GUARDINO SHINES AT TULARE’S FARIA MEMORIAL
JUNE 4, 2018... After a torrid battle with Max
Adams, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) emerged
victorious at last Saturday’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.”
For Guardino, the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph
marked his fourth career triumph and his first win at Tulare’s
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Adams, hard charger
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., point leader Austin Liggett, and
Jace Vander Weerd followed Tristan to the checkered flags.
Starting on the outside of the front row, Guardino got the
jump and took the early lead. Setting a fast pace on the
reworked clay surface, Tristan began to shake free from the
competition. After reaching over a half-straightaway
advantage, a caution flag on lap fifteen halted the action and
bunched the field. On the restart, the second running Adams
executed a turn one “slide job” to perfection and grabbed the
top spot. Once out front, Adams was on the throttle as
Guardino began to rally. Tristan managed to chase Adams down a
few laps later and reclaimed the lead on the twenty-fourth
circuit. From there, the night belonged to Guardino and the
young driver took the “Faria Memorial” victory.
the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores
Maxim, Tristan Guardino qualified third out of a thirteen car
field and placed fourth in his heat race. At press time,
Tristan has climbed to second in points with one feature win,
three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 34 feature
Making his first start in Ted Finkenbinder’s
#3F Western X-Ray machine, Max Adams (Loomis, California)
claimed second at Tulare after a valiant run. The 2016
USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year placed sixth quick in time trials
and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, Max ranks
sixteenth in points with two top-10 finishes, and 8 feature
laps led to his credit.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.
(Tipton, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job”
honors with a third place run from sixth. Racing his #17V
Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike,
Faria qualified fifth overall and won the 10-lap Extreme
Mufflers Heat Race #1. To date, the two-time champion has one
feature win, three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes,
and 39 feature laps led on the year.
(Tracy, California) scored a hard fought fourth place finish
at the “Faria Memorial.” Piloting the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was second
fast in time trials and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels
/ Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, the point leader
has two heat race victories, six top-10 finished, and 28
feature laps led.
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia,
California) ran fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone
Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fourth overall and ran
second to Liggett in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie
of the Year is currently fifth in the point standings with one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory,
one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger
Award, and five top-10 finishes.
Richard Vander Weerd
(Visalia, California) posted his third Woodland Auto Display
Fast Time Award of the season. Racing the family owned #10
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim,
Richard was second to Faria in his heat race and scored tenth
in the feature after an early exit. Currently, the 2011
Champion sits third in the point chase with two feature wins,
two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature
laps led on the season.
This Saturday, June 9th, the
USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second of four
appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the
local Santa Maria Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” will also
feature the IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Santa
Maria Dwarf Cars, NMRA TQ Midgets, 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
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
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.
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 SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2018 – Tulare,
California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway –
“Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-15.987; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.016; 3.
Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.076; 4. Jace Vander Weerd,
88, Vander Weerd-16.214; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V,
Faria-16.342; 6. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.679; 7. Ryan
Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.719; 8. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.948; 9.
Cody Smothermon, 81, Watt-17.011; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K,
Shaw-17.115; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.250; 12.
Britton Bock, 67, Bock-19.642; 13. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT.
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2.
R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. McQueen, 6.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3.
Adams, 4. Shaw, 5. Hix, 6. Bock. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps –
With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Max
Adams (1st), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (6th), 4. Austin Liggett
(5th), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 6. Koen Shaw (8th), 7.
Shannon McQueen (9th), 8. Steve Hix (10th), 9. Britton Bock
(12th), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 11. Cody Smothermon
(11th), 12. Ryan Timmons (7th), 13. Austin Ervine (13th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15
Guardino, Laps 16-23 Adams, Laps 24-30 Guardino.
RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr.
(6th to 3rd)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-491, 2. Tristan Guardino-460, 3.
Richard Vander Weerd-441, 4. Steve Hix-396, 5. Jace Vander
Weerd-390, 6. Koen Shaw-371, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-367, 8.
Shannon McQueen-361, 9. Ryan Timmons-349, 10. Britton
Bock-300, 11. Ryan Bernal-279, 12. Austin Ervine-263, 13. Ryan
Stolz-236, 14. Brandon Wiley-179, 15. Troy Rutherford-171, 16.
Max Adams-135, 17. Brody Roa-117, 18. Colby Copeland-114, 19.
Trent Carter-107, 20. Hobie Conway-87.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race #1)
14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach Race
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach Race #4 /
This schedule is subject to change.