“4TH ANNUAL CANYON CLASH” ON TAP FOR USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS

1mihockoLance Jennings – PEORIA, AZ – APRIL 21, 2014… This Saturday, April 26th, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “4th Annual Canyon Clash” will also showcase Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The facility will also host an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman claimed back-to-back victories of the “Canyon Clash” in 2011 and 2012. Last season, R.J. Johnson added the special event to his resume on his way to the championship. Since January 2013, the fast 1/3-mile oval has hosted twenty-one USAC SouthWest races and Johnson leads with six triumphs. Bryan Clauson (5), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (3), and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (2) have earned multiple wins. Josh Pelkey won the CSP “season opener” on March 29th, joining Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland, Mike Spencer, and Richard Vander Weerd with one “home track” victory.

Entering the third point race, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey has a slim two point advantage over the competition. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion ran second on April 12th at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. To date, Josh has one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led to his credit. Pelkey will be looking to extend his point lead with a feature win at the “Canyon Clash.”

After winning the “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has climbed to second in the point standings. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending series champion has one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led on the year. The recently married driver will be looking to claim his series leading 13th USAC SouthWest victory this Saturday night.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins scored third in Queen Creek’s “Spring Fling.” As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shon will have his sights on his first series win and adding the “Canyon Clash” trophy to his collection.

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko of Peoria has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery RSS, Mihocko raced to eighth in the “Spring Fling” after starting twelfth. To date, the young driver has two heat race victories, one semi-main win, and three top-10 finishes in 2014. Tye will be looking to surprise the field on Saturday and claim his first victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. sits fifth in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports owned #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis placed fourth at Arizona Speedway. Entering Saturday’s event, the five-time Arizona champion has three heat race victories and six top-10 finishes on the year. “Chargin” Charles will be one of the favorites to score the “Canyon Clash” victory at his home track. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Josh Shipley, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Matt Rossi, Brian Hosford, Tom Ogle, Mike Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Michael Woodruff, Lonnie Oliver, Chris Bonneau, Tom Lee, 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). ———————————————–

CANYON CLASH WINNERS: 2011-Jeremy Sherman, 2012-Jeremy Sherman, 2013-R.J. Johnson.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Josh Pelkey-136, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Shon Deskins-131, 4. Tye Mihocko-93, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-92, 6. Bruce St. James-86, 7. Nick Aiuto-84, 8. Michael Curtis-81, 9. Josh Shipley-76, 10. Mike Martin-74, 11. Matt Rossi-59, –. Brian Hosford-59, 13. Tom Ogle-57, 14. Mike Bonneau-55, 15. Andy Reinbold-54, 16. Michael Woodruff-53, 17. Lonnie Oliver-46, 18. Rick Ziehl-38, 19. Chris Bonneau-36, 20. Tom Lee-34.

Category: Featured News, News · Tags:

PELKEY LEADS SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO CANYON SATURDAY

pelkey1APRIL 21, 2014 – DICK JORDAN  14-47 — Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz., currently the leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series standings, will compete basically in his “back yard” this Saturday as the series returns with the “4th Annual Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria.

Pelkey started the campaign with a victory at Peoria, then added a runner-up finish behind R.J. Johnson at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He finds himself two points ahead of Johnson in the latest tally.

Johnson, who took second in the March 29 opener, needs a victory Saturday to become USAC’s winningest Arizona driver ever. He is currently tied with Bryan Clauson for that distinction, both with a dozen career Arizona wins. R.J.’s lone Arizona win this year so far, however, came in the USAC Western Midgets at Peoria in February.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-136, 2-R.J. Johnson-134, 3-Shon Deskins-131, 4-Tye Mihocko-93, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-92, 6-Bruce St. James-86, 7-Nick Aiuto-84, 8-Michael Curtis-81, 9-Josh Shipley-76, 10-Mike Martin-76.

Category: Featured News, News · Tags:

Canyon Clash Saturday at CSP!

1clashLonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (April 21, 2014) – With a tight points race already developing, the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars take center stage in Saturday night’s Fourth Annual Canyon Clash atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

While the USAC Southwest wingless forces take to the CSP oval for the second time of the year since the Winter Challenge, also in action will be Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks and AMA Mod Lites.

Following an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday’s Fourth Annual Canyon Clash goes green at 7:00 p.m.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey topped the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars season opener at Canyon Speedway Park on March 29 and leads the way into Saturday’s action with a slim 2-point lead over reigning series champion R.J. Johnson, who topped the series’ most recent event on April 12.

While just two points separate Pelkey and Johnson, Shon Deskins is just another three points back in third with Tye Mihocko and Charles Davis, Jr., also among the top five.  The balance of the current top ten in USAC Southwest points includes Bruce St. James, Nick Aiuto, Michel Curtis, Mike Martin and Josh Shipley.

R.J. Johnson is the defending Canyon Clash champion after Jeremy Sherman topped the initial two versions of the event.

After four different drivers took Micro Sprint wins during Winter Challenge action, Colton Hardy added his name to the winner’s list by taking top honors during the March 29 season opener.

Ty Warner ruled the Pure Stock ranks with three of five wins in Winter Challenge competition but it was Ty Weidner scoring the Opening Night win ahead of Chris McCurdy, Jr., and Joe Vlasity with Warner in fourth.

Brenden Priest took two of three Winter Challenge wins in AMA Mod Lites and carried that over to the season opener where he won again ahead of Adam Etcher and John Priest.

Tickets for Saturday’s Fourth Annual Canyon Clash 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/.

Discounted CSP season passes are also available by calling the track office.  Season ticket packages can be viewed at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/season-passes/.

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.

Category: Featured News, News · Tags:

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

 

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

(Prior to April 26 at Peoria)

1 Josh Pelkey 136

2 R.J. Johnson 134

3 Shon Deskins 131

4 Tye Mihocko 93

5 Charles Davis Jr. 92

6 Bruce St. James 86

7 Nick Aiuto 84

8 Michael Curtis 81

9 Josh Shipley 76

10 Mike Martin 74

11 Matt Rossi 59

Brian Hosford 59

13 Tom Ogle 57

14 Mike Bonneau 55

15 Andy Reinbold 54

16 Michael Woodruff 53

17 Lonnie Oliver 46

18 Rick Ziehl 38

19 Chris Bonneau 36

20 Tom Lee 34

21 Alex Pettas 29

22 Mike Colegrove 27

23 Mike Morin 21

24 Carson Ditsch 18

25 Mark Morin 15

Category: Featured News, News · Tags:

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CANYON APRIL 26; JOHNSON WINS QUEEN CREEK’S “SPRING FLING”

77APRIL 14, 2014 DICK JORDAN 14-43 — Josh Pelkey remains atop the USAC Southwest Sprint Car standings, despite defending series champion R.J. Johnson’s feature victory at Queen Creek, Ariz. last Saturday. Pelkey holds a two-point lead over Johnson going into an April 26 race at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Johnson. of Phoenix, Ariz., led the last 25 laps to win Saturday night’s 30-lap “Spring Fling” for USAC’s Southwest Sprint Cars at Arizona Speedway. He grabbed the lead from Pelkey on lap six and led the rest of the way in his Bill Michaels entry. Pelkey finished second ahead of Shon Deskins, Charles Davis Jr. and Matt Rossi. Mike Martin led the opening lap.

Pelkey won the last Southwest event at Peoria, in March.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-136, 2-R.J. Johnson-134, 3-Shon Deskins-131, 4-Tye Mihocko-93, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-92, 6-Bruce St. James-86, 7-Nick Aiuto-84, 8-Michael Curtis-81, 9-Josh Shipley-76, 10-Mike Martin-76.

Category: Featured News, News · Tags:

Schedule

Results

Points