LINCOLN PARK SPRINTS RESCHEDULED JULY 4
Dick Jordan:The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars will return to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. July 4, replacing the event interrupted by rain last Saturday night.
The July 4 event will be a “complete” program, including qualifications, heats, semi and feature.
Rain halted last Saturday night’s program at the 5/16-mile dirt oval during the second heat race. Bryan Clauson had posted the B & W Auto Mart fastest qualifying time and Landon Simon won the first heat prior to the weather.
Race organizer Joe Spiker has announced tickets from last Saturday night will be honored for the July 4 race, or for that matter any one of the remaining USAC races at Lincoln Park. “Indiana Midget Week” visits Lincoln Park June 13 and “Indiana Sprint Week” stops there July 18.
600 SPRINTS CONTINUE THIS SATURDAY;
STEALY, SAUNDERS EARN INAUGURAL PLYMOUTH WINS;
Dick Jordan: The 2013 USAC 600 Sprint Series continues this Saturday at Plymouth (Ind.) Motor Speedway after weather finally cooperated to allow series openers to be conducted last Saturday.
Dawson Stealy and Garrett Saunders emerged victorious in the inaugural feature events. Stealy won the 15-lap Open crown and Saunders was the Restricted winner.
Trailing Stealy in the 15-lap race was Jordon Lambert, Billy Cribbs, Mike Gass and Adam Barth. Saunders was trailed in his 10-lapper by Nick Katrakis, Sydney Arnett, Bud McCune and Joel Rogers.
2013 TRAXXAS USAC 600 SPRINT OPEN POINTS: 1-Dawson Stealy-67, 2-Jordon Lambert-63, 3-Billy Cribbs-60, 4-Tyler Huffman-48, 5-Gary Gipson-34.
2013 TRAXXAS USAC 600 SPRINT RESTRICTED POINTS: 1-Garrett Saunders-67, 2-Nick Katrakis-62, 3-Joel Rogers-55, 4-Nicholas Schaefer-10.
DMA MIDGETS OPEN AT BEAR RIDGE SATURDAY
Dick Jordan: The 2013 USAC DMA Midget Series gets under way Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt.
Kevin Chaffee of East Orange, Vt. won last year’s DMA title and Joe Krawiec of Bristol, Conn., was the 2011 champion.
Krawiec leads the list of series feature winners with seven, while Krawiec and Scott Holcomb each have three. Dana Shaw, Jeff Champagne and Dean Christensen have also found victory lane.
A total of 12 events are on the 2013 calendar at the quarter-mile dirt oval, concluding with a September 28 race.
ELMA, ACE & CARAWAY HOST IGNITES THIS WEEKEND;
ALFREY, WALKER CAPTURE MIDWEST IGNITE FEATURES
Dick Jordan: USAC’s Washington and Eastern Ignite Midgets are in action this weekend. Chris Lamb leads the Eastern series to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Friday and Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. Saturday, while Chase Goetz leads the Washington Dirt series to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Saturday. The Eastern race originally slated Saturday at Callaway, Va. was switched to Caraway.
Toby Alfrey and Gage Walker earned USAC Midwest Ignite Dirt feature wins last weekend, while Saturday’s scheduled Washington Pavement event at Monroe, Wash. was cancelled.
Alfrey is the Midwest series point leader after winning Friday’s 20-lap race at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and finishing second in Saturday’s 20-lapper at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Alfrey has a two point lead in the dirt standings over Gage Walker, Saturday’s Montpelier winner. The dirt series resumes June 7 at Gas City, while the Midwest Pavement Ignites debut May 11 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.
Alfrey, of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed Cooper Clouse on lap four at Gas City and led the final 17 laps of the race which opened the 2013 season, driving his Alfrey Motorsports Beast. Walker took second at the checkered flag, ahead of Stratton Briggs, Katlynn Leer and Jessica Bean.
Walker, of Indianapolis, Ind., led all 20 laps to win Saturday’s Montpelier race. Walker was trailed at the finish by Alfrey, Briggs, Bean and Leer.
2013 MIDWEST IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Toby Alfrey-136, 2-Gage Walker-134, 3-Stratton Briggs-127, 4-Katlynn Leer-116, 5-Jessica Bean-112, 6-Austin Nemire-86, 7-Cooper Clouse-86, 8-Kent Kriegbaum-49, 9-Joey Greening-48, 10-Emmy Gray-48.
2013 EASTERN IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-310, 2-Tyler Corriher-265, 3-Nic Davidson-251, 4-Ryan Krachun-249, 5-Wil Raber-229, 6-Matt Lundstrom-211, 7-Calvin Carroll-211, 8-Billy Gaule-200, 9-Nikki Carroll-181, 10-Jessica Bean-118.
2013 WASHINGTON IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-65, 2-Jeremy Miller-61, 3-Dougie James-55, 4-Robby Vaughn-54, 5-Chance Crum-53, 6-Renee Angel-45, 7-Garrett Thomas-45, 8-Hannah Lindquist-1.
SOUTHWEST SPRINTS RESUME MAY 11 AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY;
JOHNSON #1 IN CANYON 30-LAPPER
Dick Jordan: R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. vaulted into the lead in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series points following Saturday night’s 30-lap victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.
Johnson passed Charles Davis Jr. on the 17th lap of the “Canyon Clash” and led the final 14 laps in his Weiler Farms/Pecon Builders Maxim/Pro-Flyer. Bryan Swinehart took second ahead of Chris Bonneau, Nathan High and Justin Quinn.
Charles Davis Jr., who trails Johnson by 13 points in the new standings, led 10 of the first 16 laps, while Mike Martin led five.
The series resumes May 11 as it returns to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. where Martin was the winner April 13.
2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-229, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-216, 3-Ronnie Clark-207, 4-Josh Pelkey-196, 5-Bryan Swinehart-188, 6-Justin Quinn-186, 7-Mike Martin-169, 8-Tom Ogle-162, 9-Shon Deskins-156, 10-Chris Bonneau-150.
CLASSICS AT PLACERVILLE SATURDAY; HANFORD NEXT FOR WCSP;
BERNAL GETS #4 AT HANFORD
Dick Jordan: Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. enters this Saturday’s USAC Western Classic Sprint race at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway as the 2013 point leader. Last Saturday he remained atop USAC’s West Coast Sprint Car series standings after scoring a 30-lap victory at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.
Bernal, who now has five USAC victories in the past six weeks, led the final 14 laps at Bakersfield in his King Racing Products/A & A Precision Machine Spike/Raney. He led laps 1-13, then yielded to Danny Faria Jr. for three laps before taking back the top spot. Richard Vander Weerd finished second ahead of Bud Kaeding, Faria and Markus Niemela.
Bernal’s lead in the Western Classics stands at eight over Colton Slack. Last year’s Placerville Western Classic outing went to Kyle Hirst.
The West Coast Sprint cars are idle this week but resume May 11 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.
2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Ryan Bernal-404, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-374, 3-Danny Faria Jr.-327, 4-Jace Vander Weerd-306, 5-Bud Kaeding-305, 6-Markus Niemela-294, 7-Rusty Carlile-264, 8-Ricky Kirkbride-226, 9-Marty Hawkins-200, 10-Chris Ennis-162.
2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Standings: 1-Ryan Bernal-71, 2-Colton Slack-63, 3-Tanner Swanson-62, 4-Matt Streeter-59, 5-Tony Hunt-56, 6-D.J. Johnson-55, 7-Nathan Washam-52, 8-Jim Richardson-42, 9-Klint Simpson-40, 10-Scott Hall-40.
“DON FLANDERS CLASSIC” SATURDAY AT PERRIS
Dick Jordan: Saturday night’s “Don Flanders Classic” pays tribute to one of the sport’s most ardent supporters as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars roar back to life at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
Alexander Racing teammates Damion Gardner and Nic Faas enter Saturday’s race separated by just four points in the latest standings. They have two 1-2 finishes already this season, including the last Perris race, and neither has finished worse than fourth in any race this year!
Gardner has a pair of seconds in this year’s Perris outings as he tries to protect the all-time lead in terms of Perris USAC/CRA feature wins. He enters Saturday’s race with 25 career Perris wins, one more than defending five-time series champion Mike Spencer, who has yet to win this year.
2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-397, 2-Nic Faas-393, 3-Bud Kaeding-312, 4-Mike Spencer-294, 5-R.J. Johnson-266, 6-Cody Williams-242, 7-Brody Roa-226, 8-Austin Williams-224, 9-Bryan Clauson-210, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-207.
CAMERON, EAGLE ON TAP FOR AMSOIL SPRINTS;
THOMAS TAKES GAS CITY, RAIN INTERRUPTS LINCOLN PARK
Dick Jordan: The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint cars head for mid-America this weekend to compete Friday at US 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo. and Saturday in the “Rumble in the Bull Ring” at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway.
Chase Stockon of Sullivan, Ind. leads seven drivers separated by just 36 points going into the two races. Stockon finished 12th last Friday at Gas City, Ind. and technically shares the point lead with Hunter Schuerenberg, who was ninth at Gas City.
Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. recorded his second consecutive series feature win Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Driving the Rotondo Weirich/Black Jack Oil Maxim/Fisher, Thomas caught Robert Ballou on lap 23 and led the last eight laps for the win over fast qualifier and new track record holder Thomas Meseraull. Ballou took third ahead of Jerry Coons Jr. and Dave Darland.
Saturday night’s race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. was interrupted by rain during the second heat race. Bryan Clauson was the night’s fastest qualifier.
Trailing Stockon and Schuerenberg in the standings are Clauson (three back), Brady Bacon (four back), Tracy Hines (10 back), Darland (21 back) and Thomas (36 behind).
Clauson won last year’s race at Eagle, while Levi Jones was the 2012 winner at Cameron.
2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1 Chase Stockon-343, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg-343, 3-Bryan Clauson-340, 4-Brady Bacon-339, 5-Tracy Hines-323, 6-Dave Darland-322, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-307, 8-Robert Ballou-285, 9-Shane Cottle-226, 10-C.J. Leary-222.
SILVER CROWN EYES MAY 18 “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC;”
WEATHER CANCELS TERRE HAUTE’S “SUMAR CLASSIC”
Dick Jordan: The Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Championship Series will open May 18 in the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. after weather concerns forced cancellation of last Sunday’s “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
Persistent rains and inclement weather forced Sunday’s cancellation and USAC and track officials are exploring options regarding a possible rescheduling of the event.
The May 18 race at Indianapolis includes the annual induction for USAC’s Hall of Fame. Twelve persons will receive distinctive plaques during ceremonies held prior to the night’s 100-lap feature event. They are Henry Banks, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Earl Baltes, Jack Hewitt, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby and Al Unser, A.J. Watson, Don White and Bob Wilke.