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Landis Lands First ASCS Southwest Score!

Lonnie Wheatley, TUCSON, Ariz. (April 2, 2011) – Calvin Landis nabbed his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win by topping Saturday night’s 25-lap Sunoco Fuel ASCS Southwest Region main event atop the 3/8-mile USA Raceway clay oval.

The Knoxville, IA, resident by way of native Arizona advanced from the fifth starting position to take his first series win aboard Gary Williams’ Borello-powered Diamond Mechanical/Bandit Racing No. 79 Maxim.

Landis beat three-time and defending ASCS Southwest champion Rick Ziehl to the stripe, with current points leader Joshua Hodges, John Carney II and Joshua Williams rounding out the top five.

John Van Horn and Williams won Saturday night’s heat races.

Sunoco Fuel ASCS Southwest Region Results from USA Raceway:

Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 5az-John Van Horn, 2. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 3. 79-Calvin Landis, 4. 90-Lance Norick, 5. 57x-Steve Stone, 6. 27-Perry McMillan, 7. 5h-Josh Pelkey.

Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 41w-Joshua Williams, 2. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 3. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 4. 8-John Carney II, 5. 15c-Joey Chester, 6. 55-Brent McKee, 7. 5-Kyle McCutcheon.

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 79-Calvin Landis, 2. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 3. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 4. 8-John Carney II, 5. 41w-Joshua Williams, 6. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 7. 5h-Josh Pelkey, 8. 90-Lance Norick, 9. 15c-Joey Chester, 10. 27-Perry McMillan, 11. 57x-Steve Stone, 12. 5az-John Van Horn, 13. 55-Brent McKee, 14. 5-Kyle McCutcheon.

ASCS Southwest Points (Top 10): 1. Joshua Hodges 427, 2. Rick Ziehl 422, 3. John Carney II 407, 4. Calvin Landis 387, 5. Joshua Williams 363, 6. Lance Norick 360, 7. Dalten Gabbard 352, 8. Kyle McCutcheon 342, 9. Joey Chester 284, 10. John Van Horn 281.

[i Photo – Calvin Landis snared his first career ASCS victory by topping Saturday night’s ASCS Southwest main event at Tucson’s USA Raceway. (Dennis Brownfield photo)]