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Preece Prevails, Myers Captures Title after Thrilling
Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150
Ryan Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Burt Myers finished sixth to clinch his second series championship
HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- The 29th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has six feature winners so far. Four of the winners have been first time winners and the series concludes tonight at Terre Haute with ten points separating Robert Ballou from leader Brady Bacon.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves. The 2016 sprint weeks newest winner is Carson Short who lead all 30 laps of the sixth feature race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- The track was fast at Bloomington Speedway and so was Chad Boespflug as he set a new lap record but it was another new winner in the feature as Brent Beauchamp fought with Dave Darland for most of the night before winning his first Indiana Sprint Week feature.
All that said, the most important thing may be the Sprint Week points standings, which changed completely after Tyler Courtney flipped in his heat and missed the feature.
PUTNAMVILLE, IN -RIS- Following the postponement of the fourth race of 2016 Indiana Sprint Week the fifth race at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway was actually fourth. But like the events so far the results seemed a bit unlikely as Bedford's Brady Short, a driver who missed the first three races came home the winner in dominating style.
Fifty drivers were there for qualifying with first night winner Tyler Courtney taking fast time at 12.670. What was more remarkable was that Lawrenceburg winner Bryan Clauson was not among those 50 as he had elected to run in a winged race at Eldora in Ohio.
LAWRENCEBURG, IN -RIS- After two new winners in a row it was about time for the 'established' drivers to be heard from and Bryan Clauson was the the one who did the job in round three of Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Clauson set fast time at 14.166 seconds and lead 25 of the 30 feature race laps.
KOKOMO, IN -RIS- Back-to-back first time winners don't happen too often but Kyle Cummins made it happen in Kokomo as he won his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car series feature in front of packed stands on the second night of the 29th Indiana Sprint Week.
GAS CITY, IN -RIS- The 29th edition of “Indiana Sprint Week” kicked off as it usually does, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and very quickly we got a new winner with Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney adding his name to the list of Sprint Week feature winners.
Tyler qualified 19th of 47 drivers and won his heat in a photo finish with Bryan Clauson. Starting the feature in 16th, Sunshine had his work cut out for him. Hunter Schuerenberg went from the pole to lead but gave way to a charging Bryan Clauson on lap 10. Clauson appeared to have 'checked out' as he built a substantial lead in only a few laps. That went away when an incident in turn four put Thomas Meseraull into the fence in turn four on lap 22.
Secret Weapons Help Townley to ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Victory
[ARCA release] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2016) - ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran John Wes Townley has a secret weapon at Daytona; his name is Kevin Reed. Townley, in a brand new Zaxby's Chevrolet, returned to the Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona Int'l Speedway with an old friend. Reed who crew-chiefed Townley to Victory Lane in 2013 at Daytona with a different team, reunited with Townley just in time to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire Saturday afternoon.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- Tracy Hines is poised to join elite company on his last planned USAC event as he can join the ranks of the USAC “Triple Crown” winners. He would join previous USAC "Triple Crown" champions Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. Tracy's last start will be in the 75th Turkey Night GP held at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. The race will be streamed live on the internet at TheCushion.com with Qualifying starting at 6pm Pacific time.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- It seemed that Christopher Bell was on his way to a second Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix win until he jumped the cushion, smacked the wall and flipped giving the lead and the win to his Keith Kunz teamate Tanner Thorson on lap 93 of the 98 lap feature race.
TUCSON, AZ -RIS- After Five lead changes between four different leaders Bryan Clauson ended up the 2015 Western World champion. Robert Ballou came in a close second after leading 12 of the 30 laps.
It was a night of champions as four USAC divisions crowned their champions. They included the National Sprint Car Champion, Robert Ballou; the USAC/CRA Champion, Damion Gardner; the West Coast Sprint Car champion; Danny Faria Jr.; and the Southwest Series champion, R. J. Johnson.
TUCSON, AZ-RIS- Brady Bacon took his seventh feature of 2015 in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series. It was the 15th career victory for Bacon in the series and was the 100th victory for the Hoffman stable in USAC competition. The win was a part of the Western World Championship and goes along with a second place finish on Thursdays opener to put Bacon in a good position for the finals Saturday night.
TUCSON,AZ -RIS- It looked to be a night for the local hero as Jerry Coons Jr. took the lead of the first first of three “Western World” feature events on lap two. He lead with no challengers until traffic and Robert Ballou combined to spoil his fun as he rolled multiple times on the back straight while trying lap a backmarker on lap 25. Ballou went on to win his 13th USAC National Sprint Car feature race of the year which ties him with J. J. Yelley for second behind Tom Bigelow, the all time leader at 14.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- Bryan Clauson did an all 'nighter' after the race Friday, driving from Perris, California to Glendale, Arizona and back to get a new engine for his car. In Friday nights race his sprintcar engine had seized and blown causing a wreck during the second of three nights of racing in the 2015 edition of the “Budweiser Oval Nationals”. When he returned Saturday morning his crew had the car chassis apart and ready to put back together. All this 'thrashing' paid off in Bryan's first Oval Nationals win.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- Winning his fourth feature in a row on the Perris oval looked too easy for Robert Ballou. Damion Gardner lead the early laps but as he caught the back of the field Ballou took advantage of the lapped traffic to take the lead and go on to his fourth win in-a-row on Perris clay. It was also Ballou's 12th win of the season tying him with Pancho Carter and Larry Dickson for third on the all time one season win list.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- The 20th edition of the Budweiser Oval Nationals began Thursday night with the 2014 champion, Robert Ballou continuing his winning ways. In a race which went the full 30 laps without a caution and had five lead changes Ballou passed Dave Darland for the win on lap 28.
HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- What seemed so unlikely a year ago came to pass at Haubstadt. Robert Ballou was crowned “Indiana Sprint Week” champion. He did it without winning a feature. Robert Ballou had developed a reputation as a 'win or crash trying' driver but in the last year he has matured and this sprint week title gained through steady driving and good finishes seem to show Robert has made a big change.
"I never really paid attention to points much, but I've figured it out this week and realized you've got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I've always said you shouldn't win a championship if you don't win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rain outs, kinda play in our favor to help us.” Said Ballou
BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- Rain again cut short “Indiana Sprint Week” action as the heavens opened up and drenched Bloomington Speedway just as the B feature was ending. No announcement was made other than the promise of an announcement at 2pm Saturday.
PUTNAMVILLE, IN -RIS- The fifth race in this years “Indiana Sprint Week” series was one that produced the first repeat winner of the year as Brady Bacon brought the Hoffman car home a winner as he had in Lawrenceburg in race three. Brady lead all but one lap, lap 13 when Jerry Coons Jr. got a nose in front for a lap on a restart before Bacon retook control. Bacon ran the bottom of the corners all night as did Coons while Kevin Thomas Jr. ran the top and took second late in the race as the top became better.
TERRE HAUTE, IN -RIS- When Aaron Farney lead five laps at Lawrenceburg last Sunday he looked fast but he faded to fifth at the end. He was someone to watch for the future it seemed and you did not need to watch for long. Wednesday at the Terre Haute Action track Aaron Farney started on the pole and lead wire-to-wire to win the main event and his first USAC feature.
LAWRENCEBERG, IN -RIS- Brady Bacon drove from sixth place at the start to take the win on the fast banks of Lawrenceberg Speedway in the third pace of 2015 “Indiana Sprint Week”.
KOKOMO, IN -RIS- Night two of the 28th “Indiana Sprint Week” was cut short by rain which stopped the program after the last chance race. The program is scheduled to resume Monday, July 13 with hot laps at 7 pm.
GAS CITY, IN -RIS- The 2015 addition of Indiana Sprint Weeks kicked off at Gas City I-69 Speedway with Chase Stockon taking the feature win after trading the lead with Jerry Coons, Jr. Coons took the early lead and lead the first seven laps before Stockon took it on lap eight. Coons fought back and retook the lead for laps nine to 13. Stockon made the winning pass on lap 14 while Coons fell to third behind Hunter Schuerenberg at the finish.
ROSSBURG, OH – RIS – Afternoon showers delayed the start of racing but the result was the same as Friday for Donny Schatz as he lead the World of Outlaws feature start to finish to sweep the winged sprintcar portion of the “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends”.
ROSSBURG, OHIO -RIS- It is billed as the as the “Mother Of All Sprint Car Weekends” and it started with wins for Robert Ballou and Donny Schatz in the USAC National and World of Outlaws 30 lap Friday features.
The USAC events lead the schedule with Robert Ballou qualifying sixth and stating on the outside first row, next to Jon Stanbrough. Ballou took the lead at the start and went on to win his fourth feature in 2015 leading wire-to-wire. Stanbrough chased Ballou through the whole race but was never able to launch a serious attack
The 20th season of racing at Perris Auto Speedway began March seventh with the “Sokola Classic” and a second Perris win by Richard Vander Weerd who lead the last 23 of the 30 lap feature after a fifth place start.
PERRIS,CA -RIS- Christopher Bell came to the 74th Turkey Night Grand Prix trailing Rico Abreu for the USAC Honda National Title by 26 points. Bell won the 98 lap feature and 'Kissed the Hat' as has become the custom since the trophy featuring the late JC Agajanian's hat was created. But Rico had a good night too and won the 2014 title by ten points after a fifth place finish.
IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- Jo Jo Helberg had everything going his way as he set quick time at a new track record, 13.791; 130.520 mph, won the trophy dash and the feature in the “King of the Wing” winged sprintcar event.
The checkered flags end the race, right?
PERRIS, CA -RIS- It was a 'first' in the 19 year “Budweiser Oval Nationals” as Robert Ballou swept all the 410 sprintcar features at Perris Auto Speedway.
It was Roberts fourth USAC National feature win of the year and maybe the two biggest nights of his career as he took 20 thousand dollars for the championship to add to the five thousand he won in the Friday preliminary feature. Rockland California is where Ballou calls home and winning in his home state was also a big bonus.
PERRIS, CA -RIS- Friday Night was the second night of the 2014 “Budweiser Oval Nationals” but the first for the USAC National Series traditional 410 sprintcars. With 55 cars qualifying it was becoming a long night as five cars flipped including Damion Gardner getting stuck on the fence during his heat. The Feature did not get started until 11 pm. Robert Ballou won the 30 lap Feature leading 20 laps in a race that was caution free and over in 9:24.75!
Forty Six drivers were at Perris Perris Auto Speedway for the opening night of “The Budweiser Oval Nationals” for sprint cars. Opening night was limited to 360 CID cars and featured many drivers from the USAC National Sprintcar series as well as drivers from the numerous 360 series in the southwest. When the results were in it was the National Series had shown their skills as C. J. Leary and Bryan Clauson fought it out for the $2,500 winner's purse.
IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- It was “The Night of Champions” on the final night of stock car competition of 2014 at Irwindale. In the top class, the Super Late Models the racing was as close as it could be during the fifty lap event with Jason Patison leading most of the way. Patison started the race in a tie with Tony McCray for the season title but his main rivals were third place Linny White and fourth place Jack Madrid. Patison took the lead when White went off line on the first lap and held it. White and Madrid kept at his heels the whole time.
PERRIS,CA -RIS- it's good to be Damion Gardner right now. Just back from Bonneville where he strengthened his claim on the title of 'Worlds Fastest Sprint Car Driver' with 211 MPH in the “Green Demon” last Tuesday. Saturday he was back in the Alexander Brothers Racing CRA sprint car at Perris California working to add to his three race winning streak.
FONTANA, CA -RIS- It was a race of numbers and when the numbers were all added it was Kanaan and Power with big numbers and big smiles.
PERRIS, CA AUG 16, 2014 -RIS- It was billed as "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" but it became tribute night to Bruce Bromme Jr. due to his August third passing. A long time crew chief and the son and grandson of legendary racers, Bruce's cars had won many CRA and SCRA championships. The most recent drivers for the team, Michael Spencer and Damion Gardner were both dedicated to racing in his honor. Richard Griffin was also there in his memory.
GAS CITY INDIANA JULY 7 2014 -RIS- The 27th edition of "Indiana Sprint Week" starts tonight in Gas City at the I-69 Speedway. Last years series champion, Bryan Clauson is back to repeat his success of last year while Dave Darland is out to add more wins to his record as the willingest driver in the series history. Seven races over ten nights at tracks from Kokomo south to the Ohio River are included with Gas City and Kokomo leading off and Lawrenceburg finishing the first 'set' of races this Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are off nights before Terre Haute and Putnamvillle lead off the final four races which include Bloomington on Friday and Haubstadt on Saturday. Reports and photos from each event will be posted here on RIS!
BLOOMINGTON, IN JULY 18, 2014 -RIS- Bryan Clauson increased his points lead over Dave Darland with his second Indiana Sprint week win of 2014 at Bloomington Speedway. After losing the lead to Darland at the start of the feature Clauson fell to third behind a surging Hunter Schuerenberg who took the lead on lap 11. As the race progressed conditions on the lower groove favored by Clauson improved and about lap 14 he took second from Darland. On lap 25 Tyler Cortney flipped in turn two and on the restart from that Clauson took the lead from Schuerenberg.
PUTNAMVILLE, IN JULY17, 2014 -RIS- It's hard to imagine what Robert Ballou would be if he wasn't in a sprint car. That maybe why he has struggled on shoe string budgets for the past two years to continue his driving career. His hard work may have started to pay off for him because “Indiana Sprint Week” has a new winner. Robert won wire-to-wire at Putnamville Thursday night.
TERRE HAUTE JULY 16, 2014 -RIS- “I think this is the last track in Indiana I had to cross off my list and man it's been tough. You don't walk into wins at Terre Haute!” Explained Bryan Clauson in the winners circle after his first win at the “Action Track”. Clauson had started the 30 lap feature third and followed early leaders Brady Bacon, laps 1 through 13 and Robert Ballou, laps 14 through 16.