HANFORD’S TWIN 20s OPEN 12TH USAC
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings
2020... This Saturday, March 14th, the cars and stars of the
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their twelfth
season at Keller Auto Speedway. Now promoted by Peter Murphy,
the Hanford, California oval will showcase “twin 20-lap
features” for non-winged 360 sprints. The field will be
totally inverted in the last event and if a driver wins both
features, they will earn an extra $1,000 cash bonus. The
action packed card will also feature IMCA Stock Cars and the
Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The pit gates will open
at 1:00pm, front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing is
scheduled for 6:30pm. For more event information, visit the
track’s website at kellerautospeedway.com.
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.
comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS
(2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE
- Hoosier Tires are required on all
four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18
F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is
also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest,
and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE
- 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.
To date, the Kings County
Fairgrounds has hosted forty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car
shows. Richard Vander Weerd, who leads all drivers with ten
Hanford victories, also claimed the last appearance on May 12,
2018. Track promoter Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying
track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010 and the complete
series track win list is at the end of this release.
checkered flags flew at Petaluma, California on October 12th,
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) claimed his first USAC West
Coast Sprint Car championship. Racing the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino posted
three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and
87 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has eight career
series wins and will be looking to add Hanford to his resume.
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA)
finished second in the championship point chase. Piloting the
family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine
Foods Maxim, Timmons had two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Awards, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and
11 feature laps led in the campaign. Ryan has two West Coast
wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the
Kings County Fairgrounds.
(Fresno, CA) placed third in the USAC West Coast point
standings. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures
Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw had a solid year with
one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and seven
top-10 finishes to his credit. The versatile driver will be
looking to score his first West Coast victory at Hanford’s
(Fresno, CA) ranked fourth in the chase for the championship.
Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers
Propane Maxim, Smith recorded four heat race victories, one
hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps
led in the campaign. The former Santa Maria track champion
will have his sights on his fifth series triumph.
(Morgan Hill, CA) finished fifth in the point standings and
earned rookie of the year honors. Piloting the Keller
Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple
X, Ringo posted one heat race victory, two hard charger
awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in
2019. The Watsonville Ocean Sprint Car Champion will be
looking to earn his first USAC win this Saturday night.
Mayhew, Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, Slater Helt, Jake
Swanson, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr., Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky
Kirkbride, Tanner Boul, Tom Hendricks, Brandon Wiley, Brent
Owens, and Kaleb Montgomery rounded out the top-20 in last
year’s point standings.
Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801
South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are
$18, Military and Senior tickets are $15, Student tickets are
$10, and Kids tickets are $10. Advance tickets and camping are
available on the fairgrounds. For more event information,
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns
Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal
Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 at
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.
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, 2019-Tristan Guardino.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan
Guardino, 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery,
1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.
WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 10-Richard
Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding,
3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett,
2-Peter Murphy, 2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham,
1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory
Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J.
Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7.
Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt
®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12.
Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael
Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255,
17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon
Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, -Kaleb Montgomery-210.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
March 14: Keller Auto Speedway –
Hanford, CA (Twin 20-lap features)
April 18: Bakersfield Speedway -
April 19: Dirt Track at Kern County
Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
May 15: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 16: Petaluma Speedway –
June 13: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 20: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
July 11: Placerville Speedway –
August 1: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 8: Petaluma Speedway –
August 29: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
September 11: Dirt Track at Kern
County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA
September 12: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 10: Placerville Speedway –
November 25: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.