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San Tan Valley, Arizona.....November 4, 2017 - It's been a while since Chase Stockon has tasted victory with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

It's been even longer since he's gotten the chance to perform a series of celebratory victory donuts following a triumph in a USAC feature win.

These past 16 months have been trying on the Fort Branch, Indiana native, but the hungry Stockon had an appetite to devour that drought and earn his first series win of 2017 by leading the final 18 laps to capture the crown in the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

Chase Stockon won his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature in 16 months Saturday night in the 50th Annual 'Western World Championships' at Arizona Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

"We started off the season pretty good," Stockon recalls. "We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great."

Stockon's first series win since the July 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track came on a type of racetrack that he admits isn't one he usually shines on. Yet, Stockon had to earn his keep by getting past both the previous night's winner in Thomas Meseraull, but also the track's winningest sprint car driver, R.J. Johnson, in order to return to victory lane.

"It's been a long time," Stockon said with a sense of relief. "A cushion kind of racetrack, especially when it's that tall, is not my forte. Believe it or not, before the track started taking rubber, I think we were better on the cushion than everybody else. To be able to move around to get by guys like Meseraull and R.J. when the track's in that kind of condition felt so good."

Stockon started the 30-lapper from the fifth spot as pole starter Meseraull slid his way to the lead on the first turn of the first lap after he and outside front row starter Brody Roa banged wheels. Roa got the short end of the stick on the deal and dropped back as he fought to maintain control on the cushion while Johnson and Stockon scooted past Roa to move into second and third.

Just less than a third of the way through the race, Stockon carved his way to second past Johnson and began his ascent on Meseraull. Off turn four on the 12th lap, Stockon lined his front bumper right behind Meseraull's tail tank and set up a picture-perfect turn one slider that stuck.

You wouldn't expect Meseraull to go away quietly and that was the case when, four laps later, he returned the favor, sliding past Stockon in turn three to momentarily retake the top spot on the 17th lap. Stockon, however, countered Meseraull's move and ducked underneath to exit off four and maintain the lead.

From there, Stockon's main competition was the racetrack itself, which Stockon refused to let defeat him on this night.

"After Meseraull slid me down in (turns) three and four and I was able to cross over, I really started paying attention to the racetrack," Stockon said. "I noticed a few lapped cars a straightaway ahead of me that were smoking their tires. That's when I started moving down on entry trying to find something. A lot of times when you're out front like that and it starts taking rubber, you're pretty much just a sitting duck. We've lost races in the past that way and I've seen a lot of other guys lose them that way too. As trying as this year's been on us, I was going to do everything in my power not to let that happen."

'We started off the season pretty good. We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great.' - Chase Stockon (Rich Forman Photo)

Toward the end, Stockon anticipated the changing condition of the surface, which led him to move around a little earlier than did everybody else. When he eyed the flagman hold up five fingers indicating five laps to go, Stockon muscled his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher for all it was worth, burning the tires off it as he worked his way through lapped traffic with his top-five cohorts bearing down on him on a rail at the top.

Stockon split his way past the lapped cars of Logan Williams and Danny Faria, Jr. exiting turn two to escape any possible jab Meseraull had left to throw at him. With smoke pouring off the rear tires and nearly missing the rubber between turns three and four on the final lap, Stockon put his personal USAC drought to bed with his ninth career USAC National Sprint Car win, and second in the state of Arizona, following a 2013 Canyon Speedway score. He was followed to the line by Meseraull, Johnson, Robert Ballou and Tyler Courtney.

Stockon's sixth consecutive year with a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win ties him for the second longest active win streak with Brady Bacon and trails Darland's incomparable run of 24 consecutive years with at least one win. But, this particular win was well worth the wait. After a meeting of the minds, Stockon and crew chief D.J. Ott reached into their bag of past successes to pull out their formula that had served them so well in the past.

"We changed around a lot of things on the car," Stockon explained. "D.J. and I went back to our old notes and found some things there that we were kind of stagnant on and we've been really good since then. Last night, we had a pretty decent car, but I let a few other drivers around me dictate the line I was running. Today, we got together and discussed what went wrong last night. I knew it wasn't the car's fault. D.J. hit the setup last night and was perfect tonight. I had to run my own race and not let anybody else get inside my head to dictate what I was going to do and try and keep my nose clean."

One night after winning the opening night of "Western World," Meseraull's encore performance was impressive in its own right as he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar to its second-straight top-two finish in as many nights.

"The car was awesome both nights," Meseraull exclaimed. "I felt like I could've gotten back by Chase, but I ended up losing my brakes at the end. At that point, it's really hard bombing a slider on a guy out of the rubber. And if you end up across it, with that big of a curb, I'm upside down. I'm good at overdriving the car, though. Every time I had a run on Chase, we got to lapped traffic. I kind of wish it was a 40-lapper tonight. I kept telling everyone I hope it's not a 40-lapper because it's going to lay rubber at the end. Now I'm kind of wishing it was."

On the very same night he locked up his fifth-straight USAC Southwest Sprint Car title, Phoenix, Arizona's R.J. Johnson showcased his abilities against the National guys by finishing a career-best third in his Bobby Martin/Martin Family Auto Museum - Pecon Builders/Sherman/Pro Flyer.

"I was honestly waiting for five (laps) to go to try to do something crazy," Johnson admitted. "I never saw the five to go sign, so I guess I wasn't paying attention. When the white flag came out, I threw a slide job on Meseraull, but on the same token, I didn't want to crash us because my best past finish in the 'Western World' isn't even in the top-ten."

"Everybody's been on me about how I need to go back east and go racing, though I've never had the opportunity to go do it," Johnson continued. "For us to be able to run with them is huge. Maybe next year we can get some stuff rolling and get back there."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Cody Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2017 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-15.104; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.175; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.312; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.392; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.406; 6. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.422; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.423; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-15.435; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.441; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.446; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.470; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.474; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.497; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.511; 15. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Massey-15.528; 16. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.548; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.551; 18. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-15.595; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.602; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5m, TMR-15.604; 21. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.737; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.756; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.797; 24. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.844; 25. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.957; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.971; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.125; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.202; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.221; 30. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 31. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Swanson, 7. L. Williams. 2:10.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C. Williams, 2. Hodges, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Ballou. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Johnson, 5. Mihocko, 6. Darland, 7. Ellertson. 2:11.10

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. A. Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Martin, 6. Gardner, 7. McCarthy. 2:06.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Gardner, 3. Darland, 4. Davis, 5. Chapple, 6. L. Williams, 7. Ellertson, 8. Leary, 9. Swanson, 10. Martin, 11. Mihocko, 12. Gansen, 13. McCarthy. 3:13.65 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT
**Cling flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-30 Stockon.



NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2096, 2-Grant-2093, 3-Thomas-2011; 4-Courtney-1994, 5-Stockon-1875, 6-Boespflug-1843, 7-Leary-1714; 8-Bacon-1663, 9-Ballou-1638, 10-Darland-1447.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1405, 2-Roa-1273, 2-Swanson-1254, 4-Spencer-1081, 5-A. Williams-960, 6-C. Williams-870, 7-L. Williams-769, 8-Gansen-723, 9-Max Adams-702, 10-McCarthy-618.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 9-10-11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

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NEWFIELD, NJ.. With the first inaugural season coming to an end, Eddie Wagner of Newfield, NJ was named the 2017 Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series point champion on September 22nd at Bridgeport Speedway after also winning the twenty-lap feature event. This Saturday, Wagner is looking to continue his streak by visiting victory lane at Grandview Speedway Inc. to claim the $500 to win pay day, which was upped from the regular $300 to win by series sponsor Freiberger Excavating.

“I always wanted to win a championship title, but I haven’t always had the chance to run a complete schedule, and when I have focused on points, I finished second and third each time,” Wagner said. “It really hasn’t hit me yet that I’ve won because the season hasn’t ended, and we’re focusing on coming out on top in the last string of events. But I am proud to have won this thing with such a small team of just me, my dad, and my buddy Mark, who’s stuck with me since the beginning. It takes a lot of dedication from not just my part, but from crew guys also, which are hard to find on a weekly basis, so I’m very thankful for the help that I have”.

Eddie Wagner of Newfield, NJ was named the 2017 Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series point champion on September 22nd at Bridgeport Speedway after also winning the twenty-lap feature event.(SDS Photo)

Twenty-seven-year-old Wagner, who began his career racing quarter midgets at the age of thirteen, worked his way up to through the Micro Sprint ranks before purchasing his first full-sized Sprint Car in 2009, racing with the well-known and historic United Racing Club before joining the Tri-State Racesaver Sprint Series in 2012.

“I learned a lot racing with URC when I first started, but it just got to be too expensive, and when the Racesaver 305 Sprint Car division took off in this area, it only made sense to me to start running with those guys because of how close to home we were able to run, and also the cost to race a 305 was significantly cheaper then with the 360’s,” Wagner recalled.

Now, five years later, Wagner owns five victories all coming from Bridgeport Speedway, a 2015 Poker Series Championship from Bridgeport and now the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Championship title. With the demise of the Tri-State Racesaver Sprint Series (TSRS) at the end of 2016, Eddie and his wife Erika along with fellow competitor Jeff Geiges and his wife Lindsey all took on a new role of managing the new series (MASS) to ensure that the Racesaver concept would be restored and continue to grow in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware regions for years to come.

“I haven’t had as much time to stress about my feature set-ups like I’ve had in the past because of the other obligations that Jeff and I took on this season, so everything has been pretty much basic and simple, which has probably benefited me this year to be honest,” Wagner said of his race day involvement as Regional Director over the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. “We all work so well together, and Jeff and I have some good people behind us this year that have chosen to stick with us and support the series, so I think this year has been successful to say the least”.

With over fifty different competitors competing with MASS within the 2017 season, Wagner explained who he thought was his toughest competition this year, saying "Tommy Carberry is usually a force to reckon with at Grandview. He has a line around the top of the race track that not many people can run, but when he’s up there, he’s always super-fast. At Bridgeport this year, Rick Stief was always quick and you could always find him finishing within the top three there this year, and with that being one of my stronger tracks, I could always count on seeing Rick up there racing hard for the win. We have such a talented field, with guys who are very consistent like Tim Tanner Jr., Dave Brown and Mark Bitner, that it’s hard to just pick just one driver to list as my toughest competitor”.

Eddie looks forward to bringing out a new car for Grandview that he recently purchased and put together for the end of the year races.

“I’m busting out a completely different car for Grandview, a Mach 1, so I’m not really sure what to expect, but if I get a top ten, I will be more than happy with that result,” he said.

Sponsoring the points champion this year with a FULL and FREE custom helmet paint job is Trenton, NJ based JLD Graphics. Jason Dunn of JLD Graphics, specializes in all forms of custom paint lettering and hand painted graphic jobs that range from as small as a race helmet to as large as a whole race car! Dunn, offered an astonshing $1,015 worth of work to the top three in points, providing second place standing Tim Tanner Jr. a $250 gift certificate towards a helmet paint job and third place finisher Jeff Geiges a $150 gift certificate to JLD graphics.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series heads to Grandview for the final time this year, for the Thunder On The Hill Racing Series “Triple Thunder Thriller” Special Event, a much-anticipated event for many teams this season. This event is an open invitation race, allowing teams from all over the opportunity to race at the critically acclaimed “Premier Sprint Car track” in the area. More information on this event will be released later this week. For more info on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, visit our website at and check out our Facebook page to receive the latest news and details!

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HBR Racing Recap 9/18/17

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HBR Racing Recap 9/18/17

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

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

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

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

Phelps crossed the line in third.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The momentum for the team continued Saturday at Mohawk International.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McLaughlin held on for a 13th-place finish.

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

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


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

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


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

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


Saturday, September 23 – Fonda Speedway


Jimmy Phelps

Max McLaughlin

Dave Blaney


The HBR team has apparel available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in this season.



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“Their driveline and axel components are second to none,” Phelps said. “They offer a wide variety of tuning capabilities that definitely give their customers an advantage”

Phelps would also like to thank J&B Installations, Mohawk Northeast, JRI Shocks, Teo Pro Car, Strange Oval, Winters Performance, Bob Bruneau, Simpson Race Products, VP Fuels, Fragola Performance Systems, Jones Racing Products, Wilwood , FK Rod Ends, Cobra Motorhomes, Bert Transmissions, Eibach, Industrial, Tire of CNY, Driven Racing Oil and Arts Radiator for their continued support.


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“I can’t thank Simpson enough for their awesome products that keep me safe every time I strap into a race car,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin would also like to thank Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc., Simpson Race Products, Wienerschnitzel, Just Let Me Do It Commercial Services, Eibach Springs, Max Papis Inc., HBR, Bob Bruneau, Nitro Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Winters Performance Products, Hoosier, Cobra, TEO Pro Car, Pro Bar, Strange Oval, JRI Shocks, Absolute Audio, Fragola Performance Systems, Wilwood, Lincoln Electric, VP Racing Fuel, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Bert Transmission, ASI Racewear, Swindell Speed Lab, Walker Performance Filtration Systems, HD Designs, Torie Costa Foundation and Butler Built Seats for their continued support.

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Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Arctic Cat:
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Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
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