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Winner Justin Sanders (Ben Thrasher Photo)

Justin Sanders Unstoppable At Arizona Speedway ASCS Southwest Copper Classic

Bryan Hulbert - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (December 1, 2019)... Bettering his third-place finish from Saturday by two, Justin Sanders captured a long-awaited victory at the 4th annual Copper Classic. His first career victory with the ASCS Southwest Region, the Arizona Speedway win was worth $5,000 to the Aromas, California driver.

Taking several tries to get the A-Feature rolling, the green lights finally stayed on long enough for Hunter Schuerenberg to jump into the lead with Colton Hardy and Christopher Bell duking it out for second. Advantage to Bell, the red lights would come on for Mark Dobmeier, who had already gone over once, with 23 laps to go. Mark was ok.

Caution a lap later for James Aragon, the race for the lead was on as Bell shot low but couldn't secure the spot; giving 10th starting Justin Sanders the run for the runner-up spot. Going back and forth for the spot, Sanders was able to fend off the No. 21 as the caution flew for the spun No. 75 of J.T. Imperial.

Restarting with five laps complete, Sanders went for the lead with no success, opening the door for Bell to go after the No. 17 again. Trading second around, Sanders once more held off Bell as Hunter Schuerenberg steadily pulled away.

Slowed again on Lap 14 as Alex Pettas rolled to a stop on the front straightaway, the battle for the lead took off with Sanders sliding Schuerenberg off the second turn. Diving under Sanders to retake the spot into the third turn, Sanders took the line even lower to take the point on Lap 15. Battling with Bell for second, mechanical issues struck the No. 19az for the second night in a row.

Back to green, Sanders was unchallenged and kept it that way for the $5,000 top prize. Christopher Bell crossed 2.002 seconds behind the No. 17 with Craig Stidham completing the podium. Taking fourth, Colton Hardy locked up the 2019 ASCS Southwest Region Championship. The top five rounded out with 14th starting. Billy Chester.

Jesse Baker in sixth was followed by J.T. Imperial who rebounded to seventh. Lonnie Cox, Bud Rowe, and James Aragon completed the top-ten.

With the 2019 season in the books, work is already being done to layout the 2020 lineup of events. Updates will be released as they are ready. The American Sprint Car Series would like to thank everyone who took part in the 2019 schedule of events and look forward to seeing you again next season.

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Race Results:
ASCS Southwest Region
Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
4th annual Copper Classic - Night 2
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson, [1]; 2. 9-Dustin Freitas, [3]; 3. 01-Thomas Kennedy, [2]; 4. 22B-Jesse Baker, [5]; 5. 13-Mark Dobmeier, [4]; 6. 2-Alex Pettas, [6]; 7. 18J-Paul Jones, [7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 74-Colton Hardy, [2]; 2. 17-Justin Sanders, [4]; 3. 3-Craig Stidham, [1]; 4. 7B-Bill Balog, [3]; 5. 75X-J.T. Imperial, [5]; 6. 45-Lonnie Cox, [6]; 7. 6-Bud Rowe, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, [2]; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, [1]; 3. 25-Geoff Ensign, [3]; 4. 99-James Aragon, [5]; 5. (DNF) 2B-Billy Chester III, [4]; 6. (DNF) 50S-Rocky Silva, [6]

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 17-Justin Sanders, [10]; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, [4]; 3. 3-Craig Stidham, [5]; 4. 74-Colton Hardy, [2]; 5. 2B-Billy Chester III, [14]; 6. 22B-Jesse Baker, [11]; 7. 75X-J.T. Imperial, [15]; 8. 45-Lonnie Cox, [17]; 9. 50S-Rocky Silva, [18]; 10. 6-Bud Rowe, [20]; 11. (DNF) 99-James Aragon, [12]; 12. (DNF) 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, [1]; 13. (DNF) 2-Alex Pettas, [16]; 14. (DNF) 13-Mark Dobmeier, [13]; 15. (DNF) 01-Thomas Kennedy, [3]; 16. (DNF) 57-Kyle Larson, [6]; 17. (DNF) 9-Dustin Freitas, [7]; 18. (DNF) 7B-Bill Balog, [8]; 19. (DNF) 25-Geoff Ensign, [9]; 20. (DNF) 18J-Paul Jones, [19]

Kyle Larson Takes ASCS Southwest Copper Classic Opener

Bryan Hulbert - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (November 30, 2019)... Opening the 4th annual Copper Classic at Arizona Speedway on Saturday night, California's Kyle Larson brought his momentum from the Midgets to the ASCS Southwest Region with his first career victory against the Arizona based tour in the Finley Farms/Chevrolet Accessories No. 57.

Taking the green from sixth, Larson worked into the top three on the first lap as Hunter Schuerenberg showed the way with Christopher Bell in tow. Red with 23 laps to run, the restart saw Bell take a shot at the lead with Schuerenberg able to fend off the charge. Settling back into second, the position would be short-lived as Kyle Larson made his way by.

Closing quickly on Hunter for the lead, the caution paused his advance with 20 laps remaining. Looking top shelf on the restart for the lead, Larson worked off the second turn with momentum. Rolling the cushion in turn three before diamonding off with the lead in sight, Larson took command on Lap 6 just as brake issues struck Schuerenberg; forcing him off the pace entering the second turn.

With Christopher Bell tied to his back bumper on the restart, Larson was able to pull away and keep pace to the checkered flag. Bell would hold onto second with Justin Sanders moving up from 10th to complete the podium. Bill Balog and Colton Hardy made up the top five.

J.T. Imperial crossed sixth with Thomas Kennedy climbing from 15th to seventh. Craig Stidham, Geoff Ensign, and Mark Dobmeier completed the top ten.

The 4th annual Copper Classic concludes on Sunday, December 1 at Arizona Speedway with action going green at 5:00 P.M. (MT). Live coverage can be found online at

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Race Results:
ASCS Southwest Region
Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
4th annual Copper Classic - Night 1
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.522[21]; 2. 74-Colton Hardy, 13.539[1]; 3. 21-Christopher Bell, 13.667[8]; 4. 3-Craig Stidham, 13.725[4]; 5. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.820[3]; 6. 7Z-Zane Blanchard, 13.865[6]; 7. 7B-Bill Balog, 13.901[7]; 8. 75X-J.T. Imperial, 13.985[26]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.988[24]; 10. 17-Justin Sanders, 14.031[9]; 11. 25-Geoff Ensign, 14.072[25]; 12. 22B-Jesse Baker, 14.095[23]; 13. 2B-Billy Chester III, 14.134[12]; 14. 9-Dustin Freitas, 14.142[22]; 15. 01-Thomas Kennedy, 14.341[13]; 16. 45L-Jeff Lowery, 14.364[11]; 17. 7-Ryan Linder, 14.391[20]; 18. 34-Sterling Cling, 14.579[10]; 19. 99-James Aragon, 14.650[19]; 20. 45-Lonnie Cox, 14.755[18]; 21. 5K-Patrick Krob, 14.838[15]; 22. 3V-Jim Vanzant, 15.640[16]; 23. 18J-Paul Jones, 16.987[17]; 24. 6-Bud Rowe, 16.987[5]; 25. 2-Alex Pettas, 16.987[14]; 26. 8-Eric Wilkins, 16.987[2]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson, [1]; 2. 3-Craig Stidham, [2]; 3. 7B-Bill Balog, [3]; 4. 17-Justin Sanders, [4]; 5. 2B-Billy Chester III, [5]; 6. 45L-Jeff Lowery, [6]; 7. 99-James Aragon, [7]; 8. 3V-Jim Vanzant, [8]; (DNS) 2-Alex Pettas,

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, [2]; 2. 74-Colton Hardy, [1]; 3. 75X-J.T. Imperial, [3]; 4. 25-Geoff Ensign, [4]; 5. 9-Dustin Freitas, [5]; 6. 7-Ryan Linder, [6]; 7. 18J-Paul Jones, [8]; (DNS) 45-Lonnie Cox, ; (DNS) 8-Eric Wilkins,

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Christopher Bell, [1]; 2. 7Z-Zane Blanchard, [2]; 3. 13-Mark Dobmeier, [3]; 4. 22B-Jesse Baker, [4]; 5. 01-Thomas Kennedy, [5]; 6. 34-Sterling Cling, [6]; 7. 6-Bud Rowe, [8]; 8. (DNF) 5K-Patrick Krob, [7]

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson, [6]; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, [4]; 3. 17-Justin Sanders, [10]; 4. 7B-Bill Balog, [7]; 5. 74-Colton Hardy, [5]; 6. 75X-J.T. Imperial, [8]; 7. 01-Thomas Kennedy, [15]; 8. 3-Craig Stidham, [3]; 9. 25-Geoff Ensign, [11]; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier, [9]; 11. 22B-Jesse Baker, [12]; 12. 9-Dustin Freitas, [14]; 13. 7-Ryan Linder, [17]; 14. 6-Bud Rowe, [24]; 15. 3V-Jim Vanzant, [22]; 16. (DNF) 5K-Patrick Krob, [21]; 17. (DNF) 34-Sterling Cling, [18]; 18. (DNF) 99-James Aragon, [19]; 19. (DNF) 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, [2]; 20. (DNF) 2B-Billy Chester III, [13]; 21. (DNF) 45-Lonnie Cox, [20]; 22. (DNF) 7Z-Zane Blanchard, [1]; 23. (DNF) 45L-Jeff Lowery, [16]; 24. (DNF) 18J-Paul Jones, [23]; (DNS) 8-Eric Wilkins, ; (DNS) 2-Alex Pettas,

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Kyle Larson (right) poses with Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor following Friday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix victory. (Rich Forman Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 29 2019).........Nearing halfway of Friday night's 98-lap feature at California's Ventura Raceway while running fifth, Kyle Larson nearly saw his Turkey Night Grand Prix end in shambles after biking hard into turn one.

Somehow, someway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native regained his footing, kept his foot on the throttle and carried on as if it was just part of the game plan.

Obviously, it wasn't, but Larson welcomes a challenge and responded to it in kind throughout the night, beginning with his qualifying run. After being a favorite to win the pole, Larson uncharacteristically spun on his second qualifying lap, relegating him to 16th fastest and forcing him to carve through the field if he was to reach the pinnacle once again.

Larson seemingly took it all in stride, even on a racing surface that had been deluged by heavy rain over the past three days that made the 1/5-mile oceanside bullring a giddy-up, bucking bronco style ride from the word go.

With all those challenges facing him, and even a lengthy precipitation delay during the night's qualifying races, it still seemed inevitable that Larson was going to be a factor regardless if he started mid-pack, on the tail or in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with one arm tied behind his back. That's just how good Larson has been of late behind the wheel of a midget.

None of these things could prove a hindrance to Larson who won the prestigious race for a third time, joining Ron Shuman (8), Billy Boat (3) and Christopher Bell (3) as one of the Mt. Rushmore figures to win the event on at least three occasions following previous victories in 2012 and 2016.

"I've always run well at the Turkey Night Grand Prix," Larson admitted. "To get another one feels great. I had to work hard for that one, everybody did, just to get to the checkered flag. It was extremely rough, but fun too because it was challenging, and the ruts changed all throughout the race."

However, with all those challenges aside, Larson's largest thorn was teenage sensation Cannon McIntosh, who was making his first Turkey Night Grand Prix appearance and was a prime contender to become the first driver since Warren Mockler in 1986 to win in his very first Turkey Night appearance.

McIntosh led the field for a race-high 67 laps until Larson went full bore to the topside of McIntosh in turn three following a restart with 11 laps remaining to lock down his 19th career USAC National Midget win, equaling him with Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox and Jason Leffler for 33rd all-time, a list of wins that includes previous Turkey Night triumphs in 2012 and 2016.

"Cannon, I feel, definitely had the best car. He was really fast," Larson said. "I noticed during the caution right before I got by him, his right rear radius rod had broken. I knew that would affect his balance some. I was able to get around one and two good, and then get around him in three and four."

The key for most was to avoid the pervasive perilousness that had entrenched so many on this night with 98 physically and mentally demanding laps that were a test of endurance. Pole winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the enforcer early on, leading the first 20 circuits of the A-Main until a lap 21 restart that saw McIntosh hang ten on the topside of turn two to drive past both Spencer Bayston for second and Thomas for the lead in the blink of an eye.

Moments later, two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. endured the first of two Maalox moments, first flipping on lap 22 in turn one and again on lap 28 in turn three. Thomas himself flipped on the 70th lap while running fourth amidst a tussle with lapped traffic.

Following the red for Thomas, it became just a common core sprint race with 29 laps to go and third-running Larson beginning to surge. With 22 laps remaining, second place Bayston hit a hole in between turns three and four, knocking him sideways in his saddle as he fought to regain control. Larson immediately pounced to the inside of Bayston to rip second away, with the two banging wheels and passing like two ships in the night as Larson scooted past and now lie three quarters of a second behind leader McIntosh.

That gap closed rapidly, and Larson was on McIntosh like white on rice, painting the 08 on McIntosh's tail tank with a hint of chrome from his front bumper midway down the back straight with 12 laps remaining. Meanwhile, McIntosh did his best imitation of Amerigo Vespucci as he explored new land in front of C.J. Sarna, eventually diving under the Western States Midget regular with Larson climbing the turn three berm hot on his tracks.

Just as traffic began to play a starring role, that bit part was cut from the ending when eighth running Jesse Colwell stopped on the front straightaway on lap 87 to bring out the yellow flag. McIntosh was routinely high-quality on restarts in clean air while Larson seemingly made gains in traffic, but that didn't hinder Larson from driving around McIntosh in a one-on-one match on the 88th lap in turn three to secure the lead.

As Larson extended the interval to two seconds over McIntosh, 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney flipped wildly on the front straight to necessitate a red flag and an ensuing green-white-checkered restart and finish. It took two attempts for the GWC, but Larson was in control throughout, though McIntosh's wounded machine put up a fighting effort at the end, that was just not enough to run down Larson.

Larson closed out his fourth series victory of the season by 0.893 sec. over McIntosh, Bayston, Jason McDougal and Carson Macedo in his Kyle Larson Open Wheel/Lucas Oil - iRacing - Finley Farms/King/Speedway Toyota.

Three seems to be a magic number for Kyle Larson. The win marked just the third occasion in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget history that a driver won the final three races to conclude the season (Billy Boat 1995 & Larson in 2012). Larson also became the first driver in 24 years to win three-straight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in the state of California (also Boat in 1995).

For McIntosh, a native of Bixby, Okla., a second-place run was much needed after a succession of peaks and valleys that saw the 16-year-old win his first career USAC National Midget race in March at the Southern Illinois Center to go along with several bits of bad luck and incidents that plagued the team throughout 2019. But it was a solid run nonetheless although, like their season as a whole, they had to fight tooth-and-nail to score their hard-earned runner up result to earn Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors.

"My legs, I couldn't really feel them there at the end," said the driver after the initial 98-lap race of his young career. "I was just trying to maintain a good pace because you can't really just run out and go your hardest for the first 30, so I was just trying to be patient and smooth. I knew something was wrong toward the end, I just didn't know what it was. It wasn't affecting it too bad, but it happens, it's part of racing."

Meanwhile, Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. wrapped up the 2019 USAC Western States Midget championship following a 26th place finish on Friday night to win by a final margin of 29 points over Cory Elliott. Dalby then announced his intentions to move himself and his racing operation to Indiana to chase the National trail in 2020.

Friday's race marked just the sixth occasion during the USAC era, 1956-present, that the Turkey Night Grand Prix had not been run on Thanksgiving night. It had been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Ventura Raceway were:

Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Kyle Larson (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier)


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 29, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-10 Locked into the Feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.409; 2. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-12.464; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.477; 4. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-12.520; 5. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.549; 6. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.631; 7. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.634; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.645; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.673; 10. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.737; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.752; 12. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.757; 13. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.774; 14. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.776; 15. Jason McDougal, 71m, FMR-12.787; 16. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.796; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-12.803; 18. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.831; 19. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.851; 20. Daison Pursley, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.862; 21. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-12.888; 22. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.923; 23. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.930; 24. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.932; 25. Carson Sousa, 01, Dalby-12.932; 26. C.J. Leary, 13, Gile-12.951; 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.983; 28. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-12.987; 29. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.018; 30. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.018; 31. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.059; 32. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-13.062; 33. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.108; 34. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-13.134; 35. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.137; 36. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-13.143; 37. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.147; 38. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.161; 39. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.165; 40. Brady Bacon, 73T, Ford-13.194; 41. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.197; 42. Maria Cofer, 71s, Campbell-13.234; 43. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.244; 44. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.272; 45. Robby Josett, 73x, Ford-13.273; 46. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.284; 47. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-13.294; 48. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-13.304; 49. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.310; 50. Nick Drake, 7R, Ruston-13.328; 51. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.476; 52. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.511; 53. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-13.555; 54. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.566; 55. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Chisholm-13.580; 56. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-13.580; 57. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.590; 58. Matt Streeter, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.615; 59. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.618; 60. Tyler Edwards, 17s, Swanson-13.638; 61. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-13.780; 62. Mike Leach, Jr., 33, Leach-14.188; 63. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.195; 64. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-14.368; 65. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-14.507; 66. Audra Sasselli, 1p, Nichols-17.696; 67. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-NT; 68. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Dillon Welch, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Chris Sheil, 14. Karsyn Elledge, 15. Mike Leach, Jr., 16. C.J Leary, 17. Ethan Mitchell, 18. Daniel Robinson, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Bryan Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Ben Worth, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Aaron Reutzel, 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Carson Garrett, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Robby Josett, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Randi Pankratz, 16. Chad Frewaldt, 17. Audra Sasselli, 18. Casey Hicks, 19. Tyler Edwards. NT

AUTOMETER / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 5. Carson Sousa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Kaidon Brown, 9. Jake Bubak, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Johnathon Henry, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dylan Ito, 14. David Prickett, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Jake Morgan, 17. Mark Chisholm, 18. Ron Hazelton, 19. Emilio Hoover. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Ben Worth, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Jake Bubak, 8. Kaidon Brown, 9. Aaron Reutzel, 10. Nick Drake, 11. Holley Hollan, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14. Carson Sousa, 15. Ronnie Gardner, 16. Robert Dalby. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (13), 2. Cannon McIntosh (8), 3. Spencer Bayston (4), 4. Jason McDougal (15), 5. Carson Macedo (10), 6. Buddy Kofoid (19), 7. Logan Seavey (16), 8. Tanner Carrick (12), 9. Shane Golobic (24), 10. Ryan Bernal (23), 11. Jake Swanson (26), 12. Zeb Wise (27), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (3), 14. Chris Windom (28), 15. Ben Worth (25), 16. Jesse Colwell (20), 17. Rico Abreu (5), 18. Tyler Courtney (11), 19. Daison Pursley (17), 20. Colby Copeland (14), 21. C.J. Sarna (30), 22. Michael Pickens (6), 23. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 24. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (22), 25. Thomas Meseraull (21), 26. Robert Dalby (29), 27. Gio Scelzi (7), 28. Cory Elliott (18), 29. Chase Johnson (2), 30. Austin Liggett (9). NT

**Zeb Wise flipped during the first qualifying race. C.J. Leary flipped during the first qualifying race. Carson Sousa flipped during the semi. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. flipped on laps 22 & 28 of the feature. Gio Scelzi flipped on lap 35 of the feature. Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped on lap 70 of the feature. Tyler Courtney flipped on lap 98 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 21-87 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 88-98 Kyle Larson.





FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-2,040, 2-Logan Seavey-1,861, 3-Chris Windom-1,853, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,784, 5-Zeb Wise-1,749, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,605, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,581, 8-Jason McDougal-1,531, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,421, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-793, 2-Cory Elliott-764, 3-Ben Worth-593, 4-David Prickett-586, 5-C.J. Sarna-566, 6-Shannon McQueen-534, 7-Jake Swanson-499, 8-Austin Liggett-481, 9-Randi Pankratz-438, 10-Kyle Beilman-392.

The win marked just the third occasion in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget history that a driver won the final three races to conclude the season (Billy Boat 1995 & Larson in 2012). Larson also became the first driver in 24 years to win three-straight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in the state of California (also Boat in 1995). (Richard Bales Photo)

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Jesse Colwell (#71) was the fastest in Wednesday's Turkey Night midget practice at California's Ventura Raceway. (Rich Forman Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2019).........Jesse Colwell made his very first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start at Ventura Raceway one year ago.

One year later, he's gotten his 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix off to a hot start by recording the fastest time in Wednesday's practice at the 1/5-mile southern California dirt oval in preparation for Thursday's 98-lap event.

Colwell, of Red Bluff, Calif., who finished 12th in the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget feature, set the fast time during the first of three practice sessions on Wednesday at a lap of 12.912 sec. in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/IWX - TRD - Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) was second in practice. He leads the standings by 29 points entering Thursday's finale. Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was third, 2012 and 2016 Turkey Night winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) was fourth and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) rounded out the top-five.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

All the racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRACTICE RESULTS: November 27, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.912; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.919; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.933; 4. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.994; 5. Jason McDougal, 71m, FMR-13.067; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.115; 7. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-13.141; 8. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-13.142; 9. Carson Sousa, 01, Dalby-13.163; 10. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.176; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.228; 12. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-13.231; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.232; 14. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-13.245; 15. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.250; 16. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.251; 17. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-13.253; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.280; 19. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-13.301; 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.312; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-13.318; 22. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-13.323; 23. Daison Pursley, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.323; 24. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.345; 25. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-13.363; 26. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.377; 27. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.377; 28. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.394; 29. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-13.395; 30. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.427; 31. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.438; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.454; 33. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-13.456; 34. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.474; 35. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.493; 36. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 37. Maria Cofer, 71s, Campbell-13.523; 38. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.535; 39. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.536; 40. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.566; 41. Brady Bacon, 73T, Ford-13.669; 42. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-13.683; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.683; 44. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.696; 45. C.J. Leary, 13, Gile-13.702; 46. Troy Rutherford, F5, Simmons-13.714; 47. Robby Josett, 73x, Ford-13.827; 48. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-13.831; 49. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-13.844; 50. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.931; 51. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.952; 52. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-13.962; 53. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Chisholm-13.972; 54. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-13.977; 55. Nick Drake, 7R, Ruston-14.071; 56. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.081; 57. Alex Grigroeas, 1x, LKK-14.084; 58. Jessie Finkenbinder, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.907; 59. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-NT.

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