Showing posts with label Nos Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nos Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. Show all posts

Thursday, December 12, 2019

2020 USAC National Midget Schedule is Largest Since 1988

4-wide USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action was more the rule than the exception in 2019. (Danny Clum Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will embark on their largest schedule of events in over three decades when the series hits the trail for the start of their 65th season on Feb. 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the opening night of Winter Dirt Games XI.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Larson Logs 3rd Turkey Night GP Win

Kyle Larson (right) poses with Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor following Friday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix victory. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 29 2019).........Nearing halfway of Friday night's 98-lap feature at California's Ventura Raceway while running fifth, Kyle Larson nearly saw his Turkey Night Grand Prix end in shambles after biking hard into turn one.

Somehow, someway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native regained his footing, kept his foot on the throttle and carried on as if it was just part of the game plan.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Turkey Night Postponed to Friday


Via USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 28, 2019).........Overnight rain mixed with a heavy downpour around 10am Pacific time on Thursday has forced postponement of the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix to Friday, November 29, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Colwell Fastest in Turkey Night Practice

Jesse Colwell (#71) was the fastest in Wednesday's Turkey Night midget practice at California's Ventura Raceway. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2019).........Jesse Colwell made his very first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start at Ventura Raceway one year ago.

One year later, he's gotten his 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix off to a hot start by recording the fastest time in Wednesday's practice at the 1/5-mile southern California dirt oval in preparation for Thursday's 98-lap event.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Stenhouse Joins Stacked Turkey Night Field

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17JR) (Devin Mayo Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 26, 2019).........Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., a five-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner and 2007 series Rookie of the Year, has filed an entry to become the latest addition to the massive field for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thursday, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Turkey Night Grand Prix-View 2019

Jake Swanson (#73K) battles wheel-to-wheel with Dillon Welch (#81) and Tyler Courtney (#7BC). (Devin Mayo Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2019).........It's been nearly three decades since the Turkey Night Grand Prix has reached the levels of enormity in car count and buzz than it has entering this Thursday's 79th edition of the prestigious event, but that's certainly the case in 2019.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Third Time's a Charm for Larson at Bakersfield

Kyle Larson hoists the trophy after winning his second consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature Saturday night at California's Bakersfield Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 23, 2019).........Kyle Larson became the first driver in 16 years to win back-to-back USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget features in the state of California on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, picking off Michael Pickens for good on the 11th lap and commanding the final 20 laps to score his third series victory of the year.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Larson Loots $32,000 Payday at Hangtown 100

Kyle Larson holds the distinctive Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 trophy following his USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget victory Wednesday at California's Placerville Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 20, 2019).........Placerville Speedway is the home to some of Kyle Larson's most cherished racing moments.

It's the place he made his first sprint car start. It's the place he won his first sprint car race. It's the place he describes as his "home track."

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bakersfield USAC Midget Race Preview

Logan Seavey (#67) and Rico Abreu battle for the win during the final laps of last year's November Classic USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at California's Bakersfield Speedway. (Devin Mayo Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 18, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California's Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. The history between the two roars back to life this coming Saturday, November 23, for the third-straight autumn to contest the November Classic, co-sanctioned by the USAC Western States Midgets.

Turkey Night GP Entry List Surges Past 70 Entries

#81 Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) (Steve Koletar Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 19, 2019).........The driver lineup for the Nov. 28th Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway has surged above 70 entrants for the 79th running of the famed event featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Hangtown 100 Marks First 100-Lap USAC Midget Race in 7 Years

Gio Scelzi (#84) (Neil Cavanah Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hangtown 100 USAC Midget Race Preview

Shane Golobic has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville Speedway, 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. (Devin Mayo Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Thomas Steers to Western World Night #1 Midget Score

Kevin Thomas, Jr. rides away in style after picking up Friday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget victory on night #1 of the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Since his car first rolled off the trailer for practice one night earlier, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has had the propensity to be quick in a midget around Arizona Speedway.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thomas Leads Western World Midget Practice

Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the quickest in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice Wednesday night at Arizona Speedway. (Dave Dellinger Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. recorded the fastest lap during USAC NOS Energy Drink National/Western States Midget open practice Wednesday night at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Talented Crop to Double Up at Western World

#7BC Tyler Courtney won both the sprint and midget portions of September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora, the second time he's done that in his career. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2019).........This weekend's 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway presents a unique opportunity. An opportunity to showcase versatility in both a Sprint Car and a Midget on the same track on the same evening for two consecutive nights.

Monday, November 11, 2019

57 Cars Entered Thus Far for Hangtown 100

#27 Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) (Lee Greenawalt Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 11, 2019).........Last call has arrived for teams to register for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20 at California's Placerville Speedway at https://www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

Western World USAC Midget Preview

Mooresville, North Carolina's Karsyn Elledge. (Dave Biro Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2019).........It's been five years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have graced the Grand Canyon State of Arizona where they return this weekend, Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford, a two-night doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Larson, Courtney, Sweet Enter Hangtown 100

#1K Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) (Devin Mayo Photo)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 5, 2019).........Two weeks remain until the start of the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, and already, the lineup is absolutely stacked with a multitude of talent from various disciplines throughout the racing world.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hangtown 100 At Placerville To Pay Richest USAC Midget Purse Nov. 19-20



By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (January 16, 2019).........The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets' first ever appearance at California's Placerville Speedway will pay the richest two-day purse in the history of the series with over $100,000 on the line when the series arrives at the quarter-mile dirt oval for two consecutive nights on November 19-20.

The inaugural Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100" featuring both the USAC National and Light Up the World Western States Midgets kicks off on Tuesday, November 19 and concludes on Wednesday, November 20 with a 100-lap feature, the first 100-lap race for the series since 2012.

"Midget racing is my true love," Elk Grove Ford's Matt Wood said. "I'm so excited to partner with Scott and Kami Arnold with Placerville Speedway, Mike Larson, and the entire USAC team to put on this event. The support even prior to this announcement has been unbelievable."

The "Hangtown 100" is one of nine new events that have been established on USAC's calendar this season. With the largest USAC National Midget schedule in over two decades, more big-paying races and the most different winning drivers seen in a season in several years, what better time to add an event of this caliber to the 2019 slate.

"USAC Midget racing is as thrilling right now as it's ever been and a huge event such as this just adds to that excitement," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It's an honor for us to be involved in this race and to bring another major USAC event to the west."

The format for the event emphasizes passing using a modified Trophy Cup format which will use a pill draw and a "draft," similar to the one utilized during December's "Junior Knepper 55" in Du Quoin, Ill. allowing drivers to choose their own starting sports for the heat races. Drivers will group qualify based on where they will line up in their heat race. The Tuesday, November 19 feature event will be 30 laps.

The Wednesday, November 20 "Hangtown 100" feature will pay a grand prize of $20,000 to the winner. An extra $20,000 will be up for grabs to the overall "Hangtown 100" champion who accumulates the most combined points between the two nights of racing. Both nights of racing will pay appearance points only to USAC-licensed teams and drivers toward the USAC Midget series championship standings. The rain date for the event, if needed, is Thursday, November 21. The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors will also be on the event card.

Drivers must be pre-registered by July 31 to qualify for a potential A-Main provisional starting spot. Pre-registration and reserved seating will be able available in the coming days at www.Hangtown100.com.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.