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USAC PARTNERS WITH ARDC FOR 19-RACE EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET SLATE IN 2017
The United States Auto Club and the American Racing Drivers Club have announced a partnership that begins in 2017 with a 19-race slate scheduled at a bevy of traditional stops for midget racing in the east.
The USAC Eastern Regional Midget Series presented by ARDC will ensure that midget racing remains a stronghold in the east. The clubs are two of the most storied in the history of midget auto racing with ARDC's roots dating back to 1940 and USAC's to 1956.
The USAC Midgets' renewed presence in the east over the last couple of seasons has created new opportunities for the famed series to add on to its long-standing Western States Midget Championship with the Midwest Midget Championship, which debuted last year, and its new partnership with ARDC in the east.
"I am thrilled that we are partnering with an organization with the legacy of ARDC," USAC National Series Director Levi Jones said. "By partnering with ARDC, it solidifies the presence of USAC Midget racing across the United States' landscape from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast, in addition to the USAC Midget National Championship. I am really looking forward to working with (ARDC President) Wayne Lesher, the drivers and teams of ARDC for the 2017 season and beyond."
"Everyone involved with the ARDC is very excited of our partnership with USAC," Lesher stated. "USAC gives the ARDC a national platform and ARDC gives USAC a regional presence on the east coast. Both organizations have a common goal of promoting midget racing, so it wasn't a hard decision for either side to make."
ARDC's 75th year of competition is highlighted by high-profile events including six that share the stage with USAC's national series. In fact, the series will share the event card with all three of the national divisions in 2017.
On June 15 and 16, the USAC/ARDC Midgets will race on back-to-back nights at the historic Williams Grove Speedway half-mile in Mechanicsburg, PA. The first of the two events, which are both part of the 11th annual Eastern Storm, takes place on Thursday, June 15 with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. The following night, Friday, June 16, the midgets compete on a docket that also features the USAC Silver Crown Championship's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" 100-lapper.
Amid the month of August, the third edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week comes to the Keystone State for four races at four different tracks in a span of five nights in a battle for territorial supremacy with the USAC Midget National Championship.
York Haven's Susquehanna Speedway kicks the week off on Sunday, Aug. 13 with races at Spring Run's Path Valley Speedway Park (Aug. 14) and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on the two following nights. A one-day break for rest or a possible rain date (if needed) is slated for Aug. 16 with the week concluding at a yet-to-be-determined venue in Pennsylvania on Aug. 17.
The remainder of the 2017 schedule will be showcased at a variety of familiar stops, including four dates at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA on Mar. 31, May 5, June 30 and Sept. 29; three races on tap at Lanco on Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Aug. 15; four at Susquehanna on Apr. 29, May 20, Jul. 29 and Aug. 13; and a pair at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, PA on May 19 and Jul. 21. Additionally, two TBA dates are slated for Sep. 8-9.
ARDC is the longest, continuously-operating midget racing series in the United States, crowning its first champion, Bill Schindler, after the 1940 season. In 2016, Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA, a veteran of both ARDC and USAC for several seasons as well as the winner of a Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary feature win, earned the title.
The lineage of ARDC champions includes some of the most legendary and successful names in midget auto racing history including Henry Banks, Dutch Schaefer, Mike Nazaruk, Jiggs Peters, Len Duncan and Ray Bull. Plus, Nick Fornoro Jr. and Sr., Johnny and Joey Coy, Bob and Lou Cicconi, Jr., Steve and Tim Buckwalter as well as Bryan and Trevor Kobylarz.
USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC 2017 SCHEDULE
Mar 31: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Apr 1: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Apr 29: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
May 5: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
May 19: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
May 20: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jul 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 30: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown PA)
Jul 1: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Jul 21: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jul 29: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 13: (N) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 14: (N) Path Valley Speedway (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 15: (N) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 17: (N) TBA
Sep 8: TBA
Sep 9: TBA
Sep 29: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
(N) represents a race with the USAC Midget National Championship during Pennsylvania Midget Week
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MOTHER NATURE TAKES PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK TITLE; WINS 3 OUT OF 4
Abbottstown, Pennsylvania August 17, 2016 - The quote "It's like déjà vu all over again" attributed to Yogi Berra has never been more apt than it is after these past 96 hours in the Keystone State as, for the third time in four nights, Mother Nature washed away USAC/ARDC Midget racing during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."
After rainouts at Susquehanna Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park on Sunday and Monday night, respectively, Wednesday night at Lincoln Speedway was the latest victim, falling to the elements with just six of 30 laps completed during the feature.
At the start of the abbreviated feature, pole-sitter and ARDC regular Nick Wean jetted out front to the lead with a scramble for position following closely behind.
Spencer Bayston, eying redemption after losing the lead on the final corner of the final lap to Tanner Thorson one night prior at Lanco, hit the bottom of turn three underneath Wean. The two made contact and Bayston was able to capitalize, grabbing the lead while Wean got shuffled out as the field exited turn four at the end of the opening lap. Brady Bacon ducked to the inside, taking second, just trailing Bayston at the start/finish line by a half-car length.
As the frontrunners entered turn one on the second lap, sixth-starting ProSource Fast Qualifier Tanner Thorson put his heavy right foot on display as he nearly painted the inside turn one guardrail with the nose of his no. 67 as he threaded the needle three-wide on the bottom alongside Bacon and Wean, emerging with second by the time the trio hit turn two.
A yellow on lap three for the stalled car of Eric Heydenreich brought out the yellow, setting up a restart with Thorson just behind Bayston at the front.
When the green flag flew, Thorson hit the topside in turn one, riding the cushion to perfection, rocketing off of turn two with a run on the inside of Bayston, pulling away from Bayston as the two hit the back straightaway.
After a pair of cautions were displayed due to the stopped car of Steve Buckwalter, the skies began to open up and the rain began to fall, saturating the Lincoln Speedway surface.
After a valiant effort by the crew to nearly get the track back to near race-worthiness, the rain began to fall again, signaling an end to the night's activities and an unsavory conclusion to "Pennsylvania Midget Week" that saw two complete washouts, a rained out feature and a fantastically competitive feature at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway that was run after a lengthy rain delay.
The Lincoln event also was to be the third round of Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge. Rico Abreu won the opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in June while Chad Boat took the "Belleville Nationals" earlier in August.
The next event for the Indy Challenge is scheduled for Sunday, September 4 when the USAC Western States Midgets head to Calistoga Speedway for the "Louie Vermiel Classic."
Next up on the USAC Midget National Championship calendar is the 35th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" on Saturday, September 24 at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway.
Contingency award winners at Lincoln Speedway included Tanner Thorson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Trevor Kobylarz (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race winner), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner) and Alex Bright (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race winner).
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 17, 2016 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-15.942; 2. Steve Buckwalter, 27, Heffner-16.085; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.102; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.179; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-16.231; 6. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-16.231; 7. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-16.234; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.244; 9. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.245; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.320; 11. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-16.329; 12. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.367; 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-16.391; 14. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-16.449; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.487; 16. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-16.536; 17. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-16.729; 18. Brett Wanner, 44, Fisher-16.793; 19. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-16.863; 20. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-16.888.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Thorson, 3. Arndt, 4. Thomas, 5. Wean, 6. Macedo, 7. Greth. 2:10.20
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Walker, 3. Bacon, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Robinson, 6. Speers, 7. Heydenreich. 2:10.60
BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A. Bright, 2. DiMattia, 3. B. Bright, 4. Bayston, 5. Shelton, 6. Wanner. 2:12.59
FEATURE: (Halted by rain after 6 of 30 laps)
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Bayston, Laps 3-6 Thorson.
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-911, 2-Boat-855, 3-Bacon-845, 4-Thorson-840, 5-Macedo-747, 6-Bryan Clauson-720, 7-Robinson-639, 8-Thomas-589, 9-Shelton-577, 10-Greth-467.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"
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THORSON'S LAST CORNER PASS CAPS SPIN AND WIN PERFORMANCE IN WILD LANCO USAC MIDGET DEBUT
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania August 16, 2016 - It took two whole days to finally get underway, but once it did, the 2016 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" opener was well worth the wait.
Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson recovered from a lap four spin, carved his way from the tail-end of the field, setting him up for a last lap, last corner slide job on teammate Spencer Bayston to take an improbable USAC Midget National Championship/ARDC feature win Tuesday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
A heavy shower in the late afternoon hours doused the Lanco surface with moisture, creating a lightning quick and gnarly racing surface for USAC's debut at the 1/8-mile dirt bullring.
Thorson got the jump from his outside front row starting position at the start of the 30-lap main event, using the topside to glide around Pennsylvania Midget star Alex Bright for the top spot who, along with Brady Bacon, formed a three-car breakaway in the opening laps.
However, on lap four, Thorson entered the first turn and promptly looped it all by his lonesome, bringing about a yellow flag and relegating him to the back of the pack where he would restart 19th with 27 laps to go.
Alex Bright would inherit the lead from Thorson and, throughout the middle portion of the race, would firmly establish himself as the man to beat as a hornet's nest of cars developed behind him in a battle for the lead as he resisted a challenge from the winner of three of the last four series races, Chad Boat.
Nearing the halfway mark, leading series rookie Carson Macedo threw a big slider for the second position on Boat, but Boat was able to slide him back to retain the spot as the two drag raced into turn one.
Yet, Boat's magnificent run of seven-straight top-five finishes would take a severe blow on lap 17 when he slid sideways through the middle of turns three and four while battling Macedo, coming to rest in the middle of the racetrack without making contact. Boat would restart.
On the lap 17 restart, Bright snaked the field down low to the green as Macedo jumped to the top, but just as quickly as it began, the red flag was displayed for an upside down Gage Walker who tipped it over against the guardrail between turns one and two.
On the ensuing restart, Bright chose the middle route into turns one and two while Macedo rode the cushion, but as Macedo began to line up a slider on Bright for the lead in the third turn, action slowed yet again as the yellow flag dropped for a backwards Holly Shelton between turns one and two.
Fourth-running Brady Bacon was involved in a tangle in the fourth turn on lap 18 that also collected top-10 runners Steve Buckwalter and Kenney Johnson. Johnson would be the only driver unable to restart.
Macedo was getting better and better as the race wore on, but yellow after yellow halted his procession to the front, keeping him at bay in the second position with just 13 laps to go.
But, on the following restart, Macedo hounded Bright for the top spot. Two accomplished racers - Bright, a Chili Bowl prelim winner and Macedo, a World of Outlaws feature winner - each duked it out for their first career USAC win with less than ten to go.
On lap 21, Macedo made his move, diamonding off turn two and rocketing down the banking to grab the lead from Bright as the two sprinted down the back straight. Bright counter-punched, slipping back by Macedo briefly in turn one before Macedo shot back by Bright to secure the point.
Heartbreak ensued for Bright shortly after losing the lead when his right rear tire deflated, forcing him into the infield with just a handful of circuits left after leading all drivers with 17 laps led during the feature.
With just four laps to go, Macedo, Bayston and now Thorson, who had charged his way back to the front from the tail, led the field to the restart. Macdeo maintained his high-side presence into turn one while Bayston dove to the bottom to slide up in front of Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Macedo for the lead.
As soon as Bayston cleared Macedo between turns one and two, Macedo hit the brakes with the intention of changing direction on a dime, dipping underneath Bayston and driving away on the back straight as Bayston's momentum carried him to the outside turn two wall.
However, Macedo's car stalled before he could put the notion into action, coming to a stop in the middle of turn two to bring out the yellow once again and, thus, moved Thorson to second, directly behind his teammate and race leader Bayston with just four laps remaining.
Bayston exploded off the starting blocks for a solid restart on lap 27 as he gapped himself from Thorson, but that proved to be short-lived as Thorson quickly reeled Bayston back in, putting him in prime position to pounce in a moment's notice.
As Thorson shadowed Bayston's every move, coming to the white flag, Bayston got a big bite coming off of turn two, pulling a wheelstand half the length of the back straight away, yet still maintaining his ever-dwindling lead over Thorson as the two entered the final lap.
Bayston and Thorson held court on the topside of turns one and two after receiving flagman Warren Alston's white flag, but Thorson, who proved to have the fastest car throughout the main event, appeared to be waiting for just the right moment to make the move, leaving no chance for Bayston to return the favor.
As Bayston entered turn three through the middle, Thorson aimed his machine like a dart from the mid-point of the back straight toward the bottom of turns three and four at full throttle, pitching the car sideways and sliding up in front of Bayston at the exit of turn four. That slowed Bayston's momentum and pulled his front wheels off the ground as he got back on the gas, allowing Thorson to nail the bullseye and finish out the last 30 feet to the flagstand in front to record the astonishing spin and win victory by .296 seconds over Bayston, Tyler Thomas, Jim Radney and Ryan Robinson.
Incidentally, it was the first time a last corner pass for the lead was made on the final lap in a USAC National Midget feature since Thorson lost the lead to teammate Rico Abreu at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin's Angell Park Speedway in July of 2015.
Thorson's last lap heroics led to his third win of the season after June victories at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., tying him with Boat for the most series victories during the 2016 season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I didn't think there'd be any way we could get back to the front after the spin," Thorson admitted. "I just misjudged my angle into the corner and got a little too sideways and spun it out. I'm just so happy we could do this for Bryan (Clauson). The track smoothed out a lot throughout the night and there were a lot of guys up top, but I never felt like we needed to get up there because we were strong enough running middle to bottom. We've all been itching to race this week, but it was worth the wait for this. We parked it for Bryan."
Despite Bayston's final lap heartbreak, the Lebanon, Indiana driver was able to extend his series point lead to 55 over Boat and 65 over Bacon after both encountered misfortune at Lanco, recording a second-place run in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I never felt like I was good enough to really be in the lead; it just fell into our hands," Bayston acknowledged. "But, I still hate to let it slip away at the end. Tanner was really good, but this was elbows up tonight. I just feel bad. Second is okay, but I want to win and when it's right there in front of you and you don't deliver, it's pretty frustrating. Regardless, we're glad to put on a show for Bryan. We know he's cheering us on from heaven."
Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas could finally breathe a sigh of relief after his long, strange trip to "Pennsylvania Midget Week" had him stuck in Dayton, Ohio for the previous two days with mechanical issues on their motorhome, making it just in time to Lanco to take third after starting 11th in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine - AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.
"It's been a rough start to our week with motorhome problems getting out here, but we had a great car tonight," said a relieved Thomas. "The track was awesome and gave us a multi-groove surface we could race on. Tanner (Thorson) went by me like I was standing still, so it was impressive. One of these days, it'll be us in victory lane, but we're putting together some good runs here lately, and the more we're up there, the better chance we'll have to grab one."
Contingency award winners at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway included Carson Macedo (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race winner), Gage Walker (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner), Brady Bacon (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Holly Shelton (Indy Race Parts Semi-Feature winner) and Brenden Bright (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2016 - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.208; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.406; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-10.578; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.579; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.604; 6. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-10.615; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.642; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-10.644; 9. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-10.648; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 27, Heffner-10.738; 11. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.765; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-10.799; 13. Brett Wanner, 44, Fisher-10.811; 14. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-10.889; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-10.904; 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-10.926; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-10.973; 18. Kenney Johnson, 46x, Johnson-11.018; 19. Kyle Spence, 25K, Spence-11.032; 20. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-11.205; 21. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-11.277; 22. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-11.319; 23. Josh Heckman, 12, Heckman-11.332; 24. Justin Grosz, 99G, Grosz-11.595; 25. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-11.732; 26. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-NT.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Macedo, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Robinson, 5. Kobylarz, 6. B. Bright, 7. Wanner, 8. Spence, 9. Heydenreich. 1:50.63
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Bayston, 3. Thorson, 4. Wean, 5. Heckman, 6. Greth, 7. Shelton, 8. Kunsman, 9. Arndt. NT
BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. A. Bright, 4. DiMattia, 5. Radney, 6. Grosz, 7. Johnson, 8. Speers. NT
INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Wanner, 3. Kunsman, 4. B. Bright, 5. Heydenreich, 6. Arndt, 7. Johnson, 8. Spence, 9. Grosz, 10. Speers. 2:15.80
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Jim Radney, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Brenden Bright, 8. Tommy Kunsman, 9. Holly Shelton, 10. Carson Macedo, 11. Steve Buckwalter, 12. Tony DiMattia, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brett Arndt, 15. Alex Bright, 16. Josh Heckman, 17. Kenney Johnson, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Justin Grosz, 20. Eric Heydenreich, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Brett Wanner, 23. Trevor Kobylarz. NT
**Arndt flipped during hot laps. Walker flipped on lap 17 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Thorson, Laps 4-20 A. Bright, Laps 21-26 Macedo, Laps 27-29 Bayston, Lap 30 Thorson.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: B. Bright (19th to 7th)
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-879, 2-Boat-824, 3-Bacon-814, 4-Thorson-804, 5-Bryan Clauson-720, 6-Macedo-718, 7-Robinson-612, 8-Thomas-561, 9-Shelton-550, 10-Greth-442.
NEW USAC PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Bayston-89, 2-Thorson-88, 3-Thomas-81, 4-Robinson-76, 5-Radney-75, 6-Boat-73, 7-Macedo-66, 8-Shelton-60, 9-Bacon-59, 10-Buckwalter-57.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 17 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
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MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS "PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK" OPENER AT SUSQUEHANNA
York Haven, Pennsylvania.........Heavy rains just prior to ProSource Qualifying forced cancellation of Sunday night's "Pennsylvania Midget Week" USAC Midget National Championship/ARDC opener at Susquehanna Speedway.
It was to mark the series' first ever visit to the track after rains cancelled last year's Susquehanna event as well.
Brady Bacon recorded the fastest time in hot laps on Sunday with a time of 17.504 seconds.
"Pennsylvania Midget Week" continues Monday night, Aug. 15 at Path Valley Speedway Park before heading off to Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and concluding with Abbottstown's Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 14, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
RACING PROGRAM RAINED OUT
CARS/DRIVERS AT THE TRACK: Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), Gage Walker (#7 Walker), Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), Steve Buckwalter (#27 Heffner), Brett Wanner (#44 Fisher), Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), Kenney Johnson (#46x Johnson), Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), Jason Rice (#57 Rice), Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), Jim Radney (#95 Radney), Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Justin Grosz (#99G Grosz).
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-800, 2-Bacon-765, 3-Boat-761, 4-Thorson-726, 5-Bryan Clauson-720, 6-Macedo-642, 7-Robinson-546, 8-Shelton-500, 9-Tyler Thomas-490, 10-Greth-432.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 15 - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - Path Valley Speedway Park - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
APRIL 25, 2016..... Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC), POWRi and ARDC Midget Series today jointly announced a rule which will unify engine platform-specific RPM limits in all sanctioned races, effective May 29, 2016. This commitment to RPM limits constitutes a three-year commitment and any uniform limit modifications will be determined through on-going data analysis obtained through actual on-track racing.
RPM limits are used in midget racing as a “throttle” to limit the expense of further development of current midget racing engine platforms, save money for car owners with increased time between engine maintenance cycles, and as a means to enable midget racing to welcome lower cost alternatives to current engine platforms in the future.
The initial RPM limits will be adopted from a USAC sponsored study conducted by ILMOR Engineering and in use for the last four race seasons. These RPM limits can be found posted in the individual series rule books for USAC, POWRi and ARDC. Throughout 2016, additional race data will be collected to further study equivalency power curves among the varying midget engine platforms, including pushrod and overhead cam configurations. This data will be used to determine if RPM limit modifications will be required.
Additionally, all entrants using an EFI branded ignition must use the new EFI “R1” (Red) Ignition Box for all sanctioned races with USAC , POWRi and ARDC. The EFI R1 unit was designed specifically for midget racing and has a limited range of user interface which assures race officials adherence to RPM limit rules and eliminates traction control capabilities through the EFI module.
Newberrytown, PA........Tonight's final event of the 2015 USAC Pennsylvania Tour for Honda National Midgets and ARDC Midgets at Susquehanna Speedway Park has been cancelled due to rain. Rico Abreu, winner of Tuesday's race at Spring Run and Wednesday's race at New Oxford is third in the new standings behind Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tracy Hines. The series now moves on to the September 4-5 7th Annual "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
Abbottstown, Pennsylvania......Rico Abreu wowed the Lincoln Speedway crowd with a late-race charge to steal the lead from Bryan Clauson on Lap 29, taking his second-straight Honda National Midget win on the Pennsylvania swing on Wednesday night.
Jerry Coons, Jr. grabbed the lead from outside the front-row as everyone scrambled behind him for top-five positions, with Abreu slicing from row-three to second, ahead of Clauson. After an early caution, Clauson moved by Abreu for second. The race's middle section staged a duel for the lead between Coons and Clauson, while Abreu fought his teammate Christopher Bell for third.
As they approached traffic, Clauson snuck under Coons for the lead on Lap 14. Coons was not done, though, and he came right back after Clauson, taking the lead on Lap 16 as they split a lapped car off turn-two. He marched away with the lead while Clauson fell into the clutches of Bell, who darted by him for second on Lap 20, just before a caution flew for Tanner Thorson, who flattened a tire running fifth. That reverted back a lap, so Clauson restarted second with 11 to go.
Clauson shadowed Coons inside the final ten laps as Abreu and Bell continued their battle for third, with Abreu up high and Bell down against the guardrail. With six laps to go, Bell spun to the inside in turn-four, setting up a final run to the checkers with Coons leading Clauson and Abreu.
Coons ran the bottom on the restart before moving up to the top of turn-one on lap 25, holding his lead over Clauson. As they completed that lap, Clauson had a run and hit the high side of turn-one as Coons tried to hit the bottom, with the first sounds of trouble under the hood of the Heffner #27 spelling doom for Coons.
Clauson appeared to have things under control, but Abreu had gotten his momentum up on the high side and ran him down as they came to two-to-go. Abreu went to the outside of Clauson in an all-out drag race to the turn-one cushion, with Clauson sliding up just behind Abreu and through the cushion, giving Abreu a healthy advantage as he raced away. It ended up a .580-second advantage for Abreu, who made it five wins on the season and 13 for his career, tying Don Meacham, Stevie Reeves, Steve Knepper, and Ryan Newman for 49th on the all-time list.
Abreu stopped on the fronstretch in front of a loud Lincoln Speedway crowd to celebrate his win in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
"I knew he would hear me eventually up there, but I was making sure when I got to him that I would be gone fast enough. Bryan moved back down after he got Jerry, and I just got a couple really perfect laps up there where I didn't get up too high and into any loose stuff. I knew it was tricky down low; we were having trouble keeping it where it needed to be. You could really hammer it up top there when it cleaned off and got wide, and that was about as fun as it gets at the end. He is a clean racer and left me just enough room for us to get through there. It's awesome to be out here and have that crowd reaction; it makes this whole trip worthwhile to see these tracks and race in front of such great fans," Abreu said.
Clauson, who set the night's ProSource "Fast Time" to break Parnelli Jones' track record in the only previous USAC Midget visit back in 1964, finished second in the Dooling Machine - Jonathan Byrd's Racing #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, looking a bit surprised and obviously dejected at the turn of events in the closing laps.
"I guess sometimes you make the wrong decision and end up getting beat, and that's pretty much how tonight went. I felt like I was working awfully hard up top to get by Jerry, so after I went by him, I guess I left the door open for him to get me. It was a lot of fun racing with Jerry, and it's cool to come to a place like this and show them what midget racing is all about," Clauson said.
Tracy Hines made a late charge to take over third after starting eighth in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
"I saw Rico go to the top, so I jumped up there too and it got us up to third. We got into that crash in the heat race, and had to play catch-up from there for the rest of the night. We probably left a little on the table with the car with replacing other parts and an issue with a bleeder during the B. We got it all fixed and ready, so it was a good run from there," Hines said.
National Midget point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. came from tenth to finish fourth in the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Alex Bright charged from 12th to round out the top-five in the Action Track USA - PXP Racewear #77 Elite/Fontana.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2015 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway (co-sanctioned by ARDC)
QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-15.804 (New Track Record); 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.821; 4. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.887; 5. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-15.936; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-16.006; 7. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.035; 8. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-16.049; 9. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-16.073; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.101; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-16.139; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.170; 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-16.202; 14. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-16.225; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.240; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-16.244; 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-16.270; 18. Ryan Watt, 20, RT Racing-16.276; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.334; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-16.334; 21. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-16.360; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.363; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-16.376; 24. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-16.386; 25. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-16.427; 26. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-16.522; 27. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-16.543; 28. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-16.890; 29. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-17.009; 30. Pete Pavlick, 69, Jackson-17.597; 31. Jim Jackson, 96, Jackson-19.064
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Pauch, 4. Wean, 5. Kobylarz, 6. Arndt, 7. Speers, 8. Kunsman. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Watt, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Abreu, 5. Greth, 6. DiMattia, 7. B. Buckwalter. 2:11.37
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. T. Buckwalter, 3. Chapple, 4. Bayston, 5. Hines, 6. Gargiulo, 7. J. Jackson, 8. Thorson. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. A. Bright, 3. Drevicki, 4. B. Bright, 5. Wanner, 6. S. Jackson, 7. Radney. 2:09.02 (New Track Record)
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Thorson, 3. Hines, 4. DiMattia, 5. Wanner, 6. Greth, 7. Arndt, 8. Gargiulo, 9. S. Jackson, 10. B. Buckwalter, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. J. Jackson. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Alex Bright, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Steven Drevicki, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr., 17. Ryan Watt, 18. Brett Arndt, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Brett Wanner, 22. Tim Buckwalter, 23. Tony DiMattia. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Coons, Laps 14-15 Clauson, Laps 16-25 Coons, Laps 26-28 Clauson, Laps 29-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-630, 2-Hines-620, 3-Abreu-588, 4-Thorson-535, 5-Coons-526, 6-Bayston-519, 6-T.Thomas-506, 8-Bell-415, 9-Darren Hagen-321, 10-Chapple-237.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 20 - Newberrytown, PA - Susquehanna Speedway Park - Co-Sanctioned by ARDC