SPRINTS TO HANFORD VICTORY
By Lance Jennings
2018... While most of the competitors chose the bottom groove,
Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) used the outside
line to claim last Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car
triumph at Hanford. Taking the lead on the eighth circuit,
Vander Weerd and sailed to the Keller Auto Speedway checkered
flags ahead of fast qualifier Jace Vander Weerd, Tristan
Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett, and Ryan Timmons.
the pole position, Richard Vander Weerd had slipped back to
third at the opening lap. Switching to the top groove of the
reconfigured oval, the 2011 champion used extra momentum to
charge forward. Once out front, Richard shook free from the
field and earned his first $1,500 win of the campaign.
family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate
Development Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd scored the 20th series
win of his career. Earlier in the night, Richard qualified
second out of thirteen racers and finished second to Guardino
in his heat race. Vander Weerd left the Kings County
Fairgrounds tied for third in points with two Woodland Auto
Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three
top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led.
Weerd (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job”
honors with a second place run from fifth. Piloting the family
owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development
Maxim, Vander Weerd posted his 8th career Woodland Auto
Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his 10-lap heat
race. Heading to Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic,” Jace is
sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three
starting third and leading the first seven laps, Tristan
Guardino (Fremont, California) restarted from the back after a
trip to the work area and charged to a third place finish.
Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto
Sales Maxim, Guardino was fourth quick in time trials and
raced to victory in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End
Supply Heat Race #2. Tristan has climbed to second in points
with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 12
feature laps led.
Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fourth at Keller Auto
Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #83
Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett
qualified third overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. Austin heads to Tulare with a 24-point
advantage on the strength of three top-10 finishes, and 28
feature laps led to his credit.
(Pleasant Hill, California) placed fifth in the Hanford main
event. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Truck &
Repair / Snap-On Tools Maxim, Timmons was fifth fast in time
trials and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. The
2016 Rookie of the Year ranks eighth in the point standings
with two top-10 finishes on the season.
West Coast Sprint Car Series returns to action this Friday and
Saturday, May 18th & 19th, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway. The “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”
will also feature the Winged 360 Sprint Car Challenge Tour and
Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars on Friday. Saturday’s
card will also showcase the King of the West – NARC Sprint
Cars and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. Located at
the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California at the
corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more information can be
found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or by calling 559.688.0909.
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 SERIES
RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto
Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander
Weerd-16.181; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-16.317; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.710; 4.
Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.908; 5. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-17.111; 6. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.271; 7. Shannon
McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.363; 8. Brent Owens, 71,
Martin-17.493; 9. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.493; 10. Koen
Shaw, 88K, 17.733; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.892; 12. Austin
Ervine, 51, AJ-18.098; 13. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-18.243.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Timmons, 3.
J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. McQueen, 6. Conway, 7. Stolz. NT
ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1.
Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Shaw, 4. Hix, 5. Owens, 6.
laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (1st),
2. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 3. Tristan Guardino (3rd), 4.
Austin Liggett (4th), 5. Ryan Timmons (2nd), 6. Koen Shaw
(6th), 7. Steve Hix (8th), 8. Shannon McQueen (9th), 9. Hobie
Conway (11th), 10. Britton Bock (7th), 11. Austin Ervine
(12th), 12. Brent Owens (10th), 13. Ryan Stolz (13th). NT
**Stolz flipped on lap 13 of the
LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-30 R.Vander Weerd,
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING
OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (5th to 2nd)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-279, 2. Tristan
Guardino-255, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-238, -. Steve Hix-238,
5. Koen Shaw-227, 6. Jace Vander Weerd-216, 7. Shannon
McQueen-203, 8. Ryan Timmons-202, 9. Britton Bock-177, 10.
Austin Ervine-159, 11. Ryan Stolz-153, --. Danny Faria
Jr.-153, 13. Brandon Wiley-140, 14. Ryan Bernal-131, 15. Trent
Carter-107, 16. Hobie Conway-87, 17. Troy Rutherford-82, 18.
Brody Roa-77, --. Kevin Barnes-77, 20. Jake Swanson-74.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
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 Race #1)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
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 Race #3)
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
Race #4 / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.