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Ventura Hosts USAC Western States Midget Battle

September 15th, 2017

This Saturday, September 16th, the cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series are back in action at Ventura Raceway. The ninth point race and second of four appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds will also feature Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at

B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
Schoenfeld: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 139 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Four-time champion Ronnie Gardner claimed victory on May 13th and Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a slim eight point lead over the competition. After engine woes at Calistoga parked the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs Stewart, Gardner jumped in two different rides to keep his title hopes alive. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Ronnie scored eighth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on September 7th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-second victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott placed ninth at Chico’s Gold Cup Race of Champions. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led. Cory has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Ventura Raceway triumph to his resume.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini claimed sixth at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. At Ventura Raceway, Frankie will be looking for his second career USAC victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) sits fourth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored twelfth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 7 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, the popular driver will have her sights on her first series win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

After taking third at Chico, David Prickett (Fresno, California) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking for his second career win this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is eleventh in the championship points. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Shannon McQueen, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Robby Josett, C.J. Sarna, Nate Wait, Brennan Rogers, Ron Hazelton, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at or call 805.648.RACE.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at and 805.407.7229.

September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

Darland Superior in Amsoil Speedway Win

August 10th, 2015

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, won Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. With the win, Darland reached his milestone 100th USAC National victory, joining A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler, and Mel Kenyon as the only drivers to do so.

Superior, Wisconsin…….Dave Darland outlasted the competition and defeated a challenging AMSOIL Speedway on Friday night for his third AMSOIL National Sprint Car win of the season and record 56th of his career, but most importantly his 100th career win across all three National divisons of the United States Auto Club. He became the fourth driver to reach that milestone, joining A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler, and Mel Kenyon.

The initial start was called off after Justin Grant got a big jump, but as they slowed for the yellow, Kevin Thomas, Jr. rode a wheel and flipped down the backstretch, collecting Jarett Andretti. Thomas was unhurt, while Andretti restarted.

Grant took the lead on the complete restart with Chad Boespflug in tow. After two early cautions, the pack behind the lead duo began to race hard with Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou going at it for third. Behind them, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, and Dave Darland battled with guys starting to venture up to try the high side.

Stockon was making ground on the high side and drove by Darland while pressuring Bacon and Ballou. On lap 11, while racing for third, Bacon made contact with Ballou and spun at the exit of turn-two. He restarted at the tail of the field. That’s when it got dicey, as the lead pack started to try both lines, and they went two-by-two through turns one and two on lap eleven, with Boespflug under Grant for the lead and Ballou trying to hold off Darland for third.

Boespflug led lap twelve, but Grant came right back at him, circling him through three and four to lead lap 13 at the line. He slipped up through turn one and tried to come back down the track in turn-two just as Boespflug stuck his nose back in for the lead, and both cars flipped onto the backstretch, with Boespflug’s taking a hard impact. He emerged from the car but was taken to a local hospital for observation.

After the delay for the red flag, the race resumed, unleashing a torrid battle for the lead between new leader Ballou and seventh-starting Darland. Darland ducked under Ballou to lead lap 14, but Ballou wasn’t done. He got back to Darland and the duo went side-by-side for the lead on lap 22, with Darland holding the spot by inches at the line.

Darland stuck to the low groove and pulled away from Ballou, closing with a 2.483-second victory in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco as the fog rolled over the speedway.

“It’s great to be in elite company with those guys who have 100 wins and, as always, it’s a testament to the great owners and sponsors I’ve had over the years who have given me great race cars to allow me to win races. I was glad to see Robert go to the top on that restart, and I was able to get through the bottom and knew if I could keep from making mistakes down there, he would have a tough time. He came back at us and I could see him out there, but I knew I just had to hit my marks. I started tonight with more tear-offs than ever, I think, but luckily we got to the front fairly quick, and my team was up for the challenges tonight,” Darland said.

Ballou lengthened his point lead with the runner-up finish aboard the Blakesley Auto – Twister-X #12 Maxim/Ott.

“I knew those guys racing for the lead wasn’t gonna work, but we were able to avoid it. I think it was a little better up where I was after that, I think, but it was still pretty treacherous and it got tough to see with the dew building up on the tearoffs. That was the biggest challenge towards the end, being able to see with the tearoffs fogging up so much,” Ballou said.

Tenth-starting Stockon rounded out the podium in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

“We knew we had to get moving pretty quickly if we were gonna get anywhere, and luckily we caught a couple breaks to avoid crashes along the way. I thought we might be able to challenge them for the win, but after those two got out front, we had nothing for them. We had that one chance after passing Dave and Robert, but that just showed them where they needed to be. We plugged away at it tonight with a challenging track and gave ourselves a good night,” Stockon said.

Bill Balog completed an inspired drive from his 16th-starting spot to finish fourth in the Lein Acres – DRC Chassis #2 DRC/Speedway Mopar, and Leary rounded out the top-five in the Leary Construction Company – AMSOIL #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Amsoil Speedway, Cedar Lake and Angell Park up Next as USAC Sprints Head to Wisconsin

August 6th, 2015

The Badger State of Wisconsin welcomes the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint cars this week for a trio of events expected to be pivotal in the battle for the 2015 championship.

It begins Friday night at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior and continues Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond before visiting Angell Park in Sun Prairie on Sunday night.

Robert Ballou remains atop the standings with a 40-point margin over Chase Stockon, but Dave Darland is just 82 back of the leader in third place.

Ballou leads with seven feature wins this season, while Stockon has a single win and Darland has a pair. Darland continues to seek his 100th USAC National triumph which would put him in select company. Only A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon have previously reached the century mark in USAC’s 60-year history.

Jon Stanbrough, currently fifth in the series points, was victorious in the series’ only visit to Angell Park in 2014 while last year’s Superior appearance was weathered out. Saturday will mark the first visit for the AMSOIL Sprints at Cedar Lake Speedway.