Brody Fuson photo

By Lance Jennings

MAY 1, 2023… After a furious race at Kern County, the USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Placerville Speedway this Saturday, May 6th. Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the “First Responders Night” is the third championship point race of the campaign. The action packed card will also feature the Winged 360 Sprint Cars, BCRA Wingless Lightning Sprints, and Mini Trucks. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00PM, the Front Gates open at 3:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 6:30PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at or call 530.344.7592.

– MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit (TP) online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at Season memberships come with extra insurance.
– ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
– TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
– APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15″ Long 5″ round shell with 3″inlet & 3″ outlet), 3615-3030 (15″ Long 6″ round shell with 3″ inlet & 3″ outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15″ Long 5″ round shell with 3″inlet & 3″ outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15″ Long 6″ round shell with 3″ inlet & 3″ outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78, RODELA FAB: 2557-01 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
– RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at
– California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since October 11, 1996, the quarter-mile oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget events. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills claimed the inaugural victory and “Sugar” Shane Golobic leads all drivers with two Placerville wins. When the series last visited the 1/4-mile oval on May 7th, Michael Faccinto took the checkered flags on his way to the championship. Golobic established the 1-lap track record of 11.663 seconds on March 26, 2022. A complete series win list at Placerville is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Placerville, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) leads the competition by a slim two point margin. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / Van Meter Motorsports Spike, Fuson rebounded from a flat tire to score fifth last Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. Brody has four career wins and will be looking to add a Placerville victory to his resume.

Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K WFX / Walker Air Filtration Spike, Lewis was Kern County’s Ebbco Offroad Hard Charger with a third place run from twelfth. To date, the young driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. Cade has one career triumph and will have his sights on adding another winning trophy to his collection.

After finishing fourth at KCRP, Caden Sarale (Stockton, California) has climbed to third in the USAC Western States Midget standings. Racing the family owned #32 Tel-Tac / Sarale Farms CS9, Sarale has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Caden will be looking for the first win of his career this Saturday night at Placerville.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting the Graunstadt Enterprises’ #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Worth placed sixth last Saturday at Kern County. At press time, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ben has four career wins and will have his sights on adding a victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to his resume.

Steve Paden (Rossmoor, California) ranks fifth in the Western Midget point chase. Driving his #56 Signal Hill Construction / Maxim Crane Spike, Paden finished seventh last Saturday night at KCRP. To date, the 2003 Champion has one Ebbco Offroad Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. Steve will be looking for the ninth win of his career this Saturday night.

Samuel May (Oxnard, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors is seventh in the point standings. The driver of Steve Lambert’s #55 Employee Benefit Systems Incorporated / Josh Ford Motorsports Triple X is followed by Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, California) and Kevin Gray (Yuba City, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ron Hazelton, Bryan Drollinger, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Randi Pankratz, Steve Hix, Colton Raudman, Jake Morgan, Ben Wiesz, Beau Lemire, and more.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. Adult tickets are $20, Military/Senior tickets are $18, Junior Tickets (12-17) are $18, Kids tickets (6-11) are $7, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets can be purchased online and for more event information, visit the track’s website at or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Ebbco Offroad, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Ben Worth.


PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Shane Golobic, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Gio Scelzi, 1-Jimmy Sills.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Fuson-150, 2. Cade Lewis-148, 3. Caden Sarale-142, 4. Ben Worth-138, 5. Steve Paden-116, 6. A.J. Bender-113, 7. Samuel May ®-107, 8. Ron Hazelton-101, 9. Bryan Drollinger-98, 10. Jake Andreotti-84, 11. Mitchel Moles ®-78, 12. T.J. Smith-59, 13. C.J. Sarna-45, 14. Terry Nichols-42, 15. Kevin Gray ®-39, 16. Randi Pankratz-10.

2023 WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALFIER POINTS: 1. Brody Fuson-10, 2. Caden Sarale-8, 3. Cade Lewis-7, 4. Jake Andreotti-6, 5. Ben Worth-3, -. A.J. Bender-3, -. Mitchel Moles-3, 8. T.J. Smith-2

2023 PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1. Cade Lewis-12, 2. Steve Paden-5, 3. Jake Andreotti-4, 4. Brody Fuson-3, -. Ron Hazelton-3, 6. Bryan Drollinger-1.

2023 SAMMY BAHR FEATURE POINTS: 1. Cade Lewis-128, 2. Ben Worth-125, -. Brody Fuson-125, 4. Caden Sarale-122, 5. Steve Paden-107, 6. A.J. Bender-99, 7. Samuel May ®-95, 8. Ron Hazelton-92, 9. Bryan Drollinger-91, 10. Jake Andreotti-70, 11. Mitchel Moles-67, 12. T.J. Smith-49, 13. C.J. Sarna-41, 14. Kevin Gray ®-39, –. Terry Nichols-39, 16. Randi Pankratz-10.