Bechtelsville, PA…….Bryan Clauson kicked off the 2012 “Rotondo Weirich Eastern Storm” in dominating fashion to win the “Jesse Hockett Classic” 40-lap Main Event Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway. It was the first win of the season for Clauson and his Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Curb Records – R&B Trucker’s #7 Maxim/Fisher. Clauson is also partially sponsored by mini-series sponsor Rotondo Weirich.
The turning point came on a restart with 24 laps in the books, when the top groove finally became the place to be. Early leader Jerry Coons, Jr. stuck to the bottom while cars jockeyed for position behind him. Clauson emerged from the fray and took the lead off turn two on lap 19. He was never challenged as the race went green the rest of the distance, with Clauson posting a winning margin of 7.395 seconds.
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Brady Bacon Wins Hut 100
Haubstadt, Indiana…….Saturday night’s 60th “Hut Hundred” USAC Mopar National Midget event, co-sanctioned by POWRi, turned into a two-man battle over the latterMopar – Jpeg stages as Jerry Coons, Jr. led Brady Bacon. Misfortune for Coons, however, ended their deal with two laps to go as a broken heim on the left-rear slowed Coons and allowed Bacon clear sailing for the final two laps to score his second-career series victory in spectacular fashion.
The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver, who last won in USAC Midget competition in 2006, stalked Coons as they weaved in and out of traffic, setting a frenetic pace around Tri-State Speedway. With the two over a straightaway ahead, including many lapped machines, a caution appeared on lap 86. That quickly turned into a red flag for a short rain shower passing over the speedway. That delay set up the dramatic ending.
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Interview with TORC Driver Mitchell Dejong
BUCHANAN, Mich. (June 5, 2012) – Already well known on the West Coast for his desert racing talents, fast-rising Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL, superstar Mitchell DeJong (Traxxas/Red Bull) has put on quite the show at the first two rounds of the TORC Series in Charlotte and Buchanan, Mich., and has quickly endeared himself to the Eastern U.S.-based fans of short course off-road racing.
In winning TORC Series Super Buggy main events at both Charlotte Motor Speedway and RedBud MX, DeJong has shot out to the overall class points lead based on his two victories. And as you’ll read in the interview below, it hasn’t even been his top-of-the-podium efforts that have been most thrilling for TORC fans, rather his amazing driving efforts just to finish with all sorts of mechanical problems.
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Anderson Wins USAC/STARS Midget Opener at Grundy
Defending D’Arcy GMC STARS Champion Jimmy Anderson found himself in a familiar place Saturday night, in victory lane to open up the 2012 USAC/D’Arcy GMC STARS season. Co-sanctioned with the USAC Mopar D1 series, 19 National Midgets filled the pits eyeing down Anderson to knock him off the top. Brad Greenup, last year’s points runner up was the
nights fast qualifier. But a mechanical issue prior to the Hot Rod Barn Trophy Dash sidelined him for the rest of the night. “It’s definitely not the way we wanted to start our season after setting quick time. Hopefully we can get this fixed and back out here next week”, Greenup stated.
Anderson, on the other hand, was fast from the time he rolled out of the trailer. Qualifying second only .008 off of Greenup. He started the 34 lap feature from the seventh spot and quickly made his way to fourth by the completion of lap one. Lap two brought out the nights first caution involving five cars. Anderson didn’t waste any time getting up front after that caution. Four laps later he found himself in second after passing Patrick Wilda Jr. Kyle O’Gara held the top spot until lap 23 when Anderson took that spot away. Leading the final 11 laps, Anderson put his Packard Transport/ Mr. B’s Bar & Grill/Midwest Supplies/Beast/Mopar on cruise control and never had any threat of losing the spot. “It’s been a long off season and this is what we had our minds on the whole time, coming out here the first week and putting this car in victory lane”, said Anderson following the race. Following Anderson at the stripe was Wilda, O’Gara, Travis Young, and Tyler Cottongim.
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220 Cars pack Miami Valley in Mopar .25 Midget Action!
This past weekend, the Miami Valley Club located on the grounds of Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio hosted Round #8 of the 2012 USAC Mopar .25 Midget “Generation Next” Series with over 220 cars packing the pits! The race also honored John Saunders, one of the founding fathers of the club.
Gen NextFriday night practice was held from 5 – 8 pm before the drivers hurried to the big track to see some of their friends and mentors compete in the Ignite Fuels Midget race. With 17 cars starting the main, the Mopar .25 drivers were treated to an exciting 25-lap race that saw Toby Alfrey take the win and one of their friends, ex Mopar .25 Midget Champion Cooper Clouse, take second. Over 40 young drivers were brought out on the front stretch to be introduced to the fans and promote their national event on Saturday and Sunday at the ‘little track’.
“It’s pretty exciting to see some of these drivers who just raced with us maybe last year or even last race,” said Chad Barr. “They get a lot of training in our series. Then when we have events together our kids love seeing their friends race that maybe raced with them before.”
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Roa Wins USAC AMSOIL/CRA Cocopah Feature!
Starting on the pole position, Buena Park’s Brody Roa led all 30-laps in the
Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series debut at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona. The $2,500 payday marked Roa’s first career triumph with the group as he joins Ron Shuman (CRA), Lealand McSpadden (CRA), Mike Kirby (CRA), and Richard Griffin (SCRA) as feature winners at the Yuma facility.
Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, Brody Roa got the jump on outside front row starter “The Ripper” Rip Williams and held off several challenges from “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman. With temperatures over 100 degrees and constant winds throughout the day, Roa showed the patience of a veteran and hit his marks on the Yuma clay oval. Following Brody across the finish line were Seth Wilson, Kruseman, Mike Spencer, and Matt Mitchell.
After qualifying ninth fast in time trials, Roa placed fifth in his heat race. With seventeen entries in the pit area and a heat race flip by Fast Time Qualifier Nic Faas, Brody inherited the pole position. The former USAC Ford Focus Midget Champion made the best of the opportunity and led every lap to claim the main event victory. To date, Roa has six top-10 finishes and is tied for second with thirty feature laps led on the year.
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