WESTERN WORLD MIDGET FINALES AT CANYON THIS WEEK
Honda USAC National Midget point leader Rico Abreu and Western Midget point leader Ronnie Gardner will try to lock up 2014 USAC championships this week as the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" unfold at Canyon Raceway Park in Peoria, Ariz.
Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., is eyeing his initial USAC driving title while Gardner hopes to repeat his 2013 success. Abreu's National point lead over Christopher Bell and Tracy Hines stands at 79 and 81 points respectively. A Hines championship would make him USAC's sixth "Triple Crown Champion," having already won titles in the Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint series.
Gardner, of Norco, Calif., actually is seeking a pair of USAC crowns this week. He currently leads the Western and Western Dirt points with a 36-point margin over Trey Marcham in both.
Abreu started the National campaign with nine consecutive podium finishes and has four feature wins this year, including the prestigious "Belleville Midget Nationals" and the "Indiana Midget Week" crown. Gardner has two wins, four seconds and a third in 10 Western starts. Gardner was eighth in this year's Western opener at Peoria.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Rico Abreu-867, 2-Christopher Bell-788, 3-Tracy Hines-786, 04-Bryan Clauson-744, 5-Zach Daum-663, 6-Chris Windom-594, 7-Tanner Thorson-569, 8-Michael Pickens-499, 9-Dave Darland-419, 10-Andrew Felker-378.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Jarid Blondel-563, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Scott Pierovich-327, 7-Nick Chivello-322, 8-Shannon McQueen-296, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Chris Ennis-216.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-629, 2-Trey Marcham-593, 3-Alex Schutte-390, 4-Jarid Blondel-342, 5-Shannon McQueen-296, 6-Scott Pierovich-288, 7-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 8-Chris Ennis-216, 9-Tyler Dolacki-194, 10-Ricky Shelton-175.
BACON, GARDNER EARN NATIONAL, CRA TITLES; HINES, CLAUSON TAKE ARIZONA "HALL OF FAME" FEATURES
Brady Bacon and Damion Gardner completed 2014 USAC championship seasons last weekend. Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., became USAC's second National Champion from the Sooner State by claiming the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car crown. Gardner earned his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title by a comfortable margin.
Bacon finished seventh in Friday night's 14th Hose Advantage "Hall of Fame" Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. and closed out the season with a third-place finish at the same track Saturday. Gardner finished third and seventh respectively in the two races.
The championships for Bacon's Dynamics, Inc. team and Gardner's Mark Alexander team are the ninth (Dynamics) and third (Alexander) respectively.
Tracy Hines and Bryan Clauson emerged as winners of last weekend's series finales at Peoria. The Friday win was Hines' 47th in National Sprint competition, vaulting him into third place on the all-time list. Clauson's win was his sixth of 2014 and his 31st all-time.
Hines led all 30 laps Friday in his Carolina Nut Company/Hansen's Welding DRC/Stanton Chevy. He was trailed at the checkered flag by Chase Stockon, Gardner, Robert Ballou and R.J. Johnson.
Clauson's wire-to-wire 30-lap Saturday victory in the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing - Chevy Performance Beast/Kistler saw Dave Darland take second ahead of Bacon, Mike Spencer and Jon Stanbrough. The win was car owner Mike Curb's 104th in USAC National competition.
Bacon ended the season with a 56-point edge over Clauson while Gardner's final margin over Spencer in the USAC/CRA points was 269!
Final 2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Brady Bacon-1,974; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,918; 3-Dave Darland-1,885; 4-Jon Stanbrough-1,765; 5-Chase Stockon-1,637; 6-Tracy Hines-1,537; 7-Justin Grant-1,508; 8-Robert Ballou-1,507; 9-Chris Windom-1,374; 10-C.J. Leary-1,337.
Final 2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-1,373, 2-Mike Spencer-1,104, 3-Matt Mitchell-847, 4-Cody Williams-831, 5-Austin Williams-797, 6-Brody Roa-790, 7-Jake Swanson-687, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Ryan Bernal-526.
CLAUSON CAPTURES CANYON; BACON TAKES NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE
Peoria, Arizona…….As the 2014 AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship ended at Canyon Speedway Park’s Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” on Saturday night, Bryan Clauson stood in victory lane with his sixth win of the season as Brady Bacon finished off his first USAC Sprint Car title while also delivering the 10th for famed car entrants Dynamics, Inc. – Hoffman Auto Racing. Bacon finished 56 points ahead of Clauson, who came home second in the standings after back-to-back titles.
Clauson led from outside the front row as the cushion was the fast way around. Bacon moved into second on lap three after an early yellow, and the duo raced away from the field. New track record holder Dave Darland moved to third a short time later, and the second caution near halfway bunched the leaders again.
This time, the leaders found themselves encountering heavy traffic, with Bacon looking low as Clauson tried to slice his way through. Both leaders went to the bottom on lap 25, and Darland hit the top to grab second from Bacon. He had a run on Clauson, too, but the leader was able to clear another lapped car just as the caution flag reappared with five laps to go.
In clear track, Clauson was too much as he added to his Canyon dominance in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler, making it 31 career National Sprint Car wins.
“I just love Canyon Speedway. We may not have won the war, but we won another battle. Tonight wasn’t nearly as easy as the box score will read. I was moving all over trying to find a way through traffic, knowing I had two guys behind me who are just waiting to pounce. I never knew how close they were, but I knew I was probably a sitting duck. I tried to mix it up when I could, but I felt really good in open track,” Clauson said.
Darland finished off another fine year with his runner-up finish in the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco.
“I don’t know what would have happened, but I know my opportunities were better if we had stayed in traffic those last five laps. But we had a shot at it, and the track was racy and getting better as it went. Traffic put us in position to take second and have a shot at the win, too. I’m so proud of my team, and what we’ve been able to accomplish racing against the caliber of racers and teams out here. It’s fun racing with those guys up there,” Darland said.
Bacon officially clinched his championship after transferring from his heat race, and then raced for the win with Clauson and Darland. He rounded out the podium on this night in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, making it his 20th top-five finish and 29th top-ten in 32 features on the season to go with four wins.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling, especially doing it with a team like this. They know what they’re doing and take so much pressure off me. It’s nice to just show up and drive it, and know that it’s gonna be good. We didn’t have a DNF all year, and that’s a major contributor to the championship. They’re never satisfied, and netiher am I. It was relieving to get it out of the way tonight before the feature, especially after the tumultuous night last night. It was fun to just be able to race for the win in the feature, and the top three in points finishing in the top three of the feature was cool. We had a couple shots tonight, but it just didn’t work out,” Bacon said.
For the Hoffman team, it was the record tenth title and the first since 2008.
“It has long been a goal to get ourselves to double digits, so that accomplishment means a lot to us. We’ve had a lot of fun racing against the drivers and teams we’ve had to beat to do it, and that increases the satisfaction, as well. I really feel like the depth of talent and equipment is as great as ever in this series. I think as long as Brady doesn’t fire us, we’ll be back and ready to defend the title in 2015,” team president Richard Hoffman said.
Mike Spencer came home fourth in the Chaffin Motorsports – Grubstake Mini Storage #50 Maxim/Shaver, and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top-five in the Griffin’s Propane – MP Environmental Services #37RW Maxim/Fisher.
Damion Gardner closed out his second-straight USAC/CRA Championship with a seventh-place finish aboard the Alexander Trucking – Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2014 - Peoria, Arziona - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th Hose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.072; 2. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.157; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-13.170; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.185; 5. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.269; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.294; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher-13.302; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.341; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.353; 10. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.361; 11. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.368; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-13.431; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.443; 14. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.511; 15. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-13.552; 16. Payton Pierce, 18P, Pierce-13.598; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.623; 18. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.628; 19. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-13.656; 20. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.671; 21. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-13.697; 22. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.700; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 04G, Cook-13.734; 24. Chris Windom, 22B, Weber-13.780; 25. Charles Davis, Jr., 50AZ, Massey-13.833; 26. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-13.942; 27. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.997; 28. Dalten Gabbard, 77, Gabbard-14.047; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.388; 30. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-NT; 31. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. C.Williams, 3. Andretti, 4. Spencer, 5. Davis, 6. Leary, 7. Darland, 8. Gansen. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Clauson, 3. Johnson, 4. Grant, 5. Stockon, 6. Swanson, 7. Hines, 8. Mihocko. NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. Coons, 3. Rossi, 4. Gardner, 5. Ballou, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Hodges. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Thomas, 5. A. Williams, 6. Pierce, 7. Gabbard. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Ballou, 5. A. Williams, 6. Leary, 7. Swanson, 8. Gabbard, 9. Pierce, 10. Mihocko, 11. Davis, 12. Hodges, 13. Gansen, 14. Hines. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Matt Rossi, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Mike Martin, 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Michael Curtis, 24. Jarett Andretti. NT
**L. Williams flipped in Hot Laps.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Clauson.
FINAL AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,974; 2-Clauson-1,918; 3-Darland-1,885; 4-Stanbrough-1,765; 5-Stockon-1,637; 6-Hines-1,537; 7-Grant-1,508; 8-Ballou-1,507; 9-Windom-1,374; 10-Leary-1,337.
FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,373, 2-Spencer-1,104, 3-Mitchell-847, 4-C.Williams-831, 5-A.Williams-797, 6-Brody Roa-790, 7-Swanson-687, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Ryan Bernal-526.
HINES HUSTLES TO CAREER WIN #47 IN CANYON OPENER
Peoria, Arizona…….Tracy Hines broke a nearly season-long tie with Jack Hewitt on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car all-time win list as he went wire-to-wire in Friday night’s Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” 30-lapper at Canyon Speedway Park. The New Castle, Indiana veteran notched his second win of the year in The Carolina Nut Company – Hansen’s Welding #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, which put him at 47 career victories.
Hines out-gunned polesitter R.J. Johnson on the start to grab the lead and brought second-row starter Chase Stockon with him. A lap-two scramble in turn-four left Mike Martin upside-down, with Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough needing trips to the work area. Both resumed.
A 17-lap green-flag stretch let the leaders catch traffic, as Johnson bicycled out of the third spot, with Damion Gardner joining the two leaders. Ryan Bernal also pressured Johnson, eventually moving by for fourth. The second caution came just past the halfway mark, alleviating the pressure from Hines as he was mired behind slower cars.
Bernal was pressing the issue after the restart, looking to the extreme high side as Gardner also worked on Stockon for second. The lead group again hit traffic, and this time three cars were ready to go after Hines for the win. Ballou cleared Johnson to take fifth and was running down the lead group, as well. Bernal hit turn-one with a head of steam on lap 23 and bicycled against the cushion, biting the concrete and flipping over. He was unhurt.
With just eight laps to go, the leaders would not see traffic again, and Hines was too strong in clear track, winning by .848 seconds to become the third-winningest driver in USAC Sprint Car history.
“I was lucky enough to catch a yellow and a red exactly when I needed it. I was just too tight to maneuver in traffic a whole lot. Chase (Stockon) is a good friend and I knew he’s not doing anything stupid to take us both out. Today was a good day for us and our partner The Carolina Nut Company, as their NASCAR Truck Series team won the championship today. It’s good to break that tie with Jack (Hewitt) this year after tying him so early in the season,” Hines said.
Stockon held on to take the runner-up spot in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
“I kinda wanted to see us stay in traffic a little bit longer, as I could catch Tracy there and try some stuff on him. I think we were better when we had to slow down some. I could rotate better and drive off the corner. But I also knew I had a couple guys coming with me who were trying everything to get going,” Stockon said.
Gardner rounded out the podium as he finishes up his second-straight CRA Series championship in the Alexander Trucking – Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.
“The track was really heavy tonight, but we were trying to get it worked in up higher. Every time we hit traffic and I could start moving around more, we caught a yellow. Those are just the breaks sometimes. We had a good night from start to finish, though, and are looking forward to tomorrow,” Gardner said.
Ballou finished fourth in the Deaton’s Waterfront Services – Blakesley Auto #12x Maxim/Ott, while Johnson rounded out the top-five in the Weiler Farms – Pecon Builders #51 Maxim/ProFlyer.
Brady Bacon advanced from 12th to finish seventh, growing his point lead to 60 over Bryan Clauson, who finished 12th, going into Saturday’s season finale. A 19th-place finish or better, without any preliminary event points, would clinch Bacon’s first AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th AnnualHose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-13.759; 2. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-13.855; 3. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-13.859; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73x, Ford-13.866; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.870; 6. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.900; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.932; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.935; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.975; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.015; 11. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.016; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.031; 13. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-14.052; 14. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.068; 15. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.073; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.091; 17. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.123; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher-14.164; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.173; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 04G, Cook-14.245; 21. Payton Pierce, 18P, Pierce-14.280; 22. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.291; 23. Andrew Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.291; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 50AZ, Massey-14.341; 25. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-14.362; 26. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.416; 27. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.423; 28. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.448; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.468; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.570; 31. Chris Windom, 22B, Weber-14.995; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.030; 33. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.249; 34. Dalten Gabbard, 77, Gabbard-18.351.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Gardner, 3. Pierce, 4. Stockon, 5. Sussex, 6. Gansen, 7. Curtis, 8. L. Williams, 9. Mitchell.
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Clauson, 3. Hines, 4. Ballou, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Rossi, 8. C. Williams, 9. Gabbard.
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Andretti, 3. Darland, 4. Bernal, 5. Swanson, 6. Boespflug, 7. Hodges, 8. Windom.
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Davis, 3. Johnson, 4. Leary, 5. Thomas, 6. A. Williams, 7. Spencer.
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. A. Williams, 4. Grant, 5. Bacon, 6. Swanson, 7. Mitchell, 8. Rossi, 9. Spencer, 10. Sussex, 11. Hodges, 12. C. Williams, 13. Windom, 14. Curtis, 15. Gansen, 16. L. Williams, 17. Gabbard.
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Matt Mitchell, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Charles Davis, Jr., 20. Austin Williams, 21. Andrew Reinbold, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Payton Pierce, 24. Mike Martin.
**Martin flipped on Lap 2 of the feature. Bernal flipped on Lap 23 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hines.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,911, 2-Clauson-1,851, 3-Darland-1,819, 4-Stanbrough-1,715, 5-Stockon-1,596, 6-Hines-1,518, 7-Ballou-1,473, 8-Grant-1,453, 9-Windom-1,352, 10-Leary-1,309.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,322, 2-Spencer-1,046, 3-Mitchell-814, 4-C.Williams-807, 5-Brody Roa-790, 6-A.Williams-775, 7-Swanson-686, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Bernal-526.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: November 15 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th AnnualHose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"
EAST BAY EXPANDS FLORIDA "WINTER DIRT GAMES" TO 6 RACES
It's destination Florida for race fans in February. That's nothing new except it has been expanded this year with a three-night AMSOIL USAC National Sprint car weekend at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton February 26-28. An open practice night is on tap February 25.
These three races are added to the already-announced February 19-21 races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, creating more than $130,000 in prize money up for grabs for USAC participants to kick off the 2015 National campaign! The now six-race "Winter Dirt Games VI" schedule throws a healthy dose of wingless sprint car racing into Florida's season kickoff calendar while making USAC's lone visit to the "Sunshine State" an even stronger trip.
Damion Gardner, who will lock down his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA title this weekend at Peoria, Ariz., swept a pair of races at East Bay in 2010. Four years earlier the track hosted its initial USAC races, a trio of Ford Focus events.
The Sprint cars then converged on Ocala for races beginning in 2011 and 2015 marks the fifth straight year that the "Winter Dirt Games" will return to Bubba Raceway Park. Just one week later they will now race at East Bay, closing the track's "Winter Nationals" schedule.
Ironically, Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson won the 2014 Ocala openers. They run 1-2 in the National standings entering this coming weekend's finales in Arizona.
"We are delighted to announce these additional February dates for our participants," says series coordinator Jason McCord. "Florida has always been a destination during this time and it's fun to get out of the Midwestern cold and enjoy the sunny atmosphere down south. We have enjoyed great success with the Ocala races and the addition of the East Bay events now enhances the vacation opportunities for our valued fans."
USAC Sprint racing dates all the way back to USAC's inception (1956), when they competed at West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Miami. Bob Sweikert won the first USAC Sprint race ever at West Palm Beach.
The ensuing years have included USAC Championship Car, Silver Crown, Formula 2000, Midget, Sprint, Sports Car and Ford Focus competition as a number of speedways across the state.
CANYON HOSTS SOUTHWEST FINALES NOV. 20-22
MITCHELL EARNS WEST COAST SPRINT TITLE; LEARY NOTCHES 1ST USAC WIN IN 360 NATIONALS AT PAS
R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. hopes to close out his 2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Championship on a high note November 20-22 in the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. He has a comfortable 116-point lead over Josh Pelkey in the series standings entering the series finales.
Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. and C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. starred in last weekend's 360 "Oval Nationals" Grudge Series finale at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
Mitchell emerged with the 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car title, while Leary earned his initial USAC feature victory in the 30-lap main event.
Leary passed Bryan Clauson on lap 30 and led the final 11 laps in his Leary Construction/Green Tech Lubricants DRC/Mopar. Clauson finished second ahead of Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd and Mike Spencer while Mitchell's sixth-place finish was enough to claim the 2014 championship. Leary was also the Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier.
Markus Niemela, the Finnish driver who entered Thursday's race with a chance to catch Mitchell for the championship, escaped injury in a flip during qualifying which ended his bid.
The West Coast Sprint car regulars will also compete in the November 20-22 Peoria events but no West Coast points are available due to the "special event" status.
FINAL 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings:1-Matt Mitchell-709, 2-Markus Niemela-632, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-603, 4-Danny Faria Jr.-540, 5-Ryan Bernal-539, 6-Jace Vander Weerd-535, 7-Troy Rutherford-534, 8-Austin Liggett-513, 9-Nic Faas-465, 10-Dennis Howell-399.
2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,259, 2-Josh Pelkey-1,143, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,117, 4-Matt Rossi-1,040, 5-Mike Martin-993, 6-Shon Deskins-977, 7-Tye Mihocko-893, 8-Michael Curtis-685, 9-Nick Aiuto-663, 10-Andy Reinbold-656.
SPRINTS CLOSE WITH 14TH "HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" AT PEORIA; BALLOU "SWEEPS" 19TH BUDWEISER "OVAL NATIONALS"
This weekend's 14th Hose Advantage "Hall of Fame Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. concludes the 2014 USAC AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car series seasons. Championships will be determined at the close of Saturday night's events at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (National) and Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (USAC/CRA) sit atop their respective point standings entering the two-night program. Bacon's lead over Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland stands at 53 and 78 points with enough points to create opportunity for the chasers. Gardner's lead over runner-up Mike Spencer is a comfortable 210 points as he wraps up what will be his third series title.
Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. stamped himself as the odds-on favorite for this weekend's races after registering a "clean sweep" of last weekend's lucrative 19th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All-Coast Construction at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
Ballou's 40-lap victory Saturday night was worth $20,000 to his Blakesley Auto/Deaton's Waterfront Services Maxim/Ott team. He led the last 10 laps after passing Spencer on lap 31. He interrupted a race-long battle for the lead between C.J. Leary and Spencer, who traded the lead back and forth for the first 30 laps. Trailing the second-place Spencer at the finish were Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland and Ryan Bernal.
Ballou led the first four and last 17 laps Friday to beat Bacon, Jon Stanbrough, Darland (who led nine laps) and Leary.
Leary was Friday's Billy Wilkerson Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier while Gardner earned a similar award for Saturday's qualifying effort.
Brody Roa was injured during Wednesday's practice session, but was released from a local hospital after treatment.
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Brady Bacon-1,868; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,815; 3-Dave Darland-1,790; 4-Jon Stanbrough-1,690; 5-Chase Stockon-1,532; 6-Tracy Hines-1,452; 7-Justin Grant-1,418; 8-Robert Ballou-1,412; 9-Chris Windom-1,351; 10-C.J. Leary-1,268.
2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-1,255, 2-Mike Spencer-1,045, 3-Brody Roa-790, 4-Matt Mitchell-787, 5-Cody Williams-786, 6-Austin Williams-760, 7-Jake Swanson-660, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-656, 9-Nic Faas-642, 10-Ryan Bernal-508.
BALLOU BANKS BIGGEST CAREER WIN IN PERRIS "OVAL NATIONALS"
Perris, California…….Robert Ballou took home $20,000 for his impressive drive on Saturday to sweep the Perris Auto Speedway “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction. The Rocklin, California native came on the second half of the race after a losing a few spots early to close out the biggest win of his career, making it five for the season and the ninth of his career.
“This is just a testament to our perseverance. We were as low as we could be earlier this season, but we kept at it and hit our stride and have put together the best stretch of races we’ve ever had. This track has never been kind to me, but we had the thing great the last half of the race. I have to thank Derrick Bye for all the work he puts into this car and all the people who have stood behind us to get us here,” Ballou said.
Dave Darland started from the pole after winning the “Super 6 Dash” and led the field into turn-one, but he bicycled and quickly fell to fourth as Mike Spencer grabbed the lead. C.J. Leary moved to second as Ballou cleared Darland for the third spot.
Spencer immediately felt pressure from Leary, who was already using the extreme high side. He jumped above the cushion getting into turn-one and turned down across the track to the bottom of turn-two and rocketed to the lead on lap six. A lap later, he missed his mark and Spencer shot back past. On lap eight, Leary hit his line again off turn-two and this time opened up his lead.
A quick caution set up a restart, but Leary got a great run down the frontstretch to pull away. The race went green until lap nineteen when Geoff Ensign flipped in turn-two just as Spencer had capitalized on a Leary mistake to return to the lead. Leary continued to hold back Spencer, as he drove through turns one and two and ran the cushion in three and four.
Leary missed his line on the next restart, and Spencer moved back to the front on lap twenty. Two laps later, Garrett Hansen flipped in turn-two and the red flag was opened up. On the restart with 18 laps to go, Spencer led Darland, Leary, Jon Stanbrough, and Ballou.
After another caution with sixteen laps to go, which saw Leary head to the work area after bicycling just before and catching the wall, Spencer led as Ballou moved past Stanbrough and Darland to get to the runner-up spot. He closed on Spencer and got a run down the backstretch on lap thirty to throw a slide-job for the lead.
Once out front, Ballou was untouchable, moving around on the track as rubber started to come in through the turns. He looked to be home free until Rickie Gaunt came to a stop on the backstretch with two laps to go. Ballou closed the deal, though, winning by .647 seconds in the MPHG Promotions – Tom Buch #12x Maxim/Ott. His crew chief, Bye, earned the “Ray Scheetz Oval Nationals Outstanding Crew Chief Award.”
Behind Ballou, Spencer held off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson to claim the runner-up spot, finishing a strong weekend which honored his former crew chief Bruce Bromme, Jr., who was named the event’s Grand Marshal shortly before his death earlier this season. The former “Oval Nationals” champion represented the home team in the Ron Chaffin Motorsports – Grubstake Mini Storage #50 Maxim/Shaver.
“It was really a great battle up front throughout the race. We were able to hang in there and keep fighting for the lead with whoever came at us. Robert just ended up being better than us late in the race. I’m really proud of my team. We put a new car together for this race and were fast all weekend. It’s an honor to drive for this team,” Spencer said.
Clauson again notched a close call in his pursuit of an “Oval Nationals” win, coming home third in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler.
“We just kinda got jammed up early in the race and lost some ground, but it was definitely getting better and better towards the end. I was getting going really well on the bottom as the race went on, and I guess I ended up being the last one down there. We made our way up through there pretty good, but I hated to see the rubber come in and make that groove so fast,” Clauson said.
Darland came home fourth in the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco, and Ryan Bernal came from tenth to round out the top-five in the Phulps Motorsports – Tri-L Mandarin Ranch #56 ART/Wesmar.
Chad Boespflug came from 22nd to finish tenth, earning the $1,000 “Tony Jones Hard Charger Award” in the Baldwin Brothers Racing – Fox Paving #5 DRC/Claxton Mopar.
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 8, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 19th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" - Presented by All-Coast Construction
QUALIFICATIONS: (Minus top-6 Friday points - no points) 1. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.577; 2. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-16.619; 3. Darren Hagen, 17RW, Dutcher-16.687; 4. Nic Faas, 37F, Mitchell-16.813; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.822; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.828; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.838; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.855; 9. Christopher Bell, 51T, Roth-16.923; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-16.954; 11. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.967; 12. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.980; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.003; 14. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.009; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.016; 16. Garrett Hansen, 7, Priestley-17.023; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 2F, Bowman-17.044; 18. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-17.059; 19. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-17.076; 20. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.100; 21. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.104; 22. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-17.122; 23. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-17.240; 24. Max Adams, 5x, Adams-17.244; 25. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.245; 26. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.290; 27. Colby Copeland, 5v, VanLare-17.334; 28. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.371; 29. Greg Alexander, 72, Henry-17.381; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.413; 31. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-17.437; 32. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.456; 33. Austin Liggett, 9s, Hurst-17.496; 34. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.501; 35. Terry Schank, Jr., 1, Gleason-17.532; 36. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.557; 37. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.633; 38. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.640; 39. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-17.661; 40. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.714; 41. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-17.830; 42. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.845; 43. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.962; 44. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-18.046; 45. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.521; 46. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-18.624; 47. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.646;
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D. Gardner, 2. Bell, 3. Mitchell, 4. Johnson, 5. Swanson, 6. Faria, 7. Alexander, 8. Bezio. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Grant, 4. R. Gardner, 5. Thomas, 6. Boespflug, 7. Rossi, 8. Andretti. 2:58.72
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A. Williams, 2. Clauson, 3. C. Williams, 4. Hagen, 5. Ensign, 6. Copeland, 7. Ballard, 8. Gaunt. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R. Vander Weerd, 2. Bernal, 3. Pelkey, 4. Faas, 5. Adams, 6. Hansen, 7. T. Williams, 8. J. Vander Weerd. NT
"SUPER 6 DASH": (6 laps) 1. Dave Darland (71P, Phillips), 2. Mike Spencer (50, Chaffin), 3. C.J. Leary (30, Leary), 4. Robert Ballou (12x, Ballou), 5. Jon Stanbrough (37RW, Dutcher), 6. Brady Bacon (69, Dynamics). 1:46.20
FIRST B MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. Johnson, 3. Thomas, 4. Gaunt, 5. Faas, 6. Mitchell, 7. R. Gardner, 8. L. Williams, 9. Bender, 10. Curtis, 11. Sweeney, 12. Ellertson, 13. Liggett, 14. Copeland, 15. Everhart, 16. Henry, 17. Bezio, 18. Sibley. NT
SECOND B MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Hagen, 3. Grant, 4. Boespflug, 5. Ensign, 6. Rossi, 7. C. Williams, 8. Adams, 9. Andretti, 10. Schank, 11. T. Williams, 12. Hurst, 13. Hansen, 14. Ballard, 15. Edwards, 16. Gansen, 17. Sampson, 18. Swanson. NT
FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Garrett Hansen, 24. Geoff Ensign, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Justin Grant. NT
***Henry flipped in the 1st B Main. Copeland flipped in the 1st B Main. Faas flipped on Lap 17. Ensign flipped on Lap 19. Hansen flipped on Lap 23. Thomas, Jr. flipped on Lap 25.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Spencer, Lap 6 Leary, Lap 7 Spencer, Laps 8-19 Leary, Laps 20-30 Spencer, Laps 31-40 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,868; 2-Clauson-1,815; 3-Darland-1,790; 4-Stanbrough-1,690; 5-Stockon-1,532; 6-Hines-1,452; 7-Grant-1,418; 8-Ballou-1,412; 9-Chris Windom-1,351; 10-Leary-1,268.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-D.Gardner-1,255, 2-Spencer-1,045, 3-Brody Roa-790, 4-Mitchell-787, 5-C.Williams-786, 6-A.Williams-760, 7-Swanson-660, 8-R.Vander Weerd-656, 9-Faas-642, 10-Bernal-508.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 14-15 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 14th Hose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic"
BALLOU DOMINATES FLAG-TO-FLAG "OVAL NATIONALS" PRELIMINARY
Perris, California…….Robert Ballou continued his impressive second half of 2014 which has seen him put together an impressive run of podium finishes and three AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins this season, as he picked up the preliminary feature for the Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction in a non-stop thirty-lapper Friday night. The Rocklin, California native pulled away over the last half of the race, scoring his first win at the southern California speedway and locking himself into Saturday’s $20,000-to-win finale.
“This place has been so tough on me, and I consider it one of if not the toughest race track in the country, so to win here is especially satisfying. We’ve put together a great stretch and have our program where we know it needs to be, and the results have shown that,” Ballou said.
Ballou started from the pole and stayed low as he found grip right on the bottom to lead the opening laps. Dave Darland, who started alongside Ballou, patrolled the high line and roared past with the lead on lap five. Darland opened up his advantage as Ballou jumped to the cushion and held second.
Those two raced away from a great battle behind them, and Ballou began to close as they neared the halfway mark. On lap 14, he had a run down the backstretch and shot to the bottom, sliding up in front of Darland with the lead again. He would never be seriously challenged again, working traffic to perfection while building up a 2.857-second final margin of victory in the Blakesley Auto – Deaton’s Waterfront Services #12x Maxim/Ott.
“Dave Darland is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver of all-time, so when you see him go by you and the top is that good, you have to believe the race is probably over. But I just got into such a good rhythm and was better than him, and I really didn’t want to push the issue, but I didn’t have much choice other than to slide past him for the lead. It was treacherous in traffic dealing with so many fast cars since we went green the whole way, so I was happy to see it get over with,” Ballou said.
Brady Bacon fought through early engine issues and used the bottom to claw past Darland and claim the runner-up position, giving himself a 68-point lead with three races remaining for the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“We lost a cylinder early in the race and I was just happy to not have it turn out to be a more major issue. It actually probably helped us a little bit with running the bottom. We ended up gaining a little bit tonight and got ourselves in good position tomorrow, which is what we’re trying to do out here. We need clean, smooth nights and tonight we had a little hiccup but caught some luck, and that’s nice to have sometimes,” Bacon said.
Jon Stanbrough battled with Bacon throughout the race, and the two finally cleared Darland late in the going as Stanbrough rounded out the podium in the Griffin’s Propane – MP Environmental Services #37RW Maxim/Fisher.
“It’s been a great few weeks for me with getting married and bringing out my restored Jimmy Oskie J.F.K. car to California, and I always love coming out here. We came on more and more as the race went on, so I’m really happy to get a podium and put ourselves in good position for tomorrow night,” Stanbrough said.
Darland came home fourth in the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco, while C.J. Leary backed up his “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” from Woodland Auto Display with a top-five run in the Leary Construction Company – Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.
Those five along with seventh-place finisher Mike Spencer accrued enough points to lock into tomorrow’s feature, as they will run a “Super 6 Dash” to line up the race’s first three rows.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 7, 2014 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 19th Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.295; 2. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher-16.313; 3. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.324; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.413; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.467; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.487; 7. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.557; 8. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-16.573; 9. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-16.605; 10. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.651; 11. Danny Faria, Jr., 2F, Bowman-16.652; 12. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-16.679; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.719; 14. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.749; 15. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.752; 16. Darren Hagen, 17RW, Dutcher-16.773; 17. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.809; 18. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.833; 19. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.835; 20. Nic Faas, 37F, Mitchell-16.839; 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-16.859; 22. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.862; 23. Christopher Bell, 51T, Roth-16.869; 24. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-16.880; 25. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.881; 26. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.899; 27. Chad Boespflug, 5B, Baldwin-16.916; 28. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.927; 29. Johnathan Henry, 17, Henry-16.958; 30. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-16.991; 31. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.005; 32. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.010; 33. Shon Deskins, 20s, Deskins-17.026; 34. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.047; 35. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.058; 36. Austin Liggett, 9s, Hurst-17.064; 37. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-17.182; 38. Garrett Hansen, 7, Priestley-17.234; 39. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.264; 40. Max Adams, 5x, Adams-17.272; 41. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.355; 42. Colby Copeland, 5v, VanLare-17.359; 43. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.406; 44. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.467; 45. Terry Schank, Jr., 1, Gleason-17.513; 46. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-17.640; 47. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.644; 48. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.647; 49. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.658; 50. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.674; 51. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-17.754; 52. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.807; 53. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.241; 54. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blakesley-18.766; 55. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.
C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Hurst, 2. T. Williams, 3. Copeland, 4. Schank, 5. Ballard, 6. Bender, 7. Andretti, 8. Sibley, 9. Edwards, 10. Sweeney, 11. Gansen, 12. Everhart, 13. Sampson, 14. Ellertson. 3:01.09
FIRST HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. R. Gardner, 3. Johnson, 4. C. Williams, 5. Hagen, 6. Liggett, 7. Faria, 8. Leary. 2:54.71
SECOND HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Grant, 4. Boespflug, 5. Rossi, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Curtis, 8. D. Gardner. NT
THIRD HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bernal, 3. Spencer, 4. Darland, 5. Ensign, 6. R. Vander Weerd, 7. Hansen, 8. Deskins. 2:56.30
FOURTH HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Gaunt, 4. Mitchell, 5. Alexander, 6. Martin, 7. L. Williams, 8. Henry. NT
FIFTH HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. Hines, 3. Swanson, 4. Clauson, 5. A. Williams, 6. Faas, 7. Bezio, 8. Adams. 3:02.06
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hagen, 3. Faria, 4. R. Vander Weerd, 5. A. Williams, 6. Rossi, 7. Faas, 8. Liggett, 9. D. Gardner, 10. Ensign, 11. J. Vander Weerd, 12. Alexander, 13. Henry, 14. Adams, 15. Bezio, 16. Schank, 17. Copeland, 18. Hurst, 19. Curtis, 20. T. Williams, 21. Martin, 22. Hansen, 23. Deskins, 24. L. Williams. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Matt Mitchell, 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Chase Stockon, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Cody Williams, 22. Josh Pelkey, 23. Chad Boespflug, 24. Rickie Gaunt, 25. Austin Williams, 26. Jake Swanson. 9:24.75
***Colston flipped in Qualifying. Leary flipped in Heat 1. D. Gardner flipped in Heat 2. L. Williams flipped in the Semi. Hansen flipped in the Semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Ballou, Laps 5-13 Darland, Laps 14-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1- Bacon-1,829; 2-Clauson-1,761; 3-Darland-1,739; 4-Stanbrough-1,654; 5-Stockon-1,501; 6-Hines-1,433; 7-Grant-1,405; 8-Ballou-1,352; 9-Chris Windom-1,351; 10-Leary-1,243.
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-D.Gardner-1,210, 2-Spencer-988, 3-Brody Roa-790, 4-Mitchell-786, 5-C.Williams-769, 6-A.Williams-737, 7-Swanson-659, 8-Faas-629, 9-R.Vander Weerd-614, 10-L.Williams-465.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: November 8 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction
USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: November 6, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 19th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" - The Grudge Series
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.416; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.503; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.547; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.622; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73X, Ford-16.640; 6. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.644; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.682; 8. Colby Copeland, 5V, VanLare-16.683; 9. Robert Ballou, 12X, Ballou-16.704; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 2F, Bowman-16.704; 11. Christopher Bell, 51T, Roth-16.728; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81M, Watt-16.767; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.770; 14. Dave Darland, 4G, Gansen-16.833; 15. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-16.864; 16. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-16.871; 17. Shon Deskins, 20. Deskins-16.880; 18. Darren Hagen, 17RW, Dutcher-16.897; 21. Rick Hendrix, 15X, Hendrix-16.918; 22. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-16.968; 23. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.994; 24. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-17.060; 25. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.098; 26. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.146, 27. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-17.147; 28. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-17.191; 29. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.228; 30. A.J. Bender, 12B, Bender-17.262; 31. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.378; 32. Terry Schank Jr., 3X, Dupont-17.457; 33. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.459; 34. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.484; 35. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-17.510; 36. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-17.608; 37. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.638; 38. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.783; 39. J.J. Ercse, 15, Boy-17.843; 40. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-18.069; 41. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-18.109; 42. George Morris, 3K, Kruseman-18.302; 43. Brian Grosenheider, 25K, Kruseman-18.658; 44. Eddie Tafoya, 51, Perkins-18.877; 45. Ed Schwarz, U47, Schwarz-18.886; 46. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.326
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Leary, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Mitchell, 5. Sibley, 6. Edwards, 7. Schank, 8. Tafoya. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Darland, 3. Swanson, 4. Majors, 5. Copeland, 6. Hurst, 7. Collins, 8. Ercse. 2:58.42
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Ballou, 3. Liggett, 4. Adams, 5. Hendrix, 6. Smith, 7. Williams, 8. Schwarz. 2:56.44
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Davis, 3. Bernal, 4. Pelkey, 5. Faria, 6. Curtis, 7. Guardino. 2:59.13
FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Bell, 3. Deskins, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Bender, 6. Taylor, 7. Morris. 2:59.20
SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Hagen, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Henry, 5. Everhart, 6. Ennis, 7. Grosenheider. 2:58.34
FIRST SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Copeland, 3. Curtis, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Ennis, 6. Hendrix, 7. Everhart, 8. Majors, 9. Morris, 10. Guardino, 11. Ercse, 12. Schwarz, 13. Sibley, 14. Tafoya. NT
SECOND SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Hurst, 3. Henry, 4. Pelkey, 5. Adams, 6. Williams, 7. Bender, 8. Edwards, 9. Smith, 10. Schank, 11. Collins, 12. Taylor, 13. Grosenheider. 3:40.66
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Johnathon Henry, 12. Landon Hurst, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Mike Martin, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Colby Copeland, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Jon Stanbrough, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Austin Liggett, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Christopher Bell. NT
**Niemela flipped in qualifications. Liggett, Stanbrough, Rutherford, Bernal flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas, Laps 2-19 Clauson, Laps 20-30 Leary.
FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Mitchell-709, 2-Niemela-632, 3-R.Vander Weerd-603, 4-Faria-540, 5-Bernal-539, 6-J.Vander Weerd-535, 7-Rutherford-534, 8-Liggett-513, 9-Nic Faas-465, 10-Dennis Howell-399.
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: November 20-22 - "Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual "Western World Championships"
NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR "Special Event": November 20-22 - "Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual "Western World Championships"
BACON, GARDNER LEAD SPRINTS TO "BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS"
Brady Bacon and Damion Gardner enter this week's 19th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway with somewhat similar aspirations, but in different circumstances.
Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla. hopes to protect his AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car point lead on the way to what would be his first USAC title, but he has only a 51-point lead over Bryan Clauson and 79-point edge over Dave Darland in the standings.
Gardner, of Concord, Calif., has a more comfortable 153-point lead over runner-up Mike Spencer as he seeks to capture his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car crown. Spencer is a five-time USAC/CRA king.
Both series are involved in this weekend's events at Perris and then conclude with the November 14-15 14th Annual "Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.
Thursday's Perris 360 Oval Nationals kick off this week's action at the PAS, featuring the West Coast and Southwest Sprint series, while the National and USAC/CRA series combine for Friday and Saturday events in the program presented by All-Coast Construction.
Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., who already has surpassed Tom Bigelow's all-time USAC National series record of 52 wins by posting his 53rd victory earlier this season at Kokomo, Ind., is the defending "Budweiser Oval Nationals" winner and won the same title in 2005 and 2006. He could become the first driver to win it four times. Gardner won it in 2009 and 2011, while Spencer won the 2012 running. Chris Windom was the 2010 champion, while Bud Kaeding won it three times (2001-02-07), Cory Kruseman is a two-time winner (2003-04), Jesse Hockett won in 2008, Tony Jones in 2000, Rickie Gaunt in 1999, Rodney Argo in 1998, Rip Williams in 1997 and Jimmy Sills in 1996.
The PAS Senior Sprint Cars will also compete Friday and Saturday and the California Lightning Sprints are also on tap Friday.
So far more than 50 entries have been received for the USAC National and USAC/CRA events, including most of the "top-10" drivers in each series standings.
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Brady Bacon-1,762, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,711, 3-Dave Darland-1,683, 4-Jon Stanbrough-1,588, 5-Chase Stockon-1,474, 6-Tracy Hines-1,401, 7-Justin Grant-1,376, 8-Chris Windom-1,351, 9-Robert Ballou-1,284, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,188.
2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-1,189, 2-Mike Spencer-936, 3-Brody Roa-790, 4-Cody Williams-751, 5-Matt Mitchell-750, 6-Austin Williams-722, 7-Jake Swanson-640, 8-Nic Faas-628, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-574, 10-Logan Williams-464.
360 OVAL NATIONALS FEATURE WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST SPRINTS; JOHNSON ADDS QUEEN CREEK TO VICTORY LIST
Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. leads the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars into Thursday night's series finale at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, seeking his initial USAC driving title. He has a 28-point lead over Finnish driver Markus Niemela entering the opening event in this year's 19th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" presented by All-Coast Construction.
Thursday night's race also carries USAC Southwest Sprint sanction, although their points will not change as the race is listed as a "special" non-points race.
Mitchell's only 2014 victory came in the recent outing at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., but he has a half-dozen other "top-five" finishes this year. Niemela has a second, a pair of thirds and a fourth in a dozen starts this season and is seeking his first career win Thursday.
The 19th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" continues Friday and Saturday with AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint competition at the PAS.
USAC Southwest Sprint Car point leader R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. led the final 18 laps in his Michaels entry to win Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Arizona Speedway. He passed Charles Davis Jr. on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to beat Aaron Reutzel, Josh Pelkey, Mike Martin and Matt Rossi. Nick Aiuto led the first two laps and Davis the next 10 before Johnson took over.
Johnson's victory was his 18th in USAC competition in the Grand Canyon State, which leads the career list.
2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings:1-Matt Mitchell-659, 2-Markus Niemela-631, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-546, 4-Jace Vander Weerd-530, 5-Ryan Bernal-512, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-500, 7-Troy Rutherford-500, 8-Austin Liggett-490, 9-Nic Faas-465, 10-Dennis Howell-399.
2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,259, 2-Josh Pelkey-1,143, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,117, 4-Matt Rossi-1,040, 5-Mike Martin-993, 6-Shon Deskins-977, 7-Tye Mihocko-893, 8-Michael Curtis-685, 9-Nick Aiuto-663, 10-Andy Reinbold-656.
JOHNSON LEADS SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
Arizona Speedway is the next target for USAC's Southwest Sprint Cars as drivers R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey and Charles Davis Jr. continue their battle for supremacy in one of America's most hotly-contested motorsports series.
All three combatants have fared well at the one-third dirt oval at ET Motopark southeast of Phoenix. Johnson has three wins, a fourth and a fifth in the five previous appearances there. Pelkey has a win, a second, two thirds and a sixth, while Davis has a win, two seconds and two fourths.
Johnson's point lead stands at 116 points over Pelkey so his position at the top of the standings won't change Saturday, but the margin could. A total of 74 points are available at each event and, with four points races remaining on the 2014 calendar, things could change quickly.
The series competes in a "non-points" special event November 6 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway before closing with three point races at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. November 20-21-22.
2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,193, 2-Josh Pelkey-1,077, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,072, 4-Matt Rossi-979, 5-Shon Deskins-940, 6-Mike Martin-930, 7-Tye Mihocko-844, 8-Michael Curtis-649, 9-Andy Reinbold-640, 10-Nick Aiuto-613.
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Hank Arnold Memorial"
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.295; 2. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-15.344; 3. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-15.380; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.395; 5. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.439; 6. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.487; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.489; 8. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.636; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-15.781; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-15.904; 11. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.937; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.996; 13. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-16.303; 14. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-16.346; 15. Justin Quinn, 93, Quinn-16.673; 16. Glenn Styres, OG, Styres-17.726.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Deskins, 5. Johnson, 6. Hosford, 7. Lundy, 8. Quinn. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ogle, 2. Mihocko, 3. Rossi, 4. Davis, 5. Curtis, 6. Pelkey, 7. Styres, 8. Morin. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Glenn Styres, 14. Justin Quinn, 15. Matt Lundy, 16. Mark Morin.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Sussex.
NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,193, 2-Pelkey-1,077, 3-Davis-1,072, 4-Rossi-979, 5-Deskins-940, 6-Martin-930, 7-Mihocko-844, 8-Curtis-649, 9-Andy Reinbold-640, 10-Nick Aiuto-613.
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 11 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway
SWANSON PUTS EXCLAMATION ON DOMINANT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WITH SYRACUSE WIN Featured
Syracuse, New York…….Kody Swanson finished off a magical 2014 Silver Crown Series championship for he and DePalma Motorsports on Saturday in the “Salt City 78” on the New York State Fairgrounds mile. The Kingsburg, California driver was dominant all year, notching five wins in ten races to claim his first USAC National title.
“I can’t really believe this is how it’s all worked out. That’s what this is all about. To be able to go five-for-ten in Silver Crown and winning the championship is so special. They (DePalma Motorsports) hadn’t won a race in the series before this year, and they knew we had to find a way to make me better on dirt. They did everything they could do to make us better to compete for the championship, and it’s amazing to see a group that is such an epitome of “team.” These are great people, and we have a lot of fun racing together,” Swanson said of his team led by owner Tony DePalma and crew chief Bob Hampshire.
Swanson, who has been a series mainstay since 2009, put into words his pursuit of the series crown over the past six season, saying, “I’ve been trying for this for so long – I was a rookie in 2009 and had a shot at it a few different times. I lost a year to injury and then lost my full-time ride, so last year I got to drive for Ricky Nix and Eddie Sachs on dirt, and the DePalmas on pavement. I’m so grateful to all of them for keeping me on track last year, having a lot of fun, and putting me in position to have a year like this one. This is years and many people in the making, and I’m so happy to do it with the DePalmas, my family, our friends, and all the people who are involved and helped us accomplish what we have this year. It’s an incredible feeling to win the race and see all of them so happy and excited at what we’ve been able to do.”
Swanson immediately showed himself as a strong contender for the race win, as he jumped to the lead from outside the front row on the opening lap before a caution for Shane Cockrum. After a quick yellow, Swanson was off with the lead as two-time series champion Bobby East pressured him. East got a run down the frontstretch as they completed lap twelve to take the lead going into turn-one.
East pulled away as Swanson kept a conservative pace that stacked up the pack behind him racing for second through eighth. A.J. Fike stayed glued to Swanson through the first half of the race, as Rich Tobias, Stewart Friesen, Jerry Coons, Jr., and Steve Buckwalter raced just outside the top-five.
Swanson began to gain ground on East around lap 50, slowly reeling him in as Fike came along with him. He went to work quickly after catching him, using the difficult groove through turns one and two to slip underneath with the lead on lap 67.
Fike was the pursuer over the final ten laps, moving past East for second and coming after Swanson for the top spot. He had a shot at the win in the final two laps, but a move to the outside while negotiating a slower car sent him out of the groove through turns one and two, allowing Swanson to slip away.
The dream season for Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire ended parked on the frontstretch of the “Moody Mile” with the win.
“I didn’t want to be too greedy and risk losing the championship by going too hard to win the race. We were almost in position to come here with a little safety net, but in the last two laps at Eldora, we blew a tire and put ourselves in jeopardy with the championship today. So that was on my mind throughout the race. We finally reeled Bobby (East) back in and the opportunity presented himself with that hole down there that could make you tight. Right when I got there, his car hit it and the hole opened up. I wanted to go harder at the end to fend off A.J. for the win, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t cost myself all of it by running the tire off,” Swanson said.
Fike finished his strong day in second aboard the RFMS Racing – H.E. Mitchell Construction #3 Beast/Foxco.
East rounded out the podium in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #10 Maxim/Kistler.
Chris Windom lost touch with Swanson & Fike just as they made their charge to go after East, but came home fourth in the Rotondo Weirich – Curb Records #17 Beast/Triad. Stewart Friesen finished fifth in his first Silver Crown Series appearance aboard the RPM Auto Enterprise – City of Syracuse Special #99 JEI/Mopar.
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 11, 2014 – Syracuse, New York – New York State Fairgrounds – “Salt City 78”
QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-32.436; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-32.535; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.627; 4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-32.640; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-32.702; 6. Rich Tobias Jr., 117, Tobias-32.762; 7. Stewart Friesen, 99, RPM/Gormly-32.856; 8. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-33.113; 9. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-33.160; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.273; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-33.315; 12. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-34.005; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-35.105; 14. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-37.972; 15. Wes Miller, 36, Miller-NT.
FEATURE: (78 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. A.J. Fike, 3. Bobby East, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Rich Tobias Jr., 9. Davey Ray, 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Randy Bateman, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Kenny Gentry, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Wes Miller. 45:23.12
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Swanson, Laps 13-66 East, Laps 67-78 Swanson.
FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-582, 2-Hines-555, 3-East-537, 4-Windom-469, 5-Coons-408, 6-Fike-320, 7-Jacob Wilson-306, 8-Cockrum-286, 9-Caleb Armstrong-259, 10-Lawson-245.
FRIESEN, TOBIAS JOIN "SALT CITY 78" FIELD FOR SYRACUSE
Two of America's Eastern driving stars have thrown their hat into the ring for this Saturday's "Salt City 78" USAC Silver Crown Championship race at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and Rich Tobias Jr. of Lebanon, Pa. are among entered drivers in the series finale, a 78-mile, 78-lap contest on one of America's most storied ovals.
The race is part of the track's NAPA Auto Parts "Super Dirt Week XLIII" slate which includes a variety of motorsports racing events. The Silver Crown Cars are scheduled to practice at 2:05 pm Friday, with qualifications at 5:40 pm. Saturday's Silver Crown feature gets the green flag at 1:30 pm.
Friesen, winner of the recent SEF Small Engine Fuels 200-lapper at the New York State Fairgrounds oval and a former two-time winner of Syracuse's Big-Block "200", will pilot the #99 RPM/Fred Gormly entry as a teammate to USAC Triple Crown Champion Jerry Coons Jr. Coons is the most recent series winner, taking the September 21 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Tobias, son of the legendary Pennsylvania driver Dick Tobias, returns to the series after a two-year hiatus driving his own #177 Tobias/Chevy. Tobias' last Silver crown start came in the 2012 finale and he has 64 career starts dating back to 1999. In 2003 he won the prestigious "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair.
Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., winner of four Silver Crown dirt races already this season, enters Saturday's race with a 12-point margin in the standings over runner-up Tracy Hines, the 2000 series champion. Hines has four seconds, two thirds and two fourths in nine 2014 starts.
Defending Silver Crown Champion Bobby East also retains hope for a 2014 championship, trailing Swanson by 45 points with 66 total points available at Syracuse.
Dave Darland owns the one-lap Syracuse track qualifying record of 119.713 mph. Saturday's race will be the first for the USAC Silver Crown cars at the New York State Fairgrounds since J.J. Yeley's 2003 victory. Tobias finished second in that race ahead of third-place Darland.
Drivers who competed in the 2003 Syracuse race expected to return, including Tobias, are sixth-place A.J. Fike, 13th-place Coons, 16th-place Russ Gamester and 17th-place Wes Miller.
USAC Championship racing at Syracuse dates back to 1956 when Tony Bettenhausen was victorious in a 100-mile race. Other USAC winners include Elmer George (1957), Johnny Thomson (1958), Eddie Sachs (1959), Bobby Grim (1960) Rodger Ward (1961 and 1962), Al Unser (1974), Sheldon Kinser (1975), Pancho Carter (1976 and 1978), Larry Dickson (1977) and Yeley (2002 and 2003).
2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-522, 2-Tracy Hines-510, 3-Bobby East-477, 4-Chris Windom-418, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-366, 6-Jacob Wilson-308, 7-Shane Cockrum-264, 8-A.J. Fike-263, 9-Caleb Armstrong-259, 10-Dave Darland-234.
USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 4, 2014 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-13.998; 2. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-14.410; 3. Sparky Howard, 6, Howard-14.467; 4. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.553; 5. Joe Stornetta, 9N, Lathrop-14.597; 6. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-14.698; 7. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-14.710; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 27, Thomas-14.717; 9. Bradley Terrell, 3X, Dupont-14.739; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.767; 11. Jason McIntosh, 33, McIntosh-14.783; 12. Paul Alonso, 1P, Alonso-14.820; 13. Brett Rollag, 27, Rollag-14.823; 14. Tommy Laliberte, 56X, Thomas-14.929; 15. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-14.914; 16. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-15.000; 17. Eli Deshaies, 91RI, Deshaies-15.197; 18. Greg Higginbotham, 11, Higginbotham-15.582; 19. Scott Hall, 77J, Campanile-16.146; 20. Adam Brenton, 28, Brenton-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rollag, 2. Ensign, 3. Adams, 4. Arriaga, 5. Richardson, 6. Sibley, 7. Hall. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guerrini, 4. McIntosh, 5. Brenton, 6. Laliberte, 7. Deshaies. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Terrell, 3. Alonso, 4. Hawkins, 5. Higginbotham, 6. Howard. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Frankie Guerrini, 4. Bradley Terrell, 5. Terry Schank Jr., 6. Marty Hawkins, 7. Joe Stornetta, 8. Brett Rollag, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Sparky Howard, 12. Adam Brenton, 13. Paul Alonso, 14. Eli Deshaies, 15. Greg Higginbotham, 16. Jason McIntosh, 17. Jim Richardson, 18. Shawn Arriaga, 19. Scott Hall. NT
**Hall flipped during practice. Howard flipped during the third heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Arriaga, Laps 4-30 Bernal
FINAL WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bernal-501, 2-Matt Mitchell-333, 3-Nic Faas-324, 4-Rchard Vander Weerd-303, 4-Jace Vander Weerd-280, 6-Hawkins-278, 7-Austin Liggett-232, 8-Hall-215, 9-Sibley-212, 10-Markus Niemela-211.
WEATHER FORCES COMPLETE GOLD CROWN MIDGET CANCELLATION
Granite City, IL........The 6th "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" has fallen to the elements as continuing rain, wet grounds and predicted low temperatures in the St. Louis area have conspired to force cancellation of the remaining two nights of the Honda USAC National Midget race weekend at Tri-City Speedway. The Honda USAC National Midget series resumes November 20-21-22 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.
RAINS FORCE "GOLD CROWN" NIGHT 1 CANCELLATION
Persistent rains in the St. Louis area have conspired to force cancellation of Thursday night's opening round of the 2014 "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
The 6th Annual event will resume Friday night with a complete program of racing on the 3/8-mie dirt oval. Saturday night's finale will culminate with a 50-lap feature offering $10,000-to-win.
National Weather Service data indicates that the weather system is expected to leave the area later tonight and the forecast is optimistic for racing Friday and Saturday.
Rico Abreu continues to lead the Honda USAC National Midget Series as it enters its final two months of the 2014 season.
1. Brady Bacon 1974
2. Bryan Clauson 1918
3. Dave Darland 1885
4. Jon Stanbrough 1765
5. Chase Stockon 1637
6. Tracy Hines 1537
7. Justin Grant 1508
8. Robert Ballou 1507
9. Chris Windom 1374
10. C. J. Leary 1337
National Dirt Midgets
1. Rico Abreu 867
2. Christopher Bell 788
3. Tracy Hines 786
4. Bryan Clauson 744
5. Zach Daum 663
6. Chris Windom 594
7. Tanner Thorson 569
8. Michael Pickens 499
9. Dave Darland 419
10. Andrew Felker 378
1. Kody Swanson 582
2. Tracy Hines 555
3. Bobby East 537
4. Chris Windom 469
5. Jerry Coons Jr. 408
6. A.J Fike 320
7. Jacob Wilson 306
8. Shane Cockrum 286
9. Caleb Armstron 259
10. Patrick Lawson 145
1. Damion Gardner 1373
2. Mike Spencer 1104
3. Matt Mitchell 847
4. Cody Williams 831
5. Austin Williams 797
6. Brody Roa 790
7. Jake Swanson 687
8. R. Vander Weerd 656
9. Nic Faas 642
10. Ryan Bernal 526