RYAN BERNAL SWEEPS COTTON CLASSIC AT
By Lance Jennings
TULARE, CA –
OCTOBER 12, 2014... Continuing his winning ways, Hollister’s
Ryan Bernal swept the “Cotton Classic” at Tulare’s Thunderbowl
Raceway. For Bernal, Saturday’s non-point $1,500 victory was
his sixth USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the campaign.
“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr., Jake Swanson, and Richard Vander Weerd chased the
recently crowned USAC Western Classic Champion to the
Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal
tied Bryan Clauson, Peter Murphy, and Richard Vander Weerd’s
series record of six wins in a season. Earlier in the program,
Ryan claimed his fifth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and
earned his series leading twentieth feature victory. Currently
ranked fifth in points, Bernal also has four heat race
victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 117 feature laps led.
Making his first West Coast start of
the season, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign of
Sebastopol challenged Bernal for the top spot before finishing
second. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial
X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified fourth out of the eighteen
racers in the pit area and took third in his heat race.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. also pressured Bernal for a few
laps before scoring third in the “Cotton Classic” Racing
Junior Bowman’s #2 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons
Trucking Spike, Faria was fifth quick in time trials and ran
second in his heat race to Jace Vander Weerd. Last year’s
champion is currently sixth in points with two heat race
victories, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Awards, and eight top-10 finishes.
of Anaheim placed fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s Huntington Beach Glass &
Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson qualified third
overall and took second to Trey Marcham in his heat race.
After two starts, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year sits
twenty-ninth in points with one feature win and six feature
laps led to his credit.
Richard Vander Weerd claimed fifth in the 30-lap main event.
Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction /
Battery Worx Maxim, Richard was second fast in time trials and
ran third in his heat race. The 2011 Champion ranks third in
points with one feature win, seven heat race victories, one
Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven
top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led.
rare non-wing start, Kyler Shaw of Fresno earned the night’s
Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing
Job” honors with a ninth place run from eighteenth. Driving
the family owned #92K PMS Investments / Shaw Structures
Unlimited KPC, Shaw qualified eighteenth overall and placed
fourth in his heat race. To date, Kyler is forty-sixth in the
Weerd of Visalia drove to victory in the program’s Deist
Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd
Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace was eighth quick in
time trials and took sixth in the main event. The former
USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is currently fourth in the
standings with one feature win, three heat race victories,
twelve top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led.
of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma won the 10-lap Saldana Racing
Products / Weld Racing Heat Race #3 in his first sprint car
start. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing
Products Spike, Marcham qualified ninth overall and rebounded
to score eighth in the main event after an early tangle.
November 6th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will close
out their 2014 campaign at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto
Speedway. The $2,500-to-win, $300-to-start, "2nd Annual 360
Oval Nationals" is the final round of the "Grudge Series" with
the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Early racer entry fees are $50
and the entry forms can be downloaded at
Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California,
more event information can be found at
www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.
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]
For more information, visit
westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the
series on Facebook
or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360). Mike Truex's Loudpedal
Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. For more information, call
805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
USAC WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT”
SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
October 11, 2014 – Tulare,
California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Cotton Classic”
AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.500;
2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.718; 3. Jake
Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.763; 4. Geoff Ensign, 3F,
Finkenbinder-15.776; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-15.855; 6.
Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.862; 7. Bud Kaeding, 29,
Bowman-15.868; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.929;
9. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16,038; 10. Max Adams, 5X,
Adams-16.057; 11. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-16.386; 12. Koen
Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.553; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.604;
14. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.641; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N,
Sibley-16.713; 16. Greg Higginbotham, 11, Hogginbotham-16.796;
17. Jeff Bothelo, 14X, Bothelo-16.939; 18. Kyler Shaw, 92K,
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
2. Kaeding, 3. Ensign, 4. Carter, 5. Higginbotham, 6. Adams.
DEIST SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bothelo, 5.
Araki. 6. Day. NT
RACING PRODUCTS / WELD RACING HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
2. Swanson, 3. Liggett, 4. Ky.Shaw, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Sibley. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Bernal (6th), 2. Geoff Ensign (3rd), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd),
4. Jake Swanson (4th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 6. Jace
Vander Weerd (8th), 7. Max Adams (10th), 8. Trey Marcham
(9th), 9. Kyler Shaw (18th), 10. Kolby Araki (11th), 11. Jeff
Sibley (15th), 12. Koen Shaw (12th), 13. Jeff Bothelo (17th),
14. Matt Day (14th), 15. Trent Carter (13th), 16. Bud Kaeding
(7th), 17. Austin Liggett (1st), 18. Greg Higginbotham (16th).
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14
Liggett, Laps 15-30 Bernal
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Kyler Shaw (18th to 9th)
COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Matt Mitchell-659, 2. Markus
Niemela-631, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-546, 4. Jace Vander
Weerd-530, 5. Ryan Bernal-512, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-500, --Troy
Rutherford-500, 8. Austin Liggett-490, 9. Nic Faas-465, 10.
Dennis Howell-399, 11. Landon Hurst-344, 12. Marty
Hawkins-269, 13. Kevin Barnes-244, 14. Brody Roa-207, 15. Jeff
Sibley-205, 16. Bud Kaeding-180, 17. Trent Carter-159, 18.
Chris Ennis-154, 19. Garrett Long-153, 20. Michael
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
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
This schedule is subject to change.
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