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Tyler Courtney captured Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on night #1 of the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.
(Rich Forman Photo)



SUNSHINE SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN WESTERN WORLD SPRINT OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Entering the final weekend of the year trailing by 44 points in the USAC AMSOIL National standings, Tyler Courtney's goal was simple. Win a championship.

Simple enough. But to do that, you've got to persevere under pressure and tense situations that may arise around you. You've also got to avoid catastrophe whether it's by your own doing or avoiding the calamities around you in order to maximize your points.

Courtney checked all those boxes on Friday night in the opener for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway to win his eighth series feature of 2019 and the 25th of his career, tying him with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Chris Windom for 20th all-time.

"We came here this weekend to do one thing, and that's win a championship," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to do that by winning races. We may have fallen into one a little bit here, but you've got to be lucky just as much as you've got to be good."

Courtney, the defending Western World champion, started the feature from 5th, where he had a front row seat for a 30-lap war of attrition that plagued many of the front runners for a variety of reasons.

Chris Windom mostly dominated from the pole position for much of the first half of the event following a lap one stoppage for fast qualifier and heat race one winner Logan Seavey who slowed with a mechanical issue on the opening circuit and was sidelined for the remainder of the evening.

In reverse of the midget race that proceeded the sprint feature, the groove was up on the fence where Windom led the charge around the 1/3-mile dirt oval while National championship contenders Courtney and point leader C.J. Leary ran 6th and 11th, respectively, with Courtney throwing a shower of sparks from brakes in the turns for the time being.

Just before midway, second-running Justin Grant had caught Windom, taking a peek underneath Windom on both ends of the track just as the ring of rubber began to take hold on the top side.

Grant successfully made the pass of Windom stick in turn one on the 17th lap with the two making contact, Grant's rear to Windom's front bumper. Windom fell back behind Grant, but it didn't take long for him to fire his next shot in turn one two laps later to reclaim the lead.

On the 21st lap, Grant brought the heat once again with a turn one slider across the nose of Windom to secure the top spot with less than 10 to go. Grant became the locomotive pulling the train with Windom and midget feature winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. now closing in rapidly in third.

On the very next lap, the unthinkable happened. As the top-three entered the middle of turns one and two, they approached the lapped car of Kyle Shipley, whose right rear tire was pouring smoke off the corners. As Shipley rounded turn two, he drifted high off the rubber, half-spinning right into the path of not only Grant, but also second-running Windom, third-place Thomas and fourth place Schuerenberg, who all plowed into Shipley's stopped car.

Just behind, resting near the outside turn two wall was 10th running Chase Stockon and point leader Leary. With only nine laps remaining, Leary's pursuit of a championship seemed to be in peril. However, he restarted and managed to wheel back to 6th at the checkered following a slew of attrition and tire wear that developed down the stretch.

Windom and Schuerenberg were out, and Thomas dropped out a few laps later, while Grant, Leary, Stockon rejoined the fray. USAC/CRA Sprint standout Austin Williams inherited the lead with Brady Bacon and Courtney now residing in his shadow.

However, Williams bid for a first career USAC National feature win came to a bitter end with just five laps to go as his right rear tire gave way in turn 4 while a melee involving the cars of Jake Swanson, Thomas Meseraull, Max Adams, Brody Roa and a helicoptering R.J. Johnson ensued behind him.

The restart put Bacon up front ahead of Courtney. Bacon assumed control, setting the pace until three laps to go when 19th running Chris Gansen slowed to a stop in turn four with a flat right rear of his own. When racing resumed, 4th running Damion Gardner and 12th place Kevin Thomas, Jr. were the next to fall to the wayside with flat tires. Under caution, the cords on Bacon's right rear became readily apparent, thus placing him in the unenviable role of sitting duck on the lap 29 restart.

Courtney smelled blood in the water and went on the offensive, sliding underneath Bacon in turn one to grab the lead. Just mere moments later, Bacon slowed to a crawl with the plodding sound of flat right rear rubber entering his ear.

Courtney was now in his Shangri-La for the final restart and where he'd stay for good, encountering no trouble at the end en route to victory over a hard-charging Justin Grant, who returned from the earlier incident to finish 2nd. Jason McDougal was 3rd ahead of KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Charles Davis, Jr. in 4th (from 16th) and Stevie Sussex rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Courtney's eighth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win of 2019 on Friday night was the 25th of his career, tying him with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Chris Windom for 20th all-time. (Rich Forman Photo)

With the victory, Courtney has now closed the gap to 26 entering Saturday's finale in the race for the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

"Our team hasn't given up all year," Courtney praised the crew of his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy. "We've been behind the eight ball ever since the first race in Florida when we ran 18th, but these guys never give up and they gave me a great racecar again. One more night to try and seal this deal up and we're just excited about the momentum we've got."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Chris Bonneau (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-a-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner)

Charles Davis, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Damion Gardner (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

C.J. Leary (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner)

Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-14.763; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.881; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.960; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.967; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.008; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.057; 7. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.064; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-15.072; 9. Jason McDougal, 34, Grau-15.105; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.113; 11. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.157; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.182; 13. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.191; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.205; 15. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.217; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.252; 17. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.259; 18. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.266; 19. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.266; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.281; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.286; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.332; 23. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-15.339; 24. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.446; 25. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.447; 26. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.540; 27. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-15.541; 28. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.628; 29. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.696; 30. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.698; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.816; 32. Michael Curtis, 11c, Turner/Wheeler-15.867; 33. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-16.957; 34. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT; 35. Zack Madrid, 15m, Madrid-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Gansen, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Frank Rodgers III, 8. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis, Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Shipley, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Noah Gass. 2:06.413

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Max Adams, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Dustin Clark, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:04.285 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Michael Curtis. 2:05.195

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Dustin Clark, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Frank Rodgers III, 15. Tommy Malcolm, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Jason McDougal (9), 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (16), 5. Stevie Sussex (24), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Josh Hodges (13), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Austin Williams (2), 10. Tommy Malcolm (23), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Thomas Meseraull (18), 13. Damion Gardner (14), 14. R.J. Johnson (15), 15. Max Adams (21), 16. Chris Gansen (19), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Brody Roa (20), 20. Chris Windom (1), 21. Hunter Schuerenberg (7), 22. Kyle Shipley (22), 23. Dustin Clark (17), 24. Logan Seavey (6). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during the first heat. Sterling Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chris Windom, Laps 17-18 Justin Grant, Laps 19-20 Chris Windom, Lap 21 Justin Grant, Laps 22-25 Austin Williams, Laps 26-28 Brady Bacon, Laps 29-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis, Jr. (16th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Damion Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Bonneau

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,255, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,229, 3-Justin Grant-2,086, 4-Brady Bacon-2,064, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,062, 6-Chris Windom-2,048, 7-Chase Stockon-1,992, 8-Jason McDougal-1,564, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,426. 2-Austin Williams-1,374, 3-Brody Roa-1,257, 4-Jake Swanson-1,180, 5-Chris Gansen-883, 6-Tommy Malcolm-872, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-814, 8-R.J. Johnson-706, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 10-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-682.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,038, 2-R.J. Johnson-1,018, 3-Stevie Sussex-977, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-953, 5-Jake Swanson-746, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-615, 8-Damion Gardner-553, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-487.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. rides away in style after picking up Friday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget victory on night #1 of the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)



THOMAS STEERS TO WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 MIDGET SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Since his car first rolled off the trailer for practice one night earlier, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has had the propensity to be quick in a midget around Arizona Speedway.

That tendency carried into Friday night's Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford where Thomas led all 30 laps and fought off a hard-charging Zeb Wise who nearly ripped away the victory in the final laps of first ever visit for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets to the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) found the groove to become the fastest driver in practice on Thursday, then admits his lackluster (by his standards) qualifying run put him in position to capitalize for his second series victory of the year and the sixth of his career in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"We've been working so hard with our team all year. Everything kind of aligned tonight," Thomas explained. "We've been fast right out of the box, but I screwed up there in qualifying. I screwed up just good enough to get us on the front row."

Thomas was 10th quickest in qualifying, and by virtue of four different drivers missing the transfer through their heat races, that moved Thomas up to the pole position for the 30-lap A-Main, a fortuitous circumstance that Thomas took full advantage of.

From the get-go, Thomas utilized the bottom to lead early while Wise, celebrating his 17th birthday on this day, drove under outside front row starter Gio Scelzi on the bottom of turn two to take second. All the while, Thomas had constructed a one-plus second lead, which he had to rebuild no less than four times in the first half of the race following a bevy of yellows.

Thomas commanded the race for the bottom with much of the top-five aligned in formation behind him while a couple of takers at the back end of the top-ten took the high road to no avail.

The lead for Thomas had grown to 1.438 seconds with 10 laps remaining when traffic loomed on the bottom, creating a possible scenario which could've forced the leaders off the bottom and into the unknown during the latter stages of the race.

The possible consternation subsided as 21st running Thomas Meseraull slowed to bring about a caution, erasing Thomas' advantage, but put him in position with the lead, a clear track and the lapped car of C.J. Sarna between he and second-running Zeb Wise for the lap 21 restart.

Wise disposed of Sarna and quickly went to work on Thomas, this time sticking with and roping in the leader with the laps waning. Wise was just a half car length back and to the left of Thomas as the two raced side-by-side across the stripe on lap 28. Thomas zipped back to the bottom line to slam the door on Wise entering turn one.

September's BC39 winner, Wise, stayed right within touch of Thomas, quite literally, with Wise's front bumper making slight contact with the left side of Thomas' rear bumper at the exit of two.

On the final lap, Wise entered the first turn right on the rear chrome of Thomas. However, at the exit of the second turn, Thomas found the grip to propel away from Wise by roughly four car lengths getting into turn three. Thomas rounded the corner and headed for home with a 0.656 second victory in hand over Wise while Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey and Carson Macedo occupied the remainder of the top-five.

Friday's victory was the sixth of Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him for 101st all-time with Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr. & Roger West. (Rich Forman Photo)

In victory lane, Thomas was greeted by a steer, and eagerly accepted a ride from the animal in victory lane to the delight of the sizable crowd on hand.

"I know Zeb wanted to win on his birthday," Thomas admitted. "But he raced me clean and he had a chance right there to probably stuff it in on me getting into one, I think. It was just good hard racing by everybody."

For Wise, it was a valiant effort that saw him come just shy of picking up his fourth series win of the year.

"We'd been about the same speed the whole race," Wise said. "There at the end, I tried some stuff with my shocks. We were good enough; I just think I showed him the line in three and four and he moved down. I had a chance there, but Kevin and I always race each other clean, so I wasn't going to try anything there."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

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

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

Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Tucker Klaasmeyer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Andrew Layser (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Carson Macedo (Butlerbuilt Seats Semi Winner)

Shannon McQueen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Daison Pursley (Indy Race Parts/Pyrotech Racing Cells Fourth Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.426 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.456; 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.472; 4. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.543; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.549; 6. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-15.556; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.578; 8. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.605; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.628; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.643; 11. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.656; 12. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.680; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.692; 14. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.692; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.706; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.707; 17. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.772; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.837; 19. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-15.879; 20. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.898; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-15.944; 22. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.005; 23. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.058; 24. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.112; 25. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.286; 26. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-16.334; 27. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.454; 28. Ron Hazelton, 15H, Hazelton-16.748; 29. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-21.095; 30. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Marvin Mitchell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Colwell, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Brett Becker. 2:07.777 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Conor Daly, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Noah Gass, 6. Cory Elliott, 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Ron Hazelton. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. C.J. Sarna, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Ron Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Zeb Wise (3), 3. Tanner Carrick (4), 4. Logan Seavey (6), 5. Carson Macedo (8), 6. Rico Abreu (7), 7. Chris Windom (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 10. Brady Bacon (10), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. Gio Scelzi (2), 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer (23), 14. Kyle Cummins (21), 15. Jesse Colwell (19), 16. Cory Elliott (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Holley Hollan (20), 19. Robert Dalby (9), 20. Daison Pursley (17), 21. Conor Daly (16), 22. C.J. Sarna (24), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Karsyn Elledge (13), 25. Marvin Mitchell (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (21st to 14th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tucker Klaasmeyer

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Shannon McQueen

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,779, 2-Chris Windom-1,623, 3-Logan Seavey-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,554, 5-Zeb Wise-1,507, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,359, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,327, 8-Jason McDougal-1,277, 9-Chad Boat-1,255, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,234.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-637, 2-Cory Elliott-608, 3-Shannon McQueen-487, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-423, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5) and Zeb Wise (#39BC) race side-by-side earlier during the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.
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MASSIVE TURKEY NIGHT MIDGET ENTRY LIST AWAITS VENTURA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 13, 2019).........As it stands now, the entry list for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix is stacked to the gills with the number of cars, drivers and the amount of talent that will be on display for the prestigious event on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Entries are still rolling in at press time, but at the moment, the lone past Turkey Night Midget winner in the field is 2012 and 2016 victor Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.). He's joined by a slew of USAC National champions who have filed their entries, including Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.).

In addition to that bunch, a number of recent winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car trails are gunning for glory at Ventura: Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) have all won on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign in 2019.

Leading the USAC Western contingent in the event are Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), plus 2019 series winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as USAC Western Regional champions Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.), David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) and Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.).

Thirteen states are represented thus far with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented so far with Michael Pickens (New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

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

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 13, 2019)

07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP TBA (Kelly Nichols)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (Kelly Nichols)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F TBA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
27x Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
55T Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73x Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
85 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)

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HANGTOWN 100 DEADLINE LOOMING; 57 CARS ALREADY ENTERED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 11, 2019).........Last call has arrived for teams to register for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20 at California's Placerville Speedway at www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

Fifty-seven entries have already been received for the event, which features a $130,000 purse over two nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget racing which concludes with a $20,000 to win 100-lap feature on the final night while the overall points champion receives a $12,000 bonus.

Among the entries thus far in the absolutely stacked lineup are recently-crowned World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standout and dirt track ace Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.).

USAC National champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) have all entered into the fray.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, AU) are international midget champs who'll take on the task along with 2019 World of Outlaws feature winners Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), just to name a few of the heavy hitters featuring race winners and champions from coast-to-coast.

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19th will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party on the fairgrounds with food, drinks, a live band and a lot of fun to be had.

Wednesday night's Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20th will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST
(Updated November 11, 2019)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
TBA (Matt Wood Racing)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

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World Finals 2019 Day No.3

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Contact: Nick Graziano
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Winner Brad Sweet (Michael Fry Photo)



KING IN THE QUEEN CITY: Brad Sweet wins first World of Outlaws championship

Sweet beats Schatz by 4 points in closest points battle in Series history; Gravel sweeps Can-Am World Finals

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – The air chilled your bones and frozen your breath. The crowd of people multiplied every second, fighting over inches of space to snap the best picture. Sandwiched in the middle of it was Brad Sweet, who at that moment said he felt like he could finally relax.

Awaiting him on the front stretch of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night after his runner-up finish in the Can-Am World Finals was a stage and a bronze trophy to officially announce the Grass Valley, Calif. driver as the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion.

He beat 10-time and reigning Series champion Donny Schatz by four-points — the closest championship finish in the history of the World of Outlaws.

“I feel really relieved,” Sweet said after securing his first World of Outlaws title. “It’s just different than winning big races. A championship is just a different level. You try to act like it won’t affect you if you lose, but it’s been the most stressful couple days of my life to be honest. I tried to act like it wasn’t.”

Coming into the season finale race at the Can-Am World Finals Sweet had a mere two-point lead over Schatz — after losing six points to the Fargo, N.D. driver Friday night at the Charlotte dirt track. Sweet joked Saturday night that he kept asking, “Are you sure it’s two points? Are you sure?”

The last thing he wanted to see in Saturday night’s 30-lap Feature was Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 car in front of him. It only took five laps for his fear to become a reality.

Sweet started third with Schatz behind him in eighth. Once the race went green for multiple laps, after being hindered by a caution and two red flags at the start, Sweet was stationary in third, while Schatz wasted no time charging his way forward.

After two laps Schatz had already rocketed his way to fourth, running the high side of the track. Sweet ran low, not making ground on the leaders and losing time to Schatz. On Lap five, Schatz powered to the outside of Sweet down the backstretch and cleared him for third going into turn three. Schatz needed to either win or finish two positions ahead of Sweet to secure what would have been his 11th championship.

A fire was lit inside the cockpit of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. “The Big Cat” was ready to fight back. Schatz slipped off turn four, allowing Sweet to pull even with him down the front stretch. Sweet then pulled the slide job of his life into turn one, darting ahead of Schatz, leaving inches between their bumpers as he slid in front of him. Sweet was then able to get the better run off turn two and drove away from his championship competitor.

“I never wanted to see the 15 pass me,” Sweet said. “I wanted to control our own destiny. I knew if I was ahead of him, you know, he couldn’t beat me. When he passed me, luckily, he slipped off four and I was able to pass him back. And I told myself right then and there you better run the best race of your life or you’re not going to win this thing.”

His self-pep talk worked. He continued to pull away from Schatz and caught Jacob Allen for second five laps after getting back by Schatz. However, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver wasn’t willing to let Sweet run away with the championship either. He passed Allen for third shortly after Sweet went by and then kept his the blue No. 49 car in sight.

With 10 laps to go Schatz almost had the championship handed to him. The lapped car of Danny Dietrich spun directly in front of Sweet, forcing him to make a split-second evasive maneuver. The caution also put Schatz within reaching distance of Sweet.

However, on the restart Sweet didn’t give Schatz a chance to attack. He gapped the No. 15 car by three car lengths when the green flag flew and continued to drive away. He finished the night second behind race winner David Gravel with Schatz settling for third. It was a good enough run to earn Sweet the championship.

“I’ve never been more happy to run second in my life,” Sweet said.

While Sweet enjoyed the spoils of his first championship with his Kasey Kahne Racing team, Schatz was left to swallow a rare defeat — the first time he’s lost a championship since 2013 when Daryn Pittman, who drove for Kasey Kahne Racing, beat him by 14 points.

“We dug everything we could. I drove it as hard as I could,” Schatz said. “Andy Durham, who built this engine did a great job. He told me earlier tonight, ‘Just run it. Pretend that there’s a fan blade there and you’re trying to trim your toenails.’ I did that. It just wasn’t good enough.”

After losing the championship to Pittman in 2013, Schatz went on a five-year streak of winning at least 20 races in a year and having the championship locked up long before the season’s end. This year he won 11 races — the third most wins this year — and trailed Sweet in points for the past two months.

There were some changes made with his team this year, such as getting a new crew chief and crew members, however he lauded their work each week. He did admit there were some personal matters that may have affected his performance, including finding out his father had cancer at the end of 2018.

“All that stuff is behind me,” Schatz said. “Is there times that it probably affected how this team was operated? Yeah. I did my best to not allow it, but we’re here today. We got ourselves in a position where we could still win a championship even with all of my problems, my issues. I did the best I could tonight. It wasn’t good enough. I would have liked to have figured out how to have a little bit luckier hands in the (Dash) draw but it is what it is. I’m not complaining about it. Yeah, it’s been a tough year but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And cancer hasn’t taken my dad, so I’ll be stronger and so will he.”

Sweet cited Schatz as helping him win the championship, even going as far to call him a “teacher.” He finished second in points to Schatz the last two years — coming as close as 210 points to him. He learned how high of a bar Schatz sets and how consistent he needs to be each week to be in the championship hunt.

His studies paid off. He had the most consistent year of his career by finishing outside the top-10 only seven times in 72 races and collected 47 top-five finishes – the majority of them podiums. He also collected 16 wins – breaking his record for most wins in a season and ending the year as the winningest driver. He also won his second Kings Royal and earned his 50th career World of Outlaws win.

Sweet’s performance was a testament to his and KKR's dedication to win. The championship is team owner Kasey Kahne's second World of Outlaws title and the one he finds most impactful.

“I wasn’t as close to the teams back then (in 2013),” Kahne said. “That was my brother, Daryn and that team. They had an unreal season that year. I wasn’t as close to what they had going on. I was in Phoenix (for NASCAR) when they wrapped it (the championship) up back then. I was watching it on DIRTVision when I was supposed to be doing an appearance, things like that. It was exciting for me but far different this year being so much closer to it.”

The only trophy Kahne said he has in his home is the 2013 World of Outlaws championship trophy. Now he’ll have two.

Sweet got to hold his first championship trophy high above his head with fireworks and firebombs painting the background behind him. He was able to wear a smile many haven’t seen since his Knoxville Nationals victory last year. A smile of relief.

“Just so happy that we came out on top,” Sweet said. “You don’t know when the next opportunity to win a championship is going to be. You know, Donny is so good at running the points. We never really thought we’d have a chance to beat him. To come in here two points ahead, it’s kind of like winning the Knoxville Nationals on a green-white-checkered. Kind of the same feeling. You know he’s going to put pressure on you. Just so thankful we’re able to do it. We’re the best in the country now.”

GRAVEL GETS 12TH WIN

David Gravel swept the Can-Am World Finals weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, concluding a stellar season for he and Jason Johnson Racing in their first year together.

The Watertown, Conn. driver’s win Saturday night in Charlotte was his 12th win of the season – making him the second winningest driver this year, edging 10-time champion Donny Schatz for the spot by one win.

“Last night the car was OK, but tonight it was freaking bad ass,” Gravel said. “I had the best race car tonight, hands down. I could go top, bottom and it showed. I felt like I could get through lap traffic really really good and my job was easy.”

He started on the outside pole and passed leader Jacob Allen for the top spot on Lap six. Once he put his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car out front, no one could catch him. Even Brad Sweet said he was rooting for Gravel to pull away so Schatz couldn't potentially steal the win and the championship.

Along with Gravel's collection of wins — which include his first Knoxville Nationals victory — he earned 21 Quick Time awards and finished third in points for the fourth year in-a-row.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2020 season Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Get tickets and more information.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 11/9/19 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals Championship Night

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$3,200]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [26][$100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$1,050]; 15. 19P-Paige Polyak [7][$1,000]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$1,000]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,000]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [23][$1,000]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [19][$1,000]; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 22. 98H-Dave Blaney [20][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Tim Shaffer [27][$]; 24. 51-Freddie Rahmer [21][$1,000]; 25. 39-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,000]; 26. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$1,000]; 27. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$1,000];
Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-5, David Gravel 6-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.88; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.4; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.46

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.97; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]; 7. 91-Tony Fiore [7]; 8. 44-Trey Starks [8]; 9. 91W-Davey Walsh [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 2. 11-Zeb Wise [1]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [3]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 39-Spencer Bayston [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 6. 71M-Paul May [6]; 7. 3C-Cale Conley [7]; 8. J4-John Garvin [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney [3]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. K4-Chad Kemenah [7]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 8. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [8]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard [9]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 6. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [7]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [8]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 4. 7S-Tim Shaffer [4]; 5. 49D-Shawn Dancer [6]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 7. 27G-Jay Galloway [8]; 8. 7-Jason Sides [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak [3]; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston [6]; 6. 11-Zeb Wise [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 71M-Paul May [1][]; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah [4][]; 3. 49D-Shawn Dancer [2][$150]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [9][$150]; 5. 91-Tony Fiore [3][$150]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$125]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [12][$125]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [11][$125]; 9. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [10][$125]; 10. 27G-Jay Galloway [14][$125]; 11. 91W-Davey Walsh [15][$125]; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6][$125]; 13. J4-John Garvin [13][$125]; 14. 49H-Bradley Howard [16][$125]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [5][$125]; 16. 3C-Cale Conley [7][$125]; 17. 21X-Parker Price-Miller [17][$125]; 18. 5B-Justin Barger [18][$125]; 19. 29-Steve Butler [19][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][]; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney [2][]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [3][]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4][]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [14][]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [5][]; 7. 7S-Tim Shaffer [6][$300]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$250]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [15][$225]; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [13][$200]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [16][$200]; 12. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [11][$200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$200]; 14. K4-Chad Kemenah [18][$200]; 15. 71M-Paul May [17][$200]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [7][$200]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$200]; 18. 7-Jason Sides [12][$200]

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