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Thomas Jr. Joins Petry Motorsports for 2018 USAC Midget Season

Petry Motorsports is pleased to announce that Kevin Thomas Jr. will come on board to pilot the No.15, and make a run for a USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship. Thomas Jr., has previously driven for the team at the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Ventura, Raceway.

“It’s really cool to be able to jump back in a midget,” explained Thomas. “I didn’t know that a Turkey Night ride would turn into a full-time deal, but I’m thankful Scott (Petry) and the whole team are behind me. They’re a great group of guys and I’m looking forward to see what we can make happen this season.”

Thomas is scheduled to run the entire USAC National Midget season aboard the Petry Motorsports/Spike Chassis/Toyota No.15. 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.

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Swanson, Windom, Bayston Share Spotlight at Friday’s 62nd “Night of Champions” Celebration

USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Spencer Bayston shared the spotlight along with other 2017 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 62nd USAC “Night of Champions” celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, CA, Windom, of Canton, IL, and Bayston, of Lebanon, IN, earned National championships. Swanson was a third-time Silver Crown titlist, Windom a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Bayston a first-time National Midget champ.

Justin Grant of Ione, CA secured the $5,000 Mike Curb “Super License” in memory of Bryan Clauson and the $2,500 ProSource “Fast Time” Award. The former was for scoring the most National points combined in the three series, while the latter was for posting the most National fast qualifying efforts during the campaign.

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New Title Sponsor, New Venues Ring in Recharged USAC National Midget Series in 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana………A brand new title sponsor and a pair of new venues amongst a slate of popular series mainstays bring an invigorated USAC National Midget scene in 2018 with 23 events, 21 venues and nine states occupying the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship schedule.
The series has partnered with an innovative technology launching in January 2018 that rewards good drivers with great rates for car insurance, which will go hand-in-hand with benefits to the series and racers as a whole.
“P1 is the first insurance company to rate your driving skills on how you drive using smartphone technology,” USAC CEO Kevin Miller explained.  “P1 rewards great drivers and also rewards our great drivers at USAC with incentives that will enhance purses and point funds in addition to contributing to individual driver sponsorships based on activations within their app.  USAC will be promoting P1 throughout the year to a vast fan and competitor base to increase activation.  This program has the ability to dramatically impact the direction of USAC circle track dirt racing.”

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Swanson, Windom, Bayston Celebrate USAC National Championships in Indianapolis Friday; Western Champs Celebrate January 27 in Las Vegas

USAC’s 62nd “Night of Champions” National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 8, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC’s 2017 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, CA earned his third USAC Silver Crown Championship while Chris Windom of Canton, IL captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. The National Midget Championship went to Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, IN.

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

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Briscoe & Cottle Headline Early “Knepper 55” USAC Midget Entries

Du Quoin, Illinois………Racing champions Chase Briscoe and Shane Cottle are among the 30, thus far, early entries for the Saturday, December 16th “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center.

Briscoe, of Mitchell, Indiana, is the 2016 ARCA champ and recently wrapped up NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors and his first series win in the finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November. Briscoe is certainly no rookie when it comes to open wheel dirt track racing where he cut his teeth before moving into the NASCAR ranks. Briscoe made his midget racing debut at the “Knepper 55” one year ago, finishing 17th. Briscoe will compete in his own No. 5 in his second “Knepper 55” appearance.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champ and four-time Kokomo Speedway titlist Shane Cottle has entered the event for a team fielded by Daryl Saucier and Shane Hmiel. It was with Saucier for whom Cottle won his two most recent USAC Midget features, back in 2007 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and in 2010 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. In March of 2016 at the Southern Illinois Center, Cottle, of Kokomo, Ind., led 28 laps and finished second at the “Shamrock Classic” drivng for Hmiel.
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Versatile Grant Wins 2017 Mike Curb Super License

Justin Grant’s consistent performances in all three of USAC’s national divisions has earned him the coveted Mike Curb Super License for 2017 for which he will be awarded at the December 8 “Night of Champions” at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Grant’s total accumulation of 4070 points in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget series outdistanced Tyler Courtney’s 3601 on his way to the $5000 award and a “Super License” to compete with USAC during the 2018 season.

Grant was the only driver to make a start in all 70 USAC National points races in 2017 (10 Silver Crown, 37 Sprint & 23 Midget). He also became the first driver since Tracy Hines in 2011 to finish in the top-five of the point standings in all three series during a single year (4th in Silver Crown, 2nd in AMSOIL National Sprint & 5th in National Midget). Grant, along with Courtney, were the lone two to win feature events in all three divisions in 2017.

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Bell Outduels Larson in “Turkey Night” Thriller at Ventura

Ventura, California……… Thanksgiving is the day each year when we take a little extra time to realize how fortunate we are.

For those in attendance at Thursday’s “Turkey Night Grand Prix,” the realization quickly came to how thankful we are to have witnessed Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson duking it out against each other for 98 laps in USAC Midgets at Ventura Raceway.

The three official lead changes listed in the box score aren’t indicative of the back-and-forth battle these two titans waged with sliders being exchanged like currency on both ends of the racetrack.

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Golobic Fastest in Turkey Night Practice

USAC NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2017 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 77th “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-12 locked into the Feature) 1. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.888; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-11.909; 3. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.933; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.060; 5. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.081; 6. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.119; 7. Logan Seavey, 4A, RAMS-12.200; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.210; 9. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.238; 10. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.249; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.266; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.269; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.274; 14. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.276; 15. Brad Sweet, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-12.282; 16. Michael Pickens, 25x, Rodela-12.290; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.326; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.342; 19. Zeb Wise, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.391; 20. Chase Briscoe, 5, Briscoe-12.393; 21. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.460; 22. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.471; 23. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.490; 24. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.505; 25. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.512; 26. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.520; 27. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.535; 28. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.593; 29. Danny Stratton, 98, Blondel-12.605; 30. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.608; 31. Cody Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.680; 32. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.696; 33. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.702; 34. Dave Darland, 73T, Ford-12.729; 35. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.745; 36. Colton Heath, 99, Heath-12.802; 37. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.820; 38. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.847; 39. Daniel Robinson, 56, Fifty6x-12.872; 40. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-12.878; 41. Carson Garrett, 15G, Garrett-12.882; 42. Tyler Edwards, 2JD, Shenanigans/Neverlift-12.894; 43. Mack DeMan, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.924; 44. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-12.938; 45. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.972; 46. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.020; 47. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.113; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71x, Drollinger-13.385; 49. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-15.658; 50. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

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Golobic Fastest in Turkey Night Practice

Ventura, California………Shane Golobic led a field of 52 drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday’s open practice for the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway.

Four different teams represented the top-four in practice, which all came in the second of the four sessions held with Fremont, California’s Golobic taking the top time for Clauson-Marshall/Wood Racing.  The second through fourth positions were held by Brady Bacon (FMR Racing), Spencer Bayston (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports) and Brad Sweet (Dooling/Hayward Motorsports).

The fastest past winner of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” was 2015 winner Tanner Thorson (5th).  Christopher Bell, the 2014 winner, was 10th.  Kyle Larson, 2012 and 2016 winner, was 13th.  Dave Darland, 2007 and 2013 winner, was 33rd.

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Larson, Bell, Sweet and Briscoe Return to their Roots for Turkey Night

Ventura, California………Have you heard the one about when Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet and Chase Briscoe walk into a racetrack?  Well, when that happens, it’s definitely no joke.

These four may not be series regulars, but when they strap into a USAC Midget this Thursday night, Nov. 23 at Ventura Raceway for the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix,” this “vacation” away from their regular duties becomes strictly business.

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.  But, “dabble” is most certainly an understatement.

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Talented Turkey Night Rookie Class Ready to Rock at Ventura

Ventura, California………One of the deepest “Turkey Night Grand Prix” fields in years brings with it one of the most talented rookie classes for the race as well.

At press time, 23 of the 52 entries will be contenders for Don Basile “Rookie of the Race” honors for the 77th annual race on Thursday night, Nov. 23, including three drivers currently in the top-ten of the USAC National Midget point standings: Tyler Courtney (5th), Justin Grant (6th) and Tanner Carrick (9th). While Carrick is a true midget racing rookie and is the leader in the series’ rookie standings, Courtney and Grant are veterans who just happen to be making their “Turkey Night” debut.

The Clauson/Marshall team brings along three race rookies in Ione, California’s Grant, Indianapolis, Indiana’s Courtney and Angola, Indiana’s Zeb Wise, who made his USAC debut last Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, just days after celebrating his 15thbirthday. Grant and Courtney have teamed up for five total USAC National Midget victories this season with Grant, the 2007 BCRA Midget champ, taking the checkered in the season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and a spectacular last lap, final corner pass to win at Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Speedway in August. Meanwhile, Courtney, who got his start in USAC National racing in the seat of a midget, is one of five drivers to pick off three wins this season, which he did at Montpelier, Ind., Bloomington, Ind. and the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield.

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Turkey Night Live on Speed Shift TV Both Wed. & Thurs.!

Ventura, California………Both nights of the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” from Ventura Raceway will be LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.
“Turkey Night” from the seaside oval begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets.  The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.
At press time, a hefty field of 52 drivers have entered for the famed midget race, which includes heavy hitters such as past “Turkey Night” winners Dave Darland (2007 & 2013), Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014) and Tanner Thorson (2015), plus 2017 USAC National Midget winners Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Michael Pickens, series point leader Spencer Bayston and Chad Boat as well diverse racing standouts Brad Sweet and Chase Briscoe among many others.

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“Turkey Night” Midget Pre-Entry List Hits 52!

Ventura, California………The midget entry list for the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” continues to grow, currently sitting at 52 confirmed midget entries thus far for the Nov. 23rd race at Ventura Raceway.  Two more race rookies, Carson Garrett of Colorado and Dustin Golobic of California have announced their intentions of competing in the famed race featuring the USAC National & Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets.
 
Among the 52 entries, four past winners have signed up: Dave Darland (2007 & 2013), Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014) and Tanner Thorson (2015) as well as 23 contenders for the Don Basile “Rookie of the Race,” including Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Chase Briscoe.
 
“Turkey Night” begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets.  The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

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Bacon a Blur en Route to Bakersfield Midget Triumph

Bakersfield, California………With one of the busiest racing schedules of any driver in the United States, Brady Bacon annually competes in excess of 100 events a year on tracks from coast-to-coast.

In Saturday night’s “November Classic,” it might’ve appeared the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native had been an experienced master of Bakersfield Speedway.  But, wouldn’t you know it?  Saturday night was the first time Bacon had even laid eyes on the track.

Bacon, originally lining up seventh on the grid, worked the outside line to climb to the lead on lap seven.  It was a lead he would never relinquish as he picked up his third USAC National Midget victory of the year in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota in the National series’ first stop at Bakersfield in 17 years. 

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Bakersfield USAC Midget Results: Nov. 18, 2017

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

USAC NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2017 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield California – “November Classic”

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.849; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.912; 3. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.933; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.973; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.035; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.037; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.043; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.059; 9. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.103; 10. Michael Pickens, 25x, Rodela-13.103; 11. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-13.181; 12. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.192; 13. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.219; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.225; 15. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.230; 16. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.253; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.272; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.311; 19. Zeb Wise, 39, Clauson/Marshall-13.344; 20. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.357; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.368; 22. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.376; 23. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-13.400; 24. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-13.460; 25. Mason Daniel, 33m, Daniel-13.559; 26. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-13.587; 27. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.591; 28. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-13.676; 29. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-14.193; 30. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT.

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Eldora 4-Crown USAC Midget National Championship Race Results

Bayston Dominates “4-Crown” Midgets

Rossburg, OH……..USAC National Midget Series point leader Spencer Bayston took another step toward a possible championship Saturday night, leading all 25 laps of the 36th “4-Crown Nationals” feature event at Eldora Speedway. Shane Golobic took second ahead of Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Tanner Thorson. Holly Shelton finished sixth and claimed the KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger Award.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 36th “4-Crown Nationals” – Presented by NKT.TV

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#91BT Thomas), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chase Jones (#22 Petry/Goff), 7. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Clauson/Marshall), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 9. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini). 2:29.81

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson/Marshall/Wood), 2. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 4. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 8. Bear Wood (#8jr LW), 9. Rico Abreu (#97k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Tanner Carrick, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Alex Bright, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brayton Lynch, 13. Adam Pierson, 14. Bear Wood, 15. Chase Jones, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Tyler Courtney. NT

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Bacon to Pull Quadruple Duty in Saturday’s 4-Crown at Eldora

Rossburg, Ohio………Brady Bacon has thrown his hat into the ring to pull quadruple duty in this Saturday’s 36th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver will take part in all four legs of the “4-Crown” where he will compete in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint, and National Midget divisions as well as with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Bacon has secured rides in Fred Gormly’s No. 199 Silver Crown Car, the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car.

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Darland Declared Driver of 2nd Thomas Midget for Saturday’s 4-Crown

Rossburg, Ohio………Dave Darland, one of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club now has a ride in all three USAC National divisions for this Saturday’s 36th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has been tabbed to drive in the USAC National Midget portion of the program in a second car fielded by Brian Thomas as a teammate to driver Tyler Thomas.

Darland had previously secured rides for Saturday’s event in a USAC Silver Crown car for Phillips Motorsports and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car ride for Mark Hery.

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Three in a Row! Boat Wins Opener at Belleville

Belleville, Kansas………Every once in a while, a team discovers the perfect combination: the right driver, the right car, the right setup and the right track, all at the right time.

Friday night, Chad Boat and the Tucker/Boat Motorsports crew were all in unison as they pulled down a tried and true, war-tested machine from the shelf to win their third consecutive feature at the “Belleville Midget Nationals,” something only Stan Fox had accomplished in the 40-year history of the prestigious event back in 1979 and 1980.

After an up-and-down, inconsistent season leading up to this week’s races, the team made the decision to return to the same Spike chassis that was driven to a sweep by Boat a season ago at Belleville. It’s a car that hadn’t made a single appearance during the 2017 season before Friday night, but now stands an undefeated 3-for-3 on the Belleville High Banks.

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Belleville USAC National Midget Results

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 4, 2017 – Belleville, Kansas – Belleville High Banks – 40th “Belleville Midget Nationals”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.373; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.390; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.511; 4. Ryan Robinson, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.625; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-17.627; 6. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.641; 7. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-17.663; 8. Brayton Lynch, 1k, RKR-17.664; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-17.689; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.773; 11. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-17.780; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-18.020; 13. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-18.144; 14. Jeff Stasa, 91s, SBR Motorsports-18.286; 15. Matt Johnson, 85, Central Motorsports-18.589; 16. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-18.650; 17. Ryan Oerter, 43, RKO Management-19.266; 18. Collin Rinehart, 20, Rinehart-20.153; 19. Zach Middleton, 43a, RKO Management-20.182; 20. Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-20.662; 21. Ashley Oerter, 16, RKO Management-21.679; 22. Randy Oerter, 48, RKO Management-21.846; 23. Cody Brewer, 96, Central Motorsports-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Thorson, 3. Carrick, 4. Robinson, 5. Hatton, 6. Goodwin, 7. Middleton, 8. Randy Oerter. 2:21.20

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Bacon, 3. Bayston, 4. Lynch, 5. Stasa, 6. Ryan Oerter, 7. Bell. 2:23.14
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Solomon Valley USAC National Midget Results: Aug. 2, 2017

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 2, 2017 – Beloit, Kansas – Solomon Valley Raceway – 8th Annual “Chad McDaniel Memorial”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.319 (New Track Record), 2. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.334, 3. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.451, 4. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.588, 5. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.599, 6. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.602, 7. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.616, 8. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.641, 9. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.671, 10. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.689, 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.696, 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.780, 13. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 14. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.789; 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.814; 16. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.897; 17. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-13.074; 18. Matt Johnson, 85, Central-13.150; 19. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-13.159; 20. Paul Babich, 69, Hamilton/Halarr-13.173; 21. Joe B. Miller, 7u, Trifecta-13.207; 22. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-13.331; 23. Jeff Stasa, 91s, SBR-13.368; 24. Troy Simpson, 7, Hamilton-13.371; 25. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.479; 26. Collin Rinehart, 20, Rinehart-13.611; 27. Glenn Waterland, 11cw, Waterland-13.658; 28. Ryan Oerter, 43, RKO-13.752; 29. Randy Oerter, 48, RKO-14.318; 30. Ashley Oerter, 16, RKO-15.681.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brewer, 2. Miller, 3. Bacon, 4. Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Lynch, 7. Shapel, 8. Ra. Oerter. 2:13.75

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Thomas, 3. Thorson, 4. Nelson, 5. Goodwin, 6. Johnson, 7. Rinehart, 8. A. Oerter. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Bell, 4. Shelton, 5. Stasa, 6. Gehrke, 7. Waterland. NT

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Bell Capitalizes to Win His 2nd “Chad McDaniel Memorial” in Beloit

Beloit, Kansas………Rarely do we have the opportunity to accurately measure the accomplishments of racers in the midst of their careers to those who came before them. After all, that’s what record books are for. But, when you join a name such as A.J. Foyt in any record book, it’s certainly something worth mentioning.

Bell did just that Wednesday night in the 8th Annual “Chad McDaniel Memorial” at Solomon Valley Raceway where he recorded his 20th career USAC National Midget feature victory, equaling the number of wins the four-time Indianapolis 500 champ procured with the series in his legendary career.

Yet, after seeing his one-lap track record fall earlier in the night, Bell more than made up from having his name erased from that segment of the record book by leading the final ten laps to join Bryan Clauson as the only two-time winner of the “Chad McDaniel Memorial.”

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Thorson Thunders to First USAC Midget Win of 2017 at Jefferson Co.

Fairbury, Nebraska………Patience is a virtue, so they say and, indeed, good things come to those who wait.

Tanner Thorson was the epitome of each proverbial phrase at Jefferson County Speedway’s 2nd Annual Riverside Chevrolet “Tuesday Night Thunder” presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation. The reigning series champ out of Minden, Nevada, relentlessly hassled Tyler Thomas for the race lead throughout the first half of the 40-lap main event. On the 25th lap, Thorson made the winning move with a successful turn four slider on Thomas and, from there, never relinquished the point to capture his first USAC National Midget feature victory of 2017.

The 21-year-old hadn’t won in the series since tearing off a three-race win streak in October of 2016 to propel him to his first USAC title. Tuesday night’s victory was the first for Thorson in nearly 10 months. Furthermore, his win in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota was the latest in the season a defending USAC National Midget champion has gone before scoring his first win since Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2008.

Patience speaks many languages and Thorson was able to transcribe them into a sweet song during the 40-lap main event, ten laps longer than the norm. As Thomas broke away for the lead, Thorson knew he had the car and the ability as well as the inclination that traffic would most likely come into play, so he waited until the race came to him.

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Jefferson County USAC National Midget Recap: August 1, 2017

Fairbury, Nebraska………Tanner Thorson drove to his first USAC National Midget victory of the season in Jefferson County Speedway’s 2nd Annual Riverside Chevrolet “Tuesday Night Thunder” presented by Fairbury-Westin Meats.

Thorson, the reigning series champ out of Minden, Nevada, made repeated challenges for the race lead on Tyler Thomas throughout the first half of the 40-lap main event, but on lap 25, Thorson made the winning move with a successful turn four slider.

From there, he never relinquished the point. Brady Bacon advanced from fourth to second following a final restart with three laps to go to finish in the runner-up spot. Tyler Thomas led 24 laps and came home third ahead Shane Golobic and Christopher Bell.

The USAC National Midget points race tightens up a bit with Brady Bacon moving into second ahead of Shane Golobic who are both knotted up at 319 points, but Bacon holds the tiebreaker with two wins. They both stand just 14 points behind Spencer Bayston who finished sixth Tuesday night.
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Speed Shift TV to Stream Busy USAC National Midget Tour of the Midwest

All four races from this week’s busy stretch of USAC National Midget racing with four events scheduled over the next five nights will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV/!

Featuring top Midget racing stars Spencer Bayston, Shane Golobic, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson, Belleville Midget Nationals winners Jerry Coons, Jr., Chad Boat, Christopher Bell (Fairbury & Beloit only), plus many more, USAC’s tour of the heartland begins at the bullring of Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway on August 1 for “Tuesday Night Thunder.”

One night later, on Wednesday, August 2, the show goes on to Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas for the 8th annual “Chad McDaniel Memorial” before concluding with two straight nights at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks for one of the crown jewels in all of motorsports, the 40th Annual “Belleville Midget Nationals.”

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Bullrings to the High Banks: 4 USAC Midgets Races in 5 Nights Up Next for “Belleville Week”

USAC’s National Midget schedule annually consists of venues that range in size from the bullrings to the half-miles from new events to the established.

This week, the series’ drivers and teams will experience a docket that runs the gamut from the one-fifth-mile Jefferson County Speedway to the quarter-mile Solomon Valley Raceway to the aptly-named half-mile Belleville High Banks. Each racy in their own right with distinct characteristics that make them stand apart from each other.

One of the most action-packed weeks of USAC National Midget racing arrives at those Nebraska and Kansas dirt tracks this week with four races in a span of five nights between the two heartland states.

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Chad Boat Undocked; Returns for USAC Midget “Belleville Week” One Month After Lincoln Crash

One month after a frightening accident during the USAC National Midget event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Chad Boat will make his return behind the wheel for a big week of Midget racing in the nation’s heartland Aug. 1 in Fairbury, Neb., Aug. 2 in Beloit, Kans. and Aug. 4-5 at Belleville, Kans.

It was this week and these same three events last year where Chad Boat broke out for his first three career USAC Midget wins in the span of five nights, which has the Phoenix, Arizona native most eager to return to the track.

“Anytime you’re out of the racecar, it’s never good, even if it’s the offseason,” a hungry Boat said. “When you’re out for other reasons, it’s definitely a bummer, but I think it was in my best interest to take a couple weeks off not only for me to regroup, but for us to regroup as a team.”

Boat is referring to the accident that occurred on the sixth lap of the feature on July 2 at Lincoln where Boat and Brayton Lynch made contact entering turn one. Lynch’s car launched into the fence, snapped one of the fence posts in half and took down a large section of catch-fencing and the safety light with him. Meanwhile, Boat’s car launched over the wall and fencing at Mach-10 speed, flipping nose-to-tail roughly 15 times before landing near a fence a football field-distance away from where the incident began. Fortunately, both drivers walked away from the scene, but Boat wasn’t off completely scot-free.
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Fans Finalize 2017 USAC Hall of Fame Inductees

Fans Finalize 2017 USAC Hall of Fame Inductees; East, Gurney, Ruby & Schrader Latest Honorees

USAC’s recent social media poll to complete the 2017 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame has resulted in inductions for drivers Chuck Gurney, Lloyd Ruby and Ken Schrader, and driver, car owner and builder Bob East.

The four new inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies the July 20 “Rich Vogler Classic” USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Previously-announced 2017 inductees include (alphabetically) Donald Davidson, Frankie DelRoy, Gene Hartley, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp and Johnny Thomson.

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Courtney Conquers Inaugural Illinois Midget Nationals

Springfield, Illinois……Throughout the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season, Tyler Courtney has proven himself as the streak-stopper.

After leading each of the previous three races at Kokomo, Ind., Macon, Ill. and Lincoln, Ill. for a total of 32 laps, Courtney had put together a string of three-straight third-place finishes. Though some would accept that as a solid night, the driver known as “Sunshine” felt that was a letdown and immediately sought to end that run of events with a performance he wouldn’t regret.

On Monday night’s Independence Day Eve meet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena, Courtney did just that as, for the third time this season, he put an end to another driver’s two-race winning streak. This time, it was the previous two nights’ Macon and Lincoln winner Christopher Bell, who was cast in the role of Courtney’s pursuer instead of the alternative as Courtney captured victory number three on the season in the inaugural Adam Lopez “Illinois Midget Nationals.”

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Illinois USAC Midget Nationals Results: July 3, 2017

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2017 – Springfield, Illinois – Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena – Adam Lopez “Illinois Midget Nationals”

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Gray), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 6. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 7. D.J. Raw (#33 Team RAYPRO). 1:57.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton), 2. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Mike Hess (#3H Neuman), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Justin Allgaier (#7A Allgaier), 7. Joey Moughan (#29 Moughan). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 5. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 6. Shelby Bosie (#3B Bosie), 7. Rico Abreu (#97K Abreu). NT
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