USAC WESTERN RACERS HONORED AT LAS
VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
by Lance Jennings
2019... Last Saturday afternoon, the United States Auto Club
(USAC) honored their 2018 western racers at the Golden Nugget
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Competitors with the
Speed 2 Western Midgets, Western States Midgets, SouthWest
Sprints, West Coast Sprints, and USAC/CRA Sprints were
celebrated at the annual Western Awards Banquet.
Director Chris Kearns served as master of ceremonies and
announced that the Woodland Auto Display will return as the
Fast Time Award sponsor for the Western States Midgets, West
Coast Sprints, and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars in 2019.
in Florida, “The Demon” Damion Gardner was recognized for his
sixth consecutive (seventh overall) USAC/CRA championship.
Austin Liggett became the first USAC West Coast driver to earn
Rookie of the Year honors (2012) and claim the title.
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. dedicated his first USAC SouthWest
championship to his late father, Jim Massey, and Joe Conroy.
Scheduled for a micro sprint race, Michael Faccinto was
recognized for earning his first USAC Western States Midget
crown. USAC Speed 2 Western Midget Champions Taylor Slay
(Dirt) and Adam Lemke (Pavement and Overall) were also honored
for their accomplishments. These champions were also
celebrated at the December 7th “USAC Night of Champions” in
earning his sixth consecutive (seventh overall) USAC/CRA
Entrant crown, Mark Alexander was recognized with the first
“Jack Jory Car Owner Championship Trophy.” The remaining
top-10 USAC/CRA car owners were honored and Brody Roa received
his second place trophy for BR Performance.
top-10 drivers in Western States Midget, SouthWest Sprint,
West Coast Sprint, and USAC/CRA Sprint points were recognized
for their efforts. David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, Brody Roa, Koen
Shaw, Steve Hix claimed their trophies along with Speed 2
Western Midget racers Joey Iest and Johnny Nichols.
the Year honors were awarded to Joel Rayborne (USAC/CRA
Sprint), Britton Bock (West Coast Sprint), Tyler Most
(SouthWest Sprint), Kyle Beilman (Western States Midget), and
Elvis Rankin (Speed 2 Western Midget).
Zac Bozanich was honored with the
“Bruce Bromme Jr. Mechanic of the Year Award” and Rich and
Sylvia Watkins were presented with the “Evelyn Pratt Award”
for their contributions to racing.
The USAC Western staff thanks Mike
and Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions for supplying their
great videos for the event. Each division was spotlighted with
highlights from the 2018 campaign.
The 2019 Western season opens on
February 27th and 28th with the “FVP Platinum Battery
Showdown” featuring the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at The
Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada).
The following Saturday, March 2nd,
the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open with
the “Cotton Classic” at Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande,
On March 8th
and 9th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will clash at Canyon
Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) for the “Spring Showcase.”
today, it was announced that the Wednesday, March 20th “49er
Gold Rush Classic” at Placerville Speedway has been cancelled
for the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States
Midgets. The World of Outlaws have moved that race to the
following Saturday and the midgets are not racing with them.
The season opener for the series is now April 6th at
Bakersfield Speedway with the Bay Cities Racing Association
For more information on any of the
USAC racing divisions, visit the United States Auto Club
(USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find
exclusive content for several of the groups on their
respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.