USAC Racing News and Notes (July 22)

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 5:42pm by Dirt Racing Report


Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. continues his quest for a second Traxxas USAC Silver Crown championship this Saturday in the “J.D. Byrider 100” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. The program at the .686-mile paved oval also includes the “Rich Vogler Classic” Honda USAC National Midget event.

Coons holds a 15-point lead over defending series champion Bobby East, who won the most recent series race in Colorado. Kody Swanson is third in the standings, just 22 points behind, with Tracy Hines just 26 back, Shane Hollingsworth 27 in arrears and Brian Tyler 30 off the pace with 66 points available Saturday.

Since 2010 Swanson has won at LORP in all three of USAC’s National racing series. East won Silver Crown races at the track in 2005, 2007 and 2008, while Coons continues to search for his initial USAC victory at LORP.

Hines is the all-time leader in terms of LORP USAC victories, with 13, including a 2010 Silver Crown win.

Bobby Santos, currently 10th in the points, scored a victory at Madison, Ill. in June and will try to earn his third consecutive LORP victory, taking both 100-lap Silver Crown races last year.

Nobody has ever won three LORP Silver Crown races in a row. Mike Bliss and Bobby East previously won back-to-back races.

2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Jerry Coons Jr.-159, 2-Bobby East-144, 3-Kody Swanson-137, 4-Tracy Hines-133, 5-Shane Hollingsworth-132, 6-Brian Tyler-129, 7-Chris Windom-114, 8-A.J. Fike-110, 9-Levi Jones-102, 10-Bobby Santos-87.



The Casey’s General Stores “Ultimate Challenge” at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa is next up for the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars and Bryan Clauson is the new point leader in the series.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., emerged with his first “Indiana Sprint Week” title Saturday after rains washed out the final event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. Clauson and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian team finished with a 26-point cushion over Brady Bacon in the final ISW standings.

Clauson’s title was aided by back-to-back feature victories at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville Thursday and Bloomington Speedway Friday. He caught Christopher Bell on lap 13 at Putnamville and led the final 18 laps in his Chevy Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler. Bell was second ahead of Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough and Chris Windom.

On Friday Clauson caught Kevin Thomas Jr. on lap 18 and sped off to the win as Thomas encountered steering problems resulting in a 16th-place finish. Chase Stockon, Bacon, Windom and Ryan Bernal rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala. had stamped himself as the man to beat on Wednesday, leading all 30 laps of the “Don Smith Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track. Trailing his Rotondo Weirich/Black Jack Oil Maxim/Fisher were Stanbrough, Bacon, Robert Ballou and Stockon.

The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team, by virtue of their series crown, claimed the $3,500 Bridgeport Rocker crafted by Loogootee, Ind.’s John Youngs.

ProSource fast qualifiers the past week included Stanbrough, Thomas and Windom. The “Josh Burton Hard Charger Award” for the entire ISW series went to Hunter Schuerenberg, while Bell, Short and Tracy Hines won B & W Auto Mart and ProSource “hard charger” awards last week.

2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,167, 2-Dave Darland-1,160, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,121, 4-Brady Bacon-1,110, 5-Chase Stockon-1,058, 6-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,006, 7-Robert Ballou-939, 8-Tracy Hines-937, 9-Chris Windom-782, 10-Shane Cottle-767.

Final 2013 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Point Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-398, 2-Brady Bacon-372, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-367, 4-Dave Darland-356, 5-Christopher Bell-348, 6-Jon Stanbrough-332, 7-Chris Windom-328, 8-Wes McIntyre-318, 9-Chase Stockon-314, 10-Shane Cottle-302.



USAC’s Honda National Midget Series pays tribute to two former drivers in the next 10 days as Christopher Bell leads Bryan Clauson by 26 points in the latest dirt standings and Darren Hagen holds a slim two-point lead over Bobby Santos and Caleb Armstrong on the pavement.

The “Rich Vogler Classic” unfolds Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. as part of the event which culminates with the “J.D. Byrider 100” Traxxas Silver Crown race. Three nights later, on Tuesday, July 30, the “Chad McDaniel Memorial” will take place at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. The Beloit race precedes by two nights the opening of the 2013 “Belleville Midget Nationals” in Belleville, Kans.

Saturday’s LORP event showcases four drivers separated by just six points in the battle for the Honda USAC National Pavement title. Tracy Hines, who has more USAC victories than anybody in LORP history (13) completes the point leading quartet going into Saturday’s race. Hagen, the pavement leader, won this year’s “Night Before the 500” classic at LORP.

The race at Beloit marks USAC’s debut at the Kansas oval, honoring the late driver who was such a fixture in the heartland.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Darren Hagen-239; 2-Bobby Santos-237; 3-Caleb Armstrong-239; 4-Tracy Hines-233; 5-Kyle O’Gara-205; 6-Dalton Armstrong-182; 7-Tanner Swanson-156; 8-David Byrne-180; 9-Taylor Ferns-137; 10-Kyle Hamilton-137.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-442; 2-Bryan Clauson-416; 3-A.J. Felker-372; 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-369; 5-Darren Hagen-365; 6-Tracy Hines-349; 7-Brad Kuhn-326; 8-Zach Daum-311; 9-Caleb Armstrong-271; 10-Rico Abreu-250.



The “Jim Evett Memorial” at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. August 3 is next up for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and the series will feature a brand new point leader. Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. has a four-point lead over Ryan Bernal after finishing second in Saturday night’s 30-lap feature at Hanford.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai, Calif. led the final 14 laps of Saturday’ race in his AMSOIL/Trench Shoring TCR/Shark, beating Faria to the checkered flag. Fast qualifier Markus Niemela was third ahead of Bud Kaeding and Austin Liggett.

Rutherford led the first 14 laps and Faria led two before Rutherford took command.

Bernal, who passed on Saturday’s Hanford race while competing in the Midwest, has five victories and three seconds in 10 races this season, including a first and a second at Kings Speedway.

Fourth-ranking Richard Vander Weerd scored the other Hanford winners this year.

2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-612, 2-Ryan Bernal-608, 3-Bud Kaeding-574, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-564, 5-Markus Niemela-527, 6-Rusty Carlile-458, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-412, 8-Ricky Kirkbride-352, 9-Austin Liggett-321, 10-Jeff Sibley-286.



The “Summer Slam” invades Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Saturday and R.J. Johnson enjoys a comfortable 88-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. in the latest USAC Southwest Sprint series standings.

Johnson, who already has five victories at Canyon, nearly pulled off a back-to-back “double” last weekend, winning at El Paso, Texas Friday and finishing second Saturday at Las Cruces, N.M.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., and his Michaels entry led all but the first two laps of Friday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint race at El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park for his eighth win of the year. Davis finished second ahead of Kyle McCutcheon, Mike Martin and Andy Reinbold. McCutcheon led the first two laps.

Rick Ziehl won Saturday night’s 30-lap race at his home track – Southern New Mexico Speedway – passing Johnson on the last lap! Ziehl, USAC’s 2003 Southwest Champion, piloted the Lucas Oil/Bay Hayes Motorsports Maxim/Wesmar to the win over Johnson, Davis, Reinbold and Josh Hodges. Johnson led 25 of the 30 laps.

2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-817, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-729, 3-Mike Martin-676, 4-Ronnie Clark-579, 5-Shon Deskins-560, 6-Josh Pelkey-526, 7-Chris Bonneau-520, 8-Andrew Reinbold-504, 9-Brian Hosford-435, 10-Mike Bonneau-395.



The Honda USAC Western Midget Dirt point race resumes August 31 at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway and Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. continues to lead the standings after a second-place finish last Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.,) Raceway.

Gardner nearly won Saturday’s 30-lap race, leading the first eight laps, then regaining the lead from Cory Kruseman on the white-flag lap. One lap later, Kruseman snatched the victory away exiting turn four in his Lucas Oil Spike/Esslinger.

Gardner’s finish enabled him to hold a 68-point lead over runner-up Jake Swanson, who was fourth at Ventura.

Nic Faas took third in Saturday’s race and Bobby Michnowicz rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-691, 2-Jake Swanson-623, 3-David Prickett-504, 4-Shannon McQueen-342, 5-Randi Pankratz-291, 6-Cody Swanson-288, 7-Kyle Edwards-244, 8-Terry Nichols-232, 9-Scott Pierovich-217, 10-Trey Marcham-200.



Honda USAC Ignite Midget racing occurs in the Eastern and Western series this weekend. Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome hosts Friday’s Eastern race while the series continues Saturday at Mountain Speedway in St. John’s, Pa. Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts Saturday’s Western Dirt race.

Chris Lamb sits atop the Eastern standings and Cory Elliott leads the Western dirt standings entering this weekend’s race.

Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, Calif. won Saturday night’s 25-lap Honda USAC Western Dirt Ignite Midget race at Santa Maria Speedway. He passed Elliott on lap five and led the final 21 laps to beat Elliott, Jarid Blondel, Christine Breckenridge and Brennan Rogers.

Saturday night’s scheduled Midwest pavement race at Lake County Speedway in Painesville, Ohio was cancelled due to weather concerns. The Midwest pavement series resumes August 9 at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind.

Friday’s race at Chemung is the first for USAC competitors there in six years and Saturday’s race at St. John’s, Pa. is the first ever for USAC at that track.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-335, 2-Jarid Blondel-302, 3-Parker Colston-256, 4-Christine Breckenridge-243, 5-Clayton Ruston-222, 6-Wally Pankratz-201, 7-Ariel Biggs-112, 8-Brennan Rogers-109, 9-Michael Steele-100, 10-Ashley Hazelton-95.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-640, 2-Christine Breckenridge-537, 3-Cory Elliott-369, 4-Bryant Dawson-355, 5-Michael Fanelli-268, 6-Shawn Buckley-267, 7-Parker Colston-256, 8-George Blacker-241, 9-Marc Jessop-223, 10-Clayton Ruston-222.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-355, 2-Jarid Blondel-338, 3-Christine Breckenridge-294, 4-Michael Fanelli-268, 5-Shawn Buckley-267, 6-Marc Jessop-223, 7-Marina Turner-217, 8-George Blacker-197, 9-Ron Hazelton-141, 10-Kyle Vanderpool-56.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cooper Clouse-394, 2-Wil Raber-338, 4-Austin Nemire-292, 5-Calvin Carroll-235, 5-Nikki Carroll-232, 6-Chris Lamb-213, 7-Natasha Cox-207, 4-Jack Cross-203, 9-Ricky Bowers-150, 10-Gage Walker-142.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-431, 2-Toby Alfrey-407, 3-Stratton Briggs-405, 4-Katlynn Leer-361, 5-Cooper Clouse-360, 6-Austin Nemire-334, 7-John Heydenreich-228, 8-Joey Greening-221, 9-Jessica Bean-182, 10-Sam McGhee-174.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,110, 2-Wil Raber-887, 3-Tyler Corriher-874, 4-Blaine Leydig-693, 5-Calvin Carroll-678, 6-Ryan Krachun-650, 7-Justin Whittall-634, 8-Nikki Carroll-631, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-659, 2-Garrett Thomas-589, 3-Ariel Biggs-520, 4-Todd Hartman-359, 5-Dougie James-326, 6-Robby Vaughn-310, 7-Jeremy Miller-291, 8-Annika Johanson-253, 9-Madison Hess-211, 10-Chance Crum-197.



Adam Pierson is the only driver to repeat as a winner in this year’s USAC DMA Midget campaign and he’ll have another shot at victory this Saturday as the series resumes at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt.

Pierson sits seventh in the standings, nearly 100 points behind leader Kevin Chaffee so he’ll need some more top finishes to challenge for the 2013 title.

Chaffee has a 21-point lead over Joe Krawiec entering Saturday’s race, while Scott Viets is just 29 points behind.

2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kevin Chaffee-405, 2-Joe Krawiec-384, 3-Scott Viets-376, 4-Josh Sunn-338, 5-Ray Miller-326, 6-Dean Christensen-324, 7-Adam Pierson-306, 8-Scott Holcomb-306, 9-Adam Whitney-280, 10-Timothy Gallant-280.



Billy Cribbs and Garrett Saunders head into Saturday’s USAC 600 Sprint races at Plymouth Speedway as the respective series point leaders but neither was able to win last Saturday.

Cribbs was fifth in last Saturday’s Open feature, while Saunders was third in the Restricted main event.

Craig Ronk and Nicholas Schaefer won Saturday night’s Traxxas USAC 600 Sprint races. Ronk passed Eric Saunders on lap 14 and led the final seven laps to win the Open class main event. Schaefer passed Nick Katrakis on lap eight and led the final eight laps to win the 15-lap Restricted feature.

Ronk was trailed by Saunders, Randy Shilling, Dawson Stealy and Cribbs. In the Restrictors, Schaefer was trailed by Katrakis, Saunders, Bud McCune and Matt Frisbie.

2013 TRAXXAS USAC 600 SPRINT OPEN POINTS: 1-Billy Cribbs-587, 2-Dawson Stealy-516, 3-Eric Saunders-382, 4-Brad Nichols-378, 5-Randy Shilling-366, 6-Jordon Lambert-213, 7-Kris Knox-186, 8-Tyler Huffman-176, 9-Gary Gipson-164, 10-Ryan Leek-50.

2013 TRAXXAS USAC 600 SPRINT RESTRICTED POINTS: 1-Garrett Saunders-695, 2-Nicholas Schaefer-591, 3-Nick Katrakis-485, 4-Bud McCune-282, 5-Joel Rogers-171.