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BRODY ROA IS BACK ON TOP AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 29, 2016... After winning the previous week at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) scored last Saturday’s victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Battling back and forth with Jace Vander Weerd, Roa earned the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph. Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, Hard Charger “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Kyle Smith rounded out the top-five drivers.

Staring sixth, Brody Roa nearly swept the program by earning the night’s Woodland Auto Display Award and running second to “Shifter” Landon Hurst in his heat race. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa took the lead for good on lap twenty-seven and sailed to his third career series win. The defending 360 Western World Champion left Hanford with a 52-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) dominated the main event but had to settle for second at Hanford. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified eleventh out of nineteen racers and ran second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year started fifth in the main event and led the first eleven laps before Roa took control. Vander Weerd managed to regain the top spot from Roa on lap sixteen, but Brody succeeded with a late race pass to take the checkered flags. Heading to Tulare on July 22nd, Vander Weerd sits third in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, five top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led to his credit.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from tenth to score fourth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was thirteenth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. To date, the 2011 Champion ranks fifth in the standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the year.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from seventeenth. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria qualified second overall and scored sixth in his heat race after suffering mechanical problems. The two-time champion left the Kings County Fairgrounds ranked ninth in points with one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes on the season.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) stormed from thirteenth to finish fifth in the Hanford main event. Piloting the family owned #55 California RV Service / Roy’s Towing Spike, Smith was tenth fast in time trials and placed fifth in his heat race. The two-time VRA Sprint Car Champion heads to Tulare sitting thirteenth in the point chase with one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award and three top-10 finishes.

“Shifter” Landon Hurst (Riverdale, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Steve Watt’s #81X Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises CS9, Hurst qualified seventh overall and scored eighth in the main event. In limited starts, the former Rookie of the Year is seventeenth in the point standings with one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) claimed the checkered flags for the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Grant & Dan’s Transmission Maxim, Guardino was eighth fast in time trials and scored ninth in the feature. Ranked seventh in points, Tristan has posted two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and nine feature laps led in the campaign.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) raced to her first heat race victory of the year in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions event. Piloting Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen qualified ninth overall and claimed eleventh in the Hanford main event. The former USAC Western States Midget Champion heads to the “Peter Murphy Classic” ranked fifteenth in the point standings.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will take a break in the schedule before returning to action at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on July 22nd & 23rd. The “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also showcase the King of the West Sprint Cars and the “Legends of Kearney Bowl” Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

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 25, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.050; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.154; 3. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-16.223; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.310; 5. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.377; 6. Max Adams, 58, Garris-16.463; 7. Landon Hurst, 81X, Watt-16.528; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.598; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.609; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.641; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.664; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.679; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.690; 14. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-16.700; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.715; 16. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.779; 17. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.987; 18. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-17.122; 19. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-20.053.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Hurst, 2. Roa, 3. Liggett, 4. R.VanderWeerd, 5. Smith, 6. Barnes, 7. Stolz. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Johnson, 4. Sibley, 5. Ballard, 6. Faria. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. McQueen, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Adams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Marcham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Brody Roa (6th), 2. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (10th), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (17th), 5. Kyle Smith (13th), 6. Ryan Timmons (1st), 7. Max Adams (12th), 8. Landon Hurst (9th), 9. Tristan Guardino (8th), 10. Austin Liggett (3rd), 11. Shannon McQueen (7th), 12. Jeff Sibley (11th), 13. Matty McCarthy (15th), 14. Corey Ballard (14th), 15. Ryan Stolz (19th), 16. Kevin Barnes (16th), 17. Cody Majors (4th), 18. D.J. Johnson (2nd), 19. Trey Marcham (18th). NT
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**Liggett flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 12-15 Roa, Laps 16-26 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 27-30 Roa.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 4th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-560, 2. D.J. Johnson-508, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-475, 4. Trey Marcham-457, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-423, 6. Austin Liggett-415, 7. Tristan Guardino-391, 8. Max Adams-381, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-362, 10. Ryan Timmons-354, 11. Jeff Sibley-281, 12. Cody Majors-270, 13. Kyle Smith-252, 14. Kevin Barnes-249, 15. Shannon McQueen-236, 16. Troy Rutherford-216, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 19. Bryan Clauson-137, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
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.