KYLE HIRST TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC
By Lance Jennings
2017... Slipping past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the sixth
lap, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) led the rest of the way
to win last Saturday’s “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” By
claiming the shortened $3,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car
victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway,
Hirst became the 45th driver to earn a series win. Ryan
Bernal, Faria, Jace Vander Weerd, and fast qualifier Austin
Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.
first start of the year, Kyle Hirst qualified seventh out of
the twenty-one racers and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his
heat race. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW
Suspensions KPC, the three-time King of the West Champion ran
second in the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole
Shuffle. Starting second and hitting his marks on the changing
track surface, Hirst took the 25-lap main event. Now ranked
thirty-third in points, Kyle also gave Roth his first USAC
West Coast triumph.
fourth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) looked to
challenge Hirst but had to settle for second. Piloting Mike
Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal was fourth
quick in time trials, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat
Race #1, and took fourth in the pole shuffle. With his second
place finish at Tulare, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has
reclaimed the point lead with three feature wins, one Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR
Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five
top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.
leading the first five laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.
(Tipton, California) scored third in the “Peter Murphy
Classic.” Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises /
SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified sixth overall, won the
Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3,
and claimed the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole
Shuffle. The two-time champion left Tulare ranked sixth in
points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes,
and 39 feature laps led to his credit.
Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish fourth
at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace
was fifth fast in qualifications and placed third in his heat
race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford
sitting fourth in the point chase with two heat race
victories, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
scored fifth in the “Peter Murphy Classic” and became the 37th
series driver to earn a Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award.
Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil
entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat
race. Liggett left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked fifth
in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory,
four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.
contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned his
second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger /
“Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from
fourteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration
Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified fourteenth
overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, the
young driver has climbed to tenth in the point chase with
three top-10 finishes in the campaign.
(Simi Valley, California) raced to victory in the night’s
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing Steve
Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim,
Majors was eighth fast in time trials and placed sixteenth in
the feature after an early flip. As this writing goes to
press, Cody has risen to seventh in points with two heat race
victories and three top-10 finishes on the year.
West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this
Saturday, April 29th, at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings
Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also
feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks,
and Mod Lites. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801
South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at
www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.
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.
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
April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California
– Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual
Peter Murphy Classic”
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195;
4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88,
Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7.
Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M,
Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10.
Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M,
Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy
Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team
33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve
Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18.
Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K,
Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle
Smith, 55, Smith-NT.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4.
Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6.
Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10
1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino,
4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT
SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE:
1. Faria, 2.
Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta.
FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting
1. Kyle Hirst (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal
(4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (8th),
5. Austin Liggett (7th), 6. Brandon Wiley (14th), 7. Richard
Vander Weerd (5th), 8. Billy Butler (10th), 9. Max Adams
(11th), 10. Jeff Sibley (12th), 11. Steven Garris (13th), 12.
Kyle Smith (15th), 13. Steve Hix (19th), 14. Ryan Timmons
(17th), 15. Koen Shaw (16th), 16. Cody Majors (3rd), 17.
Tristan Guardino (9th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (21st), 19. Joe
Stornetta Jr. (6th), 20. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 21. Ryan
Stolz (20th). NT
**Majors flipped during the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-395, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd-354, 3. Jake Swanson-343, 4. Jace Vander
Weerd-328, 5. Austin Liggett-288, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-280, 7.
Cody Majors-245, 8. Geoff Ensign-244, 9. Tristan Guardino-242,
10. Brandon Wiley-195, 11. Jeff Sibley-192, 12. Ryan
Timmons-188, 13. Steven Garris-166, ... Steve Hix-166, 15. Tye
Mihocko-158, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-149, 17. Brady Bacon-148,
18. Stevie Sussex-132, 19. Koen Shaw-127, 20. Shannon
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway -
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.