The popular “5th Annual California Sprint Week” remains a highlight on the calendar with six races in eight nights at five speedways. "He is intense, serious about winning, and a pleasure to be around. However, he's no outsider when it comes to midget racing as evidenced by his 11 career USAC National wins between 20. Final USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-943, 2-A. Breidinger-751, 5-Iest-681, 6-Brannon-637, 7-Paterson-636, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-412, 10-Slay-288. Riverside, California's Ronnie Gardner has won six times at Bakersfield and the last three dating to last November's event.
Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, Perris Auto Speedway will host ten races on the schedule. We didn't have the best finish at Turkey Night, but we definitely figured out a few things. Chase Briscoe was a regular on Indiana's tough local sprint car scene in recent years, but over the past two years has made a spectacular rise through the stock car/NASCAR ranks with a 2016 ARCA title and a 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year award to his name. BACON A BLUR EN ROUTE TO BAKERSFIELD MIDGET TRIUMPH By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Bakersfield, California......... Gardner has swept both events at Bakersfield this season including March's season opener and the most recent visit in late September, leading 55 of the 60 total laps run in the process.
Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit call 707.763.7223. The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper. 56 ENTRIES FILED FOR JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 AT Du QUOIN! As the owner of 13 driving championships in both the King of the West and Northern Auto Racing Club Series, it's easy to see why. Glancing behind Bayston, one could see Bacon running a slightly higher line than those he trailed, which took him to second around the outside of Bayston off turn two on the fourth lap. I thought I could use it to my advantage until it wore out. I was almost worried that I just didn't know when it was going to go away.
On Thursday, September 6th, the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek Le Master. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Du Quoin, Illinois......... Andrews have filed their entries Sunday on the final night of the free entry period for the third running of the "Junior Knepper 55." The list for the Saturday, December 16 race at the Southern Illinois Center now boasts a field of 56 USAC Midgets for the non-points special event at the purpose-built, indoor racing facility at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, including the Clauson Marshall team with six entries, four of which are past Southern Illinois Center winners: multiple-time NASCAR Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., reigning "Knepper 55" winner Tyler Courtney, USAC National Midget season-opener winner Justin Grant and Spring 2016 winner Shane Golobic. NT COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. The Campbell, California driver possesses a lengthy resume that also includes Silver Crown racing and even a brief foray into NASCAR Winston Cup. Bayston scrapped back, but Bacon had enough of a head of steam off turns two and four to clamp down on the top spot. I felt myself slowing up just a little bit, then I got slid, then I had to start racing a little bit harder." Stockon was able to answer each slider cast by Thomas, but just as Thomas put the move on him between turns three and four, the yellow flag flew for the sideways machines of Tommy Malcolm and Jace Vander Weerd that came to a rest on the front straightaway.
After another successful season, champions in the National Micro Sprint divisions are Jimmy Leal (Coastal Clash), Dex Morris (Coastal Clash Restricted), Josh Ames (Non Wing 600), Trevor Years (Wing 600), Daison Pursley (Restricted 600), and Jade Avedisian (Junior Sprint), These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 8th. Thomas Jr., has previously driven for the team at the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Ventura, Raceway. 23 at Ventura Raceway for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," this "vacation" away from their regular duties becomes strictly business. FINAL 2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams. All five of those victories have come at tracks one-third-of-a-mile in length or smaller, which Bakersfield and Nov. Golobic (3rdin points) has been a contender all year with an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt, but is still seeking his first series win of 2017. NT CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1.
Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 are Matt Mc Carthy (CRA Sprint Car), Brandon Wiley (West Coast Sprint Car), Matt Lundy (South West Sprint Car), and Mason Daniel (Western States Midget). "It's really cool to be able to jump back in a midget," explained Thomas. All have earned a reputation for success in a diverse set of disciplines outside wingless sprint car and midget racing, yet still dabble when their schedules allow. Elk Grove, California's Larson has five career wins on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit and was a championship contender for much of his 2017 campaign. 2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson. Zeb Wise (Angola, Indiana) makes his long-awaited debut in a fourth car for CMR.
Teams can be made in advance and should have six bowlers. In 2010, Darland drove for the Goodnight family for much of the USAC Sprint schedule, picking up a win in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway. LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at 805.407.7229. 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. That last visit in 2000, 17 years to the day of this year's event, was won by Jay Drake that night driving for car owner Keith Kunz.
Starting at pm on Saturday, the Awards Banquet will honor the top-10 and Rookie of the Year drivers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, South West Sprint Car, and Western States Midget series. In three starts with Goodnight in 2017, Darland was Pro Source Fast Qualifier in all three and had finishes of fourth at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and fifth at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at [email protected] All these years later, Kunz's team remains at the top of its game as the Columbus, Indiana-based team arrives at the final two-race West Coast set occupying the top spot in the National standings with driver Spencer Bayston. Heading to their fifteenth campaign, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will feature twenty-six events at eleven racetracks in 2018. Teammate and veteran driver, Jerry Coons Jr., is slated to run a full season as well aboard the No.25, as he and Thomas will both be vying for a midget title. This week, the Norman, Oklahoma native's focus is set on becoming a two-time "Turkey Night" winner, duplicating his 2014 triumph. NT ----------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 T. Breidinger, Final USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,537, 2-Lemke-1,418, 3-A. Drake (1997, 1998 & 2000) and Billy Vukovich (1966 & twice in 1967) own the most National victories there with three apiece. Starting with the March 3rd "So Cal Showdown" and closing with the November 10th "Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris, the traditional 410s are poised for another competitive season. "We're excited to have Kevin on board," commented Scott Petry, owner. Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California was the runner-up behind Donny Schatz in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car standings this season with five victories. Breidinger-1,404, 4-Paterson-1,226, 5-Brannon-932, 6-Iest-707, 7-T, Breidinger-651, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-517, 10-Slay-331. .14 (New Track Record) CHALK STIX/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. While USAC National Midget appearances have been scarce, it has been a traditional stop on the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget calendar, 106 times in fact, in all but one season since 1987. The ticket order form for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at must be received by January 20th. Darland will make his season debut in the car in the USAC season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" on February 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. JOINS PETRY MOTORSPORTS FOR 2018 USAC MIDGET SEASON By: Dub Publications & Media Petry Motorsports is pleased to announce that Kevin Thomas Jr. BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Klint Simpson (9th to 3rd) NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 23 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "77th Turkey Night Grand Prix" - co-sanctioned with VRA LARSON, BELL, SWEET AND BRISCOE RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS FOR TURKEY NIGHT By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Ventura, California......... 2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst. Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at 805.407.7229. Second-place Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is the closest challenger, 66 points back, with Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) 77 points behind in third and defending series champ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) in fourth, 107 back. Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Jake Swanson (West Coast Sprint Car), R. Johnson (South West Sprint Car), Ronnie Gardner (Western States Midget), and Jesse Love IV (Western Overall Speed 2 Midget, Western Dirt Speed 2 Midget, and Western Pavement Speed 2 Midget). will come on board to pilot the No.15, and make a run for a USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship. Have you heard the one about when Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet and Chase Briscoe walk into a racetrack? These four may not be series regulars, but when they strap into a USAC Midget this Thursday night, Nov. .78 INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. VENTURA WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc De Beaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon Mc Queen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner. Clauson/Marshall Racing has been Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' largest thorn this season with the second-most victories in the series (5) between drivers Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana (3) and Justin Grant of Ione, California (2). Voted “Best of Las Vegas Bowling Alley” by the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Bowling Center in the Orleans Hotel features 70 lanes, a full service pro shop, and more. He will pilot a second Goodnight-owned entry with Scott Benic on the wrenches. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc De Beaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon Mc Queen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner. VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand Mc Spadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at call 805.648. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Adult tickets are , Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are , Kids tickets (6 to 12) are , and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. 2018 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE Thursday, June 14: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA) Friday, June 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) Saturday, June 16: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) Sunday, June 17: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA) Monday, June 18: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ) Tuesday, June 19: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY) USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BACK IN BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY AFTER 17-YEAR HIATUS By: Richie Murray - USAC Media Bakersfield, California.........