COAST SPRINTS BATTLE AT WATSONVILLE & PETALUMA
2017... Starting this Friday, July 28th, the cars and stars of
the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are ready to clash for
two nights of championship racing. The traditional 360s will
open the special doubleheader at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway
and will make their first appearance at Petaluma Speedway.
With valuable points up for grabs, both events could prove
pivotal in the championship chase.
-Friday’s Watsonville race and
Saturday’s Petaluma event will be run under the USAC West
Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected.
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.
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.
MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be
purchased at the track or online at
-The Ocean and Petaluma Speedways
have a strict sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part
53545-USAC) is the ONLY TRACK LEGAL MUFFLER. If the sound
levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not
allowed to compete.
16, 2014, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has held three
USAC West Coast Sprint Car races and three different drivers
have claimed victory. Last August, Jace Vander Weerd took the
checkered flags and Ryan Bernal set the track record of 12.832
on August 8, 2014. The pit gate will open at 2:00pm, the front
gates open at 4:30pm, and time trials will start at 6:00pm. A
complete series win list at Watsonville is at the bottom of
Saturday’s event marks the debut of the USAC West Coast
Sprints at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the defunct USAC
Western Classic 360s raced at Petaluma on October 4, 2014. On
that night, Ryan Bernal took the checkered flags and Max Adams
topped all qualifiers with a 12.832 lap. The pit gate will
open at 12:00pm, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and time
trials will start at 6:00pm.
thirteenth point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has
a 70-point lead over the competition. Racing Matt Dale’s #12
Gage Huntley Design / West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Swanson
earned his second win of the year at Ventura Raceway on July
8th. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA 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, nine top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.
Jake is tied with Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Cory Kruseman,
Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan for thirteenth on the series win
list and will be looking to sweep the doubleheader.
charging from seventeenth to second at Ventura, Austin Liggett
(Tracy, California) is second in the point chase. Driving the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim,
Liggett has 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. To date, the 2012
Rookie of the Year is tied with Davey Pombo, Troy Rutherford,
and T.J. Smith for ninth on the series win list and will have
his sights on the Watsonville and Petaluma victories.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the
championship standings. The pilot of the family owned #10
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim went
on vacation and skipped the Ventura Fairgrounds event. At
press time, 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 ranks second with nineteen
main event wins and will be looking for his first victory of
After missing the Ventura “Battle of
the Beach,” Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has slipped to
fourth in the point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73
Edgewater Construction Triple X and Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal
Works ART, Bernal has 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 thirty-three wins and it is unknown if
he will be in action.
Weerd (Visalia, California) sits fifth in the chase for the
championship. The pilot of the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim also went on
vacation and missed Ventura’s “Battle of the Beach.” 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 will have
his sights on a Watsonville and Petaluma victory.
Currently eleventh 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.
Among the other drivers expected to
be in action are Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, “Hollywood”
Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Timmons, Max Adams, Shannon McQueen,
Ryan Stolz, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, “The
G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Jay Ervine, and more.
Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in
Watsonville, California at 2601 E. Lake Avenue. The action
packed card will also feature IMCA Sport Mods, American
Stocks, 4 Bangers, and Police-n-Pursuit. Adult Tickets are
$17, Senior Tickets are $16, Junior Tickets (12-15) are $12,
Kids Tickets (6-11) are $6, and Children (5 and under) are
FREE. For more information, visit www.racepmg.com or call
Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in
Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. The event will
also showcase Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks. Adult
Tickets are $16, Senior Tickets (65+) are $12, Junior Tickets
(6-11) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more
information, visit the track's website at
www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).
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
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,
2-Jake Swanson, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Matt Mitchell,
1-Jace Vander Weerd.
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.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.
#83 Austin Liggett. 2nd in USAC West
Coast Point Standings. Photo by MMRacingPhotos.com.