MATT ROSSI TRIUMPHS AT CANYON’S
WESTERN WORLD FINALE
By Lance Jennings
PEORIA, AZ –
NOVEMBER 23, 2014... Streaking past Ryan Bernal on lap eleven,
Matt Rossi of South Central won the 30-lap finale of the “47th
Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships.” For
Rossi, the $7,500 victory was his second career USAC SouthWest
Sprint Car victory. Kevin Thomas Jr., hard charger Bryan
Clauson, R.J. Johnson, and Brady Bacon followed Matt to the
family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components
Spike, Matt Rossi earned the biggest win of his sprint car
career. After placing eighth in the dash, Rossi won the upset
victory from the eighth starting spot. Turning laps over
half-second faster than his competitors, the Arizona veteran
was on a rail and avoided disaster to take his first win of
2014. Rossi closed out the season ranked fourth in SouthWest
points with six heat race victories, two hard charger awards,
nineteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.
Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. took second in the Western World
finale after starting twelfth. Piloting the Dutcher
Motorsports #17RW Griffin Propane / Indiana Underground Maxim,
Thomas won the night’s fourth 8-lap qualifying race. In
limited starts, Kevin has two heat race victories, two top-10
finishes and one feature lap led.
problems sidelined the Tony Stewart Racing-Curb/Agajanian
#20X, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana switched to Mike
Martin’s #16B PPG Maxim and earned his second “Hard Charger /
Best Passing Job” honors. Before finishing third from the
fifteenth starting spot, the former USAC National Champion ran
second to Matt Mitchell in his qualifying race. In 2014, Bryan
had one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 18
feature laps led.
the first nine laps and scoring fourth in the main event,
Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson clinched his second straight USAC
SouthWest Sprint Car Championship. Racing the Bill Michaels’
owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson
scored third in the program’s 6-lap dash. R.J. ended his
campaign with eleven feature wins, fourteen heat race
victories, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards,
thirty-two top-10 finishes, and 229 feature laps led.
of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma charged to fifth in the main event
after starting seventeenth. Driving the BBR #99 Fatheadz
Eyewear / Tel-Star Communications XXX, Bacon placed third in
his qualifying race and won the night’s first 12-lap semi-main
event. In limited starts, Brady has two feature wins, two heat
race victories, two semi-main wins, eight top-10 finishes, and
57 feature laps led in SouthWest competition.
Indiana’s Jon Stanbrough won the program’s first 8-lap
qualifying race. Piloting the Shon Deskins owned #20S MP
Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Stanbrough scored
sixteenth in the Western World finale. In limited SouthWest
action, Jon had two heat race victories, one top-10 finish,
and 2 feature laps led.
of Anaheim, California took the victory in the night’s second
qualifying race. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley,
Swanson ran fourteenth in the Western World finale. The former
USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in USAC
California’s Matt Mitchell won the program’s third qualifying
race. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks
Maxim, Mitchell scored nineteenth in the feature after an
early flip ended his night.
of Snohomish, Washington won the special six-lap dash that set
the first four rows of the main event. Piloting the BRAT
Racing #1ST Beaver Stripes / Invision Auto Body Sherman,
Taylor was involved in a first lap tangle the relegated the
veteran to the rear of the field. Gary claimed fifteenth in
the Western World finale.
Brian Hosford took the win in the second 12-lap semi-main.
Racing Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers /
Invision Auto Body Maxim, Hosford took third in his qualifying
race and ran eleventh in the feature after starting
eighteenth. Brian ranked eighth in SouthWest points on the
strength of two heat race victories and five top-10 finishes.
SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier
Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for
their support. For more information on the group, visit
www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the
series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT
CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS:
2014 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 47th Annual
Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships"
QUALIFIER: (8 laps)
1. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins), 2.
Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4.
Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 6.
Bradley Terrell (#5V VanLare), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT
QUALIFIER: (8 laps)
1. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 2.
Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber),
4. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77
Gabbard), 6. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 7. Casey Buckman (#04G
QUALIFIER: (8 laps)
1. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 2.
Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Josh
Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler),
6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy).
FOURTH QUALIFIER: (8 laps)
Thomas Jr., (#17RW Dutcher), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50
Massey), 3. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19
Underwood), 5. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT
1. Gary Taylor (#1ST BRAT), 2. Casey
Shuman (#75 Hockett/James), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels),
4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6.
Robert Ballou (#12X Ballou), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 8.
Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT
1. Bacon, 2. Pelkey, 3. Sussex, 4.
Curtis, 5. Martin, 6. Terrell, 7. Shipley, 8. Lundy, 9.
1. Hosford, 2. Gabbard, 3. Copeland,
4. Reinbold, 5. Darland, 6. Buckman, 7. Hodges, 8. Morin. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Rossi (8th), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12th), 3. Bryan Clauson
(15th), 4. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 5. Brady Bacon (17th), 6. C.J.
Leary (4th), 7. Robert Ballou (6th), 8. Ryan Bernal (5th), 9.
Chris Windom (13th), 10. Stevie Sussex, (21st) 11. Brian
Hosford (18th), 12. Dalten Gabbard (20th), 13. Charles Davis
Jr. (16th), 14. Jake Swanson (10th), 15. Gary Taylor (1st),
16. Jon Stanbrough (9th), 17. Josh Pelkey (19th), 18. Shon
Deskins (7th), 19. Matt Mitchell (11th), 20. Mike Spencer
(14th), 21. Colby Copeland (22nd), 22. Casey Shuman (2nd). NT
**Shuman and Deskins flipped on lap
one of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap nine of the
feature. Deskins flipped on lap eleven of the feature. Pelkey
flipped on lap thirteen of the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Johnson, Lap 10 Bernal, Laps 11-30 Rossi.
HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (15th to
FINAL SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT
1-R.J. Johnson-1,419, 2-Charles
Davis Jr.-1,215; 3-Josh Pelkey-1,207, 4-Matt Rossi-1,200,
5-Shon Deskins-1,083, 6-Mike Martin-1,001, 7-Tye Mihocko-929,
8-Brian Hosford-698, 9-Michael Curtis-691, 10-Nick Aiuto-663.
- #02 Matt Rossi Wins 2014 Western
World Championships. Photo by Rob Hargraves.