Archive for March 10th, 2018

Wickens Grabs St. Petersburg Pole in Wild Verizon P1 Award Qualifying

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Saturday, March 10, 2018) – The unpredictability of the Verizon IndyCar Series reached a new and exciting level in Verizon P1 Award qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with rookie Robert Wickens taking pole position in his debut event.

On a track slick from light rain, Wickens slipped in a lap at the end of the Firestone Fast Six – the last of three knockout qualifying rounds – to claim the pole for Sunday’s 110-lap race that kicks off the 2018 season. Wickens’ circuit of 1 minute, 1.6643 seconds (105.085 mph) in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda bested seven-time St. Petersburg pole winner Will Power by less than a tenth of a second for top honors.

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG: Qualifying results

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Friday Practice at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “We had a smooth enough first practice session today, and we were really just trying to figure out the new car and how it handled here on the streets of St. Pete. We started to work some things out in Session 2 and we’re starting to feel really good about the Hitachi Chevrolet. We still have some work to do, but I know the Hitachi Team Penske guys are the best in the business. Team Chevy is doing a great job giving us all we need, so we’ll be back it for practice and qualifying on Saturday.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “The whole day was pretty good, I think. The first practice we were P1, so I was impressed with myself (laughs) and probably the team was, as well. It was a good start to the weekend, and I think the second session went good as well. We probably had a car to finish in the top-five, but I just had too much traffic when I was on reds. P12 is still good I think. I’m looking forward to the weekend and the season. Probably tomorrow is going to be a better day than today, and we’re going to be up there with the top guys.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): “The 2018 car is very different, I can tell you that. I think you’re going to hear that a lot over the weekend and a lot over the year as we go to the racetracks the first time with it. St. Pete, it’s always interesting on Friday, super low grip, a lot of different series out there laying rubber down and all the rest of it. Some interesting challenges today, a lot to learn with the new car, our side personally with the new team, new personnel on the team I should say. But, yeah, a solid start to the day.”

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Weather Forces Tulare Cancelation

Tulare, CA……..Saturday night’s USAC West Coast Sprint race at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has been canceled due to weather. The series resumes April 14 at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif.

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Rains Force Canyon CRA Sprint Cancelation

Peoria, AZ……..Rains have forced a cancellation of Saturday night’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. The USAC/CRA Sprint cars will now prepare for an April 14 race at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

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‘What They’re Saying’ From Qualifying at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “Not the best qualifying for us. Everyone picked up more than I thought they would but, for us, it just wasn’t enough. I didn’t do a good enough lap and it’s a shame we weren’t able to capitalize more in our first session for the year, but I feel like we’ve got a great car. I’m really happy with the Chevrolet engine that we’ve got this weekend. I think we’ve got what it takes to win this race and it’s been fun driving the Hitachi car for the first time so, not the perfect way to start the weekend off, but I think we’ll have a good car.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “I’m very happy with the whole team and with our performance throughout the whole weekend. I’m looking forward to my first INDYCAR race, my first time doing pit stops, saving fuel and saving tires, so I have a lot of things to learn yet. Tony (Kanaan, teammate) is a very special guy, he’s been helping me a lot, not just inside the track, but outside the track as well. And not just him, but A.J. (Foyt, owner), Larry (Foyt, team manager), and everyone on the team is helping me a lot because I’m a rookie. Tony is a very special guy and I’m super grateful to have him as a teammate. I grew up watching him and Helio (Castroneves), so having him as a teammate is a dream come true for me.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): “Obviously not the day we wanted on the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car. We got caught out by the rain there and only had one lap to get it done and transfer into the top six, which we only missed by a couple hundredths of a second. I’m pretty disappointed as the car is quick and Robbie (Wickens) proved that. Huge congratulations to everybody on the No. 6 car. It’s great to see the team rewarded for all their hard work. That was an amazing lap in really difficult conditions. He’s totally proven to everybody that he is a force to be reckoned with, and like I said, proves the car is fast, so hopefully we move up from seventh tomorrow.” Continue reading ‘‘What They’re Saying’ From Qualifying at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg’

USAC Sophomore Carrick Prepared for 2nd Season Starting this Saturday at Du Quoin

Du Quoin, Illinois………Sophomore sensation or sophomore slump are the two avenues that a driver can take after a successful Rookie campaign.  For as many success stories as there are in a driver’s second year of USAC P1 Insurance National Midget competition, there are many who weren’t able to break into victory lane.
Lincoln, California’s Tanner Carrick, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year, aims to be the sensation in 2018 when the season begins this Saturday, March 10 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
Since the inception of the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year award in 1969, there have been 14 drivers who have earned a victory in the year following their recognition as the top first-year driver.  Drivers such as Tommy Astone (1973), Bobby East (2002) and Bryan Clauson (2007) have earned three in their sophomore year, Billy Engelhart (1970), Larry Patton (1976) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015) with two apiece and Russ Gamester (1985), Darren Hagen (2006) and Spencer Bayston (2016) with one each.

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Night Two at Tulare Thunderbowl Canceled Due to Weather

TULARE, CA – Tulare Thunderbowl officials have made the decision to cancel Night Two of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series due to the rain cell set to hit the track Saturday evening.

There is no rain date for the event. Tulare Thunderbowl handled all ticketing information for this weekend and any questions should be directed to the track directly at (559) 688-0909.

The Greatest Show on Dirt continues their Northern California swing next weekend March 16-17 at the Stockton Dirt Track. Tickets can be purchased here and if you cannot make it to the track, be sure to watch LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

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Weather Forces Tulare Cancellation

Tulare, CA……..Saturday night’s USAC West Coast Sprint race at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has been canceled due to weather. The series resumes March 24 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

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Bernal Grabs West Coast Opener at Tulare

Tiulare, CA……..Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. passed Austin Liggett on the white-flag lap and led the final two circuits in his Keith Ford entry to win Friday night’s 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car opener at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Liggett took second ahead of Danny Faria, Jr., fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd and Jace Vander Weerd. The series continues Saturday night at Tulare.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.320; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.447; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.523; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-15.579; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.604; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.636; 7. Johnathon Henry, 8, Richardson-15.719; 8. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.079; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.141; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.198; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-16.211; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.279; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.320; 14. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.959; 15. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.688.

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Defending Champ Gardner Takes CRA Opener at Canyon

Peoria AZ……..Defending USAC AMSOIL CRA Sprint Car Champion Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. piloted the Mark Alexander entry to victory in Friday night’s 30-lap “Spring Showcase” series opener at Canyon Speedway Park. He led the final 22 laps after passing Jake Swanson on lap nine. Swanson finished second ahead of USAC Southwest Sprint Car Champ R.J. Johnson, Brody Roa and fast qualifier Chad Boespflug. The series returns to Canyon for Saturday night’s events.
 
USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Spring Showcase”
 
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chad Boespflug, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.566; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.622; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.661; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.718; 6. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-13.799; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.816; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.894; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.942; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.953; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.085; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-14.102; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.164; 14. Zack Madrid, 5M, Madrid-14.214; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.305; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.361; 17. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.393; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.411; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.449; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.467; 21. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Harland-14.961; 22. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.190; 23. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.868; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT.

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Mini Sprint Standout Andy Bradley to Make USAC Midget Debut at Du Quoin

Du Quoin, Illinois………Multi-time Midwest Mini Sprint Association (MMSA) champion Andy Bradley is set to make his USAC P1 Insurance National Midget debut this Saturday, March 10 at the “Shamrock Classic.”
The 35-year-old Bloomington, Indiana native has been a standout in the mini-sprint ranks over the past several years, but has now transitioned into the full-size midget in which he made his debut in at the “Chili Bowl Midget Nationals” in Tulsa, Okla. this past January.
Bradley will wheel the No. 49 XCALIBER/Ron Bach Special in the third annual event this Saturday at the 1/6-mile dirt oval, which kicks off the 2018 season for USAC’s Midget division.

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Speed Sport, MAVTV Return to Weedsport in 2018 for Six Events

SDS Big Blocks, USAC Sprints, RUSH Late Models and ESS Sprints ALL Part of the Coverage!

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 9, 2018) – Weedsport Speedway boasts one of the most diverse racing schedules in all of the country and they will also provide one of the most diverse national television lineups as well, as SPEED SPORT and MAVTV return to The Port for six shows in 2018 featuring the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, USAC Sprint Cars, RUSH Late Models, and ESS Sprints.

Once again, all six events will be shot, edited, and produced in their entirety by the Weedsport Productions team based in Weedsport, NY.

“We’re very pleased to continue our partnership between Weedsport Productions, SPEED SPORT and MAVTV,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “This relationship provides us the opportunity to showcase our facility and our racers and bring the unique and diverse schedule at Weedsport Speedway into the homes of millions across the country.  We hope everyone enjoys our coverage of the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, USAC Sprint Cars, RUSH Late Models, and ESS Sprints.”

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Aaron Reutzel Earns First Outlaw Win in Thunderbowl Thriller

Reutzel Earns First Outlaw Win in Thunderbowl Thriller

TULARE, CA – March 9, 2018 – Texas native Aaron Reutzel scored his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory in thrilling fashion after exchanging multiple slide jobs with local driver Cory Eliason. A lap 20 yellow for then race leader Sheldon Haudenschild bunched the field together and Reutzel began picking off the leaders in exciting fashion. Eliason settled for second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

Eliason, aboard the famed Roth Motorsports No.83, won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 35-lap Feature alongside fellow California native Jason Meyers. Eliason, in search of his first Outlaw victory, set the pace for the first 11 laps before giving way to red-hot Sheldon Haudenschild on the 12th circuit.

Sheldon, who set a new Tulare track record in qualifying, seemingly had the fastest car on the track and maneuvered the heavy lapped traffic well as he continued to extend his lead. Coming off of turn four on lap 18, Haudenschild got into the back of a lapped car and the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17 never settled down. Haudenschild muscled his ill-handling machine through turn one and two, before making heavy contact with the frontstretch wall at the completion of the lap, ending the young gun’s bid for his third win of the young season.

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Reutzel Lands First World of Outlaws Feature Win!

TULARE, Cal. (March 9, 2018) – The third time indeed proved to be the charm.

Just the third night of action for the newly-formed Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team resulted in a landmark first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car feature victory for Clute, TX, racer Aaron Reutzel.

Reutzel surged over the final portion of Friday night’s 35-lap feature atop the high-banked Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, taking command with just a handful of laps to go en route to capturing the $10,000 triumph aboard the Folkens Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X Sprint Car.

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