Jake Swanson Wins Opening Night of the Steve Stroud Memorial

Jake Swanson. (Lance Jennings photo)

From Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ (February 14, 2020) – Starting third, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) took command from R.J. Johnson on the nineteenth circuit and led the rest of the way to claim the opening night of the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial.” Piloting the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson’s $2,000 victory was the third Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of his career. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Swanson opened the new season with top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 13.616 over the 8-car roster. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion also earned the night’s Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third to first place run.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Johnson and Sussex.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action tomorrow, February 15, at Canyon Speedway Park for the $2,500-to-win finale of the “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series
4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial
Canyon Speedway Park
Peoria, Arizona
Friday February 14, 2020

1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.616
2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.762
3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.948
4. Austin Williams, 77M, Michael-14.357
5. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.617
6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.869
7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.960
8. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.445

Heat Race #1: (8 laps)
1. Johnson
2. Swanson
3. Curtis
4. Shipley

Heat Race #2: (8 laps)
1. Sussex
2. Davis
3. Williams
4. Sanchez

Feature: (30 laps)
1. Jake Swanson (3)
2. Charles Davis Jr. (4)
3. R.J. Johnson (1)
4. Stevie Sussex (2)
5. Austin Williams (6)
6. Kyle Shipley (7)
7. Michael Curtis (5)
8. Stephen Sanchez (8)

Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-18 Johnson, Laps 19-30 Swanson.

Hard Charger: Jake Swanson (3rd to 1st)