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Southwest Sprint Cars Headline Salute to Indy!

By canyon | 21 May 2013 | Featured News | | 0 Comments   

SaluteToIndyBanner 650x150Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (May 20, 2013) – Memorial Day weekend has historically been tied to auto racing.  And that will be the case this weekend at Canyon Speedway Park near Phoenix, as the 1/3-mile clay oval will host the Second Annual Salute to Indy on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-night tilt will feature the wingless competitors of the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series along with LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, Micro Sprints and AMA Mod Lites.

Both nights of racing action go green at 7:00 p.m.

The Salute to Indy event will have some added money up for grabs for the USAC Sprint Car ranks as well.  Saturday’s feature offers a $1,500 winner’s share and $200 to start with Sunday’s main event a $2,000 to win affair with $250 to start.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix leads the USAC Southwest forces into the weekend with a 43-point advantage over reigning Arizona Sprint Car champion Charles Davis, Jr., with Ronnie Clark, Mike Martin and Bryan Swinehart rounding out the current top five.  The balance of the top ten includes Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Shon Deskins, Justin Quinn and Stevie Sussex.

Johnson has been perfect in Southwest points action at CSP as well by topping both previous events at the 1/3-mile on March 16 and then April 27.

With three wins in four tries, Josh Shipley leads the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars into the weekend with a nine point advantage over Johnny Shelton, Jr., though Matt Lundy topped the most recent event on May 11.

Dustin Cormany has topped four of six Micro Sprint features at CSP this year including the most recent pair of events with John Priest gunning to extend his run of two consecutive AMA Mod Lite triumphs.

Tickets for the Second Annual Salute to Indy are $15 on both Saturday and Sunday, with a $2 discount for Military, Seniors and Students.  Children ages 7-12 are $6, with children 6 and under admitted free.  VIP passes are available for $20.

Hotel Information can be found at or by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 623-853-1313.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News.  The track update registration can be found at the top of the home page.

The entire 2013 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at

Discounted CSP season passes are also available by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.  Season ticket packages can be viewed at

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway.  For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at

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