RYAN BERNAL STAYS HOT AT KINGS
By Lance Jennings
– JUNE 8, 2014... After temperatures reached 100 degrees,
Hollister’s Ryan Bernal made history by winning his fourth
consecutive main event at Kings Speedway. Saturday’s $1,500
USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at the Kings County
Fairgrounds was Bernal’s series leading eighteenth win as the
group returns to Tulare on June 21st. Richard Vander Weerd,
Nic Faas, Dennis Howell, and Matt Mitchell rounded out the
the outside of the front row, Bernal took the lead from
polesitter Mitchell on the third circuit. While multiple
caution and red flags would halt the action, Ryan maintained
the lead with excellent restarts. In addition, the defending
USAC Western Classic Champion fought off several challenges
from Vander Weerd to earn the record breaking victory.
Mike Phulps owned #56 Core Power / Metal Works ART, Ryan
Bernal qualified eighth out of twenty-three racers and won the
Deist Safety Heat Race #2. With four main event wins, two
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race
victories, seven top-10 finishes and 81 feature laps to his
credit, Bernal left Hanford ranked eleventh in points.
Vander Weerd of Visalia charged from fifth to battle for the
lead before claiming second at the checkered flags. Piloting
the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx
Maxim, Vander Weerd was second quick in time trials and placed
third in his heat race. The 2011 Champion has climbed to fifth
in points with one feature win, six heat race victories, one
Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10
finishes, and 16 feature laps led.
Beach’s Nic Faas powered to third in the main event after
starting tenth. Racing Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King
Racing Products Spike, Faas qualified tenth overall and ran
second in his heat race. Despite missing a few races, the 2008
USAC Western Midget Champion is seventh in the standings with
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race
victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the
Dennis Howell of Rancho Palos Verdes
fought hard to score fourth in the Hanford main event. Driving
the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell-Meyer Racing
Maxim, Howell was seventh fast in time trials and placed third
in his heat race. Dennis left Hanford ranked eighth in points
with one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-10
finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season.
Linda’s Matt Mitchell battled with brake problems to claim
fifth after leading the first two laps. Piloting his #37 MPD
Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell qualified ninth
overall and won the Saldana Racing Products / Weld Racing Heat
Race #3. The former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year is
second in points with two heat race victories, one semi-main
win, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards,
and seven top-10 finishes.
Weerd of Visalia recorded his second Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award of 2014. Racing the family owned #88 Vander
Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd was
fourth in his heat race and scored twenty-second in the
feature after a first lap flip. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of
the Year was uninjured and sits fourth in points with one
feature wins, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes,
and 20 feature laps led.
Bella’s Trent Carter A.K.A. “Turd Ferguson” earned his first
Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing
Job” honors with an eighth place run from seventeenth. Driving
the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville
Collision Center Maxim, Carter was seventeenth quick in time
trials and took seventh in his heat race. The Rookie of the
Year contender left Kings Speedway tied for twentieth in
points with one top-10 finish.
Hawkins of Santa Rosa drove to victory in the 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #3M Susie’s Bar / Vermeil
Wines Maxim, Hawkins qualified sixteenth overall and scored
ninth in the feature after starting sixteenth. Currently
twelfth in points, Marty has three heat race victories and
four top-10 finishes on the season.
June 21st, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return
to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare,
California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the
showcase will also feature the IMCA Modifieds, and Racesaver
Wing Sprints. For more information, visit
www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
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).
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE
June 7, 2014 – Hanford, California –
AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-15.575; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-15.781; 3. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-15.880; 4. Danny Faria
Jr., 2, Bowman-15.907; 5. Troy Rutherford, 81, Watt-15.972; 6.
Max Adams, 5X, Adams-15.985; 7. Dennis Howell, 62,
Howell-16.013; 8. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.022; 9. Matt
Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.046; 10. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-16.072;
11. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-16.121; 12. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-16.204; 13. Davey Pombo, 14, Pombo-16.221; 14. Landon
Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.250; 15. T.J. Smith, 87, Van
Meter-16.380; 16. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.453; 17. Trent
Carter, 13, Carter-16.546; 18. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.609;
19. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.817; 20. Connor Kassik, 26,
Kassik-16.826; 21. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.839; 22.
Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-17.064; 23. George Morris, 3K,
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Hawkins, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Dennis Howell, 4. Jace Vander Weerd,
5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Matt Day, 7. Jonathon Logan, 8. Davey
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Landon Hurst, 3.
Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Markus Niemela, 5. Troy Rutherford,
6. George Morris, 7. Trent Carter, 8. Kassik. NT
RACING PRODUCTS / WELD RACING HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
Mitchell, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Max Adams, 4. T.J. Smith, 5.
Chris Ennis, 6. Kevin Barnes, 7. Garrett Long. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Bernal (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 3. Nic Faas
(10th), 4. Dennis Howell (3rd), 5. Matt Mitchell (1st), 6.
Markus Niemela (11th), 7. Austin Liggett (12th), 8. Trent
Carter (17th), 9. Marty Hawkins (16th), 10. Troy Rutherford
(9th), 11. Landon Hurst (14th), 12. Garrett Long (18th), 13.
Kevin Barnes (21st), 14. George Morris (23rd), 15. Matt Day
(19th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (8th), 17. T.J. Smith (15th), 18.
Davey Pombo (13th), 19. Max Adams (4th), 20. Connor Kassik
(20th), 21. Jonathan Logan (22nd), 22. Jace Vander Weerd
**Jace Vander Weerd, Davey Pombo,
and Danny Faria Jr. flipped during the feature.
**Chris Ennis was scheduled to start
7th, but did not start.
LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Matt Mitchell, Laps 3-30 Ryan Bernal.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Trent Carter (17th to 8th)
COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Markus Niemela-452, 2. Matt
Mitchell-418, 3. Troy Rutherford-388, 4. Jace Vander
Weerd-379, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-361, 6. Danny Faria
Jr.-360, 7. Nic Faas-342, 8. Dennis Howell-339, 9. Austin
Liggett-322, 10. Landon Hurst-297, 11. Ryan Bernal-283, 12.
Marty Hawkins-207, 13. Kevin Barnes-180, Bud Kaeding-180, 15.
Chris Ennis-154, 16. Jeff Sibley-133, 17. Garrett Long-121,
18. D.J. Johnson-98, 19. Matt Day-92, 20. Trent Carter-90,
---. Davey Pombo-90
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.