TULARE’S “CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA
MEMORIAL” ON TAP FOR USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS
By Lance Jennings
2017... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action
this Saturday, May 20th, at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the
“Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will be the last appearance
of the year for the traditional 360 sprints at the lightning
fast 1/3-mile oval. The King of the West / NARC Sprints,
Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl
Vintage Cars will join the action packed card. The front gates
will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing
scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s
website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
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
and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates
on the USAC West Coast schedule. While this year’s event marks
the twenty-fourth running of the race, Peter Murphy won the
inaugural 360 non-winged memorial in 2009. Since then, Craig
Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Bernal,
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Austin Liggett have joined
Murphy on the winner’s list.
6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-six
USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all
drivers with twelve victories and Jake Swanson holds the 1-lap
qualifying record of 14.984, set on March 17th. In the
previous three Tulare races of 2017, Swanson, Bernal, and Kyle
Hirst took the checkered flags. The series win list at the
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of
the eighth point race, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California)
sits atop the point standings. Racing the family owned #88
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace
charged from eighth to score third at Hanford on April 29th.
To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat
race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led
on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for
sixth on the series win list and will be looking to claim his
ninth victory this Saturday night.
second in the standings and five points behind his twin
brother is Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California).
Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard placed sixteenth at
Hanford after an early flip ended his night. At press time,
the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd
is second overall with nineteen career wins and will have his
sights adding the “Faria Memorial” to his resume.
(Hollister, California) is third in the chase for the
championship. Splitting time between Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal
Works ART and Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe XXX, Bernal did not
compete at the Hanford April 29th show. To date, the two-time
USAC Western Classic Champion has posted 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.
Ryan leads all drivers with thirty USAC West Coast wins and is
a fan favorite.
(Anaheim, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point
standings. Starting the year in Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson scored eighteenth
at Hanford in the Tony Jones / Larry Henry #41 CBI Equipment
DRC. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has
one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17
feature laps led. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature
wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.
Liggett (Tracy, California) is fifth in the championship point
chase. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas
Oil entry, Liggett ran second to “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.
at Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the 2012 Rookie of
the Year has 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. Austin is tied for twelfth
on the series win list and will be looking to earn his fourth
victory at the “Faria Memorial.”
eleventh in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California)
leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Garris
(Escalon, California) and Steve Hix (Ventura, California) are
also in contention.
other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Jeff
Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan
Stolz, Max Adams, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey
Strole, and more.
California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is
located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of
Bardsley and K Streets. Bleacher seats are $20 and Grandstands
seats are $25. 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
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR
Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, 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
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.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig
Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding,
2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria
Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.
BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING 360 WINNERS:
2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig
Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held,
2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr.,
1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson
WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
12-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-Kyle Hirst,
1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter
Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
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.