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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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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
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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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S ACTION AT HANFORD
By Lance Jennings
 
MARCH 29, 2016... This Saturday, April 2nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of three appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the Hanford, California oval will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Hanford 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.
 
Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-one West Coast Sprint Car events. Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with seven victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last season, Bernal, Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Jace Vander Weerd celebrated main event wins at Hanford. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.
 
Entering the fourth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa ran fourth at Bakersfield Speedway on March 19th. To date, Brody has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion has one series triumph and will be looking to add a Hanford victory to his resume.
 
D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson had a solid run at Bakersfield with a third place finish. At press time, D.J. has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his second career West Coast win.
 
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has risen to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Troy Rutherford at Bakersfield. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, two top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. Vander Weerd will be looking for his seventh career West Coast triumph this Saturday night.
 
After winning at Bakersfield, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The 1997 SCRA Rookie of the Year earned one of his three West Coast triumphs at Hanford and will be a threat to win the 30-lap feature.
 
Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is currently ranked fifth in the championship points. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham scored fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Heading to Hanford, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Trey will have his sights on his first win at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.
 
Currently fourteenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, and more.
 
Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
 
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, 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 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.
 
HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
7-Ryan Bernal, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.
 
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-221, 2. D.J. Johnson-201, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-187, 4. Troy Rutherford-178, 5. Trey Marcham-157, 6. Bryan Clauson-137, 7. Max Adams-126, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-125, 9. Austin Liggett-120, 10. Brady Bacon-119, 11. Tristan Guardino-118, 12. Jeff Sibley-96, 13. Kevin Barnes-85, 14. Ryan Timmons-82, 15. Stevie Sussex-78, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-73, 17. Geoffrey Strole-69, 18. Josh Hodges-68, 19. Dave Darland-63, 20. Landon Hurst-62.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
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 CAR RACE RESULTS: March 26, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway - “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Tom Ogle, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Bruce St. James, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Michael Curtis, 16. Matt Lundy, 17. Tanner Grau, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Kyle Shipley, 20. Landon Cling. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 St. James, Laps 3-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Sussex.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 9 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

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USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:March 23, 2016 - Placerville, California - Placerville Speedway - "Placerville Short Track Showdown"
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Brian Gard, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Elliott, 18. Courtney Crone, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Nate Waite, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic. NT
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**Dolacki flipped during the first heat. Dalby flipped on lap 10 of the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Dodenhoff, Laps 3-11 S.Golobic, Laps 12-30 Gardner.
 
NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-R.Gardner-78, 2-S.Golobic-74, 3-Swanson-9, 4-Dodenhof-67, 5-Faccinto-63, 6-R.Pankratz-61, 7-Bacon-60, 8-Bock-54, 9-Simas-49, 10-Guerrini-46.
 
NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: April 9 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway

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PLACERVILLE HOSTS 34TH USAC WESTERN MIDGET OPENER ON WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings
 
MARCH 21, 2016... On Wednesday, March 23rd, the USAC Western States Midgets will open their 34th season at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Showdown” will also feature the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 6:30pm with Racing to follow. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.
 
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
 
While a fixture on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted two USAC Western Midget events. On October 11, 1996, “The Professor” Jimmy Sills raced to a popular victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. When the series returned to Placerville on June 1, 2013, Shane Golobic won the BCRA co-sanctioned event.
 
After scoring two wins last season, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned his third consecutive championship. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner also posted five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart, Ronnie will be looking to claim his fourteenth series triumph.
 
Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) placed second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon recorded two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in 2015. Heading to Placerville, the 2012 Champion will have her sights on her second USAC Western Midget victory.
 
Cody Swanson (Covina, California) finished third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson had one Semi-Main win, one Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. The 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC win.
 
“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) ran fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols finished last year with three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first series win this Wednesday night.
 
Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) ran fifth in last year’s championship point chase. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Pankratz had one hard charger award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver will be looking to earn her first series win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Brian Gard, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Tyler Dolacki, Robert Dalby, and more. In addition, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, former USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson, and race promoter / World of Outlaw driver Brad Sweet will be on hand.
 
Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. All seating is reserved and tickets are $45. More ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. For more track information, visit the track's website at www.placervillepeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.
 
The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, 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:
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.
 
PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Shane Golobic, 1-Jimmy Sills.
 
2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 23: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
April 9: 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 – 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: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Fall Shootout)
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.
This schedule is subject to change.

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GOLOBIC GLIDES TO FIRST USAC MIDGET VICTORY IN Du QUOIN'S SHAMROCK CLASSIC

Shane Golobic of Fremont, California wasn't content on just running the bottom as he went to the high side to pass leader Shane Cottle on lap 34 and was able to pull away on a late green-white-checkered to win his first career USAC Midget National Championship feature in Saturday night's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Golobic joined drivers Kevin Besecker, Blake Fitzpatrick, Todd Forbes, Gene Hartley, Steve Lotshaw, Henry Pens, Dick Pole and Terry Wente as the only drivers to win their first career USAC National Midget race in the season opening event.

Golobic started in the fifth spot, while the night's race promoter Bryan Clauson started on the pole with Tony Roney outside.  The 50-lapper started out as the race that refused to begin.  Three cautions and a red flag were thrown before a single lap was even completed.

When the race finally did begin, Clauson jumped into the lead with Cottle in tow.  Clauson, who won his heat and his qualifying race earlier in the night appeared to be the car to beat as he first encountered lapped traffic on the fifth circuit.  On the sixth lap, USAC Midget National Championship Rookie Holly Shelton pirouetted off the berm between turns three and four directly in front of the lead pack.  Amazingly, Clauson's car went under the airborne Shelton without making contact.

However, under the caution, Clauson's engine shut off, forcing him into the pit area and leaving him with a hard luck, last place finish on the night.  Cottle, who did make slight contact with Shelton during the incident, was the new leader on the ensuing restart followed by Zach Daum.

On the lap 6 restart, Travis Berryhill participated in the only flip during the feature.  He was uninjured and, in fact, was able to restart.

With Cottle still in front on lap 18, second running Zach Daum spun in turn three while fourth-place Tyler Thomas came to a stop on the high side, sending them both to the tail.

It was a race to the bottom for the front runners through the midway point of the race as Cottle, Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, and Roney hugged the inside berm while Brady Bacon was the lone driver in the top-five utilizing the higher line.

After a caution brought out by the stopped car of Gage Walker with 18 laps to go, the restart saw second-running Shane Golobic venture to the outside and making it stick, gaining ground on Cottle each lap, resulting in a near dead-heat at the flag stand at the end of the 33rd lap.  One lap later, Golobic was finally able to nose his number 17w ahead of Cottle, officially taking the lead at the stripe on lap 34.

Golobic drove away from second-place Cottle to gain a healthy advantage, but the lead was erased when a yellow on the final lap brought out a green-white-checkered finish.  With the field bunched up and a clear track in front, Golobic had no problems whatsoever driving away to the victory followed by Cottle, Meseraull, Bacon, Roney, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Thorson, David Budres, Berryhill and Daum.

Saturday night, Golobic became the first driver since Kenny Irwin, Jr. at the Toronto (Ontario) SkyDome in 1993 to win a full, points-paying USAC National Midget feature indoors.

"Man, I've waited so long to hear my name attached to the phrase 'USAC National Midget winner,' and it feels amazing," Golobic exclaimed.  "Our car was so good tonight; I've never driven one that good before. I'm so excited to be working with Tim Clauson and this Matt Wood Racing team.  I think we've really got a nice package put together and I can't wait for the rest of the season."

Cottle, of Kokomo, Indiana led the most laps (28) and just came short of picking off his first series win since 2010.

"It's hard to be the leader and not really know where those guys behind you are running," Cottle explained.  "We were good on the bottom, but then Golobic went around us on the top and from then on, it was just playing defense to hold those other guys off.  We had a really good car all night; (we) just couldn't quite finish it off."

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 19, 2016 - DuQuoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"
 
SIMPSON RACING PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#D33 Davis), 2. Andrew Felker (#11a Felker), 3. Katlynn Leer (#77k Leer), 4. Justin Grant (#38 Gardner), 5. Nick Knepper (#55 Knepper), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2x Shuman), 7. Ty Hulsey (#21 Hulsey), 8. Chase Hill (#11H Felker). NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Kevin Olson (#5H Hoppe), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 6. Mike McSparin (#0A Zero), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Chase Johnson (#17m Wood), 3. Michelle Decker (#4M Meents), 4. J.D. Black (#7jr Robinson), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 6. Daniel Robinson (#57d McCreery), 7. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 8. Scott Orr (#88x Orr). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 2. Brady Bacon (#76M Noffsinger/Manafort), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Austin Prock (#41 Prock), 7. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 8. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 3. Travis Berryhill (#11 Manic), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Greth), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Colten Cottle (#5C Cottle), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Robert Bell (#71.5 Bell). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 2. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 3. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 4. Chris Urish (#77U Casson), 5. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 7. Bill Rose (#6 Rose). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56 5IVE-6IX), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 6. Brad Kraus (#6b Kraus). NT
 
ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Knowles (#13 Zero).
 
LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #1: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Madeoa, 3. Morgan, 4. McSparin, 5. Hulsey, 6. Rose, 7. Bell. NT
LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Andrews, 2. Orr, 3. Meyer, 4. Prock, 5. Hill, 6. Klaasmeyer. NT
 
FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Meseraull, 3. Felker, 4. Neuman, 5. Decker, 6. Peck, 7. Siner, 8. Schuett, 9. C.Cottle. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Roney, 3. Adler, 4. Babb, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Bacon, 7. Olson, 8. Urish, 9. Black, 10. D.Robinson. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Budres, 2. Walker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Daum, 5. Knepper, 6. Hernandez, 7. Leer, 8. K.Thomas, 9. Greth. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Berryhill, 3. King, 4. Golobic, 5. Briscoe, 6. Thorson, 7. Shelton, 8. Bayston, 9. Campbell. NT
 
B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Adler, 6. Knepper, 7. Schuett, 8. Briscoe, 9. Macedo, 10. Darland, 11. Siner, 12. C.Cottle, 13. K.Thomas, 14. Leer, 15. Campbell. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Berryhill, 2. Babb, 3. Decker, 4. D.Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Andrews, 7. Shelton, 8. Orr, 9. Urish, 10. Neuman, 11. R.Robinson, 12. Greth, 13. Johnson. NT
 
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. David Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT
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**Rose flipped during the sixth heat. Prock flipped during the second last chance qualifier. R.Robinson flipped during the second qualifier. Urish flipped during the second qualifier. Berryhill flipped on lap 6 of the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Clauson, Laps 6-33 S.Cottle, Laps 34-50 Golobic.
 
NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES POINTS: 1-Golobic-70, 2-Bacon-61, 3-Bayston-55, 4-Thorson-52, 5-Budres-49, 6-Daum-43, 7-Hernandez-41, 8-Boat-37, 9-T.Thomas-35, 10-Shelton-33.
 
NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES: April 8-9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Tristan Guardino, 7. Max Adams, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Luke Boles, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kevin Barnes, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 16. Geoffrey Strole, 17. Johnny White, 18. Austin Liggett, 19. James Herrera, 20. Cory Elliott, 21. Steve Hix. 22. Trent Carter. NT

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**White flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Rutherford, Lap 21 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 22-30 Rutherford.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: April 2 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE BAKERSFIELD THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings
 
MARCH 16, 2016... This Saturday, March 19th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the third point race will also showcase the IMCA Northern SportMods, American Stocks, and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, with Racing at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" set for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Bakersfield 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.
 
Since April 2009, the Bakersfield facility has hosted twelve West Coast Sprint Car events. Davey Pombo leads all drivers with three victories and Jace Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.597, set on March 22, 2014. Last year, Ryan Bernal earned his second Bakersfield checkered flag after passing “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the fourth lap. A complete Bakersfield win list is at the end of this release.
 
After running second last Saturday at Tulare, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has taken over the point lead. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion will be looking for his second USAC West Coast triumph.
 
Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) is currently second in the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson scored eighth at Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, the Indy 500 driver has four feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, six heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC National Champion will promote and race a midget in Duquoin, Illinois.
 
D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) runs third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson led all 30 laps to earn his first USAC West Coast win at Tulare. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes. At Bakersfield, the young driver will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.
 
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon finished tenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. At press time, the former USAC National Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes and 2 feature laps led on the season. Like Clauson, Brady will be racing a midget in the “Shamrock Classic” in Illinois.
 
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to fifth in championship points. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace ran sixth last Saturday at Tulare. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish on the year. The Bakersfield track record holder will be looking for his seventh career win on Saturday.
 
Currently twenty-third in points, Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) is also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Troy Rutherford, Trey Marcham, Austin Liggett, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Shannon McQueen, Cody Majors, and more.
 
Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.  
 
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, King Racing Products, 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 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.
 
BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-151, 2. Bryan Clauson-137, 3. D.J. Johnson-129, 4. Brady Bacon-119, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-107, 6. Troy Rutherford-100, 7. Trey Marcham-93, 8. Austin Liggett-83, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-80, 10. Stevie Sussex-78, 11. Josh Hodges-68, 12. Max Adams-66, 13. Dave Darland-63, 14. Landon Hurst-62, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 16. R.J. Johnson-56, 17. Tristan Guardino-55, ---. Mike Martin-55, 19. Geoff Ensign-54, 20. Jeff Sibley-47.
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
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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NUMEROUS BONUSES AND PRIZES ADDED TO SHAMROCK CLASSIC POT

Numerous companies have pledged support of Saturday night, March 19th's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" promoted by Bryan Clauson. The much anticipated indoor event at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center marks the season opener for the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship season.

Among those offering prizes and bonuses to competitors include Simpson Race Products, who is awarding a brand new helmet to the winner of the 50-lap midget feature while a select few other drivers will receive a set of seatbelts, a set of nomex, as well as a pair of gloves, and a pair of shoes. Additionally, the feature winner will earn $777 from Priority Aviation as a reward for taking the checkered flag.

Five random drivers still running at the finish of the 50-lap feature will be given $200 each courtesy of Dooling Machine. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will be named "Hard Charger" and receive $200 cash from Elliott Custom Trailers.

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) is giving away five $50 certificates to various drivers.  Likewise, Afco Shocks will award five $50 certificates to five different drivers throughout the evening. Five sets of tear-offs are part of Indy Race Parts' contingency package for Saturday night.

The winners of each of the four qualifying races will receive a $50 certificate from All Star Performance, who will also add another $50 to the pocket of another driver.

In addition to the special contingency awards, competitors this Saturday night will have the opportunity to earn certificates up for grabs at each and every USAC National event throughout the 2016 season: Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI), Benic Enterprises and Indy Race Parts (Heat Race Winners) as well as KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger).

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic," which includes Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts as part of the program, begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.

Reserved seats are $25.00. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-classic-at-duquoin-tickets-20089747977.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 12, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Landon Hurst, 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Kevin Barnes, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Geoffrey Strole, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Kyle Smith, 18. Max Adams, 19. Jim Richardson, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Ryan Timmons, 22. Ricky Kirkbride, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Danny Faria Jr. NT
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**Richardson flipped during the third heat. Faria flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Henry flipped on lap 1 of the feature restart.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 D.J. Johnson.
 
NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-151, 2-Clauson-137, 3-Johnson-129, 4-Bacon-119, 5-J.Vander Weerd-107, 6-Rutherford-100, 7-Marcham-93, 8-Liggett-83, 9-R.Vander Weerd-80, 10-Stevie Sussex-78.
 
NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 19 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

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National Sprints
2016 points
April 16
1. Chase Stockon 407
2. T. 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

 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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