FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA
MARIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT
By Lance Jennings
4, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday,
October 7th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “Championship
Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and
will also feature Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks,
NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Micro Sprints, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior
Midgets. 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 805.922.2232.
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.
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-two 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. On August 12th, Max Adams set a
new USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.384 and “Showtime”
Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of
13.354, set on September 11, 2004.
Entering the final
point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 106-point
lead over the competition and will be crowned the series
champion. Racing three different cars to secure the crown,
Swanson began the year in the Sertich / Moose Racing #92
Triple X and drove the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC before
moving to Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim. After finishing seventh at
Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on August 12th, Jake has
two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Awards, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King
Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes,
and 48 feature laps led. Swanson is currently 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 “Championship Night” to his resume.
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the
championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned
#83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim skipped the
Stanfield Memorial and 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.
After running third in the Stanfield Memorial, Tristan
Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to third in the
point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive /
Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino has three heat race
victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the
year. Currently tied with nine other drivers for nineteenth on
the win list, the young driver will be looking to claim his
third USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth
in the chase for the championship. Driving his #17V Buster &
Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran
second to Max Adams in the August 12th Santa Maria feature. At
press time, the two-time champion has one feature win, seven
heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps
led in the campaign. “Hollywood” is tied with Bryan Clauson
for fourth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights
on his eleventh triumph.
Ryan Bernal (Hollister,
California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings.
The driver of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART has missed the
last two races but 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. Bernal
leads all drivers with thirty-three USAC West Coast wins and
it is unknown if he will be at Santa Maria.
tenth 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
Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan
Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, Gary Nelson
Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, and more.
“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California)
leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard” Jimmy
Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, “G-Man”
Geoffrey Strole, Bill Jones, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, and
Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.
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, 2017-Jake Swanson.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin
Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 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-Max Adams, 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:
1. Jake Swanson-904, 2. Austin
Liggett-798, 3. Tristan Guardino-768, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-703,
5. Ryan Bernal-699, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 7. Max
Adams-638, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 9. Ryan Timmons-586, 10.
Brandon Wiley-567, 11. Cody Majors-549, 12. Steve Hix-529, 13.
Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Geoff Ensign-401, 15. Ryan Stolz-386,
16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 17. Steven Garris-327, 18. Kyle
Smith-324, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK -
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
November 22: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
schedule is subject to change.
#12 Jake Swanson. – USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader.
Photo by Lance Jennings.