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Thunderbowl Raceway finishes off season in style with USAC National & USAC/CRA sanctioned Pacific Coast Nationals this weekend

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Tulare, CA – November 10, 2009…The 2009 racing season at the Thunderbowl Raceway will officially come to a close this Saturday and Sunday as the 1/3 mile clay oval plays host to one of the highest profile events in track history with the USAC National and USAC/CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Cars invading the Tulare based facility for the 30th Pacific Coast Nationals. 

The Pacific Coast Nationals was originally started by J.C. Agajanian in 1962 and was held at the Ascot Park in Gardena until the track's closing in 1990. The event was moved following that, but was stopped after the 1995 season where it was held last at nearby Kings Speedway in Hanford. This year's revival at the Thunderbowl Raceway will also mark the season finale for the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the champion will be crowned this Sunday night following the 40-lap main event, which will award $12,500 to the winner.

The Tulare County Fairgrounds track has held a number of "big" short track events over the last 10 years, including numerous World of Outlaw shows, as well as the season opener and season finale during the one and only year of the National Sprint Tour in 2006. The Thunderbowl has also held the annual Trophy Cup since '05 and earlier in the decade ran a trio of Thanksgiving weekend 410 sprint car events that drew big names to the track each season.

In addition to all of that the 1/3 mile clay oval also hosted the $20,000 to win U.S. Modified Nationals in '07 and this weekends Pacific Coast Nationals is expected to be right up there with all of those events in the prestige factor. "We're really happy to be bringing this event to Tulare," said Thunderbowl promoter Steve Faria. "With the World of Outlaws not coming back out here in the fall we were looking to bring in another big show and the Pacific Coast Nationals will definitely be a great fit. It's pretty exciting to have all these well known non-wing drivers coming to our track and it should be a great show for the fans."

Former USAC/CRA champion Damion Gardner of Concord, CA has laps in both a winged and wingless sprint car at the Thunderbowl Raceway and comes into the Pacific Coast Nationals with momentum following his big victory in last weekends Budweiser Oval Nationals at the helm of his DG Racing, Pace Lighting No. 71. The former Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner also scored a big $10,000 victory in USAC National Sprint Car competition at the Lawrenceburg Speedway in early October, which came during just his fourth race back in action after injuries kept him out for nearly a month, following an incident at the Nebraska Raceway Park in August. "The Demon" has won a pair of main events in his Thunderbowl career and currently sits sixth in the National Sprint Car standings.

Coming into the Pacific Coast Nationals having already locked up the USAC National Sprint Car title Avon, Indiana driver Levi Jones will look to finish off the season on a strong note this weekend at the Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing, Chevrolet sponsored No. 20 went into last week's Oval Nationals with just a 27-point lead over Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, however, a tough weekend for Darland allowed Jones to extend the mark to an untouchable 178-point advantage. Jones picked up a victory during the second prelim night this past weekend at the Oval Nationals and brought home a third place finish in Saturday's finale to seal up his third career USAC National Sprint Car championship.

Darland comes into the Thunderbowl looking to rebound after an extremely rough outing at the Oval Nationals that saw him fail to make the main event the final two nights, after running 16th in the feature during the opener on Thursday. "Double D" has long been one of the top open wheel drivers in the country and has championships in the USAC National Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown Series, making him one of a select group of racers to have the Triple Crown under his belt. Darland this season has driven his RWB Racing No. 2b sprinter to four National Sprint Car victories and will look to secure the second spot in the series standings this weekend.

Hot on Darland's heels though is Alpine, CA's Cole Whitt, who will bring his Keith Kunz Motorsports, Red Bull No. 67k into the Pacific Coast Nationals just 12-digits behind Darland for the runner-up spot in the USAC National Sprint Car standings. The 18-year-old driver has had a solid '09 campaign and has won a total of 15 main events during the season, including nine at the Kokomo Speedway en route to the track title. Whitt last year captured the USAC National Midget championship and in doing so became the youngest driver to ever accomplish that feat.

Defending USAC National Sprint Car champion Jerry Coons Jr. currently ranks fourth in the standings going into the Pacific Coast Nationals this Saturday and Sunday. By winning both the sprint car and silver crown titles last season the Tuscon, Arizona driver became the fifth driver in USAC history to hold the Triple Crown, after winning the midget title in 2006 and '07. Rounding out the top-five in the USAC National Sprint standings going into the Thunderbowl this weekend is '02 series champion Tracy Hines of Jamestown, Indiana. The former Chili Bowl champ has driven his Tony Stewart Racing No. 21 machine to three National Sprint Car wins this year, with all of those coming on the pavement.

The Lucas Oil USAC/CRA Series has seen an extremely close point fight for much of the season however; Temecula's Mike Spencer has turned up the heat late in the year and comes into the Pacific Coast Nationals holding a 78-point advantage in the standings aboard his Ron Chaffin Racing, Madera Produce No. 50 mount. Spencer captured the Lou Vermeil Classic at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day weekend, which marked the first of three straight wins for the defending USAC/CRA champion. Spencer then used the momentum to help score a runner-up finish at last weekends Budweiser Oval Nationals in Perris, where he came very close to winning the event for the first time in his career, until Gardner made the pass with just a few laps remaining in the feature to steal the victory away.

Currently second in the points and continuing to have his best sprint car season to date is "Dynamite" David Cardey, who finished fifth in the main event at the Thunderbowl in May aboard the ITI Performance, Crossno Racing No. 38 sprinter. The Riverside racer finished sixth in the USAC/CRA standings last season and will be looking to rebound this weekend after getting upside down late in the main event at the Oval Nationals, while having a strong run going at the time. Current USAC Western Midget Series point leader Garrett Hansen sits third in the USAC/CRA standings driving the Priestley No. 7 sprint car. The Manhattan Beach driver scored a solid sixth place finish at the Ovals Nationals last weekend and also brought home a fourth place finish in May at the Thunderbowl.

Thunderbowl Raceway wingless 410 track record holder Blake Miller of Yorba Linda comes into the Pacific Coast Nationals ranking fourth in the USAC/CRA standings at the helm of the Gardner Motorsports No. 93 machine. "The Bullet" had a strong night at the Thunderbowl Raceway in May when he began the evening by ripping off a 15.013 in qualifying to re-set his own track record, before charging from ninth to third in the feature. Completing the top five in USAC/CRA points is Santa Maria's "Showtime" Danny Sheridan, who scored a victory and a runner-up finish in a pair of Bandit 360 Series starts at the Thunderbowl Raceway earlier this season in his Kittle Motorsports No. 18.

Indiana resident and Carmichael, CA native Bryan Clauson has had a strong 2009 season and will look to add the Pacific Coast Nationals to his impressive resume this weekend as he competes behind the wheel of the Corey Tucker Racing, Parker Stone sprinter. The immensely talented 20-year-old spent time in the NASCAR ranks, but has come back to sprints and midgets full-time this year and has won 17 main events throughout the season, including a $10,000 triumph at Tri-State Speedway in September and the prestigious Belleville Midget Nationals in August. Clausen also captured the Indiana Midget Week title in June and won opening night of the Oval Nationals this past weekend, before running fourth in Saturday's finale.

Former Thunderbowl Raceway winged 410 sprint car track record holder Kevin Swindell will be in competition at the Pacific Coast Nationals aboard the locally based Roth Motorsports, HR Cattle No. 83 and will be looking to regroup following a tough Oval Nationals last weekend. The Germantown, Tennessee resident picked up a victory for Dennis Roth on prelim night of the Lou Vermeil Classic at Calistoga Speedway and also finished runner-up during Sundays finale. Last season saw him win the Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway, as well as the Vermeil Classic in Calistoga driving for Nor Cal car owner Tom Rolfe. Swindell's biggest win this year came in May when he made a last lap pass to score victory in the Knoxville Midget Nationals.

The Pacific Coast Nationals will see Grass Valley, CA native Brad Sweet returning to the track in which he made his wingless sprint car debut at back in 2004. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver has experienced much success since hitting the road full-time and has captured prestigious events such as the Belleville Midget Nationals, the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and the Knoxville Midget Nationals among others. Sweet last year also scored a big triumph at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway when he claimed victory at the annual Trophy Cup and this Friday will see the 23-year-old make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Elk Grove's Kyle Larson will hit the Thunderbowl Raceway clay this weekend after making a successful wingless 410 sprint car debut at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day weekend. The 17-year-old turned eyes during the two-night show as he quickly adapted at the intimidating half-mile and was running solidly in the top-five when separate issues each night put him further back in the finishing order than he would have liked. At the Pacific Coast Nationals Larson will be behind the wheel of the Stadelhofer Construction, BK Racing sprinter, the same machine he drove to a fifth place finish at the Trophy Cup.

Other drivers expected at the 30th Pacific Coast Nationals will include Warsaw, Missouri's Jesse Hockett; Ventura's Cory Kruseman; Campbell's Bud Kaeding; Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat; Riverside's Josh Wise; Yorba Linda's Rip Williams and Matt Mitchell; Jamestown, Indiana's Jon Stanbrough; Visalia's Gregg Bragg; Norco's Tony Jones; Clovis' Peter Murphy; Anderson's Keith Bloom Jr.; Fremont's Shane Golobic and more.

Tickets for the Pacific Coast Nationals will be the same price both nights with Reserved Grandstand seats being $35 and General Admission Bleacher tickets $30. Children under 12 will be half-price in the bleachers. The front gate of the Thunderbowl Raceway will open at 3pm on Saturday November 14 with wheel packing at 4, qualifying at 5 and first race scheduled for 6. Sunday will see the front gate open at 2pm with wheel packing at 3, qualifying at 4 and first race scheduled for 5. Pit passes will be $35 for members and $40 for non-members with the drivers meeting set to be at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Registration and pill draw will be at 1pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

All of the action from the event will be broadcast via live video feed at
http://www.usacracing.com/usac_live

More info on the Pacific Coast Nationals can be found at
http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com and http://www.usacracing.com

The Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California



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Former winners of Pacific Coast Nationals

1962 – Jim Wood
1963 – Jim Cox
1964 – Marshall Sargent
1965 – Dick Fries
1967 – Bobby Adamson
1968 – Bob Hogle
1972 – Gene Brown
1973 – Rick Ferkel
1974 – Clark Templeman
1976 – Ron Shuman
1977 – Ron Shuman
1978 – Buster Venard
1979 – Dean Thompson
1980 – Dean Thompson
1981 – Sammy Swindell
1982 – Dean Thompson
1983 – Ron Shuman
1984 – Bubby Jones
1985 – Dean Thompson
1986 – Brad Doty
1987 – Steve Kinser
1988 – Steve Kinser
1989 – Brad Noffsinger
1990 – Rip Williams
1991 – Bubby Jones
1992 – Lealand McSpadden
1993 – Rip Williams
1994 – Ron Shuman
1995 – Mike Kirby



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Former Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner Damion Gardner of Concord, CA goes into the Pacific Coast Nationals on the heels of his biggest career sprint car victory following a late race move for the win during last Saturday nights Budweiser Oval Nationals. "The Demon" has won a pair of races in his Thunderbowl Raceway career. Photo by http://www.johnsracingphotos.com




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A strong Oval Nationals last weekend has secured the 2009 USAC National Sprint Car championship for Levi Jones and the Tony Stewart Racing team going into the Thunderbowl Raceway this Saturday and Sunday. It marks the third career series title for the Avon, Indiana driver, who finished on the podium all three nights at the Perris Auto Speedway last weekend, which included winning the Friday prelim. Photo from http://www.tonystewartracing.com



 



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Defending USAC/CRA champion Mike Spencer of Temecula has been on fire since Labor Day weekend having scored three victories, as well as a runner-up finish at the Budweiser Oval Nationals last weekend, where he came within just a few laps of victory aboard the famous Ron Chaffin Motorsports No. 50 sprinter. Photo by http://www.johnsracingphotos.com




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Santa Maria's "Showtime" Danny Sheridan made a pair of Bandit 360 Series starts at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway earlier in the year and earned a victory and a runner-up finish in those two efforts. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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Driving a car for the locally based Roth Motorsports team will be Germantown, Tennessee's Kevin Swindell, who will be looking to rebound in Tulare after a rough outing at the Oval Nationals. Prior to being re-set by Terry McCarl in March of this year the "Bulldog" had also previously held the all-time Thunderbowl Raceway 410 track record since 2005. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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Tickets for the Pacific Coast Nationals will be the same price both nights with Reserved Grandstand seats being $35 and General Admission Bleacher tickets $30. Children under 12 will be half-price in the bleachers. The front gate of the Thunderbowl Raceway will open at 3pm on Saturday November 14 with wheel packing at 4, qualifying at 5 and first race scheduled for 6. Sunday will see the front gate open at 2pm with wheel packing at 3, qualifying at 4 and first race scheduled for 5. Pit passes will be $35 for members and $40 for non-members with the drivers meeting set to be at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Registration and pill draw will be at 1pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

All of the action from the event will be broadcast via live video feed at
http://www.usacracing.com/usac_live

More info on the Pacific Coast Nationals can be found at
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The Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California



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Tulare Preview Extravaganza tonight on the Jackslash Show!

Norcal's Kyle Larson and SoCal's Nic Faas are our featured guests. We will talk to them and hype the big 2 day wingless event at the Tulare Thunderbowl this Saturday and Sunday!

We have a lot of cool stats and tidbits to throw at you diehards so make sure you tune in!

The Jackslash Show LIVE from Socal fires off at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern on http://www.Jackslash.com

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Jonathan Allard charges to sixth place finish at 22nd O'Reilly Short Track Nationals in Arkansas

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Little Rock, Arkansas – November 10, 2009…Making the most of his first ever visit to the annual Short Track Nationals former two-time King of California Jonathan Allard moved forward in the main event on Saturday night at the I-30 Speedway and brought home a sixth place finish at the helm of the Bobby Sparks Racing No. 91a sprint car.

The result for Allard was also good enough for Short Track Nationals "Rookie of the Year" honors for the event and put a successful cap on the season. "This was a tough field out here and there was a lot of fast cars this weekend so it's pretty cool to get a good finish racing with these guys," Allard said. "I really have to thank Bobby Sparks and the team for giving me the chance to come out and run this car at the Short Track Nationals, as well as the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals a few weeks ago."

The Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series sanctioned event was postponed by one week due to wet weather and although some drivers were unable to compete due to other commitments, a stout 101-car field was still on hand this past weekend to battle it out for part of the $107,000 purse. Allard was part of Friday's preliminary night and got the weekend started off on an exciting note by making a thrilling late charge to go from third to first and pick up victory on the final lap of the fifth heat race. He then started eighth and finished sixth in his qualifying race, before scoring a 14th place finish in the 25-lap feature.

After the first two prelim nights a total of six cars were locked into the main event for Saturday and the remainder of the field was placed into more heat races and last chance qualifiers to determine the rest of the starters for the 40-lap, $15,000 to win feature. Allard would begin the evening by starting 10th in the opening heat race and was able to carve his way forward to score a fourth place finish at the checkered flag, which gave him enough points to earn the pole position in the third of eight last chance qualifier races. The winner of each last chance qualifier moved to the main event, where they would be lined-up in positions 13-20 based on points from the prelim nights and Saturday's heat races.

The Chico, CA driver wasted no time blasting into the top-spot as he took command from the get-go and led for the duration of the 10-lap contest to claim victory and move into the main event. With Allard being the highest driver in points of the eight qualifier winners it then put the Sparks Racing, Sundial Shirt Company No. 91a machine on the outside of the sixth row in the feature. Drivers were given a multiple groove track and it made for outstanding racing on the I-30 bullring as drivers fought it out amongst each other with side-by-side racing seen with regularity. Allard moved up into the top-10 quickly, but contact while racing with Paul McMahan on lap 15 resulted in McMahan getting upside down and Allard suffering wing damage that he was forced to deal with for the remainder of the race.

The final 25-circuits clicked off caution free and despite the damage to the No. 91a sprinter Allard did a solid job to cross the stripe in sixth after 40-laps of racing, finishing behind only Tony Bruce Jr., Wayne Johnson, current ASCS National Sprint Car Series point leader Shane Stewart, Travis Rilat and three-time World of Outlaw champ Sammy Swindell. The victory for Bruce made him only the third driver to ever score back-to-back Short Track Nationals titles.

The Short Track Nationals puts a wrap on what was another solid season for Allard that saw him finish runner-up in the Golden State Challenge King of California Series standings, while claiming his fourth career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial triumph along the way. "JA" also scored a fourth place finish at the World of Outlaw sanctioned Gold Cup Race of Champions in September, which was his second straight top-five in the $50,000 to win event. In addition to that he made his first career A-main start at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in August where he tallied a 15th place result in the 40-lap main event and also picked-up a preliminary night victory during the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at the Skagit Speedway in June.

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Chico, CA's Jonathan Allard charging into the corner this past weekend at the 22nd Short Track Nationals where he scored a sixth place finish in the 40-lap $15,000 to win main event on Saturday night. Former World of Outlaw regular Tony Bruce Jr. was the winner of the event, which saw a total of 101 drivers in action over the three nights. Photo by Dennis Krieger Imagery

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Results from USAC/CRA event at Thunderbowl Raceway in May courtesy http://www.scrafan.com


LUCAS OIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS: 
Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, California
May 30, 2009 


TIME TRIALS: 
1. Blake Miller, 93, Gardner- 15.013 (New Track Record); 2. David Cardey, 38, Crossno- 15.112; 3. Danny Sheridan, 18, Kittle- 15.157; 4. Peter Murphy, 21T, Tarlton- 15.238; 5. T.J. Smith, 11, McCowan- 15.250; 6. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin- 15.310; 7. Davey Pombo, 47, Iturriria- 15.316; 8. Garrett Hansen, 7, M-M- 15.356; 9. Damion Gardner, 83JR, Roth- 15.374; 10. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell- 15.405; 11. Bill Rose, 66, Miller- 15.462; 12. Wes Gutierrez, 007, Stiles- 15.527; 13. Greg Bragg, 92, Sertich- 15.533; 14. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman- 15.590; 15. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria- 15.731; 16. Tyler Brown, 96, Gardner- 15.830; 17. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell- 15.847; 18. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett- 15.851; 19. Mathew Shedarowich, 8Z, Shedarowich- 15.905; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory- 16.091; 21. Tyler Edwards, 71K, Kruseman- 16.164; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Jory- 16.412; 23. Geoffrey Strole, 9K, Knight- 17.297; 24. Ronnie Gardner, 39, Gardner- 17.375.


HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 
1. Peter Murphy, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Greg Bragg, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Davey Pombo, 6. Blake Miller, 7. Mathew Shedarowich, 8 Tyler Brown (DNS). NT.


HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 
1. Cody Williams, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Garrett Hansen, 5. David Cardey, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Dennis Howell, 8. T.J. Smith. NT.


HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps) 
1. Jonathan Logan, 2. Wes Gutierrez, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Tyler Edwards, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Damion Gardner. NT.


FEATURE: (30 laps - With Starting Positions) 
1. Matt Mitchell (2nd), 2. Cory Kruseman (13th), 3. Blake Miller (9th), 4. Garrett Hansen (3rd), 5. David Cardey (8th), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (14th), 7. Davey Pombo (4th), 8. Jonathan Logan (17th), 9. Tyler Edwards (19th), 10. Peter Murphy (6th), 11. Tyler Brown (15th), 12. Danny Sheridan (7th), 13. Mathew Shedarowich (21st), 14. Geoffrey Strole (22nd), 15. Ronnie Gardner (23rd), 16. Bill Rose (1st), 17. Cody Williams (18th), 18. Austin Williams (20th), 19. Damion Gardner (10th), 20. Wes Gutierrez (11th), 21. Dennis Howell (16th), 22. Mike Spencer (5th), 23. Greg Bragg (12th). NT. 
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Jerry Coons Jr. will be driving a second Roth Motorsports 83 car this weekend



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That is one bitchin picture of Danny Sheridan. They don't get much more slideways then that. Outstanding photo by Steve! :cool:



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rickt wrote: That is one bitchin picture of Danny Sheridan. They don't get much more slideways then that. Outstanding photo by Steve! :cool:
Agree with that statement Rick! That LF can't go any further to the right!



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Kyle Larson embarks on 30th Pacific Coast Nationals this weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway after blown engine slows Short Track Nationals bid

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – November 11, 2009…With engine issues this past Saturday putting an early end to his maiden Short Track Nationals voyage Elk Grove, CA's Kyle Larson will now gear-up for this weekends running of the USAC National and USAC/CRA sanctioned Pacific Coast Nationals at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. 

Despite the setback that didn't allow him to compete during the Short Track Nationals finale on Saturday the 17-year-old was happy to be able to gain the experience of running his first career sprint car race in the Midwest. "It was definitely a great experience to run the Short Track Nationals and it was too bad the motor didn't last on Saturday because we were good on Friday and I had a lot of confidence after getting a night on the track under my belt," Larson said. "I again really have to thank Stadelhofer Construction, Phoenix ParkerStores and Jesse Hockett for giving me the chance to run last weekend and hopefully I can get back out there soon."

The 22nd O'Reilly Short Track Nationals at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas featured a 101-car field that was split into a pair of qualifying nights and it saw Larson taking part in the Friday portion. The $15,000-to-win event was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series and like all ASCS races the format saw pill draw set the heat line-ups, rather than using the traditional two-lap qualifying to begin the night. The field was split into six heat races to open the evening and Larson started from the outside of the third row in the sixth and final one.

The Elk Grove, CA driver quickly moved his way forward when the green lights came on and spent the majority of the heat locked in an entertaining battle for the runner-up position as he, Jan Howard and Mark Shirshekan kept the crowd on the edge of their seats in the 10-lapper. When the checkered flag was unveiled from the starters' stand Larson crossed under it in third and with his points total it put him in the first of four qualifier races, where he would start from sixth and finish sixth. Following the qualifying races points were tallied up again and Larson had scored just enough to earn the 20th and final starting position in the 25-lap main event.

Starting scratch on the field aboard the Jesse Hockett Racing, Stadelhofer Construction No. 77 Larson methodically worked his way forward as the track had gotten very dry and treacherous in certain spots on the quarter-mile bullring. It didn't affect the youngster though as he carved his way through the field to get up into 11th, before disaster struck on the final corners when he tipped over while looking to get by a couple more cars coming down for the checkered flag. Coming back looking for good things on Saturday the night unfortunatley came to an end as quickly as it started, when the engine dropped a valve in hot laps and forced Larson to watch the rest of the nights racing from the pits.

With the Short Track Nationals behind him Larson will now focus his attention on this weekends USAC National and USAC/CRA sanctioned $12,500-to-win Pacific Coast Nationals at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. For the two-night show Larson will be behind the wheel of the BK Motorsports, Stadelhofer Construction, Kaeding Performance Maxim as he makes his second career attempt in the wingless 410 sprint car ranks. "I'm excited to get to run for Brent again this weekend and hopefully we can get the car up front and have a shot at winning," said Larson, who scored a fifth place finish in the final Trophy Cup standings during what was his first and only prior start for the BK Motorsports team.

The 17-year-old charger made his wingless 410 debut at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day weekend and although both nights didn't end how he wanted, the performance was still one to be proud of as he quickly adapted while competing on the high-speed half-mile. "Racing at Calistoga that weekend was some of the most fun I've had in a sprint car because you really have to be up on the wheel when driving one of these things without the wing," Larson commented. "Tulare is probably my favorite track to race at so I'm sure it will be an awesome show this weekend and then when you add in some of the national guys coming that will make it even better."

Tickets for the Pacific Coast Nationals this weekend will be the same price both nights with Reserved Grandstand seats being $35 and General Admission Bleacher tickets $30. Children under 12 will be half-price in the bleachers. The front gate of the Thunderbowl Raceway will open at 3pm on Saturday November 14 with wheel packing at 4, qualifying at 5 and first race scheduled for 6. Sunday will see the front gate open at 2pm with wheel packing at 3, qualifying at 4 and first race scheduled for 5. Pit passes will be $35 for members and $40 for non-members with the drivers meeting set to be at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Registration and pill draw will be at 1pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday. More info can be found at
http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

All of the action from the event will be broadcast via live video feed at
http://www.usacracing.com/usac_live

For news, pictures and more information on Elk Grove's Kyle Larson please visit http://www.kylelarsonracing.com

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Kyle Larson pictured sliding it into turn three during his wingless 410 sprint car debut at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day weekend. The 17-year-old will be one of the nearly 60 expected cars at this weekends USAC National and USAC/CRA Pacific Coast Nationals at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com


Last edited on Thursday Nov 12th, 2009 02:57 AM by Gary Thomas



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