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BRODY ROA SHINES AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 22, 2016... Outdueling “Showtime” Danny Sheridan in the closing laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) claimed last Saturday’s race at Santa Maria Raceway. With his first $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season, Roa has reclaimed the point lead as the series heads to Hanford this Saturday. Fast Qualifier Sheridan, Hard Charger Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. chased Brody to the checkered flags.

Starting fourth, Brody Roa powered past polesitter Max Adams on the third lap. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa dominated the main event and held off the challenges made by Faria. After a late caution, Sheridan powered to the top spot, but Brody countered and managed to regain the lead for good.

Earlier in the program, Brody Roa qualified third out of twenty-seven racers and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. Now with two career West Coast wins, Roa left Santa Maria with a four point advantage. To date, the second generation driver has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led

Making his first start of the campaign, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) raced from thirteenth and briefly held the lead before taking second. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Filtration Systems / Sun Valley AG Transport Spike, Sheridan was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and scored fifth in his heat race. At the close of the show, the 1998 Bandit Sprint Car Champion has moved to twenty-third in the point chase.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from eighteenth. Driving Steve Watt’s #81X Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham had failed a post-qualifying tech inspection, scored ninth in his heat race, and ran third in the semi-main. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) drove to fourth at Santa Maria Raceway after starting tenth. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fourth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Now ranked second in points, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event after restarting at the back. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria qualified seventh overall and ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race. The two-time champion heads to Hanford sitting ninth in points with one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to his first heat race triumph of the season, sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Driving the family owned #54 Next Auto Body / Pit Image Spike, Majors was tenth fast in time trials and ran sixth in the feature after starting ninth. The young driver left Santa Maria ranked twelfth in points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) claimed the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fifth overall and scored fourteenth in the Santa Maria feature. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is fourth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) won the program’s 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett was twelfth quick in time trials and finished eleventh in the main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) claimed victory in the night’s 12-lap Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main. Driving Matt Dale’s #12 Imola / Agromin Soil Spike, Swanson qualified thirteenth overall and scored nineteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Josh Pelkey for forty-seventh in points.

This Saturday, June 25th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, Winged RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and IMCA Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
June 18, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-14.280; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.337; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.339; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.475; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88,Vander Weerd-14.556; 6. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.604; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.614; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.633; 9. Max Adams, 58, Garris-14.642; 10. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.645; 11, Luke Boles, 56B, Boles-14.651; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.739; 13. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.748; 14. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.835; 15. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.843; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.853; 17. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.939; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.972; 19. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.005; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B. Barnes-15.220; 21. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.307; 22. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.377; 23. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-16.175; 24. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-17.888; 25. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT; 26. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-NT; 27. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. Slack, 4. Johnson, 5. Sheridan, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Swanson, 8. Linson. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Carter, 4. McQueen, 5. Boles, 6. Barnes, 7. Hendricks, 8. McCarthy, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Liggett, 2. Roa, 3. Adams, 4. Timmons, 5. Thompson, 6. Butcher, 7. Smith, 8. Herrera, 9. Marcham. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Swanson, 2. Hendricks, 3. Marcham, 4. Thomson, 5. Barnes, 6. McCarthy, 7. Linson, 8. Stolz, 9. Herrera, 10. R.Vander Weerd, 11. Butcher, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Brody Roa (4th), 2. Danny Sheridan (13th), 3. Trey Marcham (18th), 4. D.J. Johnson (10th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (6th), 6. Cody Majors (9th), 7. Tristan Guardino (5th), 8. Tom Hendricks (17th), 9. Jordan Linson (22nd), 10. Matty McCarthy (21st), 11. Austin Liggett (7th), 12. Ryan Timmons (12th), 13. Colton Slack (3rd), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 15. Trent Carter (2nd), 16. Max Adams (1st), 17. Kevin Barnes (20th), 18. Shannon McQueen (11th), 19. Jake Swanson (16th), 20. Brandon Thomson (19th), 21. Jimmy Thompson (15th), 22. Luke Boles (14th). NT
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**Timmons flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Adams, Laps 3-30 Roa.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (18th to 3rd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.