Clauson Dominates Western World Sprints
PEORIA, Ariz. — Bryan Clauson led all the way to take Friday’s USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast sprint car feature during the second night of the 46th annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships presented by Racers Advantage Store at Canyon Speedway Park.
The second half of the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car field took to the track on Friday night with Bryan Clauson proving too tough to handle in the 30-lap event atop a Canyon Speedway Park clay oval that he has found to his liking over the past 12 months.
The defending Western World non-wing sprint car champion rallied from eighth to win his heat and then sixth to top his qualifying race to earn the pole position for the main event.
But, when the original green flag flew, Clauson immediately slipped back to third behind fellow front row starter Tracy Hines and fourth-starter Chad Boespflug. Before the opening lap could be completed though, the red flag flew for Dustin Cormany’s turn two tumble.
Hines again got a slight jump on the ensuing restart, but Clauson battled back down the backstretch and surged into the lead through turns three and four.
After wading through a pair of cautions in the initial handful of circuits and then one more with ten laps to go, Clauson raced to the checkered flag unchallenged for his eighth win of the season at CSP and 24th overall including 17 in sprint car action.
Clauson held a healthy advantage throughout aboard the No. 20 machine, taking the checkered flag a straightaway ahead of 2011 Western World champ Hines.
Hines held off a late charge from Jon Stanbrough, nipping him at the line for runner-up honors.After starting sixth, Stanbrough took fourth from Casey Shuman on the 16th round and then disposed of Boespflug for third by the 20th circuit.
While Stanbrough claimed the show position, Boespflug took the fourth and final lock-in position aboard the New Mexico-based No. 74x Hodges entry.
After starting 11th, Kevin Thomas Jr., made a last-lap run around Shuman to snare fifth.
Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Chad Boespflug, Kevin Thomas Jr., Casey Shuman, Rick Ziehl, Geoff Ensign, Tye Mihocko, Michael Curtis, Brian Hosford, Jacob Hawkins, Jody Wirth, Mike Spencer, Andrew Reinbold, Jason Grady, Mike Martin, Matt Lundy, Steven Harms, Jimmy Crawford, Johnny Shelton Jr., Dustin Cormany