CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK HOSTS “3RD ANNUAL SUMMER SLAM”

shipLance Jennings, PEORIA, AZ – JULY 21, 2014… This Saturday, July 26th, the traditional USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park for the “3rd Annual Summer Slam.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the action packed card will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday’s event will be the twelfth of seventeen “home track” races at the fast 1/3-mile facility. While “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has won the two previous “Summer Slams,” R.J. Johnson leads all USAC SouthWest drivers with 15 career wins and 8 victories at Canyon Speedway Park.

Entering the “Summer Slam,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix holds a nineteen point advantage over the competition. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson claimed fifth at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway on July 12th. To date, the defending champion has four main event wins, six heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led on the season. R.J. will be looking to extend his point lead by adding the “Summer Slam” to his win list.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the championship points. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis led twenty-three laps at Queen Creek before taking third at the checkered flags. Currently, the five-time state champion has three main event wins, ten heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on his tenth series triumph and gaining valuable points on Johnson.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s 12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey won the 30-lap main event at Arizona Speedway. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has three feature wins, three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led on the year. Josh will be looking for his fourth series victory and the $1,500 payday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins sits fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #20 MP Environmental / Performance Plus Spike, Deskins rebounded from a tangle to score twelfth at Queen Creek. Heading to Canyon, the veteran racer has one feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. Shon will have his sights on claiming his second SouthWest win and moving up the point standings.

After running seventh at Arizona Speedway, Matt Rossi of Phoenix has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi has two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes in 2014. Matt will be looking to score the $1,500 victory and add the winning trophy to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Mike Colegrove, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Michael Curtis, Josh Shipley, Brian Hosford, Tom Ogle, Stevie Sussex, Mike Bonneau, Chris Bonneau, Mark Morin, Dennis Gile, 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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SUMMER SLAM WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Charles Davis Jr.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT WINS:
8-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-668, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-649, 3. Josh Pelkey-635, 4. Shon Deskins-547, 5. Matt Rossi-510, 6. Mike Martin-505, 6. Tye Mihocko-492, 8. Mike Colegrove-442, 9. Andy Reinbold-429, 10. Nick Aiuto-378, 11. Bruce St. James-376, 12. Michael Curtis-375, 13. Josh Shipley-331, 14. Brian Hosford-315, 15. Tom Ogle-294, 16. Stevie Sussex-271, 17. Mike Bonneau-242, 18. Chris Bonneau-225, 19. Mark Morin-209, 20. Dennis Gile-187.

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USAC Southwest Sprints Spice Up Summer Slam at CSP!

1andyLonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (July 21, 2014) – Into the closing days of July means the heat is in full effect in Arizona, which is only fitting for Canyon Speedway Park’s Third Annual Summer Slam this Saturday night.

And “Chargin’” Charles Davis, Jr., will be gunning for a third consecutive Summer Slam title as the wingless wonders of the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series headline the heated event atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval with IMCA Modifieds, Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars in action as well. Racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m.

Picking up momentum in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car ranks is reigning series champion R.J. Johnson of Phoenix. Johnson has moved atop the point charts with a 19-point advantage over Charles Davis, Jr., with Josh Pelkey just another 14 points back in third.

That lead trio of Johnson, Davis, Jr., and Pelkey has monopolized USAC Southwest victory lane in points racing action this year as well. Johnson has topped the most recent pair of events including the Father’s Day Classic on June 14, with Pelkey topping two of the three initial events around a Davis, Jr., triumph on April 26.

Davis, Jr., will try to stay perfect in Summer Slam action after beating Johnson, Rick Ziehl and Pelkey to the line in the inaugural version in 2012 and then leading Shon Deskins and Johnson to the checkered flag last year.

Last year’s Summer Slam runner-up, Deskins enters Saturday’s card fourth in USAC Southwest points behind Johnson, Davis, Jr., and Pelkey with Matt Rossi rounding out the current top five. The rest of the current top ten includes Mike Martin, Tye Mihocko, Michael Colegrove, Andrew Reinbold and Nick Aiuto.

While Davis, Jr., guns for another Summer Slam title, Ricky Thornton, Jr., will try to keep the hot hand in the IMCA Modified ranks.

Thornton, Jr., has won nine of 11 IMCA Modified feature events at CSP in 2014 including all five in championship points chase action to build a 30-point edge over Cody Center with Steve Stultz, Ryan Roath and Jason Noll also in the top five. Only seven points separates the four drivers ranked second through fifth.

While Matt Martinez has topped the last two Pure Stock features and three of the last five, he is still one point behind Chris McCurdy, Jr., in the title chase. Zack Madrid is just eight points out of the lead in third with Joe Vlasity and John Parmeley in the top five.

Kenny Hilton is the most recent Micro Sprint winner after a June 14 triumph while Keaton Swane bested the field last time out in Dwarf Cars.

Tickets for Saturday’s Third Annual Summer Slam are just $15, with a $2 discount for Military, Seniors and Students. Children ages 7-12 are $6, with children 6 and under admitted free. VIP passes are available for $20.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

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 2014 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE (7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

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3RD ANNUAL “SUMMER SLAM” SATURDAY AT CANYON

1mihockoDICK JORDAN 14-142, JULY 21, 2014— USAC Southwest Sprint Car point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. continue their battle for the 2014 series championship in this Saturday’s 3rd Annual “Summer Slam” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Davis trails by only 19 points with 74 available at Peoria. Josh Pelkey, third in the standings, could prove the spoiler as the series progresses. He’s only 33 points out of the lead entering Saturday’s race.

Johnson has seven podium finishes already this year, with four wins, two seconds and a third. Davis has three wins and a second, while Pelkey has three wins, a second and four thirds.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-668, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-649, 3-Josh Pelkey-635, 4-Shon Deskins-547, 5-Matt Rossi-510, 6-Mike Martin-505, 7-Tye Mihocko-492, 8-Michael Colegrove-442, 9-Andy Reinbold-429, 10-Bruce St. James-378.

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JOSH PELKEY SCORES VICTORY AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

12Lance Jennings, QUEEN CREEK, AZ – JULY 14, 2014… With a “super moon” shining over Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway, Josh Pelkey of Peoria claimed Saturday’s USAC SouthWest Sprint Car main event. The controversial $1,500 victory was Josh’s third triumph of the season and first series win at the ET Motopark facility. “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Looking for his second win in a row, Davis started fourth on the grid and led the first twenty-three circuits. Finding the bottom groove to his liking, Shipley took command from Davis and streaked from the field to the checkered flags. Unfortunately for last year’s Challenge Cup Champion, a rules infraction relegated Shipley with a two-car penalty and a third place finish. Pelkey, who rebounded from a mid-race tangle, had charged from the rear of the field to take home the winning trophy.

Racing the Robbie and Gaye Allen owned #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Josh Pelkey scored his fourth series victory after starting eighth in the feature. Now fourth on the win list, the former ASCA Champion ran third in his heat race and seated eighth in the nightly passing points. Pelkey left Queen Creek ranked third in the championship points with three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led.

Peoria’s “The Kid” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eleventh. Piloting the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery RSS, Mihocko took fourth in his heat race and was eleventh in passing points. “The Kid” heads to Canyon Speedway Park ranked seventh in the point chase with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, and nine top-10 finishes to his credit.

Josh Shipley of Peoria scored third in the Arizona Speedway main event. Driving Bob Bishop’s #2 RSS Industries / AME Electrical RSS, Shipley ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and sat fifth in passing points. At press time, Josh is thirteenth in the point standings with one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the season.

After leading twenty-three laps, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. took fourth at Queen Creek. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was third in the nightly passing points. The five-time Arizona Champion left ET Motopark ranked second in points with three feature wins, ten heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 102 feature laps led on the year.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix ran fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending champion won the program’s second 8-lap heat race and was second in passing points. With a nineteen point advantage, the point leader has four feature wins, six heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led in the campaign.

Phoenix’s Matt Rossi raced to victory in the third heat race and was the night’s high point driver. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi took seventh at the checkered flags. Currently, the veteran driver is fifth in the point chase with two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, July 26th at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria. The “3rd Annual Summer Slam” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

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:
July 12, 2014 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Bob Ream Jr., (#22B Weber), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6, Corey Hurley (#71H Hurley). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Josh Pelkey (8th), 2. Tye Mihocko (11th), 3. Josh Shipley (2nd), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 5. R.J. Johnson (5th), 6. Andy Reinbold (7th), 7. Matt Rossi (6th), 8. Tom Ogle (1st), 9. Mark Morin (18th), 10. Michael Curtis (16th), 11. Dennis Gile (15th), 12. Shon Deskins (9th), 13. Bruce St. James (13th), 14. Mike Martin (14th), 15. Brian Hosford (17th), 16. Nick Aiuto (10th), 17. Corey Hurley (19th), 18. Bob Ream Jr. (3rd), 19. Mike Colegrove (12th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Charles Davis Jr., Laps 24-29 Josh Shipley, Lap 30 Josh Pelkey.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (11th to 2nd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-668, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-649, 3. Josh Pelkey-635, 4. Shon Deskins-547, 5. Matt Rossi-510, 6. Mike Martin-505, 6. Tye Mihocko-492, 8. Mike Colegrove-442, 9. Andy Reinbold-429, 10. Nick Aiuto-378, 11. Bruce St. James-376, 12. Michael Curtis-375, 13. Josh Shipley-331, 14. Brian Hosford-315, 15. Tom Ogle-294, 16. Stevie Sussex-271, 17. Mike Bonneau-242, 18. Chris Bonneau-225, 19. Mark Morin-209, 20. Dennis Gile-187.

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SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT PEORIA JULY 26; PELKEY GETS 30-LAP ARIZONA SPEEDWAY VICTORY

1pelkey2DICK JORDAN, JULY 15, 2014— R.J. Johnson leads the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars to their next outing July 26 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., but Josh Pelkey of Peoria stole the spotlight last Saturday night at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek.

Pelkey won Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Arizona Speedway after Josh Shipley, who originally took the checkered flag, was penalized two positions for jumping a restart. Pelkey officially led the final lap in his ABC Body Shop/NAPA Maxim/Advanced entry to beat Tye Mihocko, Shipley, Charles Davis Jr. and R.J. Johnson.

Johnson holds a 19-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. going into the July 26 race, with Pelkey now 33 points in arrears in third place.

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