CLAUSON STORMS TO LINCOLN PARK MIDGET WEEK WIN

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Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson (middle) and the RKR/Curb-Agajanian crew celebrate Thursday night’s “Indiana Midget Week” USAC Honda National Midget feature win at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana.

Putnamville, Indiana…Bryan Clauson used every inch of Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday night to drive from tenth for the win in Round 2 of “Indiana Midget Week.” The two-time Honda National Midget champion made it 34 career wins in the division with the 30-lap winning drive.

Tyler Thomas got to the early lead from the pole, but Rico Abreu was building steam on the high side and roared by on the cushion to take the lead on lap three. His teammate and the night’s ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Tanner Thorson, fresh off his first National Midget win on Wednesday night, was coming along with Abreu as they took over the 1-2 spots.

Clauson was on the move to fourth as the first caution hit, with Christopher Bell showing he was on the charge, too, as he sat ninth after starting 16th. Clauson disposed of Thorson for second on the restart, and it appeared an Abreu-Clauson duel was shaping up for the top spot. Behind them, Tracy Hines and Darren Hagen both got by Thorson and were racing for third.

Thorson got turned around on lap seventeen to bring out the next caution, and Bell had just broken into the top-five with a slick move to split two cars down the frontstretch. On the restart, Clauson began to work Abreu hard for the lead as Bell moved up to third. Clauson finally had the momentum he needed on lap 22 as he threw a big slider into turn-three for the lead. At the same time, Bell crossed under Abreu and had the runner-up spot.

On lap 23, as he was racing back through the field, Thorson got pinched into the frontstretch wall and flipped wildly up and over turn-one. He crawled out of the car but was held for observation. From there, Clauson held Bell at bay as Hines took over third down the stretch.

Bell looked to have a run at Clauson as they came to the white, trying to gain enough momentum on the high side to mount a charge, but he pushed slightly in turn-two, ending his bid at the win. Clauson made it win number one on the year for himself and the Curb Records – Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

“This week is special to anybody, but especially to somebody like me who grew up here, the Midget Week and Sprintweek wins mean a lot. I don’t get to race full-time in this series now, but we’re trying to get this team an owner’s championship, too. Rusty (Kunz) has these things good, especially when things get slick and technical. We weren’t quite as good as those guys at the top of three and four, but we could move around and that gave us the chance to go by them. This place can get so technical, and you have to be close to perfect to have a chance. It’s a fun place, and a real driver’s race track,” Clauson said.

Bell, who crashed violently last year at Lincoln Park and was nursing some bruises fromWednesday night’s crash at Gas City, came home second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. He earned the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” for his drive to the front.

“It was a really tough deal tonight. It was so technical, and you couldn’t run it too hard and make mistakes with that curb being so firm. I didn’t get a good lap down in qualifying, and that buried us, but Bryan was back there pretty far too. I could use the bottom through one and two to get some guys, and we could roll the cushion nicely on the other end. We’ve had to pass a ton of cars in the last week, but we just have to be better early in the night,” Bell said.

Hines gave himself a 25-point gap in the National Midget standings with another podium finish aboard the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

Tonight was a difference between making good laps down low and trying to wait out the mistakes they made up high. They were a bit better, and we got back to about fifth at one point before taking advantage of some bobbles to get back to third. We had some things off for the race last night, but we got those fixed and had another good nighttonight,” Hines said.

Abreu wound up fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises – Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2015 – Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.130; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-13.203; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.237; 4. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.272; 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27k, Klaasmeyer-13.282; 6. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-13.319; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.328; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.336; 9. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.340; 10. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley-13.343; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-13.349; 12. Alex Bright, 56, Hmiel-13.369; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-13.372; 14. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-13.379; 15. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-13.431; 16. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-13.431; 17. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cotle-13.442; 18. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.448; 19. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.458; 20. Andy Malpocker, 22, Malpocker-13.488; 21. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-13.492; 22. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-13.530; 23. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-13.541; 24. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.554; 25. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-13.574; 26. Chase Stockon, 25k, Rodela-13.579; 27. Dave Darland, 2x, Bush-13.657; 28. Brock Maskovich, 5D, Daum-13.659; 29. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.674; 30. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-13.675; 31. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.840; 32. Ryan Criswell, 11R, R & C-13.843; 33. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-13.846; 34. Anton Hernandez, 51, Bailey-13.852; 35. Chris Cochran, 7c, Klaasmeyer-13.932; 36. Katlynn Leer, 77, Leer-13.981; 37. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-14.011; 38. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-14.035; 39. Ross Rankine, 39R, Rankine-14.061; 40. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-14.474; 41. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-18.259; 42. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Courtney, 3. Thorson, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Marcham, 6. Peck, 7. Klaasmeyer, 8. Smee, 9. Rowe, 10. Gehrke, 11. DiMattia. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Mosen, 4. Stockon, 5. Coons, 6. B.Bright, 7. Hagen, 8. Gardner, 9. Hernandez, 10. Nemire. 2:15.02

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bernal, 3. Abreu, 4. Darland, 5. Ray, 6. B.Thomas, 7. Chapple, 8. Bayston, 9. Cochran, 10. Rankine. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. A.Bright, 3. Hines, 4. K.Thomas Jr., 5. Maskovich, 6. Criswell, 7. Leer, 8. Fehr, 9. Williams, 10. Malpocker. 2:20.08

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smee, 2. Hernandez, 3. Peck, 4. Nemire, 5. Leer, 6. Cochran, 7. Fehr, 8. Rowe, 9. Rankine. 2:22.63

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Hagen, 3. Bayston, 4. Williams, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. DiMattia, 7. Peck, 8. Gardner, 9. Smee, 10. Maskovich, 11. B.Bright, 12. Malpocker, 13. Ray, 14. Nemire, 15. Chapple, 16. Criswell, 17. Marcham, 18. B.Thomas, 19. Gehrke, 20. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Darren Hagen,7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Davey Ray, 12. Gage Walker, 13. Hayden Williams, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Brad Mosen, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT
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**Bayston flipped during qualifying. DiMattia flipped during the first heat. Thorson flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Mosen flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 T.Thomas, Laps 3-21 Abreu, Laps 22-30 Clauson.

UPCOMING EVENT INFO

 

DATE: Friday, June 12, 2015

SERIES: Honda USAC National Midget Championship

TRACK: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

EVENT: “Indiana Midget Week” featuring USAC National Midgets, Non-Wing Sprints & RaceSaver Sprints

SCHEDULED STARTING TIMES:
Pit gates open at 4:30pm
Grandstand opens at 5:30pm
Hot Laps 6:30pm
Racing begins at 7:30pm

TICKETS:
Adult General Admission $20
Pits $30

TRACK ADDRESS: 5185 S. Fairfax Road Bloomington, IN 47401

TRACK PHONE: (812) 824-7400

TRACK WEBSITE: www.bloomingtonspeedway.com

DATE: Saturday, June 13, 2015

SERIES: Honda USAC National Midget Championship

 

TRACK: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

 

EVENT: “Indiana Midget Week” featuring USAC National Midgets, Lawrenceburg Chevrolet Sprints & Budweiser UMP Modifieds  

 

SCHEDULED STARTING TIMES:

Pit Gate-3:00pm

Front Gate-5:00pm

Hot Laps-6:00pm

Opening Ceremonies-7:00pm 

 

TICKETS: 

Adults: $25

Kids 7-12: $7

6 & Under: FREE

Pit Pass: $30 (all ages) 

 

TRACK ADDRESS: 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg Indiana, 47025

 

TRACK PHONE: (812) 539-4700

 

DATE: Sunday, June 14, 2015

SERIES: Honda USAC National Midget Championship

 

TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

 

EVENT: “Indiana Midget Week” featuring USAC National Midgets, Non-Wing Sprints & Street Stocks  

 

SCHEDULED STARTING TIMES: 

 Grandstands Open: 2PM

Pit Gates Open: 2PM

 

TICKETS:  

Adult General Admission: $20

Pits: $30 

 

TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN 46901

 

TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877

 

TRACK WEBSITE: www.kokomospeedway.net

2015 HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
DATE
LOCATION
TRACK
WINNER
April 10
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Rained Out
April 11
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Darren Hagen
May 29
Plymouth, IN
Plymouth Speedway
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
May 30
Plymouth, IN
Plymouth Speedway
Rained Out
June 10
@ Gas City, IN
Gas City I-69 Speedway
Tanner Thorson
June 11
@ Putnamville, IN
Lincoln Park Speedway
Bryan Clauson
June 12
@ Bloomington, IN
Bloomington Speedway
June 13
@ Lawrenceburg, IN
Lawrenceburg Speedway
June 14
@ Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
July 5
%%% Sun Prairie, WI
Angell Park Speedway
July 28
Beloit, KS
Solomon Valley Raceway
July 30
Belleville, KS
Belleville High Banks
Aug. 1
Belleville, KS
Belleville High Banks
Aug. 18
*** Spring Run, PA
Path Valley Speedway Park
Aug. 19
*** New Oxford, PA
Lincoln Speedway
Aug. 20
*** Newberrytown, PA
Susquehanna Speedway Park
Sept. 4
Granite City, IL
Tri-City Speedway
Sept. 5
Granite City, IL
Tri-City Speedway
Sept. 26
Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway
Oct. 23
%%% Wayne City, IL
Wayne County Speedway
Nov. 26
### Perris, CA
Perris Auto Speedway
@=Indiana Midget Week
***=Co-Sanctioned by ARDC
%%%=Co-Sanctioned by POWRI
###=Co-Sanctioned by Honda USAC Western Midget Series
2015 HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET 
POINT STANDINGS
RANK
DRIVER
POINTS
1
Tracy Hines
(New Castle, IN)
243
2
Tanner Thorson
(Minden, NV)
218
3
Darren Hagen
(Riverside, CA)
208
4
  Jerry Coons, Jr.
Tucson, AZ
197
5
Tyler Thomas
(Collinsville, OK)
186
6
Spencer Bayston
(Lebanon, IN)
179
7
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Cullman, AL)
170
8 Dave Darland
(Lincoln, IN)
158
9
Rico Abreu
(Rutherford, CA)
121
10
 Steve Buckwalter
(Royersford, PA)
119
2015 “INDIANA MIDGET WEEK” POINT STANDINGS
RANK
DRIVER
POINTS
1
Bryan Clauson
(Noblesville, IN)
131
2
Rico Abreu
(Rutherford, CA)
121
3
Tracy Hines
(New Castle, IN)
112
4
Jerry Coons, Jr.
(Tucson, AZ)
107
5
Spencer Bayston
(Lebanon, IN)
99
6
Tanner Thorson

(Minden, NV)

93
Tyler Thomas
(Collinsville, OK)
93
8
Chase Stockon
(Elizabethtown, IN)
83
9
Ryan Bernal
(Hollister, CA)
73
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Cullman, AL)
73

2015 HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET

FEATURE WINNERS

 

Bryan Clauson – 1 (Lincoln Park Speedway on June 11)

Darren Hagen – 1 (Kokomo Speedway on April 11)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 1 (Plymouth Speedway on May 29)

Tanner Thorson – 1 (Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 10)

2015 HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET STATISTICS

 

FEATURE WINS:
1. Bryan Clauson – 1
Darren Hagen – 1
Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 1
Tanner Thorson – 1

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
1. Tanner Thorson – 30
2. Darren Hagen – 24
3. Rico Abreu – 19
Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 19
5. Tyler Courtney – 11
6. Bryan Clauson – 9
7. Davey Ray – 6
8. Tyler Thomas – 2

TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:
1. Tracy Hines – 3
Tanner Thorson – 3
3. Darren Hagen – 2
Rico Abreu – 2
Bryan Clauson – 2
6. Spencer Bayston – 1
Christopher Bell – 1
Steve Buckwalter – 1
Jerry Coons, Jr. – 1
Dave Darland – 1
Justin Grant – 1
Davey Ray – 1
Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 1

TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:
1. Jerry Coons, Jr. – 4
Tracy Hines – 4
Tyler Thomas – 4
4. Spencer Bayston – 3
Darren Hagen – 3
Tanner Thorson – 3
7. Rico Abreu – 2
Bryan Clauson – 2
Tyler Courtney – 2
Dave Darland – 2
Chase Stockon – 2
Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 2
13. Christopher Bell – 1
Ryan Bernal – 1
Steve Buckwalter – 1
Andrew Felker – 1
Justin Grant – 1
Davey Ray – 1
Nathan Smee – 1

PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. Tracy Hines – 2
2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 1
Tanner Thorson – 1

HEAT RACE WINS:
1. Steve Buckwalter – 2
Darren Hagen – 2
Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 2
4. Christopher Bell – 1
Ryan Bernal – 1
Garrett Aitken – 1
Jerry Coons, Jr. – 1
Colten Cottle – 1
Andrew Felker – 1
Nathan Smee – 1
Tanner Thorson – 1
Gage Walker – 1

C-MAIN WINS:
1. Ronnie Gardner – 1
Nathan Smee – 1

SEMI WINS:
1. Bryan Clauson – 1
Jerry Coons, Jr. – 1
Justin Peck – 1

2015 HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET

B&W AUTO MART “HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE”

 

April 11: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (8 positions)
May 29: Plymouth Speedway – Darren Hagen (10 positions)
June 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tyler Thomas (9 positions)
June 11: Lincoln Park Speedway – Christopher Bell (14 positions)

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