POMBO RETURNS TO VICTORY CIRCLE AT
By Lance Jennings
HANFORD, CA – AUGUST 9,
2010… On a hot August night, Kerman's Davey Pombo roared
from his seventh starting position to score the feature win at
Hanford's Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway. Taking control of
the main event from early leader Wes Gutierrez, Pombo captured
his first win with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series
since March 27th at Bakersfield.
Point leader Craig Stidham
started on the pole position of the 30-lap feature with
Visalia's Jace VanderWeerd to his outside. Stidham, who was
looking for his fifth main event win of the year, was in
command until Wes Gutierrez executed a strong power move at
the north turns to lead the first lap.
Action was halted on several
occasions, including a red flag for Rusty Carlile who flipped
his mount. Carlile walked away uninjured, but his machine was
done for the night. When racing resumed, Gutierrez continued
to set the pace as there was an all out battle for second
between Stidham and Danny Faria Jr. While the veteran drivers
diced back and forth, Gutierrez preferred the low line of the
Hanford oval to increase his advantage.
Davey Pombo used the high line
to charge forward and managed to slip past Stidham and Faria
to claim second. Continuing to gain momentum on the outside,
Pombo reeled in Gutierrez and took the lead on lap twelve.
From there, the former Bandit champion was not to be denied on
this night and cruised to victory. Following Pombo across the
finish line were Danny Faria Jr., T.J. Smith, Peter Murphy,
and Wes Gutierrez.
With the victory, Davey Pombo
cut Craig Stidham's point lead to forty-four points heading
into the August 21st race at Hanford. Driving the Junior
Bowman #3 Buster & Ziggy sponsored Bullet, Pombo was
second quick in time trials and finished third in his heat
race. To date, the former Bandit Sprint Car champion has two
feature wins, two fast times, four heat race wins, fourteen
top-10 finishes, and one hard charger award on the season.
Danny Faria Jr. is currently sixth in the point standings
after his second place finish. Piloting the #17V Louie DeGroot
& Sons Dairy Maxim, Faria was fourth quick in time trials
and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Starting fifth in
the main event, Danny charged forward and pressured Wes
Gutierrez for the top spot. Briefly taking the lead after a
restart, Faria's effort was called back after a caution flag.
The veteran driver fought hard to stay up towards the front
and recorded his sixth top-10 finish of the year. In addition,
Faria has one feature victory, five fast time awards, six heat
race wins, and one hard charger award.
T.J. Smith of Fresno finished
third in Steve LeGras' UHL Rubber #14 Maxim. Earlier in the
evening, Smith recorded his third Sander Engineering Fast Time
Award of the year and finished second to Danny Faria Jr. in
his heat race. Starting eighth in the feature, the former
Plaza Park champion was battling for sixth until a flat tire
sent him to the pits under yellow flag conditions. His crew
made repairs and T.J. rejoined the field at the back. With an
inspired drive, Smith sliced through the field to finish
third, recording his twelfth top-10 performance of the season.
Currently third in the point chase, Smith has one feature
victory and two heat race wins.
Clovis' Peter Murphy earned his
second King Racing Products Hard Charger Award with his fourth
place run after starting thirteenth. Driving Junior Bowman's
#11 Buster & Ziggy sponsored Bullet, Murphy was eleventh
quick in time trials and finished fifth in his heat race. The
Santa Maria track champion used his veteran experience at
Hanford to charge forward to the third position, until a late
race charge by T.J. Smith took the spot away. Sitting fifth in
the point chase, Murphy has one fast time award, four heat
race wins, and ten top-10 finishes on the season.
"Wide Open" Wes
Gutierrez from San Martin secured his best run of the year
with a fifth place finish. Driving the #007 WG Motorsports /
California Graphics DRC, Gutierrez was sixth quick in time
trials and fourth in his heat race. Starting third in the main
event, Wes executed a brilliant power move to take the lead on
the first lap. The hard charger held off a veteran field of
drivers before falling to Davey Pombo on lap twelve. Gutierrez
continued to battle and crossed the finish line in fifth. Wes
is thirteenth in the point standings and has two top-10
finishes on the year.
After qualifying eighth in time
trials, Fresno's Craig Stidham drove the #3S Brad Johnson
Trucking / KRC Safety TCR to victory in the BR Motorsports /
Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #2. That win was Stidham's
series leading eighth heat race triumph of the year. The point
leader finished sixth in the main event and leads all drivers
with four feature wins. The former Trophy Cup champion also
has one fast time award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and one
hard charger award in the 2010 campaign.
Bakersfield's Rusty Carlile won
his third heat race of the year by winning the Competition
Suspension Incorporated Heat Race #3. Timing in fifteenth
during qualifications, Carlile scored an eighteenth place
finish in the main event after flipping the #51 Southwest
Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Maxim. Last season's Cotton
Classic winner was uninjured in the incident and walked away.
Currently seventh in the point chase, Carlile has one fast
time award, ten top-10 finishes, and one hard charger award on
The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint
Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier
Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension, Cory
Kruseman's Sprint Car & Midget Driving School, Crow
Enterprizes, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel
Injection, Hinchman-Indy Racing Uniforms, Integra Shocks,
Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products,
Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Port City Racing, Saferacer.com,
Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their
Round 16 for the USAC West
Coast 360 Sprint Car Series will be Saturday, August 21st, at
Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, California. Located
on the Kings County Fairgrounds, the event will also showcase
the Kings Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Central California
Modifieds, and Bud Light Mini-Stocks. The Front Gates will
open at 5:30pm, Qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm, with
Racing to follow. For event information, please visit
www.giantchevroletspeedway.com or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).
For more information on the
USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series, please visit
racesantamariaspeedway.com, or follow the series on facebook.
USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway - Hanford, California
August 7, 2010 - Race #15
SANDER ENGINEERING TIME TRIALS:
1. T.J. Smith, 14, LeGras-15.722; 2. Davey Pombo, 3,
Bowman-15.864; 3. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-15.910; 4.
Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.986; 5. Richard VanderWeerd,
10, VanderWeerd-16.023; 6. Wes Gutierrez, 007, WG-16.025; 7.
Jace VanderWeerd, 88, VanderWeerd-16.126; 8. Craig Stidham,
3S, Stidham-16.151; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.190;
10. Andy Ferris, 4J, Ferris-16.255; 11. Peter Murphy, 11,
Bowman-16.383; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.504; 13. Jared
Little, 25, Little-16.532; 14. Justyne Hamblin, 8, JH-16.707;
15. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.748; 16. Adam Frith-Smith,
62, Frith-Smith- 16.899; 17. Geoffrey Strole, 09S,
Strole-17.240; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.251.
EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1:
1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. T.J. Smith, 3. Andy Ferris, 4. Jace
VanderWeerd, 5. Jared Little. NT.
BR MOTORSPORTS / SALDANA RACING
PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Craig Stidham, 2. Justyne Hamblin, 3. Davey Pombo, 4.
Richard VanderWeerd, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Geoffrey Strole. NT.
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. /
KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
1. Rusty Carlile, 2. Jonathan Logan, 3. Ricky Kirkbride, 4.
Wes Gutierrez, 5. Koen Shaw, 6. Brody Roa. NT.
FEATURE: (30 laps - With
1. Davey Pombo (7th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (5th), 3. T.J. Smith
(8th), 4. Peter Murphy (13th), 5. Wes Gutierrez (3rd), 6.
Craig Stidham (1st), 7. Jace VanderWeerd (2nd), 8. Ricky
Kirkbride (9th), 9. Jared Little (15th), 10. Brody Roa (14th),
11. Justyne Hamblin (11th), 12. Geoffrey Strole (17th), 13.
Koen Shaw (18th), 14. Adam Frith-Smith (16th), 15. Richard
VanderWeerd (4th), 16. Andy Ferris (10th), 17. Jonathan Logan
(6th), 18. Rusty Carlile (12th). NT.
**Rusty Carlile flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-11 Wes Gutierrez, Laps 12-30 Davey Pombo.
USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT
1. Craig Stidham 895; 2. Davey Pombo 851; 3. T.J. Smith 747;
4. Justyne Hamblin 678; 5. Peter Murphy 665; 6. Danny Faria
Jr. 607; 7. Rusty Carlile 593; 8. Jace VanderWeerd 562; 9.
Richard VanderWeerd 534; 10. Chris Ennis 446; 11. Ricky
Kirkbride 404; 12. Andy Ferris 381; 13. Wes Gutierrez 352; 14.
Geoffrey Strole 341; 15. Jonathan Logan 335; 16. Jesse Mack
303; 17. Jared Little 271; 18. Jimmy Thompson 269; 19. Koen
Shaw 265; 20. Danny Sheridan 226.
NEXT USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT
August 21 – Hanford, CA - Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway