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FANTASTIC FARNEY WINS FIRST CAREER IN TERRE HAUTE “DON SMITH CLASSIC”
Terre Haute, Indiana…….Aaron Farney completed a dominant, wire-to-wire first career win in Wednesday night’s “Don Smith Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track. The 19-year-old from Brookston, Indiana ran the extreme high side of the vaunted half-mile and continually pulled away from the field, slicing through lapped traffic and capping it off with a spiritied fist pump at the finish line after a 5.193-second victory in the DCT Motorsports – Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott.
“It means the world to me. I can’t believe it. The whole race, I just thought someone would be there every time I screwed up. I hit the wall too many times, and luckily it always bounced just right. To say that I won at Terre Haute is amazing, and to do it on the fence. I can’t even explain it. I can’t thank Robert Ballou enough. He sets up my car and tries to teach me how to do this right. He told me it would be up there, and I have had to learn how to run a cushion. I knew had to get through traffic quickly, so I tried to be as aggressive as possible. It’s not easy in USAC, and I never would have though it would come this fast, or especially at this track,” Farney said.
Farney took the lead from the pole, as Chad Boespflug took second and Robert Ballou jumped all the way to fourth from ninth on the opening lap, sneaking past Justin Grant for third right after. A pair of cautions after four laps were complete showed that Ballou was strong, as he was attacking for second on both restarts.
Ballou slid to the second spot on the restart on lap four, and he took off after Farney for the lead. The lead duo took off and checked out on the field, as the race went past halfway in a torrid pace. Farney was flawless as he encountered traffic, making huge runs on the backmarkers to put some distance between himself and Ballou.
A red flag for Thomas Meseraull with 13 laps to go set up a run to the checkered, as Farney had one lapped car between himself and Ballou. He cleared that one quickly, but Farney was running high and hard down the stretch. He continually entered up in the fluff of turn-one and kissed the concrete in turn-two on multiple occasions.
As Farney pulled away when they hit traffic again, and Ballou had to settle for second in the Blakesley Auto – Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott.
“I couldn’t be happier. If I’m ever gonna get beat by anybody, I want it to be him. They’re a great family, and they’ve let me help them with these sprint cars and building their cars and teaching Aaron. I knew on that red that as long as he could keep that thing pointed forward, it was his race to win. He showed up ready to run and run hard tonight, and he had a one-track mind toward the end, trying to knock down laps as fast as he could. I’ve been there before myself, and I’m glad the rope didn’t ever break on him. I know what I’ve got, probably even before the green drops, and I knew we were a bit too good too early. I’m tickled with a 1-2 finish for us and ready for tomorrow,” Ballou said.
Behind the lead duo, it was a great dice for position as Dave Darland used a lower line and a diamond to march his way onto the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“I found something down through the middle through turns one and two. I kept doing that and using the cushion through turns three and four. I had to experiment a lot to find where my car wanted to work the best, and we took advantage of the last restart to pass some cars. We got a terrible start and had to work our way forward, one time going three-wide to get to the top-five. We were strong late, so we salvaged a pretty good finish out of it,” Darland said.
Boespflug held on for fourth in the Amati Racing – Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Chase Stockon drove his way into the top-five from 13th in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
Mitch Wissmiller started the night by setting the ProSource “Fast Time Award” but fell out of the feature early in the going. Scotty Weir earned the American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the final transfer out of the Semi-Feature. Shane Cottle earned the night’s B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” as he came from 21st up to tenth.
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:
July 15, 2015 – Terre Haute, Indiana – Terre Haute Action Track
28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”
QUALIFYING: 1. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.361; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.453; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.466; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.542; 5. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-21.597; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-21.685; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-21.690; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.713; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-21.723; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.734; 11. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-21.778; 12. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-21.809; 13. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-21.817; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.830; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.835; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-21.871; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.885; 18. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-21.892; 19. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.905; 20. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.920; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-21.923; 22. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-21.925; 23. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-21.935; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.938; 25. Shane Cottle, 17, McGhee-21.969; 26. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-22.021; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.088; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-22.106; 29. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-22.310; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-22.387; 31. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-22.440; 32. Josh Hodges, 4, THR/Hodges-22.520; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-22.853; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-23.708; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-23.788; 36. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT; 37. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Boespflug, 4. Simon, 5. M.Wissmiller, 6. Meseraull, 7. Cottle, 8. Rose, 9. Shuman. 2:52.66
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. B.Short, 6. Dakus, 7. Swanson, 8. Babcock, 9. Bell. 2:50.07
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Windom, 3. Grant, 4. Hughes, 5. Christian, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gross, 8. DiMattia, 9. Andretti, 3:03.96
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Weir, 7. Leary, 8. K.Wissmiller. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Andretti, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. B.Short, 6. Weir, 7. Swanson, 8. Hodges, 9. Leary, 10. Shuman, 11. Ketcham, 12. Rose, 13. Christian, 14. Babcock, 15. K.Wissmiller, 16. DiMattia, 17. Bell, 18. Dakus, 19. Gross. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Aaron Farney, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. J.J. Hughes, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brady Short, 22. Mitch Wissmiller. NT
**Bell flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Farney.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,161, 2-Stockon-1,135, 3-Darland-1,112, 4-Bacon-1,016, 5-Stanbrough-1,013, 6-Thomas-934, 7-Tracy Hines-818, 8-Leary-775, 9-Grant-700, 10-Windom-680.
NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-251, 2-Bacon-235, 3-Darland-229, 4-Schuerenberg-210, 5-Thomas-208, 6-Farney-203, 7-Boespflug-200, 8-Grant & Stockon-195, 10-Stanbrough-193.
Cockrum Clamps Down For “Sumar Classic” Triumph
Brian Shaw Claims Modified Feature Win
Terre Haute, Indiana…….Shane Cockrum survived a late-race challenge and used a little luck to hold on for Thursday night’s “Sumar Classic” win at the Terre Haute Action Track. After capturing his first Silver Crown Series win last fall at Du Quoin, Illinois, Cockrum led most of the night’s 100-lap feature only to see his lead taken away in the late stages by C.J. Leary, but a handy caution and strong finish propelled the Benton, Illinois driver to a .424-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports – Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.
“This is championship dirt car racing, and it’s exciting right now with a ton of talented drivers out there, and it’s awesome to be able to come out on top of them. It’s a thinking man’s game in these races, so you have to be methodical and move around to find where you need to be. I knew being out front put us in a tough spot, and the bottom usually comes on here, so I wasn’t surprised to see someone coming. Leary is a talented kid and gonna win a lot of races; it’s a tough deal to lose the lead like that late, but we’ll definitely take it. We’ve worked hard with our team to stay up front after last year, and it’s satisfying to get another big win in this series,” Cockrum said.
Cockrum got the jump on the start over polesitter Kody Swanson, who helped his series point lead by taking the ProSource “Fast Time Award” to begin the night. Cockrum led Jerry Coons, Jr. and Swanson early, as the top-three opened up on the rest of the field. A few laps later, Brady Bacon reeled in Swanson and took third. Coons got a run on Cockrum for the lead on lap 21 as he came roaring off turn-two, but Cockrum held him off. By lap 28, Coons was back again, this time riding the cushion off turn-two to the lead.
Cockrum didn’t let Coons get away, however, as he stuck with him for a lap before scooting underneath to re-take the lead as they completed lap 29. A caution a few laps later put the race past lap 40, with Cockrum leading Coons, Bacon, Swanson, and Shane Cottle. Just before halfway, Cottle too went by Swanson to take over fourth.
After a restart with 35 laps to go, the track was changing rapidly, and C.J. Leary was on the move into the top-five as the leaders searched all over the track to find the fast way around. Another quick caution with 25 laps to go produced a restart that saw Leary surge forward on the very bottom, getting all the way to third on lap 81.
With 13 to go, a restart after Aaron Pierce stopped on the fronstretch saw a chain reaction in turn-four, with tenth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. spinning and collecting Joey Moughan, who flipped over. He had been running 12th. He was unhurt but done for the event.
Leary reeled in Cockrum on the restart and was all over him for the lead as the race hit ten laps to go. Leary hit the bottom on lap 92 to wrestle the lead away from Cockrum, but before the lap could be completed, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-four to bring out the final caution of the night.
Cockrum pulled away from Leary in the final six-lap run to the checkers, leaving the young Greenfield, Indiana driver just short of his first USAC National win as Leary came home second in the Leary Construction Company – Jet Star #30 DRC/Claxton Toyota.
“That was a heartbreaker. I was biding my time for a while, and I knew we had something towards the end. I made my move after the restart there as we hit ten to go, and I got up next to Cockrum and cleared him, but the yellow came out just as we were completing the lap. He saw what I was doing and knew where to be on the restart, so we had to get the finish and come home second. This is Joe Devin’s baby, and he’s been working on this thing for a long time, so it’s fun to go out and race such a strong DRC car,” Leary said.
Coons made a bid on the final restart by running the extreme high side, but he could only threaten the top-two over the first set of corners before fading to a comfortable third aboard the Nolen Racing – Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.
“I was pretty good still in one and two up high, but I had to hit it just right, and it was easier on the restarts with coming to it just a little slower pace. I got a real good restart on that end, but once the top went away in three and four, I couldn’t get through there at all. We’ve gotta get a little bit better, but a pretty good night. This is a new car to the Nolen team and to me, so we’re still figuring it out some but we’ve got great race cars and hopefully take what we learn to the busy stretch coming,” Coons said.
Cottle’s run ended in the fourth spot aboard the Williams Precision Engines – QS Components #81 Maxim/Chevy, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop – Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Chevy.
Chase Stockon earned the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” for his drive from 18th to finish 11th.
In UMP Modified action, Robinson, IL driver, Brian Shaw, took the early lead and went on to claim his first Action Track win of the season. The #1 ride finished runner-up on opening night to Kenny Wallace, but bettered it by one spot on “Sumar Classic” night. David Shain ran strong to finish second, while Richie Lex finished third, after putting his car in the outside lane. The Modifieds will be back in action at Terre Haute for the season finale on Friday, September 18.
USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2015 – Terre Haute, Indiana – Terre Haute Action Track – ”Sumar Classic”
QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.712; 2. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-21.162; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-21.212; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.227; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.351; 6. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.466; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.495; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.650; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Dutcher-21.765; 10. Chris Windom, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.074; 11. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.075; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.208; 13. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.216; 14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-22.224; 15. Tyler Courtney, 153, Capie-22.265; 16. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-22.347; 17. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.380; 18. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-22.498; 19. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.441;0 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.672; 21. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-23.679; 22. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-NT (time of 21.091 disallowed); 23. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-NT (Time of 22.904 disallowed); 24. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-NT.
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. A.J. Fike, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Terry James, 17. Rex Norris III, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Joey Moughan, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. Kent Wolters, 23. Austin Nemire, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT
**Nemire flipped during practice. Moughan flipped on lap 88 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Cockrum, Lap 28 Coons, Laps 29-100 Cockrum.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-263, 2-Fike-225, 3-Pierce-217, 4-Coons-214, 5-Wilson-184, 6-David Byrne-162, 7-Leary-153, 8-Norris-146, 9-Nemire-144, 10-Bobby Santos-138.
NEXT SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE: July 23 – Brownsburg, IN – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – “Rich Vogler Classic”
UMP Modified Results
1. 1s Brian Shaw
2. 87 David Shain
3. 7 Richie Lex
4. 4s Rob Starkey
5. 6B Dave Baldwin
6. 14s Cullen Goodman
7. 92 Kenny Carmichael
8. 11m Josh McDaniel
9. 5L Larry Lambert
10. 42 Roger Mills
11. 92c Kenny Carmichael, Jr.
12. 72m Mike Beatty
13. 73 Fred Grayless
DNS 2m Mike Peterson