Showing posts with label AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April Race Cancellations for USAC Announced

Via USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 31, 2020).........Seven races from USAC's National series calendar for the month of April, as well as eight from the Regional schedule, have been postponed/canceled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

C.J. Leary Doubles Up At Canyon's Spring Showcase

Saturday night's Canyon winner C.J. Leary. (Ben Thrasher Photo)

By: Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 7 2020... After battling "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) topped Saturday's finale of the "Spring Showcase" at Canyon Speedway Park.

Leary Scores Southwest Sprint Win At Canyon

Friday Canyon winner C.J. Leary. (Ben Thrasher Photo)

By: Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 6, 2020... Powering past "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. on the second lap, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) earned the Friday night AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Swanson, Leary & Courtney Share Spotlight at 2019 Night of Champions

The 2019 USAC National Champions (left to right): Kody Swanson (Silver Crown), C.J. Leary (Sprint) and Tyler Courtney (Midget). (Jeremey Rhoades Photo)

Via USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2019).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney shared the spotlight along with other 2019 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 64th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Perris Elusive No More for Bacon at Oval Nats Night #1

Brady Bacon strikes the Macho Man pose after winning Thursday's Oval National opener at Perris Auto Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 7, 2019).........In 26 previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts at Perris Auto Speedway, Brady Bacon was in contention in the majority of them, garnering 17 top-tens and nine top-fives between 2006 and 2018.

Monday, November 4, 2019

USAC National Sprint vs. CRA Sprint History

#5G Chris Windom has won four times vs. the USAC/CRA in his career. (Dave Dellinger Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2019).........When the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars get together, it creates an extra dynamic to the racing program. Akin to a team going on the road in stick and ball sports, it pits one against the other on their "home turf" so to speak for bragging rights.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Liggett Tops Merced USAC/CRA Debut

#83 Austin Liggett (Lance Jennings Photo)

Via USAC Media

MERCED, CA - SEPTEMBER 6, 2019... Racing from fifth, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) slipped by Jake Swanson on the eleventh lap and sprinted to the Friday night "California Sprint Week" debut at Merced Speedway. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett scored his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph and became the tenth driver to win in fifteen races. The defending USAC West Coast Champion finished ahead of "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Chase Johnson, Brody Roa, and Swanson.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Demon Strikes At Perris

Winner Damion Gardner (Lance Jennings Photo)

Via USAC Media

PERRIS, CA - JULY 13, 2019... After temperatures reached triple digits, fast qualifier "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced to victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Ready To Battle At Santa Maria's "Doug Fort Memorial"

#28m Matt McCarthy (Lance Jennings Photo)

By: Lance Jennings

JULY 4, 2019... After a hard fought battle at Perris, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, July 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the "11th Annual Doug Fort Memorial" is the first of two appearances at the central coast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at or call 310.493.4900.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hunter Schuerenberg Adds Perris Salute To Indy To Win List

#19 Hunter Schuerenberg (Lance Jennings Photo)

Via USAC Media

PERRIS, CA - MAY 25, 2019... After battling back and forth with Jake Swanson, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) took command on lap 7 and led the rest of the way to win the "Salute to Indy" at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood's #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Schuerenberg earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Friday, March 29, 2019

USAC And FloSports Expand Racing Coverage To Western States

Seven-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner can now be seen LIVE on (Mike Grosswendt Photo)

Speedway, Indiana - (March 29, 2019) - Today, The United States Auto Club and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an expanded partnership, to provide live and on-demand coverage of additional USAC Racing events exclusively on

This five-year deal nearly nearly doubles the amount of USAC events on FloRacing adding live events from the series' western divisions, including the CRA Sprint Cars, Western States Midgets and Southwest Sprint Cars, and more. Fans will now have access to more than 130 live USAC racing events during 2019.

"USAC's on-track action is second-to-none and we are thrilled to showcase the thrilling racing of our western series to the world on FloRacing," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "Racing fans worldwide will now be able to witness USAC racing year-round every day, delivering wall-to-wall content of the best of the best USAC talent to your streaming device."

"We are excited about expanding our partnership with USAC to provide fans with even more access some of the most exciting races in the sport and world," FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition Mike Levy said. "With the addition of these events, FloRacing is reinforcing our commitment to growing the sport. We're fortunate to have forward thinking partners like Kevin Miller and USAC who share our vision."

In addition to the over 80-plus USAC National events on the live FloRacing schedule, subscribers can access to witness live and on-demand AMSOIL USAC/CRA events from California venues such as Perris, Ventura, Bakersfield, Santa Maria, Petaluma and Merced. Marquee events include the "California Sprint Week" and the "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga, plus "Oval Nationals" from Perris and the "Western World Championships" from Arizona, both of which are co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car events on FloRacing will take you, the racefan, to Arizona Speedway and throughout the Grand Canyon state, including Canyon and Central Arizona with a few stops in Perris, Calif. along the way.

The Western States Midgets will put you in the driver's seat for live racing action at California's Bakersfield, Merced, Santa Maria, Ventura, Petaluma and into Arizona along the way, including an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in the month of November, with stops in Arizona for the "Western World," the inaugural 100-lap "Hangtown 100" from Placerville, Calif., the "November Classic" at Bakersfield and the season-closing "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura.

To access live and on-demand coverage of the USAC racing events, visit to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the event across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

For more information and for the complete event schedule and streaming schedule for each series, visit,, or

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Swanson, Courtney, Seavey, Share Spotlight At Friday's 63rd Night Of Champions Celebration

The three USAC National Champions: AMSOIL Sprint champ Tyler Courtney (Left), P1 Insurance Midget champ Logan Seavey (Middle) & Silver Crown champ Kody Swanson (right). (Jeremey Rhoades Photo)

Via USAC Medie

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2018).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Tyler Courtney and Logan Seavey shared the spotlight along with other 2018 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 63rd USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN and Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., earned National championships. Swanson is a four-time Silver Crown titlist, Courtney a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Seavey a first-time P1 Insurance National Midget champ.

Courtney secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" in memory of Bryan Clauson. The award was presented for scoring the most National points combined in the three series.

Car owner National champions for 2018 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing of Fishers, Ind. (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).

Emcees Pat Sullivan, Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.

Among items presented to the 2018 champions were championship rings from Jostens, trophies, plaques, Hoosier Tire jackets, medallions, distinctive sound art canvases and OGIO Sonic Sling Packs from Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned included Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), Charles Davis, Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprints), Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. (East Coast Sprints) and Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. (Wingless Oklahoma Sprints).

Other 2018 champions included Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. (Light up the World Beverages Western States Midgets); Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. (USAC Eastern Midgets), Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, NY (Laquerre's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget); Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio (Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget); Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. (Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget), Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Overall and Pavement), Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Dirt) and Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. (Eastern Speed2 Midget).

Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley, Calif. earned the USAC National Lightning Sprint title.

Also honored for their 2018 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s Action Track USA were Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ (All Pro SpeedSTRs and Hyper Racing Wingless 600 Sprints); Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment All Star Slingshots) and Tyler Ulsh of Shade Gap, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment Junior Slingshots).

Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were drivers Steven Snyder (Heavy 160 Dirt and Heavy World Formula Pavement), Paul Hartwig (Junior Honda Dirt), Dylan Kontra (Senior Honda Dirt), Kenny Beinhower (Heavy Honda Dirt), Jacob Denney (Light 160 and Light World Formula Dirt), Tyler Driscoll (Junior Animal Dirt), Preston Lattomus (Senior Animal and Light Formula Mod Dirt), Jayden Wolf (Unrestricted Animal and Heavy World Formula Dirt), Ethan Burdett (Junior Honda and Junior Animal Pavement), Hunter Wise (Light 160 and Light World Formula Pavement), Ryan Wilson (Heavy 160 Pavement), Nick Loden (Senior Honda Pavement), Chase Spicola (Senior Animal Pavement), Daytona Spicola (Unrestricted Animal Pavement), Justis Sokol (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement) and Taylor Watson (Heavy Honda Pavement).

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to Scott Petry and Reece O'Connor, acknowledging their contributions to the BC39 Midget race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Roger McCluskey Award to Phil Grove for his outstanding support of and contributions to the BC39 Midget race. Race organizer Doug Boles also was awarded the Race Organizer of the Year award for the September Midget spectacular at IMS.

Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. earned the 2018 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. and Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. shared the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Rookie honors and Seavey was also presented the Bob Stroud Memorial Rookie of the Year award for the P1 Insurance National Midget Series.

Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. was named USAC's Most Improved National Driver of 2018.

USAC's 2018 Chief Mechanic of the Year award went to Tyler Ransbottom, who orchestrated Courtney's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

In a special ceremony, the #63 Silver Crown car was proclaimed a "lifetime registration" for DePalma Motorsports, the Silver Crown Car Owner champions who announced their retirement at the end of 2018.

Dick Jordan, who is celebrating his 50th year at USAC, was honored for his contributions to the series with an award named after him. Recipients of the award will have to meet the criteria of one who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC racing.

Two driving championships concluded in virtual ties in 2018, with Tyler Courtney and Michael Faccinto benefitting from their total feature wins in claiming their respective titles. The only previous tie in USAC history resulted in 1977 when Herm Johnson and Tom Bagley shared the Mini-Indy crown.

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

All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunshine Finds A Pocketful Of Redemption At Western World

Tyler Courtney became the 7th driver in the history of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car series to win at least 11 races in a year Saturday night in the "Western World" finale at Arizona Speedway. (Photo Courtesy Rich Forman)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Twenty-four hours prior to taking the green flag for Saturday night's 51st "Western World Championships" finale at Arizona Speedway, Tyler Courtney was lamenting how he threw away a victory in lapped traffic.

It was a mistake the Indianapolis, Indiana driver expressed he couldn't repeat when racing against competition that is at the top of their game.

Twenty-four hours later, Courtney was standing in victory lane, reversing the spell that cast him in the throes of lapped traffic. This time, it was he who capitalized in lapped traffic as he ran down Dave Darland with 13 laps remaining to win his 11th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again," an adamant Courtney said.

Courtney started fifth on the field while, up front, fellow USAC National Sprint Car championship contender Chris Windom rocketed from his outside front row starting position to the lead past pole sitter Damion Gardner and quickly carved out a two-plus second advantage.

On the move and not wasting a single heartbeat was Courtney who advanced three spots to second on the opening lap, slithering around the outside of Dave Darland on the top of turn two to gain the position. Darland fought back to regain second on the fourth lap just before the night's first yellow flag fell for the stopped car of 2014 "Western World" winner Matt Rossi on lap five.

On the restart, Darland reared back and fired a slider into turn one. As Windom came off the top to launch his way off turn two, the duo nearly went hammer to nail. Windom got on the binders, which shuffled him out of the deck and back to fourth as Courtney and Leary shot past for second and third, respectively, while Darland carried onward with the race lead.

However, the lap six restart following top CRA Rookie Joel Rayborne's incident in turn four saw Leary wrestle the second position away from Courtney where he would remain until the ninth lap when Courtney eked between Leary and the turn two concrete to nab the runner-up position for the time being, with leader Darland now within earshot.

Whereas Courtney gave into impatience and trigger happiness on Friday night, Saturday night would prove to have a different outlook as he stuck to his guns up top. On lap 18, Courtney's stick-to-itiveness paid off as the two began to work their way into traffic. Darland went to the bottom of three and four to work by Rossi and R.J. Johnson, still maintaining the lead to the stripe.

Entering turn one, Darland drove it in the corner as straight as an arrow and slid to the top, cutting in front of Courtney's line up on the lip. Courtney countered underneath Darland and two raced wheel-to-wheel down the back straight of the 3/8-mile dirt oval with Darland clinging to a slight advantage into three. Courtney threw his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy deep into turn three, shoulder-to-shoulder with Darland.

Darland appeared, momentarily, to have the momentum to ride back by Courtney on the outside, but, instead, snagged the right rear in the cushion just enough to lift the front wheel just a smidge. The two remained wheel-to-wheel all the way through the corner with Darland getting just a tad squirrely on exit, somehow avoiding contact with the distance between the two being roughly the circumference of a feline whisker, as Courtney raced to the lead at the line by two car lengths.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again." - Tyler Courtney (Photo Courtesy Adam Mollenkopf)

Moments later, Austin Williams slowed to bring out the yellow, setting up a restart with 11 to go that had Darland weighing his options, first peeking his front bumper to the inside of Courtney to no avail, but remaining in stalking mode with his hackles raised, just hoping for a Courtney mistake down the stretch on the narrowing groove up top.

The cameramen were in position, this author's headline was already halfway written, the checkered flag was in hand and all appeared to be settled on the final lap for Courtney when Rossi stopped at the flag stand to bring out the final yellow, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Courtney was hoping for an uneventful last restart and that's just what he got as Darland could not get close enough to the back bumper of Courtney to mount a challenge throughout the two-lap shootout. Courtney sealed the deal with a pair of laps that were in sync, with car and driver in perfect harmony to win by half a second over Darland, Leary, Windom and Logan Seavey.

Courtney's 11th win of the year positioned him as just the seventh driver to reach that number of victories within a single USAC National Sprint Car season, equaling him with Bubby Jones' 11-win season in 1979. With point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. taking eighth in the feature, Courtney moved to within two points of the USAC National Sprint title with three races remaining on Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

"We had high expectations coming into this year, but I think we've exceeded all of them," Courtney exclaimed. "But we're not done yet. We've got three races left and still have the big picture in mind. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and plug along. You just got to let it play out."

Meanwhile, in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car standings, Gardner overtook Brody Roa atop the leaderboard in the standings by five points with three races left to go at Perris.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway were Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner / Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships"
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.235; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.277; 3. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.298; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.375; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.434; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.473; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.503; 8. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.534; 9. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.551; 10. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.575; 11. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.631; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.647; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.649; 14. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.735; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.793; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.814; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.822; 18. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.866; 19. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.890; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.908; 21. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.949; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-16.044; 23. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.109; 24. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.117; 25. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.132; 26. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-16.138; 27. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.169; 28. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-16.290; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.821.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gansen, 8. Rayborne. 2:10.11

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Johnson, 3. Grant, 4. Sheridan, 5. A. Williams, 6. Sussex, 7. Faria. 2:12.18

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Rossi, 3. Windom, 4. Bernal, 5. Seavey, 6. McDougal, 7. L. Williams. 2:12.02

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Roa, 4. Gardner, 5. Mihocko, 6. Gile, 7. C. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Hodges, 3. Seavey, 4. A. Williams, 5. Sussex, 6. L. Williams, 7. Mihocko, 8. Gile, 9. Gansen, 10. Rayborne, 11. McDougal. 3:15.18

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. C.J. Leary (4), 4. Chris Windom (2), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Damion Gardner (1), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 9. Chase Stockon (14), 10. Thomas Meseraull (8), 11. Ryan Bernal (16), 12. Jake Swanson (9), 13. Brody Roa (17), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Brady Bacon (20), 16. Josh Hodges (18), 17. R.J. Johnson (15), 18. Danny Sheridan (10), 19. Matt Rossi (19), 20. Austin Williams (12), 21. Stevie Sussex (21), 22. Logan Williams (22), 23. Joel Rayborne (24), 24. Cody Williams (23). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Windom, Laps 5-17 Darland, Laps 18-30 Courtney.





NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2521, 2-Courtney-2519, 3-Windom-2471, 4-Darland-2195, 5-Leary-2178, 6-Bacon-2175, 7-Stockon-2138, 8-Grant-2084, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1461.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1470, 2-Roa-1465, 3-A. Williams-1235, 4-C. Williams-1115, 5-Swanson-1068, 6-Johnson-1030, 7-Max Adams-943, 8-Faria-900, 9-L. Williams-882, 10-Gansen-803.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 8-9-10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Season Marks One Of The Busiest Ever In USAC Sprint History

#30 C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana. (Photo Courtesy Brian Bouder)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One-thousand, eight-hundred and sixty-eight. That's the number of USAC Sprint Car events held since the club's inception in 1956 coming into the final two weekends of the 2018 season Nov. 2-3 at Arizona Speedway and Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Of those 1,868 races throughout a 63-year span, this year actually marks one of the busiest years in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history with a total of 37 events already held - 36 points races and one non-points, special event. Barring any weather disruptions over these next two weekends - knock on wood - this would mark the fourth largest schedule in terms of events run by the series.

The year 1977 set the highwater mark with 51 events held, but the schedule consisted visits to only six different states: Indiana, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 2018 already, the series has ventured to 10 states, with two more to be added in November for a total of 12 states, which will make it the third most diverse schedule as far as states traveled to: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

What makes it the third busiest schedule in its 63-year-history? If you add the Number of Events + the Number of Tracks, 1977's cumulative score works out as 57 (51 events + 6 tracks). Meanwhile, 2016 had 45 events in 11 states to become the second busiest at 56 points.

This year, if all goes according to schedule at Arizona and Perris, with 41 events in 12 states, you would arrive at a cumulative score of 53, making it the third busiest overall season in the history of the series when all the pieces are put together. And that goes with having five rain outs which prevented a trip to the state of Kansas, which would've added one more point to the total.

Without further ado, here's a gander at the year-by-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, ranked by the number of events held and how many states held those events.

1. 1977: (51) 51 Points Races (6 States)
2. 2016: (45) 41 Points Races, 4 Special Events (11 States)
3. 1976: (44) 44 Points Races (4 States)
4. 1973: (41) 41 Points Races (6 States)
5. 1978: (40) 40 Points Races (9 States)
6. 1968: (39) 39 Points Races (9 States)
7. 1979: (39) 39 Points Races (5 States)
8. 2010: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)
9. 2012: (39) 38 Points Races, 1 Special Event (13 States)
10. 2015: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)
11. 2009: (38) 36 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)
12. 2017: (38) 37 Points Races, 1 Special Event (10 States)
13. 2004: (37) 35 Points Races, 2 Special Events (15 States)
14. 2006: (37) 36 Points Races, 1 Special Event (11 States)
15. 2003: (36) 31 Points Races, 5 Special Events (7 States)
16. 2005: (36) 34 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)
17. 2011: (36) 36 Points Races (10 States)
18. 2018: (36) 35 Points Races, 1 Special Event (12 States)
19. 1967: (34) 34 Points Races (8 States)
20. 1974: (34) 34 Points Races (4 States)
21. 1975: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)
22. 1999: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)
23. 2013: (33) 33 Points Races (9 States)
24. 2001: (32) 31 Points Races, 1 Special Event (7 States)
25. 2014: (32) 32 Points Races (10 States)
26. 1970: (31) 31 Points Races (8 States)
27. 1971: (31) 31 Points Races (5 States)
28. 1972: (31) 31 Points Races (7 States)
29. 1997: (31) 31 Points Races (4 States)
30. 1998: (31) 31 Points Races (6 States)
31. 1990: (29) 29 Points Races (7 States)
32. 2000: (29) 29 Points Races (5 States)
33. 2002: (29) 28 Points Races, 1 Special Event (6 States)
34. 2007: (29) 29 Points Races (8 States)
35. 1956: (28) 27 Point Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)
36. 2008: (28) 27 Points Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)
37. 1965: (27) 27 Points Races (6 States)
38. 1966: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)
39. 1969: (27) 27 Points Races (7 States)
40. 1985: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)
41. 1994: (27) 27 Points Races (5 States)
42. 1996: (27) 27 Points Races (10 States)
43. 1982: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)
44. 1995: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)
45. 1961: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)
46. 1963: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)
47. 1964: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)
48. 1980: (24) 24 Points Races (4 States & 2 Countries)
49. 1991: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)
50. 1960: (23) 23 Points Races (6 States)
51. 1962: (22) 22 Points Races (5 States)
52. 1984: (22) 20 Points Races, 2 Special Events (5 States)
53. 1981: (21) 21 Points Races (5 States)
54. 1957: (20) 20 Points Races (4 States)
55. 1988: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States)
56. 1989: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States & 2 Countries)
57. 1958: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)
58. 1993: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)
59. 1992: (18) 18 Points Races (6 States)
60. 1959: (17) 17 Points Races (7 States)
61. 1983: (17) 17 Points Races (3 States)
62. 1987: (14) 14 Points Races (6 States)
63. 1986: (11) 11 Points Races (3 States)

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on and live audio will be on the USAC app.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Thomas-Courtney-Windom Engage In Historically Tight Points Race

#7BC Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. - 2nd in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, 34 behind Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Photo Courtesy Gene Crucean)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season comes down to just five races in the month of November. That's five opportunities for things to go perfectly right and five opportunities for things to go perfectly awry. Over the years, we've seen our share of both.

Over the next two weekends, the series will indulge in the final five events of the season at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3 and California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10. The common refrain has always been "How the west was won." But in this case, it's been "How the championship was won...out west."

Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads Tyler Courtney by 34 coming into the final stretch while the distance between Thomas and third-place Chris Windom is separated by only 62 points, the third such closest title race between the top-three at this point in the season since the USAC National Sprint Car series began concluding its season out west in 2004 - behind only 2015 (43 pts.) and 2012 (57 pts.). Since 2004, only two title races have ended with a race closer than that between the top-three - 2011 (34 pts.) and 2017 (58 pts.).

It's a tight race that could go in any one driver's favor and, since 2004, some have played out in the leader's favor while some years have featured a comeback of epic proportions. Let's dig into the stats for those years.

Between 2004 and 2006, the champs saw their lead in the standings shrink out west, but had enough of a cushion to handle their business. Jay Drake's 2004 lead dwindled from 141 to 74, Levi Jones in 2005 went from 78 to 13, while Josh Wise's fell from 113 to 88. Jones took his second title in 2007, upping the interval from 71 to 85 by the finale.

In 2008, Jerry Coons, Jr. took a miniscule two-point lead over Jones into races at Perris and Manzanita. Consistency was his magic wand down to the wire, clicking off five-straight top-fives to close out his only career USAC National Sprint Car title by 86 markers over Jones.

The following year, in 2009, Jones found himself in the driver's seat, leading Dave Darland by 27 points going into Perris and Tulare. Jones reeled off four top-fives in the final five, including a win on a preliminary night of the "Oval Nationals" at Perris to take his third title by 224. Meanwhile, Cole Whitt slipped into second as misfortune befell Darland's hopes of a second series title. Jones was back at it a year later in 2010 with a little less pressure, bumping up his lead from 91 to 179 to notch title number four.

In 2011, Jones was back at it once again, up by 44 and on the verge of a third consecutive championship. No driver of his era was more consistent in locking down a title than him and he proved it once again with a 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd and a victory in the season finale at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. to become the sixth, and most recent, driver to win the finale and the series title in one fell swoop, which he did by 99 over Chris Windom.

In 2012, Bryan Clauson came firing on all cylinders to conclude the season, erasing Darland's 23-point advantage that included a prelim night win at Perris. Though Darland won at Canyon to open the western swing, it is one costly night that basically determined his fate - a 17th place finish the next night at Canyon. Clauson won by a narrow margin of five over Darland despite missing a chunk of races earlier in the year due to his Indianapolis 500 commitments.

It was the Bryan and Dave show once again in 2013, but the roles were reversed this time around as Clauson held a mere 13-point lead with four to go at Canyon and Perris. Clauson got a win at Canyon, then tallied up a 7th, 4th and 2nd to win over Darland by 63.

Clauson was in contention for a third-straight title in 2014, but Brady Bacon was determined to get his first, upping his 51-point lead to 56 by the end of the swing following finishes of 2nd, 8th, 7th and 3rd. Bacon duplicated the feat in most-dominating fashion in 2016, jumping up his interval from 233 to 314 based on night-after-night of top-five runs.

Robert Ballou got his first a year later in his historical 13-win year, winning three of the final six to up the ante from 19 to 87 points over Darland to become the champ. Just last year, Windom was the next in line to become a first-time champ, deleting a 29-point lead by Grant in the western swing opener at Arizona and bringing it home by a scant six points. The top-three were separated by just 58 at season's end with a red-hot and closing Kevin Thomas, Jr. claiming third.

It seems pretty simple. The mathematical solution is to get yourself up front night-after-night at all five races. One off night could spell failure, especially with three individuals in this heated contest. And that seems to be the one thing that separates Thomas, Courtney and Windom. All have been able to finish on a consistent basis this year, hence, the reason they are at the position they're in right now. One missed setup, one bike, one night of disarray. The one who avoids those will live without regret, but will that be enough to win the title? Let's find out for ourselves, shall we?

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on and live audio will be on the USAC app.


(Since 2004)

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jay Drake-1,480; 2-Bud Kaeding-1,339; 3-Cory Kruseman-1,304
Final Standings: 1-Drake-1,620; 2-Kaeding-1,546; 3-Kruseman-1,538
Drake up by 141 coming in, wins by 74 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 176 coming in, 82 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,375; 2-Dave Darland-1,297; 3-Jay Drake-1,188
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,670; 2-Darland-1,657; 3-Bud Kaeding-1,349
Jones up by 78 coming in, wins by 13 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 187 coming in, 321 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Josh Wise-1,490; 2-Levi Jones-1,377; 3-Dave Darland-1,332
Final Standings: 1-Wise-1,773; 2-Jones-1,685; 3-Darland-1,599
Wise up by 113 coming in, wins by 88 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 158 coming in, 174 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,232; 2-Darren Hagen-1,161; 3-Dave Darland-1,078
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1.402; 2-Hagen-1,317; 3-Darland-1,274
Jones up by 71 coming in, wins by 85 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 154 coming in, 128 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,114; 2-Levi Jones-1,112; 3-Cole Whitt-1,051
Final Standings: 1-Coons-1,402; 2-Jones-1,316; 3-Tracy Hines-1,193
Coons up by 2 coming in, wins by 86 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 63 coming in, 209 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,554; 2-Dave Darland-1,527; 3-Cole Whitt-1,448
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,827; 2-Whitt-1,603; 3-Darland-1,601
Jones up by 27 coming in, wins by 224 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 106, coming in, 226 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,898; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,807; 3-Damion Gardner-1,769
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,781; 2-Gardner-1,602; 3-Clauson-1,557
Jones up by 91 coming in, wins by 179 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 129 coming in, 224 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,324; 2-Chris Windom-1,280; 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,242
Final Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,056, 2-Windom-1,024; 3-Jones-1,022
Jones up by 44 coming in, Clauson wins by 32 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 82 coming in, 34 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Dave Darland-1,876, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,853, 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,819
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-2,087, 2-Darland-2,082, 3-Stanbrough-2,019
Darland up by 23 coming in, Clauson wins by 5 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 57 coming in, 68 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Dave Darland-1,693, 3-Brady Bacon-1,583
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-1,948, 2-Darland-1,885, 3-Bacon-1,770
Clauson up by 13 coming in, wins by 63 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 123 coming in, 178 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-1,762, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,711, 3-Dave Darland-1,683
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-1,974; 2-Clauson-1,918; 3-Darland-1,885
Final Standings: Bacon up by 51 coming in, wins by 56 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 79 coming in, 89 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Robert Ballou-1,902, 2-Chase Stockon-1,883, 3-Dave Darland-1,859
Final Standings: 1-Ballou-2,274, 2-Darland-2,187, 3-Stockon-2,092
Ballou up by 19 coming in, wins by 87 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 43 coming in, 182 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-2,327, 2-Chase Stockon-2,094, 3-Dave Darland-1,968
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-2676, 2-Stockon-2362, 3-Darland-2251
Bacon up by 233 coming in, wins by 314 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 359 coming in, 425 at season's end.

Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Justin Grant-2,006, 2-Chris Windom-1,977, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,891
Final Standings: 1-Windom-2,290, 2-Grant-2,284, 3-Thomas-2,232
Grant up by 29 coming in, Windom wins by 6 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 115 coming in, 58 at season's end.

Darland To Race For Ballou In Final Five USAC Sprint Races Out West

Dave Darland will wheel the Ballou Motorsports #12 out west at the final 5 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races. (Photo Courtesy Ryan Sellers)

Via USAC Media

The United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) Competition Committee met on Saturday, Oct., 27, 2018 to discuss a request by suspended USAC driver Robert Ballou to have a car entered into the remaining five events on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car 2018 season.

The Competition Committee reviewed this request and approved the Ballou Motorsports #12 would be allowed entry into those events based upon the provision that only Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland could be the driver Nov. 2-3 in the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. and Nov. 8-9-10 in the 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

Darland, 5th in points, is the winningest driver in the history of the series with 62 victories, including three this year at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. As a driver, Ballou won his 29th career series victory this season at Pennsylvania's BAPS Motor Speedway. Both are past champions of the series, Darland in 1999 and Ballou in 2015.

On Sept. 26, 2018 Ballou was prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year due to numerous actions conducted by Ballou which were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing. The car entry by Robert Ballou will not be eligible for owner points or 2018 incentives as part of additional penalties/fines announced previously.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on and live audio will be on the USAC app.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Who Could Emerge As First-Time USAC Sprint Car Winner At Arizona And Perris?

Brody Roa became a first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint winner in 2017. (Photo Courtesy Rich Forman)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A first-time winner is always a joyous sight to see. From a driver perspective, it's the culmination of a dream to step foot in victory lane against the stiffest competition around. From a fan perspective, it brings new blood to the forefront, meaning a deeper driver lineup, thus, more exciting racing, theoretically speaking.

When the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars trekked westward in late 2017, USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Brody Roa was one of those who entered the fray, winning his first National series race at his home track of Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on night two of the "Oval Nationals."

The Garden Grove, Calif. driver always appeared capable, finishing third the night previous and telling the audience over the P.A. system that, the year before, he would've been laughing had anyone told him that he would finished on the podium at the Oval Nationals. Nobody was laughing the following night when he led all 30 laps around the half-mile on his way to National win numero uno.

Roa's victory marked the lone occasion a "newbie" entered onto the USAC win list in 2017. For 2018, that number has doubled to two drivers - one who's victory was a long-time coming and one who's seemingly burst onto the National scene with a flurry of success.

That would be Jason McDougal, the micro sprint hero from Broken Arrow, Okla., who jumped into a sprint car for the first time earlier this season and took to it like a duck to water, driving from 22nd to 3rd in his first USAC National Sprint Car start at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway in July, then winning on September 1 for the first time at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, racing past National point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. on a late-race restart for the win.

Back up to the week before and fellow Oklahoman Tyler Thomas finally got his first "W" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on night two of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII." He recently doubled up last Sunday for his first USAC P1 Insurance National Midget win of his career at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. to become the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to get both firsts in a single season.

With five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races remaining on the calendar, the question remains. Can another first-time winner emerge? Let's look into the numbers and the probabilities of that occurring.

Arizona Speedway, host of the 51st "Western World Championships" on Nov. 2-3, has held just four USAC National Sprint Car races and the winners on that list are all multi-time USAC National Sprint Car winners who've been successful at a variety of tracks big and small, including Chris Windom (twice), Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, Perris Auto Speedway, which brings the 23rd running of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction to southern California on Nov. 8-9-10 has had ten first-time National winners in only 41 races. Among those are Mike Kirby, Rip Williams, Darren Hagen, Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Jesse Hockett, David Cardey, Nic Faas, Rickie Gaunt and Roa.

A common thread among them is obvious. All but one is a native of California. All but two were USAC/CRA regulars. Plus, with limited appearances by the National series in the Golden State, it provides less than a handful of opportunities for the USAC/CRA regulars to showcase their talents on the National stage.

Also, one thing to look at is the size of the track that is most conducive to producing first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. Most events are held on tracks less than three-eighths of a mile in size and both first-time winners this season have been on quarter-mile venues. However, throughout the history of the series, quite a few have gotten their first on tracks on three-eighths of a mile or larger. As has been mentioned, 10 got it done at Perris, but 31 have done it at Eldora and 19 at Terre Haute among others.

As a matter of fact, 204 of the 246-career winners in USAC National Sprint Cars got their first victory on a track three-eighths of a mile or larger. Yes, tracks shorter than a half-mile did not join the schedule until 1981, but even so, 106 of the 148 occurred on track three-eighths or larger from 1981 to present.

Half-mile tracks aren't usually weekly event tracks where "local" drivers can get quite a few laps and be ready to contend when USAC arrives such as what occurred in 2016 when seven drivers won for the first time, all coming at "weekly" Indiana tracks, Gas City (Scotty Weir & Tyler Courtney), Kokomo (Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary), Bloomington (Brent Beauchamp), Tri-State (Carson Short) and Lawrenceburg (Josh Hodges).

So, basically, the trend seems to be that a first-time winner will most likely occur at a regularly-running track of three-eighths of a mile in length or longer. Boom. That fits the description of the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. However, not quite the case for the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway. But we won't completely discount that as an opportunity for someone to strike gold for the first time.

Logan Seavey, the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget point leader, has made eight starts with the USAC National Sprint Cars this season with thirds at both Bloomington and Tri-State, but hasn't reached victory lane as of yet like he has twice with the Midgets in 2018. He's made two USAC/CRA starts this year as well, both at Arizona in September where he was fast qualifier one night and finished 2nd the ensuing night behind Damion Gardner, showing he can be a contender when he takes the wheel of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports ride that won night one of "Western World" in 2017 with driver Thomas Meseraull.

Another driver that has emerged to become a contender is Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. who's shown huge gains this year with a pair of thirds at Eldora and Gas City to close out the month of September. What has Chapple done to prepare for this venture out west? He came out early to get a head start on matters, finishing 9th at Perris last Saturday and even made a venture out west in March to begin the year to get more laps and seat time which have paid great dividends for the 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

As you look down the list of USAC/CRA regulars who are seeking that first national win, the names R.J. Johnson, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd stand out. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz., has four career wins at Perris with CRA and an incredible 16 times with the Southwest Sprint series at Arizona. Yorba Linda, California's Austin Williams has won on four occasions at Perris and twice already this year. Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif., has already won at Arizona in USAC/CRA competition this year and is oft-fast at Perris, setting quick time five times in 2017. Visalia, California's Vander Weerd has won six times at Perris and finished 3rd in the "Ovals" as recently as 2016.

The opportunities are there, and this talented group will have ample opportunity to get it done. But when you have drivers like top National contenders like Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom as well as top USAC/CRA runners Brody Roa and Damion Gardner on hand, your have your work cut out for you. However, that's the name of the game and it's not easy. When you win a USAC National Sprint Car race, you'll know you have truly earned it.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on and live audio will be on the USAC app.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Increased Purse For The Perris Oval Nationals Announced

#32 Chase Stockon, winner of the opening night of the "Oval Nationals" in 2017. (Photo Courtesy Rich Forman)

Via USAC Media

Perris, California.........(October 2, 2018) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has announced an increased purse for the west coast's premier sprint car race, the 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction featuring both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car Series. The race will take place on November 8th, 9th and 10th at the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.

While first place prize money for the Saturday A-Main will remain at $25,000, second place has increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and third place has increased from $5,000 to $10,000. In addition, the money to start the race has increased from $500 to $1,000. The Thursday and Friday A-Mains will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. The total purse for the three-day show is a whopping $131,380!

"I want to thank Mike Grosswendt from All Coast Construction for supporting the Oval Nationals and for everything he does for sprint car racing," Kazarian said. "He jumps in with both feet to make this all possible. He loves sprint car racing and he is totally dedicated to making it a better sport."

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Total: $77,900

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Total: $1,915 (each night)

Total Purse for all three nights: $131,380

Entry blanks for the Oval Nationals are available at

Advance tickets are available at the following link For fans who do not wish to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the front gate each night.

1996 Jimmy Sills
1997 Rip Williams
1998 Rodney Argo
1999 Rickie Gaunt
2000 Tony Jones
2001 Bud Kaeding
2002 Bud Kaeding
2003 Cory Kruseman
2004 Cory Kruseman
2005 Dave Darland
2006 Dave Darland
2007 Bud Kaeding
2008 Jesse Hockett
2009 Damion Gardner
2010 Chris Windom
2011 Damion Gardner
2012 Mike Spencer
2013 Dave Darland
2014 Robert Ballou
2015 Bryan Clauson
2016 Damion Gardner
2017 Kevin Thomas Jr.

For further information, contact Scott Daloisio (909) 226-7768 or or mail to:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

USAC Sprints Slated For 45 Events From Coast-To-Coast In 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Following a year of renaissance with a new breed of drivers ascending to the top of the standings, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship reloads for a 2018 schedule that includes 45 events between the months of February and November.

Leading off the schedule once again for the ninth-straight season is "Winter Dirt Games" at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park on February 15-16-17. The wintertime defroster begins a season that carries with it a number of tried and true tour staples including Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week.

Eastern Storm expands to six races for the first time with annual Pennsylvania dates at Grandview (June 14), Williams Grove (June 15), Port Royal (June 16) and BAPS Motor Speedway (June 17). Furthermore, for the initial time, three different states will be represented in Eastern Storm with the 12th edition entering first-time USAC venues in New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 18 and New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 19.

The 31st running of Indiana Sprint Week begins July 20 at a yet-to-be-announced venue, followed by six more events throughout the Hoosier state as the trail hits midsummer: Kokomo (July 21), Lawrenceburg (July 22), Terre Haute (July 25), Lincoln Park (July 26), Bloomington (July 27) and Tri-State (July 28).

A slew of benchmark Indiana tracks dot the landscape throughout the season in addition to its July "Indiana Sprint Week" slots. Kokomo Speedway's non-points, special event #GYATK Night on August 22 leads into three nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown" on August 23-24-25. The famed Terre Haute Action Track welcomes the series to the fast and racy Wabash Valley Fairgrounds dirt oval for the 48th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on May 23, the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" on September 14 and the newly-christened "Wabash Clash" on October 12.

Lawrenceburg opens the Midwest portion of the season with its traditional Springtime welcome on March 31 and closes out the month of September with the "Fall Nationals" on September 29. Bloomington's April 27 race begins the first doubleheader USAC Sprint weekend of the season, followed by Tri-State Speedway's "Spring Showdown" on April 28 in Haubstadt, Indiana and co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series. USAC and MSCS collaborate once again at Tri-State on September 15th's "Haubstadt Hustler." Just prior to "Indiana Sprint Week," competitors tackle their last tune-up before the commencing of "Indiana Sprint Week" in the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 6.

Two additions to the schedule over the past couple seasons, Montpelier Motor Speedway and Plymouth Speedway, serve up an enticing dose of USAC Sprint Car action on April 21 and May 5, respectively.

The famed half-mile Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will host three USAC Sprint Car appearances in 2018 with two consecutive nights at #LetsRaceTwo with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on May 11-12 and the 37th "4-Crown Nationals" on September 22.

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois returns to the USAC Sprint Car fold for the first time since 2006 on May 18. Just across the Mississippi River one night later on May 19, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is back as a first-time USAC venue after last year's wash out.

The series ventures to the Cornhusker state on June 8 for its second stop in as many years at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on June 8 before heading to the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on June 9. Making its return for the first time in 12 years is Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on October 5, which kicks off a double-header weekend in the Heartland that concludes with a trip to the half-mile Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on October 6.

As the frigid temps converge on much of the country in the month of November, the series migrates west for warmer climes as well as two of the most-renowned races in the country: the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3 and the 23rd annual "Oval Nationals" on November 8-9-10 at Perris Auto Speedway in southern California.

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 31: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 21: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Apr 27: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 28: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
May 5: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
May 11: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 12: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 18: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 19: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 23: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jun 8: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 9: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jun 14: (E) Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jun 15: (E) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 16: (E) Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 17: (E) BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 18: (E) Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Jun 19: (E) Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)
Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 20: (i) 31st Indiana Sprint Week Opener
Jul 21: (i) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 22: (i) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 25: (i) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 26: (i) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 27: (i) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 28: (i) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Aug 22: (SE) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 14: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 15: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 22: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Sep 29: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct 5: Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
Oct 6: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Oct 12: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Nov 2: (C) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 3: (C) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 8: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 9: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 10: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event.
(i) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event.
(SE) represents a non-points special event.
(C) represents an event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thomas Takes Oval Nationals; Windom Is USAC National Sprint Champ

Kevin Thomas, Jr. celebrates his win in Saturday night's "Oval Nationals" at
Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway (Photo Courtesy Mike Grosswendt)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. unloaded his racecar from his hauler last Wednesday night as the man to beat when practice began for the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

When the time came to roll his car back into the hauler following Saturday night's 40-lap main event, the Cullman, Alabama was a richer man - by $25,000 - and had the hardware to show for it after scoring the victory in the 22nd annual event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Meanwhile, Chris Windom emerged as USAC's newest AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, defeating Justin Grant by a mere six points to earn his first series title just one year after capturing the Silver Crown championship. It was in late August that Windom found himself trailing Grant by 93 points and firmly believed his championship dreams had been dashed.

"Two months ago, when we got knocked out of the race at Kokomo, I thought our season was over," Windom said. "This means everything. Derek (Claxton), Billy (Grace) and I fought hard all year long for this. With Margo and Kenny Baldwin, we almost did this back in 2011. They've done so much for my career. I can't be any happier doing it for them."

Coming into this weekend, Thomas himself was a major player in the points race and was lurking in third, ready to pounce if either Windom or Grant faltered in any form or fashion during the three nights of racing at Perris. The championship wasn't in the cards this time around for Thomas, but, after being absent for the opening two races of the year, then constructing his own race team in the middle of the season, an "Oval Nationals" eagle trophy on his mantle sure is a shining testament to how strong he and his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy were down the stretch.

"This is the top of the line right here," Thomas exclaimed. "This is everything you could ever want. You run all year to get your team ready and prepped, wanting to tweak on your cars and try to get faster each and every week, then cap it all off with an 'Oval Nationals' win. That's what our goals are. It's remarkable what our team's been able to do. I'm speechless. I don't even know what to do."

Thursday night winner Chase Stockon began the race from the outside of the front row and took the high side around Grant en route to the lead on the opening lap of the 40-lap A-Main where he would remain for the first 17 circuits.

Meanwhile, eyes were also affixed to the "race-within-a-race" scenario unfolding behind the leader in which Windom entered the event just 12 points ahead of Grant in the series standings. Inside the top-ten, each spot is worth three points and Windom had to remain within at least four positions behind Grant to maintain his grip atop the leaderboard.

By lap seven, fourth-starting Thomas had cleared Grant with a turn four maneuver to slide into second. At the same time, Windom dropped back a spot to fifth after Friday night winner Brody Roa took away the fourth spot.

As most of the field ringed around the topside, Thomas found a bit lower line to his liking between turns one and two as he began to hunt down Stockon for the race lead.

"It was definitely something I was thinking about earlier when I watched the B-mains," Thomas acknowledged. "I watched R.J. Johnson roll through the middle and turn some pretty good lap times. The Yamaha cars went out there with their skinny tires and I knew that would create a little more moisture in the middle of the track. I thought I could use it to my advantage until it wore out. When I got the lead, I was using it. I was almost worried that I just didn't know when it was going to go away. I felt myself slowing up just a little bit, then I got slid, then I had to start racing a little bit harder."

Stockon was able to answer each slider cast by Thomas, but just as Thomas put the move on him between turns three and four, the yellow flag flew for the sideways machines of Tommy Malcolm and Jace Vander Weerd that came to a rest on the front straightaway.

It took just a couple laps for Thomas to be in position for another crack at Stockon, which he made stick on the 18th lap with a turn three slider to assume the race lead. Just two laps later, Grant followed suit into second past Stockon for the runner-up spot at the halfway mark.

Grant seemed to come alive in the second-half and, when Thomas began to get hung up in lapped traffic, Grant was nearly in position to take advantage. However, with traffic running high and low, the exit ramp was blocked for both and Thomas was able to maintain his advantage.

With 10 laps remaining, the table was cleared for a mono y mono shootout between Thomas and Grant sans traffic with a clear track lying ahead of them following Max Adams' misfortune into the back straightaway wall on lap 31. With Windom laying in wait in fourth, Grant found himself in the midst of two separate races, but with the single goal of winning on his mind to maximize points.

Grant stuck right on Thomas' tail and was able to slide into the lead in turn three with eight laps remaining. One lap later, Thomas employed the same tactic, but Grant countered underneath Thomas off turn four to lead at the stripe by a half-car length. Grant slid up to the cushion in turn one with Thomas just inches behind. The two made slight bumper-to-bumper contact up top. The déjà vu scene repeated itself on lap 34 when Thomas dove to the bottom of the third turn, slid up and ripped the lead back away from Grant.

C.J. Leary was back in third, anticipating his next maneuver in this sprint car chess match, biding his time before sliding past Grant into second in turn one with five laps to go. Grant came right back at Leary into turn three with a slider. The two ran out of room up against the outside turn four wall with Leary kissing the concrete twice, resulting in damage on the right front.

With four to go on the ensuing restart, Thomas was merely a sitting duck fully aware what Grant's next move was going to be. Yet, Thomas felt he had a way to retain control of his own destiny on the first and second turn end of the half-mile oval.

"The only time I think that I had an advantage is I could kind of manipulate when Justin was going to slide me," Thomas explained. "If he slid me in three and four, it was so slick down there, you couldn't cross under. If I could manipulate where he slid me in one and two, I could get the cross under and get him going down the back straightaway. As much as I wanted to race in front of me, I was still racing behind me. They say that's a big no-no, but these guys are aggressive."

As Grant slid past Thomas into one, Thomas did exactly that and turned underneath off turn two to pull even with Grant on the back straightaway. In turn three, Thomas slid evenly with Grant up to the cushion. Grant snagged the curb just enough to hinder his progress and Thomas raced away to a ten car-length lead.

Seemingly, throughout the race, each time Grant was able to pick up a spot, Windom was a like a hawk, swooping in to take another spot and get those precious three points back instantly. When one dropped a spot, the other seemed to fall back. With Grant in second and Windom third on the final lap, Windom had some breathing room to spare as Chad Boespflug slipped by for third on the back straight and Windom slotted into fourth.

Up front, though, Thomas finished off the biggest payday of his career, winning by a second with Grant, hard charger Boespflug (from 13th), Windom and Robert Ballou rounding out the top-five.

"You see the white flag and you're leading the 'Oval Nationals,' you think 'don't screw up,' Thomas said. "Don't get white flag fever. I usually never even think about it. On this night, I did. I'm just glad that it all worked out. There's a lot of great teams out here. To be able to top all of them is pretty special."

On the final laps, Windom admitted to tiptoeing around the cushion, hoping to avoid a costly mistake. Like a bend, but don't break defense, every time Grant made a move to pick up a position, Windom seemingly had an answer. Windom knew where he had to be and what it was going to take to secure the title.

Many racers such as Windom seem to have an aura that make them seem like superheroes to the average person, as if they have ice water in their veins. However, as Windom admits, a championship on the line can put a racer on edge, amplifying the meaning of a seemingly ordinary task (to them).

"I was so nervous today, I don't think I sat still for two seconds," Windom admitted. "I didn't know how good the 11 car was going to be. I just knew where I needed to finish. Starting behind him, I knew where I needed to stay. I got to fourth and I just kind of hung out there until Justin and C.J. got into each other and I got to third. I wanted no part of that battle for the lead. You want to win the 'Oval Nationals,' but I wanted to win a USAC championship. I've won the 'Oval Nationals' before. I was here to win a USAC national championship. And we did it."

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Windom continued. "I think tomorrow it will feel a little better. I've been so antsy and anxious this whole past week, coming here, taking the point lead and trying to maintain it. Once you get there, it's nerve-wracking. I can't be any happier than I am for this team. I know they wanted this just as much as I did. It just means so much."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier & Competition Suspension, Inc. 1st Semi Winner), Mike Spencer (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Richard Vander Weerd (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Logan Williams (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Super 6 Dash Winners), R.J. Johnson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Semi Winner & (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.550; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.570; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.690; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.700; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.736; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.800; 7. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.852; 8. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.856; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.873; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.920; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.942; 12. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-16.973; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.995; 14. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.043; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.080; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.102; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.127; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.135; 19. Dave Darland, 21K, Kruseman-17.148; 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.203; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.230; 22. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.262; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.276; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.285; 25. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.294; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.300; 27. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.364; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.370; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.414; 30. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.452; 31. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.478; 32. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.511; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.108.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Spencer, 2. Ballou, 3. Gardner, 4. A. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Malcolm, 7. Chapple, 8. Edwards. 2:52.06

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Adams, 3. Martin, 4. Darland, 5. Sweeney, 6. Waitman, 7. C. Williams, 8. Meseraull. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. R. Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Johnson, 4. Bacon, 5. McCarthy, 6. T. Williams, 7. J. Vander Weerd, 8. Gile. 2:49.64

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. Courtney, 3. Swanson, 4. Liggett, 5. Pickens, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall. 2:53.67

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SUPER 6 DASH: (6 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11 McGhee), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#9K KT), 5. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 6. Brody Roa (#91R BR). 1:41.87

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Martin, 4. Gile, 5. Bacon, 6. McCarthy, 7. Darland, 8. Ellertson, 9. Waitman, 10. Liggett, 11. T. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Chapple, 3. C. Williams, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Malcolm, 6. A. Williams, 7. Pickens, 8. Gansen, 9. Sweeney, 10. Marshall. 3:29.10

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Chad Boespflug (13), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Robert Ballou (7), 6. Brody Roa (6), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Damion Gardner (15), 9. Tyler Courtney (8), 10. Logan Williams (14), 11. Mike Spencer (10), 12. Austin Williams (25), 13. R.J. Johnson (16), 14. Cody Williams (20), 15. Jake Swanson (17), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (11), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Mike Martin (19), 19. Chris Gansen (26), 20. Dennis Gile (21), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Brady Bacon (23), 23. Max Adams (12), 24. Jace Vander Weerd (22), 25. Tommy Malcolm (24), 26. Richard Vander Weerd (9). NT
**Meseraull flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Stockon, Laps 18-31 Thomas, Laps 32-33 Grant, Laps 34-40 Thomas.



FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2290, 2-Grant-2284, 3-Thomas-2232; 4-Courtney-2166, 5-Stockon-2052, 6-Boespflug-1974, 7-Leary-1869; 8-Ballou-1820, 9-Bacon-1765, 10-Darland-1492.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1547, 2-Roa-1475, 3-Swanson-1376, 4-Spencer-1212, 5-A. Williams-1058, 6-C. Williams-960, 7-L. Williams-874, 8-Adams-799, 9-Gansen-768, 10-Thomas-756.