ROA RETURNS TO HANFORD’S VICTORY
By Lance Jennings
2018... After winning a three-wide “champions” battle for the
lead with Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa
(Garden Grove, California) topped last Saturday’s USAC West
Coast Sprint Car race at Hanford. By claiming the 30-lap
victory at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds, Roa
earned $1,500 for his efforts ahead of fast qualifier Vander
Weerd, Swanson, Jace Vander Weerd, and Ryan Timmons.
BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Brody
Roa qualified seventh out of the twenty-car roster and ran
second to Richard Vander Weerd in his heat race. Starting
fourth, the 2016 champion powered to the lead on lap
twenty-four and scored his second win of the season. With five
career victories, the second generation driver ranks
thirteenth in the point chase with two heat race wins, two
top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.
third, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) pressured
Jake Swanson for the top spot before finishing second at the
checkered flags. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned
his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year
and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011
champion has taken over the point lead with two heat race
victories and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.
Ryan Bernal, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) started second
and led twenty laps at Hanford before scoring a third place
finish. Driving Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun
Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson grabbed the lead from
Steve Hix and had a torrid battle with Vander Weerd and Roa.
Earlier in the program, the defending champion was fifth fast
in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End
Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, Swanson is fourteenth in
the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10
finishes to his credit.
Weerd (Visalia, California) battled from seventh to place
fourth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family
owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development
Maxim, Jace qualified fourth overall and took third in his
heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has climbed to
second in points with one heat race victory and two top-10
finishes on the season.
(Pleasant Hill, California) had a solid night at Hanford with
an eleventh to fifth place run in the 30-lap main event.
Racing the family owned #29T Snap-On Tools / Evergreen Fine
Foods Maxim, Timmons was eleventh quick in time trials and ran
fourth in his heat race. The 2016 Rookie of the Year sits
ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish in 2018.
(Fresno, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job”
honors with a ninth place run from sixteenth. Driving the
family owned #88K PMS Investments / Shaw Structures Unlimited
KPC, Shaw qualified nineteenth with mechanical issues and
placed sixth in his heat race. Heading to Santa Maria, Koen is
tied for sixth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.
(Ventura, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap
Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race
#3. Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing
Triple X, Hix was sixth fast in time trials and led the first
three laps of the feature before scoring sixth. Now ranked
sixth in championship points, Steve has also posted two top-10
finishes on the year.
April 28th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make
their first of four appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. The
third point race will also feature the Light Up The World
Beverages USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living
Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw
Karts, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located
1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road
in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit
the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call
805.922.2232 for more information.
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR
Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King
Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End
Supply, Saldana Racing Products, 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,
Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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 RACE
April 7, 2018 – Hanford, California
– Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-16.352; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.474; 3. Danny
Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.478; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-16.533; 5. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-16.536; 6. Steve Hix,
57, Hix-16.790; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.934; 8. Trent Carter,
13, Carter-17.147; 9. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.178; 10.
Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.181; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-17.231; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.326; 13.
Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.368; 14. Tristan Guardino, 15T,
Guardino-17.453; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.467; 16.
Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.662; 17. Austin Ervine, 51,
AJ-18.557; 18. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-19.108; 19. Koen
Shaw, 88K, Shaw-NT; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3.
J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. Stolz, 6. Shaw, 7. Owens. NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
2. Liggett, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. Carter, 6. Barnes, 7.
SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
Hix, 2. Wiley, 3. McQueen, 4. Faria, 5. Edwards, 6. Conway. NT
laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Brody Roa
(4th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (3rd), 3. Jake Swanson (2nd),
4. Jace Vander Weerd (7th), 5. Ryan Timmons (11th), 6. Steve
Hix (1st), 7. Tristan Guardino (8th), 8. Shannon McQueen
(9th), 9. Koen Shaw (16th), 10. Britton Bock (10th), 11.
Austin Liggett (5th), 12. Brandon Wiley (6th), 13. Trent
Carter (14th), 14. Hobie Conway (18th), 15. Kevin Barnes
(17th), 16. Kyle Edwards (15th), 17. Danny Faria Jr. (12th),
18. Brent Owens (19th), 19. Austin Ervine (20th), 20. Ryan
Stolz (13th). NT
**Faria flipped on lap 23 of the
LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Hix, Laps 4-23 Swanson, Laps 24-30 Roa.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING
OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (16th to 9th)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-156, 2. Jace
Vander Weerd-137, 3. Austin Liggett-131, 4. Danny Faria
Jr.-112, 5. Steve Hix-110, 6. Koen Shaw-109, -. Shannon
McQueen-109, 8. Tristan Guardino-108, 9. Ryan Timmons-103, 10.
Brandon Wiley-102, 11. Britton Bock-96, 12. Ryan Bernal-80,
13. Brody Roa-77, 14. Jake Swanson-74, 15. Ryan Stolz-67, 16.
Austin Ervine-64, 17. Trent Carter-41, 18. Hobie Conway-38,
19. Johnathon Henry-37, 20. Kevin Barnes-36.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway -
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach /
This schedule is subject to change.