LIGGETT EXTENDS POINT LEAD WITH VENTURA WIN
JULY 3, 2018... After winning Santa Maria’s
“Ron Otto Memorial,” Austin Liggett (Tracy, California)
claimed last Saturday’s $1,500 “ARP Battle of the Beach Race
#1” at Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with VRA, Liggett took
command from Shannon McQueen on the fifth lap and held off all
challengers to earn his seventh USAC West Coast Sprint Car
triumph. Ryan Timmons, new track record holder Jake Swanson,
Troy Rutherford, and Kyle Smith followed the point leader to
the checkered flags.
Racing the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Austin Liggett
qualified fifth out of twenty-three racers and ran third in
his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year left Ventura with a
98-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race
victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to
Using a borrowed engine, Ryan Timmons
(Pleasant Hill, California) made a late challenge and finished
second to Liggett for the second consecutive race. Piloting
the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood
Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons was fourth quick in time trials and
placed third in his heat race. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has
climbed to third in points with one heat race victory and six
top-10 finishes on the season.
Jake Swanson (Anaheim,
California) raced hard to score third from sixth at the
Ventura County Fairgrounds. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King
Racing Products / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson
earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
broke Kenny Perkins’ track record, and ran second to
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. In limited
starts, the defending USAC West Coast Champion is sixteenth in
the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10
finishes, and 23 feature laps led.
(Ojai, California) claimed fourth in a hard fought 30-lap
Ventura main event. Racing his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes
Rock Spike, Rutherford qualified second overall and ran second
to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. In limited starts, the
2010 VRA Champion ranks fifteenth in points with one feature
win, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 23
feature laps led on the year.
Kyle Smith (Moorpark,
California) scored fifth in the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race
#1.” Piloting the family owned #55 Roy’s Towing / California
RV Service Spike, Smith was twelfth fast in time trials and
won the night’s Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End
Supply Heat Race #3. The 3-time VRA Champion and current
Ventura point leader ranks thirtieth in USAC West Coast
“The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson (Lawndale,
California) earned Ventura’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing
Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh
place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #98 Bear
Racing Components / DJ Safety Triple X, Ellertson qualified
ninth overall and ran sixth in his heat race. The VRA regular
left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked thirty-first in
West Coast points.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton,
California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers
Heat Race #1. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises /
DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was seventh quick in time
trials and finished ninth in the main event. At press time,
the two-time champion sits eighth in points with one feature
win, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 39
feature laps led in the campaign.
(Fremont, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels /
Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Piloting the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino
qualified eighth overall and finished eighth in the main
event. Tristan ranks second in the point standings with one
feature win, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes,
and 36 feature laps led on the year.
On Saturday, July
14th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second
of five appearances at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway.
Co-sanctioned with the Ventura Racing Association, the “Battle
of the Beach Race #2” will also feature VRA Senior Sprints,
IMCA Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 30, 2018 – Ventura,
California – Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race
#1” – co-sanctioned with VRA
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-12.007 (New Track
Record); 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.154; 3. Kaleb
Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-12.226; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-12.320; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.321; 6.
Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.387; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V,
Faria-12.469; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.537; 9.
Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.615; 10. Kyle Edwards, 39E,
Edwards-12.615; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.643; 12. Kyle
Smith, 55, Smith-12.667; 13. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-12.722; 14.
Ricky Lewis, 81M, Watt-12.736; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-12.936; 16. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.954; 17.
Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.958; 18. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-13.243;
19. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-13.261; 20. Britton Bock 67,
Bock-13.487; 21. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.527; 22.
Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.752; 23. Joey Bishop, 45,
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Timmons, 4. Butcher, 5. Edwards, 6.
Ervine, 7. Shaw. 8. Stolz. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS /
ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2.
Rutherford, 3. Liggett, 4. Hendrix, 5. Bock, 6. Lewis, 7. Hix,
8. Bishop. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD
END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Wiley, 3.
McQueen, 4. Hendricks, 5. Farmer, 6. Ellertson, 7. Montgomery.
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1.
Austin Liggett (2nd), 2. Ryan Timmons (3rd), 3. Jake Swanson
(6th), 4. Troy Rutherford (5th), 5. Kyle Smith (7th), 6.
Shannon McQueen (1st), 7. Jeremy Ellertson (18th), 8. Tristan
Guardino (8th), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 10. Tom Hendricks
(12th), 11. Rick Hendrix (11th), 12. Steve Hix (20th), 13.
Koen Shaw (19th), 14. Scotty Farmer (15th), 15. Britton Bock
(14th), 16. Ryan Stolz (22nd), 17. Joey Bishop (23rd), 18.
Austin Ervine (16th), 19. Ricky Lewis (17th), 20. Charlie
Butcher (10th), 21. Kyle Edwards (13th), 22. Kaleb Montgomery
(21st), 23. Brandon Wiley (4th). NT
**Wiley flipped on lap 6 of
the feature. Montgomery flipped on lap 10 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 McQueen, Laps 5-30 Liggett.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jeremy
Ellertson (18th to 7th)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-652, 2. Tristan
Guardino-554, 3. Ryan Timmons-500, 4. Shannon McQueen-480, 5.
Steve Hix-474, 6. Koen Shaw-454, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-441,
8. Danny Faria Jr.-421, 9. Britton Bock-403, 10. Jace Vander
Weerd-390, 11. Austin Ervine-332, 12. Ryan Stolz-317, 13. Ryan
Bernal-279, 14. Brandon Wiley-269, 15. Troy Rutherford-262,
16. Jake Swanson-186, 17. Trent Carter-167, 18. Max Adams-135,
19. Hobie Conway-131, 20. Kaleb Montgomery-129, --. Kyle
ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1.
Austin Liggett-250, 2. Ryan Timmons-230, 3. Jake Swanson-220,
4. Troy Rutherford-210, 5. Kyle Smith-205, 6. Shannon
McQueen-185, 7. Tristan Guardino-180, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-175,
9. Jeremy Ellertson-155, --. Tom Hendricks-155, 11. Rick
Hendrix-150, 12. Steve Hix-130, --. Scotty Farmer-130, 14.
Britton Bock-125, 15. Koen Shaw-120, 16. Ryan Stolz-110, 17.
Charlie Butcher-105, --. Austin Ervine-105, 19. Brandon
Wiley-100, --. Ricky Lewis-100, --. Joey Bishop-100, 22. Kyle
Edwards-99, 23. Kaleb Montgomery-85.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
July 14: **Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: #Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP 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 / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned
Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.
Austin Liggett & family in victory circle. Photo by Mike
Grosswendt / surfnsprint.com.