USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA’S “RON OTTO
By Lance Jennings
JUNE 5, 2018... After a
hotly contested “Faria Memorial” at Tulare, the USAC West
Coast 360 Sprint Cars will invade Santa Maria Raceway this
Saturday, June 9th. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360
Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” is the second of four
appearances at “The West’s Best Short Track.” The action
packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks,
Mini Stocks, Santa Maria Dwarf Cars, NMRA TQ Midgets, and
Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates
will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will
begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s
website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
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 NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto Memorial” has featured
sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing
and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the
Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, “The
Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett
Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith
claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011
and 2012 were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 main
event in 2015 and Ryan Bernal topped last year’s memorial.
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-four West
Coast Sprint Car events and Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009
debut. Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers
with five victories and Troy Rutherford won the April 28th
event. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record
to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set
on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete
series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this
Entering the eighth point race, Austin Liggett
(Tracy, California) sits atop the standings with a 31-point
lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored
fourth in last Saturday’s “Faria Memorial” at Tulare. To date,
the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, six
top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Austin
has five career wins and will be looking to add the “Ron Otto
Memorial” to his resume.
After winning last Saturday’s
“Faria Memorial,” Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has
climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting
the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores
Maxim, Guardino has one feature win, three heat race
victories, six top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the
season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on
gaining valuable points with the Santa Maria triumph.
Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the
USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #10
Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim,
Richard scored tenth at Tulare after an early exit. To date,
the 2011 Champion two feature wins, three Woodland Auto
Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10
finishes, and 44 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd
has twenty-one series wins and is always a threat to score the
Steve Hix (Ventura, California) sits fourth in
the championship point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder
Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix scored eighth in
Tulare’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” At press time, Steve
has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 3 feature
laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Hix will be
looking to add his name to the winner’s least of the “Ron Otto
Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is
currently fifth in the point chase. Piloting the family owned
#88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim,
Jace scored fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date,
the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has 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 on the year. Vander Weerd has eight series
wins and will be looking to add another Santa Maria trophy to
Currently tenth 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, “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Bernal, Ryan
Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Trent
Carter, Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Patrick Frisco, and
Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) leads the
Santa Maria 360 point chase. Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino,
Steve Hix, Trent Carter, Jordan Linson, Koen Shaw, Austin
Ervine, Hannah Mayhew, Ryan Stolz, and Ryan Bernal round out
the top-10 in points.
Santa Maria Raceway is located
1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road
in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets
(6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event
information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
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.
MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory
Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett
Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN, 2013-NO RACE,
2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE, 2017-Ryan
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-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes
Non-Point Races) 5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd,
3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny
Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith,
1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo,
1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham.
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.
SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy
Rutherford-47, 2. Austin Liggett-44, -. Tristan Guardino-44,
4. Steve Hix-41, 5. Trent Carter-39, -. Jordan Linson-39, 7.
Koen Shaw-37, 8. Austin Ervine-36, 9. Hannah Mayhew-35, 10.
Ryan Stolz-34, --. Ryan Bernal-34, 12. James Herrera-33, 13.
Kevin Barnes-32, --. Danny Faria Jr.-32, 15. Shannon
McQueen-31, 16. Brandon Wiley-28, 17. Britton Bock-27, --.
Ryan Timmons-27, 19. Patrick Frisco-26.
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.