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David Gravel Scores His Fourth Season Win at Gator Motorplex
Packed House Cheers on Haudenschild after Three Collisions
WILLIS, TX - April 14, 2017 - "It is official. David Gravel has cleared the scales in the CJB Motorsports No. 5, headed to Victory Lane!" cried Johnny Gibson over the PA at Gator Motorplex Thursday night. This was win number four of the season in the No. 5 machine, and a twentieth career win for Gravel.
He worked hard for this one, starting in tenth and working the high side. While Jason Sides started on the pole, with NASCAR driver Kasey Kayne in second, it was Paul McMahan in the lead when Gravel finally took it in lap 30 - and he took it from below.
"I started tenth and was in second before I knew it," said the inaugural Gator Bash champ. "I knew it was a 40-lap race. I tried to be really patient with Paul [McMahan]. The curve got really really really tricky as the race went on, and I almost bit the wall a couple of times."
But it wasn't Gravel who bit the wall at all. That fell on Rookie-of-the-Year-contender Sheldon Haudenschild, who with 4 laps to go got into his third tangle of the night. Haudenschild was the unofficial fan favorite at Gator Motorplex, drawing loud cheers for his persistence each time he returned to the field after two flips. But the last one set him bouncing off the wall outside of turn four, right into Brad Sweet.
Sweet had been busy battling Donny Schatz for the fourth spot, which is precisely where Schatz remained after the checkered flag flew.
The inaugural Gator Bash saw a packed house in Willis, Texas, where fans cheered on Kahne as he made his return to dirt in the iRacing.com 4K. But after a lucky Dash inversion draw that put him on the pole, Kahne spun out during the Feature, turning sideways in turn four and causing Daryn Pittman and Dustin Gates to flip over each other.
Meanwhile, Sides maintained his lead until lap 14, when McMahan come up from third to take it from him. It wasn't until 26 laps later that Gravel managed to final clear both of them, leading them into the checkers in just that order.
"Finishing second right now feels like a win - the way all last year went," said McMahan from Victory Lane. "But second still sucks."
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will return to action tomorrow, Friday night, at Devil's Bowl Speedway for the Texas Outlaw Nationals in Mesquite, TX.
RACE NOTES: David Gravel scored his fourth season win at the inaugural Gator Outlaw Bash at Gator Motorplex, leading the final 11 laps of the 40-lap Feature. Paul McMahan and Jason Sides, the only two other lap leaders in the race, followed Gravel to Victory Lane, leaving points leader and defending champion Donny Schatz just short after a turn four incident took Brad Sweet and Sheldon Haudenschild out of the running.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Aaron Reutzel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Comp Cams ($50 cash): SHane Stewart; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Super Flow ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Sheldon Haudenschild; Craftsman/Sears: Kasey Kahnef; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Aaron Reutzel.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway).
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Gator Motorplex, TX, April 13, 2017
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [$10,000]; 2. 4-Paul McMahan [$5,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [$2,500]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [$2,300]; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [$2,200]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,200]; 13. 67-Christopher Bell [$1,100]; 14. 82-Cap Henry [$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [$1,000]; 16. 84-Scott Bogucki [$900]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [$800]; 18. 49-Brad Sweet [$800]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [$800]; 20. 4K-Kasey Kahne [$800]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [$800]; 22. 17G-Dustin Gates [$800]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski [$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-13, Paul McMahan 14-29, David Gravel 30-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]
Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.479; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.517; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.53; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.573; 5. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.618; 6. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 11.631; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.651; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.661; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.663; 10. 84-Scott Bogucki, 11.681; 11. 82-Cap Henry, 11.687; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 11.773; 13. 5-David Gravel, 11.805; 14. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 11.838; 15. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.854; 16. 33-Danny Lasoski, 11.93; 17. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.947; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.991; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.027; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.044; 21. 17G-Dustin Gates, 12.054; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.081; 23. 67-Christopher Bell, 12.106; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.163; 25. 99T-Skylar Gee, 12.385; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.385; 27. 88-Scottie McDonald, 12.672; 28. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.69
Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 49-Brad Sweet ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides ; 3. 84-Scott Bogucki ; 4. 5-David Gravel ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski ; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson ; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee ; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 4-Paul McMahan ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson ; 4. 2X-Parker Price-Miller ; 5. 99-Brady Bacon ; 6. 82-Cap Henry ; 7. 67-Christopher Bell ; 8. 2-Shane Stewart ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart 
Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 4K-Kasey Kahne ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 4. 19-Brent Marks ; 5. 17-Joey Saldana ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 7. 17G-Dustin Gates ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 9. 88-Scottie McDonald 
Craftsman Club Dash (8 Laps) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides ; 2. 4K-Kasey Kahne ; 3. 4-Paul McMahan ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [-]; 3. 67-Christopher Bell [-]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [-]; 5. 17G-Dustin Gates [-]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [$250]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [$225]; 10. 88-Scottie McDonald [$200]
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Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
CHILLICOTHE, OH (April 9, 2017) - In dramatic fashion, Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah scored his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the 2017 season on Sunday night in Chillicothe, Ohio, driving around race leader Lee Jacobs on the final circuit to score $5,000 at Atomic Speedway. The five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion, who started sixth on the main event grid, used a late-race caution and a wide, slicked-off racing surface to help stage his dramatic finish.
“Before heading out for the feature, my car owner, who is the greatest guy in the world, told me ‘remember, this is where we won our championship.’ That really gives you something to think about before going out to race,” Chad Kemenah explained. “I can’t say enough about Rob Hunter and this team. My brother does one heck of a job. He really makes my job easy.”
Outside pole-sitter Lee Jacobs took command during the drop of the initial green flag, soon followed by fellow full-time All Star Ryan Smith and Lockbourne, Ohio, native Cole Duncan to complete lap number one. Jacobs maintained control for the first 29 circuits, at one point separating himself from the rest of the field by nearly three seconds. Traffic came into play for the first time on lap eight, eventually allowing Armstrong, who overtook the second position just before halfway, and Duncan to close-in on the 1881 Racing/Simcox Grinding & Steel/No. 81.
Chad Kemenah, who already climbed two positions to find himself just outside of a podium spot, caught a big break on lap 20 when Duncan and Armstrong made contact with a spinning lapped car between turns one and two, also nearly collecting Lee Jacobs. Armstrong would get the worst of the incident and suffer from a flat left rear tire, forcing the New Castle, Indiana, native to restart at the rear of the field. Despite wing damage, Duncan maintained his position in the running order; keeping momentum and not stopping on the race track after making contact. With Armstrong surrendering his position, Kemenah moved into third for the restart, eventually moving by Duncan for second on lap 22.
Chasing Jacobs through traffic, Kemenah made his bid for the top spot on the 30th and final circuit, driving by Jacobs at the exit of turn two and surviving a last-ditch effort pass by the No. 81 through the final corner. Lee Jacobs would hold on to finish second, followed by Ryan Smith, Cole Duncan, and Dale Blaney.
For Kemenah, the victory was the 31st of his career during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition and his second at Atomic Speedway. With his victory, equaling his third top-five finish of the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star season, the pilot of the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/No. 10H officially takes command of the Arctic Cat All Star championship point chase.
“The clearer the race track got, the better I got. We didn’t have a spectacular qualifying effort here tonight, but my crew kept plugging away. This is probably one of my favorite race tracks in the country. I want to thank all of you for coming out here and supporting [Brad McCown] and this race. Hopefully we put on one heck of a show for you guys,” said Chad Kemenah as he addressed the crowd.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition in less than a week, revisiting Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on Saturday, April 15, for the 2017 HD Supply Spring Nationals. “America’s Series” last visited the home of “Ohio’s Finest Racing” on Saturday, September 3, during the inaugural Dirt Classic Ohio. Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild scored the $10,000 top prize; the 13th Arctic Cat All Star victory of his career and his second-ever at Attica Raceway Park. The HD Supply Spring Nationals visit will go down in the books as the 113th total appearance at Attica Raceway Park by the Arctic Cat All Stars since their first visit on September 4, 1989.
HD Supply Spring Nationals gates are scheduled to open at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 15. Action will hit the speedway at 6:00pm, sharp, beginning with hot laps and qualifying time trials, followed by heat races and respective main events. Those who would like to learn more should visit Attica Raceway Park live on the Web at www.atticaracewaypark.com.
Contingency Awards/Results: Atomic Speedway - Sunday, April 9, 2017:
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 39 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Tim Shaffer - 12.168 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Max Stambaugh - 12.717 seconds (2nd quick)
Ford Performance Heat #1: Danny Smith
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Tim Shaffer
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Chad Kemenah
Kistler Racing Products Heat #4: Jimmy Stinson
JE Pistons Dash #1: Ryan Smith
JE Pistons Dash #2: Lee Jacobs
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Caleb Helms
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Chad Kemenah
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Caleb Helms (+11)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Dale Blaney
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Caleb Helms
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Caleb Armstrong (16th)
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)
1.22C-Cole Duncan, 12.580; 2.33M-Max Stambaugh, 12.717; 3.4-Danny Smith, 12.933; 4.A67-Brandon Wimmer, 13.171; 5.81-Lee Jacobs, 13.177; 6.6M-Jac Haudenschild, 13.238; 7.11N-Dale Blaney, 13.261; 8.59-Ryan Smith, 13.316; 9.49x-Tim Shaffer, 13.325; 10.48-Danny Dietrich, 13.362; 11.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.404; 12.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.551; 13.56R-Ryan Myers, 13.568; 14.17-Caleb Helms, 13.652; 15.59N-Bryan Nuckles, 13.705; 16.35-Tyler Esh, 13.752; 17.8M-TJ Michael, 13.777; 18.22D-Josh Davis, 13.796; 19.22B-Ryan Broughton, 13.854; 20.7K-Cale Conley, 13.899; 21.22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.960; 22.33-Brent Matus, 14.038; 23.15H-Mitch Harble, 14.070; 24.4X-Jimmy Stinson, 14.072; 25.7J-Joe Swanson, 14.275; 26.40-Mark Imler, 14.307; 27.60-Kory Crabtree, 14.320; 28.5-Jordan Harble, 14.497; 29.1080-Jordan Mackison, 14.584; 30.9J-Jessie McCreary, 14.610; 31.13-Brandon Matus, 14.623; 32.9C-Roger Campbell, 14.641; 33.45-Trevor Baker, 14.649; 34.51-John Garvin, 14.697; 35.49H-Bradley Howard, 14.925; 36.95-Hunter Mackison, 15.148; 37.9-Ryan Linder, 15.164; 38.80-Lance Webb, 15.399; 39.83X-Nate Reeser, 16.434;
Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps)
1. 4-Danny Smith ; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan ; 3. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 4. A67-Brandon Wimmer ; 5. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler ; 7. 35-Tyler Esh ; 8. 33-Brent Matus ; 9. 9C-Roger Campbell ; 10. 95-Hunter Mackison
Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps)
1. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 2. 59-Ryan Smith ; 3. 11N-Dale Blaney ; 4. 56R-Ryan Myers ; 5. 22D-Josh Davis ; 6. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 7. 9J-Jessie McCreary ; 8. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 9. 5-Jordan Harble ; 10. 40-Mark Imler
Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 4. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 5. 13-Brandon Matus ; 6. 83X-Nate Reeser ; 7. 8M-TJ Michael ; 8. 17-Caleb Helms ; 9. 51-John Garvin ; 10. 1080-Jordan Mackison
Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps)
1. 4X-Jimmy Stinson ; 2. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 3. 7K-Cale Conley ; 4. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 5. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 6. 45-Trevor Baker ; 7. 9-Ryan Linder ; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 9. 80-Lance Webb
Dash 1 - (4 Laps)
1. 59-Ryan Smith ; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan ; 3. 4X-Jimmy Stinson ; 4. A67-Brandon Wimmer ; 5. 49x-Tim Shaffer
Dash 2 - (4 Laps)
1. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 2. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 5. 4-Danny Smith
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps)
1. 17-Caleb Helms ; 2. 33-Brent Matus ; 3. 5-Jordan Harble ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 6. 35-Tyler Esh ; 7. 9J-Jessie McCreary ; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler ; 9. 1080-Jordan Mackison ; 10. 45-Trevor Baker ; 11. 83X-Nate Reeser ; 12. 9-Ryan Linder ; 13. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 14. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 15. 9C-Roger Campbell ; 16. 80-Lance Webb ; 17. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 18. 51-John Garvin ; 19. 40-Mark Imler
A-Main 1 - (30 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 59-Ryan Smith ; 4. 22C-Cole Duncan ; 5. 11N-Dale Blaney ; 6. 4X-Jimmy Stinson ; 7. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 8. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 10. 17-Caleb Helms ; 11. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 12. 4-Danny Smith ; 13. 7K-Cale Conley ; 14. 13-Brandon Matus ; 15. A67-Brandon Wimmer ; 16. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 17. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 18. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 19. 22D-Josh Davis ; 20. 35-Tyler Esh ; 21. 8M-TJ Michael ; 22. 5-Jordan Harble ; 23. 9-Ryan Linder ; 24. 33-Brent Matus ; 25. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 26. 56R-Ryan Myers Lap Leaders: Lee Jacobs [1-29]; Chad Kemenah 
2017 Arctic Cat All Star Point Standings (4/9/2017):
1. Chad Kemenah: 828
2. Caleb Armstrong: 754
3. Donny Schatz: 742
4. Caleb Helms: 712
5. Danny Dietrich: 702
6. Davel Gravel: 696
7. Kerry Madsen: 674
8. Greg Hodnett: 656
9. Ryan Smith: 646
10. Ian Madsen: 638
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit its official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.
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:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.
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BACON BRINGS HIS BROOM, SWEEPS KOKOMO GRAND PRIX
Kokomo, Indiana April 9, 2017 .........The month of April has quickly become the "sweeps" period for USAC's national series as Brady Bacon became the second driver in as many weeks to complete an undefeated weekend by capturing both nights of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.
One week after Chris Windom claimed victories in consecutive nights at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown action, respectively, it was Bacon's turn to do a little spring cleaning of his own as he cleared out space in his cabinet to bring home a pair of brand-new trophies earned this weekend in USAC National Midget competition.
The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native took the lead from Tanner Thorson just shy of the midway point of the 30-lap affair after starting from the outside of the fifth row, then promptly dominated the second-half to grab his fifth-career USAC National Midget feature win, and third at Kokomo.
Sunday night was nearly identical to Saturday night for Bacon. For the second straight evening, he entered the Midget feature just after posting a runner-up finish in the Kokomo Sprint Car main event. Yet, it would take Bacon just a little bit longer to reach the point as opposed to the night prior, but not by that much.
Polesitter Chad Boat would control the pace early on as he slid up to the top to grab the lead in turn one on the opening lap. Outside second-row starter Tanner Thorson would instantly pose a threat as he took a peek to the inside of Boat off turn two on laps three and four.
On the sixth circuit, Thorson made his charge on the bottom, but Boat was able to hold onto his advantage by the skin of his teeth, more accurately the circumference of a single front wheel. One lap later, Thorson duplicated the same move, but this time was able to get enough of a run off turn four to propel him to the lead by a single wheel over Boat.
Boat wouldn't accept this fate without a fight and, instead, worked his way back around the topside to retake the lead from Thorson on the eighth lap. However, the move was negated due to a yellow for the turned-around car of ProSource Fast Qualifier Justin Grant, which reverted the running order back to the last completed lap.
Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows was third-running Bacon who had already overtaken seven positions in the first seven laps. After the green flag dropped for the restart, Thorson led the way on the bottom as Boat stayed true to the top. Bacon followed Thorson's lead and used the low line to motor past Boat for second.
The chase was on as Thorson led a train on the bottom with Bacon in tow as he aimed to escape the rapid pursuit of the previous night's winner. On the 13th lap, with little room for error and Bacon ready to pounce, Thorson left the door cracked open at the exit of turn four, which was just enough daylight for Bacon to squeeze through to snare the race lead away.
Just as it was the night before, Bacon put his Bob East-wrenched, FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota anywhere he pleased, running the bottom between turns one and two and using a diamond pattern on the other end of the racetrack in which he'd enter on the cushion in turn three and exit turn four on the bottom.
The interval between he and Thorson continued to expand in the final laps, growing to a substantial 4.5 second margin as Bacon took the checkered ahead of Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Rico Abreu (who charged from 22nd to 4th after flipping earlier in the night during time trials) while Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five.
Bacon's victory puts him in an exclusive club of drivers who've tallied at least three USAC National Midget wins at Kokomo, joining Rich Vogler (7), Mel Kenyon (6), Jimmy Davies (3) and Bob Wente (3). Bacon's monumental weekend has given him a healthy early-season point cushion where he stands with a 30-point lead in the standings as the series takes an extended break before returning May 19 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
"We had to work a little harder tonight," Bacon remarked. "We were able to get to the front really quickly and then the track changed quite a bit. It got pretty treacherous with some holes on the bottom. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time every time and made some good decisions. I'm just glad to have a car I can be confident moving around in, especially here. You've got a lot of options and there's a big difference between the top and bottom. The car worked great wherever it went. We've worked so hard and, last year, we got our package together and we're finally getting the results to show for all that hard work."
Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson followed up a third-place run the night before with a second-place finish Sunday night in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, getting back into the groove after a tough opening to the season in Du Quoin, Ill. back in March.
"We just took what it gave us tonight," Thorson stated. "We've had a pretty good car here the last two days. We definitely wanted to win that one, but Brady just beat us. He was better through the holes tonight, but we'll back and we'll come to the next race even stronger."
Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney took a wild tumble while running third in Saturday night's feature at Kokomo. Sunday night, the team rolled out the backup car for Courtney and took a well-earned third-place finish in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.
"After the start I've had this year in the midget and sprint car, to get a podium here is a pretty good confidence booster," a rejuvenated Courtney exclaimed. "Hopefully, moving forward from here will be just a little smoother sailing than the start of the year. I can't thank everybody who came to the shop last night and busted their butts. We found out just last night that our car was junk and they finished putting this backup car together, came back to the track and kept faith in me. I've got all the faith in the world in them and their racecars and what they do in the shop. I think it showed tonight."
Contingency award winners Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Alex Bright (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Jake Neuman (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Race Winner) Tanner Carrick (Chalk Stix Third Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Rico Abreu (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.081; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7B, Brown-13.199; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.246; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.247; 5. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.347; 6. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.350; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.402; 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13.452; 10. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.530; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.554; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.574; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.577; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.625; 15. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.626; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.658; 17. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.690; 18. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.804; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.828; 20. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-13.869; 21. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.981; 22. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-13.992; 23. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.114; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.118; 25. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-14.167; 26. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW Racing-14.516; 27. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.603; 28. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.664; 29. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 30. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-NT.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bright, 2. Abreu, 3. Grant, 4. Greth, 5. Coons, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Darland, 8. Julian. 2:19.35
COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Ray, 3. Robinson, 4. Shelton, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Jones, 7. Wood, 8. Walker. 2:18.80
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Bayston, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. Windom, 6. Shane Cottle (#9K), 7. Dickerson. NT
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Thorson, 3. Boat, 4. Golobic, 5. Nelson, 6. Lynch, 7. Seach. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Coons, 5. Jones, 6. Nelson, 7. Cottle, 8. Lynch, 9. Dickerson, 10. Wood, 11. Klaasmeyer, 12. Julian, 13. Seach. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Alex Bright, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chad Boat, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Chase Jones, 23. Tanner Carrick. NT
**Abreu flipped during qualifying. Klaasmeyer flipped during the semi. Julian flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Boat, Laps 7-12 Thorson, Laps 13-30 Bacon.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Rico Abreu (22nd to 4th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Alex Bright
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-216, 2-Bayston-186, 3-Thorson-175, 4-Coons-169, 5-Grant-168, 6-Golobic-151, 7-Neuman-125, 8-Darland-120, 9-Courtney-113, 10-Robinson-113.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway
Saturday, April 15, 7 p.m. T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Modifieds run 35-lap feature paying $3500 to win. Checkered Flag Fan Club Night
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman along with Blast from the Past Vintage racers.
Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman.
HIRTHLER BROTHERS (KEVIN AND BRIAN) SWEEP NASCAR 358 MODIFIED AND SPORTSMAN VICTORIES AT GRANDVIEW; VETERAN RON KLINE SCORES LATE MODEL WIN
Bechtelsville, PA April 9, 2017 …………. Brothers.Kevin Hirthler, 39, and Brian Hirthler, 37, both of Perkiomenville, PA, took home a feature win, Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Kevin scored his 12th career TP Trailers 358 Modified feature win at the high-banked third-mile dirt track, while Brian collected his second career Sportsman triumph at the popular Bechtelsville, PA raceway. The raceway promoted by the Rogers family celebrated 55 consecutive seasons of racing with the annual opening night program Saturday night.
Ron Kline, 48, of Salford, PA steering the Wanda Brown owned Junior Grebe Motorsports No. 3 Late Model claimed his 37th career feature triumph in the BRC Late Model main event.
“We’ve been trying to do this over the past five or six years, now, and finally we got it done tonight,” remarked a bearded Brian Hirthler after his win in the 25-lap Sportsman fray aboard his self-owned Pioneer Pole Building No. 4* Sportsman car.
Provided they met all requirements each feature winner earned bonus bucks from TP Trailers and Truck Equipment of Limerick. And VP Racing Fuels had product awards for top performers that met the requirements.
Coming up on Saturday, April 15th, 7 p.m. is the first extra distance event of the season for the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds. They will be featured in a 35-lap main event paying $3500 to win along with T.P.Trailers and VP Racing Fuel bonuses. Also included will be the BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet set to take place as gates open.
In the 25-lap Late model main, Chuck Schutz, the 2016 Late Model track champion, started from the pole in a heads-up start after winning the first heat race of the night. Kline, also a heat winner, started outside the front row. With the green it was Schutz out in front over Kline through the first seven circuits prior to the caution on Lap 7.
The new green again showed Schutz on top over Kline through Lap 12. Off turn 4 on Lap 13, Kline ducked under Schutz and took the top spot crossing at the starters stand. >From that point on it was Kline going on to victory, with Schutz pressuring Kline several times in the final 12-laps, but never getting out in front. Schutz pressed Kline, but wound up runner-up, with Kyle Merkel finishing up third. Stephen Todorow brought home a solid fourth in front of Brian Sipe.
Heat winners for the 15 Late Models in action were Chuck Schutz and Ron Kline.
“You got to keep your foot in it,” explained Kline. “We survived. The lapped cars were all over. Tonight, being in second was a better thing. I found the guard rail twice tonight and got by Chuck down there off the bottom in turn 4 and, believe me, once I got out in front I wasn’t about to give it back. Junior Grebe gave me a heck of a car.”
Kline now has won three of the last five features run at the track in recent years on Opening Night.
In the 30-lap 358 Modified feature, 10-time track champion Jeff Strunk started from the pole with Kevin Hirthler outside the front row chauffeuring his self-owned Bicknell chassied Pioneer Pole Building No. 117 mount. With the green it was Strunk powering out on top over Hirthler, as the caution was out after a lap. On the new green Hirthler was quicker on the restart from the outside lane, dropping Strunk to second spot for lap 2 in front of Brett Kressley. Lap 8 brought out another caution involving Kyle Borror, Ryan Grin and Kyle Weiss, as Kressley headed to the pit area with a flat tire.
On the restart from the outside lane it was Hirthler out in front again on Lap 9 as Strunk stayed close. Hirthler remained out in front, with another caution on Lap 13.
Again from the outside lane it was Hirthler scoring Lap 13 as the race leader. Caution again on Lap 15 bunched things up, but Hirthler remained out in front, with Strunk applying heavy pressure every tour. Hirthler kept his advantage and easily took the win in the 30-lapper over Strunk, with Craig Von Dohren finishing up a real strong third-place. In fourth it was invader Ryan Watt and five-time track champion rounded out the top five finishers.
Heat winners for 38 358 Modified racers were Strunk, Hirthler, Dan Wasempacher and 9-time speedway championVon Dohren, who was the 2015 and 2016 358 Modified champion. Consolation winners were Chris Gambler and Brian Houseknecht.
“I won three features here in 2015 and got zero wins in 2016,” explained Hirthler. “One night I was leading the feature and broke a bolt. Strunk got passed me and won that night taking that win from me. I guess tonight we got him back, with this win?
“I might have jumped Jeff slightly on that restart early on, but he certainly had his chances to get me back throughout tonight. All the yellow’s just kept coming out. The track was choppy because of all the wet weather we’ve had recently. Give the track crew time to work on it. It’s understandable. Everyone knows I am out there pushing on the gas every lap. We had a great race car tonight,” said Hirthler.
The Sportsman feature saw Craig Whitmoyer vault out on top after starting from the pole over Brian Hirthler. Kenny Bock took third and Brian Papiez fourth. Papiez advanced to third by Lap 3 and immediately challenged Hirthler for second spot. The top three ran nose-to-tail for laps 9, 10 and 11 and laps 14 and 15 saw Papiez and Hirthler battling it out for second.
By Lap 16 Hirthler got hooked up on the high outside and in turn two he drove by Whitmoyer to take the top spot, while running with a couple of laps in lapped cars. Two slower lapped cars crashed right in front of the leaders racing through turns 3 and 4 and nearly took out the top runners, but a lap wasn’t completed. Lap 17 it was Hirthler again taking the lead, but Brad Arnold stopped in turn two to quickly bring out the caution.
The new green showed Hirthler out in front over Whitmoyer, Jordan Henn and Papiez, as the caution was waving again after 19 rounds for Papiez, who broke the front suspension.
The green reappeared with Hirthler on rails and flying out in front of Whitmoyer. Invader Cale Ross, normally a New Egypt Speedway runner, climbed up to third with 20-laps completed in front of Henn and Jim Housworth. It remained that way to the checkered.
Heat winners for 36 Sportsman racers were Whitmoyer, Kenny Bock and Hirthler. Mike Lisowski took the win in the consolation.
“I was running the car hard,” said Hirthler. “I was gasping for air on lap 16. After the heat race I was convinced this car was a rocket. Whitmoyer gave me a real run for the money, but I had him covered running on the top, the bottom or down the middle tonight. This car was a rocket.”
BRC Late Models 25-laps
1)Ron Kline 2) Chuck Schutz 3) Kyle Merkel 4) Stephen Todorow 5) Brian Sipe 6) Wayne Pfeil 7) Blaine Emery 8) Steve Wilson 9) Shawn Horning 10) Dirk Rimrott 11) Jordan Knepp 12) George Irwin 13) Andy Cassell 14) Todd Ravel 15) Brian Shuey
1)Brian Hirthler 2) Craig Whitmoyer 3) Cale Ross 4) Jordan Henn 5) Jim Housworth 6) Mark Kemmerer 7) Joe Funk 8) Dean Bachman 9) Loudon Reimert 10) Kenny Gilmore 11) Ryan Higgs 12) Kenny Bock 13) Mike Mammana 14) Brad Grim 15) Kurt Bettler 16) Mike Lisowski 17) Ryan Beltz 18) Ken Eckert Jr. 19) Nathan Mohr 20) Jesse Landis 21) Dave Dissinger 22) Brian Papiez 23) Brad Arnold 24) Ryan Shupp 25) Jeromy Guistwite 26) John McGovern
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Abreu Closes Out Western Swing in Victory Lane Arizona Speedway
Gravel and Brown finish on the podium at Arizona Desert Shootout
QUEEN CREEK, AZ - April 8, 2017 - Coming into the Arizona stretch of the 2017 season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series full-time drivers scored wins in first 12 events of the season. That stat changed after Brian Brown ran away with the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Friday Night. The outsiders were looking to make it two-for-two in Arizona when the Series visited the Arizona Speedway for the second time in their history.
For the second night in a row, Brown started from the pole position. After jumping out to an early lead, Brown opened up a half-second lead over Abreu after a pass attempt that didn't stick.
On lap 12 of the 30-lap Arizona Desert Shootout, David Gravel who was running third made a move on Jason Sides to move him inside the top three.
At the half-way point, Abreu, from St. Helena, CA closed the gap on Brown while he was dealing with lap traffic and took advantage of the opportunity and threw a perfectly executed slide-job pass on Brown in Turn 2 to vault him into the lead.
"It's so easy to slow down to someone's pass, especially when they're in traffic," said Rico Abreu. "You've got to be committed on your slide jobs - that's what I do nowadays. I got a little impatient when we got to lap traffic but once I cleared some lap cars I felt really confident and made the move. I just tried to save my tires for the end as I knew it was going to get trickier for someone to peel off and pass."
While Abreu was making his move on Brown, Gravel was also able to sneak his No. 5 GoMuddy.com machine by for second.
"[traffic] started to play an issue there but I'm happy with a second-place finish," said David Gravel. "It was a really fun race with a lot of sliders. I just wanted to thank all my guys and everyone at CJB Motorsports. We'll take a second and move onto next week."
Out front as the leader, Abreu was left to navigate his way around heavy lap traffic but Abreu made quick work and was able to grow his lead to a one-second advantage.
As the laps started to tick away, Gravel worked his way back up to the rear bumper of Abreu. With just a few laps remaining, Gravel didn't get the opportunity to get by Abreu to add to his win total, instead it was Rico Abreu playing spoiler to the Outlaw regulars as the outsiders swept the Arizona weekend.
The Outlaws will head back east after a spending a month on the west coast of the United States for a makeup race at Gator Motorplex on Thursday April 13. A trip back to the place where it all started for the Outlaws at Devil's Bowl Speedway for a doubleheader on April 14 and 15.
For tickets visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.
Arizona Speedway Notebook
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway).
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Billy Chester; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudensheld,; Super Flow ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each):Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana, Jason Sides, David Gravel, N/A; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Brian Brown; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Arizona Speedway, AZ. April 8, 2017
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,800]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,300]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [$2,100]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [$2,050]; 10. 4-Paul McMahan [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,500]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$800]; 18. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [$800]; 20. 82-Stevie Sussex [$800]; 21. 2A-Austin Pierce [$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [$800]; 23. 5C-Billy Chester [$800], 24. 90-Lance Norick [$800]
Qualifying : 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.747; 2. 17-Joey Saldana, 12.751; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.773; 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.79; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.825; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 12.827; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.852; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.94; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.971; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.974; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.977; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.977; 13. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.994; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.041; 15. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.064; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.099; 17. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.188; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.215; 19. 82-Stevie Sussex, 13.219; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.25; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.267; 22. 90-Lance Norick, 13.351; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce, 13.354; 24. 5C-Billy Chester, 13.503; 25. 22-Cori Andrews, 13.781; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.784. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-15, Rico Abreu 16-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+8]
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 5-David Gravel ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet ; 4. 4-Paul McMahan ; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 82-Stevie Sussex ; 8. 90-Lance Norick ; 9. 22-Cori Andrews 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 17-Joey Saldana ; 2. 24-Rico Abreu ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart ; 4. 19-Brent Marks ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 8. 2A-Austin Pierce ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides ; 2. 21-Brian Brown ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 8. 5C-Billy Chester 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown ; 2. 24-Rico Abreu ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides ; 6. 5-David Gravel 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [-]; 3. 82-Stevie Sussex [-]; 4. 2A-Austin Pierce [-]; 5. 5C-Billy Chester [-]; 6. 90-Lance Norick [-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [$300]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [$250]
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BACON BACK IN KOKOMO VICTORY LANE; TAKES GRAND PRIX NIGHT 1
Kokomo, Indiana April 8, 2017........ Brady Bacon entered Saturday night's USAC Midget National Championship feature as the only driver in the field to have previously won a race in the series at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.
After 30 laps were complete, the story remained the same as Bacon outdueled Spencer Bayston in the waning laps to take his fourth career series win and second at Kokomo, the site of his very first USAC National win in 2006.
The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native pulled double-duty Saturday on night one of the "Kokomo Grand Prix." Moments after finishing in the runner-up spot to Justin Grant in the Kokomo Sprint Car portion of the program, Bacon lined up outside the second row at the start of the Midget feature.
Wasting no time, Bacon found his way to the front of the field, slipping under Chad Boat for the race lead exiting turn two on the opening lap. Bacon worked the middle while Boat climbed the ladder up to the top side as the pair locked down the top two positions in the opening third of the event.
After a caution for a Tyler Nelson spin, the ensuing lap 10 restart witnessed the most frightening incident of the evening. Third-running Tyler Courtney biked his way into the first turn, then proceeded to flip nose-to-tail several times before coming to a rest on top of the hood of Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Justin Grant's car just short of the turn one concrete. Courtney would climb out of the car under his own power, though his night was finished. Grant would restart from the tail and, by race end, would claw his way back to a sixth-place finish.
On the second lap 10 restart, Boat's right foot was cocked and locked as he fired past Bacon into turn one. Bacon responded by diving underneath Boat, outpacing him to regain the lead at the exit of turn two.
Meanwhile, ProSource Fast Qualifier Bayston entered the fray and, after getting by Boat for second, two laps later he was in position to grab the lead. A Bayston turn three slider momentarily put him in front before Bacon countered by slipping back under to retake the lead at the stripe. Bayston kept his foot in it and hit the topside where he powered by Bacon to take the top spot on the 13th lap.
Bayston quickly separated himself from the field, but Bacon stayed in touch, reeling Bayston back in to challenge him for first with less than ten laps remaining. With seven to go, the two battled wheel-to-wheel with Bacon pulling the front wheels to the sky as he rallied to the lead. Bayston got back by to reclaim the position at the head of the pack, though Bacon put his foot down and possessed the spot for good after charging past Bayston one final time in turn four.
From that point forward, Bacon ripped the high-side between turns one and two and the middle in three and four where nobody else was able to lay a finger on him in the waning laps as he took the victory by a little over a half-second in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota over Bayston, Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jerry Coons, Jr.
"I knew the top was probably going to come in," Bacon remembers. "I felt the bottom slowing down. When you're in the lead, it's hard to really know what to do. I knew I was going to be tight after that red (flag). I was afraid that hole in (turn) one was going to get me if I moved up too early. Once (Bayston) got by me, I moved up and got some speed back up and he started freeing up in (turns) three and four. We were able to get the diamond pattern going over there and got a really good run off of four, and that's how we got by him."
"It was tough; we bounced around on the cushion a couple times," Bacon continued. "(Bayston) did the same thing. I got pretty close to the wall of (turn) four a couple times. Once we got a few laps and the tires got hot and got some air in them, it was a little easier. It was a little hairy a couple times, but you got to drive hard if you want to win these races, especially here. I didn't want to give up. I didn't want to move up until somebody proved to me the top was faster. Bob (East) gave me a car good enough that I could move up there and still go fast."
Five drivers competed in both the midget and sprint features Saturday night, including Bacon. The differences between the two disciplines are stark, but Bacon was able to master the challenge, finishing first and second in the respective features.
"The top is faster in the sprint car," Bacon explains. "There were things I didn't even notice in the sprint car when I got out there in the midget. I was like, 'Man, that hole looks a lot bigger now that in in a midget!' Sprint cars go through the bumps a little better. Midgets are a little more sensitive to it. You don't have the horsepower in a midget, so you have to be careful and it might be too far around the top at the beginning. The track was great as usual. It's nice to get a good racetrack, somewhere you can really open it up and race on. Hopefully, we get that again tomorrow and can put on another good show."
Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston came up just short of his second career USAC National Midget victory, instead having to settle for his fifth second-place finish dating back to 2016 after leading 11 laps in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.
"I got out front and Brady found the bottom in (turns) three and four better than I did," Bayston conceded. "We had a really good racecar. I just thought we were better in (turns) one and two than he was, but he was just killing me so much in three and four, he got me.
"The first time I came here, I didn't finish the race and the time after that, I don't think I even made the A-main," Bayston added. "We've made a lot of progress. It's all thanks to the people around me who gave me the opportunity and taught me as much as they have."
Defending series champion Tanner Thorson overcame an early-race skirmish with Tyler Courtney that shuffled him from fourth to seventh, but persevered to take third in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.
"We had a great car all night," Thorson praises. "Al (Scroggins) worked his butt off to try and get this thing better and better throughout the night. The track was a little bit tricky tonight, but we'll get back to the shop, get everything cleaned up and try again tomorrow."
Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway include Spencer Bayston (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 8, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.318; 2. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.320; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.326; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.346; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13,382; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.486; 7. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.499; 8. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.507; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7B, Brown-13,595; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.609; 11. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.616; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.630; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.652; 14. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.719; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.722; 16. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.742; 17. Shane Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-13.750; 18. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.796; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13,802; 20. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.918; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.948; 22. Billy Wease, 12w, Wease-13.949; 23. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-13.991; 24. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14,023; 25. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.100; 26. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.102; 27. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-14.116; 28. Brayton Lynch, 1k, RKR-14.263; 29. Kyle Schuett, 9k, Schuett-14.297; 30. Scott Orr, 88, Orr-14.520; 31. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.521; 32. Bear Wood, 8jr, LW Racing-14.568; 33. Cole Fehr, 15F, Live Loud-14,578; 34. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-14.747; 35. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-15.052.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Bright, 6. Walker, 7. Schuett, 8. Fehr, 9. Hollingsworth. 2:19.06
COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Golobic, 3. Thorson, 4. Boat, 5. Wease, 6. Jones. 7. Carrick, 8. Orr, 9. Seach. NT
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Windom, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. Nelson, 7. Julian, 8. Kraus, 9. Dickerson. 2:18.59
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Coons, 3. Newman, 4. Ray, 5. Greth, 6. Lynch, 7. Wood. 8. DiMattia. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Bright, 3. Walker, 4. Carrick, 5. Nelson, 6. Greth, 7. Schuett, 8. Julian, 9. Wease, 10. Jones, 11. Lynch, 12. Kraus, 13. Dickerson, 14. Wood, 15. Fehr, 16. Seach. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Tanner Carrick, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Tyler Nelson, 20. Shane Golobic, 21. Ryan Greth, 22. Kyle Schuett, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Davey Ray. NT
**Courtney flipped on lap 10 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bacon, Laps 13-23 Bayston, Laps 24-30 Bacon.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (20th to 8th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Gage Walker
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-140, 2-Grant-133, 3-Coons-129, 4-Bayston-120, 5-Thorson-98, 6-Golobic-97, 7-Neuman-86, 8-Boat-76, 9-Walker-76, 10-T.Thomas-67.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"
Hafertepe Remains Perfect With Lucas Oil ASCS Following Texas Motor Speedway Sweep
FT. WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2017)... Sam Hafertepe, Jr. continued his dominance of the 2017 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with his fourth win in as many nights this past Saturday to complete the weekend sweep of Tony Stewart's Texas Sprint Car Nationals presented by Machinery Auctioneers at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
Asked about his run in Victory Lane, Sam replied, "It was predominantly top groove track, so it made it tough to get around lapped cars so we weren't going to make any dumb moves and try to force anything. We've been in that situation several times, but I knew we had a good enough car and we didn't have to flex our muscles early. At some point, we could take care of it."
On the weekend and the crowd on hand, Sam thanked Tony Stewart and the Texas Motor Speedway crew hosting the event. Setting a new series record with four consecutive victories, Hafertepe added his fourth triumph at the Texas Motor Speedway to his resume'.
Gridding the lineup on the pole, Sam would play the role of hunter as Wayne Johnson jetted off with the lead. Chasing the Outlaw Wings No. 2c down, the pair began going slide for slide around the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on the third round. Showing Hafertepe leading, the slide-jobs did not stop for several laps before the No. 15h earned some breathing room. Working back to Sam's rear bumper as the pair worked slower traffic, the race was brought to a halt on Lap 10 for a crash in turn four involving Kyle Bellm and John Carney II, of which both drivers were unharmed.
Jettisoning to a sizable advantage on the restart, Hafertepe was untouchable. Through traffic, the No. 15h slid by with ease as the race from second through fifth was anyone guess.
Back and forth between Aaron Reutzel, Josh Baughman, and Christopher Bell, the battle came to a head as Bell tried to slow for a slower car while racing under Aaron Reutzel; sending his No. 88 machine up the track where both drivers would flip into the turn four catch fence. Both drivers were okay.
Moving Baughman to second and Johnson back into the top-three, there was no catching the No. 15h, who crossed the line 2.231 seconds ahead of the PPG No. 17.
Wayne Johnson brought his Oil Medics No. 2c home on the final podium step with Tony Stewart coming from 11th to fourth in the Rush Truck Centers No. 14. The top-five rounded out with the MVT No. 45x of Johnny Herrera.
From 14th, Seth Bergman raced to a sixth place finish with Blake Hahn charging from 17th to seventh. Matt Covington found the eighth position with Sammy Swindell from 18th to ninth. South Dakota's Justin Henderson completed the top-ten.
Overall, the weekend saw 40 drivers in attendance, of which 38 took part in Saturday's program. Four Heat Races went to Johnny Herrera, Tony Stewart, Chance Morton, and Christopher Bell. Qualifier wins went to Josh Baughman, Justin Henderson, and Kyle Bellm. The B-Mains were topped by Blake Hahn and Sammy Swindell. One provisional start was granted to Kade Morton through the ASCS Red River Region.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to action on Saturday, April 15 at the Historic Half-Mile, Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series and the over 150 dates that make up the ASCS National and Regional schedules, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Red River Region
Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track - Ft. Worth, Texas
Tony Stewart's Texas Sprint Car Nationals
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Car Count: 38
Event Count: 40
Heat Races: (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to a Qualifier)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 93-Dustin Morgan; 3. 17-Josh Baughman; 4. 52-Blake Hahn; 5. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 6. 99-Skylar Gee; 7. 77X-Alex Hill; 8. 20G-Jake Greider
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart; 2. 95-Matt Covington; 3. 51-Caleb Martin; 4. 11X-John Carney II; 5. 44-Jared Sewell; 6. 55-Brad Queen; 7. 1S-Joey Schmidt; 8. 13M-Chance McCrary; 9. 05M-Charles McManus
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Chance Morton; 2. 8M-Kade Morton; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski; 4. 6-Dustin Gates; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 6. 02-Brandon Long; 7. 29-Travis Rilat; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Christopher Bell; 2. 28-Tommy Bryant; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 1-Justin Henderson; 5. 12-James Mosher; 6. 3-Sammy Swindell; 7. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 8. 17W-Harli White
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers: (Top 12 in Combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman; 2. 6-Dustin Gates; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 28-Tommy Bryant; 5. 14-Tony Stewart; 6. 3-Sammy Swindell; 7. 1SX-Sean McClelland; 8. 11X-John Carney II; 9. 99-Skylar Gee; 10. 2X-Tucker Doughty
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Justin Henderson; 2. 12-James Mosher; 3. 93-Dustin Morgan; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 6. 51-Caleb Martin; 7. 13M-Chance McCrary; 8. 55-Brad Queen; 9. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton; 10. (DNF) 1S-Joey Schmidt
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 2. 88-Christopher Bell; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski; 5. 23-Seth Bergman; 6. 29-Travis Rilat; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks; 8. 02-Brandon Long; 9. 8M-Kade Morton; 10. 44-Jared Sewell
BMRS B-Feature: (Top 3 advance to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn; 2. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 3. 7M-Chance Morton; 4. 1SX-Sean McClelland; 5. 99-Skylar Gee; 6. 51-Caleb Martin; 7. 17W-Harli White; 8. 13M-Chance McCrary; 9. 20G-Jake Greider; 10. 02-Brandon Long; 11. (DNF) 1S-Joey Schmidt
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 3-Sammy Swindell; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks; 3. 11X-John Carney II; 4. 29-Travis Rilat; 5. 77X-Alex Hill; 6. 8M-Kade Morton; 7. 44-Jared Sewell; 8. 05M-Charles McManus; 9. 55-Brad Queen; 10. 33-Danny Lasoski; 11. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 17-Josh Baughman; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 4. 14-Tony Stewart; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 6. 23-Seth Bergman; 7. 52-Blake Hahn; 8. 95-Matt Covington; 9. 3-Sammy Swindell; 10. 1-Justin Henderson; 11. 84-Brandon Hanks; 12. 1J-Danny Jennings; 13. 6-Dustin Gates; 14. 28-Tommy Bryant; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 16. 88-Christopher Bell; 17. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 18. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 19. 93-Dustin Morgan; 20. 12-James Mosher; 21. 11X-John Carney II; 22. 8M-Kade Morton; 23. 7M-Chance Morton
Lap Leader(s): Wayne Johnson 1-3; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4-30
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Blake Hahn +10
FSR High Point Driver: Christopher Bell
Provisional(s): Kade Morton (Regional)
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4 (3/17 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 3/18 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway; 4/8 - Texas Motor Speedway;);
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 600; 2. Johnny Herrera 499; 3. Wayne Johnson 491; 4. Seth Bergman 477; 5. Matt Covington 461; 6. Justin Henderson 459; 7. Josh Baughman 436; 8. John Carney II 423; 9. Aaron Reutzel 422; 10. Blake Hahn 416;