VENTURA HOSTS “77TH ANNUAL TURKEY
NIGHT GRAND PRIX” SPRINT CAR DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings
2017... Starting Wednesday, November 22nd, the USAC West Coast
and VRA Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway for two
nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious
“77th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a
special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprints and
practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets. On
Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point semi
and main events for the “Battle of the Beach” along with the
complete midget show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little
Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting
will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.
COMPETITORS: A $50 Entry fee covers both nights. (If you run
Thursday only, it is still $50 and you tag back of a B-Main)
The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire
and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16
Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC/CRA, USAC
SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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
Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal
mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part
#3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech
(180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance
(FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster
(Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld
(14272535). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal
muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway,
and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the
Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the
This year, Rick Goudy will serve as
Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. Goudy, who won the
Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver
to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the California Racing
Association (CRA) Sprint Car Championship in the same year.
Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered
Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp,
Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Before adding his
name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales
Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship and closed
out the season with nine victories, including a World of
Outlaws victory in the famed “Tamale Wagon.” In addition, Rick
earned the 1970 URA Midget Championship, the 1974 CRA Midget
Championship, and has three USAC National Midget wins to his
credit. At the time of his retirement in 1979 from CRA, he
posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins,
thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.
Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus
to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and
midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across
the country are expected at this prestigious event.
4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held six West
Coast Sprint Car races and five different drivers have claimed
victory. This season, Ryan Bernal and Jake Swanson celebrated
“Battle of the Beach” wins and Kenny Perkins set a new track
record (12.085) on June 3rd. A complete series win list at
Ventura is at the bottom of this release.
(Anaheim, California) earned the USAC West Coast Sprint Car
championship at Santa Maria Raceway on October 7th. Starting
the year in the Tom and Laurie Sertich #92 Moose Racing Triple
X, Swanson also piloted the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC
and Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim before claiming the title. In all,
the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year posted 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
to his credit. Jake will drive the Moose Racing #92 at Ventura
and will be looking for his fourth series triumph.
missing a few races, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
finished second in the chase for the championship. Racing the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil
Maxim, Liggett had 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 on the year. Austin
ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on
his sixth victory at Ventura.
Guardino (Fremont, California) ranked third in the USAC West
Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino scored one
feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes,
and 52 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has three
career series wins and will be looking to win the Ventura
Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran fourth in the
championship point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy
Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria posted one
feature win, eight heat race victories, one pole shuffle win,
ten top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps to his credit. The
two-time (2013, 2015) Champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for
fourth in series wins and will have his sights on earning his
(Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in
the West Coast point chase. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment
/ Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams had one feature win,
two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, a new Santa Maria
track record, one heat race victory, one Competition
Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten
top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA
Rookie of the Year has one series win and will be looking to
add Ventura to his resume.
ninth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California)
earned Rookie of the Year honors. Driving the Team 33 #33B
Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports Schnee,
Wiley had two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season.
drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them
are Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Jace
Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Ryan Stolz, Cory Elliott, Dave
Darland, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chase Briscoe, Brody
Roa, Matt Mitchell, Shon Deskins, Stevie Sussex, and Shawn
(Moorpark, California) earned his third VRA Sprint Car
Championship over Charlie Butcher, Kenny Perkins, Rick
Hendrix, Kyle Edwards, Guy Woodward, Tristan Guardino, Brent
Owens, Reed Broschart, and Tom Hendricks.
Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10
West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are
on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s
website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
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.
Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
The event is
available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at
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, 2017-Jake Swanson.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
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-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Jake Swanson, 1-Ryan Bernal,
1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. 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.
VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Kyle Smith-1615, 2. Charlie
Butcher-1300, 3. Kenny Perkins-1170, 4. Rick Hendrix-995, 5.
Kyle Edwards-755, 6. Guy Woodward-745, 7. Tristan
Guardino-700, 8. Brent Owens-685, 9. Reed Broschart-645, 10.
Tom Hendricks-590, 11. Cody Majors-575, 12. Troy
Rutherford-515, 13. Jake Swanson-450, 14. Jeremy
Ellertson-395, 15. Ryan Stolz-380, 16. Brandon Wiley-315, 17.
Matt Mitchell-235, 18. Ed Schwarz-185, --. Trenton Sparks-185,
--. Steve Hix-185.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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.