Foster.

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**Chapple flipped in the Qualifying Race. Blondel flipped on Lap 12.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Hagen, Laps 7-11 Thorson, Laps 12-30 Hagen.

NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-996; 2-Bell-970; 3-Hines-960; 4-Clauson-912; 5-Daum-814; 6-Thorson-741; 7-Chris Windom-594; 8-Michael Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-419; 10-Thomas-395.

NEW HONDA WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Blondel-632, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-McQueen-357, 7-Scott Pierovich-327, 8-Bell-324, 9-Nick Chivello-322, 10-Thorson-307.

NEW HONDA WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Blondel-411, 4-Alex Schutte-390, 5-McQueen-357, 6-Bell-324, 7-Thorson-306, 8-Scott Pierovich-288, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Abreu-249.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 27 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 74th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

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ROSSI REPRESENTS ARIZONA WITH DOMINANT "WESTERN WORLD" SPRINT CAR WIN
 
Peoria, Arizona.……A local boy brought it home on Saturday night in the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet “Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park as Matt Rossi notched the biggest win of his career in the Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car 30-lapper.

“I can’t believe I just won the Western World. I’ve gone to this race my whole life and to be an Arizona boy who wins it is just more than I can even describe. I had no idea how big a lead we had, so every little mistake had me freaking out. I was expecting guys to come flying by me every time. I messed up big on the last corner, but seeing the checkered was the most amazing feeling ever. For my dad to win this race and win it here, where we’ve never won before, it’s a crazy night,” an overwhelmed Rossi said.

The opening lap shook up the race in a big way when front-row starters Gary Taylor and Casey Shuman collided in turn-one, sending Shuman flipping and collecting second-row starter C.J. Leary. Shuman was unhurt. The other two restarted.

On the next start, Shon Deskins flipped in turn-three. He was also unhurt.

R.J. Johnson jumped to the early lead but Thursday and Friday winner Ryan Bernal was in hot pursuit. Rossi moved to third past Robert Ballou on a lap-eleven restart, and he reeled in the leaders as a three-car breakway.

Bernal started to use his above-the-cushion entry and subsequent diamond across the corner to the bottom, as he assaulted Johnson for the lead. On lap ten, Bernal cut to the bottom of turn-four with the lead as they crossed the stripe, sliding up in front of Johnson. At the same time, Rossi grabbed the turn-one cushion and turned down to the bottom of turn-two as he rocketed down the backstretch past both Johnson and Bernal for the lead.

Just a lap later, the action slowed for a red flag, and another three laps later was opened due to the fuel consumption. Rossi drove away from the field on the restart, opening up over a straightaway advantage as he entered traffic. Behind him, Kevin Thomas, Jr. had come to life and used a similar line through the middle of the track to work past Johnson for second. Bryan Clauson was right behind, trying to work in a line on the very bottom to make his way forward.

A final caution with five laps to go put everyone back on Rossi’s tail, as the lapped cars were moved to the tail. They were no match, though, as Rossi nailed the first set of corners off the restart and sailed away to the popular win in the Apache Scapes – Schure Built Suspension #02 Spike/Advanced.

Thomas marked his weekend back in the seat of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports Griffin’s Propane – Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

“It’s been nice to be back in this car. Mike Dutcher and A.J. (Bray) know how to make a race car fast and it was comfortable to drive right up through there tonight. I was hoping we could give him a run for the win, but he was on tonight. Canyon has been pretty rough on me lately, so bouncing back here is a great feeling,” Thomas said.

Clauson ended up third in the Ultimate Off-Road – PPG #16B Maxim/Fisher.

“I’m happy to get a good finish out of a tough situation this weekend with the sprint car. We blew up the TSR ride and Mike Martin got this car ready for me to run tonight. I would have liked one more shot with a couple to go as good as we could run a couple laps, but it was good to run up through there and get a good finish after all the obstacles,” Clauson said.

R.J. Johnson finished off his USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series title with a fourth-place finish, and Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five.

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins), 2. Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 6. Bradley Terrell (#5V VanLare), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 2. Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 4. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 6. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 7. Casey Buckman (#04G Cook). NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 2. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., (#17RW Dutcher), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Gary Taylor (#1ST BRAT), 2. Casey Shuman (#75 Hockett/James), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6. Robert Ballou (#12X Ballou), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 8. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Pelkey, 3. Sussex, 4. Curtis, 5. Martin, 6. Terrell, 7. Shipley, 8. Lundy, 9. Mihocko. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hosford, 2. Gabbard, 3. Copeland, 4. Reinbold, 5. Darland, 6. Buckman, 7. Hodges, 8. Morin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Matt Rossi, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Dalten Gabbard, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Gary Taylor, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Josh Pelkey, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Matt Mitchell, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Colby Copeland, 22. Casey Shuman. NT

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**Shuman and Deskins flipped on lap one of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap nine of the feature. Deskins flipped on lap eleven of the feature. Pelkey flipped on lap thirteen of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Johnson, Lap 10 Bernal, Laps 11-30 Rossi.

FINAL USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Johnson-1,419, 2-Davis-1,213; 3-Pelkey-1,209, 4-Rossi-1,200, 5-Desnkins-1,083, 6-Martin-1,000, 7-Mihocko-929, 8-Hosford-698, 9-Curtis-693, 10-Nick Aiuto-663.

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BELL ASCENDS TO TOP SPOT IN NIGHT 2 "WESTERN WORLD" MIDGET FEATURE

Peoria, Arizona.……After narrowly coming home second in the opening night of Honda National/Western Midget action at the 47th Sands Chevrolet “Western World Championships,” defending series champion Christopher Bell won in convincing fashion in Friday’s preliminary night.

Bell started from the front row and was largely unthreatened throughout the 30-lapper. Three cautions reset his advantage, but second-running Bryan Clauson could not gain ground for the lead.

It was the sixth win of the season for the Norman, Oklahoma driver aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. In the process, he whittled teammate Rico Abreu’s point lead to 53 entering Saturday’s weekend finale.

“Tonight, I put myself in a good position through qualifying, and transferred through my heat to give me a better starting spot. It was pretty smooth sailing out there as long as I didn’t make any major mistakes. It was tricky up there as the curb built up pretty high, especially with the ledge off turn-four. I had my hands full at times,” Bell said.

Clauson tried every line imaginable but had to settle for second.

“If I could hit it right, we could maintain or even gain a little ground, but we weren’t gonna be able to go around him without thick traffic. I wasn’t necessarily comfortable up top, but that was where we needed to be. We were inching back up to him but blew the last restart and then nearly got in the fence and lost that ground back to him,” Clauson said.

Zach Daum rounded out the podium to make himself high-point man going into Saturday’s $7,500-to-win championship night.

“I wanted to try the bottom, but I gave up on it after a couple corners. The momentum up top was the way to go. We can’t complain too much, but we can be better for tomorrow. It’s great that they put up good money for us to race this weekend, and we’re sitting in good shape for it,” Daum said.

Friday winner Tracy Hines came home fourth and Tanner Thorson finished fifth.

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.775; 2. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.817; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-13.859; 4. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.866; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.889; 6. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.910; 7. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.025; 8. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-14.057; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Johnson-14.084; 10. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-14.162; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.208; 12. Brady Bacon, 51s, Fly-14.267; 13. Shane Golobic, 17, Nichols-14.279; 14. Casey Shuman, 32, Dunlap-14.309; 15. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-14.381; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.448; 17. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-14.815; 18. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-15.317; 19. Nick Foster, Jr., 17N, Nichols-16.472.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Thomas, 3. Marcham, 4. Abreu, 5. Hines, 6. Chapple. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Daum, 3. Shuman, 4. Thorson, 5. McQueen, 6. Blondel. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Clauson, 3. Gardner, 4. Bacon, 5. Bell, 6. Goodwin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Shane Golobic, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Mike Spencer, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Terry Goodwin, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Trey Marcham, 17. Jarid Blondel, 18. Nick Foster, Jr., 19. Brady Bacon. NT

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**Marcham flipped on Lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bell.

NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-969; 2-Bell-916; 3-Hines-909; 4-Clauson-864; 5-Daum-791; 6-Thorson-684; 7-Chris Windom-594; 8-Michael Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-419; 10-Andrew Felker-378.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-719, 2-Marcham-653, 3-Blondel-607, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-McQueen-356, 7-Scott Pierovich-327, 8-Nick Chivello-322, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Bell-270.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-719, 2-Marcham-653, 3-Alex Schutte-390, 4-Blondel-386, 5-McQueen-356, 6-Scott Pierovich-288, 7-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 8-Bell-270, 9-Thorson-249, 10-Abreu-222.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 22 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

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CLAUSON CAPTURES CANYON; BACON TAKES NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE

Peoria, Arizona…….As the 2014 AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship ended at Canyon Speedway Park’s Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” on Saturday night, Bryan Clauson stood in victory lane with his sixth win of the season as Brady Bacon finished off his first USAC Sprint Car title while also delivering the 10th for famed car entrants Dynamics, Inc. – Hoffman Auto Racing. Bacon finished 56 points ahead of Clauson, who came home second in the standings after back-to-back titles.

Clauson led from outside the front row as the cushion was the fast way around. Bacon moved into second on lap three after an early yellow, and the duo raced away from the field. New track record holder Dave Darland moved to third a short time later, and the second caution near halfway bunched the leaders again.

This time, the leaders found themselves encountering heavy traffic, with Bacon looking low as Clauson tried to slice his way through. Both leaders went to the bottom on lap 25, and Darland hit the top to grab second from Bacon. He had a run on Clauson, too, but the leader was able to clear another lapped car just as the caution flag reappared with five laps to go.

In clear track, Clauson was too much as he added to his Canyon dominance in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler, making it 31 career National Sprint Car wins.

“I just love Canyon Speedway. We may not have won the war, but we won another battle. Tonight wasn’t nearly as easy as the box score will read. I was moving all over trying to find a way through traffic, knowing I had two guys behind me who are just waiting to pounce. I never knew how close they were, but I knew I was probably a sitting duck. I tried to mix it up when I could, but I felt really good in open track,” Clauson said.

Darland finished off another fine year with his runner-up finish.

“I don’t know what would have happened, but I know my opportunities were better if we had stayed in traffic those last five laps. But we had a shot at it, and the track was racy and getting better as it went. Traffic put us in position to take second and have a shot at the win, too. I’m so proud of my team, and what we’ve been able to accomplish racing against the caliber of racers and teams out here. It’s fun racing with those guys up there,” Darland said.

Bacon officially clinched his championship after transferring from his heat race, and then raced for the win with Clauson and Darland. He rounded out the podium on this night in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, making it his 20th top-five finish and 29th top-ten in 32 features on the season to go with four wins.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling, especially doing it with a team like this. They know what they’re doing and take so much pressure off me. It’s nice to just show up and drive it, and know that it’s gonna be good. We didn’t have a DNF all year, and that’s a major contributor to the championship. They’re never satisfied, and netiher am I. It was relieving to get it out of the way tonight before the feature, especially after the tumultuous night last night. It was fun to just be able to race for the win in the feature, and the top three in points finishing in the top three of the feature was cool. We had a couple shots tonight, but it just didn’t work out,” Bacon said.

For the Hoffman team, it was the record tenth title and the first since 2008.

“It has long been a goal to get ourselves to double digits, so that accomplishment means a lot to us. We’ve had a lot of fun racing against the drivers and teams we’ve had to beat to do it, and that increases the satisfaction, as well. I really feel like the depth of talent and equipment is as great as ever in this series. I think as long as Brady doesn’t fire us, we’ll be back and ready to defend the title in 2015,” team president Richard Hoffman said.

Mike Spencer came home fourth and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top five. Damion Gardner closed out his second-straight USAC/CRA Championship with a seventh-place finish.

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#75 Hockett/James), 2. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 5. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 6. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 7. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 8. Chris Windom (#22B Weber). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Bryan Clauson (#20X TSR-Curb/Agajanian), 3. Robert Ballou (#12X Ballou), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 6. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Gary Taylor (#1ST BRAT), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., (#17RW), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Casey Buckman (#04G Cook). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Bradley Terrell (#5V VanLare). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins), 2. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 3. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 4. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Reutzel), 5. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Spencer, 3. Leary, 4. Davis, 5. Bacon, 6. Reutzel, 7. Terrell, 8. Reinbold, 9. Hosford, 10. Curtis, 11. Mihocko, 12. Morin. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. Copeland, 3. Darland, 4. Windom, 5. Martin, 6. St. James, 7. Hodges, 8. Gabbard, 9. Lundy, 10. Buckman, 11. Ogle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Gary Taylor, 12. Mike Colegrove, 13. Colby Copeland, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17. Matt Mitchell, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Charles Davis Jr., 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Josh Shipley, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Stanbrough, Laps 3-30 Bernal.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Johnson-1,368, 2-Pelkey-1,190, 3-Davis-1,186, 4-Rossi-1,140, 5-Deskins-1,066, 6-Martin-999, 7-Mihocko-928, 8-Curtis-692, 9-Hosford-667, 10-Nick Aiuto-663.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT RACE: November 22 - "Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

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74TH "TURKEY NIGHT" AT PERRIS FEATURES TITLE RACES; PARNELLI JONES SERVES AS "GRAND MARSHAL"

USAC championships will be on the line Thursday night when one of America's most traditional and revered motorsport events takes to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The Annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" marks the 74th running of the race which debuted in Los Angeles back in 1934 and has been won by many of the sport's biggest names.

Parnelli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time (1964 & 1966) Turkey Night champ, will serve as the "Grand Marshal" for what promises again to be one of the signature events of the racing season.

Defending champion Dave Darland is among three former winners expected to compete in this year's 98-lap classic. Darland won the 2007 classic at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and last year's win at Perris made him the second driver ever to win the race on pavement and dirt. Mel Kenyon was the first.

Kyle Larson, the 2012 champion, was recently announced as part of the potent Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing team while 2013 Chili Bowl Champion Bryan Clauson, the 2009-10 "Turkey Night" king, will pilot a Rusty Kunz/Curb-Agajanian entry. Larson's teammates for Thursday night's race will be 2013 Honda USAC National Midget Champion Christopher Bell, 2014 series point leader Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson.

Darland will team with Kevin Thomas Jr. and Honda Western Midget runner-up Trey Marcham for car owner Keith Ford, who fielded last year's race winner.

The "Turkey Night" tradition began in 1934 at famed Gilmore Stadium, located on the former site now occupied by CBS Studios in Hollywood. Its history has spanned nine different speedways, including Perris Auto Speedway, which hosted the 1996 race and the 2012 and 2013 classics.

Ron Shuman has the distinction of scoring the most "Turkey Night" triumphs, a record eight between 1979 and 1993. Billy Boat scored a record three consecutive wins at three different tracks (1995-1997). Darland and Clauson could become only the third driver to win the race at least three times.

The battle for the 2014 Honda USAC Midget championships will conclude at Perris, but not until three consecutive races this week at Canyon Raceway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Both the Honda USAC National and Western series are involved in the Peoria races which continue tonight and tomorrow night (Saturday).

Rico Abreu (National) and Ronnie Gardner (Western overall and dirt) were the respective point leaders entering the Peoria races. The title would be Abreu's first while Gardner won last year's Western titles.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS (Prior to Peoria, AZ races Nov. 20-22): 1-Rico Abreu-867, 2-Christopher Bell-788, 3-Tracy Hines-786, 4-Bryan Clauson-744, 5-Zach Daum-663, 6-Chris Windom-594, 7-Tanner Thorson-569, 8-Michael Pickens-499, 9-Dave Darland-419, 10-Andrew Felker-378.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS (Prior to Peoria, AZ races Nov. 20-22): 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Jarid Blondel-563, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Scott Pierovich-327, 7-Nick Chivello-322, 8-Shannon McQueen-296,9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Chris Ennis-216.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS (Prior to Peoria, AZ races Nov. 20-22): 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Alex Schutte-390, 4-Jarid Blondel-342, 5-Shannon McQueen-296, 6-Scott Pierovich-288, 7-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 8-Chris Ennis-216, 9-Tyler Dolacki-194, 10-Ricky Shelton-175.

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HINES OPENS "WESTERN WORLD" WITH HONDA MIDGET WIN

Peoria, Arizona.……Tracy Hines picked up his first Honda National Midget win of the year in Thursday’s opener to the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet “Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. The New Castle, Indiana veteran who sits 7th on the all-time National Midget win list made it his 35th career victory.

Hines started from the pole but it was Zach Daum sneaking from row two to get the lead off turn-four on the opening lap, as Hines fell all the way to fifth. Ronnie Gardner raced Daum for the lead until the first of six cautions appeared on lap three.

Daum jumped to the top to protect his lead as Hines moved back up to third. Two more cautions in the first ten laps brought the lead trio back to the rest of the pack, as Hines eventually moved past Gardner for the second spot with 20 to go.

After the fourth yellow, Hines swept under Daum for the lead on lap 12. Those two raced away as teammates Tanner Thorson and Christopher Bell raced their way past Gardner. The red flag for Jarid Blondel at halfway was the final stoppage of the 30-lapper. Hines built up a huge advantage before seeing Bell cut into it in the closing laps, moving underneath in turn-one on the final circuit before Hines shut the door to take the win.

“Everything was flawless with the car tonight for the feature. I fell back at first and just had to search. It was almost better that I fell back some because I tried every line and approach on that race track. It just changed so much, almost from lap to lap. It was extremely technical. Tonight was fun to race for the lead with Zach (Daum) with us being really close and running our teams almost like team cars. We’ve had a good last half of the year, especially, and I feel like our car is going as good as anybody right now,” Hines said.

Bell settled for second as he and Hines forged a tie in Honda National Midget points 62 behind Rico Abreu. Bell started seventh after failing to finish in the top-five of his heat to earn a starting spot inside the first three rows, but charged forward in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“It looked like the bottom would be the place to be, but it was so technical. If you got the slightest bit too low, you could push the nose, and if you swung it out too wide you missed the good stuff. It took me quite a few laps to get it figured out, but then we got going pretty good. If not for nearly spinning it in turn-four one lap, I think we had it. If I had been patient there, we were in good shape. We still got to him but didn’t have a great opening to pass him,” Bell said.

Thorson rounded out the podium.

“Tonight was super tricky, even though it was pretty hooked up. I can’t thank my whole team and the people who support me enough for giving me such a great opportunity. We were in position to race up front for the win again tonight, and our car was fast all throughout the race,” Thorson said.

Daum fell to fourth and Bryan Clauson wound up fifth after starting tenth.

Darren Hagen, who started the night by setting a New Track Record finished eighth.

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-13.489; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.519; 3. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.521; 4. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.609; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.695; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Johnson-13.710; 7. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.710; 8. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.728; 9. Brady Bacon, 51s, Fly-13.833; 10. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-13.894; 11. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-13.923; 12. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-13.966; 13. Shane Golobic, 17, Nichols-13.980; 14. Casey Shuman, 32, Dunlap-14.083; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.152; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.154; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.161; 18. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-14.346; 19. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-14.862; 20. Nick Foster, Jr., 17N, Nichols-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Golobic, 3. Hagen, 4. Hines, 5. Clauson, 6. Bell, 7. Goodwin. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Shuman, 3. Marcham, 4. Abreu, 5. Thorson, 6. Chapple. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Gardner, 5. Spencer, 6. Blondel. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Shane Golobic, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Isaac Chapple, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Terry Goodwin, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Jarid Blondel, 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Nick Foster, Jr. NT

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**Thomas flipped on Lap 12. Blondel flipped on Lap 16.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Daum, Laps 12-30 Hines.

NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-913; 2-Bell/Hines-851; 4-Clauson-796; 5-Daum-725; 6-Thorson-629; 7-Chris Windom-594; 8-Michael Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-419; 10-Andrew Felker-378.

NEW HONDA WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-677, 2-Marcham-626, 3-Blondel-585, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-McQueen-329, 7-Scott Pierovich-327, 8-Nick Chivello-322, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Chris Ennis-216,

NEW HONDA WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-677, 2-Marcham-626, 3-Alex Schutte-390, 4-Blondel-364, 5-McQueen-329, 6-Scott Pierovich-288, 7-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 8-Chris Ennis-216, 9-Bell-205, 10-Tyler Dolacki-194.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 21 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

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BERNAL TOPS OPENING NIGHT "WESTERN WORLD" SPRINT CAR FEATURE

Peoria, Arizona.....Ryan Bernal held back the advances of Bryan Clauson to win the opening night of the 47th Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway Park on Thursday night. The Hollister, California driver continued his outstanding Sprint Car season on the West Coast.

Gary Taylor jumped to the lead from the pole, but he and Bernal waged war for the top spot over the opening laps. They swapped the top spot repeatedly, although Bernal led at the line from lap two on.

Casey Shuman finally moved past Taylor for second around halfway, and with ten laps to go he moved in on Bernal. Bernal bobbled on the cushion in turn-four, allowing Shuman to lead lap 21. Bernal took it right back in turn-two with a beautiful move to the bottom.

Meanwhile, Bryan Clauson was on the move from 18th and vaulted to the second spot, wasting no time carving into Bernal's lead. He pressured him for the top spot and finally jumped to the top as they took the white flag, but a tangle in turn-two set up a two-lap dash to the finish.

Bernal tried to protect the bottom and nearly opened up a hole big enough for Clauson to use, but Bernal recovered to hold the top spot. Clauson tried one last-ditch effort on the high side but couldn't get it done, settling for second in the.

Shuman rounded out the podium while R.J. Johnson came from 15th to finish fourth and C.J. Leary moved from 19th to fifth.

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 9. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 3. Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 4. Casey Buckman (#04G Cook), 5. Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 6. Bryan Clauson (#20X TSR-Curb/Agajanian), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Bradley Terrell (#5V VanLare). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Casey Shuman (#75 Hockett/James), 3. Gary Taylor (#1ST BRAT), 4. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 5. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 6. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St.James), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 7. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Ballou (#12X Ballou), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber) 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Reutzel), 6. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bacon, 3. Leary, 4. Windom, 5. Copeland, 6. Darland, 7. Shipley, 8. Reinbold, 9. Curtis, 10. Terrell, 11. Buckman.

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. St.James, 2. Clauson, 3. Mitchell, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Thomas, 6. Pelkey, 7. Reutzel, 8. Gabbard, 9. Martin, 10. Lundy, 11. Morin.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Casey Shuman, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Gary Taylor, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Matt Mitchell, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Shon Deskins, 14. Bruce St. James, 15. Brian Hosford, 16. Matt Rossi,17. Brady Bacon, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tom Ogle, 20. Mike Colegrove, 21. Josh Hodges, 22. Jake Swanson. NT

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**Ogle, Bacon and Deskins flipped during the feature

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1 Taylor, Laps 2-20 Bernal, Lap 21 Shuman, Laps 22-30 Bernal,

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Johnson-1,314, 2-Davis-1,170, 3-Pelkey-1,148, 4-Rossi-1,070, 5-Deskins-1,011, 6-Martin-994, 7-Mihocko-927, 9-Curtis-686, 10-Hosford-666.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT RACE: November 21 - "Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"

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WESTERN WORLD MIDGET FINALES AT CANYON THIS WEEK

Honda USAC National Midget point leader Rico Abreu and Western Midget point leader Ronnie Gardner will try to lock up 2014 USAC championships this week as the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" unfold at Canyon Raceway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., is eyeing his initial USAC driving title while Gardner hopes to repeat his 2013 success. Abreu's National point lead over Christopher Bell and Tracy Hines stands at 79 and 81 points respectively. A Hines championship would make him USAC's sixth "Triple Crown Champion," having already won titles in the Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint series.

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., actually is seeking a pair of USAC crowns this week. He currently leads the Western and Western Dirt points with a 36-point margin over Trey Marcham in both.

Abreu started the National campaign with nine consecutive podium finishes and has four feature wins this year, including the prestigious "Belleville Midget Nationals" and the "Indiana Midget Week" crown. Gardner has two wins, four seconds and a third in 10 Western starts. Gardner was eighth in this year's Western opener at Peoria.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Rico Abreu-867, 2-Christopher Bell-788, 3-Tracy Hines-786, 04-Bryan Clauson-744, 5-Zach Daum-663, 6-Chris Windom-594, 7-Tanner Thorson-569, 8-Michael Pickens-499, 9-Dave Darland-419, 10-Andrew Felker-378.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Jarid Blondel-563, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Scott Pierovich-327, 7-Nick Chivello-322, 8-Shannon McQueen-296, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Chris Ennis-216.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Alex Schutte-390, 4-Jarid Blondel-342, 5-Shannon McQueen-296, 6-Scott Pierovich-288, 7-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 8-Chris Ennis-216, 9-Tyler Dolacki-194, 10-Ricky Shelton-175.

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BACON, GARDNER EARN NATIONAL, CRA TITLES; HINES, CLAUSON TAKE ARIZONA "HALL OF FAME" FEATURES

Brady Bacon and Damion Gardner completed 2014 USAC championship seasons last weekend. Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., became USAC's second National Champion from the Sooner State by claiming the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car crown. Gardner earned his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title by a comfortable margin.

Bacon finished seventh in Friday night's 14th Hose Advantage "Hall of Fame" Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. and closed out the season with a third-place finish at the same track Saturday. Gardner finished third and seventh respectively in the two races.

The championships for Bacon's Dynamics, Inc. team and Gardner's Mark Alexander team are the ninth (Dynamics) and third (Alexander) respectively.

Tracy Hines and Bryan Clauson emerged as winners of last weekend's series finales at Peoria. The Friday win was Hines' 47th in National Sprint competition, vaulting him into third place on the all-time list. Clauson's win was his sixth of 2014 and his 31st all-time.

Hines led all 30 laps Friday in his Carolina Nut Company/Hansen's Welding DRC/Stanton Chevy. He was trailed at the checkered flag by Chase Stockon, Gardner, Robert Ballou and R.J. Johnson.

Clauson's wire-to-wire 30-lap Saturday victory in the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing - Chevy Performance Beast/Kistler saw Dave Darland take second ahead of Bacon, Mike Spencer and Jon Stanbrough.  The win was car owner Mike Curb's 104th in USAC National competition.

Bacon ended the season with a 56-point edge over Clauson while Gardner's final margin over Spencer in the USAC/CRA points was 269!

Final 2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Brady Bacon-1,974; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,918; 3-Dave Darland-1,885; 4-Jon Stanbrough-1,765; 5-Chase Stockon-1,637; 6-Tracy Hines-1,537; 7-Justin Grant-1,508; 8-Robert Ballou-1,507; 9-Chris Windom-1,374; 10-C.J. Leary-1,337.

Final 2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-1,373, 2-Mike Spencer-1,104, 3-Matt Mitchell-847, 4-Cody Williams-831, 5-Austin Williams-797, 6-Brody Roa-790, 7-Jake Swanson-687, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Ryan Bernal-526.

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CLAUSON CAPTURES CANYON; BACON TAKES NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE

Peoria, Arizona…….As the 2014 AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship ended at Canyon Speedway Park’s Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” on Saturday night, Bryan Clauson stood in victory lane with his sixth win of the season as Brady Bacon finished off his first USAC Sprint Car title while also delivering the 10th for famed car entrants Dynamics, Inc. – Hoffman Auto Racing. Bacon finished 56 points ahead of Clauson, who came home second in the standings after back-to-back titles.

Clauson led from outside the front row as the cushion was the fast way around. Bacon moved into second on lap three after an early yellow, and the duo raced away from the field. New track record holder Dave Darland moved to third a short time later, and the second caution near halfway bunched the leaders again.

This time, the leaders found themselves encountering heavy traffic, with Bacon looking low as Clauson tried to slice his way through. Both leaders went to the bottom on lap 25, and Darland hit the top to grab second from Bacon. He had a run on Clauson, too, but the leader was able to clear another lapped car just as the caution flag reappared with five laps to go.

In clear track, Clauson was too much as he added to his Canyon dominance in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler, making it 31 career National Sprint Car wins.

“I just love Canyon Speedway. We may not have won the war, but we won another battle. Tonight wasn’t nearly as easy as the box score will read. I was moving all over trying to find a way through traffic, knowing I had two guys behind me who are just waiting to pounce. I never knew how close they were, but I knew I was probably a sitting duck. I tried to mix it up when I could, but I felt really good in open track,” Clauson said.

Darland finished off another fine year with his runner-up finish in the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco.

“I don’t know what would have happened, but I know my opportunities were better if we had stayed in traffic those last five laps. But we had a shot at it, and the track was racy and getting better as it went. Traffic put us in position to take second and have a shot at the win, too. I’m so proud of my team, and what we’ve been able to accomplish racing against the caliber of racers and teams out here. It’s fun racing with those guys up there,” Darland said.

Bacon officially clinched his championship after transferring from his heat race, and then raced for the win with Clauson and Darland. He rounded out the podium on this night in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, making it his 20th top-five finish and 29th top-ten in 32 features on the season to go with four wins.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling, especially doing it with a team like this. They know what they’re doing and take so much pressure off me. It’s nice to just show up and drive it, and know that it’s gonna be good. We didn’t have a DNF all year, and that’s a major contributor to the championship. They’re never satisfied, and netiher am I. It was relieving to get it out of the way tonight before the feature, especially after the tumultuous night last night. It was fun to just be able to race for the win in the feature, and the top three in points finishing in the top three of the feature was cool. We had a couple shots tonight, but it just didn’t work out,” Bacon said.

For the Hoffman team, it was the record tenth title and the first since 2008.

“It has long been a goal to get ourselves to double digits, so that accomplishment means a lot to us. We’ve had a lot of fun racing against the drivers and teams we’ve had to beat to do it, and that increases the satisfaction, as well. I really feel like the depth of talent and equipment is as great as ever in this series. I think as long as Brady doesn’t fire us, we’ll be back and ready to defend the title in 2015,” team president Richard Hoffman said.

Mike Spencer came home fourth in the Chaffin Motorsports – Grubstake Mini Storage #50 Maxim/Shaver, and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top-five in the Griffin’s Propane – MP Environmental Services #37RW Maxim/Fisher.

Damion Gardner closed out his second-straight USAC/CRA Championship with a seventh-place finish aboard the Alexander Trucking – Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2014 - Peoria, Arziona - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th Hose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.072; 2. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.157; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-13.170; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.185; 5. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.269; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.294; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher-13.302; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.341; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.353; 10. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.361; 11. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.368; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-13.431; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.443; 14. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.511; 15. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-13.552; 16. Payton Pierce, 18P, Pierce-13.598; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.623; 18. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.628; 19. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-13.656; 20. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.671; 21. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-13.697; 22. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.700; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 04G, Cook-13.734; 24. Chris Windom, 22B, Weber-13.780; 25. Charles Davis, Jr., 50AZ, Massey-13.833; 26. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-13.942; 27. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.997; 28. Dalten Gabbard, 77, Gabbard-14.047; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.388; 30. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-NT; 31. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. C.Williams, 3. Andretti, 4. Spencer, 5. Davis, 6. Leary, 7. Darland, 8. Gansen. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Clauson, 3. Johnson, 4. Grant, 5. Stockon, 6. Swanson, 7. Hines, 8. Mihocko. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. Coons, 3. Rossi, 4. Gardner, 5. Ballou, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Hodges. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Thomas, 5. A. Williams, 6. Pierce, 7. Gabbard. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Ballou, 5. A. Williams, 6. Leary, 7. Swanson, 8. Gabbard, 9. Pierce, 10. Mihocko, 11. Davis, 12. Hodges, 13. Gansen, 14. Hines. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Matt Rossi, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Mike Martin, 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Michael Curtis, 24. Jarett Andretti. NT
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**L. Williams flipped in Hot Laps.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Clauson.

FINAL AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,974; 2-Clauson-1,918; 3-Darland-1,885; 4-Stanbrough-1,765; 5-Stockon-1,637; 6-Hines-1,537; 7-Grant-1,508; 8-Ballou-1,507; 9-Windom-1,374; 10-Leary-1,337.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,373, 2-Spencer-1,104, 3-Mitchell-847, 4-C.Williams-831, 5-A.Williams-797, 6-Brody Roa-790, 7-Swanson-687, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Ryan Bernal-526.

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HINES HUSTLES TO CAREER WIN #47 IN CANYON OPENER

Peoria, Arizona…….Tracy Hines broke a nearly season-long tie with Jack Hewitt on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car all-time win list as he went wire-to-wire in Friday night’s Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” 30-lapper at Canyon Speedway Park. The New Castle, Indiana veteran notched his second win of the year in The Carolina Nut Company – Hansen’s Welding #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, which put him at 47 career victories.

Hines out-gunned polesitter R.J. Johnson on the start to grab the lead and brought second-row starter Chase Stockon with him. A lap-two scramble in turn-four left Mike Martin upside-down, with Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough needing trips to the work area. Both resumed.

A 17-lap green-flag stretch let the leaders catch traffic, as Johnson bicycled out of the third spot, with Damion Gardner joining the two leaders. Ryan Bernal also pressured Johnson, eventually moving by for fourth. The second caution came just past the halfway mark, alleviating the pressure from Hines as he was mired behind slower cars.

Bernal was pressing the issue after the restart, looking to the extreme high side as Gardner also worked on Stockon for second. The lead group again hit traffic, and this time three cars were ready to go after Hines for the win. Ballou cleared Johnson to take fifth and was running down the lead group, as well. Bernal hit turn-one with a head of steam on lap 23 and bicycled against the cushion, biting the concrete and flipping over. He was unhurt.

With just eight laps to go, the leaders would not see traffic again, and Hines was too strong in clear track, winning by .848 seconds to become the third-winningest driver in USAC Sprint Car history.

“I was lucky enough to catch a yellow and a red exactly when I needed it. I was just too tight to maneuver in traffic a whole lot. Chase (Stockon) is a good friend and I knew he’s not doing anything stupid to take us both out. Today was a good day for us and our partner The Carolina Nut Company, as their NASCAR Truck Series team won the championship today. It’s good to break that tie with Jack (Hewitt) this year after tying him so early in the season,” Hines said.

Stockon held on to take the runner-up spot in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

“I kinda wanted to see us stay in traffic a little bit longer, as I could catch Tracy there and try some stuff on him. I think we were better when we had to slow down some. I could rotate better and drive off the corner. But I also knew I had a couple guys coming with me who were trying everything to get going,” Stockon said.

Gardner rounded out the podium as he finishes up his second-straight CRA Series championship in the Alexander Trucking – Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.

“The track was really heavy tonight, but we were trying to get it worked in up higher. Every time we hit traffic and I could start moving around more, we caught a yellow. Those are just the breaks sometimes. We had a good night from start to finish, though, and are looking forward to tomorrow,” Gardner said.

Ballou finished fourth in the Deaton’s Waterfront Services – Blakesley Auto #12x Maxim/Ott, while Johnson rounded out the top-five in the Weiler Farms – Pecon Builders #51 Maxim/ProFlyer.

Brady Bacon advanced from 12th to finish seventh, growing his point lead to 60 over Bryan Clauson, who finished 12th, going into Saturday’s season finale. A 19th-place finish or better, without any preliminary event points, would clinch Bacon’s first AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th AnnualHose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-13.759; 2. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-13.855; 3. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-13.859; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73x, Ford-13.866; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.870; 6. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.900; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.932; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.935; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.975; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.015; 11. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.016; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.031; 13. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-14.052; 14. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.068; 15. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.073; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.091; 17. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.123; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher-14.164; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.173; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 04G, Cook-14.245; 21. Payton Pierce, 18P, Pierce-14.280; 22. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.291; 23. Andrew Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.291; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 50AZ, Massey-14.341; 25. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-14.362; 26. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.416; 27. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.423; 28. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.448; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.468; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.570; 31. Chris Windom, 22B, Weber-14.995; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.030; 33. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.249; 34. Dalten Gabbard, 77, Gabbard-18.351.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Gardner, 3. Pierce, 4. Stockon, 5. Sussex, 6. Gansen, 7. Curtis, 8. L. Williams, 9. Mitchell.

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Clauson, 3. Hines, 4. Ballou, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Rossi, 8. C. Williams, 9. Gabbard.

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Andretti, 3. Darland, 4. Bernal, 5. Swanson, 6. Boespflug, 7. Hodges, 8. Windom.

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Davis, 3. Johnson, 4. Leary, 5. Thomas, 6. A. Williams, 7. Spencer.

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. A. Williams, 4. Grant, 5. Bacon, 6. Swanson, 7. Mitchell, 8. Rossi, 9. Spencer, 10. Sussex, 11. Hodges, 12. C. Williams, 13. Windom, 14. Curtis, 15. Gansen, 16. L. Williams, 17. Gabbard.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Matt Mitchell, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Charles Davis, Jr., 20. Austin Williams, 21. Andrew Reinbold, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Payton Pierce, 24. Mike Martin.

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**Martin flipped on Lap 2 of the feature. Bernal flipped on Lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hines.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,911, 2-Clauson-1,851, 3-Darland-1,819, 4-Stanbrough-1,715, 5-Stockon-1,596, 6-Hines-1,518, 7-Ballou-1,473, 8-Grant-1,453, 9-Windom-1,352, 10-Leary-1,309.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,322, 2-Spencer-1,046, 3-Mitchell-814, 4-C.Williams-807, 5-Brody Roa-790, 6-A.Williams-775, 7-Swanson-686, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Bernal-526.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: November 15 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th AnnualHose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"

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EAST BAY EXPANDS FLORIDA "WINTER DIRT GAMES" TO 6 RACES

It's destination Florida for race fans in February. That's nothing new except it has been expanded this year with a three-night AMSOIL USAC National Sprint car weekend at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton February 26-28. An open practice night is on tap February 25.

These three races are added to the already-announced February 19-21 races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, creating more than $130,000 in prize money up for grabs for USAC participants to kick off the 2015 National campaign! The now six-race "Winter Dirt Games VI" schedule throws a healthy dose of wingless sprint car racing into Florida's season kickoff calendar while making USAC's lone visit to the "Sunshine State" an even stronger trip.

Damion Gardner, who will lock down his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA title this weekend at Peoria, Ariz., swept a pair of races at East Bay in 2010. Four years earlier the track hosted its initial USAC races, a trio of Ford Focus events.

The Sprint cars then converged on Ocala for races beginning in 2011 and 2015 marks the fifth straight year that the "Winter Dirt Games" will return to Bubba Raceway Park. Just one week later they will now race at East Bay, closing the track's "Winter Nationals" schedule.

Ironically, Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson won the 2014 Ocala openers. They run 1-2 in the National standings entering this coming weekend's finales in Arizona.

"We are delighted to announce these additional February dates for our participants," says series coordinator Jason McCord. "Florida has always been a destination during this time and it's fun to get out of the Midwestern cold and enjoy the sunny atmosphere down south. We have enjoyed great success with the Ocala races and the addition of the East Bay events now enhances the vacation opportunities for our valued fans."

USAC Sprint racing dates all the way back to USAC's inception (1956), when they competed at West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Miami. Bob Sweikert won the first USAC Sprint race ever at West Palm Beach.

The ensuing years have included USAC Championship Car, Silver Crown, Formula 2000, Midget, Sprint, Sports Car and Ford Focus competition as a number of speedways across the state.

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National Sprints
2014 points
FINAL
1. Brady Bacon 1974
2. Bryan Clauson 1918
3. Dave Darland 1885
4. Jon Stanbrough 1765
5. Chase Stockon 1637
6. Tracy Hines 1537
7. Justin Grant 1508
8. Robert Ballou 1507
9. Chris Windom 1374
10. C. J. Leary 1337

 National Midgets
Nov. 23
1. Rico Abreu 996
2. Christopher Bell 970
3. Tracy Hines 960
4. Bryan Clauson 912
5. Zach Daum 814
6. Tanner Thorson 741
7. Chris Windom 594
8. Michael Pickens 499
9. Dave Darland 419
10. Tyler Thomas 395

Silver Crown
FINAL
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

USAC/CRA
FINAL

1. Damion Gardner 1373
2. Mike Spencer  1104
3. Matt Mitchell  847
4. Cody Williams 831
5. Austin Williams  797
6. Brody Roa 790
7.  Jake Swanson 687
8. R. Vander Weerd 656
9. Nic Faas 642
10. Ryan Bernal 526

 

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