SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT EL PASO AUGUST 29; JOHNSON, BACON, MARTIN, BONNEAU SHARE “FREEDOM TOUR” GLORY

 

1johnso1DICK JORDAN 14-173, AUGUST 18, 2014… The USAC Southwest Sprint Car points race resumes August 29 at El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park and point leader R.J. Johnson will once again continue his pursuit of a USAC championship after four “non-point” races this past week in America’s heartland.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., was one of four different winners during the “Freedom Tour” in Oklahoma and Kansas. He won Wednesday night’s 30-lap race at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway. Driving the Bill Michaels-owned Kodiak Products Sherman, he caught early leader and home-state favorite Brady Bacon on lap 19 and led the rest of the way to beat Bacon, Mike Martin, Aaron Reutzel and Koby Barksdale to the checkered flag.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., captured Thursday night’s 30-lapper at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. Second in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint car standings at present, Bacon caught early leader Wyatt Burks on lap eight and led the rest of the way in his Fatheadz Eyewear Triple X to beat Colby Copeland, Josh Pelkey, Seth Bergman and Casey Shuman.

Mike Martin of Yuma, Ariz. captured Friday night’s 30-lap “Harold Leep Memorial” at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans. The “Magic Man” led all 30 laps in his PPM Maxim to beat Harli White, Johnson, Rick Ziehl and Bacon.

Mike Bonneau of Phoenix, Ariz. captured Saturday night’s “Freedom Tour” finale at Dodge City (Kans.) Raceway Park, leading the final seven laps after passing Ziehl on lap 24. Charles Davis Jr. took the runner-up spot ahead of White, Ziehl and Burks.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-739, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-695, 3-Josh Pelkey-680, 4-Shon Deskins-607, 5-Matt Rossi-575, 6-Mike Martin-564, 7-Tye Mihocko-517, 8-Andy Reinbold-459, 9-Mike Colegrove-442. 10-Bruce St. James-436.

 

 

 

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MIKE BONNEAU WINS SHOOTOUT AT DODGE CITY

2121Lance Jennings, DODGE CITY, KS – AUGUST 17, 2014… Powering past “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl on lap twenty four, Mike Bonneau of Phoenix, Arizona won the “Freedom Tour” finale at Dodge City Raceway Park. For Bonneau, the $2,500 feature triumph was his first USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series win. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Harli White, Ziehl, and Wyatt Burks chased Bonneau to the checkered flags.

Looking to repeat as a Dodge City winner, Rick Ziehl grabbed the lead from the outside front row starting spot. Stretching out to a huge lead, the veteran driver was cruising until almost tangling with a backmarker. Avoiding disaster, “The Real Deal” saved his mount, but fell back to fourth. Pole starter Bonneau took command and roared to his first series win, unaware of victory until stopping in victory circle.

With the 30-lap “Freedom Tour” main event win, Mike Bonneau became the sixteenth different driver to claim a USAC SouthWest victory. Piloting his #29 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X Components entry, Bonneau ran second to Shon Deskins in his heat race and placed sixth in the nightly passing points. The veteran driver headed back home with three top-ten finishes and 9 feature laps led on the season.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. took second at Dodge City Raceway Park after starting fourth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis won his twelfth heat race of the campaign and placed third in passing points. The five-time Arizona champion left Dodge City with three feature wins, one semi-main win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led to his credit.

Harli White of Lindsay, Oklahoma scored third in the “Freedom Tour” finale after starting sixth. Racing the family owned #17W Lucas Oil / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, White won the program’s second 8-lap heat race and was the night’s high point driver. Harli ended the mini-series with one hard charger award and three top-10 finishes.

Las Cruces, New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl had the feature well in hand before scoring fourth at Dodge City. Piloting Gary Williams’ #41W EKR Heating & Cooling / Bandit Racing Maxim, the multi-time ASCS champion ran second to Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race and was seated fifth in passing points. To date, Ziehl has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the year.

Wyatt Burks of Topeka, Kansas ran fifth in the 30-lap feature from seventh. Driving the family owned #11W Industrial Maintenance Inc. / Bindery Express entry, Burks ran second to Harli White in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. Wyatt wrapped up the “Freedom Tour” with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Making his first start of the “Freedom Tour,” Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Shipley earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourteenth place run from nineteenth. Racing the Mihocko Family’s #5X RSS Industries / Old World Brewery RSS, Shipley placed seventh in his heat race and was seated nineteenth in the nightly passing points. The Challenge Cup Champion left Dodge City with six top-10 finishes and six feature laps led.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix, Arizona won his sixth heat race of the season. Piloting his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis machine, Deskins ranked fourth in passing points and claimed sixth in the main event. Currently, the May 3rd Prescott Valley winner has fifteen top-10 finishes and 30 feature laps led in the campaign.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will take a break before returning to action on August 29th at El Paso Speedway Park. Opening the first of three night “Border Tour” with the New Mexico Motor Racing Association, the event will also feature Topless Modifieds, USRA Street Stocks, Hornets, and the Casa Nissan Legend Cars. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:
August 16, 2014 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Don Droud Jr., (#1X Droud), 7. Kevin Risley (#24 Risley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Harli White (#17W White), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11X Burks), 3. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tim Kent (#94T Kent), 6. Brad Graham (#04 Graham), 7. Ray Seemann (#72 Seemann). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Rick Ziehl (#41W Williams), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tyler Knight (#11K Knight), 7. Josh Shipley (#5X Mihocko). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Mike Bonneau (1st), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 3. Harli White (6th), 4. Rick Ziehl (2nd), 5. Wyatt Burks (7th), 6. Shon Deskins (3rd), 7. Josh Hodges (5th), 8. R.J. Johnson (10th), 9. Josh Pelkey (9th), 10. Mike Martin (11th), 11. Michael Curtis (13th), 12. Don Droud Jr. (16th), 13. Tye Mihocko (15th), 14. Josh Shipley (19th), 15. Tim Kent (14th), 16. Chris Bonneau (8th), 17. Tyler Knight (17th), 18. Shannon McQueen (12th), 19. Kevin Risley (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Rick Ziehl, Laps 24-30 Mike Bonneau
HARD CHARGER: Josh Shipley (19th to 14th)

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway – Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Speedway – Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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MIKE MARTIN SPRINTS TO WICHITA “FREEDOM TOUR” VICTORY

mmLance Jennings, WICHITA, KS – AUGUST 17, 2014… Leading all 30-laps, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, of Yuma, Arizona scored the third round of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour.” Thursday’s $2,500 “Harold Leep Memorial” at 81 Speedway was Martin’s second series win as the tour concludes at Dodge City Raceway Park. Hard Charger Harli White, R.J. Johnson, “The Real Real” Rick Ziehl, and Brady Bacon followed Martin to the checkered flags.

After running second to Forrest Sutherland in his heat race and ranking fourth in passing points, Mike Martin originally started third in the feature lineup. Once Sutherland spun on the initial green flag, “The Magic Man” inherited the pole position and made the best of the opportunity. The pilot of the #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Materials Maxim grabbed the lead and sailed to victory at the 3/8-mile oval. Heading to Dodge City’s “Freedom Tour” finale, Mike has one feature win, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led on the season.

Lindsay, Oklahoma’s Harli White had her best run of the “Freedom Tour” with a second place finish. Earning the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors after starting thirteenth, the driver of the #17W Lucas Oil / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry ran fourth in her heat race and was thirteenth in passing points. In three appearances, Harli has two-top finishes in the campaign.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona charged to third at 81 Speedway from the eighth starting spot. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson took fourth in his heat race and ranked eighth in passing points. The defending champion left Wichita with six feature wins, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led to his credit.

Las Cruces, New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl ran fourth at 81 Speedway. Piloting Gary Williams’ #41W EKR Heating & Cooling / Bandit Racing Maxim, last year’s Wichita winner won the first 10-lap heat race and ranked third in passing points. Heading to Dodge City, the multi-time ASCS champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma scored fifth in the 30-lap feature. Racing his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing XXX, the Creek County winner took third in his heat race and placed seventh in the nightly passing points. Going to the “Freedom Tour” finale, Bacon has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

Cherryvale, Kansas’ Forrest Sutherland drove his #85 machine to victory in the second 10-lap heat race. Ranked sixth in passing points, the winged sprint regular started on the pole of the feature before spinning on the initial green flag. Forrest scored twentieth in the main event.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, New Mexico returned to SouthWest competition and won the program’s third heat race. Piloting the family owned #74X Parts Plus / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges was second in passing points and scored eleventh in the main event. To date, Josh has one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won his first 12-lap semi-main of the campaign. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran seventh in his heat race and charged to seventh in the main event from seventeenth. Heading to Dodge City, the five-time Arizona champion has three feature wins, eleven heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led in 2014.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:
August 15, 2014 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Harold Leep Memorial” / “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Rick Ziehl (#41W Williams), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Don Droud Jr. (#1X Droud), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 8. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Forrest Sutherland (#85 Sutherland), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#03 Wood), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 8. Zach Blurton (#2J Blurton). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 3. Josh Stephens (#09 Stephens), 4. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 5. Brad Graham (#04 Graham), 6. Gavin Stout (#95 Stout), 7. Zach Chappell (#50Z Chappell), 8. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale). NT

SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Wyatt Burks, 4. Zach Chappell, 5. Zach Blurton, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Gavin Stout, 8. Shon Deskins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Mike Martin (3rd), 2. Harli White (13th), 3. R.J. Johnson (8th), 4. Rick Ziehl (4th), 5. Brady Bacon (7th), 6. Josh Pelkey (9th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (17th), 8. Jeremy Campbell (12th), 9. Don Droud Jr. (16th), 10. Tye Mihocko (15th), 11. Josh Hodges (5th), 12. Michael Curtis (14th), 13. Shannon McQueen (6th), 14. Josh Stephens (10th), 15. Wyatt Burks (19th), 16. Joe Wood Jr. (2nd), 17. Brad Graham (11th), 18. Zach Chappell (20th), 19. Colby Copeland (18th), 20. Forrest Sutherland (1st). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Mike Martin.
HARD CHARGER: Harli White (13th to 2nd)

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2014 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

2121USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2014 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Don Droud Jr., (#1X Droud), 7. Kevin Risley (#24 Risley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Harli White (#17W White), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11X Burks), 3. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tim Kent (#94T Kent), 6. Brad Graham (#04 Graham), 7. Ray Seemann (#72 Seemann). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Rick Ziehl (#41W Wiliams), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tyler Knight (#11K Knight), 7. Josh Shipley (#5X Mihocko). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Harli White, 4. Rick Ziehl, 5. Wyatt Burks, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Don Droud Jr., 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Josh Shipley, 15. Tim Kent, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. Tyler Knight, 18. Shannon McQueen, 19. Kevin Risley, 20. Ray Seemann. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Ziehl, Laps 24-30 M.Bonneau

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 29– El Paso (TX) Speedway Park – “Border Tour”

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 15, 2014 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Harold Leep Memorial” / “Freedom Tour”

martonUSAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 15, 2014 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Harold Leep Memorial” / “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rick Ziehl (#41W Williams), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Don Droud Jr. (#1X Droud), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 8. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Forrest Sutherland (#85 Sutherland), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#03 Wood), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 8. Zach Blurton (#2J Blurton). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 3. Josh Stephens (#09 Stephens), 4. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 5. Brad Graham (#04 Graham), 6. Gavin Stout (#95 Stout), 7. Zach Chappell (#50Z Chappell), 8. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Copeland, 3. Burks, 4. Chappell, 5. Blurton, 6. Barksdale, 7. Stout, 8. Deskins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Harli White, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Rick Ziehl, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Jeremy Campbell, 9. Don Droud Jr., 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Josh Hodges, 12. Michael Curtis, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Josh Stephens, 15. Wyatt Burks, 16. Joe Wood Jr., 17. Brad Graham, 18. Zach Chappell, 19. Colby Copeland, 20. Forrest Sutherland. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Martin.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE: August 16 – Dodge City (KS) Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

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