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By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 13, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water will clash with the P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, November 17th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the eleventh point race will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at or call 661.393.3373.   

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at 


B&B: FRAC-0375-S  w/side outlet 

COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s

EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet  with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)  

FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135

SCHOENFELD:  14272535

*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 109 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Rain washed out the March 17th season opener with BCRA and Michael Faccinto was victorious on June 16th. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) has a slim 2-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto was the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger at Ventura Raceway on October 27th with a twenty-first to sixth place run. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with a victory this Saturday night.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte was the fast qualifier at Ventura Raceway and scored fourth in the main event. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights on reclaiming the point lead with a win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Piloting his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett had engine problems and scored twenty-third on October 27th after an early exit. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection. 

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished eighteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting his #20 Cactus Jack’s / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna charged to a seventh place finish from eighteenth at Ventura. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver has one career victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night triumph.

Currently seventh in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are David Prickett, Shannon McQueen, Frankie Guerrini, Randi Pankratz, Clayton Ruston, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, and more. 

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zeb Wise, and Ryan Robinson round out the top-10 in points.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $14, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at or call 661.393.3373.   

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at and 805.407.7229.


USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Jake Swanson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-695, 2. Alex Schutte-693, 3. Robby Josett-570, 4. Robert Dalby-547, 5. C.J. Sarna-503, 6. David Prickett-499, 7. Kyle Beilman-418, 8. Shannon McQueen-370, .. Ronnie Gardner-370, .. Frankie Guerrini-370, 11. Randi Pankratz-358, 12. Clayton Ruston-310, 13. Maria Cofer-306, 14. Jake Swanson-284, 15. Daniel Anderson-269, 16. Marvin Mitchell-262, 17. Ryan Bernal-260, 18. Cody Swanson-218, 19. Dylan Ito-216, 20. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-176.

2018 P1 INSURANCE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Logan Seavey-911, 2. Brady Bacon-793, 3. Chad Boat-781, 4. Tyler Courtney-773, 5. Justin Grant-772, 6. Spencer Bayston-766, 7. Tanner Carrick-727, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr.-711, 9. Zeb Wise-579, 10. Ryan Robinson-544, 11. Jerry Coons Jr.-514, 12. Jason McDougal-489, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer-440, 14. Tyler Thomas-434, 15. Holly Shelton-423, 16. Brayton Lynch-390, 17. Alex Bright-373, 18. Sam Johnson-325, 19. Kyle Cracker-260, 20. Zane Hendricks-259.


November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA 

November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)


# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.