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USAC Midgets and Sprints to challenge Roseville on Saturday

Lincoln’s Hunt will participate
By: Steven Blakesley Special to The News Messenger
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This weekend, the United States Auto Club Western Midgets and Sprint Cars will compete at All American Speedway in Roseville in the “Riebes Auto Parts USAC 100” as part of the “Toyota/Copart 150” weekend at the one-third mile asphalt oval. For the second consecutive season, USAC will compete along with the NASCAR Camping World Series West. In 2008, USAC Western Sprints entertained a crowd of over 3,500 at the half-mile Altamont Raceway Park. This year’s event at All American Speedway is the 2009 Camping World Series finale, and is attracting huge ticket sales with a star-studded roster of drivers. Event organizers expect well over 4,000 fans in the stands on Saturday night. The 50-lap feature for the USAC Western Midgets marks the first appearance of the series at Roseville in 32 seasons. Leading the Midgets into Roseville will be points leader Garrett Hansen of Manhattan Beach. Hansen has been running double-duty in both the USAC/CRA and USAC Western Midgets with great success. He leads the points in the mighty four-cylinder midgets by 124 markers over fellow southern California racer Jerome Rodela. Others expected to compete include 18 year-old Tanner Swanson who was the feature winner at Madera last week, Kruseman Racing’s Alex Schutte of Redding, Western Speed Racing entries from Indianapolis 500 veteran Davey Hamilton and young Billy Wease, and four-time USAC Western Sprint champion Tony Hunt of Lincoln. Recently crowned 2009 King of California, Tyler Walker, leads off the impressive entry list for the 50-lap USAC Western Sprint Car feature. The feature will be the fifth and final appearance at the speedway for the 360 cubic inch sprint cars capable of 12-second laps around the track. Walker will be busy with points leader Tanner Swanson, who is running double-duty. Swanson has three main event wins so far in the sprint cars to lead JoJo Helberg by 84 points. Hunt and Davey Hamilton will also be saddling up for double-duty efforts. Santa Rosa’s Brian McClish, popular Chowchilla racer Eric Humphries, and Fresno school teacher Audra Sasselli are also entered. Fields of 16-18 cars are expected for each division in the USAC competition. Action gets underway Friday night with an optional practice session. On Saturday, teams will take part in two practice sessions with the second practice times used to set the grid for the features. The USAC Midget feature will kick off the night at about 6 p.m. Tickets are still available through Bill McAnally racing at www.billmcanallyracing.com, Hunt’s Race World at (916) 863-7223 and the Placer County Fair office at (916) 786-2025.