USAC Racing 9.23.13 News and Notes
SPRINTS HEAD FOR LAWRENCEBURG SATURDAY;
WINDOM GRABS “4-CROWN,” CLAUSON’S LEAD JUST 2!
This Saturday’s race at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway features another showdown between AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car point leaders Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland, They enter the race just two points apart after Darland finished third and Clauson fourth in Saturday night’s “4-Crown Nationals” feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won Saturday’s Eldora feature in his Jam-It-In Storage/Hoosier Tire Maxim/Claxton. He only led one lap, but it was the 30th and last one after race leader Tracy Hines flipped exiting turn four on the final lap!.
Daron Clayton led the first 24 laps but he too flipped, on lap 25. Hines then led the next five laps until his misfortune.
Trailing Windom in the finish at Eldora were Jac Haudenschild, Darland, Clauson and Robert Ballou. Darland passed Clauson for third on the final lap of the race.
Five races remain in the 2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car series. Following Saturday’s Lawrenceburg race are two October races at Peoria, Ariz. and two in November at Perris, Calif.
2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Brian Clauson-1,634, 2-Dave Darland-1,632, 3-Brady Bacon-1,543, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,435, 5-Chase Stockon-1,416, 6-Tracy Hines-1,318, 7-Robert Ballou-1,287, 8-Chris Windom-1,045, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Shane Cottle-952.
WINDOM WINS “4-CROWN,” EAST REPEATS AS CHAMPION
Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team celebrated their second consecutive TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown championship Saturday night after Bobby’s sixth-place finish in the “4-Crown Nationals” finale at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio left him with a six-point margin over series runner-up Chris Windom.
Windom, of Canton, Ill., passed East on lap four and led the rest of the 50-lap race to win in the RW Motorsports/Mike Curb-Agajanian Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace Toyota. Matt Westfall finished second ahead of Shane Cockrum, Taylor Ferns and Dave Darland.
East led the first three laps and protected his “top-10” run in the Chevrolet Performance/Curb Maxim/Kistler as the race wore on. Tracy Hines, who was second on the white-flag lap, flipped exiting turn four but escaped injury.
Windom’s win made him the eighth different race winner in eight 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown races.
Final 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Bobby East-387, 2-Chris Windom-381, 3-Tracy Hines-359, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-359, 5-Kody Swanson-349, 6-A.J. Fike-272, 7-Brian Tyler-249, 8-Taylor Ferns-213, 9-Shane Hollingsworth-182, 10-Shane Cockrum-165.
DMA MIDGETS CONCLUDE SATURDAY AT BRADFORD;
VIETS SNAGS BEAR RIDGE 25-LAPPER
The 2013 USAC DMA Midget series concludes this Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Two former champions and a third challenger are the top threats to take the title. Defending champion Kevin Chaffee trails 2011 titlist Joe Krawiec by eight points, with Scott Viets just 16 out of the lead.
Viets, of East Granby, Ct., led the last seven laps of Saturday’s race after passing Scott Holcomb on lap 19. Krawiec finished second ahead of Chaffee, Dean Christenson and Adam Pierson. Saturday’s race awarded “double” points.
This Saturday’s race offers Krawiec or Chaffee an opportunity to crack the winner’s circle for the first time this year! Krawiec has four seconds and a third in 2013, while Chaffee has two seconds and three thirds.
2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Joe Krawiec-764, 2-Kevin Chaffee-756, 3-Scott Viets-748, 4-Adam Pierson-723, 5-Josh Sunn-685, 6-Scott Holcomb-636, 7-Ray Miller-579, 8-Dean Christenson-575, 9-Adam Whitney-541, 10-Timothy Gallant-530.
PONTOON BEACH’S GOLD CROWN NEXT;
ABREU WINS “4-CROWN MIDGET – ELDORA’S 100TH USAC WINNER!
Christopher Bell continues to lead the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series which resumes October 3-4-5 in the “Gold Crown Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Calif.
Bell has a 74-point lead in the new standings over Bryan Clauson, who suffered mechanical problems in last Saturday night’s “4-Crown Nationals” feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, a race in which Bell finished second.
Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. led a 1-2 finish for the Kunz Motorsports/Curb Agajanian team at Eldora, becoming the 100th different USAC race winner in Eldora’s storied history. He took over the lead after Clauson’s misfortune on lap seven and led the rest of the 25-lap distance despite constant pressure from Bell. Tracy Hines finished third, ahead of Bobby East and Dave Darland.
Hines’ finish enabled him to climb to within just two points of Clauson and he trails Bell by just 76 entering the point-rich Pontoon Beach weekend.
2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-737, 2-Bryan Clauson-663, 3-Tracy Hines-661, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-612, 5-Darren Hagen-589, 6-Rico Abreu-536, 7-Andrew Felker-531, 8-Zach Daum-491, 9-Tanner Thorson-469, 10-Brad Kuhn-416.
WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” AT PEORIA SATURDAY;
FARIA, VANDER WEERD WIN “MEMORIAL” RACES
A non-points “Special Event” is on tap Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars as they join with the USAC Southwest Sprint cars, which will compete for full series points.
Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. continues atop the West Coast standings, with the final points race October 12 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.
Faria won Friday night’s 6th “Jim Turner Memorial” at Kings Speedway in Hanford. Faria led the final 22 laps of the 30-lapper in his Johnson Calf Pens/DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike/Reitz. Markus Niemela led the first two laps, Faria led the next four and Richard Vander Weerd led two before Faria took over. Bud Kaeding finished second, while Richard Vander Weerd was third. Troy Rutherford and Austin Liggett were fourth and fifth.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. captured Saturday night’s 30-lap “Harry Talbot Memorial” USAC West Coast Sprint race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. He led the last two laps after Kaeding was involved with a lapped car on the white-flag lap while leading. Trailing Vander Weerd’s Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark at the checkered flag were series point leader Faria, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and D.J. Netto.
2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.
WESTERN MIDGETS AT VENTURA SATURDAY;
BAKERSFIELD MIDGETS ALSO GO TO GARDNER
Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. will try to continue his drive to the 2013 Honda USAC Western Midget Dirt championship this Saturday when the series visits the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.
Gardner won last Saturday night’s 40-lap feature at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Company Stewart/Esslinger. He took the lead from David Prickett on lap 24 and led the final 17 laps to beat Prickett, Sean Dodenhoff, Trey Marcham and Shannon McQueen.
Gardner has won two of the races already contested at Ventura this year. In July he finished second to Cory Kruseman.
Gardner’s point lead entering Saturday’s Ventura race stands at 189 as the 2013 season winds down.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-962, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-David Prickett-649, 4-Shannon McQueen-444, 5-Cody Swanson-424, 6-Randi Pankratz-410, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Terry Nichols-306, 9-Johnathon Henry-301, 10-Trey Marcham-297.
SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK SATURDAY
This Saturday’s “Brawl for it All” USAC Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park is round two of the “Grudge Series” and while it offers full points for the USAC Southwest Sprint Series it is also listed as a “special event” non-points race on the West Coast Sprint calendar.
R.J. Johnson takes a 79-point Southwest lead over Charles Davis Jr. into Saturday’s race. The two have dominated the 2013 series, Johnson winning nine times and Davis six.
R.J. has won five times at Canyon this year and Davis twice. Mike Martin currently sits third in the series standings.
2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,007, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-928, 3-Mike Martin-825, 4-Shon Deskins-728, 5-Ronnie Clark-727, 6-Andy Reinbold-647, 7-Josh Pelkey-612, 8-Chris Bonneau-601, 9-Brian Hosford-518, 10-Mike Bonneau-496.
IGNITES IN INDIANA, NORTH CAROLINA & WASHINGTON;
ELLIOTT TAKES BAKERSFIELD & DIRT TITLE
Indiana, North Carolina and Washington all host Honda USAC Ignite Midget races this week. The Midwest Dirt series concludes Saturday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, while the Washington series concludes Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. Eastern Ignite races are slated Friday at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. and Saturday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Gage Walker leads Cooper Clouse by 81 points entering Saturday Midget finale at Gas City, while Chase Goetz’ Washington lead stands at 137 points over Garrett Thomas entering the Grays Harbor event. Chris Lamb has a healthy point lead in the Eastern series with just three races remaining.
Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, Calif. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night’s USAC Honda Western Ignite Midget race at Bakersfield Speedway. The victory finalized Cory Elliott’s drive to the 2013 Honda USAC Western Dirt Ignite Midget championship! Jarid Blondel was second ahead of Parker Colston, Michael Steele and Christine Breckenridge.
2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,018, 2-Christine Breckenridge-866, 3-Cory Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.
2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-522, 2-Jarid Blondel-492, 3-Christine Breckenridge-409, 4-Parker Colston-385, 5-Wally Pankratz-322, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Michael Steele-160, 9-Randi Pankratz-114, 10-Ariel Biggs-112.
2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Breidinger-116.
2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-743, 2-Cooper Clouse-662, 3-Austin Nemire-599, 4-Joey Greening-515, 5-Toby Alfrey-509, 6-Stratton Briggs-467, 7-John Heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Adam Thomason-311, 10-Emmy Gray-240.
2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,180, 2-Wil Raber-950, 3-Tyler Corriher-937, 4-Blaine Leydig-760, 5-Calvin Carroll-756, 6-Ryan Krachun-724, 7-Nikki Carroll-686, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442,
2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-1,074, 2-Garrett Thomas-937, 3-Ariel Biggs-866, 4-Todd Hartman-569, 5-Jeremy Miller-514, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Annika Johanson-364, 8-Madkison Hess-358, 9-Tristin Thomas-348, 10-Robby Vaughn-310.