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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
TRISTAN GUARDINO WINS SANTA MARIA’S USAC WEST COAST
By Lance Jennings
2017... Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) led all 30-laps
to claim last Saturday’s “Championship Night” at Santa Maria
Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the local SM 360 Sprints,
Guardino’s $1,500 triumph was his first USAC West Coast Sprint
Car victory of the season. Fast qualifier Max Adams, Austin
Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Grant Anderson
rounded out the top-five finishers.
Getting the jump on
champion Jake Swanson, Guardino grabbed the lead from the pole
position. Setting a blistering pace on the Santa Maria clay,
the leaders reached slower traffic within a few laps. Slicing
though packs of lapped cars, Adams and Faria chased down
Guardino. Faria slipped by Adams for second and began to
challenge the leader. Guardino managed to shake free from
Faria and sailed to his third career USAC West Coast victory.
Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied
Auto Sales Maxim, Tristan Guardino qualified sixth out of
twenty-two racers and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels /
Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The young driver closed
out the point season ranked third in the standings with one
feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes,
and feature laps led to his credit.
Max Adams (Loomis,
California) ran second at Santa Maria’s “Championship Night”
after starting fourth. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment /
Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams was the night’s
Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and ran second to Danny
Faria Jr. in his heat race. The “Bud Stanfield Memorial”
winner ran fifth in West Coast points with one feature win,
two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race
victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main
win, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year.
Starting twelfth, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
charged to third in the Santa Maria feature. Driving the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil
Maxim, Liggett was third quick in time trials and placed
fourth in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year finished
second in points on the strength of three feature wins, two
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race
victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps
led in the campaign.
After battling for the lead,
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) had
mechanical issues and took fourth at the checkered flags.
Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons
Trucking Spike, Faria qualified seventh overall and won the
Extreme Muffler’s Heat Race #1. The two-time champion closed
out 2017 ranked fourth in the point chase with one feature
win, one pole shuffle win, eight heat race victories, ten
top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led.
first non-winged start, Grant Anderson (Albury, NSW,
Australia) scored fifth at Santa Maria Raceway. Racing Steve
Watt’s #81X Maxwell Industries / SWE Maxim, Anderson was
sixteenth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat
race. The Australian winged sprint car veteran placed
fifty-fifth in the point standings.
(Madera, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King
Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with
a tenth place run from twentieth. Driving the Double D
Motorsports’ #81D Montage for Ag / West Hills Farm Services
KPC, Hill qualified seventeenth overall and scored seventh in
his heat race. In limited appearances, the 2018 rookie
contender finished twenty-ninth in points with two top-10
finishes on the season.
Debuting a new Matt Dale #12
Gage Huntley Design / West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Jake
Swanson (Anaheim, California) won the Brown & Miller Racing
Solutions Heat Race #2. In addition, Swanson was eighth fast
in time trials and scored eighteenth in the main event after
an early exit. Also racing the Sertich #92 Triple X and the
Henry/Jones #41 DRC, the newly crowned champion had two
feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
five heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48
feature laps led in 2017.
On Wednesday, November 22nd,
the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return for two nights of
action at Ventura Raceway. The non-point “77th Annual Turkey
Night Grand Prix” will also feature the USAC Western and
National Midget Series for practice on Wednesday and racing on
Thursday. More event and ticket information can be found at
www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.
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
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.
Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 7, 2017 – Santa
Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night”
– Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints
DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.688; 2.
Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-13.773; 3. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-13.963; 4. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.973; 5. Trent Carter,
13, Carter-14.049; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.054;
7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.055; 8. Jake Swanson, 12,
Dale-14.134; 9. Jordan Linson-14.221; 10. Garrett Long, 38,
Long-14.236; 11. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.292; 12. Brandon
Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.298; 13. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-14.373; 14. Gary Nelson Jr., 2K, Keller-14.451; 15.
Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.465; 16. Grant Anderson, 81X,
Watt-14.477; 17. Dalton Hill, 81D, Double D-14.505; 18. Ryan
Stolz, 63, Stolz-14.634; 19. James Herrera, 5J,
Herrera-15.010; 20. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-15.509; 21.
Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-NT; 22. Benjamin Catron, 4,
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1.
Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Anderson, 4. Long, 5. Hix, 6. Herrera, 7.
Timmons, 8. Catron. NT
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Smith, 3. Carter, 4.
Nelson, 5. Steve Demott (#16J Herrera), 6. Thompson, 7. Hill.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Linson, 3. Wiley, 4.
Liggett, 5. Hendricks, 6. Stolz, 7. Ervine. NT
(30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (1st),
2. Max Adams (4th), 3. Austin Liggett (12th), 4. Danny Faria
Jr. (3rd), 5. Grant Anderson (7th), 6. Kyle Smith (5th), 7.
Brandon Wiley (9th), 8. Tom Hendricks (15th), 9. Steve Hix
(13th), 10. Dalton Hill (20th), 11. Ryan Timmons (19th), 12.
Gary Nelson Jr. (11th), 13. Garrett Long (10th), 14. Jordan
Linson (6th), 15. James Herrera (16th), 16. Trent Carter
(8th), 17. Austin Ervine (21st), 18. Jake Swanson (2nd), 19.
Steve Demott (14th), 20. Benjamin Catron (22nd), 21. Ryan
Stolz (18th). NT
LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Guardino.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING
RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dalton Hill (20th to 10th)
FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
Jake Swanson-939, 2. Austin Liggett-871, 3. Tristan
Guardino-847, 4. Danny Faria, Jr.-772, 5. Max Adams-718, 6.
Ryan Bernal-699, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 8. Ryan
Timmons-629, 9. Brandon Wiley-625, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-618,
11. Steve Hix-582, 12. Cody Majors-549, 13. Shannon
McQueen-413, 14. Ryan Stolz-412, 15. Geoff Ensign-401, 16.
Kyle Smith-386, 17. Joe Stornetta, Jr.-336, 18. Steven
Garris-327, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.
2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK -
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.