USAC WEST COAST & VRA SPRINTS CLASH
AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings
CA – JULY 14, 2014... This Saturday, July 19th, the USAC West
Coast Sprint Cars will travel to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway.
Co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprint Cars, the $1,500-to-win and
$225-to-start event will also showcase the VRA Senior Sprints,
IMCA Modifieds, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Focus Midgets, and
Go-Karts. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates
will open at 3:00pm, Drivers Meeting at 3:00pm, with Racing
scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in
RACERS: Saturday’s race at Ventura will be run under the USAC
West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected.
The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire
and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable
shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8”
with open heads and 2-3/16’ with ASCS cylinder heads. The
weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. Ventura Raceway has a
strict 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and track
legal mufflers are Extreme Mufflers (Part #6014-3535 180
Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication
(350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock
Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side
outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.)
The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for
Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s
Silver Dollar Speedway. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule
Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and
scheduled for Kings Speedway in Hanford, the July 19th date
was cancelled after the Kings County Fairgrounds closed the
facility. Shortly after that announcement, USAC Western Region
Director Chris Kearns and Naylor reached an agreement to move
the race to the popular 1/5-mile clay oval. Showcasing both
series, the point race will use the non-qualifying format and
marks the second appearance of the West Coast Sprints at
Ventura. On April 4, 2009, Stockton’s Johnathon Henry claimed
the 30-lap “Grand Slam” main event triumph.
Ventura, Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland sits atop the
standings and has a seventeen point advantage over the
competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing
Products Spike, Niemela scored eighth at Tulare’s Thunderbowl
Raceway on June 21st. To date, last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie
of the Year has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
one heat race victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 12 feature
laps led to his credit. Markus will be looking to extend his
point lead and claim his first series win at Ventura Raceway.
Linda’s Matt Mitchell is second in the championship point
standings. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises
Maxim, Mitchell ran second to Ryan Bernal at Tulare. The
2-time USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy” winner has three heat race
victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply
Semi-Main win, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the
season. On July 19th, Matt will have his sights on gaining
valuable points with his first series win at Ventura.
Rutherford of Ojai is third in the USAC West Coast point
chase. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane
Maxim, Rutherford took fifth in the Tulare main event.
Currently, the 2010 VRA Champion has one feature win, one heat
race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 14 feature laps led
on the year. Troy will be looking to claim his third series
main event win and earn the $1,500 payday.
Jace Vander Weerd ranks fourth in the championship points.
Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction /
Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd ran sixth at Thunderbowl
Raceway. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one
feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two
heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps
led. Jace will be competing in USAC’s “Indiana Sprint Week”
and will miss the series return to Ventura Raceway.
brother, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia sits fifth in the
USAC West Coast points. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd raced to
third at Tulare after starting seventh. Currently, the 2011
Champion has one feature win, six heat race victories, one
Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10
finishes, and 16 feature laps led in 2014. Richard is also
competing in “Indiana Sprint Week” and will miss the action at
sixteenth 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,
Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Nic Faas,
“Shifter” Landon Hurst, Kevin Barnes, “The Wild Child” Chris
Ennis, Jeff Sibley, Matt Day, Austin Stone, Davey Pombo, T.J.
Smith, and more.
Kyle Smith leads the VRA Sprint Car point standings. Austin
DeBlauw, Tom Hendricks, Rick Hendrix, Brian Camarillo, Luke
Boles, Cody Majors, George Morris, Guy Woodward, and Richard
McCormick round out the top-10 drivers. Other VRA drivers
expected to compete are Brandon Thomson, David Taylor Jr., Ron
Bach, Greg Taylor, Bruce Douglass, and more.
Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10
West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are
$15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military
tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are
$11, Kids tickets (7-12) are $11, and Children’s tickets (6
and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the
track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call
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).
VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
COAST SPRINT POINT 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 Faas-342, 11. Landon Hurst-297, 12. Kevin
Barnes-207, ---. Marty Hawkins-207, 14. Bud Kaeding-180, 15.
Chris Ennis-154, 16. Garrett Long-152, 17. Jeff Sibley-133,
18. Trent Carter-120, 19. Matt Day-115, 20. Austin Stone-112.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
July 19: **Ventura Raceway -
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: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, 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.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA
This schedule is subject to change.