USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT
By Lance Jennings
CA – JUNE 3, 2014... This Saturday, June 7th, the cars and
stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will tackle
Kings Speedway in Hanford. Promoted by Scott Woodhouse, the
eighth point race of the campaign will also feature the
RaceSaver Wing Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and
Mini Stocks. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, front gates
will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled to begin at
Saturday’s race will be the third of
six dates at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Jace Vander Weerd
won the March 29th “Gary Jacob Memorial” and rain washed out
the April 25th show. Coming off his third consecutive victory
at Tulare, Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with seventeen career
series wins. Bernal will be looking to make history with his
fourth triumph and tie Richard Vander Weerd’s record of six
Hanford wins. Peter Murphy holds the 1-lap qualifying track
record at Kings Speedway of 15.290 set on March 13, 2010.
Finland’s Markus Niemela sits atop the point standings and
holds a forty point advantage over the competition. Racing
Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike,
Niemela ran seventh in last Saturday’s event at Tulare.
Currently, the 2013 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory,
seven top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led to his credit.
Markus will be looking to extend his point lead and earn his
first series triumph at Hanford.
placing third at Tulare, Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda has
climbed to second in the point chase. Piloting his #37 MPD
Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell has one heat race
victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply
Semi-Main win, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season. On Saturday, the
2-time USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy” winner will have his sights
on his first West Coast main event win.
Jace Vander Weerd ranks third in the USAC West Coast
standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd scored tenth
in the Tulare main event. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of
the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Award, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes,
and 20 feature laps led. At Hanford, Jace will be looking to
earn the $1,500 payday and claim his fifth series victory.
Rutherford of Ojai sits fourth in the chase for the
championship. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA
Propane Maxim, Rutherford claimed fourth in last Saturday’s
event at Tulare. Heading to Hanford, the 2010 VRA Champion has
one feature win, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes,
and 14 feature laps led on the year. Troy will have his sights
on moving up the standings with his third West Coast triumph.
Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton is fifth in the point standings.
Piloting Junior Bowman’s #2 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises /
DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran seventh at Tulare
after starting twelfth. To date, the defending champion has
two heat race victories, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics
Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes. On Saturday,
“Hollywood” will be looking to earn his seventh series win at
eighteenth in points, Springville’s Garrett Long leads the
chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Terra Bella’s Trent
Carter, Robert Nuckles of Hanford, and Hanford’s Connor Kassik
are also in contention.
other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Howell, Nic
Faas, Austin Liggett, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Ryan Bernal,
Marty Hawkins, Kevin Barnes, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis,
Jeff Sibley, Austin Stone, Davey Pombo, Matt Day, T.J. Smith,
CHANGE: The USAC West Coast Sprints have been added to
Hanford’s “29th Annual Cotton Classic” on October 11th. Also
featuring the winged King of the West 410 Sprints, USAC/CRA
410 Sprints, and Legends of Kerney Bowl Super Modifieds, the
NON-POINTS RACE will be a MUST SEE EVENT for sprint car fans!
Please update your schedules.
Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801
South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets
are $15 with discounts available for Seniors (55+), Military
(with I.D.), and Children 7-12. Kids 6 and under are FREE at
all non-special events. Camping is available on the
fairgrounds and for more event information, visit
www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents,
Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine &
Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels,
Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged
Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors,
VanLare Steering Repair, 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 [email protected].
information, visit westcoastsprintcars.com,
www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook
or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Ryan
Bernal, 4- Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 2-Justyne Hamblin,
2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 2-Jace Vander
Weerd, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez,
1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry
COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Markus Niemela-402, 2. Matt
Mitchell-362, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-355, 4. Troy
Rutherford-349, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-332, 6. Richard Vander
Weerd-293, 7. Dennis Howell-282, 8. Nic Faas-281, 9. Austin
Liggett-273, 10. Landon Hurst-259, 11. Ryan Bernal-215, 12.
Bud Kaeding-180, 13. Marty Hawkins-163
14. Kevin Barnes-150, 15. Chris
Ennis-146, 16. Jeff Sibley-133, 17. D.J. Johnson-98, 18.
Garrett Long-90, 19. Michael Pickens-84, 20. Mike Spencer-84.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway -
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford,
August 2: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup /
August 8: #Ocean Speedway -
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway -
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park
- Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series
October 11: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway -
Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC
Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.