USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN
TO PETALUMA AUGUST 8TH
By Lance Jennings
2020... On Saturday, August 8th, the cars and stars of the
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will invade Petaluma
Speedway for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick
Faeth, the action packed card will also showcase Dwarf Cars,
600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at
noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm,
and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern
California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit
the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call
707.763.7223 (RACE). A live pay per view internet broadcast is
available at floracing.com.
officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase
the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, the event at
the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds will pay $800-to-win,
$400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and
$100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the
night, all racers must purchase their license / membership
ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In
addition, the entry fee will be taken from the winnings.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR
USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT
USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- CALIFORNIA STATE PROTOCOL CALLS
FOR COMPETITORS, CREWS, OFFICIALS, AND ANYONE ON THE GROUNDS
TO PRACTICE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING, PROPER SANITIZING, AND
FOLLOW LOCAL REGULATIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS.
- PETALUMA COVID-19 WAIVER FORM:
Petaluma Speedway has a mandatory competitor COVID-19 Waiver
Form at petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS:
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to
comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are
mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick
out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS
(2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS 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 listed right
rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA,
and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also
legal with the VRA Sprint Cars.
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
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and
Petaluma Speedway has held two USAC West Coast Sprint Car
events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett topped last October’s
show and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the
July 29, 2017 race after setting the track record of 13.728.
When the checkered flags flew at
Petaluma on October 12th, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA)
clinched the series championship. Driving the family owned
#15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino
had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and
87 feature laps led to his credit. With eight victories,
Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for
seventh on the win list and will be looking to add Petaluma to
(Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for the
championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons posted two
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race
victories, one lucky 13 Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11
feature laps led in the campaign. The 2016 Rookie of the Year
has two career victories and will have his sights on adding
another trophy to his collection.
(Fresno, CA) ranked third in the championship point standings.
Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS
Investments KPC, Shaw recorded one heat race victory, one hard
charger award, and seven top-10 finishes on the season. The
versatile driver will be looking for his first USAC West Coast
triumph at Petaluma.
(Fresno, CA) ran fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase.
Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers
Propane Maxim, Smith had four heat race victories, one hard
charger award, one lucky 13 award, seven top-10 finishes, and
9 feature laps led on the year. The former Santa Maria track
champion will have his sights on his fifth career victory.
(Morgan Hill, CA) scored fifth in the West Coast point
standings and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Racing 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 to his
credit. At Petaluma, defending Watsonville Ocean 360 Sprint
Car Champion will be looking to claim his first USAC victory.
Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in
Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the
local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19
Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For
more information, visit the track's website at
petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).
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.
has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand
coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Austin