Kaplan conquers Altamont in USAC Western Midget go - By Bobby Gerould - June 17, 2006 - Tracy, CA. …Ryan Kaplan won the 30-lap USAC Western Midget feature event Saturday evening at Altamont Motorsports Park. Kaplan had just started to apply pressure to race leader Bradley Galedrige late in the run when Galedrige's car puffed smoke and came to a stop safely in the infield despite throwing oil onto the track. Galedrige made a 'professional save' to avoid losing control of his machine when the under hood issues began suddenly on lap 24. Kaplan assumed the lead and ran away from the remaining competitors to post to a convincing 8.4 second win. It was his first victory of 2006 after posting two wins last season the USAC Western Midget Series. He was followed at the Altamont checkered flag by Chase Barber, and Kody Swanson, a pair of rookies who raced impressively. Tony Hunt and Jerome Rodela finished fourth and fifth respectively. Scott Pierovich, Tyler Brown, Garratt Boyden, and Stuart Birkinbine were next in line at the finish. (Read the whole deal)
Kaplan snares second midget win of `05 in USAC Ventura go - HD Staff - Ventura, CA. 06/11/05 - Chico, California's Ryan Kaplan won the 30-lap feature Saturday evening in USAC Western Midget competition at Ventura Raceway. The victory was the second of 2005 for the sophomore on the tour. Jerome Rodela, Garrett Hansen, Wally Pankratz, and 2003 series champion Steve Paden rounded out the top-five. (More)
Ryan Kaplan records first USAC Midget win in Western Oildale thriller - By Bobby Gerould - Oildale, CA. 05/14/05 - …Sophomore midget racer Ryan Kaplan of Chico, CA. snookered two men with an outside pass in turn four on lap-24 Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway en route to a 30-lap feature victory. The USAC Western States Midget main event win was the first for the 18 year old since he moved up from Ford Focus midget racing. On a lap 24 restart, Kaplan lined up behind leader Tyler Brown, and second place running Robby Flock. As the trio took the green flag and hauled down the backchute, Kaplan used the additional bite from his adjusted shocks to power into turn three on the high side. He drove around both Flock, and Brown with just inches to spare and powered into the lead as the cars raced off turn four. "Before the restart, I thought to myself, 'this could be good or bad'", said Kaplan in the pits post-race. "I adjusted my shocks during the yellow (flag), and thought I could push it up higher and just see what happens, and it worked!" (Read the whole deal)
...Chico's Ryan Kaplan never really got to race Saturday. An "under the hood deal", kept him from getting up to speed. Madera to Chico is a long ride on a night like that.