Tucson, Arizona.......In a duel for the ages in Saturday night's 48th "Western World Championship" at USA Raceway, Bryan Clauson held off AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Robert Ballou for the season-ending victory. The pair of 26-year-olds swapped the lead with less than ten laps to go, and Clauson held off a last-corner slider attempt from Ballou for the .753-second win in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"It was a lot of fun to race like that. I thought once he got out front, it would be tough to do anything, but as the top got a bigger ledge and we got into traffic, our car being so maneuverable helped get us into the battle. We cleared him at one point and he got back around us, and we were just battling for every inch, and I think he biked up there and I was able to get away. Towards the end, I was just trying to do things different and not give him a clean look, and keep lapped cars in the way so he couldn't do much with us. You've got to be smart and not make mistakes if you want to beat a guy like him. My car owners Joe Dooling and Brodie Hayward obviously did a great job putting this together, and I have to thank my dad (Tim) and Tyler Ransbottom for all their work, and Mike Martin for loaning us this engine we've used the past four races," Clauson said.

Tracy Hines, making his final start as a full-time National Sprint Car competitor, led from the pole before Dave Darland circled him for the lead on lap two. The next lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. slowed with a flat left-rear tire, bringing out the first caution.

On the restart, Ballou and Brady Bacon blitzed Hines for the second and third spots, with Bacon tracing the bottom berm through turns three and four. On lap four, Danny Faria, Jr. flipped in turn-two to bring out a red flag. Before the race resumed, Thomas Meseraull retired to the infield after going from 17th to 10th in the first three laps.

Once the race resumed, Ballou started to pressure Darland for the lead, while Clauson used a turn-one slider to take fourth from Hines on lap six. Two laps later, he used a slider on the opposite end to take third from Bacon.

Meanwhile, Ballou was using the bottom to work underneath Darland for the lead by .041 seconds on lap nine, using his head of steam to slide up in front of him as they hit turn one. By lap 13, Clauson had caught Darland for second and tried to beat him into turn-one, but had to fall in behind him.

Just a lap later, Clauson used the bottom of turn-four to move in front of Darland for the second spot and set his sights on Ballou. The leader hit traffic on lap 17 and Clauson was closing. With Ballou bottled in up high, Clauson nailed the bottom on lap 19 to edge in front by .059 seconds at the line. It remained close as they both negotiated traffic with Clauson sticking more to the bottom and Ballou using the top.

Ballou got his lead back on lap 21 and appeared to again be in control, running the top to work through slower cars. Clauson hung right there, though, and capitalized on lap 24 when Ballou caught the turn-two cushion and bicycled. Ballou would not go quietly, and came storming back at Clauson. He attacked the cushion and closed to just a car length at the end of lap 27.

Clauson used traffic over the final few laps to try to keep Ballou behind him, but Ballou had a run and went to the bottom on the final lap with a chance to shoot underneath with the lead. He clipped the berm on exit of turn-two as Clauson shot off the cushion and down the backstretch, clearing Ballou's final attempt with ease on his way to the third win of the season and 34th of his decorated career.

Ballou, who started the night by peeling off the "2" decals from his car to just run the #1, was obviously dejected after his second-place run but celebrated his first USAC championship after an incredible season in the Pacific Grass & Turf - Blakesley Auto Maxim/Ott.

"It's really been an unbelievable ride. I never would have thought we could have accomplished what we have. Obviously, it's frustrating to be so close to that fourteenth win (to tie the all-time single-season record set by Tom Bigelow), but we just got beat by an incredible race car driver in Bryan Clauson. This year has been something that's come from years of work and struggle. I'm really proud of Derrick Bye and myself for getting our program to this point, and I again have to thank all the people who have helped in any way to get us here," said Ballou, who finished with 13 wins, 26 top-fives, and 35 top-tens in 39 events this season, while leading 226 laps in feature competition.

2014 National Sprint Car Champion Brady Bacon rounded out the podium in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We got a great track for tonight's feature - it just got better every night, really. We were able to work our way forward but just didn't have enough to compete with those two for a win. We had a good weekend and finished our season strong, so we'll try to roll that into next year, and I'm looking forward to getting back with the Hoffmans for another one," Bacon said.

Darland wound up fourth in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco, and Richard Vander Weerd in the Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development #10 Maxim/Shark.

Damion Gardner finished 12th and completed his third USAC/CRA Series championship.

"This was a tough season, especially after last season was basically a dream with winning so many races and not having many bumps in the road. I've never been one to wish a season over, but I really just wanted to win this championship and have it done. We lost my good buddy Jeff Stich this year, and it's definitely not the same without him, but I'm glad we were able to come from behind and close strong to get this title," Gardner said.


AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2015 - Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway - "Western World Championships"

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Mike Spencer (#50 Chaffin), 4. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 5. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 6. Chad Boespflug (#04G Cook), 7. Austin Williams (#2 Jory), 8. Nick Parker (#94 Morales). NT

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Danny Faria, Jr. (#17v Bowman), 5. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 6. Brady Short (#19 Underwood), 7. Logan Williams (#5x Jory), 8. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). NT

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#20N Nolen), 2. Chris Windom (#21x Pollock), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Brody Roa (#48 Leonard), 6. Cody Williams (#44 Jory), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 2. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 6. Bryan Clauson (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 8. Damion Gardner (#4x Alexander). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Short, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Grant, 6. Swanson, 7. Boespflug, 8. Rossi, 9. A. Williams, 10. Copeland, 11. L. Williams, 12. Bell, 13. C. Williams, 14. Martin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Jake Swanson, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Danny Faria, Jr. NT
**Parker flipped during the first qualifying race. C. Williams flipped during the semi. Faria flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-8 Darland, Laps 9-18 Ballou, Laps 19-20 Clauson, Laps 21-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

1. Robert Ballou 2274
2. Dave Darland 2187
3. Chase Stockon 2092
4. Brady Bacon 2085
5. Jon Stanbrough 1788
6. Kevin Thomas Jr. 1771
7. Chris Windom 1602
8. C.J. Leary 1494
9. Tracy Hines 1483
10. Justin Grant 1282

Miscellaneous stats from Saturday night's "Western World Championships"
Final at USA Raceway - Tucson, Arizona
**Saturday night, Robert Ballou became USAC's 32nd National Sprint champion and the 73rd overall champion between the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint & National Midget Series.
**Robert Ballou became just the fourth driver to win the USAC National Sprint Car title in a self-owned or family-owned car: Robbie Stanley in 1991 & 1992; Doug Kalitta in 1994 and Bryan Clauson in 2012.
**Robert Ballou became the first USAC National Sprint Car champion to don the #1 on his car since Tony Elliott during the 1999 season.
**Bryan Clauson won his 34th career USAC National Sprint Car feature (11th all-time) and puts him just one spot away from tying Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 9th on the all-time list.
**It was also Clauson's 72nd career USAC National victory (36 National Midget, 34 National Sprint and 2 Silver Crown), putting him 10th on the all-time USAC National win list.
**Of Clauson 72 career USAC National wins, 6 have come in the state of Arizona (5 Sprint & 1 Midget).
**Bryan Clauson's win Saturday night earned him his 4th "Western World Championships" feature win (2012 Sprint Car, 2013 Sprint Car & Midget and 2015 Sprint Car)
**Tracy Hines led a lap in consecutive features for the first time since Feb. 22-23, 2013 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
**Saturday night was only the 3rd time in 2015 that Robert Ballou led a feature, but did not go on to win the race.
**Robert Ballou not only had 13 wins during the 2015 season, he also finished in 2nd place on 6 occasions this year: Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on April 18; Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on July 12; Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on July 15; AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wisc. on Aug. 7; Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc. on Aug. 8, and USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. On Nov. 21.
**Bryan Clauson has made 7 starts in the Dooling/Hayward Racing #63 this season. In those 7 starts, Clauson has never qualified outside the top, was fast qualifier once, won 2 heat races, and only finished outside of the top-four once in a feature, winning twice and leading 33 laps.
**Robert Ballou became only the 4th California-born USAC National Sprint Car champion: Jay Drake (2004), Josh Wise (2006) and Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2013).

**Dave Darland finished 2nd in the final USAC National Sprint Car point standings for the 4th time (2005, 2012, 2013 & 2015)

**Dave Darland has now finished in the top-10 in the final USAC National Sprint Car point standings for the 19th consecutive season.
**During Saturday night's feature, Justin Grant advanced 15 positions from 22nd to 7th. That is the 2nd most positions gained in a feature during the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season. Only Brady Short advanced more positions (17 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. on July 16th).
**Brady Bacon had a very successful "Western World" weekend at USA Raceway. In 3 National/CRA Sprint starts, he earned finishes of 2nd, 1st, and 3rd. In the West Coast/Southwest portion of the event, Bacon scored finishes of 2nd, 6th, and 2nd giving him an average finish of 2.67 for the weekend.
**AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series regular Richard Vander Weerd earned his first career top-5 finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.
**The 5 different lead changes during Saturday night's feature equal the Perris USAC National Sprint Car race on Nov. 12 as the race with the most lead changes during the 2015 season.
**Jon Stanbrough won his series-best 5th semi-feature of the season.


1968 - Bob Cleberg
1969 - Bob Huebner
1970 - Jerry McClung
1971 - Jan Opperman
1972 - Jan Opperman
1973 - Earl Wagner
1974 - Rick Ferkel
1975 - Ron Shuman
1976 - Bubby Jones
1977 - Ron Shuman
1978 - Lealand McSpadden
1979 - Tim Green
1980 - Jeff Swindell
1981 - Ron Shuman  
1982 - Steve Kinser
1983 - Steve Kinser
1984 - Ron Shuman
1985 - Steve Kinser
1986 - Bobby Davis, Jr.
1987 - Steve Kinser
1988 - Mark Kinser
1989 - Sammy Swindell
1990 - Steve Kinser
1991 - Danny Lasoski
1992 - Steve Kinser
1993 - Lealand McSpadden
1994 - Ron Shuman
1995 - Lealand McSpadden
1996 - Steve Kinser
1997 - Mark Kinser
1998 - Tyler Walker
1999 - Donny Schatz
2000 - Jay Drake
2001 - Jeremy Sherman
2002 - Bud Kaeding
2003 - Tony Elliott
2004 - Bud Kaeding
2005 - Dave Darland
2006 - Josh Wise
2007 - Jerry Coons, Jr.
2008 - Kevin Swindell
2009 - Brady Bacon & Sammy Swindell (Winged)
2010 - Brady Bacon & Donny Schatz (Winged)  
2011 - Tracy Hines & Donny Schatz (Winged)  
2012 - Bryan Clauson & Wayne Johnson (Winged)
2013 - Bryan Clauson (Sprint Car & Midget)
2014 - Matt Rossi (Sprint Car) & Darren Hagen (Midget)
2015 - Bryan Clauson (National/CRA) & Brody Roa (West Coast/Southwest)



Tucson, Arizona.......Brady Bacon capped Friday's "Western World Championships" preliminary night at USA Raceway with his seventh win of the season in AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took charge just past halfway and held off Bryan Clauson to win by .377-seconds, making it the 100th USAC National feature victory for his Dynamics, Inc. - Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Matt Rossi got the jump from the pole and led Tracy Hines early in the 30-lapper. Hines started to get a rhythm using the bottom after a few laps and reeled in Rossi. Hines crossed just behind Rossi on lap eight, but Rossi was still up to the challenge running the high side. The race's only stoppage came on lap ten when Cody Williams flipped in turn four. He was unhurt.

Hines was on the attack at the restart, nailing the bottom through turns one and two to edge past Rossi and into the lead at the end of lap ten, but Rossi would not go away easily as he hammered the high side to shoot back past Hines for the lead. Meanwhile, Robert Ballou was looking to sew up his National Championship after having problems early in the night and starting 17th. He worked into the top-ten at lap twelve.

On lap thirteen, Rossi jumped the cushion between turns three and four just as Bacon snuck under Hines for the second spot. Rossi recovered momentarily, but Bacon was hot on his trail, flashing less than a car length back on lap sixteen.

Bacon went to the lead on lap 17, and just two laps later Clauson worked past Rossi, as well, as Hines, Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Dave Darland were also coming fast. Ballou was running them down as he passed Rossi for seventh with less than ten laps to go.

Up front, Clauson had caught Bacon but lost a little ground as he had to work to the outside of a lapped car. He came charging again on the white flag lap and had a clear lane on the bottom of turns one and two on the final lap, but Bacon ran the cushion to hold him off and move into a tie for 29th all-time with his 15th career win in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"Getting 100 wins and ten championships, it's cool to be in the seat and get those milestones for them. It's an honor to drive their car. I didn't know what was gonna happen with those two up front, so I had to take my time. The top was curby and it was hard to carry speed, but we were able to roll the bottom to get to the front. I tried to keep a decent pace through lapped cars and didn't really make any big mistakes. I knew somebody had to be close back there, and if you messed up, it was gonna be a big effect," Bacon said.

Clauson improved one spot from opening night and finished second in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"It was gonna be tough to complete anything there at the end. I could maintain through one and two, but he was a bit better up top. He was good enough on the other end to take the lane up. Track position was the biggest hindrance for us, and he just didn't make any mistakes at all. I had to slow up just a bit too much on entry to one on the last lap to have a shot at him. I felt like we were a tick better, but he wasn't gonna give us a chance to take it," Clauson said.

Hines continued his strong West Coast trip with a podium finish aboard his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

"I knew what the Hoffmans had on the 69 car, and I knew pretty early that we weren't quite gonna be tight enough. We went a little safe just in case we were gonna have to run the cushion. We're solid and locked in for tomorrow, so we'll see what happens with our last race. I feel better now and am not hurting now after the injuries in the middle of the season, and there's no braces or anything while I'm racing, and we're back to running well again," Hines said.

Ballou's incredible run from 17th ended with a fourth-place finish for the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, and the Rocklin, California driver will clinch the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on Saturday. Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Griffin's Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Damion Gardner finished tenth and will also celebrate a championship on Saturday, as he takes another USAC/CRA Sprint Car title.

Bacon, Clauson, Hines, Ballou, Darland, Thomas, Gardner, and Aaron Farney are locked into Saturday's dash to determine to first four rows of the night's 40-lap championship feature.

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2015 - Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway - "Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.446; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.627; 3. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.691; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.715; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.717; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.719; 7. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.294-15.802; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20N, Nolen-15.835; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.836; 10. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.854; 11. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.911; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.968; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.993; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.996; 15. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.003; 16. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-16.025; 17. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.026; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.044; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.059; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.085; 21. Brady Short, 19, Underwood-16.109; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.141; 23. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.167; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.178; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.191; 26. Casey Shuman, 42, Cheney-16.197; 27. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Bowman-16.197; 28. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.206; 29. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-16.334; 30. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.476; 31. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-16.588; 32. Nick Parker, 94, Morales-16.761; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.252.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Darland, 3. Rossi, 4. Stockon, 5. Short, 6. C. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Roa. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Clauson, 5. Spencer, 6. Copeland, 7. Hodges, 8. Shuman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A. Williams, 2. Leary, 3. Gardner, 4. Hines, 5. Grant, 6. Farney, 7. L. Williams, 8. Parker. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Johnson, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Boespflug, 6. Thomas, 7. Coons, 8. Bell. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Farney, 3. Coons, 4. Spencer, 5. Grant, 6. Boespflug, 7. Faria, 8. L. Williams, 9. Roa, 10. Short, 11. Copeland, 12. Parker, 13. C. Williams, 14. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. Matt Rossi, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Austin Williams, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Ryan Bernal. NT
**Hodges and Shuman flipped during the second heat. C. Williams flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rossi, Lap 10 Hines, Laps 11-16 Rossi, Laps 17-30 Bacon.

Miscellaneous stats from Thursday night's "Western World Championships" Night 2 at USA Raceway - Tucson, Arizona
**Brady Bacon moved into 29th on all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with his 15th career series victory. That ties him with Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler.
**The legendary Hoffman family team won their 100th USAC National feature Friday night (92 Sprint, 7 Silver Crown, 1 Midget). The Hoffman's first USAC National victory came in a 100-lap Midget race at Dayton (OH) Speedway on June 24, 1956 with Eddie Sachs behind the wheel. The Hoffman's first USAC National Sprint Car feature win came on June 18, 1961 at Salem (IN) Speedway with Jim Hemmings driving to victory in the 30-lapper.
**With 7 USAC National wins in 2015, this has been the Hoffman's most successful year racing with USAC, surpassing their previous record of 5 wins set in 1989, 1993, 1995, and 1999.
**Friday night, Brady Bacon became the driver with the most USAC National wins in a Hoffman-owned car with 13, surpassing Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons, Jr. who have won 12.
**Ballou's charge from 20th to 4th made him the hardest charging driver during Friday night's 30-lap feature. He was able to advance the most positions during the feature for the 6th time this season. Ballou has been the "hard charger" in 6 of the last 14 USAC National Sprint Car features.
**Bacon won his 2nd career feature at USA Raceway Friday night after capturing the "Copper on Dirt" USAC/CRA Sprint Car event in March of this year.

**Brady Bacon is having the most winningest season of his USAC National Sprint Car career, scoring 7 features in 2015. His previous most prolific season was his championship season in 2014 in which he won 4 feature events.
**Matt Rossi led the first laps of his career in USAC National Sprint Car competition, taking the lead on two different occasions for a total of 15 laps. Rossi was the 2014 "Western World" Sprint Car feature winner when it was a USAC Southwest/West Coast event.
**The winners of the last 6 "Western World" sprint car features were at the forefront of Friday night's feature. 2014 winner, Matt Rossi, led 15 laps. 2009 & 2010 winner Brady Bacon was Friday night's winner while 2012 & 2013 winner Bryan Clauson finished 2nd and 2011 winner Tracy Hines finished 3rd.
**Tracy Hines led his first lap in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since the April 26th event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

**Chase Stockon earned his 8th ProSource fast qualifying time of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season Friday night at USA Raceway. The achievement clinched a $2,500 bonus for posting the most fast qualifying times in USAC National competition throughout the 2015 season.
**All four heat race winners on Friday night are natives of California: Ryan Bernal (Hollister), Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia), Austin Williams (Yorba Linda) & Robert Ballou (Rocklin).
**Robert Ballou won his 15th USAC National Sprint Car heat race of the year (ranks 2nd) and Ryan Bernal won his 3rd. Austin Williams and Richard Vander Weerd each won their first National Sprint heat races of 2015.
**Kevin Thomas, Jr. won his 4th semi-feature of the season, placing him in a tie for first with Jon Stanbrough.



Eight-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Ron Shuman serves as the Grand Marshal for this year's annual Midget racing classic at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The 75th edition of the race is slated for Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 26, at the southern California speed plant.

All of Shuman's wins came prior to the first "Turkey Night" appearance at Perris in 1996 and he recorded six wins at the now-defunct Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. and two at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. His first came in 1979, beginning a streak of four straight. He repeated in 1984 and 1987 before the race switched to the Bakersfield dirt in 1992 where he scored two consecutive wins in 1992 and 1993.

Nobody else is even close to Shuman's eight wins, but Billy Boat won three straight at three different venues between 1995 and 1997. Dave Darland, the only driver besides Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox to win the race on both paved and dirt surfaces, hopes to join Boat as a three-time winner this year. Bryan Clauson, winner of last weekend's "Budweiser Oval Nationals" Sprint race at Perris, also hopes to put his name on the "Aggie" trophy for a third time. Darland won the race in 2007 at Irwindale, Calif. and in 2013 at Perris, while Clauson's wins came at Irwindale in 2009 and 2010. Clauson could become the fourth driver to win on both paved and dirt surfaces.

Defending race winner Christopher Bell and 2012 winner Kyle Larson are also expected to return for this year's classic, joining teammates Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. for the potent Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team. Abreu, though 56 points in arrears of Hines in the latest standings, continues to hold a chance of repeating as the National series champion.

Tracy Hines (Honda National) and Ronnie Gardner (Honda Western) are the respective series point leaders entering the fray. Hines is hoping to join the elusive list of USAC Triple Crown Champions as he seeks his initial National Midget title, He already owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint series and would join Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. in the Triple Crown category. Gardner is headed for his third consecutive Western crown.

Hines enjoys a 27-point lead over Thomas and a 33-point lead over Thorson in the National standings, trying to erase the bitter one-point loss to Cole Whitt in the 2008 final standings.

This year's program format change results in more racing action for race fans. Qualifying, heat races, semi-features and the 98-lap main event are on tap. In past years, top qualifiers were locked into the feature after time trials, but this year, all cars and drivers will compete in preliminary races to set the starting field.

In addition to a strong female contingent of drivers, the battle for the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" honors promises to be hotly contested as well.


By Lance Jennings
NOVEMBER 17, 2015... With three races left, the chase for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car title will shift to Tucson, Arizona for the “48th Western World Championships.” Starting Thursday, November 19th, the prestigious three-day event at USA Raceway will feature the Amsoil USAC National, Amsoil USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and USAC West Coast Sprints. At press time, close to 80 (410s & 360s) entries will battle for a total purse over $100,000. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at or call 520.664.2074.
The traditional 410 sprints of United States Auto Club (USAC) last headlined the Western World Championships in 2008. That year, Kevin Swindell took the checkered flags at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Madman” Robert Ballou currently leads the USAC National points and “The Demon” Damion Gardner has reclaimed the USAC/CRA point lead with a 45-point advantage. Saturday’s main event will pay $7,500 to the winner, second will earn $4,000, third will pay $2,000, and $600 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary features will pay $5,000-to-win and $500 to start.
Currently eleventh in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to enter the Oval Nationals. Per USAC rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire, cars must pass a tech inspection, and one-way radios are mandatory.
In addition to the powerful 410s of the USAC National and USAC/CRA Series, the 360s of the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Series are also on the card. Several drivers that will race double duty are: Brady Bacon (2014 USAC National Sprint Champion), Bryan Clauson (2-Time USAC National Sprint & Midget Champion), Danny Faria Jr. (2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion), Justin Grant (2008 Jim Turner Memorial Winner), Josh Hodges (2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year), R.J. Johnson (2-Time USAC SouthWest Champion), C.J. Leary (2014 360 Oval Nationals Winner), Mike Martin (2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner), Josh Pelkey (1997 ASCA Champion), Brody Roa (2-Time Wagsdash Winner), Matt Rossi (2014 Western World Sprint Winner), Jake Swanson (2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 Haubstadt Hustler Winner). The latest Western World Championships pre-entry list is at the end of this release.
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.
1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Jeff Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi.
2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4X-Tracy Hines, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Logan Williams, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Robert Ballou, 12X-Josh Pelkey, 15-Aaron Farney, 16-Mike Martin, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Brady Short, 20-Jerry Coons Jr., 21X-Chris Windom, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 37-Matt Mitchell, 44-Cody Williams, 48-Brody Roa, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51X-Jimmy Crawford, 56-Ryan Bernal, 63-Bryan Clauson, 66-Thomas Meseraull, 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Robert Bell, 71P-Dave Darland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Jon Stanbrough, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 94-Nick Parker, 02-Matt Rossi, Casey Shuman, Chad Boespflug.
2-Josh Shipley, 2X-Larry Gibson, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Tye Mihocko, 6- Ronnie Clark, 8AZ-Jordan Stetson, 12-Josh Pelkey, 13B-Dennis Gile, 16-Mike Martin, 16B-Bryan Clauson, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Andy Reinbold, 27-Nick Aiuto, 29-Mike Bonneau, 30-C.J. Leary, 33-D.J. Johnson, 50-Charles Davis Jr., 55-Kyle Smith, 73-Trey Marcham, 73X-Brady Bacon, 74-Colby Copeland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 77M-R.J. Johnson, 78-Chris Bonneau, 81-Tristan Guardino, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 98-Matt Lundy, 02-Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Gary Taylor, Chris Windom, Brian Hosford, Casey Shuman.
1. Damion Gardner-1266; 2. Mike Spencer-1221; 3. Richard 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; 11. Parker Colston (R)-456; 12. Jace Vander Weerd-366; 13. Danny Faria Jr.-358; 14. Chris Gansen-355; 15. A.J. Bender-350; 16. R.J. Johnson-341; 17. Brady Bacon-334; 18. Jeremy Ellertson-300; 19. Dave Darland-281; 20. Josh Hodges-280.
1. Robert Ballou-2090, 2. Dave Darland-2030, 3. Chase Stockon-2002, 4. Brady Bacon-1895, 5. Jon Stanbrough-1724, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1649, 7. Chris Windom-1517, 8. C.J. Leary-1378, 9. Tracy Hines-1342, 10. Justin Grant-1219, 11. Aaron Farney (R)-1130, 12. Chad Boespflug-963, 13. Jarett Andretti-723, 14. Kyle Cummins-718, 15. Jerry Coons Jr.-657, 16. Landon Simon-529, 17. Logan Jarrett-485, 18. Casey Shuman-451, 19. Carson Short (R)-395, 20. Max McGhee (R)-261.
November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)


Perris, California.......Bryan Clauson overcame a trying weekend to put yet another crown jewel event on his impressive list of wins in Saturday's 20th Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. The Noblesville, Indiana driver caught a break with the two race leaders being swept up in a crash just past halfway before absolutely decimating the field on the way to a 6.542-second victory in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"This is just a testament to the people I have around me. We had an engine issue last night, and our friend Mike Martin loaned us an engine that we actually sold to him so we could race tonight. We went to Phoenix last night to get it, and my guys just worked so hard to get it together. My car owners Joe Dooling and Brodie Hayward, who actually did the driving to get the engine, and then my dad and Tyler Ransbottom who did so much work here at the track. It's extremely gratifying to get this win," Clauson said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. took the lead after starting outside the front row, and Dave Darland, who won the night's dash in a three-wide nearly photo finish, came along with him. Thomas Meseraull stuck with them and moved to second early as pre-race favorite Robert Ballou quickly navigated from sixth to fourth. Two early cautions slowed the pace.

On that restart, Meseraull had a head of steam down the backstretch and threw a slider for the lead into turn-three, but Thomas was able to cross him over. Thomas was ahead by a nose at the line and the duo nearly crashed in turn-one as they touched while racing for the lead, but in turn four Aaron Farney had spun around after losing his left-rear wheel, necessitating another caution. That returned Thomas, Jr. to the lead.

After the restart, Ballou was on the move. He cut the bottom perfectly to take third from Darland on lap seven, and then moved past Meseraull a lap later. Thomas, Jr. hit traffic on lap 15 and Ballou closed. On lap 19, he made his move for the point with a turn-three slidejob, but he banged the turn-four cushion and nearly crashed. He continued on, but lost the second spot to Meseraull.

At halfway, Thomas, Jr. led Meseraull, Ballou, and Clauson, who had worked his way past Darland. Two laps later, Clauson ran the bottom through turns one and two to take third. On lap 23, Thomas, Jr. caught the turn-three wall and spun around, with Meseraull hitting him on the way past. Thomas, Jr. was done, and after a few laps under caution, Meseraull went to the work area, as well. He was unable to fix the damage.

That gave the lead to Clauson, who proceeded to drive off into another zip code for the remaining eighteen laps. Clauson's 33rd-career AMSOIL National Sprint Car win moved him past Rollie Beale on the all-time win list and into 11th. Also, Clauson's father Tim earned the "Ray Scheetz Chief Mechanic of the Race" award.

"I felt like we were good enough all weekend to get it done, but we just needed things to fall our way a little bit better. I could roll up through there early and get past a few guys I thought would be good on the bottom as the race went on. I just wanted to keep those leaders in sight, but then the leaders had their issues and just gave us clear track for the last stretch. I can't say enough about the Kazarian family and their sponsors for putting on such a big race - thanks to Budweiser and Big Mike from All Coast for taking this event to the next level," Clauson said.

Darland appeared to be no match for Clauson, but he also ran the bottom en route to a runner-up finish worth $15,000 in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I knew from when he went past me that Clauson was going to be really tough to beat. After that restart, it was pretty clear that he was the class of the field. I tried to stay patient and not make mistakes late in the race, just to hold onto my spot. It's good to finish this weekend with a great finish and a great payday, and we will go to Tucson and see if we can take a few more points off Ballou's lead," Darland said.

Damion Gardner came on over the second half of the race, using the high side to finally take command of the third spot in the Alexander Racing - Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.

"It's good to finish this weekend up on the podium and have a good run. I love this event so much, and it's great to have the National guys come in and have this event build back to three days and all. It was probably better for us that we weren't very good on the bottom, because I gave up on it and decided to just go to the top to try to be good later in the race up there. I really thought it would end up on the cushion, and I was surprised more guys didn't go up there. It took a while to get it rolling up there, but we were pretty good at the end and even catching Darland," Gardner said.

Tracy Hines finished his fine Oval Nationals weekend with a fourth-place finish in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Ballou's weekend ended in fifth aboard the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, as he goes to Tucson's USA Raceway for the "Western World Championships" on Thursday with a sixty-point lead.

C.J. Leary drove from 21st to finish 13th, earning the night's $1,000 "Tony Jones Hard Charger Award," and R.J. Johnson won the Wagtimes/Lafond CRA "Hard Charger." Austin Williams started the night with the ProSource/Woodland Auto Display "Fast Time Award."


AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.575; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.610; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.713; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.739; 5. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.821; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.920; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.958; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.972; 9. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.989; 10. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.050; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.102; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.107; 13. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.140; 14. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.198; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.224; 16. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.266; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.285; 18. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.295; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.326; 20. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.380; 21. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.405; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.424; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.464; 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.467; 25. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.503; 26. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.507; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.518; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.600; 29. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.633; 30. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.649; 31. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.730; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.800; 33. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.870; 34. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.892; 35. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.923; 36. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.958; 37. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.091; 38. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-18.281; 39. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-18.613; 40. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.761; 41. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.109.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Bernal, 3. Hodges, 4. A. Williams, 5. Ensign, 6. Bender, 7. Edwards, 8. Adams. 2:53.02

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. Spencer, 5. Dakus, 6. Faria, 7. Colston, 8. Grant. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Stockon, 5. Johnson, 6. Williams, 7. Rossi, 8. Wissmiller. 2:52.82

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Clauson, 3. Leary, 4. R. Gardner, 5. J. Vander Weerd, 6. Boespflug, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:52.24

SUPER SIX DASH: (6 Laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 4. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 6. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou). 1:46.52

FIRST B-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Leary, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Ensign, 8. Bezio, 9. Bender, 10. Edwards, 11. L. Williams, 12. Sweeney, 13. Ellertson, 14. Barksdale, 15. Bell, 16. Collins, 17. Waitman. NT

SECOND B-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Spencer, 3. Boespflug, 4. A. Williams, 5. C. Williams, 6. R. Gardner, 7. Rossi, 8. Mitchell, 9. Adams, 10. Colston, 11. Dakus, 12. Gansen, 13. Liggett, 14. Malcolm, 15. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges. NT
**Malcolm and Liggett flipped during the second B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thomas, Laps 23-40 Clauson.

Misc. stats, news and notes from Saturday night's "Oval Nationals"
at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway

**Saturday night was Bryan Clauson's second victory of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season. Clauson also won at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on April 17.
**Saturday's win marked the first USAC National Sprint Car feature win for a Joe Dooling-owned car since May 21, 2003 when Brian Tyler won at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
**The feature win was Bryan Clauson's first win on the final night of the "Oval Nationals." However, Clauson has won two previous preliminary features during the "Oval Nationals:" Nov. 5, 2009 and Nov. 2, 2012.
**Bryan Clauson moved into sole possession of 11th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion, Rollie Beale. Clauson now sits just two wins behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 9th place on the win list.
**Saturday night's winner's share of $25,000 was the largest payout of a USAC National Sprint Car race since the 2008 "Oval Nationals."
**Bryan Clauson has won the three biggest-paying USAC races of 2015: the "Oval Nationals" sprint car race at Perris Auto Speedway, the "Jason Leffler Memorial" midget race at Wayne County Speedway and the "Belleville Midget Nationals."
**C.J. Leary advanced the most positions in the feature for the fifth time this season, leading all other drivers in that category. In Saturday night's feature, Leary started 21st and finished 13th.
**R.J. Johnson was the hardest charger of the USAC/CRA feature starters, racing to a 15th place finish from his 23rd starting spot.
**Kevin Thomas, Jr. led his first laps in a USAC National Sprint Car race since the "Indiana Sprint Week" event at Tri-State Speedway on July 18.
**Brody Roa earned his first career "Top-10" finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.
**USAC/CRA Sprint Car series regular Austin Williams earned his first career ProSource fast qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition.
**Chris Windom won his 7th heat race of the year, while Aaron Farney won his 5th, Jon Stanbrough his 4th, and Brody Roa his first.
**Justin Grant won his 3rd semi of the season and Chase Stockon his 2nd.
**In the last three "Super Six Dash" races on Saturday night of the "Oval Nationals," Dave Darland has finished 2nd (2013), 1st (2014) and 1st (2015).



Perris, California.......Robert Ballou made it four-consecutive wins at Perris Auto Speedway on Friday night, as he coupled last year's sweep of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction with his second-straight preliminary feature win in this edition. The Rocklin, California driver was untouchable on this night, slicing through lapped traffic and withstanding a restart with five laps remaining to win by 3.123-seconds in the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, tallying his twelfth in the win column on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

"It means a lot to put my name up there in terms of winning seasons with guys I know like Pancho Carter and Bubby Jones, and other guys who are the legendary names in sprint car racing. It's special to have a season like this. I thought I gave away a couple too many to have a chance to put up a number like Bigelow's 14 (all-time record), but now we've hit a hot streak again. It's so tough to beat these guys out there, so we're happy to be winning but I know we need to find even more to keep this going," Ballou said.

Damion Gardner shot to the lead from outside the front row, with Ballou in tow as they completed lap one. It appeared as though Friday's feature would be much like the night before, as a long green-flag run put Gardner into traffic at lap ten. Held up by traffic on lap 12, Gardner moved to the outside in turn-two as Ballou rocketed across the track down the backstretch with a full head of steam to fly by him with the lead.

Ballou was off into the night, opening up his lead as he lapped well up into the 26-car starting field. On lap 19, Ballou jumped the turn-one cushion and barely collected himself before getting into the fence. He continued on, still with a lead in excess of three seconds.

Chase Stockon's title hopes took a severe hit on lap 25 when he shredded his right-rear tire down the frontstretch while running sixth. Unfortunately, there was too much damage to the car to continue.

With just six laps to go, Ballou had a cushion of six lapped cars between himself and Gardner, who was stationed in second ahead of ProSource Fast Qualifier Bryan Clauson, polesitter Brady Bacon, and the best run of Josh Hodges' National Sprint Car career.

Bacon snuck under Gardner for second as they completed lap 25 and Clauson tried to come along as well, with Gardner slicing off the high side to battle back for third just as Clauson's car shut off exiting turn-two. That caused a stack-up that collected six cars in total, with Kevin Thomas, Jr. narrowly escaping the melee to continue on.

With just five laps to go, all lapped cars went to the tail, but there was no stopping Ballou. He stretched out his point lead to 69 markers with another fine night, planting himself among just five drivers to ever win at least 12 races in a USAC National Sprint Car season.

Bacon came home second in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"Tonight puts us in a really good position for tomorrow, and we know tomorrow is such a big night where you want to have a shot. We're gonna have to try some stuff to have a chance to beat Robert, but we've gotten better and have a shot to race with him for it. I felt like I hung with him when he went to the bottom on the last restart, but I think we all lost a little bit after the red, and I just didn't have the drive to be able to go at him at all," Bacon said.

Gardner rebounded from his tough opening night to fill the podium in the Alexander Racing - Scott Sales Company #4x Spike/J&D while capturing the CRA Sprint Car Championship point lead by twelve points over Mike Spencer.

"My guys worked hard today, and we got it turned around from last night. We just got behind last night, and tonight we started better, and the driver did his job a little bit better. Tonight is how we should be running. I'm glad Perris and All Coast Construction are putting on this great event, and I love it when the National guys come out here to race. I love the competition, and they've gotten the best of us so far with Ballou on fire, so we'll have to get worked up and look for a little more speed to beat them. Hopefully we can find it," Gardner said.

Tracy Hines came from eighth to finish fourth in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five despite running the last five laps with a flat left-front tire on the Griffin's Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Ballou, Bacon, Dave Darland, Thomas, Jr., Hines, and Thomas Meseraull locked themselves into Saturday's 40-lap, $25,000-to-win championship feature. They will run the "Super 6 Dash" to determine the starting order of the first three rows.

Chris Windom picked up a second-straight "Hard Charger Award" from Schoenfeld Headers for his drive from 20th to finish eighth.


AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.647; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.769; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.807; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.827; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.833; 6. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.850; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.859; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-16.875; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.919; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.941; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.006; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.026; 13. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-17.093; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.099; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.105; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.119; 17. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.125; 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.152; 19. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.155; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.186; 21. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.243; 22. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.250; 23. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.299; 24. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.302; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.408; 26. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.428; 27. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.458; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.463; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.532; 30. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.549; 31. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.550; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.594; 33. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.594; 34. Brady Short, 42, Cheney-17.607; 35. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.617; 36. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.710; 37. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.798; 38. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.810; 39. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.817; 40. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.869; 41. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-17.950; 42. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.013; 43. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.064; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.207; 45. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.626; 46. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-18.702; 47. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.079; 48. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-19.341.

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. J. Vander Weerd, 2. Barksdale, 3. Colston, 4. Ellertson, 5. Gansen, 6. Waitman, 7. Bell, 8. Collins. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Darland, 3. D. Gardner, 4. R. Vander Weerd, 5. C. Williams, 6. Johnson, 7. Adams, 8. Edwards. 2:51.21

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Bender, 5. Thomas, 6. Roa, 7. Liggett, 8. Bezio. 2:50.67

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Faria, 3. Hines, 4. Hodges, 5. Mitchell, 6. Ensign, 7. Sweeney. 2:49.16

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Farney, 3. Bernal, 4. Swanson, 5. Short, 6. A. Williams, 7. L. Williams, 8. Dakus. 2:53.74

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Spencer, 5. R. Gardner, 6. Leary, 7. Rossi, 8. Malcolm. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. A. Williams, 3. Leary, 4. Roa, 5. C. Williams, 6. Mitchell, 7. R. Gardner, 8. Ensign, 9. Liggett, 10. L. Williams, 11. Short, 12. J. Vander Weerd, 13. Bezio, 14. Johnson, 15. Rossi, 16. Adams, 17. Dakus, 18. Edwards, 19. Malcolm, 20. Colston, 21. Barksdale, 22. Ellertson, 23. Sweeney. 3:32.95

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Danny Faria, Jr., 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Cody Williams, 22. A.J. Bender, 23. Bryan Clauson, 24. Chase Stockon, 25. Chad Boespflug, 26. Matt Mitchell. NT
**Swanson flipped during qualifying. C. Williams flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 D. Gardner, Laps 12-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-2042, 2- Darland-1973, 3-Stockon-1966, 4-Bacon-1850, 5-Stanbrough-1682, 6-Thomas-1636, 7-Windom-1478, 8-Leary-1351, 9-Hines-1295, 10-Grant-1188.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1212, 2-Spencer-1200, 3-R. Vander Weerd-1140, 4-Swanson-1018, 5-A. Williams-1005, 6-Roa-951, 7-Mitchell-786, 8-C. Williams-745, 9-L. Williams-650, 10-Bernal-550.

OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Ballou-292, 2-Bacon-267, 3-Darland-261, 4-Thomas-246, 5-Hines-239, 6-Meseraull-238, 7-D. Gardner-236, 8-R. Vander Weerd-232, 9-Clauson-230, 10-Stockon-225.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT RACE: November 14 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction


**Robert Ballou extended his series lead to 69 points, his biggest point lead since August 9th when he held a 94-point cushion over Chase Stockon.

**Dave Darland moved to the second spot in the series point standings for the first time since August 26.

**Stockon finished outside the top-10 for only the third time in 35 series starts this season.

**Friday night's race at Perris was only the 6th time a USAC National Sprint Car race was held on Friday The 13th.  Previous winners on "Friday the 13th" include:
9/13/1991: Jim Mahoney at Lakeside Speedway
9/13/1996: Billy Pauch at Williams Grove Speedway
7/13/2001: Brian Tyler at Toledo Speedway
7/13/2007: Daron Clayton at Gas City I-69 Speedway
7/13/2012: Bryan Clauson at Gas City I-69 Speedway

**The last USAC National race in any series to be held in the state of California on "Friday the 13th" was a USAC National Midget race won by Larry Rice at South Bay Speedway in Chula Vista, Calif. on 10/13/1972.

**Tracy Hines 4th place finish on Friday night was his best finish since a 4th place at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on August 28th.

**Chris Windom has advanced the most positions during the feature in three of the last four USAC National Sprint Car races. Windom advanced a total of 35 positions in those three races.

**Robert Ballou now has 12 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in his incredible 2015 season. Ballou has surpassed the mark of 11 wins by Bubby Jones set in 1979 and now joins Larry Dickson (12 in 1968), Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), J.J Yeley (13 in 2003) and Tom Bigelow (14 in 1977) as the only drivers with 12 wins or more in a single season.

**Friday night marked the fourth time this season that Robert Ballou has won back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car features. The only other driver to accomplish the feat once this season is Thomas Meseraull.

**Ballou won his 4th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway.

**Ballou's 21st career series feature win tied him with Greg Weld for 24th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car wins list.

**Damion Gardner took over the point lead in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car series and now holds a 12 point lead over Mike Spencer with just four races remaining.

**Damion Gardner led his first laps in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since his most recent series win at Port Royal Speedway on June 9, 2012.

**The new "Oval Nationals" points are as follows, with the top-six locked into Saturday night's feature: 1-Ballou-292, 2-Bacon-267, 3-Darland-261, 4-Thomas-246, 5-Hines-239, 6-Meseraull-238, 7-D. Gardner-236, 8-R. Vander Weerd-232, 9-Clauson-230, 10-Stockon-225.



Perris, California.......Robert Ballou hit the home stretch for the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Perris Auto Speedway Thursday night and dealt the first blow to his two challengers Chase Stockon and Dave Darland, as he came out on top of a torrid three-way battle to win Night 1 of the 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All-Coast Construction. The Rocklin, California driver led mid-way through the nonstop 30-lap Feature in honor of Bill Pratt before encountering a lapped car and nearly spinning, then came back to pass Darland with less than three laps to go for his 11th win of the season.

Richard Vander Weerd shot to the lead from the pole, as Darland, Stockon, and Ballou raced each other for the second spot just behind him. Ballou took the first shot on lap-five after they raced two-by-two, but his turn-three slider didn't stick on Vander Weerd. A lap later, Vander Weerd bobbled on the turn-three cushion with Ballou right behind him, and Darland shot underneath with the lead off turn-four.

Stockon came along with Darland and Ballou, as Brady Bacon shuffled Vander Weerd back to fifth. Stockon made his charge at the leaders and swept past Darland to the lead into turn-three on lap eight, as the three championship contenders sliced and diced while pulling away from the rest of the field.

On lap 14, Ballou used a lapped car to screen Darland, taking second. He quickly closed on Stockon, crossing just .193-seconds behind at the race's halfway mark before swiping the lead into turn-three on lap 16. Two laps later, while mired in heavy traffic, Ballou nearly spun after running up on a car into turn-one. He collected it, but Darland regained the lead with Stockon right in the mix, as well.

Ballou came right back at Darland, and the duo split a lapped car in turn-two on lap 22 while racing for the lead, but Darland was able to hold on. Behind them, Bryan Clauson was on the move after entering the top-five at halfway. He took fourth from Bacon on lap 18 and roared past Stockon for third on lap 24. Stockon took it back the next lap, but Clauson proved too much and claimed third for good on lap 26.

Ballou had again pulled to Darland's back bumper while in heavy traffic, nearly clipping him as they hit five-to-go. On lap 28, Darland came up on a pack of cars running the bottom into turn-one and slipped up, opening a hole that Ballou hit to take the lead and eventual win. His eleven wins on the season is a number reached only five times previously by Tom Bigelow (14 in 1977), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968), Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), and Bubby Jones (11 in 1979).

Ballou crossed 2.755 seconds ahead in the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott to push his championship lead to 27 points.

"I hope the fans enjoyed that one, because I got a workout in that one and it sure looked good from my seat. These guys are the best of the best, and Dave Darland and Chase Stockon are on top of their games right now. If I'm gonna beat them for the title, I've got to win races to finish in front of them. I knew we had a car that could win, but I just kept making stupid mistakes. I stuck to the top too long and burned up my tires a bit too, but I got my rhythm back and went after them. This is a big weekend, so we'll try to back it up tomorrow," Ballou said.

Three-time "Oval Nationals" champ Darland crossed second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco and now sits 48 points behind Ballou entering Friday's action.

"The race track was extremely racy tonight, and Ballou and his team are doing a great job running up front and winning races. We're just trying to keep up with them, and tonight we had a good opportunity. He got screwed up behind a lapped car, and I was able to get past him. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I had a little issue with the brakes. That was a concern getting back into traffic, and we left the door open for him just enough," Darland said.

Clauson fell to ninth early in the race before making his storm to the front in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton.

"With not being in this car much, I'm just getting comfortable again and this is a tough place when you've been running a winged sprint car lately. I felt like we might have been the best car on the track late in the race, but I didn't do a very good job early putting myself in a good position. We made up a lot of it but not enough. Overall, it was a great start to our Oval Nationals, though, and we've put ourselves in a good position to lock in tomorrow," Clauson said.

Stockon came home fourth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and Jon Stanbrough came from 11th to round out the top-five in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

Justin Grant set the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing ninth.

Mike Spencer, who finished 17th, now holds a 21-point lead in the CRA Sprint Car Championship over Damion Gardner, who finished 16th. Vander Weerd, who finished seventh, closed his deficit down to 68 points in the standings.


AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.655; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.831; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.900; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.909; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.951; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.953; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.960; 8. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.973; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.001; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-17.019; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-17.025; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.039; 13. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.046; 14. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.053; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.099; 16. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.130, 17. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.154; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.163; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.188; 20. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.192; 21. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.207; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.229; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.262; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.325; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.326; 26. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.352; 27. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.364; 28. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.410; 29. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.515; 30. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.554; 31. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.564; 32. Brady Short, 42, Cheney-17.575; 33. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.628; 34. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.657; 35. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.693; 36. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.723; 37. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.729; 38. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.787; 39. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.960; 40. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.962; 41. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-18.014; 42. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.193; 43. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-18.227; 44. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-18.234; 45. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-18.752; 46. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.306; 47. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-19.358; 48. Mikey Lovas, 36L, Lovas-19.422; 49. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Dakus, 2. Ellertson, 3. Colston, 4. Waitman, 5. Collins, 6. Wissmiller. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Hines, 4. Grant, 5. Rossi, 6. Liggett, 7. Sweeney. 2:57.45

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Meseraull, 3. A. Williams, 4. Bacon, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Adams, 7. Short, 8. Edwards. 2:52.19

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. D. Gardner, 3. Ballou, 4. Clauson, 5. Windom, 6. R. Gardner, 7. Ensign, 8. Bezio. 2:51.94

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Farney, 3. Boespflug, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Leary, 6. Roa, 7. Malcolm, 8. Mitchell. 2:51.89

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Johnson, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. C. Williams, 6. L. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. 2:55.88

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Windom, 3. C. Williams, 4. Liggett, 5. Leary, 6. Ensign, 7. Roa, 8. R. Gardner, 9. Bender, 10. Edwards, 11. Rossi, 12. Bezio, 13. Adams, 14. Malcolm, 15. Ellertson, 16. Waitman, 17. Sweeney, 18. Gansen, 19. Short, 20. Faria, 21. L. Williams, 22. Dakus, 23. Colston. 3:40.85

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Austin Williams, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Cody Williams, 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 23. Chad Boespflug, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Austin Liggett, 26. Chris Gansen. 9:12.71 (New Track Record)
**Barksdale flipped in qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 R. Vander Weerd, Laps 6-7 Darland, Laps 8-15 Stockon, Laps 16-17 Ballou, Laps 18-27 Darland, Laps 28-30 Ballou.


**Thursday night's race featured the most lead changes (5) in a USAC National Sprint Car feature race since the most recent series event at Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 8, 2014.

**Robert Ballou has 11 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in his historic 2015 campaign. That is the most since J.J. Yeley won 13 in 2003. Ballou joins an exclusive list of just 6 drivers who have won at least 11 USAC National Sprint Car races in a season: 11 wins: Bubby Jones (1979); 12 wins: Larry Dickson (1968) & Pancho Carter (1976); 13 wins: J.J. Yeley (2003) & 14 wins: Tom Bigelow (1977).

**Ballou won his 3rd consecutive USAC National Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway.

**Ballou also became just the 25th driver to win at least 20 USAC National Sprint Car features during a career. He now sits just one win behind Greg Weld for 24th on the all-time wins list.

**Ballou set a new 30-lap track record for the USAC National Sprint Cars at Perris in Thursday night's feature, breaking the old 30-lap record set by himself just one year ago.

**Thursday night's feature marked the first time since the 2015 series season opener at Ocala, Florida that Ballou had the lead in the feature, lost the lead, and then regained the lead before going on to win the race.

**Ballou won his season-leading 11th USAC National Sprint Car feature of 2015 and has led 188 laps in the series this season, which ranks 1st.
**Jake Swanson, Josh Hodges and Mike Spencer each won their first USAC National Sprint Car heat race of the season. Ryan Bernal picked up his second heat win of the year in the series while Chase Stockon collected his 12th.
**Jon Stanbrough won his season-leading 4th semi of the year.



(Perris, CA, November 9, 2015)
WHERE: "Southern California's Home to Major League Sprint Car Racing," Perris Auto Speedway on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA  92571)

TRACK: 1/2 mile clay oval.  

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14.

PRACTICE: Free for fans in the grandstands at 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 11.  $2.00 pizza, beer and soft drinks.

WHO: The Amsoil USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars.  To date 50 cars.

SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC)

TIMES: Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday & Friday with racing at 7:00.  Gates will open and 3:00 PM Saturday with racing at 6:30.

PURSE: $130,480.00.  $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start the A mains on Thursday and Friday.  $25,000.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the A main on Saturday.

TONY JONES HARD CHARGER AWARD: To the driver who passes the most cars in Saturday’s “A” main event.  The award is accompanied by $1,000.00 bonus from All Coast Construction.

RAY SCHEETZ MECHANIC OF THE RACE AWARD: Named after the legendary crew chief who had 10 sprint car championships and 155 race wins.

PROGRAM: Qualifying, heats, preliminary and A Mains each night.

TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online at:  There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.

ENTRIES: As this piece went to press 50 cars had been entered (complete list at the end of this release).  More expected at race time.

PAST CHAMPIONS PRE-ENTERED: Robert Ballou (2014), Mike Spencer (2012), Damion Gardner (2009 & 2011), Chris Windom (2010) and Dave Darland (2005, 2006 & 2013).   Complete list of past winners below.

·  GRAND MARSHALS: 2000 Ovals Nationals Champion Tony Jones.                 

AUTOGRAPH SESSION: 3:00 - 3:45 PM Saturday on the front straightaway.
CAMPING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS: $25.00 per night (no reservations required)
TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (951) 940-0134
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Oval Nationals Champions
1996 Jimmy Sills
1997 Rip Williams
1998 Rodney Argo
1999 Rickie Gaunt
2000 Tony Jones
2001 Bud Kaeding
2002 Bud Kaeding
2003 Cory Kruseman
2004 Cory Kruseman
2005 Dave Darland
2006 Dave Darland
2007 Bud Kaeding
2008 Jesse Hockett
2009 Damion Gardner
2010 Chris Windom
2011 Damion Gardner
2012 Mike Spencer
2013 Dave Darland
2014 Robert Ballou

02        Matthew Rossi             Peoria, AZ                               Phil Rossi
2          Austin Williams           Yorba Linda, CA                     John Jory
04        Mike Collins                Lake Forest, CA                       Mike Collins
04G     Chad Boespflug                      Hanford, CA                            Gerry Cook
4          Damion Gardner          Concord, CA                           Mark Alexander
4D       Danny Faria                 Tipton, CA                               Gansen Engineering
4G       Chris Gansen               Verdemont Heights, CA                       Gansen Engineering
4X       Tracy Hines                 Wilkinson, IN                          Tracy Hines Racing
5          Justin Grant                 Ione, CA                                  Baldwin Brothers
5          Logan Williams                        Yorba Linda, CA                     John Jory
5X       Tom Malcolm              Corona, CA                             Dino Napier
5M       Max Adams                 Loomis, CA                             Max Adams
10        Richard Vander Weerd            Visalia, CA                              Ron Vander Weerd
12        Robert Ballou              Rocklin, CA                             Robert Ballou
12        Ronnie Gardner                       Norco, CA                               Robbie & Gaye Allen
12B      Koby Barksdale                       Norman, OK                            Tobey Sampson
15        Aaron Farney               Brookston, IN                          DCT Corp.
17RW  Kevin Thomas Jr.        Cullman, AL                            Michael Dutcher Racing
21        A.J. Bender                  San Marcos, CA                       Rich Bender
21X     Chris Windom             Canton, IL                               James R. Pollock
30        C.J. Leary                    Greenfield, IN                         Chuck & Tammi Leary
32        Chase Stockon             Haubstaudt, IN                        Chase Stockon
36        Mikey Lovas                Wildomar, CA                         Robert Lovas
36        Mitch Wissmiller          Saybrook, IL                            John Springstead
37        Matt Mitchell               Yorba Linda, CA                     Matt Mitchell
37X     David Bezio                 El Cajon                                   David Bezio
42        Brady Short                 Mitchell, IN                             Dwight Cheney
42X     TBA                                                                             Dwight Cheney
44        Cody Williams             Corona, CA                             John Jory
48        Brody Roa                   Garden Grove, CA                   Lee & Norma Leonard
50        Mike Spencer               Temecula, CA                          Ron Chaffin
51        R.J. Johnson                Laveen, AZ                              Bobby Martin
51        Kyle Edwards              Fountain Valley, CA                Eddie Tafoya
55        Tony Everhart              El Cajon, CA                           Tony Everhart
56        Ryan Bernal                 Hollister, CA                            Michael Phulps
63        Bryan Clauson             Noblesville, IN                        Dooling/Hayward
64        Parker Colston             Lake Elsinore, CA                   Paul Colston/Richard Gore
66        Thomas Meseraull       San Jose, CA                           Amati Racing
69        Brady Bacon                Broken Arrow, OK                  Dynamics Inc.
71        Robert Bell                  Colfax, IA                               Bell Motorsports
71P      Dave Darland              Lincoln, IN                              Phillips Motorsports
74X     Josh Hodges                Tijeras, NM                              Hodges Motorsports
75        Lee Dakus                   Edmonton, Alberta                  DOW Motorsports
81        Jon Stanbrough                       Avon, IN                                 Jon Stanbrough
83        Austin Liggett             Tracy, CA                                Tim Liggett
88        Jace Vander Weerd      Visalia, CA                              Ron Vander Weerd
92        Jake Swanson              Anaheim, CA                           Tom & Lauri Sertich
92M     TBA                                                                             Tom & Lauri Sertich
98        Jeremy Ellertson          Lawndale, CA                          Kevin Ellertson
98        Verne Sweeney                        Lomita, CA                              Ken Tracy
98jr      Austin Stone                Chico, CA                                Ken Tracy
469      Randy Waitman                       Ramona. CA                            Randy Waitman

Some other cars have stated their intention to race and are coming, but did not pre-enter.

First place will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale of the Oval Nationals.  The main event will pay $1,000.00 to start.  The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start.   All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.’

Advanced tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale now at: or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

Camping on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds will be available for the Oval Nationals for $25.00 per night beginning on Wednesday, November 11th.  Tailgating is encouraged in the spectator parking lot as well.



(Perris, CA, November 5, 2015)   Cross country rivalries are nothing new in sports.  In baseball it is the Los Angeles Dodgers vs the New York Yankees.  In football it is USC vs Notre Dame.  In basketball, was there ever a more bitter rivalry than the Boston Celtics vs the Los Angeles Lakers?  When the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented All Coast Construction rolls into Perris Auto Speedway on the November 12th, 13th and 14th, another heated rivalry will take place as the drivers from the Indiana based Amsoil USAC National Series will take on the local guys with the white hats from the Amsoil USAC/CRA Series.

As this piece went to press, the contingent headed west from Indiana is strong to say the least.  In fact the top dozen drivers in points from the USAC National Series have all pre-entered the race.  Leading the charges of the visitors is Rocklin, California native Robert Ballou.  Nicknamed the “Mad Man,” Ballou whipped the field at last year’s Oval Nationals winning both Friday and Saturday nights and pocketing $30,000.00.  With another evening added to this year’s Oval Nationals, Ballou could drive onto the next race in Tucson, Arizona with an extra $35,000.00 in his wallet if he sweeps the show again.

Ballou, who won the Quarter Midget National Championship in the Junior Stock Class in 1996, has not slowed down since winning last year’s Ovals.  He comes into next week’s race as the leader in the USAC National Series championship point standings.  The driver, who resides in Westfield, Indiana, also leads the tough series with 10 main event wins in 2015.  Ballou started off the month of June by winning all three mains and taking the “Eastern Swing” title in races conducted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The next month he won the tough “Indiana Sprint Week” title that was made up of six races in eight days in the Hoosier State.

Ballou may lead the hunt in the season long National Series, but that title is still a long way from being decided.  In fact, second place driver Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, Indiana is a mere 19-points behind in the fight for the title heading into the Oval Nationals.  Thus far in 2015, Stockon has a pair of USAC National wins.  One came in July at Gas City, Indiana and the other in Kokomo, Indiana in August.  Stockon started out the 2015 in February by being crowned champion of “Winter Games VI,” a six race series in Florida.

Joining the top two in the hunt for the title is three-time Oval Nationals Champion Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana.  The affable 49-year-old, who is known to his legion of fans across the nation as the “People’s Champ,” has won four USAC National mains in 2015 and is only 43-points behind Ballou with the three races at The PAS and then two nights in Tucson left in the year.  This year’s biggest victory for the all-time leader in USAC National Sprint Cars wins came at the annual Smackdown in Kokomo, Indiana.  Darland is one of only two drivers to have won the Oval Nationals three times.  His first two wins were back to back in 2005 and 2006.  His last Ovals triumph was two years ago in 2013.

Defending National champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma comes into the Oval Nationals fourth in points.  The “Macho Man” is second to Ballou in total wins with six during the 2015 campaign.  Four of Bacon’s wins in the National Series have come in Indiana.  He also scored once in Florida and once in Wisconsin.  In addition to his conquests in the National Series, Bacon has two other USAC victories this season.  One came in Arizona at a Southwest/West Coast Series Sprint Car race in January and the other was at a Western Midget race in Tulare, California at the end of May.

The remainder of the top 12 in USAC National points who have already entered is Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana, Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, 2010 Oval Nationals champ Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois, Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary, Tracy Hines of Wilkinson, Indiana, Ione, California’s Justin Grant, Ballou protégé Aaron Farney of Brookston, Indiana and the “Hanford Hornet,” Chad Boespflug of Hanford, California.

Other out of state drivers who have already entered the 20th anniversary race are Indianapolis 500 veteran Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana, Norman, Oklahoma’s Koby Barksdale, Mitch Wissmiller of Saybrook, Illinois, Mitchell, Indiana’s Brady Short, multi-time USAC Southwest Series champion R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona, Josh Hodges of Tijares, New Mexico and Matt Rossi of Peoria, Arizona.

To date 49 cars have pre-entered the prestigious race and the field will swell past 50 by the time the first green flag flies next Thursday.

Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 20th Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link:   

First place will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale of the Oval Nationals.  The main event will pay $1,000.00 to start.  The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start.   All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.’


NOVEMBER 3, 2015…. An updated entry list for the 48th Western World Championships at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway on November 19th, 20th and 21st has been released. The event will showcase the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars along with the USAC SouthWest and West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.
The entry form and purse information can be found at
An open practice session will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
For more event information, visit or call 520.664.2074. Advance tickets can be purchased online at
USAC National & USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
O2    Matt Rossi
2    Austin Williams
4    Damion Gardner
4X    Tracy Hines
5    Justin Grant
5X    Logan Williams
10    Richard Vander Weerd
12    Robert Ballou
12X    Josh Pelkey
15    Aaron Farney
16    Mike Martin
17RW    Kevin Thomas
17V    Danny Faria Jr
19    Brady Short
20    Jerry Coons Jr
21X    Chris Windom
30    CJ Leary
32    Chase Stockon
37    Matt Mitchell
44    Cody Williams
48    Brody Roa
50    Mike Spencer
51    Rj Johnson
51X    Jimmy Crawford
63    Bryan Clauson
66    Thomas Messeraul
69    Brady Bacon
71    Robert Bell
71P    Dave Darland
74    Josh Hodges
81    Jon Stanbrough
92    Jake Swanson
92m    TBA
94    Nick Parker
USAC SouthWest & USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
O2    Matt Rossi
5    Justin Grant
5X    Tye Mihocko
6    Ronnie Clark
8AZ    Jordan Stetson
12    Josh Pelkey
16    Mike Martin
16B    Bryan Clauson
17RW    Kevin Thomas
17V    Danny Faria Jr
19    Andy Reinbold
27    Nick Aiuto
29    Mike Bonneau
30    CJ Leary
33    DJ Johnson
50    Charles Davis Jr
55    Kyle Smith
56    Ryan Bernal
73    Trey Marcham
73X    Brady Bacon
74    Colby Copeland
74X    Josh Hodges
78    Chris Bonneau
81    Tristan Guardino
88    Jace Vander Weerd
92    Jake Swanson
98    Matt Lundy
98V    Brody Roa



Perris, CA, October 29, 2015) Updated entry list for the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 12th, 13th and 14th.

Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 20th Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link:

2   Austin Williams
04  Mike Collins
04G Chad Boespflug
4   Damion Gardner
4D  Danny Faria
4G  Chris Gansen
4X  Tracy Hines
5   Justin Grant
5   Logan Williams
5X  Tom Malcolm
5X  Max Adams
10  Richard Vander Weerd
12  Robert Ballou
12  Ronnie Gardner
12B Koby Barksdale
15  Aaron Farney
17RW Kevin Thomas Jr.
21   A.J. Bender
21X  Chris Windom
30   C.J. Leary
32   Chase Stockon
36   Mikey Lovas
36   Mitch Wissmiller
37   Matt Mitchell
37X  David Bezio
42   Brady Short
42X  TBA
44   Cody Williams
48   Brody Roa
50   Mike Spencer
51   R.J. Johnson
55   Tony Everhart
56   Ryan Bernal
63   Bryan Clauson
64   Parker Colston
69   Brady Bacon
71P  Dave Darland
74X  Josh Hodges
81   Jon Stanbrough
83   Austin Liggett
88   Jace Vander Weerd
92   Jake Swanson
92M  TBA
98   Jeremy Ellertson
98   Verne Sweeney
98jr Austin Stone


The pre-entry deadline for the November 19-21 48th Western World Championships at Tucson’s USA Raceway is this Saturday, October 31st. Afterwards, the $100 pre-entry for all USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car competitors will increase to $200.
The entry form and purse information can be found at
An open practice session will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Advance tickets can be purchased online at
USAC National & USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
4    Damion Gardner
4X    Tracy Hines
5    Justin Grant
12    Robert Ballou
12    Josh Pelkey
15    Aaron Farney
17RW    Kevin Thomas
20    Jerry Coons Jr
30    CJ Leary
32    Chase Stockon
37    Matt Mitchell
63    Bryan Clauson
66    Thomas Messeraul
69    Brady Bacon
71P    Dave Darland
74    Josh Hodges
81    Jon Stanborough
92    Jake Swanson
92m    TBA
94    Nick Parker
USAC SouthWest & USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
5    Tye Mihocko
5    Justin Grant
12    Josh Pelkey
17RW    Kevin Thomas
29    Mike Bonneau
30    CJ Leary
50    Charles Davis Jr
56    Ryan Bernal
73    Trey Marcham
73X    Brady Bacon
74    Colby Copeland
74X    Josh Hodges
78    Chris Bonneau
92    Jake Swanson


Race fans and teams can begin planning their 2016 USAC racing calendars with the announcement of the February 18-20 "Winter Dirt Games VII" AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
An open practice on February 17 precedes the three-night racing program at the 3/8-mile dirt track which has hosted the USAC Sprint Car openers the past five years.
Ironically, the winner of the Ocala series opener the past two years has gone on to claim the AMSOIL USAC National Championship and current point leader Robert Ballou opened the 2015 campaign with an Ocala victory.
The Florida events continue a long history of USAC racing in the Sunshine State. Bob Sweikert captured the inaugural USAC Sprint race at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach in 1956 and the 77 USAC races held in Florida to date include a number of different series. Damion Gardner, winner of two of the three races in USAC's 2011 Ocala debut, leads all drivers with five career USAC Florida victories.
In addition to the numerous vacation opportunities within easy driving distance of Ocala, race fans can expect exciting racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Last year's three races produced three different winners, Ballou, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland.
Race fans can also take advantage of Bubba Raceway Park's free camping facilities on its 45-acres and they are welcomed to bring RVs or tents to enjoy the great racing and great weather in central Florida.
The remainder of the 2016 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car calendar is expected to be released the week of the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in early December.



























National Sprints
2015 points
1. Robert Ballou 2274
2. Dave Darland 2187
3. Chase Stockon 2092
4. Brady Bacon 2085
5. Jon Stanbrough 1788
6. Kevin Thomas Jr. 1771
7. Chris Windom 1602
8. C.J. Leary 1494
9. Tracy Hines 1483
10. Justin Grant 1282

 National Midgets
Nov. 1
1. Tracy Hines 771
2. Kevin Thomas Jr. 744
3. Tanner Thorson 738
4. Rico Abreu 715
5. Spencer Bayston 642
6. Tyler Thomas 622
7. Jerry Coons Jr. 607
8. Christopher Bell 487
9. Darren Hagen 398
10. Dave Darland 348

Silver Crown
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

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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