Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jake chosen as USAC/CRA Team Moose Racing's new driver for 2014!

Hi all,
    As many of you may have already heard, I've received a great opportunity from Tom and Laurie Sertich; owners of the Moose Racing sprint car USAC/CRA team. I'm very proud to announce I will be the driver their #92 Moosemobile for the 2014 racing season. I'm honored for this opportunity and I cannot thank Tom and Laurie enough for giving me this shot.
    David Cardey drove the #92 machine in 2013 and announced his retirement after the Oval Nationals. David still plans to play a big part in the team by acting as a mentor for me. I'm really looking forward to working with Cardey next season, he is one of the guys in the sprint car world I've looked up to for years. He has the knowledge and experience to help me mature into a more successful and well-respected racer.
    Check out the article National Speed Sport News did for us here: http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/indy/indycar-development-series/pri-notes-swanson-lands-usac-cra-ride/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=motorsports%2C+racing
    The supporters of Moose Racing include; Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror INC, Circle Track Performance, Victory Race Cars, Phil & Eileen King, Racer's Pub, WhiteNuckl USA, and Keizer Wheels. Advanced Racing Suspensions has also come onboard.
    I'd like to give one more shout out to Larry Henry and Tony Jones. These guys gave me my initial opportunity to climb in a sprint car and gain experience with the #41 car in 2012. I surely am the racer I am today because of these guys.
    Looking forward to an exciting 2014 racing season in the #92 Moosemobile sprinter and the #5 Van Dyne/Swanson midget!

Stay tuned


Friday, December 6, 2013

73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix

    Most folks sit down and have a nice turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. My family and I choose to spend our holiday at Perris Auto Speedway and eat Turkey sandwiches instead. Spending this holiday with my family and friends doing the thing I enjoy most is what I'm thankful for. 
 48 Midgets entered for this prestigious event. This race was particularly special to us because it was the debut of our new Spike we had worked tirelessly on over the past 10 weeks. Thanks to help from Rick Young and George Blacker, we were able to obtain this car and complete the build in time.
    Wednesday night practice went well. We wanted to try a few different chassis tweaks and see how the car would respond being that we haven't worked on this exact type of car before. The car was stable but we lacked speed. A few changes to gear and the chassis got us feeling pretty good by the last session of the night.
    On Thursday, we hoped to qualify into the top 14 which would lock us into the feature. We qualified 24th at a 17.4. This put me in the second qualifier race starting 5th. Finishing in the top 8 out of the two qualifier races transfers you into the feature, the rest go home. We were able to maintain our position and put it in the show without a problem.
    For the 98 lap feature, we packed the fuel cell completely full of fuel and made many changes to the car to prepare for the track changing throughout the long race. I started in the 24th position and felt as though I had a pretty good car over the course of the race. I moved up quickly in the opening laps and continued to march forward as the race wore on. By the closing laps I had broke the top 10 and was having a great race with western drivers Nic Faas and Ronnie Gardner. On lap 98 I crossed the line 7th.
    It was a successful Turkey Night for us and a very successful debut for this new car. I'm extremely thankful to my dad and Tres & Stew Van Dyne for all they have done for me. I'm incredibly blessed to be racing this beautiful new car and looking forward to a promising season in 2014.
    I'd like to give a special thanks to the Bozanich family; Tim, Tracy, Zac, and Tori for coming out to lend a hand on the race car and especially making everybody a fantastic Thanksgiving feast for us. Also a big thanks to Phil Goodwine has been a tremendous help to us all season long primarily as our fuel sponsor, as well as other support. Cheyne Burris (CBI) did much of the carbon fiber work on this car as far as panels go. If you're looking for carbon fiber work done, this is the guy to go to. And also Alex Frazin who has not only let me race is pavement car when I'm free to, but loans us his motorhome for long trips and I am very appreciative of his support. The rest of my sponsors have done so much to help me further my career and help me become more and more successful. Thank you all; Ram-Bull Racing, Lucas Oil, DC Cams, Eibach Springs, K&N Filters, Oakley, Simpson, Swanson Inspections, One Day Signs, and Scott Sheldon for the great photos (www.sprintcarscotty.com).

    Below I have posted the results of the feature:  

      FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Rico Abreu, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Brad Kuhn, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 16. Nick Drake, 17. Danny Stratton, 18. Parker Price-Miller, 19. Dalton Armstrong, 20. Trey Marcham, 21. Christopher Bell, 22. Andrew Felker, 23. Taylor Ferns, 24. Darren Hagen, 25. Shannon McQueen, 26. Cody Swanson, 27. Kevin Swindell, 28. Jac Haudenschild, 29. Chris Windom, 30. Scott Pierovich, 31. Bryan Clauson, 32. Thomas Meseraull, 33. Randi Pankratz.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Oval Nationals 2013 - Western World

 Oval Nationals - Perris Auto Speedway - Oct. 31, Nov. 1&2
    One of the greatest sprint car races of the year took place earlier this month at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif. The Oval Nationals is the final sprint car race of the year for both the National tour and the western division - USAC/CRA. It kicks off with Wednesday practice. Thursday is the 360 portion of ovals, then Friday and Saturday are two nights for 410 racing.
    The #41 Henry/Jones Special, which is the car I had driven at last years ovals, was sitting at home since our last outing with it hurt the motor at Santa Maria Speedway months ago. The cost of repairing or replacing the motor are too much to swing for any of us without enough sponsorship dollars. My hope was to find a car to jump in for this race but I struck out. I was set to pit for the #91r of Brody Roa for the weekend.
    On Thursday, Brody did a great job keeping his nose clean and finishing 4th from starting deep in the field. We prepped the #91r 410 car for Friday's show. My cousin Cody was also entered to run this weekend teamed up with JSR in the #14J. His teammate JJ Ercse was set to run the teams #14 360 car all weekend. However just after Friday hot laps JJ became very ill. He told John Springstead, the car owner, to grab me and let me take his place for the rest of the night. I was scraping mud off the 91r car when I got the news that I needed to qualify a car in 15 minutes. I had my girlfriend Jess run and grab my gear from the parking lot while I fitted the belts. Jess got stuck outside the track so I threw on Springstead's helmet and suit and headed up for Q.
    I had no idea what this car was like but I had better get it figured out in a couple corners. The bottom was too free so I put it on the fence for the 2 laps. I ran a 17.1 which was good enough for 27th quick out of 53 cars. Before the heat I was able to check out the car and see what I was working with. John and I made our decisions on the adjustments for the heat. I started pole and they transfer only 4 of the 9 who start. Unfortunately though, I got to lead all of 3 corners before I got fed a RR that almost turned the car over. I finished 8th.
    This put me starting 8th in the B, 4 transfer. Cody was starting in the same B a few rows back. The track was very slick and dusty at this point with a big curb at the fence. Cody moved forward over the course of the race and I had a good battle going with Cody Williams and RJ Johnson. Cody had a little contact with the front end that ended his night and after much shuffling around I ended up 8th.
    For Saturday, JJ was still far too sick to race again so I still had a car to drive. I made a few changes to the car and my dad came up with Henry's shocks on from the #41 car so I was able to use our ARS/Bubby Jones shock package. Hot laps went smooth and qualifying went awesome. I ran a 16.9 which put me 16th out of 51 cars. Not bad for a 360 car against the National boys! This put me on pole again for the heat race. This time, only 2 transfer. I passed for the lead on about lap 2 around the top. I got passed a few laps later but was able to regain the lead soon after. I took the white but then the red came out. I had to hang on for one more lap from a bunch of hard charging 410's to put it in the show. Brody restarted behind me and we both held off everybody to put us both in the show. It felt great to not only put a 360 car in the show at Oval Nationals, but to also win a heat race doing it.
    For the feature I lined up 14th out of the 22 cars starting. I was unable to complete the first lap though due to some engine trouble which ended our night. That was disappointing, but we were still all in good spirits from the successes earlier in the night.
    I'm so thankful to JJ Ercse for wanting me to fill his seat for the event and John Springstead for giving the OK, I would have been watching the 2013 Ovals if it wasn't for these guys! Also John Franklin, the rest of the JSR crew, my dad, and Kirk&Cody for everything they did to help make this deal happen. It was an absolute blast!

Western World - Canyon Raceway - Nov 14, 15, 16
    Canyon Raceway is located in Peoria Arizona, literally in the middle of nowhere. It's a tacky and racey little joint that hosted a fantastic weekend of racing. The Western World was a 3 day sprint and midget show which is a National race for the midgets. We were hoping to have our new racecar we had been building with the Van Dyne's to debut for this race. Push rods held us up though and we were forced to put the old F Honda engine in the red 05 car to go race.
    My dad and I knew that we were going to a gun fight with a knife, but we had to make an appearance. I was just hoping the track would go dry enough for us over the course of the weekend.
    All 3 nights stayed very wet for far too long for us. The car was stable and felt great but we struggled the first night. The second night was a little better for us. We had a tough time keeping up until the track began to get pretty dry for the B. I started deep in the field and worked my way up to a transfer. I was running in transfer with a few laps to go when a driver behind me had either the throttle, or the brain get stuck open. I got turned around backwards, but thankfully he still had the throttle open to hit me again. This turned me back around straight so I got on the gas despite the fact that he was stuck on the rear bumper of my car. After we got untangled, both of us were no longer in a transfer spot and that was the end of our night.
    Night 3 went the best for us. Again it was a waiting game for the track to start making dust, but it finally did for the feature and we made it count. I started in the 25th position. Of course starting way back there, there was bound to me carnage. I was involved in one of the first incidents when a car spun in front of me. My right side nerf took the hit and pushed in into the RR tire. We missed the initial start, but thanks to help from the McQueen team we got it pulled from the tire. Luckily we caught another yellow right away and I got back out on the track. I stuck like glue to the low side of the track where there was still some moisture. I raced my way up through 11 cars to finish 14th. Racing through the field like that was a ton of fun and made it all worth it. We earned the hard charger money from the "fans in the stands pool."
    I'd like to thank all of my sponsors for such tremendous support from them all year long; Goodwine Glass, Ram-Bull Racing, Alex Frazin, Lucas Oil, DC Cams, Eibach Springs, K&N Filters, Oakley, Simpson, Swanson Inspections, and One Day Signs. Just one race remains; the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto
Speedway. I've been looking forward to this race since we ran in last year in the red Honda car. This year I will be in the blue #5 Swanson/Van Dyne owned Spike Chevy. The car had a flawless and comfortable test session a few days ago, I can't wait to roll it out of the trailer on Wednesday. It is a very beautiful racecar, and I have a lot of faith that it will run even better than it looks! See you at Tnight.


Monday, September 30, 2013

The NorCal tour in September

    Calistoga is always a great race to attend. It's two nights of racing are always full of excitement and action. This year was extra special because the track had a lot of love are care put into it thanks to the Abreu family. The track was slightly reconfigured, fresh dirt, new catch fencing, sound system, and not to mention a big fat purse for both nights. Everything came together to dish out some fantastic racing in both midgets and sprints.
    We started the first night (Aug 31) pretty well. We struggled a bit in qualifying but had a great heat finishing 2nd. I started way back around 18th in the feature, but I had a fast car and quickly broke the top 10. There were some pretty nasty holes out there and it bit a few drivers, myself included. Luckily, I kept it rubber side down unlike many. Unfortunately though I smashed this hole so hard it did some major damage to the car; bent torque tube, ladder, and the car landed so hard that it even bent both front shocks. After that I was unable to march forward, I just held on ending up 7th.
    We went through the car and fixed the ladder for the second night (Sunday 9/1). Unfortunately, we didn't know the shocks were bent and fought a bound up race car the whole night. It was a rough night for us. But we were excited to get the heck out of there and head up the road to Rotary Rex's shop to prep for Chico which was on the following Thursday. It was there that we found our shock problems and were able to fix them properly with the right tooling. Rex and his wife Gale were incredibly good to us. Gale did laundry for us and Rex cooked us up a fantastic steak and sausage dinner as we spent a day getting the car ready.
    At Chico we qualified well (3rd) out of a competitive field of cars. In the feature I started 4th and moved up to P2 behind Ronnie Gardner. It was a solid night for us, but there was one major problem. The head sprung a leak and got the engine a bit warm. We had to run home and prep for Ventura in two days.
    Since our back up engine was currently occupied by the pavement car, our best option was to assemble the red 05 car. We did it in one night thanks to my dad and Tres. My dad was already zombie-like from driving straight through the night to get home and had been up for 36 hours straight when the night was just getting started. Nevertheless, we got it done and made it to beautiful Ventura Raceway.
    Our poor red car had been parked since our win in May and the engine hadn't been run since April. This caused some trouble for us. We couldn't get the little F motor to run clean at all. I was able to get the thing to a 4th place finish, but that was all it had. It was disappointing for sure, but that whole week just proved how dedicated this team really is. Our hard work continued into the next week as Tres and I worked as quick as we could to get the engine out of the pavement car and into the dirt car for the next race which was Ventura again on Sept 14th. We got it done and headed to the track with high hopes of a win.
    The night went smooth early on. We had a good starting spot of 5th in the main with Ronnie just to my outside. I jumped to an early lead with the 68 of RG not far behind. I was down low on the racetrack but it was going away fast. I could see the cushion getting taller and then I could hear Ronnie behind me. I knew the low groove wouldn't make it much longer and I needed to move up even if it ment risking getting passed. If he did get by me, at least it was early enough to make a move back instead of getting smoked around the top late in the race. I moved up to the top shelf, but as soon as I did the engine coughed and sputtered. I shut it off quick and pulled off. Upon later inspection, we determined the engine wasn't a bad failure, but it was definitely going to put us out for awhile until we could buy the necessary parts.
    Unfortunately, because we were in this predicament we were unable to make the next race which was Bakersfield on September 21st. It was not looking good for the next Ventura race either coming up this past weekend on September 28th. However, just two days before the race Cory Kruseman gave me an opportunity to run one of his cars. Cory and I spent all Friday with his crew prepping and setting up both cars. We had lots of fun on Saturday, I got acclimated with the car quick and loved it right off the bat. We were second quick in hot laps and brought home the win in our heat. This put me starting 8th, RG was 6th, Cory was 4th, and Cousin Cody started pole. All of us including David Prickett, Josh Lakatos, and Shannon McQueen had a great race going. It was a race to the front between Ronnie and I. We fought our way up there and slid Cousin Cody for the lead and for 2nd. With just a hand-full of laps remaining I chased Ronnie down with everything it had. I put a wheel on him a couple times on the white put it way up in the fluff trying to make a run at him going into 3 but I couldn't make it stick. We brought it home second in probably one of the most fun races of the season.
    A huge thanks goes out to Cory Kruseman, Hobie and Barry for giving me the opportunity to run the Lucas Oil Krusman car, and also to Tres and Stew Van Dyne for there tireless work giving me a blue #5 to run. I also have to thank George Blacker - Ram-Bull Racing, Lucas Oil, and Phil Goodwine - Goodwine Glass. They are the major supporters of this team and we surely wouldn't be successful without them. A special thank you to Alex Frazin for his support and letting us use his motor-home on a regular basis. Thank you to the rest of our supporters for helping keep us going; DC Racing Cams, HPD, Eibach Springs, Swanson Inspections, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, Simpson, Oakley and One Day Signs.
    Stay tuned for the next update, at this point you never know what our next race may be!


   Our last race was a good run though the field at Placerville Speedway finishing 5th. After that we went back up to Norcal on June 15th for Petaluma. This place was a real wet and sticky racetrack. I finished 5th again that night. It was a bit of a struggle for us because we didn't quite have the rough setup down yet and were far too tight.
    It was after this race that we got some help from Advanced Racing Suspensions and Eibach springs to get some fresh suspension under the car. The new gear worked great for us at the following Norcal race in Plaza Park on June 29th. It was a tiny little micro track that proved to be a challenge for us all. The track was sticky and rough on one end and dead dry on the other. We ended up finishing 5th again.
    Another top 5 run was good, but not good enough. We went through the car and changed some minor things around trying to get the car to drive more evenly off the rear tires and go through the corner in a more settled down manner. It worked. The next place we raced at was July 12th at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. We set a new track record in qualifying and finished a solid 3rd on a RR tire that was going flat the last 10 laps. That night made us feel very good about ourselves. It had seemed as though we had got the Edmunds Autoreasearch car dialed in.
    The next race was on July 20th at Ventura. We had a bad heat race which mired us way back in the field at the start of the feature. It was a hard fought battle but I was able to move the Van Dyne Chevy to the 4th spot at the checkers.
    It was back to Ventura again July 31st for the Ventura County Fair race. This race is always a packed house and it's nice to see the Ventura stands filled with so many people. I started in the 7th spot behind Kruseman. He and I muscled our way to the front and we duked it out for the win but ending up 2nd. Watch it all here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKsyA_VQks
    After this race, it was time for an engine refresh. Tres, Stew and I spent the month we had off at the shop not only rebuilding the motor, but also going through the whole car from head to toe in preparation for the week of racing (4 races) we would have from Aug. 31st through Sept. 7th.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Month of May

    Lots of exciting opportunities came about in the month of May. It all started with our win the 05 Honda Midget at Santa Maria. After that race the K24 PBH Honda was pulled out so that Tres and Stew Van Dyne could fine tune the fuel system on the dyno and make it perfect. Unfortunately, some problems surfaced themselves over the course of the run and we were forced to park that engine for the time being until we are able to get the proper items from HPD to continue with the program.
    Tres and Stew Van Dyne stepped in and offered for me to drive their blue #5 Edmunds chassis with the next USAC midget race being at Ventura less than a week away. I was of course extremely thankful to have an opportunity to jump in the seat.
    We had a pretty decent go at Ventura in the #5 Van Dyne entry. The car was a bit different being a four coil car it reacts much different than anything I've ever driven before. It proved to be a pretty good car though with plenty of horsepower. I started in the main 8th but was collected in a second lap altercation. The contact bent the RF shock along with a few other parts. After pushing into the pits for my guys to check out the damage it was clear nothing could be done in time as far as making repairs. I pushed back out and tried to adapt to the wounded race car. I went from the back of the pack to finish 6th. We were all pretty satisfied with the results considering the circumstances.
    The following weekend was a USAC/CRA 410 Sprint car race at Perris Auto Speedway. Thanks to some generous support from George Blacker and Ram Bull Racing, I was able to drive for the Roa Family. Brett and Brody Roa own two Spike's. HD Industries, Burris Racing, and Biker Bruce Fischer help make it possible for these guys to have these two cars and a shop full of good equipment. I also had help from Larry Henry and Tony Jones, owners of the #41 sprint car I normally drive, to be able to run a green 91R car at the Salute to Indy Perris Auto Speedway Sprint Car race.
    It was pretty neat to be teammates with Brody. I can't thank the Roa family enough for giving me such a great opportunity. Those two guys put all of there time and effort, not to mention every dime they have into these race cars, so to trust me with their baby was very cool and definitely appreciated.
    This was my first sprint car race for 2013 and it was nice to be back. I had my usual crew chief, Tony Jones, on the wrenches. He never stopped working all night, giving me the best shot possible to have a good run.
    I qualified 11th, which was good considering the front wheels weren't on the ground much! It was pretty well hooked up. In the feature Brody and I started next to each other; I 11th and Brody 12th. After a fun and eventful race I finished 9th and Brody ran 10th. It was a good night for everybody, both cars rolled on the trailer with a top 10 finish. Obviously we both would have liked to finish further up in the pack, but I think all of us learned a lot about these cars that was beneficial for both parties.
    After this race, my next show was up in Northern Ca in Placerville. For this race I was back in Tres and Stewart's blue #5. These guys have really given me a great opportunity here. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to keep chasing the points championship since our other program is still on pause at the moment. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to drive for them.
    We had a good heat in Placerville, bringing home win. That put me starting 8th in the feature due to the invert. Two laps into the feature, I got knocked up the racetrack and way out of shape. The yellow came out due to another incident on the other end of the track and because I kept the car running, I should have got my position towards the front back as they revert back to the last lap. However, that wasn't the case tonight. For some reason they put me at the tail of the 20 car field. I definitely had my work cut out for me. The track was one-laned dry slick around the bottom and the points leader was running in the 3rd position. Through the race I marched forward, finally reaching 5th spot with a few laps to go. On the white flag Ronnie Gardner and 3rd place tried to rail the massive cusion to gain some ground but it didn't work and I moved into 3rd spot down the back straight just as the yellow flag came out. They reverted back to the last lap which put me back to 5th. On the restart I knew the bottom was the way to go, but they did too this time so we brought it home 5th. It was definitely a good night. I wish we could have stayed up front from the beginning, but at least after what had happened on the start I was able to get back to the bumper of the points leader Ronnie Gardner. Right now I'm just 23 points back to him.
    Once again a huge thanks to the Van Dynes for giving me this awesome opportunity. I think we can keep up the momentum this season and keep the strong finishes coming. I'd also like to give a very big thanks to long time friend and supporter Alex Frazin. Alex lent us his gigantic RV bus  for our long traveling races which saves us money on getting hotels for us and the team. He's always been supportive of me and helps in any way he can. Also thanks to my sponsors for their extra support; George Blacker and Ram Bull Racing, Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil, DC Racing Cams, HPD, Eibach Springs, Swanson Inspections, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, Oakley and One Day Signs.
    We have this weekend off, but our next event is in Norcal again in Petaluma with the USAC Midgets. I'll be once again piloting the Van Dyne Chevy. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jake gets Win #1 of 2013 at Santa Maria Speedway

    I'm just going to jump right into it here, we got HPD's first win with the new K Honda motor last weekend at Santa Maria Speedway! What a feeling to finally say that. This was the engine's very first USAC race and it's clear it is off to a pretty darn good start.
    This engine was built by Skeet Bushor of PBH Indy. He, Honda Racing and Swanson Motorsports have teamed up to develop this engine into a competitive and reliable engine at a very reasonable cost. Skeet has put many countless hours into making this Honda Accord Engine, a midget racing engine. He has done a fanominal job putting this thing together, and with just a little bit of tuning it was a rocket.
    The original plan for USAC's Santa Maria race was to run our old F engine which we had been running all year so far. The reason for this was simply that we knew exactly what we had with the F and it typically isn't very wise to be experimenting on race night. Especially while chasing the points leader, Ronnie Gardner, by only a few points. However, a detrimental problem occurred when we fired the car off with the F on Monday, just a week before SM. It turns out the valve guides had racked up too many laps and began to leak oil into the cylinders. Our efforts to resolve this problem failed all week. Finally at about 5pm on Friday afternoon we began our last ditch effort to go racing by ripping the F out, and putting our K back in.
    It was a long night but the sound of it firing off early Saturday morning definitely woke us up. We headed to the track with with Tres Van Dyne who began running through numbers and scouring data to try and put together a different fuel system package that would hopefully help us get this engine to run a little better at the lower RPM range. Tres made the right call, and got the thing good for hot laps. It wasn't perfect, but it was drive-able. There was hope!
    Tres continued to make gains all night. I qualified 6th out of the 13 entries. From there I started 4th in the heat and won. The feature was a Swanson Motorsports front row with points leader Ronnie Gardner right behind. Cody got a good jump at first but I powered around the top and beat him into turn 1 and never looked back.
    It felt great to finally put it in the circle. We've been running great all year so far and it's shaping up to be an awesome points battle between us and good friend RonnieG. We are now tied for the points lead going into Ventura this weekend.
    I'd like to give a very special thank you to our new sponsor who has come on board this year; George Blacker and Ram-Bull Racing. George has become a great friend of ours. He races in the Ignite series on the pavement and also owns/drives a couple vintage sprint cars. George has been extremely supportive of both of my racing programs, sprint and midget. We brought our #88 Schankerman owned focus out last weekend for him to play and he loved it. Thank you George for your tremendous support and welcome to the Team!
    I'd also like to thank all of our supports who help us get to the racetrack each week; Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil Products, DC Racing Cams, HPD and Honda Racing, PBH Indy and Skeet Bushor, Eibach Springs, Swanson Inspections, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, Oakley and One Day Signs for their support. Thank you all for helping us get to the top!
    Another well deserved thanks to our hard working crew who was out there last weekend. There's never a dull moment with two race cars in competition. My dad obviously, the hardest working dude I know. What he does for me is unbelievable and I'm so happy to finally grab this win for him. His face in the winner's circle says it all, and reminds me why we do what we do. Also Tres Van Dyne who was really the hero of the day in getting this K running solid for us. Cheyne Burris and Mike May were perfect help and very hard working as usual, we are happy to have them apart of our team. Tim, Tracy, and Zac Bozanich weren't in attendance this weekend but I still can't thank them enough for their numerous hours of help and support these past few years. And one final thank you to Jon Paquet and Sprint Car Scotty for the photos from this exciting night!
    Next up is a USAC/VRA Battle at the Beach race at Ventura. This joint just got some new red clay dumped on it so it will be exciting to see what changes it brings in the racing there.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2 for 1! Ventura 3/23 and Bakersfield 3/30

    It's been an exciting couple weeks! For those who are wondering about whether we ran the new K24 engine or not..nope! Not yet. But our F engine Turkey Night piece is hanging with the best of them. After our last 2nd place run at Ventura, we followed it up with yet another 2nd place finish. This time we were runner up to Ronnie Gardner but it was quite the race to watch.
    I started on the front row, outside pole to Randy Pankratz. Randy got the jump into the first turn, and not 3 laps in we touched wheels and the contact sent me on my lid. After the VRA crew flipped me back on all fours, I refired and clawed my way back up through the field and into 2nd place. It's a fun race to watch if you haven't already seen it, here's the link to my onboard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=PX0HVc5i9ns
     Oildale in Bakersfield CA was our 3rd USAC Midget race of the year and had an extremely impressive car count. 26 cars were entered. We had an awesome qualifying effort of 2nd, and went on to win our heat race. In the feature I started 5th. The track was a rough and holey one with only one groove around the tires. I was able to snag 3rd away from Bernal and Vanderweerd. Cody was leading and RonnieG and I were 2nd and 3rd. Unfortunately, I relinquished 3rd to Bernal in the closing laps but it was still a great finish for us.
    I really feel good about what we've accomplished in the past few months thanks to my dad and family's support. Not to mention our sponsors who have been so generous. I'm so proud to have been a competitive front running car all year. Thanks to; Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil Products, DC Racing Cams, HPD and Honda Racing, PBH Indy, Eibach Springs, Swanson Inspections, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, and One Day Sign for their support.
    I'm looking forward to the next USAC race at Ventura this Saturday! Stay tuned.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Swanson's 1-2 at Ventura Raceway Opener 3/16 - Onboard Video

    The Swanson Motorsports Team headed back to the beautiful Ventura beach this past weekend for VRA's season opener and what a night it turned out to be. We had 11 midgets in the field and the top 6 cars were all within 2 tenths of each other. The quantity of cars may be down, but the quality of cars is pretty equal across the board.
    The events leading up to the main event went fairly smooth for us. I was 3nd fast time in practice and finished 3rd in the heat from 5th. The line-up for the feature was Rick Hendrix and Cody Swanson on the front row, and the second row consisted of Bruce Dougless and David Prickett. I started 5th with Ronnie Gardner just outside of me.
    Bruce spun early but Scott Pierovich joined the group and us 6 cars had a pretty awesome battle going on throughout the entire race. I was pretty tight early on but as the track came to me more I started picking them off. On lap 26 Cody took the lead from Rick and I was able to get by him just a couple laps later. The remaining 3 laps I was able to reel in Cody and get to his bumper by the final corner.
    It felt good to get our first 1-2 finish and Congratulations to Cousin Cody his W! I'd like to thank Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil Products, DC Racing Cams, HPD and Honda Racing, PBH Indy, Eibach Springs, Swanson Inspections, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, and One Day Sign for their support. Thanks Scott Sheldon for the shots.
    Be sure to click the link ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njVQNm4m7hk&feature=youtu.be to watch the race from my view!
    And to see some photos of the action, check out Sprint Car Scotty's website here ---> http://sprintcarscotty.smugmug.com/VenturaRaceway2013/VRA-16MARCH2013/28467463_smJzbd#!i=2411740693&k=QfPqVnP


2013 Update & Canyon AZ Race Report 3/1-2/13

Turkey Night Qualifying - www.marvsphotography.com
    Lots of news to cover for this new 2013 season! First off, last year we took a little break from midget racing halfway through the year and geared up for one of the most prestigious midget races of all time; the 72nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Perris Auto Speedway. It was a very successful weekend for us. The race was a national event so the competition was intense. I didn't qualify in but I was able to race my way in through the first qualifier. The 98 lap feature was a test of driver stamina as well as a tough test on equipment. We finished a solid 20th of the 34 cars to start the feature. Just finishing that race is a feat in itself, so we were pretty pumped for that run.
    From there the car got rebuilt for the big K24 engine test day. The test took place in February, and the goal was to put as many laps on the new engine as possible in a 2 day span as a true test of durability, performance, and drivability. This test was also a success. We put approximately 500 laps on the new engine, as a matter of fact, we ran out of tires and had to cut the test short. About 40 tires were burned off (literally). We learned so much valuable information and I'm very excited for it's competition debut sometime in the near future.
     After the test, the engine was given to Honda for further inspection as we got busy with yet another complete rebuild of the #05 Stealth.  The first competition of the season was the USAC Western States Season opener at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona. We put the Turkey Night engine back in the car for this race (F engine) and set off to go racing for the first time in 2013!
    The first night of the two day show, we had to get a feel of the track and after struggling most of the day, we had a good charge in the main after starting 20th and finishing 10th.
    On night two we improved even further by starting 8th and running in the top 5 most of the race. We ended up finishing 6th to Clauson, RJ Johnson, and a few of the Kuhnz Toyota Team cars including Larson who finished just in front of me. It was a great way to start off 2013!
    We've got Eibach Springs on board sponsoring us this year and also Swanson Inspections for all your home and property inspection needs. Welcome to the team and thank you very much for your support! I'd also like to thank the rest of our sponsors for their support over the years and helping get this team extremely competitive week in and week out; Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil Products, DC Racing Cams, HPD and Honda Racing, PBH Indy, K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products, and One Day Signs.