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Archive for April, 2017

Kyle Hirst Tops Peter Murphy Classic at Tulare

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Slipping past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the sixth lap, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) led the rest of the way to win last Saturday’s “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” By claiming the shortened $3,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, Hirst became the 45th driver to earn a series win. Ryan Bernal, Faria, Jace Vander Weerd, and fast qualifier Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

Making his first start of the year, Kyle Hirst qualified seventh out of the twenty-one racers and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions KPC, the three-time King of the West Champion ran second in the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. Starting second and hitting his marks on the changing track surface, Hirst took the 25-lap main event. Now ranked thirty-third in points, Kyle also gave Roth his first USAC West Coast triumph.

Racing from fourth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) looked to challenge Hirst but had to settle for second. Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and took fourth in the pole shuffle. With his second place finish at Tulare, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has reclaimed the point lead with three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

After leading the first five laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored third in the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified sixth overall, won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3, and claimed the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. The two-time champion left Tulare ranked sixth in points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was fifth fast in qualifications and placed third in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford sitting fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fifth in the “Peter Murphy Classic” and became the 37th series driver to earn a Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat race. Liggett left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked fifth in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified fourteenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver has climbed to tenth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to victory in the night’s Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was eighth fast in time trials and placed sixteenth in the feature after an early flip. As this writing goes to press, Cody has risen to seventh in points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, April 29th, at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Williams Stepping Up to Super Late Models at Five Flags

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Sellersburg, Indiana- Cole Williams has long been a Pro, but now he’s about to be Super.  Williams will make his Super Late Model debut on Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway in the 100-lap Southern Super Series event.

The Sellersburg, Indiana native said he cannot wait to make the jump into the more powerful Super Late Model on Friday night at the home of the prestigious Snowball Derby.

“I’m feeling pretty confident going into the race weekend,” Williams said.  ”We tested the Super a couple weekends ago and learned a lot with the car.  With me running my first Super Late Model race and working with a new team, Willie Allen Racing, I feel a top 10 would be a really good weekend. With that being said though, we are there to win and that will be my main goal Friday.”

Williams recently raced at Five Flags Speedway back in March when he finished sixth.  However, that was a Pro Late Model race.  While the Pro Late Model is very similar to a Super, it has less horsepower, which Williams said will be a bit of an adjustment.

“I think the biggest difference will be conserving my tires,” Williams explained.  “More horsepower will want to spin the tires over the course of a longer run.”

Williams said his hope is to be able to race in every Super Late Model event at Five Flags this year and chase the Blizzard Series track championship there.

Friday’s race will be 100 laps in length and is scheduled to go green after 8 p.m. CT.  Race fans looking to keep up with Williams as he races on Friday night can watch live via the Speed51 TV live stream on Speed51.com.

While Friday’s Super Late Model debut is certainly exciting, Williams’ big weekend doesn’t stop there.  Williams will be making his first laps around The Last Great Colosseum at Bristol Motor Speedway during a test session for the Short Track U.S. Nationals on Saturday in his Pro Late Model.

“I’m pretty excited about Bristol,” said Williams.  ”Being able to run on a track that has so much NASCAR history will be so cool.  It will be a whole different ball game especially on a right side tire I’ve never been on.”

For more information on Cole Williams, please visit colewilliamsracing.com. Also be sure to follow Cole Williams on Twitter, @ColeWilliams46.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads West

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

BATAVIA, OH – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will close out the month of April by visiting the Midwest for two thrilling events. The action will kick off on Friday, April 28th at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL. On Saturday, April 29th, the Series will return to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL.

The Busch 50 at Tri-City Speedway will feature a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. In 2016, Scott Bloomquist took the lead on the 42nd circuit and pulled away to claim his second straight Busch 50 victory. Jonathan Davenport finished second, followed by: Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Tim McCreadie. The Open Wheel Modifieds will compete for $1,000-to-win on Friday, April 28th. The B-Modified division will also be in competition. For tickets and more information, visit: www.tricityspeedway.net.

The 4th Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will cap off the weekend on Saturday, April 29th. The highly-anticipated event at the 1/5-mile bullring will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. In 2016, Bobby Pierce wrestled his No. 32 entry to Victory Lane after a grueling 100-laps with no power steering. Brandon Sheppard finished a close second, followed by: Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, and Darrell Lanigan. The Open Wheel Modifieds and B-Modifieds will also be in competition. For tickets and more information, visit: www.maconracing.com.

April 29th Events Cancelled at The Creek

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, MN – All events scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at Deer Creek Speedway and Button Buck Speedway have been cancelled. Speedway officials have been forced to pull the pin on the weekend due to current conditions and the pending forecast.

The action will pick back up next Saturday, May 6th with an afternoon practice session on Button Buck Speedway for the Slingshot division. The evening’s event on Deer Creek Speedway will kick off at 6:00 and will feature all five weekly classes.

For more information visit us online at www.deercreekspeedway.com or “LIKE” our Facebook Page. You can also follow us on Twitter @DeerCreekSpeed (#TheCreek) or on our YouTube channel.

Davenport Speedway cancels racing program

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia. (April 28, 2017) – The Davenport Speedway has cancelled the racing program scheduled for tonight.

Next Friday, May 5th, the Lucas Oil MLRA racing series returns to the Davenport Speedway, for the Short Track Challenge. Along with the open late models, three of the weekly classes will be in action: the Ericksen Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds, the Koehler Electric Street Stocks, and the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMods. All races will be on the quarter-mile oval.

The Lucas Oil MLRA racing series is based in Wheatland, Missouri. The series has competed across the Midwest since 1989.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com”  or call (563) 652-5302.