Archive for April 2nd, 2017

U.S. Army Racing: Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Race Report – Tony Schumacher & Antron Brown

A Win-Win for U.S. Army Duo in Las Vegas
It’s an All-Army Final Once Again with Brown Taking the Win this Time while Schumacher Takes Over the Top Spot in the Top Fuel Championship

Date: April 2, 2017

Event: 18th Annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals (Round 4 of 24)

Series: Top Fuel class of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Location: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Winner: Antron Brown of Don Schumacher Racing

U.S. Army Racing Finish:
Tony Schumacher qualified 2nd, lost to Brown in the final round.

Antron Brown qualified 8th, beat Schumacher in the final round.

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Madera USAC Speed2 Western Midget Results

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 – Madera, California – Madera Speedway – “Pombo-Sargent Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.500; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.727; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.731; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44B, Love-14.739; 5. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.755; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.950; 7. Blake Brannon, 60, Brannon-14.953; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.070;

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Lemke, 3. Paterson, 4. Brannon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Boscacci, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Nichols. NT

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Evergreen Raceway Announces a Pair of Affiliate Sponsors

April 2, 2017-St. Johns, PA- Since taking over the operations of Evergreen Raceway late in 2015, Jason Makarewicz and his team have been doing their best to help bring the track back to the local forefront when it comes to affordable family entertainment. The hard work over the last year hasn’t gone unnoticed and in turn, many area businesses have become involved with the speedway. With that said, Evergreen Raceway is proud to announce a newly formed partnership with Fairway Motors and Harry’s U Pull It of Hazleton.

The two businesses, which have been a staple in the local community for many years have agreed to come on board as track affiliate sponsors.

Founded by Al Corazza fifty Seven years ago, Fairway Motors opened in Freeland and then moved to Hazleton shortly after. Since, because of their customer service and customer loyalty, the business grew on a regular basis.

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Weather Takes 2 Speed2 Races

Rain Forces Gulf Coast Midget Opener
Stephenville, TX……..Rain forced cancellation of Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 Gulf Coast Midget Series opener. The series resumes April 26 at Boyd (Texas) Raceway.

Montpelier Falls to Weather
Montpelier, IN……..Adverse weather forced Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget Series opener to be cancelled at Montpelier Motor Speedway. The series is now scheduled April 15 at Montpelier.

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Coughlin Picking Up Steam in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Fans at Martinsville Speedway departed the track affectionately known as “The Paperclip” talking about several things from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series springtime event. One of those water-cooler type discussions will involve a fantastic performance by Cody Coughlin.

The driver of the No. 13 JEGS Performance Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing rebounded Saturday from a 27th starting spot, a pit-road miscue and being two laps down, to knock on the door for a top-10 finish in the closing laps of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

The aggressive nature of another driver, in the third turn of the final lap, spoiled what was an unbelievable comeback for the 21 year-old Coughlin.
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Windom Wins the Sumar, Completes Weekend Sweep

Terre Haute, Indiana — Chris Windom picked up right where he left off in a number of ways Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.

One night after celebrating a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car score at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Windom was back in the familiar setting of victory lane at the 17th running of the “Sumar Classic.”

“It’s pretty special getting the win last night and then to come out here with a brand-new team, I really don’t know what to say. I met a lot of these guys for the first time today. Gene Kazmark gave me the opportunity and gave me a great racecar to come out here and win tonight.”

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Evergreen Raceway Announces American Rental Equipment as Modified Sponsor

April 2, 2017-St. Johns, PA — There are a variety of events on the schedule prior to the official opening day, but the regular racing season at Evergreen Raceway is set to kick off with the American Rental Modified Series headlining the event on Sunday, May 21.

Owned and operated by Mike Piechota and Located in Lehighton, American Rental Equipment offers just about everything under the sun, from heavy equipment to generators and party rentals. A fully stocked hardware store is also on their premises at 511 Mahoning Drive East, and just when you thought that was plenty, American Rental even sells mulch and stone.

Both Piechota and the staff at Evergreen are very excited about their new partnership and they are looking forward to a long lasting relationship with American Rental Equipment and the track’s premier division.

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Newmanstown USAC Regional Midget Results presented by ARDC

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 – Newmanstown, Pennsylvania – Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Spence, 25k, Spence-11.071; 2. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-11.092; 3.Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-11.205; Anthony Nocella, 29, Seymour-11.215; 5. Johnny Smith, 4s, Smith-11.239; 6. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-11.314; 7. Ryan Greth, 4r, Lesher-11.477; 8. Troy Betts, 22, Betts-11.489; 9. Tommy Kunsman Jr, 21, Kunsman-11.507; 10. Adam Pierson, 76e, FMR-11.601; 11. Kenny Miller, 23M, Miller-11.746; 12. Kenny Johnson, 46, Johnson-11.866 13. Josh Heckman, 12, Heckman-11.890; 14. Jay Hartman, 24, Myers-12.276; 15. Jason Rice, 57, Rice-12.456; 16. Andrew Layser, 35, Lesher-12.658; 17. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright NT.

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Peoria Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Race Results

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Showdown at Canyon”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 6. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 7. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 8. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 9. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Nick Auito (#27 Aiuto), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 7. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

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Perris AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Race Results

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway- “So Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.568; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.609; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.626; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.745; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.808; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.916; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.958; 9. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-17.035; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.082; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.169; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.282; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 81X, Watt-17.303; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.450; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.676; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.780; 17. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.851; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.074; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.132; 20. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.298; 21. James Heling, 23, Bellegante-19.436; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-NT.

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Brandon Sheppard Leads Green-to-Checkers at Farmer City Raceway

Brian Shirley Passes Billy Moyer to Round Out the Podium

FARMER CITY, IL- April 1, 2017- During night one of the two day show at Farmer City Raceway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Illini 100 event, Brandon Sheppard held on to the lead from green-to-checkers. That’s also how the feature played out with no cautions during the 75-lap event.

Sheppard has had his eyes set on Farmer City Raceway since the start of the season and the results from tonight’s event puts the cherry on top for the young driver. Not only did he defeat the stacked field during the feature, he also set the fastest lap on the track during qualifying, placed second in his heat race and pulled the pole position during the redraw.

Earlier in the day Sheppard said, “It would mean a lot to me and this team if we won tonight. We only have one Outlaw race on the year and there has been a different winner at every track this year so to be the first repeat winner would be awesome.”

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Gravel Leads Green-to-Checker for Third Win of 2017 Season

Sweet and Haudenschild round out top-three at Perris Auto Speedway

PERRIS, CA – April 1, 2017 – David Gravel was the driver to beat at Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown bringing an end the spring California swing. As the track rubbered-up, Gravel was in the ideal position, out front. Running mainly the high-lane around the half-mile oval, Gravel was able to pull away on multiple restarts to take home his third victory of the season.

“I’m happy I got the jump on the restarts and got the lead to manipulate the race for yourself,” said the driver of the No. 5 CJB Motorsports GoMuddy.com machine. “Just happy to get another win, this is definitely huge, this the most wins I’ve had this early in the season. Not that it takes the pressure off but you just want to keep it rolling.”

A top-five qualifying effort, a heat-race win, and a second in the Craftsman Club Dash, allowed for Gravel to start on the front row of tonight’s 30-lap Feature. The driver that started the SoCal Showdown from the pole was California-native, Brad Sweet. With Gravel checking-out on the initial start, Sweet had his hands full fending off the rookie-of-the-year contender, Sheldon Haudenschild for the second position. A red flag was displayed on Lap 10 when the No. 2x of Parker Price-Miller went for a tumble in Turn 2; Price-Miller walked away unscathed.

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No More Second Thoughts; Windom Finally Hits the Win Column at the Burg

Lawrenceburg, Indiana — Chris Windom knows how to win. His 15 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins certainly attest to that. Of those 15 wins, though, one place that had eluded him over the past decade was southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

In almost a cruel way, Windom had finished second on five different occasions during his career in USAC competition at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval, including last Fall’s most recent stop on the tour.

On Saturday night, the Canton, Illinois native would shed the label of perennial Lawrenceburg runner-up by leading all 30 laps on his way to victory in the 2017 Midwest season opener for the series.

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Johnny Herrera Sweeps The ASCS Southwest Shootout

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (April 1, 2017) Making it a perfect weekend at the Southern New Mexico Speedway, Albuquerque’s Johnny Herrera lined his pockets with $5,000 in a sweep of the Consolidated Solar Technologies ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Shootout with the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region.

Career win No. 19 for Herrera, the MVT No. 45x trailed the opening rounds as Rick Ziehl took off with the race lead on the opening lap. Relinquishing the position to Skylar Gee on the second lap, Skylar was not without company as Herrera followed him around the No. 20z to take second.

Distancing themselves from the field, the pair began searching around the New Mexico oval as the track went black. Edging his line down bit by bit, Herrera found the rubber just as the pair ran down the tail of the field. Pulling past Skylar on Lap 12, Herrera kept pace through several restarts with more than enough tread to burn on his Hoosier Tires.

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Derek Hagar Tops ASCS Mid-South/Red River Showdown at I-30 Speedway

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 1, 2017) Derek Hagar was no joke at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Saturday night, as the driver of the No. 9jr thrilled a nearly packed house in the 2017 return of the ASCS Mid-South Region. Taking on the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, the win is Hagar’s first with both Regions.

Taking off third, Hagar captured the lead from Brian Bell in traffic on Lap 16 for the night’s $2,000 prize. The FSR No. 23b would have to settle for the runner-up spot with Zach Pringle grabbing the final podium step. Making the trip from Lebanon, Ind. Spencer Bayston took on the I-30 clay with a run from 17th to fourth with Tim Crawley from ninth to complete the night’s top-five.
 
Advancing 10 position, Matt Covington came up to finish sixth with Alex Sewell seventh. Also having to dig out of a hole, Oklahoma’s Blake Hahn tore through the field to eighth from 19th with Brandon Hanks from 15th to finish ninth. Howard Moore completed the top-ten.

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Lawrenceburg Amsoil USAC National Sprint Race Results

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.251; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.385; 3. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.387; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.562; 5. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-13.685; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.686; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.703; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.710; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.742; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.782; 11. Josh Hodges, 74, Hodges-13.858; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.886; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.986; 14. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-14.072; 15. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-14.113; 16. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.150; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.167; 18. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.177; 19. Cody Gardner, 9G, APPCO-14.177; 20. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.207; 21. Nick Nilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.219; 22. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.245; 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.280; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.289; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.298; 26. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.304; 27. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.308; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.318; 29. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.428; 30. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.492; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-14.511; 32. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser/Owen-14.599; 33. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-15.630; 34. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-NT; 35. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bilbee, 2. Andretti, 3. Boespflug, 4. Westerfeld, 5. Grant, 6. Robbins, 7. Goodnight, 8. Hery, 9. VanHise. NT

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