NUMEROUS "SALT CITY 78" FAVORITES DOT LINEUP FOR SATURDAY'S SEASON FINALE AT SYRACUSE
Despite the fact that Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. has dominated USAC Silver Crown dirt racing the past two years, he faces stiff competition in this Saturday's "Salt City 78" series finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The weekend's "Super Dirt Week XLIV" has been announced as the final racing event at the storied facility which first hosted National Championship racing in 1924.
Swanson enters the race as the defending race winner and series champion and has already locked up the 2015 title. His three victories this year, and part of eight the past two seasons, include seven on dirt surfaces. Last year at Syracuse, he led the first 12 and last 12 laps for the win.
Second-ranking driver Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. has logged "top-10" finishes in all but one race this year and hopes to improve on his seventh-place Syracuse finish in 2014. He's one of only five USAC "Triple Crown" Champions, having won titles in the Silver Crown, National Sprint and Midget series.
A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill. challenged Swanson at Syracuse last year, finishing second, and has a pair of victories on the Springfield, Ill. mile on his resume. He ranks third in the 2015 standings.
Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won on the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks this year and was fourth last year at Syracuse. He's been on the podium in three of the last four dirt Silver Crown outings.
Local favorite Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada is no stranger to the Syracuse mile, having won a number of races there. He was challenging late in last year's race and eventually finished fifth. This year, he pilots the series' most recent winning car, driven by Christopher Bell in the September 26 "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Pennsylvania star Richie Tobias of Lebanon was eighth at Syracuse in 2014 and pilots his own creation, a departure from the traditional Silver Crown look, but is a former winner on the mile at DuQuoin, Ill.
Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. owns wins already this season at Terre Haute, Ind. and DuQuoin, Ill. The DuQuoin win Labor Day weekend was his second there the past two years.
Others expected to be gunning for victory Saturday include: Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (four top-10s this year on dirt); Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa. (a trio of dirt top-10s this year); Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. (five top-6 finishes in just six starts in 2015); Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. (runner-up in this year's Hoosier Hundred); C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. (runner-up at Terre Haute in July); Casey Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. (two recent dirt top-10s); Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind. (four dirt top-10s since July) and rookie Austin Nemire of Toledo, Ohio, who has started every Silver Crown race this year.
Saturday's race will be the ninth for the USAC Silver Crown cars at the New York State Fairgrounds. Previous winners have been: Swanson (2014), J.J. Yeley (2002 and 2003), Pancho Carter (1976 and 1978), Larry Dickson (1977), Sheldon Kinser (1975) and Al Unser (1974).
LAWRENCEBURG'S "FALL NATIONALS" POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 17
Lawrenceburg, IN........Adverse weather conditions, including persistent rain and cold temperatures, have forced postponement of Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
The "Fall Nationals" race has been reset for Saturday night, October 17. It will be the final 2015 USAC Sprint Car event in the Midwest.
LEARY, FARNEY, BAYSTON LEAD "ROOKIE" STANDINGS
Indiana drivers C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Aaron Farney of Brookston, and Spencer Bayston of Lebanon are the current leaders in their respective races for the 2015 USAC National "Rookie of the Year" awards to be distributed at USAC's National Awards Banquet in downtown Indianapolis December 11.
Leary faces competition from Austin Nemire and Justin Grant for the Silver Crown honors entering the "Salt City 78" series finale October 10 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Leary scored a sensational second-place finish in the "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. in July and added "top-10" finishes on the pavement at Indianapolis, and on the dirt at Belleville, Kans., Springfield, Ill. and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Leary ranks sixth in the standings, trailed closely by rookie hopefuls Austin Nemire and Justin Grant. Nemire, ninth in the points, was fifth at Iowa Speedway in June, seventh at Toledo, Ohio and had a pair of 10ths at Indianapolis on the pavement. Grant, 10th in the latest points, had a third at Belleville, a fourth at DuQuoin, Ill., a fifth in the Hoosier Hundred and sixths at Terre Haute and at Eldora Speedway.
Farney is 11th in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car points entering Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg, Ind. on the strength of a victory during Indiana Sprint Week at Terre Haute and six other "top-10s." Carson Short and Max McGhee are his closest pursuers in the points, ranking 19th and 20th respectively.
Bayston appears to be the hands-down Honda National Midget candidate, fifth in the standings after recording 11 "top-10" finishes. He was third at Gas City and had fourths at Beloit, Kans. and during the Pennsylvania swing at Path Valley Speedway Park.
BIG FAST TIME BONUS, SUPER LICENSE, JARRETT RETURN SPICE SATURDAY'S "FALL NATIONALS" AT LAWRENCEBURG
The final AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race in the Midwest this season promises to offer a number of interesting battles as the series visits Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway for Saturday night's $10,000-to-win "Fall Nationals."
To kick things off, the ProSource Fast Time Award, which has been a season-long tradition, has grown to a $1,000 bonus with the additional support of a number of contributors. Drivers Chase Stockon, Kody Swanson, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon are also eyeing the season-ending ProSource Fast Time Challenge bonus of $2,500 which goes to the driver posting the most fast times in 2015 USAC National racing. Stockon has seven so far, while Swanson has six and Darland and Bacon have five.
The return of Logan Jarrett, the Kokomo driver who has been absent since mid-August, is also expected to demand attention, since he won the Lawrenceburg feature in April.
Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr. continue to battle for the 2015 Mike Curb Super License bonus of $5,000, which will be awarded at the USAC National Awards Dinner to the driver who amasses the most USAC National points between the Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget series. Thomas has a 36-point lead over Darland entering the Lawrenceburg race with 74 points available Saturday.
Thomas Meseraull comes to Lawrenceburg fresh from his initial AMSOIL USAC National Sprint victory after capturing last week's "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Don't forget the battle for USAC's AMSOIL National Championship too! Robert Ballou has a slim 25-point lead over Stockon and is only 35 points ahead of Darland. Again, 74 points are available Saturday. Only seven races remain on the 2015 calendar. Ballou has totaled 10 feature wins already this season and would like to add Lawrenceburg to his total.
Jon Stanbrough hopes to tie Darland as the winningest USAC driver in Lawrenceburg history. He has five career wins there, while Darland has six.
Tracy Hines, who has announced his intention to curtail his full-time racing career, hopes to land his initial USAC feature victory of the season, which would mark the 20th consecutive year he has won at least one USAC National race.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.125; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.385; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-17.705; 4. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.754; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.942; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-17.981; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.995; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.000; 9. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.043; 10. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.130; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-18.173; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-18.303; 13. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-18.365; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.395; 15. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-18.636; 16. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.692; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-18.747; 18. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-18.885; 19. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-19.057; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. A.J. Fike, 12. David Byrne, 13. Dallas Hewitt (#21), 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Pierce, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Tanner Thorson (#17), 18. Dave Darland, 19. Chris Fetter, 20. Terry Babb. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Bell.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-557, 2-Coons-433, 3-Fike-386, 4-Windom-351, 5-Pierce-335, 6-Leary-303, 7-Byrne-300, 8-Cockrum-297, 9-Nemire-283, 10-Grant-262.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: October 10 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds - "Super Dirt Week XLIV"
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Filbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, Simon-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96,VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).
FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60
SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02
THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33
FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT
C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT
**VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,861, 2-Stockon-1,836, 3-Darland-1,826, 4-Bacon-1,673, 5-Stanbrough-1,567, 6-K.Thomas-1,471, 7-Windom-1,348, 8-Leary-1,247, 9-Hines-1,165, 10-Grant-1,083.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: October 3 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -"City of Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals"
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-16.886; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.960; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.110; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.254; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.377; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.389; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-17.488; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-17.523; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-17.523; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.543; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.570; 12. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-17.591; 13. Brady Bacon, 37, Felker-17.664; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.680; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-17.680; 16. Davey Ray, 23, Light-17.705; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-18.177; 18. Todd Wills, 74, Wills-18.282; 19. Kevin Wills, 9, Wills-18.294; 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-18.705; 21. Robert Bell, 71x, Bell-NT.
FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Clauson, 3. Ray, 4. Bacon, 5. Drevicki, 6. T.Thomas, 7. K.Wills. NT
SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Hines, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Chapple, 6. Nemire, 7. Gipson,
THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.Bell, 2. Buckwalter, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Greth, 5. Bayston, 6. T.Wills, 7. R.Bell.
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Tony DiMattia, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Todd Wills, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Kevin Wills, 20. Steve Buckwalter.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 C.Bell.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-742, 2-Thorson-717, 3-Thomas-711, 4-Abreu-658, 5-Bayston-629, 6-T.Thomas-609, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-607, 8-C.Bell-487, 9-Darren Hagen-385, 10-Buckwalter-345.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 23 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial"
THOMAS, DARLAND PACE CURB "SUPER LICENSE" POINTS
Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. are set to battle for the 2015 Mike Curb USAC Super License championship as the season enters its final two months.
Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" offers a "triple" opportunity for drivers hoping to claim the $5,000 cash prize offered by the Nashville, Tenn. sponsor. The driver earning the most total USAC points in the three National racing series (Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint and Honda Midget) collects the cash at the annual USAC National Awards Banquet in December.
Thomas, who has scored a pair of Midget wins and a Sprint win so far this year, has 10 "podium" finishes among his 30 "top-10s." Darland has four Sprint wins among his 11 "podiums" and 33 "top-10s."
Tracy Hines, the "Super License" champion the last two years, ranks third in the current points, ahead of Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou.
Races remaining on the USAC National calendar after Eldora Saturday are: Silver Crown (10/10 at Syracuse, NY), Sprint (10/3 at Lawrenceburg, IN, Nov. 12-14 at Perris, CA and Nov. 19-21 at Tucson, AZ), and Midget (10/23 at Wayne City, IL and 11/26 at Perris, CA).
Former winners of the USAC Super License are: Tracy Hines (2000, 2008, and 2013-14), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Josh Wise (2005-06), Jay Drake (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001-02-03) and Dave Darland (1999).
2015 Mike Curb USAC Super License Standings: 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2,181, 2-Dave Darland-2,140, 3-Tracy Hines-1,943, 4-Chase Stockon-1,838, 5-Robert Ballou-1,816, 6-Brady Bacon-1,786, 7-Chris Windom-1,687, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-1,602, 9-Jon Stanbrough-1,543, 10-C.J. Leary-1,498.
OCT. 17 USAC SPRINT CAR EVENT AT KENTUCKY LAKE CANCELLED
The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series event scheduled for October 17 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
With the extension of the Interstate 69 project, the state of Kentucky has levied eminent domain against the track in Calvert City, Kentucky, which will be permanently shut down.
The 3/8 mile, high-banked dirt track was to host the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars for the very first time and was to mark the series' first visit to the state of Kentucky since 1999.
Track owner Ronnie Jones, who purchased the facility in 2013, was excited about the USAC Sprint Cars' first visit to his facility, but despite their best efforts, the event will not be held.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Tony Hulman/Jim Hurtubise Classic"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-20.490; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.493; 3. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-20.552; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, TBI-20.645; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-20.665; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-20.809; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-20.812; 8. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-20.848; 9. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-20.869; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.873; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.029; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-21.038; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.049; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.065; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.073; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-21.098; 17. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-21.129; 18. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-21.143; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.165; 20. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-21.222; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.356; 22. Chad Boespflug, 21K, Krockenberger-21.549; 23. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.595; 24. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-21.685; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.960; 26. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-22.542; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Meseraull, 3. Coons, 4. Farney, 5. Stanbrough, 6. McGhee, 7. Courtney, 8. Stockon, 9. Dakus. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Robbins, 6. Bacon, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia. 2:49.69
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Darland, 3. Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. Hines, 6. Hughes, 7. Mattox, 8. Clouser, 9. Boespflug. 2:52.11
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Stockon, 3. Courtney, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Clouser, 7. Boespflug, 8. Mattox, 9. McGhee, 10. DiMattia, 11. Dakus, 12. Bell. 4:25.28
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Brady Short, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.J. Hughes, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Mario Clouser, 22. Chad Boespflug. NT
**Clouser flipped on lap 13 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Darland, Laps 24-27 Windom, Laps 28-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,774, 2-Stockon-1,730, 3-Darland-1,719, 4-Bacon-1,602, 5-Stanbrough-1,520, 6-Thomas-1,396, 7-Windom-1,268, 8-Leary-1,198, 9-Hines-1,129, 10-Grant-1,069.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 19 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-sanctioned by MSCS
HEAT RACES AT TURKEY NIGHT!
8-TIME WINNER RON SHUMAN NAMED "GRAND MARSHAL"
The addition of heat races and the announcement of Grand Marshal Ron Shuman have created unprecedented enthusiasm for the 75th running of one of America's most revered motorsports events - the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" - which unfolds November 26 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
For the first time since its inception in 1934, "Turkey Night" will incorporate a full normal Honda USAC National Midget Series racing program, with qualifying, heat races, semi-features and the 98-lap main event on the half-mile dirt Perris oval.
Tradition has always dictated that top qualifiers have "locked into" the feature and the rest have competed in preliminary races to complete the feature starting field. This year, however, all cars and drivers will compete in the preliminary races to format the starting field.
Eight-time race winner Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. has agreed to serve as the Grand Marshal for this historic running of the race. He triumphed at Ascot Park Speedway in Gardena, Calif. in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1987 and also won at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in 1992 and 1993. In 1986 Shuman led at the white-flag lap, but a flat tire in the final corner left him in second behind Warren Mockler at the checkered flag.
The November 26 race concludes the 2015 Honda USAC National and Western Midget calendars and will include the crowning of a pair of USAC champions. Tracy Hines currently leads the National standings and defending two-time champion Ronnie Gardner sits atop the Western points.
Hines is trying to become the sixth driver in USAC history to land the coveted "Triple Crown." He already owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series and hopes to join "Triple Crown" champs Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr.
National challengers and teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Thorson also have sights set on title, currently ranked second and third in the standings.
PROSOURCE & LARRY RICE "4-CROWN" INCENTIVES POSTED
Participants in the September 26 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will compete for special incentives, thanks to Buck and Betty Rice of ProSource of Grand Saline, Texas, as well as Eldora Speedway, who have again posted the Larry Rice High-Performance Awards for each series.
ProSource has doubled their traditional fast-time awards to $200 in each series but have also announced that a "clean sweep" in all three series will earn the fast qualifier another "double," making the total award $1,200!
In honoring the late Larry Rice with their High-Performance Awards, Eldora Speedway is posting $750 for each series which goes to the hard-charger, based on positions earned in the feature events. Rice was a three-time "4-Crown" champion, taking the 1985 Sprint and Silver Crown races and repeating in the 1987 Silver Crown race.
Chase Stockon and Kody Swanson are also eyeing the special year-end ProSource Fast-Time Award Challenge, a $2,500 bonus to be awarded at the annual USAC National Awards Banquet in December. Stockon and Swanson each have six fast times and the driver who ends up with the most, which includes all three USAC National series, is the recipient. Close behind on the current list are Dave Darland and Brady Bacon, both of whom have five fast times this season.
The September 26 program features the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Honda National Midget series and will mark the 34th scheduled running of the event. Defending champions are Bryan Clauson (Midget), Brady Bacon (Sprint) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown).
USAC AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2015 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.441; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.696; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.716; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.774; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.851; 6. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.893; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-13.968; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.096; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.143; 10. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-14.173; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.186; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.329; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.467; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.510; 15. Gavin Harlien, 71K, Kruseman-14.781; 16. Austin Mero, 98M, Ellertson-15.163; 17. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.179.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. L.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Harlien, 7. Herrera, 8. A.Williams, 9. Gansen. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colston, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Spencer, 4. Bernal, 5. Swanson, 6. Faria, 7. Ellertson, 8. Mero. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Logan Williams, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Gavin Harlien, 15. James Herrera, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Austin Mero. NT.
**Swanson flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal.
FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bernal-401, 2-Spencer-333, 3-Swanson-296, 4-R.Vander Weerd-292, 5-Gardner-286, 6-Roa-277, 7-A.Williams-241, 8-Faria-222, 9-L.Williams-209, 10-C.Williams-203.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Spencer-981, 2-Gardner-939, 3-R.Vander Weerd-907, 4-A.Williams-842, 5-Swanson-802, 6-Roa-742, 7-Matt Mitchell-724, 8-C.Williams-596, 9-L.Williams-545, 10-Bernal-482.
NEXT USAC AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 19 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Glenn Howard Classic"
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2015 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "Jim Turner Memorial" - California Sprint Week
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 2. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.552; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.563; 4. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.596; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.685; 6. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.792; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.836; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.954; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.966; 10. Austin Mero, 98M, Ellertson-16.098; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.120; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.187; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.191; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.250; 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.323; 16. Eric Rossi, 17S, Shanoian-16.343; 17. Danny Faria Jr., 17V Bowman-16.407; 18. Chris Ennis, 4X, Gansen-17.090; 19. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Mero, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Willams, 5. C.Williams, 6. Colston, 7. Rossi. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Roa, 4. Gardner, 5. Swanson, 6. Sibley. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Gansen, 4. Bender, 5. Ellertson. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Jeff Sibley, 8. Austin Williams, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Parker Colston, 14. Austin Mero, 15. Eric Rossi, 16. A.J. Bender, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Chris Ennis, 19. Jace Vander Weerd. NT
**Bender flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Gardner, Laps 4-6 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 7-30 Gardner,
NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bernal-336, 2-Spencer-269, 3-Swanson-268, 4-R.Vander Weerd-239, 5-Gardner-222, 6-Roa-221, 7-A.Williams-186, 8-Faria-172, 9-L.Williams-164, 10-C.Williams-163.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Spencer-917, 2-Gardner-875, 3-R.Vander Weerd-854, 4-A.Williams-787, 5-Swanson-774, 6-Matt Mitchell-724, 7-Roa-686, 8-C.Williams-556, 9-L.Williams-500, 10-Bernal-417.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 12 - Santa Maria (CA) Speedway - California Sprint Week
Swanson, Cockrum Among Favorites in Large Field For Ted Horn 100
DuQuoin, IL (September 3, 2015)-By Jay Hardin Track Enterprises Staff
Kody Swanson won the Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield in convincing fashion on August 22 as the USAC Silver Crown Series visited the Springfield Mile with the largest field in eight years in attendance. Southern Ilinois native Shane Cockrum made noise as a serious contender for the victory starting on the outside of the front row and leading the first 40 laps. The same cast plus a few extras are expected as the focus of the Silver Crown title chase turns to the beautiful DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the 63rd Ted Horn 100 under the lights September 6.
California’s Swanson is in search of a second consecutive Silver Crown title and has won 5 of the last 6 Silver Crown events on one mile dirt tracks. The lone event escaping his grasp was the 2014 Ted Horn 100 where a faulty belly pan knocked him from contention. The 2010 winner of the Ted Horn 100 returns looking to add to his commanding lead in the point standings.
Defending Ted Horn 100 winner Cockrum had a large crowd dancing in the aisles last year as he became the first driver from the deep southern part of the state to score a 100-mile national championship victory on the “Magic Mile”. The recently appointed fire chief of Benton won earlier at Terre Haute in a car purchased by his owners from Tony Stewart Racing.
Other former winners of the Ted Horn 100 expected include Rick Hood (1985) of Memphis, TN, Russ Gamester (1997) of Peru, IN, Rich Tobias (2003) of Annville, PA, Shane Cottle (2007) of Kokomo, IN, Brian Tyler (2008) and Chris Urish (2013).
Illinois drivers were well represented at Springfield with 12 on the pre-race entry list. In addition to Cockrum, A.J. Fike (Galesburg), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), Terry Babb (Decatur), Chris Windom (Canton), Levi Jones (Swansea), Tad Roach (Granite City), J.C. Bland (Springfield, Joey Moughan (Springfield) and Steven Russell (Springfield) were all on the pre-race entry list. Windom is a past winner in the series and led several circuits at Springfield while Jones is a two-time series champ and a past winner of the Hoosier Hundred. Fike is a two-time winner at Springfield and won the ARCA stock car race on Sunday at the Illinois State Fair.
USAC regulars heading for Southern Illinois include Dave Darland, 1997 USAC Silver Crown champ and Jerry Coons, Jr. 2008 USAC Silver Crown champ. Several younger drivers are becoming a force in the big cars as well, including C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant. Murphysboro native Randy Bateman is on the mend and stepped out of his ride at Springfield, placing talented second generation driver Casey Shuman behind the wheel.
The USAC Silver Crown Series appears headed in a direction of growth and re-birth after series director Andy Hillenburg, a former Silver Crown pilot himself, took over nearly two years ago. His leadership combined with commitment from teams and promoters have led to increased car counts at nearly every venue in 2015 with the Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield being pointed to as a breakthrough event. It is entirely possible that DuQuoin could have an entry list equal to or exceeding that of the sister fair to the north. At press time 31 cars had pre-entered with more possible on race day.
The 2014 event was one for the history books. After a light rain shower forced a small delay in the festivities, a real cushion developed in practice and never left even after 100-miles of pounding from the big dirt cars. Unlike 2013, fuel did not become a concern at the end and jumble the standings. Last year saw seven lead changes, several cautions and a red flag before Cockrum emerged victorious and revived a tradition as he and the entire crew took a dip in the infield lake!
This year’s event promises to be just as exciting with the potential for a large field of cars and the possibility of the first semi-feature since 2007. Practice for the 63rd Ted Horn 100 begins at 5 p.m. September 6 with qualifications at 6 and the 100-mile event starting at 8.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-12.642; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-12.725; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.892; 4. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.912; 5. Scotty Weir, 5, Baldwin-12.991; 6. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.040; 7. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-13.110; 8. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.120; 9. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.185; 10. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-13.209; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.212; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.248; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.281; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 29x, Dawkins-13.288; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23e, Eberhardt-13.301; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.337; 17. Ryan Bernal, 11, Walker-13.347; 18. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.413; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.415; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.447; 21. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.466; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.532; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41K, SST-13.557; 24. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-13.611; 25. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.631; 26. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10E, Edison-13.654; 27. Brian Karraker, 29, Jarrett-13.683; 28. Kody Swanson, 32M, Marshall-13.831; 29. Joe Bares, 19, Test-13.833; 30. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-13.913; 31. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.939; 32. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.969; 33. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.001; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.007; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.035; 36. Frank Flud, 41, SST-14.140; 37. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-14.406; 38. Colten Cottle, 42, Jackson-14.559; 39. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.880; 40. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-15.020; 41. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Robbins, 3. Weir, 4. McGhee, 5. Andretti, 6. Ballou, 7. Farney, 8. Darland, 9. Harris, 10. Hewitt, 11. Bares. 2:17.28
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Meseraull, 4. Coons, 5. Mattox, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Gurley, 8. Spencer, 9. Ted Hines, 10. C. Cottle. 2:15.54
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Courtney, 4. Boespflug, 5. Thomas, 6. Karraker, 7. Hery, 8. DiMattia, 9. Bell, 10. Ketcham. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Grant, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Short, 7. Swanson, 8. Price-Miller, 9. Smith, 10. Flud. 2:16.11
QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Spencer, 4. Hewitt, 5. C. Cottle, 6. DiMattia, 7. Bell. 2:21.14
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Short, 4. Andretti, 5. Ballou, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Gurley, 8. Thomas, 9. Mattox, 10. Farney, 11. Swanson, 12. Spencer, 13. Smith, 14. Hery, 15. Harris, 16. Price-Miller, 17. Ted Hines, 18. Hewitt, 19. Karraker, 20. Bares. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Brady Short, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. 17. Max McGhee, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Brian Karraker, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 22. Kyle Robbins, 23. Ryan Bernal, 24. Justin Grant. NT
**Ballou flipped during qualifying. Ketcham flipped during the third heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Windom, Laps 28-30 Stockon.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,683; 2-Stockon-1,625; 3-Darland-1,594; 4-Bacon-1,532; 5-Stanbrough-1,420; 6-Thomas-1,296; 7-Windom-1,154; 8-Leary-1,115; 9-Hines-1,071; 10-Grant-998.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 29 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"
BALLOU STARTS SMACKDOWN IV WITH 9TH SPRINT CAR WIN OF 2015
Kokomo, Indiana...Robert Ballou continued his dream season and started off "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" in fine shape as he captured Thursday night's 30-lap feature at Kokomo Speedway. The Rocklin, California driver made it nine wins for the year, a mark only reached eleven previous times in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history.
Chase Stockon out-gunned polesitter Tyler Courtney to take the early lead, with Brady Bacon joining them before a red flag appeared on lap two. It came out just two laps later as seventh-running C.J. Leary caught the gnarly turn-one cushion and barrel-rolled into turn-two. He was unhurt.
Stockon held the lead as Courtney took second and left Bacon, who was having issues negotiating the curb himself. He dropped spots to ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Kyle Cummins and Ballou. On lap eight, Courtney jumped to the high side in turns one and two, but it bit him. He snapped sideways and nearly saved it before catching the wall and flopping over, collecting sixth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the process. Courtney walked away, and Thomas restarted at the tail.
While things were fairly calm up front, the show was being put on by Thursday's winner Chris Windom and provisional starter Brady Short. They stormed through the field, with Short using the lower half of the track while Windom ventured above the cushion to run all the way up to sixth. Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. raced for fourth as Stockon continued to hold command at the front of the field. Ballou took second with ten to go and caught a caution with nine laps to go.
Ballou stalked Stockon and ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 24, as they came to the line side-by-side for the lead with Stockon .010 seconds ahead. Ballou swept underneath him through turns one and two with the lead and began to put distance between himself and Stockon. Windom had taken fifth but then bicycled violently on the cushion and dropped two spots. Short took advantage, sticking his nose in the battle for a top-five.
National point leader Ballou was flawless in the closing laps, taking a .957-second win in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.
"I know there's a lot of people up here who don't want me to win, but we gotta keep racking these wins up if I'm gonna catch Dave Darland on the all-time win list. It was a challenge for us early, but I knew if I could get through some laps, we would be in good shape. If I wasn't so fat, maybe we wouldn't have that issue. You gotta bide your time in some races, and tonight we just had to get closer to the end. I got off the bottom once and it was a mistake, but I went back down and we were good there. The track definitely threw us a curveball tonight, but they got it racy and we made the most of it," Ballou said.
Stockon capped a fine night that moved him back up to second in points with the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
"To win up here is really difficult, and we were close tonight. It's really frustrating to lead all that way and have him go by us late, but he's going good right now. We could run up and kiss the top in one and two, but that dried up some on us, and it blew off pretty good through three and four. We just got too free towards the end. He kept his car stuck down low, and we couldn't quite do that. We're getting there, but need to fine-tune it to get a win here," Stockon said.
Bacon came home third in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar. "This place keeps you on your toes, and obviously tonight was a little different than you usually see here. I thought I had it going pretty good up top early, but then as it slicked up getting to it and the curb got bigger, I just got too tight on it and almost crashed a few times. The track moved around quite a bit, and you had to keep up with it. The top wasn't the fastest place to be tonight and we didn't get it tight enough, but we got a good solid finish out of it," Bacon said. Cummins came home fourth in the Rock Steady Racing - Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins, and Short's run from 24th ended up fifth in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe's Body & Glass #11P Maxim/Spec. Windom's drive from 17th to 7th earned him the TeamVWAudi.com "Hard Charger Award" presented by Maxim Chassis. In the night's Competition Suspension (CSI) Heat Races, Dave Darland won Hinchman Indy Heat 1, Scotty Weir won STIDA.com Heat 2, Windom won Loudpedal Productions Heat 3, and Jarett Andretti won Racers Storage Heat 4. In the night's Semi-Feature, Hunter Schuerenberg won the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer. Max McGhee took the night's Pace Performance Coatings "Hard Work Award" as the slowest qualifier to make the night's feature. Shane Cottle took the Arizona Sport Shirts prize as the first non-transfer.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.269; 2. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-13.272; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.331; 4. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.342; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.369; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.417; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.424; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.427; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.510; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.521; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.530; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.541; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.546; 14. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.556; 15. Cole Ketcham, 41K, SST-13.578; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 29, Dawkins-13.579; 17. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.584; 18. Scotty Weir, 5, Baldwin-13.591; 19. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.660; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.675; 21. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.704; 22. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.740; 23. Kody Swanson, 32m, Marshall-13.761; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.766; 25. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.774; 26. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.777; 27. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.845; 28. Ryan Bernal, 11, Walker-13.868; 29. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-13.919; 30. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.942; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-13.969; 32. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.982; 33. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-13.994; 34. Ted Hines, 12H, Hines-14.026; 35. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.065; 36. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.134; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.189; 38. Colten Cottle, 42, Jackson-14.250; 39. Frank Flud, 41, SST-14.381; 40. Joe Bares 19, Test Motorsports-14.539; 41. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.594; 42. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.676; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.797; 44. Chris Phillips, 1G, Gormly-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. McGhee, 4. Shuman, 5. Coons, 6. Gurley, 7. Farney, 8. Cummins, 9. Spencer, 10. Price-Miller, 11. Simon. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Grant, 3. Bacon, 4. Karraker, 5. Boespflug, 6. S.Cottle, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Robbins, 9. Ted Hines, 10. DiMattia, 11. C.Cottle. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Thomas, 3. Courtney, 4. Leary, 5. Ketcham, 6. Swanson, 7. Hery, 8. Hewitt, 9. Smith, 10. Flud, 11. Bell. 2:16.98
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Mattox, 3. Stockon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Short, 6. Bernal, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Harris, 10. Bares. 2:18.63
C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Ted Hines, 3. Spencer, 4, Bares, 5. Flud, 6. Bell, 7. DiMattia, 8. Farney. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Cummins, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Coons, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Short, 9. Ketcham, 10. Bernal, 11. Robbins, 12. Swanson, 13. Price-Miller, 14. Spencer, 15. Hery, 16. Gurley, 17. Smith, 18. Hewitt, 19. Bares, 20. Ted Hines. 2:45.70
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brady Short, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Brian Karraker, 24. Tracy Hines. NT
**Phillips flipped during qualifying. Karraker flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Leary flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 8 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-24 Stockon, Laps 25-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Ballou-1,646, 2-Stockon-1,553; 3-Darland-1,527; 4-Bacon-1,483, 5-Stanbrough-1,368; 6-Thomas-1,279; 7-Windom-1,094, 8-Leary-1,081, 9-Tracy Hines-1,013, 10-Grant-976.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 28 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"
RICO'S LATE-RACE MAGIC LANDS LINCOLN MIDGET WIN
Abbottstown, Pennsylvania......Rico Abreu wowed the Lincoln Speedway crowd with a late-race charge to steal the lead from Bryan Clauson on Lap 29, taking his second-straight Honda National Midget win on the Pennsylvania swing on Wednesday night.
Jerry Coons, Jr. grabbed the lead from outside the front-row as everyone scrambled behind him for top-five positions, with Abreu slicing from row-three to second, ahead of Clauson. After an early caution, Clauson moved by Abreu for second. The race's middle section staged a duel for the lead between Coons and Clauson, while Abreu fought his teammate Christopher Bell for third.
As they approached traffic, Clauson snuck under Coons for the lead on Lap 14. Coons was not done, though, and he came right back after Clauson, taking the lead on Lap 16 as they split a lapped car off turn-two. He marched away with the lead while Clauson fell into the clutches of Bell, who darted by him for second on Lap 20, just before a caution flew for Tanner Thorson, who flattened a tire running fifth. That reverted back a lap, so Clauson restarted second with 11 to go.
Clauson shadowed Coons inside the final ten laps as Abreu and Bell continued their battle for third, with Abreu up high and Bell down against the guardrail. With six laps to go, Bell spun to the inside in turn-four, setting up a final run to the checkers with Coons leading Clauson and Abreu.
Coons ran the bottom on the restart before moving up to the top of turn-one on lap 25, holding his lead over Clauson. As they completed that lap, Clauson had a run and hit the high side of turn-one as Coons tried to hit the bottom, with the first sounds of trouble under the hood of the Heffner #27 spelling doom for Coons.
Clauson appeared to have things under control, but Abreu had gotten his momentum up on the high side and ran him down as they came to two-to-go. Abreu went to the outside of Clauson in an all-out drag race to the turn-one cushion, with Clauson sliding up just behind Abreu and through the cushion, giving Abreu a healthy advantage as he raced away. It ended up a .580-second advantage for Abreu, who made it five wins on the season and 13 for his career, tying Don Meacham, Stevie Reeves, Steve Knepper, and Ryan Newman for 49th on the all-time list.
Abreu stopped on the fronstretch in front of a loud Lincoln Speedway crowd to celebrate his win in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I knew he would hear me eventually up there, but I was making sure when I got to him that I would be gone fast enough. Bryan moved back down after he got Jerry, and I just got a couple really perfect laps up there where I didn't get up too high and into any loose stuff. I knew it was tricky down low; we were having trouble keeping it where it needed to be. You could really hammer it up top there when it cleaned off and got wide, and that was about as fun as it gets at the end. He is a clean racer and left me just enough room for us to get through there. It's awesome to be out here and have that crowd reaction; it makes this whole trip worthwhile to see these tracks and race in front of such great fans," Abreu said.
Clauson, who set the night's ProSource "Fast Time" to break Parnelli Jones' track record in the only previous USAC Midget visit back in 1964, finished second in the Dooling Machine - Jonathan Byrd's Racing #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, looking a bit surprised and obviously dejected at the turn of events in the closing laps.
"I guess sometimes you make the wrong decision and end up getting beat, and that's pretty much how tonight went. I felt like I was working awfully hard up top to get by Jerry, so after I went by him, I guess I left the door open for him to get me. It was a lot of fun racing with Jerry, and it's cool to come to a place like this and show them what midget racing is all about," Clauson said.
Tracy Hines made a late charge to take over third after starting eighth in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
"I saw Rico go to the top, so I jumped up there too and it got us up to third. We got into that crash in the heat race, and had to play catch-up from there for the rest of the night. We probably left a little on the table with the car with replacing other parts and an issue with a bleeder during the B. We got it all fixed and ready, so it was a good run from there," Hines said.
National Midget point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. came from tenth to finish fourth in the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Alex Bright charged from 12th to round out the top-five in the Action Track USA - PXP Racewear #77 Elite/Fontana.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2015 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-15.804 (New Track Record); 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.821; 4. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.887; 5. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-15.936; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-16.006; 7. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.035; 8. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-16.049; 9. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-16.073; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.101; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-16.139; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.170; 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-16.202; 14. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-16.225; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.240; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-16.244; 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-16.270; 18. Ryan Watt, 20, RT Racing-16.276; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.334; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-16.334; 21. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-16.360; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.363; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-16.376; 24. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-16.386; 25. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-16.427; 26. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-16.522; 27. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-16.543; 28. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-16.890; 29. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-17.009; 30. Pete Pavlick, 69, Jackson-17.597; 31. Jim Jackson, 96, Jackson-19.064
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Pauch, 4. Wean, 5. Kobylarz, 6. Arndt, 7. Speers, 8. Kunsman. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Watt, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Abreu, 5. Greth, 6. DiMattia, 7. B. Buckwalter. 2:11.37
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. T. Buckwalter, 3. Chapple, 4. Bayston, 5. Hines, 6. Gargiulo, 7. J. Jackson, 8. Thorson. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. A. Bright, 3. Drevicki, 4. B. Bright, 5. Wanner, 6. S. Jackson, 7. Radney. 2:09.02 (New Track Record)
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Thorson, 3. Hines, 4. DiMattia, 5. Wanner, 6. Greth, 7. Arndt, 8. Gargiulo, 9. S. Jackson, 10. B. Buckwalter, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. J. Jackson. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Alex Bright, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Steven Drevicki, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr., 17. Ryan Watt, 18. Brett Arndt, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Brett Wanner, 22. Tim Buckwalter, 23. Tony DiMattia. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Coons, Laps 14-15 Clauson, Laps 16-25 Coons, Laps 26-28 Clauson, Laps 29-30 Abreu.
ABREU BLAZES TO PATH VALLEY MIDGET WIN
Spring Run, Pennsylvania.....Rico Abreu was a welcome visitor to the Pennsylvania racing fans, and he made them happy with an entertaining win in Tuesday night's return of the Honda Midget National Championship to the Keystone State at Path Valley Speedway Park. The 2014 series champion from Rutherford, California made it four wins on the year, as he held off his teammates in the 30-lapper aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"It's awesome to be out here and be able to win in front of fans like these. I've been really looking forward to this week racing on dirt in Pennsylvania, so hopefully I can win a few and have fun. It's great to race hard like that with your teammates. Being the leader the last half of that race, you're just not sure where to go. Christopher was dive-bombing me, but I didn't know exactly how he was running. After he passed me, he went straight to the top of three and four right before the caution came out, so I knew that's where he was running. Races play out that way sometimes. They worked in my favor tonight," Abreu said of his 12th career National Midget win, which tied him for 53rd all-time among the group of Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Danny Caruthers, Jeff Gordon, Ron Shuman, Russ Gamester, and Kyle Larson.
Tracy Hines got the lead on the first corner as fellow front-row starter Nick Wean nearly spun out, but Tanner Thorson was flying to the front, just in time to lead the opening lap in the #67. Abreu moved to second on lap-two, but their teammate Christopher Bell had all eyes on him, as he came from the 13th starting spot. In just three laps, Bell was up to sixth.
A hectic pace early saw the four Kunz teammates find the top four spots, with Bell running the high side past Kevin Thomas, Jr. into third. Fellow row-seven starter Bryan Clauson was also on the move, as he was working into fifth on lap 13 when he slowed with electrical issues and brought out a caution.
Abreu made quick work of Thorson for the lead after the restart, and Thomas, Jr. was moving on the high side to challenge Thorson for second. On lap 15, the two made contact with Thorson spinning to bring out the second caution of the race.
Thomas, Jr. took advantage of the restart, moving in on Abreu for the lead, as the two were nearly even on lap 19 before Thomas threw a slider and led lap 20. Abreu came back at him and a duel for the lead looked to be coming, but a car spun near the back of the field to bring out the caution and revert back to eleven laps to go.
Now, it was Bell's turn to be on the charge, as he got his momentum going around the high side and took second from Thomas, Jr. a couple laps later before cutting into Abreu's lead. Bell went by Abreu for the lead on lap 25, but Abreu countered.
Bell came at him again on lap 26, setting up a slider into turn-one on lap 27 to take the lead before a final caution appeared, this time for sixth-running Tyler Thomas, who broke a rear end.
With the lead returned to Abreu, he nailed the restart and was unchallenged over the final five laps to win by .852 seconds over Bell, who passed eleven cars to earn his second-place finish in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I could really just go anywhere early in that race, and with some marbles in the middle of the track, they were going high and low so I just went through the middle. I found open lanes early and that helped get up through there. The yellows were so frustrating tonight. Just when I got my momentum or had a chance to pass for the lead and get away, there one would come. Hopefully they work out better for me next time," Bell said.
Thomas, Jr. came home third and found himself back atop the series standings with the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I was searching early to find someplace to run, and then Bell railed me up high and I knew we had to get going. I showed Rico the top when I went by him, and the caution to put me back behind him hurt. I got a bad restart and lost that spot to Bell, and beyond that we were pretty close in speed. I hate saying it was a good points night, but we had a solid night, and our goal is to win a championship, ultimately. You have to take advantage of nights like these," Thomas, Jr. said.
Spencer Bayston made a nice run from 11th to come home fourth in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation Services #39 Spike/Esslinger, and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises - Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2015 - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - Path Valley Speedway Park
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.422; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.479; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-11.549; 4. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.553; 5. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-11.615; 6. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-11.627; 7. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.674; 8. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-11.696; 9. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-11.706; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-11.735; 11. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-11.756; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-11.768; 13. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-11.780; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-11.809; 15. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.866; 16. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-11.869; 17. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-11.889; 18. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-11.892; 19. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-11.897; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-11.905; 21. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-12.073; 22. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-12.075; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-12.080; 24. Brett Arndt, 46x, Arndt-12.102; 25. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-12.132; 26. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-12.210; 27. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-12.295; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.302; 29. Justin Grosz, 99G, Grosz-12.332; 30. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-12.521; 31. Kenney Johnson, 46, Johnson-12.539.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wean, 2. Greth, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Drevicki, 6. B. Buckwalter, 7. Jackson, 8. Grosz. 2:02.96
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. S. Buckwalter, 3. Kobylarz, 4. Hines, 5. Chapple, 6. Gargiulo, 7. Heydenreich, 8. Speers. 2:01.22
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Coons, 3. T. Buckwalter, 4. T. Thomas, 5. B. Bright, 6. Wanner, 7. Johnson, 8. Kunsman. 1:59.61
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Abreu, 3. Pauch, 4. Arndt, 5. A. Bright, 6. DiMattia, 7. Radney. 2:00.69
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Drevicki, 2. A. Bright, 3. B. Bright, 4. B. Buckwalter, 5. Gargiulo, 6. Chapple, 7. Wanner, 8. Radney, 9. Jackson, 10. DiMattia, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. Heydenreich. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Billy Pauch, Jr., 8. Brenden Bright, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Steven Drevicki, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Alex Bright, 13. Tim Buckwalter, 14. P.J. Gargiulo, 15. Brett Arndt, 16. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Bryan Clauson, 23. Jim Radney. NT ----------------------------
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Thorson, Laps 14-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas Jr.-573, 2-Hines-564, 3-Abreu-518, 4-Thorson-497, 5-Bayston-475, 6-Coons-472, 7-T.Thomas-462, 8-Bell-381, 9-Darren Hagen-321, 10-Dave Darland-222.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 19 - New Oxford, PA - Lincoln Speedway
DAMION GARDNER GRABS PERRIS VICTORY & USAC/CRA POINT LEAD
By Lance Jennings
AUGUST 17, 2015... Taking the lead from polesitter R.J. Johnson on lap five, Concord California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed Saturday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Perris Auto Speedway. For Gardner, the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory marks his fifth win of the campaign as the series prepares for the “California Sprint Week.” Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Austin Williams, and fast qualifier Mike Spencer chased the defending champion to the checkered flags.
At the drop of starter Kevin Winter’s green flag, Arizona visitor R.J. Johnson grabbed the early lead. With Brody Roa and Matt Mitchell in pursuit, Damion Gardner was moving forward from sixth. By the third circuit, “The Demon” had taken over second and was gaining ground on Johnson. Taking command two laps later, Gardner quickly extended his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Passing slower traffic at will, Damion’s lead was erased by a caution flag on the 20th lap. On the restart, Jake Swanson took over second and set his sights on the leader. Unfortunately for Swanson, a steering issue ended his charge and another yellow flag flew over the speedway. On the restart, Gardner got an excellent jump with Richard Vander Weerd looking to mount a challenge. Vander Weerd inched closer to the leader but jumped the turn one cushion and had to regroup. Gardner escaped and put some distance between himself and the field. Slicing his way past the slower traffic, “The Demon” sailed to the checkered flags.
Special thanks to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Holt raised an additional $11,000 in prize money and each heat race winner took home $300, courtesy of Mark Atchison and AMA Plastics. Other awards were given out and Jake Swanson won the $500 Agajanian / ascotmotorsports.com Mystery Award.
Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner scored his 62nd career USAC/CRA triumph. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” qualified second out of twenty-six racers, placed second in the dash, and ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race. To date, Damion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 115 feature laps led. With the victory, “The Demon” has taken over the point lead as the series heads to Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic.”
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California ran second in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was fourth quick in time trials, won the “2,000 Randy Scofield Dash,” and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Heading to Calistoga, the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four feature wins, five heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led on the season.
Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa took third in Perris 30-lap feature. Racing Lee & Norma Leonard’s #48 HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified fifth overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Leaving Perris ranked seventh in the standings, the former Wagsdash Champion has eight top-10 finishes in the campaign.
Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California charged from fourteenth to fourth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fifteenth fast in time trials and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Heading to Calistoga, the former Rookie of the Year has climbed to fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories and nine top-10 finishes.
Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twenty-third. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his sixty-second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and an extra $500 from the Wilkerson Family. After running fourth in the dash, engine troubles caused an eighth place finish in his heat race. The team went to work on changing their engine and Mike used a provisional for the main event. The five-time champion left Perris ranked second in points with five fast time awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.
On Saturday, September 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the “California Sprint Week” with the 2-day “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga Speedway. Also showcasing the Honda USAC Western Midgets, more event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org, or calling 916.773.7225.
The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
August 15, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.884; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.919; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.994; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.025; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.189; 6. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.232; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.294; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.378; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.397; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.469; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-17.475; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.551; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.603; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.629; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.688; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.764; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.788; 18. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.865; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.946; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.993; 21. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-18.202; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.689; 23. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.795; 24. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.042; 25. Ronnie Williams, 58, Bluntach-19.282; 26. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT.
DASH: (4 laps)
1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Spencer. 1:10.23
EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Ellertson, 7. R.Williams, 8. Spencer, 9. Sweeney. NT
DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. L.Williams, 6. Slack, 7. Bender, 8. Perkins, 9. Tafoya. NT
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Colston, 6. Pelkey, 7. Smith, 8. Collins. 3:07.56
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (8 laps)
1. L.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Colston, 4. Sweeney, 5. Perkins, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Collins, 8. Ellertson, 9. R.Williams, 10. Pelkey, 11. Slack, 12. Smith. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 3. Brody Roa (3rd), 4. Austin Williams (14th), 5. Mike Spencer (23rd), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (12th), 7. Logan Williams (8th), 8. Cody Williams (11th), 9. Josh Pelkey (19th), 10. Matt Mitchell (2nd), 11. Parker Colston (7th), 12. Tommy Malcolm (15th), 13. A.J. Bender (13th), 14. Kenny Perkins (18th), 15. Chris Gansen (16th), 16. Verne Sweeney (17th), 17. Mike Collins (21st), 18. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 19. Ronnie Williams (22nd), 20. R.J. Johnson (1st), 21. Jake Swanson (5th), 22. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 23. Terry Schank Jr. (10th). NT.
**Smith and Slack flipped during the semi.
**Spencer used a provisional.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Johnson, Laps 5-30 Gardner.
DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Mike Spencer (23rd to 5th)
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-663, 2. Mike Spencer-648, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-615, 4. Austin Williams-601, 5. Matt Mitchell-585, 6. Jake Swanson-506, 7. Brody Roa-465, 8. Cody Williams-393, 9. Logan Williams-336, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-280, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-237, 13. Parker Colston-233, 14. Chris Gansen-210, 15. Tommy Malcolm-204, 16. R.J. Johnson-156, 17. Jeremy Ellertson-152, 18. David Bezio-150, 19. Josh Pelkey-148, 20. Brady Bacon-136.
2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
September 5: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week $5,000-to-Win)
September 6: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week / $5,000-to-Win)
September 7: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (California Sprint Week / $3,000-to-Win)
September 10: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $3,000-to-Win)
September 11: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (Jim Turner Memorial / California Sprint Week / $3,000-to-Win)
September 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $3,000-to-Win)
September 19: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 23: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win)
November 13: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $25,000-to-Win)
November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 15, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.884; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.919; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.994; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.025; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.189; 6. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.232; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.294; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.378; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.397; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.469; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-17.475; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.551; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.603; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.629; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.688; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.764; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.788; 18. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.865; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.946; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.993; 21. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-18.202; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.689; 23. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.795; 24. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.042; 25. Ronnie Williams, 58, Bluntach-19.282; 26. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT.
DASH: (4 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Spencer. 1:10.23
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Ellertson, 7. R.Williams, 8. Spencer, 9. Sweeney. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. L.Williams, 6. Slack, 7. Bender, 8. Perkins, 9. Tafoya. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Colston, 6. Pelkey, 7. Smith, 8. Collins. 3:07.56
SEMI: (8 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Colston, 4. Sweeney, 5. Perkins, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Collins, 8. Ellertson, 9. R.Williams, 10. Pelkey, 11. Slack, 12. Smith. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Logan Williams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Matt Mitchell, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Tommy Malcolm, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Kenny Perkins, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Mike Collins, 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 19. Ronnie Williams, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 23. Terry Schank Jr. NT
**Smith and Slack flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Johnson, Laps 5-30 Gardner.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:
NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 5 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”
STRONG ILLINI CONTINGENT EYES "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100"
Illinois will be well represented in the August 22 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, round eight of the 2015 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series.
Continuing a tradition dating all the way back to 1934, the annual auto racing spectacular unfolds on the one-mile dirt oval with morning practice at 10 am and for the first time in years the event is expected to include a last-chance race due to the influx of entries expected. A 100-mile feature concludes the action.
Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. is the most recent series winner, claiming the 50-lap "Hustle on the High Banks" at Belleville, Kans. July 31. He is sixth in the current standings.
Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. won last year's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fair and shares the Illinois spotlight for Saturday's race.
Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., USAC's 2010 and 2011 Silver Crown Champion, will continue his quest for his initial Illinois Silver Crown victory, although he is a former winner of the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis.
Chris Urish of Elkhart, Ill. hopes to rekindle the fire which sparked his victory in the 2013 "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fair.
A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill., fourth in the current standings, may be the strongest Illini candidate for victory Saturday. He won the 2012 and 2013 "Tony Bettenhausen 100."
Other possible Illini hopefuls Saturday include J.C. Bland, Steven Russell and Jim Moughan of Springfield, Tad Roach of Granite City, Terry Babb of Decatur and Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville.
Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. tops the Silver Crown points ahead of runner-up Jerry Coons Jr. and third-ranking Aaron Pierce. Swanson has been dominant the past two years, claiming the 2014 title and winning six of the last 10 series dirt races, including last year's "Tony Bettenhausen 100."
Coons finished second at Belleville and third at Terre Haute this year, while Pierce was second in the "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis and has "top-10s" in six of the seven races so far this season.
America's most revered dirt-track specialists have excelled in the Springfield race. Former winners include Indianapolis 500 winners Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnnie Parsons, Rodger Ward, Sam Hanks, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser, plus current NASCAR regulars Cole Whitt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley.
2015 USAC Silver Crown Series Standings: 1-Kody Swanson-374, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-310, 3-Aaron Pierce-298, 4-A.J. Fike-292, 5-C.J. Leary-219, 6-Chris Windom-207, 7-Austin Nemire-206, 8-David Byrne-204, 9-Rex Norris III-204, 10-Jacob Wilson-203.
ENTRY LIST FOR THE "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100"
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL
Patrick Lawson/Mittler Brothers – Rebel Smokers/DRC/Chevy
3 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL
RFMS Racing/Liberty Village – McGladrey/Eagle/Foxco
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL
Bland Brothers Enterprises/Sam’s Speed Shop/Drinan/BBE Chevy
7 BRIAN TYLER/Pleasant Garden, NC
Classy Chassy/Club 164/Beast/VanDyne Chevy
8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Chris Carli/Finish Line Racing Equipment - Hinchman Indy/Beast/Chevy
14 CHASE STOCKON/Elizabethtown, IN
Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports – Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy
16 REX NORRIS III/Knightstown, IN
Rex Norris III/R.Norris Company – Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country/J & J/Chevy
17 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL
RW-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records – Steele Performance Parts/Beast/Toyota
18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY
Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool – KVKK Racing/Beast/Chevy
19 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Marc Longworth/Apple Metal Polishing – S & S Graphics/Beast/Speedway Toyota
20 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ
Nolen Racing/KECO – Columbus Container/Eagle/Chevy
Swanson Racing/Rosewood Machine & Tool/Beast/Chevy
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO
Todd Satterthwaite/Todd’s Machine Shop/Magnum/Chevy
26 AARON PIERCE/Marion, IN
Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet – G & G Oil/Beast/Chevy
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL
Joey Moughan/Ciltrak – Moughan Electric/Beast/Claxton Mopar
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Toyota
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country – Bytec Resource Management/Maxim/Chevy
41 STEVEN RUSSELL/Springfield, IL
McQuinn Motorsports/Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO
Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza – DMR Motorsports/Beast/Chevy
48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
Paul Martens/Martens Machine Shop – Womak Machine Supply/DRC/Chevy
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN
Gamester Racing/JCF Residences/GRP/Toyota
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Chevy
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ
Patty Bateman/Chances Chassis Repair/Beast/Chevy
56 RICKEY HOOD/Memphis, TN
Foxco Motorsports/Jarvis Plastic Express – Fox Construction/Beast/Foxco Chevy
57 LEVI JONES/Swansea, IL
Jack Rogers/Jack Rogers Realtors – Country Financial/Beast/Mopar
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital – Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Chevy
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services – Four Seasons Ace Hardware/Maxim/Chevy
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL
Chris Urish/Elkhart Fertilizer – Hoosier Tire/Beast/Foxco Chevy
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines – QS Components/Maxim/Chevy
84 TAD ROACH/Granite City, IL
Scott Spivey/Mark & Larry Spivey- Schenk Professional Services/Lloyd/Chevy
88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile – F & S Collision/Beast/Foxco
91 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
Hemelgarn Enterprises/Hemelgarn Enterprises/J & J/Ford
98 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/Mopar
00 TERRY BABB/Deactur, IL
Terry Babb/APT Powder Coating – Flat-Out Ministries/Beast/Chevy
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN
Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star – Gott Eyez/Beast/Toyota
117 RICHIE TOBIAS/Lebanon, PA
Richie Tobias/Action Track USA/Tobias/Chevy
153 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
Tom Capie/Twin Peaks – Elliott’s Custom Trailers/Beast/Chevy
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 9, 2015 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - Angell Park Speedway
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.796 (New Track Record); 2. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.880; 3. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.950; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.996; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.999; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.002; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.003; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.039; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.085; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.147; 11. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-14.229; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-14.314; 13. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.415; 14. Steve Irwin, 0x, Flying Zero-14.454; 15. Joe Bares, 19, Test-14.553; 16. Brian Kristan, 5K, Kristan-14.583; 17. Ray Seach, 16, Lehr-14.631; 18. Ryan Irwin, 56, Irwin-14.860; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-15.106; 20. Doug Schenck, 9A, Hunt-15.110; 21. Rick Kelsey, 11K, RK Motorsports-15.249; 22. Craig Lager, 52, Lager-15.268; 23. Jim Scanlon, 5J, Scanlon-15.468; 24. Tony Rost, 99, Rost-NT; 25. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-NT
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Hines, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Kristan, 5. S. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. Bacon, 8. Lager. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. S. Irwin, 4. Seach, 5. Scanlon, 6. Balog, 7. Grant, 8. Schenck. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Andretti, 4. Farney, 5. R. Irwin, 6. Bares, 7. Kelsey, 8. Rost. 2:28.06
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Grant, 3. Balog, 4. Bares, 5. Windom, 6. Kelsey, 7. Rost, 8. Schenck, 9. Lager. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Joe Bares, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tony Rost, 15. Brian Kristan, 16. Rick Kelsey, 17. Jim Scanlon, 18. Steve Irwin, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Ray Seach, 21. Bill Balog, 22. Ryan Irwin. NT
**Schriever flipped during qualifying. Balog flipped on lap 3 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Leary, Laps 18-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,523; 2-Stockon-1,430; 3-Darland-1,429; 4-Bacon-1,357; 5-Stanbrough-1,300; 6-K.Thomas-1,212; 7-Leary-1,050; 8-Windom-978; 9-Hines-954; 10-Grant-936.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 26 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway
STEVE HOWARD FUND ESTABLISHED TO COMPLEMENT CALISTOGA'S "LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC"
A special fund to honor the memory of the late Steve Howard has been established to benefit participants in the upcoming 8th Annual "Louie Vermeil Classic" USAC events at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway.
The target is to be able to award each night's feature winners with a $10,000 paycheck. The Midgets currently are slated for $10,000 to win while the Steve Howard Fund hopefully will generate the additional boost to also provide for $10,000 paychecks for the Sprint winners.
Howard, a noted authority on the history of sprint racing in California, passed away last December and his support of motorsports was legendary. It was his impetus which helped create the "Louie Vermeil Classic" and he raised thousands of dollars every year for the Glenn Howard Memorial race, named after his father.
A long-time participant himself, Steve continued his passion for the sport assisting his father at So. Cal Performance in Downey, Calif. supplying parts and advice on setups.
The September 5-6 Calistoga program features both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Honda USAC Western Midgets in two nights of spectacular racing action on one of America's most exciting half-mile dirt ovals.
All proceeds raised through this Steve Howard Fund will be directed to the event to elevate the sprint car purses and create a "Steve Howard Racer's Award Bonus."
Details regarding donations to the Steve Howard Fund will be announced soon and can be found by contacting HMC Promotions at 900 Riverside Avenue, Roseville, Calif. 95678 or by calling HMC at 916-772-8722.
In 2014 Rico Abreu (Sprints and Midgets) and Christopher Bell (Sprints and Midgets) prevailed in the Calistoga races. Previous winners include Abreu and Kyle Larson (2013 Midgets), Bud Kaeding and Larson (2013 Sprints), Evan Margeson and Abreu (2012 Midgets), Ryan Bernal and Kyle Hirst (2012 Sprints), Scott Pierovich and Johnathan Henry (2011 Midgets), Robert Ballou and Mike Spencer (2011 Sprints), Robby Josett and Cory Kruseman (2010 Midgets), Damion Gardner (two 2010 Sprints), Garrett Hansen and Josh Ford (2009 Midgets), Kevin Swindell and Spencer (2009 Sprints), Johnny Rodriguez (two 2008 Midgets) and Tim Kaeding and Kevin Swindell (2008 Sprints).
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 38th "Belleville Midget Nationals"
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 3. Warren Johnson (#926 Frewaldt), 4. C.J. Johnson (#45x Martin), 5. Phillip Davis (#11 Gehrke), 6. Robert Bell (#71x Bell), 7. Patrick Lawson (#0B Zero), 8. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple). 2:25.22
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Christopher Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Matt Johnson (#85 Central Motorsports), 5. Garett Hood (#727 McMillan), 6. Jeff Stasa (#91 SBR), 7. Kyle Jones (#69x Hefner), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#27 Heffner), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 5. Chad Frewaldt (#75 Frewaldt), 6. Aaron Schuck (#53 SET), 7. Hunter Fischer (#24F Fischer), 8. Morgan Frewaldt (#313 Frewaldt). NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Cody Brewer (#96 Central Motorsports), 5. Patrick Stasa (#19s SBR), 6. Tyler Dunkle (#0D Zero), 7. Michelle Decker (#4m Meents), 8. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson). 2:24.78
POLE DASH: (6 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Clauson, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. Hines, 7. C.Bell, 8. Darland. 1:49.81
B DASH: (6 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Daum, 3. C.J. Johnson. 4. T.Thomas, 5. M.Johnson, 6. Brewer, 7. W.Johnson, 8. Buckwalter. NT
LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. P.Stasa, 2. C.Frewaldt, 3. J.Stasa, 4. Jones, 5. Chapple, 6. Decker, 7. Hood, 8. Gehrke, 9. Schuck, 10. Murdock, 11. Davis, 12. R.Bell, 13. M.Frewaldt, 14. Fischer, 15. Dunkle, 16. Lawson. NT
FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Zach Daum, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Cody Brewer, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Patrick Stasa, 13. Jeff Stasa, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Johnson. 16. Michelle Decker, 17. Chett Gehrke, 18. Chad Frewaldt, 19. Matt Johnson, 20. Kyle Jones, 21. Steve Buckwalter, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Garett Hood, 24. Warren Johnson. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Clauson.
NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-513, 2-K.Thomas Jr.-506, 3-Thorson-449, 4-Abreu-448, 5-T.Thomas-442, 6-Bayston-419, 7-Coons-413, 8-Darren Hagen-321, 9-C.Bell-316, 10-Darland-222.
NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 18 - Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park
WINDOM FINISHES THE DEAL, WINS BELLEVILLE'S "HUSTLE ON THE HIGHBANKS"
Belleville, Kansas.......After a heartbreaking defeat in last year's "Hustle on the High Banks" at the Belleville High Banks, Chris Windom sealed the deal on Thursday night with a wire-to-wire win in the 50-lapper for the Silver Crown Series. The Canton, Illinois driver made it his second career victory in dominating fashion aboard the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/Mopar.
"After that last caution, I was just waiting on something to happen like last year. But Rob Hart gave me a great car, and I want to thank Fred Gormly and Tom Bliss for putting me in this car and giving me the opportunity to give them this win. I don't know if you can really put this place into words. I try to be steady and smooth and on the gas, and it surely helps to be out front, which was where I planned to stay all race. I finally told myself to calm down when I was basically catching the whole field, but it was kinda sketchy riding behind those guys as they're banging off the fence, so in that sense I was happy to see the caution. I backed it way down the last couple laps with such a big lead," Windom said.
Windom took the ProSource "Fast Time Award" and jumped into the lead at the first corner as Jerry Coons, Jr. pressured Kody Swanson for the runner-up spot on the opening lap. Windom quickly opened up his advantage as Coons, Swanson, Justin Grant, and Shane Cockrum fell in order on the high side around the top.
Windom took less than ten laps to reach the back end of the field, but his lead only grew. At lap 20, his lead was over five seconds as Kevin Thomas, Jr., C.J. Leary, and Brady Bacon had the best battle on the track for sixth through eighth, as Windom had lapped the rest of the field already.
Grant was pressuring Swanson through traffic as second through fifth all raced together. Grant took the third spot on lap 34 just as Windom rapped the outside guardrail in turn-four while working lapped traffic. He recovered and continued to build his lead.
With 9 laps to go, sixth-running Thomas, Jr. tried to throw a slider on Cockrum and spun in the middle of the track through turns one and two. That erased Windom's 14-second lead and gave Coons and Grant a chance at him, although Windom had two lapped cars between himself and them.
Windom immediately stretched his lead, but his final two laps slowed quite a bit as he crossed the line 1.297 seconds ahead of Coons, who brought home his best finsh of the season while taking over second in the points in the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.
"They were in a league of their own tonight. We weren't quite how I needed to be to run where he was through three and four, but even if we were a bit better, I'm not sure I had it in me to run it like he was. It can be very tough to pass here, so I knew the start would be important, and working traffic was difficult. I tried to be smart and do it right when going by those guys. Traffic may have helped me stay ahead of those guys through the race. You're so close to the wall, and if you get a push in these cars, it's very uncomfortable. That's the biggest thing here, so it's a fine line of being fast and being in the fence," Coons said.
Grant filled the podium with his best career Silver Crown finish in the Chris Carli Motorsports - Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy.
"This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. I like places that are on the fence and slick, and then in the feature I realized just how extreme it was. It was a blast, just a lot of fun. I was trying to catch Kody, and even Jerry, in traffic just right or take advantage when he was working around them. I felt pretty good moving around. Windom obviously had us all covered, but other than that, I felt really good. Obviously, when you're working hard and doing something, you expect to do well with it, but this is better than we expected to be out of the gate with this team, and it's been really rewarding," Grant said.
Series point leader and defending race winner Swanson finished fourth in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire, and Cockrum rounded out the top-five in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.
USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 31, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - "Hustle on the High Banks"
QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.356; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.587; 3. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-17.745; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.761; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.825; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy Boys-17.844; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.911; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.026; 9. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.061; 10. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-18.118; 11. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.255; 12. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.278; 13. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-18.825; 14. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-19.529; 15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-19.739; 16. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-19.938; 17. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-20.679.
FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Aaron Pierce, 11. A.J. Fike, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Rex Norris III, 14. Terry James, 15. Chris Fetter, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Patrick Lawson. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Windom.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-K.Swanson-374, 2-Coons-310, 3-Pierce-298, 4-Fike-292, 5-Leary-219, 6-Windom-207, 7-Nemire-206, 8-David Byrne-204, 9-Norris-204, 10-Jacob Wilson-203.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: August 22 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Tony Bettenhausen 100"
1. Robert Ballou 1774
2. Chase Stockon 1730
3. Dave Darland 1719
4. Brady Bacon 1602
5. Jon Stanbrough 1520
6. Kevin Thomas Jr. 1396
7. Chris Windom 1268
8. C.J. Leary 1198
9. Tracy Hines 1129
10. Justin Grant 1069
1. Tracy Hines 742
2. Tanner Thorson 717
3. Kevin Thomas Jr. 711
4. Rico Abreu 658
5. Spencer Bayston 629
6. Tyler Thomas 609
7. Jerry Coons Jr. 607
8. Christopher Bell 487
9. Darren Hagen 385
10. Steve Buckwalter 345
1. Kody Swanson 557
2. Jerry Coons Jr. 433
3. A.J. Fike 386
4. Chris Windom 351
5. Aaron Pierce 335
6. C.J. Leary 303
7. David Byrne 300
8. Shane Cockrum 297
9. Austin Nemire 283
10. Justin Grant 262
1. Mike Spencer 1052
2. Damion Gardner 1012
3. R. Vander Weerd 958
4. Austin Williams 904
5. Jake Swanson 849
6. Brody Roa 799
7. Matt Mitchell 772
8. Cody Williams 651
9. Logan Williams 577
10. Ryan Bernal 482