R.J. JOHNSON WINS QUEEN CREEK BATTLE WITH LAST LAP PASS

johnsonLance Jennings, JULY 6, 2016… Racing from seventh, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) powered past Dennis Gile on the last lap to claim Saturday’s win at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the 30-lap USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his fifth victory of the campaign. Gile, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, and hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body entry, R.J. Johnson earned his series leading thirty-seventh main event win. The three-time champion and point leader placed third in his heat race and ranked seventh in the night’s passing points. Johnson heads to Canyon Speedway’s July 30th event with a 107 point advantage with five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led on the year.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) dominated the feature but had to settle for second at Queen Creek. Racing the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile led the first twenty-three laps and regained the top spot from Davis on lap 29. Earlier in the program, last season’s Rookie of the Year won the night’s third heat race and placed sixth in passing points. To date, Gile sits eighth in the standings with four heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) grabbed the lead from Gile on the twenty-fourth circuit before taking third at the checkered flags. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Matt Rossi in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona champion left Arizona ranked second in points with eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) scored fourth in Queen Creek’s 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was fourth in the night’s passing points. The former Western World 360 Champion heads to Canyon ranked fourth in the point standings with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from thirteenth. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking RSS, Mihocko ran fifth in his heat race and ranked thirteenth in passing points. At press time, the young driver is seventh in the point standings with ten top-10 finishes.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned his first top-qualifier award of the year after running second to Dennis Gile in his heat race. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored ninth in the Queen Creek main event. The former Hall of Fame Classic left Arizona Speedway ranked third in the point standings with five top-heat race victories, two hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Brian Hosford (Gilbert, Arizona) won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford was third in passing points and ran seventh in the main event. The veteran driver sits eleventh in points with two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led in the campaign.
On Saturday, July 30th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona for the “Allscapes Back to School Special.” Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
July 2, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 6. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positons)
1. R.J. Johnson (7th), 2. Dennis Gile (1st), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 4. Matt Rossi (3rd), 5. Tye Mihocko (13th), 6. Nick Aiuto (5th), 7. Brian Hosford (4th), 8. Michael Curtis (11th), 9. Mike Martin (6th), 10. Matt Lundy (10th), 11. Andy Reinbold (9th), 12. Chris Bonneau (18th), 13. Ronnie Clark (12th), 14. Landon Cling (8th), 15. Jonas Reynolds (16th), 16. Joe Schoepner (15th), 17. Jordan Stetson (14th), 18. Vickie Faber (19th), 19. Brett Yarnell (17th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Gile, Laps 24-28 Davis, Lap 29 Gile, Lap 30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (13th to 5th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-825, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-718, 3. Mike Martin-670, 4. Matt Rossi-664, 5. Stevie Sussex-640, 6. Nick Aiuto-584, 7. Tye Mihocko-554, 8. Dennis Gile-496, 9. Andy Reinbold-464, 10. Josh Pelkey-444, 11. Brian Hosford-441, 12. Chris Bonneau-400, 13. Landon Cling-364, 14. Shon Deskins-320, 15. Bruce St. James-304, 16. Dustin Burkhart-295, 17. Michael Curtis-294, 18. Tom Ogle-241, 19. Jonas Reynolds-155, 20. Matt Lundy-152.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

reinbold2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(Prior to July 30 at Peoria, AZ)
1 R.J. Johnson 825
2 Charles Davis, Jr. 718
3 Mike Martin 670
4 Matt Rossi 664
5 Stevie Sussex 640
6 Nick Aiuto 584
7 Tye Mihocko 554
8 Dennis Gile 496
9 Andy Reinbold 464
10 Josh Pelkey 444
11 Brian Hosford 441
12 Chris Bonneau 400
13 Landon Cling 364
14 Shon Deskins 320
15 Bruce St. James 304
16 Dustin Burkhart 295
17 Michael Curtis 294
18 Tom Ogle 241
19 Jonas Reynolds 155
20 Matt Lundy 152
21 Spencer Hill 138
22 Asa Kesterson 109
Kyle Shipley 109
24 Tanner Grau 108
25 Adam Millsap 83
26 Bryan Clauson 79
27 Brody Roa 72
28 Joe Schoepner 71
29 Brady Bacon 69
30 Josh Hodges 68
31 Jordan Stetson 67
32 Dave Darland 63
33 Brent Yarnel 62
34 Trey Marcham 54
35 D.J. Johnson 48
36 Jace Vander Weerd 45
37 Colton Slack 42
Jason Grady 42
Ronnie Clark 42
40 Leland Fuller 40
Troy Rutherford 40
42 Casey Shuman 39
43 Matt Stewart 38
44 Kent Rosevear 36
45 Larry Kesterson 35
46 Mason Keefer 33
47 Max Adams 31
Vickie Faber 31
49 Zach Madrid 30
50 Austin Liggett 15
51 Ryan Timmons 10
Tristan Guardino 10
Richard Vander Weerd 10
Aaron Reutzel 10
Jeff Sibley 10
Dustin Cormany 10
Kenny Perkins 10
Josh Grady 10
Bob Strait 10

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

1rjUSAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 6. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Dennis Gile, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Ronnie Clark, 14. Landon Cling, 15. Jonas Reynolds, 16. Joe Schoepner, 17. Jordan Stetson, 18. Vickie Faber, 19. Brett Yarnell. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Gile, Laps 24-28 Davis, Lap 29 Gile, Lap 30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Allscapes Back to School Special”

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QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS & FIREWORKS

mihockoLance Jennings, JUNE 28, 2016… After a break in the schedule, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, July 2nd. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the “Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display” will also showcase Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with twelve wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). This season, Johnson has two wins at Arizona Speedway and Sussex claimed the May 7th victory.

Entering the eleventh point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 104-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced to his fourth win of the year at Queen Creek on June 11th. At press time, the second generation driver has also posted five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. R.J. leads all SouthWest drivers with thirty-six feature wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid was a Saturday night triumph.

After running second to Johnson on June 11th, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time Arizona champion ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth victory on Saturday.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) sits third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS skipped the last Queen Creek show to run with USAC/CRA at Perris, California. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has five feature wins, five heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led on the year. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins with nine triumphs and might miss Saturday’s show to compete with USAC/CRA.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the Queen Creek main event. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to add another Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed third in the June 11th main event. To date, the former Western World 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, seven top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to score his fourth USAC SouthWest feature victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dustin Burkhart, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Spencer Hill, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
12-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-749, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-645, 3. Stevie Sussex-640, 4. Mike Martin-611, 5. Matt Rossi-592, 6. Nick Aiuto-517, 7. Tye Mihocko-492, 8. Josh Pelkey-444, 9. Dennis Gile-420, 10. Andy Reinbold-417, 11. Brian Hosford-377, 12. Chris Bonneau-358, 13. Landon Cling-324, 14. Shon Deskins-320, 15. Bruce St. James-304, 16. Dustin Burkhart-250, 17. Tom Ogle-241, 18. Michael Curtis-240, 19. Spencer Hill-138, 20. Jonas Reynolds-119.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

martin2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(Prior to July 2 race at Queen Creek, AZ)
1 R.J. Johnson 749
2 Charles Davis, Jr. 645
3 Stevie Sussex 640
4 Mike Martin 611
5 Matt Rossi 592
6 Nick Aiuto 517
7 Tye Mihocko 492
8 Josh Pelkey 444
9 Dennis Gile 420
10 Andy Reinbold 417
11 Brian Hosford 377
12 Chris Bonneau 358
13 Landon Cling 324
14 Shon Deskins 320
15 Bruce St. James 304
16 Dustin Burkhart 250
17 Tom Ogle 241
18 Michael Curtis 240
19 Spencer Hill 138
20 Jonas Reynolds 119
21 Asa Kesterson 109
Kyle Shipley 109
23 Tanner Grau 108
24 Matt Lundy 103
25 Adam Millsap 83
26 Bryan Clauson 79
27 Brody Roa 72
28 Brady Bacon 69
29 Josh Hodges 68
30 Dave Darland 63
31 Trey Marcham 54
32 D.J. Johnson 48
33 Jace Vander Weerd 45
34 Colton Slack 42
Jason Grady 42
36 Troy Rutherford 40
Leland Fuller 40
38 Casey Shuman 39
39 Matt Stewart 38
40 Joe Schoepner 36
Kent Rosevear 36
42 Jordan Stetson 35
Larry Kesterson 35
Brent Yarnel 35
45 Mason Keefer 33
46 Max Adams 31
47 Zach Madrid 30
48 Austin Liggett 15
49 Aaron Reutzel 10
Ryan Timmons 10
Bob Strait 10
Tristan Guardino 10
Richard Vander Weerd 10
Kenny Perkins 10
Jeff Sibley 10
Josh Grady 10
Dustin Cormany 10

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