RYAN BERNAL RETURNS & SPRINTS TO
VICTORY AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings
2016... Making his first start of the season, Ryan Bernal
(Hollister, California) stormed to last Friday’s USAC West
Coast Sprint Car victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway. Taking the lead from point leader Brody
Roa on the tenth circuit, Bernal won the $1,500 “3rd Annual
Peter Murphy Classic” preliminary feature. Roa, Jace Vander
Weerd, Bud Kaeding, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan rounded out
the top-five drivers.
fourth, Ryan Bernal nearly swept the program. Racing Mike
Phulps’ #56MW Metal Works / Diversified Machine Inc. ART,
Bernal earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award over the 29 racers in the pit area. In addition, the
2014 “Peter Murphy Classic” winner scored the 4-lap “Dash for
Cash” victory and ran second to D.J. Johnson in his heat race.
The triumph at the Tulare County Fairgrounds marked Ryan’s
series leading 27th main event win.
(Garden Grove, California) led the first nine laps of the main
event, but had to settle for second in the Friday night
feature. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries /
Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa qualified fourth overall and
ran second in a photo finish to Bernal in the “Dash for Cash.”
In heat race action, the second generation driver finished
second to “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.
Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night and ran third at
Tulare after starting sixth. Piloting the family owned #88
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, the
2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year was seventh quick in time
trials and won the 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat
(Campbell, California) returned to USAC West Coast Sprint Car
action and claimed fourth at Tulare. Racing Junior Bowman’s
#29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim,
Kaeding qualified fourteenth overall and ran second to Michael
Faccinto in his heat race.
Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) placed fifth at
Tulare’s checkered flags. Making his first start in Steve
Watt’s #81T Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim,
Sheridan was fifteenth fast in time trials. The 1998 Bandit
Sprint Car Champion ran second to Jace Vander Weerd in his
10-lap heat race.
rookie contender Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California)
earned his first career BR Motorsports / King Racing Products
“Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth
place run from eighteenth. Driving the family owned #29T
YourMauiEscape.com / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons
qualified sixteenth overall, scored fifth in his heat race,
and ran second to Cody Majors in the semi-main.
(Stockton, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant
Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was
thirteenth quick in time trials and scored eighth in the
Friday night main event.
Faccinto (Hanford, California) made a rare USAC West Coast
start and won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2.
Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt
Enterprises Maxim, Faccinto qualified tenth overall and
claimed seventh in the “Peter Murphy Classic” preliminary
Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) won the program’s 10-lap
Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Heat Race #4. Driving his
#17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria was
also twelfth fast in time trials and placed sixth in Tulare’s
30-lap main event.
(Simi Valley, California) scored his second checkered flag of
the campaign by winning the 12-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels /
Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main. Piloting the family
owned #54 Next Auto Body / Pit Image Spike, Majors qualified
eleventh overall, placed fifth in his heat race, and scored
twenty-second in the feature after an early flip ended his
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
information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and
www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the
USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.
Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
July 22, 2016 – Tulare, California –
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “3rd Annual Peter
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ryan Bernal, 56MW, Phulps-15.359;
2. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.517; 3. Richard Vander
Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.672; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.702;
5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.734; 6. Austin Liggett,
83, Liggett-15.785; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-15.820; 8. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-15.915;
9. Max Adams, 81S, Watt-15.930; 10. Michael Faccinto, 81M,
Watt-15.988; 11. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.998; 12. Danny
Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.007; 13. D.J. Johnson, 33,
Johnson-16.027; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.033; 15. Danny
Sheridan, 81T-Watt-16.102; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-16.231; 17. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-16.261; 18.
Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.271; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N,
Sibley-16.329; 20. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-16.330; 21. Gary
Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.342; 22. Troy Rutherford, 11,
Rutherford-16.394; 23. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.522; 24.
Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-16.770; 25. Ryan Stolz, 56,
Stolz-17.307; 26. Eddie Tafoya, 85, Perkins-17.468; 27.
Malyssa Perkins, 5X, Perkins-17.564; 28. Kenny Perkins, 0K,
Perkins-NT; 29. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT.
1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Sussex, 4.
R.Vander Weerd. NT
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Johnson, 2. Bernal, 3. Macedo, 4.
Adams, 5. Nelson, 6. Stolz, 7. Guardino. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faccinto, 2. Kaeding, 3.
Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. McQueen, 6. Sussex, 7. Tafoya. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
Weerd, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Sibley, 5. Majors,
6. Garris, 7. M.Perkins. NT
RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2.
Roa, 3. Stornetta, 4. Shaw, 5. Timmons, 6. Dyson, 7.
ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps)
Majors, 2. Timmons 3. Garris, 4. Nelson, 5. McQueen, 6.
K.Perkins, 7. Stolz, 8. Tafoya, 9. Dyson, 10. M.Perkins. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Bernal (4th), 2. Brody Roa (1st), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (6th),
4. Bud Kaeding (3rd), 5. Danny Sheridan (2nd), 6. Danny Faria
Jr. (5th), 7. Michael Faccinto (7th), 8. D.J. Johnson (8th),
9. Richard Vander Weerd (11th), 10. Troy Rutherford (10th),
11. Max Adams (13th), 12. Kyler Shaw (16th), 13. Ryan Timmons
(18th), 14. Jeff Sibley (15th), 15. Gary Nelson Jr. (20th),
16. Shannon McQueen (21st), 17. Steven Garris (19th), 18. Joe
Stornetta Jr. (12th), 19. Carson Macedo (9th), 20. Austin
Liggett (14th), 21. Kenny Perkins (22nd), 22. Cody Majors
**Sussex flipped during the second
heat and was transported to a local hospital for observation..
**Majors, Macedo, and R.VanderWeerd flipped during the
LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Roa, Laps 10-30 Bernal
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Timmons (18th to 13th)