DICK JORDAN, MARCH 2, 2015, This Thursday night’s 4th “Sin City Showdown” figures to be just that as USAC’s West Coast and Southwest Sprint Car veterans convene at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track for the opening point-paying rounds of each 2015 series and the first “Grudge Series” event. The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds share Thursday’s bill.
Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. (West Coast) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest) are the defending series champions entering the Las Vegas event.
Last year’s Las Vegas race produced a surprise winner – Austin Liggett, while pre-race favorites Bud Kaeding and Bryan Clauson scored 2012 and 2013 Las Vegas wins respectively.
USAC, NASCAR and Indy 500 veteran J.J. Yeley finished second to Liggett in last year’s race, ahead of five-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer.
After winning his second Grudge Series championship, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California leads a strong contingent from the Golden State. The five-time USAC/CRA champion leads all drivers with two Grudge Series wins. Defending USAC West Coast Champion Matt Mitchell, Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., USAC Western Classic Champion Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Colby Copeland, and more are expected as racing gets under way at 7 pm.
Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had a stellar 2014 campaign and earned his second USAC Southwest title. Johnson heads a tough Copper State roster including “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Brian Hosford, Michael Curtis, Nick Aiuto, and more.
At press time, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, “The Bear” Chris Windom of Illinois, and Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham will also race in the “Sin City Showdown.”
Lance Jennings, PHOENIX, AZ – FEBRUARY 28, 2015… On Thursday, March 5th, the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sponsored by Hoosier Tire, the $2,500-to-win “4th Annual Sin City Showdown” opens the point season for both groups and will kickoff the popular Grudge Series. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest are expected to compete for bragging rights on the half-mile clay oval. The famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will share the spotlight as the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.
Held during NASCAR weekend, the “Sin City Showdown” has become one of the most popular events on the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last year, Austin Liggett from Tracy, California took the lead from J.J. Yeley on the third lap and streaked to his first career USAC Sprint Car victory. California’s Bud Kaeding won the inaugural event on his way to the West Coast championship and Indiana’s Bryan Clauson raced Mike Martin’s second car to the 25-lap win in 2013. As this writing goes to press, promoters Kevin Montgomery and Chris Kearns are looking for additional sponsorship to increase the mini-series point fund.
After winning his second Grudge Series championship, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California leads a strong contingent from the Golden State. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA champion leads all drivers with two Grudge Series wins. Defending USAC West Coast Champion Matt Mitchell, Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., USAC Western Classic Champion Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Colby Copeland, and more are expected at Las Vegas.
Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had a stellar 2014 campaign and earned his second USAC SouthWest title. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson heads a tough Copper State roster including “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Brian Hosford, Michael Curtis, Nick Aiuto, and more.
At press time, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, “The Bear” Chris Windom of Illinois, and Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham will also race in the “Sin City Showdown.” Schuerenberg, a USAC National series veteran, and Marcham, the 2013 USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year, will drive the potent Keith Ford #73 Berry Pack entries. Windom, the 2010 Oval Nationals Champion, will pilot a Bernie Weber team car to Brian Hosford.
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 and Reserve tickets are $40. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com.
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, 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). Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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).
“SIN CITY SHOWDOWN” WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett.
GRUDGE SERIES CHAMPIONS:
2012-Ryan Bernal. 2013-Mike Spencer, 2014-Mike Spencer.
2015 USAC GRUDGE SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 5: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win)
November 19: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 20: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest & West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 5: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
March 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
April 11: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
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)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
Due 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.
Lance 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).
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)
This schedule is subject to change.
Lonnie 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.
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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/.