FANTASTIC FARNEY WINS FIRST CAREER IN TERRE HAUTE “DON SMITH CLASSIC”

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Aaron Farney of Brookston, Ind. won his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Wednesday night during “Indiana Sprint Week” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
David Nearpass Photo

 

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 thought 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.

 

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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

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**Bell flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

 

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Farney.

DRIVERS WHO’VE WON THEIR FIRST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE DURING “INDIANA SPRINT WEEK”

 

 

July 28, 1996       Kokomo Speedway                       Brad Marvel

July 25, 1997       Bloomington Speedway                Brad Fox

July 26, 1997       Paragon Speedway                      Bill Rose

July 25, 1998       Paragon Speedway                      Derek Davidson

July 21, 1999       Terre Haute Action Track              Terry Pletch

July 23, 1999       Bloomington Speedway                Cory Kruseman

July 20, 2000       Twin Cities Raceway Park            Bud Kaeding

July 27, 2001       Bloomington Speedway                A.J. Anderson

July 14, 2006       Bloomington Speedway                Brady Short

July 9, 2008         Lawrenceburg Speedway             Jeff Bland, Jr.

July 19, 2008       Tri-State Speedway                      Hunter Schuerenberg

July 15, 2009       Terre Haute Action Track              Brad Sweet

July 17, 2010       Tri-State Speedway                      Blake Fitzpatrick
July 14, 2011       Brownstown Speedway                Casey Riggs

July 15, 2012       Lawrenceburg Speedway             Justin Grant

July 20, 2012       Bloomington Speedway                Kevin Thomas, Jr.

July 15, 2015       Terre Haute Action Track              Aaron Farney

UPCOMING EVENT INFO

 

DATE:
Thursday, July 16, 2015

SERIES:
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK:
Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana) – 5/16 mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT:   

28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”

TICKET PRICES:
General Admission $25.00
Pit Passes $30.00
Kids 10 and Under: FREE!
 

STARTING TIMES:
Pit Gates Open at 4PM
Main Gates Open at 4:30PM
Hot Laps at 6PM
Racing Starts at 7PM

TRACK ADDRESS:
1051 W US Hwy 40, Greencastle, IN 46135

TRACK PHONE:

Track Phone: (765) 653-3485
Office Phone: (765) 653-1512


TRACK WEBSITE:

DATE:
Friday, July 17, 2015

SERIES:
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK:
Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, Indiana) – 1/4 mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT:   

28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”

TICKET PRICES:
Adult General Admission: $25
Pits: $30
 

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

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

TRACK PHONE:


TRACK WEBSITE:

DATE:
Saturday, July 18, 2015

SERIES:
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK:
Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana) – 1/4 mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT:   

28th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week”

TICKET PRICES:
Adults $25
Students (ages 13-18) $20
Children 12 & under FREE
 

STARTING TIMES:
Pit gate open at 3pm
Grandstands open at 4pm
Hot Laps: 6pm
Qualifying: 6:30pm
Racing: 7:30pm

TRACK ADDRESS:
10149 US-41, Haubstadt, IN 47639

TRACK PHONE:


TRACK WEBSITE:

2015 AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
DATE LOCATION TRACK WINNER
Feb. 20
Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park
Robert Ballou
Feb. 21
Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park Brady Bacon
Feb. 22 Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park Dave Darland
Feb. 26 Gibsonton, FL East Bay Raceway Park Kevin Thomas, Jr.
Feb. 27 Gibsonton, FL East Bay Raceway Park Robert Ballou
Feb. 28 Gibsonton, FL East Bay Raceway Park Rained Out
April 4 Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway Logan Jarrett
April 17
Bloomington, IN
Bloomington Speedway
Bryan Clauson
April 18
Haubstadt, IN
Tri-State Speedway
Brady Bacon
April 24
Eagle, NE
Eagle Raceway
Dave Darland
April 25
McCool Junction, NE
Junction Motor Speedway
Rained Out
April 26
Kansas City, KS
Lakeside Speedway
Robert Ballou
May 8
Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway
Robert Ballou
May 9
Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway
Justin Grant
May 15
Gas City, IN
Gas City I-69 Speedway
Brady Bacon
May 20
Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute Action Track
Rained Out
June 2
#Bechtelsville, PA
Grandview Speedway
Rained Out
June 3
#New Oxford, PA
Lincoln Speedway
Canceled
June 4
#New Egypt, NJ
New Egypt Speedway
Robert Ballou
June 6
#Port Royal, PA
Port Royal Speedway
Robert Ballou
June 7
#Newberrytown, PA
Susquehanna Speedway Park
Robert Ballou
July 4
Putnamville, IN
Lincoln Park Speedway
Jerry Coons, Jr.
July 10
@Gas City, IN
Gas City I-69 Speedway
Chase Stockon
July 12
@Lawrenceburg, IN
Lawrenceburg Speedway
Brady Bacon
July 15
@Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute Action Track
Aaron Farney
July 16
@Putnamville, IN
Lincoln Park Speedway
July 17
@Bloomington, IN
Bloomington, IN
July 18
@Haubstadt, IN
Tri-State Speedway
Aug. 7
Superior, WI
AMSOIL Speedway
Aug. 8
New Richmond, WI
Cedar Lake Speedway
Aug. 9
Sun Prairie, WI
Angell Park Speedway
Aug. 26
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Aug. 27
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Aug. 28
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
**Aug. 29
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
**Sept. 19
Haubstadt, IN
Tri-State Speedway
Sept. 26
Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway
Oct. 3
Lawrenceburg, IN
Lawrenceburg Speedway
Oct. 17
Calvert City, KY
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
Nov. 12
Perris, CA
Perris Auto Speedway
Nov. 13
Perris, CA
Perris Auto Speedway
**Nov. 14
Perris, CA
Perris Auto Speedway
Nov. 19
Tucson, AZ
USA Raceway
Nov. 20
Tucson, AZ
USA Raceway

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