Schuerenberg Tops the Spring Showcase at Canyon

Securing the lead for good on lap 25, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) claimed the Saturday night finale of the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park.

Driving the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Hunter earned his first $3,000 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and Jason McDougal. McDougal was the night’s hard charger with a thirteenth to fifth place run.

Gardner posted his 82nd career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 24-car field. The 7-time USAC/CRA Champion clocked in with a time of 13.469 on the 1/3-mile oval. 

Friday night winner Josh Hodges took the checkered flags in Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. USAC SouthWest drivers “The Bull” Tye Mihocko and Dennis Gile claimed their 10-lap heats.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona –  "2nd Annual Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.469; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.485; 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.674; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.680; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.746; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.795; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.807; 8. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.814; 9. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-13.868; 10. Josh Hodges, 74X. Hodges-13.923; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.926; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.931; 13. Jason McDougal, 42, Cheney-13.992; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.069; 15. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.102; 16. Landon Cling, 34C, Cling-14.154; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.208; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.456; 19. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.559; 20. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-14.563; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.651; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.747; 23. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.120; 24. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Hodges, 2. McDougal, 3. Gardner, 4. Williams, 5. Chapple, 6. Cling, 7. McCarthy, 8. Lundy. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Mihocko, 2. Johnson, 3. Martin, 4. Malcolm, 5. Rossi, 6. Curtis, 7. Cully, 8. Dyer. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Gile, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Sussex, 4. Roa, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Tafoya, 8. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (4), 2. Damion Gardner (6), 3. Brody Roa (2), 4. R.J. Johnson (5), 5. Jason McDougal (13), 6. Stevie Sussex (9), 7. Austin Williams (3), 8. Isaac Chapple (8), 9. Josh Hodges (10), 10. Tommy Malcolm (11), 11. Landon Cling (16), 12. Mike Martin (1), 13. Matt Lundy (19), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 15. Matt Rossi (7), 16. Chris Gansen (18), 17. Michael Curtis (17), 18. Dennis Gile (15), 19. Ryan Cully (20), 20. Matt McCarthy (22), 21. Stephen Sanchez (24), 22. Jeff Dyer (23), 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 24. Tye Mihocko (14). NT

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**Mihocko flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Roa, Laps 13-23 Schuerenberg, Lap 24 Johnson, Laps 25-30 Schuerenberg.

HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (13th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-142, 2-Johnson-142, 3-Gardner-139, 4-Hodges-131, 5-Chapple-126, 6-McDougal-124, 7-Schuerenberg-119, 8-A.Williams-115, 9-Sussex-110, 10-Rossi-93.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-214, 2-Hodges-202, 3-Chapple-200, 4-Johnson-180, 5-Sussex-156, 6-Martin-155, 7-Davis-147, 8-Gardner-139, 9-Jake Swanson-134, 10-Rossi-128.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 30 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway  – “So-Cal Showdown”

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 20 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

Guardino Wins Ventura's Battle of the Beach #1

After trading the lead with Jake Swanson, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the year at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Tristan’s earned $1,500 for his efforts.

Swanson Perseveres in Memphis 100 Win

It takes a master of a craft for an individual to adapt to anything thrown at them.

Swanson Debuts with Nolen at the Top in Memphis Practice

Kody Swanson used Friday’s practice session at Memphis International Raceway to get acquainted with his new ride in the Nolen Racing No. 20 for the 2019 season.

Master Sprint Wrench Jack French Passes

Prolific crew chief Jack French passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at home following a lengthy illness.  He was 75 years old.

Gordon the Most Experienced in Memphis Field

Of all the drivers in this weekend’s USAC Silver Crown field, no driver has more starts than Eric Gordon at 130 coming into the March 22-23 season-opening “Memphis 100” at Memphis International Raceway.

Leary Heads to Memphis to Begin Triple Crown Pursuit

Thus far in 2019, C.J. Leary has already established himself as a prime contender in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition with a bright showing in Ocala, Fla., scoring a pair of top-five runs in the midget and a victory in the sprint car.

Dyson Races Uncommon Road to Silver Crown

Chris Dyson’s road to becoming a regular on the USAC Silver Crown circuit is quite unique.  Born into road racing heritage as the son of Sports Car racer and owner Rob Dyson, Chris eventually found his way to the top, capturing a pair of American Le Mans Series titles - the LMP675 driver's title in 2003 and the LMP1 championship in 2011.

Ventura Hosts Battle at the Beach Saturday

After last Saturday’s battle at Bakersfield, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will clash with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA) this Saturday, March 23rd at Ventura Raceway.

Swanson Begins New Era at Memphis 100

After finishing off the most successful run between a driver and team in the history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series with DePalma Motorsports, Kody Swanson is preparing for this coming season nearly from scratch, with a new team, new cars, new engines and a new home with Nolen Racing, beginning with this weekend’s “Memphis 100” at Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway on March 22-23.

10-Time USAC Sprint Winning Owner Hillin Passes

Bobby Hillin, whose Longhorn Racing team notched 10 USAC National Sprint Car victories with drivers Bruce Walkup, Jackie Howerton, Jan Opperman and Bubby Jones between 1975 and 1977, passed away last weekend.  He was 79 years old.