USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE OF THE BEACH”
THIS SATURDAY AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings
2017... This Saturday, July 8th, the USAC West Coast Sprint
Cars are back at the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their
second of four events at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim
Naylor, the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” is co-sanctioned
with the VRA Sprint Cars and will also feature Dwarf Cars,
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
(14272535). 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
Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura
County Fairgrounds has held five West Coast Sprint Car races
and five different drivers have claimed victory. On June 3rd,
Ryan Bernal claimed the “Battle of the Beach Race #1” and
Kenny Perkins set a new track record (12.085). A complete
series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.
twelfth point race, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California)
has a slim seven point lead over the competition. Racing the
family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate
Development Maxim, Richard scored fifth at Hanford’s Keller
Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on June 17th. To date, the
2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
one heat race victory, and eight top-10 finishes on the year.
Vander Weerd has nineteen career USAC West Coast victories and
might skip Saturday’s action.
(Anaheim, California) ranks second in the USAC West Coast
point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and
Transfer Triple X, Swanson scored third in the Hanford main
event. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has
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. Jake has two career series wins and will be
looking to add the “Battle of the Beach” to his resume.
missing the Hanford “Fair Race,” Ryan Bernal (Hollister,
California) has slipped to third in the championship points.
To date, the pilot of Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction
/ Sun Valley Ag Transport Triple X has posted six feature
wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat
race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led
to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with 33 West Coast wins
and will skip Ventura to race in USAC’s “Indiana Sprint Week.”
Weerd (Visalia, California) is fourth in the chase for the
championship. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored ninth
at the Kings County Fairgrounds. As this writing goes to
press, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has three heat
race victories, eight 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 might miss the “Battle at the
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett
claimed his second win of the year at Hanford. To date, the
2012 Rookie of the Year has 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 led on the season. Austin is
tied for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for
Ventura’s $1,500 payday.
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 Cody Majors,
Tristan Guardino, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Timmons,
Max Adams, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, “The G-Man” Geoffrey
Strole, and more.
(Moorpark, California) leads the VRA point standings. 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:
6-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett,
1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Jake Swanson
WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Geoff Ensign,
1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.
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 Mihocko-158.
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 -
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.