AMSOIL Sprints
Sunday, 27 September 2015



Rossburg, Ohio...Thomas Meseraull has been beating on the door for his first-career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, and he finally kicked it in on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway during the 34th "4-Crown Nationals." The San Jose, California native came from row-three and dominated the second half of the 30-lapper.

Kody Swanson took the lead from the pole, but ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Chase Stockon was on the move from his sixth-starting spot, sliding past Swanson into turn-three on lap four.

After a caution on lap eight, Bryan Clauson rolled the high side to take the lead from Clauson on lap nine. He checked out on the field as he traced the outside concrete. Brady Bacon slowed on lap 13, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped into turn-one under the yellow. He walked away.

On lap 16, Clauson came off turn-four with a flat right-rear tire, as Stockon flashed by to re-take the lead before the caution flew for Clauson. He changed his right-rear tire and restarted the race in 22nd.

That set the stage for Meseraull, who had just cleared Dave Darland and Swanson to earn himself the second spot on the restart. He wasted no time, as he roared by on the high side to take the lead. While he set off in pursuit of his first win, all eyes turned to Clauson, who was carving his way back through the field.

Swanson closed slightly over the late stages, but the 33-year old Meseraull finished it off to give himself an excited trip to Eldora victory lane with the Marion Underground Construction - Shane Wade Enterprises #66 DRC/Dynotech.

"I don't even know what to say about it. It's been a long road, and it's just crazy how great that car was and how simple it seemed to be tonight. Shane Wade and Donnie Gentry have given me an opportunity here, and this is why guys like us are doing this stuff. Clauson was so fast, and he was gonna be tough to beat, but his misfortune let it fall right into my lap. Things cleared on the high side, and it just stuck up there. This year, with the owners I've had starting with Todd Keen, has just been such a great thing for me. Shane Wade wants to win, and we got a taste of that tonight at one of the most prestigious events in the country, so I hope this is a sign of what we can do as a team together," Meseraull said.

Swanson finished off his best-ever USAC Sprint Car race on dirt, as he finished second in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"Luckily, Bob Hampshire and my team are good enough to carry me at a track where I still don't consider myself to be that good. Running second in the sprint car is just a great finish for us. It was tough early, but it came around to us and I was catching him towards the end, so I really just hated to see it end. It's good to take that momentum to the Silver Crown feature, too. I still need a little work here, but I'm gaining," Swanson said.

Darland came on late to round out the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"Getting a good start was key to get from tenth. We went out really late, so timing in that well was pretty good. We were just decent in the slick, but we weren't a threat to the guys for the win. We're happy to get out of here with what we got, especially with our points situation. I know as well as anybody that every position and every point matters, so we'll take every one we can get," Darland said.

Clauson's amazing run from the back ended in the fourth spot aboard the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63x Spike/Stanton. Scotty Weir rounded out the top-five in the Todd Keen - AAA #18x DRC/Claxton.

Chris Windom moved from 23rd to finish ninth to earn the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award.


AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 34th “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Bilbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, LSR-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96,VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. D.Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. T.Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT
**VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,861, 2-Stockon-1,836, 3-Darland-1,826, 4-Bacon-1,673, 5-Stanbrough-1,567, 6-K.Thomas-1,471, 7-Windom-1,348, 8-Leary-1,247, 9-Hines-1,165, 10-Grant-1,083.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: October 3 – Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway – “Fall Nationals”