USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN
By Lance Jennings
2019... After a two nights of furious action at Las Vegas, the
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their only
appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday,
March 16th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “KUZZ Night at
the Races” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, American Stocks
and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open
at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is
scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High
Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s
website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.
NOTICE TO RACERS:
APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535,
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10,
13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B:
FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply
with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL
CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the
ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be
Hoosier. 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 www.usaclicense.com.
Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield
Speedway has hosted fourteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Ten
different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo
with three wins. Ryan Timmons won the last Bakersfield show on
running second and first at the Las Vegas “FVP Platinum
Battery Showdown,” Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has a six point
advantage over the competition. Driving John Grau and Mike
Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall
DRC, Swanson also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 6
feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Davey
Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth on the series win list,
the 2017 Champion will be looking for his fifth victory.
(Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the point chase. Piloting
Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling
Maxim, Roa finished first and fourth at The Dirt Track at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway. At press time, the 2016 Champion has
posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat
race victory, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody
is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list
and will have his sights on his seventh feature win.
Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits third in the chase for
the championship. Racing his #50 MP Environmental / RSS
Industries entry, Davis claimed fifth and second in the Las
Vegas Openers. To date, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car
Champion also has 17 feature laps led to his credit. Primarily
racing in Arizona, “Chargin” Charles may skip Saturday’s
action at Bakersfield.
Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is fourth in the championship point
standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop /
PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex earned two third place
finishes at the “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.” Although not
expected at Bakersfield, the second generation driver has one
career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph.
Guardino (Fremont, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast
Point Standings. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed seventh
and fifth at the Las Vegas season openers. At press time, the
2018 Faria Memorial Winner has also posted one heat race
victory on the year. Tristan is tied with Troy Rutherford for
eleventh on the series win list and will be looking for his
sixth main event win.
thirteenth in points, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) leads
the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt
(Harrisonville, MO), is also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected to
be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., T.J. Smith, Koen
Shaw, Kyle Edwards, Ryan Timmons, Austin Ervine, Shannon
McQueen, James Herrera, Cody Majors, Shawn Arriaga, Brent
Owens, Matt Day, and more.
are $40 Member and $45 Non-Member.
Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in
Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior and
Military tickets (ID Required) are $13, Kids tickets (6 to 12)
are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition
Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix,
Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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,
2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races)
3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Faria
Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig
Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.
COAST SPRINT CAAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Jake Swanson-161, 2-Brody
Roa-154, 3-Charles Davis, Jr.-147, 4-Stevie Sussex-145,
5-Tristan Guardino-125, 6-Dennis Gile-113, 7-Danny Faria,
Jr.-109, 8-Colton Hardy-101, 9-T.J. Smith-94, 10-Koen Shaw-92,
11-Sterling Cling-80, 12-Kyle Edwards-78, 13-Hannah Mayhew-75,
14-Slater Helt-74, 15-Ryan Timmons-72, 16-Michael Fanelli-70,
17-Johnnie Butler-60, ----Austin Ervine-60, 19-Jonathan
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway -
March 23: *Ventura Raceway –
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
#Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway –
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway –
November 27: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa
Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.