LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS TO HANFORD
By Lance Jennings
MAY 7, 2018... This Saturday, May
12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are set to make their
final appearance of the year at the Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the Hanford,
California oval will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint
Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gates will
open at 1:00pm, front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing is
scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s
website at www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 at the track or online at
2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk
disqualification from the event.
To date, the Kings
County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-eight USAC West Coast
Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with
nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap
qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On April
7th, Brody Roa took the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 24 to
earn his second victory of the campaign. A complete series win
list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the
end of this release.
Entering the fourth point race,
Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits atop the standings
with a 25-point lead over the competition. Racing the family
owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim,
Liggett ran second to Troy Rutherford at Santa Maria on April
28th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two top-10
finishes and 28 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday,
Austin will be looking for his sixth series win of his career.
After finishing fourth at Santa Maria, Steve Hix
(Ventura, California) has climbed to second in the point
chase. Driving his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano
Roofing Triple X, Hix has one heat race victory, three top-10
finishes and 3 feature laps led on the season. At Hanford,
Steve will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast Sprint
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks
third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family
owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim,
Guardino led five laps at Santa Maria before taking third at
the checkered flags. At press time, the 2016 Turkey Night
Sprint Car Winner has one heat race victory and two top-10
finishes in the campaign. With three career triumphs, Tristan
will be looking to add the Kings County Fairgrounds to his
Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) sits fourth in
the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88K PMS
Investments / Shaw Structures Unlimited KPC, Shaw charged from
twelfth to score seventh at Santa Maria. To date, the Micro
Sprint standout has one Saldana Racing Products / Racing
Optics Hard Charger Award and three top-10 finishes on the
season. This Saturday night, Koen will have his sights on
claiming his first $1,500 series victory.
the action at Santa Maria, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia,
California) has fallen to fifth in the USAC West Coast
standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd
Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has two
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race
victories, and two top-10 finishes on the season. The 2011
Champion has nineteen series wins and will be looking for his
tenth Hanford triumph.
Currently twelfth in points,
Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for
Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield,
California) and Dalton Hill (Madera, California) are also in
Among the other drivers expected to be in
action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen,
Brandon Wiley, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Bernal,
Ryan Stolz, Trent Carter, Kevin Barnes, Brent Owens, and more.
Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at
801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets
are $15, Senior tickets are $12, Student tickets are $8, and
Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the
fairgrounds and for more event information, visit
www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.
USAC 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.
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs
and videos on demand available for purchase at
www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig
Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding,
2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria
Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2- Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dennis
Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.
HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT
WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 9-Richard Vander Weerd,
7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander
Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy,
2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer,
1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey
Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-206, 2.
Steve Hix-181, 3. Tristan Guardino-180, 4. Koen Shaw-166, 5.
Richard Vander Weerd-156, 6. Danny Faria, Jr.-153, 7. Shannon
McQueen-150, 8. Brandon Wiley-140, 9. Jace Vander Weerd-137,
10. Ryan Timmons-135, 11. Ryan Bernal-131, 12. Britton
Bock-129, 13. Austin Ervine-115, 14. Ryan Stolz-114, 15. Trent
Carter-107, 16. Troy Rutherford-82, 17. Kevin Barnes-77, ...
Brody Roa-77, 19. Jake Swanson-74, 20. Jordan Linson-61.
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
May 12: Keller
Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl
Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle
Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris &
Brian Faria Memorial)
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 - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway
- Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
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.