ASCS National Sprint Series

Sammy Swindell Captures Night One Of The Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 21, 2017) With a set of Hockett style donuts through the third and fourth turns of the Lucas Oil Speedway, Sammy Swindell put an exclamation point on his 13th career victory against the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, and first at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" to kick off the 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial.

Race No. 900 for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Sammy won by several car lengths over early race leader, Aaron Reutzel. While slower traffic came into play at the end of the race, it was not enough to give the No. 87 a fighting chance.

"I knew we had a good car, and as long as somebody didn't take me out or something, it was going to be okay. There was one lapped car at the end that didn't want to get passed, but it didn't stop me," commented Swindell, who is the 15th different winner in National Tour competition in 2017.

Bettering his finish from one year ago by one during the Hockett/McMillin Memorial opener, the triumph for Swindell brings a big relief in a season of extreme ups and downs, "We've struggled a little bit with some things. We lost our good engine we had last year, so we're going between two other ones and got this one where it's rolling pretty good. Over the last few weeks, we found what it likes, but we have a good racecar. We just needed the chance to prove it. I feel like we should have about 10 or 12 wins this year, but things have happened."

Rolling off seventh on the start, Swindell was quick to jump to the front with a ferocious battle in the opening laps with Wayne Johnson and Blake for the third spot as Aaron Reutzel pulled to a sizable advantage. Racing with Hahn, the No. 52 would end up going around in the first and second turns to draw the caution on Lap 6.

Restarting with Aaron Reutzel and Miles Paulus occupying the first two spots, the restart saw Swindell and Johnson going slide for slide past the No. 21 with each answering the other's bid for the silver until the caution again flew on Lap 9 as Paulus rolled to a stop on the front stretch. Seeing his 3.070-second lead evaporate, Reutzel committed to the cushion as Swindell worked the hub of the Lucas Oil Speedway. With the low line coming in, Sammy had Aaron in his sights, and off the fourth turn working Lap 12, the A.G. Rains owned No. 3s bolted to the race lead.

From there, Swindell slowly marched away from the field for his fourth overall score the 2017 season. Johnson and Reutzel exchanged second for a few laps before Aaron gained the advantage with Wayne setting for the show position.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. raced from 10th to fourth with Jason Martin fifth. Racing around the top five most of the A-Feature, Derek Hagar ended up sixth with Johnny Herrera seventh after starting 12th. Brad Loyet eighth was trailed by Jeff Swindell with 2017 ASCS Warrior Region Champion, Jonathan Cornell, making up the top-ten.

In event points following Thursday's festivities, Sammy Swindell leads with 194 markers of a possible 200. Aaron Reutzel is second with 189, followed by Wayne Johnson (179), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (170), and Jason Martin (169) to make up the top-five.

A field of 55 drivers was on hand to open the 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial with seven Heat Races won by John Carney II, Wade Nygaard, Harli White, Johnny Herrera, Aaron Reutzel, Wayne Johnson, and Miles Paulus. Qualifiers were topped by Sammy Swindell, Matt Covington, Derek Hagar, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. B-Main wins went to Tony Bruce, Jr., Dustin Morgan, and Seth Bergman. One provisional was used by Harli White.

The 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial continues on Friday, September 22, 2017 with Hot Laps at 5:45 P.M. (CDT). For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven regional tours that make up the over 150 races across the ASCS Nation in 2017, log onto Make sure to like the American Sprint Car Series on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at, and check out our Instagram @LucasOilASCS.

Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Warrior Region
7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial - Night 1
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Car Count: 55

Heat Races (Top 40 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II, [2]; 2. 1-Giovanni Scelzi, [1]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [4]; 4. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [3]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman, [8]; 6. 22S-Sean McClelland, [5]; 7. 81A-Chris Morgan, [7]; 8. 92J-J.R. Topper, [6]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [2]; 2. 36-Jason Martin, [1]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell, [7]; 4. 93-Dustin Morgan, [5]; 5. 8-Alex Sewell, [4]; 6. 44M-Chris Martin, [3]; 7. 44-Jared Sewell, [6]; (DNS) 49B-Ben Brown,
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White, [4]; 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell, [8]; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 4. 7M-Chance Morton, [5]; 5. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [1]; 6. 26M-Fred Mattox, [3]; 7. 12S-Carson McCarl, [7]; 8. (DNF) 0-Ned Powers, [2]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [2]; 2. 81-Jack Dover, [7]; 3. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [1]; 4. 18-Ryan Roberts, [4]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [8]; 6. 8M-Kade Morton, [5]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [6]; 8. 3Z-Zach Davis, [3]
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 84-Brandon Hanks; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 3. 34-Corey Nelson; 4. 4-Evan Martin; 5. 57-TJ Artz; 6. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 7. 52-Blake Hahn; 8. 21R-Andrew Deal
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [3]; 2. 84B-Scott Bogucki, [2]; 3. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [4]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 5. 2-Kyle Sauder, [8]; 6. 3V-Nate VanHaaften, [1]; 7. 22-Dustin Barks, [7]; 8. 24C-Lanny Carpenter, [5]
Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet, [1]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman, [7]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee, [2]; 5. 27-Danny Thoman, [5]; 6. 9M-Tyler Blank, [6]; 7. 11G-Mike Goodman, [3]

Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [1]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [5]; 4. 84-Brandon Hanks, [2]; 5. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [8]; 6. 22S-Sean McClelland, [10]; 7. 28-Jonathan Cornell, [6]; 8. 21R-Andrew Deal, [7]; 9. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [4]; 10. 27-Danny Thoman, [9]
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [1]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet, [2]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell, [5]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [4]; 5. 2-Kyle Sauder, [7]; 6. 81-Jack Dover, [6]; 7. 18-Ryan Roberts, [8]; 8. 8-Alex Sewell, [9]; 9. 8M-Kade Morton, [10]; 10. (DNF) 84B-Scott Bogucki, [3]
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [2]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [4]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman, [1]; 4. 1-Giovanni Scelzi, [3]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman, [5]; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan, [7]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [6]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [9]; 9. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [8]; 10. 44M-Chris Martin, [10]
Qualifier 4 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [1]; 2. 36-Jason Martin, [3]; 3. 21-Miles Paulus, [6]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [4]; 5. 11X-John Carney II, [5]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee, [8]; 7. 4-Evan Martin, [2]; 8. 9M-Tyler Blank, [9]; 9. 7M-Chance Morton, [7]; 10. 26M-Fred Mattox, [10]

BMRS B-Main (Top 2 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [2]; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks, [3]; 3. 11X-John Carney II, [1]; 4. 22S-Sean McClelland, [4]; 5. 27-Danny Thoman, [8]; 6. 22-Dustin Barks, [10]; 7. 4-Evan Martin, [5]; 8. 77X-Alex Hill, [11]; 9. 7M-Chance Morton, [6]; 10. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [7]; 11. 34-Corey Nelson, [9]; 12. 3Z-Zach Davis, [13]; 13. 92J-J.R. Topper, [12]
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan, [3]; 2. 1-Giovanni Scelzi, [2]; 3. 21R-Andrew Deal, [5]; 4. 18-Ryan Roberts, [4]; 5. 17W-Harli White, [1]; 6. 44M-Chris Martin, [8]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [6]; 8. 57-TJ Artz, [12]; 9. 84B-Scott Bogucki, [7]; 10. 81A-Chris Morgan, [9]; 11. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [11]; 12. 0-Ned Powers, [13]; 13. (DNF) 3V-Nate VanHaaften, [10]
B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [1]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee, [3]; 3. 2-Kyle Sauder, [2]; 4. 9M-Tyler Blank, [6]; 5. 8-Alex Sewell, [5]; 6. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [4]; 7. 24C-Lanny Carpenter, [12]; 8. 8M-Kade Morton, [7]; 9. 26M-Fred Mattox, [8]; 10. 44-Jared Sewell, [10]; 11. 11G-Mike Goodman, [11]; 12. 12S-Carson McCarl, [9]; 13. 49B-Ben Brown, [13]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [7]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [2]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [10]; 5. 36-Jason Martin, [8]; 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [5]; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [12]; 8. 05-Brad Loyet, [11]; 9. 94-Jeff Swindell, [4]; 10. 28-Jonathan Cornell, [15]; 11. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [14]; 13. 95-Matt Covington, [9]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee, [22]; 15. 1-Giovanni Scelzi, [21]; 16. 17-Josh Baughman, [16]; 17. 93-Dustin Morgan, [18]; 18. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks, [20]; 19. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman, [19]; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White, [23]; 21. (DNF) 21-Miles Paulus, [1]; 22. (DNF) 81-Jack Dover, [13]; 23. (DNF) 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [17]
Lap Leader(s): Aaron Reutzel 1-11; Sammy Swindell 12-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Skylar Gee +8
FSR High Point Driver: Miles Paulus
Provisional(s): Harli White

2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s):
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 13 (3/17 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 3/18 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway; 4/8 - Texas Motor Speedway; 4/15 - Missouri State Fair Speedway; 6/13 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 6/14 - Lawton Speedway; 6/23 - Skagit Speedway; 6/24 - Skagit Speedway; 7/14 - Black Hills Speedway; 8/20 - Missouri State Fair Speedway; 8/27 - Smoky Mountain Speedway; 9/2 - Jackson Motorplex); Aaron Reutzel - 5 (5/11 - Lakeside Speedway; 6/15 - Creek County Speedway; 6/17 - Lucas Oil Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 7/15 - Black Hills Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 2 (7/7 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/8 - Gallatin Speedway); Jake Bubak - 1 (6/9 - West Texas Raceway); Kyle Bellm - 1(6/10 - Route 66 Motor Speedway); Brian Brown - 1 (6/16 - Randolph County Raceway); Matt Covington - 1 (6/30 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Roger Crockett - 1 (7/1 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Terry McCarl - 1 (7/29 - Knoxville Raceway); Gregg Bakker - 1 (7/30 - Mason City Motor Speedway); Tim Shaffer - 1 (8/3 - Knoxville Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (8/4 - Knoxville Raceway); Clint Garner - 1 (8/5 - Knoxville Raceway); Tim Crawley - 1 (8/24 - Riverside International Speedway); Sammy Swindell - 1 (9/21 - Lucas Oil Speedway);

2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4,116; 2. Aaron Reutzel 3,889; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,778; 4. Johnny Herrera 3,694; 5. Matt Covington 3,689; 6. Seth Bergman 3,660; 7. Blake Hahn 3,510; 8. Skylar Gee 3,280; 9. Harli White 2,935, 10. Josh Baughman 1,725;

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HBR Racing Recap 9/18/17

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HBR Racing Recap 9/18/17

Mandee Pauch Relations – September 18, 2017 – The Heinke-Baldwin team earned five top ten finishes, including a pair of top-fives, during their three-day race weekend with the Super DIRTcar Series.

Jimmy Phelps opened the evening at Brewerton Speedway Friday night with a second-place heat race finish, placing him into the top-12 redraw.

Pre race festivities saw Phelps draw the outside pole for the Duel at the Demon 100.

“We backed up a little at the beginning,” Phelps said. “We were way too tight early. After halfway it came back on and we got back up to third. We were able to challenge for second but we ran out of time there at the end.”

Phelps crossed the line in third.

Max McLaughlin rolled out a brand new Teo Pro car Friday evening at Brewerton.

“We kind of missed the set up in the heat at Brewerton,” McLaughlin said. “The track was really heavy and rough and we didn’t really know what the car was going to do.”

McLaughlin fell back to sixth from his fourth-place starting spot.

“We had to qualify through the b-main,” added McLaughlin.

McLaughlin started on the outside of the 12th row for the 100-lap main event.

“Once it got slick towards the end of the night it came to me.”

McLaughlin battled his way through the field from his 24th-place starting spot to close out the night with an 8th-place finish.

The momentum for the team continued Saturday at Mohawk International.

Phelps was fast from the start, winning his heat race then went on to draw the pole for the main event.

“It was the similar deal as Friday night,” Phelps added. “They re-groomed the track and we didn’t make any changes. It seemed a little different for the feature. It’s hard to put my finger on what we needed to do to do better. We fell back to fifth relatively quick.”

Phelps mentioned the track taking rubber relatively early and becoming one groove.

“It’s really disappointing because we felt really good going into the main,” he said. “It just seemed like it caught us off guard a little bit.”

Phelps collected his sixth fifth-place finish of the season with the series.

“The track was black slick right from the start,” McLaughlin said. “We were pretty fast early and won the heat.”

McLaughlin drew ninth out of 12 spots for the main event.

“I was going really good and was up to seventh,” added McLaughlin. “It rubbered up on lap 20 or 30. It was nose to bumper for the rest of the race. We had a really good car thought.”

McLaughlin finished sixth, grabbing his 12th top-10 finish with the series.

The HBR team closed out the weekend on Sunday at Cornwall Speedway.

“Sunday was polar opposite of the prior two nights,” Phelps said. “We really struggled in time trials.”

Phelps started sixth in his heat and qualified fifth, lining him up on the inside of the ninth row for the 100-lapper.

“The track was really heavy, fast and choppy,” he added. “We were too tight early. We took a big swing with a setup change, luckily the car responded. We got up to the top five then ran out of steam. The right rear burnt off a bit towards the end, we were able to settle for sixth.”

McLaughlin qualified second in his heat race and redrew ninth for the main event.

“We made some adjustments for the feature,” mentioned McLaughlin. “After a restart on lap 30 I reached for a tear off and pulled them all off. I couldn’t see a thing for the rest of the race. It was definitely my fault for our results but it happens”

McLaughlin held on for a 13th-place finish.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Fonda Speedway, Phelps is feeling confident with their progress.

“We’re gaining and getting more comfortable with our cars and our setups,” Phelps said. “It’s a good time to build a little momentum. We won Fonda last year so we’re going back there hoping we can build from that and keep rolling.”


Jimmy Phelps
Friday, September 15 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 2 (1); Feature: 3 (2)
Saturday, September 16 – Mohawk International; Heat: 1 (1); Feature: 5 (1)
Sunday, September 17 – Cornwall Speedway; Heat: 5 (6); Feature: 6 (17)

Max McLaughlin
Friday, September 15 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 6 (4); Feature: 8 (24)
Saturday, September 16 – Mohawk International; Heat: 1 (1); Feature: 6 (9)
Sunday, September 17 – Cornwall Speedway; Heat: 2 (2); Feature: 13 (9)


Jimmy Phelps
54 races – 3 wins, 26 top fives, 40 top 10’s

Max McLaughlin
54 races – 2 wins, 19 top fives, 34 top 10’s


Saturday, September 23 – Fonda Speedway


Jimmy Phelps

Max McLaughlin

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Rico Abreu returns to Eldora Speedway this Saturday night to defend
his '4-Crown Nationals' USAC National Midget victory. (Rich Forman Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Only one event brings together USAC's best of the best from a variety of disciplines. Only one event brings all three of USAC's national divisions together at one venue. Only one event showcases what race fans could only dream of: a racer's delight featuring a pit overflowing with the baddest racing machines on planet earth.

All converge on Eldora Speedway this Saturday night, September 23rd for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" - a grand event that's seen its share of heroes instantly become legends at this fabled dirt track stadium. You could say to win one of these is a feather in a driver's cap or, in this case, a prong on their crown.

At press time, the only one anticipated to go for all four crowns is Brady Bacon. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native picked up a sprint car win on this weekend under the sunshine on his way to the series title in 2014.

Among his arsenal this weekend is the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise No. 199, the very same team that's won the last three 4-Crown Silver Crown events with drivers Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2014, Christopher Bell in 2015 and Chris Windom in 2016. Bacon is still seeking career Silver Crown victory number one.

4-Crown weekend last year was the beginning of Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports' winning ways. After capturing the victory in the 2016 sprint portion, the team has carried the momentum into 2017 where they won at Eldora earlier this May and have been at the top of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings since day one.

Chris Windom trails Grant by 70, but Eldora and, specifically the 4-Crown, have been kind to him over the years. The Canton, Illinois driver picked off both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features in 2013, the most recent driver to win both of those particular features in the same night.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou followed up Grant's victory in May at Eldora with a win the next night in the series' last visit to the Big E. Five of Ballou's 28 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Eldora, including his first three as well as the 4-Crown a decade ago back in 2007.

Fellow Californian Thomas Meseraull finally broke through for his first USAC National Sprint Car win at the 2015 "4-Crown." Since then, he's become one of the series' most spectacular, highly-acclaimed drivers. This Saturday, he's aboard the SC Racing No. 9x, which he started last year's event in from the front row.

Only Jack Hewitt owns more 4-Crown victories than Dave Darland's 14, half of which have come at the 4-Crown. The "People's Champ" from Lincoln, Indiana aims to make this weekend's stop the place to extend his record streak of consecutive seasons with a USAC National win from 24 to 25.

Like Darland, the versatile Jerry Coons, Jr. has also won his fair share at the 4-Crown with four victories in the midget, sprint and Silver Crown divisions and currently runs second in the Silver Crown standings aboard Gene Nolen's #20 behind Kody Swanson.

Swanson has yet to win a USAC race at Eldora, last scoring a pair of runner-up finishes during the 2015 4-Crown in both DePalma Motorsports' sprint car and Silver Crown car. This Saturday, he makes his USAC debut under the Nolen Racing banner behind the wheel of the team's new Maxim Sprint Car with which he recorded a victory with in a non-sanctioned event at Lawrenceburg Speedway last weekend.

As the Kingsburg, California native closes out another banner season by wrapping up his third Silver Crown title in a four-year span, another past USAC champ and two-time 4-Crown winner makes his 4-Crown return in Keith Kunz's top-notch midget as well as his own sprinter in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

The always-exciting Rutherford, California native swept last year's midget program with fast time, a heat win and a stirring drive in the feature to back up his victory in 2013.

Spectator gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

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Britten Rallies Three Top-Ten Finishes with Super DIRTcar

Mandee Pauch Relations – September 18, 2017 – Joining the Super DIRTcar Series for a full three-day weekend of racing, ‘Batman’ Peter Britten was able to overcome several challenges and battle his way forward each night to collect three top-10 finishes.

“Everything pretty much went against us this weekend but we were able to make something out of it,” Britten said. “We made lemonade out of lemons.”

Britten opened the weekend on Friday evening at Brewerton Speedway where he finished second in his heat race, placing him in the top-12 redraw.

Britten rolled off fifth for the 100-lap main event.

“Unfortunately we missed the set up,” added Britten. “The track was so fast. I thought it was going to hold grip a little longer. From the moment I went out there I knew it was going to be a long race.”

At the beginning of the race Britten fell back to 16th. After a few laps he was able to make something work and rally his way back up to tenth.

“The last third of the race I found the line that worked for me,” he said. “I felt pretty good but the track kind of wore out a little bit and went to one lane. Overall, considering we completely missed the setup, it’s one of those things you take what you can get.”

The momentum continued on Saturday to Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y.

In group time trials Britten timed second fastest overall. Unfortunately, Britten was lined up to start second in his heat and the car wouldn’t start.

“I went to fire up the car and it wouldn’t start,” Britten said. “The battery completely shorted out. They even tried to push start me and I couldn’t even get push started. The track is tough there so starting position is pretty crucial for that place.”

Britten lined up on the outside of the 18th row for the 100-lap main event.

“We had a pretty good car and was able to make some moves,” he said. “They re-prepped the track so it was pretty fast. Midway through the race down in one and two the bottom became pretty dominant, the problem was even if you have a run on the guy you had to tuck back into the bottom because it was too dominant and too fast so the other guy would drive away from you, which made it hard for passing.”

Despite starting last for the main event, Britten made a strong comeback and capped off the night with a 10th-place finish.

Britten closed out the weekend on Sunday at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Ontario, Canada.

Britten finished where he started – third – in his heat race, which once again put him in the top-12 redraw.

“It was another weird night,” mentioned Britten. “We were too tight for time trials but managed to get a decent lap then for the heat we started third, over adjusted the other way and were too loose. At least we were good enough it put us in the redraw.”

Pre-race festivities saw Britten draw the outside of the second row for the main event.

“We were up to second at one point,” he said. “We were too tight at the start of the race but I knew it would come in midway through the race.”

Unfortunately there was a crash in turns one and two where Britten had to slow to miss it. Someone rear-ended Britten, giving him a left rear flat while running second.

Britten was able to change the tire, make it back out and battle his way through to another top-10 finish.

“It was a tough race,” he added. “The track was pretty quick. Once I got going again I tried being pretty cautious because the track was pretty rough. It was a little bit of a challenge to keep our nose clean but I picked off some cars and made it back up to the front to finish seventh.”

Despite all of the obstacles Britten ran into over the weekend, he’s satisfied with his results.

“It was a little bit of a frustrating weekend but considering how things went we still managed to stay in the top ten every night,” noted Britten. “It was encouraging to be able to do that.”

Britten’s results are proven success for the new TD4 Troyer design.

“Ever since this new car has come out it seems like we’ve been able to run consistently well even when things don’t go our way, we seem to always finish,” he said. “We obviously have the challenge to win. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season.”

Britten is scheduled to run Fonda Speedway on Saturday with the Super DIRTcar Series.


Friday, September 15 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 2 (2); Feature: 10 (5)
Saturday, September 16 – Mohawk International; Heat: DNS (2); Feature: 10 (26)
Sunday, September 17 – Cornwall Speedway; Heat: 3 (3); Feature: 7 (4)


46 races – 4 wins, 20 top 5’s, 33 top 10’s


Saturday, September 23 – Fonda Speedway




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Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
(724) 954-4915

“Blackjack” beats the All Stars at Bedford to complete weekend sweep

BEDFORD, PA (September 17, 2017) - Completing a weekend sweep against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, “Blackjack” Brian Brown led all 30 circuits on Sunday night at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway, earning another $5,000 in the process to cap off a $13,000 weekend in Central Pennsylvania. It was Brown’s first-ever visit to the Bedford County half-mile, ultimately leading Findlay, Ohio’s Caleb Helms and Aussie invader, James McFadden, to the final checkers.

Brian Brown is now the sixth different Arctic Cat All Star winner at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway in six Series appearances; a statistic carried over from Selinsgrove Speedway when Brown became the 16th different winner one night ago.

Brian Brown celebrating his Bedford victory with a wing dance - Michael Fry Photo Credit

“Hats off to my crew, everybody on this FVP/Casey’s General Stores/Impact team. To come out here to Central PA and win two in a row is a dream come true,” Brian Brown explained. “We thought if we could come out here and get a couple top-fives, that would be a successful trip. I never would have dreamed I’d come to Bedford my first time and win. They call it ‘motorsports’ for a reason and we have the best engine builder in the country.”

Brian Brown and Caleb Helms led the feature grid to green on Sunday night. Brown earned the initial jump, holding back Helms and Trey Starks as the field passed by the flag stand for the first time.

Utilizing the top of the speedway in turns one and two, as well as the bottom groove in turns three and four, Brown cruised at the top of the running order undisturbed until caution flags flew for the first time on lap 11. Trey Starks, who was racing for second at the time, was responsible for the caution, slowing as the leaders crossed the line to complete lap 10; Starks would not return.

Green flag conditions soon resumed with Brown returning to his familiar lines in all four corners. By the mid-point of the 30-lapper, Helms was beginning to pressure Brown for the lead, racing within two to three car lengths, even while in traffic, until caution flags flew again on lap 22. The Findlay, Ohio, native was working the top groove all the way around the legendary half-mile, making up the most ground on Brian Brown at the exit of turn four.

Including the pause on lap 22, a total of three cautions between laps 22 and 25 interrupted Brown’s campaign at the front of the field, each giving Helms another chance to work around the former Knoxville (IA) Raceway track champion. Despite Helms’ efforts, the restart on lap 25 proved to be all that Brown needed, slowly pulling away as each lap clicked complete.

“We’ve been getting lucky. The pill draws have been going our way. To say I could have won from tenth tonight would have been pretty tough,” said Brian Brown. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and we’ll take the luck. We’ve been getting a lot of front row draws. When you get that opportunity, you have to take advantage of it. There have been some races the last month or so that I’ve given away as a driver. I’m just tickled to be here.”

With the final Pennsylvania appearance officially in the books, Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will turn west and hop the Pennsylvania/Ohio border, anxious to battle in the Buckeye State for the final four dates on the 2017 campaign trail. Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will host “America’s Series” on two occasions during the final four stops including a visit on Saturday, September 23, for the 36th Annual Four Crown Nationals.

Joining all three national USAC divisions, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will compete for $5,000 during the Four Crown Nationals showstopper; a program that welcomed 37 entries in 2016. Ian Madsen earned high honors a year ago, holding back Chad Kemenah and Randy Hannagan at the finish.

Those seeking additional news and notes regarding the Four Crown Nationals should visit Eldora Speedway live on the Web at

Contingency Awards/Results: Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway- Sunday, September 17, 2017:
Event Name: Inaugural Harvest Dirt Classic
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 26 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Brian Brown - 16.188 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Trey Starks - 15.968 seconds *New Track Record
Ford Performance Heat #1: Caleb Helms
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Carl Bowser
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: James McFadden
JE Pistons Dash #1: Brian Brown
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Brandon Matus
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Caleb Helms (2nd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Brent Matus (+5)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Greg Hodnett
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Carl Bowser (12th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Brandon Matus
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.103; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.217; 3. 1Z-Dale Blaney, 16.318; 4. 17-Caleb Helms, 16.413; 5. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.433; 6. 35-Tyler Esh, 16.469; 7. 13-Brandon Matus, 16.588; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 17.194; 9. 33-Brent Matus, 18.269

Group (B)
1. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.021; 2. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 16.373; 3. 98-Carl Bowser, 16.464; 4. 95-Hunter Mackison, 16.494; 5. 91-Anthony Fiore, 16.583; 6. 8M-TJ Michael, 16.686; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 16.7688; 8. 5-Justin Barger, 16.769

Group ( C )
1. 44-Trey Starks, 15.968; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 16.014; 3. 3-James McFadden, 16.355; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.431; 5. 3K-Tim Kaeding, 16.512; 6. 7W-Logan Wagner, 16.627; 7. 51-John Garvin, 17.271; 8. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 17.299

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer
1. 17-Caleb Helms [1]; 2. 1Z-Dale Blaney [2]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 5. 55-Mike Wagner [5]; 6. 35-Tyler Esh [6]; 7. 13-Brandon Matus [7]; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler [8]; 9. 33-Brent Matus [9]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer
1. 98-Carl Bowser [2]; 2. 94-Ryan Smith [4]; 3. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [3]; 4. 95-Hunter Mackison [1]; 5. 5-Justin Barger [8]; 6. 91-Anthony Fiore [5]; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison [7]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [6]

Heat #3 - Group ( C ) (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer
1. 3-James McFadden [2]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 5. 3K-Tim Kaeding [5]; 6. 7W-Logan Wagner [6]; 7. 51-John Garvin [7]; 8. 33M-Max Stambaugh [8]

Dash #1 (6 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [1]; 3. 98-Carl Bowser [4]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [7]; 5. 3-James McFadden [3]; 6. 1Z-Dale Blaney [5]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6]; 8. 94-Ryan Smith [8]

B-Main (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer
1. 13-Brandon Matus [1]; 2. 8M-TJ Michael [2]; 3. 22-Brandon Spithaler [4]; 4. 1080-Jordan Mackison [3]; 5. 51-John Garvin [5]; 6. 33-Brent Matus [7]; 7. 33M-Max Stambaugh [6]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [2]; 3. 3-James McFadden [5]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [7]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [9]; 6. 1Z-Dale Blaney [6]; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe [11]; 8. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [10]; 9. 94-Ryan Smith [8]; 10. 3K-Tim Kaeding [12]; 11. 7W-Logan Wagner [16]; 12. 98-Carl Bowser [3]; 13. 5-Justin Barger [15]; 14. 35-Tyler Esh [14]; 15. 13-Brandon Matus [19]; 16. 8M-TJ Michael [18]; 17. 33-Brent Matus [22]; 18. 51-John Garvin [23]; 19. 1080-Jordan Mackison [20]; 20. 91-Anthony Fiore [17]; 21. 55-Mike Wagner [13]; 22. 22-Brandon Spithaler [21]; 23. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 24. 95-Hunter Mackison [24] Lap Leaders: Brian Brown [1-30]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings (September 17, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah - 5966
2. Ryan Smith - 5626
3. Caleb Armstrong - 5364
4. Max Stambaugh - 4998
5. Caleb Helms - 4974
6. Brandon Spithaler - 4657
7. T.J. Michael - 4607
8. Tyler Esh - 4585
9. Brandon Matus - 4438
10. Tim Shaffer - 4350

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit its official online home at Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
(724) 954-4915

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