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Thomas Meseraull celebrates his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Saturday night at Eldora Speedway’s “4-Crown Nationals.”
(Collin Markle Photo)

Rossburg, Ohio…Thomas Meseraull has been beating on the door for his first-career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, and he finally kicked it in on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway during the 34th “4-Crown Nationals.” The San Jose, California native came from row-three and dominated the second half of the 30-lapper.

Kody Swanson took the lead from the pole, but ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Chase Stockon was on the move from his sixth-starting spot, sliding past Swanson into turn-three on lap four.

After a caution on lap eight, Bryan Clauson rolled the high side to take the lead from Clauson on lap nine. He checked out on the field as he traced the outside concrete. Brady Bacon slowed on lap 13, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped into turn-one under the yellow. He walked away.

On lap 16, Clauson came off turn-four with a flat right-rear tire, as Stockon flashed by to re-take the lead before the caution flew for Clauson. He changed his right-rear tire and restarted the race in 22nd.

That set the stage for Meseraull, who had just cleared Dave Darland and Swanson to earn himself the second spot on the restart. He wasted no time, as he roared by on the high side to take the lead. While he set off in pursuit of his first win, all eyes turned to Clauson, who was carving his way back through the field.

Swanson closed slightly over the late stages, but the 33-year old Meseraull finished it off to give himself an excited trip to Eldora victory lane with the Marion Underground Construction – Shane Wade Enterprises #66 DRC/Dynotech.

“I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s been a long road, and it’s just crazy how great that car was and how simple it seemed to be tonight. Shane Wade and Donnie Gentry have given me an opportunity here, and this is why guys like us are doing this stuff. Clauson was so fast, and he was gonna be tough to beat, but his misfortune let it fall right into my lap. Things cleared on the high side, and it just stuck up there. This year, with the owners I’ve had starting with Todd Keen, has just been such a great thing for me. Shane Wade wants to win, and we got a taste of that tonight at one of the most prestigious events in the country, so I hope this is a sign of what we can do as a team together,” Meseraull said.

Swanson finished off his best-ever USAC Sprint Car race on dirt, as he finished second in the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“Luckily, Bob Hampshire and my team are good enough to carry me at a track where I still don’t consider myself to be that good. Running second in the sprint car is just a great finish for us. It was tough early, but it came around to us and I was catching him towards the end, so I really just hated to see it end. It’s good to take that momentum to the Silver Crown feature, too. I still need a little work here, but I’m gaining,” Swanson said.

Darland came on late to round out the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

“Getting a good start was key to get from tenth. We went out really late, so timing in that well was pretty good. We were just decent in the slick, but we weren’t a threat to the guys for the win. We’re happy to get out of here with what we got, especially with our points situation. I know as well as anybody that every position and every point matters, so we’ll take every one we can get,” Darland said.

Clauson’s amazing run from the back ended in the fourth spot aboard the B&H Contractors – Dooling Machine #63x Spike/Stanton. Scotty Weir rounded out the top-five in the Todd Keen – AAA #18x DRC/Claxton.

Chris Windom moved from 23rd to finish ninth to earn the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award.


AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:September 26, 2015 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 34th “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Bilbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, Simon-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT
**VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull.


**Thomas Meseraull became the first driver to win his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway since Brad Sweet in 2008.  Other drivers who have won their first career USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora include Stan Bowman (1962), Allen Crowe (1963), Johnny Rutherford (1964), Larry Dickson & Arnie Knepper (1966), Rollie Beale & Mickey Shaw (1967), Tom Bigelow & Larry Cannon (1969), Jerry Poland (1972), Jackie Howerton & Clark Templeman (1976), Bubby Jones & Eddie Leavitt (1977), Larry Rice (1979), Steve Kinser & Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Steve Butler (1984), Rick Ungar (1987), Kevin Doty, Tray House & Frankie Kerr (1994), Byron Reed (1995), Jimmy Sills (1996), Boston Reid (2003), Dickie Gaines (2004), Matt Westfall (2006), Robert Ballou (2007) & Brad Sweet (2008).

**The four lead changes that occurred during the feature were the most in a “4-Crown” Sprint Car feature since 2011 when there were five.
**Thomas Mesearaull became the third different first-time winner in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series this season (Logan Jarrett at Lawrenceburg & Aaron Farney at Terre Haute).

**Kody Swanson’s 2nd place finish was his best career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car finish.  His previous best overall finish was a 3rd on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in 2010.  His previous best effort on the dirt in a USAC Sprint Car event was an 8th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in 2012.

**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown featuresSaturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple “4-Crown Nationals” features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship
Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana) – 3/8 mile, high-banked dirt oval
“Fall Nationals” featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, Modifieds & Vintage Cars
351 E Eads Pkwy, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
(812) 539-4700
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
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
Brady Bacon
July 17
@Bloomington, IN
Bloomington, IN
Rained Out
July 18
@Haubstadt, IN
Tri-State Speedway
Brady Short
Aug. 7
Superior, WI
AMSOIL Speedway
Dave Darland
Aug. 8
New Richmond, WI
Cedar Lake Speedway
Brady Bacon
Aug. 26
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway Chris Windom
Aug. 27
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Robert Ballou
Aug. 28
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Chase Stockon
Aug. 29
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Speedway
Dave Darland
Sept. 18
Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute Action Track
Robert Ballou
Sept. 19
Haubstadt, IN
Tri-State Speedway
Brady Short
Sept. 26
Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway
Thomas Meseraull
Oct. 3
Lawrenceburg, IN
Lawrenceburg 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
**Nov. 21
Tucson, AZ
USA Raceway

#=Eastern Storm

@=Indiana Sprint Week

**=Special Event – Feature Points Only


Robert Ballou
(Rocklin, CA)
Chase Stockon
(Haubstadt, IN)
Dave Darland
(Lincoln, IN)
Brady Bacon
(Broken Arrow, OK)
Jon Stanbrough
(Avon, IN)
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Cullman, AL)
Chris Windom

(Canton, IL)