AUSTIN LIGGETT’S LATE SURGE NETS HANFORD VICTORY
MARCH 27, 2017... Powering past
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett (Tracy,
California) led the last two laps to earn Saturday’s win at
Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. For
Liggett, the $1,500 victory was the third USAC West Coast
Sprint Car triumph of his career. Faria, “The Human Highlight
Reel” Geoff Ensign, Cody Majors, and fast qualifier Jake
Swanson followed Liggett to the checkered flags.
rains battered the facility overnight, the track’s staff
worked hard to get the pit area and racing surface ready for
action. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental
Services / Lucas Oil entry, Austin Liggett started ninth and
favored the outside groove to make his charge. With the laps
counting down, Swanson and Ensign pressured Faria for the top
spot as Liggett inched closer in fourth. Contact between the
top three cars resulted in front end damage for Swanson and
the fast qualifier’s crew was able to make repairs. With Faria
setting the pace, Liggett soon dispatched Ensign and gave
chase after Faria. Suffering damage himself, Faria could not
hold off the challenger and Austin took the victory.
Earlier in the program, Liggett qualified third out of
twenty-one racers and placed third in his heat race. The 2012
Rookie of the Year left the Kings County Fairgrounds ranked
sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three
top-10 finishes to his credit.
twenty-eight laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton,
California) ran second in the Hanford feature. Racing his #17V
Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike,
Faria was eighth quick in time trials and won the night’s
Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The two-time
champion heads to Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic” tied with
Tristan Guardino for seventh in points on the strength of two
top-10 finishes and 34 feature laps led.
Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) had
another strong night with his third place finish. Driving Ted
Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign
qualified tenth overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011 USAC Western Classic Champion
sits fifth in the standings with two heat race victories, one
Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats
Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes on the season.
Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) had one of his best
nights in USAC West Coast action with a fourth place finish
from tenth. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries /
Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was fourth fast in time
trials and ran fourth in his heat race. As this writing goes
to press, the young driver is ninth in points with one heat
race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.
After restarting at the back with a few laps left, Jake
Swanson (Anaheim, California) charged forward and claimed
fifth at the Hanford clay oval. Racing Tom and Laurie
Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas
Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his second Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and ran second to
Ensign in his heat race. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year,
left Hanford as the new point leader with one heat race
victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led
to his credit.
Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa
Maria, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King
Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with
a sixth place run from sixteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B
Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley
qualified sixteenth overall and placed sixth in his heat race.
At press time, the young driver is fourteenth in the point
chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.
(Oakdale, California) was impressive in his 10-lap Keizer
Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3
victory. Piloting his #42N Western Plumbing / Valley Pacific
Maxim, Sibley was twelfth fast in time trials and scored
fifteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The
veteran driver ranks thirteenth in the point standings with
one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats
Semi-Main win in the campaign.
The USAC West Coast
Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, April
22nd, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway.
The “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also feature the
King of the West – NARC Sprint Cars and the Legends of Kearney
Bowl Vintage Cars. Located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in
Tulare, California at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets,
more information can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or
by calling 559.688.0909.
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 SERIES RACE RESULTS:
March 25, 2017 –
Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.385; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88,
Vander Weerd-15.459; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.506; 4.
Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15,705; 5. Tristan Guardino,15T,
Guardino-15.762; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.767; 7.
Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.799; 8. Danny Faria
Jr., 17V, Faria-15.816; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-15.843; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-15.858; 11.
Dalton Hill, 81D, DD-15.908; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N,
Sibley-15.984; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.019; 14. Steve
Hix, 57, Hix-16.328; 15. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.479; 16.
Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.583; 17. Danny Parish, 1K,
Kruseman-17.111; 18. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-17.158; 19. Hobie
Conway, 2KK, Kruseman-17.804; 20. Trenton Sparks, 3K,
Kruseman-18.080; 21. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-NT.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Ensign, 2. Swanson, 3.
R.Vander Weerd, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley, 7. Conway. NT
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hill, 5. Parish,
6. Hix, 7. Sparks. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA
RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Sibley, 2.
McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Timmons, 5. Butler, 6. Ervine. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
Liggett (9th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 3. Geoff Ensign
(1st), 4. Cody Majors (10th), 5. Jake Swanson (4th), 6.
Brandon Wiley (16th), 7. Shannon McQueen (6th), 8. Ryan
Timmons (12th), 9. Billy Butler (15th), 10. Richard Vander
Weerd (7th), 11. Dalton Hill (11th), 12. Trenton Sparks
(20th), 13. Danny Parish (14th), 14. Tristan Guardino (8th),
15. Jeff Sibley (3rd), 16. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 17. Steve
Hix (17th), 18. Steven Garris (13th), 19. Hobie Conway (19th),
20. Jay Ervine (18th). NT
**Stolz flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Faria, Laps
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD
CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (16th to 6th)
USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jake Swanson-343, 2. Ryan
Bernal-317, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-290, 4. Jace Vander
Weerd-259, 5. Geoff Ensign-244, 6. Austin Liggett-218, 7.
Tristan Guardino-207, .. Danny Faria Jr.-207, 9. Cody
Majors-206, 10. Tye Mihocko-158, 11. Ryan Timmons-150, 12.
Brady Bacon-148, 13. Jeff Sibley-144, 14. Brandon Wiley-136,
15. Stevie Sussex-132, 16. Steve Hix-127, 17. Shannon
McQueen-126, 18. Jay Ervine-123, … Brody Roa-123, 20. Steven
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford,
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway
at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway
- Ventura, CA
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.