By Fully Injected Motorsports:

FOREST, Ohio (September 11, 2023) – It was a special weekend in Arkansas for Matt Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports, and despite Mother Nature’s attempt in ruining the USAC invasion to Texarkana 67 Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 8-9, she packed her bags and cleared out, ultimately allowing for action in Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale. 

Westfall, ace of Ray Marshall’s Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc, Hempy Water, DPI Ink, No. 33M sprint car, was especially excited that Mother Nature took a turn, as the Pleasant Hill, Ohio, native went on to score USAC’s $10,000 prize; his first USAC National Sprint Cars victory in over 17 years, simultaneously giving car owner Ray Marshall his first-ever USAC triumph. 

The red and yellow “Bumblebee Express” was in charge the entire 30-lap distance, stretching their legs to a four-second gap before a late-race caution halted the team’s progress. Despite the momentum shift, Westfall picked up right where he left off, eventually outrunning CJ Leary by 1.6 seconds at the final checkers.

“It’s unbelievable,” Westfall exclaimed.  “When I won my first one back in ‘06, I told my dad I could retire.  We’ve been going up and down the road the last couple years with USAC and we got going really good at the end of last year.  Then they came out with a new tire this year and I’ve struggled ever since.  We went back to the main gameplan, and it worked out tonight.”

Matt Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports will continue their 2023 agenda with another USAC National Sprint Cars doubleheader in the Hoosier State, this time visiting Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, September 15, followed by a stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana, on Saturday, September 16.

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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Wins: 2
Top-Fives: 7
Top-Tens: 16

Earned three consecutive USAC National Sprint Car Series top-ten finishes during visits to Volusia Speedway Park and Bubba Raceway Park on February 14, 16, and 18; tenth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. Finished second in Paragon Speedway’s No Way Out 40 on Saturday, March 11 – he started seventh. Finished tenth during USAC start at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday, April 14. Rallied from a provisional starting position to finish 12th in Eldora Speedway’s Let’s Race Two finale on Saturday, May 6. Scored three consecutive podium finishes during USAC National Sprint Cars and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series competition on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 25, 27, and 28; fifth during USAC start at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis on May 25, first during BOSS Series action at Florence Speedway in Walton, Kentucky, on Saturday, May 27, and second during non-wing action at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday, May 28. Finished sixth during USAC Corn Belt Clash start at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 3. Finished third in BOSS Series start at Knox Raceway on Sunday, June 11. Finished ninth in USAC National Sprint Cars start at Big Diamond Speedway on Thursday, June 15. Finished sixth in USAC National Sprint Cars start at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, on Saturday, June 24. Hard Charged from 17th to sixth with USAC National Sprint Cars at Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, on Friday, July 7. Finished tenth during Indiana Sprint Week opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, Indiana, on Friday, July 21. Finished second during BOSS Series action at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio, on Saturday, August 12. Earned A-Main start in Kokomo Speedway’s annual Smackdown on Saturday, August 27. Won second feature of 2023, first with USAC, at Texarkana 67 Speedway in Texarkana, Arkansas, on Saturday, September 9.

2023 Wins: 2 (Florence Speedway | BOSS | Saturday, May 27), (Texarkana 67 Speedway | USAC | Saturday, September 9)


Photo Credit: Rich Forman | USAC
Tyler Altmeyer
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