Missing Nose Wing Can't Stop Zearfoss At Copper Classic
Nov 29, 2021QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- Collecting $7,500 on Saturday night, Pennsylvania’s Brock Zearfoss dropped jaws after surviving a near-disastrous moment in traffic to win the final race at Arizona Speedway without a Nose Wing. The win is the first time Brock has topped the ASCS Southwest Region and is his first ASCS sanctioned victory.
Latest Updates On Daison Pursley After Violent Crash
Nov 15, 2021Daison Pursley, one of dirt racing's up-and-coming stars, is currently hospitalized following a vicious crash during Saturday's USAC National Midget Series Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway. Pursley underwent surgery on Sunday to repair and fuse the C4 and C5 vertebrae.
Logan Seavey Finishes USAC Sprint Season As Western World Winner
Nov 15, 2021San Tan Valley, Arizona -- If at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.
Chris Windom Back On Top After Western World Win
Nov 14, 2021San Tan Valley, Arizona -- Time and time again, it seems when Chris Windom is against the proverbial ropes, he’s able to fight his way out of the corner, dig in and find something within himself that elevates him to another level, especially when it comes to “winning time” in the latter part of the year.
Brady Bacon Cements USAC Sprint Title With Western World Win
Nov 13, 2021San Tan Valley, Arizona -- There’s just something magical in the symbiosis between Brady Bacon and Western World.
Justin Grant Has His Cake And Eats It Too At Western World
Nov 13, 2021San Tan Valley, Arizona -- Friday night at Arizona Speedway, Justin Grant made it his personal mission to dispel an old, idiomatic proverb by proving that, yes indeed, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Jade Avedisian To Make USAC Midget Debut In Arizona
Nov 8, 2021Clovis, California -- Jade Avedisian will make her USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship debut when the series heads west during the month of November for the final nine events of the year in Arizona and California.
Can You Hear Me Now? Arizona Speedway To Have Last Dance April 3rd
Mar 30, 2021Those of you that know me know that this is a soapbox onto which I climb almost annually and with the recent announcement that Arizona Speedway would cease operations on April 3, 2021, I thought perhaps it was time to rehash exactly why motorsports fans need to band together, be positive and support each other regardless of which type of motorsports they enjoy.
Slick Moves Carry Erb Past Thornton In Arizona
Jan 17, 2021QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Jan. 15) — Tyler Erb was standing behind his Best Performance Motorsports car, rehashing his stirring victory in Friday night’s 30-lap Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout feature at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway, when his crew chief, Randall Edwards, suddenly appeared to ask a question.
Wild West Shootout Finale Notes
Jan 17, 2021QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Jan. 16) — During a Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout in which three national touring series drivers have effectively controlled the headlines, Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., is a big name who has found it difficult to break into the limelight.
More Take Than Give Triggers Arizona Pileup
Jan 14, 2021QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Jan. 13) — Brian Shirley saw the situation one way. Ricky Thornton Jr. viewed it another.In the first controversial moment of the 15th annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway, there was simply no middle ground reached between the two drivers who saw their hopes for victory in Wednesday night’s 30-lap Super Late Model feature dashed by an early-race tangle.The pair of top contenders — Thornton logged finishes of first and second in the miniseries’s opening-weekend events while Shirley was just a bit behind with runs of third and fourth — were battling for third place on lap seven of the A-main when their evenings went awry. Shirley dived low entering turn one and slid up the track in front of Thornton, but Thornton clipped the left side of Shirley’s car and both drivers’ machines collected fifth-place Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M.After Thornton retired for a 22nd-place finish and Shirley soldiered on to place 17th in a race captured by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., they stood in the pit area — separated by just a few stalls, in fact — looking back on the incident with differing opinions.“He saw his opportunity and took it,” Thornton said of Shirley, “and it pretty much didn’t work out.”“He could’ve hit the brakes, you know?” countered Shirley, pointedly questioning Thornton. “I don’t know what he’s thinking. I’m not saying it was all his fault because I did get in there hot, but it was because I wasn’t gonna hit him.”Shirley, 39, of Chatham, Ill., felt that he had cut his rival for position a break on the frontstretch and should have received the same treatment in return between turns one and two. The two drivers were charging hard in pursuit of second-place Jason Papich of Nipomo, Calif., with Shirley running high through turns three and four and Chandler, Ariz.’s Thornton sucked low until Thornton drifted toward the outside guardrail approaching the starter’s stand, prompting Shirley to abruptly cross over Thornton under the flagman and attempt a slider into the first and second corners.“Just coming off of four there, he was on the bottom and went straight to the wall, and I braked for him,” Shirley detailed. “Then I come down, cleared him like a mile, and he just come in there and doored us. They can watch the video. I never touched him.“I can hit the brakes, he can hit the brakes. I’m more disappointed because I braked for him and he couldn’t brake for me. It’s a two-way street.”From Shirley’s standpoint, his aggressive bid on Thornton was merely him reacting to the opening he was presented.“I made a move because when we were coming out of four, he pushed up,” Shirley said. “I was running the high side and he was running the bottom. He would’ve hit me if I wouldn’t have hit the brakes, so I moved down because I had the momentum to slide him. Instead of him turning back down to try and cross me back over he just ran into the left side of the door.“I don’t know what to say,” he continued. “I don’t know what I would’ve done any different. We wouldn’t have even been in the situation if he wouldn’t have pushed up out of four where I was already there. If he would’ve stayed on the bottom I would’ve went right by him without an issue, but he pushed out so then I had to figure out an exit plan.”Thornton, 30, certainly didn’t agree with the tactics Shirley decided to employ.“So I ran the bottom in three and four,” Thornton began. “I didn’t have all my speed down the front straightaway, and I kind of figured someone was gonna slide me. But then we entered and I thought we were good, and then he slid me, like, kind of late in the corner almost.“Watching the in-car (camera footage from his car), it looked like (Shirley) spun out, but, I think because he carried so much speed in the corner, he knew he was gonna destroy the wall so he tried to turn it sideways. When he did, he pretty much parked it (on the cushion), so then I had nowhere to go. At that point I was already back on the throttle. At that point there was no turning down or anything.”When Thornton contacted Shirley’s car, the right-rear deck and quarter-panel of Thornton’s SSI Motorsports Longhorn mount was pulled astray, leading him to limp into the infield with the sheet metal flopping along the track. Shirley’s Bob Cullen-owned XR1 Rocket was shoved into the outside wall before Scott slid into the back of both cars, eliminating him as well. Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., also slapped Shirley’s car as he passed by but was able to continue racing to a fifth-place finish.Thornton felt fortunate that his 3-race-old car escaped the crash with mostly cosmetic damage, but he was well aware that he lost an opportunity to move a step closer to the Keyser Manufacturing bonus dollars posted for winning three or more races.“It just ripped the whole right side off,” said Thornton, who, with three races remaining in the miniseries, remains alive for the bonuses of $10,000 (three wins) and $25,000 (four victories). “It got the body, left-rear shock, couple left-rear parts just from Stormy getting in the left rear.“It kind of sucks for that to happen, especially on lap six of the race or whatever it was,” he added. “I had a really good car. I took off and I was running hard, but not so hard that I was gonna kill my stuff.”While there was no love lost between the two drivers after the incident — a Thornton team member even expressed his displeasure by tossing a signal stick at Shirley’s passing car in the infield (the stick bounced off Shirley’s car and nearly struck a photographer standing nearby) — they were ready to move on to the concluding weekend of WWS action.“It is what it is,” Thornton said, “and we’ll get it fixed up and try again on Friday.”“Luckily it just looks like a lot of bodywork, but it still ruins your night,” Shirley commented. “We started 11th and was passing him for third so it wasn’t like we sucked. We’ve been trying different things, little bitty things every race we’re in. In the heat race I felt like we were horrible, and then, I hate to say, we just put the thing back to where it was when I won them races last year (three WWS features) and that’s how I went.“We’ll put it back together and hopefully next time circumstances might come out a little different.”
Hustle For 2021 Debut Pays Off For Jonathan Davenport In Southwest
Jan 10, 2021QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Jan. 9) - The flip of the calendar to Jan. 1 isn’t merely symbolic. It’s downright cathartic for some.
Alberson Hopes To Come 'Full Circle' At Arizona's Wild West Shootout
Jan 9, 2021Garrett Alberson has come a long way in the 11 years since he failed to qualify for a single main event while making his Dirt Late Model debut at the 2010 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. But even though the Las Cruces, N.M., native who now races out of Dubuque, Iowa, has returned to the popular winter miniseries each year since that inauspicious start, a victory at the event has always eluded him.
Recent Arizona Statistical Leaders
Jan 8, 2021Which Late Model drivers have had the most Arizona success in recent seasons? Examine statistical leaders entering the 2021 Wild West Shootout from 66 completed January events in the desert since 2010:
Schlenk All Business In Making Wild West Shootout Debut
Jan 5, 2021Like many Midwestern racers, the idea of escaping the harsh winter weather for a week of racing in Arizona in January has always been a tempting proposition for Rusty Schlenk. But the expense of a cross-country haul hasn't feasible for the 34-year-old budget racer to join the annual Dirt Late Model migration to the desert for the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout.