Damion Gardner used the topside of the racetrack to take home a $3,000 payday from Canyon Speedway Park on night one of the Spring Showcase while Night two would succumb to mother nature. Jason Noll kicked off the Leading Edge Modified points season with a trip to victory lane while Speedy Madrid picked up another win in the Arizona Differential Sport Mod season opener. John Priest wasted no time in finding his way back to victory lane at CSP with a win in the Modlites while Eugene Felker grabbed the victory in the Sport Compacts.
For the first time since October of 2016, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars made their way to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria. Through single car qualifying earlier in the night, Chad Boespflug would set quick time with a 13.465 – 4 tenths off of Dave Darland’s single car qualifying record. The track would remain fast all the way through feature event action as Jake Swanson led the way early on in the 30 lap A Feature. Damion Gardner began to use every groove of the racetrack to work his way to the front, eventually getting by Swanson with a pass on the cushion of turn four to lead lap number 9. After a few restarts on lap 1, the field settled in and went green until the end of the race allowing Gardner to utilize lap traffic to open his lead to almost half a track before the checkered flag flew. Swanson would come home in second while RJ Johnson, Brody Roa and Boespflug would round out the top five. Heat race winners from CRA competition were Logan Williams, Zachary Madrid and Gardner.
After finishing 1-2 in their heat race, Chaz Baca Jr and Jason Noll went to work during feature event action for the Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds. Baca would start fifth and move to the lead early on after the first few circuits were paced by former track champion Guy Norton. Noll would have to start further back in the tenth position and found his way into second around the halfway mark of the race. Noll would have no yellow flags to ease his pursuit and was forced to chase down race leader Baca. With two laps to go Noll setup Baca coming off turn four to dive to the inside of the leader in turn one. The pass would be completed down the backstretch and Noll would hold on during the final circuit to take the win. Baca would finish second with John Parmeley, Bubba Stafford and Guy Norton making up the remainder of the top five. Heat race winners earlier in the night were Ryan Roath and Baca.
Speedy Madrid would kick off the Arizona Differential Sport Mod season with another trip to victory lane during the Spring Showcase. Although Madrid already has two wins on the year, both came during non points events at the IMCA Winter Challenge held in January. Madrid’s opening night win didn’t come easy as Chase Alves kept with Madrid for most of the race. Alves also had a strong winter, picking up multiple wins on the Arizona Mod Tour before blowing a motor one week ago. While racing in a borrowed car, Alves tried to chase down the leader but Madrid was too consistent out front. Madrid would hold on in front of Alves, Ed Gilbert, Chris Caldwell and Justin Thornton. Ron Poe and Madrid were heat race winners for the Sport Mods.
John Priest had four wins in the 2017 season at CSP and took only one race to grab his first in 2018. The defending champion proved to be no match for the rest of the field, even with prior feature winners Josh Rivera and Sean Conyers running directly behind him. Priest started from the pole position alongside Conyers and walked away quickly from the field. Conyers would remain in the second spot for the duration of the race while Rivera, Brad Hallin and Dave Lems rounded out the top five. Heat race winners consisted of Steve Bender and Conyers.
IMCA Sport Compacts may have stolen the show for the second week in a row with a tremendous race for the win between Billy Ayres and Eugene Felker. Ayres would lead the race early from the front row starting spot but around the midway point of the race, Felker and Ayres began trading slide jobs like they were taking part in the CRA feature event earlier in the night. After multiple lead changes over several laps Ayres would make the first mistake, sliding into Felker going into turn one. The contact would kill the momentum of the Ayres machine allowing Felker to get away for the win. Felker would head to victory lane ahead of Ayres, Jackie Parmeley, Robert Cody and “Ricky Bobby”. Felker also took the heat race win earlier in the evening, resulting in a sweep of the night.
Next up at Canyon Speedway Park on Saturday March 17th will be the State 48 Shamrock Classic featuring a 40 lap A Feature for the SWDRA Late Models, joined by the Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds, Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars, Desert Restorations IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts. Gates open at 5pm with Racing at 7pm. For more information give us a call at (602) 258-RACE (7223) or visit us at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.Find us on Facebook and all of our social media accounts to stay updated with the latest from CSP! (Twitter – @racecsp ; Instagram – @canyonspeedwaypark).
AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chad Boespflug, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.566; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.622; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.661; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.718; 6. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-13.799; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.816; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.894; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.942; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.953; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.085; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-14.102; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.164; 14. Zack Madrid, 5M, Madrid-14.214; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.305; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.361; 17. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.393; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.411; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.449; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.467; 21. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Harland-14.961; 22. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.190; 23. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.868; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Boespflug, 5. Martin, 6. A.Williams, 7. Bender, 8. Gansen. NT
CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Madrid, 2. Davis, 3. Chapple, 4. Roa, 5. Rossi, 6. Lundy, 7. Paulson, 8. Kesterson. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. McCarthy, 3. Johnson, 4. Mihocko, 5. C.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. Reynolds, 8. Bonneau. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Austin Williams, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Cody Williams, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Tommy Malcolm, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Logan Williams, 16. A.J. Bender, 17. Matt McCarthy, 18. Matt Rossi, 19. Chris Bonneau, 20. Jonas Reynolds, 21. Chris Gansen, 22. Matt Lundy, 23. Asa Kesterson. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (23rd to 13th)
Arizona Differential IMCA Northern Sport Mods
Heat 1 – (8 Laps) 1. 69LK-Ron Poe ; 2. 15D-David Harrington ; 3. 00AZ-TJ Wyman ; 4. 57-Chris Anderson ; 5. G3-Ed Gilbert
Heat 2 – (8 Laps) 1. 15-Speedy Madrid ; 2. 316-Chase Alves ; 3. C11-Chris Caldwell ; 4. 06W-Marlowe Wrightsman ; 5. 53-Justin Thornton
A-Main – (20 Laps) 1. 15-Speedy Madrid ; 2. 316-Chase Alves ; 3. G3-Ed Gilbert ; 4. C11-Chris Caldwell ; 5. 53-Justin Thornton ; 6. 06W-Marlowe Wrightsman ; 7. 15D-David Harrington ; 8. 00AZ-TJ Wyman ; 9. 57-Chris Anderson ; 10. 69LK-Ron Poe
Western Mod Lites
Heat 1 – (8 Laps) 1. 97-Steve Bender ; 2. 7-Dave Lems ; 3. 17-Steve Moriarty ; 4. 84k-Keith Gatewood ; 5. 04-Michael Humphries ; 6. 34-Robert Beebe
Heat 2 – (8 Laps) 1. 114-Sean Conyers ; 2. 51-John Priest ; 3. 95-Collin Bender ; 4. 71-Brad Hallin ; 5. 14-Josh Rivera ; 6. 94-Brandi Myers
A-Main – (20 Laps) 1. 51-John Priest ; 2. 114-Sean Conyers ; 3. 14-Josh Rivera ; 4. 71-Brad Hallin ; 5. 7-Dave Lems ; 6. 95-Collin Bender ; 7. 97-Steve Bender ; 8. 94-Brandi Myers ; 9. 84k-Keith Gatewood ; 10. 04-Michael Humphries ; 11. 17-Steve Moriarty ; 12. 34-Robert Beebe
IMCA Sport Compacts
Heat 1 – (8 Laps) 1. 7-Eugene Felker ; 2. 72-Jackie Parmeley ; 3. 34-Robert Cody ; 4. 81K-Ricky Bobby ; 5. 94-Billy Ayers
A-Main – (15 Laps) 1. 7-Eugene Felker ; 2. 94-Billy Ayers ; 3. 72-Jackie Parmeley ; 4. 34-Robert Cody ; 5. 81K-Ricky Bobby
Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1 – (8 Laps) 1. 292-Ryan Roath ; 2. 40JR-Bubba Stafford Jr ; 3. 19-Kenny Gill ; 4. 92P-John Parmeley ; 5. 5N4-Cody Norton ; 6. 8-Nate Warren
Heat 2 – (8 Laps) 1. 75JR-Chaz Baca Jr ; 2. 44N-Jason Noll ; 3. 12-Guy Norton ; 4. 40SR-Jeff Stafford SR ; 5. 78S-Steve Stultz ; 6. 21-KC Dieckman
A-Main – (20 Laps) 1. 44N-Jason Noll ; 2. 75JR-Chaz Baca Jr ; 3. 92P-John Parmeley ; 4. 40JR-Bubba Stafford Jr ; 5. 12-Guy Norton ; 6. 292-Ryan Roath ; 7. 8-Nate Warren ; 8. 78S-Steve Stultz ; 9. 21-KC Dieckman ; 10. 19-Kenny Gill ; 11. 5N4-Cody Norton ; 12. 40SR-Jeff Stafford SR