AUSTIN LIGGETT IS HOT AT HANFORD
By Lance Jennings
JUNE 20, 2017... After temperatures reached triple digits,
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) stormed to last Saturday’s
victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings
Fairgrounds. Held during the Kings County Fair, the 30-lap
feature was Liggett’s second USAC West Coast Sprint Car win of
the campaign. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jake Swanson, hard
charger Cody Majors, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the
Starting on the pole position,
Liggett grabbed the early lead and set a fast pace on the
Hanford oval. Faria was in hot pursuit and managed to grab the
top spot on lap twelve. After caution flags halted the action
three laps later, Liggett regained the lead with a “slide job”
after the restart. As the laps counted down, Faria and Swanson
got close, but the former rookie of the year took the
Piloting the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, Austin Liggett qualified
third out of eighteen racers and won the Keizer Aluminum
Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. After earning
the fourth series win of his career, Liggett is fourth in
points with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three
heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products
Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California)
ran second in the Hanford main event after leading three laps.
Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons
Trucking Spike, Faria was eighth fast in time trials and won
the night’s 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race
#2. Heading to Ventura on July 8th, the two-time champion is
eighth in the standings with one feature win, one pole shuffle
win, five heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 53
feature laps led on the year.
Jake Swanson (Anaheim,
California) had another strong night with a third place run at
Hanford from fifth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer
XXX, Swanson qualified second overall and ran second to Faria
in his heat race. The USAC/CRA standout has climbed to third
in points with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports /
King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10
finishes, and 46 feature laps led to his credit.
Majors (Simi Valley, California) earned the night’s BR
Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best
Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from eighth.
Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / State Ready Mix
Maxim, Majors was eleventh quick in time trials and placed
third in his heat race. Cody has climbed to sixth in the
standings with three heat race victories and seven top-10
finishes on the season.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill,
California) became the third driver in as many races to earn
their first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting
the family owned #29T Snap-On Tools / NorCal Builders Maxim,
Timmons placed third in his heat race and scored seventeenth
in the main event. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is
currently ninth in the point standings with four top-10
In his first USAC West Coast start of 2017,
Klint Simpson (Santa Rosa, California) raced to victory in the
Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F
Western Industrial X-Ray Maxim, Simpson qualified fourth
overall and finished seventh at the Kings County Fairgrounds.
The Wingless Spec Sprint veteran heads to Ventura ranked
forty-third in the point chase.
On Saturday, July 8th,
the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Jim Naylor’s
Ventura Raceway. The “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” is
co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints and will also feature
California Lightning Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and USAC 600 Micro
Sprints. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West
Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, more event and ticket
information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling
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 email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and
www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the
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Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs
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www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
June 17, 2017 –
Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.343; 2. Jake Swanson, 92,
Sertich-16.366; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.461; 4.
Klint Simpson, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.545; 5. Michael Faccinto,
81X, Watt-16.724; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-16.793; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.937; 8.
Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.999; 9. Richard Vander Weerd,
10, Vander Weerd-17.052; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.106; 11.
Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.124; 12. Max Adams, 5M,
Adams-17.274; 13. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-17.372; 14.
Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.488; 15. Cory Elliott, 11E,
Elliott-17.502; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.742; 17. Steven
Garris, 58, Garris-17.948; 18. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-NT.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Simpson, 2.
McQueen, 3. Timmons, 4. Guardino, 5. Smith, 6. Hix. NT
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Majors, 4. Faccinto, 5. Garris, 6.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING
PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Liggett, 2. R.Vander
Weerd, 3. Adams, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Cling, 6. Elliott. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
Liggett (1st), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 3. Jake Swanson
(5th), 4. Cody Majors (8th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 6.
Max Adams (9th), 7. Klint Simpson (3rd), 8. Michael Faccinto
(11th), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (12th), 10. Tristan Guardino
(10th), 11. Landon Cling (15th), 12. Shannon McQueen (4th),
13. Kyle Smith (13th), 14. Steve Hix (16th), 15. Steven Garris
(14th), 16. Cory Elliott (18th), 17. Ryan Timmons (7th), 18.
Brandon Wiley (17th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Liggett, Laps 12-14 Faria, Laps
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD
CHARGER: Cody Majors (8th to 4th)
USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 2.
Jake Swanson-641, 3. Ryan Bernal-628, 4. Jace Vander
Weerd-618, 5. Austin Liggett-579, 6. Cody Majors-517, 7.
Tristan Guardino-500, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-499, 9. Ryan
Timmons-441, 10. Brandon Wiley-394, 11. Steve Hix-360, 12. Max
Adams-356, 13. Shannon McQueen-302, 14. Steven Garris-295, 15.
Jeff Sibley-270, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 17. Geoff
Ensign-244, 18. Ryan Stolz-235, 19. Kyle Smith-226, 20. Tye
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle of the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Ocean Speedway -
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud
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)
schedule is subject to change.