Bud Oval Nationals Wrap Up: Thomas Wins, Tie Goes To Tyler Courtney

Kevin Thomas Jr., wins the Budweiser Oval Nationals for the second straight year. He tied Tyler Courtney for the National Driver’s Championship points race but lost by a tie-breaker.

Coming out of the Western World at San Tan Valley and heading into Perris Auto Speedway, the USAC Sprint Car points races were tight. Kevin Thomas Jr., held a two-point advantage on Tyler Courtney, and Damion Gardner was ahead of up-and-coming driver Brody Roa by five points.

Top Left: Damion Gardner. Top Right: Brody Roa. Bottom Left: Kevin Thomas Jr. Bottom Right: Tyler Courtney

The Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway represented the final weekend of the USAC season, with three straight nights of racing to determine the season champs. For Gardner, it would be six-straight USAC/CRA Championships, and seven total. Kevin Thomas Jr. was last year’s winner of the Budweiser Oval Nationals, giving him a mental edge.

Practice at the half-mile oval in Riverside County began on Wednesday night. Before the end of the practice session, the Southern California clay claimed a couple of drivers and wreaked havoc on several others. Young Joel Rayborne bicycled his Jim Blakesley Racing #12B sprinter, ending up in the wall with a couple of bent down-tubes. Rayborne had racked up enough points that he would be honored as USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, but the damage would put the team out for the weekend.

Joel Rayborne missed the last three nights of racing and still captured the USAC/CRA Rookie Of The Year honors.

Bud Kaeding, one of three drivers (Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland, and Damion Gardner) that have won the Oval Nationals three-times (2001, 2002, 2007), also bicycled and crashed his car into the Turn 3 wall. Fortunately, Kaeding had a backup car and continued in the event.   

The #92 Moosemobile of Tom and Laurie Sertich moved to a different chassis for their driver R.J. Johnson. The move worked as R.J. went on to win heat races the next two days.

The #92 Sertich team with driver R.J. Johnson, moved to their backup chassis after the test session looking for improved handling for Johnson. For the Arizona driver, moving to the backup chassis worked, as he won two heat races in the next three days.

Day One

With most teams showing the wear of a long season and ready to wrap up the final race, the teams took advantage of the beautiful Southern California weather to leisurely work on their car during the daylight hours. Kevin Thomas Jr. and his team had their baseball mitts out, playing catch in the pits. Other teams not working on their cars, were catching up on friendships or hanging out with family. Even our crew was drafted into dog watching and poop patrol by the 34AZ team.

Tyler Courtney smoked heat race four.

The slow afternoon turned into frenzy when the racing started. Kevin Thomas Jr. ran the quickest time, setting up an expected showdown with Tyler Courtney, who qualified Fourth quickest. Chris Windom won over a loaded field in Heat 1, including Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, and Bud Kaeding. Brady Bacon topped Heat 2, Damion Gardner took ownership of Heat 3. Tyler Courtney took Heat 4 over Meseraull, while Isaac Chapple beat Chase Stockon to the line if Heat 5.

Brady Bacon got through the field to win the second heat race.

In a Semi-Main that would be a normal A-Feature, C.J. Leary, Cody Williams, Logan Seavey, and Max Adams transferred to the Main Feature. Austin Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Alec Bender, Hunter Liggett, and Bud Kaeding were left wondering if they had provisionals or not. Fifteen minuets later, USAC had the starting lineup for the Feature.

C.J. Leary just missed transferring in heat #1, came back to win the Semi-feature and transfer to the main.

Night One Feature

Chase Stockon grabbed the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row after sliding by Brady Bacon on the outside. Stockon held the lead under green until Thomas Meseraull flipped on Lap 4. T-Mez, C.J. Leary, and a hard-charging Grant got together resulting in Meseraull’s wild ride. Stockon took control on the restart but Courtney began picking up spots quickly. Grant was stuck in mid-pack, looking for areas to pass. The lineup for the restart had leader Stockon followed by Gardner, Courtney, Bacon, Thomas, Swanson, Seavey, and Roa.

Courtney had moved into Second place on the 8th lap with Stockon in his sights. After a short battle, Courtney took over the top spot on lap 13. But, Grant was a man on a mission, passing cars each lap. A flat left-rear tire on Cody Williams’ car brought out another yellow, grouping the field up again. On the subsequent restart, Grant moved past Stockon and put Courtney on his front bumper. Looking for traction, Grant bumped up to the cushion, sometimes tapping the wall, gaining ground where he could.

Tommy Malcolm bounced off the wall in Turn 2, slowing to get the car under control. Grant took this as an opportunity to challenge Courtney, going to the bottom, pulling even with Courtney and scrubbing Sunshine’s left rear with his right rear – sending Courtney up the track. Grant officially took the lead with two to go, leading to the checkered flag. This was Justin Grant’s fifth win in the past seven races. Courtney came home Second ahead of Damion Gardner, Stockon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Things got chippy after the end of the feature race when Courtney sent a message to Grant about the rough last lap pass for the win. Courtney drove over Grant's right front wheel, turning Grant's car in turn two.

Justin Grant celebrates in the back straight.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA Sprint Car Race Results:

November 8, 2018 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California. 23rd Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.

Woodland Auto Display Qualifying: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.455; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.504; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.524; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.612; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.625; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.664; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.683; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.715; 9. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.804; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.820; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.877; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.931; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-16.935; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.939; 15. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.950; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.988; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.052; 18. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.063; 19. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-17.091; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.125; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.146; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.159; 23. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.172; 24. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.200; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.235; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.292; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.324; 28. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.349; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.357; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.377; 31. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-17.445; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.604; 33. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.636; 34. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.642; 35. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.700; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.765; 37. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.783; 38. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.835; 39. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.419; 40. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.519; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.459; 42. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT.

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Windom, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Malcolm, 7. McCarthy, 8. Kaeding, 9. Rodgers. 2:53.44

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/Circle Track Performance/Rod End Supply Second Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gansen, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Faria, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:55.32

Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Darland, 5. Adams, 6. Davis, 7. A. Williams, 8. Mihocko. 2:53.39

Indy Race Parts/Butlerbuilt Seats Fourth Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Meseraull, 3. L. Williams, 4. C. Johnson, 5. Seavey, 6. Bender, 7. Waitman. NT

Ultra Shield Race Products Fifth Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Stockon, 3. Roa, 4. McDougal, 5. C. Williams, 6. Gile, 7. Edwards, 8. Ervine. 2:55.78

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Semi: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. C. Williams, 3. Seavey, 4. Adams, 5. A. Williams, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Bender, 8. Liggett, 9. Kaeding, 10. Davis, 11. McCarthy, 12. Faria, 13. Malcolm, 14. Gile, 15. Sweeney, 16. Waitman, 17. Mihocko, 18. Edwards, 19. Rodgers. NT

Bill Pratt Feature: (30 laps – starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Damion Gardner (4), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 6. C.J. Leary (7), 7. Brody Roa (9), 8. Logan Seavey (8), 9. Brady Bacon (1), 10. Jake Swanson (5), 11. Chris Windom (19), 12. Dave Darland (16), 13. Richard Vander Weerd (11), 14. Isaac Chapple (21), 15. Max Adams (12), 16. Danny Sheridan (20), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Logan Williams (24), 19. Cody Williams (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (23), 21. Tommy Malcolm (26), 22. Chris Gansen (22), 23. Josh Hodges (15), 24. Austin Williams (25), 25. Thomas Meseraull (13), 26. Jason McDougal (14). NT

**Meseraull flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Racing Optics Hard Charger: Justin Grant (10th to 1st)

USAC Racing’s Levi Jones.

Night Two

The activity was at a much higher rate during the morning of the second day of the Oval Nationals. Damion Gardner’s engine had bent pushrods and dropped a cylinder during the Feature race the night before. Pulling out the backup engine, the Alexander #4 Silver Bullet had a full crew making the switch. Directly across the pits, the #34AZ crew were doing the same thing. Jake Swanson’s engine expired in the previous evening’s Feature. Without a spare 410 engine, the team pulled out their 360 and began plugging it in. Swanson was able to qualify in 10th, despite being outgunned by bigger engines.

Left: Jake Swanson's crew had no choice but to drop in a 360 engine when their 410 blew up. Left: The Alexander #4 performed a quick engine change after their primary dropped a cylinder opening night.

Staying on a roll, Justin Grant set fastest time, letting everyone know that he still had a fast race car. Kevin Thomas Jr. won the First Heat with Logan Seavey and Brady Bacon chasing. Tyler Courtney kept pace by winning the Second Heat. Arizona driver R.J. Johnson led Austin Williams and Chris Windom in the Third Heat.

Grant set quick time.

A couple of crowd favorites raced it out in the Fourth Heat, with Damion Gardner winning over Dave Darland and Brody Roa. Chase Stockon took the Fifth and final Heat race of the evening, setting up a pretty stout Semi-Feature. Thomas Meseraull, Jake Swanson, Isaac Chapple, and Chase Johnson transferred from the Semi to the Main.

Roa eyed a top finish on night two.

Night Two Feature

Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas Jr., lined up side-by-side on the front row to start the Feature. Chase Stockon and Bud Kaeding in row two, with Jason McDougal and the red-hot Justin Grant in row three. Courtney took the lead on the opening lap before a group of cars were involved in a pinball match. Bacon, Darland, R. Vander Weerd, Roa, and Chapple all made contact with Chapple ending up on his lid. Chapple and Roa were done for the night, which put a serious damper on Roa’s CRA championship bid.

The racing was tight with little room for error.

On the restart, Courtney was off to the races again as Grant began his methodical charge to the front. By lap 11, Grant had moved into second as Courtney was checking out. Catching lap traffic, Courtney began to slow as room became tight and several near-misses threatened to stall the driver. These close calls and wheel scrubs allowed Grant to close the distance on Courtney.

Courtney and Thomas Jr. battled early on.

With the race moving down to single digits to the checkers, Grant began to attack Courtney. Riding the extreme high-line, to the point of smacking the wall between Turns 1 and 2. With time ticking down, it appeared that Courtney would end Grant’s hot streak. That would change as a yellow came out for a three-car tangle.

Grant started moving forward, getting by Thomas Jr.

With Grant on his tail, Courtney tried to push to the finish line. Coming to the white flag, Courtney and Grant went to the outside of Turn 3 to pass lap traffic. Grant bumped Courtney, turning the driver sideways, as Grant scampered by leading Courtney to the line and another win. Courtney took Second place and the National points lead moved to nine points over Kevin Thomas Jr. In the CRA points championship, Gardner moved into a 33 point lead.

Running the extreme high-line, Grant actually tapped the wall a few times.

At the end of night two, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chase Stockon, Damion Gardner, C.J. Leary were locked into Saturday’s Feature race.

USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Car Race Results:

November 9, 2018 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California. 23rd Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.

Woodland Auto Display Qualifying: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.868; 2. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.881; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.944; 4. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.974; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.978; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.994; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-17.063; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.066; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.069; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.115; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.126; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.127; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.146; 14. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.205; 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.211; 16. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-17.217; 17. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-17.255; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.299; 19. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.300; 20. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.309; 21. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.310; 22. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.335; 23. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.350; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.374; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.438; 26. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.471; 27. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.522; 28. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.629; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.713; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.773; 31. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.812; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.864; 33. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.877; 34. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.898; 35. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.917; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-18.027; 37. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-18.096; 38. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.167; 39. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.752; 40. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.169; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-NT.

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Rodgers, 6. Sheridan, 7. J. Vander Weerd. NT

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/Circle Track Performance/Rod End Supply Second Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Courtney, 2. L. Williams, 3. McDougal, 4. Liggett, 5. C. Johnson, 6. Chapple, 7. Sweeney, 8. Mihocko. 2:54.17

Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. A. Williams, 3. Windom, 4. Leary, 5. Davis, 6. Faria, 7. Meseraull, 8. Waitman. 2:54.73

Indy Race Parts/Butlerbuilt Seats Fourth Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Darland, 3. Roa, 4. Kaeding, 5. Bender, 6. C. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Ervine. 2:54.43

Angle Buildings/Ultra Shield Race Products Fifth Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Swanson, 6. McCarthy, 7. Edwards, 8. Marshall. 2:55.46

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Semi: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Swanson, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Johnson, 5. J. Vander Weerd, 6. Faria, 7. McCarthy, 8. Bender, 9. Edwards, 10. Gansen, 11. Mihocko, 12. Sweeney, 13. Waitman, 14. Marshall, 15. Rodgers, 16. Ervine, 17. Davis, 18. Sheridan, 19. C. Williams. NT

Evelyn Pratt Feature: (30 laps – starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 4. Chris Windom (17), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Brady Bacon (15), 7. C.J. Leary (8), 8. Thomas Meseraull (7), 9. Bud Kaeding (4), 10. Jason McDougal (5), 11. Logan Seavey (20), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Austin Williams (12), 14. Max Adams (19), 15. Josh Hodges (23), 16. Damion Gardner (18), 17. Richard Vander Weerd (14), 18. Chase Johnson (16), 19. Austin Liggett (24), 20. Dave Darland (13), 21. Logan Williams (21), 22. R.J. Johnson (22), 23. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 24. Cody Williams (25), 25. Brody Roa (9), 26. Isaac Chapple (11). 9:01.84

**Gile flipped during qualifying. Malcolm flipped during qualifying. Davis flipped during the Semi. Chapple & Roa flipped on the opening lap of the Feature.

Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Racing Optics Hard Charger: Chris Windom (17th to 4th)

Day Three

Jon Stanbrough’s restored Bruce Bromme Sprinter driven by Dean Thompson was on the front straight during the autograph session.

Going into the final night of racing for the USAC National and CRA Sprint Car 2018 season, the points championships were still in doubt. It was going to take some luck and a clean run to capture either of the titles at stake.   

T-Mez and his Ford Power set quick time.

After a roller coaster weekend, Thomas Meseraull set the fastest time in qualifying. R.J. Johnson won the First Heat, and along with Max Adams transferred to the Feature. Chris Windom took Heat 2 and was joined by Austin Williams in the Feature. Heat 3 winner Brady Bacon and Chase Johnson transferred into the Feature event as well. Dave Darland won the Fourth Heat, followed by Brody Roa. Both transferred to the Main.

The Super Six dash — six laps with the top-six qualifiers — determined the Feature lineup by the dash’s finish positions. C.J. Leary won the six-lapper, with Courtney, Thomas Jr., Stockon, Grant, and Gardner rounding out the field.

Super Six Dash. Top Row: Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon. Bottom Row: Damion Gardner, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr.

Two last-chance Semi-Features allowing the top five from each of the 12-lap races to qualify for the Main Feature. Josh Hodges won the First Semi and was joined by Seavey, Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd, and Alec Bender in the Feature. Bud Kaeding won the Second Semi and brought along McDougal, Chapple, Cody Williams, and Gansen to the Feature.

The first three rows of the Feature’s starting grid were going to make it difficult for any one driver to get away from the pack. CJ Leary and Tyler Courtney in the front row, with Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chase Stockon right behind. The winner of the first two night’s races, Justin Grant was in the third row with local favorite, Damion Gardner.

The green flag waved and Courtney leaped to the front as he did in the previous evenings. Before making a complete lap, the People’s Champion, Dave Darland, flipped in Turn 4. He walked away unhurt but his evening was done.

Stanbrough paced the field in his museum piece.

Courtney got the jump on the restart and began to check out. Alec Bender’s flip on Lap 14 reset the field and canceled any lead that Courtney had built. Leary managed to glue his front bumper to Courtney’s rear bumper on the restart. On Lap 16, Leary mounted an attack on Courtney, passing for the lead. Courtney found an opportunity to return the favor on the very next lap in the same spot.

Leary passed Courtney again on Lap 18 in Turn 2 and started to pull away.  By Lap 26, Leary’s car seemed to get tight and the driver was sawing the wheel. This opened the door for Courtney and Thomas Jr.

Chris Gansen’s car slowed and stopped in the back-straight, bringing out another yellow. Leary took advantage of the caution to pull into the work area for maintenance and a tire change.

The entire season boiled down to Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas Jr., both at the front of the pack with laps winding down. Thomas Jr., last year’s winner of the Oval Nationals, was looking to double-up trying to win the biggest payday of the season and capture the driver’s championship. Courtney had nine points to play with and needed to finish Fourth or better to win the title – with just a baker’s dozen of laps left.

After biding his time, Thomas Jr. finally made his move on Lap 33, taking the lead. Courtney started to drift further back as the crowd watched Chris Windom pass him, putting the points leader in Third place. With only four laps remaining, Stockon passed Courtney, putting his bid for the championship in question. Brady Bacon started pulling up to Courtney, putting pressure on the hapless driver. With three laps remaining, RJ Johnson flipped between Turn 1 and 2, from which he would walk away unscathed.

The race resumed with Thomas leading and Courtney running in Fourth, tied in the points. Brady Bacon managed to pass the fading Courtney on the restart, putting Courtney out of the points lead. Suddenly, with two laps to go, Bud Kaeding stopped in Turn 4 bringing out a yellow. The subsequent restart was aborted when Max Adams slowed to a stop on the back-straight coming out of Turn 2.

With two laps to go and Thomas Jr. leading the race and the points title by three points, the race got underway again. Thomas Jr. held the Lead going through the white flag, when Bacon ran out of fuel and slowed to a stop giving Courtney the position and back into the points lead. Thomas Jr. pulled the field through the checkered flag with Courtney holding his position. Stockon finished in Second and Windom rounded out the podium.

Thomas Jr. and Courtney finished in a deadlocked points tie for the season which was ultimately decided by a tiebreaker, making Courtney the 2018 USAC driver’s champion. Prior to this, the closest USAC points championship was in 1965 when Johnny Rutherford defeated Greg Weld by 2.5 points.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA Sprint Car Race Results:

November 10, 2018 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California. 23rd Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.

Woodland Auto Display Qualifying: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.626; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.636; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.649; 4. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-16.769; 5. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.810; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.823; 7. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.865; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.904; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.907; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.968; 11. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-16.971; 12. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.049; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.055; 14. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.075; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.090; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.158; 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.171; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.198; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.206; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.216; 21. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.289; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.317; 23. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.334; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.344; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.497; 26. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.614; 27. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.666; 28. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.675; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.699; 30. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.766; 31. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.003; 32. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.505; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.794; 34. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.942.

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the Feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Davis, 4. Hodges, 5. Faria, 6. Edwards, 7. McDougal, 8. Marshall, 9. Meseraull. NT

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/Circle Track Performance/Rod End SUupply Second Heat: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the Feature) 1. Windom, 2. A. Williams, 3. Sheridan, 4. Seavey, 5. McCarthy, 6. Bender, 7. Chapple, 8. Rodgers, 9. Waitman. 2:53.25

Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the Feature) 1. Bacon, 2. C. Johnson, 3. J. Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Liggett, 6. Malcolm, 7. Mihocko, 8. Swanson. 2:54.56

Indy Race Parts/Butlerbuilt Seats Fourth Heat: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the Feature) 1. Darland, 2. Roa, 3. C. Williams, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ervine, 7. L. Williams, 8. R. Vander Weerd. NT

BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Super Six Dash: (6 laps, finish order sets Feature lineup) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics), 4. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 5. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 6. Damion Gardner (#4x Alexander). NT

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) First Semi: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the Feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Seavey, 3. Liggett, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Bender, 6. L. Williams, 7. Malcolm, 8. McCarthy, 9. Sweeney, 10. Sheridan, 11. Ervine, 12. R. Vander Weerd. NT

Pyrotech Racing Cells/Rod End Supply Second Semi: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the Feature) 1. Kaeding, 2. McDougal, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Faria, 7. Edwards, 8. Mihocko, 9. Rodgers, 10. Davis. 3:31.71

Feature: (40 laps – starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9). NT

**Meseraull flipped during the First Heat. Gardner flipped during the Super 6 Dash. Darland flipped on the opening lap of the Feature. Bender flipped on Lap 14 of the Feature. R.J. Johnson flipped on Lap 38 of the Feature.

Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-15 Courtney, Lap 16 Leary, Lap 17 Courtney, Laps 18-26 Leary, Laps 27-32 Courtney, Laps 33-40 Thomas.

KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products /Racing Optics Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (15th to 6th)

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