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Dustin Strand Earns First Win of ’17 in Arizona

January 21st, 2017

Grand Forks, North Dakota – Dustin Strand got his first win of the season earlier than ever before by topping a $2,000-to-win Modified feature during the 11th annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway. The victory came in his RealTruck.com #71 Flagstaff Nissan and Subaru/ Millenium Race Car.

“I’ve won bigger paying races in my career, but I’m not sure I’ve won an event that held more meaning and prestige for my team and I,” noted Strand. “This competition is so tough out here, and this event gets so much
attention that it is really something special to start the season by winning an event of this magnitude.”

Dustin Strand opened the 2017 racing season on Saturday, January 7 by traveling to Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) for the 11th annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The opening round found him winning his heat race in both his Super Late Model and his Modified. Feature action saw Strand finishing 10th in the Super Late Model ranks, while bad luck while running 2nd in the Modified relegated him to a 16th-place finish.

On Sunday, January 8 Dustin powered his way to another heat race win in the Modified division from the 4th-starting position. Earning the 2nd-starting position for the $2,000-to-win A-Main, Strand jumped into the lead on the drop of the green flag and never looked bad. Leading all 25-laps, Dustin Strand picked up his first victory of the 2017 campaign, outdueling David McDonald, Matt Leer, Matt Gilbertson, and Shane Sabraski.

Following the 2nd-quickest time in his Super Late Model qualifying group, Dustin locked his spot into the A-Main with a runner-up finish behind Chris Simpson in his heat. Starting in 10th for the $5,000-to-win show, Dustin suffered a flat right-rear on the opening lap bringing a disappointing end to his night in the Late Model division.

Wednesday’s program found Strand finishing 11th in his Modified and 14th in his Late Model. On Friday, January 15 Dustin raced to a 14th-place finish in his Late Model and a 5th-place finish in his Modified.

Unfortunately the final two rounds fell victim to rain on Saturday and Sunday.

“I feel like we may have had a chance at another win or two, but they just slipped away from us,” commented Strand. “Even at that, it was an amazing start to our year to go out there and perform so well in both cars against really talented fields. It’s got me and the entire ream really excited about this season!”

For full results from these events, please visit http://www.WildWestShootout.net.

Dustin had planned to compete in the inaugural Short Track Shootout at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) this weekend, January 20-22 but Mother Nature forced officials to postpone the event until March.

Strand Racing is currently unsure of when they will next return to action. Please keep your browsers pointed to http://www.StrandRacing.com for the latest team news and notes.

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, Flagstaff Nissan and Subaru, McCaughen Builders,
Generations Salon & Spa, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, R-n-R Stix, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at http://www.StrandRacing.com.

Friday IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert qualifiers go to Most, Taylor

November 15th, 2016

Most ran the low side off turn four to take the lead from Sanders the second time around the half-mile Dirt Track.

Following a lap seven caution, Most, Sanders and Grabouski pulled away while Todd Shute had his hands full holding off Payne and Benji LaCrosse for the final transfer position.

Payne took over fourth with 10 laps left. Grabouski closed on the leader as the front pair neared traffic but Most held on to win by five car lengths.

Ryan McDaniel drew the pole start for the second qualifier and stayed in front before Taylor and Adam Armstrong drove by following a ninth circuit restart.

Taylor put some distance between his back bumper and the rest of the field following a restart two laps later. Noll worked his way back to the second spot while the 11th starting Ward was up to third by lap 15.

Scott made his way up from 18th starting to pass Armstrong for fourth the next time around. Noll maneuvered his way to within a car length of Taylor as the race wound down, but Taylor pulled away again for a half straightaway win.

Curtis Van Der Wal led every lap of the $500 to win qualifier for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, pulling away from the pack after a lap three caution.

Last-chance qualifying for both divisions, plus Young Guns and Legends features for Modifieds precede main events on Saturday. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Duel In The Desert is broadcast by IMCA.TV. Entries for the 19th annual event topped 250 with drivers representing 22 states and three Canadian provinces.

Windom Wraps Up Dominant Western World Weekend in Arizona Speedway Victory Lane

November 11th, 2016

Queen Creek, Arizona………After two straight nights of domination in the Valley of the Sun, Chris Windom may very well be hotter than the surface of the sun at this moment.

One night after claiming victories in both the 410 and 360 sprint car features in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, the Canton, Illinois native finished off his incredible weekend by winning Saturday night’s USAC AMSOIL National/CRA Sprint Car “Western World Championships” finale for his third feature victory in the last two nights at Arizona Speedway. With his October victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Windom became the first driver to win three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a row this season and the first to pull off the hat trick since Robert Ballou during Eastern
Storm in June of 2015.

“This has been an awesome weekend,” Windom exclaimed. “(Crew Chief) Derek (Claxton) and Billy (Grace) have been busting their butts to keep two cars going. To not finish outside the top-three all weekend is a pretty big feat. It would’ve been cool to win all four, but I’m not going to complain with three firsts and a third.
We’re all gelling well together; My crew chiefs and I just work really well together. We just have a lot of confidence right now. When you come to the track knowing you have a really good shot at winning, it just seems to get easier every night.” At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap feature, outside front row starter Damion Gardner swung wide to gain traction on the cushion, but pole sitter Windom was still able to beat Gardner to turn one, sliding up in front of the four-time USAC/CRA champ to take the point.

Just after completion of lap one, the roles became reversed as Gardner dove to the bottom in turn one to successfully slide job Windom to retake the top spot exiting turn two. However, Windom reset and came right back at Gardner entering turn three, briefly overtaking Gardner for the lead as he drifted up to the outside guardrail. Gardner countered, sprinting downhill off the banking to reclaim the number one spot again at the stripe.

In contrast to the previous night’s heavy, hammer down racing surface, the cushion on Saturday night’s racetrack was pushed a car width higher, thus presenting the opportunity for a slider-fest in the early going and, after settling in for the next couple of circuits, Windom threw his machinery sideways at the bottom of the first turn, beating Gardner to the cushion between turns one and two. As Gardner checked up, Windom bolted away out front. Gardner thought about making the same response one lap later, but wasn’t quite close enough to pull the trigger and, instead, fell into line behind Windom.

Windom instantly established a continuously increasing lead over Gardner and the rest of the 24-car field by the 13th lap as he found himself maneuvering around lapped traffic. Simultaneously, the car of Matt Rossi began to slow in turn two. Max Adams piled in, resulting in him flipping over on the topside of the racetrack. Adams was uninjured as was his racecar, which allowed him to restart the race from the tail of the field with 17 laps remaining.

Continuing the trend from one night earlier, Windom flexed his muscles on the ensuing restart where he advanced his lead to nearly three-quarters of a second just one lap following the restart and, one lap later, stopped the watch at an interval of 1.15 second between himself and Gardner. The battle for second suddenly became the race to witness as Brady Bacon hawked Gardner for the runner-up spot, but when Bacon stumbled atop the turn two cushion on the 20th lap, Gardner made his getaway and began setting sail for Windom. The closing gap between the two appeared to be a classic desert mirage as it looked as though each time Gardner got one step (and one car length) closer to the leader, Windom would respond by ripping past a lapped car of his own to maintain the buffer zone between himself and Gardner.

With just four laps remaining, Windom closed the door on any remote possibility that Gardner would be able to run him down. Windom got a two-for-one deal by simultaneously sliding past lappers C.J. Leary and R.J. Johnson entering turn one that gave birth to an insurmountable advantage that Gardner would not overcome. In a repeat podium sight from one night earlier, Windom was followed to the line by Damion Gardner, who was the only driver to lead race laps (4) other than Windom. Bacon, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon filled out the remainder of the top-five.

Concord, California’s Gardner earned a second straight runner-up finish in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company – Weld Racing/Spike/J & D that provided him with a seemingly untouchable 158-point lead in the USAC/CRA standings entering the series’ final three series races of the season in conjunction with USAC’s National Sprint Cars on Nov. 10-11-12 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway’s 21st Budweiser “Oval Nationals.” “When the national guys come to town, we want to run good,” Gardner explained.

“I think the 4-car can go anywhere pretty much. I think we can go anywhere and run up front with anyone. Not to say we would dominate, but when you run up front, you’re going to win some. Windom was really fast all weekend and I’m trying figure out how they get around the cushion so good. His car was working really nice on the top, just like it normally does. I got a little work to do to figure out how to get around this joint. We were fast all weekend; that’s about all you can ask. It was a good weekend; we just needed a little bit more to keep up with them.” USAC National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma virtually put a lock on his second career series title Saturday night with a third-place run in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

“We were running on seven cylinders from the time we pushed off at the start of the feature,” Bacon admitted. “It puts you in a weird spot knowing your motor’s not running 100 percent; it’s really hard to throw a bomb on a guy and not know if it’s going to be there when you step on it and could wind up taking you both out. You race a little different because it’s always in the back of your mind and it kind of puts you a half step back. I might have had a car capable of winning if we could’ve raced a little different, but it just puts you in a bad spot when you have something like that weighing on your mind.”

Windom Wrangles First USAC Southwest Sprint Win at Arizona Speedway

November 9th, 2016

Queen Creek, Arizona………Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois scored the first of his two victories on Friday night in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature on night one of the 49th “Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway.

Windom survived a late race charge from Brady Bacon to take the victory, though the victory did not come all that easy. Windom pulled out to a large lead by the midway point of the feature, but as he negotiated lapped traffic, Bacon rapidly reeled him in. With seven laps remaining, Bacon not only caught Windom, he took him for the lead out of the fourth corner. However, Bacon’s lead would be short-lived as, just moments later, he skated up the track at the entrance of turn one, just enough to allow Windom to capitalize and slip back by on the bottom. After a caution with three laps to go for the stopped car of series point leader R.J. Johnson, lapped traffic would no longer factor into the finish as Windom had a clear track in front of him for the final sprint.

Windom zipped away on the ensuing restart, although, Bacon was able to close in on the final lap to finish just 0.171 of a second behind Windom, who collected his first career USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory and piloted the Baldwin Brothers car to a prelim night victory in the Southwest Sprint portion of the program at the “Western World” for the second consecutive year.

Bacon took second behind Windom while Tom Ogle, Matt Rossi and Ryan Bernal rounded out the top-five.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car season finale takes place Saturday night, Nov. 5 on the second night of the “Western World” at Arizona Speedway.

RJ Johnson Leads Wire to Wire at Arizona Speedway

October 23rd, 2016

Leading all 30-laps, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) stormed to last Saturday’s USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 triumph marked his 43rd career series victory and eleventh win of the campaign.

Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson ran second to Dennis Gile in his heat race and ranked sixth out of twenty drivers in passing points. Heading to Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park, the three-time champion has a 113-point lead with nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led to his credit.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) had one of his best nights of the campaign with a second place finish. Driving the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and placed fourth in passing points. Last season’s Rookie of the Year left Queen Creek sitting sixth in the standings with six heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and eighteen top-10 finishes on the season.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced from sixth to score third at Arizona Speedway. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was the night’s top qualifier. To date, the five-time Arizona champion is second in the points with twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night at Queen Creek with a fourth place finish. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James ran second to Andy Reinbold in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The veteran driver is sixteenth in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign.

Landon Cling (Phoenix, Arizona) charged from eleventh to score fifth in the Arizona Speedway feature. Driving the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Landon took third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points. Heading to the “Hank Arnold Memorial,” Cling is eleventh in points with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes.

Tanner Grau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twentieth. Piloting the Team AZ Racing #34 Westin Diversified entry, Grau scored seventh in his heat race and placed twentieth in passing points. In limited action, Tanner is twenty-first in the point standings with one heat race victory and one top-10 finish.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) won the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Racing Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold ranked third in passing points and scored nineteenth in the feature after an early exit. The veteran racer is currently thirteenth in points with one heat race victory, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit.

This Saturday, October 22nd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 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.

USAC Southwest Sprint Cars Rumble at Queen Creek

October 15th, 2016

The popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are set to invade Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, October 15th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the sixteenth point race will also feature Sport Mods, ModLites, and Pure Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-two USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at Arizona Speedway. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with thirteen wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Stevie Sussex (2), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). This season, Johnson has won three of the five previous Queen Creek visits and Stevie Sussex claimed the other two wins, including the September 17th event.

Entering Saturday’s show, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 113-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished third at Queen Creek on September 17th. To date, the second generation driver has posted ten feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 230 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. is inching closer to another title and will be looking for his series leading 43rd main event victory this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed fourth in the September 17th feature. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has eleven heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-two top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led in the campaign. With thirteen wins, “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list and he will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from eleventh to score fifth at Queen Creek. To date, the former Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Matt will be looking to earn his fourth victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the point standings. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourteenth at Queen Creek on September 17th. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on claiming the Arizona Speedway triumph.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking entry, Mihocko charged from tenth to score sixth at Arizona Speedway. To date, the young driver has posted one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fourteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and claim the first USAC SouthWest triumph of his career at Queen Creek.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 &under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships /$2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships /$5,000-to-Win)

Charles Davis Jr Goes Wire to Wire in Queen Creek Showdown

September 23rd, 2015

Leading 30-laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona raced to victory at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. For Davis, Saturday’s $1,750 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his third win of the campaign. R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, and Tom Ogle chased the veteran driver to the finish line.

Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his thirteenth career series win. The five-time Arizona champion began the night by winning the second 10-lap heat race and placing fifth out of twenty-four racers in passing points. Heading to Saturday’s “Brawl For It All” at Canyon, “Chargin” Charles ranks second in points with six heat race victories, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, four heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led.

R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona had to settle for second in the 30-lap main event. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Josh Pelkey in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. The point leader left Queen Creek with a 59-point advantage on the strength of eight feature wins, six heat race victories, one top qualifier award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led to his credit.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey had a solid night at Queen Creek with a third place finish. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey won the program’s first 10-lap heat race and was seated third in passing points. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion sits fifth in the standings with one heat race victory, one top qualifier award, and twelve top-10 finishes on the season.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona had one of his best runs of the year with a fourth place finish from ninth. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold claimed fourth in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. The veteran driver heads to Canyon placed ninth in the championship points with one heat race victory and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Surprise, Arizona’s Tom Ogle scored fifth in the Queen Creek main event after starting seventh. Racing his #46 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle claimed fourth in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. In limited action, the veteran driver is seventeenth in the point chase with one top qualifier award and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After charging from eighth to take third in his heat race, Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona was the night’s top qualifier in passing points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed fourteenth in the main event. The Western World Champion is currently ranked third in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, three top qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit.

Phoenix, Arizona’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twenty-fourth. Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James took eighth in his heat race and was ranked twenty-fourth in passing points. At press time, the veteran driver sits eighth in the standings with four heat race victories, one top qualifier award, and four top-10 finishes.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona drove to victory in the third 10-lap heat race at Queen Creek. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex placed second in passing points and finished sixth in the main event. Currently, the hard charging driver is fourth in points with three feature wins, three hear race victories, two top qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led in the campaign.

This Saturday, September 26th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The $2,500-to-win “Brawl For It All” is the second round of the “Grudge Series” with the USAC West Coast Sprints and will also feature the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. 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 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).

Queen Creek Hosts USAC Southwest Sprint Car Monsoon Madness

July 17th, 2015

The cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will invade Arizona Speedway, this Saturday, July 18th. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona’s ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also showcase X-Mods, the Neils Garage Cabinets Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, fifteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nine wins, including the shows on April 18th and June 13th. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won his fourth Arizona Speedway triumph on May 16th and fresh off last Saturday’s win at Las Cruces, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin will be looking for his second win at Queen Creek.

Entering Saturday’s race, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 56-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced from fifteenth to score seventh last Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To date, the second generation driver has seven feature wins, five heat race victories, one high-point driver award, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking for his series leading thirtieth victory this Saturday night.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed second in the Southern New Mexico Speedway feature. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with twelve victories and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi finished third in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the defending Western World Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the series win list, Matt will be looking for the $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

After racing from eighteenth to eighth last Saturday night, Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for sixth on the series win list, Stevie will have his sights on his fourth main event victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is fifth in the championship standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey did not compete in the “Border Tour” finale. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently ranked fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking for his sixth feature triumph.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. 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 Cars Rumble at Queen Creek Saturday

May 15th, 2015

This Saturday, May 16th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will invade Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “Central Arizona College Student Night” will also showcase X-Mods, ModLites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popula r 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visitwww.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 2013, thirteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eight wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (3), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Saturday’s event will be the second of six dates at Arizona Speedway, as Johnson won the “Spring Fling” on April 18th.

After winning his fourth consecutive main event, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona holds a 58-point advantage. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson also has three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the point leader will be looking to earn his series leading his 27th USAC SouthWest victory.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis stormed to seventh from sixteenth at the May 2nd “Canyon Clash.” Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on claiming his eleventh career series main event.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey charged to second at Canyon Speedway Park after starting sixth. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and four top-10 finishes. At Queen Creek, Josh will be looking for his sixth USAC SouthWest feature win.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is fourth in the championship points. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi led the first twenty-two laps of the “Canyon Clash” before placing sixteenth. Entering Saturday’s race, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will have his sights on making the “Central Arizona College Student Night” his third career series victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Switching to Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex led four laps at Canyon Speedway Park before problems resulted in a fifteenth place finish. To date, the 2-time Hank Arnold Memorial champion has one feature win, two hard charger awards, five top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the year. At Arizona Speedway, Stevie will be looking to claim his third career USAC SouthWest win.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. 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).

Rodney Sanders Snags Wins and Championship in the Desert

January 29th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders found the second half of the 9th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout to be as good as the first half. While pulling double duty between the Super Late Model and USRA Modified ranks Rodney bagged two more wins in the USRA Modified and won the miniseries point title in the Super Late Model division.

The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout was back underway on Friday night at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) with a $1,000-to-win, Open Wheel Modified event. Sanders started his outing with a fifth to second charge in heat race action, earning him the second starting spot on the feature grid. In the 25 lap finale, Sanders rocketed to the lead at the onset of the event and never looked back as he drove his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified to his victory of the weekend. Rodney took the checkered flag in dominating fashion ahead of Ryan Gustin, Grant Junghans, Jake Gallardo and Mike Stearns.

In the Super Late Model ranks, Sanders went into battle against a stout field of fifty-two competitors. He raced to the win from his third starting spot in his heat race, which positioned him starting fifth in the $3,000-to-win feature. Sanders battled amongst the top for much of the event, and used a last lap pass on Ronny Lee Hollingsworth to secure a third place finish behind race winner, Darrell Lanigan and Billy Moyer. Hollingsworth and Ryan Gustin rounded out the top five finishers.

Rodney Sanders claimed his second Open Wheel Modified victory in as many nights on Saturday evening. A strong field of twenty-nine entries were on hand for the program, and Sanders would see his night start much like it had all week. A convincing heat race win from the third starting spot earned Rodney the fifth starting position on the feature grid. When the race went green, Sanders quickly marched forward and took control of the second spot just as Jake Gallardo assumed the lead on lap four.

Sanders would make his first attempt at the top spot on lap ten only to be denied by Gallardo. The duo continued to race side-by-side with Sanders using a slider in turn four to take the lead on lap thirteen. Gallardo would return the favor entering turn one on lap fourteen but, slip over the cushion allowing Sanders regain control down the backstretch. From there, Sanders went on to take the checkered flag and the $1,000 payday ahead of Ricky Thornton Jr., Gallardo, Mike Stearns and Fito Gallardo.

Fifty-two Super Late Models registered for the $3,000-to-win event, and Sanders would rocket from his ninth starting spot to finish fifth in his heat race, locking him into the fifteenth starting position for the 30 lap feature. During the course of the finale, Rodney drove past eight other competitors in route to a solid eighth place finish in the final rundown.

The miniseries drew to a close on Sunday evening with Sanders once again competing in both the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model ranks. Twenty-four Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for battle, and an eighth to fourth run in his heat race positioned him starting second in the $1,000-to-win finale. At the drop of the green, pole-sitter Ricky Thornton Jr. lead the way with Sanders trailing in second. Sanders waged a fierce battle at the front of the pack lap-after-lap before ultimately settling into the runner-up spot behind race winner, Ryan Gustin. Jake Gallardo, Mike Stearns and Fito Gallardo rounded out the top five finishers.

A $10,000 winner’s check was posted for Super Late Models as fifty entries registered for battle. A heat race win positioned Rodney starting eighth in the 50 lap finale. Sanders battled amongst the top ten throughout the duration of the feature before crossing the finish line in sixth behind race winner, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Mars, Chris Simpson, Jason Papich and Tony Jackson Jr.

In addition to a trio of victories over the course of the week-long miniseries, Sanders was also crowned the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout Super Late Model champion. Finishing just two points ahead of Jason Papich in the championship standings, and earning $2,000 for efforts.

“It was a great week for our team in both divisions, and definitely gives us some momentum to start the season,” said Sanders. “I’m really excited about the potential that this season holds for us.”

Complete results from the event are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com >

The team now turns its attention to the Georgia and Florida Speedweeks. Rodney is tentatively scheduled to compete in the 5th Annual Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway (Screven, Georgia) on February 5th-7th with a trio of events that includes a $5,000-to-win, unsanctioned event on Thursday night before a pair of $10,000-to-win, World of Outlaws Late Model Series events will be held on Friday and Saturday. From there the team plans to move onto Florida for a full schedule of racing over the course of the next two weeks at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) and Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida). For more information on the events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

Seidler, Marriott soar in Snowbird Classic IMCA Modified features

January 25th, 2015

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – Travelers Marlyn Seidler and Hunter Marriott both experienced racing highs and lows over the course of Arizona Speedway’s Snowbird Classic.

North Dakota veteran Seidler topped Saturday’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event despite a late-race collision with a lapped car, then fashioned a third-place finish after starting 10th on Sunday with a banged-up ride.

Missourian Marriott cut his right front tire while leading midway through the opening night show and was scored last. He started 16th, charged through the field and passed defending national champion Zane DeVilbiss for the night two checkers.

Both features paid $1,250 to win. Seidler’s victory put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational; Marriott was already vote eligible.

An early shakeout left pole starter Seidler in fourth in the Saturday show. Following a caution with 10 circuits left in the 25-lapper, he shot to the front using the middle line and was still in the lead when the white flag was out. That’s when it got interesting.

Seidler was unable to avoid contact and drove over the tires a lapped car trying to pull into the infield with an expired engine. He maintained the lead after the restart, beating DeVilbiss, Tyler Mecl and Don Earven across the stripe.

“Everyting just worked out for us,” Seidler said following IMCA career win number 77. “And we still got the car fixed enough that we could start 10th and run third the next night.”

After cutting a tire on unlucky lap 13 Saturday, Marriott had his work cut out for him with an outside row eight start Sunday.

“I started passing cars and kept it going,” Marriott said after his successful debut weekend in a new Rage Chassis. “The middle and high lines worked best for me. We had a caution with seven laps to go, I passed Zane and never looked back.”

His early-season trip to the sunny southwest will be the longest of Marriott’s career. With the first win of 2015 in hand, he turned his attention to fixing the hot water heater in the toter Monday morning.

John Morris was fourth on Sunday at Queen Creek. Spencer Wilson had swept Snowbird Classic features last January and finished fifth each night out this time around.

Snowbird Classic set for Jan. 17-18 at Arizona Speedway

January 12th, 2015

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,250 to win both nights of Arizona Speedway’s Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18 Snowbird Classic.

Both features are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will join XMods in $600 to win features each night.

IMCA legal mufflers are required in both sanctioned divisions. Weekend entry fees are $100 for the Modifieds and $60 for the Northern SportMods. The same amounts will be paid to start the respective features.

Non-qualifier pay is $50 for the Modifieds and $40 for Northern SportMods.

Modifieds vie for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region and Allstar Performance State points.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. both days. Racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $15. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available at the www.arizonaspeedway.net website, on Facebook or by calling 480 926-6688.

R.J Johnson Earns $2,000 Payday at Arizona Speedway

November 4th, 2014

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – Taking the lead on lap 13, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix sailed to victory at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Saturday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was Johnson’s eleventh win of the campaign and ties his
series record. Inching closer to his second title, R.J. was followed to the checkered flags by Aaron Reutzel, Josh Pelkey, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Matt Rossi.

Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors by racing to the win from eighth. The defending champion placed third in his heat race and ranked eighth in the night’s passing points. After claiming his series leading twenty-second feature win, Johnson has thirteen heat race victories, twenty-eight top-10 finishes, and 220 feature laps led.

Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas returned to action and took third in the Queen Creek main event. Piloting his #87 BC Fundz / Wren Motorsports XXX, Reutzel won the night’s third 10-lap heat race and seated fourth in passing points. In limited starts, the young driver is thirty-fifth in the standings with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and five top-10 finishes.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey claimed third at Arizona Speedway after starting sixth. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey ran third in his heat race and was the night’s high point driver. Ranked second in points, the 1997 ASCA Champion has four main event wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twenty-nine top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma scored fourth in the 30-lap feature. Racing his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin won the program’s second 10-lap heat race and ranked third overall in passing points. The former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has climbed to fifth in the point standings with one feature win, five heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi has another solid night and placed fifth at Arizona Speedway. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi won the night’s first heat race and was second in the event’s passing points. To date, Matt ranks fourth in the championship points with five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year.

On Thursday, November 6th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. The non-point $2,500-to-win “2nd Annual 360 Oval Nationals” is the final round of the “Grudge Series” with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.

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).

Arizona Speedway Hosts $2,000-to-Win Shootout

October 28th, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ – This Saturday, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will tackle Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway for the final time in 2014. Located within ET Motopark, the $2,000-to-win, $225-to-start event sponsored by Amanda Whitney at American All Star Realty will also showcase Dwarf Cars, X-Mods, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. Racing is scheduled for 6:30pm and for more information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Entering the twentieth point race of the campaign, defending champion R.J. Johnson has claimed three of the last five races at Arizona Speedway. On May 10th, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. earned the “Mother’s Day Race” win and Josh Pelkey took the checkered flags on July 12th. While Johnson leads all drivers with six USAC triumphs at ET Motopark, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the series debut on April 13, 2013.

Continuing his march to a second title, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix holds a 116-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his second hard charger award at Canyon Speedway Park on October 18th with a sixth place run from thirteenth. To date, the second generation driver has ten main event wins, thirteen heat race victories,
twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 202 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking for his twenty-second career series victory this Saturday night.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey is second in the point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey raced to fifth after starting ninth at Canyon’s “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Currently, the 1997 ASCA Champion has four main event wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twenty-eight top-10 finishes, and 71feature laps led to his credit. Josh will have his sights on earning the $2,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is third in the championship points. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the five-time state champion has 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. “Chargin” Charles will be looking for the Queen Creek victory and gaining valuable championship points.

South Central’s Matt Rossi ranks fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi finished third in the October 18th “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Currently, the veteran driver has four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. Matt will have his sights on his second career series win this Saturday at Arizona Speedway.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix sits fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Racing his #20 MP Environmental / Performance Plus Spike, Deskins scored ninth in the Canyon Speedway Park feature. Heading to Queen Creek, the veteran driver has one feature win, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led. Shon will be looking to add Saturday’s winning trophy to his collection.

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

Arizona Speedway is located within ET Motopark at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. 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).

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
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)

Johnson Leads Southwest Sprints to Arizona Speedway

October 29th, 2014

Arizona Speedway is the next target for USAC’s Southwest Sprint Cars as drivers R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey and Charles Davis Jr. continue their battle for supremacy in one of America’s most hotly-contested motorsports series.

All three combatants have fared well at the one-third dirt oval at ET Motopark southeast of Phoenix. Johnson has three wins, a fourth and a fifth in the five previous appearances there. Pelkey has a win, a second, two thirds and a sixth, while Davis has a win, two seconds and two fourths.

Johnson’s point lead stands at 116 points over Pelkey so his position at the top of the standings won’t change Saturday, but the margin could. A total of 74 points are available at each event and, with four points races remaining on the 2014 calendar, things could change quickly.

The series competes in a “non-points” special event November 6 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway before closing with three point races at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. November 20-21-22.

RJ Johnson Storms to Victory at Arizona Speedway

September 13th, 2014

QUEEN CREEK, AZ –With threatening skies nearby, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix took command from Nick Aiuto on lap eighteen and tied his series record fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win. The $1,500 triumph at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway was Johnson’s tenth victory of the season as “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Matt Rossi, and “The Kid” Tye Mihocko followed R.J. to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson swept the program by winning the night’s first 10-lap heat race, being night’s high point driver, and scoring the feature victory from sixth. With the win, Johnson has a 135-point advantage with twelve heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 177 feature laps led to his credit.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. earned his first “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors of the season with a second place run from eighteenth. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed sixth in his heat race and was eighteenth in passing points. The five-time state champion has taken over second in the point chase with three feature wins, twelve heat race victories, one semi-main win, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led in the campaign.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma sliced his way to third from eleventh at Arizona Speedway. Driving his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin ran fourth in his heat race and placed eleventh in the nightly passing points. Heading to Casa Grande, 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, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi took fourth in the Queen Creek main event after starting fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi placed fifth in his heat race and was seated fifteenth in the nightly passing points. To date, Matt is fifth in the SouthWest standings with three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season.

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko of Peoria scored fifth in the 30-lap feature after starting tenth. Racing the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery RSS, Mihocko scored fourth in his heat race and ranked tenth in passing points. Currently, the young driver is seventh in the point chase with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and fourteen top-10 finishes.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins earned his eighth heat race win of the season at Queen Creek. Driving his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins was second in passing points and placed seventh in the main event. To date, the veteran driver is fourth in the point standings with one feature win, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led in 2014.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria raced to victory in the night’s third heat race. Piloting his #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove ranked third in the nightly passing points and scored twenty-first in the main event. Currently, Mike sits thirteenth in points with three heat race victories and six top-10 finishes to his credit.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will be back in action on Saturday, September 20th at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The action packed card will also feature Pure Stocks, X-Mods, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tir, 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).

Arizona Speedway Hosts SW Sprints Saturday

September 5th, 2014

Arizona Speedway hosts the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars this Saturday night in Queen Creek. If past performances are any indication it could be another great night for series point leader R.J. Johnson of Phoenix.

Johnson has been sensational in recent weeks, winning six of the last eight Southwest features, including a “clean sweep” of last week’s “Border Tour” in Texas and New Mexico.

The victories began last week on Friday night at El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park where Johnson passed Shon Deskins on the final lap for the 30-lap win in his Michaels entry to beat Deskins, Matt Rossi, Josh Hodges and Tye Michocko.

On Saturday Johnson led all 30 laps at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, beating Mihocko, Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey and Charles Davis Jr. to the checkered flag.

Sunday saw another wire-to-wire victory for Johnson at Tularosa (N.M.) Speedway where he beat Davis, Pelkey, Matt Rossi and Mihocko.

Johnson now enjoys a 119-point lead over Pelkey in the latest standings going into the race at Queen Creek. Davis stands just two points back of Pelkey.

Josh Pelkey Scores Victory at Arizona Speedway

July 17th, 2014

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – With a “super moon” shining over Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway, Josh Pelkey of Peoria claimed Saturday’s USAC SouthWest Sprint Car main event. The controversial $1,500 victory was Josh’s third triumph of the season and first series win at the ET Motopark facility. “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Looking for his second win in a row, Davis started fourth on the grid and led the first twenty-three circuits. Finding the bottom groove to his liking, Shipley took command from Davis and streaked from the field to the checkered flags. Unfortunately for last year’s Challenge Cup Champion, a rules infraction relegated Shipley with a two-car penalty and a third place finish. Pelkey, who rebounded from a mid-race tangle, had charged from the rear of the field to take home the winning trophy.

Racing the Robbie and Gaye Allen owned #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Josh Pelkey scored his fourth series victory after starting eighth in the feature. Now fourth on the win list, the former ASCA Champion ran third in his heat race and seated eighth in the nightly passing points. Pelkey left Queen Creek ranked third in the championship points with three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led.

Peoria’s “The Kid” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eleventh. Piloting the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery RSS, Mihocko took fourth in his heat race and was eleventh in passing points. “The Kid” heads to Canyon Speedway Park ranked seventh in the point chase with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, and nine top-10 finishes to his credit.

Josh Shipley of Peoria scored third in the Arizona Speedway main event. Driving Bob Bishop’s #2 RSS Industries / AME Electrical RSS, Shipley ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and sat fifth in passing points. At press time, Josh is thirteenth in the point standings with one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the season.

After leading twenty-three laps, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. took fourth at Queen Creek. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was third in the nightly passing points. The five-time Arizona Champion left ET Motopark ranked second in points with three feature wins, ten heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led on the year.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix ran fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending champion won the program’s second 8-lap heat race and was second in passing points. With a nineteen point advantage, the point leader has four feature wins, six heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led in the campaign.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi raced to victory in the third heat race and was the night’s high point driver. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi took seventh at the checkered flags. Currently, the veteran driver is fifth in the point chase with two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, July 26th at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria. The “3rd Annual Summer Slam” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

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).

Southwest Sprints at Arizona Speedway Saturday

April 11th, 2014

Josh Pelkey leads the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars to Arizona Speedway Saturday night as the series resumes its 2014 campaign. Pelkey recorded his first USAC feature win last month at Peoria, Ariz. and has a three-point lead in the standings over Shon Deskins.

Winners of last year’s first year of USAC racing at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek included R.J. Johnson (3), Charles Davis Jr. (2) and Mike Martin.

Johnson is the defending Southwest Sprint Car king and is tied with Bryan Clauson for the most USAC victories in the state at 12 each. Davis is right behind at 11.

Saturday’s race is one of six USAC races scheduled this year at the one-third mile dirt oval.

Southwest Sprints Resume April 12th at Arizona Speedway

April 5th, 2014

Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek hosts the next event in the 2014 USAC Southwest Sprint series. It’s the first of six races this year at the one-third-mile dirt oval.

Defending series champion R.J. Johnson (3) and runner-up Charles Davis Jr. (2) each scored multiples wins at Queen Creek last year, while Mike Martin also tasted victory there.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz. is the early leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car standings after winning Saturday night’s 30-lap season opener at Canyon Speedway Park. He passed Mike Bonneau on lap three and never looked back, beating Johnson, Shon Deskins, Tom Ogle and Andy Reinbold to the checkered flag in his ABC Body Shop/NAPA Auto Parts DRC/Advanced.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-71, 2-Shon Deskins-68, 3-R.J. Johnson-62, 4-Tom Ogle-57, 5-Andy Reinbold-54, 6-Tye Mihocko-49, 7-Mike Martin-48, 8-Michael Curtis-47, 8-Lonnie Oliver-46, 10-Nick Aiuto-37.

R.J. Johnson Claims 10th Victory at Arizona Speedway

October 24th, 2013

QUEEN CREEK, AZ -Charging from seventeenth, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix took the lead on lap 18 and sailed to the Saturday night victory at Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the 25-lap triumph was his tenth USAC SouthWest Sprint Car feature win of the campaign. Josh Pelkey, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Mike Bonneau, and Andy Reinbold rounded out the top five drivers.

Earning $1,500 for his efforts, R.J. Johnson raced the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman to his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. Struggling early in the program, the series point leader scored sixth in his heat race and was not eligible for the dash. Rebounding to take the checkered flags, R.J. currently has a 57-point lead with eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, twenty top-10 finishes, and 295 feature laps led.

Looking for his second feature win, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey led seven laps before settling into second at Queen Creek. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion won his fifth Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and placed second in the dash. Josh is sixth in the point chase with two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one semi-main win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 84 feature laps led on the season.

Scoring third at Arizona Speedway was “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis placed second in his heat race, won his fourth Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash, and led the first ten laps of the main event. Currently second in the standings, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 117 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Mike Bonneau had one of his best drives at Arizona Speedway with a fourth place run after starting eighth. Racing his #29 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X Components XXX, Bonneau won the night’s third Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and placed eighth in the dash. To date, Mike is eleventh in points with four Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, six top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in 2013.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert scored fifth in Queen Creek’s 25-lap main event. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Sales RSS, Reinbold won his first Racers Advantage Store Heat Race of the year and claimed fifth in the dash. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver is seventh in the standings with one semi-main win and fifteen top-10 finishes on the season.

On Thursday, October 31st, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The $2,500-to-win “360 Oval Nationals” is the final round of the “Grudge Series” with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.

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).

Arizona Speedway Hosts USAC Southwest Sprints This Saturday

October 19th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – This Saturday, October 19th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their sixth and final appearance of the year at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the action packed card will also showcase Pure Stocks, AMA Mod Lites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm.

Heading into Saturday’s event, three different drivers have scored main event wins at Arizona Speedway. Series point leader R.J. Johnson and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. have stood in victory lane on two occasions. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed the feature win on April 13th and with valuable points up for grabs, a talented roster of drivers will be ready for action.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson has a 55 point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished second last Saturday at Casa Grande. Currently, the point leader has nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 287 feature laps led on the season. R.J. will have his sights on the feature win as he continues his championship bid.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fourth in the main event at Central Arizona Raceway. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles” will be looking for another Queen Creek victory and gain championship points on Johnson.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed third last Saturday night. Currently, the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one
feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. On Saturday, “The Magic Man” will have his sights on adding the winner’s trophy to his collection.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix is fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins raced to sixth at Queen Creek after starting tenth. The Canyon 1-lap track record holder has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but 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 in 2013. The veteran driver will be one of the favorites to win the 30-lap main event on Saturday.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark is fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark scored fifteenth at Central Arizona Raceway. 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 thirteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough victory at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, James Aragon, Michael Curtis, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Jody Wirth, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket 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, 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).

Arizona Speedway Hosts Southwest Sprints Saturday

July 10th, 2013

Six of the “top-10” in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car standings have a trio of “top-10” finishes in the three races held so far this year at Arizona Speedway. The series returns to the one-third mile dirt oval at E.T. Motorpark in Queen Creek this Saturday.

Point leader R.J. Johnson has a win, a third and a sixth and holds a 74-point edge in the points over runner-up Charles Davis Jr. Davis has a win and a third but also an 11th.

Others with nothing but “top-10s” include third-ranking Mike Martin (1-4-6), fourth-ranking Shon Deskins (2-5-5), sixth-ranking Ronnie Clark (4-7-8), seventh-ranking Chris Bonneau (2-4-10) and 10th-ranking Stevie Sussex (2-5-8).

Johnson has a total of six series wins so far this year, while Davis has three and Martin and Josh Pelkey have one each.

USAC Southwest Sprints Battle at Arizona Speedway This Saturday

May 9th, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – This Saturday, May 11th, the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series will return to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway for a night of action packed racing. Located within the ET Motopark, the showcase will also feature Supers, Mini Sprints, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile facility is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm.

After winning the April 27th “Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has taken over the points lead. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has three feature wins, three heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 56 main event laps led to his credit. The second generation driver will have his sights on increasing his 13 point advantage with a feature win on Saturday.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, Davis scored nineteenth in the “Canyon Clash” after leading twice in the feature. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car 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 a victory and tie Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, Dave
Steele, and A.J. Foyt with 8 USAC wins in Arizona.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson has climbed to third in the championship points. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark finished seventh at Canyon Speedway Park. As this writing goes to press, the hard charger has one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last June, Ronnie won at Arizona Speedway and he will have his sights adding this Saturday’s feature to his win list.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey sits fourth in the USAC Southwest point standings. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC, Pelkey came home eighth in the “Canyon Clash.” Currently, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes to his credit. On Saturday, Josh will be looking to score a breakthrough win at Queen Creek and take home the $1,500 prize.

Bryan Swinehart of Prescott Valley has climbed to fifth in the standings. Racing Tim and Shelly Beal’s #68 Beal’s Auto Body / DNS Performance RSS, Swinehart had his best run of the year on April 27th with a second place run from twelfth. With one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season, Bryan will be looking for his first win of 2013 on Saturday.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (7-12) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket 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, 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 Resume May 11th at Arizona Speedway

May 1st, 2013

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. vaulted into the lead in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series points following Saturday night’s 30-lap victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Johnson passed Charles Davis Jr. on the 17th lap of the “Canyon Clash” and led the final 14 laps in his Weiler Farms/Pecon Builders Maxim/Pro-Flyer. Bryan Swinehart took second ahead of Chris Bonneau, Nathan High and Justin Quinn.

Charles Davis Jr., who trails Johnson by 13 points in the new standings, led 10 of the first 16 laps, while Mike Martin led five.

The series resumes May 11 as it returns to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. where Martin was the winner April 13.

Mike Martin Wins Arizona Speedway “Spring Fling”

April 17th, 2013

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – Starting sixth, Yuma’s Mike Martin led the final eighteen laps to claim the “Spring Fling” at Arizona Speedway. With the $1,500 USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory, Martin becomes the fourth driver to score a victory in the campaign. Stevie Sussex, Charles Davis Jr., Ronnie Clark, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top five drivers.

Racing his #16 Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin was not to be denied after grabbing the lead on this night. Earlier in the program, Martin was second in his heat race, tied Sussex for the night’s lead in passing points, and placed sixth in the Passing Masters Dash. Mike sits fifth in championship points with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led to his credit. Martin will be looking for another victory when the series returns to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park on April 27th.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe charged from eighth to finish second in the 30-lap “Spring Fling.” Driving his #1AZ Pro Tech Coatings / KSE Custom Drywall J&J, Sussex claimed second in his heat race, tied Martin as the high point driver, and ran eighth in the dash. Stevie had his best night of the season with two hard charger awards and two top-10 finishes on the year.

After scoring third at Arizona Speedway, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. holds a 32 point lead heading to the “Canyon Clash.” Piloting the #50 Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was third in his heat race and claimed third in the dash. The five-time Arizona Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, one semi-main win, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson came home fourth in the “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars entry, Clark scored third in his heat race and ran second in the Passing Masters Dash. Currently tied with R.J. Johnson for second in the points, Ronnie has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins was fifth at the checkered flags after starting seventh. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins won the 10-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #1 and was seventh in the dash. The veteran driver left Queen Creek tenth in the point chase with three heat race wins and two top-10 finishes on the season

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run after starting thirteenth. Piloting the Bill Michaels owned #77M Beal’s Auto Body / Sherman Race Cars entry, the USAC/CRA “Copper On Dirt” winner finished sixth in his heat race. Now tied for second in the standings with Ronnie Clark, Johnson has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one Passing Masters Dash win, five top-10 finishes, and 26 main event laps led.

Glendale’s “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. won the night’s 10-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #2. Driving the BRAT Racing #8 Hose Advantage Store / Racers Advantage Store Viper, Ream finished seventh in the main event after starting ninth. As this writing goes to press, the former ASCA Champion has two top-10 finishes in limited starts. Nick Aiuto of Camp Verde took the checkered flags in the Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #3. Racing his #27 Bondurant School of High Performance Driving / ABC Motorsports DRC, Aiuto was fourth in the Passing Masters Dash and thirteenth in the main event. Heading to Canyon, Nick is ninth in points with two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 4 feature laps led on the year.

Piloting his #29 Priced Right Auto Sales Triple X, Phoenix’s Mike Bonneau won the 6-lap Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash. Claiming third in his heat race, Bonneau lead the first twelve laps of the main event before scoring twenty-first after an early exit. In limited action, Mike has one top-10 finish during the campaign.

Justin Quinn of Phoenix won the 12-lap semi-main at Arizona Speedway. Driving the family owned #93 Four Peaks Hardwood Flooring / Lasting Impressions Ellis, Quinn was sixth in his heat race and scored eleventh in the main event from seventeenth. Currently, Justin is seventh in the point standings with two top-10 finishes to his credit.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 27th at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. The “3rd Annual Canyon Clash” will also feature Mini Sprints, the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars and AMA Modlites. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedway.com or call 602.258.7223.

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).

Davis Goes For Arizona #8 at Arizona Speedway

April 12th, 2013

Saturday’s “Spring Fling” at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. offers Buckeye, Ariz. driver Charles Davis, Jr. a couple of significant achievements.

He first will look to expand his lead in the 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car points, holding a 20-point lead over R.J. Johnson entering Saturday’s race. In addition, a victory would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Dave Steele and Bryan Clauson as the all-time leaders in USAC’s Arizona racing history. Foyt, Steele and Clauson each have eight, while Davis scored his seventh last month at Casa Grande, Ariz.

Saturday’s race will be USAC’s first at the new 3/8-mile dirt Arizona oval located at ET Motorpark southeast of Phoenix.