It’s Clauson In Western World Sprints
PEORIA, Ariz. — Bryan Clauson took the first step in his sweep of Saturday night’s 46th annual Western World Championships by winning the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast sprint car feature that opened the program.
Clauson established himself as the man to beat in sprint car action with a convincing victory in Friday night’s preliminary feature. Despite being handed the seven card in Saturday’s Revenge Draw, Clauson led all but three laps to take the $7,500 winner’s share in Saturday’s 30-lap feature.
After advancing from seventh to fifth in the six-lap Dash, Clauson was third behind R.J. Johnson and pole starter Tracy Hines within two laps. Clauson disposed of Hines for second the next time around and then powered past Johnson exiting turn two on the fourth circuit to take command for keeps.
Making his way past Johnson for second just past the midway point, two-time Western World champ Brady Bacon tried to make things interesting by making a run at Clauson as the laps wound down.
But when Clauson successfully made his way through a trio of lapped cars on the 29th round, Clauson’s ninth win of the year atop CSP clay was sealed. Clauson flashed under the checkered flag with a 1.930-second advantage over Bacon, who settled for runner-up honors for the fourth time of the Western World weekend.
Chad Boespflug followed Bacon around Johnson to take command of third on the 17th round and held the position to the line with Dave Darland and Hines filling out the top five.
Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Casey Shuman, Jerry Coons Jr., R.J. Johnson, Jon Stanbrough, Ronnie Clark, Kevin Thomas Jr., Gary Taylor, Jason Grady, Geoff Ensign, Dalten Gabbard, Charles Davis Jr., Michael Colegrove, Mike Spencer, Parker Price-Miller, Mike Martin, Bradley Terrell, Thomas Ogle.