SANTA MARIA HOSTS “30TH ANNUAL BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”
AUGUST 2, 2016... This Saturday, August
6th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their final
appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by
Mike Kappmeyer, the “30th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is
co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also
feature Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, Mini Dwarfs,
and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit
gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 10:00am,
the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at
6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Santa Maria 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 and the USAC
West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at
westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC
Memberships can be purchased online at
https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing and forms
will also be available on raceday.
honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and
crew chief at Santa Maria Speedway. After serving in the Air
Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late
1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the
Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew
chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock
Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and
Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team
built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate
success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the
team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike
Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car,
Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong
finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by
an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After
having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield
would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria
Speedway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud
Since May 2, 2009, Santa Maria Raceway has
held twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Richard
Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five victories and Ryan
Bernal set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.529 on September
17, 2011. On September 11, 2004, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan
posted the all-time 360 Sprint Car 1-lap record of 13.354.
When the series last visited Santa Maria on June 18th,
point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned his
first victory of the season. Entering the eleventh point race,
the pilot of the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee
& Norma Leonard Maxim has an 87-point lead after scoring
fourth at Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic.” To date, the
defending Western World 360 Champion has two feature wins,
three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race
victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led to his
credit. Brody will be looking to continue his championship run
with a victory at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”
Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the
championship point standings. Driving the family owned #33
Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson
scored ninth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on July 23rd. At
press time, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year
has 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. D.J.
will have his sights on gaining valuable points by adding the
“Bud Stanfield Memorial” to his resume.
Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the West Coast point
chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace placed sixteenth in the
“Peter Murphy Classic” finale. Heading to Santa Maria, the
2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Keizer
Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win,
six top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led. Vander Weerd is
tied with Craig Stidham for seventh on the series win list and
will be looking for his seventh West Coast triumph.
After claiming fifth at Tulare, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia,
California) has risen to fourth in the championship points.
Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction /
Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has one feature win, one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory,
one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award,
seven top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps to his credit. The
2011 Champion won the 2013 “Bud Stanfield Memorial” and will
have his sights on his 19th career West Coast victory.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) has climbed
to fifth in the standings after taking seventh at Thunderbowl
Raceway. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises /
SurfnSprint Spike, the two-time champion has posted two heat
race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard
Charger Awards, and six top-10 finishes on the year.
“Hollywood” won the 2008 & 2015 “Bud Stanfield Memorial” and
will be looking for his tenth career series win.
Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill,
California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.
Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California), Colton Slack
(Brentwood, California), Ryan Stolz (Atascadero, California),
Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and “Chainsaw” Johnny
White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max
Adams, Austin Liggett, Trey Marcham, Tristan Guardino, Cody
Majors, Jeff Sibley, Shannon McQueen, Kyle Smith, and more.
“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California)
sits atop the Santa Maria Sprint Car point standings. Jordan
Linson, James Herrera, Charlie Butcher, Bill Jones, “Junkyard”
Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, Luke Boles, Jeremy Ellertson, and
Matt Day round out the top-10 drivers.
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.
USAC 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].
For more information, visit westcoastsprintcars.com,
and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on
the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and
videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv
COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud
Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny
BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy,
2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr.,
2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan,
2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy
Rutherford, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Richard Vander
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny
Sheridan, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith,
2-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino,
1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
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.
SANTA MARIA 360
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Trent Carter-215, 2. Jordan
Linson-191, 3. James Herrera-166, 4. Charlie Butcher-134, 5.
Bill Jones-124, 6. Jimmy Thompson-109, 7. Ryan Stolz-89, 8.
Luke Boles-87, --. Jeremy Ellertson-87, 10. Matt Day-83.
2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean
Speedway - Watsonville, CA
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)
schedule is subject to change.
#54 Cody Majors – 11th in USAC West Coast Point Standings.
Photo by Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos.