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HANGTOWN 100 IS FIRST 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE IN 7 YEARS
HANGTOWN 100 IS FIRST 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE IN 7 YEARS dirt track racing news
Placerville, California (November 18, 2019).........One-hundred lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races are a rarity these days. In fact, this week's inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 from California's Placerville Speedway is the first such event in seven seasons, a race won by Brady Bacon at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in 2012. Races of that length can create a completely different aspect to the event that you don't see in standard 30 or even 40 lap events. There's the patience part of it, the concentration throughout the duration of 100 laps, the ever-changing track conditions and the preservation of equipment. Of course, those particular things go hand-in-hand with any event on any track, but you can multiply the impact of each aspect when it comes to 100 laps. One-hundred lappers used to be commonplace in USAC National Midget racing. For instance, in the first year of the club in 1956 alone, 30 such races of that distance were held, including the very first USAC event ever held, at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. and won by Gene Hartley. Between 1956 and 1959, at least 16 100-lap races were held each year from indoor bullrings to dirt half-miles such as Williams Grove and Terre Haute and even to one-mile pavement venues such as the Milwaukee Mile. By the decade of the 1970s, the 100-lappers began to gradually fade and became mostly confined to early season indoor events, the Hut 100 and the Turkey Night Grand Prix, which remained traditions into the new century until the demise of the Hut 100 and the alteration of Turkey Night's length to 98 laps in honor of J.C. Agajanian and family whose No. 98 cars were legendary both at Indianapolis and on the short tracks of the west coast throughout the mid-20th century. The 1990s never had a year in which there were more than four 100-lap races, with only a 1992 event at Wisconsin's Hales Corners Speedway won by Page Jones breaking the mold as an outlier long-distance race outside of the norm of indoor, Hut and TNGP events, and wouldn't happen again at an outlier venue until 2003 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway, won by J.J. Yeley. The Indiana short paved tracks of Anderson and the Speedrome held their own 100 lap events in the mid-to-late 2000s. When the Hut 100 moved to the quarter-mile dirt oval of Indiana's Tri-State Speedway between 2010-2012, it served as the last event of the distance until this week. Brady Bacon, a recent winner in the series last Saturday at Arizona Speedway and an entrant for the Hangtown 100, won the last 100-lap USAC National Midget race, held at Tri-State seven years ago and will be a contender once more at Placerville. After 381 100-lap USAC National Midget races between 1956-2018, Rich Vogler has the most in the category with 16 during his illustrious USAC career. Perhaps Bacon, perhaps somebody new will join a lengthy list of winners of a tradition renewed. On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm. On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm. Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets. A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100. Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend. The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com. 100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS: 1. (16) Rich Vogler 2. (15) Mel Kenyon 3. (13) Gary Bettenhausen 4. (12) Jimmy Davies 5. (9) Gene Hartley, Ron Shuman & Shorty Templeman 8. (8) Mike McGreevy & Bob Wente 10. (7) Chuck Rodee, Bob Tattersall, Sleepy Tripp & Jack Turner 14. (6) Tony Bettenhausen & Jimmy Knight 16. (5) Ronnie Duman, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Eddie Johnson & Johnnie Tolan 22. (4) George Amick, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, A.J. Foyt, Bob McLean, Bobby Olivero, Kevin Olson, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice & Leroy Warriner 33. (3) Chuck Arnold, George Benson, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Frank Burany, Hank Butcher, Jimmy Caruthers, Bobby East, Burt Foland, Billy Garrett, Parnelli Jones, Jason Leffler, Steve Lotshaw, Johnnie Parsons, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Les Scott, Tony Stewart & Rodger Ward 52. (2) Alan Brown, Barry Reed, Bill Homeier, Billy Cantrell, Billy Mehner, Billy Vukovich, Billy Wease, Bob Hare, Bubby Jones, Chuck Gurney, Chuck Weyant, Cliff Spalding, Dana Carter, Dave Darland, Dave Steele, Davey Moses, Don Meacham, Earl Motter, Jay Drake, Jerry Nuckles, Johnny Baldwin, Johnny Boyd, Lee Kunzman, Len Sutton, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Sam Isenhower, Stan Fox, Teddy Beach, Tracy Hines & Warren Mockler 83. (1) Bill Chennault, Bill Kollman, Blake Hollingsworth, Bob Harkey, Bob Veith, Bobby Marshman, Brady Bacon, Brent Kaeding, Bruce Walkup, Bryan Clauson, Bud Clemons, Cole Whitt, Dale Swaim, Danny McKnight, Danny Oakes, Danny Pens, Darren Hagen, Don Horvath, Donnie Beechler, Forrest Parker, Gary Byers, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, George Snider, Harry Beck, Henry Pens, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Jerry McClung, Jerry Stone, Jerry Weeks, Jimmy Kirk, Jimmy Reece, Joe Garson, John Meyers, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny White, Jordan Hermansader, Ken Nichols, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Kevin Doty, Larry Dickson, Larry Patton, Lloyd Ruby, Michael Lang, Michael Lewis, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Hess, Ned Spath, Page Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Rick Goudy, Steve Cannon, Steve Knepper, Stevie Reeves, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Verne Harriman & Zach Daum NUMBER OF 100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS RACES: (381 between 1956-2018) 1956 (30) 1957 (22) 1958 (19) 1959 (16) 1960 (19) 1961 (9) 1963 (12) 1964 (14) 1965 (23) 1966 (11) 1967 (8) 1968 (5) 1969 (13) 1970 (13) 1971 (10) 1972 (8) 1973 (6) 1974 (6) 1975 (10) 1976 (9) 1977 (11) 1978 (3) 1979 (6) 1980 (3) 1981 (3) 1982 (4) 1983 (6) 1984 (5) 1985 (7) 1986 (4) 1987 (5) 1988 (6) 1989 (6) 1990 (4) 1991 (3) 1992 (3) 1993 (3) 1994 (2) 1995 (2) 1996 (2) 1997 (2) 1998 (2) 1999 (2) 2000 (2) 2001 (2) 2002 (2) 2003 (3) 2004 (4) 2005 (3) 2006 (2) 2007 (0) 2008 (2) 2009 (0) 2010 (2) 2011 (1) 2012 (1) 2013 (0) 2014 (0) 2015 (0) 2016 (0) 2017 (0) 2018 (0) LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com. Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation. Like USAC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usacracing. Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation. Subscribe to FloRacing.com - http://bit.ly/2TVlkHe to watch USAC racing live and on-demand all year long.
Faccinto, Rasmussen, Myrick, Hamilton Win Turkey Night Main Events At Keller Speedway
Faccinto, Rasmussen, Myrick, Hamilton Win Turkey Night Main Events At Keller Speedway dirt track racing news
Hanford, CA...Mitchell Faccinto won the 30 lap King of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway. This was the season-ending Turkey Night event, and Faccinto bested a field of 24 competitors. After outrunning Tucker Worth to win the six lap Trophy Dash, Mitchell Faccinto had the pole position for the feature race. Faccinto and Worth battled it out with second-row starter Michael Faccinto. Michael Faccinto would take the second position from Worth, but it would be brother Mitchell Faccinto prevailing at the checkered flag. Worth settled for a third place finish, followed by Jace Vanderweerd, Grant Duinkerken, Landon Hurst, Kaleb Montgomery, Mitchell Moles, Keith Day Jr and Craig Stidham. King of Thunder and NARC/King of the West Sprint Car champion DJ Netto set the fast time of 13.686, beating the 13.780 of Mitchell Faccinto. Vanderweerd, Worth and Day picked up the eight lap heat race wins. Kyle Rasmussen won the 25 lap IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car Main Event. New champion Grant Champlin and Andy Gregg battled early while Rasmussen charged from the third row. Rasmussen would grab the lead from Champlin, and seventh row starter Brooklyn Holland became a player in the battle at the front of the pack. Holland would take the second position from Champlin, but Rasmussen would go on to victory. Champlin settled for third, followed by Gregg, Doug Gandy, Gordon Rodgers, Tony Pombo, Chris Stevens, Phil Heynen and Jerome Warmerdam. Champlin set the fast time of 14.695, while Warmerdam, Rasmussen and Steven Tiner were the eight lap heat race winners. Dan Myrick won the 20 lap House of JuJu Central Valley Mini Stock Main Event. This was his second win at Hanford this season, which helped him wrap up both the track and Central Valley Mini Stock championships. Myrick shared the front row of the Main Event with 2018 CVMS champion Greg Baronian, and the two ran closely at the front of the pack throughout the entire distance. Myrick would score the victory ahead of Baronian. Ryan Doglione enjoyed a season-best third place finish, followed by Randy Brown, Gene Glover, Matthew Herod, Clinton Massey, Jeff Durant, Darren Wilson and Scott Glenn. Baronian bested the 29 car field in qualifying with a lap of 20.559. Eight lap heat race wins were earned by Jason Cook, Baronian and Myrick. Eric Hamilton won the 15 lap IMCA Stock Car Main Event. This was the first win of the season for Hamilton, and he had to battle past champion Lauren DeArmond and current champion Chad Johnson to do it. Hamilton started back in the third row, while Johnson started in the fifth row. DeArmond had the pole for the race and set the early pace. Hamilton and Johnson both made a mad dash to the front of the pack, and a close battle occurred down the stretch. Hamilton managed to get the lead and barely held off DeArmond for the victory with Johnson a very close third. Rod Bane finished fourth, followed by Steven Johnson, Troy Patee, Brock Hamilton, Nicholas Johnson, Larry Thompson and Renn Bane. Cody Johnson and Eric Hamilton won their respective eight lap heat races. With the season now over, information on future events at the track can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com.
Virginia Motor Speedway Crowns 2019 Champions; McClendon crowned Dirt Series Champion
Virginia Motor Speedway Crowns 2019 Champions; McClendon crowned Dirt Series Champion dirt track racing news
Jamaica, VA - Bill Sawyers Virginia Motor Speedway officially wrapped up the 2019 and 50th Anniversary season by recognizing the top ten in each of the track's divisions with special attention reserved for the 2019 champions. During the night's events, over $36,000 in cash and prizes was handed out; of that, almost $27,000 was in cash. In the Victory Lap Pro Late Model division Justin Williams of Concord, VA was crowned Champion and received a check for $5,000 for his efforts. Williams also received a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography, his Championship helmet trophy and his Champions jacket from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. This year's title marked Williams's third Championship in the Pro Late Model division and sixth overall Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman division Joe Weiss of Elizabeth City, NC was crowned Champion and received a check for $1,000 for his efforts. Weiss also received a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography, his Championship helmet trophy and his Champions jacket from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. In the Budweiser Modified division Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA was crowned Champion for the second year in a row and received a check for $1,000, a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography, his Championship helmet trophy and his Champions jacket from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. In the Collision One Limited Stock Car division James Givens of Henrico, VA was crowned Champion and received a check for $700, a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a custom calendar from Al Goulder Photography his Championship helmet trophy and his Champions jacket from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic. This Championship is Givens' third Limited Stock title in a row and fourth overall. During his speech, Givens announced he would be moving up to the Truckin Thunder Sportsman division in 2020. The speedway also crowns an overall Dirt Series Champion, which pits all four divisions against each other. Hunter McClendon, on the strength of his three wins and his eight top 5's, won the overall Championship and received a $2000 check and the special 50th Anniversary trophy that goes along with winning the title. Special achievement award winners for the 2019 season included: The Rookies of the Year were Matt Glanden of Denton, MD in Victory Lap Pro Late Models; Dave Lane of Hayes, VA in Truckin Thunder Sportsman; Jeremiah Marshall of Stuarts Draft, VA in Budweiser Modifieds and Paige Vassallo of Woodforde, VA in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division. Each winner received a plaque and $250. The 51st season of racing at Virginia Motor Speedway will start April 4, 2020 with Dirt Series Championship weekly racing. The track's first special event will be Thursday, April 16, with the $10,000 to win and $1000 to start Thursday Night Thunder featuring the All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car series and the Dirt Cup UMP Modifieds. The speedway will once again host the $20,000 to win King of the Commonwealth on Saturday, May 30th, the $20,000 to win USA 100 on August 1st, both sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. The season-ending FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment for FASTRAK Pro Late Models will once again pay a historic $50,000 to win and $2050 to start. Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland, and the Hampton Roads area. To learn more about Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2020 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track's web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
Best of the Weekend for November 16-18, 2019
Best of the Weekend for November 16-18, 2019 dirt track racing news
With the season winding a handful of great moments throughout the weekend were still worth pointing out. To change things up for this edition I went with a theme people outside their comfort zone and performing well.
2019 Feature Win List Week 46: Courtney Leads Into Western Swing
2019 Feature Win List Week 46: Courtney Leads Into Western Swing dirt track racing news
Tyler Courtney leads the feature win list after 46 weeks of competition in 2019...
DANNY DIETRICH SCORES GOOFY'S SPRINT SHOWDOWN VICTORY AT BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DANNY DIETRICH SCORES GOOFY'S SPRINT SHOWDOWN VICTORY AT BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY dirt track racing news
YORK HAVEN, Pa. (11/16/19): It's been a rough couple of months for Danny Dietrich, who has dealt with his share of misfortune after getting off to a fast start. Dietrich piled up 12 wins by the time Speedweek was complete. Since then, the Gettysburg driver has struggled and could only muster two more triumphs. None of that mattered Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway. Dietrich disposed of Outlaw invader Daryn Pittman and finished off the 2019 season on a high note by capturing his 15th win of the season in the 30-lap Goofy's Eatery and Spirits Sprint Showdown. "The last two months haven't been [good], but you can't live in the past," said Dietrich after the $10,000 score. "Some people live in the past, but we live in the future. That's what will make this team so successful in the future." If Dietrich can run like he did in the season ender at BAPS, he is going to rack up plenty of wins and first-place checks in the future. Pittman and Dietrich were even coming down the frontstretch on the initial start. The Outlaw regular was able to nail the bottom in the first and second corner and take the lead heading down the backstretch. There was very little separation between the top two drivers. Dietrich raced in Pittman's tracks and was only .233 seconds back at the completion of Lap 4. The leaders started to encounter lapped traffic on the sixth circuit. Still, Pittman was able to slice through backmarkers and open up a .978-second lead by the time Lap 11 was scored. Anthony Macri entered the mix one lap later. He caught Dietrich one lap later, as the top three raced within 1.369 seconds. At the halfway point, the top three drivers ran within 1.073 seconds. Pittman continued to hug the bottom of the speedway. Dietrich continued to run the top and held off Macri before closing to within .414 seconds of the leader by Lap 18. Dietrich continued to nail the top in Turn 2. It paid off on the 19th circuit, as he got a push off the second corner and blew by Pittman on the backstretch. When Dietrich nosed out front, he cut down his entrance to Turn 3 and held the spot until he hit the flagstand. "I had to make sure I got across his nose," Dietrich said. "That's just the way it is racing for $10,000. You've got to get across his nose and take the air off him so he can't get underneath you … And you sure as hell don't want him to push you up the racetrack, because then you are really in trouble. "I knew coming off of two that I had to beat him down the backstretch, and I had to do it in a hurry or he was going to move down and protect. When the opportunity comes up, you've just got to do it." Within three laps, Dietrich built a 1.518-second advantage over Pittman. It was the biggest lead of the day, but it was also one that was needed. Dietrich blew through the first corner on Lap 26, skidded high, and almost smacked the fence. Luckily, he saved the car and only lost .400 seconds and continued to pace the field. Pittman never got another crack. Dietrich was flawless the rest of the way and took the win by .832 seconds at the finish to bag a big season-ending payday. "I was pretty good up there, beforehand, but it rubbered up just enough," Dietrich said. "When these tires get to where they lose their tread, you just lose your grip in the dirty crap. That's when you know you can't go up there, because the thing just won't stick. "I was happy to get down there and not lose the lead. It actually allowed me to get my car turned and look behind me and see how close they were. I saw I had a decent lead, so that was an advantage, but it wasn't an advantage to almost knock the fence down." Pittman settled for second, with Macri finishing third. Shark Racing teammates, Jacob Allen, and Logan Schuchart, completed the top five. Doug Hammaker capped another solid 358 Sprint Car season with his division-leading ninth win of the season in the 25-lap main event. Kurt Conklin challenged Dylan Norris for the top spot in Turn 3 on Lap 6. Norris took the line away, and Conklin spun trying to avoid heavy contact. On the restart, Hammaker, who took over the second spot when Conklin spun, shot around Norris to take the lead. He dominated the rest of the way and took the victory over Justin Foster, and Brett Wanner. BAPS Motor Speedway York Haven, Pa. Saturday, November 16, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPRINTCARUNLIMITED.COM 410 SPRINT CARS - GOOFY'S EATERY & SPIRITS SPRINT SHOWDOWN Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($10,000), ; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, ; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, ; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, ; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer, ; 7. 5-Dylan Cisney, ; 8. 72-Ryan Smith, ; 9. 75-Chase Dietz, ; 10. 07-Gerard McIntyre Jr ($500, Wicked Energy Gum Hard Charger), ; 11. 88-Brandon Rahmer, ; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, ; 13. 8-Billy Dietrich, ; 14. 91-Anthony Fiore, ; 15. 73B-Brett Michalski, ; 16. 99M-Kyle Moody, ; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall, ; 18. 19M-Landon Myers, ; 19. 21-Brian Montieth, ; 20. 55-Dallas Schott, ; 21. (DNF) 49H-Bradley Howard, ; 22. (DNF) 44-Dylan Norris, ; 23. (DNF) 97-Brie Hershey, ; 24. (DNF) 13S-Jon Stewart, ; (DNS) 3-Jeff Paulson, Lap Leaders - Daryn Pittman (1-18), Danny Dietrich (19-30) 410 Sprint Car Time Trial Results - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman 14.553 ($500, Emory Transmissions Fast Time Award); 2. 39M-Anthony Macri 14.716; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich 14.819; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen 14.880; 5. 88-Brandon Rahmer 14.939; 6. 21-Brian Montieth 15.035; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart 15.044; 8. 5-Dylan Cisney 15.053; 9. 19M-Landon Myers 15.062; 10. 75-Chase Dietz 15.084; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer 15.198; 12. 72-Ryan Smith 15.204; 13. 91-Tony Fiore 15.218; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall 15.250; 15. 24-Lucas Wolfe 15.268; 16. 07-Gerard McIntyre Jr. 15.402; 17. 8-Billy Dietrich 15.417; 18. 49H-Bradley Howard 15.475; 19. 99M-Kyle Moody 15.558; 20. 44-Dylan Norris 15.744; 21. 73B-Brett Michalski 16.011; 22. 55-Dallas Schott 16.121; 23. 97-Brie Hershey 16.220; 24. 13S-Jon Stewart 16.777; 25. 3-Jeff Paulson 16.914. 410 Sprint Car Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 75-Chase Dietz ($100, Hampden Automotive), ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, ; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, ; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, ; 5. 07-Gerard McIntyre Jr, ; 6. 91-Anthony Fiore, ; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody, ; 8. 55-Dallas Schott, ; 9. 3-Jeff Paulson, . 410 Sprint Car Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer ($100, Hampden Automotive), ; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri, ; 3. 5-Dylan Cisney, ; 4. 88-Brandon Rahmer, ; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich, ; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall, ; 7. 44-Dylan Norris, ; 8. (DNF) 97-Brie Hershey, . 410 Sprint Car Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 72-Ryan Smith ($100, Hampden Automotive), ; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, ; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe, ; 4. 19M-Landon Myers, ; 5. 73B-Brett Michalski, ; 6. 21-Brian Montieth, ; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard, ; (DNS) 13S-Jon Stewart. 410 Sprint Car Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman, ; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, ; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, ; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, ; 6. 75-Chase Dietz, ; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer, ; 8. 72-Ryan Smith,  358 SPRINT CARS Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 66-Doug Hammaker, ; 2. 32-Justin Foster, ; 3. 54-Brett Wanner, ; 4. 44-Dylan Norris, ; 5. 21T-Scott Fisher, ; 6. 00-Chris Frank, ; 7. 66A-Cody Fletcher, ; 8. 2-Steven Kisamore, ; 9. 17-Andrew Hake, ; 10. 13S-Jon Stewart, ; 11. 45-Kurt Conklin, ; 12. 15-Cameron Burke, ; (DNS) 3-Jeff Paulson. Lap Leaders - Dylan Norris (1-6), Doug Hammaker (7-25) 358 Sprint Car Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 66-Doug Hammaker ($50, Hampden Automotive), ; 2. 44-Dylan Norris, ; 3. 21T-Scott Fisher, ; 4. 00-Chris Frank, ; 5. 54-Brett Wanner, ; 6. 2-Steven Kisamore, ; (DNS) 93-Mike Bittinger. 358 Sprint Car Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 45-Kurt Conklin ($50, Hampden Automotive), ; 2. 32-Justin Foster, ; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher, ; 4. 17-Andrew Hake, ; 5. 13S-Jon Stewart, ; 6. 15-Cameron Burke, ; (DNS) 3-Jeff Paulson.
HANGTOWN 100 USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW
HANGTOWN 100 USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW dirt track racing news
Placerville, California (November 17, 2019).........If you're going to make a first impression, make it a big one! The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets make their debut at California's Placerville Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19-20, for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, the richest event in the history of the series with a total purse of over $150,000 for the two-night spectacular. Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will pay $5,000 to the 30-lap main event winner and features the top-12 cars in combined points throughout the night, starting inverted on the grid. Wednesday night's 100-lap Royal Truck Body feature on November 20 will pay a whopping $20,000 to the victor on the 1/4-mile red clay oval. The overall points champion throughout the two nights will take home a $12,000 bonus. Sixty (60) USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets are on the entry list for the event, many of whom have never competed in a USAC-sanctioned midget event at Placerville. Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining most recently with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in September. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. He had a 2nd place Western States run in 2016 with an additional midget win this past June at his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world." Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has won twice in a midget at Placerville this year alone in both August and September, and finished 7th with WoO in September. He picked up his 16th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory this past June at The Dirt Oval at Route 66. Eleven-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner and 2019 World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion, Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.), won the WoO round at Placerville in 2018 and, in September, picked up wins in his dash and heat race. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured last Saturday's Western World Championships midget race at Arizona Speedway. He took 7th in a USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville in 2016. Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, led a race-high 23 laps in September's WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic. Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, ran 8th in September with WoO at Placerville. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), who picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in July at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, finished 19th with WoO at Placerville in September. The top-nine in the NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings will all be making their USAC debuts at Placerville this week, including point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), who carries a hefty 171-point lead into the event ahead of 2018 series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and 2019 BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), all of whom are within the top-five in series points. Carrick, along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), two-time 2019 series winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and ninth-place points holder Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) will join top series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), 2016 USAC National Midget titlist Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and 2007 BCRA Midget champ Justin Grant among those making USAC Midget debuts at Placerville. Furthermore, first-time Placerville USAC Midget combatants include 2019 Shamrock Classic winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), 2019 Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Driver of the Year Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), international racing stars Michael Pickens (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, Australia), plus USAC National champions Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), USAC Sprint and Midget winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), two-time NASCAR Cup winner and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 2019 WoO Sprint winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and two-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car titlist Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas), as well as 2019 USAC Western States Midget feature winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) and Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.). Several of the West Coast contingent have extensive experience at Placerville behind the wheel of a midget, including Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a BCRA winner at the track in 2018. Her father, 1994 Western States Midget champion Johnny Cofer finished 6th in the first USAC Western States Midget event at Placerville in 1996. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) took home a 5th place result in the Western States Midget stop at Placerville in 2013 and was 5th again this past August with BCRA. Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) was 19th with Western States in 2013, 6th in 2016 and 14th in 2017. Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), the 2018 USAC Western States Midget champion, has been a consistent front runner at Placerville with the series, earning finishes of 5th in 2016 and 6th in 2017. He's had finishes of 4th in August and 5th in September in a pair of 2019 Placerville midget starts. Current USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) leads the standings over Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) by just 29 markers entering the event, which will pay appearance points only, 50 each night. Dalby took 19th in 2016 USAC action at Placerville and 9th in 2017. He was 2nd in June of this year in a midget at the track. Elliott, meanwhile, was 17th in 2016, a solid 3rd in 2017, and was 4th in June and 3rd in August of this year. Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.) finished 10th in both 2016 and 2017 with the USAC Western States Midgets. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) the 2019 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway Sprint Car track champion who made his USAC National Midget debut this past weekend at Arizona, finished 11th in a 2017 USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville. Two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champion (2013-14) Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) took 18th in that 2017 round. Jake Morgan (Fair Oaks, Calif.), meanwhile, earned a 3rd place result in a midget at Placerville in June. The versatile Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) competed in both a midget and with WoO in September, scoring a 3rd in the midget and 20th in the sprint car. On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm. On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm. Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets. A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend. The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com. HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (60 Entries) 08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports) 08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports) 1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley) 1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel) 1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC) 4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing) 4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby) 5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports) 5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander) 7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing) 7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC) 8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz) 9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 10B Blake Bower/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci & Chris Walker) 11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott) 11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman) 15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports) 17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing) 17JR Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing) 17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing) 18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman) 19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward) 19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward) 19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing) 20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna) 21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports) 25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports) 25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy) 27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke) 27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing) 39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing) 47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing) 47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris) 57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing) 63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini) 67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne) 68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports) 71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris) 71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris) 71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC) 73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford) 73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford) 76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing) 76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing) 77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing) 81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian) 97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing) 99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart) 99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur) 84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) TBA (Matt Wood Racing) USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255. USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348. PAST PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RESULTS: 1996: 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Shane Scully, 3. John Starks, 4. Terry Tarditi, 5. Brian Tuey, 6. Johnny Cofer, 7. Scott Hansen, 8. Joey Tynan, 9. Tom DuPont, Jr., 10. Pat Bliss, 11. Tom Boune. 2013: 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Sean Dodenhoff, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Matt Streeter, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Greg Bragg, 7. Taylor Simas, 8. Gary Conterno, 9. David Prickett, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Brett Felkins, 12. Scott Pierovich, 13. Nick Foster Jr., 14. Pete Davis, 15. Bill Lindsey, 16. Nick Chivello, 17. Jonathan Grinell, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Randi Pankratz, 20. Shannon McQueen, 21. Terry Nichols. 2016: 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 Wait, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic. 2017: Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Mason Daniel, 8. David Prickett, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Buddy Kofoid, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. Dustin Golobic, 16. Geoff Ensign, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Ryan Bernal. LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com. Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation. Like USAC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usacracing. Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation. 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LEARY'S LANDMARK SEASON NETS USAC SPRINT TITLE
LEARY'S LANDMARK SEASON NETS USAC SPRINT TITLE dirt track racing news
San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........Was there any more indicative way of how C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports achieved their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship than how they performed in Saturday night's season finale at Arizona Speedway? The team rolled off the trailer for the second night of Western World and clicked off fast time during qualifying, then won their heat race from the third row and finished off with a solid top-five run. Night-after-night, track-after-track, Leary and crew chiseled the competition with their unrelenting consistency. Their 11 fast qualifying times rank as the third most ever in a single USAC National Sprint Car season behind only Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1978. Along the way, the team accrued a series-high 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts and series-high-equaling 25 top-five finishes. It's an astonishing stat line for a team and driver of any caliber in any particular year, let alone by a team that had never run the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule prior to 2019 and a team who's core players were not a cohesive unit at this point one calendar year ago. A deal was struck late last year which brought the youthful and talented Leary on board to take the wheel along with highly successful winning crew chief Davey Jones turning the wrenches. At that point, a winning combination was born. "We've just been really consistent all year long," Leary explained. "Davey's given me a fast hot rod night in and night out. I just felt like if we got through Pennsylvania, we'd have a good shot at getting the championship because Pennsylvania's always been my weak link." Leary steam rolled through the first part of the season when all the bugs and kinks are yet to be ironed out and the working relationships between driver, crew and owner are still in the development process. Fairly quickly, a team can tell if they'll eventually sink or swim with what they have. From its initial appearances, the team could've swam the entire Atlantic Ocean with as good as they were right out of the box. The team won their third night out in Ocala, Fla. in February, then took over a point lead they wouldn't relinquish following the first night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora in May. The team powered through the aforementioned Eastern Storm swing through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, finishing 2nd, 5th and 3rd to collect the mini-series title. The magic continued through the eight-race stretch in July through the Hoosier State to earn an Indiana Sprint Week title, the third driver to win both Eastern Storm, ISW and the USAC National Sprint title within a single year after Bryan Clauson (2013) and Robert Ballou (2015). Through the summer heat in Indiana, Leary and company took six top-fives and eight top-tens and reached a season-high 134-point lead following the Bloomington round of ISW in July. The team's first finish outside the top ten didn't arrive until late August at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway when Leary biked it while running fourth on the first night of Sprint Car Smackdown. However, the team was able to withstand the minor setback and continued their flourishing ways with a firm grip of a 100-plus point lead for two months of the season. That is, until late September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora where Leary was involved in a tangle with Chris Windom while running fourth, which relegated him to a 22nd place finish while Courtney earned max points with a sweep of the night, narrowing the canyon in the championship race to 58, the closest margin seen since June, three months earlier. From there, the pressurized race was switched on with the reigning titlist in Courtney beaming with confidence as he chased the rabbit in Leary that hadn't been rattled points-wise in quite some time. But Leary responded enviably with a 4th in the Midwest finale at Lawrenceburg, before grabbing a 5th in the opener at Perris, followed by a 10th there the following night and a much-needed sigh of relief victory on the final night of the Oval Nationals to close out the penultimate weekend. Once the page was turned for the final race set at Arizona Speedway, Courtney solidified his contention for a title on the first night of Western World by picking up qualifying points, then racing from the tail to win his heat. Leary checked mate and collected eight points of his own for a heat win after a ho-hum sub-top-10 qualifying run by his standards. Courtney raced to victory in the night's main event while Leary managed a 6th. A solid run in most cases, but in this instance, it was a net 15-point loss for Leary, who took a 26-point interval into Saturday's last call. Locked-in Leary snared fast time for six points and nabbed a heat win for eight points while Courtney earned three qualifying points but was forced to swap the engine from his ride following mechanical trouble during his time trial run. Courtney took second in his own heat race, setting up a final showcase between the two Indiana born and bred racers. Courtney went all in, exclaiming to his crew before the start that he was either going to bring back a trophy or a steering wheel, implying he was going for broke with an oath to take care of the factors he was in control of while Leary just had to manage 11th or better to lock up the crown. Leary hung right there comfortably smack dab in the middle of the top-ten for the duration of the 30 laps, never once falling out of the hunt and below the Mendoza line. Meanwhile, Courtney delivered on his promise, bringing home the Western World trophy. All the while, Leary was like clockwork. When the clock struck midnight on the season, he was right there where he needed to be. As a result, Leary became USAC's newest first-time champion, as did crew chief Davey Jones and the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team. At the age of 23, Leary became the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones and, at age 23, has realized a life-long dream of becoming a USAC championship. "The pressure coming into tonight was eating at me, so I'll take a breather and let this sink in," Leary exhaled. "It's definitely something to be proud of. It's something I've been wanting since I was a little kid. It definitely didn't happen overnight. This is my eighth year on the USAC National tour and to be standing up here means the world to me." Also fitting is how it all came full circle. The discussion of the formation of the Arizona-based team began a year ago in Perris, Calif., and one year later, Leary became a first-time Oval Nationals winner at Perris and a first-time championship right in his car owner's homeland in the Grand Canyon State. "We've toured all over the United States, and to end here in (car owner) Andy's (Reinbold) backyard, I think it's pretty special," Leary said. "He has all his friends, family, his co-workers, everybody's out here supporting him as a race team. Andy and his whole family have taken us in like family and have put us up in their house and just went racing. It's pretty cool, I think I can relate a lot to my own race team. It's a family affair and I'm just glad to get it done for Andy, his dad Rex, and the whole AME crew. I can't say enough for these guys. They've made this year pretty special for me." For Reinbold, despite his team's relative lack of experience on the National trail, he had full confidence in the team he surrounded himself with. One that he expected, back in December, January and February, would be standing on the podium just as they were Saturday night at Arizona Speedway. "Honestly, absolutely," Reinbold deadpanned when asked whether he expected to be standing on the stage as a champion. "The team that we put together, all of our partners, all of our sponsors, our family, everybody believed from the beginning. It was a little tough at the very beginning down in Florida with the new cars, the Spike cars. They were used to the DRC. But once we all bought into it, we got rolling and C.J. was just wonderful in driving and hitting his marks all year long. It was amazing." 2019 C.J. LEARY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS: FEATURE WINS: 2 - Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park & Nov 9 at Perris Auto Speedway FEATURE LAPS LED: 102 TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES: 25 TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES: 32 FAST QUALIFYING TIMES: 11 HEAT RACE WINS: 12 FEATURE STARTS: 34 CAREER FEATURE WINS: 9 At the age of 23, Leary became the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones. (Rich Forman Photo) LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com. Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation. Like USAC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usacracing. Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation. Subscribe to FloRacing.com - http://bit.ly/2TVlkHe to watch USAC racing live and on-demand all year long.
Courtney Sprints to Back-To-Back Western World Wins
Courtney Sprints to Back-To-Back Western World Wins dirt track racing news
One year ago, Tyler Courtney had a view from the other side of the spectrum at the season finale. There, his nearest combatant in the title chase collected a feature win while he celebrated a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.
Bleess' awesome autumn continues with Grant Junghans Memorial win
Bleess' awesome autumn continues with Grant Junghans Memorial win dirt track racing news
PARK CITY, Kansas (November 16)--On a history-making night at the 81 Speedway where crew members, fans and racers honored the late Grant Junghans and paid tribute to hall-of-fame promoter C. Ray Hall, a young driver from Chatfield, Minnesota, named Jacob Bleess forever etched his name into dirt modified racing lore. With the champagne still not dry on the Featherlite Fall Jamboree trophy he took home on September 21, Bleess gave the audience in Park City, Kansas, an encore performance with a wire-to-wire victory at the 4th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial. Following a heat race win, Bleess revealed his formula for success in the main event: "Stay consistent, keep the tires on it and not get passed." The racing surface was spectacular and racy all weekend but locked down right away in Saturday's feature race and put passing at a premium. Drawing the pole position was the one box Bleess checked just to be sure. "Got that clean air right away and knew if I had the lead and just quarter-throttle the whole time and keep the tires under it-I didn't really see that many people blow tires-so I knew I was pretty good for how much I was saving," a smiling Bleess said during his victory lane celebration. "It was a good night." Bleess, who finished seventh in Friday night's Chisholm Trail Showdown nightcap, beat reigning World of Outlaws Late Model Series champ Brandon Sheppard into the first corner and that was all she wrote. "When you're out front leading, you can set the pace and the guys behind you are usually going a little harder than you," Bleess added. "No one was blowing tires so I knew we were going to be okay." Remembering one of the most popular USMTS racers ever, Saturday's Grant Junghans Memorial main event paid $10,002 to the winner while each of the 24 main event starters earned no less than $1,202. Bleess was 22 years old when he took the checkered flag Saturday night, but will celebrate his 23rd birthday after midnight on the same day that Junghans was born. He would have been 31 on Sunday. The racing world lost Junghans on March 12, 2016, after a courageous six-year battle with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer. The Grant Junghans Memorial is an opportunity for his family, friends, fans and fellow competitors to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us. Junghans was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. Despite on-again off-again chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries, he never lost his sense of humor, fighting spirit or natural-born tendency to be decent to others. He was also the 2009 USMTS Rookie of the Year and that award has since been renamed in his honor. Saturday's triumph was the second career USMTS win for Bleess. His first came 55 days earlier at the Deer Creek Speedway during the 21st Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree. Sheppard finished second Saturday while another Lucas Schott, who topped the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial in 2016, came home in third. Tyler Wolff held off 2017 event winner and reigning USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders for fourth while Tanner Mullens, Dereck Ramirez, Darron Fuqua, Ryan Gustin and Chase Junghans rounded out the top 10. A former USMTS competitor, Chase Junghans is the younger brother of Grant Junghans. Saturday was also the final event as owner/operator of the 81 Speedway for award-winning promoter C. Ray Hall, ending an historical 58-year run at the helm. Friends of dirt track racing that stepped up to support this event include A&A Electric & Underground, Malvern Bank, MB Customs Race Cars, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro, Real Racing Wheels, Rick Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning and Shop Quik Convenience Stores. Lap sponsors for the 50-lap main event include A One Automotive, Aceco Rental & Sales, AJ's Café, BMJ Enterprises, Broadway Truck & Auto, Caney Valley Speedway, Designs Unlimited, Dirt Life Illustrated, Dirt Monthly Magazine, Doherty Brothers Construction, Duvall Electric, First Class Septic, FYE Motorsports, GW Performance, Hacienda Mechanical, Hass Horizontal, Hoker Trucking, Hughes Racing Chassis, Humboldt Speedway, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, MSRMafia.com, New Point Lighting & Design, Nick, Larry and Blonde Bomber, OFI Performance, RaceKnowHow.com, Roy and Becky Thackery, S&S Fishing & Rental, SouthernStockyards.com in memory of John Stand, Vado Speedway Park, VanderBuilt Race Cars/Gresham Services and Wichita Tank Racing. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), visit USMTS.com online or call (515) 832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USMTS, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/USMTS, check us out on Instagram at instagram.com/USMTS and subscribe to our YouTube channel at youtube.com/USMTSTV. Keep up to speed by joining our email list at USMTS.com/Subscribe. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = OFFICIAL RESULTS United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) 4th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial 81 Speedway, Park City, Kansas Saturday, November 16, 2019 Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown and money won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey's General Stores "A" Main. SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (4) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn. 2. (2) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn. 3. (6) 18 Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan. 4. (1) 25C Johnny Cammon, Wichita, Kan. 5. (10) 52 Ryan McAninch, Hutchinson, Kan. 6. (7) 4RJ Jared Russell, Wagoner, Okla. 7. (3) 86 Eric Main, Hutchinson, Kan. 8. (8) 06 Andrew Wallace, Wichita, Kan. 9. (5) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla. 10. (9) 15 Blake Davis, South Coffeyville, Okla. FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (3) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo. 2. (2) 81 Cody Simpson, Quinlan, Texas 3. (4) 9T Cole Traugott, Woodward, Okla. 4. (9) 34 Kale Westover, Blair, Okla. 5. (5) 96JR Jon Herring Jr.., Woodward, Okla. 6. (6) 7 Treyton Gann, Ponca City, Okla. 7. (1) A2 Randy Wilson, Wichita, Kan. 8. (10) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark. 9. (8) 32R Daniel Richey, Wichita, Kan. 10. (7) 51T Tim Thomas, Fargo, N.D. EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (7) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan. 2. (8) 55 Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa 3. (9) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan. 4. (3) 9R Brody Robe, Wichita, Kan. 5. (4) 00 Cody Jolly, Jasper, Mo. 6. (10) 32B Josh Lanterman, Derby, Kan. 7. (2) 3 Arne Anderson, Watertown, S.D. 8. (6) 30 Tad Davis, Chanute, Kan. 9. (5) 29 Keith Hammett, Brookland, Ark. DNS - 9 Andy Eickhoff, Albion, Neb. MSD PERFROMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (5) 4B Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill. 2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas 3. (9) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 4. (4) 28 Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas 5. (8) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. 6. (2) 77D Edward Leecy, Derby, Kan. 7. (1) 37J Ronnie Burkhardt, Topeka, Kan. 8. (7) 52C Alex Cammon, Wichita, Kan. 9. (3) 5F Drake Findley, Bryant, Ark. 10. (10) 0K Kendall Kemp, Maize, Kan. VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (3) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. 2. (8) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. 3. (4) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 4. (5) 01A Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark. 5. (1) 1 Kirby Robe, Wichita, Kan. 6. (6) 2G Brandon Givens, Perry, Okla. 7. (2) 5D Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa 8. (7) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan. 9. (9) 22N Kevin Newell, Wichita, Kan. REAL RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (2) 9T Cole Traugott, Woodward, Okla. 2. (3) 52 Ryan McAninch, Hutchinson, Kan. 3. (1) 81 Cody Simpson, Quinlan, Texas 4. (8) 4RJ Jared Russell, Wagoner, Okla. 5. (16) 29 Keith Hammett, Brookland, Ark. 6. (4) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. 7. (7) 00 Cody Jolly, Jasper, Mo., $152 8. (6) 32B Josh Lanterman, Derby, Kan., $152 9. (5) 9R Brody Robe, Wichita, Kan., $152 10. (18) 51T Tim Thomas, Fargo, N.D., $152 11. (9) 77D Edward Leecy, Derby, Kan., $152 12. (17) 22N Kevin Newell, Wichita, Kan., $152 13. (13) 06 Andrew Wallace, Wichita, Kan., $152 14. (12) 5D Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa, $152 15. (10) 86 Eric Main, Hutchinson, Kan., $152 16. (14) 52C Alex Cammon, Wichita, Kan., $152 17. (15) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla., $152 18. (11) 3 Arne Anderson, Watertown, S.D., $152 19. (19) 0K Kendall Kemp, Maize, Kan., $152 REAL RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (1) 34 Kale Westover, Blair, Okla. 2. (3) 01A Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark. 3. (14) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan. 4. (9) 2G Brandon Givens, Perry, Okla. 5. (2) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 6. (5) 28 Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas 7. (12) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., $152 8. (7) 1 Kirby Robe, Wichita, Kan., $152 9. (6) 96JR Jon Herring Jr.., Woodward, Okla., $152 10. (13) 30 Tad Davis, Chanute, Kan., $152 11. (17) 15 Blake Davis, South Coffeyville, Okla., $152 12. (4) 25C Johnny Cammon, Wichita, Kan., $152 13. (15) 32R Daniel Richey, Wichita, Kan., $152 14. (8) 7 Treyton Gann, Ponca City, Okla., $152 15. (11) 37J Ronnie Burkhardt, Topeka, Kan., $152 16. (18) 9 Andy Eickhoff, Albion, Neb., $152 17. (16) 5F Drake Findley, Bryant, Ark., $152 18. (10) A2 Randy Wilson, Wichita, Kan., $152 CASEY'S GENERAL STORES "A" MAIN (50 laps): 1. (1) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., $10,002 2. (2) 4B Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill., $5002 3. (6) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., $4002 4. (3) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., $3002 5. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, $2502 6. (4) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., $2202 7. (10) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., $2002 8. (9) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., $1802 9. (7) 55 Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, $1702 10. (11) 18 Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., $1602 11. (13) 9T Cole Traugott, Woodward, Okla., $1502 12. (12) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn., $1402 13. (14) 34 Kale Westover, Blair, Okla., $1302 14. (15) 52 Ryan McAninch, Hutchinson, Kan., $1292 15. (19) 4RJ Jared Russell, Wagoner, Okla., $1282 16. (21) 29 Keith Hammett, Brookland, Ark., $1272 17. (23) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., $1262 18. (8) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., $1252 19. (22) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D., $1242 20. (18) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan., $1232 21. (16) 01A Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., $1222 22. (24) 28 Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas, $1212 23. (20) 2G Brandon Givens, Perry, Okla., $1202 24. (17) 81 Cody Simpson, Quinlan, Texas, $1202 Lap Leader: Bleess 1-50. Total Laps Led: Bleess 50. Margin of Victory: 0.643 second. 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