JAKE SWANSON TOPS VENTURA’S SECOND “BATTLE OF THE BEACH”
By Lance Jennings
JULY 12, 2017... Inheriting the lead
on lap 29, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) held off all
challengers to claim last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach
Race #2” at Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the VRA
Sprints, the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car win paid
Swanson $1,500 for his efforts. Hard charger Austin Liggett,
Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, and Cory Elliott followed the new
point leader to the checkered flags.
driver Landon Cling started on the pole position and led the
first three laps. After applying heavy pressure, Tristan
Guardino slid past last season’s USAC SouthWest Rookie of the
Year and took command. Guardino managed to build up a sizable
lead as a huge battle raged for the runner-up spot. Debuting a
brand new car from Melinda Buckley, Troy Rutherford broke
through from eighth and began to reel in Guardino. As traffic
began to play a factor, Rutherford got the better of Guardino
and seized the lead on the twenty-second lap.
front, the former track champion looked to score his first win
of the year until heartbreak struck. A steering bolt broke,
sending Rutherford’s mount into the wall and ended his night.
The second running Swanson was now in control and the USAC/CRA
standout sailed to the first USAC win for car owner Matt Dale.
Racing Matt Dale’s #12 Gage Huntley Design / West Evans
Motorsports Maxim, Jake Swanson claimed his second win of the
campaign and took over the point lead. Qualifying seventh out
of the twenty-five car roster, Swanson won the night’s Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1, and started ninth in the feature.
Heading to Watsonville with a 70-point lead, Jake has posted
two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race
victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned his second
BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best
Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventeenth.
Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil
entry, Liggett was third fast in time trials, flipped in his
heat race to score seventh, and ran second to Max Adams in the
semi-main. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is second in
points with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes,
and 34 feature laps led to his credit.
(Loomis, California) raced from sixteenth to take third in the
“Battle at the Beach.” Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment /
Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams qualified second
overall, placed seventh in his heat race, and won the 12-lap
Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main. The 2016 USAC/CRA
Rookie of the Year has climbed to tenth in points with six
top-10 finishes on the year.
After leading eighteen
laps, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ran fourth at the
Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino was
fourth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race.
At press time, Tristan is sixth in the point chase with two
heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature
laps led in the campaign.
Making his second start, Cory
Elliott (Bakersfield, California) charged from fourteenth to
fifth at the “Battle of the Beach.” Piloting the family owned
#11E FK Indy / Oilwize CS9, Elliott qualified seventeenth
overall and placed fifth in his heat race. The 2015 USAC
Western States Midget Rookie of the Year left Ventura tied
with Shon Deskins for 35th in the point standings.
“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) earned the
night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Driving Keith
Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport
Triple X, Sheridan ran second to Jake Swanson in his heat race
and scored fourteenth in the feature after an early exit. In
limited appearances, Danny ranks 48th in championship points.
Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) raced to victory in the
Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing a new
Melinda Buckley #79 Derek Buckley Masonry / Drake & Makayla
Maxim, Rutherford was eighth fast in time trials and scored
thirteenth in the main event. Running a limited schedule, the
2010 VRA Sprint Car Champion is 27th in the point chase.
Making his first start, Josh Lakatos (Pasadena,
California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana
Racing Products Heat Race #3. Piloting Cory Kruseman’s #4K
Lucas Oil / Kruseman Sprint Car & Midget Driving School entry,
Lakatos qualified ninth overall and took twenty-first in the
main event after an early flip.
The USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars will return to action with a special doubleheader
at Watsonville and Petaluma. On Friday, July 28th, the
traditional 360s will invade Ocean Speedway in Watsonville,
California. Located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at
2601 E. Lake Avenue, the action packed card will also feature
IMCA Sport Mods, American Stocks, 4 Bangers, and
Police-n-Pursuit. For more information, visit www.racepmg.com
or call 831.662.9466 (WINN). NOTICE TO COMPETITORS:
Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway has a strict sound rule and the
Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY track
The following night, Saturday, July
29th, the series will make their debut at Rick Faeth’s
Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the event will also showcase Super
Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks. For more information,
visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).
NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Petaluma Speedway has a strict sound
rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the
ONLY track legal muffler. In addition, tarps are required
under all cars in the pit area.
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 SERIES RACE RESULTS:
July 8, 2017 –
Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle of the
Beach Race #2” – Co-sanctioned with VRA
1. Danny Sheridan, 73,
Ford-12.320; 2. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.346; 3. Austin
Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.351; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T,
Guardino-12.391; 5. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-12.576; 6. Bruce
Douglass, 13, Davis-12.579; 7. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.676;
8. Troy Rutherford, 79, Buckley-12.810; 9. Josh Lakatos, 4K,
Kruseman-12.829; 10. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.910; 11.
Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.944; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15,
Hendrix-12.953; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.996; 14.
Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.015; 15. Landon Cling, 16K,
Kruseman-13.030; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.101; 17.
Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.103; 18. Charlie Butcher, 96,
Butcher-13.119; 19. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinzoa-13.209; 20.
Sterling Cling, 21K, Kruseman-13.252; 21. Patrick Clark, 2K,
Kruseman-13.256; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.316; 23.
Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.345; 24. Geoffrey Strole,
09S, Strole-13.415; 25. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-13.943.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Swanson, 2.
Sheridan, 3. Guardino, 4. Hendricks, 5. Wiley, 6. Woodward, 7.
Timmons, 8. Espinoza, 9. Stolz. NT
BROWN & MILLER
RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Rutherford, 2.
Majors, 3. Hix, 4. Smith, 5. Elliott, 6. Ellertson, 7. Adams,
8. S.Cling. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING
PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Lakatos, 2. Douglass, 3.
L.Cling, 4. Clark, 5. Butcher, 6. Strole, 7. Liggett, 8.
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI:
1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Hendrix, 4. Woodward,
5. Espinoza, 6. Strole, 7. S.Cling, 8. Ellertson, 9. Timmons,
10. Stolz. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting
1. Jake Swanson (9th), 2. Austin Liggett (17th),
3. Max Adams (16th), 4. Tristan Guardino (3rd), 5. Cory
Elliott (14th), 6. Tom Hendricks (10th), 7. Charlie Butcher
(15th), 8. Rick Hendrix (18th), 9. Steve Hix (2nd), 10. Luis
Espinoza (20th), 11. Bruce Douglass (4th), 12. Kyle Smith
(11th), 13. Troy Rutherford (8th), 14. Danny Sheridan (6th),
15. Guy Woodward (19th), 16. Landon Cling (1st), 17. Geoffrey
Strole (21st), 18. Sterling Cling (22nd), 19. Brandon Wiley
(13th), 20. Cody Majors (5th), 21. Josh Lakatos (7th), 22.
Patrick Clark (12th). NT
**Liggett flipped during the third heat. Lakatos flipped on
lap 1 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3
Cling, Laps 4-21 Guardino, Laps 22-28 Rutherford, Laps 29-30
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD
CHARGER: Austin Liggett (17th to 2nd)
USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jake Swanson-719, 2. Austin
Liggett-649, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 4. Ryan Bernal-628,
5. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 6. Tristan Guardino-567, 7. Cody
Majors-547, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-499, 9. Ryan Timmons-451, 10.
Max Adams-424, 11. Brandon Wiley-423, 12. Steve Hix-412, 13.
Shannon McQueen-302, 14. Steven Garris-295, 15. Kyle
Smith-270, ... Jeff Sibley-270, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 18.
Ryan Stolz-245, 19. Geoff Ensign-244, 20. Landon Cling-176.
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK -
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
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 /
This schedule is subject to change.