“HOLLYWOOD” DANNY FARIA JR. SPRINTS
TO HANFORD VICTORY
By Lance Jennings
2017... Executing a turn one “slide job,” “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) took command from Joe Stornetta
Jr. on lap twenty and sailed to victory at Hanford’s Keller
Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. For Faria, last Saturday’s
$1,500 triumph was his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car main
event win of the campaign. Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd,
Stornetta, and Cody Majors chased the two-time champion to the
changing track conditions, front row starter Liggett grabbed
the lead and led the first five laps until a caution flag
halted the action. On the restart, Stornetta slid his way to
the top spot in the south turns and looked to run away from
the field. Unfortunately for Stornetta, several red and yellow
flags would erase his momentum and bunch the field. As the
racers faced a treacherous cushion, Faria took advantage and
grabbed the top spot on lap twenty. After dropping back to
third, Liggett had reclaimed second and looked to challenge
the leader. Richard Vander Weerd flipped his mount and walked
away on lap twenty three and this gave Liggett another shot at
Faria. “Hollywood” had a great restart and escaped from all
challengers to claim the win at the Kings County Fairgrounds.
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.
#17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike,
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. qualified seventh out of nineteen
racers and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race
#1. The 2013 and 2015 series champion left Hanford ranked
sixth in points with three heat race victories, one pole
shuffle win, four top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led to
leading the first five laps, Austin Liggett (Tracy,
California) battled hard and ran second at Hanford. Driving
the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry,
the 2012 Rookie of the Year was eleventh fast in time trials
and won the 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race.
Heading to Tulare on May 20th, Liggett is fifth in the point
chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and
7 feature laps led on the season.
Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish third
in the Hanford 30-lap feature. Piloting the family owned #88
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace
qualified second overall and took third in his heat race. The
2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has taken over the point lead
on the strength of two heat race victories, five top-10
finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign.
Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr. (Napa, California) led fourteen
laps of the feature before scoring fourth. Racing Ted
Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Maxim, Stornetta
was third quick in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum
Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. In limited
starts, the hard charger left Hanford sitting thirteenth in
points with two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and
21 feature laps led.
(Simi Valley, California) had a solid night at Hanford and
took fifth at the checkered flags. Driving Steve Watt’s #81
Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors
qualified ninth overall and ran second to Stornetta in his
heat race. Cody heads to the Faria Memorial ranked seventh in
the point standings with two heat race victories and four
top-10 finishes on the year.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned his series leading
sixteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award.
Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard ran second to Faria in
his heat race and scored sixteenth in the main event after a
flip ended his night. The 2011 champion ranks second in points
with five top-10 finishes to his credit.
(Ventura, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King
Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with
an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the #1K Cory
Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School / Lucas Oil
entry, Conway was nineteenth fast in time trials and took
seventh in the first heat race. In limited appearances, Hobie
is thirty-fifth in the point chase.
West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on
Saturday, May 20th, at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl
Raceway in Tulare, California. The “Chris and Brian Faria
Memorial” will also feature the King of the West NARC Sprint
Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and the Legends of
Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. Located on the Tulare County
Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more
event information, can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com
or calling 559.688.0909.
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 email@example.com.
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 29, 2017 – Hanford, California
– Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-16.657; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.836;
3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.862; 4. Jake
Swanson, 41, Henry/Jones-16.894; 5. Max Adams, 5M,
Adams-16.940; 6. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.079; 7. Danny
Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.096; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T,
Guardino-17.367; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.502; 10. Shannon
McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.505; 11. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-17.583; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.721; 13.
Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.881; 14. Ryan Stolz, 63,
Stolz-17.995; 15. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.162; 16.
Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-18.198; 17. Steven Garris, 58,
Garris-18.237; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.554; 19. Hobie
Conway, 1K, Kruseman-18.920.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd. 3.
Wiley, 4. McQueen, 5. Swanson, 6. Smith, 7. Conway. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
2. Guardino, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Garris, 5. Stolz, 6. Adams.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA
RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
Stornetta, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Sibley, 5. Hix, 6.
laps – With Starting Positions)
Faria Jr. (1st), 2. Austin Liggett (2nd), 3. Jace Vander Weerd
(8th), 4. Joe Stornetta Jr. (3rd), 5. Cody Majors (6th), 6.
Ryan Timmons (9th), 7. Tristan Guardino (5th), 8. Hobie Conway
(19th), 9. Steven Garris (11th), 10. Steve Hix (15th), 11. Max
Adams (17th), 12. Brandon Wiley (7th), 13. Kyle Smith (16th),
14. Jeff Sibley (12th), 15. Ryan Stolz (14th), 16. Richard
Vander Weerd (4th), 17. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 18. Jake
Swanson (13th), 19. Shannon McQueen (10th). NT
**McQueen flipped on lap 13 of the
feature. R.Vander Weerd flipped on lap 23 of the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Liggett, Laps 6-19 Stornetta, Laps 20-30
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Hobie
Conway (19th to 8th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jace Vander Weerd-403, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd-398, 3. Ryan Bernal-395, 4. Jake Swanson-377, 5.
Austin Liggett-363, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-358, 7. Cody
Majors-310, 8. Tristan Guardino-301, 9. Ryan Timmons-249, 10.
Geoff Ensign-244, 11. Brandon Wiley-240, 12. Jeff Sibley-233,
13. Joe Stornetta Jr.-222, 14. Steven Garris-217, 15. Steve
Hix-213, 16. Tye Mihocko-158, 17. Shannon McQueen-156, 18.
Brady Bacon-148, 19. Ryan Stolz-143, 20. Stevie Sussex-132.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.