MIKE SPENCER WINS 360 OVAL NATIONALS
AT THE PAS!
by Lance Jennings
PERRIS, CA – NOVEMBER
3, 2013... After scoring the “Brawl For It All” win at Canyon,
Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer claimed the “Grudge
Series” Championship by winning the “360 Oval Nationals” at
Perris Auto Speedway. The Thursday night $2,500 victory was
the second USAC West Coast & SouthWest Series triumph for the
five-time USAC/CRA Champion. Matt Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Brody
Roa, and Jon Stanbrough followed Spencer to the checkered
Dash winner Richard Vander Weerd set the pace
and led the first four circuits. Charging from the third
starting spot, Spencer took command from Vander Weerd as he
looked to score his “home track” feature win. USAC National
Champion Bryan Clauson had other plans and used a turn three
“slide job” to grab the top spot on lap 20. The pair raced
hard through slower traffic until Clauson climbed the wall of
the northern corners that knocked him out of contention. From
there, Spencer powered to the 30-lap main event triumph and
won the first “360 Oval Nationals” eagle trophy.
the Mark Priestley owned #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander
Engineering Maxim, Mike Spencer clinched the “Grudge Series”
crown with his second win of the year. Qualifying third out of
the thirty-five cars in attendance, Mike placed second in his
heat race and ran third in the dash. Heading to Canyon’s
“Western World Championships,” Spencer has one Woodland Auto
Display Dash win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps
led in limited West Coast action.
Piloting his own #37
MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Matt Mitchell of Yorba
Linda, California raced to second in the “360 Oval Nationals”
after starting twelfth. The USAC/CRA standout was seventeenth
quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat
Race #1. In limited West Coast starts, Mitchell has one Weld
Racing Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and three
top-10 finishes on the season.
Making his first USAC
start behind the wheel of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Red
Line Oil Maxim, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal scored
third at Perris Auto Speedway. The USAC Western Classic
Champion qualified eleventh, won the Saldana Racing Products /
Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3, and ran fourth in the dash. To
date, Bernal has five feature wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time
Award, five heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display
Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led
during the campaign.
Brody Roa of Buena Park,
California earned the night’s BR Motorsports / Racing Optics
“Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place
run from twenty-first. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD
Industries / Burris Racing Spike, Roa was twenty-fifth fast in
time trials, fifth in his heat race, and third in the first
semi-main. In West Coast action, the former Wagsdash Champion
has four top-10 finishes in 2013.
Avon, Indiana’s Jon
Stanbrough charged to fifth at Perris after starting
seventeenth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King
Racing Products Spike, the veteran driver qualified fourth,
scored eighth in his heat race, and won the first 10-lap
Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main.
Currently, Stanbrough has one heat race victory, five top-10
finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the year.
Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona set a new track record
and earned his first Weld Racing Fast Time Award. Racing the
Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS,
the five-time Arizona Champion was third in his heat race, ran
sixth in the dash, and scored seventeenth in the feature after
a tangle ended his night. In limited West Coast starts, Davis
has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. /
Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one BR Motorsports / Racing
Optics Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes on the
“The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura,
California raced to victory in the DJ Safety Heat Race #2.
Driving his #21K Lucas Oil / Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget
Driving School “Breast Cancer Awareness” Spike, Cory was
eighteenth quick in time trials and claimed eighteenth in the
main event. To date, the future Hall of Fame driver has one
feature win, two top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led in
West Coast action.
Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson
scored the 8-lap SBI Fuel Systems / Rod End Supply Heat Race
triumph. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products /
Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the USAC SouthWest point leader
qualified twelfth and scored sixth in the main event. As this
writing goes to press, Johnson has one West Coast feature win,
three top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led in 2013.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California won his third
Woodland Auto Display Dash and led the first four laps of the
main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was ninth
fast in time trials, ran second in his heat race, and placed
eighth in the feature. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has
six feature wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, five heat
race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. Rod End Supply
Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 124 feature laps led on
Verdemont Heights’ Don Gansen raced to
victory in the second Competition Suspension Inc. Rod End
Supply Semi-Main. Piloting the Gansen Engineering #7G Trench
Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, the former California
Lightning Sprint Champion qualified nineteenth, placed fifth
in his heat race, and claimed fifteenth in the main event. To
date, Gansen has one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and one top-10 finish in
limited West Coast action.
On Thursday, November 14th,
the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Kevin
Montgomery's Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for three
nights of action. The non-point Sands Chevrolet “46th Annual
Western World Championships” presented by the Racers Advantage
Store will also showcase the Honda USAC National Midget
Series. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event
information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or
calling 602.258.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, 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.
For more 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).
COAST & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “Special Event” RACE RESULTS:
October 31, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway
18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast
WELD RACING TIME TRIALS:
Davis Jr., 50, Massey-16.739 (New Track Record); 2. Bryan
Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.767; 3. Mike Spencer, 7,
Priestley-16.851; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-16.902; 5.
Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-16.949; 6. Shon Deskins, 20,
Deskins-16.966; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.004; 8.
Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.035; 9. Richard Vander Weerd,
10, Vander Weerd-17.045; 10. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.136;
11. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.137; 12. R.J. Johnson, 77M,
Michaels-17.160; 13. Jimmy Crawford, 3X, Crawford-17.169; 14.
Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-17.223; 15. Jace Vander Weerd,
88, Vander Weerd-17.242; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.265;
17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.285; 18. Cory Kruseman,
21K, Kruseman-17.297; 19. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-17.348; 20.
Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.361; 21. Tom Hendricks, 14K,
Kruseman-17.364; 22. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-17.394; 23.
Victor Davis, 13, Davis-17.416; 24. Bob Ream Jr., 8,
BRAT-17.457; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.067; 26. Jeff Sibley,
18, Watt-17.487; 27. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-17.533; 28.
Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.548; 29. A.J. Bender, 12,
Bender-17.578; 30. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.601; 31. Trent
Williams, 52, Williams-17.639; 32. Andy Reinbold, 19,
Underwood-17.645; 33. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.730; 34.
Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-19.313; 35. Stevie Sussex, 57,
EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps)
Matt Mitchell, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Charles Davis Jr.,
4. Tom Hendricks, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jimmy Crawford, 7.
Johnathon Henry, 8. Austin Stone, 9. A.J. Bender. 2:22.74
DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps)
1. Cory Kruseman, 2.
Shon Deskins, 3. Dennis Howell, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Colby
Copeland, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9.
Kenny Perkins. 2:21.28
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER
WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps)
1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Mike
Spencer, 3. Troy Rutherford, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Don
Gansen, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Trent Williams, 8. Victor Davis,
9. J.J. Ercse. 2:20.70
SBI FUEL SYSTEMS / ROD END
SUPPLY HEAT RACE 4: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Bob Ream
Jr., 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Mike Martin, 5. Chris Ennis, 6.
Bruce St. James, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Jon Stanbrough. NT
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
1. Richard Vander
Weerd, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5.
Troy Rutherford, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Shon Deskins, 8.
Bryan Clauson. 1:46.46
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. /
ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN #1: (10 laps)
1. Jon Stanbrough,
2. Landon Hurst, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Stevie
Sussex, 6. Austin Stone, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. J.J. Ercse, 9.
Trent Williams, 10. A.J. Bender. 2:56.95
SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN #2: (10 laps)
1. Don Gansen, 2. Jonathan Henry, 3. Jimmy Crawford, 4. Andy
Reinbold, 5. Chris Ennis, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Victor Davis, 8.
Jeff Sibley. 3:03.31
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting
1. Mike Spencer (3rd), 2. Matt Mitchell (12th),
3. Ryan Bernal (4th), 4. Brody Roa (21st), 5. Jon Stanbrough
(17th), 6. R.J. Johnson (9th), 7. Troy Rutherford (5th), 8.
Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 10.
Mike Martin (11th), 11. Dennis Howell (15th), 12. Bryan
Clauson (8th), 13. Tom Hendricks (14th), 14. Bob Ream Jr.
(16th), 15. Don Gansen (18th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 17.
Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 18. Cory Kruseman (13th), 19.
Johnathon Henry (20th), 20. Jimmy Crawford (22nd), 21. Landon
Hurst (19th), 22. Shon Deskins (7th). NT
Laps 1-4 Richard Vander Weerd, Laps 5-19 Mike
Spencer, Laps 20-27 Bryan Clauson, Laps 28-30 Mike Spencer.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (21st
FINAL GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
Spencer-170, 2-R.J. Johnson-146, 3-Shon Deskins-138, 4-Charles
Davis Jr.-137, 5-Mike Martin-119, 6-Bryan Clauson-105,
7-Richard Vander Weerd-105, 8-Ryan Bernal-99, 9-Colby
Copeland-89, 10-Brody Roa-88, 11-Bruce St. James-83, 12-Cory
Kruseman-72, ---Bob Ream Jr.-72, ---Jace Vander Weerd-72,
15-Matt Mitchell-65, 16-Josh Pelkey-62, 17-Rusty Carlile-58,
18-Jon Stanbrough-55, 19-Rick Ziehl 53, 20-Troy Rutherford-48.
FINAL USAC 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.
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
Johnson-1161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1104, 3-Mike Martin-965,
4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-786,
7-Andy Reinbold-767, 8-Brian Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625,
10-Bruce St. James-614, 11-Mike Bonneau-589, 12-Steven
Harms-474, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Thomas Ogle-367, 15-Bob
Ream Jr.-341, 16-Jody Wirth-335, 17-Stevie Sussex-331,
18-James Aragon-329, 19-Justin Quinn-320, 20-Michael
2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
November 14: *Canyon
Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships /
November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ
(Western World Championships / Non-Points)
*Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World
Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
schedule is subject to change.