USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEADLINE “31ST ANNUAL BUD
STANFIELD MEMORIAL” AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings
AUGUST 9, 2017... This Saturday, August 12th, the USAC
West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second of three
appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike
Kappmeyer, the “31st Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is
co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also
feature Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini
Stocks, and WRA Vintage Cars. Located in Nipomo, California,
the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at
4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information,
visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call
NOTICE 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.
Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race
car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria Speedway. After
serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built
Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super
Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield
served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the
Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family
owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen.
The low budget team built their own cars for several years and
enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship
needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the
crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors
Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several
fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14,
1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came
off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month
in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries.
Since then, Santa Maria Speedway continues to honor the memory
of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.
To date, Santa Maria
Raceway has held thirty-one USAC West Coast Sprint Car events.
Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and
Richard Vander Weerd lead 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
With two point races remaining, Jake Swanson
(Anaheim, California) has a 50-point lead over the
competition. Piloting Matt Dale’s #12 Gage Huntley Design /
West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Swanson ran fourteenth at
Petaluma on July 29th. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie
of the Year has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, ten 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 add the “Bud Stanfield
Memorial” to his resume.
Austin Liggett (Tracy,
California) ranks second in the point standings. Driving the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim,
Liggett has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports /
King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10
finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. The 2012
Rookie of the Year ranks ninth on the series win list and will
have his sights on his first Santa Maria victory.
Bernal (Hollister, California) sits third in the USAC West
Coast point chase. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART,
Bernal skipped Petaluma to compete in a winged sprint car
race. At press time, the two-time USAC Western Classic
Champion has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Award, five heat race victories, two BR Motorsports /
King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine 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 at Santa Maria.
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia,
California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. The
pilot of the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim missed the action at Petaluma
Speedway. 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 another Stanfield Memorial triumph.
Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks fifth in
the championship standings. Like his twin brother Jace, the
driver of the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim did not compete at Petaluma. 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
Currently eleventh in points, Brandon Wiley
(Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the
Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California), Steven Garris
(Escalon, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield,
California) are also in contention.
Among the other
drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr., Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Max Adams, “The Milkman”
Joe Stornetta Jr., Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, “The
G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, Gary Nelson Jr., and
“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella,
California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard”
Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, “G-Man” Geoffrey
Strole, Jordan Linson, Bill Jones, Sean Martin Jr., Charlie
Butcher, and Ryan Bernal 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 email@example.com.
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.
BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL
SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan,
2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte,
2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith,
2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander
Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Jace Vander Weerd.
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny
Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst,
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd,
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
1. Jake Swanson-844, 2. Austin Liggett-794, 3.
Ryan Bernal-699, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-693, 5. Richard Vander
Weerd-648, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-624, 7. Tristan Guardino-618, 8.
Ryan Timmons-556, 9. Max Adams-551, 10. Cody Majors-547, 11.
Brandon Wiley-501, 12. Steve Hix-484, 13. Shannon McQueen-401,
14. Geoff Ensign-328, 15. Steven Garris-327, 16. Joe Stornetta
Jr.-292, 17. Ryan Stolz-290, 18. Kyle Smith-270, ... Jeff
Sibley-270, 20. Cory Elliott-225.
2017 USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.