FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DICK JORDAN 14-113
SPRINTS "OFF" UNTIL AUGUST 8 AT OCEAN;
BERNAL NOW ON 5-RACE VICTORY STREAK
is riding a 5-race victory wave which has him on the verge of
joining some elite USAC company.
Hollister, Calif. driver has already set a West Coast Sprint
record for consecutive wins. Damion Gardner's four 2005 wins
are the record for USAC/CRA, while Rick Ziehl won four
straight in the Southwest Sprints in 2006 and Jimmy Wysong won
four straight in the 2003 Rocky Mountain Sprints.
In terms of
USAC all-time records, only Larry Dickson's six straight
Nationals in 1968 are better in Sprint cars. Only four others
have topped Bernal's streak of five in USAC's 59-year history.
Michael Lang won six in a row in the 1996 Speedrome Midgets,
Billy Vukovich III put together seven straight in the 1987
National Supermodifieds, A.J. Foyt won seven straight to start
the 1964 National Champ (Indy Car) series and Billy Boat's 11
straight Western Midget wins in 1995 top the list.
caught Matt Mitchell on lap 12 Saturday night at Thunderbowl
Raceway in Tulare, Calif. and led the final 19 laps for the
win over Mitchell, Richard Vander Weerd, Dennis Howell and
Troy Rutherford. The win vaulted him to ninth in the new
try for a sixth straight series win August 8 when the West
Coast Sprints resume racing at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville,
Calif. A win there would set up a chance for number seven the
next night at Chowchilla, Calif.
West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Markus Niemela-500, 2-Matt
Mitchell-483, 3-Troy Rutherford-444, 4-Jace Vander Weerd-436,
5-Richard Vander Weerd-423, 6-Dennis Howell-399, 7-Austin
Liggett-370, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-360, 9-Ryan Bernal-355, 10-Nic