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03/06 2018

USAC/CRA RETURNS TO CSP THIS WEEKEND AT THE SPRING SHOWCASE!

BY:  TONY STEELE
With a rainout in Perris this past weekend, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will open their season in Peoria with the Spring Showcase doubleheader at Canyon Speedway Park. The 410 sprint cars will hit the CSP clay for the first time since October of 2016 where RJ Johnson capped off a doubleheader that also saw Jake Swanson in victory lane. Sprints will race for $3,000 to win both nights and $400 to start the “A” Feature. The Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds will join the stacked card along with the Arizona Differential Sport Mods, Modlites and Sport Compacts.

Damion Gardner led the way last season in the USAC/CRA series with five wins en route to his fifth championship in a row and sixth title overall. Gardner will be at CSP to defend his crown in search of a sixth consecutive series championship. The local Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Series champion RJ Johnson will set his sights towards victory lane as he will look to defend his home turf against a large cast of the top sprint car drivers on the west coast. Other drivers to expect in attendance include the likes of Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer and more.

Defending Leading Edge Modified champ Chaz Baca Jr will look to kick his season off right as he sets to defend his title at CSP after an outstanding 2017 season. Baca dominated the division all over Arizona throughout the year but has seen his struggles through the winter events. Baca will look to hold off the likes of 2017 runner up Jeff Stafford Jr and perennial contender Jason Noll. Former track champion Guy Norton will begin his quest towards his second Modified title in his new IROC Chassis. Modifieds will be racing for a guaranteed $2,500 points fund during the 2018 season on top of CSP & IMCA Points Fund money and contingencies.

The Arizona Differential Sport Mods will also be kicking off their 2018 points season during the huge doubleheader event. With Dale Irby unable to compete in all shows due to personal work conflicts, a new champion is likely to be crowned this season. Odds look to be in the favor of top Sport Mod drivers such as Jason George and Speedy Madrid, but it’s been Chase Alves turning heads during the winter. Alves picked up multiple wins on the Arizona Mod Tour and will look to claim his first Sport Mod title at CSP. Sport Mods will also be racing for a guaranteed $2,500 points fund during the 2018 season on top of CSP & IMCA Points Fund money and contingencies.

Modlites took to the track during the Steve Stroud Memorial in February for a non-points event where Josh Rivera narrowly bested Brenden Priest in a spectacular feature event. Priest led the way in 2017 with five feature wins at Canyon. Shane Hinsley finished off the season with three straight wins at CSP and will be riding a hot hand at the speedway going into the new year.

The IMCA Sport Compacts made their debut one week ago at the CSP Howler event and face a doubleheader this weekend. The brand new division saw Billy Ayres become the first ever IMCA Sport Compact feature winner in the state of Arizona. Ayres was able to hang on as his car experienced a mechanical malfunction in the rear end that saw his right rear wheel barely hang on for the last half of the race. Car counts are expected to gradually grow in the division as drivers are expected from New Mexico as well as new cars being built around the valley.

Friday Night will see the gates open at 5pm with Qualifying at approximately 7pm. Racing is set to get underway at 7:30. On Saturday the gates will once again open at 5pm while qualifying is set for 6:30 with the first heat race green flag set for 7pm. Fans are welcome to arrive early to prepare for the event, and can enjoy $4 16oz Coors and Bud products all night long.

Admission prices on Friday Night are just $20 for Adults. Seniors (60+) & Military are $15 and Children 11 & Under are Free! Admission prices on Saturday Night are $25 for Adults. Seniors (60+) & Military are $20 and Children 11 & Under are Free! All Access Pit Passes can be purchased for $40 for adults, while Ages 7-11 are $20 and 6 years & under are free. A three day pit pass can be purchased at the back gate on Thursday’s practice night for $100 for Adults. All minors under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release Form filled out and notarized prior to entry into the pits. The form can be found on the front page of our website.

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