Gardner Gets the Goods at Tulare

TULARE, Cal. (October 8, 2016) – USAC Western Midget Series point leader Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. passed Alex Schutte on the white-flag lap and led the final two circuits to win Saturday night’s 30-lap “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He piloted the Six8 Motorsports Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger to the win over Frankie Guerrini, Courtney Crone, Cory Elliott and Maria Cofer.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “KRC Safety Fall Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.651; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-15.792; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-15.830; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.851; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.886; 6. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.989; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.018; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-16.164; 9. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-16.248; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.283; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.369; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.540; 13. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.698;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Schutte, 3. Elliott, 4. Gardner, 5. Dalby, 6. Dolacki, 7. Wait. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Crone, 3. McQueen, 4. Cofer, 5. Pankratz, 6. Swanson. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Courtney Crone, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Alex Schutte, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Tyler Dolacki, 13. Nate Wait. NT

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**Swanson and Pankratz flipped during the second heat. McQueen and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Schutte, Laps 29-30 Gardner.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (7th to 1st)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-842, 2-Faccinto-734, 3-Guerrini-665, 4-Elliott-645, 5-Crone-567, 6-Swanson-494, 7-Cofer-481, 8-R.Pankratz-478, 9-Dalby-476, 10-Dolacki-377.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: October 29 – Ventura (CA) Raceway