VENTURA HOSTS SATURDAY’S USAC VS. VRA SPRINT CAR “BATTLE
AT THE BEACH”
By Lance Jennings
AUGUST 21, 2019...
With three point races left, the chase for the USAC West Coast
Sprint Car championship resumes this Saturday, August 24th, at
Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “ARP Battle at
the Beach Race #3” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints and
marks the third of five appearances at the Ventura County
Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature the
California Lightning Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks,
and the NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the
Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm
at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event
information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com
or call 805.648.RACE.
NOTICE TO RACERS:
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 TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis,
1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online
Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura
County Fairgrounds has held fourteen West Coast 360 events and
ten different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan
Guardino with three wins, the point leader also set a new
1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23rd. Former VRA
champion Troy Rutherford won the last visit on June 1st and
Guardino raced to victory on March 23rd. A complete series win
list at Ventura is at the end of this release.
the eleventh point race, there have been six different
winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett are tied for the
series with three triumphs. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase
Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have posted one victory, while
rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.
Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Ventura with a stout 144-point
lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran
second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield
Memorial” on August 10th. At press time, the point leader has
three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 87
feature laps led. Tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd
for seventh on the West Coast win list, Tristan is second in
“Battle of the Beach” points and will be looking for another
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks
second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family
owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods
Maxim, Timmons scored third at the “Bud Stanfield 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 seven top-10 finishes to his
credit. Ryan is tied for sixth in “Battle of the Beach” points
and will have his sights on his third career West Coast win.
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) is third in the championship point
standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Shaw Structures
Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a tenth place
finish at Santa Maria. At press time, the versatile driver has
recorded one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes in the
campaign. Koen ranks fourth in “Battle of the Beach” points
and will be looking to earn his first USAC victory.
After winning the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria,
Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fourth in the point
chase. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental
Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett has three feature
wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat
race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led.
The defending champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fifth in
series wins and will have his sights on the “Battle of the
Leading rookie contender Hannah Mayhew
(Acton, CA) sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings.
Driving the family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew
has one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and two top-10
finishes on the season. This Saturday, the 2017 Perris Young
Gun Sprint Car Champion is 29th in “Battle of the Beach”
points and will be looking for her first USAC win.
While Hannah 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 T.J. Smith, Austin
Ervine, Jake Swanson, Troy Rutherford, Cody Majors, “The
Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Tom Hendricks, Ryan
Stolz, Kaleb Montgomery, Charlie Butcher, Rick Hendrix, and
Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong
contingent of racers with the Ventura Racing Association.
Charlie Butcher, Kyle Smith, Gage Rucker, Chris Meredith, Joey
Bishop, Brent Owens, Kenny Perkins, Ricky Lewis, and Tyler
Edwards round out the top-10 drivers.
is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor
Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior
tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID
Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and
Kid’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event
information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com
or call 805.648.RACE.
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.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino,
3-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy
Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.
VENTURA USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan
Guardino, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon,
1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin
Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Troy Rutherford.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-675, 2. Ryan Timmons-531, 3. Koen Shaw-466, 4. Austin
Liggett-390, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-365, 6. T.J. Smith-360, 7.
Austin Ervine-331, 8. Jake Swanson-318, 9. J.J. Ringo ®-318,
10. Slater Helt ®-297, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 12. Troy
Rutherford-290, 13. Michael Faccinto-275, 14. Cody Majors-266,
15. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 16. Steve Hix-250, 17. Ryan
Bernal-206, 18. Tanner Boul ®-191, 19. Tom Hendricks-183, 20.
2019 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Rick Hendrix-2290, 2. Charlie Butcher-1675, 3. Kyle
Smith-900, 4. Gage Rucker-700, 5. Chris Meredith-690, 6. Joey
Bishop-655, 7. Brent Owens-575, 8. Kenny Perkins-535, 9. Ricky
Lewis-510, 10. Tyler Edwards-460, 11. Jeff Fillingame-450, 12.
Tom Hendricks-445, 13. Brandon Wiley-425, 14. Tyler
Hatzikian-420, 15. Bruce Douglass-405, 16. Ryan Stolz-375, 17.
Tyler Williams-365, 18. Evan Jonker-350, 19. Will Perkins-335,
20. Troy Rutherford-260.
2019 BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT
STANDINGS: 1. Troy Rutherford-470, 2. Tristan Guardino-360, 3.
Cody Majors-360, 4. Koen Shaw-340, 5. Charlie Butcher-330, 6.
Ryan Timmons-330, 7. Rick Hendrix-325, 8. Steve Hix-320, 9.
Slater Helt-275, 10. Austin Ervine-255, 11. Brandon Wiley-240,
12. Jake Swanson-235, 13. Gage Rucker-225, 14. Tanner
Boul-220, 15. Carson Macedo-215, 16. Kyle Edwards-185, 17.
Bruce Douglass-175, 18. Will Perkins-155, 19. Jeff
Fillingame-155, 20. Ricky Kirkbride-140.
2019 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner:
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas,
NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway -
Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura
Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
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 (Winner: Austin Liggett)
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.