SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT QUEEN CREEK NOVEMBER 1; SUSSEX WINS “HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL AT CANYON

tyeDICK JORDAN, OCTOBER 20, 2014, 14-230, R.J. Johnson’s pursuit of the 2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car championship will resume November 1 with an appearance at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He emerged from last Saturday night’s race at Peoria, Ariz. with a 116-point margin over Josh Pelkey in the new standings.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. Mike Martin finished second ahead of Matt Rossi, Charles Davis Jr. and Pelkey. Johnson was sixth.

Three of Johnson’s nine wins this year have come at Queen Creek, while Davis and Pelkey have also scored victories there.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,193, 2-Josh Pelkey-1,077, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,072, 4-Matt Rossi-979, 5-Shon Deskins-940, 6-Mike Martin-930, 7-Tye Mihocko-844, 8-Michael Curtis-649, 9-Andy Reinbold-640, 10-Nick Aiuto-613.

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STEVIE SUSSEX WINS HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL AT CANYON

21aLance Jennings, PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 19, 2014… Leading all 30-laps, Tempe’s Stevie Sussex won Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 triumph was the first USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of his career. “The Magic Man: Mike Martin, Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the #21AZ RSS backed by Stratis Construction and All Styles Barber Shop, Stevie Sussex became a two-time winner of the Arnold Memorial. Winning the last event in 2011, Sussex started the 2014 race by qualifying ninth out of sixteen racers and running second to Bruce St. James in his heat race. Starting on the pole position, the second generation driver hit his marks throughout the feature to claim the checkered flags. Stevie left Canyon Speedway Park ranked fourteenth in points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the season.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma took second in the Hank Arnold Memorial. Piloting his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin was seventh quick in time trials and placed third in his 10-lap heat race. Heading to Queen Creek on November 1st, the former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner is sixth in points with one feature win, four heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi had another solid night by scoring third at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi qualified eighth overall and claimed third in his heat race. To date, Matt is fourth in the standings with four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in 2014.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis was fourth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the five-time state champion is third in points with four feature wins, twelve heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 122 feature laps led.

Using the qualifying format for the Hank Arnold Memorial, Phoenix’s Shon Deskins set fast time on the night. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / MP Environmental Spike, Deskins scored fourth in his heat race and claimed ninth in the main event. Currently, the veteran racer is fifth in series points with one main event win, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year.

Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors by charging to sixth after starting thirteenth. The defending series champion and current point leader qualified thirteenth overall and ran fifth in his 10-lap heat race. Johnson heads to Queen Creek with ten feature wins, thirteen heat race victories, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 202 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James raced to victory in the night’s first 10-lap heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was fifth fast in time trials and placed seventh in the Hank Arnold Memorial. To date, Bruce sits twelfth in the standings with three heat race victories and five top-10 finishes on the season.

Tom Ogle of Surprise won the program’s second 10-lap heat race. Driving the family owned #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle qualified tenth overall and claimed eighth in the main event. In limited starts, Tom is currently fifteenth in points with eight top-10 finishes in 2014

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will be back in action on Saturday, November 1st at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, X-Mods, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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 RACE RESULTS:
October 18, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.295; 2. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-15.344; 3. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-15.380; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.395; 5. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.439; 6. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.487; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.489; 8. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.636; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-15.781; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-15.904; 11. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.937; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.996; 13. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-16.303; 14. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-16.346; 15. Justin Quinn, 93, Quinn-16.673; 16. Glenn Styres, OG, Styres-17.726.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. St. James, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Deskins, 5. Johnson, 6. Hosford, 7. Lundy, 8. Quinn. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Ogle, 2. Mihocko, 3. Rossi, 4. Davis, 5. Curtis, 6. Pelkey, 7. Styres, 8. Morin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Stevie Sussex (1st), 2. Mike Martin (3rd), 3. Matt Rossi (2nd), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 5. Josh Pelkey (9th), 6. R.J. Johnson (13th), 7. Bruce St. James (4th), 8. Tom Ogle (7th), 9. Shon Deskins (6th), 10. Michael Curtis (11th), 11. Brian Hosford (10th), 12. Tye Mihocko (8th), 13. Glenn Styres (15th), 14. Justin Quinn (14th), 15. Matt Lundy (12th), 16. Mark Morin (16th).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Sussex.
HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (13th to 6th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1193, 2. Josh Pelkey-1077, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-1072, 4. Matt Rossi-979, 5. Shon Deskins-940, 6. Mike Martin-930, 7. Tye Mihocko-844, 8. Michael Curtis-649, 9. Andy Reinbold-641, 10. Nick Aiuto-613, 11. Brian Hosford-605, 12. Bruce St. James-596, 13. Mike Colegrove-530, 14. Stevie Sussex-443, 15. Tom Ogle-420, 16. Josh Shipley-416, 17. Chris Bonneau-327, 18. Mike Bonneau-318, 19. Mark Morin-293, 20-Josh Hodges-279.

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
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.
This schedule is subject to change.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

21bUSAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.295; 2. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-15.344; 3. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-15.380; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.395; 5. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.439; 6. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.487; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.489; 8. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.636; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Sussex-15.781; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-15.904; 11. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.937; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.996; 13. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-16.303; 14. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-16.346; 15. Justin Quinn, 93, Quinn-16.673; 16. Glenn Styres, OG, Styres-17.726.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Deskins, 5. Johnson, 6. Hosford, 7. Lundy, 8. Quinn. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ogle, 2. Mihocko, 3. Rossi, 4. Davis, 5. Curtis, 6. Pelkey, 7. Styres, 8. Morin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Glenn Styres, 14. Justin Quinn, 15. Matt Lundy, 16. Mark Morin.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Sussex.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 1 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS RETURN TO CANYON FOR HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL

21Lance Jennings, PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 15, 2014… This Saturday, October 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” will also feature Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm, with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Saturday’s event marks the return of the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to the schedule. Once a mainstay on the Arizona sprint car scene, the race honors Hank Arnold, who is widely regarded as one of the most popular drivers, mechanics, and car builders in the state. Sadly, Arnold lost his life in a terrible crash at Manzanita Speedway on June 16, 1967 and one week later, Bob Huebner claimed the first of his two memorial victories. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman leads all drivers with six victories and other multiple winners include Wayne Bennet (4), Billy Shuman (3), Eric Wilkins (3), Larry Clark (2), Bob Cleberg (2), Dennis Matousek (2), and Bob Ream Jr. (2). In 2011, Stevie Sussex joined the winner’s list that also has Lealand McSpadden, Buddy Taylor, Billy Boat, Marty Wilcox, Jerry Coons Jr., Josh Pelkey, Charles Davis Jr., and Rick Ziehl.

Heading to the “Hank Arnold Memorial,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix sits atop the standings with a 123-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ ‪#‎77M‬ Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth last Saturday at Prescott Valley after leading the first twenty-five laps. To date, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion has ten feature wins, thirteen heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 202 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to add the “Arnold Memorial” to his resume.

After winning last Saturday’s “Rick Stewart Memorial,” Peoria’s Josh Pelkey has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey has four main event wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led on the season. Josh won the event in 1997 on his way to the ASCA Championship and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with another triumph.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye ranks third in the point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis claimed fifth at Prescott Valley after starting eighth. The five-time state champion heads to Canyon with four main event wins, twelve heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 122 feature laps led in 2014. “Chargin” Charles scored the “Hank Arnold Memorial” win in 2003 and will be looking to add Saturday’s winning trophy to his collection.

On the strength of his second place run at the “Stewart Memorial,” Phoenix’s Matt Rossi has risen to fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi has four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Matt will have his sights on earning his first win of the season at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

Shon Deskins of Phoenix sits fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving his #20 MP Environmental / Performance Plus Spike, Deskins placed eighteenth in last Saturday’s 40-lap feature. As this writing goes to press, the veteran racer has one feature win, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year. Shon will be looking to rebound with the main event win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Colegrove, Josh Shipley, Stevie Sussex, Tom Ogle, Chris Bonneau, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

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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HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL WINNERS:
1967-Bob Huebner, 1968-Bob Cleberg, 1969-Jerry McClung, 1970-Bob Cleberg, 1971-Bob Huebner, 1972-Billy Shuman, 1973-Lealand McSpadden, 1974-Buddy Taylor, 1975-Billy Shuman, 1976-Billy Shuman, 1977-Dennis Matousek, 1978-Dennis Matousek, 1979-Larry Clark, 1980-Wayne Bennett, 1981-Larry Clark, 1983-Wayne Bennet, 1984-Wayne Bennet, 1988-Billy Boat, 1989-Wayne Bennet, 1990-Marty Wilcox, 1991-Dick Kelm, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1993-Curt Brown, 1994-Mike Boat, 1996-Jerry Coons Jr., 1997-Josh Pelkey, 1998-Bob Ream Jr., 1999-Eric Wilkins, 2000-Eric Wilkins, 2001-Eric Wilkins, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Jeremy Sherman, 2005-Jeremy Sherman, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Jeremy Sherman, 2008-Andy Reinbold, 2009-Rick Ziehl, 2010-Jeremy Sherman, 2011-Stevie Sussex.

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
10-R.J. Johnson, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Josh Pelkey, 3-Dave Darland, 2-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Bonneau, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Shon Deskins, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
9-R.J. Johnson, 5-Bryan Clauson, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1144, 2. Josh Pelkey-1021, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-1013, 4. Matt Rossi-919, 5. Shon Deskins-893, 6. Mike Martin-867, 7. Tye Mihocko-808, 8. Andy Reinbold-641, 9. Nick Aiuto-613, 10. Michael Curtis-611, 11. Brian Hosford-567, 12. Bruce St. James-544, 13. Mike Colegrove-530, 14. Josh Shipley-416, 15. Stevie Sussex-376, 16. Tom Ogle-373, 17. Chris Bonneau-327, 18. Mike Bonneau-318, 19. Josh Hodges-279, 20. Mark Morin-271.

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
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.
This schedule is subject to change.

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SOUTHWEST SPRINTS BACK TO CANYON SATURDAY; PELKEY WINS PRESCOTT VALLEY’S “RICK STEWART MEMORIAL”

1pelkey2DICK JORDAN 14-227, OCTOBER 13, 2014…USAC Southwest Sprint Car series runner-up Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz. stormed to victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap “Rick Stewart Memorial” at Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Raceway. This coming Saturday he and the Southwest series regulars will tackle Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. in the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

Pelkey and the Robbie and Gaye Allen ABC Body Shop/NAPA Auto Parts Maxim/Advanced entry passed series point leader R.J. Johnson on lap 26 and led the final 15 laps for Saturday’s win. Matt Rossi took second at the checkered flag ahead of Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin and Charles Davis Jr. as Johnson finished sixth after leading the first 25 laps

Pelkey stands 123 points behind Johnson in the new standings entering this Saturday’s race at Peoria. Charles Davis Jr. is third in the points, just eight behind Pelkey.

In six starts this year at Peoria, Pelkey has a pair of feature victories.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,144; 2-Josh Pelkey-1,021, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-1,013, 4-Matt Rossi-919, 5-Shon Deskins-893, 6-Mike Martin-867, 7-Tye Mihocko-808, 8-Andy Reinbold-640, 9-Nick Aiuto-613, 10-Michael Curtis-611.

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