TROY RUTHERFORD WINS $4,000 PETER
MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings
2016... Starting sixth, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California)
raced past Brody Roa on the eighteenth lap and held off all
challengers to win Saturday’s victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. For Rutherford, the $4,000 “3rd
Annual Peter Murphy Classic” was his fourth career USAC West
Coast Sprint Car triumph. Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, Roa, and
Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.
#11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Troy
Rutherford began his night by winning the 10-lap DJ Safety
Heat Race #2. Placed seventh in the Pole Shuffle Dash, the
former VRA Champion bested D.J. Johnson and Richard Vander
Weerd to earn the sixth starting position of the main event.
In limited appearances, Troy is ranked twelfth in points with
two feature wins, two heat race victories, four top-10
finishes, and 42 feature laps led to his credit.
winning the previous night, Ryan Bernal (Hollister,
California) ran second in the “Peter Murphy Classic” after
starting eleventh. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56MW Metal Works /
Diversified Machine Inc. ART, Bernal won the Stand 21 Racer
Goes Safer Foundation Pole Shuffle Dash and earned the pole
position starting spot. However, Ryan was offered the $1,100
KRC Safety Challenge for starting eleventh and the 2014 Murphy
Classic winner accepted the challenge. After two starts,
Bernal is twentieth in points with one feature win, one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, two
top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led.
(Campbell, California) had a solid return to USAC West Coast
Sprint Car action with a third place run on Saturday and a
fourth place finish on Friday. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29
Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim,
Kaeding left Tulare placed twenty-second in points with two
the outside front row, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California)
led the first seventeen laps before scoring fourth at the
checkered flags. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD
Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa claimed second in
the Pole Shuffle Dash. Heading to Santa Maria on August 6th,
the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto
Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, nine top-10
finishes, and 65 feature laps led to his credit.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) claimed fifth in the “Peter
Murphy Classic” finale. Driving the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard won
the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and placed seventh in
the Pole Shuffle Dash. To date, the 2011 Champion is fourth in
the standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products
Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps
Making his second start, Carson
Macedo (Hanford, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports
/ King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job”
honors with a sixth place run from twenty-second. Piloting Tom
Tarlton Sr.’s #21 Tarlton & Son Inc. / Tachi Palace & Casino
entry, Macedo ran sixth in his heat race and scored fifth in
the semi-main, earning the final transfer spot. The USAC
National Midget series regular sits twenty-seventh in the
(Stockton, California) scored the victory in the 10-lap Brown
& Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family
owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle,
Johnson was seated eighth in the Pole Shuffle Dash and scored
ninth in the main event. At press time, the 2013 USAC Western
Classic Rookie of the Year is second in points with two
feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports /
King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes,
and 51 feature laps led on the season.
second start, Steven Garris (Escalon, California) won the
night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc.
Semi-Main. Driving his #58 Greg Jones Construction / Shaggin
Enterprises Maxim, Garris ran fourth in his heat race and
scored twenty-second in the feature after an early exit. At
press time, Steven is tied with “The Human Highlight Reel”
Geoff Ensign for forty-fourth in the point chase.
West Coast Sprint Car Series will return action on August 6th
at Santa Maria Raceway. The “Bud Stanfield Memorial” is
co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also
feature the Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, Mini
Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located
1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road
in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR
Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns
Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety,
Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer
Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand
21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products,
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, and
www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the
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Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
July 23, 2016 – Tulare, California –
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “3rd Annual Peter
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander
Weerd), 2. Danny Faria Jr., (#17V Faria), 3. Joe Stornetta Jr.
(#3F Finkenbinder), 4. Kyler Shaw (#92 Shaw), 5. Gary Nelson
Jr. (#6N Nelson), 6. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 7. Eddie
Tafoya (#85 Perkins). NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford),
2. Michael Faccinto (#81M Watt), 3. Cody Majors (#54 Majors),
4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Chris Dyson (#16K
Kruseman), 6. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 7. Shannon McQueen
(#7 Van Meter). NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
Johnson (#33 Johnson), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Max
Adams (#81S Watt), 4. Steven Garris (#58 Garris), 5. Tristan
Guardino (#15T Guardino), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7.
Ryan Stolz (#56 Stolz). NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (10 laps)
Garris, 2. McQueen, 3. Tafoya (#5X Perkins), 4. Perkins, 5.
Macedo, 6. Dyson, 7. Stolz, 8. Sibley. NT
RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION POLE SHUFFLE DASH:
Bernal (#56MW Phulps), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Jace Vander
Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Danny Sheridan (#81T Watt), 5.
Bud Kaeding (#29 Bowman), 6. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford),
7. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 8. D.J. Johnson
(#33 Johnson). NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
Rutherford (6th), 2. Ryan Bernal (11th), 3. Bud Kaeding (3rd),
4. Brody Roa (2nd), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 6. Carson
Macedo (22nd), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 8. Max Adams (14th),
9. D.J. Johnson (8th), 10. Michael Faccinto (10th), 11.
Shannon McQueen (19th), 12. Cody Majors (13th), 13. Kyler Shaw
(15th), 14. Kenny Perkins (21st), 15. Danny Sheridan (4th),
16. Jace Vander Weerd (1st), 17. Ryan Timmons (16th), 18.
Eddie Tafoya (20th), 19. Austin Liggett (9th), 20. Tristan
Guardino (17th), 21. Joe Stornetta Jr. (12th), 22. Steven
Garris (18th). NT
**Sibley flipped during the semi.
Stornetta flipped during the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Roa, Laps 18-30 Rutherford
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Macedo (22nd to 6th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-698, 2. D.J.
Johnson-611, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-578, 4. Richard Vander
Weerd-537, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-477, 6. Max Adams-476, 7. Austin
Liggett-469, 8. Trey Marcham-457, 9. Tristan Guardino-426, 10.
Ryan Timmons-423, 11. Cody Majors-336, 12. Troy
Rutherford-335, 13. Jeff Sibley-331, 14. Shannon McQueen-309,
15. Kyle Smith-252, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Landon
Hurst-192, 18. Danny Sheridan-175, 19. Ricky Kirkbride-162,
20. Ryan Bernal-150.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway -
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 23: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 24: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.