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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.