BERNAL WINS HANFORD “BILLET CUP”
FEATURE; FARIA WINS POINT BATTLE
by Lance Jennings
– MAY 12, 2013... Starting fourteenth, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal
grabbed the lead from Dennis Howell on lap 37 to claim the
“2nd Annual Southwest Contractors Billet Cup” at Kings
Speedway. Bernal earned $2,300 for scoring his fifth USAC West
Coast Sprint Car victory and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. won
the night’s point chase by a narrow margin. Bud Kaeding,
Dennis Howell, Faria, and Landon Hurst followed rounded out
the top-five drivers in the nonstop race.
Keith Ford owned #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision
Machine Spike, Ryan Bernal ranked fourth entering the 40-lap
main event. The 2-time Santa Maria track champion qualified
eighth overall, ran second in his heat race, and won the SBI
Fuel Systems Qualifier #2. With the night’s full inversion
format, Bernal started deep in the field and charged to fifth
by the fifth lap. Running the outside line and gaining
momentum, Ryan continued his forward march and was not to be
denied on this night. Finishing second in the “Billet Cup”
standings, the series point leader has four heat race
victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-5
finishes, and 85 feature laps led. Bernal holds a thirty point
lead over the competition heading to Hanford on June 8th.
Bud Kaeding started tenth in the feature and took the lead
from Hurst on lap fourteen. Unfortunately, Kaeding’s lead was
brief after an incident with traffic sent the last year’s
champion into the infield. Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy
Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet recovered in fourth
and Bud raced to second at the checkered flags. Scoring third
in the “Billet Cup” points, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion
was ninth fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and
fourth in his qualifying race. To date, Kaeding is fifth in
the point standings with two heat race victories, one Woodland
Auto Display Dash win, and six top-5 finishes to his credit.
Howell of Rancho Palos Verdes inherited the lead after
Kaeding’s visit to the infield. Driving the family owned #62
San Pedro Auto Body / Howell-Meyer Racing Maxim, Howell led
twenty laps before settling for third at the checkered flags.
The USAC Midget graduate placed fourth in the “Billet Cup”
points after qualifying fourth, running fourth in his heat
race, and finishing fifth in his qualifier. Dennis is
currently fifteenth in the standings with one Weld Racing Fast
Time Award and four top-10 finishes on the year.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. had a night to remember at Kings
Speedway. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons
Trucking Spike, Faria was fourth in the feature and won the
$2,000 “Billet Cup” title after a tangle on the initial start.
“Hollywood” earned the program’s Weld Racing Fast Time Award,
won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, won the Keizer Wheels
Qualifier #1, and scored the BR Motorsports / Racing Optics
Hard Charger Award. To date, Danny is third in the point chase
with four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4
feature laps led in the campaign.
contender Landon Hurst of Riverdale claimed fifth after
leading the first thirteen laps. Racing the family owned #179
Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst ranked
eighth in the “Billet Cup” after qualifying fifteenth, placing
third in his heat race, and running sixth in the qualifier.
Currently, Landon sits twelfth in points with one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and two top-10
finishes in the campaign.
Austin Liggett won the program’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race
#2. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services
/ Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett scored fifteenth in the
main event and twelfth in points after a flat tire ended his
night. Earlier in the program, last season’s Rookie of the
Year was eleventh quick in time trials and placed third in his
qualifier. To date, Austin is eleventh in the point standings
with one top-5 finish on the season.
Vander Weerd of Visalia won the night’s 10-lap Saldana Racing
Products Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard qualified
third overall and was second in his qualifier. Entering the
main event second in points, Vander Weerd was caught in a
tangle on the initial start that sent his machine airborne.
The crew made some quick repairs, but last year’s Billet Cup
winner was unable to continue. Scoring eighteenth in the main
event and eleventh in the “Billet Cup,” Richard is second in
series points with two feature wins, two Weld Racing Fast Time
Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension
Inc., / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, seven top-5 finishes, and
59 feature laps led.
West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action on
Saturday, June 8th, at Hanford’s Kings Speedway. The action
packed showcase will also feature the winged Rebel Cup
Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCS Stock Cars, and Hobby Stocks.
Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th
Avenue, more event information can be found at
www.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559) 584-RACE (7223).
The USAC 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
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 CAR RACE
May 11, 2013 – Hanford, California –
Kings Speedway – “Billet Cup”
1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V,
Faria-16.100; 2. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-16.198; 3. Richard
Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.301; 4. Dennis Howell, 62,
Howell-16.361; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.369;
6. Mike Spencer, 7m, Priestley-16.440; 7. Andy Ferris, 4J,
Ferris-16.499; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.514; 9. Bud
Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.541; 10. Rusty Carlile, 51,
Carlile-16.624; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.818; 12.
Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.880; 13. Kevin Barnes, 36B,
Barnes-16.949; 14. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-17.052; 15. Landon
Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.230; 16. Kolby Araki, 30k, Araki-17.555;
17. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.796; 18. Garrett Long, 38,
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Faria Jr., 2. Kevin Barnes, 3. Rusty Carlile, 4. Dennis
Howell, 5. Andy Ferris, 6. Kolby Araki. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Austin Liggett, 2. Ryan Bernal,
3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Matt Day, 5. Jeff Sibley, 6. Markus
RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
Vander Weerd, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Landon Hurst, 4. Ricky
Kirkbride, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Garrett Long. NT
WHEELS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps)
Faria Jr., 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Markus Niemela, 4. Ricky
Kirkbride, 5. Rusty Carlile, 6. Jeff Sibley, 7. Andy Ferris,
8. Kolby Araki, 9. Mike Spencer. NT
SYSTEMS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps)
Bernal, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Bud
Kaeding, 5. Dennis Howell, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Matt Day, 8.
Kevin Barnes, 9. Garrett Long. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Bernal (14th), 2. Bud Kaeding (10th), 3. Dennis Howell (12th),
4. Danny Faria Jr. (17th), 5. Landon Hurst (4th), 6. Rusty
Carlile (9th), 7. Andy Ferris (7th), 8. Markus Niemela (13th),
9. Kolby Araki (1st), 10. Ricky Kirkbride (8th), 11. Jeff
Sibley (3rd), 12. Kevin Barnes (5th), 13. Jace Vander Weerd
(15th), 14. Matt Day (2nd), 15. Austin Liggett (11th), 16.
Mike Spencer (6th), 17. Garrett Long (18th), 18. Richard
Vander Weerd (16th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13
Landon Hurst, Laps 14-15 Bud Kaeding, Laps 16-36 Dennis
Howell, Laps 37-40 Ryan Bernal.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 4th)
CUP STANDINGS / TOTAL PAYOUT:
1. Danny Faria Jr.-435 ($2,500); 2.
Ryan Bernal-434 ($2,300); 3. Bud Kaeding-418 ($1,450); 4.
Dennis Howell-416 ($1,150); 5. Markus Niemela-397 ($700); 6.
Rusty Carlile-391 ($750); 7. Landon Hurst-383 ($750); 8. Andy
Ferris-382 ($600); 9. Jace Vander Weerd-375 ($450); 10. Ricky
Kirkbride-368 ($400); 11. Richard Vander Weerd-358 ($400); 12.
Austin Liggett-354 ($400); 13. Jeff Sibley-351 ($400); 14.
Kolby Araki-349 ($425); 15. Kevin Barnes-348 ($400); 16. Mike
Spencer-333 ($400); 17. Matt Day-329 ($400); 18. Garrett
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
Bernal-454, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-424, 3-Danny Faria Jr.-377,
4-Jace Vander Weerd-356, 5-Bud Kaeding-355, 6-Markus
Niemela-344, 7-Rusty Carlile-314, 8- Ricky Kirkbride-276,
9-Austin Liggett-208, 10-Landon Hurst-201.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.