USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEAD TO QUEEN CREEK FOR “SPRING FLING”

rossiLance Jennings, PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 16, 2015… This Saturday, April 18th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first of six appearances at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “4th Annual Spring Fling” will also feature X-Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 2013, twelve USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with seven wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (3), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Last season, Johnson added the “Spring Fling” to his resume and Martin scored a popular victory in 2013. Davis won the inaugural event sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region in 2012.

After winning last Saturday’s debut at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has taken over the points lead. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson holds a nine point advantage with two feature wins, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. On Saturday, Johnson will be looking to extend his lead by earning his 25th USAC SouthWest victory.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex is second in the SouthWest point standings. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall RSS, Sussex scored sixteenth in Yuma after a flip ended his night. To date, the 2-time Hank Arnold Memorial champion has one feature win, two hard charger awards, five top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. At Arizona Speedway, Stevie will have his sights on making the “Spring Fling” his third career USAC SouthWest win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is third in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran eighth at Cocopah Speedway. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in 2015. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to claim his eleventh career SouthWest victory this Saturday.

South Central’s Matt Rossi sits fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from eighth to claim second at Yuma. Entering Saturday’s race, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Queen Creek, Matt will have his sights on earning his third career series feature win.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey raced to fifth at Yuma after starting twelfth. To date, the former ASCA Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking for his sixth career SouthWest victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Shon Deskins, Mike Colegrove, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Josh Shipley, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Dalten Gabbard, Michael Curtis, 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 (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. 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 CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

SPRING FLING WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Martin, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-181, 2. Stevie Sussex-172, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-163, 4. Matt Rossi-144, 5. Josh Pelkey-131, 6. Shon Deskins-127, 7. Mike Martin-120, 8. Mike Colegrove-114, 9. Brian Hosford-93, 10. Andy Reinbold-84, 11. Bruce St. James-82, 12. Ryan Bernal-71, 13. Dennis Gile-64, Matt Mitchell-62, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg-57, 16. Chris Windom-48, —. Colby Copeland-48, 18. Richard Vander Weerd-45
19. Nick Aiuto-43, 20. Josh Shipley-43.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
May 2: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 16: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 23: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 13: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 27: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Hot Summer Nights)
July 10: #El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 11: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
August 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back To School Special)
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
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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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SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY; VANDER WEERD TOPS AT SANTA MARIA; JOHNSON GETS #20 AT YUMA

rjDICK JORDAN, APRIL 13, 2015…  R.J. Johnson leads the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars to the 3rd Annual “Spring Fling” at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. Saturday night. He has a nine-point lead over Stevie Sussex after winning last Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Yuma, Ariz.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., recorded a record 20th USAC feature victory in Arizona with Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma. Wheeling the Michaels entry, he passed Shon Deskins on lap five and led the rest of the way to beat Matt Rossi, Deskins, Mike Colegrove and Josh Pelkey.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. won Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint race at Santa Maria (Calif.) Raceway. Vander Weerd led the final 12 laps in his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark after passing D.J. Johnson on lap 19. Johnson led the first 18 laps and finished second ahead of Danny Faria Jr., Landon Hurst and Trey Marcham. Faria emerged as the new series point leader entering a May 16 race at Tulare, Calif.

The USAC West Coast Sprint cars resume May 16 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

2015 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-363, 2-Ryan Bernal-320, 3-Jace Vander Weerd-307, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-295, 5-Trey Marcham-270, 6-D.J. Johnson-266, 7-Landon Hurst-260, 8-Tristan Guardino-186, 9-Austin Liggett-175, 10-Jeff Sibley-170.

2015 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-181, 2-Stevie Sussex-172, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-163, 4-Matt Rossi-144, 5-Josh Pelkey-131, 6-Shon Deskins-127, 7-Mike Martin-120, 8-Mike Colegrove-114, 9-Brian Hosford-93, 10-Andy Reinbold-84.

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R.J. JOHNSON CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AT YUMA

1johnsonLance Jennings, YUMA, AZ – APRIL 14, 2015… Taking the lead from polesitter Shon Deskins on the fifth lap, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix claimed Saturday’s main event at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was his second consecutive triumph as the series heads to Queen Creek on April 18th. Matt Rossi, Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey followed the two-time champion to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson claimed third in his heat race and ranked fourth out of eighteen racers in passing points. Starting fourth in the feature, Johnson earned his series leading twenty-fourth victory. The Hank Arnold Memorial winner added Cocopah Speedway to his win list and has taken over the points lead. To date, the second generation driver has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit.

South Central’s Matt Rossi charged from eighth to claim second at Cocopah Speedway. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored fifth in his heat race and was seated eighth in passing points. The Western World Champion heads to Arizona Speedway sitting fourth in championship points with one hard charger award and two top-10 finishes.

After leading the first four circuits, Shon Deskins of Phoenix claimed third in Saturday’s main event. Driving his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran fifth in his heat race and placed sixth in the nightly passing points. The veteran driver left Yuma ranked sixth in series points with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Peoria’s Mike Colegrove had a strong night at Yuma with a fourth place run in the feature. Piloting his #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars machine, Colegrove ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Mike is currently eighth in the SouthWest standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria charged from twelfth to score fifth in the series debut at Yuma. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished sixth in his heat race and ranked twelfth in the nightly passing points. The former ASCA Champion heads to Queen Creek seated fifth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

Camp Verde’s Nick Aiuto earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto finished eighth in his heat race and ranked eighteenth in the nightly passing points. The veteran driver left Cocopah Speedway placed nineteenth in points with one top-10 finish on the year.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye earned the night’s high point driver award. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the second 8-lap heat race from fourth and ran eighth in the main event. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is currently third in points with two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the program’s first 8-lap heat race at his hometown track. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin was seated third in passing points and claimed ninth in the feature. The former Hall of Fame Classic Champion is seventh in championship points with one high point driver award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

This Saturday, April 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. The “3rd Annual Spring Fling” will also feature the X-Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

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).
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
April 11, 2015 – Yuma, Arizona – Cocopah Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#22AZ Burkhart), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 8. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 8. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 9. George Morris (#3K Kruseman). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tony Everhart (#55 Everhart).

FEATURE: (30 laps –With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 2. Matt Rossi (8th), 3. Shon Deskins (1st), 4. Mike Colegrove (2nd), 5. Josh Pelkey (12th), 6. Brian Hosford (7th), 7. Nick Aiuto (15th), 8. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 9. Mike Martin (4th), 10. Andy Reinbold (11th), 11. Bruce St. James (14th), 12. Dennis Gile (10th), 13. Dustin Burkhart (9th), 14. George Morris (17th), 15. Katherine Aragon (13th), 16. Stevie Sussex (5th), 17. Tom Lee (16th). NT
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**Sussex flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Deskins, Laps 5-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (15th to 7th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson 181, 2. Stevie Sussex 172, 3. Charles Davis Jr. 163, 4. Matt Rossi 144, 5. Josh Pelkey 131, 6. Shon Deskins 127, 7. Mike Martin 120, 8. Mike Colegrove 114, 9. Brian Hosford 93, 10. Andy Reinbold 84, 11. Bruce St. James 82, 12. Ryan Bernal 71, 13. Dennis Gile 64, Matt Mitchell 62, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg 57, 16. Chris Windom 48, 17. Colby Copeland 48, 18. Richard Vander Weerd 45
19. Nick Aiuto 43, 20. Josh Shipley 43.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 2: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 16: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 23: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 13: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 27: USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Hot Summer Nights)
July 10: #El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 11: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
July 18: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
August 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back To School Special)
August 19: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 20: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 21: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 22: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 28: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 29: Prescott Valley Raceway – Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
September 19: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 3: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 17: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series)
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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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2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS (Prior to 4/18 at Queen Creek, AZ)

77m22015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(Prior to 4/18 at Queen Creek, AZ)
1. R.J. Johnson 181
2. Stevie Sussex 172
3. Charles Davis Jr. 163
4. Matt Rossi 144
5. Josh Pelkey 131
6. Shon Deskins 127
7. Mike Martin 120
8. Mike Colegrove 114
9. Brian Hosford 93
10. Andy Reinbold 84
11. Bruce St. James 82
12. Ryan Bernal 71
13. Dennis Gile 64
Matt Mitchell 62
15. Hunter Schuerenberg 57
16. Chris Windom 48
17. Colby Copeland 48
18. Richard Vander Weerd 45
19. Nick Aiuto 43
20. Josh Shipley 43
21. Max Adams 40
22. Jace Vander Weerd 38
23. Danny Faria Jr. 36
Tye Mihocko 35
25. Dustin Burkhart 30
26. Austin Liggett 30
27. Troy Rutherford 29
28. Trey Marcham 28
Larry Gibson 27
30. George Morris 26
31. Katherine Aragon 25
32. Michael Curtis 23
Dalten Gabbard 23
34. Vince Perez 22
35. Tom Lee 20
36. Koty McGullam 19
Brody Roa 18
Landon Hurst 18
Jonas Reynolds 16
Mike Bonneau 14
Tristan Guardino 1
Jeff Sibley 1
Dustin Cormany 1
A.J. Bender 1
Tom Ogle 1
Tony Everhart 1
Shannon McQueen 1

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 11, 2015 – Yuma, Arizona – Cocopah Speedway

77m1USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 11, 2015 – Yuma, Arizona – Cocopah Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#22AZ Burkhart), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 8. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 8. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 9. George Morris (#3K Kruseman). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tony Everhart (#55 Everhart).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Shon Deskins, 4. Mike Colegrove, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Brian Hosford, 7. Nick Aiuto, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Mike Martin, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Dennis Gile, 13. Dustin Burkhart, 14. George Morris, 15. Katherine Aragon, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Tom Lee. NT
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**Sussex flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Deskins, Laps 5-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 18 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

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