STEVIE SUSSEX CHARGES TO VICTORY AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Lance Jennings, MARCH 21, 2017… Starting ninth, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the twenty-fourth lap to claim last Saturday’s checkered flags at Arizona Speedway. The $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked Sussex’s first win on the campaign and the eleventh series win of his career. Davis, R.J. Johnson, Landon Cling, and Chris Bonneau followed Sussex to the checkered flags.

Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Stevie Sussex earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking the victory after starting ninth. Earlier in the program, the young driver ran third in his heat race and ranked ninth out of nineteen racers in passing points. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner leads the point standings with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

After leading the first twenty-three laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) had to settle for second in the 30-lap feature. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and placed fifth overall in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion heads to Canyon ranked third in the point chase with three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ran third at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and sat fourth in passing points. To date, the four-time champion is second in the point chase with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) had one of his best nights in USAC SouthWest action with a fourth place run after starting seventh. Piloting the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and sat seventh overall in passing points. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is fifth in the point standings on the strength of two fast time awards and one top-10 finish.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau ran third in his heat race and placed fifth overall in passing points. At press times, the veteran driver ranks eighteenth in the championship points with one top-10 finish to his credit.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Racing the #27 Hughey & Phillips / Speed Mart Eagle, Aiuto placed second in his heat race to Michael Curtis and finished fifteenth in the main event. To date, the veteran driver is tenth in points with one top-10 finish on the season.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / WSP entry, Curtis placed sixth in passing points and claimed seventeenth in the main event. At press time, the young driver ranks twenty-third in passing points with one top-10 finish.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 1st, at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The “Showdown at Canyon” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
March 18, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Matt Lundy #98 Lundy). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 5. Mike Woodruff (#83 Woodruff). 6. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Stevie Sussex (9th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 3. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 4. Landon Cling (7th), 5. Chris Bonneau (5th), 6. Shon Deskins (4th), 7. Mike Martin (13th), 8. Andy Reinbold (8th), 9. Brian Hosford (10th), 10. Jeff Lowery (16th), 11. Matt Lundy (17th), 12. Joe Schoepner (18th), 13. Cody Sickles (19th – #14 Sickles), 14. Brent Yarnal (15th), 15. Nick Aiuto (6th), 16. Larry Kesterson (12th), 17. Michael Curtis (1st), 18. Jonas Reynolds (11th), 19. Michael Woodruff (14th). NT
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**Lowery flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Davis, Laps 24-30 Sussex.
HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (9th to 1st)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Nick Aiuto

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-278, 2. R.J. Johnson-249, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-237, 4. Shon Deskins-224, 5. Landon Cling-190, 6. Dave Darland-169, 7. Ryan Bernal-160, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Mike Martin-142, 10. Nick Aiuto-134, 11. Andy Reinbold-131, 12. Tye Mihocko-124, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Jake Swanson-118, . Matt Lundy- 118, .Jeff Lowery-118, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 18. Chris Bonneau-105, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 20. Brian Hosford-101.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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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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2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(prior to April 1, Peoria, AZ)
1 Stevie Sussex 278
2 R.J. Johnson 249
3 Charles Davis Jr. 237
4 Shon Deskins 224
5 Landon Cling 190
6 Dave Darland 169
7 Ryan Bernal 160
8 Brady Bacon 148
9 Mike Martin 142
10 Nick Aiuto 134
11 Andy Reinbold 131
12 Tye Mihocko 124
13 Brody Roa 123
14 Jake Swanson 118
Matt Lundy 118
Jeff Lowery 118
17 Joe Stornetta Jr. 113
18 Richard Vander Weerd 107
19 Chris Bonneau 105
20 Brian Hosford 101
21 Brady Short 95
22 Trey Marcham 88
23 Michael Curtis 86
Troy Rutherford 86
25 Jace Vander Weerd 79
26 Brent Yarnal 75
27 Cody Sickles 71
28 Ryan Timmons 69
29 Tristan Guardino 66
30 Dylan Westbrook 61
31 Larry Kesterson 56
Jonas Reynolds 56
33 Bruce St. James 51
34 Matt Rossi 49
35 Jeff Sibley 47
36 Joe Schoepner 42
37 Ronnie Clark 38
38 Mike Woodruff 29
39 Geoff Ensign 27
40 Danny Faria Jr. 26
41 Casey Shuman 25
42 Ryan Stolz 20
Mark Ferrara 20
Bobby Marcum 20
Steve Hix 20
Jay Ervine 20
Cody Majors 20
48 Cody Batten 10
Corey Hurley 10
Katherine Aragon 10

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Matt Lundy #98 Lundy). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Larry Kesternson (#F2 Kesterson), 5. Mike Woodruff (#83 Woodruff). 6. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Landon Cling, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Joe Schoepner, 13. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Nick Aiuto, 16. Larry Kesterson, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Jonas Reynolds, 19. Michael Woodruff. NT
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**Lowery flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Davis, Laps 24-30 Sussex.
HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (9th to 1st)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Showdown at Canyon”

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STEVIE SUSSEX LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Lance Jennings, MARCH 14, 2017… After two successful nights at Las Vegas, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, March 18th, at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the fourth point race will also feature Pure Stocks, Modlites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the San Tan Valley oval. Four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Johnson (4), Stevie Sussex (2), Brady Bacon (1), and Chris Windom (1) celebrated wins at Arizona Speedway last season.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 28-point advantage over the competition. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS, Sussex placed fourth and fifth at the “FVP Outlaw Showdown.” To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the season. Sussex has ten career SouthWest wins and will be looking to extend his lead with a win at Arizona Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored seventh and twelfth at Las Vegas. To date, the four-time champion has posted one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and two top-10 finishes. On Saturday, the second generation driver will have his sights on his series leading forty-fifth victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the championship point chase. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis placed fifth and nineteenth in the “FVP Outlaw Showdown.” At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car champion has two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the year. “Chargin” Charles has fourteen career SouthWest wins and will be looking gain valuable points with a Saturday night triumph.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) is fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Eagle, Darland ran tenth and fourteenth at Las Vegas. To date, the former USAC National Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. On Saturday, the “Steve Stroud Memorial” winner is scheduled to race a USAC National Midget in DuQuoin, Illinois.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Aluminum Wheels ART, Bernal won both main events at Las Vegas. The two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion has also posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. With six career SouthWest feature wins, Ryan will skip Saturday’s event at San Tan Valley to race in California.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shon Deskins, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Landon Cling, Nick Aiuto, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Andy Reinbold, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Matt Rossi, Michael Curtis and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. 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 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-202, 2. R.J. Johnson-174, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-170, 4. Dave Darland-169, 5. Ryan Bernal-160, 6. Shon Deskins-159, 7. Brady Bacon-148, 8. Tye Mihocko-124, 9. Brody Roa-123, 10. Landon Cling-122, 11. Jake Swanson-118, 12. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 14. Brady Short-95, 15. Trey Marcham-88, .Nick Aiuto-88, 17. Mike Martin-86,. Troy Rutherford-86, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-79, 20. Andy Reinbold-75.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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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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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(prior to March 18 race at San Tan Valley, AZ)

1. Stevie Sussex 202
2. R.J. Johnson 174
3. Charles Davis Jr. 170
4. Dave Darland 169
5. Ryan Bernal 160
6. Shon Deskins 159
7. Brady Bacon 148
8. Tye Mihocko 124
9. Brody Roa 123
10. Landon Cling 122
11. Jake Swanson 118
12. Joe Stornetta Jr. 113
13. Richard Vander Weerd 107
14. Brady Short 95
15. Trey Marcham 88
. Nick Aiuto 88
17. Mike Martin 86
. Troy Rutherford 86
19. Jace Vander Weerd 79
20. Andy Reinbold 75
21. Matt Lundy 74
22. Jeff Lowery 72
23. Ryan Timmons 69
24. Tristan Guardino 66
25. Dylan Westbrook 61
26. Bruce St. James 51
27. Brian Hosford 50
28. Matt Rossi 49
29. Michael Curtis 48
30. Jeff Sibley 47
31. Ronnie Clark 38
32. Brent Yarnel 36
33. Cody Sickles 34
34. Geoff Ensign 27
35. Danny Faria Jr. 26
. Chris Bonneau 26
27. Casey Shuman 25
28. Jonas Reynolds 24
29. Cody Majors 20
. Ryan Stolz 20
. Mark Ferrara 20
. Bobby Marcum 20
. Steve Hix 20
. Jay Ervine 20
. Larry Kesterson 20
36. Katherine Aragon 10
. Cody Batten 10
. Chris Bonneau 10
. Corey Hurley 10

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