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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GRANDVIEW AND LINCOLN TO OPEN UP JUNE'S EASTERN STORM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LINDA'S SPEEDWAY COMPLETES 2017 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAC TRACSAFE INITIATIVE AIMED AT QUICKER SAFETY RESPONSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WINDOM, BACON, THORSON NATIONAL CHAMPS FETED FRIDAY; WESTERN CHAMPS CELEBRATE JANUARY 28 IN LAS VEGAS

USAC's 61st "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2016 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title for the second time. The National Midget Championship went to Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev.

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

Numerous other performance awards are also part of the ceremonies as well as special recognition awards.

USAC's .25 Midget National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, during a special awards ceremony held prior to the National Awards Dinner, beginning at 3 pm. The .25 champions will also be headlined during the "Night of Champions" celebration later in the evening.

USAC broadcasters Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb will again serve as this year's emcees.

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

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2016 accomplishments on January 28, 2017 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. More information regarding that affair will be released soon.

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LARSON CARVES UP TURKEY NIGHT WIN #2; THORSON TASTES FIRST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California………On the rare occasion that Kyle Larson gets the chance to take the wheel of a midget these days, he certainly makes each opportunity count.

On Thursday night in the centerpiece of the USAC National and Western States Midget calendar, Larson cooked up one of his patented performances, holding off a furious late-race rally from early leader Brady Bacon to win his second career “Turkey Night Grand Prix” in the 76th running of the prestigious event at California’s Ventura Raceway.

Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., started from the outside of the front row alongside Bacon.  Larson fought his way to the lead on lap 21 with a turn two outside pass of Bacon.  Larson then navigated through numerous bouts with lapped traffic as Bacon rapidly closed to mount a serious challenge on Larson for the victory in the final laps.  Larson weathered the storm and sped off to grab the 0.303 second victory over Bacon, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu and Damion Gardner.

Larson became the 18th driver to win “Turkey Night” twice during his career and also joins Mel Kenyon, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Dave Darland as one of six drivers to claim a “Turkey Night” victory at two different tracks after also winning in 2012 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

“I had a good qualifying run and started second,” Larson explains.  “I was able to get by Brady (Bacon) fairly early and got through traffic.  I tried the bottom early on, but it still felt like the top was better, so I went back to the top.  I could see he was closing in on me a little bit more on the bottom and I knew I just had to get around that one lapper.  I was running the top and could see Brady running to my inside.  I knew eventually I’d have to get down to the bottom and I knew if I could clear him, I could run a better pace around the bottom.  As soon as I cleared the lapper, I got down just in time to hold onto the lead.  Once I cleared him, I ran the bottom even though I still went to the top a couple times in (turns) three and four and Brady was still right there.  The white flag was not too far after that.  A 98-lap race is a long time, but it felt pretty short for me.”

A successful NASCAR Cup season that saw Larson score his first career series victory at Michigan in August concluded with the 14th win of his USAC National Midget career on a playground that he doesn’t get to visit as much any longer, but cherishes every opportunity he gets.

“I enjoy running on the dirt every chance I get since I don’t get to do it a whole lot anymore,” Larson admits.  Anytime I can do it, run up front and get wins, it’s a lot of fun.  I can’t wait for the rest of the offseason, so I can run some more stuff on the dirt and get some more wins.”

A melting pot of 52 midget drivers from coast-to-coast filled the pit area at Ventura in the event’s largest car count since Larson’s first victory in 2012.

The event was whittled to 29 for the 98-lapper at the one-fifth-mile dirt oval by the beach, but the action was quickly halted with Gage Walker’s flip on the first corner of the first lap.  He walked away unscathed.

Following the complete restart, Bacon and backed up the speed shown by recording the fastest laps in two of the three sessions in Wednesday night’s practice and Thursday’s fastest qualifier, proving to be the strongest combination early on after rocketing away to a half-straightaway lead.

By the 13th lap, Bacon was steadfast on the bottom as Larson made waves up on the cush.  After slipstreaming through Bacon’s wake, Larson charges right to the tail of the leader.  On lap 21, Larson ripped around the outside of Bacon in turn two for the race lead.  As the pair entered turn three, Larson slanted down from the top, cutting in front of the nose of Bacon just before the apex of the turn to take the bottom line, and the race lead, away just prior to meeting the tail-end of lapped traffic.

Meanwhile, the table was set for a heated battle for the USAC National Midget title.  Separated by a mere nine markers coming into “Turkey Night,” point leader Tanner Thorson ran eighth and teammate Spencer Bayston 11th just prior to the midway point.

On lap 42, Bayston and Frankie Guerrini were involved in a turn four tangle.  The move was disastrous for Bayston as he lost pivotal track position that relegated him to the 23rd position for the restart.

Larson appeared to establish himself in a class of his own as he built his very own half-straightaway lead.  However, multiple yellow flag periods would evaporate those leads.  With 26 laps to go, Larson and Bacon, running one-two, were separated by the lapped car of Holly Shelton on the restart.  It would take a couple of laps before Bacon would manage to slip by Shelton, using a turn one slide job on lap 74 to put Larson back within a clear view of out of the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s helmet visor.

Larson went topside while Bacon remained on the chalk-lined bottom berm as the two entered the green room of lapped traffic.  Bacon steadily reeled in Larson, but swiftly as Larson went high, low, anywhere he could go to find daylight.

With seven laps remaining, Bacon edged ahead of Larson on the bottom for the lead, briefly, off turn two.  Yet, Larson found an avenue back to the front moments later by sneaking back down to the bottom in front of the lapped car of Nick Chivello to create separation between he and second-running Bacon.

With three laps remaining, Larson and Bacon swapped lines with Larson now down low and Bacon up top.  Bacon appeared to have found the top to his liking soon after, but was unable to get off the corners as strongly as Larson who commandeered the point as Bacon lost precious ground.

Larson withstood a heady drive by Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, to seal the deal in the final laps for his second USAC National Midget win of the year in just his third start.

Minden, Nevada’s Thorson would leave the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” a happy man for the second straight Thanksgiving night after winning last season’s diamond jubilee.  By virtue of his sixth-place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota in Thursday night’s feature, the 20-year-old Thorson was crowned as 2016 USAC National Midget champion.

“I went into this race set on winning,” Thorson assured.  “I didn’t think about points all year until this race, so I wasn’t trying to make it a big deal to myself because it can get you worked up and it doesn’t allow you to perform your best.  I just went out there to win the race.”

Thorson’s teammate and fellow championship combatant Bayston recovered from a spin just before halfway to finish ninth after restarting from the tail.  It was an impressive feat in its own right to respond to adversity, but it would not warrant enough points for Bayston to surpass Thorson who became the first Nevada native to claim the series title.

“I saw Spencer get tangled up and it was really unfortunate,” Thorson recalls.  “You never want to see a teammate go out like that.  It was unfortunate for him, but it worked in our favor.  This whole team and our sponsors are what make this deal what it is.  We have two of the best in the business in Keith (Kunz) and Big Al (Scroggins) who always put awesome cars underneath us.”

“I came really close to getting the job done last year, but we came up a little bit short,” Thorson adds.  “This year, we were able to get it done even though we didn’t start the season the way we wanted.  I remember we were leading the first race during ‘Indiana Midget Week’ at Montpelier and popped a right rear tire.  A few races later, we had an issue at ‘The Ditch’ (West Memphis, Ark.) and all that led to a not-so-great stretch.  I didn’t think that we were going to be able to get the job done after those issues.  Suddenly, though, we just started clicking.  Every time I went out onto the track, I had an awesome car which allowed me to win a lot of races this year.  That’s really the only thing that saved me this year.  We got wins and stayed consistent after ‘Midget Week’ and it allowed us to get the job done.  It’s pretty incredible to be the champion. I’m speechless!”

Thirteenth-place finisher Ronnie Gardner would be the first to tell you that his ‘Turkey Night’ didn’t go as well as he had hoped, but despite that one aberration, it was yet another banner season for the Corona, California native who became the first driver in the history of the USAC Western States Midget series to win four consecutive series championships.

“My mom and Sleepy Tripp’s wife are really good friends,” Gardner explains.  “I grew up idolizing Sleepy with what he accomplished on the west coast and across the United States in a midget.  It’s a pretty big deal to actually beat one of his records.”

“I was a little disappointed,” Gardner laments about Thursday night’s race.  “I thought we’d stack up a little better, but we kind of went outside the box tonight just trying to be better than we were, but we missed a little bit.  I messed up qualifying and that put us mid-pack at the start and that hurt us in the race.  Starting from the middle of the field against this competition makes it hard to get up to the front.”

USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 24, 2016 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 76th “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Ryan Robinson, 17. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Maria Cofer, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Tyler Dolacki, 22. Courtney Crone, 23. Nick Chivello, 24. Frankie Guerrini, 25. Michael Faccinto, 26. Michael Pickens, 27. Randi Pankratz, 28. Cory Kruseman, 29. Gage Walker. NT

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**Ennis flipped during the first qualifier. Greth flipped during the second qualifier. Hardy flipped during the second qualifier. Walker flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-98 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/KEIZER WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 8th)

DON BASILE “ROOKIE OF THE RACE:” Carson Macedo (3rd)

FINAL USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-1,249, 2-Bayston-1,231, 3-Bacon-1,202, 4-Boat-1,162, 5-Macedo-1,126, 6-Robinson-1,003, 7-Shelton-847, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Tyler Thomas-714, 10-Greth-582.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-R. Gardner-1,042, 2-Faccinto-873, 3-Elliott-835, 4-Guerrini-772, 5-Crone-713, 6-Cofer-610, 7-Dalby-609, 8-Pankratz-596, 9-Cody Swanson-564, 10-Dolacki-498.

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THORSON & BAYSTON: ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN TO DETERMINE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Nine points separate two men from reaching the pinnacle of their sport.

Two men who've endured a season that's seen its ups and its downs, but a season that can be redeemed and rewarded with one more successful performance in an event that simply oozes with history - the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at California's Ventura Raceway.

The main figures playing lead roles on the stage for this Thursday's USAC National and Western States Midget season finale involve two Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates who've reached the top of the season standings via different avenues: Tanner Thorson and Spencer Bayston.  Although, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon do remain mathematically eligible to win the title.  Both stand 65 points out of the lead.

Point leader Thorson leads the series with six victories and 180 laps led in 2016 - twice as many as any other driver in both statistical categories. However, inconsistent stretches through the early to mid-point of the season left Thorson in the rearview mirror in the championship hunt. But, a late-season surge has not only thrust Thorson right back into the thick of title contention in the very race he is the defending winner of, the 20-year-old Minden, Nevada native is now in the driver's seat.

In fact, just one and a half month ago, Thorson entered a crucial three-race stretch at Tri-City Speedway's "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois fourth in the series' standings behind Bayston, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon. By the time the checkered flag had flown on Saturday night's finale, Thorson was second in points, just nine out of the lead, after sweeping all three nights of the "Gold Crown."

One race later, at the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Illinois, Thorson left the grounds with a second-place finish in his pocket and became the new USAC National Midget point leader heading into the final event of the season at Ventura.

On the other hand, Bayston has relied on consistency to maintain his position near the top of the standings throughout 2016. The Lebanon, Indiana driver took his sole victory of the season during "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Indiana and leads the series in both top-fives and top-ten finishes.

Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, jumped to the point lead in June on the final night of "Indiana Midget Week." After losing the lead briefly in early August, the 18-year-old Bayston regained the top spot in the standings just two races later - a lead he held until the Oct. 21 race at Wayne City.

The USAC National Midget title being decided at "Turkey Night" is no new phenomenon. In fact, just one year ago, in 2015, the championship chase between Tracy Hines and Kevin Thomas, Jr. came down to the finale with Hines able to eke out an 18-point victory to complete the career USAC Triple Crown.

This year's nine-point difference in the standings heading into the final race is the closest in the past 20 years. Over that same 20-year period since the last "Turkey Night" held at Ventura in 1997, there have been six occasions when the difference between first and second was 20 or less: Rico Abreu by 10 over Christopher Bell in 2014, Bryan Clauson by 16 over Darren Hagen in 2011, Brad Kuhn by 8 over Brad Sweet in 2009, Cole Whitt by 1 over Hines in 2008 and Jason Leffler by 11 over Jay Drake in 1998.

The unique set of circumstances presented to Thorson and Bayston on Thursday night not only pertain to the points race, but also to the fact that, at 98 laps, the race is the longest, most grueling challenge that is put forth in front of the competitors all year long. When does a driver push? When and where can a driver settle in? With so much at stake, does it alter the focus from the race to the points chase or vice versa? Thorson feels that it'll be business as usual.

"I don't think the points race changes my game plan at all," Thorson said. "I'm going into Thursday night with my mindset on winning. If I give my best and give this team the best finish I possibly can, hopefully it will be enough to secure the title. I'm not going into Turkey Night to 'points race;' I'm there to win."

Bayston aims to make his first visit to the one-fifth, seaside oval at Ventura as well as embarking on his initial "Turkey Night" start this Thursday as he heads up a strong crop of Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates. The 98-lap race is outside the box of what Bayston has been accustomed to in his career, but it is a challenge he is excited to tackle head-on.

"This will be the longest race I've ever run," Bayston claimed. "It will be great to be a part of and it will be something very different for me. Instead of going all-out for 30 laps, I'll have to try to pace myself. Having never been to Ventura before, it will be very helpful to get a lot of practice laps in on Wednesday."

"Going into the final race in the position I'm in, I must run my own race and just do the best I can," Bayston added. "If I run the best I can, it will be up to Tanner to not make mistakes. I just need to put myself in the best position possible and leave the rest up to him. I just have to run the race as if it were any other race."

One year ago, Thorson threw a slide job for the ages on teammate Bell to take over the lead in the final stages of his "Turkey Night" victory. This year, Thorson hopes to ink his name into the record books alongside eight other drivers who have won back-to-back "Turkey Night" titles: Ronney Householder, Roy Russing, A.J. Foyt, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Bryan Clauson.

"It would be awesome if I could add my name to that list with all those great names," Thorson said. "You always want to make history every time you're out on the track and, to do that this Thursday night, it would definitely mean a lot."

The schedule for the 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.

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"TURKEY NIGHT" RETURNS TO VENTURA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

Thursday's 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" returns to California's Ventura Raceway for the first time since 1997, concluding a 2016 USAC points racing calendar that features a four-way battle for the USAC National Midget Championship.

Among the four drivers who mathematically have a shot at winning the title are Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the defending "Turkey Night" Champion, who holds a slim nine-point edge over runner-up Spencer Bayston from Indiana.

Both are seeking their initial series titles, while Chat Boat and Brady Bacon have long-shot hopes of overhauling the leaders, trailing Thorson by 65 points each.

Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. virtually locked up his record fourth consecutive USAC Western States Midget crown Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 at Bakersfield and led the final 10 laps in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger.

Trailing the Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier at the checkered flag were Guerrini, Chad Boat, Cory Elliott and the series' top rookie in points, Courtney Crone.

A stout field of "Turkey Night" combatants is expected to include former winners Thorson (2015) and Kyle Larson (2012), plus 2016 Western States Champ Gardner, 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Champ Brady Bacon, 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champ Damion Gardner, 2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Champ R.J. Johnson and 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Champ Carson Macedo.

Fan Favorite Rico Abreu is also among pre-race favorites as he seeks his initial "Turkey Night" victory.

Winners of the 1997 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura, Billy Boat and car owner John Lawson, will serve as Grand Marshals Thursday.

"Turkey Night" is one of America's most storied motorsports histories, dating back to 1934 and having been won by many of the sport's most accomplished champions.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins Wednesday at Ventura with an open practice for the USAC Midgets.  Furthermore, an autograph session featuring all the star drivers will be held at the track during intermission.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and compete in a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return with semi-feature events, followed by a 30-lap feature.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling 805-648-7223.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm.  Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

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TITLES TO BE DECIDED AND STARS CONVERGE AT 76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX IN VENTURA!

(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016) Fans who congregate at the Ventura Raceway for the 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix next Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, will have a chance to see a bevy of racing stars, including NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu, as well as two championships being decided.  Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30.

After closing out their NASCAR seasons this weekend in Miami, Larson, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in August, Bell, who is one of four drivers left in Friday's championship showdown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Abreu, who is closing out his rookie season in the truck series, will head to Ventura for the prestigious midget race.  Larson, a native of Elk Grove, California, engraved his name in the Turkey Night history books in 2012 when he won the 98-lap main event at Perris Auto Speedway.  Bell, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris two years ago.  Popular Rutherford, California's Abreu almost joined his good friends on the TNGP victory ledger in 2015, but a flat left rear late in the race knocked him out of contention.

Kyle Larson on his way to the win in the 2012 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway.  Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Like Larson, Bell and Abreu, several other stars will be jetting in for the high profile 98-lapper.  Most notably will be the four drivers still in contention for the 2016 USAC National Midget championship.  Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson carries a precarious 9-point margin over Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston going into the Thanksgiving night race.  While those two have a distinct advantage heading into the finale, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, who sewed up his second USAC National Sprint Car championship last week, and Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat are tied for third and still have a mathematical chance of winning the crown.  Boat's father Billy won the Turkey Night Grand Prix the only other time the race was held in Ventura in 1997 and he is one of the Grand Marshal's for this year's race.

Rico Abreu's flat left rear tire (shown in the photo above) deprived him of a chance of victory in the 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix.  Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

While not quite as tight as the fight for the National Championship, the USAC Western Midget Series title could come down to next Thursday as well.  Heading into this Saturday's race at the Bakersfield Speedway, Corona, California's Ronnie Gardner is 121-points in front of Hanford, California Michael Faccinto.  Gardner, the grandson of Ronnie Duman who finished sixth in the 1968 Indianapolis 500, can set a Western Midget record by winning his fourth straight title.  He is currently tied with legendary Sleepy Tripp who won three in a row in the early 1990's.

Another contender in the star-studded field will be Concord, California veteran Damion Gardner.  Known affectionately to his fans as "The Demon," the slender driver sewed up his fifth USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship last Saturday night when he won the Oval Nationals for the third time since 2009 at Perris.  Gardner, who established the land speed record of 211.59 MPH for a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats two years ago, is no stranger to midget racing fans.  In 2008 he won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Three years ago, he had the Turkey Night Grand Prix in the bag when he lost a left rear wheel with five laps to go.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights.  On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and main events.  On Thursday, the sprint cars will come back with B-main events and a $3,000.00 to win finale.

The midgets will practice on Wednesday.  On Thursday, they will qualify and run preliminary main events and the 98-Lap Turkey Night Grand Prix feature.  There will be an autograph session at the track at intermission on Wednesday night.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling:  805-648-7223.
 
Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners      
1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium
1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium
1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium
1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium
1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium
1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium
1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium
1941 Rou Russing – Gilmore Stadium
1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium
1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium
1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium
1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium
1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium
1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium
1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium
1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium
1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium
1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium
1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium
1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park
1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park
1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park
1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park
1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park
1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park
1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park
1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park
1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park
1969 George Benson – Ascot Park
1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park
1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park
1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park
1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park
1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park
1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605
1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park
1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park
1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park
1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park
1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park
1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park
1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park
1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park
1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park
1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park
1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway
1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway
1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway
1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway
1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway
1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway
1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway
1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway
1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway
2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway
2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway
2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway
2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway
2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway
2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway
2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway
2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway
2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway
2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway
2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway
2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway
2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway
2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway
2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway
2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway

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National Sprints
2016 points
FINAL
1. Brady Bacon 2676
2. Chase Stockon 2362
3. Dave Darland 2251
4. Chris Windom 2226
5. T. Meseraull 2166
6. Chad Boespflug 2158
7.  C.J. Leary 2038
8. Robert Ballou 1919
9. K.Thomas Jr. 1419
10. A. Farney 1383

 National Midgets
FINAL
1. Tanner Thorson 1249
2. S. Bayston 1231
3. Brady Bacon 1202
4. Chad Boat 1162
5. Carson Macedo 1126
6. Ryan Robinson 1003
7. Holly Shelton 847
8. Bryan Clauson 720
9. Tyler Thomas 714
10. Ryan Greth 582

Silver Crown
FINAL
1. Chris Windom 588
2. Kody Swanson 583
3. Justin Grant 474
4. Jerry Coons Jr. 465
5. David Byrne 398
6. Casey Shuman 386
7. Shane Cottle 381
8. Austin Nemire 340
9. Joe Liguori 316
10. Brady Bacon  268

USAC/CRA
FINAL
1. Damion Gardner 1645
2. R. Vander Weerd 1473
3. Brody Roa  1342
4. Jake Swanson 1320
5. Austin Williams 1254
6. Mike Spencer 1061
7. Max Adams 938
8. Logan Williams 824
9. Cody Williams 759
10. Chris Gansen 721

 

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