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Third Generation Drivers Make Mark in Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds

By Jay Hardin Track Enterprises Staff

(May 18, 2016)-Indianapolis, IN-A historic racing venue in existence for 113 years and a historic motor race held on the same facility for the last 63 years are bound to produce competitors with family ties. Such is the case for the Hoosier Hundred held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as third generation racing drivers are beginning to make names for themselves in a series whose ancestry dates back to the very beginning of motor sports, the USAC Silver Crown Series.

The long-wheelbase championship dirt cars of the Silver Crown Series have a heritage that dates back to the earliest times of national championship racing and the open cockpit, single seat front-engine cars once were the featured attraction at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Given a separate series from the national championship in 1971 the cars quickly gained their own identity with second generation drivers like Gary Bettenhausen and Pancho Carter becoming champions in the Silver Crown machines.

Looking at the record books it appears that the first third-generation driver (whose grandfather made at least one championship start) to appear in a Hoosier Hundred was the grandson of two-time Indy 500 winner Bill Vukovich.  Young Billy III, whose dad Bill Jr. was a series regular, made the September 100-miler and finished 27th driving for legendary chief wrench A.J. Watson.  Ironically nearly four months prior Billy had become the first third-generation driver to start in the Indianapolis 500.  However, grandfather Bill never made a championship start on the Indiana State Fair mile prior to his 1955 Indy 500 accident.

So, who was the first third generation driver to make a Hoosier Hundred lineup whose grandfather also started the historic event?  Well, on September 28, 2001 the grandson of six-time Hoosier Hundred winner A.J. Foyt, A.J. IV started the night 19th in his grandpa’s famous number 14 and finished the race in 28th.

May of 2002 saw the second grandson of a Hoosier Hundred starter, Dane Carter, grandson of Duane Carter (10th in 1953) and son of Pancho Carter (1977 winner) started 30th and finished 20th.  Brother Cole would follow suit in 2006.

2014 saw two famous name third generation pilots on the entry list, Jarrett Andretti joined dad John as Hoosier Hundred starters, while uncle Mario won the race twice grandpa Aldo never made the starting field.  Joe Ligouri’s grandpa Ralph is perhaps best remembered for a second place run behind Al Unser in 1970.  Last year Austin Nemire joined grandpa Jerry and grandfather-grandson starters in the legendary Hoosier Hundred.

Nemire and Ligouri are expected to return along with 30 other pilots in the 2016 Hoosier Hundred set for May 26 on the “Track of Champions” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "May Meltdown"
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Max McGhee, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Colten Cottle, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland. 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Justin Grant, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Jon Stanbrough. NT
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**Hopkins flipped during the first heat. Robbins flipped during the second heat.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Bacon, Laps 17-20 Weir, Laps 21-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Weir.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-658, 2-Meseraull-644, 3-Stockon-606, 4-Cummins-569, 5-Leary-563, 6-Darland-554, 7-Boespflug-524, 8-Ballou-514, 9-McGhee-480, 10-Grant-442.
 
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 22 - Brownstown (IN) Speedway

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HOOSIER HUNDRED MAY 26; CARB NIGHT CLASSIC MAY 27; SILVER CROWN "DOUBLE DIP" SPICES "WEEK OF INDY"

USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series showcases the nation's top open-wheel drivers in back-to-back spectaculars this week as the nation's racing capital welcomes race fans from around the world for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Thursday night's (May 26) 62nd "Hoosier Hundred" continues a tradition started in 1953 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and Friday night's (May 27) "Carb Night Classic" extends the rich history of Silver Crown racing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. Thursday's dirt-track outing concludes with a 100-mile feature and Friday's pavement appearance at LOR also has a 100-lap main event.

The back-to-back events on the Silver Crown schedule mark a rare occurrence in the history of the series. Since 1971, only three times has the Silver Crown Series raced at different tracks in consecutive days.

In 1974, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend's 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in his Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Bob East & Tony Stewart's number 9. The last occasion came in 2008 when Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson will try to become only the third driver in Hoosier Hundred history to claim a third race win. Jimmy Bryan won three in a row in 1954-1956 and Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973. Swanson has now won nine of the last 22 Silver Crown races dating back to the start of the 2014 campaign as he collected series championships in both 2014 and 2015.

Swanson enters the race third in the latest Silver Crown standings behind Justin Grant and C.J. Leary, son of 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" winner Chuck Leary. Grant is the leader by virtue of his performance in the series-opening race at Terre Haute, Ind. in April, although 2015 series "Rookie of the Year" Leary won the Terre Haute opener. Grant's lead over Leary is just three points. Grant won the pole and led 93 laps before finishing second to Leary at Terre Haute.

Former "Hoosier Hundred" champions Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland and Jeff Swindell are expected to join Swanson in the field Thursday. Coons won the 2011 and 2012 classics, Swindell was the victor in 1991 and 1993, while Darland won the Hoosier Hundred in 1995, 1996 and 2004.

Friday night's "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" at Lucas Oil Raceway opens the pavement Silver Crown slate for 2016 and Swanson will also be a favorite there, but he'll have to contend with brother Tanner, who swept both LOR Silver Crown appearances last year and also took the May race there in 2014. Tanner's LOR dominance has included a total of 419 laps led in the last five races at the Brownsburg oval! Joining the Silver Crown cars will be complete events for two series from the Mazda Road to Indy: The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

David Byrne, the surprise winner at LOR in July of 2014, is expected to again challenge for Friday night's victory. Bobby Santos, who captured both races at LOR in 2012, also figures to be a top candidate for victory May 27.

Drivers will aim for Johnny Parsons' official 1-lap Indiana State Fairgrounds track record of 114.726 mph established in 1995 while Jason Leffler continues to be the standard-bearer at Lucas Oil Raceway after qualifying there in 2000 at 121.667 mph.

For Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred," pit gates will open at noon, grandstands at 3:00, with hot laps set to begin at 5:00. Racing begins with the UMP Modifieds at 7:00 with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating for adults is available for $25 and can be purchased by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. At the gate, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 11 and under. Infield tickets are available for adults at $15 apiece while children 11 and under are $5.

On Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway, pits will open early in the morning at 9:00am. Grandstands open up at 2:45pm, with Silver Crown practice set to begin at 3:00. USF2000 and Pro Mazda qualifying fires off at 4:00 while Silver Crown qualifications push off at 5:05. Features racing begins at 6:10 with USF2000 and the Pro Mazda Series at 7:10. The green flag for the Silver Crown 100-lapper is scheduled to drop at 8:15. General admission tickets will be available on race day at the gate for $25 (Adult) and $10 (Kids 11 & Under).

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week Of Indy". A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the "Hoosier Hundred." To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/the-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

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2016 "HOOSIER HUNDRED" TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST

0 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL
Matt Barker - Ruthe Thackery/Barker-Thackery/Beast/Chevy

00 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
Terry Babb/APT Powder Coating - Flat-Out Ministries/Beast/Chevy

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN
Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star - Anderson Transport/Beast/Claxton Toyota

3 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL
RFMS Racing/Liberty Village - McGladrey/Beast/Foxco

5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL
Bland Brothers Enterprises/Sam's Speed Shop - Bland Brothers Enterprises/Drinan/BBE Chevy

6 BRYAN CLAUSON/Noblesville, IN
Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - JB Restaurant Hospitality Group/Beast/Ford

7 NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN
Neil Shepherd/Shepherd Firearms - Claxton Engines/Claxton Toyota

8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Chris Carli/Joe's Racing Products - Wilwood Engeineering/DRC/Claxton Chevy

14 BRIAN TYLER/Rocklin, CA
Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports - Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy

17 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Michael Dutcher Motorsports/RW Modular - Griffin's Propane/Beast/Toyota

18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY
Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool - KVKK Racing/Beast/Gentry Chevy

20 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ
Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN
Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool/Beast/Chevy

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO
Todd Satterthwaite/Todd's Machine Shop/Magnum/Chevy

25 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA
Eddie Sachs Racing/Mecum Auctions - Checkered Flag Tavern/Beast/Team RAYPRO Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN
Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - Tom Cherry Mufflers/Beast/Pierce Chevy

27 BILLY PUTERBAUGH JR./Indianapolis, IN
Carla & Steve Phillips/Roberts Tech Jobs - TBA Oil & Warehouse/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL
Joey Moughan/Conaway Handyman Service - Moughan Electric/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Toyota

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA
Berkheimer Racing/Subway Auto Body - Cease Auctioneers/Drinan/Chevy

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country - Bytec Resource Management/J & D/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/Maxim/Kistler Chevy

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN
Gamester Racing/Gamester Green Gable Village/GRP/Toyota

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ
Patty Bateman/Circle K Convenience Stores/Beast/Chevy

58 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
Ralph Liguori/Sunshine Trailer Park - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/DRC/Kercher Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks-Simpson Racing

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL
Chris Urish/Elkhart Fertilizer - Pacesetter Solutions/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/Lloyd Racing Enterprises - Malibu Art Tile & Stone/Stealth/Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision Repair/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/J & D

99 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It Indy Race Parts/JEI/Foxco Chevy

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings
 
MAY 17, 2016... This Saturday, May 21st, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to Jim Naylor's Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also showcase Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, and Go-Karts. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S  w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
 
Since May 24, 1986, Ventura Raceway has hosted 135 USAC Western States Midget races. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Tripp is followed by Billy Boat (13), Page Jones (8), Garrett Hansen (7), and Jimmy Sills (6). Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.
 
Heading into Saturday’s race, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the standings with a twenty-two point advantage. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored victories at Placerville and Bakersfield. To date, the 3-time champion has also posted two heat race victories and 22 feature laps led to his credit. Among his fifteen series wins, Ronnie won the last Ventura show on September 28, 2013 and will be looking to add another victory to his resume.
 
After running second at Bakersfield on April 30th, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to second in the championship chase. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Michael has two career USAC Western Midget wins and will have his sights on claiming Saturday’s 30-lap main event.
 
Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff placed seventh in the Bakersfield feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the veteran racer has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign. Sean will be looking to break through and earn his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.
 
Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) ranks fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Pankratz scored eighth at Bakersfield on April 30th. With two top-10 finishes on the season, Randi will have her sights on winning at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”
 
“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols sits fifth in the Western Midget point chase. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols had an impressive third place run at Bakersfield. To date, the 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish to his credit. Terry will be looking to celebrate his first series win this Saturday night.
 
Currently ninth in points, Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tyler Dolacki, Cody Swanson, Frankie Guerrini, Alex Schutte, Cory Elliott, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Nate Waite, Shannon McQueen, Troy Rutherford, Jeff Harrington, Robby Josett, Chris Dyson, and more.
 
Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors, Military, and Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call (805) 648-RACE.  
 
The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
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 USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ronnie Gardner.
 
VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Robby Josett, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.
 
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Michael Faccinto-143, 3. Sean Dodenhof-127, 4. Randi Pankratz-117, 5. Terry Nichols-113, 6. Tyler Dolacki-104, 7. Cody Swanson-101, 8. Frankie Guerrini-96, 9. Maria Cofer-82, 10. Shane Golobic-74, 11. Alex Schutte-68, 12. Courtney Crone-67, 13. Cory Elliott-65, 14. Robert Dalby-63, 15. Brady Bacon-60, 16. Cory Kruseman-59, 17. Nate Waite-55, 18. Britton Bock-54, 19. Shannon McQueen-49, --. Taylor Simas-49.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.

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Terre Haute Action Track To Open Up USAC's Week Of Indy Events

Popular Tony Hulman Classic To Feature USAC National Sprint Cars

The much anticipated and newly named, USAC's "The Week Of Indy" is coming up next week, leading up to the 100th running of the Indy 500.  It all begins with the annual Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25.

Last season, damp and frigid weather set in on the originally scheduled Tony Hulman Classic, forcing a postponement.  Eventually, the race was made up in conjunction with the Jim Hurtubise event in September.  In that race, Robert Ballou came from the tenth spot to take the victory.  In Modified action that night, former NASCAR star Ken Schrader took the trophy.

This year's Hulman race on the 25th will be followed up, as usual, with the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 26th.  That event will feature the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars and UMP Modifieds.  The final race in "The Week Of Indy", will be an event that moves to a new date, Friday night.  Formerly held on Saturday, the USAC Silver Crown cars will be racing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indy on Friday, May 27 in addition to the Cooper Tire USF2000 and Pro Mazda cars.

A three day adult SUPERTICKET is available for a 25% savings at just $60 to see all three events.  The voucher will be good for a general admission pass to the Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute and the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil as well as a reserved ticket to the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  To purchase the three day SUPERTICKET, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/the-week-of-indy.

Pit gates for the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track will open at 3:00, grandstands will open at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:30.  General admission will be $25 for adults, $15 for the infield, and children ten and under are free.

For more information, visit www.terrehauteactiontrack.net, www.trackenterprises.com, and www.usacracing.com.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 14, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Ryan Timmons, 5. D.J. Johnson, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Ricky Kirkbride, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kevin Barnes, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Landon Hurst, 16. Max Adams, 17. Shannon McQueen. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Liggett.
 
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd
 
NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-404, 2-Roa-396, 3-Marcham-359, 4-J.Vander Weerd-356, 5-R.Vander Weerd-344, 6-Liggett-314, 7-Adams-286, 8-Guardino-278, 9-Timmons-249, 10-Sibley-237.
 
NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 18 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

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WAYNESFIELD MIDGETS RAINED OUT

Waynesfield, OH........Saturday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Midget race at Waynesfield Raceway Park has been rained out. The series new gears up for a May 21 race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway.

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USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:May 13, 2016 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway - "Bob Newton Classic"

FEATURE: (24 laps - Halted by rain) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Holly Shelton, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Gage Walker, 10. Brayton Lynch, 11. Tyler Nelson, 12. Justin Peck, 13. David Budres, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Justin Dickerson, 16. Ross Rankine, 17. Ken Drangmeister, 18. Logan Arnold, 19. Gary Gipson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bacon, Laps 4-24 Clauson.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-77, 2-Thorson-74, 3-Bayston-72, 4-Macedo-67, 5-Darland-65, 6-Robinson-61, 7-Shelton-57, 8-Bacon-57, 9-Walker-52, 10-Lynch-47.

NEXT USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 29 - Plymouth (IN) Speedway

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BOESPFLUG A ONE-HIT WONDER NO MORE; RECORDS 2ND CAREER WIN IN ELDORA'S #LETSRACETWO

It's been nearly three years since Chad Boespflug last visited victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. On Saturday night, the Hanford, California veteran driver put an end to that drought with an exclamation point, leading all 30 laps to claim his second career series victory and his first on the legendary high banks of Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway.

From the get-go of the 30-lap feature event, pole-sitter Boespflug showed his prowess on starts, immediately pulling away from outside front row starter Kody Swanson for a quarter-straightaway advantage as the field hit turn three on the opening lap.

At the start, the man on the move was ProSource Fast Qualifier Chris Windom, already seizing the third spot from his sixth starting position by the end of lap one.

However, on lap four, fourth-running Robert Ballou attempted a turn-one slider on Windom for third, but ended up making contact with Windom, sending Windom helicoptering through the air before landing on all fours as Ballou rolled to a stop on the back straightaway and Clauson spun to avoid the carnage. Only Clauson would restart, while Windom and Ballou took home disappointing 22nd and 23rd place finishes, respectively.

As he routinely did throughout the event, Boespflug gapped the field on the restart, building a full-straightaway lead over Swanson just seven laps in. As Boespflug was making his way through lapped traffic, Bacon made a turn three slider on Swanson stick for the second position on the 13th lap as Meseraull tracked down Swanson, swapping the spot back-and-forth with each other until Meseraull lost ground after climbing the wall between turns three and four at the midway point.

After a caution for debris with 13 laps to go closed the interval, Bacon was able to make some headway on Boespflug, closing the distance between the two considerably, to within three car links, before a flat right rear tire on the car of Tony DiMattia brought out the yellow with just nine to go.

The war of attrition continued on the lap 23 restart when Dallas Hewitt, replacing Justin Grant in the Baldwin Bros. Racing machine on this night, made contact with the wall between turns one and two, resulting in a collapsed front end. As Hewitt's car slowed on the highside of turn two without its steering, another car ran over his left front wheel, it sent Hewitt flipping end-over-end at the exit of turn two. Cole Ketcham, with no place to go, plowed into Hewitt, vaulting him into a series of flips.

Boespflug once again was dialed-in on the restart, pulling out to a healthy five car length lead over Bacon and extending his lead during the final stretch to take his first feature victory of the year over Bacon, Meseraull, C.J. Leary, Tyler Courtney, Clauson, Swanson, Carson Short, Chase Stockon and Scotty Weir.

For Boespflug, it was an extremely rewarding victory considering his new team with Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow came together mere months ago.

"Man, this is huge," exclaimed Boespflug. "Over the winter last year, I did some ride-jumping and luckily Chuck, Fred and I were able to team up this year. I had my mind set last year that I kind of wanted to do my own thing. It's extremely hard and costs a lot of money. To get another USAC win, especially here, I kept telling people I didn't want to be a one-hit-wonder. I guess we're not that now."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon ran second, staying within striking distance of point leader Meseraull as the series heads into an off-weekend before visiting Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway and Brownstown Speedway on back-to-back nights May 20 and 21.

Meseraull's birthday celebration didn't go as well as planned early on in the night after climbing the wheel of Leary and flipping into the catchfence during the second heat race, destroying his ride. Meseraull, of San Jose, California, not only made the backup car work well enough to take third, he also was able to retain his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead over Bacon in the latest standings.

"After we tore the car up in the heat race, I'm happy to have the balls to get back on the top (of the racetrack)," Meseraull admitted. "After that, I don't think anybody in their right mind goes out and bangs the fence for 30 laps. Ultimately, I'm not that smart, so I gave it a try. We destroyed the car we qualified with, so we pulled out the backup car. I had no faith in the backup car, but here we are up on the podium."

Fourth-place finisher C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana earned "Hard Charger" of the race honors after storming from 14th to 4th in the feature, finishing off a solid weekend on the high banks that netted him finishes off 2nd and 4th despite a rough start to his Saturday night.

"Thomas (Meseraull) and I got together in the heat race there and we crashed pretty hard," Leary recalled. "Luckily, we were able to pull out a backup car and make it through the B-Main. I think we had something for the leaders there at the end, but we just ran out of laps. The yellows kind of helped us and hurt us at the same time. Every time I seemed to make a pass, the yellow would come out and they'd get their spot back."

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - #Let'sRaceTwo

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Carson Short, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Robert Ballou. NT
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**Meseraull and Leary flipped during the second heat. McGhee flipped during the fourth heat. Hewitt and Ketcham fipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-590, 2-Bacon-585, 3-Stockon-569, 4-Cummins-512, 5-Darland-507, 6-Leary-506, 7-Boespflug-481, 8-Ballou-463, 9-Clauson-428, 10-McGhee-416.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 20 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "May Meltdown"

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USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2016 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Guy Woodward, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Max Adams, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Tyler Walker, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Logan Williams, 17. Rick Hendrix, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Parker Colston, 20. Verne Sweeney, 21. A.J. Bender, 22. Cody Majors, 23. Tommy Malcolm. NT
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**Ellertson flipped during feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Spencer, Laps 18-30 Rutherford.
 
NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-218, 2-R.Vander Weerd-200, 3-Spencer-189, 4-Swanson-185, 5-Gardner-168, 6-A.Williams-167, 7-Adams-150, 8-C.Williams-149, 9-Josh Hodges-146, 10-R.J. Johnson & L.Williams-122.
 
NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: May 28 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Salute to Indy"
 
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CLAUSON COMES UP CLUTCH; CLAIMS FIRST ELDORA USAC SPRINT VICTORY

Bryan Clauson's continually growing list of accomplishments got a little bit larger after the Noblesville, Indiana driver claimed his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at the famed Eldora Speedway in Friday night's "#LetsRaceTwo" / "Don Branson-Jud Larson Classic."

Clauson made the winning pass on C.J. Leary with just four laps to go to earn his 37th career USAC Sprint win, tying the late Sheldon Kinser for eighth on the all-time list.

Among the highlights on Clauson's impressive resume coming into Friday night's event were three career USAC wins (two Silver Crown, one Midget), but nary a Sprint Car triumph. Clauson, the night's ProSource Fast Qualifier, rolled off from the sixth spot in the feature while a pair of drivers looking to earn their first series win, Dallas Hewitt and Leary, occupied the front row.

At the drop of the green, Hewitt jolted out to the lead as the Troy, Ohio native looked to become the first driver with the surname "Hewitt" to pull into victory lane in USAC competition at Eldora since his uncle Jack claimed all four crowns of the "4-Crown Nationals" in 1998.

After a slider for the lead that didn't quite stick one lap earlier, Leary attempted the same move on Hewitt for the lead in turn one once again one lap later, this time pulling it off successfully, and darting off to a substantial advantage as he edged closer to lapped traffic by lap 10.

As Leary threaded the needle on the high side past the backmarkers, Thomas Mesearull, winner of Eldora's most recent USAC Sprint event in September of 2015, began to reel him in at the halfway point as Clauson stayed within striking distance in third.

Meseraull attempted a slider on Leary for the lead with 12 to go, nearly pulling it off, as the trio of Leary, Meseraull and Clauson ran the highline separated from each other by mere car links.

With five to go, Clauson got by Meseraull for the second spot and had his radar locked on Leary for the lead as he split between a gaggle of lapped cars at the flagstand with just a fraction of a hair to spare.

One lap later, Clauson zeroed in right on Leary's tail tank. Clauson dove low in turn three as Leary treaded the high line, pulling off a patented Eldora slide job to take the point with just 4 laps remaining.

Robert Ballou's race came to a halt with three laps to go after tagging the wall and flipping between turns one and two, collecting Jarett Andretti in the process, and resetting the field for one final three-lap dash to the checkered.

On the restart, Clauson jumped out to the advantage, but Leary was able to remain in the hunt with just three car lengths separating the two as they both rode inches from the wall on the thin cushion. Entering turn 4 on lap 28, Clauson nearly threw it away, banging the right rear hard off the wall, shooting sparks into the air, stumbling him a bit, before regaining control which caused Leary to check up ever so slightly and unable to capitalize.

Clauson led the remaining laps to win by a half second over Leary, Meseraull, Hewitt, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chad Boespflug, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Kody Swanson.

Clauson, who along with his feature victory also claimed the night's "Hard Charger" Award, collected his third USAC National Sprint feature of the season and his eighth overall USAC victory of 2016.

"We've been so close here a number of times and we were close again to giving it away," Clauson admitted. "But after getting through those last few laps, we were finally able to get the monkey off our back. Our car was good, but it was really hard to make enough speed to finish the slider on the guys who were really good. We hit lapped traffic a little bit there and were able to make some moves at the end. The car was flawless! Man, it feels good to win a sprint car race at Eldora!"

C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana nearly avenged his final lap defeat in last May's Eldora USAC Sprint feature, but came up just a few laps short after leading a combined 52 of the last 60 laps in "LetsRaceTwo" openers the last two years with a pair of second place finishes to his credit, including tonight in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher.

"We led a lot of this race again, but you know, I let it go there at the end," Leary said. "I thought we might have had something there for him at the end, but when Bryan made that mistake, we were too close behind to capitalize."

By virtue of his third place finish, San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull takes over the series point lead.

"I've ran 10th through 18th for like five years before this, so I know what it's like to be getting dusty in the back," Meseraull recalled of his past Eldora visits. "We've been really good here lately and I've got a lot of people to thank for making sure the car's fast."

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Carson Short, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Cody Gardner, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Tony DiMattia. NT
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**Jarrett flipped during the first heat. Ballou flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Hewitt, Laps 4-26 Leary, Laps 27-30 Clauson.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-519, 2-Stockon-515, 3-Bacon-514, 4-Cummins-482, 5-Darland-463, 6-Leary-444. 7-Ballou-429, 8-Boespflug-404, 9-Grant-401, 10-McGhee-386.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 7 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - #LetsRaceTwo

2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)
1. Thomas Meseraull 519
2. Chase Stockon 515
3. Brady Bacon 514
4. Kyle Cummins 482
5. Dave Darland 463
6. C.J. Leary 444
7. Robert Ballou 429
8. Chad Boespflug 404
9. Justin Grant 401
10. Max McGhee 386

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RONNIE GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings
 
MAY 2, 2016... Taking advantage of Michael Faccinto’s contact with a lapped car, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) led the final three laps to claim Saturday’s main event at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, it was his second USAC Western States Midget victory of the campaign and the fifteenth of his career. Fast qualifier Faccinto, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, and hard charger Tyler Dolacki chased the three-time champion to the checkered flags.
 
Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner qualified second out of twenty-five racers and won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. After starting fifth in the feature, Ronnie has moved to ninth in series wins and left Bakersfield with an 18-point advantage.
 
After starting third and leading the first twenty-seven laps, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) had to settle for second at Bakersfield. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto held off “The Hawk” Darren Hagen early in the race and held the top spot until Gardner slipped by. Earlier in the program, Michael earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Sean Dodenhoff in his heat race. Heading to Ventura on May 21st, Faccinto is second in the chase for the championship.
 
“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) had one of his best nights with a third place finish from eighth. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has climbed to fifth in the point standings.
 
Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored fourth in the Bakersfield 30-lap main event. Racing the Schutte/McElwee owned #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified ninth overall and ran second to Darren Hagen in his heat race. The 2010 Champion left “The West’s fastest 1/3-mile oval” sitting eleventh in the point chase.
 
Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) earned his second Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was eighth fast in time trials and scored fifth in his heat race. Entering the third point race, the young driver ranks sixth in the championship points.
 
Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff qualified tenth overall and placed seventh in the main event. Sean left his hometown track sitting third in the USAC Western Midget standings.
 
Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. The 2012 USAC National Midget Champion was third quick in time trials and scored nineteenth after an early tangle knocked him out of contention. Hagen is currently twenty-sixth in the championship point chase.
 
With twenty-five cars on hand, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) claimed the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified fourteenth overall, ran sixth in his heat race, and charged to ninth in the feature from sixteenth. Last year’s BCRA Midget Champion left Bakersfield Speedway ranked eighth in USAC Western Midget points.
 
On Saturday, May 21st, the USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action at Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the date will also showcase Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, and Go-Karts. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.
 
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 30, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Terry Nichols, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Tyler Dolacki, 6. Cory Kruseman, 7. Sean Dodenhoff, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Frankie Guerrini, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Shannon McQueen 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Jeff Harrington, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Dylan Ito, 16. Robert Dalby, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Chris Dyson, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Cody Swanson, 21. Robby Josett, 22. Cory Elliott. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Faccinto, Laps 28-30 Gardner.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (14th to 5th)
 
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Michael Faccinto-143, 3. Sean Dodenhof-127, 4. Randi Pankratz-117, 5. Terry Nichols-113, 6. Tyler Dolacki-104, 7. Cody Swanson-101, 8. Frankie Guerrini-96, 9. Maria Cofer-82, 10. Shane Golobic-74, 11. Alex Schutte-68, 12. Courtney Crone-67, 13. Cory Elliott-65, 14. Robert Dalby-63, 15. Brady Bacon-60, 16. Cory Kruseman-59, 17. Nate Waite-55, 18. Britton Bock-54, 19. Shannon McQueen-49, --. Taylor Simas-49.

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USAC's "The Week Of Indy" Just Weeks Away

Huge Discount Available Via Superticket

USAC and Track Enterprises are looking forward to and highly excited about the Week Of Indy, coming up Wednesday-Friday, May 25-27 in Indiana.  The three night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars.  The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway.  Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 25.  The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifieds.  Last year's event was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled as part of the Hurtubise season ending event, so everyone is looking forward to the race on its traditional date.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 7:30.  General admission tickets for the Tony Hulman Classic will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday.  Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 10 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 26, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 62nd running of the Hoosier Hundred.  The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and UMP Dirtcar Modifieds.  Not only does the Hoosier Hundred have a rich history, the Modified event pays $2,000 to win and draws some of the best competitors to the mile.

Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for the Mods at 7:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag.  Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster.  Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate.  Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 27 at Lucas Oil Raceway.  For the first time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500.  Typically, the event was held on Saturday, which created a split in fans and drivers with the Little 500 going on the same day.  This is no longer a problem.  The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the Pro Mazda Series and USF 2000 cars.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open early in the morning at 9:00, grandstands at 2:45, with Silver Crown practice at 3:00, USF 2000 and Pro Mazda qualifying at 4:00, Silver Crown qualifications at 5:05, USF 2000 feature racing at 6:10, the Freedom 90 for the Pro Mazda cars at 7:10, and the green flag scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 8:15.  General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week Of Indy".  A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices.  For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.  To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/the-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

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USAC REGIONAL MIDGETS TO TAKE ON GRANITE CITY JULY 1

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois will play host to a USAC Regional Midget event on Friday night, July 1, 2016.

The $2000-to-win feature event will take place at the 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval alongside the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Winged Sprint Cars, allowing several drivers the chance to pull double-duty in both series' events at the same track on the same night.

"We are excited about this new addition to our midget schedule," USAC Series Director Levi Jones said. "This event is part of USAC's continued, growing regional racing efforts to give midget racers more events to compete in."

USAC's Midget division has competed at Tri-City on 43 occasions dating back to Danny Frye's victory in 1961. In addition to the regional midget event in July, the USAC Midget National Championship will make a visit Tri-City for three consecutive nights of action at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" on October 6-7-8 this year.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson was victorious in both of last season's USAC Midget appearances at Tri-City, sweeping both nights of the "Gold Crown" in September of 2015.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD ACTION
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 26, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “Autism Awareness Night” will also feature the new USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, H&S Body Works Hobby Stocks, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.  
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S  w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
 
Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory as Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte won last year’s events. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.
 
After rain washed out the April 9th date at Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Placerville season opener on March 23rd. The 3-time champion is tied with Garrett Hansen for ninth in series history with fourteen wins and will be looking to add another Bakersfield trophy to his collection.
 
Entering the second point race, Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic led nine laps at Placerville before scoring second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will join Saturday’s action.
 
Cody Swanson (Covina, California) is currently third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson finished third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second USAC victory at Bakersfield.
 
Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps before scoring fourth at the “Placerville Short Track Showdown.” Sean will have his sights on earning his first USAC main event win at his hometown track.
 
Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the championship standings. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking to celebrate a Bakersfield win on Saturday.
 
Currently nineteenth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Nate Waite, Tyler Walker, and more.
 
Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.  
 
The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
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 USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner.
 
BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.
 
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27, 21. Dustin Golobic-25, ---.Nate Waite-25.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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BACON BRINGS IT HOME IN MONTPELIER'S USAC SPRINT DEBUT

Brady Bacon methodically maneuvered his way from his sixth starting spot and, in a three-lap stretch a third of the way into the 30-lap feature, drove from fourth to first, passing Dave Darland on lap 12 and held off a late charge from Kyle Cummins to take the victory in front of a standing-room only crowd in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's debut at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma earned ProSource Fast Qualifying honors in the early going, putting him outside of row three for the feature event. But, it was Darland, from his pole starting position, who quickly established the point at the start with Shane Cottle and Cummins in tow.

By lap five, the freight train of Darland, Cummins and Cottle ran nose-to-tail as they each took to the high side to pull away from the pack. Meanwhile, Bacon went to the bottom, hugging the infield tires as he rapidly reeled in third-running Cottle.

By the tenth lap, Bacon had disposed of Cottle for third, then ran down Cummins for the second spot one lap later before nearly getting by Darland, trailing by about a foot in a dead heat at the start/finish line before claiming the lead just moment later going into turn one on lap 12.

As Bacon blew by the top-three for the lead on the bottom, the trio of Darland, Cummins and Cottle followed suit by heading to the inside line on lap 13 when Cummins got by Darland for second. Cummins moved his car from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom in search of the fast way around as the race crossed the midway point.

An A.J. Hopkins backwards spin on the front-straightaway with 10 to go closed the gap between Bacon in first and second-running Cummins. On the restart, Bacon and Cummins both went to the inside with Cummins hounding Bacon, shadowing his every move, readying himself to pounce on any single slip-up that Bacon might encounter in the closing laps.

With seven laps to go, Cummins was able to get his right front wheel inside of Bacon's left rear in turn two, nearly making contact, but was unable to make it stick, falling back roughly four car-lengths as the two headed into turn three, but a Bret Mellenberndt turn two spin brought out a yellow, providing Cummins with another shot.

After a restart with six to go, Cummins was looking to gain an inch, a yard, anything that would give him an opportunity to gain valuable ground on Bacon at the end, but he was never close enough to mount a serious challenge in the final laps as Bacon never blinked, distancing himself from the fading Cummins and taking the win.

With the victory, Bacon became the sixth different driver to win in the series' first seven races of the 2016 season and, with his 14th career win in the number 69 car, became the all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship "points-paying" races for the venerable Hoffman family team.

"I knew the bottom was a little greasy, so I was trying to drive around it in (turns) one and two; (turns) three and four were good from the start," Bacon, the 2014 series champ, said. "Once it came in in (turns) one and two, I was able to drive by those guys and, from then on, just had to hold on. The car got a little evil right before and after that red (flag), but luckily, I didn't make a mistake big enough for him to get around me. I made some mistakes, but we were able to keep it down on the low line and keep him behind us. We're working hard because we haven't had the start to the season we wanted, so we made some changes to the car and the first race out we won. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the summer."

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins once again put himself in a position to win, but came up just a little short of scoring his initial USAC victory in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. In seven series races thus far in the 2016 season, it was his third 2nd place finish and his fifth top-three result, exemplifying how close he is to finally breaking through for that elusive triumph.

"Everything has been consistent with the car," Cummins beamed. "I just have to thank these guys for working on the car. Everybody is working together and it makes my job easy because I can just focus on the racecar. It's been a good start to the year; I'm hopeful we can just keep knocking them off."

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, led the first 12 laps of the feature in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton before relenting the spot to Bacon, ultimately ending up third, which moved him into the top-five of the series point standings.

"It was tough to go from the lead to third after the top was so good," Darland said. "Then, we were a little too tight to run the bottom. We had a good car, but I got into a rut down in turn one a couple times and it shoved the front end. Things didn't go all that well at some points, but to get out of here with a third, we're pretty happy."

Contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), A.J. Hopkins (Simpson Race Products First Heat), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat), C.J. Leary (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Racing Products "Hard Charger"), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Semi), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.199; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.209; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.255; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.284; 5. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.297; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.330; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.367; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.374; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.378; 10. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.385; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.449; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.465; 13. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-14.513; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.521; 15. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.585; 16. Aaron Farney, 15, Farney-14.588; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.642; 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.645; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.712; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.715; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.772; 22. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-14.777; 23. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.874; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.901; 25. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-15.569.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hopkins, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. C.Short, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Goodnight, 8. Ketcham, 9. Hanft. 2:29.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Chapple, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Weir, 7. Simon, 8. Coons. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Cummins, 5. McGhee, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Stanbrough, 3. C.Cottle, 4. Goodnight, 5. Ketcham, 6. Simon, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer, 9. Hanft. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Carson Short, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (15th to 6th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-476, 2-Cummins-451, 3-Bacon-449, 4-Meseraull-445, 5-Darland-409, 6-Ballou-398, 7-Leary-370, 8-Grant-367, 9-McGhee-343, 10-Boespflug-340.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 6 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. Chase Stockon 476
2. Kyle Cummins 451
3. Brady Bacon 449
4. Thomas Meseraull 445
5. Dave Darland 409
6. Robert Ballou 398
7. C.J. Leary 370
8. Justin Grant 367
9. Max McGhee 343
10. Chad Boespflug 340

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway -
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Max Adams, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Tristan Guardino, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Corey Ballard, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. Landon Hurst, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Ricky Kirkbride, 20. Matt Day. NT
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**Faria flipped during the second heat. Kirkbride flipped during the third heat. Hurst flipped during the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-30 Johnson.
 
NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-341, 2-Roa-321, 3-J.Vander Weerd-314, 4-R.Vander Weerd-282, 5-Marcham-279, 6-Adams-247, 7-Liggett-238, 8-Guardino-222, 9-Troy Rutherford-216, 10-Sibley-195.
 
NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 14 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial"

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STEVIE SUSSEX LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO COCOPAH SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 20, 2016... For the second time in series history, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway this Saturday, April 23rd. The fourth point race will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing at the fast 3/8-mile facility will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.
 
On his way to his third series crown, R.J. Johnson won the April 11, 2015 debut at Cocopah Speedway. Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five and Nick Aiuto earned “best passing job” honors with a fifteenth to seventh place run.
 
Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a ten point advantage over the competition. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran sixth at the April 9th “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie is currently tied for fourth in SouthWest wins and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.
 
R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season at Queen Creek’s “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the three-time champion has two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th feature win at Yuma.
 
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Johnson at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles ranks second with 13 main event wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.
 
After running third at Queen Creek, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin has posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. With five SouthWest triumphs, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on the hometown victory.
 
Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is ranked fifth in the championship points. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey charged from nineteenth to score eighth at the April 9th “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the 1997 ASCA Champion has two hard charger awards and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to claim his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Matt Rossi, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Tom Ogle, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Shon Deskins, Michael Curtis, and more.
 
Cocopah Speedway is located at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona. Adult tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $13, Skybox tickets are $30, and Kids (12 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.
 
For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Stevie Sussex.
 
YUMA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-R.J. Johnson.
 
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-226, 2. R.J. Johnson-216, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-195, 4. Mike Martin-159, 5. Josh Pelkey-153, 6. Nick Aiuto-140, 7. Matt Rossi-134, 8. Bruce St. James-128, 9. Tye Mihocko-125, 10. Tom Ogle-115, ---. Dennis Gile-115, 12. Chris Bonneau-110, 13. Andy Reinbold-92, 14. Brian Hosford-88, 15. Bryan Clauson-79, 16. Landon Cling-77, 17. Shon Deskins-72, ---. Brody Roa-72, 19. Brady Bacon-69, 20. Josh Hodges-68, ---. Michael Curtis-68
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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This schedule is subject to change.

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D.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 20, 2016... This Saturday, April 23rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second stop at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “J.D. Heiskell & Company Appreciation Day” will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.
 
Entering the fifth point race, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133 on March 13, 2015. When the series last visited Tulare on March 12th, D.J. Johnson lead all 30 laps to earn his first main event win.
 
After rain washed away the April 9th date, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) heads to Saturday’s event with a slim one point lead. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will be looking to extend his lead with another $1,500 payday at Tulare.
 
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Last year’s 360 Western World Champion will have his sights on claiming his first Tulare victory.
 
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his seventh career West Coast victory on Saturday.
 
Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is ranked fourth in the point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham has posted three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last season’s Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
 
Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) sits fifth in the championship points. Driving his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The former Ventura champion will be looking to score his fourth West Coast win at Thunderbowl Raceway.
 
Currently eleventh in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kyle Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Cody Majors, and more.
 
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
 
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. D.J. Johnson-264, 2. Brody Roa-263, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-260, 4. Trey Marcham-219, 5. Troy Rutherford-216, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-203, 7. Max Adams-185, 8. Tristan Guardino-173, 9. Austin Liggett-169, 10. Jeff Sibley-147, 11. Ryan Timmons-139, 12. Bryan Clauson-137, 13. Brady Bacon-119, 14. Kevin Barnes-116, 15. Danny Faria Jr.-114, 16. Kyle Smith-93, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-87, 18. Cody Majors-84, 19. Stevie Sussex-78, 20. Shannon McQueen-76.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

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STOCKON DEFENDS HOME TURF;TAKES TRI-STATE'S SPRING SHOWDOWN

It was home-sweet-home for Haubstadt, Indiana resident Chase Stockon as he ran down Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 12, and pulled away to capture his first series victory at his backyard track and his seventh career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at a seventh different track after winning Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" at Tri-State Speedway.

On the initial start, outside front row starter C.J Leary jumped to the lead using the cushion to ride around pole sitter Meseraull for the top spot.  The action quickly came to a halt for inside second row starter Max McGhee as he saw his night abruptly end after smoke began to pour out from under the hood of the number 17.

On the restart, it took just one lap around the high-banked paperclip for Meseraull to slide up in front of Leary to claim the lead on the second lap.  Meanwhile, Stockon got around Leary for second and then set his sights on Meseraull for the lead.

A yellow for the stopped car of Aaron Farney on the sixth lap bunched up the field momentarily, but the frontrunners continued their torrid pace, catching the backmarkers in less than a handful of laps.

Meseraull rode the high line as Stockon worked the middle, inching ever closer to the lead on each corner of every lap.  As Meseraull and Stockon negotiated heavy traffic, Stockon staked his claim for the number one spot, getting by Meseraull at the exit of turn four on lap 12.

Just four laps later, Tri-State Speedway fan favorite Kyle Cummins got by Meseraull for second, putting him in position to make a run at Stockon for his first career series win.

Despite a yellow for Isaac Chapple's stopped car with just five laps to go that bunched up the field, on the restart, Cummins was no match for Stockon, who sprinted to a half-straightaway advantage in the final laps to take the checkered flag ahead of Cummins, Carson Short, Chad Boespflug, Leary, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Brady Short, Meseraull and Kent Schmidt.

Stockon's win vaulted him into the series point lead by 14 markers over Meseraull.  Similarily, after last season's "Spring Showdown," Stockon held a 15-point lead in the series standings.  Stockon, the winner of numerous races at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years outside of USAC competition, was proud to add his name to the list of USAC winners at the southwestern Indiana track.

"It feels great to finally get a USAC win down here with it being so close to home," Stockon said.  "I've always loved it (Tri-State Speedway) and have been fortunate enough to win a fair share of races and even some down here, but to get a USAC win feels awesome.  This thing was unreal and I don't think I could've driven any harder."

Cummins once again showed his prowess at Tri-State, finishing a distant second and, as a result, moved into third in the series standings.  Cummins is still searching for his first career USAC win after earning his ninth podium finish in the series.  Despite another close, but no cigar performance, Cummins is pleased with his performance after running into misfortune during the last couple of races.

"After last night (at Bloomington) and Lawrenceburg, this is a nice turn around," Cummins said.  "Chase (Stockon) was a little better and I thought I had a shot on that late restart.  I was going to try to slide him and he moved down a lane and I had to chalk it up a little bit just so I didn't take us both out.  It was all I could do, but the car is running really well right now.  The beginning of the season has started out really well, so if we can keep up these podiums, we'll get a win."

Young Carson Short of Marion, Illinois, earned a career-best third-place finish.

"It feels really good to kick the season off running well," Short said.  "I'm hopeful we can keep this little bit of momentum up for the next few months and keep putting together some good finishes."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown" - co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Short, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Dakota Jackson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. James Lyerla, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Brandon Morin, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Nevil Algieo, 22. Max McGhee. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Leary, Laps 2-11 Meseraull, Laps 12-30 Stockon.

1. Chase Stockon 407
2. Thomas Meseraull 393
3. Kyle Cummins 378
4. Brady Bacon 368
5. Robert Ballou 351
6. Dave Darland 339
7. Justin Grant 317
8. C.J. Leary 307
9. Max McGhee 306
10. Chad Boespflug 297

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USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Showdown"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Jeremy Ellerrtson, 15. Tom Hendricks, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Tommy Malcolm, 19. Cal Smith, 20. Greg Alexander, 21. Parker Colston, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT
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**Bender flipped during qualifications. Malcolm flipped during the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1- 9 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 10-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Hodges.
 
NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-146, 2-Roa-146, 3-R.Vander Weerd-144, 4-Johnson-122, 5-Swanson-117, 6-Spencer-117, 7-C.Williams-104, 8-Adams-103, 9-Gardner-100, 10-A.Williams-99.
 
NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: May 7 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

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CLAUSON CASHES 4TH STRAIGHT USAC SPRINT WIN AT BLOOMINGTON

Bryan Clauson knows the red clay of the Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway like the back of his hand, and over the past several seasons, the track has become his personal ATM as he once again found his way to victory lane for the fourth consecutive time in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the southern Indiana speed plant.

Clauson, who started 11th, quickly made his way to the front in a race that had a rough beginning for a couple of his competitors up front. After Boespflug led the initial lap from his pole starting position, ProSource fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder, 6th place-running C.J. Leary, got upside down, bouncing over the turn one banking, resulting in the polar opposite of fortunes from his victory in the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track two weekends ago. Despite the tumble, Leary was able to restart.

On the restart, the action lasted until the end of the second lap as Brady Bacon made an attempt for the second spot on Brent Beauchamp. Same as Leary, Beauchamp ended up taking a wild ride over the turn one berm. However, the damage to Beauchamp's machine was enough to end his night on the hook.

On the next restart, Bacon went to the topside to run down Boespflug, taking the lead off of turn two on the third circuit and opening up a wide margin between himself and his nearest contenders.

After trading sliders with Boespflug, Hunter Schuerenberg, in his new ride for Seth Motsinger Motorsports, followed Bacon's lead by running the high line to take the second position from Boespflug on lap nine. On lap 15, Schuerenberg's superb run slipped through his fingers after sliding over the berm in turn four, falling all the way back to the 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Clauson was on a tear, maneuvering his way into the top-four by the midway point, chasing down and stealing the 3rd spot from Boespflug and taking 2nd from Stockon as he began to turn up the heat on Bacon for the lead.

Clauson rim-rode the cushion around the ¼-mile, erasing and evaporating Bacon's lead in a hurry, ultimately nipping him at the line for the lead on lap 19.

Clauson, who initially did not have Bloomington Speedway on his racing agenda for this weekend, had to be pleased of his decision as he was a man on a mission, pulling away from Bacon in the final laps to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, beating Bacon, Meseraull, Stockon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Schuerenberg, Jarett Andretti, Brady Short and Max McGhee to the line.

Since taking the controls of the Dooling/Hayward sprinter in late 2015. Clauson has won five of the 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events he has entered. It was the Noblesville, Indiana driver's sixth USAC feature victory in a USAC-sanctioned event in 2016. Only one other driver has won multiple features in USAC this season: Josh Hodges with two.

Rolling along on a wave of confidence, tonight's KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger, Clauson, feels he has the opportunity to win anytime he pulls into Bloomington.

"This place has always been good to me," Clauson said. "I really feel like we can start about anywhere in this number 63 car and still have a shot to win. We were good on the top tonight and everybody else was working the bottom, which left the top open for me. I knew we were good; I just had to make sure I didn't slip off the edge like last year."
Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who led the field with the most laps led, scored a solid second-place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"When you're the leader, it's hard to know where to go," Bacon admitted. "The only thing I could've done to hold him (Clauson) off would've been to go to the top earlier than when I did. But, never on Earth did I think that that was the way to go because the top was so slick all day in (turns) three and four. I just never thought it would've come in like it did. We were better tonight, but so was everyone else. The competition is so tough in this deal right now that everybody is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you can't ever stop!"

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull extended his point lead to 16 points as the series heads into Saturday night's race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. with his third place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"It was kind of unfortunate with a couple guys going over there up on top, but we kind of got everybody going down on the bottom," Meseraull said. "I got into Ballou in turn two and, after that, the left front seemed kind of messed up, but, in the end, it helped us run the bottom."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland, Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT
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**Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Beauchamp flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Clauson.

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PERRIS HOSTS 3RD USAC/CRA & OUTLAW “SO-CAL SHOWDOWN” SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 13, 2016... This Saturday, April 16th, history will be made for the third time as the Amsoil USAC/CRA and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints, the “So-Cal Showdown” is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a free World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.woosprint.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.
 
The "So-Cal Showdown" has become one of the “must see” races on the Amsoil USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014 and Richard Vander Weerd dominated last year’s race to earn his second of four wins on the season. Gardner, Mike Spencer, Ryan Bernal, and Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers. As this writing goes to press, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 37 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.
 
After winning the March 5th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) sits atop the point standings. Driving Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award before earning his twelfth USAC/CRA victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is scheduled to compete Saturday at Knoxville, Iowa in a winged sprint car.
 
Entering the second point race, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the point chase. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2 and led the first twelve laps of the feature before running second to Clauson. Fresh off a Hanford USAC West Coast victory on April 2nd, Vander Weerd will be looking to earn his sixth USAC/CRA triumph.
 
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently ranked third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored third in the 30-lap “Sokola Shootout.” The 360 Western World Champion will have his sights on making Saturday’s “So-Cal Showdown” his second career victory.
 
Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) heads to Perris tied for fourth in the championship standings. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges claimed fourth in the March 5th main event. This Saturday, the young driver will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA victory at the “So-Cal Showdown.”
 
The biggest news during the schedule break was that Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) had found a new ride after the Chaffin Motorsports team suspended operations. Tied for fourth in USAC/CRA points, the five-time champion will drive Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92M Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Victory as a teammate to Jake Swanson. Mike took fifth in the Perris season opener and will be looking to claim his thirty-eighth series win.
 
Currently tied for eleventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California) and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., R.J. Johnson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, A.J. Bender, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Williams, Logan Williams, Jeremy Ellertson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Trent Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more.
 
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NEW USAC/CRA DRIVER-TEAM COMBINATION DEBUTS THIS SATURDAY AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 12, 2016... When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, April 16th, a new partnership will make their debut. The Moose Racing #92 Team has announced that 5-Time Champion Mike Spencer will pilot a second car alongside Jake Swanson. The Tom and Laurie Sertich owned team hope to run both cars for the entire season and are looking for additional sponsorship to make this a reality.
 
Since earning the Non-Wing World Championship Rookie of the Year honors in 2001, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has been building a resume worthy of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame consideration. Driving for Ron Chaffin Motorsports, Spencer won five consecutive USAC/CRA titles from 2008 to 2012. As this writing goes to press, Mike ranks second in series history with 63 Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and 37 main event wins to his credit. On November 3, 2012, the second generation driver scored his greatest victory- the prestigious Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition, Spencer has recorded two USAC West Coast victories, including the inaugural 360 Oval Nationals at Perris in 2013 racing for Mark Priestley.
 
In a recent interview with Scott Daloisio on the Perris Auto Speedway Podcast (www.perrisautospeedway.com/podcasts.html), Mike explained that following the passing of car owner Ron Chaffin, the family has decided to suspend operations of the #50 team. For the first time in his career, this left Spencer without a ride and the opportunity with Moose Racing became available.
 
The Huntington Beach, California based Moose Racing Team has competed on the West Coast Sprint Car scene since the mid-1990s. Drivers such as Glenn Carson, Casey Shuman, Tony Jones, Rusty McClure, Dave Darland, Danny Sheridan, Greg Bragg, David Cardey, and more have raced the popular #92 sprint car. Last season, Jake Swanson ran fourth in USAC/CRA points on the strength of four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eight top-5 finishes, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led. In 2014, Jake earned Most Improved Driver honors with USAC/CRA and on June 19th, the team won their USAC West Coast & VRA 360 Sprint Car debut at Ventura Raceway.
 
To join the efforts of the Moose Racing Team, visit their website at www.sprintcars.com or on Facebook at Mooseracing92.
 
The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 16th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “So-Cal Showdown.” The event will mark the third time in history that the USAC/CRA 410s will race on the same card with the famed World of Outlaw Sprints. The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will join the action on the “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For advance ticket information, visit woosprint.com. For more information on Perris Auto Speedway, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.
 
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.
 
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-82, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-75, 3. Brody Roa-70, 4. Josh Hodges-68, -. Mike Spencer-68, 6. Jake Swanson-63, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-58, 8. R.J. Johnson-54, 9. Cody Williams-50, 10. Parker Colston-48, 11. Max Adams-45, --. A.J. Bender-45, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-38, 14. Austin Williams-37, 15. Logan Williams-36, 16. Jeremy Ellertson-34, 17. Tommy Malcolm-33, 18. Chris Gansen-32, --. Trent Williams-32, 20. Matt Rossi-30.
 
2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
May 7: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute To Indy)
June 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Firecracker 30)
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "4th Annual Spring Fling"
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Tom Ogle, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Asa Kesterson. NT
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**Lundy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Martin, Laps 17-30 Johnson
 
NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-226, 2-Johnson-216, 3-Davis-195, 4-Martin-159, 5-Pelkey-153, 6-Aiuto-140, 7-Rossi-134, 8-St. James-128, 9-Mihocko-125, 10-Ogle-115.
 
NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 23 - Yuma, AZ - Cocopah Speedway

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RAINS FORCE TULARE SPRINT/MIDGET CANCELLATION

Tulare, CA........Rains and inclement weather in central California have forced cancellation of Saturday's scheduled USAC West Coast Sprint and USAC Western Midget "doubleheader" at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The West Coast Sprints resume action April 23 at Tulare, while the Western Midgets now eye the April 30 race at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT TULARE THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their first of two appearances at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S  w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
 
Since September 7, 1988, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the series debut as Michael Faccinto and Brady Bacon won last year’s events, joining Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Tracy Hines, and Trey Marcham as Tulare victors. Heading into Saturday’s event, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010.
 
After winning the Placerville season opener on March 26th, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and passed Shane Golobic on lap twelve before claiming his fourteenth career victory. The 3-time champion will be looking to continue his championship by adding Tulare to his win list.
 
Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) is currently second in the championship points. Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic took the lead from Sean Dodenhoff on the third lap and had to settle for second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.
 
Cody Swanson (Covina, California) ranks third in the Western Midget point chase. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson ran third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC victory.
 
Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the point standings. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps at Placerville before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. Sean will have his sights on scoring his first USAC win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
 
Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto scored fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two career USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking for another Tulare trophy to add to his collection.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, Nate Waite, and more.
 
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.
 
The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
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 USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the series available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner
 
TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Sleepy Tripp.
 
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT TULARE SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second appearance of the year at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will also tackle the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.
 
Heading into the fifth point race, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133 on March 13, 2015. When the series last visited Tulare on March 12th, D.J. Johnson lead all 30 laps to earn his first main event win.
 
After running fourth last Saturday at Hanford, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has taken over the point lead. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign. D.J. will be looking to extend his one point lead with another $1,500 payday at Tulare.
 
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored seventeenth at Hanford after an early tangle knocked him out of contention. To date, the 360 Western World Champion has posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will have his sights on rebounding this Saturday night with a Tulare victory on his resume.
 
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the USAC West Coast point chase. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace led most of the Hanford feature before finishing second to his twin brother Richard. Heading to Tulare, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd will be looking to claim his seventh career West Coast triumph on Saturday.
 
Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham had a solid night at Hanford by claiming third at the checkered flags. Showing consistency, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Trey will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
 
Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) is currently ranked fifth in the championship points. Racing his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford struggled last Saturday and scored fourteenth in the main event. At press time, the 1997 SCRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. Troy will be looking to rebound with his fourth career series win at Thunderbowl Raceway.
 
Currently eleventh in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kyle Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Cody Majors, and more.
 
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.
 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd
 
TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
 
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. D.J. Johnson-264, 2. Brody Roa-263, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-260, 4. Trey Marcham-219, 5. Troy Rutherford-216, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-203, 7. Max Adams-185, 8. Tristan Guardino-173, 9. Austin Liggett-169, 10. Jeff Sibley-147, 11. Ryan Timmons-139, 12. Bryan Clauson-137, 13. Brady Bacon-119, 14. Kevin Barnes-116, 15. Danny Faria Jr.-114, 16. Kyle Smith-93, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-87, 18. Cody Majors-84, 19. Stevie Sussex-78, 20. Shannon McQueen-76.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS INVADE QUEEN CREEK FOR “SPRING FLING”
By Lance Jennings
 
APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first of eight appearances at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “5th Annual Spring Fling” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bomber Stocks, and more. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
Since April 13, 2013, seventeen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with ten wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Last season, Johnson won his second straight “Spring Fling” and Martin scored the popular victory in 2013. Davis won the inaugural event sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region in 2012.
 
After winning the March 26th “Easter Eggstravaganza” at Canyon Speedway Park, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex has also posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will be looking for his sixth victory and add a Queen Creek trophy to his collection.
 
3-Time Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has climbed to second in the championship points. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson charged from sixth to finish third at Canyon Speedway Park. Heading to Queen Creek, R.J. has earned three top-qualifier awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the year. Johnson will have his sights on his third “Spring Fling” triumph and his thirty-third SouthWest win.
 
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis rebounded to finish seventh on March 26th after a late race caution. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one top-qualifier award, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to earn his fourteenth SouthWest victory and continue his championship bid.
 
Nick Aiuto (Camp Verde, Arizona) is currently ranked fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto raced to sixth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting ninth. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the year. This Saturday, Nick will have his sights on his first career series win at Queen Creek.
 
After earning Canyon’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth, Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey has one top-10 finish in the campaign. The 1997 ASCA Champion will be looking to claim the checkered flags at Arizona Speedway.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Tom Ogle, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, and more.
 
Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.
 
SPRING FLING WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Martin, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-Stevie Sussex.
 
QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
10-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey
 
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-159, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-121, 4. Nick Aiuto-104, 5. Josh Pelkey-102, 6. Matt Rossi-95, 7. Mike Martin-86, 8. Bryan Clauson-79, 9. Tye Mihocko-74, 10. Dennis Gile-74, 11. Brody Roa-72, 12. Brady Bacon-69, 13. Josh Hodges-68, 14. Tom Ogle-65, 15. Dave Darland-63, 16. Bruce St. James-57, 17. Trey Marcham-54, 18. Brian Hosford-49, 19. D.J. Johnson-48, 20. Chris Bonneau-47.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 9: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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WEATHER FORCES KOKOMO MIDGET CANCELLATIONS
 
This weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" for USAC's National Midget Championship races at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

There is no re-schedule of this event planned.
 
"We are disappointed that the weather has intervened, producing conditions not conducive for racing for race fans or participants," said race organizer Reece O'Connor. "We want this event to offer everyone a pleasant atmosphere of fun and these weather forecasts will not permit that."
 
Kokomo Speedway is among USAC's most active venues and will, host "Indiana Midget Week" June 5, "Indiana Sprint Week" July 9 and the "Sprint Car Smackdown" August 24-27, plus a USAC Indiana Midget Championship race October 14.

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National Sprints
2016 points
May 6
1. T. Meseraull 519
2. Chase Stockon 515
3. Brady Bacon 514
4. Kyle Cummins 482
5. Dave Darland 463
6. C.J. Leary 444
7. Robert Ballou 429
8. Chad Boespflug 404
9. Justin Grant 401
10. Max McGhee 386

 National Midgets
March 18
. 1. Shane Golobic 70
2. Brady Bacon 61
3. Spence Bayston 55
4. Tanner Thorson 52
5. David Budres 49
6. Zach Daum 43
7. A.Hernandez 41
8. Chad Boat 37
9. T.Thomas 35
10. Holly Shelton 33

Silver Crown
FINAL
1. Kody Swanson 617
2. Jerry Coons Jr. 475
3. A.J. Fike 431
4. Chris Windom 405
5. Shane Cockrum 357
6. Aaron Pierce 354
7. C.J. Leary  339
8. Austin Nemire 316
9. Justin Grant 304
10. David Byrne 300

USAC/CRA
Nov. 12

1. Damion Gardner 1266
2. Mike Spencer 1221
3. R.Vander Weerd 1169
4. Jake Swanson 1035
5. Austin Williams 1024
6. Brody Roa 984
7. Matt Mitchell 799
8. Cody Williams 760
9. Logan Williams 663
10. Ryan Bernal 563

 

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