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Kokomo USAC National Midget Results: April 9, 2017

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2017 – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Speedway – “Kokomo Grand Prix”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.081; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7B, Brown-13.199; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.246; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.247; 5. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.347; 6. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.350; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.402; 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13.452; 10. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.530; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.554; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.574; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.577; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.625; 15. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.626; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.658; 17. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.690; 18. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.804; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.828; 20. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-13.869; 21. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.981; 22. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-13.992; 23. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.114; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.118; 25. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-14.167; 26. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW Racing-14.516; 27. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.603; 28. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.664; 29. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 30. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bright, 2. Abreu, 3. Grant, 4. Greth, 5. Coons, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Darland, 8. Julian. 2:19.35

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Ray, 3. Robinson, 4. Shelton, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Jones, 7. Wood, 8. Walker. 2:18.80

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Bayston, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. Windom, 6. Shane Cottle (#9K), 7. Dickerson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Thorson, 3. Boat, 4. Golobic, 5. Nelson, 6. Lynch, 7. Seach. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Coons, 5. Jones, 6. Nelson, 7. Cottle, 8. Lynch, 9. Dickerson, 10. Wood, 11. Klaasmeyer, 12. Julian, 13. Seach. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Alex Bright, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chad Boat, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Chase Jones, 23. Tanner Carrick. NT
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Hinchcliffe Completes Comeback with Long Beach Victory

 LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 9, 2017) – James Hinchcliffe is all the way back now.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver, seriously injured in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash nearly two years ago, recorded his first Verizon IndyCar Series win since the incident by taking the checkered flag at the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driving the No. 5 Arrow Honda, Hinchcliffe crossed the finish line 1.4940 seconds ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of last month’s season opener.


Hinchcliffe’s last win came at NOLA Motorsports Park in April 2015, a month before the crash caused when a suspension piece on the car broke at 220-plus mph on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Hinchcliffe returned to racing last season and captured the Indianapolis 500 pole position, but had yet to win another race until today.

“To finally do what was goal No. 1 when we set out at the start of the season, to get back into winner’s circle, to do so as early in the season as we have, as convincingly as we did, was great,” said Hinchcliffe, who recorded the fifth victory of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was exciting. At the beginning, we were able to pass a lot of cars. The Menards Chevrolet was phenomenal all weekend. I was really excited before the race because I knew we had such a strong weapon. It was all about having the right strategy to make it work. We actually switched strategies because it was going so well at the beginning. The flat tire set us back a little, but it was a good championship day. I’m so proud of the team. Everyone worked really hard to come out of here with a good result.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet):“I think it got a lot more mixed up with the strategy today. (Scott) Dixon and me were on something different than the front guys, (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, (James Hinchcliffe), (Alexander) Rossi. I thought that added a dynamic that was more fun than last year. Everyone was on the same strategy last year, which let the race play out to not much action, unfortunately. This year was a lot more mixed up. I did way more passing than I’ve done in the past couple years. I thought it was an exciting race. For us on Team Penske, it was a good day. The Verizon Hum car, we had a strong car underneath us all day. I felt about it good in warm up. We had a car that was capable of challenging for the win if everything fell correctly. Our strategy didn’t play out with that last yellow. It just allowed everyone to catch up on fuel a little bit. We were on the same strategy at the end fuel-wise. Our strategy of trying to run those guys down at the end and be fast wasn’t really able to play out, which is unfortunate, but that’s how racing goes. You have to choose one strategy and hope it plays out for you. Today it got us close. Third place is something we can roll with, try to get a win.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet):“It just wasn’t our day. The Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet was really fast but we had a few other problems that kind of ruined the day. I think we had some electronic problems that caused us to mess up the start of the race and the pit road speeding penalties. We’ll regroup and head to Barber. One of these days all of this bad luck will even out. It can’t come soon enough.”

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Pennink Puts Ole Blue Back into Victory Lane

First Points Win for Iconic Whelen Modified Team Since 2009

THOMPSON, Conn. (April 9, 2017) – Rowan Pennink outdueled Bobby Santos on a restart with three laps to go and drove on to victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Sunday marked the third career victory for Pennink, and first since the 2013 season, which also came at Thompson. It was also the first points race victory for the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet since 2009. The Boehler Racing team, which has six NASCAR Modified championships, is celebrating its 60th season.

Coors Light Polesitter Timmy Solomito rallied in the closing laps to finish second and Max Zachem crossed the line third. Santos, who was leading the race on the Lap 147 restart, settled for fourth with Patrick Emerling fifth.
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Pennink Brings “Ole Blue” Back to Victory Lane with Thompson Win

The newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage during day two of Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the Icebreaker 150 capping of the tracks annual opening weekend on Sunday, April 9.

Thompson served as the second stop of the Whelen Modified Tour season and after finding early success in Myrtle Beach, reigning Icebreaking winner Timmy Solomito looked to continue his strong early run in the 2017 campaign with a possible win at the Big-T. While Solomito got off to a good start on the day, capturing the pole for the 150-lap feature, it was another driver who shined with a dominating performance as Rowan Pennink took the checkered flag in the weekend’s main event.

The win didn’t come easy for Pennink, despite a dominating performance during the mid-portion of the race and leading the most laps. Pennink, who started fourth, wrestled the lead away from Timmy Solomito after an early caution and opened up a significant lead, but had to recover following a late race pit stop that put him in seventh after a caution with 28 laps to go. Pennink made a daring three-wide pass for the lead against Bobby Santos, but lost the top spot when a caution came out before he could complete the pass. When the green flag finally came back out Pennink left it all on the track, passing Santos for good and taking the checkered flag, his second at Thompson and his first since the World Series in October of 2013.
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Eddie Macdonald Prevails in Pro All Stars Series Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, CT – Eddie MacDonald, New England’s full-bodied “outlaw” race driving star, nailed down his second career Pro All Stars Series victory Sunday afternoon, outrunning 14-year-old PASS newcomer Eddie Fatscher of East Northport, New York in the 75-lap Icebreaker for Super Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

MacDonald earned a front row starting spot with a heat race win on Saturday and swapped the race lead early in the event with two-time and defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire.  Soon Fatscher, the 2016 INEX Legends Cars Young Guns National Champion, made his presence felt, duking it out with MacDonald’s Exit Realty-sponsored 17, owned by Dave Lemieux, and the Precision JLM 60 of reigning series champion Shaw.

Late in the race MacDonald seemed to have things under control, though Fatscher raced close behind.  Shaw managed to prevail in a late-race battle for the final podium position versus multi-time Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Super Late Model champion Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts.

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Jacob Gustafson Earns $400 Four Cylinder Victory at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA- With $400 at stake for the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder feature event winner, Evergreen Raceway’s exhibition “Four Banger Sunday” event kicked off on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The fans that flocked to the track witnessed 16-year old Jacob Gustafson of NY come from the back twice to earn the big prize. Pete Verwys of Stroudsburg took the checkers in the “Soccer Mom 20” Minivan Enduro and Jennifer Adams of Lake Ariel easily cruised to the checkers in the Open Comp event.

TJ Kapish started from the pole position in the 4-lap Four Cylinder feature. However, Jacob Gustafson, who started third, grabbed the lead before a lap was complete. Kapish tucked into second, followed by Devin Schmidt, Brayden Spencer, and Carl Altemose.

The yellow flag waved on lap seven and Gustafson gave up the lead when he hit the pits to repair a leak. That handed the top spot to Kapish. Following the restart, Spencer overtook Schmidt for second and set his sights on the leader. The two battled intensely for a number of laps before Schmidt regained the runner-up spot on lap 22.
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QUALIFING: Solomito On Point at Icebreaker

Second Straight Coors Light Pole at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. – After taking the checkered flag in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener last month in South Carolina, Timmy Solomito has brought his momentum north.

Solomito, of Islip, New York, posted a fast lap of 18.868 seconds (119.250 mph) Sunday afternoon around the .625-mile Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to win the Coors Light Pole Award for the Icebreaker 150.

Solomito was also the polesitter for the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson. Today’s pole was the fourth of his career overall.

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Kern County USAC Speed2 Western US Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 8, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.331; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.515; 3. David Prickett, 6, Holmes-16.602; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-16.624; 5. Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-16.874; 6. Cody Jessop, 20, Prickett-17.077; 7. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-17.332; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-17.384; 9. Joey Rayborne, 13J, Rayborne-17.403.

FIRST HEAT: 1. Lemke, 2. Breidinger, 3. Rayborne, 4. Paterson, 5. Prickett. NT

SECOND HEAT: 1. Love, 2. Jessop, 3. Hazelton, 4. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Ashley Hazelton, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Joel Raybourne, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Cody Jessop. NT
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Celebrity Sightings at the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the place to be today as the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series mix it up with the stars of Hollywood before the start of the 43rd running of the famed street race.

In addition to University of Southern California head football coach Clay Helton, who is serving as grand marshal, and two-time Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman (New England Patriots), who is riding in the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports with racing legend Mario Andretti, the following celebrities will be on hand as guests of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers:

Guests of Marco Andretti, driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda for Andretti Autosport:
•    Nina Dobrev, “Vampire Diaries”
•    Comedian Nick Swardson
•    Comedian Jeff Ross
•    Bridget Marquardt, “The Girls Next Door”

Guests of Conor Daly, driver of the No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet:
•    Chloe Grace Moretz, “Carrie”; “Let Me In”
•    Tory Belleci, “Mythbusters”; “White Rabbit Project”
•    DJ MAKJ
•    YouTube personality iJustine
•    Kevin Ray, bassist for band Walk the Moon
•    Television presenter/producer/writer Andrea Feczko

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Roderick Strikes a Chord With North/South SLM Challenge Victory

Nashville, Tenn. — A chord was struck in victory lane with the winner of the North/South Super Late Model Challenge.  Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco driver Casey Roderick celebrated a passionate win Saturday evening as he strummed the infamous guitar trophy at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN).
“This is an emotional win for me,” Roderick said to a crowd of cheers.  “I’ve been wanting to win at Nashville for a long time; this victory was very important.”
While this is Roderick’s first victory of 2017 in a Super Late Model, his combined season winnings rise to a total of five in four different states.  Roderick couldn’t hide his enthusiasm as he shared his new stats.

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Big Dog Country 103.5 Presents Super DIRTcar Series ‘Big Block Monday’

Sportsman Shootout Series Joins SDS presented by Big Dog Country on May 22

WEEDSPORT, NY (April 8, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway’s ‘Big Block Monday’ featuring the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds and the Sportsman Shootout Series just got a bit bigger, with the announcement of Big Dog Country 103.5 FM signing on to present the evening’s action.

Serving the Rochester Metro area and surrounding counties, Big Dog Country 103.5 FM specializes in the exciting sounds of today’s country while including the best of country gold.

With a mix of superstars like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Alan Jackson along with today’s hottest stars in Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldeen – Big Dog Country 103.5 FM programming is music intensive and designed to relate to and attract today’s country listeners.
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Bacon Back in Kokomo Victory Lane; Takes Grand Prix Night 1

Kokomo, Indiana — Brady Bacon entered Saturday night’s USAC Midget National Championship feature as the only driver in the field to have previously won a race in the series at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

After 30 laps were complete, the story remained the same as Bacon outdueled Spencer Bayston in the waning laps to take his fourth career series win and second at Kokomo, the site of his very first USAC National win in 2006.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native pulled double-duty Saturday on night one of the “Kokomo Grand Prix.” Moments after finishing in the runner-up spot to Justin Grant in the Kokomo Sprint Car portion of the program, Bacon lined up outside the second row at the start of the Midget feature.
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Abreu Closes Out Western Swing in Victory Lane Arizona Speedway

Gravel and Brown finish on the podium at Arizona Desert Shootout
QUEEN CREEK, AZ – April 8, 2017 – Coming into the Arizona stretch of the 2017 season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series full-time drivers scored wins in first 12 events of the season. That stat changed after Brian Brown ran away with the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Friday Night. The outsiders were looking to make it two-for-two in Arizona when the Series visited the Arizona Speedway for the second time in their history.
For the second night in a row, Brown started from the pole position. After jumping out to an early lead, Brown opened up a half-second lead over Abreu after a pass attempt that didn’t stick.
On lap 12 of the 30-lap Arizona Desert Shootout, David Gravel who was running third made a move on Jason Sides to move him inside the top three.

Hafertepe Remains Perfect with Lucas Oil ASCS following Texas Motor Speedway Sweep

FT. WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2017) Sam Hafertepe, Jr. continued his dominance of the 2017 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with his fourth win in as many nights this past Saturday to complete the weekend sweep of Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals presented by Machinery Auctioneers at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
Asked about his run in Victory Lane, Sam replied, “It was predominantly top groove track, so it made it tough to get around lapped cars so we weren’t going to make any dumb moves and try to force anything. We’ve been in that situation several times, but I knew we had a good enough car and we didn’t have to flex our muscles early. At some point, we could take care of it.”
On the weekend and the crowd on hand, Sam thanked Tony Stewart and the Texas Motor Speedway crew hosting the event. Setting a new series record with four consecutive victories, Hafertepe added his fourth triumph at the Texas Motor Speedway to his resume’.

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