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CLAUSON BECOMES 6th USAC DRIVER TO 100 WINS
 
Bryan Clauson has become the sixth driver in USAC history to score 100 race victories during a career. He is also the youngest, at age 26, to reach that feat.
 
He achieved the century mark last Friday night at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. by winning the 30-lap USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car "Winter Challenge" special event. Clauson's total includes two Silver Crown wins, 34 in National Sprint Cars, 36 in National Midgets, seven in Kenyon Midgets, nine West Coast Sprint special events, 5 regional Midgets, 3 Western Midgets, 3 CRA Sprints and a National Midget special event.
 
In contrast, Rich Vogler leads the all-time category with 171 victories. A.J. Foyt has 162, Sleepy Tripp 161, Mel Kenyon 131 and Dave Darland 109. Foyt was 33 when he reached 100, while Vogler was 34, Tripp 35, Kenyon 49 and Darland 47.

Tracy Hines is next on the all-time list at 97 wins.

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CLAUSON CLAIMS "WINTER CHALLENGE" TITLE; HODGES WINS FINALE, CLAUSON TAKES PRELIM
 
Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. emerged as the champion of the five-race "Winter Challenge" USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car series, posting three wins, a second and a fourth the past two weeks at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz.
 
Josh Hodges of Tijeras, N.M. won Saturday night's 30-lap finale in his Jackson Compaction/Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim/Ostrich after a race-long duel with Clauson, who finished second. R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis Jr. and Mike Martin rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag. Johnson and Davis took second and third in the final "Winter Challenge" standings.
 
"This is awesome," said Hodges in victory lane. "It's hard to put into words. There's nobody better than Bryan, so it's great to be able to beat him." Hodges passed Stevie Sussex on lap two and led the rest of the way despite constant pressure from Clauson.
 
Clauson won Friday night's 30-lap prelim in the Mike Martin owned Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd's Racing machine. He led the final 27 laps after passing Brian Hosford on lap four. Stevie Sussex led the opening lap and finished second ahead of Johnson, Davis and Hodges.
 
The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars are now idle until March 4 when they visit The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway for the 5th FVP "Sin City Showdown."
 
FINAL 2016 WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Bryan Clauson-355, 2-R.J. Johnson-327, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-314, 4-Josh Hodges-313, 5-Brian Hosford-230, 6-Mike Martin-224, 7-Dennis Gile-198, 8-Kenny Perkins-198, 9-Bob Strait-155, 10-Tom Ogle-153.

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Hodges & Marriott Headline Winter Challenge Finale!

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 30, 2016) – Josh Hodges and Hunter Marriott brought the curtains down on Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge 2016 with impressive drives to victory lane in Saturday night’s fifth and final round of the mini-series atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.

While Hodges earned his second USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Car feature victory of the series and Marriott picked up his second win as well in IMCA Modified action, other Saturday night winners included George Fronsman in IMCA Stock Car vs. Pure Stock action, Paul O’Connor in IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades and Danny Wagner in Dwarf Cars.

After sliding past front row starter Stevie Sussex for the lead on the second round, Tijeras, NM, shoe Josh Hodges countered several strong Bryan Clauson sliders to take Saturday night’s $4,000 USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature winner’s share.

It was the second $4,000 victory of the five-race series for Hodges aboard the Jackson Compaction/Ortega’s Appliance/MVT No. 74x after topping last Sunday’s Round Three feature.

“This is awesome, it’s fun to race with these guys I look up to,” Hodges said in victory lane.  “There’s no one better than Bryan (Clauson), he raced me clean.”

With Hodges racing into the lead early, Clauson just needed three laps to charge from sixth into second as he pursued a fourth win of the series.

Clauson challenged early but nearly looped it turn two on the 11th round.  Clauson made the save, with the race’s only caution flying moments later for a disabled mount in turn one.

With the balance of the 30-lapper run off in non-stop fashion, Clauson kept the pressure on and twice slid by Hodges in turns one and two in the final handful of rounds only to have Hodges successfully counter to retain command.

After Clauson got a good piece of the turn two wall with the lap 28 slider, Hodges had a clear run to his second win of the year.  Clauson settled for second with R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., and Andrew Reinbold rounding out the top five.

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 30, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway - "5th Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. 0Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tony Everhart (#55 Everhart), 6. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 7. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins), 8. Dillon Tanner (#11W Tanner). NT
 
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 4. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 6. Guy Weedman (#27X Weedman), 7. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy). NT
 
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Thomas Ogle (#48T Ogle), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 7. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber). NT
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Brian Clauson, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Mike Martin, 6. Thomas Ogle, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Kenny Perkins, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Bob Strait, 15. Larry Gibson, 16. Guy Weedman, 17. Will Perkins, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Dillon Tanner, 20. Tony Everhart, 21. Stevie Sussex. NT
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**Hill flipped during the third heat.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Sussex, Laps 2-30 Hodges.
 
FINAL WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Clauson-355, 2-Johnson-327, 3-Davis-314, 4-Hodges-313, 5-Hosford-230, 6-Martin-224, 7-Dennis-198, 8-K.Perkins-198, 9-B.Strait-155, 10-Ogle-153.
 
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 4 - Las Vegas, NV - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 5th FVP "Sin City Showdown"/Grudge Series

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CLAUSON CLAIMS CANYON ON NIGHT #4 OF WINTER CHALLENGE

Peoria, AZ........Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana quickly made his way to the front of the field from his 5th starting spot in his Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd's Racing-sponsored, Mike Martin-owned number 16B, and took home the checkered flag on the fourth night of the "Winter Challenge" at Canyon Speedway. Clauson's car owner and teammate Mike Martin got the early jump on the field to lead the first lap of the feature before Brian Hosford took the point, leading laps two and three.

Clauson charged to the front of the pack, taking the lead for good on the fourth lap and cruising to his third win in four starts in the 2016 "Winter Challenge" series, beating Stevie Sussex to the line by a 3.35 second margin.  R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five.  Clauson holds the advantage in the "Winter Challenge" point standings heading into Saturday night's final round of the five-race mini-series.

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 29, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway - 5th "Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 5. Matt McCarthy (#5x McCarthy), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21z Burkhart), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Will Perkins (#50x Perkins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Larry Gibson (#2x Gibson), 5. Guy Weedman). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Brian Hosford, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Dennis Gile, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Guy Weedman, 15. Kenny Perkins, 16. Will Perkins, 17. Larry Gibson, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 20. Kyle Danielson (#17K Danielson). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Martin, Laps 2-3 Hosford, Laps 4-30 Clauson.

NEXT SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE: January 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway - 5th "Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"
 
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PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK DATE GOES TO LANCO'S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY

Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. has joined the 2016 USAC Pennsylvania Midget Week slate. The one-eighth-mile dirt oval will host the third night of the four-race swing, on August 16.

"We are beyond excited and proud to host an event of this magnitude," said Lanco President Jim Harrington, Jr. "We know what a jewel we have in the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and now we can showcase our track and facility to a national touring group - the USAC National Midget Series. We can't wait until the stars of USAC take on the Clyde Martin clay."

Pennsylvania Midget Week opens on Sunday, August 14 at Susquehanna Speedway and will continue at Path Valley Speedway Park on Monday, August 15. Following the Tuesday, August 16 date at Lanco's will be the Wednesday night, August 17 finale at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown. The race at Lincoln will be part of the 2016 Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge," which affords unprecedented opportunities to USAC participants and opens the avenue to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The August 16 race will mark USAC's initial visit to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and is expected to be hotly-contested, as based on previous appearances in the Keystone State. All four events of Pennsylvania Midget Week will also be co-sanctioned by the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), bringing together the best drivers of both sanctioning bodies.

"Everyone involved with ARDC is very excited about the development of Pennsylvania Midget Week and the confirmation of this event at Lanco," says ARDC President Wayne Lesher. "Lanco as a facility is ready for an event of this magnitude. Our competitors are all looking forward to taking on the best of USAC that week, and the addition of Lanco looks to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in central Pennsylvania this year."

"We are truly excited about the Pennsylvania Midget Week slate and the addition of Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway," says USAC Midget Director Levi Jones, who scored Pennsylvania victories on his way to 2010 and 2011 Eastern Storm Sprint Car titles. "The Eastern race fans are among the most devoted in the nation and we are pleased to be bringing our National Midget Series to their backyard."

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USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGETS SET TO MAKE DEBUT IN 2016

The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget (MTM) Series is pleased to announce its plans for the 2016 season featuring affordable production automotive and motorcycle-based engine rules. The series will offer competitive racing against full fields of cars with members competing for USAC points series recognition including the opportunity for the series champion to attend the USAC Banquet in Indianapolis next December. The series will focus on two Midwest race facilities known for their commitment to open wheel, non-wing racing: Montpelier Motor Speedway in Indiana and Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio with additional facilities a possibility.
 
The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget Series is led by the project team that administered the USAC Midwest HPD series in 2015 and co-sanctioned a series of races with area mini sprint associations at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway as well as Ohio venues at Waynesfield Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Atomic Speedway, and Jackson County Speedway.
 
Montpelier Motor Speedway is well known in open wheel racing circles as the home of the Montpelier Midget Series and, in 2016, will host a USAC National Midget Series' "Indiana Midget Week" event as well as a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series race. Since 2012, the track has offered an inclusive rules package that permitted national midgets, "D2"-style midgets with production automotive engines, and mini sprints to compete side-by-side. In partnership with the track, the USAC MTM Series will bring a unique "race within a race" format for 2016. USAC MTM-legal cars will compete at ten of the Montpelier Midget Series races, running a practice, heat, a B-Main (if needed), and an A-Main against all midget entrants and will be eligible for standard purse payouts. However, each night's program will also feature a USAC "Shootout" race, limited to MTM cars only, in which USAC points will be earned and additional bonuses will be paid to top finishers.  
 
Waynesfield Raceway Park as committed to a four race "Thunder and Lightning' series as the USAC MTM cars will compete against the track's American Mini Sprint Association (AMSA) Lightning mini sprints. A standard race format will apply (Heats and Feature) with all USAC members (both auto and motorcycle-based) receiving points for their finishes. The race will be open to all mini-sprints that meet AMSA rules.
 
Final details are being completed regarding rules, USAC memberships, points series, and purses. Please "Like" USAC MTM's Facebook page at facebook.com/midwestthundermidgets to receive updates, or e-mail questions to USACMidwestthundermidgets@gmail.com.
 
The series would like to hear from all interested racers with "D2" legal cars and can assist in connecting potential racers with individuals selling cars or offering MTM legal powerplants. Please visit montpeliermotorspeedway.com and waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com for track schedules and other information. Please do not contact the racetracks for questions regarding rules.
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT USAC: Effective for the 2016 season, the United States Auto Club (USAC) is implementing a new structure for the HPD/Focus midget series, recognizing the growing interest in production-based automotive and motorcycle-powered midgets. For 2016, USAC will expand rules which previously limited power plants to the Honda distributed by USAC and the grandfathered Ford Focus engines. Moving forward, the series will use standard midget chassis specifications with a production-based engine formula allowing crate or junkyard engines as long as rules are met. Rules have been designed to target output in the 200 to 220 horsepower range, discouraging the use of expensive aftermarket internal engine components.
 
USAC Racing Director Levi Jones will oversee a structure of regional clubs with each club responsible for developing a schedule of race events within their region, administering race day activities such as lineups, payouts and tech inspections, and overseeing any local point series. Local clubs will be given flexibility to adapt rules as necessary to maintain the integrity of their series with the goal of developing a single national rules package in the future. Existing USAC clubs such as the Eastern Pavement, Western Dirt, Western Pavement, and Northeast Dirt will be joined by an expanded Midwest region, made up of two clubs in Indiana/Ohio and Illinois.
 
USAC is seeking to position this midget series between Karts/.25 Midgets/TQ Midgets and National Midgets/Sprint Cars from a purchase price and mechanical complexity perspective, providing a logical progression for both drivers seeking to develop a career as an open wheel racer as well as grassroots drivers seeking an affordable option to pursue their hobby.Details of each club's schedule and rules package will be posted to usacracing.com/news in the coming months.

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“WINTER CHALLENGE” RESUMES FRIDAY; CLAUSON & HODGES EARN TOP HONORS AT CANYON
By Lance Jennings
 
JANUARY 26, 2016… This Friday, January 29th, the “5th Annual Winter Challenge” will continue at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona. Featuring the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars, Friday’s main event will pay $2,000-to-win and Saturday’s winner will take home $4,000. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, racing will start at 7:00pm on Friday and 5:00pm on Saturday. The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs Pure Stocks, IMCA Hobby Stocks vs Renegades, and Dwarf Cars will share the action packed cards. USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series rules apply and for more event, and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).
 
Entering the fourth round of the “Winter Challenge,” Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) holds an 18-point advantage. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America Maxim, Clauson won the first two nights of the popular mini-series from fourth. In addition, the Indianapolis 500 veteran has one top qualifier award, three heat race victories, and 32 feature laps led. Entering Friday’s event, Bryan has the most wins in “Winter Challenge” history with five triumphs.
 
While Clauson dominated the first two shows, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) stormed from eleventh to claim Sunday’s $4,000 victory. Racing the family owned #74X Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges sits fourth in the standings with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.
 
3-Time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks second in the Winter Challenge. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Brian Hosford, Kenny Perkins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Tanner Grau, and Bob Strait round out the top-10 in the point chase.
 
Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Discounted passes for VIP Suite, Reserved, and General Seats are available. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).
 
The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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WINTER CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS:
2012-Tracy Hines, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Dave Darland, 2015-Ryan Bernal
 
WINTER CHALLENGE MAIN EVENT WINS:
5-Bryan Clauson, 3- Dave Darland, 3-Tracy Hines, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jon Stanbrough, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
2016 WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-212, 2. R.J. Johnson-194, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-192, 4. Josh Hodges-188, 5. Dennis Gile-155, 6. Brian Hosford-146, 7. Kenny Perkins-127, 8. Mike Martin-117, 9. Tanner Grau-98, 10. Bob Strait-95, 11. Tom Ogle-89, --. Michael Curtis-89, 13. David Dykes-87, 14. Guy Weedman-85, 15. Will Perkins-80, 16. Connor Strait-66, 17. Matt McCarthy-65, 18. Shon Deskins-59, 19. Matt Lundy-54, 20. Mason Keefer-52, 21. Andy Reinbold-51, 22. Tye Michocko-19.
           
2016 FEATURE WINS:
2-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges.
 
2016 TOP QUALIFIERS:
1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Michael Curtis, 1-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 HEAT RACE WINS:
3-Bryan Clauson, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Michael Curtis, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 HARD CHARGERS:
1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tom Ogle.
 
2016 FEATURE LAPS LED:
32-Bryan Clauson, 21-Charles Davis Jr., 20-R.J. Johnson, 9-Josh Hodges, 8-Brian Hosford.
 
JANUARY 22 FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Bryan Clauson (4th), 2. Josh Hodges (10th), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 4. R.J. Johnson (9th), 5. Dennis Gile (3rd), 6. Andy Reinbold (7th), 7. Brian Hosford (8th), 8. Tom Ogle (18th), 9. Michael Curtis (6th), 10. Kenny Perkins (1st), 11. Tanner Grau (16th), 12. Guy Weedman (12th), 13. Bob Strait (20th), 14. Will Perkins (17th), 15. Mike Martin (5th), 16. Mason Keefer (11th), 17. David Dykes (15th), 18. Matt McCarthy (14th), 19. Tye Mihocko (13th), 20. Connor Strait (19th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Davis, Laps 13-30 Clauson.
HARD CHARGER: Tom Ogle (18th to 8th)
 
JANUARY 23 FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Bryan Clauson (4th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 4. Josh Hodges (5th), 5. Brian Hosford (1st), 6. Dennis Gile (8th), 7. Tom Ogle (11th), 8. Kenny Perkins (2nd), 9. Mike Martin (17th), 10. Michael Curtis (7th), 11. Tanner Grau (14th), 12. David Dykes (13th), 13. Bob Strait (10th), 14. Connor Strait (15th), 15. Will Perkins (18th), 16. Mason Keefer (12th), 17. Guy Weedman (9th), 18. Matt McCarthy (16th). NT
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**Weedman flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hosford, Laps 9-17 Davis, Laps 18-30 Clauson.
HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (17th to 9th)
 
JANUARY 24 FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Josh Hodges (11th), 2. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 3. Bryan Clauson (6th), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 5. Shon Deskins (4th), 6. Matt Lundy (2nd), 7. Dennis Gile (10th), 8. Mike Martin (9th), 9. Brian Hosford (8th), 10. Kenny Perkins (1st), 11. Bob Strait (13th), 12. Tanner Grau (17th), 13. David Dykes (12th), 14. Guy Weedman (16th), 15. Matt McCarthy (15th), 16. Will Perkins (7th), 17. Connor Strait (14th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Johnson, Lap 21 Clauson, Laps 22-30 Hodges.
HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (11th to 1st)
 
2016 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
January 29: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE SET FOR 24 EVENTS IN 2016

The blueprint for the 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedule has plans for a 24-race schedule that includes 20 races in the "Golden State" of California with events at eight different venues and two separate stops in the state of Arizona.

The season launches at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on March 5 with the "Sokola Shootout" with the first of 12 USAC/CRA Series appearances at the southern California half-mile dirt oval throughout the season. Other dates at Perris include April 16, May 28, June 11, July 2, July 30, August 27, September 24,

The series will make stops at Ventura Raceway on May 7 and Santa Maria Raceway on July 1. In September, the series hits the road for the "California Sprint Week" series that includes a rigorous schedule of six races in an eight-day span starting off with two nights at Calistoga Speedway on Sept. 3-4, before moving to Petaluma Speedway on Sept. 5. After a two-day break, the teams head to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico on Sept. 8, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Sept. 9 and conclude on Sept. 10 at Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

The USAC/CRA series makes two trips to the state of Arizona in 2016. First, the series travels to Canyon Speedway in Peoria for back-to-back nights of racing on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The season's penultimate events are the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek for two events in consecutive nights with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Mar 5 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Apr 16 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
May 7 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
May 28 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jun 11 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jul 1 - Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria Raceway
Jul 2 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jul 30 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Aug 27 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Sep 3 - Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 4 - Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 5 - Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 8 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 9 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 10 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds (California Sprint Week)
Sep 24 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Sep 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway
Oct 1 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway
Oct 15 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 4 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 10 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 11 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 12 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)

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USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 23, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway -  "5th Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"
 
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Guy Weedman (#27W Weedman), 4. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 5. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT
 
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins). NT
 
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. Michael Curtis (#11W Turner/Wheeler), 4. Mason Keefer (#12K Keefer), 5. Connor Strait (#58 Strait), 6. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy). NT
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Brian Hosford, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Tom Ogle, 8. Kenny Perkins, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. David Dykes, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Connor Strait, 15. Will Perkins, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. Guy Weedman, 18. Matt McCarthy. NT
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**Weedman flipped during the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hosford, Laps 9-17 Davis, Laps 18-30 Clauson.
 
WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1- Bryan Clauson-144, 2-R.J. Johnson-128, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-128, 04-Josh Hodges-126, 5-Dennis Gile-110, 6-Brian Hosford-105, 7-Tom Ogle-89, 8-Michael Curtis-89, 9-Kenny Perkins-87, 10-Mike Martin-74.
 
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE: January 24 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway - "5th Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

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USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 22, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway - "5th Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"
 
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 7. Connor Strait (#58 Strait). NT
 
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Mason Keefer (#12K Keefer), 5. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 6. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins), 7. Bob Strait (#45 Strait). NT
 
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11W Turner/Wheeler), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Guy Weedman (#27 Weedman), 5. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle). NT
 
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Kenny Perkins, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. Guy Weedman, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Will Perkins, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. David Dykes, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Tye Mihocko, 20. Connor Strait. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Davis, Laps 13-30 Clauson.
 
WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Clauson-72, 2-Davis-64, 3-Hodges-62, 4-Gile-58, 5-Johnson-57, 6-Reinbold-51, 7-Curtis-50, 8-Hosford-49, 9-Ogle-42, 10-K.Perkins-40.
 
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE: January 23 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway - "5th Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS READY FOR 21 EVENT SLATE IN 2016
 
Twenty-one events are set for the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series season with races at eight different venues in Arizona, Nevada and California.
 
Five non-points-paying "Special Events" will open the season on January 22-23-24-29-30 in the "Winter Challenge:" a series of races held in conjunction with the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona.
 
The first points race of the season for the West Coast Sprints will also be held with the Southwest Sprints in a battle for series bragging rights at the "Sin City Showdown" as part of the FVP "Outlaw Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on March 4.
 
The first of seven series events at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California commences on March 11-12 with two complete shows on consecutive nights at the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval. The West Coast Sprints will also make trips to Tulare on April 9 alongside the USAC Western Midget Series, April 23, May 14 and another doubleheader weekend on July 22-23.
 
Other events scattered throughout the state of California in 2016 include a visit to Bakersfield Speedway on March 19. The series offers three trips to Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on April 2, June 25 with the Western Midgets, and the West Coast Sprint Series season's final points race on August 13.
 
Santa Maria Raceway hosts the West Coast Sprints on June 18 and August 6 while Ocean Speedway in Watsonville welcomes the series on August 12. The series will make its debut as part of the festivities for the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway with a non-points-paying "Special Event."
 
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
Jan 22 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 23 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 24 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 29 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 30 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Mar 4 - Las Vegas, NV/The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar 11 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 12 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 19 - Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield Speedway
Apr 2 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Apr 9 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Apr 23 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
May 14 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jun 18 - Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Jun 25 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Jul 22 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jul 23 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Aug 6 - Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Aug 12 - Watsonville, CA/Ocean Speedway
Aug 13 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Nov 24 - Ventura, CA (SE)/Ventura Raceway

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28 DATES SET FOR 2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS

A total of 28 races are on tap for the USAC Southwest Sprint Series this year, including nine "special events."
 
The season gets underway with this weekend's "Winter Challenge" openers at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. Five nights of racing at Canyon are considered special events and do not carry points, so the championship season actually begins in the "Sin City Showdown" as part of the FVP "Outlaw Showdown" March 4 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. That event also features participants of USAC's West Coast Sprint Car Series.
 
Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek hosts the finales - the "Western World Championships" - November 4-5, the sixth and seventh scheduled appearances of the series there this year.
 
In between, races at Yuma Ariz. (Cocopah Speedway) and Casa Grande, Ariz. (Central Arizona Speedway) are on tap.
 
The four-race "Freedom Tour" in August returns at Lawton and Sapulpa, Okla. and Wichita and Dodge City, Kans. and the NMMRA co-sanctioned "Border Tour" returns to El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico in September.
 
R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has swept the last three USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships and has a record 29 career victories.
 
2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series Schedule
January 22 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 23 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 24 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 29 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 30 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
March 4 - Las Vegas, NV/The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 26 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
April 9 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
April 23 - Yuma, AZ/Cocopah Speedway
April 30 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
May 7 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
May 28 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
May 29 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
June 11 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
July 2 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
July 30 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
August 17 - Lawton, OK (SE)/Lawton Speedway
August 18 - Sapulpa, OK (SE)/Creek County Speedway
August 19 - Wichita, KS (SE)/81 Speedway
August 20 - Dodge City, KS (SE)/Dodge City Raceway Park
September 2 - El Paso, TX/El Paso Speedway Park
September 3 - Las Cruces, NM/Southern New Mexico Speedway
September 17 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
October 15 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
October 22 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
October 29 - Casa Grande, AZ/Central Arizona Speedway
November 4 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway

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"WINTER CHALLENGE" USAC OPENERS AT CANYON

The 2016 "Winter Challenge" opens this weekend at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. as the USAC racing season officially debuts.

The five-race series kicks off this weekend with races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, serving as "special event" non-points races for the USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Car Series.

R.J. Johnson and Danny Faria Jr. are the respective Southwest and West Coast Champions, Johnson capturing his third consecutive Southwest title last year and Faria repeating his 2013 West Coast title in 2015.

The multi-faceted program also includes IMCA Modifieds, Stocks and Pure Stocks, plus Modlites and Mini-Sprints.

Last year's "Winter Challenge" winners included Brady Bacon and Ryan Bernal, who won two of the three races. Other 2015 Canyon Speedway USAC Sprint winners included R.J. Johnson (3), Stevie Sussex (2), Matt Rossi, Mike Martin, Damion Gardner and Mike Spencer.

The "Winter Challenge" concludes with races January 29 and 30 at Canyon Speedway.

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LAURA STOCKON MEMORIAL AT ROUTE 45 RACEWAY BRINGS AMSOIL SPRINT SLATE TO 47 RACES

The "Laura Stockon Memorial" is set for October 15 at Route 45 Raceway in Flora, Ill. The race brings USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car slate to a record 48 races. It'll mark the first appearance of the USAC Sprint Cars at the Illinois oval. The Illini State hasn't seen USAC Sprint Cars in 10 years. The series also return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City July 29 and 30, where Josh Wise was victorious in 2006.

The race will feature a 32-lap main event, saluting the life of the late mother of USAC driver Chase Stockon, who won last year's ProSource Fast Qualifier championship and finished third in the final AMSOIL standings. Mrs. Stockon passed away in 2012 after a bout with cancer.

Chase, who led the 2015 AMSOIL standings for 2-1/2 months at the start of the season and for a week during July, looks forward to the race honoring his mother. "My mom is still a large part of the way I live my life on and off the track. I would say that she also had the biggest influence on my mindset and helping me mature mentally to be one of the top drivers in the nation without a wing. It means a lot that a track wanted to host this race in honor of my mom, and even more that USAC wanted to be involved with it. My whole family loves racing and that we get to run a race in my mom's memory"

USAC Racing Director Levi Jones, an Illinois native, is excited about the return of the AMSOIL series to his home state. "It's been a decade since that Granite City race and it'll be good to get back," he says. "We hope that this race establishes another USAC tradition and we anticipate a banner field of cars and drivers to honor the memory of this great lady."

Continuing with the reference to the family car number of 32, drivers will vie for a winner's paycheck of $5,032 in the race which will feature 32 laps on Route 45 Raceway's quarter mile dirt oval.

"We have made a lot of facility upgrades since taking over the track, and this is the next step for us in the improvements at our track," says race organizer B.J. McCammon. "Hosting a race of this magnitude is exciting and lets our fans witness the best sprint car racers in the country right here as their last event of the season in the Midwest."

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PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK EXPANDS TO 4 RACES; SUSQUEHANNA SELECTS SUNDAY DATE
 
"Pennsylvania Midget Week" has expanded to four nights in 2016 with the addition of a Sunday, August 14, race at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown.
 
The four race swing already includes Monday and Wednesday night races at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run and Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown respectively and Tuesday night's venue remains to be finalized.
 
Rico Abreu swept both Pennsylvania races last season, winning races at Path Valley and Lincoln. This year's swing is part of an expanded 24-race schedule which spans seven states, beginning in Illinois in March and ending in California in November.
 
"The enthusiastic Pennsylvania fans have enabled us to create a true "Midget Week" in the Keystone State," says USAC National Cordinator Jason McCord. "We are excited about the addition of Susquehanna and look forward to announcing the fourth race in the near future."
 
USAC Midget Series Director Levi Jones adds: "the intense competition generated in 2015 which produced a history-making finish for the National Championship has carried over into the new year. We expect one of the fiercest battles for the championship in recent years and the Pennsylvania swing will certainly be pivotal in determining this year's champ."
 
2016 USAC National Midget Championship Calendar
March 19 - DuQuoin, IL (I)/Southern Illinois Center
April 8 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
April 9 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
May 31 - Montpelier, IN/Montpelier Motor Speedway
June 1 - Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway
June 2 - Putnamville, IL/Lincoln Park Speedway
June 3 - Bloomington, IN/Bloomington Speedway
June 4 - Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway
June 5 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
June 17 - West Memphis, AR/Riverside International Speedway
June 18 - West Memphis, AR/Riverside International Speedway
August 3 - Beloit, KS/Solomon Valley Raceway
August 5 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks
August 6 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks
August 14 - Newberrytown, PA/Susquehanna Speedway
August 15 - Spring Run, PA/Path Valley Speedway Park
August 16 - TBA/TBA
August 17 - Abbottstown, PA/Lincoln Speedway
September 24 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway
October 6 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 7 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 8 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 21 - Wayne City, IL/Wayne County Speedway
November 24 - Ventura, CA/Ventura Raceway

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STENHOUSE STEALS "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" GLORY FROM CAR OWNER CLAUSON

Du Quoin, Illinois.......Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday.
After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.

Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.

On lap 34, third-running Spencer Bayston looped in turn-one but was able to keep going, drawing a caution flag but assuming his position in the field as it was deemed an inadvertent yellow. Thomas, who was putting on a show with his drive back through the field without the aid of cautions, benefitted from that to take the third spot.

Saldana shadowed Clauson after flashing just behind on lap 27. He finally tried a slider for the lead on lap 44, but Clauson was able to hold him back. As Saldana slid up in turn-four, Thomas took his shot at second and had a head of steam into turn-one, riding up and over Saldana as both cars went spinning to bring a caution with eleven laps to go.

On the restart, Stenhouse went after his teammate Bayston for the second spot as Clauson pulled away. He started to smoke at the head of the field with less than ten laps to go, though, and Stenhouse started to close. One final caution with four laps to go gave Stenhouse his chance at Clauson for the win.

On the restart, Stenhouse ran high through turns one and two, hitting turn-three with a head of steam as he slid up in front with the lead in turn-four. Clauson didn't give in, though, and he countered with a slider of his own that Stenhouse was able to hold off. Over the final two laps, Stenhouse covered the bottom by sliding across each set of corners, winning by .657-seconds in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation #17 Spike/Esslinger.

"I ran it in as hard as I could on that restart and knew that if I could get a good run off of two, I could slide him. I thought I would clear him, but he just hung right there with me. I had to go back in my head and think what I would do back in 2007 running USAC. It was eventful, and it was such a blast. I passed some cars top and bottom, but I was shocked when I saw Thomas and Saldana crash, and knew then we had a shot. Winning for Tim (Clauson) as a car owner is special after all he has done to help me race midgets still and for Richard & Jennifer Marshall at Priority Aviation. It was so much fun racing with Bryan, and being able to beat him makes you feel really good about racing a midget again," Stenhouse said.

Clauson held on for the second spot in the Rusty Kunz/Joe Dooling Racing - B&H Contractors #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"We were just trying to get it home - we weren't quite good enough and the engine started to give a little at the end, but we still probably had enough if I didn't make a couple wrong decisions late. I left the door open, and he took it. I saw the 17 coming on the board and knew he'd go big, and this is a huge win for him. It's great for our team, as well, and it shows what great people we have even with our leader down a little and needing bed rest," Clauson said.

Bayston held off Andrew Felker by .045-seconds to finish third in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation Services #39 Spike/Esslinger.

"Those guys were putting on a show up there, and I really wanted to get up there and duke it out with Ricky and Bryan for the win. You can't pick two better guys out  here. I probably dialed myself out just a bit. I'm really proud of what our team could accomplish without our leader Tim Clauson. It's difficult not having him here, but he still led us and we had great help, and Tyler Ransbottom does a great job on these cars. It was a great night for us," Bayston said.

Felker finished fourth in the 66 Truck & Salvage - MelMark #11A Boss/Stanton Mopar, and Briscoe rounded out the top-five in the Jeff & Jill Davis - Quick Racing Products #33D Triple X/Honda.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: December 19, 2015 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center -"Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joey Saldana (#17x Saldana), 2. Shane Cottle (#71x Love), 3. Parker Price-Miller (#9p Ronk), 4. Jody Rosenboom (#14R Rosenboom), 5. Anton Hernandez (#37 Felker), 6. Joe B. Miller (#3B Neuman), 7. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson), 8. Devin Camfield (#6c Camfield). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Shane Morgan (#15m Zero), 4. Hunter Lane (#0H Zero), 5. Travis Young (#11 Young), 6. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 7. David Camfield (#16c Camfield). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#33D Davis), 2. Katlynn Leer (#77K Leer), 3. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 4. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 5. Chase Hill (#11H Felker), 6. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 7. Jake Griffin (#6R Rosenboom), NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 3. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (#17 Clauson), 5. Chad Wheeler (#88w Wheeler), 6. Hunter Schuerenberg (#55 Knepper), 7. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 8. Alex Hill (#19p Ronk). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Bruce Jr. (#18 Team OneEight), 2. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 3. Logan Jarrett (#29J Jarrett), 4. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 5. Alex Watson (#41 3W Racing), 6. Chris Dyson (#16K Kruseman), 7. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 8. Chris Urish (#14 Casson). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Allgaier (#7JA Motorsports Marketing), 2. Gage Walker (#7x Walker), 3. Dalton Camfield (#86c Camfield), 4. Cory Kruseman (#21K Kruseman), 5. Matt Westfall (#14w Bordner), 6. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 7. Ryan Jamison (#51JR Jamison), 8. Colin Parker (#0c Zero). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Shane Cockrum (#66 Amati), 3. Matt Ponder (#5H Hoppe), 4. Rusty Dukes (#88D Sawyer), 5. David Hair (#29 Hair), 6. Gavin Harlien (#11K Kruseman). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 2. Zach Hampton (#35x Three-Five), 3. Tyler Robbins (#35 Robbins), 4. Ryan Greth (#4G Lesher), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Tyler Courtney (#7K Irwin), 7. Bobby Jackson (#0A Zero), NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #1: (10 laps) 1. Nelson, 2. Neuman, 3. Griffin, 4. Harlien, 5. Westfall, 6. Pierce, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Hunter. NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Miller, 2. Dyson, 3. Jamison, 4. King, 5. Urish, 6. Courtney, 7. Jackson, 8. Campbell, 9. Bell, 10. Roney. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Adler, 2. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Young, 5. Morgan, 6. Lane, 7. Greth, 8. Robbins, 9. Dalton Camfield, 10. Bruce. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Stenhouse, 2. Saldana, 3. Briscoe, 4. Leer, 5. Peck, 6. Siner, 7. Jarrett, 8. Welch, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Hair. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Felker, 2. Kruseman, 3. Hernandez, 4. Walker, 5. Robinson, 6. Darland, 7. Loyet, 8. Shirley, 9. C.Hill, 10. Hampton. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Price-Miller, 2. Clauson, 3. Dukes, 4. Allgaier, 5. Rosenboom, 6. Wheeler, 7. Ponder, 8. Watson, 9. S.Cottle. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Skylar Hunter (#0D Zero).

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Stenhouse, 2. Walker, 3. Morgan, 4. Robinson, 5. Loyet, 6. Wheeler, 7. Shirley, 8. Young, 9. Nelson, 10. Neuman, 11. Welch, 12. Robbins, 13. Bruce. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Siner, 3. Dukes, 4. Leer, 5. Miller, 6. C.Hill, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Ponder, 9. Dyson, 10. Rosenboom, 11. Lane, 12. Watson, 13. Hampton. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Tim Siner, 7. Daniel Robinson, 8. Anton Hernandez, 9. Justin Peck, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Justin Allgaier, 13. Katlynn Leer, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Joey Saldana, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. Cory Kruseman, 19. Shane Morgan, 20. Rusty Dukes. NT
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**Bell flipped during practice. Devin Camfield flipped during the first heat. David Camfield flipped during the second heat. A.Hill flipped during the fourth heat. Dyson and C.Cottle flipped during the fifth heat. Roney flipped during the first last chance qualifier. Bruce flipped during the first qualifier. Shirley flipped during the third qualifier. S.Cottle flipped during the fourth qualifier. Welch flipped during the first B-Main. Hampton and Watson flipped during the second B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-51 Clauson, Laps 52-55 Stenhouse.
 
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USAC GOES INDOORS FOR FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS AT DuQUOIN SATURDAY IN "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT

The USAC Midgets go indoors for the first time since 2007 this Saturday night, December 19, as the Southern Illinois Center on the grounds of the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair plays host to the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55."

The 55-lap, non-points USAC "special event" honors the famed car owner Walter "Junior" Knepper, who fielded the familiar yellow number 55 in USAC National Sprint and National Midget competition for several years, scoring a combined 58 series victories with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler, and Steve Knepper behind the wheel.

The Nick Knepper/Derek LeMaster promotion begins a new tradition at the Southern Illinois Center with the newly-created event, but midget racing is not new to the indoor facility in DuQuoin. Recent winners indoors at DuQuoin include Joey Saldana (2014), Tony Stewart (2012), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Casey Shuman (2010).

Saturday night's race marks the 166th USAC Midget race held indoors dating back to Gene Hartley's victory in the very first USAC-sanctioned race at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum on January 8, 1956. Michael Lang won USAC's last indoor midget race in the state of Illinois at Chicago's Rosemont Horizon in 1991. Sleepy Tripp won the most recent USAC Midget race held in DuQuoin, Illinois in 1979, taking a 50-lap feature on the "Magic Mile" located adjacent to the Southern Illinois Center. Tripp also won the most recent USAC indoor midget race on dirt in 1990 at the Reno (Nev.) Livestock Events Center. Saturday night will also be the first USAC-sanctioned race held indoors since a 2007 midget feature won by Tony Stewart at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Expo Center.

Nearly 50 drivers and cars have already pre-entered for Saturday night's event including some of 2015's most accomplished USAC drivers that include AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner, USAC Midwest HPD titlist Alex Watson and Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Spencer Bayston. Former USAC series champions Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman, Josh Lakatos, Brad Loyet and Travis Young are entered as well as past USAC National feature winners Hunter Schuerenberg, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Urish and Matt Westfall.

Pit gates open for the "Junior Knepper 55" at 8am Saturday, while spectator gates open at 5pm. The program is set to begin with hot laps at 6pm and racing is scheduled to start with heat races at 7pm. General admission tickets for adults are $20 with tickets for children 6-12 set at $10, while children 5 and under get in free. Pit passes are $35.

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SWANSON, BALLOU, HINES SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIDAY'S 60th "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION
 
USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Robert Ballou and Tracy Hines shared the spotlight along with other 2015 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 60th USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif. and Hines, of New Castle, Ind., earned National championships. Swanson was a repeat Silver Crown titlist, Ballou the AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Hines the Honda Midget champ.

Hines also secured the USAC Triple Crown Championship, adding the Midget title to his previous championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint series. He was presented the coveted True Speed Triple Crown ring by Nelson Stewart, father of the award sponsor, Tony Stewart.

Car owner National champions for 2015 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Ballou (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned include Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. (West Coast Sprints) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest Sprints).

Other 2015 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. (Honda Western Midgets); Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. (DMA Midget); Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio (HPD Midwest Midget); Cody Jessop of Madera, Calif. (HPD Western Midget), Shawn Buckley of Simi Valley, Calif. (HPD Western Dirt Midget); Dylan Nobile of Clovis, Calif. (HPD Western Pavement Midget); Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. (HPD Eastern Midget) and Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. (HPD Western Restricted Midget).

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (corporate) and Mike Grosswendt of All Coast Construction (individual) for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.

USAC Chairman of the Board Jeff Stoops was presented USAC's prestigious Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence, recognizing his commitment to the overall sport of auto racing and his numerous contributions to USAC.

Tony Elliott of Warsaw, Ind. posthumously received the Jason Leffler Award, in recognition of his intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career. Elliott perished in an aircraft accident this year and his award was accepted by his widow, Cindy.

USAC's 2015 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was awarded to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway race organizer Don Kazarian.

Dave Darland earned the "Mike Curb Super License Award" and its $5,000 cash bonus for scoring the most points of all drivers participating in USAC's 2015 National racing series.

C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. earned the 2015 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Aaron Farney of Brookston, Ind. was honored as the National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind.

Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. was named USAC's "Most Improved" National Driver of 2015.

USAC's 2015 "Chief Mechanic of the Year" awards went to Derrick Bye of Westfield, Ind., who guided Ballou's drive to the Silver Crown title, and Keith Kunz, whose Midgets dominated this year's Honda National Midget series.

Chase Stockon of Haubstadt, Ind. accepted the ProSource Fast Qualifier bonus for leading all other National drivers with eight fast time awards during 2015.

Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.

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BYRD's "INDY CHALLENGE" OPENS NEW AVENUE TO INDY

Seven USAC Midget races in 2016 form the nucleus of the inaugural Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" which affords unprecedented career opportunities to USAC participants and opens the avenue to compete at the "Greatest Race Course in the World" - the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd have constructed a unique format for their "challenge" which finds seven races in USAC's National and Western Midget series serving as the stepping stone to the ultimate prize.
 
Five wins would earn that driver a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC events would earn the driver the 2017 Indy Lights oval races mentioned, as well as propel the winner to a ride in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.
 
Included are seven premier races on USAC's 2016 calendar, starting with the June 4 Indiana Midget Week race at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. Race two would be the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 while subsequent races are the August 17 "Eastern Invasion" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga, Calif. in September; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 24; the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.
 
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants," says USAC President Kevin Miller. "The Byrd family has long been a supporter of America's grassroots motorsports and this challenge will mark a new avenue for our drivers who aspire to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
 
"On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge," says Jonathan. "We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy. We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide an opportunity to the best of the best in Midget racing, given our family's championship history. We want to thank USAC for allowing us to play a part in bringing a renewed focus to the incredible racing that is featured by the USAC National Midget Championship."

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47 DATES HIGHLIGHT AMBITIOUS AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SLATE

The most ambitious schedule of AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races in recent history has been released for 2016, including traditional events and new facilities spanning the American landscape.
 
Opening with the exciting "Winter Games VII" at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in February and concluding with the "Oval Nationals" on the West Coast in November, the 47-race series will visit 23 venues in a dozen states.
 
New for 2016 are special "non-points" special events in South Dakota and Indiana. Two races at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D. August 20 and 21 offering a $50,000 winner's share will be followed by a Wednesday night special event at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway which will kick-off the four-night "Sprint Car Smackdown V."
 
The Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex joins the series this year for the first time in 28 years as the first of four consecutive races in the nation's heartland. The June 22 race will be followed by a June 23 race at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway and a pair of races June 24 and 25 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans.
 
Also new to the calendar are races at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway on April 23 and at Brownstown Speedway on May 21. A two-day show at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on July 29-30 marks the first visit for the series to the track since a 2006 event won by Josh Wise.
 
Traditional returns are scheduled at Ocala February 18-19-20, April 16 and September 17 events co-sanctioned by MSCS at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" May 6-7 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the 46th "Tony Hulman Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. May 25, "Eastern Storm" in Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 7-8-9-11-12, the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" at Putnamville, Ind. July 1, "Indiana Sprint Week" July 8-9-10-13-14-15-16, the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo, Ind. August 24-25-26-27, the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. September 16, the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio September 24, the "Fall Nationals" October 1 at Lawrenceburg, Ind., the "Western World Championships" at a yet-to-be-determined track in the southwest, and the "Budweiser Oval Nationals" at Perris, Calif. Nov. 10-11-12.                

2016 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
2/18    Bubba Raceway Park    Winter Dirt Games VII
2/19    Bubba Raceway Park    Winter Dirt Games VII
2/20    Bubba Raceway Park    Winter Dirt Games VII

4/2    Lawrenceburg Speedway    
4/15    Bloomington Speedway    
4/16    Tri-State Speedway    Spring Showdown
4/23    Montpelier Motor Speedway    

5/6    Eldora Speedway        Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends
5/7     Eldora Speedway        Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends
5/20    Gas City I-69 Speedway
5/21    Brownstown Speedway
5/25    Terre Haute Action Track Tony Hulman Classic

6/7    Grandview Speedway    Eastern Storm
6/8    Lincoln Speedway    Eastern Storm
6/9    New Egypt Speedway     Eastern Storm
6/11    Port Royal Speedway    Eastern Storm
6/12    Susquehanna Speedway Park Eastern Storm
6/22    Jackson Motorplex
6/23:   Jackson, MN - Jackson Motorplex                                
6/24:   Eagle, NE - Eagle Raceway - Rumble in the Bullring
6/25:   Kansas City, KS - Lakeside Speedway
6/26:   Kansas City, KS - Lakeside Speedway

7/1:     Putnamville, IN  -  Lincoln Park Speedway - Bill Gardner Sprintacular
7/8    Gas City I-69 Speedway    Indiana Sprint Week
7/9    Kokomo Speedway        Indiana Sprint Week
7/10    Lawrenceburg Speedway    Indiana Sprint Week
7/13    Terre Haute Action Track Indiana Sprint Week
7/14    Lincoln Park Speedway    Indiana Sprint Week
7/15    Bloomington Speedway    Indiana Sprint Week
7/16    Tri-State Speedway    Indiana Sprint Week
7/29    Tri-City Speedway
7/30    Tri-City Speedway
    
8/20    **Badlands Motor Speedway Rock & Roll Gold Cup
8/21    **Badlands Motor Speedway Rock & Roll Gold Cup
8/24    **Kokomo Speedway     Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/25    Kokomo Speedway         Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/26    Kokomo Speedway         Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/27    Kokomo Speedway         Sprint Car Smackdown V

9/16    Terre Haute Action Track Jim Hurtubise Classic
9/17    @Tri-State Speedway     Haubstadt Hustler
9/24    Eldora Speedway         4-Crown Nationals
10/1    Lawrenceburg Speedway     Fall Nationals

11/3    ©TBA              Western World Championships
11/4    ©TBA             Western World Championships
11/5    ©TBA             Western World Championships
11/10    ©Perris Auto Speedway     Oval Nationals
11/11    ©Perris Auto Speedway     Oval Nationals
11/12    ©Perris Auto Speedway     Oval Nationals

Races marked with @ represent a race co-sanctioned with MSCS.
Races marked with ** represent a Non-Points/Special Event.
Races marked with © represent a race with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

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WILLIAMS GROVE AND SALEM RETURN TO SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES

SIX DIRT AND FIVE PAVEMENT RACES FILL 11-RACE SLATE

A pair of tracks from USAC Silver Crown racing's rich past makes their return to a balanced eleven race USAC Silver Crown Series schedule for 2016 that features six races on the dirt and five races on the hard top.
 
On June 10, in the midst of an off-night for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars' "Eastern Storm" series, the champ cars take on the historic half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. for the Horn-Schindler Memorial 100. It's been 35 years since the Silver Crown cars last made the trek to the famous dirt oval when Eddie Leavitt picked up his only career series win in 1981. Sheldon Kinser won the only other appearance of the Silver Crown cars at "The Grove" in 1980. Williams Grove Speedway is no stranger to champ car racing, hosting AAA National Championship racing in 1946 and non-points paying champ car races annually from 1949 to 1955, with USAC being the sanctioning body from 1956 to 1959. The most recent USAC event hosted by Williams Grove was a National Sprint Car race won by Billy Pauch in 1996.

Among the six pavement events on the 2016 schedule include the series' return to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. for the "St. Louis Silver Crown Showdown" on June 25 after a one-year absence. On Aug. 13, the Silver Crown cars return to Salem (Ind.) Speedway Fueled by The Hoosier Lottery for the first time since a 1988 race that was won by pavement ace Bob Frey. The much-anticipated return of USAC to the southern Indiana highbanks also reunites USAC and the prestigious Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial race under the same umbrella once again for the first time since 2010. Traditionally a sprint car race held since 1953, this is the first time the event will be a Silver Crown race.
 
The season begins on the dirt at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on April 3 with the 16th running of the "Sumar Classic." Toledo (OH) Speedway hosts the first pavement race of the year on April 30 for the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic." The Indiana State Fairgrounds hosts the first mile-dirt challenge of the year in the annual "Hoosier Hundred." Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis serves as the only track to host two series races in 2016 with the "Hall of Fame Classic" coming to the .686 mile oval on the day before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and the "Rich Vogler Classic" on July 21.
 
The two iconic Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and DuQuoin start off the final three-race stretch of the season that could play a pivotal role in determining the 2016 series champion. The "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield takes place on Aug. 20 while the "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds moves to Saturday night under the lights on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3.
 
The "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH will close the curtain on the Silver Crown Series season on Sept. 24. In addition to the Silver Crown 50-lapper, the event that traditionally features Silver Crown racing along with the USAC National Sprints and National Midgets will also include the All Star Circuit of Champions. If a driver is able to "sweep" all four feature events on Saturday night, he or she will take home a staggering $100,000 bonus. A $25,000 prize will go home with a driver who can win three of the four features.

2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE LOCATION TRACK EVENT
4/3    Terre Haute Action Track    Sumar Classic
4/30    Toledo Speedway    Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic
5/26    Indiana State Fairgrounds    Hoosier Hundred
5/28    **Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis    Hall of Fame Classic
6/10    Williams Grove Speedway    Horn-Schindler Memorial 100
6/25    **Gateway Motorsports Park
7/21    Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis    Rich Vogler Classic
8/13    Salem Speedway  Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial
8/20    **Illinois State Fairgrounds    Bettenhausen 100
9/3    DuQuoin State Fairgrounds    Ted Horn 100
9/24    Eldora Speedway    4-Crown Nationals

Races marked with ** represent a daytime feature start.

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2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE INCLUDES FOUR NEW VENUES, EXPANDED SCHEDULE AMONG ITS 23 DATES

Twenty-three dates have been announced for the USAC National Midget series' 2016 calendar with four venues set to host their first USAC National Midget race.
 
The season kicks off on the dirt, indoors, on March 19 at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. The facility has played host to several midget races in recent years, but this will mark the first points-paying USAC National Midget event at the track and the first points-paying, USAC National Midget race indoors since Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s victory at the Toronto SkyDome in 1993. It also marks the USAC National Midgets' first event in DuQuoin, Ill. since Sleepy Tripp won a 50-lap race on the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 1979.
 
Other new events on the 2016 schedule include a race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway on May 31 to kick off the now six-race "Indiana Midget Week" slate. A double-header weekend at Riverside International Speedway on June 17-18 brings the USAC National Midgets to the state of Arkansas for the first time ever. The 76th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has found a new, but familiar home at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The oceanside dirt bullring hosted its only "Turkey Night" in 1997 with Billy Boat picking up the victory.    
 
Traditional events make up the bulk of the schedule with the 3rd running of the Kokomo Grand Prix taking place on April 8-9. "Indiana Midget Week" has expanded to its largest slate ever with six races, beginning at Montpelier on May 31 before heading to Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 1, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway on June 2, Bloomington Speedway on June 3, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 4 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5.
 
The midgets hit the Heartland in early August when the series makes a return trip to Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on Aug. 3, then heads to the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks for the 39th running of the legendary "Belleville Midget Nationals" on Aug. 5-6.
 
For a second consecutive season, the series returns for a trio of races in Pennsylvania for the newly-minted "Keystone Invasion." The three-race swing begins at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run on Aug. 15, then heads to a yet-to-be-announced track on Aug. 16, before closing out the mini-series at Abbottstown's Lincoln Speedway on Aug. 17.
 
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio once again carries the Midgets on the card for the traditional "4-Crown Nationals" on Sept. 24 as one of the four crowns along with the Silver Crown Championship Cars, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the All Star Circuit of Champions. If a driver is able to "sweep" all four feature events on Saturday night, he or she will take home a staggering $100,000 bonus. A $25,000 prize will go home with a driver who can win three of the four features.
 
The "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" returns to its traditional October date with three consecutive nights at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on Oct. 6-7-8 before the series closes out the Midwest portion of its season with the "Jason Leffler Memorial" on Oct. 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE  TRACK EVENT
3/19    (i)Southern Illinois Center    
4/8    Kokomo Speedway    Kokomo Grand Prix
4/9    Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Grand Prix

5/31    Montpelier Motor Speedway    Indiana Midget Week

6/1    Gas City I-69 Speedway    Indiana Midget Week
6/2    Lincoln Park Speedway    Indiana Midget Week
6/3    Bloomington Speedway    Indiana Midget Week
6/4    Lawrenceburg Speedway    Indiana Midget Week
6/5    Kokomo, IN    Kokomo Speedway    Indiana Midget Week
6/17    Riverside International Speedway    
6/18    Riverside International Speedway    

8/3    Solomon Valley Raceway    Chad McDaniel Memorial
8/5    Belleville High Banks    Belleville Midget Nationals
8/6    Belleville High Banks    Belleville Midget Nationals
8/15    **Path Valley Speedway Park    Keystone Invasion
8/16    **TBA    TBA    Keystone Invasion
8/17    **Lincoln Speedway    Keystone Invasion

9/24    Eldora Speedway    4-Crown Nationals

10/6    Tri-City Speedway    Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/7    Tri-City Speedway    Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/8    Tri-City Speedway    Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/21    Wayne County Speedway    Jason Leffler Memorial

11/24    @Ventura Raceway    Turkey Night Grand Prix

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

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

Silver Crown
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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