USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT CARS EYE BAKERSFIELD RETURN
By Lance Jennings
JULY 24, 2018... After a year off the
schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to
Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, July 28th, for their only
appearance of 2018. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the eleventh
point race will also feature Sport Mods, American Stocks, and
Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front
Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm
at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.
NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON AUGUST
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.
Since April 25, 2009,
Bakersfield Speedway has hosted thirteen West Coast Sprint Car
events. Nine different drivers have claimed victory, led by
Davey Pombo with three wins. Troy Rutherford won the last
Bakersfield show on March 19, 2016 and Jace Vander Weerd holds
the 1-lap track record of 12.597 set on March 22, 2014.
Entering Saturday’s event, Austin Liggett (Tracy,
California) has a 107-point advantage over the competition.
Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /
Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored a tenth place finish at
Ventura on July 14th. To date, the point leader has two
feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three
heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps
led on the year. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has seven career
wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield’s winning trophy
to his collection.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont,
California) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings.
Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto
Stores Maxim, Guardino placed sixteenth in Ventura’s “Battle
at the Beach.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate has
one feature win, five heat race victories, seven top-10
finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. With four
career wins, Tristan will have his sights on Bakersfield’s
Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California)
ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the
family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine
Foods Maxim, Timmons raced from twelfth to claim third at the
Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading to Bakersfield, the 2016
Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and seven top-10
finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to
breakthrough for his first USAC West Coast main event win.
Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the
championship point standings. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s
#7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen finished
seventeenth at Ventura on July 14th. At press time, the 2012
USAC Western Midget Champion has eight top-10 finishes on the
season. This Saturday, Shannon will have her sights on her
first sprint car win at her hometown track.
(Fresno, California) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast
point chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures
Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw earned Ventura’s Saldana
Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a
sixth place run from twenty-first. With two hard charger
awards and six top-10 finishes on the season, Shaw will be
looking to score his first main event win at Bakersfield.
Currently ninth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga,
California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.
Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery
(Templeton, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and
Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve
Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley,
Troy Rutherford, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, Ricky
Kirkbride, and more.
Bakersfield Speedway is located
at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California.
Adult tickets are $15, Senior and Military tickets (ID
Required) are $13, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children
Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information,
visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or
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.
Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on
demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and
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-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett,
2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr.,
1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.
BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes
Non-Point Races) 3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy
Rutherford, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky
Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Richard Vander
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1.
Austin Liggett-703, 2. Tristan Guardino-596, 3. Ryan
Timmons-570, 4. Shannon McQueen-511, 5. Koen Shaw-510, 6.
Steve Hix-484, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-477, 8. Richard Vander
Weerd-441, 9. Britton Bock-431, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 11.
Ryan Bernal-357, 12. Austin Ervine-342, 13. Ryan Stolz-326,
13. Brandon Wiley-311, 15. Troy Rutherford-298, 16. Jake
Swanson-265, 17. Kaleb Montgomery-174, 18. Trent Carter-167,
19. Kyle Edwards-139, 20. Max Adams-135.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway -
August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
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 /
ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned
Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.
Timmons – 3rd in USAC West Coast Sprint Car Points. Photo by