GUARDINO WINS WILD VENTURA BATTLE AT THE BEACH
AUGUST 27, 2018... Regaining the lead on lap
twenty-five, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to last
Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” triumph at
Ventura Raceway. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino claimed his
second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature win of the
campaign over Ryan Timmons, Kyle Smith, Steve Hix, and Charlie
Starting on the outside of the front row,
Tristan Guardino grabbed the early lead and was pressured by
polesitter Austin Liggett. Liggett, the new track record
holder, took command on the eighth circuit as he looked to
sweep the program. Once out front, Austin reached slower
traffic and was soon challenged by defending champion Jake
Swanson. The leaders raced in close quarters on the 1/5-mile
oval and Liggett was knocked into the infield on lap sixteen.
Swanson became the new race leader but soon faced a resurging
Guardino. As the laps counted down, Swanson began to struggle
with his car and bounced off the fourth turn wall, coming to a
stop. From there, Guardino shook free from a charging Ryan
Timmons to win the VRA co-sanctioned main event.
Tristan Guardino began the night by qualifying second out of
the eighteen car field and winning the Keizer Aluminum Wheels
/ Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, Tristan is
second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products
/ Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and
49 feature laps led to his credit.
(Pleasant Hill, CA) charged from twelfth to score second at
the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #29T
Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim,
Timmons was sixth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his
heat race. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is third in
points with one feature win, three heat race victories, nine
top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season.
Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) raced from seventh to third in
the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #3. Driving the family owned
#55 Roy’s Towing / California RV Service Spike, Smith
qualified thirteenth overall and finished third in his heat
race. Kyle leads the VRA point standings and has his sights on
his fourth track championship.
Steve Hix (Ventura, CA)
had a solid night at Ventura Raceway with a fourth place
finish. Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano
Roofing Triple X, Hix was fifth quick in time trials and ran
second to Guardino in his heat race. At press time, Steve
ranks fifth in the point chase with one heat race victory,
eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year.
Charlie Butcher (Santa Barbara, CA) had his best USAC West
Coast run win a fifth place finish after starting fourteenth.
Racing his #96 BRC Race Engines entry, Butcher qualified
eighth overall and scored fifth in his heat race.
Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) earned his second Saldana
Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing
Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving
the AJ Motorsports’ #51 Pritchett Metal Products / Healthy
Soil entry, Ervine was ninth fast in time trials and scored
sixth in his heat race. The rookie contender is ninth in the
point standings with three top-10 finishes.
Liggett (Tracy, CA) earned his second Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award, set a new track record, won the Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored eleventh in his heat race.
Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /
Lucas Oil Maxim, the point leader left Ventura with two
feature wins, two Woodland Display Fast Time Awards, five heat
race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps
Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) raced to
victory in the Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply
Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #39E Safehouse
Security / Day Construction Stinger, Edwards qualified twelfth
overall and scored fifteenth in the main event.
USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will take a break in their
schedule and will return to action on Saturday, October 6th at
Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360
Sprint Cars, the “Championship Night” is the final point race
of the year. The event will also feature the Light Up The
World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living
Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ
Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Santa Maria Raceway is located
1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road
in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit
the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call
805.922.2232 for more information.
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
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.
Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 –
Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach
Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-11.983 (New
Track Record); 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.077; 3.
Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.091; 4. Jace Vander Weerd,
88, Vander Weerd-12.155; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.161; 6. Ryan
Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.170; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 98,
Ellertson-12.286; 8. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.405; 9.
Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.623; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-12.627; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-12.670; 12. Kyle
Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.674; 13. Kyle Smith, 55,
Smith-12.682; 14. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.725; 15. Ryan
Stolz, 72, Ford-12.736; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14,
Hendricks-12.818; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.926; 18. Jake
Swanson, 73T, Ford-NT.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10
laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ellertson, 3. Smith, 4. Vander Weerd, 5.
Hendricks, 6. McQueen. NT
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD
END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hix, 3.
Hendrix, 4. Bock, 5. Butcher, 6. Bishop. NT
SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Edwards, 2. Rutherford, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Stolz,
6. Ervine. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting
Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Ryan Timmons (12th),
3. Kyle Smith (7th), 4. Steve Hix (5th), 5. Charlie Butcher
(14th), 6. Tom Hendricks (13th), 7. Austin Ervine (18th), 8.
Shannon McQueen (16th), 9. Ryan Stolz (15th), 10. Joey Bishop
(17th), 11. Jake Swanson (9th), 12. Austin Liggett (1st), 13.
Jeremy Ellertson (4th), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 15. Kyle
Edwards (3rd), 16. Rick Hendrix (8th), 17. Troy Rutherford
(6th), 18. Britton Bock (11th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7
Guardino, Laps 8-16 Liggett, Laps 17-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Austin Ervine (18th to 7th)
USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan
Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684,
5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny
Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
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.