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November 21, 2018

Cla Knight Races to Pair of Top-10 Finishes
Lavonia Speedway Up Next

North Augusta, South Carolina (11/20/18) – Cla Knight enjoyed a solid week of racing competition in his Augusta Aquatics #42 E-Z-GO Golf Carts/ Penske Shocks/ Maxxis Kart Racing/ Town & Country Packing Longhorn Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“This year has been a steep learning curve for sure,” Knight said. “The jump from Crate Late Models to Super Late Models is definitely not an easy one, but I feel like we’ve made some big gains this year. This weekend’s runs were further proof of that. Friday was a little disappointing because I would’ve liked to have capitalized on my starting spot in the feature, but again we learned a lot from the experience.

“I just want to thank my team and everyone who helps me. We’ve got a race or two left this year, and we are going to focus on Top-5 finishes. Hopefully with what we’ve learned this year, we can hit the ground running in 2019.”

On Friday evening Cla Knight traveled to Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) for the Ultimate Southeast Series-sanctioned, Georgia State Outlaw Championship. In a field of 20 cars, Knight laid down the second-fastest time in qualifying, positioning him second on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Hanging onto a Top-10 finish, Cla posted a ninth-place outing in the 50-lap affair.

After not racing on Saturday night, Knight traveled to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) on Sunday afternoon, where he was competing in a field of 26 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series entries in the annual Blue-Gray 100. After laying down the eighth-fastest time in his qualifying group, Knight scored a fourth-place finish in his heat race, positioning him 11th on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win finale. Breaking into the Top-5, Cla Knight improved seven spots to finish fourth behind Brandon Overton, Chris Ferguson, and Mike Maresca.

Complete results from these events can be found at and

This Friday night the team plans to trek to Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) for a $3,500 Super Late Model. For more information on the event, please visit .

Cla Knight would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Augusta Aquatics, M&W Transport, Town & Country Packing, Koury Racing Engines, E-Z-GO Golf Carts, KAR House Racing Radiators, Maxxis Kart Racing, Behrents Performance Warehouse, Penske Racing Shocks, Brian’s Kustom Paint, Longhorn Chassis, All Star Graphix, FK Rod Ends, Maxima Racing Oil, Renegade Race Fuel, Schoenfeld Headers, and Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Cla Knight Racing, please visit as well the team’s social media channels at and .

Sunshine Seeks Turkey Night Loot

Lonnie Wheatley, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 21, 2018) – Tyler Courtney already has the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car championship to his credit in 2018.

Now, “Sunshine” will make a run for the ARP $50,000 “Turkey Night” bonus at California’s Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday.

Courtney will take the wheel of the Steve Watt No. 81 for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car portion of the event on Wednesday and Thursday before finishing out the USAC National Midget campaign aboard the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing Priority Aviation No. 7bc entry in Thursday’s 78th running of the “Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix”.

Any driver that can pick off Thursday night wins in both the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and the USAC National Midgets will pick up an extra $50,000.

It would be a nice addition to a season that already includes an impressive 14 overall wins.

“Sunshine” enters the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” portion sitting fifth in USAC National Midget points after Saturday’s “November Classic” at Bakersfield Speedway.

After a heat race win, Courtney’s luck soured with a 22nd-place to finish out the Bakersfield evening.

Courtney looks to bounce right back with a strong “Turkey Night” outing on Wednesday and Thursday.

2018 Quick Stats: 

Overall: 73 races, 14 wins, 45 top-fives, 55 top-tens.

Sprint Cars: 47 races, 12 wins, 34 top-fives, 41 top-tens.

Midgets: 21 races, 2 wins, 9 top-fives, 12 top-tens.

Silver Crown: 5 races, 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens.

Up Next: “Turkey Night” at California’s Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday including USAC National Midgets “Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix” (Thursday) and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars (Wednesday and Thursday).  For those unable to attend in person, live PPV is available at

Keep Track:  Keep track of Tyler Courtney’s on-track action including schedule and results at

If you would like Tyler Courtney Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at

Carney Closes Out 2018 Season at Copper Classic!

Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (November 21, 2018) – John Carney II is set to close out the 2018 season on a strong note by taking in this weekend’s $5,000-to-win ASCS Southwest “Copper Classic” at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway.

The El Paso, TX, native is taking the wheel of the No. 01 entry fielded by Allan and Kaylene Verville for the event that takes place on Friday and Saturday.

“We had talked about doing something and this seemed like a good time to do it,” Carney explains.  “They always have good equipment, so I’m looking forward to it and hope for a good weekend.”

It will just be the second time for Carney to take to the Arizona Speedway clay oval after posting a runner-up finish in the 2016 edition of the “Copper Classic”.

“I have just been there that one time and we were pretty decent both nights,” Carney comments.

It will mark Carney’s first action since rallying from deep in the field to post a sixth-place finish aboard his No. J2 racing entry at the season-ending Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway on October 27.

“It ended up being a good night, considering that I got myself behind the eight ball early on,” Carney recalls.  “I was too tight in the heat race and started in the back, then got by a few cars in the qualifier before a couple of others went by and I knew how far off I was.”

It came down to “B” Main action and Carney turned his night around.

“I just threw something at it and that thing came to life,” Carney says.

Carney climbed from fifth to second in “B” Main action to earn the 20th starting position for the “Fall Fling” main event.  Carney was on the march throughout the 41-lapper, climbing from ten rows deep to capture a sixth-place finish by the time the checkered flag flew.

“If we had started the night with what we had in the ‘B’ and then the ‘A’, I feel like we would been on the podium,” Carney sums up.

Carney looks to finish strong with Allan and Kaylene Verville at Arizona Speedway on Friday and Saturday.

John Carney Racing is made possible by the support of invaluable partners including Mesilla Valley Transportation, Vado Speedway Park, South Plains Auto Transport, Danny Sander Construction, CSR Garage, Briley Trucking, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Performance Plus, Performance Motor Coach, Raider Graphix, MSD Ignition, Joe Hunt Magnetos and Bell Helmets.

Next Up: ASCS Southwest “Copper Classic” at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway on Friday and Saturday.  For those unable to attend in person, live PPV is available at

Keep Track:  Keep track of John Carney II’s on-track action including schedule and results at and on Facebook at

If you would like John Carney Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at

Bacon Takes Aim at $50K Turkey Night Bonus after Bakersfield Top-Ten Run

Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (November 21, 2018) – Reaching the 100 race mark on the season, Brady Bacon has his sights set on the ARP $50,000 bonus at this week’s Turkey Night affair atop California’s Ventura Raceway.

The bonus goes to the driver that can top both the USAC West Coast Sprint Car portion of the event as well as the USAC Midget leg of the 78th running of the “Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix”.

The event begins with a full card of USAC West Coast Sprint Car action on Wednesday with both the Sprint Cars and Midgets in action on Thursday’s “Turkey Night” finale.

The bonus is very well within Bacon’s reach as the Brady Bacon Racing No. 99 360-ci Sprint Car has proven strong all season and he also sits second in USAC National Midget points aboard the FMR No. 76m entry.

“It’s Gene Frankowiak’s engine in the Sprint Car and that thing is good,” Bacon explains.  “Aside from Short Track Nationals, we haven’t finished any worse than second with it all year.”  Most recently, Bacon picked up another Western World Championships title aboard the non-wing 360-ci Sprint Car at Arizona Speedway less than three weeks ago.

Bacon has also ranked as a top contender in the USAC Midget ranks throughout the entirety of the season, climbing to second in points going into Thursday’s finale after a seventh-place run at Bakersfield Speedway’s “November Classic” last Saturday.

After timing in seventh and then transferring to the main event by way of a third-place heat race finish at Bakersfield, Bacon gridded the 30-lap “November Classic” feature outside the second row.

Several aborted starts proved to be costly for the “Macho Man” though.

“We had a good start on the first three that all got called back,” Bacon recalls.  “We didn’t get a good start on the next one and that’s the one that stayed green.  I caught three and four wrong on the first lap and lost some spots.”

Despite the rough start, Bacon hustled his way to a seventh-place finish by night’s end.

“It was a little slicker than we thought it would be, and we have been struggling in the slick,” Bacon explains.  “We have a better car if we can keep our speed up.  We have some things in mind that should make it better in the slick.”

With 99 races in the books, Bacon is hoping that reaching triple-digits in the race count column translates into a five-figure payday at Ventura Raceway’s “Turkey Night” festivities.

Brady Bacon Racing is bolstered by the support of partners including Fatheadz Eyewear, Tel-Star Technology/Port City Raceway, Gene Frankowiak, Cimarron Cycle Works, Priority Aviation, Triple-X Race Co., FMR Racing, FK Indy, Heath Clips Lawn Care, Elliot’s Custom Trailers and Carts, B&S Cattle, Lucas Oil Products, Kiser’s Truck and Auto, Smiley’s Racing Products, Keizer Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, DMI, Walker Filters, ProGlide Coatings, Octane Ink, CP Carrillo, PAC Racing Allstar Performance, Simpson Racing Products, Driver Websites, Engler Machine and Tool, Wilwood Engineering, Schroth Racing, Smith Precision Products, KSE Racing Products, King Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, FSR Radiators, LRB Mfg. Indy Race Parts, Imperial Wagyu Beef, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, Tony Elliott Foundation, Frolic Bar & Grill.

2018 Quick Stats:  99 races, 10 wins, 42 top-fives, 60 top-tens.

Up Next:  “Turkey Night” at California’s Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday including USAC National Midgets “Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix” (Thursday) and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars (Wednesday and Thursday).  For those unable to attend in person, live PPV is available at

Keep Track:  Keep track of Brady Bacon’s on-track action including schedule and results at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at


November 21, 2018

Tanner English Lands Dream Ride with SWR Racing for 2019 Season!

(CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE)  SWR Racing and Tanner English have recently inked a deal to put the young Benton, Kentucky driver behind the wheel of the #116 full-time for the 2019 racing season!  According to Team Manager Randy Weaver, Tanner will drive a potent Longhorn by Weaver racecar - armed with a Phantom Race Engine - in a pick-and-choose type schedule loaded with select national and regional Super Late Model events.  The new-look team is set to debut in February 2019 during "Speedweeks" in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at both Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia and East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida.

"I am thrilled to announce that Tanner (English) will drive for SWR Racing next year," quoted Weaver in a telephone conversation.  "Tanner has shown in recent years that he is a heck of a wheelman on the racetrack, but I'm already impressed how hard he works away from the track.  He wants to be at the shop and be as hands-on with the racecars as possible, which is important and will pay dividends when we get to racing.  Tanner is a good, hard-working kid who is grateful for what he's got and I'm happy to give him the opportunity to drive our stuff.  I have to thank all of our sponsors that we have already lined up for 2019 and we are working on some more that will be announced in the near future!"

With primary sponsorship coming from A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services, Stone Land Clearing & Excavating, Tommy Pope Construction, Diercks LTD of the Quad Cities, Henderson Motorsports, and Outlaw Racing Southeast, Tanner will spend most of 2019 wheeling the familiar #116 machine at area tracks throughout the Southeast.  On occasion when the SWR team feels the need to take a weekend off to regroup and refresh their equipment, Tanner will pilot a sister car out of sponsor Tommy Pope's racing stable.

"This is what I've been working towards my whole career - to be considered for a high profile ride like SWR Racing," exclaimed English earlier today.  "I met Randy (Weaver) for the first time about a month ago and you couldn't ask for a better guy.  He has been straight forward with me from the start and it's been a great experience so far.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do together starting at Brunswick next February and hopefully we can be a force to be reckoned with each time we pull into the pit area.  I can't thank Randy and Chip Stone enough for putting their faith in me and I'd like to build something really special with them for many years to come!"

The SWR Racing team - located in Crossville, Tennessee - is currently looking for experienced crew help for the upcoming 2019 campaign.  Anyone interested in applying for a job can call Randy Weaver at the race shop at 931.707.1355.

SWR Racing would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support:  A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services, Stone Land Clearing & Excavating, Tommy Pope Construction, Diercks LTD of the Quad Cities, Henderson Motorsports, Outlaw Racing Southeast, Longhorn by Weaver Race Cars, Phantom Race Engines, Outlaw Graphics, FK Rod Ends, VP Racing Fuels, Schaeffer's Racing Oil, Keizer Wheels, Penske Shocks, Wiles Driveshafts, DMI Rear Ends, Hoosier Racing Tires, Earnhardt Technology Group, PPM Racing Products, Five Star Products, Midwest Sheet Metal, Quarter Master, Bert Transmissions, K-B Carburetors, PRC Radiators, Hooker Harness, QuickCar Racing Products, Wilwood Engineering, Peterson Fluid Systems, Ted Brown's Quality Body Shop, Delph Communications, and Beyea Headers.

Keep up on Tanner English and SWR Racing throughout the 2019 season by clicking on  A brand-new website is in the works and will be launched as soon as all sponsors and details are finalized!

Media Contact:  Ryan Delph - Delph Communications