Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. came from third place on the final lap to win Friday night’s 5th FVP “Sin City Showdown” USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint race at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Battling Stevie Sussex and Brady Bacon through the closing laps, Clauson emerged from the three-way fight exiting tour four and grabbed the checkered flag, with Sussex taking second and Bacon third. Brody Roa and Josh Hodges rounded out the “top-five” in one of the most exciting USAC feature finishes in recent memory. Clauson led 21 laps in his Mike Martin owned Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing machine. Roa led three laps, Sussex led four and Bacon led two.

 

graphic-jri-pollard-pulliam-davenport-2016USAC WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 4, 2016 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 5th FVP “Sin City Showdown”

 

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Trey Marcham (#81 Watt), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 9. Aaron Reutzel (#0 Styres). NT

 

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Casey Shuman (#38 McGerigle), 4. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 5. Max Adams (#5M Adams), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 8. Dustin Cormany (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 9. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins). NT

 

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#42 Cheney), 2. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 8. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 9. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

 

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 5. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 6. Colton Slack (#3F Finkenbinder), 7. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 8. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 9. Bob Strait (#58 Strait). NT

 

FIRST SEMI: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Mihocko, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Reutzel, 5. Guardino, 6. Josh Grady, 7. Liggett, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

 

SECOND SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Jason Grady, 2. Slack, 3. Rossi, 4. Sibley, 5. Strait, 6. Cling, 7. Hosford, 8. Cormany, 9. Kesterson. NT

 

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dave Darland, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Colton Slack, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Max Adams, 19. Dennis Gile, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Matt Rossi. NT

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**Deskins flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Clauson, Laps 5-7 Roa, Laps 8-23 Clauson, Laps 24-27 Sussex, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Clauson.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 11 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: March 26 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Easter Eggstravaganza”

 

-USAC press release

-Photo credit: USACRacing.com

Clauson Goes Third-to-First on Final Lap to Win in Vegas