USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEAD TO
SANTA MARIA FOR “RON OTTO MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings
JUNE 7, 2017... After a successful Ventura show, the USAC
West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, June
10th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer and
co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the annual
“Ron Otto Memorial” is the first of three appearances at the
Central Coast oval. The action packed card will also feature
NMRA TQ Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, Senior
Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo,
California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track"
will open at 10:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, time
trials at 4:40pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more
information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
TO 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
SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.
Primarily showcasing the NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto
Memorial” has featured sprint cars for several years. While
some details are missing and different series were brought in,
Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From
2006 to 2009, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler
Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner.
In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and
the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. Since then, sprint
cars were dropped from the event with the exception of 2015,
when James Herrera won the local 360 main event.
press time, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty USAC West
Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009
debut and Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five
victories. Ryan Bernal set the USAC West Coast qualifying
record of 13.529 on September 17, 2011 and “Showtime” Danny
Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354 on
September 11, 2004. Last year, Brody Roa and Jace Vander Weerd
claimed checkered flags and the series win list at Santa Maria
is at the bottom of this release.
Heading to the tenth
point race, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) holds a
24-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Keith Ford’s
#73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX,
Bernal won last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1”
at Ventura. To date, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has posted
five feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards,
seven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led to his credit.
Ryan leads all drivers with thirty-two series wins and will be
looking to add the “Ron Otto Memorial” to his resume.
After running fourth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Jace
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to second in
the point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has three
heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps
led on the season. As this writing goes to press, the 2010
USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Peter Murphy for
sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on his
Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia,
California) ranks third in the chase for the championship.
Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone
Gate Development Maxim, Richard finished eleventh in the
“Battle of the Beach.” To date, the 2011 Champion has one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes
on the year. Vander Weerd has nineteen career USAC West Coast
victories and will be looking for the “Ron Otto Memorial”
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits
fourth in championship point standings. Piloting the family
owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett raced
to seventh at Ventura after starting nineteenth. At press
time, the 2012 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, seven top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led
on the season. Austin is tied for twelfth on the West Coast
win list and will have his sights on the $1,500 payday.
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC
West Coast point chase. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92
Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson’s bid for the
Ventura lead was erased after damage resulted in a fourteenth
place finish. To date, 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 USAC West Coast wins and
will be looking gain valuable points with a Santa Maria win.
Currently tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria,
California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.
Steve Hix (Ventura, California) and Steven Garris (Escalon,
California) are also in contention.
Among the 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., Max Adams, Ryan Stolz,
Shannon McQueen, Kyle Smith, “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and
“Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson (Arroyo Grande,
California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Turd
Ferguson” Trent Carter, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Ryan Stolz,
James Herrera, Jordan Linson, Billy Butler, Charlie Butcher,
Eric Rossi, and Matt Day round out the top-10 in points.
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
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.
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs
and videos on demand available for purchase at
www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud
Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny
Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.
"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT
2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike
Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J.
Smith, 2011-Rain, 2012-Rain, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Not Held,
2015-James Herrera, 2016-Not Held, 2017-??
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria
Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan,
3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman,
2-T.J. Smith, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes
Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
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.
2017 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford,
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle of the
Beach Race #2)
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship
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.