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Hines and Abelson Take Winter Challenge Round Three at CSP!

By canyon | 30 January 2012 | Featured News | | 0 Comments   

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 29, 2012) – Tracy Hines became the third different winner in as many rounds of Winter Challenge action at Canyon Speedway Park by taking the $3,000 triumph in Sunday afternoon’s 30-lap feature event pitting the ASCS Canyon Region versus the USAC West Coast Series.

After leading much of the way in Saturday’s feature only to surrender the point in the closing circuits, there was no stopping the reigning Western World champion in Sunday’s main event after he took the lead away from Rick Ziehl on the 18th circuit.

While Hines started from the pole position, it was outside front row starter and Friday night winner Charles Davis, Jr., pacing the early circuits in front of fourth-starter Ziehl and Hines.

As traffic came into play on the 3/8-mile clay oval, Ziehl slid past Davis, Jr., for the lead on the 11th round with Hines following suit soon after.  Hines worked traffic precisely over the next several rounds and took the lead from Ziehl with 13 circuits remaining.

With clear track in front of him after a caution with just six laps to go, the New Castle, IN, native raced on to the checkered flag in front of Ziehl, with R.J. Johnson, Davis, Jr., and Jeremy Sherman rounding out the top five.

Andrew Reinbold advanced ten positions by racing from 16th to sixth, while Bud Kaeding charged from 19th to seventh.  Bruce St. James was eighth, with Mike Martin and Jon Stanbrough completing the top ten.

Chris Abelson raced his way to the front from an eighth starting position to become the third different winner in IMCA Modified competition as he beat pole starter Jesse Williams and third place finisher Jay Noteboom.

Jody Henderson and Josh Shipley ended Winter Challenge win streaks by capturing the Pure Stock and ASCS2 main events.

Full Results:

Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge resumes with Round Four on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., followed by Round Five on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then the $5,000-to-win Sixth and Final Round on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 

Winter Challenge Points (Top Ten):  1. Tracy Hines (New Castle, IN) 400, 2. Bud Kaeding (Campbell, CA) 396, 3. Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) 388, 4. R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ) 383, 5. (tie) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN) and Jeremy Sherman (Surprise, AZ) 355, 7. Rick Ziehl (Las Cruces, NM) 346, 8. Casey Shuman (Tempe, AZ) 343, 9. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 336, 10. Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) 328.

Remaining Winter Challenge Schedule at Canyon Speedway Park:

Round Four – Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:00 p.m. ($2,000 to win)

Round Five – Friday, February 3 @ 7:00 p.m. ($2,000 to win)

Round Six – Saturday, February 4 @ 1:00 p.m. ($5,000 to win)

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Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway.  For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at

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