USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH #3” AT VENTURA
AUGUST 22, 2018... With two point races
left on the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back
in action this Saturday, August 25th, at Ventura Raceway.
Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP)
Battle at the Beach Race #3” is the third of five appearances
at Ventura and the final tune-up for November’s “Turkey Night
Grand Prix.” Co-sanctioned with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars, the
action packed card will also showcase VRA Senior Sprint Cars,
Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the NMRA TQ
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.”
NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT
AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. 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
53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk
disqualification from the event.
Since April 4, 2009,
the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held ten West Coast 360
Sprint Car races. Eight different drivers have claimed
victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson and Ryan
Bernal with two main event wins. Swanson set a new 1-lap track
record of 12.007 on June 30th and point leader Austin Liggett
won the 30-lap feature. Bernal topped the July 14th main event
and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of
Heading to the thirteenth point race,
Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is within reach of his first series
championship with a 93-point advantage and sits third in ARP
points. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental
Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett charged from seventeenth
to score fifth at Santa Maria on August 11th. To date, the
2012 Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one
Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award,
eleven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Austin has
seven career triumphs and will be looking to add another
$1,500 Ventura win to his resume.
(Fremont, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast and eighth
in the ARP point standings. Racing the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran
third in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press
time, the young driver has 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. With
four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on gaining
valuable points with another victory this Saturday night.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase
for the championship and third in ARP points. Piloting the
family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine
Foods Maxim, Timmons scored sixteenth at Santa Maria after
mechanical issues forced an early exit. To date, the 2016
Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race
victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in
the campaign. Ryan will be looking to claim the second win of
his career at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is tied for fourth in championship
point chase and sits tenth in ARP points. Racing Bob and Toni
Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim,
McQueen placed sixth in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield
Memorial.” At press time, the 2011 USAC Western States Midget
Champion has ten top-10 finishes and four laps led on the
year. This Saturday night, Shannon will have her sights on her
first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.
eighth at Santa Maria, Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has moved into a
tie for fourth in the point standings and eleventh in the ARP
chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited
/ PMS Investments KPC, Shaw has two Saldana Racing Products /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and eight top-10 finishes in
the campaign. The versatile driver will be looking to
breakthrough at Ventura and claim his first series triumph.
Currently eighth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga,
CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin
Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA),
Brent Owens (Covina, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are
also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected
to be in action are Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.,
Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle
Edwards, Hobie Conway, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and
Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads the VRA Sprint
Car point standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick
Hendrix, Charlie Butcher, Jake Swanson, Ryan Timmons, Joey
Bishop, Austin Liggett, Brandon Wiley, and “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr. 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.
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 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, 2017-Jake Swanson.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett,
2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr.,
1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan
VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
(Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Jake Swanson,
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan
Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett.
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
VRA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1.
Kyle Smith-1110, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-990, 3. Rick Hendrix-680,
4. Charlie Butcher-630, 5. Jake Swanson-455, 6. Ryan
Timmons-445, 7. Joey Bishop-430, 8. Austin Liggett-420, 9.
Brandon Wiley-410, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-345, 11. Troy
Rutherford-340, 12. Tristan Guardino-315, 13. Ryan Stolz-305,
14. Tom Hendricks-305, 15. Kyle Edwards-295, --. Shannon
McQueen-295, 17. Koen Shaw-285, 18. Ryan Bernal-260, --. Brody
Roa-260, --. Guy Woodward-260.
ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH
POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-455, 2. Ryan Timmons-445, 3.
Austin Liggett-420, 4. Kyle Smith-360, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-345,
6. Troy Rutherford-340, 7. Rick Hendrix-330, 8. Tristan
Guardino-315, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-300, 10. Shannon
McQueen-295, 11. Koen Shaw-285, 12. Ryan Bernal-260, 13.
Charlie Butcher-250, 14. Brandon Wiley-240, 15. Britton
Bock-230, 16. Kaleb Montgomery-220, 17. Tyler Edwards-205, 18.
Matt Stewart-175, 19. Slater Helt-160, 20. Tom Hendricks-155.
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
**Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
November 21: **Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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.
Tristan Guardino – 2nd in USAC West Coast Sprint Car Points.
Photo by Joe Shivak Imagery.