Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Exciting Sprint Car and Modifieds Racing at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, AZ

Driver Introductions
Saturday night I went to the Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, AZ to watch Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds compete in a special two night racing weekend called The Copper Classic. 
Getting Tony Stewart ready for the start of the Main Event race
The track is west of the Pleasant Valley airport in the middle of nowhere. You think you are lost, you can’t see any of the speedway lights and then in a huge desert wash the track appears. This 1/3 mile track is nicely banked and provided a fast surface for some great racing. The track facilities are very 

basic with a few cutout cargo containers for food concession, gifts and the announcing booth raised above the grand stands. It was so remote there were extra diesel generators running to provide the extra power needed. The track isn’t much but there were more cars than expected (22 Sprints and 16 Modifieds).

Winner of the Main Even Jason Johnson

All the racing was awesome. The two time Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car National Champion Jason Johnson starting from the ninth position won the 30 lap Main Event race. Once he found his grooves on the track, no one could catch him. Coming in second was Brady Bacon with Tony Stewart (2011 NASCAR Champion) finishing third. I knew Tony Stewart owned a Sprint Car team but I was surprised to see him at this race for he was to race in the Phoenix NASCAR race the next day. He’s a racer through and through I guess and I’m glad to see him race.

Tony Stewart #14 (3rd) and Brady Bacon #99 finished 2nd
Jason Noll won from his ninth starting position to win the IMCA Modified Main Even with Kenny Wallace (of NASCAR fame) taking second. Like Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace was in town for the Phoenix NASCAR race on Sunday where he normal provides commentary for various racing channels. He was asked if he would race a modified that night. He agreed and was provided a car and gear, and showed he can still drive on dirt tracks by coming in second.

Modifieds during hot laps

After the race at Tony Stewart's hauler - will we see Tony?

Yes - but just a quick glimpse of Tony Stewart in the hauler

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