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The thrill of vehicle racing is an unrivaled experience for many automobile enthusiasts, but it is a frequent misperception that it is a sport reserved primarily for the wealthy. Racing on a budget is not only doable; it can also be a challenge that adds excitement and satisfaction to the racetrack. This article attempts to give car purchasers and racing fans sensible advice on how to satisfy their urge for speed without breaking the bank.
Finding the Right Vehicle
The journey to budget-friendly racing begins with selecting the right vehicle. While the allure of prestigious brands like Lamborghini is undeniable, there are more economical choices that can still provide a competitive edge on the track. Auctions can be a goldmine for finding such vehicles at a fraction of the cost. For instance, you can use SCA, which offers a variety of cars that can be transformed into racing machines with the right touch. The key is to look for models with strong aftermarket support and potential for upgrades. This not only ensures the availability of parts but also provides a wide community of enthusiasts with advice and shared experiences.
Making Smart Upgrades
Once you have your base vehicle, the next step is to make smart upgrades. This doesn’t mean splurging on every high-performance part available. Instead, focus on modifications that offer the most significant improvement in performance per dollar spent. Start with the essentials: tires, brakes, and suspension. These upgrades can drastically improve handling and safety, which is paramount when racing. It’s also wise to consider the weight-to-power ratio, as shedding unnecessary weight can be a cost-effective way to enhance speed and agility.
Continuing with wise upgrades, putting the engine and drivetrain first might result in significant performance gains. A well-tuned engine with the right changes, such as an enhanced exhaust system, air intake, and ECU tuning, can produce more power without the astronomical costs of a total engine overhaul. Focus on drivetrain components that will improve your power delivery and track dependability, such as a better-performance clutch or a limited-slip differential. Remember that reliability is equally as vital as power; increasing performance is useless if it leads to frequent breakdowns. Any update should be accompanied by regular maintenance and performance tests to ensure that your budget racer is always track-ready and capable of racing without sacrificing durability.
Joining Affordable Racing Leagues
For those who want to race competitively, it’s important to find affordable racing leagues. Grassroots motorsports events and amateur racing leagues are ideal for budget racers. These events often have categories for stock or lightly-modified vehicles, reducing the need for expensive upgrades. Participating in these leagues not only fulfills the competitive spirit but also provides learning opportunities for fellow racers. Networking within these communities can lead to partnerships, shared resources, and knowledge exchange, all of which can help in racing on a budget.
Delving deeper into the world of affordable racing leagues, it’s beneficial to keep an eye out for manufacturer-backed series, which often promote one-make races that level the playing field and reduce costs. These series typically require vehicles of a specific model, which manufacturers support by supplying parts at lower costs and offering technical assistance. Moreover, these leagues are a hotspot for talent scouts and potential sponsors who are eager to support emerging drivers with a passion for racing. Ingratiating yourself into this ecosystem can also lead to opportunities beyond the track, such as coaching, team management, or engineering roles, all of which can subsidize racing expenses and provide a broader base in the motorsport industry. Regular participation in these events helps build a reputation and can open the door to more exclusive racing circles where budgeting is augmented by shared expertise and community support.
DIY and Maintenance
A significant part of racing on a budget involves doing as much as you can on your own. Labor costs can quickly escalate if you’re paying a professional for every modification or repair. Learning basic maintenance and repair skills can save money and also improve your understanding of your vehicle’s mechanics. This knowledge is invaluable on the track, where quick fixes and adjustments can be the difference between finishing a race or not.
- Acquire a Repair Manual: Obtain a comprehensive repair manual for your specific vehicle model; these manuals provide invaluable information for DIY maintenance and repairs.
- Invest in Quality Tools: Gradually acquire quality tools that will last and perform well; essentials include wrenches, ratchets, pliers, and a reliable jack.
- Routine Maintenance: Learn to perform routine maintenance such as oil changes, brake pad replacements, and fluid checks to prevent costly repairs later.
- Diagnostic Equipment: Invest in basic diagnostic equipment like OBD-II scanners to troubleshoot check engine lights and other issues.
- Specialty Workshops: Attend workshops or classes at local community colleges or auto shops that offer hands-on instruction in car maintenance and repair.
- Networking with Racers: Network with other racers and enthusiasts to learn from their experiences; they can often offer tips and tricks that are not found in books.
- Trackside Repairs: Develop a solid understanding of common trackside repairs and ensure you have the necessary supplies and tools on race day.
- Parts Swapping: Learn the ins and outs of parts swapping and which parts can be interchanged with better-performing or more durable ones from other models or makes.
Sponsorships and Partnerships
Another avenue to explore is sponsorships and partnerships. Local businesses or automotive brands may be interested in sponsoring your racing endeavor, especially if you can provide them with exposure or advertising in return. In exchange for displaying their logos or promoting their products, you may receive parts, services, or financial support. It requires effort to secure sponsorships, but it’s a viable strategy for reducing costs.
Building on the foundation of sponsorships and partnerships, it is critical to develop a professional image and brand for yourself to attract additional sponsorship opportunities. Increasing your visibility to potential sponsors can be accomplished by developing a strong presence on social media platforms, building a personal website, and participating in community activities. Furthermore, providing product evaluations, hosting workshops, or giving back to the community in the name of your sponsors can add value to your partnerships. It's not only about what sponsors can do for you; it's also about what you can do for them. You can ensure long-term support that goes beyond financial aid by developing a mutually beneficial partnership, including mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to special racing events.
Racing Simulators and Virtual Training
When actual seat time is limited by budget constraints, racing simulators, and virtual training can be incredibly beneficial. Many professional racers use simulators to hone their skills, and the technology has become increasingly accessible. Investing in a decent simulator setup can allow for practicing racing techniques, learning new tracks, and staying sharp between actual races without the associated costs of track days.
Extending on the usage of simulators, it is not just driving skills that can be improved. Simulators provide a risk-free environment in which to test various racing strategies such as fuel management, tire conservation, and qualifying laps. They can also be used to become acquainted with the complexities of car setup, helping drivers grasp the influence of suspension alterations, aerodynamic adjustments, and weight distribution before applying them to their real-world vehicles. Additionally, data obtained from simulator sessions can be evaluated to identify areas for improvement. Simulators, in essence, can serve as an advanced preparation tool, giving a full platform for ongoing learning and performance advancement that is both time and cost-effective.
Maximizing Track Days
When you do get to the track, make the most of it. Track days can be expensive, so it’s important to come prepared. This means having your car in top condition, knowing the layout of the track, and having a clear plan for what you want to achieve, whether it’s improving your lap times or testing specific upgrades. Time on the track is valuable; treat it as such.
Besides thorough preparation, strategic utilization of track time is essential. Prioritize quality over number; rather than attempting to stay on track for as long as possible, concentrate on establishing clear objectives for each session. Working on your braking spots, improving your racing line through tricky corners, or testing the consequences of setup adjustments are all possibilities. Use telemetry and onboard cameras to collect data that can be evaluated after the session to track progress and identify areas for development. Consider organizing mock races or time trials with other drivers, which may provide a competitive atmosphere as well as excellent racecraft experience. By approaching each track day with a specific goal, you not only maximize your investment but also accelerate your driver growth.
Racing doesn’t have to be a pastime reserved for the affluent. With strategic choices in vehicle selection, smart investments in upgrades, involvement in budget-friendly racing leagues, and a hands-on approach to maintenance and repairs, racing on a budget is an attainable reality. The key is to be resourceful, committed, and passionate. Embrace the challenge of budget racing, and let the limitations fuel your creativity and drive on the track. With the right mindset and approach, the racetrack can become a place where both dreams and budgets can coexist harmoniously.
Race of Champions Management and Lancaster Motorplex Announce 2024 Dates -- Ol’ Boy Cup Viii and 35th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak 110 on Deck at Lancaster –
Race fans and competitors can continue to fill their calendar with race dates for the 2024 racing season to attend exciting Race of Champions “Family of Series” events.
Lancaster Motorplex has added Thursday, June 27th and Saturday, August 18th. On Thursday, June 27th the Race of Champions Modified Series will run the Ol’ Boy Cup 60, while on Saturday, August 18 the Series will run the 35th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak 110. For the first time in the history of the event a lap sponsorship program will be established for the event.
Race of Champions Management is continuing work on several traditional and potential “new” events, including a potential change for Race of Champions Weekend.
Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome has confirmed that the Spring Race of Champions Modified Series date remains on the traditional Mother’s Day Weekend schedule taking place on Saturday, May 11.
“Save-the-Date” with the “TBA” (To Be Announced) with more information in front of them include Saturday, June 29; Saturday; July 13 and the weekend of September 6th, 7th and 8th in addition to September 20th, 21st and 22nd.
Stay tuned as more dates become available for the Race of Champions Family of Series including the entire schedule release in the near future.
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After a weekend off from its late-season grueling schedule, Sexton Gatlin Racing drivers Brent and Grant Sexton return to the dirt track wars at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday. Grant will be finishing up his award-winning rookie season in the USAC/CRA Series and Brent will be trying to snare points in his pursuit of a second straight POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car championship. Spectator gates at the premiere dirt track in the west will open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00.
Grant, who at 19 is the youngest driver on the Sexton Gatlin roster, will put the bow on his USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year award season on Saturday. Last week at Cocopah, the teen raced in both the USAC/CRA portion of the show on Friday and Saturday and the ASCS 360 part of the affair on Friday.
In Friday’s USAC/CRA side of the Western World Championships, Sexton finished sixth in his heat and earned a transfer spot into the A main by placing seventh in the B. The 2021 POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car champion then started 20th in the 30-lap A main. Unfortunately, the abrasive, tire-eating surface was taking its toll. One of the victims was Sexton who dropped out halfway through and finished 22nd.
Preceding the USAC/CRA main event, Grant also drove in the ASCS 360 portion of the doubleheader program. The teen did a great job on that side of the show. He started third in his heat race and when the pole sitter took the number two starter wide coming to the green flag, Sexton alertly dove to the inside and flew by both. From then on he was never headed and led every lap for the victory.
In the 25-lap ASCS main event, the teenage racer started fourth and ended up in seventh.
A few minutes later he ran the USAC/CRA main. At that point, seeing track conditions and the way they were devouring tires, the SGR team made the decision to park the 360 for the second night and save it for the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving weekend at the Ventura Raceway.
On the second night in the USAC/CRA show, Sexton finished fifth in his heat and third in the B main. That sent him to the A-main. With better track conditions, he began the 30-lapper in 21st and advanced six spots to place 15th.
Heading into this week’s USAC/CRA finale at Perris, Sexton has the Rookie of the Year award locked up. He is also locked into the eighth-place spot in the championship standings. While Grant’s award and positions are locked in with USAC/CRA, things are different for his father Brent. The defending SWLS champion goes into Saturday’s competition 49 points out of first. In addition to Saturday, the SWLS has a race left on Tuesday, November 14th at the Bakersfield Speedway. If Brent can garner enough points between the two races and take the title, it will give him four lightning sprint championships. This year and last season with the SWLS. The first two were in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series in 1999 and 2008.
All active military members with proper ID will get into Saturday night’s race at Perris for just $5.00. In addition, they will receive one free pass for an accompanying guest.
Adult tickets for Saturday’s race are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids 6-12 it is only $5.00 and children 5 and under are free. The fairgrounds charge $10.00 for parking.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in the City of Perris. The track website is http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (951) 940-0134.
Sexton Gatlin Racing would like to thank the following companies for making the 2022 season possible. Keys Brothers, East County Electric Works, Maxima Oil, Automated Interiors, Sexton Fire Protection, BK Wings, Troy Dirt, Victory Graphix, and Swift Powdercoat.
One-hundred laps. It’s a daunting task in a midget any way you slice it.
For one, it’s imperative to ensure you can make it the distance, not only mechanically but physically and mentally as well.
It’s challenging, but this is why racers do what they do. To face off against tasks most ordinary individuals wouldn’t dare take on and to defeat their peers in competition.
That’s what we’ll be witnessing for two straight nights with the fourth running of the Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on November 17-18, 2023.
Here’s six of the many storylines we’re watching at this year’s edition of the one and only 100-lap USAC Midget race on the series schedule.
KYLE LARSON RETURNS TO HANGTOWN
Placerville Speedway is the home to some of Kyle Larson’s most cherished racing moments. It’s the place he made his first sprint car start. It’s the place he won his first sprint car race. It’s the place he describes as his “home track.”
Now, for the first time in 2023, Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) will be making an appearance with the USAC National Midgets during the running of the Hangtown 100.
He will forever be known as the first ever winner of the Hangtown 100, capturing the inaugural running of the event back in 2019 after starting 10th, then won a Hangtown prelim in 2021 after charging from the seventh spot.
Larson, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion, is a frequent hard charger at the Hangtown 100, driving from 23rd to fourth on night one in 2019 and 12th to sixth in the 2021 opener.
KOFOID EYING RARE BACK-TO-BACK FEAT OF 100-LAP WINS
No driver has won consecutive 100-lap USAC National Midget features since Sam Isenhower on the indoor concrete, coke syrup-infused surface of Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum in 1988.
No driver has won consecutive 100-lap USAC National Midget features on dirt since Ron Shuman in 1982 at the Terre Haute Action Track’s Hut 100 and Ascot Park’s Turkey Night Grand Prix.
Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) intends to change that in 2023 at Placerville where he comes in as the defending Hangtown 100 winner. In fact, he’s won his past two USAC Midget starts at Placerville, scoring the night two prelim and the finale in 2022.
Kofoid, the 2021-22 USAC National Midget champion, will also try to maintain Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ stranglehold of the Hangtown 100 after having swept all three nights of the event in 2022 with driver Tanner Carrick also taking the opener.
Already a winner at Placerville this season, Kofoid grabbed a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car triumph there during September’s 49er Gold Rush Classic.
WINNING A PIECE OF THE PLACERVILLE PIE
Speaking of drivers who’ve already achieved winning performances at Placerville this year in other disciplines, there’s actually quite an array of drivers in that category.
Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) gave Keith Kunz Motorsports its 134th USAC National Midget victory during last year’s Hangtown 100 opening night prelim, a triumph which made KKM the winningest team in series history. Carrick has been a regular in winged 360 Sprint Car competition this year at Placerville, scoring a feature win in July while finishing eighth in the standings. The two-time USAC National Midget winner will be aboard the No. 98 midget for KKM at Placerville and also for two nights at Merced (Calif.) Speedway on November 21-22.
Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) will drive for car owner and Hangtown 100 promoter Matt Wood in the event. Golobic won the World of Outlaws stop at Placerville in 2019 and scored a 360 win of his own this past August. The 2017 USAC Indiana Midget Week champion will be vying for his first USAC National Midget feature win since 2016.
Furthermore, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) is the 360 Sprint Car track champ at Placerville for 2023 while also tallying a main event victory as well. The two-time USAC Western States Midget titlist will pilot a midget out of the Graunstadt Enterprises/Matt Streeter Racing stable and has also bagged a USAC WSM victory at Placerville in 2022. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) and newly crowned USAC WSM champ Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) have also been victorious with the USAC WSM series at Placerville of late with Andreotti scoring in 2022 and Fuson this past July.
HANGING 10 AT THE HANGTOWN 100
The Hangtown 100 of 2021 was a banner weekend for both Justin Grant and Ryan Timms, and between the two drivers, they own five USAC National Midget victories in 2023 and reside inside the top-four of the series standings.
Grant (Ione, Calif.) raced past Buddy Kofoid with 14 laps to go to win the Hangtown 100 finale that year at the place he later said is “where I grew up; this is where I fell in love with racing; this is the place where I decided I wanted to be a racecar driver.”
Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), at just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, made history on night one of the Hangtown 100 to become the youngest feature winner in the history of USAC National Midget racing, a record that stands to this day.
Grant’s been on a hot streak of late, having won two of the last three after going winless with the series until late September. Timms, meanwhile, wants to finish strong driving for the same team and car number that has won each of the past two Hangtown 100 features with Kofoid in the seat in 2021.
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
The Hangtown 100 format is a bit different than the norm with the accumulation of points playing a role front and center on the stage throughout the two nights of the event.
Points will be earned via finishing position and number of positions advanced throughout each night, which will not only seed the starting lineups, but also will pay off in the end. The driver accruing the most points throughout the Hangtown 100 will receive a $12,500 reward at the end of the weekend.
Friday’s 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature will pay 50 appearance points only toward the USAC National Midget standings. Saturday’s 100-lap, $8,000-to-win finale will pay feature points only toward the USAC National Midget season-long tally for all licensed series drivers and entrants.
THE LONE 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE OF THE YEAR
Furthermore, the event is the one and only 100-lap event on the USAC National Midget calendar this season. Once a regular feature on the schedule in the early years of the series, these days, a race of its distance is as rare a sight as a white squirrel in the wilderness.
In fact, this year’s Hangtown 100 will be the 398th 100-lap feature run in the series’ history since the dawn of USAC’s formation in 1956, and the 117th in the state of California.
Four drivers in this year’s Hangtown 100 field have experienced the feat of winning 100-lap USAC Midget races: Kyle Larson, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid.
Larson captured the Hangtown 100 at Placerville in 2019 as did Grant in 2021 and Kofoid in 2022. McIntosh’s 100-lap victory came in 2022 at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway. McIntosh has yet to win at Placerville, twice finishing second in 30-lap prelim features in both 2021 and 2022.
Front gates open at 3pm each night at the Hangtown 100. Reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at www.hangtown100.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day.
Both nights of racing at the Hangtown 100 can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1411, 2-Justin Grant-1186, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1161, 4-Ryan Timms-1134, 5-Daison Pursley-1122, 6-Jade Avedisian-1110, 7-Jacob Denney-1061, 8-Gavin Miller-1018, 9-Cannon McIntosh-949, 10-Thomas Meseraull-922.
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:
2-Buddy Kofoid & Kyle Larson
1-Tanner Carrick, Justin Grant, Gio Scelzi & Ryan Timms
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:
2019: Gio Scelzi (11/19) & Kyle Larson (11/20)
2021: Ryan Timms (11/18), Kyle Larson (11/19) & Justin Grant (11/20)
2022: Tanner Carrick (11/17), Buddy Kofoid (11/18) & Buddy Kofoid (11/19)
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:
1 Lap - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 11.397
10 Laps - 11/19/2021 - Brenham Crouch - 1:56.949
12 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 2:25.95
30 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Ryan Timms - 6:07.97
PLACERVILLE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:
2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT
2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT
2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Shane Golobic (8), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Kyle Larson (12), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Zeb Wise (4), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Brenham Crouch (9), 12. Kaylee Bryson (14), 13. Tanner Carrick (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (22), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 16. Tanner Thorson (20), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 19. Chase Randall (7), 20. Colby Copeland (13), 21. Michael Faccinto (21), 22. Colby Johnson (15), 23. Carson Macedo (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (25-P), 25. Cory Eliason (26-P), 26. Ryan Bernal (24). 6:07.97 (New Track Record)
2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Emerson Axsom (6), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Carson Macedo (3), 7. Zeb Wise (1), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Taylor Reimer (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 11. Justin Grant (24), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Maria Cofer (10), 15. Chris Windom (2), 16. Colby Copeland (13), 17. Ryan Timms (20), 18. Tanner Carrick (25-P), 19. Shane Golobic (19), 20. Tanner Thorson (22), 21. Chase Johnson (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (14), 23. Cory Eliason (23), 24. Cannon McIntosh (26-P), 25. Caden Sarale (18), 26. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT
2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Carson Macedo (13), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Cory Eliason (25-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Shane Golobic (9), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23), 13. Colby Copeland (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (24), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 16. Taylor Reimer (1), 17. Zeb Wise (2), 18. Kyle Larson (12), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chase Elliott (28-O), 21. Jade Avedisian (27-O), 22. Ethan Mitchell (19), 23. Michael Faccinto (21), 24. Ryan Timms (8), 25. Jason McDougal (18), 26. Maria Cofer (20), 27. Carson Sousa (26-P), 28. Brenham Crouch (5). NT
2022 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (2), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Cannon McIntosh (12), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Chris Windom (4), 9. Colby Copeland (5), 10. Jason McDougal (3), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Mitchel Moles (22), 13. Thomas Meseraull (21), 14. Justin Grant (16), 15. Dominic Gorden (13), 16. Tanner Thorson (19), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Daison Pursley (24), 19. Emerson Axsom (11), 20. Taylor Reimer (26-P), 21. Kaylee Bryson (25-P), 22. Carson Macedo (7), 23. Jade Avedisian (20), 24. Daniel Whitley (23), 25. Jake Andreotti (15), 26. Logan Seavey (17).
2022 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Cannon McIntosh (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (12), 5. Chris Windom (13), 6. Logan Seavey (19), 7. Spencer Bayston (15), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Shane Golobic (16), 10. Carson Macedo (22), 11. Jake Andreotti (10), 12. Corey Day (21), 13. Justin Grant (18), 14. Mitchel Moles (23), 15. Chance Crum (6), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Jacob Denney (14), 18. Michael Pickens (8), 19. Ryan Bernal (20), 20. Ryan Timms (2), 21. Colby Copeland (24), 22. Kaylee Bryson (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (1), 24. Jade Avedisian (7). NT
2022 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Chance Crum (21), 3. Justin Grant (11), 4. Carson Macedo (14), 5. Tanner Thorson (8), 6. Spencer Bayston (5), 7. Cannon McIntosh (1), 8. Shane Golobic (4), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 11. Thomas Meseraull (17), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 13. Chris Windom (6), 14. Mitchel Moles (12), 15. Ryan Timms (22), 16. Jake Andreotti (18), 17. Kaylee Bryson (25-U), 18. Jade Avedisian (28-P), 19. Michael Pickens (9), 20. Michael Faccinto (27-P), 21. Emerson Axsom (19), 22. Tony Gomes (23), 23. Corey Day (20), 24. Brenham Crouch (26-U), 25. Colby Copeland (13), 26. Jason McDougal (10), 27. Logan Seavey (16), 28. Daniel Whitley (24). NT
Huset’s Speedway Adds $100,000-to-Win Huset’s High Bank Hustle to $250,000-to-Win BillionAuto.com Huset’s High Bank Nationals
A pair of six-figure World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events will highlight the four-day BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals, which runs June 19-22, 2024.
In addition, the Outlaws will return to Huset's Speedway Labor Day Weekend for a new two-day Huset's Shootout with the finale paying $40,000 to win, marking six races for the World of Outlaws this year at the high-banked dirt oval.
The marquee event in June kicks off with the inaugural two-day, $100,000-to-win Huset's High Bank Hustle (June 19-20). That's followed by the even bigger two-day $250,000-to-win, $5,000-to-start BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals (June 21-22), which equals the largest payout in World of Outlaws history - established last season with this event. Each of the opening night races (June 19 and June 21) will pay $20,000 to the winner.
A complete format for each event during the BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals week will be released closer to the crown jewel event.
Four-day ticket packages are currently on sale at http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com .
The new two-day Huset's Shootout on Labor Day Weekend will run Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, with the winner of the event finale receiving $40,000.
The event is part of a tripleheader with action beginning on Friday, Aug. 30, when the Cressman Sanitation 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars kicks off the weekend with the Bull Haulers Brawl Season Championship presented by Folkens Bros. Trucking.
Three-day ticket packages and camping for the Huset's Shootout go on sale Thursday, Nov. 9, at http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com .
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Dominic Scelzi wrapped up the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series season with a top-five run last Saturday during the 40 th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.
The performance at the Stockton Dirt Track secured a third-place finish in the championship standings, giving Scelzi a podium in the final standings for the fourth time in the last five years.
"It's a good season whenever you can be in contention for a championship," he said. "While we didn't win our third straight championship, we were in the top three all season. It was frustrating in the sense we were better than third and for whatever reason whenever we had something go wrong it only happened at NARC events. From running out of fuel, being taken out by lappers, you name it and we had it happen. You can't be a champion with five DNFs. I was thrilled with the speed and maneuverability with our car all season, but sometimes you have those years when things don't go your way."
Scelzi kicked off the event last Saturday by qualifying fourth quickest. He then placed second in a heat race to narrowly miss making the dash, starting Scelzi seventh in the feature.
"We were really good, but when you have a one-lane track it's impossible to compete," he said. "In the heat race it had grease on the bottom for five feet, grip for five feet and then grease above that. It gave an advantage to the cars on the outside. We spun the tires on the start and ran second. In the main event it was rough. We rode around and got what we could whenever someone in front of us would hit a hole or get tight."
Scelzi gained a trio of positions, which was tied for the third most.
Next up is a trip to Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Ariz., this Friday and Saturday for an ASCS Southwest Region doubleheader.
"We ran there earlier in the year and both races got cut short," he said. "We went fourth to second and were right there for the win during the opener. The next night we started 10 th and we ran up to second. We really enjoyed the track. It was an awesome surface. Both nights raced really, really good so we're looking forward to returning this weekend."
QUICK RESULTS -
Nov. 4 - Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (1); Feature: 4 (7).
SEASON STATS -
53 races, 12 wins, 36 top fives, 42 top 10s, 47 top 15s, 51 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Ariz., with the ASCS Southwest Region
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When Brody Roa arrives at Perris Auto Speedway with his Inland Rigging #17R sprint car this Saturday night, it will be the third time he has been there as a USAC champion. However, it will be the first time he gets to Southern California’s premiere racetrack as the USAC/CRA champ. The Garden Grove, California racer sewed up the title in last week’s Western World Championship at the Cocopah Speedway.
Roa has had a dominating season in the West Coast series. He won the first two races at Cocopah in January and has led the championship point standings the entire season. Along the way, he won eight of the first 16 series races. The USAC/CRA season culminates at Perris on Saturday. It will be the 17th race on the 2023 schedule and Roa is seeking another victory to send his batting average above .500 in the series.
“We ran good all year long,” the 2024 USAC/CRA Series champion said. “In all honesty, I felt at the last few races we were not on the same level. Especially at Cocopah. We kind of did what we needed to do to keep the championship from coming down to Perris. We did not want to get to the last race worrying about points and worrying about what we had to do.”
“We are going to try to end the year the way we started it. We are going to show up like we did all year, with the best car we can, prep it as best we can, and make the best decisions we can. Now that we have the war won, we want to end up on top at the last race.”
Things had been going smoothly all season for Roa in the USAC/CRA Series. In addition to his eight wins (he scored a ninth win at an open comp race at Imperial Valley three weeks ago), he had three second-place finishes and a fifth in the first 14 races of the year. He only placed out of the top five twice. One of those was a sixth at Mohave Valley four weeks ago. The only USAC/CRA race he did not finish on the lead lap this year came at the Salute to Indy at Perris in May when he got clobbered by a lapped car late in the race while he leading.
Things looked good for Roa heading into the two nights of action last week at Cocopah. After all, he posted a pair of wins there to kick off the year in January. However, things just did not go as well as planned. The weekend started good when he recorded the third fastest qualifying time and then placed third in his heat on Friday. It was going well in the main before disaster struck when his right rear tire went down eight laps from the finish.
“We were up to fifth and I was still driving extremely conservative,” the wily veteran said. “I was ticked off when I popped that tire. I knew from the drop of the green that I had to save that thing (right rear tire) to the end. I got to fifth, and it popped with eight to go. I was a little upset. I was wondering how the other drivers are saving tires. I am driving it in as straight as possible with no wheel spin and just trying to get around the track.”
“The tire actually delaminated. It actually started shaking eight or 10 laps before it blew. I just thought it was the rubber chattering the tire like it does. But when we got back into the pits and looked at it, there were three blocks on the inside and three blocks on the outside. The center was just torn off. That was a bummer because we were having kind of a decent run on a not-so-great track.”
Twenty-four hours later the team was hoping for better results but it was just one of those weekends.
“Second night was a little challenging,” Roa lamented. “We pulled a really late pill and did not qualify that good. I guess I was a little too aggressive with the line I was trying to qualify on. That kind of set us back and we started really deep. I picked off six cars right off the bat and got to 12th but by the time I got there, I could not even see the next car.”
“It was pretty treacherous on the top where I was running. I think about half the cars were on the top and half were on the bottom. I like running on the top rather than putting around on the bottom. With the big curb and as close to the wall as it was, I probably babied it around the cushion more than I should have.”
Roa’s first two USAC sprint car championships came in 2016 and 2019. In 2016 he won the USAC West Coast Sprint Car title. Three years later in 2019, he earned the crown in the now-defunct USAC Southwest Series. This year’s CRA title exceeds both of those in his eyes.
“I think obviously at the top,” Roa confirmed when asked if this year was the biggest of the three championships. “We have tried for this one for a long time and it is cool to finely get it done. I do not think it has set in yet. It is definitely cool and exciting to get it after trying for so long.”
Roa was to be joined at Cocopah by his teammate and car owner Tommy Dunkel who was going to wheel his #17A sprint car in the ASCS 360 portion of the show. However, an axle problem on his trailer forced Dunkel to abort his trip to the Southwestern Arizona track. This Saturday, Dunkel will be racing with Roa in the USAC/CRA show at Perris. It will be his first time racing a powerful 410 sprint car.
“I am stoked for Tommy to make his 410 debut,” Roa affirmed. “He gave us so much to get this championship this year. I am glad we could get it done a race early so we can get him in the second car on Saturday. It is super cool for him to give a 410 a shot. I think he is in for quite a surprise. They are totally different animals. He will be good and hopefully have a good time doing it.”
After Saturday’s race, the Inland Rigging drivers will be off before participating in the 82nd Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving weekend.
All active military members with proper ID will get into Saturday night’s race at Perris for just $5.00. In addition, they will receive one free pass for an accompanying guest.
Adult tickets for Saturday’s race are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids 6-12 it is only $5.00 and children 5 and under are free. The fairgrounds charge $10.00 for parking.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in the City of Perris. The track website is http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (951) 940-0134.
The team wants to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, United Asset Sales, Osborne Speed & Machine, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Jambo Barbeque Pits, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs.
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All roads lead to California’s Bakersfield Speedway!
For one, it’s the start of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s annual voyage to the west coast on Tuesday night, November 14, the first of six races in a 12-day span in the Golden State to close out the 2023 season.
Secondly, the November Classic presents a myriad of new beginnings and challenges ahead with the likes of Thomas Meseraull’s debut with a new team looming as well as RMS Racing’s three-race winning streak being put to the test, Buddy Kofoid’s pursuit of a historic third Bako win and Logan Seavey’s championship quest, just to mention a few.
Here’s a look at six of the storylines we’re watching on Tuesday at Bakersfield!
The November swing discussion starts with a new beginning for defending Bakersfield winner Thomas Meseraull.
After the recent parting of ways between Meseraull and the RMS Racing team, Meseraull and his Engler-powered EA Stealth engine will make its debut with a former Spike Chassis out of the RMS stable which will retain the same familiar number of 7x.
It’s quite the change of scenery for Meseraull who has scored all 10 of his USAC National Midget career victories for RMS and has competed full-time with the team since their formation in 2018. Meseraull took the team’s ride to a 30-lap wire-to-wire victory at Bakersfield in 2022.
Bakersfield success has been part of the equation for Meseraull since the earliest days of his racing career and continues to the current day. In fact, his very first USAC-sanctioned feature win came at Bakersfield with the Western States Midget division all the way back in the year 2000.
Speaking of which, after a daunting and frustrating season, the RMS Racing team has recently broken through to hit their stride on the USAC National Midget trail.
After going winless throughout the first 18 events of the year, the team has now won three-straight, including two by Justin Grant while Meseraull added one to the win column as well.
Now sporting a one-car effort for the upcoming California swing solely for Grant, the RMS outfit is riding a streak which equals the team’s longest string of victories set during the first three rounds of the 2022 season.
Now the pursuit for team principal Dave Estep and crew is to become the first team not named Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to win four-straight USAC National Midget features since Tucker-Boat Motorsports took five consecutive triumphs in 2020.
Furthermore, RMS enters the upcoming trip as the most recent winner in the state of California with Grant reigning victorious during the season-ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway in 2022.
Buddy Kofoid’s midget starts have been fewer and further between this year in comparison to recent seasons. But the 2021-22 USAC National Midget champion has been a force every time he’s hit the track this season to no one’s surprise.
In just five USAC National Midget starts during the 2023 campaign, the Penngrove, Calif. driver has finished inside the top-five in all five, including a pair of feature victories.
Furthermore, in his past three Bakersfield appearances, he’s finished on the podium each time and won twice in back-to-back fashion in 2020-21. With one more victory on Tuesday, he’d equal current Keith Kunz Motorsports C.E.E.O. (Chief Everything Else Officer) Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich as the winningest USAC Midget drivers at Bakersfield.
Kofoid is committed to competing on the full six-race slate with the USAC Midgets in November in the seat of the KKM/Curb-Agajanian No. 67K, one of seven entries from the team’s stable that’ll be on hand at Bakersfield.
Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of three past November Classic winners slated to compete in Tuesday’s event at Bakersfield along with Buddy Kofoid and Thomas Meseraull.
Seavey captured the 2018 Bakersfield round in grand style by utilizing the high line to pass for the victory coming out of the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop.
It was during the California rounds a year ago in which Seavey made his debut with Abacus Racing. Now, a year later, the pair stands head and shoulders above the field on the brink of a championship, up 225 points in the series standings with just six races remaining.
Coming off a fifth-place finish at Bakersfield in 2022, Seavey and Abacus would like to further cement their title wishes with another “one fell swoop” performance on Tuesday.
Jake Andreotti has competed the entirety of the USAC National Midget season in a car owned by Tom Malloy. However, for the remainder of the season, he’ll find himself back in a former, but familiar, ride.
The Castro Valley, Calif. native has re-teamed up with car owner Pete Davis and his No. 00 for the six-race schedule in their California homeland, the same team with which he accrued several impressive runs this time a year ago, punctuated by a fourth-place result in the 2022 season finale at Ventura.
This year alone, in limited starts on off-weekends from the national trail, Andreotti ventured back home to California and has been stellar in Davis’ No. 00 with the USAC Western States Midgets. In just three starts, Andreotti and Davis won twice and finished as the runner-up in the other.
Even better, Andreotti is undefeated in a midget on Bakersfield soil this year. However, both of those victories came at the neighboring The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Nonetheless, the team is confident that they can have another breakthrough moment this time around just down the road in Bako.
Just like clockwork, the distinctive machinery of Australia’s Dyson Motorsport and American drivers Carson Macedo and Spencer Bayston return to the field for a full two weeks of midget racing on the west coast of the U.S. in the Fall.
Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) are coming off a year in which they both finished inside the top-eight of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink point standings for 2023.
Both drivers have established themselves in midgets along the way as well with Macedo earning a USAC Indiana Regional Midget series title and National Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. Last year at Merced, Macedo was able to notch his first career USAC National Midget victory.
Bayston, meanwhile, was a mainstay at the top of USAC National Midget racing throughout the mid to late 2010s, establishing himself as both a National Midget champion in 2017 and an Indiana Midget Week titlist in 2018.
The Tuesday, November 14 running of the November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, California Lightning Sprints and American Stocks.
Pits open at Noon Pacific with the gates opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5pm.
Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Ages 65+ and military (ID required) general admission tickets are $18.
USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California’s Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 24 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile that has been both paved and dirt throughout its history.
The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.
1-Logan Seavey-1411, 2-Justin Grant-1186, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1161, 4-Ryan Timms-1134, 5-Daison Pursley-1122, 6-Jade Avedisian-1110, 7-Jacob Denney-1061, 8-Gavin Miller-1018, 9-Cannon McIntosh-949, 10-Thomas Meseraull-922.
1 Lap - 11/16/2021 - Cannon McIntosh - 12.347 - 97.092 mph
6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.460 - 83.192 mph
8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.590 - 92.580 mph
10 Laps - 11/17/2020 - Jonathan Beason - 2:03.059 - 97.417 mph
12 Laps - 11/16/2021 - Chase Randall - 2:31.417 - 95.077 mph
15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.910 - 87.678 mph
100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph
3-Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich
2-Buddy Kofoid, Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp
1-Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler
1959: Davey Moses (8/2)
1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)
1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)
1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)
1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)
1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)
1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)
1991: Page Jones (11/23)
1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)
1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)
1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)
1995: Billy Boat (11/23)
1997: Jay Drake (11/22)
1998: Jay Drake (11/26)
1999: Dave Darland (11/20)
2000: Jay Drake (11/18)
2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)
2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)
2019: Kyle Larson (11/23)
2020: Buddy Kofoid (11/17)
2021: Buddy Kofoid (11/16)
2022: Thomas Meseraull (11/15)
1959 FEATURE: 1. Davey Moses, 2. Joe Garson, 3. Billy Cantrell, 4. Norm Rapp, 5. Cal Niday, 6. Johnny Wood, 7. Leroy Neumayer, 8. Gene Gurney, 9. Johnny Melton, 10. Jim Gilchrist, 11. Johnnie Tolan, 12. Chuck Booth, 13. Dempsey Wilson, 14. Joe Soares, 15. Norm Hall, 16. Don Staudinger. NT
1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Frank Secrist, 2. George Benson, 3. Duane Sears, 4. Tom Trader, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. Larry Ferrua, 7. Jimmy Caruthers, 8. Jim Bob Luebbert, 9. Bernie Schechter, 10. Al Henderson, 11. Ned Spath, 12. Clark Templeman, 13. Ed Johns, 14. Joe Garson, 15. Walt Kennedy, 16. Paul Jones, 17. Porky Rachwitz, 18. Jack Sachse. NT
1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2.Al Henderson, 3. George Benson, 4. Rick Henderson, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Don Melton, 7. Billy Wilkerson, 8. Dickie Deis, 9. Bruce Walkup, 10. Johnny Moorhouse, 11. Tom Trader, 12. Ed Johns, 13. Ron Hughes, 14. Mike Mosley, 15. Paul Jones, 16. Frank Secrist, 17. George Todd, 18. Larry Ferrua.
1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Duane Sears, 3. Mike McGreevy, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. George Benson, 7. Jan Opperman, 8. Dave Strickland, 9. Herman Hutton, 10. Walt Kennedy, 11. Billy Wilkerson, 12. Gil Alcala, 13. Don Sparks, 14. Henry Rossi, 15. Don White, 16. Ray Lattie, 17. Ed Johns, 18. Dickie Deis. NT
1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Walt Kennedy, 3. George Benson, 4. Johnny Moorhouse, 5. Larry Ferrua, 6. Dickie Deis, 7. Ray Lattie, 8. Ron Hughes, 9. Jerry Welton, 10. Clark Templeman, 11. Tom McCoy, 12. Jim Vaughan, 13. Sonny White, 14. Dennis Johansen, 15. Jack Yeley, 16. Porky Rachwitz, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Billy Wilkerson. NT
1974 FEATURE: (30 laps), 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Jerry Weeks, 7. Danny O'Neill, 8. Bill Weingarten, 9. Danny McKnight, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Johnny Anderson, 12. Jim Beckley, 13. Gary Irvin, 14. Mark Alderson, 15. Wheeler Gresham, 16. Hank Butcher, 17. Roger Mears, 18. Bobby Tripp, 19. Jeff Heywood, 20. George Snider.
1988 FEATURE (40 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Darryl Haugh, 3. Wally Pankratz, 4. Kevin Olson, 5. Dave Strickland Jr., 6. Ken Nichols, 7. Mario Bringetto Jr., 8. Tommy White, 9. Chuck West, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. Johnny Cofer, 12. Rick Zermani, 13. Rusty Rasmussen, 14. Jim Berg, 15. Larry Derwin, 16. Joe Winters, 17. Sleepy Tripp, 18. Robby Flock, 19. P.J. Jones, 20. Frank Pedregon, 21. John Starks, 22. Terry Wente. NT
1989 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Mario Bringetto Jr., 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Terry Farrar, 5. Kevin Olson, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Dirk VanCott, 8. Kevin Doty, 9. Bob Davison, 10. Dennis Hart, 11. Terry Tarditi, 12. Ray Derby, 13. Hank Butcher, 14. Jeff Gordon, 15. P.J. Jones, 16. Ron Hughes Jr., 17. Rick Taylor, 18. Tommy White, 19. Dan Drinan, 20. Frank Pedregon. NT
1990 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Terry Farrar, 2. Dave Strickland Jr., 3. Sleepy Tripp, 4. Ricky Gray, 5. P.J. Jones, 6. Jeff Gordon, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Mike Streicher, 9. Robby Flock, 10. Rick Taylor, 11. John McLaughlin, 12. George Ito, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. Ray Derby, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Mike Appio, 17. Lee Yetter, 18. Frank Pedregon, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Stephen Lewis. NT
1991 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Page Jones, 2. P.J. Jones, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Robby Flock, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. Mike Streicher, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Andy Pierce, 10. Jordan Hermansader, 11. Tyce Carlson, 12. Critter Malone, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. John Kaiser, 15. Stan Fox, 16. Doug Silva, 17. Wally Pankratz, 18. Ricky Gray, 19. George Ito, 20. Keith Rauch. NT
1992 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Stan Fox, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. George Ito, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Brett Horrobin, 11. Keith Chrisco, 12. Jordan Hermansader, 13. Mike Streicher, 14. Glenn Carson, 15, Joe Gaerte, 16. Lealand McSpadden, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Jonkman, 19, John Harkrader, 20. Page Jones, 21. Billy Garcia, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Billy Boat, 24. Terry Tarditi. NT
1993 FEATURE: (100 laps): 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Robby Flock, 3. Johnny Cofer, 4. George Ito, 5. Jay Drake, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jordan Hermansader, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Stan Fox, 11. Ron Hazelton, 12. Keith Chrisco, 13. Chuck Gurney, 14. Hank Butcher, 15. Rick Hendrix, 16. Richard Griffin, 17. Stevie Reeves, 18. Page Jones, 19. Jimmy Sills, 20. Robert Dolacki, 21. Ronnie Day, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Cary Faas, 24. Billy Boat. NT
1994 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jordan Hermansader, 2. Hank Butcher, 3. Kenny Irwin Jr., 4. Billy Boat, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. George Ito, 9. Jack Runyon, 10. Sleepy Tripp, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Robert Dolacki, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Tony Elliott, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Ronnie Johncox, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Rick Hendrix, 20. Wally Pankratz, 21. Tony Stewart, 22. Lealand McSpadden, 23. Donnie Beechler, 24. Andy Michner. 25:56.85
1995 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Kenny Irwin Jr., 3. Kevin Doty, 4. Richard Griffin, 5. Rick Hendrix, 6. George Ito, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Andy Michner, 10. Ron Shuman, 11. Hank Butcher, 12. Larry Brown, 13. Shane Scully, 14. J.J. Ercse, 15. Frankie Kerr, 16. Jeremy Sherman, 17. Danny Lasoski, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Wally Pankratz, 20. Jim Keene, 21. Jay Drake, 22. Brian Gerster, 23. Johnny Cofer, 24. J.R. Lawson. 26:58.12
1997 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Ricky Shelton, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Clay Klepper, 9. Craig Brady, 10. Dwayne Marcum, 11. Rick Hendrix, 12. Shane Scully, 13. Steve Paden, 14. Cory Kruseman, 15. Larry Brown, 16. Jason Leffler, 17. Nick Lundgreen, 18. Steve Barth, 19. John Heydenreich, 20. Danny Lasoski, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Kevin Thomas, 23. Robert Dolacki, 24. Marc DeBeaumont. NT
1998 FEATURE: (100 laps - Held Nov. 26) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Dan Boorse, 7. Jimmy Sills, 8. Ricky Shelton, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Michael Lewis, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Rick Hendrix, 15. Aaron Fiscus, 16. Dane Carter, 17. Kevin Doty, 18. Scott Hansen, 19. Steve Paden, 20. Brian Stanfill, 21. Shane Scully, 22. Jordan Hermansader, 23. John Starks, 24. Donnie Beechler. NT
1999 FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Michael Lewis, 4. Travis Welpott (#8), 5. Marc DeBeaumont, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Clay Klepper, 8. Glenn Carson, 9. Bobby Boone, 10. Steve Paden, 11. Dane Carter, 12. Rick Vaughn, 13. Dave Stoltz, 14. A.J. Felker (MCI), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 16. Bryan Stanfill, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dwayne Marcum, 19. Derrick Hearron, 20. Ryan Newman, 21. Dean Alexander, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Bruce Donaldson, 25. Thomas Meseraull. NT
2000 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Aaron Fike, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Steve Paden, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Bryan Stanfill, 11. Jimmy Sills, 12. John Nervo, 13. Jimmy Christian, 14. Dwayne Marcum, 15. A.J. Johnson, 16. Sarah McCune, 17. Derrick Hearron, 18. Ryan Scott, 19. Wally Pankratz (#37x), 20. Rick Hendrix, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Marc DeBeaumont, 23. Shane Scully, 24. Michael Lewis. NT
2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen. NT
2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT
2019: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT
2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Kyle Larson (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Chase Johnson (1), 5. Spencer Bayston (4), 6. Chris Windom (20), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Cannon McIntosh (16), 9. Justin Grant (14), 10. Carson Macedo (21), 11. Jonathan Beason (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Clinton Boyles (10), 14. Ethan Mitchell (11), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 17. Andrew Layser* (24), 18. Michael Faccinto (13), 19. Tanner Carrick (15), 20. Cole Bodine* (23), 21. Bryant Wiedeman (19), 22. Frankie Guerrini (22), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Daison Pursley (17). NT
2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (5), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Cory Eliason (8), 7. Chris Windom (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (17), 11. Thomas Meseraull (22), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Brenham Crouch (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (19), 15. Ryan Timms (13), 16. Tony Gomes (18), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Chase Randall (12), 19. Jade Avedisian (6), 20. Carson Macedo (10), 21. Ethan Mitchell (14), 22. Michael Faccinto (21). NT
2022 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (3), 2. Michael Pickens (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (10), 7. Brenham Crouch (16), 8. Emerson Axsom (8), 9. Chance Crum (14), 10. Spencer Bayston (21), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (13), 12. Kaylee Bryson (15), 13. Gavin Miller (17), 14. Jake Andreotti (11), 15. Jade Avedisian (9), 16. Dominic Gorden (22), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Mitchel Moles (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Cade Lewis (24-P), 21. Daison Pursley (12), 22. Taylor Reimer (1), 23. Jacob Denney (23-P), 24. Jason McDougal (19). NT
ASA STARS National Tour management hosted an informational meeting with the teams on Friday evening, November 3 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Track Enterprises President and ASA STARS National Tour Founder Bob Sargent made several newsworthy announcements at the meeting, which included the following.
- 2023 ASA STARS Champions Press Conference: Track Enterprises will host a press event to formally honor the 2023 ASA STARS National Tour championship car owner and driver at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Additional drivers and car owners who finished in the top ten in the final point standings will also be recognized during what is being planned as a luncheon event at the PRI trade show. Date, time and location is to be announced.
- 2024 Championship Point Fund Announced: Sargent re-affirmed his commitment to the ASA STARS National Tour, announcing that the championship car owner point fund for 2024 would once again be no less than $100,000, paying a minimum of $25,000 to the champion owner.
- Initial 2024 Winners Circle Program Details Revealed: Upon the conclusion of the 2023 ASA STARS National Tour at the All American 400, the final car owner point standings locked in the provisional Winners Circle program participants for the first three races of 2024. Eight car owners who participated in 90% of the race events and finished in the top ten in the final point standings will be eligible for the plan, beginning with the season-opening race of 2024.
Team Construction sponsored the Winners Circle program in 2023, providing guaranteed bonus money on a per event basis to those teams that supported the series regularly. The top teams in owner points were provided a $700 per event bonus in 2023, and Sargent committed to the teams that the 2024 program would be no less than that amount.
The Winners Circle program is designed to provide appearance bonus money to up to 20 teams - ten on the “A” program and another ten on the “B” program.
- Owner/Driver Committee Announced: Acknowledging that the inaugural ASA STARS National Tour season was a steep learning curve, series officials announced the formation of an owner/driver committee. The owner/driver committee will be comprised of one representative from each of the top six car owners in the 2023 final point standings, plus one representative from a car owner vote. The owner/driver committee will be charged with providing observation and recommendation to the series regarding rules and procedures, as well as assisting with penalties and rules infractions.
- 2024 ASA STARS Rookie of the Year Program Announced: With 2023 being the inaugural season for the ASA STARS National Tour, the series did not offer or promote a Rookie of the Year program. The series is actively seeking sponsorship, as was announced at the Friday team meeting. Eligibility requirements and bonus awards for the Rookie of the Year program will be forthcoming.
In addition to the series announcements made by Sargent and his staff, Hoosier Racing Tire provided a sneak preview of the new tires being developed for Super Late Model racing for 2024. A formal announcement about the new tires is expected to made at the Snowball Derby the weekend of November 30-December 3 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
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