SANTA MARIA HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS & WESTERN
By Lance Jennings
APRIL 23, 2019... After a
break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will
make their first of four appearances at the newly renovated
Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, April 27th. Promoted by
Nick Duggan, the fifth point race will also feature the USAC
Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, NMRA TQ
Midgets, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo,
California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track"
will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will
begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s
website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.
NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 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 event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS &
FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE
SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- 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.westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held
thirty-seven West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal
leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max
Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above
the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004
by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at
Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) enters Saturday’s race with
38-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family
owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim,
Guardino earned his first win of year at Ventura on March
23rd. To date, the young driver has also posted one Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four
top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with
Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list
and will be looking for his seventh main event victory.
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the USAC West
Coast point standings. Moving to Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater
Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson led
two laps before finishing second at the Ventura County
Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature
win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race
victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 8
feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey
Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake will have
his sights on his fifth triumph at Santa Maria.
Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the
championship. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed
seventh in the March 23rd feature at Ventura. To date, the
2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three
top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Ryan
will be looking to earn the third feature win of his career.
Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton,
CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. The pilot of
the #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking
Spike skipped Ventura, but has two heat race victories and two
top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding
for third on the series win list, “Hollywood” will have his
sights on his twelfth victory at Santa Maria.
(Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase.
Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS
Investments KPC, Shaw finished eleventh at Ventura after
starting fifteenth. At press time, the versatile driver has
recorded one top-10 finish and will be looking for his first
career win this Saturday night.
Currently sixth in
points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for
Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J.
Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga,
CA) are also in contention.
Among the other drivers
expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, Cody Majors, Austin
Ervine, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Steve Hix, Tom Hendricks,
Austin Liggett, Trent Carter, Jeff Fillingame, “The Rickster”
Ricky Kirkbride, Ryan Stolz, Matt Day, and more.
Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166
interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult
tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 &
Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s
website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown &
Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat
Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension
Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier
Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells,
Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood
Disc Brakes, 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 on the series, visit
usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can
also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
(Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander
Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd,
2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J.
Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez,
1-Austin Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy
Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-276, 2. Jake Swanson-238, 3. Ryan Timmons-199, 4.
Danny Faria Jr.-186, 5. Koen Shaw-183, 6. Slater Helt-154, ..
Brody Roa-154, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 9. Stevie Sussex-145,
10. Kyle Edwards-141, 11. Cody Majors-119, ... Austin
Ervine-119, ... Hannah Mayhew-119, 14. Dennis Gile-113, 15.
Troy Rutherford-108, 16. J.J. Ringo-106, 17. T.J. Smith-101,
... Colton Hardy-101, 19. Steve Hix-88, 20. Tom Hendricks-84,
... Chase Johnson-84.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
February 27: The
Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner:
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield,
CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway –
Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
(Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
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
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
*Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.