FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
JR. WINS HANFORD’S “JIM TURNER MEMORIAL”
by Lance Jennings
– SEPTEMBER 22, 2013... USAC West Coast Sprint point leader
“Hollywood” Danny Faria of Tipton scored his 3rd straight win
last Friday at Kings Speedway. The $1,500 “Jim Turner
Memorial” victory was Faria’s sixth career West Coast win,
tying Craig Stidham for fifth overall. Bud Kaeding, Richard
Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, and Austin Liggett rounded out
the top-five drivers.
Willie Williams waved the green flag, Finland’s Markus Niemela
grabbed the lead. Looking for his first series win, Niemela
set a torrid pace until slipping off the speedway. Faria
assumed command until a miscue after a lap 7 restart. Richard
Vander Weerd, up from fifth, took advantage and drove by Faria
to take the lead. After another restart two laps later, Faria
turned the tables on Vander Weerd and powered to the top spot.
“Hollywood” hit his marks, but Richard applied heavy pressure
for many laps. Bud Kaeding overtook Vander Weerd for second
and once Faria reached slower traffic, he sailed to victory at
the Kings County Fairgrounds.
#17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Danny
Faria Jr. continued his championship bid. “Hollywood”
qualified seventh out of twenty-one cars, won the Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored the night’s Woodland Auto
Display Dash victory. Heading to Tulare’s Talbot Memorial,
Danny has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, eight heat race
victories, four Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen
top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led to his credit.
Bud Kaeding of Campbell battled hard
to claim second at the “Jim Turner Memorial.” Racing Junior
Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance
Bullet, Bud qualified fourth, placed fourth in his heat race,
and was fourth in the dash. Running second in points, the
defending champion has three heat race victories, two Woodland
Auto Display Dash wins, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature
laps led on the season.
Richard Vander Weerd led briefly before taking third at the
checkered flags. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was
second fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and fifth
in the dash. Currently third in points, Vander Weerd is in the
thick of the championship battle with four main event wins,
four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories,
two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one semi-main win, two BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, fifteen
top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led.
fuel filter problems, Troy Rutherford of Ojai raced to fourth
at Hanford after starting sixteenth. Piloting his #11 Amsoil /
Trench Shoring TCR, Rutherford qualified twelfth and scored
seventh in his heat race. In limited starts, the former VRA
champion has one feature win, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award,
one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature
laps led on the year.
Austin Liggett earned his first BR Motorsports / Racing Optics
“Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place
run from twentieth. Driving the family owned #83 Lucas Oil /
Excel Environmental Services Maxim, Liggett had fuel pickup
troubles early in the night, running twenty-first in time
trials and sixth in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the
Year has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display
Dash win, and five top-10 finishes in the campaign.
of Hanford earned his first Weld Racing Fast Time Award of
2013. Racing the family owned #88N Netto Ag. Inc. / Van De Pol
Enterprises KB, last year’s Rebel Cup champion placed third in
his heat race, ran sixth in the dash, and scored eighth in the
“Turner Memorial.” In limited starts, D.J. has one Woodland
Auto Display Dash win and four top-10 finishes on the season.
Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland
claimed victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting
Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt
Enterprises Maxim, Niemela was fifth quick in time trials,
second in the dash, and scored twentieth in the feature after
leading the first two laps. The hard charger has two Weld
Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one
Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing
Optics Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 27
feature laps led in 2013.
In his first
USAC West Coast start of the campaign, Yorba Linda’s Matt
Mitchell won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat
Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing
Products Spike, the USAC/CRA standout qualified third, placed
third in the dash, and claimed sixteenth in the feature.
West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest
Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety,
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
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
September 20, 2013 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway –
“Jim Turner Memorial”
1. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-15.761; 2.
Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.800; 3. Matt
Mitchell, 73, Ford-15.807; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.825;
5. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.881; 6. Landon Hurst, 179,
Hurst-15.921; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.233; 8. Andy
Ferris, 4J, Ferris-16.329; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-16.339; 10. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.498; 11. Max
Adams, 5X, Adams-16.592; 12. Troy Rutherford, 11,
Rutherford-16.601; 13. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-16.638; 14.
Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.698; 15. Jeff Sibley, 18,
Watt-16.710; 16. Luke Keegan, 1NZ, Kaeding-16.821; 17. Austin
Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.272; 18. Garrett Long, 38, Long-17.281;
19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.320; 20. Robert Nuckles,
27, Nuckles-18.358; 21. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-22.212.
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Faria Jr., 2. Kolby Araki, 3. D.J. Netto, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5.
Rusty Carlile, 6. Jim Richardson, 7. Luke Keegan. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Markus Niemela, 2. Richard Vander
Weerd, 3. Austin Stone, 4. Andy Ferris, 5. Max Adams, 6.
Austin Liggett, 7. Kevin Barnes. NT
RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
Mitchell, 2. Jeff Sibley, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Landon
Hurst, 5. Garrett Long, 6. Robert Nuckles, 7. Troy Rutherford.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
Danny Faria Jr., 2. Markus Niemela, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Bud
Kaeding, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. D.J. Netto, 7. Andy
Ferris, 8. Landon Hurst. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Faria Jr. (1st), 2. Bud Kaeding (4th), 3. Richard Vander Weerd
(5th), 4. Troy Rutherford (16th), 5. Austin Liggett (20th), 6.
Landon Hurst (8th), 7. Rusty Carlile (10th), 8. D.J. Netto
(6th), 9. Austin Stone (14th), 10. Max Adams (11th), 11. Jeff
Sibley (13th), 12. Kevin Barnes (17th), 13. Luke Keegan
(18th), 14. Kolby Araki (12th), 15. Robert Nuckles (21st), 16.
Matt Mitchell (3rd), 17. Andy Ferris (7th), 18. Jace Vander
Weerd (9th), 19. Garrett Long (15th), 20. Markus Niemela
(2nd), 21. Jim Richardson (19th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Markus
Niemela, Laps 3-6 Danny Faria Jr., Laps 7-8 Richard Vander
Weerd, Laps 9-30 Danny Faria Jr.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Austin Liggett (20th to 5th)