FOREST, Ohio (October 31, 2022) – It was a long haul to the Grand Canyon State for Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports, but the decision to venture west and join USAC for the annual Western World Championships at Cocopah Speedway certainly paid off, capping their Halloween weekend with not only a pair of respectable finishes, but scoring a podium run in the process. For Westfall, the podium run – a third-place finish on Friday, October 28 – was his best USAC National Sprint Cars result in a decade, earning his last podium outcome at Eldora Speedway in April 2012.
Overall, Westfall’s Friday night performance was almost perfect, kicking things off with the eighth-fastest qualifying time, racing on to finish third in his respective heat race. The six-time winner in 2022, and 2021 BOSS Series champion, went on to start from the pole.
The following evening in the $10,000-to-win Western World Championships finale, Westfall finished 11th, the product of an impressive rally from 22nd on the grid. The 11-position charge was good enough to secure a third-place finish in the weekend’s passing master standings. Westfall also earned the weekend’s GSP Quality Driving Performance contingency award.
“Overall, a great weekend for Ray Marshall Motorsports. We’re really rolling right now and it feels good to be in the hunt every single night. I certainly can’t thank Ray Marshall enough for this opportunity. We’re having a great time,” Westfall said, driver of Ray Marshall’s Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc./Hempy Water/DPI Ink/No. 33M Bumblebee Express. “We’re excited to visit Perris Auto. Hopefully we can cap this West Coast visit on another high note.”
Matt Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports will continue their 2022 campaign with a USAC National Sprint Cars tripleheader at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California, on Thursday through Saturday, November 3-5. Dubbed the Oval Nationals, the three-day spectacle will conclude with a $20,000-to-win main event on Saturday. The event will also conclude the 2022 USAC National Sprint Cars schedule.
Ray Marshall Motorsports and Matt Westfall would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc./Hempy Water/DPI Ink.
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2020 Wins: 4 (Gas City I-69 Speedway – July 17), (Kokomo Speedway – BOSS – August 29) (I-96 Speedway – BOSS – September 25) (I-96 Speedway – GLTS – October 9)
2021 Wins: 2 (Kokomo Speedway – April 9) (Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway – July 24 – BOSS Series)
2021 Championships: Buckeye Outlaws Sprint Series (BOSS)
2022 Highlights: Highlighted Florida trip with back-to-back 13th-place finishes during USAC competition at Bubba Raceway Park. Rallied from 12th to finish fourth in Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series start at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday, April 9. Finished 11th with USAC National Sprints at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Saturday, April 16. Finished second in BOSS Series opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana, on Saturday, April 23. Earned back-to-back top-ten finishes with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Lakeside Speedway and I-70 Motorsports Park on Thursday and Saturday, May 12 and 14; finished sixth and tenth, respectively. Finished second in open non-wing event at Circle City Raceway on Sunday, May 15. Finished 13th in $10,000-to-win Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, May 22. Finished second from 11th during BOSS Series start at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 28. Earned first victory of 2022 in I-96 Speedway’s Full Throttle Sprint Car Nationals opener on Friday, June 3. Finished fourth in Full Throttle Nationals finale on Saturday, June 4. Finished second during Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series action at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri, on Saturday, June 11. Highlighted USAC’s Eastern Storm with three top-ten scores; ninth at Bridgeport Speedway, fifth at Williams Grove Speedway, and sixth at Port Royal Speedway. Finished fourth twice in St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. Earned second BOSS Series victory of 2022 during Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday, July 3. Earned a pair of top-ten finishes in Huset’s Speedway’s USAC Nationals on Friday, July 8, and Sunday, July 10. Highlighted Indiana Sprint Week with a top-ten finish (sixth) at Circle City Raceway. Finished second in Indiana Sprint Week Passing Master standings. Earned Gas City I-69 Speedway victory on Friday, August 12. Earned third BOSS Series victory of 2022 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, on Saturday, August 13. Finished seventh with Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, on Friday, September 9. Finished fifth during USAC start at Circle City Raceway on Friday, September 16. Finished eighth during Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals on Saturday, September 24. Finished third and eighth during BOSS Series starts at Latrobe Speedway and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8. Swept Gas City’s two-day Fall Festival of Speed of Friday and Saturday, October 21-22. Finished third and 11th during Cocopah Speedway’s Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29. The third-place performance was Westfall’s best with USAC since April 2012.
2022 Wins: 6 (I-96 Speedway | June 3rd | BOSS Series), (Waynesfield Raceway Park | July 3 | BOSS Series), (Gas City I-69 Speedway | August 12), (Fremont Speedway | August 13 | BOSS Series) (Gas City I-69 Speedway | Fall Festival of Speed | October 21) (Gas City I-69 Speedway | Fall Festival of Speed | October 22)
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