“TNT” TIM TANNER GETS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AT BRIDGEPORT
BRIDGEPORT, NJ… Tim Tanner Jr., of Doylestown PA, won his first victory of the season Saturday night at Bridgeport Speedway, finally breaking the bad-luck streak that has been haunting him this past year. Tanner, who started on the outside pole, grabbed the lead on lap three, and fled quickly from the rest of the field, showing all that he was the man to beat that night. Mike Haggenbottom and Adam Carberry who were putting on a show battling for the runner up spot, finished second and third, while Eddie Wagner and Tommy Carberry rounded out the top five.
“I didn’t really see anybody after Rick Stief, but I was just running as hard as I could, hoping that we could come out on top this time. I just lost my Grandfather last week, and it’s been a real tough time for me,” said an emotional Tanner during his victory lane celebration. “I spent forty years with him, and everyone knows that I started racing here at Bridgeport with him when I was just 18 years old, and the car was just flawless because he was riding in the cockpit with me tonight”.
Rick Stief and Tim Tanner Jr. set the pace for the 20 lap event, and Stief took the initial lead entering the first turn on the bottom, with Tanner entering right alongside him on the top.
“I tried to get around Rick on the outside, but there was just nothing up there, so I said to myself ‘We’re not going to try that again!’ After that I just tried my hardest to get my car to run on bottom, and when the car finally stuck, we were just amazing, it took off like a rocket ship,” stated Tanner about his early exchange for the lead on lap three.
Once the Tanner Bros. Dairy Store number 18 gained control over the top spot, he took off running, increasing his lead by over a straight away over second place running Adam Carberry, who inherited the position from Stief on lap seven. For 9 laps, Tim Tanner ran a smooth, consistent line around the inside perimeter of the race track, keeping a large distance between him and the rest of the field.
“I have never really had the opportunity to lead here at Bridgeport with a Sprint Car, but when the car is out in clean air it just feels so amazing. On Tuesday night, when we ran against the 360’s, we learned some things and we changed the set-up and it seemed to help us out here a lot for tonight,” explained Tanner.
Tim caught up to lapped traffic by the half way point, but even the slower traffic was no threat to Tim, who maneuvered nicely through the field, still maintaining that nice low line around the track. On lap twelve, just passed the half way mark, Zack Burd brought out the first caution after spinning in turn 2.
With the field now bunched back together, Tanner’s massive lead was potentially up for grabs, with hard charging Adam Carberry and Eddie Wagner, a two time victor this season at the 5/8th mile oval, sitting closely behind. Once again however, Tanner took off as the green flag waved, leaving Carberry and Wagner in the dust.
Mike Haggenbottom, who was running in sixth at the time of the caution, advanced two positions on the restart, after dive bombing into turn one, running right through the middle of the race track as all the others went single file into the turn on the bottom.
“We were trying to run the top like we were on Tuesday with the URC car, but that wasn’t working here tonight, so we lost some positions here in the beginning,” explained Haggenbottom. “Finally the yellows started working toward our advantage, and there was something up high going into one and we were able to scoot around everybody up there, and then slip back into line coming off of two”.
Another caution was displayed on lap fourteen for Dave Brown who rolled to a stop on turn four. On the restart, it was like déjà vu, with Tanner taking off and Haggenbottom advancing two more positions, stealing second from Carberry, just as he did to laps before. Carberry did not go without a fight nonetheless, racing Haggenbottom down the back stretch and into turn three with Carberry on the bottom and Haggenbottom running through the middle. The number 24 found some unexpected bite upon exiting turn four that allowed him to pull off the pass, to which he said was “uncharacteristic especially with how dry the track surface was”.
Even with one more caution in the way of Tanner reaching victory lane, it could not stop him from continuing the impeccable performance he was pursuing all throughout the night. When the checkered flags waved, Tim Tanner would take the win over a sixth place starting Mike Haggenbottom who had nothing to pull out of his hat for the winner in the final laps of the event.
“I’d like to thank all of my sponsors, everyone who has stuck by me during the hard times this year,” Tanner said. “All of my sponsors, Tanner Brother’s Dairy Stores, Scarlet Oaks Wholesale Nursery, Champion Tire, Bethman Auto Center, Martelli’s Metal Fabrication, PWD Lubricants, Richboro Beer & Soda, & Adriana’s Italian Restaurant. Everyone chips in at the beginning of the season to help us out and all of my guys that come to the track every week and help me out especially Paul Gold who does all of my engine tuning and adjustments to make this number 18 go fast. I can’t thank everyone enough for all they do”.
Saturday night was the fourth Bethman Auto Center/Champion Tire/Bruce’s Speed Shop/Thayer Performance Poker Series event race. With Tim Tanner winning the race, he was dealt an “Ace” card to go with his three 9’s he earned in previous events before. Mike Haggenbottom received a “King”, and Adam Carberry added a “Queen” card to his hand. The next and last Poker Series event for the TSRS 305 Series will be on Saturday, August 29th. In addition to the winner with the best hand being crowned the Poker Series Champion, Thayer Performance will reward the “lucky” driver with the worst hand, meaning the cards that amount the least valuable, a full set of brand new Hoosier Racing Tires.
The heat race events were won by Keith Anderson and Joe Lord. Bob DeVault, who finished sixth advanced thirteen positions after starting back in nineteenth, won the Bruce’s Auto Body/Thayer Performance Hard Charger award. Along with the $25 cash bonus provided weekly by Bruce’s Auto Body, DeVault earned the TiLube $100 gift certificate courtesy of Thayer Performance.
Feature (20 Laps): Tim Tanner Jr., Michael Haggenbottom, Adam Carberry, Eddie Wagner, Tommy Carberry, Bob DeVault, Ryan Stillwaggon, Joe Lord Jr., Keith Anderson, Zack Burd, Jason Rochelle, Harris Kohen, Joe Kay, Bryant Davis, Pat U’Selis, Rick Stief, Karl Fryer, Dave Brown, Gabe Fox DNS: Samantha Leiberman
Super Late Models, 360 URC Sprints, 358 Small Blocks
Pits Gates Open 4pm
Hot Laps 6:15pm
Race Time 7:15pm
Adults $29, Students 12-15 $10, Children 11 and under FREE
Dejavu will be performing live under the pavillion for your entertainment
2 Moon Bounces will be at the track for the kids along with the Bandit Bus Rides
The Super Late Models are making a rare appearance in New Jersey: Some of the drivers that will be in attendance include Kenny Pettyjohn, CJ Fasion, Ricky Elliott, Donald Lingo, Dave Zona, Dan Stone, Andrew Mullins, Amanda Whaley, Danny Snyder, Ross Robinson, and many more. The Late Models will pre-stage behind the grandstands for the fans to see up close as they will be the first feature of the evening.
The 360 URC Sprints will have their usual talented field of drivers such as Josh Weller, Curt Michael, Randy West, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davey Franek, Troy Betts, Jason Clauss, Mark Bitner, and more.
The 358 Small Blocks Modifieds will see a host of drivers from all over the northeast: Drivers such as Ryan Watt, Dominic Buffalino, Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, PJ Oliver, Andrew Bohn, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Shawn Ward, Rocco Infante, Neal Williams, Lou Cicconi, Jimmy Horton, Brian Kressley, Steve Searock, Jimmy Blewett, John McClelland, and many more plan to be on hand Tuesday
This is one show the fan won’t want to miss as three headline divisions will all be on the card all in one night as they each compete in 25 lap main events!
Haubstadt, Indiana…….Brady Short ended an over-four-year winless streak in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series by closing “Indiana Sprint Week” with the victory in Saturday’s 30-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway, and Robert Ballou charged from tenth to finish fourth to clinch his first Sprint Week title.
Short started from the pole, but Chris Windom took the lead from the outside at the onset. He opened up a lead in the first few laps, as Ballou quickly pressured Brady Bacon for position, one which would decide the Sprint Week title, as the duo came into the feature separated by just two points.
Windom was out front and still pulling the front wheels on lap nine before encountering traffic just two laps later, as Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Short began to close the gap along with Chase Stockon.
Thomas reeled Windom in and went side-by-side with him on lap twelve and stayed in his shadow until lap sixteen, when they again battled wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch before Thomas cleared him for the lead.
As the lead pack stayed bottled in traffic, Short disposed of Windom on lap twenty for second. He put himself just a few car lengths back of Thomas on lap 22 as they raced into turn-one, with Thomas up higher and getting caught behind a slower car getting sideways in front of them. Short darted past on the bottom, going on to win by 1.157 seconds aboard the Sipe’s Body & Glass - Indiana Stone Works #11P Maxim/SPEC in a race that took just over seven minutes to complete. It was the first USAC win for car owner Cam Pottorff.
“It’s huge to get a win again in USAC. It’s so tough out here. It’s no secret, I’ve buried myself a lot in qualifying. I knew if I hit my marks tonight and gave us a decent spot, we’d have a good shot. Traffic is huge here, and you’ve got to know how to maneuver around them. If you can get your car to pin and run off the bottom, you’re a lot better off. The motor was getting way hot the last few laps and starting to lose power, but luckily it made it to the end. Coming down here is always a blast and we have some great races with those guys, and it feels good to come out on top of them,” Short said.
Ballou finally entered the top-five on lap 26, as he passed Josh Hodges, who had a strong run going but was visibly overheating. He then ran down Stockon in the closing laps to take fourth in the Blakesley Auto – TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott, joining the list of “Indiana Sprint Week” titlists by a final margin by 17 points. In addition to the $5,000 winner’s share for the week, he took the coveted Bridgeport rocking chair supplied by John Youngs.
“I never really paid attention to points much, but I’ve figured it out this week and realized you’ve got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I’ve always said you shouldn’t win a championship if you don’t win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rainouts, kinda play in our favor to help us. This is a tough place, and I know all the races we run here helps us a lot. Brady is fast and good, and I knew he’d fight us hard if he could, so to get by him early was kind of a relief. We were just a bit off tonight, but got up through there a bit to get the job done. As always, I have to thank Derrick Bye for all the work he puts into this operation, along with all the people on this race car who help us,” Ballou said.
Thomas came home second and showed the heartbreak of a close miss on the week-long championship, as he also finished as runner-up for the week in the Bakken Concrete – Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.
“That was everything we had, laid out there, since we ran 12th at Terre Haute and knew we had a lot to make up. We did everything we could the last couple nights, but it wasn’t enough. Once again, we had some bad luck with the weather taking away some great opportunities this week. You gotta have some luck and be on your game every night this week to get the rocking chair, and we just had those small bad breaks. This week is so mentally straining and try to get every single point every time you’re out there. Tonight, we were really good but just caught a couple lappers a little wrong being out front. It’s a tough place to get around, and traffic can be a real headache. This place is hell on wheels for 30 laps, and tonight we came up just short,” Thomas said.
Windom’s fine run closed on the podium as he steered the Rick Pollock – Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced to a seventh-place overall finish for the week.
“To be honest, I wouldn’t expect this when we first came here. Rick and I tried some different things here, and it was actually really good. Leading laps here and lapping cars is something I’m not used to in a while. It’s nice to finish off with a good night to end Sprint Week. We had some good nights and could have had some really good ones, but rain stopped those. Once we got to traffic tonight, I just didn’t quite have the grip and they could hustle the middle harder than me, and that’s when they got me,” Windom said.
Chase Stockon finished up fifth in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, with Hodges sixth and Kyle Cummins finishing up 7th after starting 16th to earn the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award,” worth $300 on the night in the memory of sprint car fan and former official Larry Williams, who died while traveling to the Sprint Week event at Terre Haute on Wednesday.
Justin Grant took the night’s ProSource “Fast Time Award” before finishing eighth in the feature.
Brady Bacon finished up third in Sprint Week points after coming into the night as the leader before finishing 11th in the feature.
Thomas Meseraull earned the night’s American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer from the Semi-Feature.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2015 – Haubstadt, Indiana – Tri-State Speedway – 28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”
QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.421; 2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.429; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.436; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.444; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.454; 6. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.520; 7. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-13.523; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.525; 9. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.535; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.539; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-13.555; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.579; 13. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.585; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.587; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.645; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-13.653; 17. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.687; 18. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.706; 19. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.830; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.843; 21. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.870; 22. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.871; 23. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.893; 24. Jeff Bland, Jr., 04, Burton-13.917; 25. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.948; 26. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.948; 27. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.227; 28. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.233; 29. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.493; 30. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.571; 31. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-14.685; 32. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.659; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.663; 34. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Thomas, 3. Boespflug, 4. Grant, 5. Courtney, 6. Shuman, 7. C. Short. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. Hodges, 4. Windom, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gross, 8. Brackett. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Stockon, 3. Bland, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Daum, 6. Andretti, 7. Schmidt, 8. Knipp. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jackson, 2. Cummins, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Leary, 6. Weir, 7. Gentry, 8. Bell. 2:18.92
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Courtney, 3. Weir, 4. Andretti, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Schmidt, 8. Shuman, 9. Gentry, 10. Knipp, 11. Bell, 12. Daum, 13. C. Short. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Jeff Bland, Jr., 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Jake Swanson. 7:31.50
**Brackett flipped during the second heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Windom, Laps 16-21 Thomas, Laps 22-30 B. Short.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,322; 2-Stockon-1,282; 3-Darland-1,240; 4-Bacon-1,175; 5-Stanbrough-1,155; 6-Thomas-1,121; 7-Leary-881; 8-Windom-840; 9-Tracy Hines-818; 10-Grant-806.
FINAL INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-352; 2-Thomas-335; 3-Bacon-334; 4-Darland-297; 5-Schuerenberg-287; 6-Stanbrough-275; 7-Windom-271; 8-Stockon-250; 9-Grant-241; 10-Boespflug-239.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 7 – Superior, Wisconsin – AMSOIL Speedway
Bloomington, IN……..Rains forced postponement of Friday night’s “Indiana Sprint Week” feature at Bloomington Speedway and an announcement at 2 pm Saturday will be made regarding the status of the 30-lap feature event.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:July 17, 2015 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 28th “Indiana Sprint Week”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.854; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-10.860; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-10.938; 4. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-10.985; 5. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-10.998; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-10.998; 7. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR/Eberhardt-11.010; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.017; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.049; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.057; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-11.066; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.084; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-11.114; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.120; 15. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.127; 16. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-11.151; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-11.153; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.157; 19. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-11.175; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-11.209; 21. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-11.232; 22. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.249; 23. Carson Short, 21, Short-11.260; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.263; 25. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-11.311; 26. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-11.321; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.324; 28. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.327; 29. Jeff Bland, 04, Burton-11.353; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-11.370; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-11.372; 32. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-11.450; 33. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-11.499; 34. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-11.569; 35. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.071; 36. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-NT; 37. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Coons, 3. Windom, 4. Shuman, 5. Bilbee, 6. Bacon, 7. Hodges, 8. VanGilder, 9. Bland. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Jackson, 4. Stockon, 5. Ballou, 6. Darland, 7. Weir, 8. Christian, 9. Babcock. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Beauchamp, 3. C.Short, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Courtney, 7. Swanson, 8. Jarrett, 9 .Bell. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Farney, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Knipp, 7. Dakus, 8. Andretti, 9. K.Wissmiller. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Courtney, 7. McGhee, 8. Weir, 9. Bland, 10. Babcock, 11. Christian, 12. K.Wissmiller, 13. Swanson, 14. Knipp, 15. VanGilder, 16. Andretti, 17. Jarrett, 18. Bilbee, 19. Bell, 20. Dakus. NT
FEATURE EVENT RAINED OUT (Postponed with an announcement regarding the feature status to be made at 2 pm Saturday) —————————-
**Simon flipped during qualifying. Babcock flipped during the second heat. Dakus flipped during the fourth heat. Bilbee flipped during the semi.
Putnamville, Indiana…….Brady Bacon listed Lincoln Park Speedway as his arch nemesis heading into Thursday night’s Round 5 of “Indiana Sprint Week,” but the defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion reversed his recent showings at the Putnamville, Indiana oval to pick up his fifth win of the year.
Bacon led at the outset from the front row as polesitter Max McGhee took the second spot while Kevin Thomas, Jr. got rolling early on the high side to take third. A caution on lap eight saw Jerry Coons, Jr. in the fourth spot, but he was on the move forward using the bottom.
A red flag on Lap 13 for Jake Swanson set up a restart that Coons used to take the lead, as he rotated underneath Bacon through turns one and two and powered down the backstretch in front. Bacon battled back, though, and he worked back in front of Coons on lap 14 just before the final caution of the night.
The final half of the race saw Bacon perform flawlessly down low on the speedway, as Thomas, Jr. finally cleared Coons for second and came after him using the extreme high side of the track. He closed to within a few car lengths before Bacon pulled away again. At the line, Bacon held a .596-second advantage to take his 13th career victory, tying him for 38th all-time with Don Branson and Steve Chassey. It was also the 91st victory for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“It’s no secret that this place has had our number, but we’ve worked and worked and tried everything we could think of to try to make this car better here. We measured and cut on this car, and my Hoffman guys are just tireless workers who always put in the effort to get us better. I had one bad lap on the restart where my line had gone away some and the bottom was worked in enough for Jerry to sneak under me. I just got back after him and hit my marks to keep it out front after that,” Bacon said.
Thomas rebounded from a tough Wednesday night to take home the runner-up spot after relentlessly trying every line imaginable in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.
“One and two worked for me early on, but it was my big problem at the end. We were rolling right through three and four and get a great run, but I couldn’t finish on the other end. It’s a lot better than how we ran last night, and we needed to get back in the battle up front. Obviously we want to win, but it was a good night and we were going forward,” Thomas said.
Coons held strong in the third spot to take another podium finish at Putnamville aboard the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.
“I was hoping I could sneak up there, and I had a good rhythm going on the bottom. I got him, and then I kinda goofed on my entry and he drove back by me when I screwed up. He got to the bottom more after that, and that yellow just cost me my rhythm or something, because we had nothing for him after that. It was a fun race coming from seventh, as tough as that is, and I’m happy with our run. We’ve definitely gotten better on that kinda race track and running that line,” Coons said.
Hunter Schuerenberg continued his strong week with a fourth-place finish after capturing the ProSource “Fast Time Award” earlier in the night in the Epperson Painting - PPG #2E Spike/Claxton, and Brady Short came from 22nd to finish fifth and earn himself the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC.
Thomas Meseraull earned the night’s American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer spot from the night’s Semi-Feature.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”
QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.953; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.097; 3. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.129; 4. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.214; 5. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.225; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.226; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.297; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.336; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-13.354; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.381; 11. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.390; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.394; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-13.419; 14. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.421; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.446; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.446; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.473; 18. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-13.496; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.498; 20. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.529; 21. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.583; 22. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.617; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.628; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.674; 25. Mitch Wissmiller, 1W, Wissmiller-13.678; 26. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.685; 27. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.693; 28. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.717; 29. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-13.722; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.726; 31. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.778; 32. Bryan Clauson, 7, Clauson-13.800; 33. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.811; 34. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.838; 35. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.850; 36. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-13.852; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.867; 38. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.868; 39. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.870; 40. Kevin Studley, 57x, Studley-14.026; 41. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-14.074; 42. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.488; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.019; 44. Matt McDonald, 5M, McDonald-15.558; 45. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.608; 46. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-NT; 47. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. Stockon, 6. Farney, 7. Robbins, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. VanGilder, 10. Knipp, 11. Meseraull, 12. Smith. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Phillips, 3. McGhee, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Gass, 7. B.Short, 8. Rose, 9. Andretti, 10. Ketcham, 11. Moore. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Boespflug, 4. Weir, 5. Leary, 6. Babcock, 7. Courtney, 8. Simon, 9. Shuman, 10. Bell, 11. J.Swanson. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Hodges, 3. C.Short, 4. S.Cottle, 5. Clauson, 6. Jarrett, 7. Prock, 8. Studley, 9. McDonald, 10. DiMattia, 11. Grant. NT
QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Farney, 3. B.Short, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock,6. Prock, 7. Studley, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. Bell, 10. Knipp. 2:22.15
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. J.Swanson, 3. Leary, 4. B.Short, 5. Clauson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Grant, 8. Courtney, 9. Farney, 10. Rose, 11. Jarrett, 12. Shuman, 13. VanGilder, 14. Andretti, 15. Gass, 16. Stockon, 17. Ketcham, 18. Robbins, 19. Simon. 2:47.80
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brady Short, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Max McGhee, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Chris Phillips, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Carson Short, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. C.J. Leary, 24. Mitch Wissmiller. NT
**Smith flipped during the first heat. Andretti flipped during the second heat. Grant flipped during the fourth heat. Swanson flipped on lap 13 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bacon, Lap 13 Coons, Laps 14-30 Bacon.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,214, 2-Stockon-1,168, 3-Darland-1,156, 4-Bacon-1,084, 5-Stanbrough-1,062, 6-Thomas-1,001, 7-Tracy Hines-818, 8-Leary-790, 9-Windom-727, 10-Farney-706.
NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-244, 2-Bacon-243, 3-Thomas-215, 4-Darland & Schuerenberg-213, 6-Stanbrough-183, 7-Coons-172, 8-Boespflug-163, 9-Windom-158, 10-Weir-155.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 17 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway - 28th “Indiana Sprint Week”
Terre Haute, Indiana…….Aaron Farney completed a dominant, wire-to-wire first career win in Wednesday night’s “Don Smith Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track. The 19-year-old from Brookston, Indiana ran the extreme high side of the vaunted half-mile and continually pulled away from the field, slicing through lapped traffic and capping it off with a spiritied fist pump at the finish line after a 5.193-second victory in the DCT Motorsports - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott.
“It means the world to me. I can’t believe it. The whole race, I just thought someone would be there every time I screwed up. I hit the wall too many times, and luckily it always bounced just right. To say that I won at Terre Haute is amazing, and to do it on the fence. I can’t even explain it. I can’t thank Robert Ballou enough. He sets up my car and tries to teach me how to do this right. He told me it would be up there, and I have had to learn how to run a cushion. I knew had to get through traffic quickly, so I tried to be as aggressive as possible. It’s not easy in USAC, and I never would have thought it would come this fast, or especially at this track,” Farney said.
Farney took the lead from the pole, as Chad Boespflug took second and Robert Ballou jumped all the way to fourth from ninth on the opening lap, sneaking past Justin Grant for third right after. A pair of cautions after four laps were complete showed that Ballou was strong, as he was attacking for second on both restarts.
Ballou slid to the second spot on the restart on lap four, and he took off after Farney for the lead. The lead duo took off and checked out on the field, as the race went past halfway in a torrid pace. Farney was flawless as he encountered traffic, making huge runs on the backmarkers to put some distance between himself and Ballou.
A red flag for Thomas Meseraull with 13 laps to go set up a run to the checkered, as Farney had one lapped car between himself and Ballou. He cleared that one quickly, but Farney was running high and hard down the stretch. He continually entered up in the fluff of turn-one and kissed the concrete in turn-two on multiple occasions.
As Farney pulled away when they hit traffic again, and Ballou had to settle for second in the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott.
“I couldn’t be happier. If I’m ever gonna get beat by anybody, I want it to be him. They’re a great family, and they’ve let me help them with these sprint cars and building their cars and teaching Aaron. I knew on that red that as long as he could keep that thing pointed forward, it was his race to win. He showed up ready to run and run hard tonight, and he had a one-track mind toward the end, trying to knock down laps as fast as he could. I’ve been there before myself, and I’m glad the rope didn’t ever break on him. I know what I’ve got, probably even before the green drops, and I knew we were a bit too good too early. I’m tickled with a 1-2 finish for us and ready for tomorrow,” Ballou said.
Behind the lead duo, it was a great dice for position as Dave Darland used a lower line and a diamond to march his way onto the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“I found something down through the middle through turns one and two. I kept doing that and using the cushion through turns three and four. I had to experiment a lot to find where my car wanted to work the best, and we took advantage of the last restart to pass some cars. We got a terrible start and had to work our way forward, one time going three-wide to get to the top-five. We were strong late, so we salvaged a pretty good finish out of it,” Darland said.
Boespflug held on for fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Chase Stockon drove his way into the top-five from 13th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
Mitch Wissmiller started the night by setting the ProSource “Fast Time Award” but fell out of the feature early in the going. Scotty Weir earned the American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the final transfer out of the Semi-Feature. Shane Cottle earned the night’s B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” as he came from 21st up to tenth.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”
QUALIFYING: 1. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.361; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.453; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.466; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.542; 5. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-21.597; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-21.685; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-21.690; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.713; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-21.723; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.734; 11. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-21.778; 12. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-21.809; 13. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-21.817; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.830; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.835; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-21.871; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.885; 18. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-21.892; 19. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.905; 20. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.920; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-21.923; 22. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-21.925; 23. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-21.935; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.938; 25. Shane Cottle, 17, McGhee-21.969; 26. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-22.021; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.088; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-22.106; 29. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-22.310; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-22.387; 31. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-22.440; 32. Josh Hodges, 4, THR/Hodges-22.520; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-22.853; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-23.708; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-23.788; 36. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT; 37. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Boespflug, 4. Simon, 5. M.Wissmiller, 6. Meseraull, 7. Cottle, 8. Rose, 9. Shuman. 2:52.66
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. B.Short, 6. Dakus, 7. Swanson, 8. Babcock, 9. Bell. 2:50.07
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Windom, 3. Grant, 4. Hughes, 5. Christian, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gross, 8. DiMattia, 9. Andretti, 3:03.96
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Weir, 7. Leary, 8. K.Wissmiller. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Andretti, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. B.Short, 6. Weir, 7. Swanson, 8. Hodges, 9. Leary, 10. Shuman, 11. Ketcham, 12. Rose, 13. Christian, 14. Babcock, 15. K.Wissmiller, 16. DiMattia, 17. Bell, 18. Dakus, 19. Gross. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Aaron Farney, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. J.J. Hughes, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brady Short, 22. Mitch Wissmiller. NT
**Bell flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Farney.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,161, 2-Stockon-1,135, 4-Darland-1,112, 4-Thomas-1,034, 5-Bacon-1,016, 6-Stanbrough-1,013, 7-Tracy Hines-818, 8-Leary-775, 9-Grant-700, 10-Windom-680.
NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-191, 2-Bacon-175, 3-Darland-169, 4-Schuerenberg-150, 5-Thomas-148, 6-Farney-143, 7-Boepflug-140, 8-Grant & Stockon-135, 10-Stanbrough-134.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 16 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - 28th “Indiana Sprint Week”
Lawrenceburg, Indiana…Brady Bacon benefited from some Hoffman Auto Racing home-cooking on Sunday night as he captured his first-ever “Indiana Sprint Week” feature win and the 90th win in the history of the famous Cincinnati-based team at nearby Lawrenceburg Speedway. He tracked down early leader Aaron Farney and held off the late advances of Robert Ballou to take his fourth win of the season in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“To win a USAC race here at Lawrenceburg, the Hoffmans’ home track, is really great. It seemed like a really long race, being a sitting duck there out front in traffic for so long. It’s so easy to get behind in these races this week, and so many good cars to make it tough on you, so you gotta grab them when you can. I woulda liked to gone to the outside in traffic, but they were racing pretty hard, and Landon (Simon) got a little bottled up there and I got in the back of him, but luckily we were able to get in the race track and get back by both of them. It was a tough race, and I’m glad we came out on top,” Bacon said.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. led from the pole but Farney was charging on the high side right off the bat, and he pulled Thomas down the fronstretch to lead lap-two, as Thomas bounced and lost brakes early in the event.
Farney was running the high side as Bacon sliced from his row-three starting spot to challenge for the lead, taking command on lap six. Meanwhile, Ballou took third from Thomas. A lap later, the only caution after the initial start appeared with 23 laps to go.
From there, Bacon took off and Ballou worked past Farney for the second spot. The lead duo ran away from the field, while Thomas fought for a top-five spot with Justin Grant.
Inside the final ten laps, the leaders encountered thick traffic, with cars racing side-by-side. Ballou tried the high side, but he couldn’t take his momentum past Bacon. On lap 23, Bacon entered turn-three on the bottom behind Simon, who bobbled slightly as Bacon got into his back bumper. Those two scattered as Ballou grabbed the lead on the high side, but Bacon squared off turn-four and powered back to the lead as they hit the stripe.
Bacon then went to the high side to clear a couple lapped cars and distance himself from Ballou, who regained the National Sprint Car point lead with his runner-up finish aboard the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott.
“Nights like tonight, as bad as I want to win, you also don’t want to do something stupid. This week-long deal puts a lot of pressure on people, but you just have to put yourself in good positions. We want to win all the races we can this week and this year, so if we can get that done, everything should take care of itself. Brady was running pretty hard up there and wanted that one pretty bad - we had a shot but had to take second. I’m glad to get tonight in with all the rain we’ve had, and luckily they worked hard to get it ready so we could race,” Ballou said.
On the final lap, Justin Grant slipped underneath Farney for the third spot in the Mark Hery Motorsports - Dick’s Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton.
“We kinda found something there in the middle to work and get around guys. I don’t think we had anything for those top-two guys, but were were solid. You start legging it pretty hard in the closing laps, and I saw Farney up there. He’s a young kid and doing a great job, but you know going into traffic that you can capitalize on his inexperience. A couple bad lane choices cost him some, and we were able to squeak by him. He’ll learn from those and figure it out next time,” Grant said.
Darland edged Farney at the line in a photo finish for the fourth spot, as Darland’s drive from 11th earned him the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award.” Farney claimed the final top-five position in the DCT Racing - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott.
Shawn Westerfeld won the night’s ProSource “Fast Time Award” to start the night. Chase Stockon, who came in as the National & Sprint Week point leader, flipped after bouncing through turn-three while in a transfer spot in the Semi-Feature. He was forced to use a provisional to start the feature, which did not earn him Sprint Week points.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 12, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”
1. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.115; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.116; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.217; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.252; 5. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.263; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.264; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.264; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.267; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.336; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.363; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-14.421; 12. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.429; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.438; 14. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-14.501; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-14.504; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-14.528; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-14.535; 18. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.553; 19. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.597; 20. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-14.625; 21. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-14.646; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.661; 23. Kody Swanson, 41, SST-14.680; 24. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-14.731; 25. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.781; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.859; 27. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.992; 28. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-15.003; 29. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-15.006; 30. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-15.010; 31. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-15.018; 32. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.091 ;33. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-15.332; 34. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-15.399; 35. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-15.825; 36. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.964; 37. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.093; 38. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.684; 39. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Hery, 8. Abrams, 9. Hughes, 10. VanHise. 2:27.90
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Simon, 6. Stockon, 7. D.Hewitt, 8. Dakus, 9. Hines, 10. Bell. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Andretti, 3. K.Swanson, 4. Windom, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Short, 7. Fischesser, 8. DiMattia, 9. Stanbrough. 2:26.39
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Weir, 3. Farney, 4. Rose, 5. Coons, 6. Hodges, 7. Moffatt, 8. Goodnight, 9. Shuman. 2:26.22
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Simon, 5. Hodges, 6. Abrams, 7. Dakus, 8. Hughes, 9. DiMattia, 10. J.Swanson, 11. Hery, 12. D.Hewitt, 13. Fischesser, 14. VanHise, 15. Bell, 16. Shuman, 17. Moffatt, 18. Stockon, 19. Hines, 20. Goodnight, 21. Coons. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shawn Westerfeld, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Landon Simon, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Garrett Abrams, 20. Kyle Cummins, 21. Kody Swanson, 22. Josh Hodges, 23. Bill Rose. —————————-
**Cottle flipped during qualifying. Hines, Stockon and J.Swanson all flipped during the semi. Rose flipped on lap 1 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 K.Thomas, Laps 2-6 Farney, Laps 7-30 Bacon.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,096, 2-Stckon-1,079, 3-Darland-1,050, 4-Bacon-971, 5-Stanbrough-961, 6-Thomas-898l 7-Hines-818, 8-Leary-774, 9-Grant-661, 10-Windom-648.
NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-120, 2-Bacon-119, 3-Thomas-107, 4-Schuerenberg-104, 5-Darland-99, 6-Grant-90, 7-Weir-89, 8-Andretti-81, 9-Boespflug-75, 10-Stanbrough-74.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 13 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - 28th “Indiana Sprint Week”