Clauson Rolls In Western World Opener

Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

PEORIA, Ariz. — The 45th annual FVP Western World Championships presented by Sands Chevrolet opened with Bryan Clauson grabbing the ASCS Canyon Region non-winged sprint car feature Thursday night at Canyon Speedway Park.

Earning the third starting spot in the 25-lap event, Clauson took second on the opening lap as Charles Davis Jr. moved into the lead.

“It was really good you know these guys with the Ultimate Off Road No. 16 gave me a good race car and we’re off to a great start this week,” said Clauson. “The Western World is still one of the marque sprint car events and one I haven’t really had the opportunity to win so being in position to win we are really excited going into Saturday. “

Slowing for a caution on the second lap, the race resumed with Davis working the high side. Completing lap three, the inside line would come to live for Clauson who dashed into the lead with Tracy Hines taking a shot for second but coming up short while Josh Pelkey and Jon Stanbrough made up the top five.

With slower traffic quickly become an issue for the race leaders, Clauson seemed to work seamlessly to advance his advantage to nearly two second while Hines worked past Davis for the runner up spot on lap seven.

In and out of slower cars, the battle for the lead never shaped up as Bryan Clauson drove the Mike Martin owned No. 16b to victory.

Tracy Hines finished second with Davis third. Josh Pelkey outran Jon Stanbrough for fifth.

Rick Ziehl was sixth with R.J. Johnson coming from 15th to claim the final transfer into Saturday’s $5,000 to win feature event.

The finish:

Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines, Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Jon Stanbrough, Rick Ziehl, R.J. Johnson, Bob Ream Jr., Matt Rossi, Joshua Hodges, Thomas Ogle, Chris Bonneau, Andrew Reinbold, Ronnie Smith, Josh Shipley, Brian Hosford, James Aragon, Colby Copeland, Jake Simmons, Johnny Shelton Jr., Shane Cockrum, Kevin Thomas Jr.