USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE
TULARE FOR FRIDAY-SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings
MARCH 14, 2017... After two successful
nights at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back
in action this Friday (March 17) and Saturday (March 18) at
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl
Raceway. The non-wing sprints will tackle the lightning fast
1/3-mile clay oval with the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.
The Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will join the Friday
card and the IMCA Sport Mods will join Saturday’s showcase.
The front gates will open at 4:00pm on both nights, time
trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right
rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit
adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules
are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder
heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC
West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at
www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC
MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be
purchased at the track or online at
Heading into Friday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds
has hosted thirty-three USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan
Bernal leads all drivers with eleven victories and Richard
Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.014, set
on April 23, 2016. Last season, D.J. Johnson (twice), Austin
Liggett, Bernal, and Troy Rutherford celebrated wins at the
Tulare oval. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at
the bottom of this release.
After winning both nights
at Las Vegas, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) sits atop
the point standings. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works /
Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal jumped into a backup car and won the
Friday show from twenty-second. To date, the two-time USAC
Western Classic Champion has also posted one heat race
victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Award, and 22 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers
with 29 West Coast triumphs and is always a threat win.
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is second in the West
Coast standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe /
Edgewater Construction XXX, Bacon ran third and second at Las
Vegas. The USAC National Sprint Car Champion also recorded one
BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and
12 feature laps led. Brady has two series win to his credit
and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.
Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks third in the championship
point chase. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply /
Team AZ RSS, Sussex placed fourth and fifth at Las Vegas. The
USAC SouthWest series regular has one West Coast victory and
is expected to compete in San Tan Valley, Arizona this
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits
fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Steve Watt’s
#81X Maxwell Industries / Baldozier Racing CS9, Roa ran ninth
and third at Las Vegas. The defending series champion has also
earned one heat race victory on the young season. Brody has
three West Coast victories and it is unknown if he will be in
action at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
(Anaheim, California) is fifth in the West Coast point
standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington
Beach Glass and Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX,
Swanson placed eighth and sixth at Las Vegas. The USAC/CRA
regular has also posted one heat race victory on the season.
Jake has one career West Coast victory and it is unknown if he
will compete at Tulare.
Among the other drivers
expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Trey
Marcham, Troy Rutherford, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons,
Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.,
Cody Majors, Ryan Stolz, Steve Hix, Jay Ervine, and more.
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl
Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the
corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Friday Grandstand Tickets
are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED.
Saturday Grandstand Tickets are $50 and, Bleacher Seats are
$45. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by
calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event
information, visit the track’s website at
The USAC West Coast Sprint
Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown
and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat
Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension
Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King
Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply,
Saldana Racing Products, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and
www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the
USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 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.
COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud
Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny
Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT
TULARE USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS:
11-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard
Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham,
1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin
Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford,
1-Jace Vander Weerd.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
1. Ryan Bernal-160, 2. Brady Bacon-148, 3.
Stevie Sussex-132, 4. Brody Roa-123, 5. Jake Swanson-118, 6.
Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 8. R.J.
Johnson-106, 9. Shon Deskins-96, 10. Brady Short-95, 11.
Landon Cling-94, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-93, Dave Darland-93,
14. Trey Marcham-88
15. Troy Rutherford-86, 16. Jace Vander
Weerd-79, 17. Tye Mihocko-71, 18. Ryan Timmons-69, 19. Tristan
Guardino-66, 20. Dylan Westbrook-61, 21. Jeff Sibley-47, 22.
Jeff Lowery-34, 23. Nick Aiuto-32, 24. Matt Lundy-28, 25.
Danny Faria Jr.-27, Geoff Ensign-27, 27. Bobby Marcum-20,
Bruce St. James-20, Cody Majors-20, Ryan Stolz-20, Mark
Ferrara-20, Steve Hix-20, Jay Ervine-20, Larry Kesterson-20,
Mike Martin-20, Andy Reinbold-20, 37. Matt Rossi-10, Chris
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare,
CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings
Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway -
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey
Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway
- Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest
This schedule is subject to change.