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O’Neil zeroes in on first USMTS win at Canyon Speedway Park

April 21st, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.–Racing against the best of the best, Jake O’Neil was one of the best with a third-place finish on Friday, but Saturday night there was nobody better from start to finish as he dominated the 40-lap USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup main event at the Canyon Speedway Park.

“We haven’t run a lot of USMTS races, but we feel like we’ve been pretty good at times,” O’Neil said in victory lane after claiming the first USMTS victory of his career. “It feels pretty good to get one and to do it here in Arizona.”

Leading from the drop of the green flag to checkers, O’Neil wasn’t just dominant in the feature race. He ran down Friday’s night’s winner, Johnny Scott, to win Fast Shafts Heat Race #2 and sat atop the heat race passing points going into the night cap.

The 25-year-old from Tucson proceeded to draw the pole position and then marched away from the field to claim the $3,000 first-place money by pounding his #0 machine on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval.

“I felt consistent enough to be able to run that top. I just kind of feel bad for my equipment, it got kind of abused. That was pretty tough.”

Two cautions in the first eight laps allowed the field to close back in on O’Neil, and then a third and final caution just past the halfway point wiped out a sizeable lead again.

But O’Neil was up to the challenge each time and drove away from eventual runner-up Ricky Thornton Jr. on each restart. In the series’ first venture into the Copper State, the pair rewarded their fans with an Arizona pilot one-two finish.

While O’Neil was checked out, the battles for position behind him were stellar. Scott followed Thornton to the stripe in third while Lucas Schott came from 13th on the grid to take fourth in front of 11th-starting Terry Phillips.

Dereck Ramirez finished sixth after starting 16th and earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Zack VanderBeek held on for seventh, Rodney Sanders rebounded from a pit stop on lap eight to grab eighth and Fito Gallardo fended off fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer Stormy Scott for ninth.

In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points, Johnny Scott maintains the top spot but O’Neil closed the gap to just 13 points (427 to 414) with his clean sweep Saturday. Ramirez sits third with 403 markers, followed by Schott (392), Sanders (365), Stormy Scott (364), Phillips (356), VanderBeek (353), Jake Timm (341) and Logan Robertson (295).

The mud-slinging masters of dirt modified racing return to the Southern New Mexico Speedway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22, for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout. This will be the one and only stop of the 2018 campaign at the Las Cruces, N.M., oval-and possibly the last ever before the new Vado Speedway Park opens in the near future.

Presented by Premier Waste Services, Barnett Harley-Davidson, G3 Fitness, S&S Fishing & Rental and Torco Race Fuels, fans will see the best of the best of both worlds as the blockbuster is both a USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national series race and a Summit USMTS Southern Series event.

Louisiana’s Cade Dillard has yet to win a USMTS main event this year, but he sits atop the national standings and is just two points behind Las Cruces native Johnny Scott in the southern points battle.

Dereck Ramirez, Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott and last week’s King of America VIII winner Lucas Schott fill the top five positions in this year’s fight for the $50,000-to-win USMTS national championship.

In the Summit USMTS Southern Series, USMTS rookie Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., picked up his career-first win in February, and trails Johnny Scott and Dillard in the points chase entering the Short Track Shootout while two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders and Ramirez rounded out the south’s top five.

Other hungry checkered flag chasers expected for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout include “Big Daddy” Joe Duvall, Zack VanderBeek, Jake O’Neil, Terry Phillips, Logan Robertson, Bryan Rowland, Zane Ferrell and the other half of the twin Scott brothers duo, Stormy Scott.

While the USMTS is the pinnacle of the dirt modified world, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has no equal when it comes to local and regional talent capable of stealing the big money.

Former USRA national champions Fito Gallardo and his son, Jake Gallardo, of Las Cruces will join Mesilla Park’s Bumper Jones and his father, Royal Jones, to take on the high-speed invaders. Other regulars expected include USMTS rookie-of-the-year contender Carlos Ahumada Jr. of El Paso, Christy Barnett, Jimmy Ray, Donavon Flores, Dustin Smith, Austin Adams, Terry Tipton, Zane DeVilbiss, Butch Reid Jr., Sherman Barnett, Max Sadler, Philip Houston and more.

Also on the racing card all three nights of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout will be Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

The Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the USRA and will earn Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national, regional and track points all three nights along with Stock Cars and B-Mods (X-Mods).

An open practice is slated for Thursday, April 19, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and practice from 6-10 p.m. Pit passes are $25 (grandstands will be closed).

On Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. A family pack is $30. Pit passes are are $40 (three-day pit pass $110). Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days.

On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $15, a family pack is $35 and pit passes are $40.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online. You can also check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southernnewmexicospeedway and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/snmspeedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Johnny Scott secures victory in USMTS debut at Canyon Speedway Park

April 16th, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.–Johnny Scott notched his 33rd career USMTS victory Friday night as the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit invaded the Canyon Speedway Park for the series’ first trip into the state of Arizona.

Scott, who claimed the first two Summit USMTS Southern Series victories in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in February, grabbed the lead from polesitter Lance Mari with four laps complete and then held off a determined Rodney Sanders and rebounding Jake O’Neil during the final 31 circuits to earn the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

The 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., was relentless in picking off lapped cars while Sanders and O’Neil followed in his tire tracks. O’Neil followed Scott around Mari on lap 5 but nearly spun seven laps later, dropping back to fourth in the running order.

He clawed his way back to the front to challenge to front two cars and followed Scott and Sanders to the checkered flag with Stormy Scott and Bumper Jones rounding out the top five finishers.

After winning his Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, Stormy Scott started the main event from the 13th position and garnered both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award after advancing nine spots in the nightcap.

Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 15th, came home sixth with Dereck Ramirez seventh, Lucas Schott eighth, Jason Noll ninth in his USMTS debut and Terry Phillips in tenth place.

With the win, Johnny Scott assumed the top spot in the national series points standings heading into the second night of action in the “Showdown at Canyon.”

On Saturday, the mud-chucking monsters of modified racing tear back into the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Peoria, Ariz., with another complete show that also includes Arizona Differential Northern Sport Mods, Desert Restorations Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the green flag waves at 7 p.m. General admission is $25 for adults while seniors (60+) and members of the military get in for $20. Kids ages 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7 to 11 or free for children ages 6 and under.

For those unable to be there in person, tune into www.RacinDirt.com to watch every lap of every race in every division live.

The Canyon Speedway Park is located 25 miles north of Phoenix on I-17 to exit 223-B, and then 6.8 miles west on SR 74, and then 0.2 mile south on N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., and then 0.2 mile west on W. Carefree Hwy. (9777 W Carefree Hwy, Peoria, AZ 85383). For more information, check out www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Davis is Back on Top at Canyon Speedway Park

April 16th, 2018

Saturday March 31st-“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting fifth, the five-time Arizona champion took the lead from Michael Curtis on lap five and held off all challengers to score the $1,500 “Easter Eggstravaganza” triumph. Point leader R.J. Johnson, top qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and hard charger Dennis Gile followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Charles Davis Jr. opened the night by placing third in the first 8-lap heat race. Ranked second out of a sixteen car roster in passing points, Davis charged to his first win as a car owner and the twenty-second SouthWest victory of his career. “Chargin” Charles has climbed to second in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season.

Starting fourth, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) took second in last Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the program’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has a seven point lead over the competition with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) returned to USAC SouthWest action and scored third in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Piloting the John Grau and Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the night’s second heat race and earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master / Top Qualifier Award. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has posted three top-10 finishes and is now tied for thirteenth in the point standings.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) claimed a solid fourth place finish at the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in his heat race and sat fourth in the night’s passing points. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has risen to fifth in championship points with one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and two top-10 finishes.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his second hard charger award with a fifth place run from eleventh in the main event. Driving Gene Gile’s #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile ran sixth in his heat race and placed eleventh in the night’s passing points. The former rookie of the year has climbed to seventh in the point chase with one feature win, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in 2018.

On Saturday, April 14th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first appearance of the year at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The “Cotton Classic” will also feature Late Models, Power 600 Micro Sprints (winged), Pure Stocks, and Bombers. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLETDAVIS IS BACK ON TOP AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 3, 2018… Last Saturday night, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting fifth, the five-time Arizona champion took the lead from Michael Curtis on lap five and held off all challengers to score the $1,500 “Easter Eggstravaganza” triumph. Point leader R.J. Johnson, top qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and hard charger Dennis Gile followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Charles Davis Jr. opened the night by placing third in the first 8-lap heat race. Ranked second out of a sixteen car roster in passing points, Davis charged to his first win as a car owner and the twenty-second SouthWest victory of his career. “Chargin” Charles has climbed to second in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season.

Starting fourth, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) took second in last Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the program’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has a seven point lead over the competition with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) returned to USAC SouthWest action and scored third in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Piloting the John Grau and Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the night’s second heat race and earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master / Top Qualifier Award. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has posted three top-10 finishes and is now tied for thirteenth in the point standings.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) claimed a solid fourth place finish at the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in his heat race and sat fourth in the night’s passing points. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has risen to fifth in championship points with one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and two top-10 finishes.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his second hard charger award with a fifth place run from eleventh in the main event. Driving Gene Gile’s #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile ran sixth in his heat race and placed eleventh in the night’s passing points. The former rookie of the year has climbed to seventh in the point chase with one feature win, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in 2018.

On Saturday, April 14th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first appearance of the year at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The “Cotton Classic” will also feature Late Models, Power 600 Micro Sprints (winged), Pure Stocks, and Bombers. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

Canyon’s USAC Southwest Sprint Car “Hall of Fame Classic” Starts Friday

September 29th, 2017

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park for two nights of action. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the annual “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 29th, and will pay $2,000-to-win and $225 to start the main events. In addition, the Napa Sprint Cars, Modlites, Power 600 Micro Sprints, and AVRA Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing at 7:30pm both days. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-four USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA and later with the USAC/CRA and USAC National Series, the “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to Manzanita Speedway. In 2000, “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural event and also claimed victory in 2006. Canyon Speedway Park revived the event in 2011 and it has become one of the most popular dates on the track’s schedule. Now headlined by the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Dennis Matousek will serve as Grand Marshall. Wayne Bennet, Al Dean, The Goosic Family, “Fast” Eddy Kennemer, Jimmy Stewart, and Steve Stroud will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. “Mr. Excitement” Terry Belcher, Gary Blum, Larry Clark, Dave Culp, Russell Faucet, Jerry Miller, Bob Ream Sr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, Lonnie Sherman, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

After scoring his 50th career USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at San Tan Valley on September 9th, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a 101 point advantage. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson has six feature wins, nine heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 162 feature laps led. The four-time champion won the USAC/CRA “Hall of Fame Classic” last season and will be looking to add another event trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished seventh at Arizona Speedway on September 9th. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five feature wins, eight heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has nineteen series wins and will have his sights on his second “Hall of Fame Classic” triumph.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran sixth in the September 9th feature. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko finished second to R.J. Johnson at the San Tan Valley oval. To date, the young driver has four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on claiming his first career USAC SouthWest win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto charged from sixteenth to score fifth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, Nick has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the year. Aiuto will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest feature at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Landon Cling, Stevie Sussex, Andy Reinbold, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

SANDS CHEVROLET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS:
2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1032, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-931, 3. Shon Deskins-791, 4. Tye Mihocko-717, 5. Nick Aiuto-713, 6. Mike Martin-632, 7. Chris Bonneau-621, 8. Michael Curtis-572, 9. Matt Lundy-523, 10. Landon Cling-500, 11. Stevie Sussex-496, 12. Andy Reinbold-458, 13. Jeff Lowery-447, 14. Bruce St. James-440, 15. Brent Yarnal-436, 16. Cody Sickles-392, 17. Matt Rossi-264, 18. Brian Hosford-191, … Jake Swanson-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

Dave Darland Winds “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway

February 20th, 2017

Charging from eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) took command from Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap and claimed the “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Darland, last Saturday’s $3,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was also a personal triumph in winning the race that honors friend and sponsor. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., hard charger R.J. Johnson, Sussex, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J, Dave Darland steadily made his way forward in the 30-lap main event. By lap twenty, the former USAC National Champion was secure in third and executed a brilliant turn one “slide job” to take second. Still on the charge, Darland shot low into third corner underneath the leader Sussex and slid into the lead. From there, “The People’s Champion” was not to be denied and sped to the season opener’s checkered flags. Earlier in the program, Darland ran third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) pressured Sussex for the lead early in the race but had to settle for second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race sponsored by Crawford Auto Repair and placed fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” as the series point leader.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) earned the night’s MAJ1K “hard charger / best passing job” honors with a third place run from seventeenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored eighth in his heat race after mechanical issues seemed to end his night. R.J’s crew went to work and the four-time series champion rebounded to win the night’s All Things Surplus Semi-Main after starting seventh. The four-time series champion heads to the March 9th and 10th Las Vegas “Showdown” ranked fourth in the standings.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) led the first twenty laps before scoring fourth in the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Racing Bob Price’s #4 Team AZ Racing / RSS Industries entry, Sussex won the night’s Crawford Auto Repair Heat Race #2 and ranked sixth in passing points. Heading to Las Vegas, the 2015 “Outlaw Showdown” winner is currently third in the point chase.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fifth in the season opener. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Simpson Racing entry, Deskins finished fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in overall passing points. The veteran driver left Canyon Speedway Park ranked sixth in championship points.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the 25-car field. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran third in his heat race and finished eleventh in the main event. At press time, “The Bull” will head to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked ninth in the point standings.

Ronnie Clark (Tucson, Arizona) returned to USAC SouthWest competition and won the night’s Interstate Truck Bodies Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Performance Engines Ellis, Clark ranked second in passing points and scored nineteenth at the checkered flags. Ronnie left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” sitting fourteenth in chase for the championship.

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks All Things Surplus, AME Electric, Aragon Racing, Arizona Motorsports Promotions, Beaver Stripes, Canyon Speedway Park, Crawford Auto Repair, Interstate Truck Bodies, Jason Rominger, Kyle Larson, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep, MAJ1K, Property Solutions by Dave Wilson, Ron’s Lawn Service, Southern New Mexico Speedway, T&K Repair, Team AZ and everyone else that made the Steve Stroud Memorial a special event.

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

Wolla takes Winter Challenge opener at Canyon

February 6th, 2017

Already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, Wolla bested the 35 IMCA Modifieds checked in for the 25-lap afternoon show while Cody Laney brought his car home in second. Tim Ward, Parmeley and Brian Schultz rounded out the top five. Schultz had the most impressive run of the evening as he started 23rd in the field.

In all, 88 cars saw action Saturday at Peoria.

The Northern SportMods put on a display of hard racing as the leaders found themselves side-by-side throughout a majority of the race. Austin Kiefer tried working the inside on George for the majority of the race. The show was an exciting preview of what is to come in the 2017 season as SportMods have been added to the schedule for 10 points races this season.

Soboski cruised to victory in the Hobby Stock division. Challengers were hard to find for Soboski until near the end of the race as he bested a hard charging Joe Vlasity who started dead last after a disqualification in his heat race for failing to report to the tech area. Vlasity picked his way through the pack but could not make the outside groove work enough to get around Soboski.

Northern SportMods become fourth IMCA division featured at Canyon

January 18th, 2017

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are new in 2017 at the Peoria, Ariz., venue, running each night of the Winter Challenge Series in January and the Desert Classic in February.

The SportMods join sanctioned Modifieds, a Canyon staple for more than a quarter century, and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, both added last season, on regular Saturday race programs.

First local track points for the SportMods, as well as the Stocks and Hobbies, will be given for Feb. 24 and 25 Desert Classic shows.

Three hundred tons of new clay were added to make the racing surface a true 3/8-mile oval, with a new track built on the inside for micro sprint and flat track motorcycle events.

A busy, sometimes hectic off-season has also seen installation of elevated aluminum seating on the pit side of the track, relocation of the tech area next to the pit area and completion of a new paved road and bridge leading to the front gate.