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Swedesboro, NJ September 24, 2016 – During his forty plus year career, Billy Pauch has earned many titles. King of the Big Blocks can now be added!

Billy Pauch raced to the win in the first King of the Big Blocks event at the Bridgeport Speedway in front of a huge crowd of racing fans, many of whom were seeing their first race on the 5/8th mile speedway. The King of the Big Blocks is sponsored by K&A Excavating and United Rentals.

Pauch’s performance was flawless, starting out with a win in his qualifying event, drawing the pole for the fifty lap feature and then leading from the green to the checkered flag and the $12,000 pay check. Pauch spends most of his Saturday nights racing Small Block Modifieds but the accomplished veteran proved that he’s got what it takes regardless of the division that he’s racing. “I hope I can do this a few more times before I give it up,” Pauch said following the victory.

Pauch took over sole possession of third on Bridgeport’s All Time Feature win list as his win in the King of the Big Blocks moved Pauch’s total to fifty-nine – just one win ahead of Wade Hendrickson. Pauch first won on the 5/8th mile Bridgeport Speedway in March of 1987.

Pauch held off challenges from 2015 Bridgeport Champion, Jamie Mills to capture the prestigious win. Mills finished second with his Blue Hen No. 30. Dominick Buffalino, the winner of the 2016 season opener, finished third in the Pat Michael No. 51m while former multi-time track champion, Duane Howard finished fourth in a new Norm Hansell owned No. 357. Young Brett Kressley finished fifth after running as high as third in his Kressley Truck Sales No. 19B.

Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Neal Williams followed the top five across the finish line. Sam Martz and 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt made tremendous comebacks to finish in the top ten after both were involved in early race incidents. Watt was forced to pit on two separate occasions to replace broken shocks.

The Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks joined the Big Block Modifieds on the King of the Big Blocks racing card.

The number to be was 99 in the Crate/Sportsman action as Craig Whitmoyer raced ahead of Brian Papiez to capture the feature win at the end of twenty laps. Whitmoyer last won at Bridgeport in during the 2012 season while Papiez was a feature winner earlier this season..

Eric Kormann finished third with pressure from Brandon Grasso who finished fourth. Ryan Lilick finished fifth, coming all the way from a twenty-third starting position to finish in the top five.

Tom Wills, Jr. picked up his second win of the 2016 season in the Outlaws Stock feature. After running fourteen consecutive green flag laps, there were two cautions before the final lap could be scored.

Wills raced ahead of Ken Watson, Jr. for the win after former track champion, Pat Conaway spun on the final circuit. Spider Ensinger picked up another solid finish to take third over Mike Creamer and Brian Ludwig.

The Bridgeport Speedway will present the bonus hand of the 811 Dig Safely 2016 Poker Series this coming Saturday, October 1st. The Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks will compete in the tripleheader show to be followed by Powder Puff competition on the quarter mile. Drivers have the opportunity to better their poker hands during this event. Racing gets underway at 6pm.

1 – Billy Pauch, 2 – Jamie Mills, 3 – Dominick Buffalino, 4 – Duane Howard, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Godown, 7 – Billy Pauch Jr, 8 – Neal Williams, 9 – Sam Martz, 10 – Ryan Watt, 11 – Craig VonDohren, 12 – Tyler Dippel, 13 – Ryan Anderson, 14 – Tommy Beamer, 15 – Mike Iles, 16 – Richie Pratt Jr, 17 – Jimmy Horton, 18 – Travis Hill, 19 – CJ Jones, 20 – Wade Hendrickson, 21 – Billy VanInwegen, 22 – Bobby Drayton, 23 – Rick Laubach, 24 – Dave Shirk, 25 – Jeff Strunk, 26 – Rocco Infante, 27 – Danny Bouc

1 – Craig Whitmoyer, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – Eric Kormann, 4 – Brandon Grosso, 5 – Ryan Lilick, 6 – Dave Damiano, 7 – Brad Arnold, 8 – Clyde Cox, 9 – John Micek, 10 – Jordan Henn, 11 – Kyle Lilick, 12 – Dakota Kessler, 13 – John McGovern, 14 – Roger Manning, 15 – Chuck Potts, 16 – Scott Hulmes, 17 – Tom Sherby, 18 – Brian Hitz, 19 – Devin Dodson, 20 – JR Burritt, 21 – Matt Stangle, 22 – Steve Searock, 23 – Adam Cox, 24 – Steve Desmylek

1 – Tom Wills Jr, 2 – Ken Watson Jr, 3 – Spider Ensinger, 4 – Mike Creamer, 5 – Brian Ludwig, 6 – Tom Princiotta, 7 – Art Avery, 8 – John Parker, 9 – Fred Tomarchio, 10 – Rich Stinson, 11 – Pat Conaway, 12 – Joe Meron, 13 – Tom Wills Sr., 14 – Roy Combs

Upcoming events

Saturday, October 1 – Poker Series Bonus Hand – Big Block Modifies, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff Races on the 1/4 mile, racing at 6pm

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 – Misfits 4×4 Fall Down & Dirty Weekend plus Demo Derby, 7pm Saturday

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 – URC/360 Sprints Big Track Classic plus Crate/Sportsman Showdown

Friday, November 11 – Wild Card Weekend – 358 Small Blocks, TSRS Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks plus practice for Saturday

Saturday, November 12 – Gone But Not Forgotten – 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Hand #5 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks

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Swedesboro, NJ September 23, 2016 – It brought back memories for seasoned racing fans!

It was a show not many will forget as two drivers who have forged stellar careers in stock car racing over the span of forty years battled wheel to wheel and side by side for more than half the race.

Frank Cozze picked up his first Bridgeport Speedway win in more than twenty years as he held off the challenges of Billy Pauch to win the twenty-five lap 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the eve of the first running of The King of the Big Blocks! It was Cozze’s seventh Bridgeport Speedway win while Pauch sits tied for third on the track’s All Time Feature Winner’s List with fifty-eight wins.

It was Cozze’s fourth win of the season for car owner, Tom Umbenhauer. Cozze lined up along side of 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt for the start and quickly jumped out in front. Pauch drove into second from his sixth place start on lap eleven and the battle was on.

Lap after lap, Pauch would race ahead of Cozze on the inside as the two battled side by side through the turns but it was Cozze who would roll the outside off the corner to regain the lead. Pauch edged ahead as the leaders raced across the line to complete lap seventeen but Cozze was back in front as the pair exited turn two on the next circuit.

Cozze and Pauch led a stellar field of talent to the checkered flag at the end of twenty-five laps. The amount of racing history represented in those first to spots is nothing less than staggering. Billy Pauch, Jr. finished third in his own Kid Racing No. 15. Dominick Buffalino finished fourth with Brett Kressley racing into fifth on the final laps.

Watt, Tyler Dippel, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Krachun and Rick Laubach rounded out the top ten finishers.

Steph Palmai-Carberry returned to Bridgeport’s Victory Lane when she picked up the win in the Hilborn Tri-State Race Savers Sprint Car (TSRS) feature event earlier in the evening after leading from the green flag to the checkered. The winner was greeted in Victory Lane by her father and grandfather who have played integral roles in her racing career.

Tim Tanner raced into second on lap fourteen and began to cut in to the lead but was unable to get to Palmai-Carberry’s No. 99 before the checkered. Tanner finished second with Robbie Stillwaggon racing into third in the race’s final laps. Tommy Carberry, the winner’s husband finishing fourth with Mike Haggenbottom rounding out the top five. It was the final night of points for TSRS as Haggenbottom earned his fifth consecutive title with his fifth place finish.

Several hot lap sessions were offered for the Big Block Modifieds who will take center stage tonight (Saturday) in the first King of the Big Blocks event. Fifty laps of Big Block Modifieds with $12,000 going to the winner in an event sponsored by K&A Excavating Company and United Rental Inc.

By virtue of the quick laps in the final timed sessions, Craig VonDohren and Brett Kressley earned guaranteed starting spots in the King of the Big Blocks.

1 – Frank Cozze, 2 – Billy Pauch, 3 – Billy Pauch Jr, 4 – Dominick Buffalino, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Watt, 7 – Tyler Dippel, 8 – Craig Von Dohren, 9 – Ryan Krachun, 10 – Rick Laubach, 11 – John McClelland, 12 – Duane Howard, 13 – Jim Britt, 14 – Tommy Scheetz, 15 – Ray Swinehart, 16 – PJ Oiver, 17 – Ryan Forte, 18 – Ron Roberts, 19 – Brian Papiez, 20 – Eric Kormann, 21 – Kevin Vaclavicek, 22 – John Pakenham, 23 – Mike Iles, 24 – Ryan Godown, 25 – Jimmy Horton, 26 – Richie Pratt

1 – Steph Palmai-Carberry, 2 – Tim Tanner Jr, 3 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 4 – Tommy Carberry, 5 – Mike Haggenbottom, 6 – Eddie Wagner, 7 – Joe Lord, 8 – Dave Brown, 9 – Joe Kay, 10 – Kyle Purks, 11 – Chris Allen, 12 – Samantha Lieberman, 13 – Bryant Davis, 14 – David Bonner, 15 – Harris Kohen, 16 – Tim Smolenyak, 17 – Douglas Snow, 18 – Scott Frack, 19 – Doug Suiter, 20 – Jeff Geiges, 21 – Rick Steif

Upcoming events

Saturday, October 1 – Poker Series Bonus Hand – Big Block Modifies, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff Races on the 1/4 mile

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 – Misfits 4×4 Fall Down & Dirty Weekend plus Demo Derby, 7pm Saturday

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 – URC/360 Sprints Big Track Classic plus Crate/Sportsman Showdown

Friday, November 11 – Wild Card Weekend – 358 Small Blocks, TSRS Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks plus practice for Saturday

Saturday, November 12 – Gone But Not Forgotten – 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Hand #5 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks

Wall Stadium


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. September 24, 2016- Eric Mauriello put all of his bad fortunes of the 2016 season behind him Saturday night and won the 40-lap Downs Ford Modified stock car main event at Wall Stadium Speedway. The “Snap On Night” win was the Howell resident’s first victory of the season.

Mauriello took full advantage of the front row starting spot, earned in the handicapping system by his streak of poor fortunes, to rocket to the lead at the outset. He was first forced to fight off the advances of Derek Hopkinson before the Toms River race was forced to pit on lap 26 with a flat right front tire. Steven Reed of Jackson, the defending champion and point leader, then took up the chase and hounded Mauriello most of the way.

At the checker flag Mauriello was the winner while Reed stretched his point lead slightly by finishing second. Title contender Andrew Krause of Holmdel, who spent much of the race passing cars in the outside lane, finished third and another title contender, Chas Okerson of Freehold, was fourth. New Egypt’s Jason Hearne was fifth.

“It just feels good to get this off my shoulders and win a race,” Mauriello said in the winner’s circle. “This has been a real tough year. We’ve had some good finishes and we’ve had out share of bad luck. It is really nobody’s fault, just racing. I have to thank Dick and Robert Barney for giving me a great car every week and for sticking with it.”

Snap On Sportsman title contender Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. overcame challenges by Dom Fattarusso of Brick and Jackson’s Blake Barney to cross the finish line first in the 30-lap “Fan Appreciation Night” feature race. Barney was second and Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan was third. Tyler Truex of Mayetta and Nick Shaw wrapped up the top five. Howell’s Kevin Davison, the point leader going into the event, was involved in two skirmishes during the race and was forced to come from the rear of the field twice. The combination of Collins’ crossing the line first and Davison’s eighth place finish puts them in a points knot going into this Saturday’s final point race of the campaign.

As of Sunday the Sportsman finish is not yet official while technical inspectors determine whether or not a motor part in Collins car conforms to rules.

Ron Booth of Eatontown grabbed the lead with ten laps remaining to win the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock 25-lapper. Booth, who works for Snap On, enjoyed his win in front of his company’s crowd. Brick’s Joe Mongeau all but wrapped up the driving title by finishing second, with early leader Scott Maher of Brick, Union’s Joey Helberg and Gerry Koenig of Seaford, N.Y. completing the top five.

TJ Graves of Wall crossed the finish line first in the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lapper, but when his car had trouble with an unapproved chassis part in post-race inspection Brick’s Ronnie Mullen was awarded the win. Howell’s Brian Osborn, Darren Burdge of Jackson, Brick’s Jason Lane and Jeff Loesch of Neptune City were second through fifth.

Defending champ Robert French of Howell won the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars grabbing the top spot near halfway. Joe McGrath of Middletown, Edgewater Park’s Nick Van Wickle, Brick’s Chris Gall and Peter Bruno of Little Silver completed the top five.

Shannon Mongeau of Manchester won his second straight 25-lapper for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models coming from the rear of the field. Freehold’s Howie Conk, Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y., Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and point leader Mike Tillett of Bayville were second through fifth.

The Saturday night stock car regular season wraps up this Saturday (Oct. 1) with “Champions’ Night” competition. All feature races will offer double points and champions will be crowned in every division. In competition will be the Modifieds in a 40-lapper, the Sportsman cars in a 30-lapper and the Factory Stocks, Legend Cars, Limited Late Models and the 4 Cylinder Stocks all racing in 25-lappers. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m. In the event of rain on “Champions’ Night,” a Saturday night, October 8, rain date is in effect.

Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” on October 15 and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned. Each event will be contested during the daylight hours and details will be announced soon.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, the website is and email address is

MODIFIED FEAUTE – 40 Laps – 1. ERIC MAURIELLO, HOWELL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Chas Okerson, 5. Jason Hearne, 6. Shaun Carrig, 7. Ron Frees, 8. Shawna Ingraham, 9. Derek Hopkinson, 10. Zack Alspach, 11. Chris Lane, 12. Jonathan Mandato, 13. Justin Gumley, 14. Ed Delage, 15. Rob Hyer

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. RICKY COLLINS, WILLOW GROVE, PA., 2. Blake Barney, 3. Kenny Van Wickle, 4. Tyler Truex, 5. Nick Shaw, 6. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 7. Dom Fattarusso, 8. Kevin Davison, 9. Chris Owsik, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Roland DeMartino, 12. Dave Bailey, 13. Joe Cocca, 14. Jonathan Laureigh, 15. Jimmy Wolcott, 16. Kenny Green, 17. Donnie Ericson, 18. Scott Brannick

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RON BOOTH, EATONTOWN, 2. Joe Mongeau, 3. Scott Maher, 4. Joey Helberg, 5. Gerry Koenig, 6. Richie Byrne, 7. Bill Stockert, 8. Jerry Stanzione, 9. Rob Longo, 10. Rick Siddons, 11. Tim O’Shea, 12. Tom Rajkowski, 13. John Carpenter, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Matt Badessa, 16. Scott Riggleman

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK, 2. Brian Osborne, 3. Darren Burdge, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. Frank Ciancitto, 7. Richard Smith, 8. Mike Lavery, 9. Todd Pilla, 10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Fred Cannock, 12. Jay Conrad, DQ TJ Graves

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Joe McGrath, 3. Nick Van Wickle, 4. Chris Gall, 5. Peter Bruno, 6. Luke Marzano, 7. Malcolm Campbell, 8. Art Marrero, 9. Roger Nickerson, 10. Louie Keraitis

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Howie Conk, 3. Ray Minieri, 4. Brian Doyle, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Glen Conk, 7. Michelle Moorman, 8. Bill Vanderveen

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Ian Madsen scores Four Crown Nationals victory for first ever Eldora Speedway win,
Chad Kemenah reclaims Arctic Cat All Star championship point lead over Dale Blaney

ROSSBURG, Ohio (September 24, 2016) – Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time can make all of the difference. For Ian Madsen, that statement proved to be worth $5,000.

For the first time in his career, Ian Madsen is a main event winner at the world-famous Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio; scoring a victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the 35th Annual Four Crown Nationals.

Climbing ahead from third on the feature grid, Madsen took command officially on lap 28, utilizing Rico Abreu’s misfortune while racing in the runner-up position. The victory was Madsen’s third against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the course of his career, but his first in 2016. Chad Kemenah finished second, followed by Randy Hannagan, Kraig Kinser and Brady Bacon.

“It’s really awesome to get a win at this place,” Ian Madsen explained. “I’ve always dreamed of winning a race at Eldora Speedway. It’s really cool to be able to stand up here on this victory lane stage. I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work. Kyle, Mark, Jackson, and all of the guys back home, Brett and Matt; they all do so much. My crew chief, Kyle Ripper, gave me a great car tonight. We’ve been knocking on the door to get a big win, so this is awesome.”

A pair of California natives, Rico Abreu and Randy Hannagan, led the feature starters to green on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Hannagan earned the early advantage, leading Chad Kemenah and Rico Abreu by the flagstand for the first time. The “Hurricane” kept control for the first six circuits, eventually feeling some pressure from the duo racing directly behind him. A pair of cautions on lap seven would halt competition for the first time during the 30-lap main event, erasing Hannagan’s advantage at the front of the field. The cautions proved to be beneficial for second place running Rico Abreu; using the momentum change to drive by Hannagan when green flag action returned to officially lead the seventh circuit.

Abreu drove on to dominate the next 20 circuits, outrunning Randy Hannagan, Chad Kemenah and eventually Ian Madsen through two additional cautions and periods of intense traffic. Unfortunately, Abreu’s dominating performance would soon come to a halt; spinning all alone between turns three and four on lap 28, eventually adding Lee Jacobs to the pileup. Madsen, who battled his way forward after starting on the inside of row two, inherited command. His lucky strike would soon pay off, keeping Chad Kemenah and Randy Hannagan at bay for the last three circuits to secure $5,000 and a first-ever trip to the Eldora Speedway victory lane stage.

“I don’t think we had anything for Rico (Abreu),” Madsen explained. “We got a lucky break there, so we had to make the most of it.”

With his runner-up finish, Chad Kemenah officially reclaims the top spot in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase, now holding a 20-point cushion over Dale Blaney, and a 70-point cushion over Sheldon Haudenschild, heading into the next Arctic Cat All Star program. Blaney and Haudenschild each suffered from problems during the Four Crown Nationals main event; Blaney made contact with the turn four retaining wall, while Haudenschild suffered from engine failure.

“You have to finish every race. My crew always gives me a great opportunity to do that,” Chad Kemenah explained. “We just keep plugging away and we keep earning podiums. Ian (Madsen) had a really good car tonight. I actually felt like I was getting better and better as the race went on. We were able to move around quite a bit on the race track. We were good enough to run second to him and I’ll take it.”

With only two weeks to wait, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to The Big E on Saturday evening, October 8, for the Eldora Speedway season finale. Dubbed the Sprintacular, the sprint car triple-header will feature the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, NRA ‘360’ Sprint Invaders and the BOSS non-wing sprint cars, each conducting a full program including preliminary competition and main events. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will battle for a $5,000 top prize, as well as full points, during the annual Sprintacular; the fourth and final Eldora Speedway appearance for the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2016.

Those seeking additional information regarding the 2016 Eldora Speedway Sprintacular should visit Eldora Speedway live on the Web at

Contingency Awards/Results: Eldora Speedway – Saturday, September 24, 2016:
Event: 35th Annual Four Crown Nationals
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 37 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Dale Blaney – 14.490 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Randy Hannagan – 14.158 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Jac Haudenschild
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Tyler Courtney
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Sheldon Haudenschild
EMi Heat #4: Caleb Helms
JE Pistons Dash: Rico Abreu
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Ian Madsen
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Max Stambaugh (+12)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Jac Haudenschild (6th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Kerry Madsen
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Cole Duncan
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

1.11N-Randy Hannagan, 14.158; 2.11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.243; 3.24-Rico Abreu, 14.258; 4.70-Dean Jacobs, 14.259; 5.1-Dale Blaney, 14.281; 6.10H-Chad Kemenah, 14.339; 7.99-Brady Bacon, 14.387; 8.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.396; 9.18-Ian Madsen, 14.500; 10.35-Jac Haudenschild, 14.548; 11.21-Cap Henry, 14.549; 12.81-Lee Jacobs, 14.565; 13.17W-Kerry Madsen, 14.572; 14.8M-TJ Michael, 14.602; 15.20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.649; 16.23-DJ Foos, 14.691; 17.40-Caleb Helms, 14.739; 18.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 14.740; 19.49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.755; 20.9X-Cole Duncan, 14.782; 21.OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.817; 22.23c-Tyler Courtney, 14.835; 23.57X-Andrew Palker, 14.885; 24.19P-Paige Polyak, 14.890; 25.33M-Max Stambaugh, 14.932; 26.09x-Carson Macedo, 14.976; 27.83-Adam Cruea, 15.022; 28.71m-Paul May, 15.109; 29.O7-Jacob Wilson, 15.127; 30.7J-Joe Swanson, 15.140; 31.59-Ben Schmidt, 15.167; 32.11R-Chase Ridenour, 15.288; 33.10S-Jay Steinebach, 15.314; 34.49H-Bradley Howard, 15.321; 35.60-Kory Crabtree, 15.611; 36.6-Bill Rose, 15.649; 37.5B-Chad Blonde, 15.693;

Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)
1. 35-Jac Haudenschild[2] ; 2. 99-Brady Bacon[3] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[4] ; 4. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg[1] ; 5. 23-DJ Foos[5] ; 6. 09x-Carson Macedo[6] ; 7. O7-Jacob Wilson[7] ; 8. 7J-Joe Swanson[8] ; 9. 6-Bill Rose[10] ; 10. 60-Kory Crabtree[9]

Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)
1. 23c-Tyler Courtney[1] ; 2. 18-Ian Madsen[3] ; 3. 17W-Kerry Madsen[2] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[4] ; 5. 19P-Paige Polyak[5] ; 6. 33M-Max Stambaugh[6] ; 7. 59-Ben Schmidt[7] ; 8. 11R-Chase Ridenour[8]

Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[2] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[3] ; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[4] ; 4. 21-Cap Henry[1] ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs[5] ; 6. 71m-Paul May[8] ; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard[9] ; 8. OO-Dane Lorenc[7] ; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer[6]

Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps)
1. 40-Caleb Helms[1] ; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan[4] ; 3. 70-Dean Jacobs[3] ; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[5] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[2] ; 6. 9X-Cole Duncan[6] ; 7. 57X-Andrew Palker[7] ; 8. 83-Adam Cruea[8] ; 9. 10S-Jay Steinebach[9]

Dash 1 – (6 Laps)
1. 24-Rico Abreu[3] ; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan[1] ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen[5] ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[2] ; 5. 99-Brady Bacon[6] ; 6. 35-Jac Haudenschild[4] ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[8] ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser[7]

B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 33M-Max Stambaugh[5] ; 2. OO-Dane Lorenc[3] ; 3. 9X-Cole Duncan[2] ; 4. 09x-Carson Macedo[6] ; 5. 71m-Paul May[8] ; 6. 59-Ben Schmidt[11] ; 7. 83-Adam Cruea[7] ; 8. 7J-Joe Swanson[10] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson[9] ; 10. 60-Kory Crabtree[15] ; 11. 49H-Bradley Howard[14] ; 12. 6-Bill Rose[16] ; 13. 57X-Andrew Palker[4] ; 14. 49D-Shawn Dancer[1] ; 15. 10S-Jay Steinebach[13] ; 16. 11R-Chase Ridenour[12] ; 17. 5B-Chad Blonde[17]

A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 18-Ian Madsen[3] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[4] ; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan[2] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[8] ; 5. 99-Brady Bacon[5] ; 6. 35-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 7. 21-Cap Henry[15] ; 8. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[16] ; 9. 33M-Max Stambaugh[21] ; 10. 17W-Kerry Madsen[12] ; 11. 70-Dean Jacobs[13] ; 12. 23c-Tyler Courtney[10] ; 13. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg[14] ; 14. 09x-Carson Macedo[24] ; 15. 9X-Cole Duncan[23] ; 16. 23-DJ Foos[17] ; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker[25] ; 18. 40-Caleb Helms[9] ; 19. 24-Rico Abreu[1] ; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[7] ; 21. 8M-TJ Michael[20] ; 22. 81-Lee Jacobs[19] ; 23. 1-Dale Blaney[11] ; 24. 19P-Paige Polyak[18] ; 25. OO-Dane Lorenc[22]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (September 24, 2016):
1. Chad Kemenah – 4960
2. Dale Blaney – 4940
3. Sheldon Haudenschild – 4890
4. Cap Henry -4646
5. Kraig Kinser – 4586
6. Danny Holtgraver – 4580
7. T.J. Michael – 4370
8. Caleb Helms – 4190
9. Lee Jacobs – 4042
10. Andrew Palker – 3980

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 📿should visit their 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.

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Rossburg, Ohio September 24, 2016 – Chris Windom left no doubt that he came to Eldora Speedway Saturday night in championship mode.

The Canton, Illinois driver arrived at Eldora’s “4-Crown Nationals” with a ten-point deficit to two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson.

By the time Windom pulled into victory lane after a dominating, soul-crushing performance on the half-mile dirt oval, he was the USAC Silver Crown division’s newest champion.

Earlier in the night, it appeared that Windom’s fortunes would not play in his favor after teammate Tyler Courtney knocked him off the pole with a great qualifying run late in the session, thus denying Windom the three bonus points that go along with being ProSource Fast Qualifier in the Silver Crown Series.

Despite that, Windom still had a seat on the outside of the front row for the series’ season finale with Courtney on the inside of the front row. Swanson started fourth.
The objective for Swanson was clear: finish 3rd or better and the Silver Crown title was his. And that’s where Swanson intended to get to as soon as possible.

At the drop of the green flag, a four-car scramble for the lead ensued with Jeff Swindell ducking underneath polesitter Courtney while Swanson split between the cars of Courtney and Windom as he shot into turn one. Windom utilized the high side and the momentum to zip to the point off turn two on the opening lap with Swanson occupying second.

By lap ten, Windom had already built up a half-lap advantage and had already begun to enter heavy lapped traffic. Windom continued to put the hurt on the field, but, unfortunately for him, there are no style points for the margin of lead a driver has. Though Swanson was on the opposite side of the track as Windom, as long as Swanson maintained that position in the top-three, he would retain the point lead.

However, on lap 15, disaster dashed Swanson’s championship dream.

As Swanson ducked low into turn one, he came upon the lapped car of Dakota Jackson. The two made contact, causing both Swanson and Jackson to spin to a stop.

Swanson would return to the work area in the pits where the DePalma Motorsports crew assessed the extent of the damage. The front bumper was broken off and the steering was seriously hindered with the front wheels not angled in their intended direction.

Yet, Swanson and his crew refused to throw in the towel and sent him back out onto the racetrack where he would restart eighth on the lap 15 restart. But, as soon he entered turn one, Swanson promptly looped it on his own to bring out another yellow.

On the ensuing restart, Windom was gone, where he’d eventually build an insurmountable 16.9 second lead around the half-mile as he set a torrid pace in which he lapped all the way up to third-place!

Just as Windom was setting up to put a lap on his teammate Courtney, who was running third, with 14 laps to go, Davey Ray completed a 360 spin at the bottom of turn four to bring out the night’s final caution.

Meanwhile, Swanson had amazingly carried his car to the end of the 50-lap race in which he had actually worked his way up to fifth in the final laps. If a couple of cars in front of him in the running order encountered trouble of some sort, causing them to drop out, Swanson would be right back in championship contention.

However, none of these scenarios would play out as Windom continued to absolutely hammer the field in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/Wallace on his way to his third Silver Crown victory of the season over Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon and Kody Swanson.

“I’m at a loss for words,” a thrilled Windom said. “I knew it was going to be a big feat coming in. It was tough to see Kody (Swanson) go out with hardships ike that early in the race. We fought all year and we’ve earned every bit of this championship. From Rob Hart at the start of the year to bringing on Evan Avart, he’s been spot on for me. This car drove itself around here. It was amazing! (The car) was perfect. It couldn’t have been any better. I got to thank Fred and Gloria (Gormly). I’m so happy to get them a championship. We’re going to celebrate now!”

With the points accumulated by a trio of victories at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois and Eldora as well as a top-five finish in all nine series races this season, Windom defeated Swanson in the final Silver Crown standings by a mere five points, making it one of the closest point races in the history of the United States Auto Club.

It’s the first time since 1992 that an Eldora Silver Crown season finale featured a points change at the top. Furthermore, Windom’s victory marked the 12th time in the 46-year history of the series that the winner of the season finale race was also the season champion.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Joe Liguori (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).


USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 35th “4-Crown Nationals”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 99, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 2. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 3. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-18.187; 4. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-18.248; 5. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-18.273; 6. Dave Darland, 6, Klatt-18.592; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.595; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.796; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-18.823; 10. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-18.999; 11. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-19.003; 12. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-19.159.13. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-19.225; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-19.227; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-19.265; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-19.281; 17. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-19.311; 18. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-19.392; 19. Dakota Jackson, 120, Nolen-19.464; 20. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 27, Phillips-19.471; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 0, Barker/Thackery-19.559; 22. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-20.154; 23. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT (Time of 19.717 disallowed).

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Chris Fetter, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Dakota Jackson, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. David Byrne, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Mitch Wissmiller, 19. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 20. Dave Berkheimer, 21. Aaron Pierce, 22. C.J. Leary. NT
**Tyler flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Windom.


FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-588, 2-Swanson-583, 3-Grant-474, 4-Coons-465, 5-Byrne-400, 6-Cottle-381, 7-Shuman-376, 8-Nemire-342, 9-Liguori-318, 10-Bacon-268.

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Rossburg, Ohio September 24, 2016 – Eldora Speedway has provided the highest of highs and lowest of lows to Justin Grant over the last couple of seasons.

Just a little over four months after his most recent visit to Eldora Speedway, Grant, a 2015 Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner, found himself without a full-time sprint car ride.

Throughout the summer the Ione, California driver bounced around between a handful of different teams searching for consistent success, but since joining forces with the Sam McGhee Motorsports team in mid-August, the pair have jelled to become a force night-in, night-out.

Saturday night at Eldora, it all finally came together for the team and the driver as they both recorded their biggest wins to date in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the 35th running of the “4-Crown Nationals.”

On the opening lap, outside front row starter Matt Westfall held off a Thomas Meseraull slider in the first turn to secure the lead early on. Instantly, Grant followed Westfall on the outside to fall in line in the second spot.

Westfall, an Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner back in 2006, looked solid in the early going, leading the first third of the feature. But Grant was on a mission that saw him dive to the bottom of turn three on lap 11, sliding up in front of Westfall to claim the lead as Westfall began to fade.

Eighth starting Chris Windom began to ascend by the midway point of the 30-lapper as he reeled in Grant just before a lap 13 caution fell for the stopped car of Scotty Weir, who was caught up in a back straightaway kerfuffle that involved a few cars, with Weir being the unluckiest one of the bunch.

The yellow placed Windom on the tail of Grant for the lap 13 restart, providing a prime opportunity for Windom to challenge Grant.

Windom hurried to the bottom for a slide job on Grant, momentarily nosing ahead between turns one and two, but with little room to spare with Windom underneath him and the concrete wall to his outside, but Grant kept his foot on the gas to escape through the narrow alley left open to reclaim the lead.

Grant would extend his lead to a full second over Windom, and by the time he would reach lapped traffic with ten to go, Grant would gladly accept all the extra breathing room he could get.

The two continued to engage in a high-speed, high-wire act through the back of the field as they came upon the car of Jerry Coons, Jr. with five laps to go. Grant had to briefly step out of the throttle, allowing Windom to pull alongside the inside of Grant momentarily, but was unable to rip the lead away from Grant.

Windom remained within striking distance of Grant in the final circuits as Grant threaded the needle, going for the jugular as he squeezed his way between the lapped cars of Bret Mellenberndt and Jarett Andretti at the entrance of turn one.

Grant manufactured a little bit of space between himself and Windom that might’ve made all the difference. And Grant certainly knows all too well how quickly things can happen at Eldora for better or worse, having stolen a victory from C.J. Leary’s grasp at Eldora during the 2015 “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends.”

On the final corner of the final lap, Windom was close, but not close enough for any last lap heroics on this night, as Grant hung on to win his fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and the first ever for the Sam McGhee Motorsports Team over Windom, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Tyler Courtney.

“I don’t know what it was like behind me, but it was exciting looking out of the front of the 17 car,” the exuberant Grant said in victory lane after taking the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco to the victory. “The holes in one and two were a handful. It seemed like it was fastest just to run right through them. (Turns) three and four were real tricky. I had to be careful not to get into the fence down there. When you get in lapped traffic, you’re just kind of on a hope and a prayer.”

“I can’t thank the McGhee family enough,” Grant continued. “Sam McGhee does an amazing job with this racecar. He’s 16 years old. He does all the work on this thing, sets it up and calls all the shots; he’s incredible! This race has always been one of the big ones to me, if not the biggest one. I’ve won at Eldora before, but the “4-Crown” is a whole other level of special.”

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kody Swanson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Matt Goodnight (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Bret Mellenberndt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 35th “4-Crown Nationals”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.514; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.612; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.612; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.705; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.901; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.918; 7. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-17.048; 8. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-17.105; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.113; 10. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-17.172; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.190; 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.193; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-17.248; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.249; 15. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.283; 16. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-17.301; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.314; 18. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.320; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.354; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.355; 21. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.398; 22. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.433; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.440; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.451; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.459; 26. Jerry Coons Jr., 20N, Nolen-17.542; 27. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-17.552; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-17.557; 29. Carson Short, 66, Amati-17.609; 30. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-17.719; 31. Logan Hupp, 7x, Gindling-17.730; 32. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.741; 33. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-17.836; 34. Drew Rader, 74, Seven-Four-17.847; 35. Travis Hery, 21, Hery-17.852; 36. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-17.856; 37. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-17.883; 38. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-18.036; 39. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, DPI-18.203; 40. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-18.259.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Simon, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Stockon, 7. C.Short, 8. DiMattia, 9. Blackhurst, 10. Underwood. 2:14.65

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Whited, 5. Bilbee, 6. Coons, 7. Andretti, 8. Rose, 9. K.Wissmiller, 10. Rader. 2:12.50

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Goodnight, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Meseraull, 5. Cottle, 6. Hery, 7. Hupp, 8. Smith, 9. Ingle, 10. Windom. 2:13.81

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Chapple, 3. Weir, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Hall, 7. Bares, 8. Creech, 9. Courtney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Courtney, 3. Windom, 4. Boespflug, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Andretti, 7. Coons, 8. Bilbee, 9. Cottle, 10. C.Short, 11. Rose, 12. Hall, 13. Hupp, 14. Rader, 15. Bares, 16. Blackhurst, 16. Hery, 18. Creech, 19. K.Wissmiller, 20. Underwood, 21. Ingle, 22. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Josh Hodges, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Carson Short, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Scotty Weir, 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT
**Courtney flipped during the fourth heat. DiMattia flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Westfall, Laps 11-30 Grant.


NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,214, 2-Stockon-1,979, 3-Robert Ballou-1,919, 4-Meseraull-1,910, 5-Darland-1,855, 6-Boespflug & Leary-1,774, 8-Windom-1,708, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,209.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 1 – Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -“Fall Nationals”

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Rossburg, Ohio September 24, 2016 – Rico Abreu arrived at Eldora Speedway Saturday evening via an airplane ride alongside Tony Stewart after competing in the afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in New Hampshire.

As soon as the St. Helena, California driver hit the western Ohio half-mile for the first time on Saturday, it almost seemed as if Abreu was still on-board a jet as he piloted his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entry to a complete sweep of the night’s USAC National Midget events, recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then following that up with a new 8-lap track record run on his way to a heat race victory before slashing his way to third from his sixth starting position by the end of the first lap of the feature.

Abreu rocketed around the outside of teammate Tanner Thorson in turn two on the second lap, and then quickly ran down leader Chad Boat by the time the two got to turn three.

Abreu instantly shot down to the bottom of turn three for a classic Eldora slide job right up in front of Boat to take the top spot as Boat countered underneath Abreu and drag raced to the line with Abreu beating Boat back to the stripe by a wheel.

Boat, who won both nights at the “Belleville Midget Nationals,” one month ago, made one more attempt on Abreu into turn one on the third lap, but came up short as Abreu shot out of a cannon off the turn two cushion to instantly leave Boat in his afterthoughts.
By the tenth lap, Abreu had established a full-straightaway lead that continued to grow as he sliced, diced and pureed his way through the backmarkers while the lap counter on the scoreboard ticked away, but with just four laps remaining, Abreu’s lead would be wiped away as Tyler Courtney slowed with a broken U-Joint.

On the lap 22 restart, it was no contest as Abreu pulled away without missing a beat, but the battle for second waged between Boat, Thorson and Brady Bacon became the race to watch as Thorson slid by Boat for second entering turn one. Bacon slipped past Boat as well for third and made a mad-dash toward Thorson for second in turn one a lap later that came up short.

Yet, in the distance was Abreu who finished off one of the most impressive drives in “4-Crown” midget history as he lapped up to sixth place on his way to his second career USAC Midget victory at Eldora (2013) in his Keith Kunz – Curb-Agajanian/DC Solar – Abreu Vineyards/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“Keith Kunz gives me phenomenal racecars every time I come and race with him. I’m very fortunate I get to race with him,” Abreu praised. “It’s special every time I get to stand up here (at Eldora). I’ve come close a lot this year and last year, but just never was able to get a win, but we’ve had solid finishes here.”

Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson took second in his Keith Kunz – Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD – JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota as he edged his way into the thick of a tightened USAC National Midget point race where he now sits just 30 points out of the lead behind Spencer Bayston who dropped out on the sixth lap of Saturday night’s feature and finishing in the 22nd position.

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, finished third in his FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota. With five races remaining, Bacon finds himself 27 points out of the lead in the series standings and just five behind Boat.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Carson Macedo (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Jake Neuman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).


USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 35th “4-Crown Nationals”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.164; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.647; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-17.647; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.721; 5. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-17.724; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.775; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.852; 8. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.972; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 25x, Petry/Goff-18.065; 10. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-18.153; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7k, Irwin-18.155; 12. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-18.197; 13. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-18.211; 14. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-18.236; 15. Justin Grant, 37x, Felker-18.391; 16. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-18.491; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52c, Chapple-18.528; 18. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW-19.075; 19. Eric Hein, 3, Drangmeister-20.411; 19. Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-NT (Time of 19.266 disallowed); 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-NT (Time of 19.763 disallowed); 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-NT; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-NT; 24. Carson Macedo, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 25. Ken Drangmeister, 76, Drangmeister-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Thorson, 3. Felker, 4. Robinson, 5. Neuman, 6. Blackhurst, 7. Hein, 8. DiMattia. 2:08.94 (NTR)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. Ray, 4. Shelton, 5. Chapple, 6. Courtney, 7. Bell. 2:15.76

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Coons, 5. Grant, 6. Greth, 7. Wood, 8. Gipson. 2:14.25

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Jake Neuman, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Bear Wood, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Tyler Courtney, 19. Eric Hein, 20. Gary Gipson, 21. Ryan Greth, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT
**DiMattia and Macedo flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boat, Laps 2-25 Abreu.


NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-947, 2-Boat-925, 3-Bacon-920, 4-Thorson-917, 5-Macedo-805, 6-Bryan Clauson-720, 7-Robinson-693, 8-Shellton-640, 9-Tyler Thomas-589, 10-Greth-493.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: October 6-7-8 – Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway – “Gold Crown Midget Nationals”

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