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Perfect Sunshine Night for Courtney in Moberly’s USAC Return

Moberly, Missouri………Over the course of 140-plus years of Major League Baseball, there’ve been 23 different pitchers who’ve thrown a perfect game. The perfect 300 bowling game is celebrated as one of the highest achievements in all of sport. A few times per year, you’ll hear of an NFL quarterback who scored a perfect 158.3 rating.

Less heralded is the perfect race. There’s so many variables, obstacles and outside influences in auto racing that can play interference on each corner and each lap, it’s nearly impossible to accomplish. Plus, in auto racing, there are no points systems or judges to determine what a “perfect” score is.

In a 30-lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race, perfection is an expectation. On Sunday night in the series’ first trip to Randolph County Raceway since 1989, Tyler Courtney was just about as perfect as you can be, staving off pressure from Brady Bacon down the stretch to win his third series feature of the year.

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Bacon Turns in K.C. Masterpiece at Lakeside

Kansas City, Kansas………One of the statistics bandied about in the week leading up to Saturday night’s USAC return to Lakeside Speedway was the fact that the most accomplished drivers in the sport, more often than not, seem to rise to the occasion when the venerable club visits the Kansas City, Kansas oval.

Coming into the event, 13 of the 17 drivers who had won USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at the old Lakeside Speedway half-mile and the newer Lakeside Speedway 4/10-mile were either USAC National champions or National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees.

One of those names absent from the list entering the Saturday night was Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ came within a lap of stamping his initials on that list in 2016. One year later, though, redemption was on his mind as he led all 30 laps to score his first triumph at Lakeside.

On the start, Bacon jumped ahead from the pole while third-place starter, young Riley Kreisel stepped into second. Right off the bat, though, a campfire broke out underneath the hood of Bacon’s ride as a trail of smoke clouded the sky behind him. No harm, no foul, though, as it was merely a little overflow spilling out of the oil tank. Bacon glanced down at the oil pressure gage and reassured that everything was perfectly fine from his vantage point.

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USAC Sprint Car Season’s 2nd Half Gets Hot Start in Kansas/Missouri this Sat./Sun.

As the sun sets on the month of July, through the smoke, the rain, and the shine, the figurative flagman has displayed the crossed flags on another spectacular racing season.

Or perhaps, like Punxsutawney Phil, the flagman has seen his own shadow, indicating the season still has several weeks and months remaining until the winter doldrums set in.

In either case, the view has become clearer and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship picture has been framed with a group of contenders who have separated themselves from the rest of the field.

This coming weekend, those contenders rise to the forefront in a pair of races that can spring a team into harmony or find a team tumble into a sea of disarray.

After a flourishing July for some and a rough-and-tumble July for others, drivers and teams must pull out their compasses to either maintain their course or rediscover the correct path in order to get themselves back on track. Up, down, east or west, destiny lies ahead this weekend when USAC’s stars are put to the test.

Saturday night, July 29th, the USAC Sprints return for its now annual visit to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The surfaces may have changed over the years from pavement to dirt, but the 4/10-mile oval has routinely provided its share of memorable moments.

Rocklin, California’s Robert Ballou lived up to his “Madman” moniker over the last couple of years, taking his first USAC National Sprint Car victory at the track in 2015 when he carved up the field like a Thanksgiving Day turkey above the cush on his way to one of his 13 wins that season and his first series title.

One year later, Ballou once again dominated to score the win on night one of the doubleheader. One night later, Thomas Meseraull’s car caught fire during a red flag period. T-Mez stayed in his machine and stayed on the throttle to extinguish eventual series champ Brady Bacon’s lead coming to the white flag and closing out his second and final win of 2016.

It’s been quite a long-time since the USAC National Sprint Cars have made the trek to Moberly, Missouri’s Randolph County Raceway, site of this Sunday night’s series return. 28 years to be exact! In the lone visit back in 1989, Rich Vogler and the Hoffman Auto Racing team pulled off a rarity with each winning their only career wing sprint car feature under the USAC banner. It was the Hoffman team’s first of four victories in the “Show-Me State” at four different tracks, a list that also includes I-70 Speedway, I-44 Speedway and Lake Ozark Speedway.

Current Hoffman shoe, Chad Boespflug, aims to be the one to get the fifth for the Hoffmans this Sunday. The Hanford, California native has one win this season and recently regained his racing mojo in the latter half of Indiana Sprint Week after a tumultuous June.

Only two drivers stand in front of Boespflug in the latest standings – Justin Grant and Chris Windom. Ione, California’s Grant leads St. Louis resident Windom by 23 points heading into this weekend’s pair of races. Grant’s season-long stranglehold on the point lead relented for a single race during “Indiana Sprint Week” following Bloomington, but Grant made a surge back to the front a night later at Tri-State where he maintains his advantage.

Following his capture of the ISW title, Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas, Jr. holds down the fourth spot while Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney secures fifth.

Saturday night at Lakeside, the pit gate opens at 4:30pm while spectator gates open at 5pm. Cars hit the track at 6:45pm. (Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors (65+), Military, Seniors and Students with proper ID can get in for just $15 while Children (ages 12 & under) are FREE! Suite passes are $25 and pit passes are $30.

Sunday night at Randolph County, front gates open at 4pm with on-track activity set for 5pm. (Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $25 (Buy one, get one FREE!). Teens 13-17 are $10 while kids 12 & under are FREE!


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Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Begins In Lubbock and Amarillo

TULSA, Okla. (June 5, 2017) Turning 25 in 2017 is the ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek and this year’s test of driver and machine will see stops in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri with seven races across nine nights. Speedweek 2017 for the American Sprint Car Series is also the fourth edition of the Bob Westphal Memorial Cup in honor of the late founder of Wesmar Racing Engines.

Kicking off on Friday, June 9 at West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas the return to the three-eighths mile is the first time in 13 years that the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series has seen action in Lubbock. Formerly known as Tech Motor Speedway, then Lady Luck Speedway, the track saw five events from 2002 to 2004. Of those five events, two drivers traded off trips to Victory Lane with Travis Rilat topping action three times to Gary Wright’s pair of triumphs.
Friday, June 9 at West Texas Raceway will get underway at 8:00 P.M. (CDT) with Hot Laps. West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas is located at 12503 Highway 87. Admission for this weekend is $20 for adult with kids age four and under free into the grandstands. More information, including directions, can be found at

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Bellm Second in ASCS Warrior Action at Moberly

NIXA, Mo. (April 28, 2017) – Kyle Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team were oh so close to the first victory of the season, landing solid runner-up honors in last Saturday’s ASCS Warrior event at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.

“I feel like we left one on the table,” Bellm says. “We have things working well, it feels good knowing that.”

This weekend’s plans had included more ASCS Warrior action on Friday night at Fulton’s Callaway Raceway and then the re-opening of Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night. However, both events have already fallen victim to rain.

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Lucas Oil ASCS National Lineup Updated with Two Dates in Missouri

TULSA, Okla. (March 6, 2017) The 2017 lineup for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, as well as the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps has been updated as Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Mo. has been added to Sunday, March 26.

Originally slated for Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. the “Historic Half-Mile” has been moved to Sunday, April 23.

“The Fairgrounds in Sedalia have been working on renovating the concession area, and right now, the project is behind so rather than try and have a race in March that would get in their way and cause problems for them, we got with the crew at Randolph County Raceway and they are willing to let us move the race over to their track in Moberly,” said event promoter, Gerry Olson.

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Randolph County Raceway Event Rescheduled for August 28!

Randolph-County-Raceway(2)Windom, MN (June 8, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League event at the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly, Missouri that was postponed on Friday, May 29 has been rescheduled for Friday, August 28.

That sets up a big three-race weekend for the NSL the last weekend in August! After Friday’s event at Randolph Country Raceway, the series heads to Knoxville Raceway in Iowa for the track’s Season Championship and $5,000 to win on Saturday, August 29. Then on Sunday, August 30, the NSL will make their first visit to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie Wisconsin. That event will be co-sanctioned with the IRA series and promises to be another huge event!

The next NSL event will be Saturday June 27, for the Knoxville Raceway Mid-Season Championships. The feature will pay $5,000 to win. The series visits Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota on Friday, July 3 before returning to Knoxville on the 4th of July.

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