DAVE DARLAND WINS “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

Lance Jennings, FEBRUARY 16, 2017… Charging from eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) took command from Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap and claimed the “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Darland, last Saturday’s $3,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was also a personal triumph in winning the race that honors friend and sponsor. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., hard charger R.J. Johnson, Sussex, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J, Dave Darland steadily made his way forward in the 30-lap main event. By lap twenty, the former USAC National Champion was secure in third and executed a brilliant turn one “slide job” to take second. Still on the charge, Darland shot low into third corner underneath the leader Sussex and slid into the lead. From there, “The People’s Champion” was not to be denied and sped to the season opener’s checkered flags. Earlier in the program, Darland ran third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) pressured Sussex for the lead early in the race but had to settle for second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race sponsored by Crawford Auto Repair and placed fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” as the series point leader.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) earned the night’s MAJ1K “hard charger / best passing job” honors with a third place run from seventeenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored eighth in his heat race after mechanical issues seemed to end his night. R.J’s crew went to work and the four-time series champion rebounded to win the night’s All Things Surplus Semi-Main after starting seventh. The four-time series champion heads to the March 9th and 10th Las Vegas “Showdown” ranked fourth in the standings.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) led the first twenty laps before scoring fourth in the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Racing Bob Price’s #4 Team AZ Racing / RSS Industries entry, Sussex won the night’s Crawford Auto Repair Heat Race #2 and ranked sixth in passing points. Heading to Las Vegas, the 2015 “Outlaw Showdown” winner is currently third in the point chase.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fifth in the season opener. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Simpson Racing entry, Deskins finished fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in overall passing points. The veteran driver left Canyon Speedway Park ranked sixth in championship points.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the 25-car field. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran third in his heat race and finished eleventh in the main event. At press time, “The Bull” will head to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked ninth in the point standings.

Ronnie Clark (Tucson, Arizona) returned to USAC SouthWest competition and won the night’s Interstate Truck Bodies Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Performance Engines Ellis, Clark ranked second in passing points and scored nineteenth at the checkered flags. Ronnie left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” sitting fourteenth in chase for the championship.

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks All Things Surplus, AME Electric, Aragon Racing, Arizona Motorsports Promotions, Beaver Stripes, Canyon Speedway Park, Crawford Auto Repair, Interstate Truck Bodies, Jason Rominger, Kyle Larson, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep, MAJ1K, Property Solutions by Dave Wilson, Ron’s Lawn Service, Southern New Mexico Speedway, T&K Repair, Team AZ and everyone else that made the Steve Stroud Memorial a special event.

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 RACE RESULTS:
February 11, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Steve Stroud Memorial”

CRAWFORD’S AUTO REPAIR FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 8. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 9. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

CRAWFORD’S AUTO REPAIR SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Nick Aiuto (#29A Colquette), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 KACE), 8. Corey Hurley (#71H Hurley). NT

INTERSTATE TRUCK BODIES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 8. Casey Shuman (#75X Bryan). NT

ALL THINGS SURPLUS SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Johnson, 2. Bonneau, 3. Shuman, 4. Lowery, 5. Reynolds, 6. Yarnal, 7. Batten, 8. Aragon, 9. Hurley. NT

LARRY H. MILLER CHRYSLER JEEP FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Dave Darland (11th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 3. R.J. Johnson (17th), 4. Stevie Sussex (1st), 5. Shon Deskins (8th), 6. Mike Martin (4th), 7. Nick Aiuto (15th), 8. Andy Reinbold (12th), 9. Brian Hosford (9th), 10. Michael Curtis (13th), 11. Tye Mihocko (6th), 12. Matt Lundy (7th), 13. Jeff Lowery (20th), 14. Brent Yarnal (22nd), 15. Landon Cling (14th), 16. Cody Sickles (16th), 17. Matt Rossi (3rd), 18. Bruce St. James (10th), 19. Ronnie Clark (5th), 20. Casey Shuman (19th), 21. Jonas Reynolds (21st), 22. Chris Bonneau (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Sussex, Laps 21-30 Darland
MAJ1K HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (17th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGSS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-77, 2. Dave Darland-76, 3. Stevie Sussex-70, 4. R.J. Johnson-68, 5. Mike Martin-66, 6. Shon Deskins-63, 7. Nick Aiuto-56, 8. Andy Reinbold-55, 9. Tye Mihocko-53, 10. Brian Hosford-50, 11. Michael Curtis-48, 12. Matt Lundy-46, 13. Matt Rossi-39, 14. Ronnie Clark-38, — Jeff Lowery-38, — Landon Cling-38, 17. Brent Yarnal-36, 18. Cody Sickles-34, 19. Bruce St. James-31, 20. Chris Bonneau-26, 21. Casey Shuman-25, 22. Jonas Reynolds-24, 23. Cody Batten-10, 24. Katherine Aragon-10, 25. Corey Hurley-10.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
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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2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(Prior to March 9th race at Las Vegas, NV)

1.    Charles Davis Jr.    77
2.    Dave Darland    76
3.    Stevie Sussex    70
4.    R.J. Johnson    68
5.    Mike Martin    66
6.    Shon Deskins    63
7.    Nick Aiuto    56
8.    Andy Reinbold    55
9.    Tye Mihocko    53
10.    Brian Hosford    50
11 .   Michael Curtis    48
12 .   Matt Lundy    46
13 .   Matt Rossi    39
14 .   Ronnie Clark    38
…..  Jeff Lowery    38
…..  Landon Cling    38
17 .   Brent Yarnal    36
18 .   Cody Sickles    34
19 .   Bruce St. James    31
20.    Chris Bonneau    26
21 .   Casey Shuman    25
22 .   Jonas Reynolds    24
23 .   Cody Batten    10
24 .   Katherine Aragon    10
25 .   Corey Hurley    10

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DAVE DARLAND TRIUMPHS AT CANYON’S STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL

(Peoria, AZ – February 11, 2017)…Starting eleventh, Dave Darland from Lincoln, Indiana took the lead from Steve Sussex on lap 21 and led the rest of the way to claim the inaugural “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. “The People’s Champion” finished ahead of “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., hard charger R.J. Johnson, Sussex, and Shon Deskins. “The Bull” Tye Mihocko was the night’s top-qualifier and heat race wins were taken by Davis, Sussex, and Ronnie Clark. Johnson won the 12-lap semi-main. The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars return to action on March 9th and 10th at Las Vegas, Nevada,

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Steve Stroud Memorial”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 8. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 9. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Nick Aiuto (#29A Colquette), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 KACE), 8. Corey Hurley (#71H Hurley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Andy Reinbold (Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 8. Casey Shuman (#75X Bryan). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bonneau, 3. Shuman, 4. Lowery, 5. Reynolds, 6. Yarnal, 7. Batten, 8. Aragon, 9. Hurley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Nick Aiuto, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Matt Lundy, 13. Jeff Lowery, 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Cody Sickles, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Bruce St. James, 19. Ronnie Clark, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Chris Bonneau. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Sussex, Laps 21-30 Darland
HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (17th to 3rd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-77, 2-Darland-76, 3-Sussex-70, 4-Johnson-68, 5-Martin-66, 6-Deskins-63, 7-Aiuto-56, 8-Reinbold-55, 9-Mihocko-53, 10-Hosford-50.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 9 & 10 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway – “Outlaw Showdown”

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON’S “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL”

johnsonLance Jennings, FEBRUARY 6, 2017… This Saturday, February 11th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their fifth season at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the first annual “Steve Stroud Memorial” will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Dwarf Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Saturday’s event honors Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. The Stroud owned Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix and it has become a popular destination for racers and fans alike. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

Coming off his fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest championship, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with 44 series wins. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson posted twelve feature wins, two fast time awards, eleven heat race victories, six top qualifier awards, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led in 2016. R.J. will pilot Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms entry as he looks to add the “Steve Stroud Memorial” to his resume and claim another title.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ran second in last year’s point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-eight top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has 14 career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park victory.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) scored third in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi had four heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one semi-main win, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for tenth on the series win list, Matt will be looking to claim his fourth triumph.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) finished fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on taking the “Steve Stroud Memorial” victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranked fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko claimed one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in 2016. The young driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Nick Aiuto, Josh Pelkey, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Shon Deskins, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Tom Ogle, and more 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 $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil and Hoosier Tire for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Dave Darland, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 11: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
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.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
#77M R.J. Johnson. 4-Time Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion. Photo by Patrick Shaw / Backed In Photography.

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