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Stevie Sussex Leads USAC Southwest SPrints to Cocopha Speedway

April 22nd, 2016

For the second time in series history, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway this Saturday, April 23rd. The fourth point race will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing at the fast 3/8-mile facility will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

On his way to his third series crown, R.J. Johnson won the April 11, 2015 debut at Cocopah Speedway. Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five and Nick Aiuto earned “best passing job” honors with a fifteenth to seventh place run.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a ten point advantage over the competition. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran sixth at the April 9th “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie is currently tied for fourth in SouthWest wins and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season at Queen Creek’s “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the three-time champion has two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th feature win at Yuma.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Johnson at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles ranks second with 13 main event wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

After running third at Queen Creek, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin has posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. With five SouthWest triumphs, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on the hometown victory.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is ranked fifth in the championship points. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey charged from nineteenth to score eighth at the April 9th “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the 1997 ASCA Champion has two hard charger awards and two top-10 finishes on the
year. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to claim his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Matt Rossi, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Tom Ogle, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Shon Deskins, Michael Curtis, and more.

Cocopah Speedway is located at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona. Adult tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $13, Skybox tickets are $30, and Kids (12 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

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

Thornton tops IMCA Modified finale at Winter Nationals

February 16th, 2016

SOMERTON, Ariz. – The Thornton Express rolled on Saturday at Cocopah Speedway.

Ricky Thornton Jr. raced from 13th starting to win the final Winter Nationals feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

The $3,000 win was already Thornton’s fifth of the season, all of them coming at Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot qualifying events. He’s now won 83 times in his IMCA career, tied for 66th on the all-time list for the Modified division.

Runner-up was Mike Jergens. Lance Mari, Ryan McDaniel and 21st starting Hunter Marriott rounded out the top five.

Mari and Jergens had battled over the front spot as Thornton used the top side to work his way ahead.

The top three had separated themselves from the rest of the field by the time Thornton took charge. He went on to take the victory by five car lengths.

Total car counts topped 100 both Friday and Saturday, with 60-plus Modifieds from 14 states and Canada entered each night.

After starting Winter Nationals with back-to-back third-place finishes, Nebraska’s Justin Zeitner won a second straight Modified main event, and another $1,000, on Friday.

Zeitner started from the pole and led all 25 laps of a caution-free contest. Dylan Smith, himself no stranger to victory lane at Cocopah, was second while Thornton was third.

Cody Laney and Ryan Gaylord were scored next as the top five finishing positions were filled by drivers from different states.

“I had to protect the bottom. Dylan and Ricky were right there if I messed up,” said Zeitner, who ran in lapped traffic before taking the checkers. “When I left home I had the goal of making the show every night and we’ve drawn pretty good since we got here. I’m going to keep riding the wave we’re on.”

Andrew Altenburg beat Manny Baldiviez and Greg Wichman to the stripe in the Friday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Joe White was the winner on Saturday, in front of Jimmy Davy and Baldiviez.

Scott Shaw, Jim Robinson and Brent Wofford were the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock top three on Friday. Robin­son topped the Saturday show ahead of Aaron Norman while Wofford repeated his third place run.

Bakersfield, Calif., drivers filled the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod podium on Friday, with Wayne Dotson winning in front of Gary Dutton and Nick Spainhoward. Levi Kiefer, another Bakersfield hotshoe, was the Saturday winner. Spainhoward was second and Chris Toth took third.

Zeitner collects top IMCA Modified cash at midweek Winter Nationals show

February 10th, 2016

SOMERTON, Ariz. ­– Nebraskan Justin Zeitner was the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fied main event winner at Cocopah Speedway’s midweek Winter Nationals show.

Zeitner captured the $1,000 checkers from his outside row one start Tuesday night, taking the lead on the first of 25 circuits and staying in front through a series of cautions.

The first-time feature winner and new Fast Shafts All-Star ballot qualifier took the checkers ahead of Tim Ward, Nick Deal, Tony Wedelstadt and R.C. Whit­well.

“I got a pretty good jump at the start and it was smooth sailing,” said Zeitner, who won in a GRT ride that was displayed on Manufacturers’ Row at last September’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “It’s feels pretty good to have won that race and it’s pretty cool to be on the All-Star ballot.”

“I’m proud of what I did but it was more for the people back home,” he continued. “I’ve got a lot of people behind me and it was neat to see all the posts on Facebook.”

Total car count for round three of Winter Nationals was nearly 90 with 49 Modifieds entered from 13 states and Canada. Ten states were represented in the feature.

Pole starter Jon Courchaine was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, with eighth starting Andrew Altenburg and Greg Wichman in tow.

Levi Kiefer raced from seventh starting to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Aus­tin Frye was second and Chris Toth third.

Bob Horton collected his second IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win in three Winter Nationals starts. Scott Shaw and Jason Beshears rounded out the top three.

All four divisions return to Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13 cards at Cocopah. Modifieds vie for another $1,000 top check on Friday and for $3,000 on Saturday.

Marriott, Thornton are fastest on opening weekend of Winter Nationals

February 9th, 2016

SOMERTON, Ariz. – Hunter Marriott and Ricky Thornton Jr. both continued their early season Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified success with $1,000 feature wins on the opening weekend of Winter Nationals at Cocopah Speedway.

Marriott topped Friday’s main event after starting third; Lance Mari, Justin Zeitner, Ethan Dotson and David Murray Jr. rounded out the top five. Thornton raced from sixth in winning ahead of Dot­son, Zeitner, Paul Stone and Dylan Smith on Saturday.

More than 60 Modifieds from 15 states and Canada saw action at Cocopah and total car counts topped 100 both nights.

Marriott and Thornton were already on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. They’d combined to dominate the January Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park with Thornton picking up three wins and Marriott winning the other two events.

Joey Essary took the Friday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers ahead of Race Fisher and Manny Baldiviez. Greg Wichman led fellow Wisconsin hotshoe Jon Courchaine and Minnesotan Andrew Altenburg across the stripe on Saturday.

Wayne Dotson, Gary Dutton and Sonny Wahl ran 1-2-3 in the first night feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Fred Ryland ruled on Saturday, with Garrett Jernagan second and Levi Kiefer third.

First in the Friday feature for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks was Bob Horton. Canadian Scott Shaw was second and Jason Beshears scored third. Shaw, Brent Wofford and Jim Robinson were Satur­day’s top three.

Round three of Winter Nationals is Tuesday, Feb. 9. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

All four divisions are back on the track Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. Saturday’s Modified main event totes a $3,000 top prize.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night of Winter Nationals.

RJ Johnson Continues Winning Ways at Yuma

April 17th, 2015

YUMA, AZ –Taking the lead from polesitter Shon Deskins on the fifth lap, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix claimed Saturday’s main event at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was his second consecutive triumph as the series heads to Queen Creek on April 18th. Matt Rossi, Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey followed the two-time champion to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson claimed third in his heat race and ranked fourth out of eighteen racers in passing points. Starting fourth in the feature, Johnson earned his series leading twenty-fourth victory. The Hank Arnold Memorial winner added Cocopah Speedway to his win list and has taken over the points lead. To date, the second generation driver has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit.

South Central’s Matt Rossi charged from eighth to claim second at Cocopah Speedway. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored fifth in his heat race and was seated eighth in passing points. The Western World Champion heads to Arizona Speedway sitting fourth in championship points with one hard charger award and two top-10 finishes.

After leading the first four circuits, Shon Deskins of Phoenix claimed third in Saturday’s main event. Driving his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran fifth in his heat race and placed sixth in the nightly passing points. The veteran driver left Yuma ranked sixth in series points with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Peoria’s Mike Colegrove had a strong night at Yuma with a fourth place run in the feature. Piloting his #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars machine, Colegrove ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Mike is currently eighth in the SouthWest standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria charged from twelfth to score fifth in the series debut at Yuma. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished sixth in his heat race and ranked twelfth in the nightly passing points. The former ASCA Champion heads to Queen Creek seated fifth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

Camp Verde’s Nick Aiuto earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto finished eighth in his heat race and ranked eighteenth in the nightly passing points. The veteran driver left Cocopah Speedway placed nineteenth in points with one top-10 finish on the year.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye earned the night’s high point driver award. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the second 8-lap heat race from fourth and ran eighth in the main event. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is currently third in points with two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the program’s first 8-lap heat race at his hometown track. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin was seated third in passing points and claimed ninth in the feature. The former Hall of Fame Classic Champion is seventh in championship points with one high point driver award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

This Saturday, April 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. The “3rd Annual Spring Fling” 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).

Smith returns to winning ways in Winter Nationals finale at Cocopah

February 16th, 2015

SOMERTON, Ariz.– A week after a pair of uncharacteristic finishes, Dylan Smith got back in his groove at Cocopah Speedway.

Smith outran R.C. Whitwell for the $3,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified checkers in the fourth and final Winter Nationals show Saturday at Somerton.

The front pair had run door-to-door in the final turn before Smith pulled ahead of Whitwell, the $1,000 winner on Friday. Sixty Modifieds vied on opening night, 57 in the finale.

Smith’s victory landed the fleet Nebraskan on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and was his IMCA career 98th win. Four of those earlier victories came in as many Winter Nationals events last February. Smith had run no worse than fifth in nine career Cocopah starts before posting sixth and 11th place finishes on Feb. 6 and 7, respectively.

“We definitely ended the weekend on a high note,” Smith said after the 30-lapper. “I started sixth, was able to get up to third real quick and then passed Tim Ward for second. We had a restart on about lap eight, I was able to get by Ricky Thornton Jr. and led the rest of the way. The car was good all weekend and lapped traffic kind of helped me out.”

Whitwell qualified for the feature field by winning his ‘B’ feature and had to work his way up after starting 14th.

Thornton, Ward and Jeff Taylor completed the top five. Smith will return home to the Midwest to chase career wins 99 and 100 at Beatrice Speedway’s Spring Nationals and Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge before the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly point season begins.

“Cocopah fits my driving style and it always gets you in a good mood to go down there where it’s warm in the winter,” he said. “We’d tried some different things (with setup) last weekend and went back to some of the things we’d run before this weekend.”

Whitwell jumped out to big leads twice in the Friday show, after the initial start and again following the single caution near midway.

“The car was pretty good,” said Whitwell, also winner of the Feb. 6 Winter Nationals feature. “I had a pretty good lead but the caution actually worked to my advantage because it took out the lapped traffic. There were about 10 cars I was trying to work my way through and that put them back behind me.”

Shawn Strand, Taylor, Tyler Mecl and Smith were next across the stripe.

Winners of IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features were Andrew Altenburg and Manny Baldiviez. Leon­ard Mason topped both Friday and Saturday IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main events while Chris Toth and Nick Spainhoward were the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winners.

Jon Courchaine and Tony Hill rounded out Friday’s Stock Car top three. Hill and Jimmy Davy chased Baldiviez to the Saturday checkers.

Leonard Jones ran second in both Hobby mains. Tim Whitehead was third on Friday while Jason Beshears filled the show position on Saturday.

Spainhoward was the SportMod runner-up and Miles Morris was third on opening night.

Smith continues Cocopah success with second Winter Nationals Modified sweep

February 19th, 2014

SOMERTON, Ariz.– Different weekend, same results. Dylan Smith returned to Cocopah Speedway to complete his four-race sweep of Winter Nationals, earning $1,000 for his Friday night IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win and $3,000 for the Saturday checkers.

He’d also gone south to Somerton to win $1,000 features on Feb. 7 and 8.

“On Saturday I matched the total I won the first three races at Cocopah so it was a pretty good night,” said Smith, who will spend part of that bounty fixing his hauler, which broke down last Thursday in Arizona. “We raced with a lot of good guys down here. I hope we can keep winning races when we start racing at home in Nebraska.”

Smith won from seventh starting on Friday and from 10th on Saturday. The victories were his IMCA career 91st and 92nd. Tim Ward, Justen Yeager, Scott Drake and R.C. Whitwell completed Friday’s top five. Chasing Smith across the stripe on Saturday were Drake, Winter Challenge Series champion Ricky Thornton Jr., Jesse Sobbing and Zane DeVilbiss.

Ward and Yeager had started to pull away from the rest of the field in Friday’s 25-lapper before Smith used the high line to reel the frontrunners in. Passing Yeager with seven laps to go and then Ward with five laps to go, Smith led the rest of the distance in a fast-paced contest that ran caution free.

“It was an exciting race and it got over quick,” he said. “You can’t ask for much more than that.” Smith had his work cut out again for him Saturday after starting in the row behind Drake and alongside Sobbing.

Again using the high side, Smith passed Sobbing, Ryan Roath and finally Drake to gain the lead just eight circuits into the 30-lap feature. The first of two cautions came just before midway, then second with four laps remaining. Drake tried to make his move on the bottom but couldn’t complete the pass.

More than 40 Modified drivers from nine states took to the track during Valentine’s Weekend at Cocopah. Brock Beeter also ran his Winter Nationals streak to four with a second weekend sweep of IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winners were Rick Diaz and Ben Kates.

IMCA Modifieds chase $3,000 top prize in Cocopah Winter Nationals weekend finale

February 13th, 2014

SOMERTON, Ariz. – The biggest Winter Nationals paycheck and an IMCA Xtreme Mo­tor Sports Modified series championship are at stake this weekend at Cocopah Speedway.

After running for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start their Friday, Feb. 14 feature, sanc­tioned Modifieds vie for a $3,000 top prize in the Saturday, Feb. 15 Winter Nationals finale.

Taking the green flag on Saturday pays a minimum of $300. Weekend events at Somerton also conclude the 10-date Winter Challenge Series and Ricky Thornton of Chandler returns to town with a 27-point advantage over Tim Ward of Gilbert in the race for that crown.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $350 to win each night.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded and Modified features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Season pass holders, Skybox ticket and suite ticket holders will be admitted beginning at 3:30 p.m. The main gate opens at 4 p.m.

General admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel, $5 for juniors ages 6-12, and children six and under get in free. Cocopah offers a Valentine’s special on Friday with admission just $5 that night for all ladies.

Pit passes are $30.

Information about Winter Nationals is posted on the www.cocopahspeedway.com website or availa­ble from promoter Greg Burgess at 928 344-1563 or by emailing greg@cocopahspeedway.com.

Dylan Smith of Osceola, Neb., swept Winter Nationals Modified features last weekend. Brock Beeter of Minot, N.D., won both Hobby Stock events while Ben Kates of Tongan­oxie, Kan., and Chris Toth of Holtville, Calif., were the Northern SportMod winners.

Seventy-five Modified drivers from 15 different states have competed at one or more of the first eight Winter Challenge Series events. The first six of those races were held at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria.

Smith sweeps Winter Nationals IMCA Modified features at Cocopah

February 12th, 2014

SOMERTON, Ariz. – Despite his lengthy record of success, Dylan Smith has never started a race season quite like this. Smith swept weekend IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Winter Nationals features at Cocopah Speedway, earning $1,000 for each of his Friday and Saturday night victories.

“It’s a great way to start the season,” said the former national champion and defending IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s king. “I’ve never won right out of the box like this before. It was kind of different for me.” Smith started Friday’s 25-lapper from outside row two and passed pole starter Kent Rosevear for the lead on the fifth circuit. Sixth starting R.C. Whitwell moved up to challenge on the inside before Smith took the faster lower line away.

After encountering lapped traffic with eight to go, frontrunners were forced to use all three grooves to negotiate their way through the field. Smith took the win ahead of Whitwell, Marlyn Seidler, Justen Yeager and Ricky Thornton Jr. Yeager and Thornton both advanced 10 places from their spots on the initial grid.

Saturday’s Modified main at Somerton was 30 laps and after starting third, Smith led the last 22 times around the oval. He was catching up with the back of the pack and was forced to evade a spinning car that brought out the caution just before midway. Smith again used the lower line to his advantage to drive through lapped traffic and collect his 90th IMCA career feature win.

Thornton, the top driver in Winter Challenge Series point standings, ran a close second. Scott Drake, Jesse Sobbing and Yeager completed the top five. Brock Beeter won both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features at Cocopah while Ben Kates and Chris Toth split Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod top honors.

All three divisions are in action again Feb. 14 and 15 for Winter Nationals finales. Friday’s Modified main pays $1,000 to win while Saturday’s checkers are good for $3,000. Both events are also 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.

The Demon Damion Gardner Goes Wire-to Wire at Yama

April 24th, 2013

YUMA, AZ – In his first start at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California won Friday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car main event. Gardner led all 30-laps to claim his series leading 42nd victory ahead of Nic Faas, Mike Spencer, Bud Kaeding, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Damion Gardner was second fast in time trials, fourth in his heat race, and won the 6-lap dash. Starting from the pole position, the 2005 Champion powered to his first win of the year and first with Alexander. To date, Damion has one heat race victory, five top-5 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit.

Gardner’s teammate, Huntington Beach, California’s Nic Faas ran second after starting fifth at Cocopah Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and broke his 1-lap track record. From there, the point leader was second in his heat race and claimed fifth in the 6-lap dash. Entering Saturday’s race, Nic has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-5
finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the year.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California finished third in the Friday Yuma feature. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth, won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and scored third in the dash. The five-time champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two top-5 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Campbell, California’s Bud Kaeding took fourth at the checkered flags. Piloting the Junior Bowman owned #29 Ultimate Offroad / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Maxim, Kaeding was third quick in time trials, fourth in his heat race, and fourth in the dash. The 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has two top-5 finishes in the campaign.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye earned his second Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an fifth place run from fourteenth. Racing the Gerry Cook owned #4G Lucas Oil / RSS Industries entry, Davis
qualified fourteenth and placed second in his heat race. Currently, the five-time Arizona Champion has two heat race victories and one top-5 finish on the season.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix won his series leading fourth heat race by claiming the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was fifth quick on the night and placed second in the dash. The second generation driver won the “Copper on Dirt” at Canyon Speedway Park and has 29 feature laps led on the year.

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, 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/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Sobbing completes Winter Nationals sweep with $3,000 checkers at Cocopah Speedway

February 12th, 2013

YUMA, Ariz.– What had been billed as Winter Nationals Weekend at Cocopah Speedway became the Jesse Sobbing show.

Sobbing swept the three IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features, topping $750 to win events Thursday and Friday night before capturing the $3,000 checkers on Saturday evening.

“I would have been glad to go down there and win just once,” said Sobbing, also the overall Winter Challenge Series champion. “We had a few weekends like this in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod but we’re still learning the Modified. There’s a lot we have to learn, especially with suspension.”

The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier won his heat race each night. He’d started on the pole and inside row two in the Thursday and Friday features, then raced his way from 10th starting into the lead before midway in
Saturday’s 30-lapper.

George Fronsman finished a distant second. Defending race winner Bobby Hogge IV, Larry Hood and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five.

Jeremy Mills won his ‘B’ feature, passed eight cars and ended in sixth.

Just a couple cautions interrupted the Saturday show. Sobbing followed the middle to bottom line much of the way, going to the higher line to get around slower traffic. He was running with lapped cars on the final circuits.

“The track was pretty slick and dirty. It was my kind of track,” said Sobbing, who makes the switch to a Modified after having won the Northern SportMod national championship a second time in 2012.

Mills, Hood, Jason Noll and Smith completed Friday’s top five.

Sobbing finished fourth three times, then second in Winter Challenge Series races at Canyon Speedway Park that preceded Cocopah events. Drivers from a dozen different states and two Canadian provinces competed over the course of the series.

Ty Rogers won Friday’s Northern SportMod feature. Ben Kates collected the Saturday checkers.

Sobbing scores IMCA Modified career first win in Winter Nationals opener at Cocopah

February 13th, 2013

YUMA, Ariz.– The first night of the Winter Nationals Weekend at Cocopah Speedway saw Jesse Sobbing in victory lane for the first time in his brief IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified career.

Sobbing, the two-time Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champion, drew the pole start and was scored first every time around the track in topping Thursday’s $750 to win main event.

“It was pretty awesome,” he said. “I’d raced four nights at Canyon Speedway Park and did pretty decent. Winning my fifth Modified start was just pretty awesome.” William Gould caught Sobbing for the lead near midway in the 25-lapper but couldn’t hold onto the front spot. He ended the night in second, with Lance Mari, Dylan Smith and Aaron Spangler rounding out the top five.

The Northern SportMod career wins leader with 106 checkers, Sobbing notched his first IMCA Modified win in a new Jet Mod powered by a crate motor. “There’s a heck of a learning curve in this class, especially in setup,” he said. “I hope we can get better. I think we’re on the right track.”

Another $750 to win feature is on the program Friday at Cocopah. The Winter Nationals main event on Saturday pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start, and will be the seventh and final face in the Winter Challenge Series that started
at Canyon. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points are at stake all three nights at Cocopah.

Heat winners were Spangler, Smith, Drake, Seidler, Gould and Sobbing. “B” feature winners were Hood and Mills.

Cocopah’s Winter Nationals finale worth $3,000 to IMCA Modified winner

February 11th, 2013

YUMA, Ariz.– Cocopah Speedway caps the 2013 Winter Challenge Series and its Winter Nationals Weekend with a $3,000 to win, mini­mum $300 to start main event for IMCA Modifieds on Saturday, Feb. 9.

A pair of $750 to win Modified series features are on the docket Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8 at Yuma. The Saturday feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. All applicable points will be awarded each night.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are on the ticket two nights, racing for $350 to win on Friday and $500 to win on Saturday. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Rac­ing National and Allstar Performance Arizona State points will be awarded each evening.

Four dates in the Winter Chal­lenge Series for Modifieds were held at Canyon Speedway Park. Only one of the three events scheduled at Canyon that were rained out was rescheduled; should a driver from the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region win the series title, they’ll now receive pro-rated national and regional bonus points.

A Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6 press conference at the Cocopah Casino plus a fanfest party and car show at the Cocopah Wild River Family Entertainment Center, both adjacent to the speedway, precede the Winter Nation­als Weekend slate.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Co­copah Resort and Conference Center across the street from the track. Dry camping is available at no charge at the speedway.

More information about the Cocopah events, including grandstand admission rates and race night schedules, is avail­able by calling 928 344-1563.