LIGGETT RECOVERS TO SCORE RON OTTO MEMORIAL WIN
JUNE 11, 2018... After a lap five tangle sent
him to the work area, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
restarted at the back and sliced his way to victory at Santa
Maria Raceway. For Liggett, last Saturday’s “Ron Otto
Memorial” triumph was his first $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint
Car win of the campaign. Ryan Timmons, hard charger Kaleb
Montgomery, Kyle Edwards, and Britton Bock rounded out the
Defending champion Jake Swanson took
the early lead from the pole position. Looking to run away
from the field, Swanson’s run came to an abrupt stop on the
third lap with mechanical issues. Recent Tulare winner Tristan
Guardino inherited the top spot and began to set a torrid
pace. In a bizarre turn of events, Guardino suffered driveline
issues two laps later and collected the second running
Liggett. Under yellow, Liggett’s crew worked on the damaged
car in the “hot pit” and Austin restarted fourteenth.
Ryan Timmons became the third leader of the main event and set
his sights on the first win of his career. Timmons was “hooked
up” on the Santa Maria clay but several caution flags erased
his advantage. As the laps counted down, slower traffic became
a factor for the leader and Liggett was gaining ground. With
twenty-four laps in the books, a caution flag set up a dash to
the finish. With one lapped car separating the leader from
second place Liggett, the green flag flew on the restart.
Liggett made quick work of the lapper and grabbed the top
spot. Timmons tried to counter, but it was not to be as
Liggett sailed to the checkered flags.
family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil
Maxim, Austin Liggett earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award and ran second to Timmons in his heat race.
The point leader heads to Ventura’s June 30th “Battle of the
Beach” with a 77-point lead with two heat race victories,
seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) led nineteen laps
but had to settle for second at the “Ron Otto Memorial.”
Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair /
Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons qualified seventh out of
nineteen racers and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race
#1. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has moved to fourth in points
with five top-10 finishes on the season.
second start of 2018, Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California)
earned Santa Maria’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics
Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a third place
run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #3T Mission
Country Properties / Konnected Clothing Maxim, Montgomery was
third quick in time trials and scored sixth in his heat race.
The rookie contender heads to Ventura ranked twenty-third in
the point chase.
Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley,
California) had one of his best nights with the USAC West
Coast Sprints with a fourth place run from ninth. Piloting the
family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Day Construction
Stinger, Edwards qualified twelfth overall and scored third in
his heat race. At press time, Kyle ranks twenty-second in the
point standings with one top-10 finish.
(Calistoga, California) had a solid run with a fifth place
finish at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving his #67 West Evans
Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock was fifth fast in
time trials and placed third in his heat race. The rookie
contender heads to Ventura sitting tenth in points with one
Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and
five top-10 finishes.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont,
California) won Santa Maria’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End
Supply Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino qualified
eighth overall and scored seventeenth in the feature after an
early exit. The “Faria Memorial” winner left Santa Maria
ranked second in the point chase with one feature win, four
heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) won the
program’s Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply
Heat Race #3. Piloting Matt Dale’s #12 Gage Huntley Design /
West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Swanson was ninth fast in time
trials and scored eighteenth in the feature after an early
exit. In limited starts, the 2017 champion is twenty-first in
points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes,
and 23 feature laps led on the year.
On Saturday, June
30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of
five appearances at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway.
Co-sanctioned with the Ventura Racing Association, the “Battle
of the Beach Race #1” will also showcase Dwarf Cars, VRA
Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. Located on
the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in
Ventura, California, more event 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, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King
Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, 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 SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2018 – Santa
Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Ron Otto Memorial”
– co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-13.900; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.063; 3. Kaleb
Montgomery, 3T, Montgomery-14.078; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-14.133; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.146; 6. Troy
Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.164; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-14.178; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.232; 9.
Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.536; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.613;
11. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-14.627; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E,
Edwards-14.647; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.697; 14.
Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.755; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72,
Ford-14.779; 16. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.893; 17. Hobie
Conway, 7K, Kruseman-15.098; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.411;
19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.630.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4.
Hix, 5. Wiley, 6. Shaw, 7. Herrera. NT
WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2.
Farmer, 3. Bock, 4. Conway, 5. Linson, 6. Carter. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD
HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Rutherford, 3. Edwards, 4.
Stolz, 5. Ervine, 6. Montgomery. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps –
With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4th), 2. Ryan
Timmons (3rd), 3. Kaleb Montgomery (18th), 4. Kyle Edwards
(9th), 5. Britton Bock (8th), 6. Brandon Wiley (13th), 7.
Trent Carter (17th), 8. Shannon McQueen (7th), 9. Scotty
Farmer (5th), 10. Ryan Stolz (12th), 11. Koen Shaw (16th), 12.
Hobie Conway (11th), 13. James Herrera (19th), 14. Austin
Ervine (15th), 15. Jordan Linson (14th), 16. Steve Hix (10th),
17. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 18. Jake Swanson (1st). NT
**Troy Rutherford did not
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-5
Guardino, Laps 6-24 Timmons, Laps 25-30 Liggett
RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kaleb Montgomery
(18th to 3rd)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-574, 2. Tristan Guardino-497, 3.
Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Ryan Timmons-424, 5. Shannon
McQueen-419, 6. Koen Shaw-415, 7. Steve Hix-396, 8. Jace
Vander Weerd-390, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 10. Britton
Bock-366, 11. Austin Ervine-302, 12. Ryan Stolz-284, 13. Ryan
Bernal-279, 14. Brandon Wiley-238, 15. Troy Rutherford-189,
16. Trent Carter-167, 17. Max Adams-135, 18. Hobie Conway-131,
19. Brody Roa-117, 20. Colby Copeland-114.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 30: **Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
**Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
#Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
**Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 /
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
schedule is subject to change.
#83 Austin Liggett – Ron Otto Memorial Winner. Photo by Jon
Paquet / Paquet Photography.