USAC WESTERN RACERS HONORED AT LAS
VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings
2017... The United States Auto Club’s 2016 Western champions
and special award winners were honored last Saturday in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by Chris Kearns at the Orleans Hotel and
Casino, the annual Western Awards Banquet celebrated the
accomplishments of racers from fourteen divisions.
was headlined by returning champions. “The Demon” Damion
Gardner of Concord, California scored his fourth consecutive
Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car title for Alexander Racing. Laveen,
Arizona’s R.J. Johnson claimed his fourth straight Southwest
Sprint Car crown and Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California
earned his fourth consecutive Western States Midget Series
championship for Six8 Motorsports. Garden Grove, California’s
Brody Roa earned his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Western HPD Midget divisions, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park,
California scored top honors with the Western Overall and
Western Dirt series. Hillsborough, California’s Toni
Breidinger earned the Western Pavement crown and Blake Brannon
of San Jose, California won the Western Restricted title.
Micro Sprints had a successful inaugural season and Fresno,
California’s Jake Hagopian won the Super 600 championship.
Josh Ames of Rochester, New York claimed the Nonwing 600 crown
and Concord, California’s Joey Ancona earned the Restricted
600 title. Shawn Freeland of Scottsville, New York scored the
270 championship and Irondequiot, New York’s Jordan Jermyn
claimed the 125 title. Caeden Steele of Fresno, California
earned the Junior Sprint crown and all of the champions were
also honored at last month’s “USAC Night of Champions” in
the Year honors went to Max Adams of Loomis, California (CRA
Sprint), Pleasant Hill, California’s Ryan Timmons (West Coast
Sprint), Landon Cling of Tempe, Arizona (Southwest Sprint),
Corona, California’s Courtney Crone (Western Midget), and
Antonia Boscacci of Mountain View, California (Western HPD
special awards were presented to Tommy Horne (Bruce Bromme Jr.
Mechanic of the Year), Max Adams (CRA Most Improved Driver),
Lance Jennings (Billy Wilkerson Memorial Award), and Dick and
Claudia Woodland (Evelyn Pratt Award).
The USAC Western staff thanks Mike
and Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions for supplying their
great videos and Mike Grosswendt for photographing the event.
campaign opens on February 11th at Canyon Speedway Park
(Peoria, Arizona) with the “Steve Stroud Memorial” for the
Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
4th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Perris
Auto Speedway’s (Perris, California) annual “Sokola Shootout.”
The USAC West Coast and SouthWest
Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada) on March 9th and 10th for the
11th, the Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California) will
host the season opener for the Light Up The World Beverages
USAC Western States Midgets.
information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the
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