RYAN BERNAL WINS TULARE SHOOTOUT
by Lance Jennings
TULARE, CA –
APRIL 21, 2013... After winning Friday’s USAC Western Classic
race at Watsonville, Ryan Bernal of Hollister claimed Tulare’s
USAC West Coast feature on Saturday. Starting fifth and taking
the lead from Markus Niemela on lap sixteen, Bernal fought off
repeated challenges by Danny Faria Jr. and Niemela for his
series leading twelfth victory and third of the campaign.
Richard Vander Weerd, Niemela, Marty Hawkins, and Rusty
Carlile followed Ryan to the checkered flags.
Keith Ford owned #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision
Machine Spike, Ryan Bernal was fourth quick overall, third in
his heat race, and fifth in the dash. To date, the USAC West
Coast point leader has three heat race victories, one Woodland
Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard
Charger Award, seven top-5 finishes, and 54 feature laps led.
Richard Vander Weerd rebounded from a mid-race tangle to score
second at the finish line. Racing the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard earned his
second Weld Racing Fast Time Award, ran second in his heat
race, and was sixth in the dash. The 2011 Champion left Tulare
second in points with two feature wins, one heat race victory,
one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one semi-main win, two BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, six top-5
finishes, and 59 feature laps led.
winning his first Woodland Auto Display Dash and leading the
first fifteen laps, Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland had to
settle for third. Driving Steve Watt's #81 Christian Stover
Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Niemela qualified
sixth and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The hard
charging driver is currently sixth in the standings with two
heat race victories, three top-5 finishes, and 25 feature laps
led to his credit.
Marty Hawkins had his best run of the season with a fourth
place finish after starting seventh. Piloting his #3M Blakeley
Landscaping / Toiyabe Group Eagle, Hawkins qualified ninth,
won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and was seventh in the
dash. Currently, the young driver sits ninth in the point
standings with one top-5 finish on the season.
Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile came home fifth at the
checkered flags. Racing his #51 Southwest Contractors / N.T.S.
Incorporated Bullet, Carlile was eleventh fast, third in his
heat race, and fourth in the dash. The veteran driver is
seventh in points with three top-5 finishes and 13 feature
laps led on the year. Rusty will be ready to compete in front
of his hometown fans on Saturday.
Trent Carter of Terra Bella earned
his first BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award
with a sixth place run after starting fifteenth. Driving the
family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville
Collision Center KB entry, Carter qualified fifteenth and was
eighth in his heat race. The Rookie of the Year candidate is
sixteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes in the
West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this
Saturday, April 27th, at Bakersfield Speedway. The popular
Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, and CDCRA Dwarf Cars will join the
night’s showcase. Advance tickets are on sale and for more
information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call
West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest
Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety,
Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix,
Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products,
Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel
Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland
Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would
like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance
Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit
www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the
series on Facebook
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
20, 2013 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-15.329; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.367; 3. Jace
Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.453; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73,
Ford-15.499; 5. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-15.570; 6. Markus
Niemela, 81, Watt-15.716; 7. Greg Alexander, 13a,
Rickard-15.882; 8. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.046; 9. Marty
Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.063; 10. Landon Hurst, 179,
Hurst-16.130; 11. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.228; 12. Ricky
Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter- 16.332; 13. Jonathan Logan, 32,
Evett/Logan-16.356; 14. Seth Hancock, 51s, Hancock-16.597; 15.
Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.649; 16. Kevin Barnes, 36B,
Barnes-16.661; 17. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.891.
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Hawkins, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Rusty Carlile, 4. Jace
Vander Weerd, 5. Greg Alexander, 6. Dennis Howell, 7. Jonathan
Logan, 8. Trent Carter, 9. Jim Richardson. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Markus Niemela, 2. Danny Faria
Jr., 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Landon Hurst, 5. Ricky Kirkbride, 6.
Kevin Barnes, 7. Seth Hancock, 8. Jeff Sibley. NT
AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
1. Markus Niemela, 2. Landon Hurst,
3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Rusty Carlile, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6.
Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Marty Hawkins, 8. Danny Faria Jr. NT
laps - With Starting Positions)
Bernal (5th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 3. Markus Niemela
(1st), 4. Marty Hawkins (7th), 5. Rusty Carlile (4th), 6.
Trent Carter (15th), 7. Dennis Howell (9th), 8. Danny Faria
Jr. (8th), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 10. Landon Hurst (2nd),
11. Greg Alexander (10th), 12. Ricky Kirkbride (12th), 13.
Jonathan Logan (13th), 14. Jim Richardson (17th), 15. Seth
Hancock (14th), 16. Kevin Barnes (16th). NT
**Jeff Sibley flipped during the
second heat. Did not start feature, slated to start 11th.
**Seth Hancock, Landon Hurst, Greg
Alexander and Danny Faria Jr. flipped during the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Markus Niemela, Laps 16-30 Ryan Bernal.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Trent Carter (15th to 6th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
Bernal-332; 2. Richard Vander Weerd-308; 3. Jace Vander
Weerd-277; 4. Danny Faria Jr.-267; 5. Bud Kaeding-242; 6.
Markus Niemela-240; 7. Rusty Carlile-218; 8. Ricky
Kirkbride-185; 9. Marty Hawkins-168; 10. Landon Hurst-151; 11.
Austin Liggett-139; 12. Jonathan Logan-136; 13. Chris
Ennis-130; 14. Kevin Barnes-116; 15. Andy Ferris-115; 16.
Trent Carter-111; 17. Jeff Sibley-103; 18. Brody Roa-97; 19.
Dennis Howell-93; ---.Matt Day-93.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 27: Bakersfield Speedway -
May 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 8: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 22: Santa Maria Speedway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
July 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa
Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 20: Kings Speedway - Hanford,
August 3: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Jim Evett Memorial)
September 7: Bakersfield Speedway -
September 20: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Jim Turner Memorial)
September 21: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (John Anthony Sharp Memorial)
September 28: *Canyon Speedway Park
- Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series
October 12: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic)
October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway -
Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series /
November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event With USAC
This schedule is subject to change.