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  • AUSTIN LIGGETT’S LATE SURGE NETS HANFORD VICTORY
    #83 Austin Liggett – March 25th Hanford Winner.

     

    AUSTIN LIGGETT’S LATE SURGE NETS HANFORD VICTORY

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 27, 2017... Powering past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) led the last two laps to earn Saturday’s win at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. For Liggett, the $1,500 victory was the third USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of his career. Faria, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Cody Majors, and fast qualifier Jake Swanson followed Liggett to the checkered flags.

    After rains battered the facility overnight, the track’s staff worked hard to get the pit area and racing surface ready for action. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Austin Liggett started ninth and favored the outside groove to make his charge. With the laps counting down, Swanson and Ensign pressured Faria for the top spot as Liggett inched closer in fourth. Contact between the top three cars resulted in front end damage for Swanson and the fast qualifier’s crew was able to make repairs. With Faria setting the pace, Liggett soon dispatched Ensign and gave chase after Faria. Suffering damage himself, Faria could not hold off the challenger and Austin took the victory.

    Earlier in the program, Liggett qualified third out of twenty-one racers and placed third in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year left the Kings County Fairgrounds ranked sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

    After leading twenty-eight laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran second in the Hanford feature. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was eighth quick in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The two-time champion heads to Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic” tied with Tristan Guardino for seventh in points on the strength of two top-10 finishes and 34 feature laps led.

    The “Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) had another strong night with his third place finish. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified tenth overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011 USAC Western Classic Champion sits fifth in the standings with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes on the season.

    Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) had one of his best nights in USAC West Coast action with a fourth place finish from tenth. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was fourth fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, the young driver is ninth in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    After restarting at the back with a few laps left, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) charged forward and claimed fifth at the Hanford clay oval. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and ran second to Ensign in his heat race. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, left Hanford as the new point leader with one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

    Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from sixteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified sixteenth overall and placed sixth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver is fourteenth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.

    Jeff Sibley (Oakdale, California) was impressive in his 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3 victory. Piloting his #42N Western Plumbing / Valley Pacific Maxim, Sibley was twelfth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The veteran driver ranks thirteenth in the point standings with one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats Semi-Main win in the campaign.

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, April 22nd, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also feature 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.

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net. 

    For more information, visit www.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.

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    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 25, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.385; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.459; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.506; 4. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15,705; 5. Tristan Guardino,15T, Guardino-15.762; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.767; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.799; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.816; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.843; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-15.858; 11. Dalton Hill, 81D, DD-15.908; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.984; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.019; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.328; 15. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.479; 16. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.583; 17. Danny Parish, 1K, Kruseman-17.111; 18. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-17.158; 19. Hobie Conway, 2KK, Kruseman-17.804; 20. Trenton Sparks, 3K, Kruseman-18.080; 21. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley, 7. Conway. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hill, 5. Parish, 6. Hix, 7. Sparks. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Timmons, 5. Butler, 6. Ervine. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (9th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 3. Geoff Ensign (1st), 4. Cody Majors (10th), 5. Jake Swanson (4th), 6. Brandon Wiley (16th), 7. Shannon McQueen (6th), 8. Ryan Timmons (12th), 9. Billy Butler (15th), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 11. Dalton Hill (11th), 12. Trenton Sparks (20th), 13. Danny Parish (14th), 14. Tristan Guardino (8th), 15. Jeff Sibley (3rd), 16. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 17. Steve Hix (17th), 18. Steven Garris (13th), 19. Hobie Conway (19th), 20. Jay Ervine (18th). NT

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    **Stolz flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Faria, Laps 29-30 Liggett.

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (16th to 6th)

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-343, 2. Ryan Bernal-317, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-290, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-259, 5. Geoff Ensign-244, 6. Austin Liggett-218, 7. Tristan Guardino-207, .. Danny Faria Jr.-207, 9. Cody Majors-206, 10. Tye Mihocko-158, 11. Ryan Timmons-150, 12. Brady Bacon-148, 13. Jeff Sibley-144, 14. Brandon Wiley-136, 15. Stevie Sussex-132, 16. Steve Hix-127, 17. Shannon McQueen-126, 18. Jay Ervine-123, … Brody Roa-123, 20. Steven Garris-121.

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

    April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)

    April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

    June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

    June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA

    July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

    August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

    October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

    November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

    November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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    This schedule is subject to change.



  • USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS MAKE MIDWEST DEBUT SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG
    Last April's Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner Dave Darland.

    USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS MAKE MIDWEST DEBUT SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG

    March may have come in like a lion, but the hugely-anticipated month of April truly delivers the roar to the contingent of Midwest fans and drivers who have eagerly awaited this moment for the past six months.  It’s the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing to the state of Indiana, which arrives this Saturday night, April 1 at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

    Ione, California’s Justin Grant has been dominant in the early part of the season after picking up the victory in the USAC National Sprint Car opener at “Winter Dirt Games VIII” in Ocala, Florida.  He followed that up one night later by finishing second to Hunter Schuerenberg and, by virtue, stands at the top of the series standings heading to the Burg.

    Grant’s early season success would not cease and desist at that moment.  Less than a month after Ocala, Grant scored the USAC National Midget season opener in February's “Shamrock Classic” at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center.  The feat made him the first driver to win both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget season openers in the same season.

    Grant’s odds just might be in his favor as two of his five career USAC Sprint wins have come at the high-banked three-eighths-mile oval in Lawrenceburg!

    Hanford, California’s Chad Boespflug, the 2011 Lawrenceburg track champion, finished a strong second and fourth in the two Ocala races and sits third in points.  Tied for seventh in the series standings are C.J. Leary and Jarett Andretti, who each have a Lawrenceburg track championship under their belt: Leary in 2013 and Andretti in 2016.

    Chase Stockon, a Lawrenceburg winner in the fall of 2012, is fourth in the standings.  Brady Bacon took the checkered at Lawrenceburg in the summer of 2015 and is fifth in points.  Thomas Meseraull, a Burg winner in the fall of 2015, sits sixth while 2010 winner Jerry Coons, Jr. is tied for ninth.  Hunter Schuerenberg (second) and Chris Windom (tied for ninth) are each seeking their first USAC win at Lawrenceburg.

    In last year’s Midwest opener at Lawrenceburg, it was a war of attrition as car after car fell by the wayside on a chillingly cold and blustery day.  But, in the end, the veteran Dave Darland conserved his machine from the wear and tear, surviving the 30-lapper to extend his miraculous streak of USAC National victories to 24 consecutive seasons.

    Lawrenceburg has played the host of several April USAC National Sprint Car stops on-and-off since 2006.  Previous April Lawrenceburg winners include Jon Stanbrough (2006), Levi Jones (2007), Josh Wise (2009), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2013), Grant (2014), Logan Jarrett (2015) and Dave Darland (2016).  Darland leads all drivers with seven career USAC National Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg and is the only driver to win a series race there in three different decades. 

    Pit gates open for Lawrenceburg’s season opener at 3pm while the front gates open at 5.  Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies set to get underway at 7.  Adult admission is $25.  Kids 7-12 are $7.  Children 6 and under are free!  Pit passes are 30 bucks.

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (155) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

    2.   (144) Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO)

    3.   (141) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

    4.   (139) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)

    5.   (128) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

    6.   (120) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)

    7.   (99) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) & Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, NC)

    9.   (96) Chris Windom (Canton, IL) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

    1.   (155) Sam McGhee Motorsports #11

    2.   (144) Seth Motsinger Motorsports #2

    3.   (141) Dynamics, Inc. #69

    4.   (139) 32 TBI Racing #32

    5.   (128) Dooling/Hayward Motorsports #63

    6.   (120) Rick Pollock #21

    7.   (99) Leary Racing #30 & Andretti Autosport Short Track #18

    9.   (96) Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 & Gene Nolen Racing #20

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

    Feb 23: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Rained Out

    Feb 24: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Justin Grant

    Feb 25: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park

    WINNER: Hunter Schuerenberg

    Apr 1: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Apr 14: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

    Apr 15: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    Apr 21: Plymouth, IN – Plymouth Speedway

    Apr 22: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

    May 12: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    May 13: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    May 19: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway

    May 20: Pevely, MO – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

    May 24: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Jun 2: Greenwood, NE – I-80 Speedway

    Jun 3: Knoxville, IA – Knoxville Raceway

    Jun 13: %%% Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway

    Jun 14: %%% Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway

    Jun 15: %%% Mechanicsburg, PA – Williams Grove Speedway

    Jun 17: %%% Port Royal, PA – Port Royal Speedway

    Jun 18: %%% York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

    Jun 30: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

    Jul 7: *** Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

    Jul 8: *** Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Jul 9: *** Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Jul 12: *** Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Jul 13: *** Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

    Jul 14: *** Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

    Jul 15: *** Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    Jul 28: TBA - TBA

    Jul 29: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway

    Jul 30: Moberly, MO – Randolph County Raceway

    Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 24: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 25: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Aug 26: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

    Sep 15: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track

    Sep 16: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway

    Sep 23: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

    Sep 30: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

    Oct 6: TBA – TBA

    Oct 7: TBA – TBA

    Nov 3: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

    Nov 4: ### Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

    Nov 9: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

    Nov 10: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

    Nov 11: ### Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway

     

    Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying "Special Event"

    Races noted with %%% represent Eastern Storm

    Races noted with @@@ represent California Sprint Week.

    Races noted with *** represent Indiana Sprint Week

    Races noted with ### represent a race with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

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    2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:

    FEATURE WINS:

    1.   (1) Justin Grant (Feb. 24 at Bubba Raceway Park)

          (1) Hunter Schuerenberg (Feb. 25 at Bubba Raceway Park)

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    FEATURE LAPS LED:

    1.   (21) Justin Grant & Chris Windom

    3.   (9) Dave Darland

    4.   (7) Hunter Schuerenberg

    5.   (2) Thomas Meseraull

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    TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (2) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug & Justin Grant

    4.   (1) C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, & Chase Stockon

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    TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

    1.   (2) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg & Chase Stockon

    7.   (1) Jarett Andretti, Jerry Coons, Jr., Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Carson Short & Chris Windom

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    PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

    1.   (1) Justin Grant & Carson Short

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    HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), Chalk Stix & Indy Race Parts):

    1.   (2) Chase Stockon

    2.   (1) Max McGhee, Landon Simon, Carson Short & Chris Windom

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    SEMI WINS:

    1. (1) Dave Darland & Max McGhee

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    FEATURE STARTS:

    1. (2) Jarett Andretti, Brady Bacon, Jeff Bland, Jr., Chad Boespflug, Isaac Chapple, Jerry Coons, Jr., Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Aaron Farney, Justin Grant, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Landon Simon, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

    22. (1) Rob Caho, Jr., Dallas Hewitt & Joe Liguori

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    KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE:

    2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (12 positions)

    2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (8 positions)

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    WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

    2/24: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

    2/25: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

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    ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

    1. [59 wins] Dave Darland

    2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

    3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

    4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

    5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

    6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

    7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

    8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

    9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

    10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

    12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

    13. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

    15. [26 wins] Robert Ballou, Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

    18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

    20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

    22. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

    25. [21 wins] Greg Weld

    26. [17 wins] Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

    30. [16 wins] Damion Gardner

    31. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

    35. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman, Bruce Walkup & Chris Windom

    40. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

    42. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

    44. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler

    46. [10 wins] Tony Stewart

    47. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

    50. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana, & Chase Stockon

    55. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

    65. [6 wins] Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

    72. [5 wins] Chad Boespflug, Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

    90. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Thomas Meseraull, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

    102. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

    123. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Kyle Cummins, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

    153. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Tyler Courtney, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, C.J. Leary, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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    ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

    1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern); 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern); 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern); 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern); 1961: Parnelli Jones; 1962: Parnelli Jones; 1963: Roger McCluskey; 1964: Don Branson; 1965: Johnny Rutherford; 1966: Roger McCluskey; 1967: Greg Weld; 1968: Larry Dickson; 1969: Gary Bettenhausen; 1970: Larry Dickson; 1971: Gary Bettenhausen; 1972: Sam Sessions; 1973: Rollie Beale; 1974: Pancho Carter; 1975: Larry Dickson; 1976: Pancho Carter; 1977: Sheldon Kinser; 1978: Tom Bigelow; 1979: Greg Leffler; 1980: Rich Vogler; 1981: Sheldon Kinser; 1982: Sheldon Kinser; 1983: Ken Schrader; 1984: Rick Hood; 1985: Rick Hood; 1986: Steve Butler; 1987: Steve Butler; 1988: Steve Butler; 1989: Rich Vogler; 1990: Steve Butler; 1991: Robbie Stanley; 1992: Robbie Stanley; 1993: Robbie Stanley; 1994: Doug Kalitta; 1995: Tony Stewart; 1996: Brian Tyler; 1997: Brian Tyler; 1998: Tony Elliott; 1999: Dave Darland; 2000: Tony Elliott; 2001: J.J. Yeley; 2002: Tracy Hines; 2003: J.J. Yeley; 2004: Jay Drake; 2005: Levi Jones; 2006: Josh Wise; 2007: Levi Jones; 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2009: Levi Jones; 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement); 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement); 2012: Bryan Clauson; 2013: Bryan Clauson; 2014: Brady Bacon; 2015: Robert Ballou; 2016: Brady Bacon



  • USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS “SHOOTOUT AT CANYON” SATURDAY
    #54 Landon Cling – 5th in Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car point standings.

     

    USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS “SHOOTOUT AT CANYON” SATURDAY

    By Lance Jennings

    March 27, 2017... This Saturday, April 1st, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the “Shootout at Canyon” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the event will also showcase the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

    Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-one USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

    Heading to the fifth point race, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Sussex won the March 18th feature at Arizona Speedway from ninth. In addition, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Stevie has eleven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Showdown at Canyon” trophy to his collection.

    R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored third in the March 18th main event. At press time, the four-time champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. R.J. leads all series drivers with forty-four victories and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park triumph.

    “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the first 23 laps at San Tan Valley before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time Arizona sprint car champion has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles has fourteen career series wins and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

    Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins placed sixth in the Arizona Speedway main event. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shon has one career USAC SouthWest victory and will have his sights on adding the “Showdown at Canyon” to his resume.

    Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling charged to fourth at Arizona Speedway after starting seventh. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and one top-10 finish to his credit. Landon will be looking to make Saturday’s “Showdown at Canyon” his first USAC Sprint Car win.

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Matt Rossi, and more.

    Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223).  For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

    The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. 

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    USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Stevie Sussex.

    CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-278, 2. R.J. Johnson-249, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-237, 4. Shon Deskins-224, 5. Landon Cling-190, 6. Dave Darland-169, 7. Ryan Bernal-160, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Mike Martin-142, 10. Nick Aiuto-134, 11. Andy Reinbold-131, 12. Tye Mihocko-124, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Jake Swanson-118, . Matt Lundy- 118, .Jeff Lowery-118, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 18. Chris Bonneau-105, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 20. Brian Hosford-101.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

    April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)

    April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)

    October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.

    # = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • PERRIS HOSTS 4TH USAC/CRA & OUTLAW “SO CAL SHOWDOWN” SATURDAY
    #92 Jake Swanson – 5th in AMSOIL USAC/CRA point standings.

    PERRIS HOSTS 4TH USAC/CRA & OUTLAW “SO CAL SHOWDOWN” SATURDAY

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 27, 2017... This Saturday, April 1st, history will be made for the fourth time as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars, the “So Cal Showdown” is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

    NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITIOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

    The "So Cal Showdown" has become one of the “must see” races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014 and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Last season, Josh Hodges claimed the checkered flags with a dramatic last corner pass over Gardner, Brody Roa, Vander Weerd, and R.J. Johnson. At press time, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 40 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

    Entering the second point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a slim three point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall, won his heat race, and finished second in the March 4th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris. “The Demon” has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his second “So Cal Showdown.” 

    Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to win the “Sokola Shootout.” In addition, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm in his heat race. Vander Weerd has seven career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his second “So Cal Showdown” triumph. 

    R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson qualified eighth overall, ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race, and placed third in the March 4th feature. The second generation driver is expected to skip the Perris race to compete with the USAC SouthWest Sprints at Canyon Speedway Park.

    “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fourth quick in time trials, ran fourth in his heat race, and scored fourth in the Perris main event. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add the “So Cal Showdown” trophy to his collection. 

    Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the championship point chase. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his eleventh USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, placed third in his heat race, and scored sixth in the “Sokola Shootout.” The 2012 Rookie of the Year has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Perris Auto Speedway victory.

    Currently twelfth in points, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) is also in contention. 

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Mike Spencer, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Cal Smith, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Eddie Tafoya, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston,  and more.

    Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849.

    The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

    For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

    Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

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    AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

    2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Richard Vander Weerd

    SO CAL SHOWDOWN WINNERS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Josh Hodges.

    PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 40-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6- Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

    AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-80, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-77, 3. R.J. Johnson-71, 4. Austin Williams-69, 5. Jake Swanson-67, 6. Brody Roa-66, 7. Mike Spencer-64, 8. Cody Williams-54, 9. Chad Boespflug-51, 10. Logan Williams-47, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-46, 12. Kyle Edwards (R)-45, 13. Verne Sweeney-40, 14. Chris Gansen-38, 15. Jeremy Ellertson-35, 16. Cal Smith-33, 17. Tommy Malcolm-33, 18. Matt McCarthy (R)-32, 19. Brady Short-31, 20. Eddie Tafoya-30.

    2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE-TRACK-LOCATION

    April 1: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)

    April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA

    April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

    May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)

    June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)

    July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA

    August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)

    September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)

    September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)

    September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week) 

    September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)

    September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)

    September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)

    September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)

    October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

    November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

    November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

    November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • AUSTIN LIGGETT IS KING AT HANFORD
    #83 Austin Liggett wins at Hanford.

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 25, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.385; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.459; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.506; 4. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15,705; 5. Tristan Guardino,15T, Guardino-15.762; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.767; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.799; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.816; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.843; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-15.858; 11. Dalton Hill, 81D, DD-15.908; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.984; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.019; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.328; 15. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.479; 16. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-16.583; 17. Danny Parish, 1K, Kruseman-17.111; 18. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-17.158; 19. Hobie Conway, 2KK, Kruseman-17.804; 20. Trenton Sparks, 3K, Kruseman-18.080; 21. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley, 7. Conway. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hill, 5. Parish, 6. Hix, 7. Sparks. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Timmons, 5. Butler, 6. Ervine. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Majors, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Ryan Timmons, 9. Billy Butler, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Dalton Hill, 12. Trenton Sparks, 13. Danny Parish, 14. Tristan Guardino, 15. Jeff Sibley, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Steve Hix, 18. Steven Garris, 19. Hobie Conway, 20. Jay Ervine. NT

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    **Stolz flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Faria, Laps 29-30 Liggett.

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (16th to 6th)

    NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Swanson-343, 2-Ryan Bernal-317, 3-R.Vander Weerd-290, 4-J.Vander Weerd-259, 5-Ensign-244, 6-Liggett-218, 7-Faria-207, 8-Guardino-207, 9-Majors-206, 10-Tye Mihocko-158.

    NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 22 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Peter Murphy Classic”

     



  • STEVIE SUSSEX CHARGES TO VICTORY AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
    #21AZ Stevie Sussex – March 18th Arizona Speedway Feature Winner.

    STEVIE SUSSEX CHARGES TO VICTORY AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY 

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 21, 2017... Starting ninth, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the twenty-fourth lap to claim last Saturday’s checkered flags at Arizona Speedway. The $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked Sussex’s first win on the campaign and the eleventh series win of his career. Davis, R.J. Johnson, Landon Cling, and Chris Bonneau followed Sussex to the checkered flags.

    Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Stevie Sussex earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking the victory after starting ninth. Earlier in the program, the young driver ran third in his heat race and ranked ninth out of nineteen racers in passing points. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner leads the point standings with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

    After leading the first twenty-three laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) had to settle for second in the 30-lap feature. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and placed fifth overall in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion heads to Canyon ranked third in the point chase with three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year.

    R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ran third at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and sat fourth in passing points. To date, the four-time champion is second in the point chase with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) had one of his best nights in USAC SouthWest action with a fourth place run after starting seventh. Piloting the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and sat seventh overall in passing points. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is fifth in the point standings on the strength of two fast time awards and one top-10 finish.

    Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau ran third in his heat race and placed fifth overall in passing points. At press times, the veteran driver ranks eighteenth in the championship points with one top-10 finish to his credit.

    Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Racing the #27 Hughey & Phillips / Speed Mart Eagle, Aiuto placed second in his heat race to Michael Curtis and finished fifteenth in the main event. To date, the veteran driver is tenth in points with one top-10 finish on the season.

    Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / WSP entry, Curtis placed sixth in passing points and claimed seventeenth in the main event. At press time, the young driver ranks twenty-third in passing points with one top-10 finish.

    The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 1st, at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The “Showdown at Canyon” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

    The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

    For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. 

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    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway 

    FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

    SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Matt Lundy #98 Lundy). NT

    THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 5. Mike Woodruff (#83 Woodruff). 6. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner). NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Stevie Sussex (9th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 3. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 4. Landon Cling (7th), 5. Chris Bonneau (5th), 6. Shon Deskins (4th), 7. Mike Martin (13th), 8. Andy Reinbold (8th), 9. Brian Hosford (10th), 10. Jeff Lowery (16th), 11. Matt Lundy (17th), 12. Joe Schoepner (18th), 13. Cody Sickles (19th - #14 Sickles), 14. Brent Yarnal (15th), 15. Nick Aiuto (6th), 16. Larry Kesterson (12th), 17. Michael Curtis (1st), 18. Jonas Reynolds (11th), 19. Michael Woodruff (14th). NT

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    **Lowery flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Davis, Laps 24-30 Sussex.

    HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (9th to 1st)

    BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Nick Aiuto

    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-278, 2. R.J. Johnson-249, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-237, 4. Shon Deskins-224, 5. Landon Cling-190, 6. Dave Darland-169, 7. Ryan Bernal-160, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Mike Martin-142, 10. Nick Aiuto-134, 11. Andy Reinbold-131, 12. Tye Mihocko-124, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Jake Swanson-118, . Matt Lundy- 118, .Jeff Lowery-118, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 18. Chris Bonneau-105, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 20. Brian Hosford-101.

    2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

    April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)

    April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)

    June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)

    September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

    September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

    September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)

    October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)

    October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ

    November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

    November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.

    # = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • RYAN BERNAL EARNS 30TH CAREER USAC WEST COAST VICTORY AT TULARE
    #73 Ryan Bernal. March 18th Tulare Feature Winner..

    RYAN BERNAL EARNS 30TH CAREER USAC WEST COAST VICTORY AT TULARE

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 21, 2017... After finishing third the previous night, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) claimed last Saturday’s main event win at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing past Jace Vander Weerd on the third lap, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader led the rest of the way to earn the $1,500 triumph. Vander Weerd, hard charger Jake Swanson, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.

    Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Ryan Bernal scored the thirtieth series win of his career after starting fourth. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the twenty-one driver roster and ran second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. The point leader left Tulare with three feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the year.

    After leading the first two laps, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ran second at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified ninth overall and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford ranked fourth in points with two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from eighth. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, left Tulare sitting second in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

    The “Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) had a solid night at Tulare with a fourth place finish from seventh. Racing Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified fourth overall and claimed third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC Western Classic Champion sits fifth in the point standings with one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats Semi-Main win, and two top-10 finishes on the year.

    Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) scored fifth at the checkered flags. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was third fast in time trials and ran second to his twin brother in his heat race. Entering Saturday’s race at Hanford, the 2011 Champion is third in the point chase with three top-10 finishes on the season.

    For the second night in a row, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino qualified seventh overall and finished twelfth in the feature. At press time, Tristan is sixth in point chase with two top-10 finishes to his credit.

    Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett was second fast in time trials and finished seventh in the main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently ninth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

    This Saturday, March 25th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990. 

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net. 

    For more information, visit www.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.

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    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.576; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.631; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.677; 4. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-16.712; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.748; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.911; 7. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.966; 8. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.087; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.130; 10. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.209; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.337; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.499; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.587; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-17.633; 15. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.636; 16. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.706; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.730; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.740; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.048; 20. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-18.336; 21. Garrett Long, 38, Long-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Ensign, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. McQueen, 7. Richardson. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Mihocko, 3. Swanson, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine, 7. Hix. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Smith, 5. Sibley, 6. Shaw, 7. Long. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (4th), 2. Jace Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Jake Swanson (8th), 4. Geoff Ensign (7th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 7. Austin Liggett (2nd), 8. Cody Majors (10th), 9. Steven Garris (13th), 10. Tye Mihocko (5th), 11. Shannon McQueen (16th), 12. Tristan Guardino (3rd), 13. Jeff Sibley (15th), 14. Koen Shaw (18th), 15. Jay Ervine (17th), 16. Garrett Long (21st), 17. Steve Hix (20th), 18. Jim Richardson (19th), 19. Ryan Stolz (14th), 20. Kyle Smith (12th), 21. Brandon Wiley (11th). NT

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    **Smith, Wiley, and Long flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 3-30 Bernal.

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (8th to 3rd)

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

    March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)

    April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

    June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

    June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA

    July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

    August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

    October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

    November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

    November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • JAKE SWANSON SHINES AT TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL
    #92 Jake Swanson. March 17th Tulare Feature Winner..

    JAKE SWANSON SHINES AT TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 21, 2017... Slipping past Ryan Bernal on the fourteenth circuit, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) took last Friday’s checkered flags at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Before earning the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph, Swanson also broke Richard Vander Weerd’s qualifying track record. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year was followed by “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Bernal, Austin Liggett, and Vander Weerd.

    Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Jake Swanson started seventh and raced to the second series win of his career. Earning the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the roster of twenty-one drivers, Jake also placed third in his heat race. 

    “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) battled hard and claimed second in the feature after starting fifth. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified eighth overall and won the night’s 8-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2.

    Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) took the lead from “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and led seven laps before scoring third at the finish line. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials and ran second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race.

    Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett qualified second overall and claimed second to Geoff Ensign in his heat race.

    Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eleventh to fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was fifth fast in qualifications and placed fourth in his heat race.

    Rookie contender Steve Hix (Ventura, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Davmar Air Compressors XXX, Hix qualified seventeenth overall and scored seventh in his heat race.

    Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino qualified tenth overall and finished tenth in the main event.

    Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to his first heat race win of the campaign in the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products event. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was ninth fast overall and took sixth in the Tulare feature.

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net. 

    For more information, visit www.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.

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    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 17, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

    WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.984 (New Track Record); 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.224; 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.312; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.326; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.363; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.557; 7. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-15.673; 8. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-15.702; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15.755; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.777; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.782; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.895; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-15.902; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.942; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-16.038; 16. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.176; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.186; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.460; 19. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-16.585; 20. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.962; 21. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-NT.

    EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson, 4. Nelson, 5. Wiley, 6. Garris, 7. Ervine. NT

    BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Liggett, 3. Mihocko, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. McQueen, 6. Richardson, 7. Hix. NT

    KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Stolz, 5. Shaw, 6. Timmons, 7. Sibley. NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps –With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Swanson (7th), 2. Geoff Ensign (5th), 3. Ryan Bernal (3rd), 4. Austin Liggett (2nd), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (11th), 6. Cody Majors (4th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 8. Koen Shaw (15th), 9. Brandon Wiley (13th), 10. Tristan Guardino (6th), 11. Steve Hix (20th), 12. Jay Ervine (19th), 13. Steven Garris (16th), 14. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 15. Gary Nelson Jr. (10th), 16. Tye Mihocko (8th), 17. Shannon McQueen (14th), 18. Ryan Stolz (12th), 19. Jim Richardson (17th), 20. Jeff Sibley (21st), 21. Ryan Timmons (18th). NT 

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    **Timmons flipped during the third heat. Nelson flipped during the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Faria, Laps 7-13 Bernal, Laps 14-30 Swanson.

    BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Steve Hix (20th to 11th)



  • HANFORD HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RUMBLE
    #10 Richard Vander Weerd

     

    HANFORD HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RUMBLE 

    By Lance Jennings

    MARCH 21, 2017... Fresh off two nights at Tulare, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are ready to clash at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds this Saturday night, March 25. Making their first of three appearances at the Hanford, California oval, the fifth point race will also feature the Western Racesaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

    NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

    Heading into Saturday’s event, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last year, Vander Weerd scored two Hanford victories and Brody Roa took the checkered flags on June 26th. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

    After winning three out of four point races, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has a 45-point advantage over the competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Bernal ran third and first at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with 30 series wins and is a favorite to watch.

    Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson set a new track record and ran first and third at Tulare. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature wins and will be looking to add Hanford to his resume.

    Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored two fifth place finishes at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 Champion has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd ranks second on the series win list with 19 triumphs and will have his sights on another Hanford victory.

    Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace claimed second and seventh at Tulare. At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking for his ninth career triumph.

    “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign placed second and fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion has posted one heat race victory, one semi-main win, and two top-10 finishes on the year. Geoff has one career series win and will have his sights on a Hanford triumph.

    Currently twenty-first in points, Steve Hix (Ventura, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Garris (Escalon, California) and Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) are also in contention. 

    Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Cody Majors, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Jay Ervine, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Garrett Long, and more.

    Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $18, Student and Senior tickets are $15, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

    The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net. 

    For more information, visit www.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.

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    USAC WEST 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Jake Swanson.

    HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 9-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

    USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-317, 2. Jake Swanson-272, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-241, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-216, 5. Geoff Ensign-172, 6. Tristan Guardino-164, 7. Tye Mihocko-158, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Austin Liggett-138, 10. Cody Majors-137, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-132, --. Stevie Sussex-132, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 15. R.J. Johnson-106, 16. Jeff Sibley-103, 17. Jay Ervine-97, 18. Shon Deskins-96, 19. Brady Short-95, --. Ryan Timmons-95.

    2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

    DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

    March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)

    April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

    June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)

    June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

    July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

    July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA

    July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

    August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)

    October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)

    November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

    November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

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    * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.

    This schedule is subject to change.



  • STEVIE SUSSEX TRIUMPHS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
    #21AZ Stevie Sussex

     

    SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway 

    FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

    SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Matt Lundy #98 Lundy). NT

    THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 5. Mike Woodruff (#83 Woodruff). 6. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

    FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Landon Cling, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Joe Scheopner, 13. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Nick Aiuto, 16. Larry Kesterson, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Jonas Reynolds, 19. Michael Woodruff. NT

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    **Lowery flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Davis, Laps 24-30 Sussex.

    HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (9th to 1st)

    NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-278, 2-Johnson-249, 3-Davis-237, 4-Deskins-224, 5-Cling-190, 6-Dave Darland-169, 7-Ryan Bernal-160, 8-Brady Bacon-148, 9-Martin-142, 10-Aiuto-134.

    NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Showdown at Canyon”



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