GUARDINO LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S
“33RD BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings
AUGUST 6, 2019... The chase for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car
championship resumes this Saturday, August 10th, at Santa
Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “33rd Annual Bud
Stanfield Memorial” is the third of four appearances at "The
West's Best Short Track." The action packed card will also
feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods,
Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and the WRA Vintage Cars.
Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria
Raceway 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, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST
FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100,
13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, 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.
Saturday's event honors
Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew
chief at Santa Maria. After serving in the Air Force during
the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and
wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria
track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for
several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car
division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and
Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team
built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate
success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the
team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike
Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car,
Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong
finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by
an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After
having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield
would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria
Raceway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held
thirty-nine 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 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on
September 11, 2004. Defending champion Austin Liggett topped
the April 28th main event and current point leader Tristan
Guardino was victorious on June 15th. The series wins list at
Santa Maria is at the end of this release.
tenth point race, there have been six different winners.
Tristan Guardino leads the series with three triumphs while
Austin Liggett has two victories on the season. Brody Roa,
Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have posted
one win as rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Santa Maria with a
stout 143-point lead over the competition. Driving the family
owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim,
Guardino has won the last two races, including Santa Maria’s
“Ron Otto Memorial” on June 15th. At press time, the point
leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Award, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes,
and 82 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and
Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the series win list and will
be looking to add the “Stanfield Memorial” to his resume.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the
championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T
Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim,
Timmons placed sixth in the “Otto Memorial.” 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 six top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday,
Ryan will have his sights on the third USAC West Coast victory
of his career.
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the
USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw
Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw finished
ninth in the Santa Maria feature on June 15th. At press time,
the versatile driver has recorded one heat race victory and
four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking to
earn his first USAC victory at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”
After charging from nineteenth to tenth at Santa
Maria, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) has climbed to fourth in the
chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #43 C&G
Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew is the leading rookie contender
on the strength of one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and
two top-10 finishes. The 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car
Champion will have her sights on her first USAC win this
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fifth in
the West Coast point standings. Piloting the Arizona based
John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction /
KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson briefly led at Santa Maria
before running second to Guardino. To date, the 2017 Champion
has posted one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 9
feature laps led to his credit. Jake is tied with Davey Pombo
and Jake Swanson for thirteenth in series wins and will be a
favorite to claim the victory at Santa Maria.
Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year
honors. J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt
(Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage
Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.
other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett,
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford,
T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve
Hix, Brandon Wiley, Ryan Stolz, Tom Hendricks, James Herrera,
Brent Owens, and more.
Santa 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.
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.
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.
BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2000-Greg
Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey
Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter
Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan
Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.,
2016-Jace Vander Weerd, 2017-Max Adams, 2008-Ryan Bernal.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino,
2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy
Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal,
5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Peter Murphy,
3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr.,
2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams,
1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa,
1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-598, 2. Ryan Timmons-455, 3. Koen Shaw-420, 4. Hannah
Mayhew-320, 5. Jake Swanson-318, 6. Austin Liggett-308, 7.
Danny Faria Jr.-294, 8. Austin Ervine-293, 9. Troy
Rutherford-290, 10. T.J. Smith-289, 11. Cody Majors-266, 12.
Ricky Kirkbride-255, 13. J.J. Ringo-255, 14. Steve Hix-250,
15. Slater Helt-241, 16. Michael Faccinto-231, 17. Ryan
Bernal-206, 18. Tanner Boul-191, 19. Kyle Edwards-178, 20.
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 (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
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
October 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.