VENTURA HOSTS USAC VS. VRA BATTLE OF
THE BEACH SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings
2017... This Saturday, June 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint
Cars will invade the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their
first of four appearances at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim
Naylor, the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned
with the VRA Sprint Cars. The action packed card will also
feature IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, and USAC
NOW 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the
Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for
5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”
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
VRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.
Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal
mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part
#3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech
(180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance
(FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster
(Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld
(14272735). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal
muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway,
and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the
Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the
To date, the Ventura County
Fairgrounds has held four West Coast Sprint Car races.
Johnathon Henry won the “Grand Slam” event on April 4, 2009
and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign set the track
record of 12.226 on November 23, 2016. Last season, Tristan
Guardino and Ensign claimed the checkered flags at the “Turkey
Night Grand Prix.” A complete series win list at Ventura is at
the bottom of this release.
ninth point race, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) sits
atop the point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater
Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Bernal won
Tulare’s “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” on May 20th. At
press time, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has
posted four feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 59
feature laps led to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with 31
career series wins and is always a threat to win.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the USAC West
Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scoured
fourth in the “Faria Memorial.” To date, the 2011 champion has
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and six top-10
finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has 19 career USAC West
Coast victories and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.
Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the championship
point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace placed ninth
in the Tulare feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2010
USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, six
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 have his sights on his ninth victory.
(Anaheim, California) is tied for fourth in the USAC West
Coast point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson charged from
tenth to score sixth at Tulare. 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, six
top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. Jake has two career
series wins and will be looking to add the “Battle of the
Beach” to his resume.
Liggett (Tracy, California) is tied with Swanson for fourth in
the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #83
Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett raced from sixth
to third in the “Faria Memorial.” To date, the 2012 Rookie of
the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, two heat race victories, six 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 this Saturday night.
tenth 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., Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Ryan Timmons, Jeff
Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan
Stolz, Max Adams, “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.
(Moorpark, California) leads the VRA point chase. Kenny
Perkins, Kyle Edwards, Rick Hendrix, Brent Owens, Charlie
Butcher, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Trenton Sparks, Ed
Schwarz, and Troy Rutherford round out the top-10 in points.
Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10
West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are
$15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military
tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are
$11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
The USAC 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 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
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.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr.,
1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson
WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino,
1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-473, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd-470, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-455, 4. Jake
Swanson-440,.. Austin Liggett-440, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7.
Tristan Guardino-357, 8. Cody Majors-320, 9. Ryan Timmons-294,
10. Brandon Wiley-280, 11. Jeff Sibley-270, 12. Joe Stornetta
Jr.-260, 13. Steven Garris-258, 14. Steve Hix-253, 15. Geoff
Ensign-244, 16. Shannon McQueen-207, 17. Ryan Stolz-178, 18.
Tye Mihocko-158, 19. Kyle Hirst-155, 20. Max Adams-154.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle of the Beach Race #1)
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 (Battle of the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Ocean Speedway -
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.