USAC VS. VRA
“BATTLE AT THE BEACH” THIS SATURDAY AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings
2018... This Saturday, June 30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint
Cars will invade the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their
first of five appearances at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim
Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the
Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars.
The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, VRA
Senior Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. The Pit
Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm,
with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt
Track in America.”
RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY 1ST. 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 can be purchased at the track or online at
2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100,
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler
rule will risk disqualification from the event.
4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eight West
Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Seven different drivers have
claimed victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson with
two main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 12.085 was set
by Kenny Perkins on June 3, 2017 and a complete series win
list at Ventura is at the end of this release.
ninth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) leads the
standings with a 77-point advantage over the competition.
Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /
Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won Santa Maria’s “Ron Otto Memorial”
on June 9th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one
feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two
heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature
laps led. Austin has six career wins and will be looking to
add a Ventura triumph to his resume.
Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks second in the
championship point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino broke while
leading at Santa Maria and placed seventeenth. At press time,
the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” winner has one feature win,
four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature
laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will
have his sights on another victory at Ventura Raceway.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the USAC
West Coast point standings. The pilot of the family owned #10
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim did
not compete at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the 2011 champion
has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 44
feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd has twenty-one
series wins and is always a threat to score the victory.
(Ventura, California) sits fourth in the chase for the
championship. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano
Roofing Triple X, Hix scored sixteenth in the “Ron Otto
Memorial.” At press time, Steve has one heat race victory, six
top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. This
Saturday night, Hix will be looking to breakthrough and score
his first main event win.
finishing second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria, Ryan
Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) has climbed to fifth in
the West Coast 360 point chase. Driving the family owned #29T
Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Ryan
has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes and 19 feature
laps led in the campaign. Timmons will have his sights on his
first sprint car win this Saturday night.
tenth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads
the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine
(Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton,
California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah
Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected to
be in action are Shannon McQueen, Koen Shaw, Jace Vander
Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Ryan Bernal,
Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Jake Swanson, Kyle Edwards,
Scotty Farmer, and more.
(Moorpark, California) leads the VRA Sprint Car point
standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Charlie Butcher, Joey
Bishop, Brody Roa, Sterling Cling, Danny Parrish, Ed Schwarz,
Ryan Stolz, and Gage Rucker round out the top-10 in points.
Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10
West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are
$15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military
tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are
$11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. 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,
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
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.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
CHAMPIONS: 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,
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander
Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile,
1-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Jake
Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tyler Courtney,
1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry.
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-574, 2.
Tristan Guardino-497, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Steve
Hix-433, 5. Ryan Timmons-424, 6. Shannon McQueen-419, 7. Koen
Shaw-415, 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
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-495, 2. Jeremy
Ellertson-460, 3. Charlie Butcher-380, 4. Joey Bishop-330, 5.
Brody Roa-260, 6. Sterling Cling-205, 7. Danny Parrish-190, -.
Ed Schwarz-190, 9. Ryan Stolz-185, 10. Gage Rucker-180, --.
Kyle Edwards-180, 12. Brandon Wiley-170, --. Tyler
Hatzikian-170, 14. Guy Woodward-165, 15. Rick Hendrix-155, 16.
Tom Hendricks-150, 17. Greg Andrews-30, --. Josh Lakatos-30.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway -
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach
Race #4 / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.
#7 Shannon McQueen – 6th in USAC
West Coast Sprint Car Points. Photo by MMRacingPhotos.com.