JAKE SWANSON SHINES AT TULARE’S
By Lance Jennings
2017... Slipping past Ryan Bernal on the fourteenth circuit,
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) took last Friday’s
checkered flags at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl
Raceway. Before earning the $1,200 USAC West Coast Sprint Car
triumph, Swanson also broke Richard Vander Weerd’s qualifying
track record. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year was
followed by “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Bernal,
Austin Liggett, and Vander Weerd.
and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror /
Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Jake Swanson started
seventh and raced to the second series win of his career.
Earning the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over
the roster of twenty-one drivers, Jake also placed third in
his heat race.
Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) battled
hard and claimed second in the feature after starting fifth.
Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle,
Ensign qualified eighth overall and won the night’s 8-lap
Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2.
(Hollister, California) took the lead from “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr. and led seven laps before scoring third at the
finish line. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater
Construction XXX, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials and
ran second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race.
Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fourth at the Tulare County
Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental
Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett qualified second overall
and claimed second to Geoff Ensign in his heat race.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eleventh to
fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #10
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim,
Richard was fifth fast in qualifications and placed fourth in
his heat race.
contender Steve Hix (Ventura, California) earned the night’s
BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best
Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth.
Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Davmar Air
Compressors XXX, Hix qualified seventeenth overall and scored
seventh in his heat race.
Guardino (Fremont, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino qualified tenth
overall and finished tenth in the main event.
(Simi Valley, California) raced to his first heat race win of
the campaign in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing
Products event. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries /
Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was ninth fast overall
and took sixth in the Tulare feature.
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.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
March 17, 2017 – Tulare, California
– Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.984
(New Track Record); 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.224; 3.
Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.312; 4. Ryan Bernal,
73, Ford-15.326; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-15.363; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.557; 7. Gary
Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-15.673; 8. Geoff Ensign,
Finkenbinder-15.702; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15.755; 10.
Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.777; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5,
Mihocko-15.782; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.895; 13.
Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-15.902; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-15.942; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-16.038; 16. Steven
Garris, 58, Garris-16.176; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.186; 18.
Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.460; 19. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-16.585;
20. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.962; 21. Jeff Sibley,
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson,
4. Nelson, 5. Wiley, 6. Garris, 7. Ervine. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ensign, 2.
Liggett, 3. Mihocko, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. McQueen, 6.
Richardson, 7. Hix. NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Stolz, 5. Shaw, 6.
Timmons, 7. Sibley. NT
laps –With Starting Positions)
1. Jake Swanson (7th), 2. Geoff
Ensign (5th), 3. Ryan Bernal (3rd), 4. Austin Liggett (2nd),
5. Richard Vander Weerd (11th), 6. Cody Majors (4th), 7. Jace
Vander Weerd (9th), 8. Koen Shaw (15th), 9. Brandon Wiley
(13th), 10. Tristan Guardino (6th), 11. Steve Hix (20th), 12.
Jay Ervine (19th), 13. Steven Garris (16th), 14. Danny Faria
Jr. (1st), 15. Gary Nelson Jr. (10th), 16. Tye Mihocko (8th),
17. Shannon McQueen (14th), 18. Ryan Stolz (12th), 19. Jim
Richardson (17th), 20. Jeff Sibley (21st), 21. Ryan Timmons
**Timmons flipped during the third
heat. Nelson flipped during the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Faria, Laps 7-13 Bernal, Laps 14-30 Swanson.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Steve Hix (20th to 11th)