RAIN WASHES AWAY WINTER CHALLENGE RACES IN TUCSON

21bDue to overnight rain and the continued certainty of rain for the remainder of the weekend it is with regret that we cancel the remaining portion of the Winter Challenge. Unfortunately this portion of the Winter Challenge will not be rescheduled. We would like to thank the race teams and fans for supporting this event as we look forward to doing it again next year.

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WINTER CHALLENGE HEADS TO TUCSON FOR FRIDAY/SATURDAY EVENTS

dvLance Jennings, PHOENIX, AZ – JANUARY 29, 2015… Tomorrow night, the “4th Annual E&K Winter Challenge” featuring the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will shift to USA Raceway in Tucson. Opening with a Friday night $2,000-to-win feature, the mini-series champion will crowned after Saturday’s $4,000-to-win finale. Also showcasing IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, X-Mods, and Dwarf Cars on both nights, Friday’s show will start at 7:00pm, while the Saturday’s event will begin at $5:00pm For more event and ticket information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com.

Thanks to E&K Construction of Phoenix, the “Winter Challenge” is offering a $5,000 bonus with $2,000 going to the point champion as $1,000, $750, $500, and $250 will go to second through fifth. The lowest point driver that started all five main events will earn the $500 “Most Valuable Racer” award. USAC SouthWest Series rules apply and the purse information is at the bottom of this release.

After three rounds, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana holds a ten point lead. Racing Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Sherwin-Williams Maxim, Darland recorded a third and two second place finishes at Canyon Speedway Park. Last year’s Winter Challenge Champion also has one heat race win, one high point driver award, and 25 feature laps led to his credit. The veteran driver is tied for the most wins in the “Winter Challenge” and will be looking to add a USA Raceway win to his resume.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon ranks second in the Winter Challenge point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon won the opening night feature and claimed two fourth place finishes. The defending USAC National Champion also has one heat race victory and 26 feature laps led in the mini-series. Bacon has two career Winter Challenge main event wins and will have his sights on a nice payday in Tucson.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson sits third in the mini-series point standings. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson has earned a second, third, and fifth place finish in the Winter Challenge. The two-time USAC SouthWest Champion also has one heat race win at Canyon Speedway Park. Johnson will be looking to move up the point chase by sweeping the main events at USA Raceway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is currently fourth in the Winter Challenge. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has scored a fourth, fifth, and third place runs in the mini-series. The five-time Arizona Champion will be one of the favorites to watch at Tucson’s 3/8-mile clay oval.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal sits fifth in the point chase. Piloting the Mike Phulps owned #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal crashed on opening night, scoring twelfth. The 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion has rebounded, scoring the last two feature wins, including one of the closest finishes in USAC history. Ryan will be looking to carry his momentum to victory circle at Tucson.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dalten Gabbard, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl, David Dykes, Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Shon Deskins, and more.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, the 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.raceusaraceway.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).
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WINTER CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS:
2012-Tracy Hines, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Dave Darland.

WINTER CHALLENGE MAIN EVENT WINS:
3-Bryan Clauson, 3- Dave Darland, 3-Tracy Hines, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Colby Copeland, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jon Stanbrough, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS:
1. Dave Darland-197; 2. Brady Bacon-187; 3. R.J. Johnson-186; 4. Charles Davis Jr.-176; 5. Ryan Bernal-174; 6. Dalten Gabbard-152; 7. Mike Martin-149; 8. Stevie Sussex-139; 9. Rick Ziehl-121; 10. David Dykes-106; 11. Matt Lundy-79; 12. Dennis Gile-62; 13. Shon Deskins-57; 14. Dustin Cormany-42; 15. Andy Reinbold-41; 16. Josh Pelkey-40; 17. Jonas Reynolds-37; 18. Mark Morin-30.

JANUARY 30 PURSE:
1-$2,000; 2-$1,000; 3-$800; 4-$600; 5-$500; 6-$400; 7-$375; 8-$350; 9-$325; 10-$300; 11-$280; 12-$260; 13-$245; 14-$230; 15-$215; 16-$210; 17-$205; 18-$205; 19-$200; 20-$200.

JANUARY 31 PURSE:
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$800; 4-$1,200; 5-$700; 6-$600; 7-$575; 8-$550; 9-$525; 10-$500; 11-$480; 12-$460; 13-$445; 14-$430; 15-$420; 16-$410; 17-$405; 18-$400; 19-$400; 20-$400.

2015 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
January 30: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 31: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
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This schedule is subject to change.

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Winter Challenge Resumes with USA Double

1shonLonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 27, 2015) – With the initial three rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge in the books, the five race series shifts to Tucson’s USA Raceway for the final two legs this Friday and Saturday.

The USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will once again headline the action with a $2,000 winner’s share on Friday night and then $4,000 up for grabs on Saturday night.

The IMCA Modifieds and Stock Cars will once again be in action as well with X Mods and Dwarf Cars rounding out this weekend’s action.

Following an open practice session atop the 3/8-mile clay oval on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday’s racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m. before Saturday’s E&K Winter Challenge finale fires off at 5:00 p.m.

The Winter Challenge kicked off this past weekend with three nights of action at Canyon Speedway Park near Phoenix. After Brady Bacon opened the weekend with a triumph in the wingless USAC Sprint Car ranks, Ryan Bernal edged Dave Darland at the line in Saturday’s main event before wiring the field for top honors in Sunday’s $4,000-to-win feature event.

With E&K posting a $5,000 Winter Challenge points fund including $2,000 for the champion along with $1,000, $750, $500 and $250, respectively, for the balance of the top five, Dave Darland holds a ten-point lead over Brady Bacon entering the final pair of events with R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., and Bernal filling out the current top five.

Another $500 will be awarded to the E&K Winter Challenge “Most Valuable Player”, the lowest point earner that starts all five feature events.

In the IMCA Modified ranks, Ricky Thornton, Jr., has claimed two wins in a row after Tim Ward topped the Friday opener while Matt Martinez has topped two of three Pure Stock features as well with Jon Courchaine taking the middle round.

The remaining 2015 E&K Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:

Thursday, January 29 – Open Practice at USA Raceway from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 30 – Round 4 at USA Raceway (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, January 31 – Round 5 at USA Raceway (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

The current top ten in E&K Winter Challenge USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car points are as follows: 1. #16b-Dave Darland 197, 2. #73-Brady Bacon 187, 3. #51-R.J. Johnson 186, 4. #50-Charles Davis, Jr. 176, 5. #56-Ryan Bernal 174, 6. #77-Dalten Gabbard 152, 7. #16-Mike Martin 149, 8. #21az-Stevie Sussex 139, 9. #74-Rick Ziehl 121, 10. #55nm David Dykes 106.

USA Raceway is located in southeast Tucson just three miles from the airport and one mile off I-10 at 4300 East Los Reales Road.

Hotel Information can be found by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 520-573-0000.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2015 Canyon Speedway Par schedule can be viewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

For tickets and more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com. Additional information regarding USA Raceway is available at http://raceusaraceway.com/.

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“WINTER CHALLENGE” CONTINUES AT USA RACEWAY THIS WEEK

winterDICK JORDAN,  JANUARY 26, 2015, The 4th Annual E & K “Winter Challenge” concludes this weekend with a pair of events at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. Races are scheduled Friday and Saturday nights at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Dave Darland enters the final two “Winter Challenge” events with a 10-point lead over Brady Bacon in the series points after scoring a third and a pair of seconds in last week’s three openers at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Bacon won Friday night’s 30-lap race at Peoria, wheeling the Josh Ford Motorsports entry to victory. He started third in the USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint feature and caught early leader Mike Martin on lap six. Bacon led the rest of the way but faced a strong challenge from USAC Western Classic Champ Ryan Bernal for several laps before Bernal flipped. USAC Southwest Champ R.J. Johnson finished second ahead of Darland, Charles Davis Jr. and Stevie Sussex.

In one of the closest race finishes in USAC history, Bernal captured Saturday night’s 30-lapper at Peoria. The Hollister, Calif. driver trailed Darland until the final few feet, then scored a photo-finish victory in his Tri-L Mandarin Ranch machine. The final margin was a scant .005 seconds after Bernal came from 10th in the starting lineup to beat Darland, Johnson, Bacon and Davis.

Bernal returned Sunday night to lead all 30 laps enroute to another win over Darland, Davis, Bacon and Johnson. The Friday and Saturday wins were worth $2,000-to win and Bernal’s victory Sunday was worth $4,000.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Darland-197, 2-Bacon-187, 3-Johnson-186, 4-Davis-176, 5-Bernal-174, 6-Gabbard-152, 7-Martin-149, 8-Sussex-139, 9-Ziehl-121, 10-Dykes-106.

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RYAN BERNAL GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN $4,000 CANYON VICTORY

bernal1Lance Jennings, PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 26, 2015… Leading all 30-laps, Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California backed up Saturday’s dramatic victory to claim his second straight win of the “E&K Winter Challenge.” For Bernal, the $4,000 triumph at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park was his fourth career USAC SouthWest Sprint Car feature win. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Brady Bacon, and R.J. Johnson followed Ryan to the checkered flags.

Piloting the Mike Phulps owned #56 Tri-L Mandarin Racing / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal started his evening by taking third in his heat race. Ranking fifth in passing points, the 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion grabbed the lead from his outside front-row starting spot and was not to be denied. Ryan has climbed to fifth in the Winter Challenge standings as the mini-series resumes Friday at Tucson’s USA Raceway.

For the second race in a row, Lincoln, Indiana’s “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland has scored a second place finish. Racing Mike Martin’s #16B Ultimate Offroad / Sherwin-Williams Maxim, Darland earned his first heat race victory of the Winter Challenge and was the night’s high point driver. Starting sixth in the feature, Dave took advantage of a late race bobble by Davis to take the runner-up spot. By virtue of his strong performances, the veteran driver sits atop the Winter Challenge points heading to Tucson.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye looked to have second well in hand until slipping to third in the closing laps. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed third in his heat race and ranked sixth in the nightly passing points. The five-time Arizona Champion is currently fourth in the mini-series point chase and will be looking to move up the standings with a win at USA Raceway.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon stormed to fourth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting eighth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon ran fourth in his heat race and seated the USAC National Champion eighth in passing points. When the Winter Challenge resumes in Tucson, the opening night winner is second in the standings and ten points behind Darland.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix claimed fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was second to Dalten Gabbard in his heat race, ranking the 2-time USAC SouthWest Champion fourth in passing points. The second generation driver sits third in the Winter Challenge points and will be looking to sweep the Friday and Saturday features at Tucson.

After battling engine problems and arriving late to Canyon Speedway Park, Tempe’s Stevie Sussex earned his second Winter Challenge “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. Charging to an eighth place finish after starting thirteenth, the pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS ranks eighth in the mini-series. The young driver hopes to have solved all of his mechanical woes and battle for the checkered flags at USA Raceway.

Dalten Gabbard of Glendale raced to victory in the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving the family owned #77 BG Chemicals / AZ Heat Trucking Maxim, Gabbard placed second in the nightly passing points and claimed sixth in the main event. Dalten will have his sights on adding the winning trophy from Tucson to his collection.

After an open practice session on Thursday, the USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Friday, January 30th, at Tucson’s USA Raceway. Round #4 of the “E&K Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, X-Mods, and Dwarf Cars. Located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona, advanced tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.raceusaraceway.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).
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USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPECIAL EVENT SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
January 25, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “2015 E&K Winter Challenge”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Dave Darland (#16B Martin), 2. Dustin Cormany (#20 Deskins), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. David Dykes (#55NM Dykes), 6. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Rick Ziehl (#74 Williams). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Bernal (2nd), 2. Dave Darland (6th), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 4. Brady Bacon (8th), 5. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 6. Dalten Gabbard (5th), 7. Mike Martin (9th), 8. Stevie Sussex (13th, #21AZ Burkhart), 9. Matt Lundy (7th), 10. Rick Ziehl (12th), 11. Dustin Cormany (4th), 12. David Dykes (10th), 13. Mark Morin (11th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal
HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (13th to 8th)

WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGSS:
1. Dave Darland-197; 2. Brady Bacon-187; 3. R.J. Johnson-186; 4. Charles Davis Jr.-176; 5. Ryan Bernal-174; 6. Dalten Gabbard-152; 7. Mike Martin-149; 8. Stevie Sussex-139; 9. Rick Ziehl-121; 10. David Dykes-106; 11. Matt Lundy-79; 12. Dennis Gile-62; 13. Shon Deskins-57; 14. Dustin Cormany-42; 15. Andy Reinbold-41; 16. Josh Pelkey-40; 17. Jonas Reynolds-37; 18. Mark Morin-30.

JANUARY 30 PURSE:
1-$2,000; 2-$1,000; 3-$800; 4-$600; 5-$500; 6-$400; 7-$375; 8-$350; 9-$325; 10-$300; 11-$280; 12-$260; 13-$245; 14-$230; 15-$215; 16-$210; 17-$205; 18-$205; 19-$200; 20-$200.

JANUARY 31 PURSE:
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$800; 4-$1,200; 5-$700; 6-$600; 7-$575; 8-$550; 9-$525; 10-$500; 11-$480; 12-$460; 13-$445; 14-$430; 15-$420; 16-$410; 17-$405; 18-$400; 19-$400; 20-$400.

2015 E&K WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
January 29: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Open Practice, 6-9pm)
January 30: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 31: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
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This schedule is subject to change.

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