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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
KRUSEMAN STORMS TO “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” WIN AT SANTA MARIA
by Lance Jennings
CA – JULY 7, 2013... Taking the lead from Bud Kaeding on lap
six, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura added Santa Maria’s
“5th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” to his win list. The $1,500
USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph was Kruseman’s third career
victory with the series and his second “Fort Memorial” win.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kaeding, Troy Rutherford, and
Markus Niemela followed Cory to the checkered flags.
#21K Lucas Oil / Sander Engineering Eagle, Cory Kruseman
withstood several challenges from Kaeding as multiple caution
flags plagued the event. “The Kruser” was flawless on every
restart and negotiated traffic with ease despite losing an
engine cylinder. Making his second start of the campaign, Cory
was fifth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and
fourth in the dash. In limited appearances, the veteran driver
left Santa Maria twenty-fourth in the point chase.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. used slower traffic to his
advantage during the closing laps to slip by Kaeding for
second. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons
Trucking Spike, Faria qualified third, ran second in his heat
race, and was sixth in the dash. Currently third in points,
“Hollywood” has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat
race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR
Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10
finishes, and 22 feature laps led to his credit.
of Campbell led the first five laps before falling to
Kruseman. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy
Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud looked to
challenge Cory on the restarts and placed third in the 30-lap
main event. The 2012 Champion was fourth fast in time trials,
second in his heat race, and won his second Woodland Auto
Display Dash of the campaign. To date, Kaeding is fourth in
the standings with two heat race victories, eleven top-10
finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.
Rutherford made his first start of the season and placed
fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Piloting his #11 Amsoil /
Trench Shoring TCR, Rutherford earned his first Weld Racing
Fast Time Award over the twenty-two cars in the pit area. In
addition, Troy ran fourth in his heat race and scored eighth
in the dash after an early tangle knocked him out of the
event. The former VRA Sprint Car Champion left Santa Maria
twenty-fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase.
Finland’s Markus Niemela scored fifth in the Santa Maria main
event. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation /
Lost Reality Maxim, Niemela took the lead on the initial green
flag before a flip by Ryan Bernal in a borrowed car erased the
start. Earlier in the program, the hard charger qualified
eighth, won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and was second in the
dash. To date, Markus has climbed to fifth in points with one
Weld Racing Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one
Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing
Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 25
feature laps led.
of Clovis earned his first BR Motorsports / Racing Optics
“Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place
run after starting twenty-first. Driving his #30K PKS Kart
Supplies / Graphix Plus Stinger, the veteran go-kart racer was
twenty-second fast in qualifications and eighth in his heat
race. Gaining valuable experience, Araki is eighteenth in the
standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.
Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile raced to victory in the
10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #51
SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, Carlile
qualified thirteenth, ran fifth in the dash, and scored eighth
in the feature. To date, the former Cotton Classic winner is
seventh in the points with one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics
Hard Charger Award, eighth top-10 finishes, and 13 feature
laps led on the year.
Jay Waugh of
Canberra, Australia won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer
Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the Kruseman Motorsports #89K
Lucas Oil / BMRS Eagle, Waugh was eighteenth quick in time
trails and ran seventh in the feature after starting
thirteenth. Also making his first start with the USAC West
Coast Sprints, Jay left Santa Maria tied for twenty-ninth in
July 20th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will travel
to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The event will
also showcase the winged Rebel Cup Sprints, Hobby Stocks, IMCA
Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County
Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information
can be found at www.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559)
West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest
Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety,
Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance,
Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End
Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing
Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
6, 2013 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Speedway –
“5th Annual Doug Fort Memorial”
1. Troy Rutherford, 11,
Rutherford-14.385; 2. Bruce St. James, 7K, St.James-14.542; 3.
Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.557; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29,
Bowman-14.561; 5. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-14.613; 6. Ryan
Bernal, 73, Ford-14.615; 7. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van
Meter-14.643; 8. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-14.675; 9. D.J.
Netto, 88N, Netto-14.691; 10. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-14.709;
11. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-14.745; 12. Jeff Sibley, 18,
Watt-14.843; 13. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-14.872; 14. A.J.
Bender, 12, Bender-14.875; 15. Aiden Corish, 3K,
Kruseman-15.027; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.086; 17.
Cotton Farmer, 15, HAL-15.180; 18. Jay Waugh, 89K,
Kruseman-15.222; 19. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-15.370; 20.
Tobey Sampson, 82, Sampson-15.371; 21. Bill Jones, 16,
Jones-15.698; 22. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-15.819.
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Carlile, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Ryan Bernal (#86 Ennis), 4. Troy
Rutherford, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Ricky Kirkbride, 7. Austin
Stone, 8. Kolby Araki. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Markus Niemela, 2. Cory Kruseman,
3. Cotton Farmer, 4. A.J. Bender, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Kevin
Barnes, 7. Tobey Sampson. NT
RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
Waugh, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Aiden Corish, 4. Jeff Sibley, 5.
Bill Jones, 6. D.J. Netto. NT
AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Markus Niemela,
3. Bruce St. James, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Rusty Carlile, 6.
Danny Faria, 7. Jeff Sibley, 8. Troy Rutherford. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Kruseman (4th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (6th), 3. Bud Kaeding
(1st), 4. Troy Rutherford (8th), 5. Markus Niemela (2nd), 6.
D.J. Netto (17th), 7. Jay Waugh (13th), 8. Rusty Carlile
(5th), 9. Kolby Araki (21st), 10. A.J. Bender (9th), 11. Ricky
Kirkbride (14th), 12. Jeff Sibley (7th), 13. Austin Stone
(19th), 14. Aiden Corish (20th), 15. Chris Gansen (11th), 16.
Cotton Farmer (10th), 17. Tobey Sampson (18th), 18. Kevin
Barnes (16th), 19. Bill Jones (12th), 20. Bruce St. James
(3rd), 21. Ryan Bernal (15th). NT
**Ryan Bernal flipped during the
LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Kaeding, Laps 6-30 Kruseman.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Kolby Araki (21st to 9th)
COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1-Ryan Bernal-608, 2-Richard Vander
Weerd-564, 3-Danny Faria Jr.-546, 4-Bud Kaeding-513, 5-Markus
Niemela-464, 6-Jace Vander Weerd-412, 7-Rusty Carlile-404,
8-Ricky Kirkbride-310, 9-Kevin Barnes-284, 10-Landon
Hurst-281, 11-Austin Liggett-266, 12-Jeff Sibley-251,
13-Dennis Howell-250, 14-Marty Hawkins-236, 15-Andy
Ferris-226, 16-Chris Ennis-215, 17-Matt Day-197, 18-Kolby
Araki-149, 19-D.J. Netto-148, 20-Brody Roa-146.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
July 20: Kings Speedway - Hanford,
August 3: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Jim Evett Memorial)
September 7: Bakersfield Speedway -
September 20: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Jim Turner Memorial)
September 21: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (John Anthony Sharp Memorial)
September 28: *Canyon Speedway Park
- Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series
October 12: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic)
October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway -
Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series /
November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC
This schedule is subject to change.