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Honda USAC Western Midget Series

#35 Scott Pierovich – 7th in Honda USAC Western Dirt Midget Points. Photo by Scott Sheldon / SprintCarScotty.com.

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – AUGUST 5, 2014... This Saturday, August 9th, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will travel to Petaluma Speedway for the “3rd Annual Johnny Soares Classic.” Featuring a 50-lap main event with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA), the Joe Hunt Magnetos vs. Pit Stop USA Wingless Spec Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, and BCRA Vintage Midgets will share the card. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 6:30pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Petaluma Speedway has a strict state mandated sound rule if the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. We recommend that racers use their quietest mufflers at Petaluma. Also, tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Saturday’s race will be the 4th show in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Shane Golobic won the inaugural “Soares Classic” and Ronnie Gardner claimed last year’s event. Gardner also scored the 30-lap victory on June 15, 2003 and holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.200, set last October.

Heading to the “Soares Classic,” Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sits atop the dirt series and is second in the overall points. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham set a new track record and took second in the Lemoore debut on July 26th. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, two VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. Trey will have his sights on extending his point lead by adding a Petaluma feature win to his resume.

Norco’s Ronnie Gardner is second in the dirt points and sits third in the overall standings. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his first victory of the year at Lemoore. Currently, the defending champion has two VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, five top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led on the year. Ronnie will be looking to add a second “Soares Classic” to his win list and gain valuable championship points on Marcham.

Jarid Blondel of Orange ranks third in the dirt points and leads the combined dirt/pavement standings. Driving his #98 G&J Aircraft / Repair Service Edmunds, Blondel scored eleventh in the July 26th main event at Lemoore. With one hard charger award and six top-10 finishes to his credit, Jarid will have his sights on winning his first main event this Saturday night.

After placing thirteenth at Lemoore, Bakersfield’s Shannon McQueen has climbed to fourth in the dirt standings and is seventh in the overall series. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, the 2012 Champion has two top-10 finishes on the season. McQueen will be looking to claim the “Soares Classic” victory and add the winning trophy to her collection.

After earning his second hard charger award at Lemoore, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis of Bakersfield has moved to fifth in the dirt chase and eighth in the overall points. Racing the family owned #86 Sidewaze Designs / Young’s Commercial Trucking Spike, Ennis charged to eighth in the 30-lap feature after starting sixteenth. Currently, the 2011 Co-Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Chris will have his sights on a breakthrough victory at Petaluma Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Alex Schutte, Scott Pierovich, Ricky Shelton, Tyler Dolacki, Sean Dodenhoff, Chad Nichols, Terry Nichols, Nick Chivello, Barry Pries Jr., Randi Pankratz, Brian Gard, Danny Ebberts, and more.

Currently eleventh in USAC Western Dirt Midget points, Chad Nichols of Colma leads the BCRA Midget point chase. As of July 12th, Gary Conterno, Floyd Alvis, J.R. Williams, Nick Chivello, Darin Snider, Rick Holbrook, Bill Lindsey, Cody Gerhardt, and Sean Dodenhoff round out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $18, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $13, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $13, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, and VanLare Steering Repair for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).
2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic.

1-Trey Marcham-323, 2-Ronnie Gardner-306, 3-Jarid Blondel-192, 4-Shannon McQueen-187, 5-Chris Ennis-167, 6-Alex Schutte-157, 7-Scott Pierovich-154, 8-Ricky Shelton-147, 9-Tyler Dolacki-127, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-109, 11-Chad Nichols-101, 12-Jake Swanson-97, 13-Terry Nichols-93, 14-Johnathon Henry-90, 15-Nick Chivello-62, 16-Terry Goodwin-53, 17-Troy Rutherford-50, --Steve Davis-50, 19. Barry Pries Jr.-27.

1-Jarid Blondel-355, 2-Trey Marcham-323, 3-Ronnie Gardner-306, 4-Chad Nichols-288, 5-Alex Schutte-210, 6-Scott Pierovich-193, 7-Shannon McQueen-187, 8-Chris Ennis-167, 9-Nick Chivello-164, 10-Ricky Shelton-147, 11-Jake Swanson-140, 12-Tyler Dolacki-127, 13-Darin Snider-116, 14-Sean Dodenhoff-109, 15-Terry Nichols-94, 16-Johnathon Henry-90, 17-Terry Goodwin-53, 18-Troy Rutherford-50, --Steve Davis-50, 20-Barry Pries Jr.-27.

1-Chad Nichols-990, 2-Gary Conterno-904, 3-Floyd Alvis-882, 4-J.R. Williams-807, 5-Nick Chivello-626, 6-Darin Snider-616, 7-Rick Holbrook-581, 8-Bill Lindsey-474, 9-Cody Gerhardt-460, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-402, 11-Shannon McQueen-400.

August 9: *Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (John Soares Classic)
August 30: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic / $10,000-to-win)
August 31: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic / $10,000-to-win)
September 4: *Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race Of Champions)
September 20: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
November 20: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park (Western World Championships)
November 21: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park (Western World Championships)
November 22: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park (Western World Championships)
November 27: #Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

September 13: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Harvest Classic)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.


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