BERNAL SPRINTS TO STANFIELD MEMORIAL WIN
AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings
AUGUST 13, 2018...
Powering past Tanner Thorson on the eleventh lap, Ryan Bernal
(Hollister, California) stormed to last Saturday’s “Bud
Stanfield Memorial” victory at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving
Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG
Transports Triple X, Bernal claimed his third $1,500 USAC West
Coast Sprint Car triumph of the year over Thorson, Tristan
Guardino, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and point leader Austin
Starting on the outside of the front row,
Tanner Thorson got the jump on polesitter Shannon McQueen and
started to run away from the field. As Thorson set a torrid
pace on the heavy Santa Maria clay, Bernal began to slice into
the leader’s advantage. Moving past slower traffic, Bernal
closed the gap and grabbed the top spot. Thorson tried to
battle back, but Bernal was too strong and claimed his series
leading 36th feature win.
After running third in the
companion USAC Western States Midget feature, Bernal claimed
the second “Bud Stanfield Memorial” of his career. The 2011
Rookie of the Year began his night by qualifying fourth out of
the eighteen car field and running second to Ryan Timmons in
his heat race. In limited action, Bernal ranks tenth in the
point case with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 33
feature laps led.
In his first USAC West Coast start of
2018, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) finished second in the
30-lap main event. Piloting Clyde Lamar’s #3C Tri-C Machine /
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Spike, Thorson was second fast in time
trials and ran second to “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. in his
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) had
a solid night with a third place finish at Santa Maria
Raceway. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive /
Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino qualified third overall and
won the night’s Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply
Heat Race #3. At press time, Tristan is second in points with
one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing
Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 36
feature laps led on the season.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr. (Tipton, California) raced to fourth in the “Bud Stanfield
Memorial.” Racing Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines /
Heater Guy DRC, Faria was eighth quick in time trials and won
the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race
#2. The two-time champion ranks seventh in the point standings
with one feature win, five heat race victories, seven top-10
finishes, and 39 feature laps led in the campaign.
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned Santa Maria’s
Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best
Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from seventeenth.
Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /
Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett qualified fifth overall and scored
sixth in his heat race after an early tangle. The point leader
left Santa Maria with a 93-point advantage on the strength of
two feature wins, one Woodland Display Fast Time Award, four
heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature
laps led to his credit.
Last Saturday night, rookie
contender Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California) posted his
second career Woodland Display Fast Time Award. Driving the
family owned #3 Mission County Properties / David Crye Maxim,
Montgomery scored third in his heat race and scored eighteenth
in the feature after mechanical issues ended his night. The
young driver sits eighteenth in the point chase with one
Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and
one top-10 finish on the year.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant
Hill, California) claimed victory in the 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons
Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons was
seventh fast in time trials and scored sixteenth in the
feature after an early exit. The 2016 Rookie of the Year is
third in the point standings with one feature win, three heat
race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps
On Saturday, August 25th, the USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars will make their third of five appearances at Jim
Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the VRA 360
Sprint Cars, the “Battle of the Beach Race #3” will also
feature VRA Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and
NMRA TQ 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
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 at
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.
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: August 11, 2018 – Santa
Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “32nd Annual Bud
Stanfield Memorial” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kaleb
Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-13.634; 2. Tanner Thorson, 3C,
Lamar-13.810; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.840; 4.
Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.880; 5. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-13.884; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.906; 7.
Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.017; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 8,
Richardson-14.059; 9. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.104; 10.
Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.198; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.238;
12. Matt Day, 97, Day-14.314; 13. Britton Bock, 67,
Bock-14.403; 14. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.432; 15.
Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.502; 16. Steve Hix, 57,
Hix-14.727; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.856; 18. Austin
Ervine, 51, AJ-15.074.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10
laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Bernal, 3. Montgomery, 4. Shaw, 5. Bock,
6. Hix. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Thorson, 3. Stolz, 4.
Kirkbride, 5. Herrera, 6. Liggett. NT
SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Guardino, 2. McQueen, 3. Carter, 4. Ervine, 5. Day, 6.
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Bernal (3rd), 2. Tanner Thorson (2nd), 3. Tristan
Guardino (4th), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (5th), 5. Austin Liggett
(17th), 6. Shannon McQueen (1st), 7. Trent Carter (9th), 8.
Koen Shaw (10th), 9. Ryan Stolz (8th), 10. Ricky Kirkbride
(11th), 11. Steve Hix (16th), 12. Britton Bock (13th), 13.
Austin Ervine (12th), 14. James Herrera (14th), 15. Jordan
Linson (18th), 16. Ryan Timmons (6th), 17. Matt Day (15th),
18. Kaleb Montgomery (7th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Thorson, Laps 11-30 Bernal
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin
Liggett (17th to 5th)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-842, 2-Tristan Guardino-749,
3-Ryan Timmons-690, 4-Koen Shaw-632, -Shannon McQueen-632,
6-Steve Hix-587, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-546, 8-Britton Bock-530,
9-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 10-Ryan Bernal-437, 11-Austin
Ervine-431, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-390, 13-Ryan Stolz-378,
14-Brandon Wiley-311, 15-Troy Rutherford-298, 16-Jake
Swanson-265, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213,
19-James Herrera-170, 20-Kyle Edwards-139.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
August 25: **Ventura Raceway
- Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
#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.
Bernal & Crew in Santa Maria Victory Circle. Photo by Jon
Paquet / Paquet Photography.