Heading to their fifteenth campaign, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will feature twenty-six events at eleven racetracks in 2018. Teammate and veteran driver, Jerry Coons Jr., is slated to run a full season as well aboard the No.25, as he and Thomas will both be vying for a midget title. This week, the Norman, Oklahoma native's focus is set on becoming a two-time "Turkey Night" winner, duplicating his 2014 triumph. NT ----------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 T. Breidinger, Final USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,537, 2-Lemke-1,418, 3-A. Drake (1997, 1998 & 2000) and Billy Vukovich (1966 & twice in 1967) own the most National victories there with three apiece. Starting with the March 3rd "So Cal Showdown" and closing with the November 10th "Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris, the traditional 410s are poised for another competitive season. "We're excited to have Kevin on board," commented Scott Petry, owner. Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California was the runner-up behind Donny Schatz in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car standings this season with five victories. Breidinger-1,404, 4-Paterson-1,226, 5-Brannon-932, 6-Iest-707, 7-T, Breidinger-651, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-517, 10-Slay-331. .14 (New Track Record) CHALK STIX/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. While USAC National Midget appearances have been scarce, it has been a traditional stop on the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget calendar, 106 times in fact, in all but one season since 1987.
USAC WESTERN RACERS TO BE HONORED AT JANUARY 27TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET By Lance Jennings DECEMBER 27, 2017... DARLAND SAYS HELLO TO GOODNIGHT FOR 2018 USAC SPRINT SEASON By: Richie Murray - USAC Media National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has joined Matt and Gene Goodnight's Hartford City, Indiana-based team for a full run at the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule in 2018. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at [email protected] Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports Schnee, Wiley had two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Bakersfield Speedway. "As we try to propel Weedsport Speedway further into the national spotlight, it's important to us to bring the top series here for our local fans," Weedsport promoter Jim Phelps said. On Saturday, January 27th, the United States Auto Club’s Western Racing Divisions will celebrate their 2017 season at the annual Awards Banquet and Roast. Darland, USAC's winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 59 victories, will sport No. For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at Over 50 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point standings. Ercse, Nate Wait, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, and more. "USAC fits that perfectly with its history and prestige and we have fans here who want to see USAC wingless sprint cars come back to New York." Last year's Eastern Storm saw five different winners in five races, concluding with eventual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom taking the title. Canyon Speedway Park returns to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA calendar with the 2-day “Spring Showcase” starting on March 9th. Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway and for more details, visit call 602.258. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare will host USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on April 14th along the USAC Western States Midgets. Thomas Meseraull has been tabbed as the driver of the Amati Racing No. Yet, the Long Beach, California driver's only USAC Midget feature start of 2005 resulted in a "Turkey Night" victory. "At the start, I was on the inside and I saw the outside got a pretty good run," Bacon observed. Of note, when the schedule has concluded with California events in the next-to-last and final race of the year, only three times has one driver won both: George Amick in 1957 (Clovis & Gardena), Parnelli Jones in 1964 (San Jose & Ascot) and Billy Boat in 1995 (Bakersfield & Perris). THOMAS TAKES OVAL NATIONALS; WINDOM IS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMP By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Perris, California......... 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. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the Peoria, Arizona oval last featured the non-winged 410s on October 1, 2016 and R. Promoted by Steve Faria, last April’s event at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval was rained out. 66 for this Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. Same thing with Tony Stewart in 2000, who had already conquered USAC as a four-time National champ, but came back to collect one of the most-prized victories of his career at Irwindale Speedway after already establishing himself as an Indy Car champ and a NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. "The bottom was kind of glazed over from the moisture in the air or something. (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Saturday at Bakersfield, pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm with racing scheduled to begin at 6pm. If you'd like to re-watch the flag-to-flag coverage for all of Saturday night's action at Bakersfield, catch it again a day later, on-demand, at 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 ,000 - and had the hardware to show for it after scoring the victory in the 22nd annual event at Perris Auto Speedway. Hosted by the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, racers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, South West Sprint Car, Western States Midget, Speed 2 Western Midget, and National Micro Sprint Series will be honored. 36D, a number that has ridden along with Darland to numerous titles and victories, including his very first USAC win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1993. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Among them are Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Jace Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Ryan Stolz, Cory Elliott, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chase Briscoe, Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, Shon Deskins, Stevie Sussex, and Shawn Arriaga. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California). Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Indiana) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. In fact, Eastern Storm has been a launching pad of sorts for drivers who've won its title throughout its history. .64 INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1.
The festivities will begin the previous night at pm with the USAC Western Bowling Tournament. The Lincoln, Indiana driver is one of just six drivers who owns titles in all three USAC National divisions, including Silver Crown (1997), Sprint Car (1999) and Midget (2001 & 2002). Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at 805.407.7229. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny Mc Knight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson. Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) earned his third VRA Sprint Car Championship over Charlie Butcher, Kenny Perkins, Rick Hendrix, Kyle Edwards, Guy Woodward, Tristan Guardino, Brent Owens, Reed Broschart, and Tom Hendricks. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon Mc Queen, Robby Josett, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, C. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Holly Shelton, Tanner Carrick, and Jerry Coons Jr. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Eight of the 11 previous champions have gone on to win the national title that very same year.
After another successful season, champions in the National Micro Sprint divisions are Jimmy Leal (Coastal Clash), Dex Morris (Coastal Clash Restricted), Josh Ames (Non Wing 600), Trevor Years (Wing 600), Daison Pursley (Restricted 600), and Jade Avedisian (Junior Sprint), These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 8th. Thomas Jr., has previously driven for the team at the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Ventura, Raceway. 23 at Ventura Raceway for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," this "vacation" away from their regular duties becomes strictly business. FINAL 2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams. All five of those victories have come at tracks one-third-of-a-mile in length or smaller, which Bakersfield and Nov. Golobic (3rdin points) has been a contender all year with an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt, but is still seeking his first series win of 2017. NT CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1.
Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 are Matt Mc Carthy (CRA Sprint Car), Brandon Wiley (West Coast Sprint Car), Matt Lundy (South West Sprint Car), and Mason Daniel (Western States Midget). "It's really cool to be able to jump back in a midget," explained Thomas. All have earned a reputation for success in a diverse set of disciplines outside wingless sprint car and midget racing, yet still dabble when their schedules allow. Elk Grove, California's Larson has five career wins on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit and was a championship contender for much of his 2017 campaign. 2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson. Zeb Wise (Angola, Indiana) makes his long-awaited debut in a fourth car for CMR.
Promoted by Dennis Gage, the fourth round of “California Sprint Week” is held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions." Last September, “The Demon” Damion Gardner” scored his fourth win of the season on his way to his sixth championship. Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports brings three of their own, including Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton, owners of three of the last five NASCAR Truck Series titles, plus USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick. But, Kaeding will forever be known as a "Turkey Night" winner as well with his lone USAC National Midget victory coming at Ascot in 1985. As Bacon and Bayston tussled for the runner-up position, both simultaneously chipped away at Faccinto's lead. 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.
Silver Dollar Speedway is located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit call 530.350.7275. A star-studded cast is also represented by two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle, NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Billy Wease, "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Chad Boat and many, many others. Like an all-star race or sorts, "Turkey Night" brings out the best of the best: the regulars vs. Both nights of the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura Raceway will be LIVE on "Turkey Night" from the seaside oval begins Wednesday, Nov. Quickly, it became a three-car race for the lead with the top-three appearing in Blue Angels formation exiting turn two. Just two laps later, Grant followed suit into second past Stockon for the runner-up spot at the halfway mark.
Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit call 805.922.2232. Additionally, he won a USAC Midget non-points special event at California's Irwindale Speedway in 2004, plus three career USAC Western States Midget victories and a Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) title in 2004. Shuman was simply magical on Thanksgiving and his success in the race stands head and shoulders above all others. Frankie Guerrini and Dustin Golobic also became involved, but would restart along with Pickens. 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. 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.