TULARE HOSTS FRIDAY’S “CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL”
JUNE 3, 2019... After a hard fought
battle at Ventura, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade
Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday, June 7th. Promoted
by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” was moved
after rains washed out the final night of the “Peter Murphy
Classic” on May 18th. The second and final appearance of the
non-winged 360s at the Tulare County Fairgrounds will also
showcase the Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver
Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The Front Gates will open at
3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:30PM, and Racing will
start at 6:00PM. For more information, visit the track’s
website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.
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.
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 usaclicense.com.
The “Chris and Brian
Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the
USAC West Coast schedule. This year’s event marks the
twenty-sixth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the
first non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Tristan
Guardino added his name to the winner’s list, which is at the
bottom of this release.
Since March 6, 2010, the
Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 42 USAC West Coast Sprint
Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen
victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of
14.984 on March 17, 2017. Austin Liggett topped the “Peter
Murphy Classic” on May 17th and the Tulare series win list is
at the bottom of this release.
Entering the eighth
point race, there have been six different winners. Defending
series champion Austin Liggett has two victories, while Brody
Roa, Swanson, Chase Johnson, Guardino, and Troy Rutherford
have one win in the campaign. Rain washed out the May 18th
event at Petaluma.
Heading to Tulare, Tristan Guardino
(Fremont, CA) has a stout 101-point lead over the competition.
Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto
Stores Maxim, Guardino scored nineteenth last Saturday night
after an early exit. At press time, the point leader has one
feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three
heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps
led to his credit. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa, Troy
Rutherford, and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list
and will be looking for his second “Faria Memorial” triumph.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the
championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #29T
Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim,
Timmons set fast time and placed thirteenth at the Ventura
County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race
victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and four
top-10 finishes on the season. At Tulare, Ryan will have his
sights on his third career feature win.
(Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point
standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures
Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw charged from thirteenth
to fifth at last Saturday night. At press time, the versatile
driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on
the year. This Friday night, Koen will be looking for his
first career USAC win at Thunderbowl Raceway.
Helt (Harrisonville, MO) has climbed to fourth in the chase
for the championship. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell
Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Helt scored
twenty-second at Ventura after having mechanical issues ended
his night. To date, the leading rookie contender has posted
one Wilwood Brakes Lucky 13 Award and one top-10 finish in the
campaign. The Missouri driver will have his sights on his
first USAC West Coast victory this Friday night.
Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. The
pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley
AG Transport Triple X skipped Ventura to compete in Arizona.
At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory,
one Saldana Racing Products 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
might skip Tulare as he travels to Canyon Speedway Park.
While Helt 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
Austin Ervine, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.
Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Michael Faccinto, “The Rickster” Ricky
Kirkbride, T.J. Smith, Tanner Boul, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander
Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and more.
Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the
corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult
Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior
Grandstand Tickets are $16 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids
(6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $9 and Bleacher Seats are $8.
Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can
be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For
more event information, visit the track’s website at
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
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 pages.
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.
CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter
Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle
Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.,
2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Tristan Guardino.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett,
1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy
Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.
TULARE USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal,
5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr.,
2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Craig
Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst,
1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy
Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-436, 2. Ryan Timmons-335, 3. Koen Shaw-323, 4. Slater
Helt-241, 5. Jake Swanson-238, 6. Austin Ervine-237, 7. Hannah
Mayhew-228, 8. Austin Liggett-227, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-221, --.
Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 12. Cody Majors-203,
13. J.J. Ringo-197, 14. Kyle Edwards-178, 15. Michael
Faccinto-167, --. Ricky Kirkbride-167, 17. Brody Roa-154, 18.
T.J. Smith-150, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 20. Stevie
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
February 27: The Dirt Track
at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner:
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: 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 (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night
Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.