USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT
TULARE’S “FARIA MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings
2018... This Saturday, June 2nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint
Cars will make their fourth and final appearance of the year
at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway.
Promoted by Steve Faria, the “25th Annual Chris & Brian Faria
Memorial” will also feature the King of the West–NARC Sprint
Cars and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates
will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing
scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s
website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON JULY
1ST. 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.
The “Chris and Brian
Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the
USAC West Coast schedule. This year’s event marks the
twenty-fifth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the
inaugural non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Ryan
Bernal used a late race charge past Kyle Hirst to earn his
second Faria victory. The winner’s list of the Faria Memorial
is at the bottom of this release.
Since March 6, 2010,
the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-nine USAC West
Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with
fourteen victories and topped the March 9th visit. “Hollywood”
Danny Faria Jr. (May 18th) and Richard Vander Weerd (May 19th)
claimed wins during the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Jake Swanson
set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017
and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the
bottom of this release.
Entering the seventh point
race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits atop the
standings with a 32-point lead over the competition. Racing
the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil
Maxim, Liggett scored fourth at Tulare’s “Peter Murphy
Classic” finale on May 19th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the
Year has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 28
feature laps led to his credit. Austin has five career wins
and will be looking to add the “Faria Memorial” to his resume.
After winning the May 19th “Peter Murphy Classic,” Richard
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to second in
the championship points. Driving the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has
two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature
laps led on the year. The 2011 Champion has twenty-one series
wins and will have his sights on the “Faria Memorial” triumph.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranks third in the
chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed
third at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the young
driver has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes,
and 12 feature laps led on the season. With three career wins,
Tristan will be looking to add the “Faria Memorial” trophy to
Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits
fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing his #57 No
Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix finished
eleventh in the “Murphy Classic.” At press time, Steve has one
heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps
led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Hix will have his
sights on his first West Coast win.
Jace Vander Weerd
(Visalia, California) ran fifth in the May 19th feature and
climbed to fifth in the point standings. Driving the family
owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development
Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one
heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics
Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes. Vander Weerd has
eight series wins and will be looking to add his name to the
“Faria Memorial” winner’s list.
Currently eleventh in
points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase
for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield,
California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah
Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen
Shaw, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Timmons, “Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford,
Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County
Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Each
night, Adult Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Bleacher Seats are
$20. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $23 and Bleacher Seats are
$18. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $13 and Bleacher Seats
are $10. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on
sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at
559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s
website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.
The 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.
CHRIS & BRIAN
FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig
Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held,
2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett,
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2- Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny
Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races)
14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny
Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham,
1-Dean Alexander, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin
Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford,
1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-417, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd-385, 3. Tristan Guardino-380, 4. Steve Hix-343,
5. Jace Vander Weerd-322, 6. Koen Shaw-311, 7. Shannon
McQueen-305, .. Ryan Timmons-305, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10.
Ryan Bernal-279, 11. Britton Bock-251, 12. Ryan Stolz-236, 13.
Austin Ervine-226, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy
Rutherford-171, 16. Brody Roa-117, 17. Colby Copeland-114, 18.
Trent Carter-107, 19. Hobie Conway-87, 20. Brent Owens-85.
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
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 Race #1)
July 14: Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #2)
28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
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
November 21: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
schedule is subject to change.