R.J. Johnson Tops Salute to Indy Opener at CSP

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (May 28, 2016) – Reigning USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson has a habit of stepping it up on Memorial Day weekend.

He did it again on Saturday night by racing to victory lane in the opening leg of the Fifth Annual “Salute to Indy” atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval for his fifth triumph in the last seven Memorial Day weekend events over the past four years.

While Johnson ruled the USAC Southwest Sprint Car ranks, other Saturday night winners includes Josh Shipley in NAPA Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Chuck Thornton in IMCA Hobby Stock vs. Renegade action, Dustin Cormany in Micro Sprints and Jake Boyle in Mod Lites.

On the first of two “Salute to Indy” nights of action, three-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car champ R.J. Johnson gunned into the lead at the outset and led all 30 laps aboard the Kodiak Products/Beal’s Auto Body No. 77m Sherman-chassis for his second win of the year.

Johnson was chased to the line by Nick Aiuto with Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford and 17th-starter Landon Cling rounding out the top five.

In NAPA Non-Wing Sprint Car action, Josh Shipley rallied from six rows deep to take the checkered flag ahead of Dustin Cormany with Cody Batten, Kyle Shipley and Zack Madrid rounding out the top five.

Chuck Thornton raced from the fifth starting position to capture his second Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive IMCA Hobby Stock vs. Renegade win of the year ahead of 12th-starter Jason Crowe with Ashley Stafford, Richard Bennett and Jacob Madrid in the top five.

Dustin Cormany raced from the pole position to snare his second Power 600 Micro Sprint feature win of the season in front of Mason Keefer and Ryan Hennessey while Jake Boyle notched his first Western Mod Lite feature win of the year at CSP ahead of 10th-starter Steve Moriarty and Brenden Priest.

The Fifth Annual “Salute to Indy” at Canyon Speedway Park wraps up with another full night of action firing off at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night featuring the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars along with the NAPA Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades, Power 600 Micro Sprints and Western Mod Lites.

Canyon Speedway Park

May 28, 2016 – Fifth Annual Salute to Indy Night One Results

USAC Southwest Sprint Cars:

Heat One:  1. 77m-R.J. Johnson, 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 3. 27-Nick Aiuto, 4. 11c-Michael Curtis, 5. 34-Tanner Grau, 6. 0-Jonas Reynolds, 7. 29b-Brent Yarnel.

Heat Two:  1. 21az-Stevie Sussex, 2. 48-Thomas Ogle, 3. 5-Tye Mihocko, 4. 5z-Zack Madrid, 5. 99-Kyle Shipley, 6. 56-Spencer Hill, 7. 18-Asa Kesterson.

Heat Three:  1. 78-Chris Bonneau, 2. 32b-Brian Hosford, 3. 16-Mike Martin, 4. 14az-Dustn Burkhart, 5. 9g-Adam Milsap, 6. F2-Larry Kesterson.

Heat Four:  1. 02-Matt Rossi, 2. 20-Shon Deskins, 3. 12-Josh Pelkey, 4. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 5. 7k-Bruce St. James, 6. 54-Landon Cling.

“B” Feature:  1. 54-Landon Cling, 2. 7k-Bruce St. James, 3. 34-Tanner Grau, 4. 18-Asa Kesterson, 5. 0-Jonas Reynolds, 6. 56-Spencer Hill, 7. 99-Kyle Shipley, 8. 9g-Adam Milsap, 9. 29b-Brent Yarnel, 10. F2-Larry Kesterson.

“A” Feature:  1. 77m-R.J. Johnson, 2. 27-Nick Aiuto, 3. 12-Josh Pelkey, 4. 32b-Brian Hosford, 5. 54-Landon Cling, 6. 5-Tye Mihocko, 7. 0-Jonas Reynolds, 8. 21az-Stevie Sussex, 9. 16-Mike Martin, 10. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 11. 02-Matt Rossi, 12. 14az-Dustin Burkhart, 13. 20-Shon Deskins, 14. 56-Spencer Hill, 15. 48-Thomas Ogle, 16. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 17. 7k-Bruce St. James, 18. 78-Chris Bonneau, 19. 5z-Zack Madrid, 20. 11c-Michael Curtis, 21. 18-Asa Kesterson, 22. 34-Tanner Grau.

 

NAPA Non-Wing Sprint Cars:

Heat One:  1. 20-Shon Deskins, 2. 53-Tom Lee, 3. 34-Tanner Grau, 4. 98-Matt Lundy, 5. 5z-Zack Madrid, 6. 17-Joe Scheopner, 7. 35-Steve Wagner.

Heat Two:  1. 22-Dustin Cormany, 2. 71b-Cody Batten, 3. 51-Cody Cambensy, 4. 45k-Lance Salo, 5. 71h-Cody Hurley, 6. 65-John Romero, 7. 63-Don Kessler.

Heat Three:  1. 5-Mike Visser, 2. 9-Johnny Shelton, Jr., 3. 2-Josh Shipley, 4. 18-Asa Kesterson, 5. 0g-Kyle Shipley, 6. 0-Brian Hatlestad, 7. 7s-Robert King.

“A” Feature:  1. 2-Josh Shipley, 2. 22-Dustin Cormany, 3. 71b-Cody Batten, 4. 0g-Kyle Shipley, 5. 5z-Zack Madrid, 6. 9-Johnny Shelton, Jr., 7. 51-Cody Cambensy, 8. 7s-Robert King, 9. 45k-Lance Salo, 10. 98-Matt Lundy, 11. 35-Steve Wagner, 12. 17-Joe Scheopner, 13. 63-Don Kessler, 14. 53-Tom Lee, 15. 0-Brian Hatlestad, 16. 65-John Romero, 17. 18-Asa Kesterson, 18. 71h-Cody Hurley, 19. 20-Shon Deskins, 20. 34-Tanner Grau, 21. 5-Mike Visser.

 

Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades:

Heat One:  1. 57-Collin Phipps, 2. 40b-Bradley Stafford, 3. 16b-Richard Bennett, 4. 13-Jason Crowe, 5. 48-Mike Hartsock, 6. 26-Alison Groh, 7. 420-Vaughn Packer.

Heat Two:  1. 9-Paul O’Connor, 2. 13m-Johnny Madrid, 3. 5-Merle Zachrison, 4. 54-James Turensky, 5. 4-Dean Zachrison, 6. 08-Michelle Halfhill, 7. 4F-Paul Foote.

Heat Three:  1. 3-Ashley Stafford, 2. XX-Chuck Thornton, 3. 5J-Jacob Madrid, 4. 99-Trenton Setelin, 5. 65-John Romero, 6. 36-Roger Posey, 7. 5s-Joe Pontin.

“A” Feature:  1. XX-Chuck Thornton, 2. 13-Jason Crowe, 3. 3-Ashley Stafford, 4. 16b-Richard Bennett, 5. 5J-Jacob Madrid, 6. 65-John Romero, 7. 4-Dean Zachrison, 8. 9-Paul O’Connor, 9. 08-Michelle Halfhill, 10. 99-Trenton Setelin, 11. 40b-Bradley Stafford, 12. 57p-Collin Phipps, 13. 48-Mike Hartsock, 14. 36-Roger Posey, 15. 5-Merle Zachrison, 16. 5s-Joe Pontin, 17. 26-Alison Groh, 18. 13m-Johnny Madrid, 19. 54-James Turensky, 20. 420-Vaughn Packer, 21. 4F-Paul Foote.

 

Power 600 Micro Sprints:

Heat One:  1. 7kk-Mason Keefer, 2. 41h-Colton Hardy, 3. 11k-Tyler Congleton, 4. 28-Mark Morin, 5. 11m-A.J. Miller, 6. 14-Logan Heath, 7. 4s-Spencer Hill.

Heat Two:  1. 29az-Paul Martin, 2. 88-Tyler Merrill, 3. 16-Pat Wing, 4. 7k-Daniel Dewitt, 5. 7-Kevin Keefer, 6. 04J-Dale Eliason, Jr.

Heat Three:  1. 57-Kyle Huttenhow, 2. 2-Ryan Hennessey, 3. 37J-Dustin Cormany, 4. 50-Ray Herrera, 5. 91-Cory Huggins, 6. 20az-Jarrett Martin.

Heat Four:  1. 23-Stephen Simpson III, 2. 1-Caiden Clarke.

“A” Feature:  1. 37J-Dustin Cormany, 2. 7kk-Mason Keefer, 3. 2-Ryan Hennessey, 4. 41h-Colton Hardy, 5. 57-Kyle Huttenhow, 6. 29az-Paul Martin, 7. 11m-A.J. Miller, 8. 28-Mark Morin, 9. 16-Pat Wing, 10. 11k-Tyler Congleton, 11. 50-Ray Herrera, 12. 4s-Spencer Hill, 13. 04J-Dale Eliason, Jr., 14. 7-Kevin Keefer, 15. 7k-Daniel Dewitt, 16. 91-Cory Huggins, 17. 14-Logan Heath, 18. 20az-Jarrett Martin, 19. 88-Tyler Merrill, 20. 23-Stephen Simpson III, 21. 1-Caiden Clarke.

 

Western Mod Lites:

Heat One:  1. 51-John Priest, 2. 57-Chase Alves, 3. 55-Mike Opoka, 4. 95-Collin Bender, 5. 2k-Taylor Kuehl, 6. 69-Tom Kuncis, 7. 53az-Karl Ackley.

Heat Two:  1. 17-Steve Moriarty, 2. 7-Dave Lems, 3. 26-Jake Boyle, 4. 15-Ken Young, 5. 114-Sean Conyers, 6. 91-Sarah Houton, 7. 23-Joeleen Storck.

Heat Three:  1. 52-Brenden Priest, 2. 116-Jim Hock, 3. 96-Hayden Bender, 4. 97-Steve Bender, 5. 98-Jeff Lowe, 6. 33-Mike Schmidt, 7. 77-Bryan Ledbetter, Jr.

“A” Feature:  1. 26-Jake Boyle, 2. 17-Steve Moriarty, 3. 52-Brenden Priest, 4. 51-John Priest, 5. 15-Ken Young, 6. 114-Sean Conyers, 7. 2k-Taylor Kuehl, 8. 7-Dave Lems, 9. 96-Hayden Bender, 10. 33-Mike Schmidt, 11. 95-Collin Bender, 12. 97-Steve Bender, 13. 98-Jeff Lowe, 14. 69-Tom Kuncis, 15. 55-Mike Opoka, 16. 77-Bryan Ledbetter, Jr., 17. 53az-Karl Ackley, 18. 57-Chase Alvez, 19. 23-Joeleen Storck, 20. 116-Jim Hock, 21. 91-Sarah Houton.


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