By Lance Jennings
PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 26, 2015... Leading all 30-laps, Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California backed up Saturday’s dramatic victory to claim his second straight win of the “E&K Winter Challenge.” For Bernal, the $4,000 triumph at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park was his fourth career USAC SouthWest Sprint Car feature win. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Brady Bacon, and R.J. Johnson followed Ryan to the checkered flags.
Piloting the Mike Phulps owned #56 Tri-L Mandarin Racing / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal started his evening by taking third in his heat race. Ranking fifth in passing points, the 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion grabbed the lead from his outside front-row starting spot and was not to be denied. Ryan has climbed to fifth in the Winter Challenge standings as the mini-series resumes Friday at Tucson’s USA Raceway.
For the second race in a row, Lincoln, Indiana’s “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland has scored a second place finish. Racing Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Sherwin-Williams Maxim, Darland earned his first heat race victory of the Winter Challenge and was the night’s high point driver. Starting sixth in the feature, Dave took advantage of a late race bobble by Davis to take the runner-up spot. By virtue of his strong performances, the veteran driver sits atop the Winter Challenge points heading to Tucson.
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye looked to have second well in hand until slipping to third in the closing laps. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed third in his heat race and ranked sixth in the nightly passing points. The five-time Arizona Champion is currently fourth in the mini-series point chase and will be looking to move up the standings with a win at USA Raceway.
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon stormed to fourth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting eighth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon ran fourth in his heat race and seated the USAC National Champion eighth in passing points. When the Winter Challenge resumes in Tucson, the opening night winner is second in the standings and ten points behind Darland.
R.J. Johnson of Phoenix claimed fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was second to Dalten Gabbard in his heat race, ranking the 2-time USAC SouthWest Champion fourth in passing points. The second generation driver sits third in the Winter Challenge points and will be looking to sweep the Friday and Saturday features at Tucson.
After battling engine problems and arriving late to Canyon Speedway Park, Tempe’s Stevie Sussex earned his second Winter Challenge “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. Charging to an eighth place finish after starting thirteenth, the pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS ranks eighth in the mini-series. The young driver hopes to have solved all of his mechanical woes and battle for the checkered flags at USA Raceway.
Dalten Gabbard of Glendale raced to victory in the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving the family owned #77 BG Chemicals / AZ Heat Trucking Maxim, Gabbard placed second in the nightly passing points and claimed sixth in the main event. Dalten will have his sights on adding the winning trophy from Tucson to his collection.
After an open practice session on Thursday, the USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Friday, January 30th, at Tucson’s USA Raceway. Round #4 of the “E&K Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, X-Mods, and Dwarf Cars. Located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona, advanced tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).
The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit,, or follow the series on Facebook (
For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit,, follow the series on Facebook (!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (!/USACwc360).
January 25, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – "2015 E&K Winter Challenge"
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Dave Darland (#16B Martin), 2. Dustin Cormany (#20 Deskins), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. David Dykes (#55NM Dykes), 6. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Rick Ziehl (#74 Williams). NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Bernal (2nd), 2. Dave Darland (6th), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 4. Brady Bacon (8th), 5. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 6. Dalten Gabbard (5th), 7. Mike Martin (9th), 8. Stevie Sussex (13th, #21AZ Burkhart), 9. Matt Lundy (7th), 10. Rick Ziehl (12th), 11. Dustin Cormany (4th), 12. David Dykes (10th), 13. Mark Morin (11th). NT
HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (13th to 8th)
1. Dave Darland-197; 2. Brady Bacon-187; 3. R.J. Johnson-186; 4. Charles Davis Jr.-176; 5. Ryan Bernal-174; 6. Dalten Gabbard-152; 7. Mike Martin-149; 8. Stevie Sussex-139; 9. Rick Ziehl-121; 10. David Dykes-106; 11. Matt Lundy-79; 12. Dennis Gile-62; 13. Shon Deskins-57; 14. Dustin Cormany-42; 15. Andy Reinbold-41; 16. Josh Pelkey-40; 17. Jonas Reynolds-37; 18. Mark Morin-30.
1-$2,000; 2-$1,000; 3-$800; 4-$600; 5-$500; 6-$400; 7-$375; 8-$350; 9-$325; 10-$300; 11-$280; 12-$260; 13-$245; 14-$230; 15-$215; 16-$210; 17-$205; 18-$205; 19-$200; 20-$200.
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$800; 4-$1,200; 5-$700; 6-$600; 7-$575; 8-$550; 9-$525; 10-$500; 11-$480; 12-$460; 13-$445; 14-$430; 15-$420; 16-$410; 17-$405; 18-$400; 19-$400; 20-$400.
January 29: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Open Practice, 6-9pm)
January 30: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 31: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
This schedule is subject to change.


Bernal Steals Winter Challenge Night Two Win

PEORIA, Ariz. (January 24, 2015) - The term "narrowest of margins" doesn't do it justice.

"It" being the finish of Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature event, as Hollister, California's Ryan Bernal edged Dave Darland at the line by just .005 seconds for the $2,000 winner's share in Round Two of the E&K Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park.

Bernal's photo finish triumph wasn't the only close finish of the night either, as reigning track champion Ricky Thornton, Jr., rallied from 17th to win the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature with the winning move off the final corner.  Other Saturday night winners included Jon Courchaine in Pure Stocks, Joel Huggins in Mod Lites and Gary Winter in Micro Sprints as a total of 124 cars filled the pit area.

Bouncing back from a grinding crash while dicing for the lead in Friday night's E&K Winter Challenge opener, Bernal rallied from the tenth position and snuck by Darland at the line to steal the win in the non-wing USAC Sprint Car main event.

"I saw the door open and I just gassed it," Bernal said afterward.  "There was a lapper there but I was gonna move him if I had to, it feels great to get this win after what happened last night."

While Bernal started the feature outside the fifth row aboard the Tri-L Mandarin Ranch No. 56, Charles Davis, Jr., raced past front row starters Dalten Gabbard and Darland to snare the early lead.

Darland battled back in the Mike Martin No. 16 though, sliding past Davis, Jr., for the lead in turns one and two on the fifth round.

Following a quick red flag stoppage for Rick Ziehl's turn four flip with six laps in the books, Darland separated himself from the field at the midway point after a brief challenge from R.J. Johnson in traffic on the 13th lap.

With Darland out front, Bernal was seventh after Ziehl's tumble and among the top five by the tenth round.  He was up to third by the midway point and held that spot behind Darland and Johnson when the race's final caution flew with five laps to go for a Dennis Giles spin in turn one.

As Darland took off on the cushion on the restart, Johnson ducked to the low line.  Bernal took quick advantage, railing the topside around Johnson into second and closing in on Darland to challenge with two laps to go.

With Bernal still two car-lengths back entering the final pair of corners, Darland hesitated momentarily to negotiate his way around a lapped car coming off the final turn and opened a door that Bernal blasted right through.

While Bernal snuck by on the high side to take the win by five-thousandths of a second over Darland, Johnson settled for the show position with Friday night winner Brady Bacon in fourth.

The E&K Winter Challenge resumes with Round Three at Canyon Speedway Park on Sunday firing off at 5:00 p.m.

USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

First Heat (8 Laps):  1. 73-Brady Bacon, 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 3. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 4. 21az-Stevie Sussex, 5. 4-Jonas Reynolds, 6. 55nm-David Dykes, 7. 98-Matt Lundy.

Second Heat (8 Laps):  1. 16-Mike Martin, 2. 16b-Dave Darland, 3. 74-Rick Ziehl, 4. 51-R.J. Johnson, 5. 13-Dennis Giles, 6. 56-Ryan Bernal, 7. 20-Shon Deskins.

"A" Feature (30 Laps):  1. 56-Ryan Bernal, 2. 16d-Dave Darland, 3. 51-R.J. Johnson, 4. 73-Brady Bacon, 5. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 6. 21az-Stevie Sussex, 7. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 8. 16-Mike Martin, 9. 98-Matt Lundy, 10. 4-Jonas Reynolds, 11. 55nm-David Dykes, 12. 13-Dennis Giles, 13. 74-Rick Ziehl, 14. 20-Shon Deskins.


By Lance Jennings
PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 24, 2015... Taking the lead from “The Magic Man” Mike Martin on lap five, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won the opening night of the “4th Annual E&K Construction Winter Challenge.” For his efforts, the USAC National Champion earned $2,000 for taking Friday’s USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway Park. R.J. Johnson, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Stevie Sussex rounded out the top-five drivers as the second round of the five-race mini-series gets underway tonight.
Making his first start in Keith Ford’s potent #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Brady Bacon claimed the “Winter Challenge” opener for the second year in a row. After taking fourth in his heat race, the veteran driver ranked fourth in passing points and started third in the main event. Making his way forward, Bacon powered past Martin to grab the top spot but would soon have to contend with Ryan Bernal. The 2-time Western Champion briefly took command before flipping his mount on the seventeenth circuit. Ryan walked away, but his machine was done for the night. Once action resumed, Brady held off all challengers to score his third career SouthWest triumph.
Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson claimed second at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the 2-time USAC SouthWest Champion scored the program’s first 8-lap heat race win, placing third in passing points. Starting third in the feature, Johnson opened his 2015 campaign with another solid finish.
“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana charged from ninth to take third at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving Mike Martin’s #16B Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials Maxim, last year’s Winter Challenge Champion ran third in the opening heat race to sit ninth in passing points.
Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ran fourth in the 30-lap feature after starting seventh. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ranked seventh in passing points after claiming third in the night’s second 8-lap heat race.
Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Stevie Sussex of Tempe raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. Storming to a fifth place run from fourteenth, Sussex took seventh in the night’s first heat race, placing him fourteenth in passing points.
Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal won the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal briefly took the lead from Bacon before contact with the wall resulted in a flip that ended his night. The 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion scored twelfth in the main event.
The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 24th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #2 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).
The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit,, or follow the series on Facebook (
For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit,, follow the series on Facebook (!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (!/USACwc360).
January 23, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – "Winter Challenge"
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dave Darland (#16B Martin), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. David Dykes (#55 Dykes), 7. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 2. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Rick Ziehl (#74 Williams), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Brady Bacon (3rd), 2. R.J. Johnson (4th), 3. Dave Darland (9th), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (7th), 5. Stevie Sussex (14th), 6. Mike Martin (1st), 7. Rick Ziehl (8th), 8. Andy Reinbold (13th), 9. David Dykes (11th), 10. Dalten Gabbard (5th), 11. Josh Pelkey (2nd), 12. Ryan Bernal (6th), 13. Shon Deskins (12th), 14. Dennis Gile (10th). NT
*Bernal and Pelkey flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Martin, Laps 5-30 Bacon.
HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (14th to 5th)
1-$2,000; 2-$1,000; 3-$800; 4-$600; 5-$500; 6-$400; 7-$375; 8-$350; 9-$325; 10-$300; 11-$280; 12-$260; 13-$245; 14-$230; 15-$215; 16-$210; 17-$205; 18-$205; 19-$200; 20-$200.
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$800; 4-$1,200; 5-$700; 6-$600; 7-$575; 8-$550; 9-$525; 10-$500; 11-$480; 12-$460; 13-$445; 14-$430; 15-$420; 16-$410; 17-$405; 18-$400; 19-$400; 20-$400.
January 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
January 29: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Open Practice, 6-9pm)
January 30: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 31: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
This schedule is subject to change.


The 4rd Annual "Winter Challenge" opens the next two weeks in Arizona as the 2015 USAC racing season gets under way with a flourish.

The USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint Cars will compete in five races at two Arizona dirt tracks to kick off the year. Races at Canyon Raceway Park in Peoria are slated this week (January 23-24-25) and Tucson's USA Raceway hosts the Jan. 30 and 31 events.

E & K Construction of Phoenix has posted a $5,000 points fund to be distributed among the top five Winter Challenge Series point earners and the "Most Valuable Player" award, which goes to the lowest point earner starting all five A-features.

Defending series champions are Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. (West Coast) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest). Mitchell's title was his first under USAC sanction while Johnson captured his second consecutive championship.

Dave Darland is the defending "Winter Challenge" champion, while Bryan Clauson was the 2013 champion and Tracy Hines was the inaugural champ in 2012.

Last year's "Winter Challenge" races went to Darland (3 wins), Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland and Richard Vander Weerd. IN 2013 Clauson won three of the four races and Johnson also scored. The 2012 events, not sanctioned by USAC, were won by Hines (3), Charles Davis Jr. (2) and Jon Stanbrough.




One new date and a rescheduled date for 2015 capture the headlines as USAC's 2015 racing schedules continue to sport new looks.

Race organizers Kevin and Tammy Gundaker are excited about the 2015 "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at their Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Their excitement stems from the move from October to the Labor Day weekend after weather adversely influenced the events in recent years. This year's Honda USAC National Midget races will occur on Friday and Saturday September 4 and 5.

Defending champion of the Gold Crown Midget Nationals is Christopher Bell, who claimed the 2013 title. Last year's event succumbed to rain.

AMSOIL USAC National Sprint participants can look forward to the first series race in Kentucky in 16 years and the first on dirt since 1990 when Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City hosts the Sprints October 17. The last series race on Kentucky dirt came at Comtrax Motor Speedway in Glasgow and was won by Jack Hewitt.




In 2015 the Honda National Midget Championship trail will include all of the major outdoor Midget events in the country, starting with the Kokomo Grand Prix in April and running through the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night in Perris, CA.

Rico Abreu is the defending champion of the series, while teammate Christopher Bell (the 2013 champion) is expected to be among primary challengers for the 2015 crown, along with Tracy Hines, who will continue his pursuit of the elusive USAC Triple Crown. Hines needs olny a National Midget title to accompany his previous championships in the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Silver Crown Championship series to become USAC's sixth Triple Crown king.

The extremely popular Indiana Midget Week returns with five consecutive nights of racing June 10-14, while traditions like the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"at Granite City, Ill. and the Four Crown Nationals"at Rossburg, Ohio all continue in 2015.

New to the calendar are back-to-back races May 29 and 30 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway) a weekend of special racing in June that will be announced in the coming days.

The "Chad McDaniel Memorial"is slated July 28 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. in advance of the Belleville, Kansas spectacular which features not only the Midgets July 30 and August 1 but also the USAC Silver Crown return to the High Banks July 31.

Eastern race fans will delight in the three-race Pennsylvania slate August 18-19-20 involving Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford and Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown. The co-sanctioned ARDC events mark the first time USAC's National Midgets have competed on Pennsylvania dirt in 26 years!
2015 Honda USAC National Midget Schedule

April 10 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

April 11 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

May 29 - Plymouth, IN/Plymouth Speedway

May 30 - Plymouth, IN/Plymouth Speedway

June 10 - @Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway

June 11 - @Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway

June 12 - @Bloomington, IN/Bloomington Speedway

June 13 - @Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

June 14 - @Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

June 26 -TBA/TBA

June 27 -TBA/TBA

July 28 - Beloit, KS/Solomon Valley Raceway

July 30 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks

August 1 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks

August 18 - #Spring Run, PA/Path Valley Speedway Park

August 19 - #New Oxford, PA/Lincoln Speedway

August 20 - #Newberrytown, PA/Susquehanna Speedway Park

September 4 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway

September 5 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway

September 26 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

November 26 - Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway

#=Co-sanctioned by ARDC


USAC's 2015 Silver Crown Championship Series kicks off May 1 with the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" as the series returns to the half-mile paved Toledo (Ohio) Speedway with an event supported by long-time and Indianapolis 500 winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn.

The 11-race slate winds from Ohio to Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas before heading back east through Ohio and into New York for the finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

All six 2014 race winners will return, including five-time race winner and champion Kody Swanson, his brother Tanner, Bobby Santos, David Byrne, Shane Cockrum and Jerry Coons Jr.

One interesting change will find Coons piloting the famed #20 entry for long-time car owner Gene Nolen, while the #98 RPM/Fred Gormly machine will be driven in 2015 by former series champion Tracy Hines.

Former series champion Levi Jones also looks forward to competing in the Midwest mile dirt events.

"Most Improved" USAC driver Shane Cockrum, who scored a resounding 2014 hometown victory at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, will throw his hat in the ring for the title as he plans to compete in all of the scheduled races.

Other driver involvement in 2015 will include a new dirt car for David Byrne, who became the series' 100th different winner last year at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. This will allow him to pursue the series championship as he competes in all 11 events.

AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champ Brady Bacon, plus Sprint car regulars Justin Grant, C.J. Leary and Shane Cottle are also expected to be frequent competitors in 2015.

"I'm truly excited about the recent growth of the series," says coordinator Andy Hillenburg. "Toledo and Iowa are the start of series expansion and I expect more as the series continues to enjoy its enthusiasm."

In addition to Toledo, Iowa Speedway in Newton returns to the fold with an event on the 7/8-mile paved oval on June 20. Hillenburg adds that additional venues are on the radar for races in 2016 as the series continues expansion.

Hillenburg relates that he has talked to several prospective new teams which are expected to swell the car counts in the coming year.

Among the returning teams could be one led by long-time crew chief Bob Galas, who spearheaded the late Gary Bettenhausen's Silver Crown success and managed cars for numerous other top drivers, plus another fielded by long-time car owner Ray Kurtz, who supplied multiple winning entries for driver Chuck Gurney.

2015 USAC Silver Crown Schedule
May 1    Toledo, OH/Toledo Speedway

May 21  Indianapolis, IN/Indiana State Fairgrounds

May 23  @Brownsburg, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

June 20  Newton, IA/Iowa Speedway

July 2  Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

July 23 Brownsburg, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

July 31 Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks (T)

August 22  Springfield, IL/Illinois State Fairgrounds

September 6  DuQuoin, IL/DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

September 26 Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

October 10  Syracuse, NY/New York State Fairgrounds

@=1 pm start



USAC's preliminary 2015 National racing schedules were distributed at the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Ind. and continue to be formulated for what promises to be a spectacular 60th season of USAC competiton.

The Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Honda National Midget schedules are projected to include more than 75 total events in 15 states, beginning with six "Winter Dirt Games" Sprint races in Florida. USAC's 2015 National calendar will conclude with the November 26 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget race at Perris, Calif.

The Honda USAC National Midget slate is currently being finalized and will be released soon.

New on the Silver Crown calendar is the May 1 opener at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and the June 20 appearance at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Sprint car changes involve new venues at Gibsonton, Fla., Kansas City, Kans., New Richmond, Wisc. and Tucson, Ariz. East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton hosts rounds 4-5-6 of the "Winter Dirt Games VI" which debuts at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City follows a pair of events in Nebraska. Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin is part of a three-race swing in the Badger State. USA Raceway in Tucson closes out the Sprint car campaign with three nights of "Western World Championships" action.

Defending National series champions are Kody Swanson (Silver Crown), Brady Bacon (AMSOIL Sprint) and Rico Abreu (Honda National Midget).

2015 USAC Silver Crown Schedule
May 1    Toledo, OH/Toledo Speedway

May 21   Indianapolis, IN/Indiana State Fairgrounds

May 23   @Brownsburg, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

June 20  Newton, IA/Iowa Speedway

July 2  Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

July 23 Brownsburg, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

July 31 Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks (T)

August 22 Springfield, IL/Illinois State Fairgrounds

September 6  DuQuoin, IL/DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

September 26 Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

October 10 Syracuse, NY/New York State Fairgrounds

@=1 pm start

2015 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Schedule
February 19   Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park
February 20   Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park
February 21   Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park
February 26   Gibsonton, FL/East Bay Raceway Park
February 27   Gibsonton, FL/East Bay Raceway Park
February 28   Gibsonton, FL/East Bay Raceway Park

April 4       Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway
April 17      Bloomington, IN/Bloomington, IN
April 18      Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway
April 24      Eagle, NE/Eagle Raceway
April 25      McCool Junction, NE/Junction Motor Speedway
April 26      Kansas City, KS/Lakeside Speedway

May 8         Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway
May 9         Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway
May 15        Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 20        Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

June 2       #Bechtelsville, PA/Grandview Speedway
June 3       #New Oxford, PA/Lincoln Speedway
June 4       #New Egypt, NJ/New Egypt Speedway
June 6       #Port Royal, PA/Port Royal Speedway
June 7       #Newberrytown, PA/Susquehanna Speedway Park

July 4       Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway
July 10      @Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway
July 11      @Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
July 12      @Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway
July 15      @Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track
July 16      @Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway
July 17      @Bloomington, IN/Bloomington, IN
July 18      @Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway

August 7    Superior, WI/AMSOIL Speedway
August 8    New Richmond, WI/Cedar Lake Speedway
August 9    Sun Prairie, WI/Angell Park Speedway
August 27   Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
August 28   Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
**August 29  Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

**September 19  Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway
September 26   Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

October 3  Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

November 12  Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway
November 13  Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway
**November 14 Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway
November 19   Tucson, AZ/USA Raceway
November 20   Tucson, AZ/USA Raceway
**November 21 Tucson, AZ/USA Raceway

#=Eastern Invasion
@=Indiana Sprint Week




USAC's 59th "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 12, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2014 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.  

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. The Honda National Midget Championship went to Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif.  

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 11-13 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 Honda .25 Midget "Generation Next" National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, which gets underway with a cocktail hour at 6 pm and dinner to follow at 7. The .25 champions will be headlined the following night, January 13, at the "Showcase of Champions" in the NCAA Hall of Champions in downtown Indianapolis.

Reservations for this special evening are being accepted until December 4 by Nikki at the USAC headquarters at or by calling 317-247-5151 (Ext. 214). Tickets for the banquet are priced at $60 each.  

Renowned broadcaster Pat Sullivan will again serve as this year's emcee.  

The Indiana Roof Ballroom is located at 140 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2014 accomplishments on February 7 at the Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles, Calif. More information regarding that affair will be released soon.




Caleb Armstrong, Jarett Andretti and Kevin Thomas Jr. have been selected to receive USAC National "Rookie of the Year" honors December 12 at the 59th USAC "Night of Champions" celebration in Indianapolis, Ind.

Shane Cockrum will also be honored as the 2014 USAC "Most Improved Driver."

The affair is again being held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis and distinctive awards will be presented to each driver during the evening's program.

Armstrong, of New Castle, Ind., finished ninth in the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series presented by TRAXXAS. His season produced an outstanding drive at the "4-Crown Nationals" in Rossburg, Ohio and a fourth-place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Andretti, son of Indianapolis 500 veteran John Andretti, ranked 14th in the final AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings and started 24 feature events, capped by a ninth-place finish at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. In 2011 Jarett captured USAC's Eastern Ford Focus Dirt championship.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., took 13th in the final Honda USAC National Midget standings and grabbed four "top-10" finishes in his 10 starts. A front-runner in USAC's competitive National Sprint Car series, he claimed the 2013 USAC Most Improved Driver award after recording seven feature wins!

Cockrum, of Benton, Ill., scored an extremely popular victory in the "Ted Horn 100" Silver Crown race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and was a steady competitor in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car series. He also added a fifth-place finish in the "4-Crown Nationals" Midget race in September.

Western USAC Rookies who will be celebrated at their awards ceremonies February 7 in Paso Robles, Calif. are: Logan Williams (CRA Sprint), Jarid Blondel (Honda Western Midget), Trent Carter and Garrett Long (West Coast Sprint), Western Classic Sprint (Trevor Schmid) and Joel Rayborne (Western HPD Midget).



Rico Abreu withstood the challenges of teammate Christopher Bell and Tracy Hines to emerge as the 2014 Honda USAC National Midget Championship at the conclusion of Thursday night's series finale in Perris, Calif.

Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., finished fifth in the 74th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris Auto Speedway as Bell became the 50th different winner of the classic. Abreu's final margin in the standings was 10 points over Bell and 46 over Hines, who was eighth in Thursday's feature.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. finished 26th at Perris but emerged with his second Honda USAC Western Midget crown in the process. He is also the Western Dirt Midget king for 2014.

Bell led the final 70 laps of the "Turkey Night" finale in a dominant performance in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota TRD/Curb Records Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Teammate Tanner Thorson won the pole for the 98-lap race and led the first 21 laps. Bell led lap 22 and Thorson the next six before Bell finally took over. Darren Hagen finished second at the checkered flag ahead of Kyle Larson, Zach Daum and Abreu.

Isaac Chapple finished 13th to win the annual "Don Basile Rookie of the Race" honors.

FINAL HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Rico Abreu-1,045, 2-Christopher Bell-1,035, 3-Tracy Hines-999, 4-Bryan Clauson-954, 5-Zach Daum-865, 6-Tanner Thorson-792, 7-Chris Windom-594, 8-Michael Pickens-499, 9-Dave Darland-452, 10-Tyler Thomas-408.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-774, 2-Trey Marcham-682, 3-Jarid Blondel-651, 4-Alex Schutte-468, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Christopher Bell-389, 7-Shannon McQueen-374, 8-Tanner Thorson-358, 9-Scott Pierovich-340, 10-Nick Chivello-337.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-774, 2-Trey Marcham-682, 3-Jarid Blondel-430, 4-Alex Schutte-415, 5-Christopher Bell-389, 5-Shannon McQueen-374, 7-Tanner Thorson-357, 6-Scott Pierovich-301, 8-Rico Abreu-298, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-283.


Perris, California.……Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports had much to celebrate on Thursday night after a dominant season ended with Christopher Bell winning the 74th “Turkey Night Grand Prix” and Rico Abreu clinched his first Honda Midget Series National Championship. Ronnie Gardner closed out his second-straight Honda Western Midget title.

St. Helena, California’s Abreu said of his ten-point championship over Bell, “We hit some bad luck and some bad runs to put us into a position where we had to be smart tonight and make sure we got it done. I knew my car would get better as the race went on, and it did, but I had to be careful around lapped cars. It’s been such an honor to drive for this team and race with great guys – we’ve had a great year and won a bunch of races, and it’s just an incredible ending to add the championship on top of that.”

Tanner Thorson, who won the “Jason Leffler Fast Time Award” saluting Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones, led the field to green and stayed out front early, as Chad Boat and Brad Sweet raced for second. Despite an early caution, neither pressured Thorson.

Ricky Shelton got upside-down on lap 19 but the red flag put Bell on Thorson’s back bumper for the restart. In a near dead-heat at the line, Bell led lap 22 after running the top all the way around. Thorson got him back on lap 23, though, and opened up another cushion.

As the duo hit lapped traffic, Thorson stuck to the bottom and was hemmed in as Bell ran the cushion to the top spot on lap 29. Sweet came along too as a couple green-flag runs around the race’s mid-point got the leaders into heavy traffic. Darren Hagen was on the move after starting 8th, and he went by Sweet for the runner-up spot.

After a restart with 33 to go, Sweet slowed off turn-two and pulled in as Hagen was closing on Bell. Hagen looked ready to throw a slider just as sixth-running Kyle Larson got into a lapped car and left Damion Gardner with nowhere to go. Gardner spun and collected Chad Boat, who flipped through turns three and four. The red flag left the race with 23 laps left, all to be run under green.

Bell pulled away from Hagen on the restart, as eyes shifted back in the pack with Larson and Gardner coming through the pack. Also on the move was Kevin Thomas, Jr., as he moved to sixth just before getting into the wall and bringing out the final caution on lap 78.

Out front, Bell was untouchable, but behind him were cars going everywhere. Larson dive-bombed his way from the back into the top-five, going by Abreu with less than ten laps remaining. Gardner was on the move too, moving up to the sixth spot in the closing laps. Larson cleared Zach Daum for the third-spot with a few laps remaining but found himself a straightaway behind Hagen.

Bell took his series-leading seventh win of the year and became the 50th different “Turkey Night” winner as Gardner flipped in turn-four shortly after Bell took the checkered.

“This place was not really my favorite in my first couple trips here, but tonight the track came to me and was definitely to my liking. Once it got up pretty high and slick underneath it, I really got into a rhythm. It’s great to add this race to our list and get my name on there with all the great guys who have won it before me. We had a shot at the championship tonight, but Rico got the job done. It’s a great accomplishment for our team and caps off an amazing year,” Bell said.

Hagen came home second, narrowly missing the big win at his home track, just miles from his Riverside hometown.

“I was definitely ready for a slide-job war with him for the lead before that red. After that, either he was way better or we just weren’t as good. I love racing here when it’s like that and you can really run high and try to carry a lot of speed. It’s tough to beat the Keith Kunz bunch but we brought our new Triple X car out here and have a win and a second, so it’s been a great end to the season,” Hagen said.

Larson’s run ended in the third spot, marking his first USAC start since midway through the 2013 season. The 2012 “Turkey Night” winner charged from 11th on the lap-75 restart to the podium.

“I had a lot of fun tonight. I felt OK through the race, but we were all so even; after I got into the lapped car and went to the work area, it just was so much better. They said they didn’t even really do anything, but we were really good. I would have loved a caution once I got to third, but I was so happy to get a podium. I thought I was gonna stall out about sixth. I had a blast, and I’m glad I was fast – I caught Rico and saw he was being smart. I was glad I could diamond under him and didn’t have to slide him. He ran a really smart race, so he earned that championship,” Larson said.

Daum finished fourth and Abreu’s championship was finished off with a fine fifth-place run. Isaac Chapple earned the “Don Basile Rookie of the Race Award.”

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 27, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "74th Turkey Night Grand Prix"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.359; 2. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.378; 3. Brad Sweet, 67z, Kahne-17.399; 4. Darren Hagen, 56, 5IVE-6IX-17.458; 5. Chad Boat, 15x, Boat-17.494; 6. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.517; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-17.532; 8. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.563; 9. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-17.598; 10. Bryan Clauson, 63, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.610; 11. Kevin Thomas, 56x, 5IVE-6IX-17.648; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.650; 13. Kyle Larson, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.680; 14. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.714; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.730; 16. Dave Darland, 17N, Team 17-17.807; 17. Jake Swanson, 25, Rodela-17.836; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.901; 19. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-17.915; 20. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-18.150; 21. Ricky Shelton, 71T, Full Circle-18.212; 22. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-18.232; 23. Johnathon Henry, 17, Team 17-18.235; 24. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-18.364; 25. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.400; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-18.406; 27. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-18.439; 28. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-18.543; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Mitchell-18.713; 30. Andee Beierle, 5B, Daum-18.869; 31. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-19.276; 32. Tony Everhart, 55T, Everhart-19.530; 33. Doug Hunting, 2, Hunting-19.964; 34. Britton Bock, 67x, Bock-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps) 1. Henry, 2. Chivello, 3. C.Swanson, 4. Pierovich, 5. Shelton, 6. Pankratz, 7. Blondel, 8. Chapple, 9. Beierle, 10. Edwards, 11. Nichols, 12. Hunting, 13. Everhart. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Johnathon Henry, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Trey Marcham, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Alex Schutte, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Cody Swanson, 17. Jarid Blondel, 18. Shannon McQueen, 19. Nick Chivello, 20. Randi Pankratz, 21. Andee Beierle, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Chad Boat, 24. Tyler Thomas, 25. Brad Sweet, 26. Ronnie Gardner, 27. Kyle Edwards, 28. Mike Spencer, 29. Ricky Shelton, 30. Scott Pierovich. NT


**Shelton flipped on lap 19 of the fetaure. Boat flipped on lap 76 of the feature. Gardner flipped on lap 98 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Thorson, Lap 22 Bell, Laps 23-28 Thorson, Laps 29-98 Bell.

FINAL HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-1,045, 2-Bell-1,035, 3-Hines-999, 4-Clauson-954, 5-Daum-865, 6-Thorson-792, 7-Chris Windom-594, 8-Michael Pickens-499, 9-Darland-452, 10-T.Thomas-408.

FINAL HONDA WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-774, 2-Marcham-682, 3-Blondel-651, 4-Schutte-468, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Bell-389, 7-McQueen-374, 8-Thorson-358, 9-Pierovich-340, 10-Chivello-337.

FINAL HONDA WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-774, 2-Marcham-682, 3-Blondel-430, 4-Schutte-415, 5-Bell-389, 5-McQueen-374, 7-Thorson-357, 6-Pierovich-301, 8-Abrue-298, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-283.



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.



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.


**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"


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

**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.



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


**Marcham flipped on Lap 7 of the feature.


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"



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


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"



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.






























National Sprints
2014 points
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
1. Rico Abreu 1045
2. Christopher Bell 1035
3. Tracy Hines 999
4. Bryan Clauson 954
5. Zach Daum 865
6. Tanner Thorson 792
7. Chris Windom 594
8. Michael Pickens 499
9. Dave Darland 452
10. Tyler Thomas 408

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


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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