Kokomo, Indiana…Robert Ballou continued his dream season and started off “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” in fine shape as he captured Thursday night’s 30-lap feature at Kokomo Speedway. The Rocklin, California driver made it nine wins for the year, a mark only reached eleven previous times in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history.
Chase Stockon out-gunned polesitter Tyler Courtney to take the early lead, with Brady Bacon joining them before a red flag appeared on lap two. It came out just two laps later as seventh-running C.J. Leary caught the gnarly turn-one cushion and barrel-rolled into turn-two. He was unhurt.
Stockon held the lead as Courtney took second and left Bacon, who was having issues negotiating the curb himself. He dropped spots to ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Kyle Cummins and Ballou. On lap eight, Courtney jumped to the high side in turns one and two, but it bit him. He snapped sideways and nearly saved it before catching the wall and flopping over, collecting sixth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the process. Courtney walked away, and Thomas restarted at the tail.
While things were fairly calm up front, the show was being put on by Thursday’s winner Chris Windom and provisional starter Brady Short. They stormed through the field, with Short using the lower half of the track while Windom ventured above the cushion to run all the way up to sixth. Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. raced for fourth as Stockon continued to hold command at the front of the field. Ballou took second with ten to go and caught a caution with nine laps to go.
Ballou stalked Stockon and ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 24, as they came to the line side-by-side for the lead with Stockon .010 seconds ahead. Ballou swept underneath him through turns one and two with the lead and began to put distance between himself and Stockon. Windom had taken fifth but then bicycled violently on the cushion and dropped two spots. Short took advantage, sticking his nose in the battle for a top-five.
National point leader Ballou was flawless in the closing laps, taking a .957-second win in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.
“I know there’s a lot of people up here who don’t want me to win, but we gotta keep racking these wins up if I’m gonna catch Dave Darland on the all-time win list. It was a challenge for us early, but I knew if I could get through some laps, we would be in good shape. If I wasn’t so fat, maybe we wouldn’t have that issue. You gotta bide your time in some races, and tonight we just had to get closer to the end. I got off the bottom once and it was a mistake, but I went back down and we were good there. The track definitely threw us a curveball tonight, but they got it racy and we made the most of it,” Ballou said.
Stockon capped a fine night that moved him back up to second in points with the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
“To win up here is really difficult, and we were close tonight. It’s really frustrating to lead all that way and have him go by us late, but he’s going good right now. We could run up and kiss the top in one and two, but that dried up some on us, and it blew off pretty good through three and four. We just got too free towards the end. He kept his car stuck down low, and we couldn’t quite do that. We’re getting there, but need to fine-tune it to get a win here,” Stockon said.
Bacon came home third in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar. “This place keeps you on your toes, and obviously tonight was a little different than you usually see here. I thought I had it going pretty good up top early, but then as it slicked up getting to it and the curb got bigger, I just got too tight on it and almost crashed a few times. The track moved around quite a bit, and you had to keep up with it. The top wasn’t the fastest place to be tonight and we didn’t get it tight enough, but we got a good solid finish out of it,” Bacon said. Cummins came home fourth in the Rock Steady Racing - Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins, and Short’s run from 24th ended up fifth in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/Spec. Windom’s drive from 17th to 7th earned him the TeamVWAudi.com “Hard Charger Award” presented by Maxim Chassis. In the night’s Competition Suspension (CSI) Heat Races, Dave Darland won Hinchman Indy Heat 1, Scotty Weir won STIDA.com Heat 2, Windom won Loudpedal Productions Heat 3, and Jarett Andretti won Racers Storage Heat 4. In the night’s Semi-Feature, Hunter Schuerenberg won the American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer. Max McGhee took the night’s Pace Performance Coatings “Hard Work Award” as the slowest qualifier to make the night’s feature. Shane Cottle took the Arizona Sport Shirts prize as the first non-transfer.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - “Sprint Car Smackdown IV”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.269; 2. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-13.272; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.331; 4. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.342; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.369; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.417; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.424; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.427; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.510; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.521; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.530; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.541; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.546; 14. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.556; 15. Cole Ketcham, 41K, SST-13.578; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 29, Dawkins-13.579; 17. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.584; 18. Scotty Weir, 5, Baldwin-13.591; 19. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.660; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.675; 21. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.704; 22. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.740; 23. Kody Swanson, 32m, Marshall-13.761; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.766; 25. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.774; 26. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.777; 27. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.845; 28. Ryan Bernal, 11, Walker-13.868; 29. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-13.919; 30. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.942; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-13.969; 32. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.982; 33. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-13.994; 34. Ted Hines, 12H, Hines-14.026; 35. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.065; 36. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.134; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.189; 38. Colten Cottle, 42, Jackson-14.250; 39. Frank Flud, 41, SST-14.381; 40. Joe Bares 19, Test Motorsports-14.539; 41. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.594; 42. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.676; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.797; 44. Chris Phillips, 1G, Gormly-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. McGhee, 4. Shuman, 5. Coons, 6. Gurley, 7. Farney, 8. Cummins, 9. Spencer, 10. Price-Miller, 11. Simon. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Grant, 3. Bacon, 4. Karraker, 5. Boespflug, 6. S.Cottle, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Robbins, 9. Ted Hines, 10. DiMattia, 11. C.Cottle. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Thomas, 3. Courtney, 4. Leary, 5. Ketcham, 6. Swanson, 7. Hery, 8. Hewitt, 9. Smith, 10. Flud, 11. Bell. 2:16.98
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Mattox, 3. Stockon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Short, 6. Bernal, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Harris, 10. Bares. 2:18.63
C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Ted Hines, 3. Spencer, 4, Bares, 5. Flud, 6. Bell, 7. DiMattia, 8. Farney. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Cummins, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Coons, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Short, 9. Ketcham, 10. Bernal, 11. Robbins, 12. Swanson, 13. Price-Miller, 14. Spencer, 15. Hery, 16. Gurley, 17. Smith, 18. Hewitt, 19. Bares, 20. Ted Hines. 2:45.70
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brady Short, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Brian Karraker, 24. Tracy Hines. NT
**Phillips flipped during qualifying. Karraker flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Leary flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 8 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-24 Stockon, Laps 25-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Ballou-1,646, 2-Stockon-1,553; 3-Darland-1,527; 4-Bacon-1,483, 5-Stanbrough-1,368; 6-Thomas-1,279; 7-Windom-1,094, 8-Leary-1,081, 9-Tracy Hines-1,013, 10-Grant-976.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 28 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - “Sprint Car Smackdown IV”
Kokomo, Indiana…It had been since September of 2013 since Chris Windom had won on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, but the Canton, Illinois driver ended that slump as he held off Dave Darland for victory in Wednesday night’s 30-lap Feature event postponed from the July 11th “Indiana Sprint Week” event. The race precedes “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” weekend at Kokomo Speedway, with three more nights ahead culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win main event.
Windom took the lead from outside the front-row as polesitter Darland kept pace and set up a race-long battle for the lead. A lap-three yellow prefaced a long green-flag that put the leaders in traffic just before halfway. Darland finally darted inside Windom on lap 16 through turns three and four as Windom was stuck behind cars racing two-wide. As they came to the stripe, Darland moved low and crossed just .067 seconds behind Windom at the line.
A big move to the inside netted Darland the lead on lap 17, but as they came around to complete the lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. spun around after colliding with Brady Bacon in a battle for third. With the race reverting back to lap 16, Windom reinherited the lead.
Darland wasted no time going at Windom, using the low-side of turn-one to draw underneath him, but Windom’s momentum on the high side kept the lead. Behind them, 15th-starting Chase Stockon and 17th-starting Robert Ballou were the two cars on the move, as Stockon powered inside the top-five on lap nineteen, while Ballou was up to eighth at the same time.
With less than ten to go, another yellow gave Darland a restart to attack Windom, and he again drove to the bottom of turn-one, sliding all the way up just as Windom rocketed by on the cushion. Stockon moved past Scotty Weir for fourth and Ballou took seventh with five laps to go.
The final caution of the night appeared with three laps to go as sixth-running Max McGhee slowed off turn-four. This time, Windom nailed the restart, completing the final three laps without issue to post a .848-second victory in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced. It was his tenth-career National Sprint Car win, tying him with Tony Stewart for 44th all-time.
“This is definitely one of my favorite tracks in the world, and to hold off Dave Darland here is a tall task. I thought on the restarts we’d be okay, but he was good at trying to get past me through one and two. He threw everything at us, and we just had to work hard to hold him off. Rick Pollock basically built a brand new car for this event and has worked hard for this week, so hopefully we can keep it going and make a run at it Saturday night,” Windom said.
Darland crossed second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“It seems like I’ve gotten screwed by the yellows right as I take the lead, and it’s starting to make me mad. It’s definitely getting old. Chris was fast, and we just about had him there before the yellow and on the restarts, but we weren’t quite good enough toward the end to have something for him. The O’Connors did a great job with the track tonight, and it’ll be even better the rest of the weekend,” Darland said.
Bacon held off Stockon for fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“The track is obviously a little wetter than normal for the feature, but we made the most of it to get to third. I thought we might have something when we got into traffic, but the yellow stopped that, and those guys are just too fast out front to get them without a major mistake. Chase was coming good on the bottom at the end, but held him off through the last restart, and hopefully we can keep this thing on the podium all weekend,” Bacon said.
Stockon’s fine run netted eleven positions as he wound up fourth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and Ballou came forward twelve spots to retain his series point lead in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.
Justin Grant set ProSource “Fast Time” back on July 11th before being involved in a heat-race incident, ending his run for the program.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - “Indiana Sprint Week” Make-up Event from July 11th
QUALIFYING: (Held July 11) 1. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.805; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.933; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.946; 4. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.973; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-13.021; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.024; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.035; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.056; 9. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.111; 10. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.144; 11. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.151; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.165; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.211; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.250 ;15. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.276; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.287; 17. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.309; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.338; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.339; 20 .Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.369; 21. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-13.403; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.404; 23. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.464; 24. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.551; 25. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.559; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.585; 27. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-13.590; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.609; 29. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.644; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.681; 31. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.714; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.765; 33. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-13.767; 34. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.802; 35. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.850; 36. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-13.852; 37. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.870; 38. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.018; 39. Todd Gnat, 51, Gnat-14.048; 40. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.104; 41. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.125; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.229; 43. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-14.309; 44. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-14.399; 45. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.554; 46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.253.
FIRST HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Shuman, 3. Weir, 4. Jackson, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Hanft, 7. Moore, 8. S.Thomas, 9. Leary, 10. Meseraull. 11. Grant, 12. Simon. NT
SECOND HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia, 9. Harris, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. 2:15.58
THIRD HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Ballou, 4. Hines, 5. McGhee, 6. Robbins, 7. Dakus, 8. Rose, 9. Goodnight, 10. Gnat, 11. Frederickson. 2:11.92
FOURTH HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Boespflug. 4. K.Thomas, 5. Jarrett, 6. Coons, 7. Karraker, 8. Spencer, 9. C.Cottle, 10. T.Hewitt. 2:13.32
QUALIFYING RACE: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Hery, 2. C.Cottle, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Spencer, 5. Goodnight, 6. Frederickson, 7. S.Thomas, 8. Bell, 9. Gnat, 10. Harris, 11. T.Hewitt, 12. DiMattia, 13. Moore. NT
SEMI: (12 laps - First 2 laps completed on July 11) 1. Courtney, 2. Simon, 3. McGhee, 4. Andretti, 5. Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Ketcham, 8. Meseraull, 9. Spencer, 10. Robbins. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Brady Short, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Landon Simon, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Brian Karraker (Jackson #3), 23. C.J. Leary (Leary #30). NT —————————-
July 11: Grant, Leary and Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Moore flipped during the qualifying race. Harris flipped during the qualifying race. August 26: Robbins flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,577; 2-Darland-1,494; 3-Stockon-1,489; 4-Bacon-1,422; 5-Stanbrough-1,336; 6-Thomas-1,232; 7-Leary-1,063; 8-Windom-1,044; 9-Hines-995; 10-Farney-944.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 27 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - “Sprint Car Smackdown IV”
AUGUST 22, 2015
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
JERSEY RUSH V at NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
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410 SPRINTS & MODIFIEDS STAR IN THE JERSEY RUSH V AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 25
The one and only appearance of its kind will take place at the New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night, August 25 when the JERSEY RUSH V takes to the 7/16th mile clay oval. With sponsorship support from NAPA Auto Parts and Pioneer Pole Buildings, the most powerful cars on dirt, the 410 sprints and modifieds will team up for a blockbuster doubleheader, all getting underway at 7:30 PM.
All race fans should plan to be part of the pre-race pit party taking place from 5 PM to 6 PM. Race fans with general admission grandstand tickets are invited to the pits to meet their favorite drivers prior to start of the fifth running of the JERSEY RUSH. After entering the main grandstands, race fans should head to pit gate behind the turn four grandstands when they may enter the pit area. This is a rare chance to meet the 410 sprint drivers that are known for beating the best of the World of Outlaws. At 6 PM, race fans will be asked to return to the grandstands as the competitors attend the drivers meeting and get ready for the big night of racing.
Expect to national sprint car driving stars to include Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, Lucas Wolfe, Danny Dietrich, Davey Sammons, Davie Franek, Robbie Stillwaggon and prior JERSEY RUSH event winners Ryan Smith and JJ Grasso. If you have never seen JJ Grasso wheel a sprint car around New Egypt Speedway, you are in for a huge treat.
The sprint car feature winner will earn $5,000 with $1,000 being offered for tenth and $400 to take the green in the main event.
The modifieds will battle for a $3,000 first place prize with the likes of Billy Pauch and Ryan Godown in the hunt for the victory.
General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, August 25 is $30 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35 and no license is required.
For Advance Tickets, call 443 513 4456. Leave your name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets can be paid for and picked-up on race day at the will-call window after 4 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter at 5 PM.
Pit Gates open at 3:00 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM, Pre-Race Meet & Greet is from 5-6 PM, Driver’s meeting is at 6:15, Hot Laps begin at 6:45 PM and Time Trials start at 7:30 PM
The JERSEY RUSH V is a co-promotion between Lenny, Danny and Davey Sammons, along with, special events organizer Bob Miller
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JERSEY RUSH V
410 Sprint Cars + Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds
Tuesday, August 25 7:30 PM
New Egypt Speedway
720 Route 539
New Egypt, NJ 08533
Event Information: Len Sammons: 609-888-3618 or Bob Miller 443-513-4456
About New Egypt Speedway
With state-of-the-art facilities, New Egypt Speedway feature daylight-quality lighting system, excellent sightlines – from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheel-chair accessible with wide, clear and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from sausage sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-style prices. On the track, the racy 7/16-mile D-shaped clay oval serves the Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2015 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - “Tony Bettenhausen 100″
Springfield, Illinois…….Kody Swanson joined exclusive company on Saturday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, as he became the seventh driver to go back-to-back in the “Tony Bettenhausen 100″ with a spirited drive from 16th to a dominant win. It was the third win of the season for the defending series champion, which puts him at 11 career wins to tie Bobby East for 8th on the all-time list.
“Driving for a team like this with a crew chief like Bob Hampshire, I get to hear a lot of Jack Hewitt stories and what they were able to do back in the day. Today felt a little like that, coming from so far back and still being able to get it done. I’ve never thought of myself in regard to being with a group like the guys who have gone back-to-back in this race, or even the group of guys on the all-time win list, but it’s been so much fun and we’re just gonna enjoy this ride,” Swanson said.
Swanson took ProSource “Fast Time” for the day, but was relegated to the 16th starting spot after using a push start to make his qualifying attempt. That gave Justin Grant, who was easily the most entertaining in hot laps and qualifying, the pole for the race. Shane Cockrum took the early lead from outside the front row, though.
Cockrum led two-time race winner A.J. Fike in the early laps, as Swanson already was into the top-ten on lap three. Chris Windom moved past Grant for third on lap five, and by lap eleven he passed Fike for the second spot. Terry Babb brought out the first caution on lap 14.
Swanson was seventh on that restart, as Windom assaulted Cockrum for the lead for a long stretch of green-flag racing. By lap 22, Swanson moved past Grant for fifth and reeled in the battle for third between Fike and Cottle. Windom started looking to the outside of Cockrum for the lead, crossing just .035-seconds behind on lap 24. A moment later, Swanson completed passes of both Cottle and Fike to take over third.
On lap 26, Windom again looked to the outside of Cockrum, this time trailing by just .027-seconds at the line, as early charger Steve Buckwalter poked inside the top-ten after starting 15th. On lap 30, ninth-starting Levi Jones entered the top-five as Fike started to free-fall through the feel with issues.
On lap 41, Windom finally completed the move for the lead on Cockrum, and he immediately stretched out his advantage as Swanson appeared to be saving his equipment in third. Windom’s advantage was 4.687-seconds at halfway,as Swanson overtook Cockrum in traffic for second ahead of Cottle, Jones, and surging Buckwalter.
Windom’s lead was drying up quickly, as Swanson had it down to 1.5 seconds by the end of lap 53. On lap 54, Jones took fourth from Cottle, as Jacob Wilson continued his fine run up into the sixth spot. Swanson wasted no time once he caught Windom, roaring past with the lead as they entered turn-one on lap 58. Just three laps later, the second caution of the day appeared for Brian Tyler and Steven Russell tangling in turn-four.
Windom tried to hang with Swanson on the restart with 35 laps to go, while Cottle worked past Jones and Cockrum into the third spot. Wilson tried to come along as well, going to the outside in turn-three on lap 68 only to get up into the marbles and pound the concrete, ending his day.
With 27 to go, the green flag flew again, and Jones quickly ducked to fourth under Cockrum, who was starting to fade. A lap later, Buckwalter came along, as well, to complete the top-five. An all-day tire-shake for Grant finally came to an end on lap 75, when he shredded a right-rear tire and stopped. He changed that tire but lost three laps in the process.
The final 21 laps went green, and Windom appeared to be slowing a bit, as Cottle slipped to second on lap 84. Cottle ripped off a quick lap, but Jones had also moved by Windom and tracked him down for second on lap 88. Jones bit into Swanson’s lead for a few laps, but he leveled off as Swanson finished the final ten miles without issue en route to a 3.124-second victory in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.
“My team never gives up, and even when a freak thing sets us back, they battle and do everything they can. And when we know we’re starting that far back, there’s no doubt in us. I was teammates with Brian Tyler, and my predecessor in this car Jack Hewitt, could come from way back and win it. I’m nowhere near their caliber, but this car was good enough to get it done from back there. I told them that it was our turn to put on a show, and I knew we could do it. It’s so cool what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a great series with events like this one. I had to be patient with those front two cars, and when it came time to go, we went,” Swanson said.
Former two-time series champion Jones finished second in only his second race of the year aboard the Jack Rogers Realtors - Country Financial #57 Beast/Mopar.
“It sure does feel good to have that 63 in sight. You come here to win, but it’s a good sign to get that close. I screwed up letting Cottle back by me and that cost me some time, but we just didn’t get in as straight and smooth as the 63. It’s not bad for just my dad and me, and a few guys who have supported me my whole career. We came up a little short, but it’s hard to be upset about that very long. I’ll be pumped up for Du Quoin and all the challenges it presents. We’ll get her ready for that and try to get it done,” Jones said.
Cottle completed the top-three with a great drive aboard the Curtis Williams - QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams Chevy.
“We managed the race pretty well, and right when we broke free and got to second, it was starting to run out of fuel. We had some sort of issue there with the pick-up about 20 to go, but I definitely felt fast enough to challenge him. I thought I had saved all I could, and it would have been fun to see what we truly had. It’s really exciting to be this close in just a few races and with the tear the 63 has been on, but we’ll go to my favorite track down at Du Quoin and see what we’ve got,” Cottle said.
Jerry Coons, Jr. capped off a fine run with a fourth-place finish aboard the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy, and Buckwalter rounded out the top-five in the SET Racing - Heroes West Sports Grill #53 Beast/Chevy.
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.532; 2. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-30.616; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.002; 4. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-31.074; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.156; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-31.167; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-31.176; 8. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-31.243; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.459; 10. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-31.540; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.672; 12. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-31.818; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.886; 14. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-31.965; 15. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassis-31.970; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-32.033; 17. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-32.069; 18. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.131; 19. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-32.170; 20. Randy Hannagan, 21, Swanson-32.181; 21. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.326; 22. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-32.410; 23. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.510; 24. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-32.534; 25. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-32.547; 26. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.672; 27. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-32.858; 28. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-33.173; 29. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-33.650; 30. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-34.060; 31. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.558; 32. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT; 33. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT.
FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Rickey Hood, 10. Chris Windom, 11. David Byrne, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Chris Urish, 15. Randy Hannagan, 16. A.J. Fike, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Terry James, 19. Jacob Wilson, 20. Rex Norris III, 21. Steven Russell, 22. Brian Tyler, 23. Brady Bacon, 24. Tad Roach, 25. Jackie Burke, 26. Russ Gamester, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Danny Long, 29. Joey Moughan, 30. Terry Babb, 31. Patrick Lawson, 32. Chris Fetter. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Cockrum, Laps 41-57 Windom, Laps 58-100 Swanson.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-440, 2-Coons-361, 3-Fike-313, 4-Pierce-299, 5-Leary-264, 6-Wndom-240, 7-Byrne-235, 8-Nemire-233, 9-Wilson-218, 10-Norris-217.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: September 6 - DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds - “Ted Horn 100″
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NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY –Home of the Freedom 76 Modified Classic
$25,000 WAITS FOR WINNER OF THE 45TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED STOCK CAR RACING CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SEPTEMBER 12
Friday, September 11, 305 Sprints and ROC Sportsman races added
BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 21,2015. . . The Granddaddy of dirt track Modified stock car racing classics, the Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 12th at Grandview Speedway. $25,000 plus other perks wait for the winner of the 45th annual classic.
Added to the weekend of racing action is a Friday, September 11th, doubleheader show featuring 305 Sprints and Race of Champions Sportsman stock cars. In addition Modified racers planning to race on Saturday will be invited to participate in practice sessions as part of the Friday night show.
Many area Modified racing standouts are expected to enter along with Grandview stars such as Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hirthler, Mike Gular, Tim Buckwalter, Mike Kellner and many others.
More than 70 racers were on hand to try for starting spots in the 2014 Freedom 76.
Entry forms can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
The Friday night show of 305 Sprints, Sportsman stock cars and Modified practice will start at 7:30 p.m. and will have a $12 admission for adults, youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and under 6 are admitted free. There is no rain date for the Friday night show.
Action on Saturday will have warm-ups at about 6 p.m. with qualifying events for the Freedom 76 getting the green at 7 p.m. Also included in the night of racing will be the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, a Cash Dash featuring top performers and the Freedom 76 Classic. Adult admission is $40 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Advance adult tickets are available on Saturday nights for $35.
Advance tickets may also be ordered by mail. Send a check or money order, payable to Grandview Speedway, covering the cost of the tickets being ordered. Send to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed delivery of the tickets. No tickets will be sent after September 4.
Lap sponsorships are available at $20 a lap and can be purchased at the pit office, track office or by contacting Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797. Qualifying event sponsorships are priced at $250 and are available from Saxton also. First to sign on as a qualifying event sponsor is Stoudt Auto Sales in Reading, PA.
The final NASCAR point event of the season is set for Saturday, September 5th, 7:30 p.m., when the Marshall Home Comfort Night is presented featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Marshall Home Comfort, sponsor of the Steve Young Sportsman entry, is located in Skippack, PA and is a first time sponsor of a Grandview event.
Additional information on racing at Bechtelville, PA’s Grandview Speedway can be had at 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
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Newberrytown, PA……..Tonight’s final event of the 2015 USAC Pennsylvania Tour for Honda National Midgets and ARDC Midgets at Susquehanna Speedway Park has been cancelled due to rain. Rico Abreu, winner of Tuesday’s race at Spring Run and Wednesday’s race at New Oxford is third in the new standings behind Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tracy Hines. The series now moves on to the September 4-5 7th Annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
Abbottstown, Pennsylvania……Rico Abreu wowed the Lincoln Speedway crowd with a late-race charge to steal the lead from Bryan Clauson on Lap 29, taking his second-straight Honda National Midget win on the Pennsylvania swing on Wednesday night.
Jerry Coons, Jr. grabbed the lead from outside the front-row as everyone scrambled behind him for top-five positions, with Abreu slicing from row-three to second, ahead of Clauson. After an early caution, Clauson moved by Abreu for second. The race’s middle section staged a duel for the lead between Coons and Clauson, while Abreu fought his teammate Christopher Bell for third.
As they approached traffic, Clauson snuck under Coons for the lead on Lap 14. Coons was not done, though, and he came right back after Clauson, taking the lead on Lap 16 as they split a lapped car off turn-two. He marched away with the lead while Clauson fell into the clutches of Bell, who darted by him for second on Lap 20, just before a caution flew for Tanner Thorson, who flattened a tire running fifth. That reverted back a lap, so Clauson restarted second with 11 to go.
Clauson shadowed Coons inside the final ten laps as Abreu and Bell continued their battle for third, with Abreu up high and Bell down against the guardrail. With six laps to go, Bell spun to the inside in turn-four, setting up a final run to the checkers with Coons leading Clauson and Abreu.
Coons ran the bottom on the restart before moving up to the top of turn-one on lap 25, holding his lead over Clauson. As they completed that lap, Clauson had a run and hit the high side of turn-one as Coons tried to hit the bottom, with the first sounds of trouble under the hood of the Heffner #27 spelling doom for Coons.
Clauson appeared to have things under control, but Abreu had gotten his momentum up on the high side and ran him down as they came to two-to-go. Abreu went to the outside of Clauson in an all-out drag race to the turn-one cushion, with Clauson sliding up just behind Abreu and through the cushion, giving Abreu a healthy advantage as he raced away. It ended up a .580-second advantage for Abreu, who made it five wins on the season and 13 for his career, tying Don Meacham, Stevie Reeves, Steve Knepper, and Ryan Newman for 49th on the all-time list.
Abreu stopped on the fronstretch in front of a loud Lincoln Speedway crowd to celebrate his win in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“I knew he would hear me eventually up there, but I was making sure when I got to him that I would be gone fast enough. Bryan moved back down after he got Jerry, and I just got a couple really perfect laps up there where I didn’t get up too high and into any loose stuff. I knew it was tricky down low; we were having trouble keeping it where it needed to be. You could really hammer it up top there when it cleaned off and got wide, and that was about as fun as it gets at the end. He is a clean racer and left me just enough room for us to get through there. It’s awesome to be out here and have that crowd reaction; it makes this whole trip worthwhile to see these tracks and race in front of such great fans,” Abreu said.
Clauson, who set the night’s ProSource “Fast Time” to break Parnelli Jones’ track record in the only previous USAC Midget visit back in 1964, finished second in the Dooling Machine - Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, looking a bit surprised and obviously dejected at the turn of events in the closing laps.
“I guess sometimes you make the wrong decision and end up getting beat, and that’s pretty much how tonight went. I felt like I was working awfully hard up top to get by Jerry, so after I went by him, I guess I left the door open for him to get me. It was a lot of fun racing with Jerry, and it’s cool to come to a place like this and show them what midget racing is all about,” Clauson said.
Tracy Hines made a late charge to take over third after starting eighth in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
“I saw Rico go to the top, so I jumped up there too and it got us up to third. We got into that crash in the heat race, and had to play catch-up from there for the rest of the night. We probably left a little on the table with the car with replacing other parts and an issue with a bleeder during the B. We got it all fixed and ready, so it was a good run from there,” Hines said.
National Midget point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. came from tenth to finish fourth in the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Alex Bright charged from 12th to round out the top-five in the Action Track USA - PXP Racewear #77 Elite/Fontana.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2015 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-15.804 (New Track Record); 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.821; 4. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.887; 5. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-15.936; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-16.006; 7. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.035; 8. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-16.049; 9. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-16.073; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.101; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-16.139; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.170; 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-16.202; 14. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-16.225; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.240; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-16.244; 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-16.270; 18. Ryan Watt, 20, RT Racing-16.276; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.334; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-16.334; 21. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-16.360; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.363; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-16.376; 24. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-16.386; 25. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-16.427; 26. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-16.522; 27. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-16.543; 28. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-16.890; 29. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-17.009; 30. Pete Pavlick, 69, Jackson-17.597; 31. Jim Jackson, 96, Jackson-19.064
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Pauch, 4. Wean, 5. Kobylarz, 6. Arndt, 7. Speers, 8. Kunsman. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Watt, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Abreu, 5. Greth, 6. DiMattia, 7. B. Buckwalter. 2:11.37
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. T. Buckwalter, 3. Chapple, 4. Bayston, 5. Hines, 6. Gargiulo, 7. J. Jackson, 8. Thorson. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. A. Bright, 3. Drevicki, 4. B. Bright, 5. Wanner, 6. S. Jackson, 7. Radney. 2:09.02 (New Track Record)
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Thorson, 3. Hines, 4. DiMattia, 5. Wanner, 6. Greth, 7. Arndt, 8. Gargiulo, 9. S. Jackson, 10. B. Buckwalter, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. J. Jackson. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Alex Bright, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Steven Drevicki, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr., 17. Ryan Watt, 18. Brett Arndt, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Brett Wanner, 22. Tim Buckwalter, 23. Tony DiMattia. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Coons, Laps 14-15 Clauson, Laps 16-25 Coons, Laps 26-28 Clauson, Laps 29-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-630, 2-Hines-620, 3-Abreu-588, 4-Thorson-535, 5-Coons-526, 6-Bayston-519, 6-T.Thomas-506, 8-Bell-415, 9-Darren Hagen-321, 10-Chapple-237.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 20 - Newberrytown, PA - Susquehanna Speedway Park - Co-Sanctioned by ARDC