Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. captured round two of the 2016 “Winter Challenge” at Canyon Speedway Saturday night.


graphic hampton inn new smyrnaWheeling a backup Mike Martin machine after his original mount encountered mechanical problems during practice, Clauson sped to victory in his heat race and, in the 30-lap feature, he passed Charles Davis, Jr. on lap 18 and led the rest of the way in his Sherwin Williams/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing special.


Having also won Friday’s 30-lap feature, Clauson leads the “Winter Challenge” standings into Sunday night’s round three of the five-round USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car series. Trailing Clauson at the checkered flag were R.J. Johnson, Davis, Josh Hodges and Brian Hosford.


USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST “Special Event” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 23, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway –  5th “Winter Challenge” – “Arizona Speed Week”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Guy Weedman (#27W Weedman), 4. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 5. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. Michael Curtis (#11W Turner/Wheeler), 4. Mason Keefer (#12K Keefer), 5. Connor Strait (#58 Strait), 6. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Brian Hosford, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Tom Ogle, 8. Kenny Perkins, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. David Dykes, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Connor Strait, 15. Will Perkins, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. Guy Weedman, 18. Matt McCarthy. NT


**Weedman flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hosford, Laps 9-17 Davis, Laps 18-30 Clauson.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1- Bryan Clauson-144, 2-R.J. Johnson-128, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-128, 04-Josh Hodges-126, 5-Dennis Gile-110, 6-Brian Hosford-105, 7-Tom Ogle-89, 8-Michael Curtis-89, 9-Kenny Perkins-87, 10-Mike Martin-74.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST “Special Event” SPRINT CAR RACE: January 24 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – 5th “Winter Challenge” – “Arizona Speed Week”


– USAC press release

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Clauson Goes Two-for-Two at Canyon’s Winter Challenge