RYAN BERNAL CLAIMS ROUND #1 OF VENTURA’S BATTLE OF THE
By Lance Jennings
2017... Taking advantage of a lap twenty-one restart, Ryan
Bernal (Hollister, California) slipped by Kyle Smith to claim
last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” at Ventura
Raceway. The $1,500 USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Car triumph
was Ryan’s fifth win of the year. Smith, Max Adams, Jace
Vander Weerd, and Cody Majors chased Bernal to the checkered
Slated to start on the pole
position, Bernal was penalized back to third for stopping on
the race track. Smith, the new polesitter, made the best of
the opportunity and grabbed the lead as the green flag waved.
Michael Faccinto applied heavy pressure early, but Smith began
to open his lead. Bernal, who fallen back to fifth, began to
slice his way forward battling with Majors and Vander Weerd.
Sixth place Max Adams and seventh running Jake Swanson also
looked to enter the fray. While setting a fast pace, clicking
off the laps, and catching slower traffic, Smith’s powerplant
began to smoke. By the midpoint of the race, Faccinto had
mounted a charge and managed to slide past the leader. Smith,
a former Ventura champion, countered and quickly regained the
in tight quarters with back markers at the Ventura bullring,
Bernal and Swanson dropped Faccinto to fourth with Adams a
close fifth. As the top four challengers were in striking
distance, Swanson took over second from Bernal and made a bid
for the lead. At that same moment, contact between Smith and a
slower car bounced the leader into Swanson’s path. A
rebounding Faccinto was soon collected and flipped his
machine. All of the drivers were ok, but Swanson and Faccinto
were out of the race. Still out front, Smith looked to claim
his first USAC victory but Bernal managed to take command and
score the 32nd USAC West Coast victory of his career.
Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag
Transport XXX, Ryan Bernal qualified ninth out of twenty-two
racers and ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race. After
earning his first Ventura win, the point leader heads to
Saturday’s “Ron Otto Memorial” with a 24 point advantage on
the strength of one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 68
feature laps led.
leading the first 21 laps, Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California)
settled for second in the “Battle at the Beach.” Racing the
family owned #55 Roy’s Towing / State Ready Mix Spike, Smith
was tenth fast in time trials and ran second to Kenny Perkins
in his heat race. The 2-time VRA Champion is currently
nineteenth in West Coast points with one top-10 finish.
from seventh, Max Adams (Loomis, California) took third at the
Ventura County Fairgrounds. Piloting his #5M ART Speed
Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams missed
time trials with problems and rebounded to place third in his
heat race. To date, last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year
is sixteenth in the standings with three top-10 finishes.
Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night with a fourth
place finish at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #88
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace
qualified fifth overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller
Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the
Year has taken over second in points with three heat race
victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to
(Simi Valley, California) continues to improve and scored
fifth in “The Battle of the Beach.” Racing Steve Watt’s #81M
Maxwell Industries / State Ready Mix Maxim, Majors was sixth
quick in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels /
Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. At press time, Cody
ranks eighth in the standings with three heat race victories
and five top-10 finishes on the year.
Liggett (Tracy, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports
/ King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job”
honors with a seventh place run from nineteenth. Piloting the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the
2012 Rookie of the Year qualified fourth overall and finished
seventh in his heat race. To date, Liggett is fourth in the
point chase with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10
finishes, and 7 feature laps led.
Perkins (Oak Hills, California) earned his first career
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and set a new track
record. Driving the family owned #0K Sprint Car Driving
Experience / Victory Race Cars entry, Perkins was one of three
racers under the old standard, claimed the Bakersfield Karting
Experience bonus, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race
#1, and finished sixth in the main event. The second
generation driver left Ventura Raceway placed 39th in the
Saturday, June 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back
in action at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa
Maria 360 Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” will also feature
NMRA TQ Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, Senior
Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is
located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900
Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and
for more event information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
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 SERIES
June 3, 2017 – Ventura, California –
Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” –
Co-sanctioned with VRA
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-12.085
(New Track Record), 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-12.140; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.192; 4. Austin
Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.243; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-12.244; 6. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt- 12.375; 7. Ryan
Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.456; 8. Kalib Henry, 81, Watt-12.456;
9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.468; 10. Kyle Smith, 55,
Smith-12.479; 11. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-12.545; 12. Kyle
Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.574; 13. Mike Spencer, 21K,
Kruseman-12.707; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.752; 15. Ryan
Stolz, 63, Stolz-12.783; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14,
Hendricks-12.863; 17. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.920;
18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.966; 19. Chris Meredith,
66, Clawson-13.163; 20. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-13.173; 21.
Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.236; 22. Max Adams, 5M,
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Perkins, 2. Smith, 3. Adams, 4.
Spencer, 5. Timmons, 6. Hendricks, 7. Liggett, 8. Meredith. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
Weerd, 2. Faccinto, 3. Guardino, 4. Henry, 5. R.Vander Weerd,
6. Hix, 7. Conway. NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10
1. Majors, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson, 4.
Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Butcher. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Bernal (1st), 2. Kyle Smith (3rd), 3. Max Adams (7th), 4. Jace
Vander Weerd (5th), 5. Cody Majors (4th), 6. Kenny Perkins
(6th), 7. Austin Liggett (19th), 8. Tristan Guardino (8th), 9.
Kalib Henry (11th), 10. Ryan Timmons (13th), 11. Richard
Vander Weerd (14th), 12. Steve Hix (17th), 13. Tom Hendricks
(16th), 14. Jake Swanson (9th), 15. Hobie Conway (20th), 16.
Charlie Butcher (18th), 17. Brandon Wiley (12th), 18. Ryan
Stolz (15th), 19. Michael Faccinto (2nd), 20. Mike Spencer
(10th), 21. Kyle Edwards (21st). NT
**Meredith flipped during the first
heat. Faccinto flipped on lap 21 of the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Smith, Laps 22-30 Bernal.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (19th to 7th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-550, 2. Jace Vander
Weerd-526, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-520, 4. Austin Liggett-497,
5. Jake Swanson-485, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7. Tristan
Guardino-412, 8. Cody Majors-387, 9. Ryan Timmons-341, 10.
Brandon Wiley-314, 11. Steve Hix-295, 12. Jeff Sibley-270, 13.
Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 14. Steven Garris-258, 15. Geoff
Ensign-244, 16. Max Adams-224, 17. Ryan Stolz-209, 18. Shannon
McQueen-207, 19. Kyle Smith-185, 20. Tye Mihocko-158.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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 / Battle of the Beach
Race #4 / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.
#73 Ryan Bernal – Ventura “ARP
Battle of the Beach Race #1” Winner. Photo by Mike Grosswendt