EDDIE TAFOYA JR. HEADS TO SOUTH DAKOTA FOR USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONALS
(Chino, CA, July 5, 2022) When Eddie Tafoya junior and his crew got word that this Friday and Saturday night’s USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series races were canceled, they decided to hit the road. Instead of sitting idle, the team is headed to Brandon, South Dakota for this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s USAC Nationals at Huset’s Speedway. All three nights of action will feature the USAC National Sprint Cars and National Midgets.
The whole scenario was created last week when the Friday, July 8th race at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California, and the July 9th race at the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway a few miles up the road in Tulare were both canceled. The reasons for the cancellations were drought and water restriction conditions, the current tire crisis facing all of racing, and the cost of fuel. The deletions created a six-week void in the USAC/CRA Series schedule before the next slated race at the Santa Maria Raceway on August 6th.
Tafoya has made several trips to Indiana to race in the national series over the past few years. However, this week’s races will be his first-ever in “The Mt. Rushmore State.” Huset’s Speedway, which opened in 1954, recently had a massive upgrade and is now considered one of the crown jewels of dirt tracks in the United States. The 1/3 mile banked oval is also one of the fastest in the country.
It will be Tafoya’s second trip to race in the Midwest in 2022. At the beginning of May, the Chino Hills, California driver went back for a two-night show at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Unfortunately, the team was within a couple of hours of its destination when it got word that the shows had been canceled due to heavy, persistent rains. That was the only trip to the Midwest the team had scheduled this year until the two cancellations were announced last week.
The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Series Rookie of the Year is having his best year to date racing 410 Sprint cars. In 12 starts in the USAC/CRA Series, Tafoya has placed in the top five, five times, and has been in the top ten nine times. Included is a second-place finish on January 29th at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway and a third-place finish on another “Copper State” track, the Mohave Valley Raceway, on April 23rd. All told, the good finishes currently have him ranked fourth in USAC/CRA points and he has been closing in on third.
For those who can get away and who would like to watch the 2018 Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns Champion in his South Dakota debut, the track is located at 2012 S. Splitrock Boulevard in Brandon, South Dakota (57005). Racing will begin each night at 7:00 p.m. CDT. The race website is https://www.usacnationals.com/ and the email is mailto:USACNationals@gmail.com.
For fans who cannot make it to the race, all three nights will stream live on Flo Racing. Details are at https://www.floracing.com/.
If you or your company would like to be a part of the Specialty Fastener team’s 2022 season effort, please contact Eddie Tafoya Jr. via phone at (909) 393-3999 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to talk to you and lay out the team’s 2022 plans.
Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51. The same contact point can be used to purchase his great-looking shirts via mail.
Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2022 Race Results
1-27 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 7th A Main
1-28 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 9th A Main
1-29 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main
3-26 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 18th A Main
4-1 Keller Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 13th A Main
4-2 Thunderbowl Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 15th A Main
4-23 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 3rd A Main
4-30 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th A Main
5-14 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 5th A Main
5-28 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th A Main
6-11 Ventura Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 5th A Main
6-25 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 4th A MainWilson Captures Third-Place Result During Jack Hewitt Classic and Bob Hampshire Classic
Inside Line Promotions – WAYNESFIELD, Ohio (July 5, 2022) – Greg Wilson garnered a podium last Sunday during the 13th annual Jack Hewitt Classic and the 4th annual Bob Hampshire Classic hosted by Waynesfield Raceway Park.
“That race means a lot to me and a lot to the car owners because it’s basically their home track,” he said. “We were trying pretty hard to win. As bad as we’ve been at Waynesfield, the changes we made were pretty good. To run third was a really good run from 10th. All in all, we were pretty pleased.”
The Hercules Tires, Ohio Logistics and DNC Hydraulics backed Seeling Motorsports competitor hustled from seventh to fourth place in a heat race, which lined him up on the outside of the fifth row for the main event.
“We’ve really struggled at Waynesfield over the last year and a half,” he said. “We were okay qualifying. We were seventh in our group, but like 10th overall so we had a loaded heat race. We got a good start in the heat and got by a car. We were cruising and then a guy blew a tire. That moved us up a spot and then on the restart I got one more. Every spot you gained in the heat race was a couple of rows in the feature.
“We had a real good initial start to get by two or three cars in the feature. We were picking them off and ran around fifth about half the race. We moved forward at the end to finish third. I felt like we really gained on our car.”
Wilson rallied for a third-place finish, which is his fifth podium performance of the season.
The team returns to action this Wednesday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., during the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup with the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions before joining the series on Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y., and Saturday at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y.
“Lernerville’s race is a big payday,” Wilson said. “I think there will be a lot of cars. The first goal is to get in the show. I feel if we get in we’ll be as good as anybody. We’ve ran strong at Lernerville. We’ve had some okay runs at Ransomville and I’m really excited to get back to Stateline, which has turned into one of my favorite tracks. It’s a neat track that always seems to put on a good show.”
QUICK RESULTS –
July 3 – Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio – Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 4 (7); Feature: 3 (10).
SEASON STATS –
32 races, 2 wins, 6 top fives, 15 top 10s, 21 top 15s, 25 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Wednesday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup; Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y.; and Saturday at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., with the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions
WILL BROWNE TAKES SEVENTH IN FIRST-EVER WESTERN MIDGET RACING MAIN
(Glendora, California, July 3, 2022) Glendora, California open-wheel racing driver Will Browne notched a seventh-place finish in his first-ever midget race. The debut came in the Western Midget Racing Series at the famous beachside Ventura Raceway on a night Browne had planned on doing double duty by also competing in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series.
Will Browne qualifying for a wingless race earlier this year.
The WMR is a relatively new racing organization that promotes affordable midget racing at tracks in Arizona and California. The roster for the series is populated by seasoned veterans and by many well-known up-and-coming drivers. It is a perfect place for a driver like Browne to get his feet wet in midget racing.
For his initial WMR competition, Browne was driving the Paul Sanders #22 Drive-In Automotive Special. The recent Glendora High School graduate drove a smooth race. He steered clear of crashes in front of him and advanced forward to a very impressive seventh-place finish in his midget debut.
Unfortunately, things did not go quite as well in the companion CLS race. Coming into the night, Browne led the rookie point standings. However, while preparing the car for the Ventura race, the team noticed a bearing going bad in the Pacific Panel Products/Tucker Tire/Ann Blanco Homes #8. With no time to fix it for the race, Browne borrowed an engine from a fellow competitor, but that engine gave up the ghost in hot laps.
While the engine failure kept the rookie out of the CLS portion of the program, he still maintains his rookie point lead and his lofty fifth-place spot in the championship standings.
Even though Browne is a rookie with the CLS and WMR, he is anything but a newcomer to racing. Last year he was crowned Pro 500 Speedway Sprint champion at Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville, California. Two seasons ago, the then 16-year-old drove spec trucks at the Irwindale Speedway finishing second in points and winning the Rookie Of The Year title. In 2019, one year after he and his father/crew chief Todd Browne started racing dirt karts at Wheel2Wheel Raceway, he was named Rookie Of The Year in the restrictor class at the same track.
Be sure to visit Browne’s website at https://willbrowneracing.com/. It is filled with information on him and has some interesting videos.
Will Browne and his team would like to thank the following marketing partners for being a part of his rookie season in lightning sprint cars. Pacific Panel Products, Tucker Tire, and Ann Blanco Homes. If you would like to join the friendly newcomer in his rookie campaign, drop an email or give him a call at the following: email@example.com or (626) 261-5310.
Will Browne 2022 Racing Results
March 5 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Cars 6th A Main
March 6 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Cars 5th A Main
March 25 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars 9th A Main
April 2 Merced Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars 4th A Main
April 16 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars 7th A Main
May 14 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars 4th A Main
May 21 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars 6th A Main
June 11 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars 5th A Main
June 25 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars DNS
June 25 Ventura Raceway WMR Midgets 7th A Main
July 9 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars
July 23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars
August 26 Silver Dollar Speedway BCRA Lightning Sprint Cars
August 27 Placerville Speedway BCRA Lightning Sprint Cars
September 9 TBA
September 10 Lemoore Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars
September 24 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars
October 1 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Cars
October 8 Mohave Valley Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars
October 22 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Cars
October 23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Cars
October 29 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 15 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 17 Placerville Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 18 Placerville Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 19 Placerville Speedway California Lightning Sprint Cars
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Conclude Competitive Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Podium Finish for Winward Racing on Sunday
Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team and Co-Drivers Russell Ward and Philip Ellis Finish Season-Best Second Sunday in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams concluded a competitive weekend of podium and race-winning success at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) with a second-place finish by Winward Racing in Sunday’s featured IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. The season-best finish for co-drivers Russell Ward and Philip Ellis and the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 was the final achievement in a string of on-track success for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport customer teams in both IMSA WeatherTech and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series competition this weekend on the 2.459-mile CTMP circuit.
Starting driver Ward advanced the No. 57 from fourth on the grid to third in his race-opening stint that saw him stay in the car into the race’s second hour and make two pit stops in the two-hour and 40-minute race.
Ellis took over from Ward on the second visit to the pits and well-executed pit work by the Winward team then and during one more subsequent stop during Ellis’ race-closing stint helped elevate the No. 57 to second place.
Ellis kept the pressure on the race leader throughout the race’s final hour but never had a chance to make a move for the top spot on the fast and hard-to-pass 10-turn CTMP course. Ellis took the checkered flag in second place just .493 of a second behind the GT Daytona (GTD) class winner.
Winward improved two spots from their starting position as did the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Proton USA Mercedes-AMG GT3 co-driven in the GTD Pro class by Cooper MacNeil and Daniel Juncadella.
Starting sixth, MacNeil moved the No. 79 to fifth in his race-opening stint while Juncadella improved one more spot to fourth in the run to the finish despite a late yellow flag that didn’t work with the WeatherTech team’s strategy. Running on track just behind Ellis, Juncadella encountered the same hard-to-pass challenges as the Winward No. 57 and never had an opportunity to even try to crack the GTD PRO top three.
Winward’s podium added to the nice haul of success for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer teams at CTMP.
In addition to the Winward and WeatherTech Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries racing on Sunday, four Mercedes-AMG GT4 entries in Saturday’s featured Pilot Challenge race all posted career-high or season-best results.
The first milestone came in Friday qualifying for Saturday’s two-hour Pilot Challenge race when Kenny Murillo secured his first Grand Sport (GS) class pole of the season in the No. 72 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Murillo’s pole led a run of three Murillo Racing entries in the overall top five in Pilot Challenge GS qualifying, including a career-best fifth place run by Tim Probert in the No. 65 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Debuting team and Mercedes-AMG GT4 driver Marc Miller qualified third and then went on to co-drive to his first Pilot Challenge win in a Mercedes-AMG with Eric Foss in the No. 56 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Foss and Miller shared the overall and GS podium with Murillo and his co-driver in the No. 72 Christian Szymczak. The runner-up showing was the best career finish to date for the Murillo and Szymczak duo in Pilot Challenge competition. The one-two overall sweep was the first of the season for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 and a career first in GS for Murillo Racing.
Yet another win in Saturday’s Pilot Challenge race came from co-drivers Gary Ferrera and Kris Wilson who secured their fifth Bronze Cup victory of the season in the No. 11 Capstone Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Next up for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition is the FCP Euro Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, July 15 – 16.
Russell Ward, Driver – No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “This is the place where we got our first Mercedes-AMG GT4 podium back in 2018 with a third, so it feels really good to come back for the first time with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and be one step higher. We are just kind of carrying the momentum from Watkins Glen and looking forward to Lime Rock in two weeks. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 loves this track here in Canada so it’s a blast. It's great to be up here and the fans are awesome.”
Philip Ellis, Driver – No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Honestly, we took some of the momentum we had from Watkins Glen where we basically won the race. Everyone was highly motivated to do it again here and we got on the podium. I really like the track, I enjoyed it a lot, it’s a very flowing track, but it is super hard to overtake as well. Even though I think I could have had a lot better pace than the leader in front, I never got close enough to put a dive on him or make a move on him. So, I basically had to pressure him into a mistake, but he never made one. We have to be happy with P2 this time but maybe we will get the win next time at Lime Rock.”
Cooper MacNeil, Driver – No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Proton USA Mercedes-AMG GT3: “A shame with the last yellow. I think if that didn’t happen and allow the other cars to splash for fuel, we would’ve had a podium car. It was tough, not too many strategy options for us. We had a good run, just not a lot of opportunity at the end. Good job by Daniel and the WeatherTech Racing Proton Mercedes-AMG GT3 team all-race. On to Lime Rock in two weeks.”
Daniel Juncadella, Driver – No. 79 Proton WeatherTech Racing USA Mercedes-AMG GT3: “I was hoping for a more entertaining race at the end with some more action and opportunities to pass. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and play to our strategy. Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 is quick in free air but this is a tough place to overtake when you are following other cars. Cooper did a great job to open the race for us. In the end, we finished fourth. I had fun and really love this track.”
Dover Focused on Success During Return to Action at I-80 Speedway
Inside Line Promotions - SPRINGFIELD, Neb. (July 5, 2022) - Jack Dover is hungry to return to Victory Lane this Friday when he climbs back aboard his No. 53 winged sprint car at I-80 Speedway.
Dover captured his lone triumph this season at the dirt oval in Greenwood, Neb., on May 13. He also placed third - after starting 12th - at the track during his season opener. Dover was on pace to win his most recent race at I-80 Speedway when a late-race mechanical problem relegated him to a 12th-place result.
"I'm always hungry, but even more hungry because the last race we should have won and we weren't able to finish," he said. "Also, I haven't been in my car a lot this year so I'm excited to get back in it and hopefully put together a successful run for our partners."
Dover has been dominant at the track as he has earned 17 victories during his last 56 races in 360ci winged sprint car competition at I-80 Speedway.
"We have a lot of laps there, but we also have a good setup that I'm comfortable with," he said. "It seems to work whenever we go there. This year I-80 has been around the bottom every time we've been there, which is very unusual. Our car has been working on the bottom or the top. The biggest thing is having a good setup."
Dover, who is the defending track champion, is the current points leader at I-80 Speedway with only four more points races on the 2022 schedule.
SEASON STATS -
19 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 9 top 10s, 14 top 15s, 15 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.
Gravel Rebounds for Runner-Up Result After Mid-Race Flat Tire at Cedar Lake
Inside Line Promotions – NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (July 5, 2022) – David Gravel captured his 18th top five of the season last Saturday during impressive fashion at Cedar Lake Speedway.
The Big Game Motorsports driver qualified fourth quickest, won a heat race and advanced from sixth to fifth place in the dash to line up on the inside of the third row for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series main event.
Gravel quickly climbed to third during the Independence Day Spectacular feature, but a flat tire relegated him to the work area midway through the race.
“We qualified good and heat raced well,” he said. “We didn’t get the dash draw we wanted, but being in a six-car dash I wasn’t too worried about it. We picked off a car early in the feature and then got to third. I was settling into third and seeing how the race played out. Gio (Scelzi) got a flat tire and into the wall in front of us. I moved down to dodge him and he must have hit something on the track. I ran it over and got a flat, too. I went to the work area. Luckily there were only 16 cars on the lead lap I believe. We had a good race car and were able to pass five or six guys on the first lap. Then Sheldon (Haudenschild) got a flat and we passed some more cars to get to the top five. We got to third and then Brad (Sweet) got in the wall the last lap and I was able to get underneath him. It feels really good to rebound and get second after we thought a good run was gone.”
It was a great ending to a two-day event that was a work in progress. Friday’s action began with Gravel timing in 11th quickest. He then gained a position to finish third in a heat race before the feature ended with a ninth-place result.
“We had a decent qualifying effort for when we went out,” he said. “Before the A Main they did some track work. I had a really good car at the beginning. Once it got slick and started to take rubber we were out of the track a good bit and spinning the tires. We overheated the right rear. It was bald and had cords showing when I came in after the race. We wouldn’t have made another lap. That last restart we were seventh and fell back. After the fact it made sense why we had no grip.”
Gravel ranks fourth in the World of Outlaws standings – only two points out of third, 20 points behind second and 58 points out of the lead. Next up for the team are races this Friday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, and Saturday at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wis., for the Badger 40.
Gravel is seeking his first-ever victory at 34 Raceway. He has won four of the nine career World of Outlaws events at Wilmot Raceway.
“34 Raceway is a track we ran good at last year and Wilmot is a place I’ve had a lot of success at so I’m looking forward to this weekend,” he said.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. – Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 9 (8).
July 2 – Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. – Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 5 (6); Feature: 2 (5).
SEASON STATS –
34 races, 2 wins, 18 top fives, 29 top 10s, 31 top 15s, 33 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, and Saturday at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wis., for the Badger 40 with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Price Produces Career-Best World of Outlaws Result at Cedar Lake Speedway
Inside Line Promotions – NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (July 4, 2022) – Robbie Price earned a career-best World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series result last Saturday during the Independence Day Spectacular.
The Sides Motorsports driver qualified 10th quickest at Cedar Lake Speedway before he finished where he started – fourth – in a heat race. That lined him up on the outside of the fifth row for the A Main.
“We drew early and qualified early, which helped,” Price said. “I felt like I could have ran third in the heat race. In the main event I felt pretty good for the first 10 or 15 laps. Then it seemed every move I made was the wrong one. I’d go low and get passed on the top. I’d go to the top and get passed on the bottom. I just needed to find where I needed to be on the track. I got balled up and tight on a couple of restarts and that really hurt. The last restart I felt decent again and we passed some cars. It was one of those deals we have to put a whole main event together, but we’re chipping away at it.”
Price’s 11th-place outing was also the best run of the season for Sides Motorsports.
The weekend began on Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway, where Price qualified 22nd quickest. He advanced a position in a heat race to finish seventh before overcoming an incident in the Last Chance Showdown that resulted in him spun around. Price rallied from the back to finish sixth in the consolation race, earning a transfer into the rear of the main event. He capped the night by picking up four positions in the feature to finish 20th.
“We buried ourselves a bit and had to run the B Main,” he said. “I got spun around and had to start dead last in the feature instead of a couple of rows further up. Then I got a flat right rear later in the race.”
The team will head to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, this Friday and to Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wis., for the Badger 40 on Saturday.
“I think I’ve ran three or four 360 races at 34 Raceway,” he said. “I remember I ran fourth there with the ASCS National Tour in 2019. I know how it races and it’s more of a short track, which is what I’m used to. We’ll try to qualify good both nights and set ourselves up for success.”
QUICK RESULTS –
July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. – Qualifying: 22; Heat race: 7 (8); B Main: 6 (3); Feature: 20 (24).
July 2 – Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. – Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 11 (10).
SIDES MOTORSPORTS SEASON STATS –
34 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 14 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, and Saturday at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wis., for the Badger 40 with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Williamson Garners Top Fives at Boone County Raceway and WaKeeney Speedway
Inside Line Promotions – WAKEENEY, Kan. (July 4, 2022) – Bryant Paver Motorsports driver Garet Williamson picked up a pair of top-five finishes last weekend during a Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour tripleheader.
A fourth-place finish on Friday at Boone County Raceway was followed by runs from 11th to fifth on Saturday and from 20th to eighth on Sunday at WaKeeney Speedway.
“I think Friday night we had a really good shot at winning if our front nose wing didn’t break,” Williamson said. “That really cost us. We had a really good car all night. The other two nights were just average nights.”
Williamson set quick time during qualifying on Friday before he hustled from fourth to win a heat race. He started the feature on the inside of the second row and battled for the final spot on the podium throughout the feature before being passed on the last lap.
“The nose wing broke pretty early,” he said. “We don’t know what caused it or why it did it. It kept pushing down further and further and by the end of the night it was laying on the hood. I couldn’t enter the corners as hard as everyone else so it really hampered me. I knew when we had a late caution we were in trouble and Blake (Hahn) was able to get us for third at the end.”
The team ventured to WaKeeney Speedway on Saturday for the first night of a doubleheader. Williamson timed in second quickest in his group before placing fourth in a heat race. He capped the night by rallying from 11th to fifth for his 14th top five of the season.
“It was tough to pass,” he said. “I passed a few cars early. The second-to-last restart I passed two cars going into turn one when I stuck the bottom better.”
Williamson was tied for the third-most positions gained on Saturday. He stepped that up on Sunday by passing the second-most cars in the feature after rallying from 20th to eighth.
“I think we had a better car than that, but the track was locked down rubber from Lap 5 on,” he said. “There wasn’t much we could have done more. It was my fault we had to start that far deep though after I made a mistake in the heat race that put us at the back. It was good to salvage what we did.”
Williamson plans to race this Thursday at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, with the POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint League and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 1 – Boone County Raceway in Albion, Neb. – Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 1 (4); Feature: 4 (3).
July 2 – WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan. – Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 5 (11).
July 3 – WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan. – Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 7 (2); Feature: 8 (20).
SEASON STATS –
34 races, 1 win, 14 top fives, 23 top 10s, 27 top 15s, 28 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Thursday at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, with the POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint League and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
CUT TIRE KNOCKS JEFF DYER OUT OF LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN AT VENTURA
(Yucca Valley, CA, July 2, 2022) Jeff Dyer’s reign at the top of the California Lightning Sprint Car Series point standings came to a temporary halt when a cut tire knocked him out of the main event at the Ventura Raceway on Saturday night. Dyer plans to rebound from the unfortunate setback when the series returns to the same track on Saturday, July 9th.
Escaping from the furnace-like conditions in Yucca Valley, California, Dyer journeyed to the track located on the beach to enjoy a night of racing and temperatures in the mid-60s. For the second time, Dyer’s 15-year-old son Seth was racing with his dad in the CLS.
Things started off well for Jeff when he set the second-fastest time in qualifying with a lap of 12.164. Seth, who was driving a car owned by competitor Pat Kelley, timed in 16th fastest at 14.606.
In a funny twist in the second heat race, Jeff was starting in 6th place, Kelley was starting in seventh, and Seth was in eighth right behind his father, and next to his car owner. It would be nice to say they finished first, second, and third, but in reality, Jeff was fifth, Kelley was sixth, and Seth finished eighth.
For the 25-lap main event on the Jim Naylor promoted 1/5 of a mile clay oval, Jeff was on the outside of the front row. Being a rookie, Seth was starting on the outside of row eight in 15th. When the race began, Jeff battled hard for the lead on the first lap before settling into second. That is where he was when a red flag halted the action on lap three when a car tipped over in turn four. The driver was uninjured and the race resumed, but in the same spot on the track on the first lap of the restart, another car tipped over. That brought out another yellow flag. Once again, the driver was uninjured.
After the second red flag, while the cars were circling the track for the restart, Jeff mysteriously gave up his second-place position and drove back to the pit area. He had cut down a right rear tire. Being short on a pit crew that night, he could not get it changed and get back on the track in time for the restart. He thus had to settle for a frustrating 11th-place finish. It was the first time all year in his eight CLS starts that he finished out of the top four.
Seth also was out after lap two and was credited with 14th.
Jeff’s 11th place finish saw him drop two spots from first to third in the championship standings. However, he is only 24 points out of first. He will try to reclaim the top spot when he returns to the Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, July 9th.
On Monday, July 4th, Seth will be contesting his last race in a speedway sprint car at Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville. His entire speedway sprint operation including the car and spares is now up for sale. If you are interested, contact Jeff Dyer using the information listed in this press release. You can pick it up at the track after the race in Victorville or on a later date in Yucca Valley.
While Seth is contesting his last race in the speedway sprints on Monday, he is doing anything but stepping away from racing. In fact, beginning on Saturday at Ventura, he is stepping up in competition to go full-time with the CLS. Full details to come later in the week.
Jeff Dyer is racing in memory of his grandfather Glenn Sels throughout the 2022 season.
Dyer would like to thank the following for making the 2022 season possible in the #4 Lightning Sprint Car. Dependable Machine Inc., Haircuts By Susie, Jobu Racing, LBA Investigations, and Dyer Motorsports.
For the USAC/CRA #39 sprint car, Straight Time Stirrups, Dependable Machines Inc., Hair Cuts By Susie, Jobu Racing, Justice Brothers, and Specialty Fasteners make it all possible.
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Jeff Dyer 2022 Results
3-5 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest 13th A Main
3-25 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 4th A Main
3-26 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA 13th A Main
4-1 Keller Auto Speedway USAC/CRA 14th A Main
4-2 Thunderbowl Raceway USAC/CRA 23rd A Main
4-16 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main
4-23 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th B Main
4-30 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main 1
4-30 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main 2
5-14 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main
5-14 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th A Main
5-21 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main
5-28 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars DNS
6-11 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 4th A Main
6-25 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 11th A Main
Seth Dyer 2022 Lightning Sprint Results
6-11 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 12th A Main
6-25 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 15th A Main