R.J. JOHNSON SPRINTS TO HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WIN AT SAN TAN VALLEYsouthwest
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ – SEPTEMBER 28, 2019… Inheriting the lead with 21 laps in the books, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) raced to victory at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Sherman, Johnson topped the $4,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car main event over Stevie Sussex, fast qualifier Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm.
Johnson also posted the night’s Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with an eighth to first place run. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish. Matt Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 Bonus of the season with a fifteenth place finish.
“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams began the night by topping the Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Time Trials with a time of 14.903 over the 23-car roster.
The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to rookie contender Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Jake Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Dennis Gile (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).
The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to action at the “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” from November 7th to 9th at Perris Auto Speedway. The 3-day event is co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL USAC National and Sands Chevrolet SouthWest Sprint Cars.
On Saturday, October 26th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the action at Central Arizona Speedway’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash.”
The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.
The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2019 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic”
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.903; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.179; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.291; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.326; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.360; 6. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-15.417; 7. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.425; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.517; 9. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.540; 10. Zach Madrid, 15M, Johnson-15.542; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.588; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.618; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.620; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.705; 15. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.711; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.925; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.972; 18. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.084; 19. Jake Helsel, 44, Helsel-16.093; 20. Matt Stewart, 55, Everhart-16.328; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.619; 22. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.704; 23. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-17.104.
EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Williams, 3. Madrid, 4. Malcolm, 5. Helsel, 6. Bonneau, 7. Gansen, 8. Kesterson. NT
CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Gardner, 3. Johnson, 4. Martin, 5. McCarthy, 6. Stewart, 7. Hix, 8. Sanchez. NT
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gile, 2. Davis, 3. Roa, 4. Sussex, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis, 7. Lundy. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (8), 2. Stevie Sussex (4). 3. Austin Williams (6), 4. Damion Gardner (5), 5. Tommy Malcolm (3), 6. Zach Madrid (10), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 8. Sterling Cling (9), 9. Brody Roa (1), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 11. Michael Curtis (18), 12. Steve Hix (17), 13. Mike Martin (14), 14. Dennis Gile (15), 15. Matt Lundy (21). 16. Chris Gansen (16), 17. Asa Kesterson (22), 18. Jake Swanson (2), 19. Jake Helsel (19), 20. Matt McCarthy (11), 21. Matt Stewart (20), 22. Chris Bonneau (7), 23. Stephen Sanchez (23). NT.
**Swanson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Swanson, Laps 7-11 Gardner, Laps 12-21 Swanson, Laps 22-30 Johnson.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (8th to 1st)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY6 13 AWARD: Mike Martin
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy
NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1215, 2-Williams-1160, 3-Roa-1116, 4-Swanson-1012, 5-Gansen-790, 6-Malcolm-732, 7-Davis-651, 8-McCarthy-635, 9-Tafoya-600, 10-Danny Faria Jr.-583.
NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-828, 2-Johnson-819, 3-Sussex-777, 4-Davis-717, 5-Martin-655, 6-Swanson-507, 7-Lundy-462, 8-Rossi-413, 9-Curtis-401, 10-Williams-401.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-9 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” – co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars
NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 26 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona– “Howl-O-Ween Bash”