VANDER WEERD WINS “COTTON CLASSIC” &
FARIA WINS USAC WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP
by Lance Jennings
– OCTOBER 13, 2013... After Kyle Hirst suffered mechanical
problems, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd led the last two laps
to score the “28th Annual Cotton Classic” victory. For Vander
Weerd, the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win at Kings
Speedway was his sixth triumph of 2013. This effort ties Peter
Murphy’s single season win record and also ties Ryan Bernal as
the series win leader with 14 victories. Weld Racing Fast
Qualifier Markus Niemela, Hirst, Bud Kaeding, and Matt
Mitchell followed Richard to the checkered flags. After
finishing eighth in the main event, “Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr. earned the series championship.
With five official lead changes, the
“Cotton Classic” was one of the most hotly contested features
of the season. D.J. Netto, who won both the USAC West Coast
and King of the West dashes, led the first lap of the “Cotton
Classic.” Markus Niemela took command on the next circuit, but
had to contend with a surging Kyle Hirst. Niemela and Hirst
raced back and forth for the top spot until Kyle secured the
lead on lap nine. Hirst, looking for his first USAC West Coast
win, was running away from the field. Then, a suspected
suspension problem on lap 28 dramatically slowed the leader.
From there, Vander Weerd took over and powered to his series
leading sixth victory at Hanford.
family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate
Development Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd closes out the year
second in points. The 2011 Champion qualified second out of
the 27 cars in attendance, won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race
#2, and claimed fifth in the dash. After adding the “Cotton
Classic” to his win list, Vander Weerd leads the series with
six feature wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, two BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards (tied),
seventeen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. In
addition, Richard has five heat race victories, two Woodland
Auto Display Dash wins, and one Competition Suspension Inc.
Rod End Supply Semi-Main win.
leading early in the main event, Markus Niemela of Rauma,
Finland slipped by Hirst to finish second at Hanford. Racing
Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt
Enterprises Maxim, Niemela earned his third Weld Racing Fast
Time Award of the season, placed second in his heat race, and
scored second in the dash. Markus finished fourth in the
standings with five heat race victories, two Woodland Auto
Display Dash wins, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard
Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led
to his credit.
dominating the main event, Elk Grove’s Kyle Hirst scored third
in the “Cotton Classic” with a wounded car. Making his first
start of the year in Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises /
Revcon Suspension KPC, Hirst was fifth quick in time trials,
second in his heat race, and fourth in the dash.
Bud Kaeding of Campbell scored
fourth in the season’s point finale at Hanford. Piloting
Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding
Performance Bullet, the 2012 Champion qualified sixth, placed
third in his heat race, and scored eighth in the dash after a
tangle. Kaeding ends the point season third in the standings
with three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash
wins, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led.
Linda’s Matt Mitchell earned the night’s BR Motorsports /
Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a
fifth place run from fifteenth. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry
Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the USAC/CRA standout was
twenty-sixth in time trials and third in his heat race. In
limited starts, Mitchell finished twenty-fifth in points with
one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and
two top-10 finishes.
Max Adams of
Loomis won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving
the family owned #5X A.R.T. Speed Equipment / Motowear
International ART, Adams qualified thirteenth, and ran seventh
in the 30-lap feature. In limited appearances, Max ranked
thirty-fourth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes.
winning the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race
#3 and claiming sixth in the feature, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst
earned “Rookie of the Year” honors. Piloting the family owned
#179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst
was ninth quick in time trials and ran seventh in the dash.
Finishing ninth in points, Landon has two heat race victories,
one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven
top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led.
of Hanford won his second 6-lap Woodland Auto Display Dash of
the campaign. Racing the family owned #88N Netto Ag. Inc. /
Van De Pol Enterprises KB, Netto qualified third, placed fifth
in his heat race, and scored twenty-first in the feature after
an early exit. Ranking seventeenth in points, D.J. has one
Weld Racing Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five
top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in 2013.
clinching the season championship, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr. won the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End
Supply Semi-Main. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer
& Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was eighth quick in time trials,
scored ninth in his heat race, and raced to eighth in the
feature after starting sixteenth. To date, “Hollywood” has
three feature wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, nine heat
race victories, four Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seventeen
top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led on the year.
On Thursday, October 31st, the USAC
West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance
at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The $2,500-to-win "360
Oval Nationals" is the final round of the "Grudge Series" with
the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris
Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at
www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.
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
information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit
www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the
series on Facebook
or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
October 12, 2013 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway –
1. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.663;
2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.883; 3. D.J.
Netto, 88N, Netto-16.031; 4. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-16.056;
5. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.113; 6. Bud Kaeding, 29,
Bowman-16.174; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.181; 8. Danny
Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.183; 9. Landon Hurst, 179,
Hurst-16.301; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.360;
11. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.380; 12. Koen Shaw, 92JR,
Shaw-16.520; 13. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.587; 14. Austin
Stone, 29X, Coffman-16.625; 15. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.652;
16. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.669; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B,
Barnes-16.16.673; 18. Gary Paulson, 51P, Paulson-16.706; 19.
Matt Day, 97, Day-17.211; 20. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.223;
21. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.233; 22. Steve Hix, 57,
Hix-17.291; 23. Seth Hancock, 51S, Hancock-17.329; 24. Hobie
Conway, 3K, Kruseman-17.935; 25. Robert Nuckles, 27,
Nuckles-18.320; 26. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-NT; 27. Quintin
Crye, 5, Fowzer-NT.
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps)
1. Max Adams, 2. Markus Niemela, 3.
Austin Liggett, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Dennis Howell, 6.
Matt Day, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Robert Nuckles. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps)
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Kyle
Hirst, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Austin Stone, 5. Trent Carter, 6.
Kevin Barnes, 7. Rusty Carlile, 8. Seth Hancock, 9. Danny
Faria Jr. NT
RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps)
Hurst, 2. Gary Paulson, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Chris Ennis, 5.
D.J. Netto, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Quintin Crye, 8. Jim Richardson.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
D.J. Netto, 2. Markus Niemela, 3. Dennis Howell, 4. Kyle
Hirst, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Austin Liggett, 7. Hurst,
8. Bud Kaeding. NT
SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (10 laps)
Faria Jr., 2. Rusty Carlile, 3. Jeff Sibley, 4. Koen Shaw, 5.
Quintin Crye, 6. Kevin Barnes, 7. Jim Richardson, 8. Steve
Hix, 9. Robert Nuckles, 10. Seth Hancock, 11. Matt Day. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Vander Weerd (5th), 2. Markus Niemela (2nd), 3. Kyle Hirst
(4th), 4. Bud Kaeding (8th), 5. Matt Mitchell (15th), 6.
Landon Hurst (7th), 7. Max Adams (10th), 8. Danny Faria Jr.
(16th), 9. Rusty Carlile (17th), 10. Austin Stone (11th), 11.
Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 12. Gary Paulson (13th), 13. Chris
Ennis (12th), 14. Quintin Crye (20th), 15. Koen Shaw (19th),
16. Jeff Sibley (18th), 17. Austin Liggett (6th), 18. Kevin
Barnes (21st), 19. Trent Carter (14th), 20. Jim Richardson
(22nd), 21. D.J. Netto (1st), 22. Dennis Howell (3rd). NT
**Matt Day and Seth Hancock flipped
during the semi.
**Austin Liggett flipped during the
LEADERS: Lap 1 D.J. Netto, Laps 2-3 Markus Niemela, Lap 4 Kyle
Hirst, Laps 5-8 Markus Niemela, Laps 9-28 Kyle Hirst, Laps
29-30 Richard Vander Weerd
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (15th to 5th)
WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862,
4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661,
7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon
Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440, 11-Jeff Sibley-440, 12-Ricky
Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-302, 15-Chris
Ennis-289, 16-Dennis Howell-270, 17-D.J. Netto-268, 18-Troy
Rutherford-258, 19-Andy Ferris-251, 20-Kolby Araki-231.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.