Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Night Grand Prix 2013!! 98 Lap Feature Race!!

November 28th, 2013
Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
USAC National and Western Midgets

Josh Ford Motorsports looks to continue the Turkey Night tradition with another strong showing for the final race of 2013! Last year we placed 3rd and 4th with Ryan Bernal and Nic Fass. This year we have got Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., and Jac Haudenschild!

FROM Perris Auto Speedway –

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM, qualifying will begin at 6:00 and the first race will take the green flag at 7:15.

“It is going to be a full day of racing and fun for the entire family,” longtime Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian said on Monday. “There will be autograph sessions for early arriving fans, a live band and, of course, the best racers in the nation competing for Midget racing’s most prestigious title and a chance to kiss the Agie trophy. We also hope a lot of fans come out early in the day to tailgate in the spectator parking lot.”

There will be two autograph sessions before the race. The first one will be from 2:30 – 3:30 on the front straightaway of the famous Riverside County clay oval featuring all of the drivers and cars entered in this year’s race. From 3:30 to 4:30 there will be another autograph session in the track’s sports bar featuring some of the legends of the Turkey Night Grand Prix including this year’s Grand Marshal Sleepy Tripp, past Turkey Night winners Rick Goudy (1978), Kevin Olsen (1983), Chuck Gurney (1988 & 1989) and Jordan Hermansador (1994).

In the racing portion of the show, the fastest 14 cars in qualifying will be locked in to the 98-lap main event. All of the other cars will contest a pair of qualifying races with the top eight from each of those gaining their tickets into the feature. Those who do not proceed to the main event from qualifying or the qualifying races and who have a provisional, will be eligible to join the main event as well.

Follow @JFM_Racing throughout the race for updates.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Josh Ford Motorsports and the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix

Josh Ford Motorsports will have a stellar line up of incredibly talented drivers for the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix!

Agajanian Promotions and Perris Auto Speedway
The 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
USAC National and Western Midgets
November 28th, 2013

JFM is happy to announce the drivers we will have for Turkey Night! 

Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland will be wheeling the Jimmy May tuned King Racing Products / A&A Precision CNC Machine / Berry Pack Midget Spike/Fontana #73. Dave won the 18th Annual Oval Nationals right here just earlier this month on November 2nd. Darland has had an incredible year, once again… “Anytime Dave Darland is on the racetrack, he is a potential winner,” Perris promoter Don Kazarian said. “He is one of the greatest open wheel drivers of all time and on top of that, he is one of the nicest guys in all of racing. A true winner and a class act all the way.” We are thrilled to have Dave for this race!

Also running for JFM this Turkey Night, will be Kevin Thomas Jr. out of Cullman, Alabama. Thomas, 22, tied champion Bryan Clauson and Darland for the most wins in the USAC National Sprint Car Series with 7 in 2013. Kevin has placed in the top 10 every one of his last 10 races, winning at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN.

And, we will have the “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild from Wooster, Ohio. Jac has won 3 of his last 10 races, has strong roots in Southern California and has been racing and winning since 1974.
All of us at JFM are excited to have such talent running for us on Turkey Night! We hope to see everyone at the track.

Follow us throughout the race @JFM_Racing

Saturday, November 16, 2013

This is the third and final day of WWC! Darland and JFM are locked in to the top 8 for both the Sprints and Midgets!!

Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ – 11/16/2013 – Day 3
Honda USAC National Midgets 46th Annual ‘Western World Championships’
Honda USAC National Midgets
USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
Day 2 of Western World is complete. All the Sprint qualifying is done. Clauson took the Sprint checkered flag as Hagen edges out Bacon for the Midgets. It all comes down to what happens tonight! Third and final day of WWC is on the horizon.

MIDGETS - Cars locked into Saturday’s dash to line up the first four rows of the “Western World Championship” feature midget race are Bell, Hagen, Bacon, Abreu, Armstrong, Darland, Clauson, and Tracy Hines. All other cars will run heat races during Saturday’s championship program. Darland is tied for 6th we believe, with 295 points, the leader Bell has 329.

Last night, Darland and JFM put in some solid racing.


Heat 1 – 5th – 8 Laps
First Qualifier – WINS (2nd) – 8 Laps
Feature – 4th (5th) – 30 Laps

SPRINTS – As Dave Darland wheeling the JFM #73 Sprint took 4th on Thursday and the top four from each preliminary night (Thursday and Friday) “A” Main event will lock into Saturday’s finale.  Those eight will engage in a Revenge Draw during Saturday’s opening ceremonies to determine the Dash lineup.  The Dash finish will determine the alignment of the front four rows of the main event.

The balance of the field will be lined straight up according to preliminary night point totals in twin “B” Mains (as well as a “C” Main if necessary) to set the balance of the “A” Main starting lineup.

It’s going to be an exciting finish and we are right in this with both the Sprints and Midgets!

Come to the track and follow Darland and JFM @JFM_Racing

Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 2 of Western World is happening now!

Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ – 11/15/2013

Honda USAC National Midgets 46th Annual ‘Western World Championships’
Honda USAC National Midgets
USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ – 11/15/2013

Last night Dave Darland, driving the Josh Ford Motorsports King Racing Products / A&A Precision CNC Machine / Berry Pack Midget #73 for the Sprints, locked us into the Top 8 for Saturday nights finale with a 4th place finish in the 30 lap Feature!

Heat 1 – 5th – 8 Laps
First Qualifier – WINS (2nd) – 8 Laps
Feature – 4th (5th) – 30 Laps

Dave also put together a solid start for the three night Midget event. Darland qualified well and finished 8th in the Feature. We are 7th in points so far for the weekend for the midgets. We are at 144 with the leader, Christopher Bell at 165. Hopefully the points will update here as they are tallied.


Qualified – 8th (14.129)
Heat 4 – 6th – 8 Laps
B Main – 2nd (3rd) – 12 Laps
Feature – 8th (9th) – 30 Laps

Tonight we will only be running the Midgets as the Sprints were split in two parts for the qualifying.

Follow Darland and JFM throughout the night @JFM_Racing!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Darland and JFM at WWC 2013 at Canyon Speedway Park!!

The illustrious Dave Darland will drive for Josh Ford Motorsports this weekend for the Western World Championships!!

46th Annual Western World Championships
Honda USAC National Midgets
USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
November 14th, 15th and 16th
Canyon Speedway Park | Peoria, AZ

Dave Darland, out of Walton, Indiana, has had a phenomenal year to go along with his incredible career. Dave is coming off a $15,000 payday just last weekend at the Budweiser Oval Nationals. It should go without saying the caliber of this driver, anyone who knows Sprint Car racing knows the seemingly unending list of accomplishments this talented driver has racked up over the years. Some of the Highlights include 3x H.A.R.F. Driver of the year (1994-1997-1999), 1995 Buckeye Auto Racing Fan Club Driver of the Year, 3x Arnie Knepper Memorial award recipient, 15x I.S.W. Feature Winner (puts him #1 on The All Time Indiana Sprint Week win list) and so, so much more over his more than two decade storied career.

This year Dave claimed second behind Bryan Clauson in the National Sprint Car Series, though as mentioned earlier, he won over Clauson just last week in the 2013 Bud Nationals. Last year Dave finished just 5 points behind Clauson for the same series! Darland has placed in the top 10 in nearly every race he has been in and has won at least eight this year alone!

JFM, Jimmy May and the Team, our partners and everyone involved is excited to have Dave Darland wheeling the A&A Precision CNC Machine / King Racing Products / Berry Pack / CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oils #73.

Darland will run both the Midget and the non-winged Sprint classes on all three nights of this national level racing in Peoria this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Come out to the track and support JFM and Dave Darland. Follow the full weekend of racing as it happens! @JFM_Racing

JFM and Jon Stanbrough at the 18th Annual BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS

18th Annual BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS | Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA

Three exciting days of racing at PAS for JFM and Jon Stanbrough!

October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd
Thursday - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series vs USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series
Friday & Saturday - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars

The first day Stanbrough put in some solid racing, qualifying well and finishing strong, taking home 5th for the 360 Sprints in the ‘Grudge Series’.

Qualified – 4th
Heat 4 – NT (6th)
Semi – WINS (1st)
Feature – 5th (17th)

On Friday night, with 53 National and CRA 410’s, all vying for points to put them in position for the Saturday night finale, Stanbrough, again the consistent veteran put together a good night’s racing.

Qualified – 25th (17.138)
Heat 4 – 4th (2nd)
Semi – WINS (1st)
Feature – 13th (22nd)

Saturday night’s finale to the Budweiser Oval Nationals was electric all through from qualifying to the final lap of the Feature!! We had Ryan Bernal driving Jon’s back up 73x and both cars performed well throughout the evening. Bernal’s ride from the previous evening had engine problems that could not be reconciled for Saturday’s race. Stanbrough claimed 8th in the Feature and Bernal just missed the transfer in the B Main #1.

- Jon Stanbrough -

Qualified – 10th (16.865)
Heat 2 – WINS (2nd) – 10 Laps
Feature – 8th (9th) – 40 Laps

- Ryan Bernal -
Qualified – 21st (17.038)
Heat 1 – 4th (6th) – 10 Laps
B Main #1 – 6th (16th) – 12 Laps

Up NEXT for JFM:
Nov 14 | USAC WWS & MIDGET | Canyon Speedway Park | Peoria, AZ
Nov 15 | USAC WWS & MIDGET | Canyon Speedway Park | Peoria, AZ
Nov 16 | USAC WWS & MIDGET | Canyon Speedway Park | Peoria, AZ

Friday, November 1, 2013

Stanbrough and JFM are gaining momentum! Take 5th first night at Oval Nationals 2013!

With just 3 races together to date, we have gotten stronger, more confident and have placed better each race.

18th Annual BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS | Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA

Thursday - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series VS USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series.

Last night was the 360 part of the 3 days of the Budweiser Oval Nationals with the ‘Grudge Series’, where 36 of the nation’s best sprint drivers and teams put it all out on the track. It was an exciting night of racing!
Stanbrough and JFMJon Stanbrough and the dialed in JFM King Racing Products / A&A Precision CNC Machine / Berry Pack #73 put in a time of 16.902 for 4th fast to get the evening started. A bit of bad luck on Stanbrough’s heat race, where Jon got into Bruce St. James coming around turn 2 on the third lap and flattened his right front tire. This put him in the back where he stayed for the Heat 4. Stanbrough started on the pole and easily stayed out front through the 10 lap semi, taking the checkered and winning it.

The Feature for the 1st round of the 2013 Budweiser Oval Nationals, Stanbrough started on the inside of the 9th row, 17th. Coming from the back, Jon quickly powered his way up to 12th/13th where we had some yellows around the 3rd through 5th laps. By the 10th lap of the 30 lap feature, Stanbrough was running 9th where he traded the 8th and 9th positions all the way through to the long yellow of the 27th lap where several cars got tangled in turn 1… should have been a red. On the restart, Jon was running 8th and surged to 6th. With 1 lap to go, Clauson taking hold of the race but got up on the rubber and spun into the wall on 3/4 just as Stanbrough was charging 5th and even 4th as they threw the yellow. The race ended there on the 29th lap and they gave Stanbrough 5th. Jon did get the Hard Charger for the 17th – 5th.

Qualified – 4th
Heat 4 – NT (6th)
Semi – WINS (1st)
Feature – 5th (17th)

Tonight we are still here in Perris where the perfect 72 degree is agreeable with JFM and fans alike. This will be the USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars. For the next 2 days we will have Stanbrough wheeling the 410 #73. Excited to get out there and put it all on the track!!

Follow the race @JFM_Racing

JFM is looking forward to seeing all our family, friends and partners at the PAS tonight!