Thru Noggles Goggles .::. March 4th
R.J. Johnson put a stop to Bryan Clauson’s reign of Canyon Speedway Park domination by winning Saturday night’s sixth annual Copper on Dirt 30-lap event in the AMSOIL USAC-CRA Sprint Car ranks after Clauson had earlier completed a sweep of the weekend’s USAC Western States Midget action atop the third-mile clay oval. While Phoenix native Johnson bested the sprint car ranks and Clauson conquered the midgets, Garrett Alberson took Copper on Dirt honors in West Coast late model action with George Fronsman victorious in IMCA modified competition.
After starting from the second row inside, Johnson took the lead away from Bruce St. James on the second round and led the rest of the way for Copper on Dirt honors in the 30-lap USAC-CRA feature aboard the Martin owned Weiler Farms/Pecon Builders to deny Clauson his ninth CSP triumph in 10 feature starts. Johnson took the checkered flag ahead of front row outside starter Nic Faas, with Clauson settling for third. Damion Gardner climbed from 12th to fourth, with Ryan Bernal charging from 19th to round out the top five.
Starting from the front row outside, Clauson completed a sweep of the weekend’s USAC Western States Midget Copper on Dirt action after chasing Kody Swanson for the opening 18 rounds of the 25-lapper. Clauson took command on the 19th circuit aboard the Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian No. 39 and beat Rico Abreu to the stripe, with fast qualifier Christopher Bell rebounding from an early spin to claim the show position. R.J. Johnson was fourth, with Kyle Larson showing up in time to tag the field and race from 21st to round out the top five.
Jim Hanks, owner of the Must See Racing Sprint and Supermodified Series, sends this press release:
The TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series opens the 2013 season at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Friday March 22 and Mobile International Speedway on Saturday March 23 with a powerhouse lineup of race teams and drivers from around the country and Canada. “There is no doubt this is going to be one of, if not the best field of winged pavement sprint cars ever put on a race track“ stated MSR president Jim Hanks.”The level of competition, quality of cars and outstanding group of drivers is a direct reflection of our efforts to bring the best racing entertainment possible to the race fans” concluded Hanks.
The opener in three weeks will have no less than ten new driver/owner combinations. These new teams will debut during the second annual Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out. Nearly thirty cars have already entered the event.
Davey Hamilton Racing will return to the series full-time in 2013 with driver Mike Larrison. Rookie Davey Hamilton Jr. has replaced Brian Olson. The team will once again sport TRUFUEL sponsorship in 2013. In addition, Dick Fieler and George Rudolph have merged their teams with Davey Hamilton Racing to form a potent three-car effort. Two-time MSRXSS champion Troy DeCaire has been tabbed to drive the #40:1 car. The Florida car owner Dick Fieler explained how the merger happened. “I decided to open a shop in Brownsburg, IN” Fieler explained. “George Rudolph agreed to be the mechanic. I assigned George the responsibility of hiring the driver. George hired Troy DeCaire. They go back a long way. After talking to Davey (Hamilton) who has a shop nearby, he suggested we team up together”.
The Fieler/Rudolph branch of Davey Hamilton Racing will have three cars at their disposal this coming summer.”George and I have four cars with three in Indiana” explains Fieler.”We have two Hurricane’s and a John Godfrey built car. Troy, George, and I want to run as many races as possible. A Must See championship would be wonderful, but I’m personally in it to win races. That’s what you go racing for, to win races. I believe Must See Racing is on the upswing as far as quality of cars and tracks. I’m looking forward to the season,” concluded Fieler.
Long-time North Carolina car owners Don and Suellen Wilshe will be campaigning two full-time entries with the possibility of a third. Jimmy McCune and Geoff Kaiser will represent the BIOBASED.US team this season.”We’ll be running two cars all year with Jimmy McCune and Geoff Kaiser” explains Don Wilshe.”The team is being managed for me by Jim McCune. Our plan is to run for the championship.”I think both drivers have good skills and are highly talented. I’m bringing an extra car to the opener and its possible I could end up running three cars”. Wilshe also explains that he has involvement with the Dave Steele car that he will be competing in at the season opener.”I loaned Dave one of my best Chevy engines for the first two races of the season. If he wants to race more, I’ll try to make sure he has an engine”. Tampa, FL driver Steele acknowledged that he will indeed be participating in the Must See openers but isn’t sure how many more Must See events he will commit to in 2013. “I’m competing in the first two for sure ” Steele explained.”I might hit a couple of others. We’ll see”.
Brian Olson returns to full-time MSRXSS competition in 2013 fresh off a two-win performance in 2012. Olson will be driving for himself this season.”Davey and I couldn’t work anything out so I decided to start my own team. I’ve always run my own cars up until 2011. We’re gonna run the whole Must See schedule and run for the championship”. Olson will be campaigning a black #71 DRC Chassis car with a Charlie Fisher Racing engine. He has secured sponsorship from Edwards Transmission and Engines, IndyCar Experience, and Pro-Vac. Olson will have long-time mechanic Jack French assisting his efforts at the season opener.” Jack’s gonna help us out early on and we’ll see if we can’t work something out for the rest of the year”.
Aaron Pierce and his Sam Pierce Chevrolet team will once again field a second entry at the majority of Must See events in 2013. Pierce explained that Billy Wease will wheel the Hurricane chassis in Florida and perhaps a few more times. Ohio’s Tyler Dunn is also expected to run the car at least two times. Pierce also indicated Sondi Eden could possibility wheel the car on a few occasions if things work out. Pierce himself will be gunning for the 2013 MSRXSS drivers championship after disappointing early 2012 season woes all but eliminated him from the championship chase. Pierce did find victory lane with MSRXSS in 2012 at Shangri-La II Speedway.
Jerry Powell will also field a two-car effort in 2013 with drivers Dude Teate and Scotty Orr. Teate is a multi-time Tampa Bay Area Racing Association champion while Orr is a veteran of dirt and is a past Eldora Speedway Modified champion. The Powell team will utilize Beast chassis in their quest for a MSRXSS championship.
Perhaps the most interesting driver/team combination comes from Tampa car owner Lenny Puglio. Puglio is rumored to have intentions to run a two car team at Must See events with drivers Davey Hamilton and Bobby Santos. Efforts to contact Puglio were unsuccessful. It is unknown if Puglio will run for the championship or participate in select Must See events. If these new driver/team combinations are any indication of what to expect in 2013, this will be a very exciting season for Must See Racing fans at the tracks and on the MSR television programming.
The 2013 Must See lineup:
JOJO HELBERG –ROHNERT PARK, CALIFORNIA
JACOB WILSON – CRAWFORDVILLE, INDIANA
JASON COX -PARK CITY, ILLINOIS
JIMMY McCUNE – TOLEDO, OHIO
BRIAN OLSON -AVON, INDIANA
BRIAN GERSTER – FISHERS, INDIANA
AARON PIERCE -DALEVILLE, INDIANA
JERRY CARYER -NEY, OHIO
JIM SHEETS -ANDERSON, INDIANA
DAVE STEELE – TAMPA, FLORIDA
BOBBY SANTOS - FRANKLIN, MASSACHUSETTS
TROY DeCAIRE – TAMPA, FLORIDA
DAVEY HAMILTON – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
DAVEY HAMILTON, JR – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
JEFF BLOOM – BANGOR, MICHIGAN
GEOFF KAISER -FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
BILLY WEASE -NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA
MIKE LARRISON -COATESVILLE, INDIANA
CODY GALLOGLY -PATOSKALA, OHIO
JIMMY KITE -SPEEDWAY, INDIANA
DUDE TEATE -LEESBURG, FLORIDA
TODD FAYARD -SAUCIER, MISSISSIPPI
TIM COX -PARK CITY, ILLINOIS
RYAN LITT -LONDON, ONTARIO
RYAN MYERS -LEWISBURG,OHIO
KEVIN BLUE -FRANKLIN, INDIANA
NICK RICHARDS -ANDERSON, INDIANA
TANNER SWANSON -KINGSBURG, CALIFORNIA