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Charles Davis Jr Sprints to Hank Arnold Memorial Win

October 28th, 2016

Racing past Brian Hosford on lap twenty-three, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned last Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked Davis’ first triumph of the season and the fourteenth series win of his career. Hard Charger “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Hosford, and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Instead of the usual passing point format, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” featured a traditional time trials program and Charles Davis Jr. qualified second out of fifteen racers. Unfortunately, a power outage caused a long delay and cancelled the night’s heat races. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. won his second “Arnold Memorial” from fifth with his first triumph coming at Manzanita in 2003. Heading to Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles is second in points with twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventh. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin was seventh quick in time trials. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner is third in points with six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had a solid night with a third place finish at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex qualified fourth overall. To date, the two-time “Hank Arnold Memorial” winner is seventh in the standings with six feature wins, six heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 119 feature laps led in 2016.

After leading the first twenty-two laps, Brian Hosford (Gilbert, Arizona) scored fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford was sixth fast in time trials. At press time, the veteran driver is currently ninth in the point chase with two heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led on the season.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) claimed fifth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko qualified fifth overall at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The young driver sits fifth in the point standings with one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) set a brand new track record and out-qualified the fifteen car field. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson scored seventh at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The three-time champion left Canyon with a 96-point lead on the strength of eleven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led on the year.

This Saturday, October 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Halloween Havoc” will also showcase Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. In honor of the event, drivers will have Halloween candy for young race fans. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

RJ Johnson Wins “Wall of Fame Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park

October 7th, 2016

Racing past Max Adams on the twenty-second lap, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) sprinted to last Saturday’s “16th Annual Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” victory. For his efforts, Johnson earned $3,000 for claiming his first Amsoil USAC/CRA main event of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Mike Spencer rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders entry, R.J. Johnson scored his third career USAC/CRA triumph. Earlier in the program, the second generation driver qualified seventh out of twenty-two racers and ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race. In limited starts, the three-time USAC SouthWest Champion is seventeenth in the USAC/CRA point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five top-10 finishes, three heat race victories, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading nineteen laps the previous night, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) took second in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was sixth quick in time trials and ran second to Michael Curtis in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year left Canyon ranked fifth in the standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) charged from seventh to score third at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and finished fifth in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion heads to Perris ranked second in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led in the campaign.

After restarting at the back, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) sliced his way to fourth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified fifth overall and claimed third in his heat race. The four-time champion left Canyon with a 107-point lead with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) scored fifth at the Canyon Speedway Park checkered flags. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Spencer was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race. The five-time champion is currently sixth in the point standings with one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led on the season.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis qualified fourteenth overall, won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and also earned an additional $100 from Beaver Stripes for being the hard charger. In USAC/CRA action, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa was thirteenth quick in time trials and scored eighteenth in the main event. The USAC West Coast Champion is fourth in the USAC/CRA standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

Making his second USAC/CRA start of 2016, Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler owned #45C WSP / Metro Surveying XXX, Curtis qualified twelfth overall and scored thirteenth in the “Hall of Fame Classic”

Thanks to Beaver Stripes for also awarding Max Adams (Loomis, California) $100 for earning the highest finishing 360 honors with a sixth place finish.

On Saturday, October 15th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, 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 on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

Jake Swanson Breaks Through at Canyon Speedway Park

October 7th, 2016

Taking the lead on lap twenty-four, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) led the rest of the way to claim last Friday’s “Hall of Fame Classic” preliminary feature. For Swanson, the $3,000 Canyon Speedway Park triumph marked his first career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Mike Spencer, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, fast qualifier “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and R.J. Johnson chased Swanson to the checkered flags.

Since joining the Moose Racing Team a few seasons ago, Jake Swanson has been very close to victory on several occasions. Piloting Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX, Jake started sixth and became the 62nd driver to score a USAC/CRA main event win. Earlier in the program, the former USAC Western Midget standout qualified second out of twenty-two racers and ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race.

Starting on the pole position, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ran hard and led the first five laps before taking second last Friday night. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Spencer was seventh quick in time trials. Later, the five-time series champion finished third in his heat race.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) had a solid night and scored third at the Peoria, Arizona clay oval. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the second generation driver qualified fifth overall. The former National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year would take fourth in his 10-lap heat race.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced from seventh to claim fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. The pilot of the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS became the first driver to earn a USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with an iron block 360 engine. Later, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion would score eighth in his heat race.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) took fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders entry, Johnson ranked eighth fast in time trials. The three-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion would score the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2 victory.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from twenty-second. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner blew an engine in hotlaps and did not score a qualifying time in his backup car. Starting eighth, the four-time champion won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Using a 360 engine, Max Adams (Loomis, California) raced to victory in the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams would place fifteenth quick in time trials. The leading rookie contender started fifteenth in the feature and charged to an eighth place finish.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, 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 on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

RJ Johnson Sweeps the Salute to Indy Finale at Canyon

June 5th, 2016

After winning Saturday’s preliminary of the “Salute to Indy,” R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) returned to victory circle at Canyon Speedway. Taking the lead from Josh Pelkey on the ninth lap, Johnson sailed to his third USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the season. “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Matt Rossi, Brian Hosford, and Dustin Burkhart rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson was the night’s top qualifier after winning the third heat race and started sixth in the main event. With his thirty-fifth career SouthWest victory, Johnson has taken over the point lead on the strength of four top-qualifier awards, five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) raced from fifth to score second in the “Salute to Indy.” Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James ran second to Michael Curtis in his heat race and ranked second in passing points. Heading to El Paso on June 3rd, the veteran racer is thirteenth in points with three top-10 finishes and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) charged from tenth to third in the Sunday night main event. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi was tenth in passing points after finishing third in his heat race. The former Western World 360 Champion sits fifth in the standings with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led on the year.

For the second consecutive night, Brian Hosford (Gilbert, Arizona) claimed fourth at Canyon Speedway. Driving Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford was fourth in his heat race, ranked twelfth in passing points, and started twelfth in the feature. Brian left Canyon ranked eighth in the point chase with one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led.

Dustin Burkhart (Surprise, Arizona) had one of his best nights at the “Salute to Indy” with a fifth place run after starting ninth. Piloting the Mike Burkhart & Mike White owned #14S Beaver Stripes RSS, Burkhart was ninth in passing points after claiming third in his heat race. To date, Dustin is twelfth in the point standings with one top-10 finish in the campaign.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from twenty-second. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin scored eighth in his heat race and placed twenty-second in passing points. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner is fourth in the point chase with three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Tanner Grau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his first heat race win of the year at Canyon’s “Salute to Indy.” Driving the #34 KSE Custom Drywall / Westin Diversified entry, Grau was fourth in passing points and scored twelfth in the main event. In limited appearances, Tanner is twentieth in the championship points.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting the Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler owned #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis ranked fifth in passing points and claimed fourteenth in the “Salute to Indy.” To date, the young driver has one top-qualifier award, two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes on the season.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

Canyon Speedway Hosts 5th Annual Salute to Indy This Saturday and Sunday

May 27th, 2016

This Saturday and Sunday, May 28th & 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria’s Canyon Speedway for the “5th Annual Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, both nights will also feature Napa Non Wing Sprint Cars, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Presents IMCA Hobby Stocks vs Renegades, Western ModLites, and Mini Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The “Salute to Indy” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the days of the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the inaugural race and also scored victories in 1992 and 1995. In 2012, Canyon Speedway revived the event and California’s Colby Copeland earned the win. Since then, Ricky’s son R.J. has
dominated the race by taking the last three checkered flags.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). This year, Clauson (3), Josh Hodges (2), and Stevie Sussex (1) have earned wins at Canyon, while rain washed out the April 30th show. A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex earned his third win of the season at Queen Creek on May 7th. To date, the hard charger has also posted three heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to sweep the “Salute to Indy.”

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson led five laps at Queen Creek before finishing second. Heading to Canyon, the three-time champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led. This weekend, R.J. will have his sights on claiming his fifth “Salute to Indy” triumph.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran third at Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles is second on the SouthWest win list with 13 features and will be looking to win his fourth “Salute to Indy.”

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin claimed seventh at Queen Creek. Heading to Canyon, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied for fifth on the win list and will have his sights on winning both nights at Canyon Speedway.

After running fourth at Queen Creek, Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the USAC SouthWest points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi has three top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led to his credit. The former 360 Western World Champion will be looking to add the “Salute to Indy” to his win list.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Nick Aiuto, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Tom Ogle, Dustin Burkhart, Landon Cling, Michael Curtis, Shon Deskins, Asa Kesterson, and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

Canyon Hosts USAC Southwest Sprint Car Easter Eggstranvaganza

March 26th, 2016

After a break in the schedule, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway this Saturday, March 26th. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “Easter Eggstravaganza” will also showcase the Western ModLites, Mini Sprints, IMCA Sport Mods, and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The front gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will host an Open Practice from 7pm to 10pm on Friday night. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-five USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car races. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories and thanks to Rajin Race Wear, Saturday’s main event will pay $2,000 to the victor. A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning the Las Vegas “FVP Sin City Showdown” on March 4th, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) leads the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson surged past Stevie Sussex off the last corner to score the victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is expected to return to the Midwest and will miss Saturday’s action.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex looked to repeat at Las Vegas until Clauson took the checkered flags. Stevie is currently tied with Ryan Bernal for sixth in series wins and will be looking for his fifth victory.

Running third in the chase for the championship is Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California). Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa led three laps at Las Vegas before scoring fourth. The 360 Western World Champion currently leads the USAC West Coast points and is not expected to race at Canyon.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the championship points. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon was in the mix for the Las Vegas win before scoring third. The former USAC National Sprint Car Champion might skip Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.”

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges ran fifth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young driver has already won two Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway and is not expected to compete on Saturday.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Brian Hosford, and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

$5,000 is top IMCA Modified check at Canyon’s Desert Classic special

February 21st, 2016

PEORIA, Ariz. – Canyon Speedway Park’s Desert Clas­sic moves to an early-point season date in 2016, with a top prize of $5,000 for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fieds on the line at the Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 special.

The Desert Classic feature pays a minimum of $300 to start and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot quali­fying event. The entry fee of $100 will be payable at the gate.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps follow the 5 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-13 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30 for members or $35 for non-members.

An open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

More information about the Desert Classic is availa­ble by calling 602 258-7223, on Facebook and at the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website.

Clauson Claims “Winter Challenge” Title; Hodges Wins Finale, Clauson Takes Premlim

February 3rd, 2016

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. emerged as the champion of the five-race “Winter Challenge” USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car series, posting three wins, a second and a fourth the past two weeks at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, N.M. won Saturday night’s 30-lap finale in his Jackson Compaction/Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim/Ostrich after a race-long duel with Clauson, who finished second. R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis Jr. and Mike Martin rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag. Johnson and Davis took second and third in the final “Winter Challenge” standings.

“This is awesome,” said Hodges in victory lane. “It’s hard to put into words. There’s nobody better than Bryan, so it’s great to be able to beat him.” Hodges passed Stevie Sussex on lap two and led the rest of the way despite constant pressure from Clauson. Clauson won Friday night’s 30-lap prelim in the Mike Martin owned Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing machine. He led the final 27 laps after passing Brian Hosford on lap four. Stevie Sussex led the opening lap and finished second ahead of Johnson, Davis and Hodges.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars are now idle until March 4 when they visit The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway for the 5th FVP “Sin City Showdown.”

FINAL 2016 WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Bryan Clauson-355, 2-R.J. Johnson-327, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-314, 4-Josh Hodges-313, 5-Brian Hosford-230, 6-Mike Martin-224, 7-Dennis Gile-198, 8-Kenny Perkins-198, 9-Bob Strait-155, 10-Tom Ogle-153.

Clauson Claims Canyon on Night #4 of Winter Challenge

February 2nd, 2016

Peoria, AZ……..Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana quickly made his way to the front of the field from his 5th starting spot in his Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing-sponsored, Mike Martin-owned number 16B, and took home the checkered flag on the fourth night of the “Winter Challenge” at Canyon Speedway. Clauson’s car owner and teammate Mike Martin got the early jump on the field to lead the first lap of the feature before Brian Hosford took the point, leading laps two and three. Clauson charged to the front of the pack, taking the lead for good on the fourth lap and cruising to his third win in four starts in the 2016 “Winter Challenge” series, beating Stevie Sussex to the line by a 3.35 second margin. R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five. Clauson holds the advantage in the “Winter Challenge” point standings heading into Saturday night’s final round of the five-race mini-series.

Winter Challenge Resumes Friday; Clauson & Hodges Earn Top Honors at Canyon

January 27th, 2016

This Friday, January 29th, the “5th Annual Winter Challenge” will continue at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona. Featuring the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars, Friday’s main event will pay $2,000-to-win and Saturday’s winner will take home $4,000. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, racing will start at 7:00pm on Friday and 5:00pm on Saturday. The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs Pure Stocks, IMCA Hobby Stocks vs Renegades, and Dwarf Cars will share the action packed cards. USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series rules apply and for more event, and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Entering the fourth round of the “Winter Challenge,” Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) holds an 18-point advantage. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America Maxim, Clauson won the first two nights of the popular mini-series from fourth. In addition, the Indianapolis 500 veteran has one top qualifier award, three heat race victories, and 32 feature laps led. Entering Friday’s event, Bryan has the most wins in “Winter Challenge” history with five triumphs.

While Clauson dominated the first two shows, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) stormed from eleventh to claim Sunday’s $4,000 victory. Racing the family owned #74X Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges sits fourth in the standings with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

3-Time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks second in the Winter Challenge. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Brian Hosford, Kenny Perkins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Tanner Grau, and Bob Strait round out the top-10 in the point chase.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Discounted passes for VIP Suite, Reserved, and General Seats are available. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at
www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Winter Challenge 2016 Fires Off at CSP this Weekend!

January 24th, 2016

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz.– The initial “traditional” Sprint Car races of the year in North America take place this weekend as Winter Challenge 2016 kicks off at the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park near Phoenix.

Following an open practice session on Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the first of five rounds of Winter Challenge 2016 competition follows on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds of action on Saturday and Sunday.

After this weekend’s trio of events, Winter Challenge 2016 at Canyon Speedway Park will wrap up with another pair of shows on next Friday and Saturday, January 29-30. The green flag will fly on Friday events at 7:00 p.m. with all Saturday and Sunday cards firing off at 5:00 p.m.

The wingless Sprint Cars of the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series will headline all five rounds of action with IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars vs. Pure Stocks in action each night as well.

Rounding out the card on this weekend’s opening three rounds will be Mod Lites and Micros with the IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades and Dwarf Cars joining in on the final two rounds next weekend.

Brady Bacon has topped the opening leg of the Winter Challenge at CSP over each of the past two years. Dave Darland went on a tear with three wins after Bacon bested the opener two years ago, while Ryan Bernal reeled off a pair of CSP wins last year.

Bacon, the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car champion, is among those expected in a stellar field of Sprint Cars that includes Bryan Clauson, USAC Southwest champion R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., Mike Martin, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges and many more.

The 2016 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:

Thursday, January 21 – Open Practice at CSP 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 22 – Round 1 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, January 23 – Round 2 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 24 – Round 3 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 29 – Round 4 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, January 30 – Round 5 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Five-day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance with ticket pricing and purchasing information available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling Holiday Inn
Express at 623-853-1313.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2016 Canyon Speedway Park Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE (7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

USAC West Coast Sprints REady for 21 Events Slate in 2016

January 22nd, 2016

Twenty-one events are set for the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series season with races at eight different venues in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Five non-points-paying “Special Events” will open the season on January 22-23-24-29-30 in the “Winter Challenge:” a series of races held in conjunction with the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona.

The first points race of the season for the West Coast Sprints will also be held with the Southwest Sprints in a battle for series bragging rights at the “Sin City Showdown” as part of the FVP “Outlaw Showdown” at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on March 4.

The first of seven series events at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California commences on March 11-12 with two complete shows on consecutive nights at the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval. The West Coast Sprints will also make trips to Tulare on April 9 alongside the USAC Western Midget Series, April 23, May 14 and another doubleheader weekend on July 22-23.

Other events scattered throughout the state of California in 2016 include a visit to Bakersfield Speedway on March 19. The series offers three trips to Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on April 2, June 25 with the Western Midgets, and the West Coast Sprint Series season’s final points race on August 13.

Santa Maria Raceway hosts the West Coast Sprints on June 18 and August 6 while Ocean Speedway in Watsonville welcomes the series on August 12. The series will make its debut as part of the festivities for the 76th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway with a non-points-paying “Special Event.”

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
Jan 22 – Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 23 – Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 24 – Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 29 – Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 30 – Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Mar 4 – Las Vegas, NV/The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar 11 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 12 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 19 – Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield Speedway
Apr 2 – Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Apr 9 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Apr 23 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
May 14 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jun 18 – Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Jun 25 – Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Jul 22 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jul 23 – Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Aug 6 – Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Aug 12 – Watsonville, CA/Ocean Speedway
Aug 13 – Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Nov 24 – Ventura, CA (SE)/Ventura Raceway

“5th Annual Winter Challenge” Begins Friday at Canyon Speedway

January 21st, 2016

On Friday, January 22nd, the “5th Annual Winter Challenge” will kickoff the new season for the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars. Showcasing five-races in nine nights, Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona will host the non-point “Arizona Speed Week.” Racing will start at 5:00pm on weekends and 7:00pm on weekdays. In addition, the track will have an open practice on Thursday, January 21st, from 6pm to 9pm. For more event, ticket, and practice information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the mini-series will pay at least $2,000-to-win each night and drivers that claim the January 24th and January 30th events will take home $4,000. The action packed cards will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs Pure Stocks, Modlites, and Mini Sprints. USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series rules apply for the “Winter Challenge.”

Last year, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) joined veteran drivers “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana), Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, Indiana) and Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) as champions of the popular mini-series. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 ART, Bernal earned two victories, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) won the opener, and rain washed out the last two nights at Tucson.

Darland, Hines, and Clauson are tied for the most wins in “Winter Challenge” history with three victories. The Midwest drivers are followed by Bernal, five-time Arizona Champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona), and Bacon with two triumphs. Three-time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona), Colby Copeland (Roseville, California), Jon Stanbrough (Avon, Indiana), and Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) have one win to their credit.

Visiting drivers will have to contend with a strong Arizona contingent featuring Johnson, Davis, 2014 Western World Champion Matt Rossi (Glendale), Stevie Sussex (Tempe), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma), 1997 ASCA Champion Josh Pelkey (Peoria), Brian Hosford (Gilbert), Andy Reinbold (Gilbert), Nick Aiuto (Camp Verde), Dennis Gile (Phoenix), “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria), “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix), Josh Shipley (Peoria), Chris Bonneau (Phoenix), Shon Deskins (Waddell), and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Discounted six day passes for VIP Suite, Reserved, and General Seats are available.

Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2016 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
January 21: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Open Practice, 6-9pm)
January 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 23: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 24: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
January 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)

Winter Challenge USAC Openers at Canyon

January 21st, 2016

The 2016 “Winter Challenge” opens this weekend at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. as the USAC racing season officially debuts.

The five-race series kicks off this weekend with races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, serving as “special event” non-points races for the USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Car Series.

R.J. Johnson and Danny Faria Jr. are the respective Southwest and West Coast Champions, Johnson capturing his third consecutive Southwest title last year and Faria repeating his 2013 West Coast title in 2015.

The multi-faceted program also includes IMCA Modifieds, Stocks and Pure Stocks, plus Modlites and Mini-Sprints.

Last year’s “Winter Challenge” winners included Brady Bacon and Ryan Bernal, who won two of the three races. Other 2015 Canyon Speedway USAC Sprint winners included R.J. Johnson (3), Stevie Sussex (2), Matt Rossi, Mike Martin, Damion Gardner and Mike Spencer.

The “Winter Challenge” concludes with races January 29 and 30 at Canyon Speedway.

Johnson, Faria, and Sussex Look for Championship Gold in Tucson

November 20th, 2015

The chase for several USAC Sprint Car titles will come to a close in Tucson, Arizona at the “48th Western World Championships.” Starting Thursday, November 19th, the prestigious three-day event at USA Raceway will showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars along with the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprints. At press time, close to 80 (360s & 410s) entries will battle for a total purse over $100,000. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of Western World history dating back to 1991. Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory and Matt Rossi won last year’s event at Canyon Speedway Park. Point leaders R.J. Johnson (USAC SouthWest), “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (USAC West Coast), and Stevie Sussex (Grudge Series) would like to finish their season with a Western World victory. Saturday’s feature will pay $3,000 to the winner, second will earn $1,500, third will pay $1,000, and $300 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary main events will pay $1,500-to-win and $225 to start.

In addition to the popular 360s, the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA 410s are also on the card. Several drivers that will race double duty are: Brady Bacon (2014 USAC National Sprint Champion), Bryan Clauson (2-Time USAC National Sprint & Midget Champion), Danny Faria Jr. (2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion), Justin Grant (2008 Jim Turner Memorial Winner), Josh Hodges (2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year), R.J. Johnson (2-Time USAC SouthWest Champion), C.J. Leary (2014 360 Oval Nationals Winner), Mike Martin (2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner), Josh Pelkey (1997 ASCA Champion), Brody Roa (2-Time Wagsdash Winner), Matt Rossi (2014 Western World Sprint Winner), Jake Swanson (2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 Haubstadt Hustler Winner). The latest Western World Championships pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, then 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. General Admission Tickets are $25 for each night and $5 more for Reserved Seats. Three day General Admission Tickets are $65 and three day VIP Suite Tickets (with pit passes) are $150. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074. Camping is available for FREE and no hookups are available.

Live pay per views of the “48th Western World Championships will be available on www.thecushion.com. A complete statewide Arizona blackout will be enforced on the telecasts.

Mike Martin Storms to Brawl for it All Victory at Canyon Speedway Park

September 29th, 2015

In one of the most contested races in Canyon Speedway Park history, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin emerged victorious. With eight official lead changes, the Yuma, Arizona driver took the lead from Andy Reinbold on lap 27 and claimed Saturday’s “Brawl For It All.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the $2,500 win marked the third USAC SouthWest triumph of the year for the veteran racer. Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, and Stevie Sussex chased Martin to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. led the opening four laps until Sussex slipped by on the next circuit. Davis was back on top for the next two laps, but Sussex had other plans and led laps eight through nineteen. Davis rallied back to take command for the next three laps and Sussex regained the lead on lap twenty-three. Thirteenth starting Andy Reinbold surprised the field and grabbed the lead on the next circuit. Reinbold’s hopes for his first win of the year were dashed as Martin took the lead for good on lap twenty-seven to win the second round of the “Grudge Series.”

Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin had a night to remember. Martin outqualified the twenty-two car field and ran second in his heat race. Now in a tie with Josh Pelkey for fourth on the SouthWest win list, Mike is sixth in the standings with two top qualifier awards, nine heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. In addition, “The Magic Man” has climbed to second in the Grudge Series.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from thirteenth. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold took the lead from Sussex late in the race, but had to settle for second. The tallest driver was thirteenth quick in time trials and won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Leaving Canyon ranked eighth in SouthWest points and tied for sixth in the Grudge Series, Andy has two heat race victories and nine top-10 finishes on the year.

Camp Verde, Arizona’s Nick Aiuto had one of his best nights of the season with a third place finish. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars machine, Aiuto qualified seventh overall and scored fourth in his heat race. Nick is currently tenth in both the SouthWest and Grudge points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and four feature laps led. Chris Bonneau of Phoenix, Arizona scored fourth in Canyon’s “Brawl For It All” after starting eighth. Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau was sixth fast in time trials and was fifth in his heat race. Sitting twelfth in the Grudge Series, Chris is fifteenth in SouthWest points on the strength of one top qualifier award, two heat race victories, and eight top-10 finishes.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex ran fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, the Grudge Series point leader qualified third overall, placed third in his heat race, and took the lead one three separate occasions. To date, Sussex is third in the SouthWest point chase with three feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, three heat race victories, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s second heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was eighth quick in time trials, held the lead three times, and scored thirteenth in the feature. The five-time Arizona champion ranks third in the Grudge Series and second in SouthWest points with three feature wins, seven heat race victories, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi won the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi qualified ninth overall and ran eleventh in the main event. The Western World Champion is currently sixth in the Grudge Series and fourth in the SouthWest standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit.

This Saturday, October 3rd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also showcase Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The Saturday, October 3rd race will also feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and the winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest Sprints.This schedule is subject to change.

4th Annual Brawl For it All On Tap This Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

September 24th, 2015

This Saturday, September 26th, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will host the “4th Annual Brawl For It All.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the event will showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars in a quest for bragging rights and a $2,500-to-win payday. With a talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico, the second round of “Grudge Series” will be joined by 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. In addition, an open practice session will be held on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Saturday’s race will mark the 40th appearance for the series at their “home track” and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 12 Canyon wins. Other wins have been claimed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), Stevie Sussex (3), and more. Davis won the inaugural “Brawl For It All” in 2012 and Mike Spencer won the following year. Unfortunately, rain washed out last season’s race and Shon Deskins holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.827, set on September 28, 2013.

After winning the March 5th “Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona sits atop the “Grudge Series” and is fourth in SouthWest points. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex took the lead from Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg on lap twenty-two and held off California’s Ryan Bernal to score the win. Bernal, Matt Mitchell, Davis, and Schuerenberg chased Sussex to the checkered flags and the “Grudge Series” point standings is at the end of this release.

Heading to the “Brawl For It All,” R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona has a 59-point advantage in the USAC SouthWest standings. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished second to Davis last Saturday at Queen Creek. To date, the 2-time champion has eight feature wins, six heat race victories, one top qualifier award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led. Johnson currently ranks tenth in the “Grudge Series” point chase.

While Saturday’s race is a non-point event for the USAC West Coast Sprints, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. is inching closer to his second championship. Driving Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria has three feature wins, including the August 22nd “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria. In addition, “Hollywood” has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top qualifier award, six heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led. At press time, Faria sits twelfth in the mini-series point standings.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Josh Pelkey, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, and Mike Colegrove round out the top-10 drivers in the USAC SouthWest standings.

Richard Vander Weerd, Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Bud Kaeding, and Brody Roa are chasing Danny Faria Jr. in the USAC West Coast points.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Tickets are $18, Children (7-12) are $10 and 6 and under are FREE. VIP Suite passes are available for $25 and All Access passes are $35. Advance tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win)
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest & West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /
Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /
Grudge Series / Non-Points)
October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)

Stevie Sussex Wins Allscapes Back to School Special at Canyon

August 7th, 2015

Taking control from polesitter Nick Aiuto on lap five, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona won the “Allscapes Back to School Special” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Sussex, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his third win of the campaign. Point leader R.J. Johnson, hard charger “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Aiuto, and Josh Pelkey followed Sussex to the checkered flags.

Returning to Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Stevie Sussex earned his fourth career series win after starting fifth. Earlier in the program, the young driver won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and placed second in passing points to Brian Hosford. The Las Vegas feature winner left the Peoria, Arizona oval ranked fourth in the point chase with one high-point driver award, two heat race victories, three hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson finished second in the “Allscapes Back to School Special.” Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked fourth out of the nineteen racers in the pit area. The point leader heads to the upcoming “Freedom Tour” with seven feature wins, one high-point driver award, five heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from tenth. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was fourth in his heat race and ranked tenth in the format’s passing points. To date, the five-time Arizona champion ranks second in the standings with one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season.

After leading this first four laps, Camp Verde, Arizona’s Nick Aiuto scored fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto finished second to Stevie Sussex in his heat race and was sixth in passing points. The veteran driver left the USAC SouthWest home track sitting eleventh in the standings with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, and six top-10 finishes.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona scored fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting ninth. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey took third in his heat race and ran ninth in passing points. Currently, the 1997 ASCA Champion heads to the “Freedom Tour” sitting fifth in points with one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford earned his first high point driver award of the season. Racing Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford ran second to Chris Bonneau in his heat race and scored seventh in the main event. To date, the veteran racer is seventh in the point chase with two heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James of Phoenix, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was fifth in passing points and scored tenth in the “Allscapes Back to School Special.” Currently, “The Radio Flyer” sits eighth in the standings with one high-point driver award, four heat race victories, and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Chris Bonneau took the checkered flags in the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau placed third in passing points before scoring eighth in the main event. Entering the “Freedom Tour,” Chris is sixteenth in the point standings with one high-point driver award, two heat race victories, and for top-10 finishes.

On Wednesday, August 19th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their annual Midwest “Freedom Tour” in Lawton, Oklahoma’s Lawton Speedway. The non-point, four-race mini-series will also stop at Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Oklahoma), 81 Speedway (Wichita, Kansas), and Dodge City Raceway Park (Dodge City, Kansas).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)

Sprints Battles at Canyon’s 5th Annual Father’s Day Classic

June 19th, 2015

This Saturday, June 20th, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “5th Annual Father’s Day Classic” will also showcase the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, and the Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The facility will also host an open practice session on Friday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Since then, the non-winged 360 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned 36 more times. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 12 Canyon wins, followed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), and more.

Entering the “Father’s Day Classic,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona sits atop the standings with an 89-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his sixth win of the year last Saturday at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time defending champion also has five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to earn his series leading 27th victory and continue his championship bid.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the first two laps at Arizona Speedway before taking second at the checkered flags. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his twelfth series victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored fifth in last Saturday’s feature. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and eight top-10 finishes on the year. Currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking to make the Father’s Day Classic” his sixth series win.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is currently fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi placed fourth in the Queen Creek main event. As this writing goes to press, the defending Western World Champion has two hard charger awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. Tied with Mike Martin and Mike Spencer for tenth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on earning his third SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex charged from tenth to score third at Arizona Speedway. To date, the hard charging driver has two feature wins, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking for his fourth series win. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Shon Deskins, Josh Shipley, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 27: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Hot Summer Nights)
July 10: #El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 11: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
August 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)

Stevie Sussex Wins Night #1 of Canyon’s Salute to Indy

May 30th, 2015

PEORIA, AZ – Taking the lead from Michael Curtis on the second lap, Stevie Sussex of Tempe won Saturday’s opening night of the “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” For Sussex, the 30-lap feature at Canyon Speedway Park was his second win of the campaign. Point leader R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, high point driver Chris Bonneau, and “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James followed Stevie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Stevie Sussex began his night by finishing third in his heat race. Placing fifth out of twenty-two racers in passing points, the Las Vegas Outlaw Showdown winner started on the outside of the front row. With three USAC SouthWest victories, Sussex is now tied for sixth on the win list with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson charged from thirteenth to claim second in the “Salute to Indy” opener. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran fifth in his heat race and was seated thirteenth in passing points. R.J. expanded his point lead heading into Sunday’s finale as he has his sights on his fifth win of the season.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria started fifth in the main event and moved to third at the checkered flags. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey ran second to Chris Bonneau in his heat race and ranked second in passing points. The former ASCA Champion is looking for his first win of the campaign.

Phoenix’s Chris Bonneau scored fourth in the 30-lap main event at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX machine, Bonneau won his first heat race of the year. In doing so, the veteran driver earned the night’s high point driver honors. Chris has his sights on claiming his first career win with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James of Phoenix had one of his best nights of the season with a fifth place run from eleventh. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James took fourth in his heat race and placed eleventh in passing points. The veteran driver is looking to celebrate his first series main event win in victory lane.

South Central’s Matt Rossi earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from twenty-first. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored seventh in his 10-lap heat race and ranked twenty-first in passing points. The Western World Champion has his sights on his third career series triumph.

Nick Aiuto of Camp Verde raced to victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto placed third in passing points before scoring twentieth in the main event. The veteran driver is looking to break into the winner’s list with the SouthWest Sprints.

Peoria’s Mike Colegrove took the checkered flag in the evening’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing his #17 Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars machine, Colegrove ranked fourth in passing points and claimed nineteenth in the Saturday feature. Mike has his sights on adding a USAC winning trophy to his collection.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Canyon Speedway Park Hosts 4th Annual Salute to Indy

May 23rd, 2015

This Saturday and Sunday, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park for the “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the two nights of action will also feature Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, AMA Modlites, and Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm.The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on both nights.

While fairly new to the Canyon Speedway Park, the “Salute to Indy” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the first of his record three Memorial Day Classics. Since then, Johnson’s record has been tied by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, and last season by his son, R.J. Other past winners of the prestigious race are “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. (2), Mike Boat, Marty Miller, Josh Pelkey, Eric Wilkins, Casey Shuman, and Colby Copeland.

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Since then, the non-winged 360 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned 35 more times. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 11 series wins at Canyon, followed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), and Josh Pelkey (2).

Heading into the “Salute to Indy,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona sits atop the standings with a 53-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in last Saturday’s main event at Arizona Speedway. To date, the two-time defending champion has four main event wins, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to earn his series leading 27th victory and continue his championship bid.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his first win of the year last Saturday at Queen Creek. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his fourth “Salute to Indy” victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished third in last Saturday’s feature at Queen Creek. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes. Josh is currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list as he looks to add another “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi fished second to Davis at Arizona Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will have his sights on making the “Salute to Indy” his third career SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth at Queen Creek. To date, the hard charging driver has one feature win, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Sussex will be looking to gain valuable points by winning at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, Shon Deskins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Koty McGullam, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 23: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 13: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 27: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Hot Summer Nights)
July 10: #El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 11: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
August 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)

RJ Johnson Continues Winning Streak at Canyon Clash

May 9th, 2015

PEORIA, AZ –Continuing to rewrite the record books, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona won the “5th Annual Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park. Saturday’s $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was Johnson’s fourth straight
victory and the 26th win in series history. High point driver Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford, and Dalten Gabbard followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Starting seventh, R.J. Johnson tied his series record of four consecutive victories for the second time. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race, placing the defending champion seventh in the night’s passing points. With a late race charge, R.J. took command on the twenty-seventh lap from Stevie Sussex to seal the victory. The point leader extended his advantage to 58 points heading to Queen Creek on May 16th.

After posting high point driver honors on the night, Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey claimed second in the “Canyon Clash” from sixth. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey also won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. The former ASCA Champion left his home track ranked third in the standings.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria, Arizona charged to third from the eighth starting spot at Canyon. Racing his #17 Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove took fourth in his heat race and was seated eighth overall in passing points. After a solid performance at Canyon, Mike heads to Arizona Speedway placed seventh in championship points.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford had one of his best showings with a fourth place finish in the “Canyon Clash.” Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford won his first 8-lap heat race of the campaign and ranked fifth in passing points. Currently sitting ninth in SouthWest points, Brian will be looking for his first victory at Queen Creek.

Dalten Gabbard of Peoria, Arizona claimed fifth at his hometown race track. Piloting the family owned #77 BG Chemicals / AZ Heat Trucking Maxim, Gabbard took second to Hosford in his heat race and placed third in passing points. Dalten left Saturday’s “Canyon Clash” ranked sixteenth in the chase for the championship.

Peoria, Arizona’s “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes RSS, Mihocko was seventh in his heat race and placed nineteenth in passing points. The young driver heads to Arizona Speedway ranked fourteenth in series points.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in passing points and scored nineteenth in the main event. The former Hall of Fame classic winner is eighth in points and will be looking to rebound at Queen Creek on May 16th.

On Saturday, May 16th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also feature the X-Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com,www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Sprints Return to CSP for 5th Annual Canyon Clash

May 2nd, 2015

PEORIA, AZ – This Saturday, May 2nd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will invade Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “5th Annual Canyon Clash” will also showcase the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, and the AZ Differential Pure Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The facility will also host an open practice session on Friday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural “Canyon Clash” in 2011 and returned to victory circle the following year. On his way to the SouthWest crown in 2013, R.J. Johnson added the April classic to his resume. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. outdueled the defending champion to earn the “Canyon Clash” victory. Heading into Saturday’s race, R.J. leads all drivers with three consecutive feature wins and Ryan Bernal has two triumphs. Brady Bacon and Stevie Sussex have scored one victory during the campaign.

Looking to tie his series record of four straight wins for the second time, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix leads the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has opened a 37-point advantage with three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the defending champion will be looking to earn his series leading 26th career win at the “Canyon Clash.”

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis raced from eleventh to claim fifth in the April 18th “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, and six top-10 finishes on the year. “Chargin” Charles has ten career SouthWest triumphs and will have his sights on adding another “Canyon Clash” trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi of South Central has slid into third in the point standings. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from seventh to score third at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award and three top-10 finishes on the season. Tied with “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Mike Spencer, and Stevie Sussex for ninth on the series win list, Matt will be looking for his 3rd feature victory.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex is fourth in the championship standings. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall RSS, Sussex placed eighteenth in the Queen Creek feature after leading the first eleven laps. To date, the 2-time Hank Arnold Memorial champion has one feature win, two hard charger awards, five top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led. This Saturday, Stevie will have his sights on making the “Canyon Clash” his third career series triumph.

After finishing second to R.J. Johnson at Arizona Speedway, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma has risen to fifth in SouthWest points. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has one high point driver award,
three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season. At Canyon, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner will be looking to win his fourth career series main event.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shon Deskins, Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, Dennis Gile, Josh Shipley, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Michael Curtis, Koty McGullam, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 2: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 16: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 23: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 13: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 27: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Hot Summer Nights)
July 10: #El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 11: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
August 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back To School Special)
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)

Southwest Sprints Resume at Canyon Saturday

April 30th, 2015

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. continues his pursuit of a second consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championship this Saturday when the series returns to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. for the 5th Annual “Canyon Clash.”

Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular the past two years, boosting his all-time Arizona USAC feature win total to 21. He has won the last three series features, including the March 28 “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon and he enjoys a 37-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. in the latest series points.

Nobody has won four straight Arizona features since Johnson did it in April and May of 2013. On his way to last year’s title Johnson strung together four straight Southwest features in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Brady Bacon Claims $2,000 Canyon “Winter Challenge” Opener

January 27th, 2015

PEORIA, AZ – Taking the lead from “The Magic Man” Mike Martin on lap five, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won the opening night of the “4th Annual E&K Construction Winter Challenge.” For his efforts, the USAC National Champion earned $2,000 for taking Friday’s USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway Park. R.J. Johnson, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Stevie Sussex rounded out the top-five drivers as the second round of the five-race mini-series gets underway tonight.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s potent #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Brady Bacon claimed the “Winter Challenge” opener for the second year in a row. After taking fourth in his heat race, the veteran driver ranked fourth in passing points and started third in the main event. Making his way forward, Bacon powered past Martin to grab the top spot but would soon have to contend with Ryan Bernal. The 2-time Western Champion briefly took command before flipping his mount on the seventeenth circuit. Ryan walked away, but his machine was done for the night. Once action resumed, Brady held off all challengers to score his third career SouthWest triumph.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson claimed second at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the 2-time USAC SouthWest Champion scored the program’s first 8-lap heat race win, placing third in passing points. Starting third in the feature, Johnson opened his 2015 campaign with another solid finish.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana charged from ninth to take third at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving Mike Martin’s #16B Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials Maxim, last year’s Winter Challenge Champion ran third in the opening heat race to sit ninth in passing points.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ran fourth in the 30-lap feature after starting seventh. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ranked seventh in passing points after claiming third in
the night’s second 8-lap heat race.

Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Stevie Sussex of Tempe raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. Storming to a fifth place run from fourteenth, Sussex took seventh in the night’s first heat race, placing him fourteenth in passing points.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal won the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal briefly took the lead from Bacon before contact with the wall resulted in a flip that ended his night. The 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion scored twelfth in the main event.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 24th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #2 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Winter Challenge Kicks Off this Weekend at CSP!

January 28th, 2015

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – The initial North American Sprint Car races of 2015 take place this weekend as Canyon Speedway Park hosts the initial three rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge.

Following an open practice session at the 1/3-mile clay oval on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday’s card marks the first of the five race set featuring the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Cars.

Canyon Speedway Park will host the initial three rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge this Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Tucson’s USA Raceway host the final two rounds next Friday and Saturday, January 30-31.

The Friday and Saturday cards at CSP this weekend both offer up a $2,000 winner’s share with $4,000 up for grabs in Sunday’s tilt. The first round at Tucson on January 30 is $2,000 to win as well with the January 31 finale another $4,000-to-win affair.

E&K has posted a $5,000 point fund for the five-race series with the champion pocketing $2,000 with the balance of the top five collecting $1,000, $750, $500 and $250, respectively. Another $500 will be awarded to the E&K Winter Challenge “Most Valuable Player”, the lowest point earner that starts all five feature events.

A stout field of competitors is expected to vie for the E&K Winter Challenge including invaders such as reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Colby Copeland and Ryan Bernal along with top USAC Southwest contenders such as R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., Mike Martin and more.

After Bacon topped last year’s Winter Challenge opener, Darland went on a tear with three triumphs while Copeland and Richard Vander Weerd also took wins.

In addition to the Sprint Cars, the IMCA Modifieds will be in action for all five rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge with a minimum of $1,000 to win each night. Jason Noll topped last year’s Winter Challenge opener before Ricky Thornton, Jr., got on a roll that continued throughout the year. Jesse Sobbing did manage to stop Thornton, Jr., in the finale.

The 2015 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:
Thursday, January 22 – Open Practice at CSP 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 23 – Round 1 at CSP (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, January 24 – Round 2 at CSP (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 25 – Round 3 at CSP (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 29 – Open Practice at USA from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 30 – Round 4 at USA (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, January 31 – Round 5 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

While the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and Stock Cars will be in action during all five E&K Winter Challenge nights, the Micro Sprints and AMA Mod Lites join in on the initial three rounds at CSP before the X-Mods/Sport Mods and Dwarf Cars round out the card in the final two rounds at USA Raceway.

Five-day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance with ticket pricing and purchasing information available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2015 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

Ryan Bernal Returns to Victory Circle at Canyon Speedway Park

November 30th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – After winning the opener of the “47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships,” Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California celebrated another triumph at Canyon Speedway Park. Friday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest & West Coast Sprint Car victory was Bernal’s second career win at the Peoria clay oval. Matt Rossi, Jon Stanbrough, Casey Shuman, and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Mike Phulps #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal grabbed the top spot from Stanbrough on the third circuit and sailed to the 30-lap win. Earlier in the program, the two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion ran second to Shuman in his heat race before placing fifth in the nightly passing points.

After finishing sixteenth the previous night, South Central’s Matt Rossi rebounded to claim second in the main event. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi won his sixth heat race of the season and ranked third in the nightly passing points.

After leading the first two opening laps, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana scored third at the checkered flags. Driving the Shon Deskins owned #20S MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Stanbrough won the program’s fifth heat race and placed the veteran driver sixth in passing points.

Indianapolis, Indiana’s Casey Shuman placed fourth in the Friday Western World feature after starting sixth. Racing the Hockett/James #75 Factory Kahne / Lucas Oil Maxim, Shuman was the night’s high point driver after winning the night’s first 8-lap heat race.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix charged from eleventh to fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson took third in his heat race and was one of six drivers locked into Saturday’s finale.

Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors by racing to tenth from nineteenth. Racing the family owned #30 Leary Construction / Green-Tech Lubricants DRC, Leary was sixth in his heat race and placed third in the first semi-main event.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins claimed his ninth heat race win of the campaign. Driving his #20S MP Environmental / Spike Chassis machine, the May Prescott Valley winner was second in the nightly passing points and ran seventh in the feature.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria won the night’s fourth 8-lap heat race. Racing the family owned #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove ranked fourth in passing points and scored twelfth in the main event after starting third.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex raced to victory in the night’s first 12-lap semi-main. Piloting the Mike Burkhart owned #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex placed fourth in his heat race and scored twentieth in the main event.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria won the night’s second 12-lap semi-main. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey ran third in his heat race and charged to ninth in the feature after starting sixteenth.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Tracy Hines Wins Opener of Western World Championships

November 25th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.– Tracy Hines continued to add to his win total at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona, taking the opener of the Honda USAC National Midget Series portion of the 47th Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships on Thursday, November 20. The win was his second in as many weeks at the track, and the fifth of his career, but his first in a midget, as the previous four had come in sprint car competition.

Hines started on the pole for the 30-lap A-Feature for the Honda USAC National Midget Series, but fell all the way back to fifth in the early going, before working his way back into contention. He moved into second by the 10th lap. Hines used a strong restart, following a lap-12 caution, to take the top spot from early leader Zach Daum.

The native of New Castle, Indiana, would lead the remainder of the race holding off a hard-charging Christopher Bell in the late going to earn his first Honda USAC National Midget Series win on dirt since 2012, aboard the Parker Machinery/Powered by Toyota Spike. Hines now has 35 career wins with the series, which is seventh on the all-time list.

“The track really changed a lot throughout the race,” said Hines. “We fell back to about fourth or so early working the bottom, then moved to the top and then back to the bottom by the end. It probably worked to our advantage to fall back early so we could search around some.”

Hines kicked off the Western World Championships by timing in seventh-quickest in time trials of the 20 entries. He followed that up with a fourth-place run in the first heat race.

On the second night of the Western World Championships, Hines finished fourth in the 30-lap main event. He lined up third and ran among the top-five for the duration of the race, which combined with points earned on the opening night set the field for Saturday night’s finale. Hines timed in fourth-fastest of the 19 entrants on Friday night. He finished fifth in the first heat race, after starting in that same position.

Hines wrapped up the three-night event with another fourth-place finish. By way of points earned on the first two nights, he earned a spot in the dash, where he finished seventh. Hines lined up for the 30-lap main event on the inside of the fourth row. The A-Feature was slowed by four cautions, with Hines methodically working his way into the top-five during the second half of the race.

Following the three nights of racing at Canyon Speedway Park, Hines is third in the Honda USAC National Midget Series standings, just 10 markers out of second and 36 out of the lead. He has finished in the top-10 in all 15 races on dirt this season.

Hines wraps up the 2014 season on Thanksgiving in the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Honda USAC National Midget Series at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California.

Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.

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Canyon Speedway Park Hosts “47th Western World Championships”

November 21st, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – On Thursday, November 20th, Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park will host the “47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships.” The three-day co-sanctioned event between the USAC SouthWest and
USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will also showcase the Honda USAC National and Western Midget Series. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

This year, the USAC SouthWest vs. West Coast Sprint Car field will not be split. Every driver will compete on all three nights, culminating with Saturday’s $7,500-to-win main event. While Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California has already clinched the USAC West Coast title, the USAC SouthWest champion will be crowned this weekend. Five-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer, two-time USAC Western Classic Champion Ryan Bernal will join a talented roster for the “Western World Championships.” A pre-entry list is posted at the end of this release and more drivers are expected.

Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has a 110-point advantage over the competition. While placing seventh in the November 6th “360 Oval Nationals” at Perris Auto Speedway, Johnson has had another great campaign. To date, the defending champion has earned eleven feature wins, fourteen heat race victories, three hard charger awards, twenty-nine top-10 finishes, and 220 feature laps led. R.J will have his sights on claiming the $7,500 payday and winning the championship.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey missed the Perris feature and scored fourth in the second semi-main. Heading to the Western World, the 1997 ASCA Champion has four feature wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twenty-nine top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led. Josh will be looking to add the Western World trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye sits third in the championship points. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis finished eighteenth at the “360 Oval Nationals.” Currently, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four feature wins, twelve heat race victories, one semi-main
win, two hard charger awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 132 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on adding the Western World Championships to his resume.

South Central’s Matt Rossi is fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The pilot of the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi did not compete in the Perris “360 Oval Nationals.” To date, the veteran driver has not won a main event in 2014, but has five heat race victories, two hard
charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led. Matt will have his sights on earning the $7,500 payday at Canyon Speedway Park.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma is fifth in the point chase. Racing his #16 PPG / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin charged to fourteenth at Perris after starting twenty-second. As this writing goes to press, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, six heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, twenty top-10
finishes, and 31 feature laps led on the year. Mike will be looking to add his name to the winner’s list of the Western World Championships.

In addition to entries from Arizona and California, drivers from the USAC National Sprint and Midget series are entered in this prestigious race. Bryan Clauson, who earned $20,000 for sweeping last year’s Sprint Car and Midget Features, heads a strong contingent with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, “The
Madman” Robert Ballou, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, and C.J. Leary.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Advance three-day, single-day, and VIP Suite tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223
(RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more
information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).

Johnson Eyes “Western World” Southwest “Capper” at Canyon

November 19th, 2014

A trio of events close out the USAC Southwest Sprint Car season this weekend as they share the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet “Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. with the Honda National and Western Midgets. The Sprint car portion of the program also carries USAC West Coast Sprint “special event” status.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. stands atop the Southwest points with a 116-point cushion over Josh Pelkey. Charles Davis Jr. trails the leader by 142 points.

Johnson has three wins, two seconds and a third in seven Canyon point races already this year. He also posted a pair of third-place finishes in “special event” features at Canyon at the start of 2014.

Pelkey’s seven Canyon points races have resulted in a pair of wins and a third. Davis also recorded a victory at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. is the newly-crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car king but has not competed at Canyon this season.

Tracy Hines Goes Wire to Wire in Canyon Prelim

November 18th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – Getting the jump on polesitter R.J. Johnson, Tracy Hines of Wilkinson, Indiana led all 30-laps to win Friday’s “Hall of Fame Classic” main event. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints, the $5,000 Canyon Speedway Park victory was the first Amsoil USAC/CRA triumph for the veteran driver. Chase Stockon, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, and Johnson
followed Hines to the checkered flags.

Driving his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, Tracy Hines set a blistering pace from his outside front row starting spot. As slower traffic hindered the leader’s progress, Stockon and Gardner were able to cut into Hines’ advantage. However, timely yellow flags cleared the way and Tracy escaped from all challenges to claim the win in front of the large crowd. Earlier in the night, Hines qualified tenth out of the thirty-four racers in the pit area and scored third in his heat race.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon ran second in the Friday night main event after starting fourth. Racing his #32 Superior Tank & Trailer / Crescent Electric DRC, Stockon managed to hold off Gardner’s bid for second while chasing down Tracy Hines in the main event. The young driver was fifth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California charged from sixth and slipped by Stockon for second until a red flag for Ryan Bernal erased the pass. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4X Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike, Gardner took third in the main event, earned his tenth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and was second to Mike Martin in his heat race.

After winning both nights of the Budweiser 410 Oval Nationals at Perris, Westfield, Indiana’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou ran fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving his #12X Blakesley Auto / Cliffon Services Maxim, Ballou qualified second overall, finished fourth in his heat race, and started fifth in the main event.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona claimed fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was twelfth fast in time trials and placed third in the Pyrotect Racing Cells / Weld Racing Heat Race #4.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place finish from twenty-third. Piloting his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified ninth, placed sixth in his heat race, ran seventh in the semi-main, and took a provisional to start the feature.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona raced to his first USAC/CRA heat race win of the season. Claiming victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, the driver of the #16 PPG / Boulevard Truck Maxim was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored twenty-fourth in the main event after an early exit.

Avon, Indiana’s Jon Stanbrough won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Michael Dutcher’s #37RW Griffin Propane / Indiana Underground Maxim, Stanbrough qualified eighteenth overall and took eighteenth in the Friday night main event. Jon added to the Hall of Fame Classic festivities by bringing a re-creation of Jack Kindoll’s #1 JFK Company Sprinter piloted by Jimmy Oskie from the late 1970s.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona earned the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 victory. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical /Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold was twenty-third fast in time trials and was twenty-first in the main event.

Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons Jr. won the night’s Pyrotect Racing Cells / Weld Racing Heat Race #4. Driving Gerry Cook’s #04G Lucas Oil / Beaver Stripes RSS, Coons qualified twentieth overall and scored eleventh in the main event from eighteenth.

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Racing Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Thomas was fourth fast in time trials, placed fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the feature after starting eighth.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).

Tracy Hines Wins Opener of Season-Ending Hall of Fame Classic

November 17th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–Tracy Hines earned his second Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series win of 2014, by claiming the opening night of the season-ending 14th Annual Hose Advantage Hall of Fame Classic at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona on Friday, November 14. Hines led all 30 laps en route to the 47th win of his career with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.

Hines started on the outside of the front row for the A-Feature and took the lead at the start, before a red flag stopped the action with one lap in the books. He used a strong restart to remain out front in The Carolina Nut Company DRC. Another red flag would be displayed on lap-23, with Hines again retaining the lead on the final restart and pacing the remaining eight circuits to earn the win. Chase Stockon chased him throughout the 30-lap contest.

“I was lucky enough to catch a yellow and a red exactly when I needed it,” said Hines after the win on Friday night. “I was just too tight to maneuver in traffic a whole lot. Chase (Stockon) is a good friend and I knew he’s not doing anything stupid to take us both out. Today was a good day for us and our partner The Carolina Nut Company, as their NASCAR Truck Series team won the championship tonight.”

For Hines, the win moved him into sole position of third on the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series all-time list, breaking a nearly season-long tie with Hall of Famer Jack Hewitt. Hines picked up his first win of the season back in April at Gas City I-69 Speedway in his home state of Indiana.

In the finale of the Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, November 15, Hines battled driveline problems early in the night, which prevented him from completing a lap in time trials. He used a provisional to start the feature and was able to work his way from the 24th starting spot to 17th when the checkered flag flew.

Hines wrapped up the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series season sixth in points. He was victorious twice and recorded a total of 19 top-10 finishes, of which nine were top-five performances.

The native of New Castle, Indiana, returns to action later this week at Canyon Speedway Park with the Honda USAC National Midget Series for the running of the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet USAC Western World Championships.

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Canyon’s 2-Dau “Hall of Fame Classic” Wraps Up USAC/CRA Season

November 13th, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ – Starting this Friday, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for two nights of action. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “14th Annual Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic” will close out the 2014 campaign. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints, an incredible roster of talent from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Midwest will tackle the 1/3-mile clay oval. The popular Challenge Cup Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints will join the showcase and the spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 13th with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame. Located at 3534 E. Broadway Road in Phoenix, the “Hall of Fame Kickoff Party” will start at 6:00pm, and is open to the public. This year, multi-time SCRA Champion “The Gasman” Richard Griffin will serve as Grand Marshall of the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Heading into the “Hall of Fame Classic,” Canyon Speedway Park has played host to nine Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Indiana’s Bryan Clauson has four victories, as Dave Darland, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and R.J. Johnson have one triumph at Canyon. Chase Stockon won last year’s “Hall of Fame Classic” and “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the season opener on February 28th

Entering Friday’s race, Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner has clinched his third USAC/CRA Championship. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike, Gardner raced to sixth from fourteenth in the finale of the Perris Oval Nationals. To date, “The Demon” has eleven feature wins, nine Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, fifteen heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 205 feature laps led on the season. Damion will be looking to cap off a great season with the “Hall of Fame Classic” victory.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California is second in the Amsoil USAC/CRA point chase. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer led several laps of the Perris finale before taking second at the checkered flags. Currently, the five-time champion has one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led to his credit. Mike will have his sights on adding the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his win list.

Buena Park, California’s Brody Roa sits third in the point standings. The pilot of the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim was injured during last Wednesday’s practice session and did not race in the Budweiser Oval Nationals. Returning from the hospital to watch the Saturday finale, Roa will miss the competition at Canyon Speedway Park to heal for next season. To date, the former Wagsdash Champion has six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and twelve top-10 finishes in 2014.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California has climbed to fourth in the championship points. Racing his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell missed the Oval Nationals finale by one transfer spot. Heading to Canyon, the recently crowned USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the year. Matt will be looking to earn his first “Copper State” feature win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Corona, California’s “The Cadillac” Cody Williams ranks fifth in the Amsoil USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams took a provisional and claimed eighteenth in the Perris 40-lap main event. To date, the former National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. “The Cadillac” will have his sights on earning his second career USAC/CRA triumph at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Currently eleventh in points, Yorba Linda, California’s Logan Williams leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Chris Gansen, Gary Taylor, and Cody Swanson are also in contention. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. Per series rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon leads the Amsoil USAC National Sprint point standings. Bryan Clauson, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Tracy Hines, Justin Grant, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, “The Bear” Chris Windom, and C.J. Leary round out the top-10 drivers. Other drivers expected to be in action are Darren Hagen, Chad Boespflug, and Jarrett Andretti.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. On race day, Adult Tickets will be $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday, with Children (6 & Under) are FREE. VIP Suite tickets are also available for $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).

Stevie Sussex Wins Hank Arnold Memorial At Canyon

October 21st, 2014

PEORIA, AZ –Leading all 30-laps, Tempe’s Stevie Sussex won Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 triumph was the first USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of his career. “The Magic Man: Mike Martin, Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the #21AZ RSS backed by Stratis Construction and All Styles Barber Shop, Stevie Sussex became a two-time winner of the Arnold Memorial. Winning the last event in 2011, Sussex started the 2014 race by qualifying ninth out of sixteen racers and running second to Bruce St. James in his heat race. Starting on the pole position, the second generation driver hit his marks throughout the feature to claim the checkered flags. Stevie left Canyon Speedway Park ranked fourteenth in points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the season.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma took second in the Hank Arnold Memorial. Piloting his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin was seventh quick in time trials and placed third in his 10-lap heat race. Heading to Queen Creek on November 1st, the former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner is sixth in points with one feature win, four heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi had another solid night by scoring third at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi qualified eighth overall and claimed third in his heat race. To date, Matt is fourth in the standings with four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in 2014.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis was fourth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the five-time state champion is third in points with four feature wins, twelve heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 122 feature laps led.

Using the qualifying format for the Hank Arnold Memorial, Phoenix’s Shon Deskins set fast time on the night. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / MP Environmental Spike, Deskins scored fourth in his heat race and claimed ninth in the main event. Currently, the veteran racer is fifth in series points with one main event win, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year.

Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors by charging to sixth after starting thirteenth. The defending series champion and current point leader qualified thirteenth overall and ran fifth in his 10-lap heat race. Johnson heads to Queen Creek with ten feature wins, thirteen heat race victories, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 202 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James raced to victory in the night’s first 10-lap heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was fifth fast in time trials and placed seventh in the Hank Arnold Memorial. To date, Bruce sits twelfth in the standings with three heat race victories and five top-10 finishes on the season.

Tom Ogle of Surprise won the program’s second 10-lap heat race. Driving the family owned #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle qualified tenth overall and claimed eighth in the main event. In limited starts, Tom is currently fifteenth in points with eight top-10 finishes in 2014

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will be back in action on Saturday, November 1st at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, X-Mods, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Southwest Sprints back to Canyon Saturday

October 17th, 2014

USAC Southwest Sprint Car series runner-up Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz. stormed to victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap “Rick Stewart Memorial” at Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Raceway. This coming Saturday he and the Southwest series regulars will tackle Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. in the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

Pelkey and the Robbie and Gaye Allen ABC Body Shop/NAPA Auto Parts Maxim/Advanced entry passed series point leader R.J. Johnson on lap 26 and led the final 15 laps for Saturday’s win. Matt Rossi took second at the checkered flag ahead of Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin and Charles Davis Jr. as Johnson finished sixth after leading the first 25 laps

Pelkey stands 123 points behind Johnson in the new standings entering this Saturday’s race at Peoria. Charles Davis Jr. is third in the points, just eight behind Pelkey.

In six starts this year at Peoria, Pelkey has a pair of feature victories.

“Brawl for It All” at CSP Rained Out

September 29th, 2014

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – Persistent rain has forced the cancellation of Saturday night’s scheduled Third Annual “Brawl for It All” pitting the USAC Southwest versus the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Canyon Speedway Park.

Action resumes at Canyon Speedway Park on Saturday night, October 18, with the Hank Arnold Memorial featuring the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars along with Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars.

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Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE (7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

West/Southwest Combo Race at Canyon Saturday

September 27th, 2014

Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. hosts a USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car combo this Saturday, featuring cars and stars of two USAC Western racing series.

R.J. Johnson leads the Southwest series into the full points race while Matt Mitchell is the current leader in the West Coast series which eyes this event as a special “non-points” race.

Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. wheeled the Massey Motorsports RSS Industries/MP Environmental Services RSS/Ott to victory in last Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Matt Rossi took the runner-up spot ahead of R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey and Mike Martin.

Davis’ victory halted Johnson’s five-race winning streak in the Southwest series. Johnson enjoys a 129-point lead over runner-up Pelkey going into Saturday’s race at Peoria.

3RD Annual “Summer Slam” Saturday at Canyon

July 24th, 2014

USAC Southwest Sprint Car point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. continue their battle for the 2014 series championship in this Saturday’s 3rd Annual “Summer Slam” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Davis trails by only 19 points with 74 available at Peoria. Josh Pelkey, third in the standings, could prove the spoiler as the series progresses. He’s only 33 points out of the lead entering Saturday’s race.

Johnson has seven podium finishes already this year, with four wins, two seconds and a third. Davis has three wins and a second, while Pelkey has three wins, a second and four thirds.

Canyon Hosts “Father’s Day” Southwest Sprints Saturday

June 12th, 2014

Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. hosts the “Father’s Day Classic” this Saturday as USAC Southwest Sprint Car point leaders R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey and Charles Davis Jr. continue their torrid battle for the 2014 series title.

Johnson, who scored his record 14th Arizona USAC victory in Saturday’s race at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, has a 13-point lead over Pelkey and is 22 ahead of Davis, with 74 points available Saturday.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz. wheeled the Michaels entry to Saturday’s win at Queen Creek. He chased Davis for 19 laps, then led the last 11 to beat Davis, Pelkey, Shon Deskins and Matt Rossi.

All three of the point leaders have tasted victory already this year at Canyon.

USAC Southwest “Salute to Indy” Double on Tab at Canyon Speedway Park

May 25th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ –This Saturday and Sunday, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park for the “3rd Annual Salute To Indy.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the action packed card will also feature Mini Sprints, Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, AMA Mod Lites, and the North vs. South Shootout Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on both nights.

While fairly new to the Canyon Speedway Park, the “Salute To Indy” race has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the first of his record three Memorial Day Classics that was later tied by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman. Last season, R.J. Johnson joined “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. as a two-time winner of the event as Mike Boat, Marty Miller, Josh Pelkey, Eric Wilkins, Casey Shuman, and Colby Copeland have added the “Salute To Indy” to their resume.

Since January 2013, the fast 1/3-mile oval has hosted twenty-two USAC SouthWest races and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with six victories. Bryan Clauson (5), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (3), and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (3) have earned multiple wins. Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland, Mike Spencer, Richard Vander Weerd, and Josh Pelkey have also stood atop the podium at CSP. Pelkey claimed the season opener on March 29th and Davis won the “Canyon Clash” on April 26th.

After winning the non-stop “Mother’s Day Race” at Queen Creek on May 10th, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye has taken over the point lead. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis holds a five-point advantage with two feature wins, six heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to extend his point lead and sweep the “Salute To Indy” weekend.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey is second in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey raced to third at Arizona Speedway after starting eighth. Entering the sixth point race, the former ASCA Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led in 2014. Josh will have his sights on regaining the point lead with a “Salute To Indy” victory.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix ranks third in the championship points. Racing his #20 Performance Plus / Spike Chassis machine, Deskins placed sixth in the Queen Creek main event. Heading to Canyon, the Prescott Valley winner has two heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes on the season. This weekend, Shon will be looking to add the “Salute To Indy” trophy to his collection.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson scored fourth at Arizona Speedway after starting sixth. To date, the defending series champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the year. At Canyon, R.J. will have his sights on tying his father’s record of three “Salute To Indy” triumphs.

Matt Rossi of Phoenix is currently fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi charged to fifth from eleventh in the non-stop “Mother’s Day Race.” With one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and four top-10 finishes in the campaign, Matt will be looking for his second career USAC SouthWest feature win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Andy Reinbold, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Nick Aiuto, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Stevie Sussex, Tom Ogle, Mark Morin, Tom Lee, Colby Copeland, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For both days, Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Canyon Speedway Park’s SW “Salute to Indy” this Weekend

May 25th, 2014

Our drivers are separated by just 33 points entering this weekend’s “Salute to Indy” USAC Southwest Sprint races Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Races are slated both Saturday and Sunday night at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Charles Davis Jr. sits five points ahead of Josh Pelkey, with Shon Deskins 18 behind the lead and R.J. Johnson 33 back.

Five series points races have been held so far this year and all five were won by the four point leaders. Davis has two wins. While Pelkey, Deskins and Johnson have one each.

Charles Davis Jr. Wins Shootout at Canyon Speedway Park

May 2nd, 2014

PEORIA, AZ –In one of the hardest fought main events in series history, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won Saturday’s “Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park. Battling back and forth with R.J. Johnson, Davis emerged with his first $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the season. Johnson, Matt Rossi, Andy Reinbold, and Stevie Sussex followed “Chargin” Charles to the checkered flags.

Starting sixth in the main event, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. piloted the Massey Motorsports owned #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS past Johnson on the fifteenth circuit. R.J. quickly regrouped and powered to the lead six laps later. Looking for his seventh career series win, Davis regained the lead on lap twenty-six and streaked to the “Canyon Clash” triumph. Earlier in the program, the five-time Arizona champion won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was the high point driver entering the main event. Davis left Canyon Speedway Park fourth in points with four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led to his credit.

Leading nineteen laps of the main event, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix ran second in the “Canyon Clash.” Driving the Bill Michaels owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending series champion placed fourth in his heat race, ranked sixth in passing points, and started on the pole position. Johnson has taken over the points lead with one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi charged from the eleventh spot to claim third at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi took fourth in his heat race and was eleventh in passing points. In limited appearances, Rossi sits eighth in the SouthWest point chase with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert scored fourth in the “4th Annual Canyon Clash.” Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold claimed second in his heat race and ranked third in passing points. The veteran driver sits tenth in championship points with one semi-main win and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex placed fourth in the Canyon Speedway Park feature after starting eighth. Driving the #1DM D&M Motorsports / The Surprise Shop entry, Sussex took second in his heat race and ranked eighth in passing points. In limited starts, Stevie is tied for seventeenth in the point standings with one hard charger award and three top-10 finishes.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting twenty-second. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored seventh in his heat race and ranked twenty-second in passing points. The veteran driver has slipped to second in points with one feature win, one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis machine, Deskins was fourth in passing points and scored twelfth in the main event. As this writing goes to press, Shon is ranked third in the SouthWest point standings with two heat race victories and six top-10 finishes in 2014.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria raced to his first 8-lap heat race victory of the campaign. Driving his #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove was second in passing points and finished ninth in the main event. Mike is currently sixteenth in the championship points with two top-10 finishes on the season.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their debut at Prescott Valley Raceway on Saturday, May 3rd. The action packed “premier show” will also showcase the Prescott Valley Dwarf Cars, Copper State Mod Lites, and SCRA Factory Stocks. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.pvraceway.com or call 928.925.9858.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway – Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships /$7,500-to-Win)

Pelkey Leads Southwest Sprints to Canyon Saturday

April 24th, 2014

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz., currently the leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series standings, will compete basically in his “back yard” this Saturday as the series returns with the “4th Annual Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria.

Pelkey started the campaign with a victory at Peoria, then added a runner-up finish behind R.J. Johnson at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He finds himself two points ahead of Johnson in the latest tally.

Johnson, who took second in the March 29 opener, needs a victory Saturday to become USAC’s winningest Arizona driver ever. He is currently tied with Bryan Clauson for that distinction, both with a dozen career Arizona wins. R.J.’s lone Arizona win this year so far, however, came in the USAC Western Midgets at Peoria in February.

Josh Pelkey Sprints to Canyon Speedway Park Victory

April 4th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – Taking command on lap three after Mike Bonneau crashed, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s “Season Opener” at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked the second career series triumph for the 1997 Arizona Champion. Defending champion R.J. Johnson, Shon Deskins, Tom Ogle, and Andy Reinbold followed Pelkey to the checkered flags in front of the packed house.

Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Josh Pelkey sailed to victory in front of his hometown fans after starting fourth. The veteran driver placed second in his heat race and entered the main event third in passing points. With the feature win, Josh holds a three point advantage heading to Arizona Speedway’s “Spring Fling” on April 12th.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix took second in the “CSP Season Opener” after starting seventh. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson claimed fourth in his 8-lap heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. As this writing goes to press, the second generation driver is currently third in the point standings.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ran third in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Piloting his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins raced to victory in the program’s second heat race and was the high point driver entering the main event. Shon ranks second in the championship points heading to Arizona Speedway.

Tom Ogle of Surprise had a strong performance at Canyon by racing to fourth from the eleventh starting spot. Driving his #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering machine, Ogle placed third in this heat race and started the main event eleventh in passing points. Currently fourth in the series standings, Tom will be looking for a breakthrough victory at the April 12th “Spring Fling.”

Gilbert’s Andy Reinbold placed fifth at the checkered flags after starting ninth. Racing Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold scored third in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. Noted as one of the tallest drivers on the circuit, Andy left Canyon fifth in the SouthWest point standings.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place finish after starting fifteenth. Piloting his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Supply Maxim, Martin scored sixth in his heat race after an early exit and ranked seventeenth in passing points. “The Magic Man” sliced his way forward in the feature to salvage his night and is now seventh in the standings.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports owned #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis entered the feature ranked fourth in passing points but left the main event after the first lap, scoring eighteenth. Tied for fifteenth in series points, the five-time Arizona champion will be looking to rebound at Queen Creek.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery machine, Mihocko was second in passing points entering the main event. The young driver claimed ninth in the season opener and is currently seventh in the USAC SouthWest points.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway for the “Spring Fling.” The action packed card will also feature X-Mods, Mod Lites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Season Opener” At Canyon Saturday

March 29th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – This Saturday, March 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will open their 2014 point season Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. Joining the action packed “CSP Season Opener” will be the popular Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The track will also host an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Since January 2013, the fast 1/3-mile facility has hosted twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with six triumphs and Bryan Clauson has five victories. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland has three feature wins and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has claimed two main events. Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland, Mike Spencer, and Richard Vander Weerd have one victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

After winning his first USAC Sprint Car Championship, Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson is back in Bill Michaels’ potent #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman. Last season, the second generation driver led the series with eleven feature wins, five dash wins, and 328 feature laps led. In addition, R.J. had nine heat race victories, three hard charger awards, and twenty-three top-10 finishes. Johnson will be looking to start his championship bid with another win this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye ranked second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the series with one fast time award (tied), eleven heat race victories, two semi-main wins, and twenty-five top-10 finishes. The five-time state champion also had six feature wins, four dash wins, three hard charger awards, and 117 feature laps led in 2013. “Chargin” Charles” will have his sights on claiming the $1,500 victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin placed third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin had one feature win, one fast time award, seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, twenty-one top-10 finishes and 24 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” has championship aspirations and will be a threat to win at Canyon.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson claimed fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark did not win a main event but had three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough victory in the “CSP Season Opener.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ran fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Bell Racing Spike, Deskins did not win a feature but scored one fast time award, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the year. The veteran driver will be one of the favorites to win Saturday’s 30-lap main event.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Chris Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, Stevie Sussex, “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Michael Curtis, Justin Quinn, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Tom Lee, Colby Copeland, Jody Wirth, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Season Opener)
April 12: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win /Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway – Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships /$7,500-to-Win)

Damion Gardner Wins 47th USAC/CRA Feature at Canyon

March 6th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – In one of the most dramatic opening night races, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California slipped by R.J. Johnson and Gary Taylor to lead the final two laps and claim Friday’s “Copper On Dirt” feature. Recording his 47th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win, the defending series champion earned the $2,500 victory at Canyon Speedway Park and sits atop the point standings. Johnson, Taylor, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Hodges followed Gardner to the checkered flags as rain would cancel Saturday’s program.

Making a rare appearance with USAC/CRA, Gary Taylor outdueled pole sitter Charles Davis Jr. to grab the early command. Looking for his first series victory, the veteran driver began to inch away from the field as track conditions were changing with every passing lap. Gardner, Johnson, and fast qualifier Mike Spencer gave chase as Taylor increased his advantage to a near straightaway lead. Entering lapped traffic, Spencer broke through to second and began to reel in the leader. Closing to within striking distance, Spencer challenged Taylor for the top spot, but the leader continued to hold strong.

On lap 24, Spencer saw opening in turn one and executed “slide job” that misfired and resulted in a 360-spin. Remaining under power, a caution flag had come out and the five-time champion had to tag the field per USAC rules. Now in second, R.J. Johnson took advantage of the restart and powered past Taylor to take to the lead. Gary stayed close to Johnson and Gardner entered the skirmish two laps later. Racing through slower traffic, the three racers became locked in a torrid battle for the top spot. “The Demon” emerged with the lead and took the white flag before claiming the season opening victory.

Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, “The Demon” Damion Gardner was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” left Canyon with a three-point advantage heading to Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout” on March 15th.

After leading five laps, Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had to settle for second in the Canyon Speedway main event. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion timed in fourth fast on the night and ran fourth in his heat race. Johnson will have a short week, as he is expected to compete on Thursday in Las Vegas’ “Sin City Showdown” in USAC 360 action.

Making his first start in Gerry Cook’s #4X Lucas Oil / Beaver Stripes RSS, Gary Taylor of Snohomish, Washington claimed third in Friday’s “Copper On Dirt” feature. Qualifying sixth and taking fourth in his heat race, Taylor officially led the first twenty-three laps of the main event. The versatile driver made some new fans with his Friday night performance at Canyon.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50X RSS Industries / MPe RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion timed in eighth fast and claimed second in his heat race. Like Johnson, look for Davis to compete in Las Vegas on Thursday night in the USAC 360 “Grudge Series” opener.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, New Mexico earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from eleventh. Driving the family owned #74X Parts Plus / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges qualified eleventh and placed sixth in his heat race. The young driver is sixth in points as he gains valuable experience with and without a wing before heading to the Midwest.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer out-qualified the 21 car field and earned the first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2014. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer claimed second in his heat race and nearly took the lead from Taylor before the heartbreaking spin. Scoring sixteenth, Mike is fifteenth in points as USAC/CRA returns to their “home track” on March 15th.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified sixteenth overall and scored fourteenth in the main event. The former Rookie of the Year is currently sixteenth in points and will be looking for the “Sokola Shootout” victory at Perris.

Ventura, California’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman raced to victory in the DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, Kruseman was fourteenth in time trials and scored twenty-first in the feature after mechanical issues ended his night. The 2006 Champion is tied for seventeenth in the standings and will have his sights on rebounding at Perris with his 35th career USAC/CRA win.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria Arizona won the program’s Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / NAPA Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey qualified fifteenth overall and claimed thirteenth in the main event. The 1997 ASCA Champion is fourteenth in the standings and is another driver expected to compete in Thursday’s “Sin City Showdown.”

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the next two dates (3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, March 15th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing 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 on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).

Copper on Dirt this Weekend at CSP!

February 25th, 2014

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – The action will be intense atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval this weekend as the Phoenix-area track hosts the 7th Annual Copper on Dirt on Friday and Saturday after an open practice session on Thursday night.

Four premier divisions will take to the racy oval on both nights including the non-wing USAC/CRA 410-ci Sprint Cars, USAC Western Midgets, West Coast vs. CDM Late Models and IMCA Modifieds.

Concord, CA, native Damion Gardner will kick off his defense of the USAC/CRA championship aboard the Alexander Racing No. 4 after finishing fourth in both nights of Copper on Dirt competition in 2013.

Gardner will be amongst a stellar field that also includes five-time series champion Mike Spencer, reigning Copper on Dirt champion R.J. Johnson, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Charles Davis, Jr., and J.J. Yeley among others.

In the USAC Western Midgets, Norco, California’s Ronnie Gardner kicks off his title defense after racking up 13 overall feature wins en route to the 2013 crown. Gardner, no relation to Sprint shoe Damion, finished third in last year’s Copper on Dirt opener.

The event will also serve as the season opener for the West Coast Late Models that take on the CDM Late Model series. Steve Drake reigns as defending West Coast Late Model champion with Don Shaw and Garrett Alberson splitting Copper on Dirt honors last year.

In the IMCA Modified ranks, defending track champion Jason Noll topped last year’s Copper on Dirt opener before George Fronsman topped the finale. Noll topped the track’s Winter Challenge opener in January before Ricky Thornton, Jr., went on a tear by winning four features in a row only to have Jesse Sobbing to break the streak by topping the Winter Challenge finale.

After Thursday’s open practice session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., racing action on both Friday and Saturday goes green at 7:00 p.m.

Two-day discounted tickets are available until Friday for just $40 for both nights of action. Tickets purchased on race day are $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Detailed ticket information VIP Suite and All Access information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/the-copper-classic/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2014 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Discounted CSP season passes are also available by calling the track office. Season ticket packages can be viewed at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/season-passes/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE (7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The Demon Set To Defend USAC CRA Title at Copper On Dirt

February 8th, 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. – The “Demon” Damion Gardner will lead a Championship Mark Alexander USAC-CRA team into battle at the end of the month as the championship season gets underway at the two day Copper on Dirt a top Peoria, Arizona’s 1/3-mile clay oval of Canyon Speedway. Gardner, who spent some time in the Hoosier State after leaving the West Coast, has become a national threat in the Sprint Car Ranks and since returning home has added the 2013 title to his multiple USAC-CRA Championships ending the Mike Spencer strong hold in the west.

Spencer will bring his talents along with the potent Ron Chaffin, Bruce Bromme prepared red #50 to Peoria with intentions of regaining the top spot for the series.

Spencer was able to find victory lane at Canyon Speedway in last years “Brawl for it All” assuming the Grudge Series Title for Mark Priestley’s team who will field a car for Cory Kruseman participating in a large portion of the CRA series. The famous yellow #7 is also anticipated to defend their Grudge Series Title starting in Las Vegas on March 6th.

The 7th Annual “Copper on Dirt” featuring USAC Western Midgets, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, The West Coast Late Model Shootout and IMCA Modifieds all taking part in a sensational racing spectacle at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway for two nights on February 28th and March 1st marking Canyon Speedway as the only dirt track venue in the country to host all four premier divisions in one event.

Race fans can mark their calendar for the Copper on Dirt as the stars come out for undoubtedly the best show on dirt and race fans can catch all the action for just $20 per day. Two day advanced tickets are now on sale and race enthusiasts can take advantage of discounted ticket prices for the much anticipated Copper on Dirt.

Two day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=879 or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223

Hotel Information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings please sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the home page: www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

The 2014 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=6

Discounted CSP season passes are also available by calling the Canyon Speedway office. 2014 Season Ticket Packages can be viewed on line at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=796

Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

Colby Copeland Scores $2,000 Victory at Canyon Speedway

February 3rd, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – Starting on the pole position, Colby Copeland of Roseville, California led all 30-laps at Canyon Speedway to claim the fourth round of the “Winter Challenge.” Claiming his first career USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car triumph, Copeland earned $2,000 for his winning drive as racing returns Friday. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins, and Casey
Shuman rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Ted Williams owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts #74 Maxim, Colby Copeland had a night to remember at Canyon. Sweeping both the main event and his 8-lap heat race, Copeland has climbed to eleventh in the six-race mini-series. To date, the former “Salute to Indy” winner has two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 30 feature laps led in the “Winter Challenge.”

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced to second in the Thursday night feature after starting sixth. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the second 8-lap heat race and was the high point driver entering the main event. The five-time Arizona Champion has taken over the mini-series point lead with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Making his first start of the “Winter Challenge,” Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California placed third in the main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard took second in his heat race and is twenty-second in points. Tonight, the former USAC West Coast Champion will be looking for his first victory in Arizona.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins had his best run of the mini-series by claiming fourth at the checkered flags after starting eighth. Driving his #20 MPe / Spike Chassis machine, Deskins placed fourth in his heat race and has moved to tenth in the standings. The veteran driver has recorded two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on a Friday night win at Canyon Speedway.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend claimed fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Rick Pollock owned #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, the second generation driver finished second in his heat race. Currently third in the “Winter Challenge” point standings, Shuman has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place finish after starting nineteenth. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was eighth in his heat race, ran third in the semi-main, and has slipped to second in the standings. The former ASCA Champion has four top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led in the mini-series.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California won the program’s third 8-lap heat race in his first start of 2014. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace claimed sixth in the 30-lap main event. Currently twenty-third in the standings, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be back in action tonight at CSP.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin drove to victory in the 10-lap semi-main event. Piloting his #16 PPG Industrial Coatings / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin ran sixth in his heat race and claimed fourteenth in the main event from seventeenth. The former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner is fourteenth in the standings with one top-10 finish in the “Winter Challenge.”

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Friday, January 31st, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #5 of the “Winter Challenge” will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Renegades. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

“The People’s Champion” Strikes again

January 31st, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – After winning the Saturday night feature, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana continued his winning ways at Canyon Speedway. Leading all 30-laps to claim the third leg of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge,” Darland earned $3,000 for his Sunday night victory. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Ryan Bernal, and Casey Shuman rounded out the top-five as the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Dave Darland outdueled Casey Shuman to take command at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Piloting Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, “The People’s Champion” sailed to victory as the action was furious behind the leader. After winning the third 8-lap heat race and main event, the veteran driver has climbed to second in the “Winter Challenge” point chase. At the halfway point, Darland has recorded two feature wins, three heat race victories, and 43 feature laps led.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. sliced his way to second in the main event after starting ninth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second in his heat race and is currently sixth in the point standings. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the “Winter Challenge.”

Josh Pelkey of Peoria had another solid night at Canyon Speedway with a third place run from fifth. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and continues to lead the point standings. The former ASCA Champion has three top-5 finishes and 13 feature laps led in the mini-series.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal charged from tenth to score fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed third in his heat race and is currently fourth in the “Winter Challenge.” After three events, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has three top-5 finishes and 17 feature laps led.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to take fifth in the Sunday night feature. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman was second in his heat race and is currently fifth in the standings. To date, the second generation driver has one heat race victory and two top-5 finishes.

Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel earned his the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting twentieth. Racing Bob Miller’s #21A Car Parts Machine / BC Fundz J&J, Reutzel was seventh in his heat race and is now eighth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and scored thirteenth in the feature. Driving the family owned #5 Old World Brewery / RSS Industries entry, the young driver sits eleventh in the point standings and is gaining valuable experience. To date, Mihocko has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish in the “Winter Challenge.”

Roseville, California’s Colby Copeland raced to victory in the program’s second heat race. Piloting the Ted Williams’ owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Copeland also scored twentieth in the main event after an early exit. The former “Salute to Indy” winner has had a tough “Winter Challenge” and is currently seventeenth in the point standings.

Before racing resumes, the Brunswick Lanes in Glendale will host the 2014 Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament on Tuesday, January 28th. Located at 17210 North 59th Avenue, warm-ups will start at 6:30pm and the tournament will begin at 7:00pm.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday, January 30th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #4 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature the popular IMCA Modifieds. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Dave Darland Makes USAC History at Canyon Speedway

January 30th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – Taking the lead from teammate Ryan Bernal on lap 18, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the second night of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” The veteran driver earned $2,000 for his first USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Bernal, R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, and Brady Bacon followed Darland to the checkered flags as the racers will return to the fast 1/3-mile oval for Sunday’s $3,000 payday,

According to Dick Jordan, USAC historian and Vice President of Communications, Darland’s Saturday night victory marks his 22nd consecutive season with a victory in USAC competition. This accomplishment set a new record and broke a three-way tie with A.J. Foyt (1959-1979) and Mel Kenyon (1962-82).

Driving Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Dave Darland rebounded from a tough opening night to win the 30-lap feature after starting fourth. Also winning the night’s second 8-lap heat race, “The People’s Champion” has now climbed to fifth in the mini-series points with two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 13 main event laps led.

Taking command from pole-sitter Tye Mihocko at the green flag, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal had to settle for second on this night. Piloting Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal ran fourth in his heat race and is currently third in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has two top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run after starting fifteenth. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion placed sixth in his heat race and is now fourth in the “Winter Challenge” points. Entering Sunday’s action at Canyon Speedway, Johnson has recorded two top-10 finishes.

After finishing second on opening night, Josh Pelkey of Peoria raced to fourth in the Saturday feature after starting seventh. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and sits atop the mini-series point chase. With two top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led, the former ASCA Champion will be looking to claim Sunday’s $3,000 victory.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon ran fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Bacon placed third in his heat race and is currently second in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the former Western World Champion has one feature win, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye drove to victory in the program’s first 8-lap heat race. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran seventh in the feature and is now seventh in the mini-series point standings. Heading to the third round of the “Winter Challenge,” the five-time Arizona Champion has two top-10 finishes.

Driving Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Rattlesnake Bend’s Casey Shuman won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. After scoring twelfth in the 30-lap feature, the veteran driver is currently sixth in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

In his second Canyon Speedway start, Mitch Mack of East Grand Forks, Minnesota took his first checkered flags by winning the 10-lap semi-main. Piloting the family owned #92 J&J, Mack finished seventeenth in the main event and is now eighteenth in points. A regular on the winged NOSA sprint car circuit, the grandson of former Outlaw driver Don Mack is adjusting to racing without a wing.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 26th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #3 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Brady Bacon Storms to Canyon “Winter Challenge” Victory

January 29th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ –Starting thirteenth, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma took command from Josh Pelkey on lap 14 to claim opening night of the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” For his efforts, the former Western World Champion earned $2,000 for scoring Friday’s USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway. Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, Casey Shuman, and Ryan Bernal rounded out the
top-five drivers as the second leg of the six-race mini-series gets underway tonight.

Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Brady Bacon raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors at Kevin Montgomery’s 1/3-mile facility. Earning his first USAC SouthWest/West Coast triumph and scoring fourth in his heat race, the versatile driver is the current “Winter Challenge” point leader.

From the pole position, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey shook free from Casey Shuman and led the first thirteen circuits before taking second in the main event. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion ran second in his heat race and trails Bacon by a single point heading to Saturday night’s action.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix charged from fourteenth to claim third at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion ran sixth in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. As this writing goes to press, Johnson is currently third in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to score fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman also took fourth in his heat race. Now a regular in the Indiana Sprint Car scene, Casey sits fourth in the mini-series point chase.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal raced to fifth at Canyon Speedway after stating fifteenth. Making his first start in the Casey Minks owned #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed sixth in his heat race. The defending USAC Western Classic Champion is currently sixth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Now racing out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dalten Gabbard won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the Baldwin Brothers #5D Fox Paving / Chances Are Maxim, Gabbard ran sixteenth in the main event. The Peoria native left the speedway running fourteenth in the point standings.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana raced to victory in the second heat race. Racing Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion scored twenty-second in the feature after an early exit. After the first round, Darland is in a three-way tie for eighteenth in points.

Ventura, California’s Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford won the third 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #51X Twister X / Steve Gresham Racing Engines Triple X, the former VRA Champion ran twentieth in the feature after problems ended his night. Like Darland, Crawford is tied for eighteenth in the “Winter Challenge.”

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko won the program’s 10-lap semi-main event. Driving the family owned #5 Old Word Brewery / RSS Industries machine, the young driver was seventh in his heat race before scoring eighteenth in the main event. Mihocko left Canyon tied with Darland and Crawford in the standings.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 25th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #2 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

2014 Debuts With Canyon’s “Winter Challenge”

January 24th, 2014

The 3rd Annual “Winter Challenge” opens this week at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. as USAC participants begin the 2014 racing season. Six races in nine nights are planned at the 3/8-mile dirt oval showcasing the stars of USAC’s Southwest and West Coast Sprint Car Series.

Defending champions of the two USAC series are R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest) and Danny Faria Jr. of Visalia, Calif. (West Coast). Johnson recorded 10 victories in 21 starts in 2013, while Faria had seven “podiums” including three feature wins in 16 West Coast appearances.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., the 2013 AMSOIL USAC National Champion, is the defending “Winter Challenge” king, while Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. won the inaugural 2012 title.

Hines scored three “Winter Challenge” feature wins in 2012 and Clauson won three this past year. Other “Winter Challenge” feature winners have included Charles Davis Jr. (2 in 2013), Jon Stanbrough in 2013 and R.J. Johnson in 2013.

This year’s events commence on Friday night, January 24 and continue Saturday and Sunday nights. The finales are Thursday and Friday (Jan. 30-31) and the $5,000-to-win race Saturday, February 1.

In 18 USAC Sprint events at Canyon during 2013, Johnson and Clauson each won seven times! Davis won twice, while 5-time USAC/CRA Sprint Champ Mike Spencer and National veteran Chase Stockon also earned wins.

Despite the fact that the “Winter Challenge” races do not carry championship points toward either series, the Canyon races have produced memorable races in the two previous events.

The Southwest Sprint Car points race officially commences March 16 at Peoria, while the West Coast Sprint point race kicks in March 15 and 16 at Tulare, Calif.

2-Time Western World Champion Sets His Sights on The Winter Challenge

January 9th, 2014

Kevin Montgomery, PEORIA, Ariz. – 2-Time Western World Champion, Brady Bacon, sets his sights on Winter Challenge 2014 at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway. The Winter Challenge will mark the first traditional sprint car event of the year with six complete nights of racing in just nine days as the best of the best kick off 2014.

Bacon, who won back to back Western World titles in 2009 and 2010, will make his first appearance at Winter Challenge. A true outlaw, Bacon competes in both Wing and wingless sprint cars across the country and just completed his first full year with the Hoffman race team in the USAC National Sprint Car Series.

Aboard his own familiar 99 Sprint Car that carried him to a pair of runner up finishes at the 2013 Western World, Bacon will return to CSP in just a little more than two weeks with high hopes of standing on top of the podium.

The 2014 Winter Challenge will feature top traditional Sprint Car drivers from around the country as the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series faces off with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series while IMCA Modified aces converge in the valley of the sun for what is anticipated to be one of the largest racing events of 2014. More than $100,000 in “A” Feature money alone will be distributed over the course of the blockbuster event that kicks off with the $2,000 to win Winter Challenge opener and will conclude with the $5,000 to win finale on February 2nd.

Nearly 100 drivers from across America will be expected to take part in what will be one of the must see events of 2014 and will feature the Nations top teams all gunning for one of the richest payouts in the west.

Six day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223

Complete Payout and race information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf

Hotel Information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings please sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the home page: www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

The 2014 Canyon Speedway Winter Challenge Schedule can be previewed online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=6

Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

“46th Western World Championship” on Tap at Canyon Speedway Park

November 16th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – After a break in the schedule, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series is set to invade Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Starting this Thursday, November 14th, the popular 1/3-mile clay oval will host the “46th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships presented by the Racers Advantage Store.” The three-day co-sanctioned event with the
Honda USAC National Midgets will also feature the USAC SouthWest and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

In addition to the $7,500-to-win Midget purse on Saturday, Montgomery has secured a special bonus for the “Western World Championships.” If the winning Midget driver can also win the Sprint Car feature ($7,500-to-win), a $5,000 bonus from E&K Construction will raise the impressive payday to $20,000. As this writing goes to press, about 30 “mighty midgets” have pre-entered the historic race and the entry list is posted at the end of this release.

The USAC Midget entries will race each night and the Thursday and Friday preliminaries will follow a standard format with time trials, heat races, and features. Points will be kept and the top eight will be locked into the $7,500-to-win finale. Those eight drivers will have a “Revenge Draw” to determine a Passing Masters Dash where the finish will set the first four rows of the main
event. The remaining cars will lineup according to points for the balance of the feature event and the semi-main.

Thursday’s event will mark the 4th appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midgets at Canyon Speedway Park. Kyle Larson won last November’s “Desert Classic” and Bryan Clauson swept both nights of the “Copper on Dirt” in early March. With valuable
championship points up for grabs and a talented roster on hand, you will not want to miss the “Western World Championships.”

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner of Norco has a 256-point advantage over the competition. The point leader earned his ninth series victory on October 5th at Petaluma Speedway by claiming the 101-lap “John Soares Classic.” To date, Gardner has six fast time awards, two heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led on the season. Ronnie will be looking to add the Western World to his win list as he marches to both the overall and dirt series championships.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the championship standings. It has been a tough season for the May 11th Santa Maria winner as he did not compete in the “Soares Classic.” Piloting three different cars (Swanson #05 Stealth, Van Dyne #05 Edmunds, and Kruseman #89K Spike), last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has earned one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. At press time, Swanson is entered in the Western World as he looks to finish his season on a high note.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the Western Midget point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored seventeenth at Petaluma Speedway. Currently, last year’s Western Dirt Series Champion has yet to win a USAC feature in 2013, but has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. David has announced that due to impending medical costs for his unborn daughter’s needed heart surgery, he will park his operation and sell the team’s inventory after the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Everyone with the USAC Western office sends their best wishes, thoughts, and prayers to the Prickett family.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich is currently fourth in the overall point chase and seventh in the dirt series. The pilot of the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike jumped into an unfamiliar car and claimed seventeenth in the “John Soares Classic.” As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC main event in 2013, but has one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. At Canyon, Scott will have his sights on his fourth career USAC Western Midget victory and earning the $7,500 payday.

Shannon McQueen of Tehachapi is fifth in the overall points and ranks fourth in the dirt championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon placed fourth in the 101-lap Petaluma feature. Last year’s champion has yet to claim a USAC main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. McQueen will be looking to claim the “Western World” victory and score one of the biggest triumphs of her career.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell sits atop the National points and is tied for nineteenth in the Western Dirt Midget Series. Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines, Darren Hagen, Jerry Coons Jr., Rico Abreu, Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, Brad Kuhn, and Tanner Thorson round out the top-10 in the National point chase.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Single Day Adult Tickets are $20 for Thursday and Friday and $25 on Saturday. Three Day Adult Tickets are $65, Three Day VIP Suite Tickets are $95 and All Access Passes are $110. Advance tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).

Canyon Speedway Hosts the 46th Western World Championship

November 14th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – Starting Thursday, November 14th, Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park will host the “46th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships presented by the Racers Advantage Store.” The three day co-sanctioned event between the USAC SouthWest and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will also showcase the Honda USAC National and Western Midget Series. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

In addition to the $7,500-to-win Sprint Car purse, Montgomery has secured a special bonus for the “Western World Championships.” If the winning Sprint Car driver can also win the Midget feature ($7,500-to-win), a $5,000 bonus from E&K Construction will raise the impressive payday to $20,000. As this writing goes to press, about 50 Sprint Cars have pre-entered the historic event and the entry list is posted at the end of this release.

The USAC Sprint Car field will be split between the Thursday and Friday night preliminaries. Using a pill draw format to set the heat race lineups, a finishing/passing point will set the qualifiers. The top-16 in overall points will transfer to the main event with the remaining cars set for the semi-main. On Saturday, the top four from each night are locked into the $7,500-to-win finale. Those eight drivers will have a “Revenge Draw” to determine a Passing Masters Dash where the finish will set the first four rows of the main event. The remaining cars will lineup according to points in twin semi-mains and a consolation race if needed.

While “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has already clinched the USAC West Coast title, the USAC SouthWest crown will be earned this weekend. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has a 57-point advantage over the competition. While running sixth in the October 31st “360 Oval Nationals” at Perris Auto Speedway, Johnson has had a career season in 2013. To date, the USAC/CRA “Copper on Dirt” winner has recorded ten feature wins, nine Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 295 feature laps led. R.J will have his sights on claiming the $20,000 paycheck at Canyon Speedway Park.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the SouthWest point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis set a new track record and scored seventeenth at the “360 Oval Nationals.” Currently, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, one fast time award, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, four Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 117 feature laps led. The veteran driver will be looking to win the Western World and take the championship.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma ranks third in the championship points. Piloting his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran tenth in the Halloween night feature. As this writing goes to press, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. Mike will have his sights on adding his name to the winner’s list of the Western World and earning a nice payday.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins had an early exit in the Perris finale, scoring twenty-second. To date, the veteran driver has eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led on the season. Shon will be one of the drivers to watch at the Western World Championships.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson is fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark did not compete in “360 Oval Nationals.” As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to claim a main event win, but has three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and fourteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Ronnie will be looking to score an upset victory and earn the $7,500 payday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Single Day Adult Tickets are $20 for Thursday and Friday and $25 on Saturday. Three Day Adult Tickets are $65, Three Day VIP Suite Tickets are $95 and All Access Passes are $110. Advance tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Bell, Gardner Hope to Extend Midget Leads in Western World at Canyon Speedway

November 12th, 2013

Honda USAC Midget Series point leaders Christopher Bell (National) and Ronnie Gardner (Western) will be out to protect their 2013 series point leads this weekend when the two series combine for part of Canyon Speedway Park’s 46th “Western World Championships” in Peoria, Ariz.

Bell, of Norman, Okla., is a National series rookie but has stormed to a 106-point lead over Bryan Clauson on the strength of five victories and five other podium finishes in 16 starts aboard the Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian entry. His wins include the “Belleville Midget Nationals,” the “Gold Crown Midget Nationals,” the “Chad McDaniel Memorial,” and the “Indiana Midget Week” title.

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., has sped to a 256-point cushion over Jake Swanson in the Western Overall and dirt standings with 15 podium finishes, including nine victories. He enters Peoria with a string of four consecutive wins in the SIX-EIGHT Racing entry.

Clauson will try to increase his 2013 USAC feature victory total in all series as he pursues an all-time single-season mark. He has 19 wins in National and regional competition so far, including four National and two Western Midgets. The two Western Midget wins came at Canyon in March!

This week’s Canyon events (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), include the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint cars. The Southwest Sprints will compete for points while the West Coast Sprint involvement is listed as a “special event.”

The Honda Western Midgets complete the 2013 campaign with events at Yuma, Ariz. Nov. 22-23 and Perris, Calif. Nov. 28. The Nov. 28 “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Perris closes out the 2013 Honda National Midget series.

Bryan Clauson Scores Friday USAC Opener at Canyon

October 31st, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – Racing past Dave Darland on lap twenty-three, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana claimed the opening night feature of the “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the 30-lap victory at Canyon Speedway Park was Clauson’s eighth career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Tracy Hines, Mike Spencer, Kevin Thomas Jr., and “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Bryan Clauson earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by out-qualifying the thirty car field. Finishing second to Robert Ballou in his heat race, the USAC National point leader claimed his third USAC/CRA feature of 2013 from sixth.

New Castle, Indiana’s Tracy Hines ran second in the Canyon main event after starting seventh. Piloting his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, the veteran driver was seventh quick in time trials and placed third in his 8-lap heat race.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California ran third in the Friday night preliminary and was the highest finishing driver from the “Golden State.” Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion qualified fifth and scored fourth in his heat race.

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from twentieth. Driving the Dutcher / Rotondo Weirich / Tri-Star Motorsports’ #17RW Maxim, Thomas timed in twenty-seventh fast, ran seventh in his heat race, and took second in the semi-main.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California raced to fifth in the main event after starting thirteenth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the USAC/CRA point leader qualified fourteenth and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2.

Rocklin, California’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou won the program’s first heat race, sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Racing his #12 Indy Race Parts / Maxim Chassis machine, Ballou was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored eighth in main event after starting sixteenth.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, Darland qualified third and took over the feature lead on lap twenty-one after Brady Bacon spun in the fourth turn. Briefly holding the lead, the veteran driver had to settle for sixth at the checkered flags.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon won the night’s Weld Racing / SBI Fuel Systems Heat Race #4. Racing the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, Stockon was eighth fast in time trials and placed fourteenth in the main event.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. The veteran driver qualified tenth overall, ran seventh in his heat race, and scored twenty-fourth in the feature after an early tangle ended his night.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook
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IMCA Modified winner earns $5,000 at Canyon’s Desert Classic

October 30th, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. – Canyon Speedway Park celebrates a milestone event with a $5,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified payday.

The 25th annual Desert Classic brings the best drivers from around the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region to town Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. Saturday’s 40-lap main event pays $2,500 for second and $1,250 for third. Minimum start money for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier is $300.

The Friday program boasts a full night of racing with the qualifying feature winner picking up $600. The top six finishers that evening will be locked into Saturday’s big show.

An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Pit passes are $20 and grandstand admission is free.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hot laps are at approximately 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission both nights is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $6 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30 for IMCA members and $35 for non-members.

Entry forms, purse information and information about overnight accommodations is available at the track website, www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

Clauson Seeking #19 & 20 At Peoria Friday, Saturday

October 26th, 2013

Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. hosts the 13th Annual Hose Advantage “Hall of Fame Classic” this weekend as the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car series compete in back-to-back Friday and Saturday night programs.

Bryan Clauson and Damion Gardner will try to protect their respective point leads as they look forward to the November 1-2 series finales at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Clauson’s National lead is a tenuous 13 points over Dave Darland, while Gardner has a somewhat comfortable 99-point lead over Nic Faas in the USCA/CRA standings.

Clauson has a half-dozen feature wins, three seconds and two thirds, while Darland also has a half-dozen wins, three seconds and three thirds. Gardner’s season has yielded five wins, five thirds and two seconds. Faas has three wins, three seconds and four thirds.

Clauson is in the midst of one of USAC’s most victorious seasons. His 18 wins in various series rank fifth all-time in USAC single-season history. J.J. Yeley has the record of 24 from 2003, while Sleepy Tripp had 20 in 1988. A.J. Foyt (1961) and Jay Drake (2000) each logged 19 total wins.

Canyon’s 2 Day “Hall Of Fame Classic” Begins Friday October 25th

October 20th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – After a break in the schedule, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Starting Friday, October 25th, the 2-day “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic” is co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints and have an incredible roster of talent from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Midwest. The popular Challenge Cup Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints will join the showcase as the spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing at 7:00pm.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, October 23rd, with the annual “Hall of Fame Kickoff Party.” Starting at 6:00pm, the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame will host the popular event. Located at 3534 E. Broadway
Road in Phoenix, the “Hall of Fame Kickoff Party” is open to the public. The following night, Canyon Speedway Park will host an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Heading into the “Hall of Fame Classic,” Canyon Speedway Park has played host to six Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Indiana’s Bryan Clauson has three victories, sweeping the October Classic in 2011 and winning the 2013 season opener. Last year, Dave Darland won the “Hall of Fame Classic” opener and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin led every lap in a 360-powered car to win the $5000 finale. On March 2nd, R.J. Johnson scored a popular Arizona victory at the “Copper On Dirt.”

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord leads the USAC/CRA point chase and has a 99 point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner finished third in Perris’ “Glenn Howard Classic” on September 14th. Currently, the 2005 Champion has five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking for his 47th career USAC/CRA victory at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Gardner’s teammate, Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is second in the championship points. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas won his third feature of the year at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2008 USAC Western Midget Champion has four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps to his credit. Nic will have his sights on his 10th USAC/CRA main event win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Mike Spencer of Temecula sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer placed second in the Perris Auto Speedway main event. The five-time USAC/CRA champion has one feature win in 2013, along with six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led in the campaign. Mike will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his win list and record his 35th series victory.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is fourth in the series point chase. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion raced to fourth in the “Howard Classic” after starting
fourteenth. Kaeding scored the August 31st win at Calistoga and has one heat race victory, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led. Bud will have his sights on the 7th USAC/CRA feature win of his career at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is fifth in chase for the championship. At Perris, the driver of the #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry flipped in qualifying and scored twenty-second in an unfamiliar car. Mitchell won the May 25th “Salute To Indy” at Perris and has four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit. Matt will be looking for the 6th USAC/CRA triumph of his career at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Williams, Brody Roa, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, R.J. Johnson, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Seth Wilson, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. The 360s can run their local approved Hoosier tires, but must meet series tech standards and race track muffler rules.

Running 19th with USAC/CRA, Bryan Clauson also leads the Amsoil USAC National Sprint point standings. Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chase Stockon, Tracy Hines, Robert Ballou, Chris Windom, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Tyler Courtney round out the top-10 drivers. Other National drivers expected to race at Canyon are Jon Stanbrough, Justin Grant, and Nick Drake.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. On race day, tickets will be $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Platinum
Reserved Seats are $5 more per night and VIP Suite tickets are also available. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rugged Radios, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Mike Spencer Wins “Brawl For It All” At Canyon Speedway Park

October 5th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – After a broken bolt in the steering arm sidelined R.J. Johnson, Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer led the final 9 laps to claim the “2nd Annual Brawl For It All.” The $2,500 feature win at Canyon Speedway Park was the first USAC SouthWest & West Coast Series triumph for the five-time USAC/CRA Champion. Colby Copeland, Josh Pelkey, Shon Deskins, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed Spencer to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, Mike Spencer shadowed Johnson and shook free from Mike Martin and Colby Copeland to remain second. After inheriting the lead, the ninth fast qualifier managed to keep Copeland at bay and score the 30-lap victory. After finishing second in his heat race and winning his first Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash, Mike left Canyon third in the “Grudge Series” point chase.

Colby Copeland of Roseville, California pressured Spencer for the top spot, but had to settle for second. Piloting the Ted Williams owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Copeland was second fast in time trials, ran fifth in his heat race, and scored fifth in the dash. Currently fifth in the “Grudge Series,” Colby is 28th in USAC SouthWest competition with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and five top-10 finishes.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey raced from twelfth to score third in front of his hometown fans. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey qualified thirteenth, won the second 8-lap Racer Advantage Store Heat Race, and was not eligible for the dash. The former ASCA Champion ranks ninth in the “Grudge Series” and is sixth in SouthWest points with one Hose Advantage Store Feature win, four Racer Advantage Store Heat Race wins, two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one semi-main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix claimed fourth in the “Brawl For It All” after starting eighth. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins was fast qualifier on the night, setting a new track record and one of eight cars ahead of Mike Martin’s old standard. After claiming fifth in his heat race and eighth in the dash, Shon is the new “Grudge Series” point leader and is fourth in the SouthWest standings. To date, the veteran driver has eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led in 2013.

Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored fifth after starting eleventh. Davis qualified fourteenth overall, won the first 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race, and missed the dash. Currently second in both the “Grudge Series” and SouthWest points, the five-time state champion has six Hose Advantage Store Feature wins, ten Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting eighteenth. Driving Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Maxim, Hosford was nineteenth fast in time trials, seventh in his heat race, and third in the semi-main. Brian sits fifteenth in the “Grudge Series” and ninth in the SouthWest standings with one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win and seven top-10 finishes. Tucson’s Ronnie Clark raced to victory in the night’s third 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars entry, Clark qualified eighteenth and scored fourteenth in the “Brawl For It All.” Ronnie is twenty-first in the “Grudge Series” and ranks fifth in SouthWest points with three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season.

“The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces, New Mexico won the night’s 12-lap semi main. Racing the Gary Williams owned #41W EKR Heating & Cooling / Sutton Signs & Graphics Maxim, Ziehl was third quick in time trials, sixth in his heat race, and ran sixth in the feature after starting sixteenth. The multi-time ASCS Champion is twelfth in the “Grudge Series” and twenty-seventh in the SouthWest points with three Hose Advantage Store Feature wins, five Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, six top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led.

On Saturday, October 12th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Raceway. The action packed card will also feature Pure Stocks, Mini-Sprints, X-Mods, and AMA Modlites. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralazraceway.com or call 520.574.8515.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Canyon Hosts Second Round of Grudge Series This Saturday

September 28th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, September 28th, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will host the “2nd Annual Brawl For It All.” Paying $2,500-to-win and $300-to-start, the second round of the “Grudge Series” will
feature the USAC West Coast and USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series. Sponsored by Hoosier Tire, Southwest Contractors, and the Hose Advantage Store, the action packed event will also showcase the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprints, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, then Time Trials, with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

The non-point “Brawl For It All” will feature drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico as they tackle the fast 3/8-mile oval. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. out-dueled Ryan Bernal to score the popular victory. Bernal claimed the inaugural “Grudge Series” championship and over $15,000 was distributed from the point fund. Promoters Kevin Montgomery and Chris Kearns are looking for more prize money in 2013 and Perris Auto Speedway will host this year’s finale at the prestigious Oval Nationals.

Heading into Saturday’s event, Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson leads the point chase of the 3-race “Grudge Series.” Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Clauson scored the Las Vegas “Sin City Showdown” victory on March 7th. Clauson is in a tight point battle with the USAC National Sprints and will miss Saturday’s action to compete at Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona is second in the “Grudge Series” point standings. Driving the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the USAC SouthWest point leader ran second at the “Sin City Showdown.” On September 14th, Johnson raced from fourteenth at Casa Grande to score his ninth SouthWest victory of the year. R.J. also claimed USAC/CRA’s “Copper On Dirt” and will be looking to add Saturday’s “Brawl For It All” to his win list.

Sitting third in the USAC mini-series is Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard finished third at Las Vegas after starting ninth. Last Saturday, the 2011 West Coast Champion scored his fifth main event win of the year at Tulare’s “Harry Talbot Memorial.” Currently second in West Coast points, Vander Weerd has a shot to win another crown and could miss the “Brawl For It All.”

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile is fourth in the “Grudge Series” point chase. Driving his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, the California driver led the first thirteen laps of the “Sin City Showdown” before settling into fourth. The former Cotton Classic Champion has climbed to fifth in West Coast points after finishing sixth in last Saturday’s “Talbot Memorial.” With twelve top-10 finishes to his credit, Rusty has not won a feature in 2013 and may miss Saturday’s action at Canyon.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix, Arizona is fifth in the mini-series point standings. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins scored fifth at the Las Vegas “Sin City Showdown.” Currently fourth in SouthWest points, the veteran driver raced to third from twelfth at Casa Grande on September 14th. Shon has not won a USAC feature in 2013, but claimed an unsanctioned victory at Show Low on August 31st. This Saturday, Deskins will be looking to break through with a $2,500 victory at Canyon.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are 5-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer, 5-time Arizona Champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., multi-time ASCS Champion “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Colby Copeland, Ronnie Clark, Andy Reinbold, Josh Pelkey, “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., and many more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

“2nd Annual Brawl For it All” at Canyon Speedway Park Saturday

September 27th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – This Saturday, September 28th, Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park will host the “2nd Annual Brawl For It All.” Featuring the USAC SouthWest and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, the second round of the “Grudge Series” will pay $2,500-to-win and will showcase a talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprints, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites will also share the spotlight. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, then Time Trials with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

After winning the September 14th feature at Casa Grande from fourteenth, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has a 79 point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson is currently second in the “Grudge Series” point chase. To date, the USAC/CRA “Copper on Dirt” winner has nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 266 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. will be looking to take home the $2,500 paycheck and extend his point lead.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed second in the Casa Grande main event. Running sixth in the “Grudge Series”
points, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, nine Racers Advantage Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-two top-10 finishes, and 107
feature laps led. On Saturday, “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on his second “Brawl For It All” victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma is third in the point standings. Driving his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin scored fifth at Central Arizona Raceway on September 14th. Canyon Speedway Park’s 1-lap record holder for USAC 360s is tenth in the “Grudge Series” and has one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Heat Race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. “The Magic Man” will be among the favorites to watch at Canyon’s “The Brawl For It All.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins is fourth in the championship points. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins raced to third at Casa Grande after starting twelfth. Currently fifth in “Grudge Series” points, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but has eight Racers Advantage Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led. Shon will be looking to claim the $2,500 main event at Canyon Speedway Park.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson sits fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark placed ninth at Casa Grande after starting thirteenth. Ronnie did not compete in the “Grudge Series” opener at Las Vegas and has yet to claim a main event win in 2013. The veteran driver has two Racers Advantage Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season. Ronnie will have his sights on adding the $2,500 “Brawl For It All” main event to his win list.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Andy Reinbold, Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Bryan Swinehart, Stevie Sussex, James Aragon, Tom Ogle, Justin Quinn, Jody Wirth, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. Michael Curtis, “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl, Colby Copeland, and more.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. leads the USAC West Coast point standings. Richard Vander Weerd, Bud Kaeding, Ryan Bernal, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Markus Niemela, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Landon Hurst, and Kevin Barnes round out the top-10 drivers. Five-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer is expected to race at Canyon Speedway Park.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Canyon Speedway Park hosts the Southwest Sprints

September 18th, 2013

Canyon Speedway Park hosts the next event for the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, on September 28. Point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. enter that race separated by 79 points in the latest standings after they finished 1-2 in last Saturday’s race at Casa Grande, Ariz.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., recorded his ninth victory of the 2013 campaign Saturday night at Central Arizona Raceway. He snatched the lead from Davis on lap 27 and led the final four laps to beat Davis, Shon Deskins, Aaron Reutzel and Mike Martin. Josh Pelkey had led the first 25 laps of the race.

Johnson’s victory was his ninth in USAC racing in Arizona, two behind all-time leader Davis, who has 11.

Charles Davis Jr. Wins “Summer Slam” at Home Track

July 31st, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – For the second year in a row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye earned the “Summer Slam” victory at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was the fourth win of the campaign for Davis and his second straight “home track” conquest. The five-time Arizona Champion took command from Shon Deskins on lap nine and powered his way to the checkered flags. Deskins, point leader R.J. Johnson, Tom Ogle, and Andy Reinbold rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. started third in the main event after running second in his heat race and third in the dash. Currently second in the point chase, Davis has six heat race victories, three dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 84 feature laps led to his credit. Davis will be one of the favorites to watch when the series returns to action at the four-race “Freedom Tour.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins led the first eight circuits before taking second in the 30-lap main event. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars machine, Deskins won the night’s Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #3 and placed second in the dash. Currently, the veteran driver is fifth in the standings with seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and nine top-10 finishes on the season.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix scored third in the “Summer Slam” after starting fifth. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson placed second in his heat race and claimed fifth in the dash. To date, the USAC SouthWest point leader has eight feature wins, seven heat race victories, four Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 239 feature laps led on the year.

Surprise’s Tom Ogle had a solid night at Canyon Speedway Park and claimed fourth in the “Summer Slam.” Driving his #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle was second in his heat race and won his first Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash. Running a limited schedule, Tom sits fifteenth in championship points with six top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert raced to fifth in the “Summer Slam” after starting eighth. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold scored third in his heat race and finished eighth in the dash. As this writing goes to press, Andy is sixth in the standings with one semi-main win and eleven top-10 finishes in 2013.

Glendale’s “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. earned the program’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting seventeenth. Racing the BRAT Racing #8 Hose Advantage Store / Racers Advantage Store Viper, “The Bullet” took sixth in his heat race and was not eligible for the dash. In limited starts, the former state champion is nineteenth in the points with one heat race victory, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, and four top-10 finishes on the season.

Rookie contender Steven Harms of Scottsdale won his first 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race. Driving the family owned #60 S.A.I. / Gorilla Powder Coating Maxim, Harms finished sixth in the dash and scored twenty-second in the feature after an early exit. Currently seventeenth in the standings, Steven is gaining valuable experience with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark won the night’s Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #2. Piloting the family owned #6 Ellis Race Cars / Performance Engine & Machine Ellis, Clark scored fourth in the dash and sixth in the “Summer Slam” main event. To date, Ronnie sits fourth in the championship points with two heat race victories and eleven top-10 finishes to his credit.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action for the inaugural four-race “Freedom Tour” in Oklahoma and Kansas. Featuring a purse of $2,500-to-win and $250-to-start each night, the non-point tour will start August 21st at Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway. The following night, the series will clash at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas. The “Freedom Tour” will conclude at Dodge City, Kansas after two shows at Dodge City Raceway Park. For more information, visit the series website at www.southwestsprintcars.com.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

“Summer Slam” at Canyon Saturday; Johnson, Ziehl Top Southwest Feature

July 24th, 2013

The “Summer Slam” invades Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Saturday and R.J. Johnson enjoys a comfortable 88-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. in the latest USAC Southwest Sprint series standings.

Johnson, who already has five victories at Canyon, nearly pulled off a back-to-back “double” last weekend, winning at El Paso, Texas Friday and finishing second Saturday at Las Cruces, N.M.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., and his Michaels entry led all but the first two laps of Friday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint race at El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park for his eighth win of the year. Davis finished second ahead of Kyle McCutcheon, Mike Martin and Andy Reinbold. McCutcheon led the first two laps.

Rick Ziehl won Saturday night’s 30-lap race at his home track – Southern New Mexico Speedway – passing Johnson on the last lap! Ziehl, USAC’s 2003 Southwest Champion, piloted the Lucas Oil/Bay Hayes Motorsports Maxim/Wesmar to the win over Johnson, Davis, Reinbold and Josh Hodges. Johnson led 25 of the 30 laps.

July 13th Queen Creek Race Next For Southwest Sprints

July 4th, 2013

Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. trails R.J. Johnson by 64 points in the standings going into a July 13 USAC Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. Last Saturday night’s victory at Peoria, Ariz. vaulted him into the all-time lead in terms of USAC feature winners in the Grand Canyon State.

Davis posted his ninth career USAC victory in the state of Arizona, winning Saturday night’s “Summer Sizzle” USAC Southwest Sprint feature at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports entry, he caught Johnson on the last lap and beat him to the checkered flag! Johnson, the series point leader, was second ahead of Josh Pelkey, Mike Martin and Bruce St. James.

Davis entered the race in a logjam of five drivers with eight career Arizona USAC wins and now stands at the head of the class with nine.

Charles Davis Jr. Makes USAC History at Canyon “Summer Sizzle”

July 3rd, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – After temperatures soared over 100 degrees at Canyon Speedway Park, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ended R.J. Johnson’s win streak with a last corner pass. The $1,500 “Summer Sizzle” victory was Davis’ third USAC SouthWest Sprint Car feature win of the season. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James rounded out the top five drivers.

Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Tod End Supply entry, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. also won the night’s second Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and was second in the dash. The 5-time state champion left CSP second in points with four heat race victories, two dash wins, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led to his credit. With the “Summer Sizzle” triumph, Davis made USAC history by recording his ninth Arizona win, breaking a tie with A.J. Foyt, Bryan Clauson, Damion Gardner, and Dave Steele for the most “Copper State” victories.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix was looking for his fifth straight Canyon victory but had to settle for second at the “Summer Sizzle.” Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson won the program’s third Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and the Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash. Dominating the main event until the last corner, the point leader has six feature wins, six heat race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 156 feature laps led. As this writing goes to press, R.J. holds a 74 point advantage over the competition.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey had another strong performance with a third place run. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC, Pelkey scored third in his heat race and fifth in the dash. After the “Summer Sizzle,” the former Arizona Champion has climbed to fifth in the point chase with one feature win, two heat race victories, one semi-main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma claimed fourth in the Canyon Speedway Park feature. Racing his #16 Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin claimed second in his heat race and placed third in the dash. Sitting third in the standings, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, one fast time award, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

Phoenix’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James earned the program’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fourteenth. Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James claimed fifth in his heat race and was not eligible for the dash. Currently tenth in the point chase, “The Radio Flyer” has one dash win, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won his first Racers Advantage Store Heat Race at the “Summer Sizzle.” Driving the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery machine, Mihocko scored fourth in the dash and was seventeenth in the main event after an early exit. To date, the rookie contender is twenty third in the standings with one top-10 finish on the season.

On Saturday, July 13th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will travel to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Supers, Mod Lites, and Bombers will also share the spotlight and for more event information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

Summer Sizzle at Canyon This Saturday

June 26th, 2013

“Summer Sizzle” is on tap this Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. as the 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint cars return to the 3/8-mile dirt oval near Phoenix.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz. led wire-to-wire to win Saturday night’s race at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz., piloting the ABC Body Shop/NAPA DRC/Advanced machine. Series point leader R.J. Johnson finished second ahead of Shon Deskins, Bruce St. James and Mike Martin.

Johnson enjoys a 77-point lead over runner-up Charles Davis Jr. in the latest standings going into Saturday’s race at Peoria, where the Phoenix driver has been unstoppable, winning all four outings.

Three Straight Wins for RJ Johnson at Canyon Speedway Park

May 28th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – R.J. Johnson of Phoenix continues to have his best season to date after scoring his third straight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the year. The point leader led all 30-laps to claim Saturday’s $1,500 “Salute To Indy” main event at Canyon Speedway Park. Following Johnson to the checkered flags were “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Hodges, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Andy Reinbold.

Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson placed second in his heat race and ran second in the night’s 6-lap dash. After Saturday’s main event, the USAC/CRA “Copper On Dirt” winner has four heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 97 main event laps led to his credit.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed second in the Saturday night feature. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, Davis was third in his heat race and scored third in the dash. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. Josh Hodges made the tow from Tijeras, New Mexico and finished third in the 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #74X Napa Auto Parts / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges won the night’s second Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and scored fifth in the dash. In limited starts with the USAC SouthWest series, Josh has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes. Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed fourth at the checkered flags. Racing his #16 Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin won the program’s first Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and scored fourth in the dash. Currently, Mike has one feature win, one fast time awards, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert charged to fifth from the twelfth starting spot. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold was fourth in his heat race and did not qualify for the dash. The veteran driver left the night’s action with one semi-main win and six top-10 finishes on the year.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run after starting eighteenth. Driving #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins was sixth in his heat race and was not eligible for the dash. To date, Shon has three heat race victories and five top-10 finishes in 2013.

Goodyear’s Nathan High won the night’s third 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race, Racing his #1A Pro Tech Coatings / KSE Custom Drywall Maxim, High was eighth in the dash and ran ninth in the Saturday feature. In limited starts, Nathan has two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes on the season.

“The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. of Glendale won his first Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash of the Year. Piloting the BRAT Racing #8 Hose Advantage Store / Racers Advantage Store Viper, Ream was fourth in his heat race and claimed sixth in the main event. Currently, the former Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey won the program’s 12-lap semi-main event. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC, Pelkey scored eighth in his heat race and charged to eighth in the feature from seventeenth. The former Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory and seven top-10 finishes on the year.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

2-Day USAC Southwest “Salute to Indy” at CSP Begins Saturday

May 22nd, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – .. Starting this Saturday, May 25th, the powerful machines of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are set for two nights of action at Canyon Speedway Park. The “2nd Annual Salute To Indy” will also feature the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on both nights.

Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the popular race will have extra prize money up for grabs. Saturday’s purse will pay $1,500-to-win and $200-to-start the feature with Sunday’s finale offering racers $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start. While fairly new to the Peoria clay oval, the annual “Salute To Indy” race has been a “Copper State” tradition going back to Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. Dating back to 1991, Ricky Johnson, Charles Davis Jr., and Jeremy Sherman lead all drivers with three victories. Other drivers to have won the Memorial Day Classic include Mike Boat, Bob Ream Jr., Marty Miller, Josh Pelkey, Eric Wilkins, Casey Shuman, and R.J. Johnson. Last season, Dalten Gabbard won the Saturday preliminary and Colby Copeland added his name to the winner’s list.

Heading into the seventh point race of the campaign, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix holds a forty-three point advantage over the competition. On May 11th at Queen Creek, the pilot of Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman earned his second straight victory. With four main event wins, four heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led, Johnson will be looking to add another “Salute To Indy” to his resume.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the championship points. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, Davis scored eleventh at Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led. The veteran driver will be looking to rebound with his fourth career “Salute To Indy” win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson sits third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark finished seventh at Queen Creek after starting tenth. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes on the season. Ronnie will have his sights on claiming the “Salute To Indy” victory and gaining valuable championship points.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin is fourth in the point chase. Piloting his #16 Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the May 11th feature. To date, Mike has one feature win, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. Martin will be one of the favorites to watch in this weekend’s “Salute To Indy.”

Bryan Swinehart of Prescott Valley has climbed to fifth in the standings. Piloting Tim and Shelly Beal’s #68 Beal’s Auto Body / DNS Performance RSS, Swinehart raced to tenth from fifteenth at Arizona Speedway. Currently, the hard charger has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Swinehart will be looking to sweep this weekend’s main events at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Shon Deskins, Justin Quinn, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Tom Ogle, Nick Aiuto, Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Nathan High, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., James Aragon, Jody Wirth, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and Advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

USAC Southwest Sprints Return to CSP for Canyon Clash

April 25th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ –The cars and stars of the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park this Saturday, April 27th, for the “3rd Annual Canyon Clash.” Joining the action packed card will be the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will also host an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman has dominated the “Canyon Clash” with back-to-back victories. This Saturday, a talented roster of drivers will battle for the $1,500 top prize and adding their name to racing history in the “Copper State.”

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads the championship standings with a thirty-two point advantage. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, Davis claimed third at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway on
April 13th. Currently, the five-time Arizona Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Davis will have his sights on winning the “Canyon Clash” and extending his point lead.

After running fourth at Queen Creek, Ronnie Clark of Tucson is tied for second in the point chase. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking to surprise the field and claim the feature win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson is tied with Clark for second in the point standings. Driving the Bill Michaels owned #77M Beal’s Auto Body / Sherman Race Cars entry, Johnson earned the “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors on April 13th with sixth place finish after starting thirteenth. The former Arizona Midget Champion has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one Passing Masters Dash win, five top-10 finishes, and 26 main event laps led on the year. R.J. will be one of the favorites to watch at the “Canyon Clash.”

Josh Pelkey of Peoria sits fourth in the championship points. Piloting the Robbie and Gaye Allen owned #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC, Pelkey was eighth at Arizona Speedway after starting fourteenth. As this writing goes to press, the 1997 ASCA Champion has five top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to score the win in front of his hometown fans.

Phoenix’s Justin Quinn is fifth in the USAC Southwest standings. Racing the family owned #93 Four Peaks Hardwood Flooring / Lasting Impressions Ellis, Quinn charged to eleventh from seventeenth at Queen Creek. Currently, the young driver has one semi-main win and two top-10 finishes on the season. Justin will have his sights on claiming the checkered flags this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tom Ogle, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Bryan Swinehart, Nick Aiuto, Shon Deskins, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Chris Bonneau, Mike Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Bruce St. James, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and Advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

RJ Johnson Wins “Copper on Dirt” at Canyon

March 6th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ -Last Saturday night, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix took the lead from Bruce St. James on the second lap and fought off Nic Faas to win the “6th Annual Copper On Dirt.” After starting third, the second generation driver claimed his second career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory in front of a packed house at Canyon Speedway Park. Faas, Bryan Clauson, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Ryan Bernal followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Piloting his 360 powered #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, Bruce St. James took command from the pole position. Johnson immediately slipped past Faas to take second, as Charles Davis Jr., Clauson, and Rip Williams looked to move forward. Johnson powered by St. James on the next circuit before a caution flag for a stalled Austin Williams halted the action.

After the restart, five-time champion Mike Spencer had tire problems going into turn one and slowed his machine to a stop in the third turn. Matt Mitchell collected Spencer, and flipped his machine, bringing out a red flag. Both drivers were
uninjured in the incident, but were done for the night.

Johnson set the pace with Faas in close pursuit. Clauson looked to chase down the leaders and sweep the weekend as Gardner charged into fourth from the twelfth spot. Changing track conditions made for tight racing and three wide action on the 1/3-mile oval. Eleventh starting “Super” Rickie Gaunt made an early charge to sixth and had a furious battle with Bud Kaeding for position.

Reaching lapped traffic on lap thirteen, Faas remained within striking distance of the leader. With the laps counting down, Faas took several shots for the lead that fell short. While Johnson and Faas fought for the top spot, Ryan Bernal threatened for a podium finish from nineteenth. The night belonged to R.J. Johnson, leading the final twenty-nine laps and scoring the $3,000 victory at his home track.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, R.J. Johnson last visited USAC/CRA’s victory circle at Perris Auto Speedway on March 24, 2007. The 2005 Rookie of the Year qualified fourth quick in time trials and ran fifth in his heat race. Now sixth in USAC/CRA points, Johnson will compete in Thursday’s USAC West Coast / Southwest action at Las Vegas and then travel to Perris for Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout.”

For the second night in a row, Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, California ran second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas timed in seventh quick on the night and finished second in his heat race. The 2008 Rookie of the Year is second in championship points heading to Perris on March 9th.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson had a great weekend at the “Copper On Dirt.” The defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion won the Friday USAC/CRA main, won both Midget features, and claimed third in Saturday’s Sprint Car finale. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Clauson qualified third and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Word is that the current USAC/CRA point leader will be in action at Perris’ “Sokola Shootout” on Saturday.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California charged from twelfth to fourth in last Saturday’s main event. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Gardner qualified twelfth and finished second to Clauson in his heat race. Now third in points, “The Demon” will return to Perris Auto Speedway, where he leads all USAC/CRA drivers with twenty-five feature wins.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run after starting nineteenth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal qualified nineteenth and finished third in his heat race. The two-time Santa Maria track champion is currently sixth in the point standings after the opening weekend.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and nearly set a track record by out-qualifying the other twenty-five cars in the pit area. Racing the famed Ron Chaffin owned #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer was fourth in his heat race before problems in the feature and collecting Matt Mitchell resulted in a twenty-third place finish. The five-time champion is currently ninth in points heading to Perris.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified thirteenth and scored eighteenth in the “Copper On Dirt.” The 2009 Rookie of the Year is tied with David Cardey for fourteenth in points and will be looking to rebound at Perris.

Buckeye’s Charles Davis Jr. won the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting the Gerry Cook owned #4G Lucas Oil RSS, Davis was second quick in time trials and finished ninth in the main event.

The Arizona Champion is fifth in USAC/CRA points as he heads to Thursday’s USAC West Coast / Southwest action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California’s Bud Kaeding won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Ultimate Offroad / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Maxim, Kaeding qualified sixth, placed sixth in his heat race, and ran sixth in the main event. Last year’s USAC West Coast Champion is fourth in USAC/CRA points and will be in action at Las Vegas before racing at Perris on Saturday.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the upcoming season, please email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook or Twitter

Garrett Alberson Bags First Win of 2013 at Canyon Speedway Park

March 5th, 2013

Las Cruces, New Mexico- Garrett Alberson took his #43 Deetz Racing/Batteries Plus/Mastersbilt Super Late Model into battle over the weekend with the West Coast Shootout Super Late Models in the 6th Annual Copper On Dirt at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) and came away with a $2,000 win to show for his efforts.

The weekend started on Friday night with a $1,200-to-win event, which drew a field of nineteen Super Late Models. A third place finish in his heat race locked him into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the second starting spot. Early in the feature he contended for the lead before slipping to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Don Shaw, Tony Toste, and Nick Bartels.

Saturday night found twenty-three Super Late Models register for battle in the $2,000-to-win WCS event. A second place finish in his heat race sent him to the redraw for the feature, where Garrett received the third starting spot on the grid. In the main event he quickly worked his way to the lead and never looked back on his way to his first career win with the series. He was followed across the finish line by Clay Daly, Anthony Madrid, Nick Bartels, and Tony Toste.

“I have to thank my family, my great car owners (the Deetz family), and all of my great sponsors for making this possible,” noted an elated Alberson. “It’s been a tough start to the year, but everybody has stood behind me. Hopefully this is the first of many wins for the season.”

Full results from the event are available at www.WestCoastLateModels.com .

Alberson’s invasion of the West continues on Wednesday night with a $2,000-to-win, West Coast Shootout event at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada). On Friday and Saturday the team will enter a pair of events at White Sands Speedway (Tularosa, New Mexico). For more information on the events, please visit www.lvms.com/bullring/ and www.WhiteSandsSpeedway.com .

Garrett Alberson would like to thank all of his sponsors including Deetz Racing, Batteries Plus, Rio Grande Foot Clinic, Argyle Welding Supply Co., Wehrs Machine, J. Craig’s Tile Company, Indy Screen Print, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Garrett Alberson please visit www.GarrettAlberson.com.

R.J. Johnson & Clauson Among Copper on Dirt Champions!

March 4th, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. – R.J. Johnson put a stop to Byan Clauson’s reign of Canyon Speedway Park domination by winning Saturday night’s Sixth Annual Copper on Dirt 30-lap main event in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car ranks after Clauson had earlier completed a sweep of the weekend’s USAC Western States Midget action atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.

While Phoenix native Johnson bested the Sprint Car ranks and Clauson conquered the Midgets, Garrett Alberson took Copper on Dirt honors in West Coast Late Model action with George Fronsman victorious in IMCA Modified competition.

After starting from the second row inside, Johnson took the lead away from Bruce St. James on the second round and led the rest of the way for Copper on Dirt honors in the 30-lap USAC/CRA feature aboard the Martin owned Weiler Farms/Pecon Builders to deny Clauson his ninth CSP triumph in ten feature starts.

Johnson took the checkered flag ahead of front row outside starter Nic Faas, with Clauson settling for the show position. Damion Gardner climbed from 12th to fourth, with Ryan Bernal charging from 19th to round out the top five. Bud Kaeding, 18th-starter Hunter Schuerenberg, 17th-starter Rickie Gaunt, Charles Davis, Jr., and Brody Roa completed the top ten.

Starting from the front row outside, Clauson completed a sweep of the weekend’s USAC Western States Midget Copper on Dirt action after chasing Kody Swanson for the opening 18 rounds of the 25-lapper. Clauson took command on the 19th circuit aboard the Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian No. 39 and beat Rico Abreu to the stripe, with fast qualifier Christopher Bell rebounding from an early spin to claim the show position. R.J. Johnson was fourth, with Kyle Larson showing up in time to tag the field and race from 21st to round out the top five.

Alberson bested the West Coast Late Models by racing from the second row inside to take the checkered flag in front of reigning series champion Clay Daly, with Anthony Madrid, Nick Bartels and Tony Torte rounding out the top five.

George Fronsman raced from the pole position to take top IMCA Modified honors ahead of 10th-starter Anthony Madrid with Guy Norton, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Brandon Eichelberger rounding out the top five.

Canyon Speedway Park kicks off the 2013 regular season on Saturday night, March 16, with a card that features the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars along with Micro Sprints, Challenge Cup Sprint Cars and Southwest Mod Lites.

6th “Copper On Dirt” Showcases Sprints & Sprints & Midgets Friday/Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

February 28th, 2013

The AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and USAC Western Midgets open their 2013 campaigns in this weekend’s 6th “Copper on Dirt” events at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Defending USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson and five-time consecutive USAC/CRA Sprint Car king Mike Spencer, plus Western Midget Champion Shannon McQueen are all gearing up for the 1/3-mile dirt oval, which also sports West Coast Late Model and IMCA Modified competition.

Clauson is expected to compete in both events of the USAC “doubleheader” after posting an AMSOIL USAC National Sprint win at Ocala, Fla. last Thursday night. Hunter Schuerenberg, USAC’s brand-new AMSOIL National Sprint Car leader after three “top-four” finishes at Ocala, also is expected to compete at Peoria.

Clauson has now won at least one USAC National victory every year since his debut in 2005. McQueen posted more than a dozen “top-10” finishes on her way to the 2012 Western Midget crown. She also was the recipient of the prestigious “Kara Hendrick Award” from Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winners Circle last year. Spencer became the first USAC driver in history to win five consecutive series titles with his 2012 championship. He scored nine victories during the 2012 CRA campaign.

Clauson owns five USAC victories at Canyon Speedway Park, including three already this year! He also scored two USAC National wins in 2011.

Last November’s USAC Midget feature at Canyon Speedway Park went to Kyle Larson.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information, please contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

R.J. Johnson Wins Thriller at Canyon

February 11th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – In the most dramatic finish of the new season, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix claimed Saturday’s “Winter Challenge” daytime main event. Narrowly holding off a last corner surge to the finish by Jon Stanbrough, the $2,000 victory snapped Bryan Clauson’s four race win streak at Canyon Speedway Park. Following Johnson to the checkered flags were Stanbrough, Ryan Bernal, Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Pelkey.

Officially leading all 30-laps, Johnson’s wire-to-wire victory does not tell the whole story. Rescheduled from the January 26th rainout, 30 drivers signed in to battle at Kevin Montgomery’s 1/3-mile facility. With five-time Arizona Champion Jeremy Sherman and Johnson pacing the 22 car main event, it was R.J. that grabbed the early lead. Also looking for his first “Winter Challenge” triumph, fourth starting Davis charged past Sherman to claim second on the opening lap.

As drivers searched for racing room on the tricky surface, Johnson reached slower traffic at the halfway point. Clauson was on the move from sixth, taking third from Sherman and giving chase after Davis. Two laps later, Bryan powered to second and was looking for more. Johnson continued to lead the way as track conditions were changing and tire management would become a factor.

Within a few laps, the battle for the lead began to heat up. Clauson drove deep into the turns as R.J.’s machine rocketed off the corners. Both drivers were on the throttle, racing harder with every turn and smoke peeling off the right rear tires. Clauson managed a great drive and shot past Johnson for the lead. It was not to be as caution lights flashed over the speedway for debris.

Back to lap twenty-one, Johnson set the pace on the restart with Clauson on his rear bumper. Resuming his bid for the lead, Bryan was all over former Arizona Midget Champion. R.J. held tough and began to inch away from the USAC National Champion. Fighting through the lapped cars, Sherman had reclaimed third and Stanbrough was up to fourth. Four laps later, a flip by Bud Kaeding brought out a red flag and stopped the action. After battling for seventh, Bud walked away uninjured and was done for the race.

Johnson had a great restart and opened up his lead as Clauson was in pursuit. Coming to the white flag, Bryan’s right rear tire popped and Sherman pulled off the speedway. Now in second, Stanbrough closed the gap and had one last shot at Johnson. With checkered flags waving, Jon dove to the inside and blasted off the final corner to a photo finish at the line. Track officials had confirmed that Johnson had held on by a narrow margin and scored the victory.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, R.J. Johnson won his first main event of 2013. After running fourteenth the previous night, the second generation driver ran third in his heat race and would have his sights on the night’s $5,000-to-win finale.

Avon, Indiana’s Jon Stanbrough made a valiant charge behind the wheel of Shon Deskins’ #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry. After claiming second in his heat race, the controversial ending was the veteran’s second straight runner-up finish of the Winter Challenge. With extra prize money on the line, Stanbrough would be a favorite in the night finale at CSP.

After scoring fourth on Friday, Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California came home third from eleventh. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal was second to Clauson in his heat race. Bernal won last year’s Grudge Series title at Canyon and could be in the mix for the $5,000 victory.

Buckeye’s Charles Davis Jr. ran fourth in Saturday’s early main event. Piloting the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, the five-time Arizona Champion won the first 8-lap heat race of the program. Davis scored fifth the previous night and leads a strong Arizona roster chasing the Winter Challenge crown.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria had his best run of the Winter Challenge with a fifth place showing. After crashing the Reagles #4JR on Friday, the former “Copper State” Champion returned to Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC. Pelkey claimed fourth in his heat race and could challenge in the night time main event.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex earned the program’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run after starting twenty-first. Driving his #1AZ Pro Tech Coatings / KSE Custom Drywall Maxim, the young driver has struggled in Winter Challenge and claimed fifth in his heat race. Sussex is another hard charger looking to battle for a Canyon feature win.

Surprise’s Jeremy Sherman won his second heat race of the Winter Challenge and ran up front before dropping out of the feature. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Mammoth Sound / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Jeremy scored seventeenth in the day race. “The Shermanator” will be looking to rebound and claim the $5,000 main event.

Rocklin, California’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou won the show’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting Jack Hockett’s #77 Lucas Oil / ParkerStore of Phoenix DRC, USAC National driver finished sixth in the main event. With Jack Yeley turning the wrenches, Ballou is among the drivers in the mix for the Winter Challenge crown.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana leads all drivers with his third heat race in as many shows. Driving Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, the Western World Champion battled for the lead before losing a tire. With two Winter Challenge victories under his belt, Clauson is the heavy favorite to score the Winter Challenge title and the $5,000 feature.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd won the first 10-lap semi-main. Piloting the family’s #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the former USAC West Coast Champion was eighth in the feature after starting thirteenth. Vander Weerd was third in his heat race and has three top-10 finishes on the season.

Jason Grady of Farmington, New Mexico claimed the second 10-lap semi-main of the program. Racing his #45 RSS Industries / Revis Auto Finish entry, Grady placed thirteenth in the main event and ran fifth in his heat race.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817)

Ward wins round two for IMCA Modifieds at Canyon

February 10th, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. – Tim Ward rallied from eight rows deep to top the IMCA Modified main event in round two of the Winter Challenge Series at Canyon Speedway Park.

Ward raced from the 15th starting position to win the 25-lapper Friday night, holding off a determined Jason Noll at the finish.

The $1,000 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying checkers came in front of third starter Noll with 14th-starter George Fronsman taking the show position.

“I got around the bottom and made pretty good time there,” Ward said following his first feature win of 2013. “I was on the outside for the last couple of restarts and found out it was pretty good up there.”

He caught Noll for second and then D.J. Wood for the lead following a restart. Ward ran in front the last five times around the track, forced to return to the lower line by a lapped car and then crossing the stripe virtually side-by-side with Noll.

Jesse Sobbing and Shane Thome both charged from the tenth row to round out the top five.

The parade of new winners continued as Ryan Roath and William Gould took their turns Saturday in victory lane at Canyon Speedway Park.

Roath topped the afternoon feature for IMCA Modifieds while Gould was first to the checkers in the evening event.

Each race paid $1,000 to win; Roath and Gould are both new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

The fifth and final transfer from his “B,” Roath raced from the 21st starting position to take afternoon honors. Planning to test and tune an engine for this weekend’s Winter Nationals at Cocopah, he’d gotten to the track late and finished
fifth in his heat despite having no rear brake.

That situation was remedied when his father bought brake pads at an auto parts store on the way to the track. Roath moved steadily toward the front while avoiding early collisions in the feature, switching to the middle groove following a restart to move from 10th to fourth in a single circuit.

He was running third when frontrunners Jesse Sobbing and Cory Sample got together, then led the last six times around the track. “It was nice to have rear brakes on a super dry slick track,” he said. Gould, George Fronsman, Sobbing and 14th-starting D.J. Wood rounded out the top five.

After running third most of the way in the evening show, Gould caught Fronsman for
the lead on the final set of turns.

He’d started outside the front row but promptly fell back to fifth. Staying close, Gould made his run out of turn two, finally getting the lead and bringing Sobbing along to second when Fronsman left the bottom lane open.”

“It was a good night for us, and a good week when it wasn’t raining,” Gould said, referencing the three Canyon events lost earlier to inclement weather.

Shane Thome and Anthony Madrid rounded out the top five.

Gould was back at work in South Texas on Monday morning while his crew was working on the car at the shop in Calera, Okla.

They’ll meet late Wednesday in Abilene and complete the trip to Cocopah Speedway for the final three series races Feb. 7-9. Thursday and Friday features both pay $750 to win while Saturday’s Winter Nationals finale pays $3,000.

Clauson Collects More Winter Challenge Loot!

February 7th, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. – Bryan Clauson continued his mastery of the Canyon Speedway Park 1/3-mile clay oval by racing to victory lane once again in Friday night’s 30-lap Winter Challenge feature event pitting the non-wing Sprint Cars of the USAC Southwest versus the USAC West Coast.

After winning Wednesday night’s Winter Challenge opener aboard Mike Martin’s Ultimate Offroad No. 16b, Friday’s triumph marked the fourth consecutive CSP victory for the Noblesville, IN, racer after topping last November’s Western World Championships. Friday’s triumph was worth another $2,000.

With Clauson taking top Sprint Cars honors, Tim Ward rallied from eight rows deep to top the IMCA Modified main event with Bo Partain victorious in Pure Stocks and Dustin Cormany besting the Micro Sprints.

While Jimmy Crawford led the initial pair of circuits of the Sprint Car feature from the front row outside, Jon Stanbrough took command on the third round and led the way until seventh-starter Clauson battled into the top spot on the 12th lap.

Clauson led the rest of the way in front of Stanbrough, with Robert Ballou rebounding from a Wednesday night flip to claim the show position. Ryan Bernal was fourth, with Charles Davis, Jr., charging from 17th to round out the top five.

Tim Ward raced from the 15th starting position to win the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature event in front of third-starter Jason Noll with 14th-starter George Fronsman taking the show position. Jesse Sobbing and Shane Thome both charged from the tenth row to round out the top five.

Bo Partain took advantage of the pole starting position to beat Chris McCurdy, Jr., and Lee Morrell to the stripe in Pure Stock action, with Dustin Cormany advancing from fifth to win the Mini Sprint feature in front of Cliff Cormany and Kyle Shipley.

Winter Challenge action concludes on Saturday with a double dip of action featuring USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Micro Sprints. The first event gets under way at 12:00 p.m., with the $5,000-to-win Sprint Car nightcap going green at 7:00 p.m.

Fourth time a charm as Madrid conquers Winter Challenge Series opener

February 2nd, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. After three straight rainouts, Anthony Madrid parked it in victory lane following the opening night Winter Challenge Series feature for IMCA Modifieds at Canyon Speedway Park.

Madrid raced to the $1,000 win, passing long-time leader William Gould on the 25th and final circuit. He took the checkers about half a car length ahead of Gould.

After starting ninth, Madrid fell back as far as 14th in the field of 22 before working his way back toward the front.

He restarted third following a caution with 10 laps left, was quickly into second and began challenging Gould for the lead.

With the white flag out, Gould got high on turn two. Madrid pulled ahead as the front pair drag raced down the backstretch, ducking low on the final turn and eking out the victory, his second of 2013.

“So far we’ve had a pretty good season,” said Madrid, already on the ballot for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “I raced side-by-side with Gould for most of 10 laps and we never touched once.”

Tim Ward climbed from 15th to capture the show position.

2012 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champion Jesse Sobbing was fourth with 2012 track points runner-up Jason Noll rounding out the top five.

Inclement weather forced cancellation of Jan. 25-27 Winter Challenge Series events. Canyon hosts three more dates, one on Feb. 1 and a pair on Feb. 2, before series.

Clauson Conquers in Winter Challenge Opener at CSP!

February 1st, 2013

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz.- Reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, IN, kicked off the 2013 wingless Sprint Car season by wiring the field in Wednesday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast main event as the Winter Challenge finally got under way atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

After Mother Nature washed out the initial trio of scheduled events this past weekend, Clauson redrew the front row outside of the main event after winning his heat race and led all the way to collect the $2,000 winner’s share aboard Mike
Martin’s No. 16b machine, the same car that he drove to victory lane in last November’s Western World Championships.

While Clauson took victory honors in the Sprint Car ranks, Anthony Madrid parked it in victory lane in IMCA Modified action.

Clauson was chased to the stripe by multi-time Arizona champion Jeremy Sherman, who advanced from eighth, with pole starter Bruce St. James claiming the show position. Richard Vander Weerd raced from the 20th starting position to fourth at the finish, with Mike Martin rounding out the top five. Defending Arizona champion Charles Davis, Jr., advanced from deep in the field as well by racing from 17th to sixth.

The red flag flew 16 laps into the Sprint Car feature for an incident that forced Jace Vander Weerd and Michael Curtis pitside, with third-runner Robert Ballou flipping the Hockett Racing mount in turn one soon after.

In the IMCA Modified ranks, Madrid raced from the ninth starting position to win the 25-lap feature in front of William Gould with Tim Ward climbing from 15th to claim the show position. Jesse Sobbing, the 2012 IMCA Northern Sport Mod National champion was fourth, with 2012 track points runner-up Jason Noll rounding out the top five.

Winter Challenge action featuring the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Non-Wing Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds continues on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a double dip to follow on Saturday with the first card at noon and then the $5,000-to-win finale at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Challenge Washed Out on Sunday

January 29th, 2013

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – Excessive rain over the course of the weekend has forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Winter Challenge event at Canyon Speedway Park featuring the USAC Southwest vs. West Coast wingless Sprint Car Series.

It marks the third consecutive day that inclement weather has put a stop to the initial outdoor Sprint Car racing event of the season in the country at the 1/3-mile clay oval after previoius rainouts on Friday and Saturday.

Winter Challenge action with USAC Southwest versus USAC West Coast Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints and Pure Stocks will finally go green on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., with action continuing on Friday before wrapping up with a Saturday double dip at noon and then 7:00 p.m.

The remaining 2013 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:
Tuesday, January 29 – Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament at Brunswick Lanes
Wednesday, January 30 – Round 4 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 31 – Octane Raceway Go-Karts
Friday, February 1 – Round 5 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 2 – Round 2 Makeup (Gates open at 10:00 a.m., Racing at 12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 2 – Round 6 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)

Ticket pricing and purchasing information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Complete payout and race information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 623-853-1313.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2013 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

Mother Nature Nixes Winter Challenge Opener

January 26th, 2013

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – Mother Nature proved too tough to tame with persistent rain washing out the opening leg of Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge on Friday night.

Round Two of the Winter Challenge featuring the wingless Sprint Cars of the USAC Southwest versus the USAC West Coast Series along with IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints and Pure Stocks is still on as scheduled for Saturday with gates opening at 3:00 p.m. and racing action going green at 5:00 p.m.

Winter Challenge action continues on Sunday at the same time with Round Three, with the final three rounds set for Wednesday (January 30), Friday (Feb. 1) and Saturday (Feb. 2). Sunday’s card offers up a $3,000 to win Sprint Car winner’s share, with the February 2 Winter Challenge finale a $5,000-to-win shootout. The other rounds are all $2,000 to win.

The remaining 2013 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:

Saturday, January 26 – Round 2 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, January 27 – Round 3 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Monday, January 28 – Coyotes vs. Predators NHL game at Jobing.com Arena

Tuesday, January 29 – Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament at Brunswick Lanes

Wednesday, January 30 – Round 4 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 31 – Octane Raceway Go-Karts

Friday, February 1 – Round 5 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, February 2 – Round 6 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Ticket pricing and purchasing information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Complete payout and race information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 623-853-1313.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2013 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

Winter Challenge Fires Off Friday at CSP!

January 25th, 2013

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. – Race fans and competitors can get an early jump on the outdoor racing season as Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge fires off this Friday atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.

Friday’s card marks the first of six events over the course of nine days featuring the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds.

There will be plenty to keep everyone occupied on the off days as well, with fans and competitors alike invited to participate in outings to a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game, bowling and go kart racing.

On track action at CSP gets under way this weekend with three consecutive nights of action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Friday and Saturday cards both offer up $2,000-to-win Sprint Car feature events with Sunday’s main event a $3,000-to-win affair.

After a pair of idle days, action resumes with another $2,000-to-win card on Wednesday, January 30, before concluding on Friday and Saturday, February 1-2. There will be another $2,000-to-win up for grabs on Friday, February 1, with the
February 2 Winter Challenge finale offering up a lucrative $5,000 winner’s share.

With six days of racing action over nine days, next week’s ‘idle’ deals will in all reality be anything but idle.

Following this weekend’s initial three rounds of Winter Challenge action, there will be a group outing on Monday, January 28, to the Phoenix Coyotes NHL hockey game versus the Nashville Predators at Glendale’s Jobing.com Arena. Tickets are $55 per person and must RSVP to track promoter Kevin Montgomery by Wednesday, January 23, to secure tickets.

Tuesday night will be a Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament at Brunswick Lanes at 17210 North 59th Avenue in Glendale. There will be teams of five at $10 per person. Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible.

Then, after Winter Challenge Round Four next Wednesday, action shifts to Octane Raceway at 17 South 48th Street in Phoenix on Thursday, January 31, for some go kart racing from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per race for the first two races and $10 for the third.

All activities are open to everyone.

A stellar cast of contenders is expected for the six-race series including defending Winter Challenge champion Tracy Hines, reigning USAC National champion Bryan Clauson, defending Arizona champion Charles Davis, Jr., and USAC Southwest titlist Bud Kaeding among others. Hines topped three of six legs of last year’s Winter Challenge, with Charles Davis, Jr., bagging a pair of wins and Jon Stanbrough scoring once.

The 2013 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:

Thursday, January 24 – Open Practice 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25 – Round 1 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, January 26 – Round 2 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 27 – Round 3 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)
Monday, January 28 – Coyotes vs. Predators NHL game at Jobing.com Arena
Tuesday, January 29 – Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament at Brunswick Lanes
Wednesday, January 30 – Round 4 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 31 – Octane Raceway Go-Karts
Friday, February 1 – Round 5 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 2 – Round 6 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Six-day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing and purchasing information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Complete payout and race information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 623-853-1313.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2013 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

IMCA Modified winner earns $3,000 at Canyon’s Desert Classic

November 4th, 2011

PEORIA, Ariz.– Canyon Speedway Park’s 23rd annual Desert Classic special will showcase the best IMCA Modified drivers from around the ButlerBuilt Western Region as well as travelers from across the country this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.

Saturday’s main event pays $3,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

The Friday program boasts a full night of racing with the qualifying feature winner picking up $750. The top six finishers that evening will be locked into the Desert Classic pole dash for Saturday’s big show.

An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Pit passes are $20 and grandstand admission is free.

Pit passes go on sale at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps follow the 5:50 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Spectator admission both nights is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel with ID and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.

Home state hotshoe Terry Belcher Jr. etched his name into the history books by winning the 2010 edition of the Classic. Belcher is anticipated to return and defend his title against open wheel standouts from around the region and nation.

Additional information is posted on the track website, www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.