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Ronnie Gardner Scores Win #20 at Bakersfield

March 22nd, 2017

Slipping past Nic Faas on lap six, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) claimed last Saturday’s season opener at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the $1,200 win after starting seventh was his twentieth career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory. Cory Elliott, Faas, Frankie Guerrini and Terry Nichols followed the four-time and defending champion to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Pac Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Ronnie Gardner moves into fourth on the series win list behind Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, and Billy Boat. Gardner earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the twenty-three car roster and placed third in his heat race. Heading to Placerville on March 29th, Ronnie holds a three point lead over the competition.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night and finished second in front of his hometown fans. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified third overall and won the 8-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The 2015 Rookie of the Year heads to the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” ranked second in points.

After leading the first five laps, Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) settled for third in the Bakersfield main event. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 with a late surge over Randi Pankratz. The 2008 Champion and Rookie of the year left Bakersfield sitting third in the point chase.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini qualified eighteenth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former BCRA Champion heads to Placerville Speedway ranked fourth in the championship points.

“The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols had trouble in time trials, placing twenty-third and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year left Bakersfield sitting fifth in the chase for the championship.

Rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #33 Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel was nineteenth quick in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The micro sprint veteran ranks ninth in the point standings.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified seventh overall and placed eleventh in his heat race. The RMMRA feature winner heads to Placerville sitting eleventh in the point chase.

On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Placerville Speedway for the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California, the event also features the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Ronnie Gardner is back on Top at Bakersfield

November 23rd, 2016

Charging from sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sliced his way past Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 and claimed last Saturday’s win at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap victory was his sixth triumph of the campaign. Guerrini, hard charger Chad Boat, Cory Elliott, and Courtney Crone followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner nearly swept the Bakersfield show and has a lock on his fourth straight title. Scoring his fifth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, Ronnie bested the eighteen car field and ran second to Chad Boat in his heat race. eading to Thursday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura, Gardner has 155-point lead on the strength of eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) led the first twenty laps but had to settle for second. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / David Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was eighth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Last year’s BCRA Champion left Bakersfield ranked fourth in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

Primarily running the outside line, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from ninth. Racing the Tucker/Boat Motorsports owned #84 Pristine Auction / K&C Drywall Spike, Boat qualified seventh overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Tuning up for Turkey Night, the National Series driver is twenty-eighth in western points with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night in front of his hometown fans and scored fourth. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was second fast in time trials and ran second to Michael Faccinto in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point standings with five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) continues to impress with a fifth place run at Bakersfield Speedway. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified third overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. At press time, the leading rookie contender is fifth in points with one heat race victory, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) raced to victory in the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth quick in time trials and was running second in the feature before a lost muffler resulted in a twelfth place run. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner is second in the point chase with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season.

On Thursday, November 24th, the USAC Western States Midgets will close out their season at Ventura Raceway for the “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the event is co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets and will also feature the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Ronnie Gardner Leads USAC Western States Midgets to Bakersfield

November 18th, 2016

This Saturday, November 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their last of three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the thirteenth point race will also showcase Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stocks, American Stocks, and Mini Dwarfs. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm 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: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15″ long x 6″ diameter x 3″ inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 104 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Ronnie Gardner won the April 30th event and Michael Faccinto scored the June 4th triumph. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

With two races remaining, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) and holds a 121-point advantage over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran second to Robby Josett at Ventura on October 29th. To date, the three-time champion has posted five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. Currently tied with Page Jones with sixteen triumphs, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Bakersfield victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the USAC Western States point standings. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran fifth at the Ventura show on October 29th. At press time, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the year. Michael has four USAC wins and will have his sights on the Saturday night triumph and keeping his championship hopes alive.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) has climbed to third in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from eighth to score third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Cory will be looking to earn his second USAC triumph in front of his hometown fans.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini flipped in his Ventura heat race and did not start the main event. At press time, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. At Bakersfield, Frankie will have his sights on moving up the standings by claiming the second USAC victory of his career.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the Western Midget point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored ninth at the Ventura Raceway feature. To date, the Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion has posted two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the leading rookie contender will be looking to breakthrough and claim her first series triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Ashley Hazelton, Chad Boat, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Michael Faccinto Wins Battle at Bakersfield

June 9th, 2016

MICHAEL FACCINTO WINS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

JUNE 6, 2016… After temperatures reached over 100 degrees, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Leading all 30-laps, Faccinto scored the third series main event triumph of his career. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, Cory Elliott, and Tyler Dolacki rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ owned #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Michael Faccinto faced heavy pressure from Gardner for the top spot as track conditions changed. Continuing to hit his marks on the Bakersfield clay, Faccinto took the checkered flags with Gardner right on his heels. Earlier in the program, Michael qualified fifth overall out of twenty racers and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The second generation driver left Bakersfield ranked second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) finished a very close second to Faccinto at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner claimed his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Heading to Hanford on June 25th, the three-time champion has a 30-point lead with three feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the year.

“The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) scored third in the 30-lap main event. Driving Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, Hagen was fourth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The former USAC National Midget Champion has climbed to ninth in the point standings with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish to his credit.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at this hometown racetrack. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified second overall and ran second to Faccinto in his heat race. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) raced to fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was fifteenth fast in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The young driver heads to Hanford sitting fifth in points with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from thirteenth. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified seventh overall and ran fifth in her heat race. To date, the rookie contender is eleventh in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) drive to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was sixth quick in time trials and finished ninth in the main event. Sean left his “home track” placed third in the point standings with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Ronnie Gardner is Back on Top at Bakersfield

May 4th, 2016

Taking advantage of Michael Faccinto’s contact with a lapped car, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) led the final three laps to claim Saturday’s main event at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, it was his second USAC Western States Midget victory of the campaign and the fifteenth of his career. Fast qualifier Faccinto, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, and hard charger Tyler Dolacki chased the three-time champion to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner qualified second out of twenty-five racers and won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. After starting fifth in the feature, Ronnie has moved to ninth in series wins and left Bakersfield with an 18-point advantage.

After starting third and leading the first twenty-seven laps, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) had to settle for second at Bakersfield. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto held off “The Hawk” Darren Hagen early in the race and held the top spot until Gardner slipped by. Earlier in the program, Michael earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Sean Dodenhoff in his heat race. Heading to Ventura on May 21st, Faccinto is second in the chase for the championship.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) had one of his best nights with a third place finish from eighth. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has climbed to fifth in the point standings.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored fourth in the Bakersfield 30-lap main event. Racing the Schutte/McElwee owned #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified ninth overall and ran second to Darren Hagen in his heat race. The 2010 Champion left “The West’s fastest 1/3-mile oval” sitting eleventh in the point chase.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) earned his second Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was eighth fast in time trials and scored fifth in his heat race. Entering the third point race, the young driver ranks sixth in the championship points.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff qualified tenth overall and placed seventh in the main event. Sean left his hometown track sitting third in the USAC Western Midget standings.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. The 2012 USAC National Midget Champion was third quick in time trials and scored nineteenth after an early tangle knocked him out of contention. Hagen is currently twenty-sixth in the championship point chase.

With twenty-five cars on hand, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) claimed the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified fourteenth overall, ran sixth in his heat race, and charged to ninth in the feature from sixteenth. Last year’s BCRA Midget Champion left Bakersfield Speedway ranked eighth in USAC Western Midget points.

On Saturday, May 21st, the USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action at Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the date will also showcase Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, and Go-Karts. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

USAC Western States Midgets Headline Bakersfield Action

April 29th, 2016

After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “Autism Awareness Night” will also feature the new USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, H&S Body Works Hobby Stocks, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm 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: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15″ long x 6″ diameter x 3″ inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory as Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte won last year’s events. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

After rain washed out the April 9th date at Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Placerville season opener on March 23rd. The 3-time champion is tied with Garrett Hansen for ninth in series history with fourteen wins and will be looking to add another Bakersfield trophy to his collection.

Entering the second point race, Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic led nine laps at Placerville before scoring second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will join Saturday’s action.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) is currently third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson finished third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second USAC victory at Bakersfield.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps before scoring fourth at the “Placerville Short Track Showdown.” Sean will have his sights on earning his first USAC main event win at his hometown track.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the championship standings. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking to celebrate a Bakersfield win on Saturday.

Currently nineteenth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Nate Waite, Tyler Walker, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Alex Schutte Scores Photo Finish Victory at Bakersfield

September 26th, 2015

Starting third, Alex Schutte of Redding, California led all 30 laps to earn his first Honda USAC Western Midget win of the campaign. Last Saturday’s $1,000 victory at Bakersfield Speedway was his third career triumph and the site of his first win on August 29, 2009. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Shannon McQueen, J.J. Ercse, and Cory Elliott followed the 2010 Champion to the checkered flags.

While on paper it may look like an easy win for Schutte, but that is hardly the case. Racing from sixth, Gardner had a late race surge that just fell short at the finish line. While Alex and his crew celebrated the dramatic victory, Ronnie and his team continued their bid for a third straight championship.

Taking a break from his NASCAR K&N schedule, Alex Schutte piloted the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike to sixth quick out of eleven racers. Prior to the main event, Alex also won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2, his first 8-lap win of the season.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner gave a valiant effort but had to settle for second at Bakersfield. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner earned his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, scored third in his heat race, and was the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger.” The defending champion head to Hanford with a 170-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led.

Bakersfield, California’s Shannon McQueen had a solid night at her hometown track with a third place run from fifth. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen qualified second overall and placed third in her heat race. The 2012 Champion has climbed to second in the point chase with one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led to her credit.

Making his first start of the year, J.J. Ercse of Lakewood, California scored fourth in the Bakersfield feature. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7M Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Ercse was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Terry Nichols in his heat race. The former USAC TQ Midget Champion has found a ride for the Chili Bowl and is looking for sponsors.

Bakersfield, California’s Cory Elliott started eighth in the 30-lap feature and claimed fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified tenth overall and ran fourth in his heat race. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols of Delano, California won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was ninth quick in time trials and scored sixth in the main event. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford ranked fourth in the standings with three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes.

On October 3rd, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will travel to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The action packed card will also feature the USAC West Coast and winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, 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 on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

USAC Western Midgets Clash at Bakersfield Saturday

September 19th, 2015

After completing their “1st Annual California Midget Week,” the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will head to Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, September 19th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the tenth point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars, and Ignite Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 6:00pm 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.

Saturday’s event will mark the 102nd appearance of the USAC Western Midgets at the Bakersfield clay oval. On July 3, 1987, P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory and Ronnie Gardner won the season opener on March 21st. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield main event wins, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). On June 21, 1997, Ricky Shelton set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339 on his way to the series championship.

Heading to Bakersfield, Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California has a stout 109-point advantage. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Bakersfield season opener and the July 3rd “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart for tenth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking for his fourteenth career victory.

Covina, California’s Cody Swanson is second in the USAC Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson led fifteen laps at Santa Maria last Saturday before engine problems ended his night. The former VRA Midget Champion earned his first USAC victory at Bakersfield on March 30, 2013 and may miss Saturday’s race.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen finished sixth at Santa Maria Raceway. The 2012 Champion will have former USAC TQ Champion J.J. Ercse as a teammate as she looks for her first hometown win.

Delano, California’s “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols scored eighth in Santa Maria’s “Midget Week” finale. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first Midget feature win at Bakersfield.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently fifth in the series point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham claimed fifth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10th. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has three USAC Western Midget wins in his career as he looks for his first triumph of 2015.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, Brian Gard, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Sean Dodenhoff, Steve Davis, David Prickett, Nate Waite, J.J. Ercse, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, 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 on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).

Ryan Bernal Continues Winning Ways in Bakersfield

April 9th, 2015

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Taking the lead from “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on lap six, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal streaked to the feature win at Bakersfield Speedway. By scoring his fifth USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season, Bernal extended his points lead heading to Saturday’s return to Santa Maria. Jace Vander Weerd, Faria, Troy Rutherford, and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman rounded out the top-five competitors.

Starting fourth in Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal earned his third straight victory and leads the series with twenty-five career wins. The two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion began the evening by qualifying fourth out of the twenty-seven racers in the pit area and ran second to Vander Weerd in his heat race. Bernal left Bakersfield with a twenty-three point advantage with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led to his credit.

Racing from the ninth starting spot, Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia claimed second in the Bakersfield feature. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was tenth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Muffler’s Heat Race #1. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is third in the point chase with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and five top-10 finishes on the season.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. led the first five laps before taking third at the checkered flags. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria qualified sixth overall and placed third in his heat race. Heading to Santa Maria, the 2013 Champion is second in the standings with one high point driver award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps in the campaign.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai made his second start of the year and claimed fourth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #11 AAA Propane / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford was fifth quick in time trials and scored fourth in his heat race. Running a limited schedule, the former VRA Champion is sixteenth in championship points with one top-10 finish on the year.

Ventura’s Cory Kruseman returned to USAC West Coast action and scored fifth at Bakersfield. Driving his #21K Lucas Oil / Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School Spike, Kruseman qualified eighth overall and ran second to Richard Vander Weerd in his heat race. The former USAC/CRA, SCRA, NWWC, and USAC Western Midget Champion is tied for twenty-seventh in points.

“Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale earned the night’s Diversified Machine Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from twenty-second. Piloting the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst was twenty-sixth in time trials, ran sixth in his heat race, and placed fourth in the semi-main. The 2013 Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes and 5 feature laps led.

Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award at Bakersfield. Racing his #42N Haidlen Ford / A&A Cattle Spike, Sibley took sixth in his heat race, finished third in the semi-main, and ran fifteenth in the main event. Gaining valuable experience, Jeff is currently eleventh in the West Coast point standings.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified second overall and rebounded from an early spin to claim eighth in the main event. Heading to Santa Maria, the 2011 Champion sits fourth in points with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year.

Making his second start behind the wheel of Doug Shanoian’s #17 Unsponsored Maxim, Stockton’s Johnathon Henry won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Henry placed fifteenth quick in time trials and scored tenth in the 30-lap main event. The versatile driver left Bakersfield ranked seventeenth in points with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Tristan Guardino of Fremont claimed his first USAC West Coast checkered flags by winning the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino qualified twentieth overall, was fifth in his heat race, and claimed sixteenth in the main event. The rookie contender has climbed to tenth in the standings with one top-10 finish in 2015.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action this Saturday, April 11th, at Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, California. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the event will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, American Stocks, and Sport Mods. For more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360). Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Western Midgets Eye Tulare May 2; Gardner Takes Bakersfield 20 Lapper

March 27th, 2015

The Honda USAC Western Midgets are idle until May 2 when they return to competition at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Defending series champion Ronnie Gardner will lead the series to the 3/8-mile dirt oval as the 2015 leader after his series-opening victory last Saturday at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., led the final five laps of Saturday’s Bakersfield feature in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger to beat Trey Marcham, Scott Pierovich, David Prickett and Randi Pankratz.

Marcham, the 2014 series runner-up, led the first 15 laps of the Bakersfield feature. Marcham grabbed the checkered flag to win last year’s Western Midget race at Tulare.

Bakersfield Hosts 33rd Honda USAC Western Midget Season Opener

March 18th, 2015

PHOENIX, AZ –This Saturday, March 21st, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will open their 33rd season at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the action packed card will also feature SportMods, American Stocks, California Lightning Sprints, RaceSaver Sprints, and Ignite Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 6:00pm 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.

Saturday’s event will mark the 101st appearance of the USAC Western Midgets at the Bakersfield clay oval. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory on July 3, 1987 and Trey Marcham has won the last two shows. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight main event wins at Bakersfield, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). On June 21, 1997, Ricky Shelton set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339 on his way to the series championship.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California earned his second overall and dirt USAC Western Midget Championships in 2014. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner had two feature wins, four fast time awards, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 83 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Ronnie will be looking to begin his championship bid with his twelfth career USAC Western Midget victory.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham finished second in the dirt and combined dirt/pavement standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham closed out 2014 with three feature wins, two fast time awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led to his credit. After a successful sophomore season, Trey will have his sights on his earning his fourth career series win this Saturday night.

Jarid Blondel of Orange, California earned Rookie of the Year honors after ranking third in the dirt overall series points. Driving his #98 G&J Aircraft / Repair Service Edmunds, Blondel had one hard charger award and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. Jarid will be looking to move up the ranks with his first series win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Redding, California’s Alex Schutte placed fourth in the dirt and overall point standings. Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Alex recorded two heat race victories and six top-10 finishes in 2014. This Saturday, the 2010 Champion will have his sights on his third career USAC Western Midget triumph.

Chad Nichols of Colma, California scored fifth in the overall points, placed nineteenth in the dirt series, and won his third straight pavement championship. Racing his #17 Spike Chassis / Finishline Construction Spike on dirt, Nichols earned one feature win, three fast time awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led in 2014. With seven career USAC Western Midget wins on pavement, Nichols will be looking to win his first dirt victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Scott Pierovich, Nick Chivello, Sean Dodenhoff, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Johnathon Henry, Tyler Dolacki, Ricky Shelton, Barry Pries Jr., Terry Nichols, Brian Gard, Randi Pankratz, Danny Ebberts, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, 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 on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 21: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 30: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (John Soares Classic)
September 5: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CaliforniaMidget Week)
September 6: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CaliforniaMidget Week)
September 10: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race Of Champions /California Midget Week)
September 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (California Midget Week)
September 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
November 27: # Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

Gardner Seeks 3rd Straight Title as Western Midgets open at Bakersfield Saturday

March 17th, 2015

GARDNER SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT TITLE AS WESTERN MIDGETS OPEN AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts the 2015 Honda USAC Western Midget Series opener Saturday night as defending two-time champion Ronnie Gardner seeks a third consecutive series title.

Gardner hopes to be the first driver to claim a third consecutive championship since Sleepy Tripp achieved the feat in 1990-1991-1992.

Trey Marcham, who finished second in last year’s standings, has won the last two features at Bakersfield, taking both races in 2014. Gardner won one of the two races there in 2013.

The race is the first of two for the Western Midgets at the one-third mile Bakersfield dirt. The series returns there September 19.

Trey Marcham Returns to Bakersfield Victory Circle

September 28th, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Continuing his impressive sophomore campaign, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham earned the Saturday night victory at Bakersfield Speedway. Taking the lead from Alex Schutte on lap ten, last season’s Rookie of the Year claimed his third Honda USAC Western Midget Series triumph of 2014. Ronnie Gardner, Sean Dodenhoff, Jonathon Henry, and Schutte followed Marcham to the checkered flags.

Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Trey Marcham qualified tenth out of the twenty racers at Bakersfield and ran third in his heat race. To date, Marcham is second in both the dirt and overall standings with two VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led to his credit.

Continuing his bid for a second title, Ronnie Gardner of Norco ran second at Bakersfield Speedway. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner was second fast in time trials and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Currently first in the dirt and overall point chase, Ronnie has a 36-point advantage with two feature wins, four VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 83 feature laps led.

Bakersfield’s Sean Dodenhoff took third at his hometown racetrack. Racing his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff qualified seventh overall and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. To date, Sean has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year.

Johnathon Henry of Stockton placed fourth in the 30-lap feature. Racing Chad Nichols’ #17 Spike Chassis / Finishline Construction Spike, Henry was credited with eighteenth fast in time trials and ran second to Kyle Smith in his heat race. Running a limited schedule, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Redding’s Alex Schutte led the first nine laps of the main event before scoring fifth at the checkered flags. Driving the Schutte / McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race. To date, the former champion is third in the dirt series and fourth in the overall points with two heat race victories and six top-10 finishes in the campaign.

David Prickett of Fresno earned his first VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Award of 2014. Piloting Gary Conterno’s #55X Terno Products & Manufacturing / Western Performance Parts Spike, Prickett was fourth in his heat race and scored thirteenth in the Bakersfield feature.

Moorpark’s Kyle Smith returned to USAC Competition and won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #55 Agromin Soil / Waste Management Stealth, Smith qualified twelfth overall and placed seventh in the main event.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series will take a break, before returning to action on November 20th for the 3-day “47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. Co-sanctioned with the Honda USAC National Midgets, the events will also showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, and VanLare Steering Repair 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 on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).

Honda USAC Western Midgets Invade Bakersfield This Saturday

September 18th, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ – This Saturday, September 20th, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will invade Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California for the final time in 2014. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “Monster Energy Recycling Night” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, Hard Tops, and Ignite Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 6:00pm 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.

Saturday’s event will mark the 100th appearance of the USAC Western Midgets at the Bakersfield clay oval. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory on July 3, 1987 and Trey Marcham joined the winner’s list on May 3rd. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight main event wins at Bakersfield, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). On June 21, 1997, Ricky Shelton set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339 on his way to the series championship.

Heading to Bakersfield, Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California leads both the dirt and overall point standings. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner set a new track record at Chico on September 4th and claimed seventh in the feature. To date, the defending champion has two feature wins, four VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 83 feature laps led. Ronnie will be looking to extend his point lead by earning his twelfth career series win this Saturday night.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham is second in the dirt series and third in the combined dirt/pavement standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham led the first fourteen laps at Chico before finishing second to Brian Gard. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, two VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eight op-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led to his credit. Trey will have his sights on regaining the point lead by adding another win at Bakersfield Speedway to his resume.

After charging from twenty-first to eighth at Silver Dollar Speedway, Alex Schutte of Redding, California ranks third in the dirt points and fifth in the overall series. Currently, the driver of the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike has two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes on the season. On Saturday, the 2010 Champion will have his sights on his first main event win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Orange, California’s Jarid Blondel ranks fourth in the dirt series and second in the combined dirt/pavement points. Racing his #98 G&J Aircraft / Repair Service Edmunds, Blondel has one hard charger award and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. The leading rookie contender will be looking for a breakthrough win at the 1/3-mile clay oval.

Scott Pierovich of Alamo, California sits fifth in the dirt points and sixth in the overall series. Piloting the family owned #35 Mid-Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike, Pierovich did not compete during the “Gold Cup Race of Champions” at Chico. To date, the veteran driver has one VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. At Bakersfield, Scott will have his sights on claiming his fourth career USAC Western Midget feature win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Sean Dodenhoff, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Chad Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Nick Chivello, Ricky Shelton, Johnathon Henry, Terry Nichols, Brian Gard, Randi Pankratz, Danny Ebberts, and more.

While Jarid Blondel leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Barry Pries Jr. of Discovery Bay, California is also in contention. Pries is currently ranked nineteenth in the dirt standings and twentieth in the overall points.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, and VanLare Steering Repair 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 on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).

Western Dirt Midgets Hit Bakersfield Saturday

September 17th, 2014

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts this Saturday night’s Honda USAC Western Midget Series race as point leader Ronnie Gardner tries to take another step toward repeating his 2013 championship.

Gardner leads Trey Marcham by 40 points in the dirt standings and has a 30-point lead over Jarid Blondel in the overall points. Marcham won the race held at Bakersfield in May.

Chad Nichols of Colma, Calif. passed Jerome Rodela on the final lap to win Saturday night’s 30-lap “Harvest Classic” feature at Madera Speedway. The victory closed out Nichols’ drive to the Honda USAC Western Pavement Midget championship.

Rodela led the first 29 laps and finished second ahead of Nick Chivello, David Goodwill and Jarid Blondel.

Troy Rutherford Wins Thriller at Bakersfield

March 26th, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, CA –With numerous changes for the lead, Ojai’s Troy Rutherford out-dueled Nic Faas in the final laps to claim Saturday’s victory at Bakersfield Speedway. The $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph was Rutherford’s second career series win as the group returns to action this Saturday at Hanford’s Kings Speedway. Faas, Markus Niemela, Danny Faria Jr., and new track record holder Jace Vander Weerd followed Rutherford to the checkered flags.

Austin Liggett, the point leader entering the night, led the first five laps of the main event from the pole position. A hard charging Markus Niemela took over and set the pace until lap seventeen. Nic Faas took advantage of a restart to power past his JFM teammate until Troy Rutherford took over on lap twenty-seven. Faas regrouped and powered to the lead on lap white flag lap. From there, the two veteran drivers raced even harder and it was Rutherford’s night at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

In the three point races to date, Troy Rutherford become the third different winner of the campaign. Racing the #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane Maxim, the former VRA Champion earned the first USAC West Coast feature win for car owner Steve Watt. Qualifying fourth out of the twenty-three racers in attendance, Troy was one of five drivers to break Markus Niemela’s one year old track record. Rutherford placed third in his heat race and would leave Bakersfield ranked second in the point standings.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach was close to winning his first USAC West Coast main event, but had to settle for second at Bakersfield. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas officially led ten laps of the main event as he raced back and forth with Rutherford. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year was third fast in time trials, took second in his heat race, and sits ninth in the point chase.

Also looking for his first series win, Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela scored third in the Bakersfield thriller. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Niemela qualified fifth overall and ran fourth in his heat race. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year led twelve laps of the main event and has taken over the point lead heading to Hanford.

For the second race in a row, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. The pilot of Junior Bowman’s #2 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Bullet came home fourth after starting fourteenth in the feature. The defending champion was fourteenth quick in time trials, won the Deist Safety Heat Race #2, and has climbed to fourth in the standings.

Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd scored fifth in a photo finish with Faria after restarting at the back of the field. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and set a new track record. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year ran fourth in his heat race and has risen to third in the West Coast point standings.

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile claimed victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #51 SouthWest Contractors / Taylor Excavation Bullet, Carlile qualified sixteenth overall and scored eighteenth in the feature after a flip ended his night. Rusty walked away uninjured and the former Cotton Classic Champion left his hometown track thirteenth in the point chase. Riverdale’s “Shifter” Landon Hurst won the night’s Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst was ninth fast in time trials and claimed seventh in the main event after starting ninth. Last season’s Rookie of the Year sits tenth in point standings heading to Kings Speedway.

Despite several caution flags, the surface of the Bakersfield Speedway remained tacky throughout the program. On lap eleven of the feature, third place Austin Liggett flipped his machine and there was a lengthy delay as safety crews attended to the young racer. Liggett was taken to a local hospital for observation and he is reported to be ok and plans to race at Hanford. Seth Hancock crashed during hotlaps and was unable to continue. Hancock also went to the hospital for observation and is reported to be recovering from a concussion.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will invade Hanford’s Kings Speedway this Saturday, March 29th, for the “Gary Jacob Memorial.” The event will also feature the West Coast Late Models, IMCA Sport Mods, 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.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 29: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway – Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win /Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)

West Coast Sprints Eye March 22nd at Bakersfield

March 17th, 2014

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts the next USAC West Coast Sprint race March 22. Austin Liggett will take a four-point lead over Markus Niemela into the race.

Liggett finished eighth in Friday night’s 30-lap race at Tulare (Calif.) Thunderbowl Raceway, a race won by Dennis Howell.

Howell, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., earned his initial series victory at Tulare, beating Richard and Jace Vander Weerd to the
checkered flag in one of the most exciting races in series history. Howell officially led all 30 laps although he withstood strong
challenges in the closing laps from both Vander Weerds.

Howell, who became the second driver to score his initial series win this year, piloted the San Pedro Auto Body/Howell Meyer Racing Maxim/SRE to the win. Defending series champion Danny Faria Jr. finished fourth ahead of fifth-place finisher Bud Kaeding.

Honda USAC Western Midgets Battle at Bakersfield Saturday

September 20th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, September 21st, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series their final appearance of the year at Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway. The showcase will also include the Honda USAC Western Ignite Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Vintage Hard Tops. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

Saturday’s event will mark the 95th appearance of the USAC Western Midgets at the Bakersfield clay oval. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural race on July 3, 1987 and since then, Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield victories. On March 30th, Cody Swanson added his name to the winner’s list by scoring the 30-lap feature win.

Heading to Bakersfield, Norco’s Ronnie Gardner leads both the overall and dirt series point standings. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner claimed his sixth win of the campaign at Chico on September 5th. In addition, the 2011 Most Improved Driver with USAC/CRA has four fast time awards, two heat race victories, one heat race victory, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 123 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with a victory at Bakersfield.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim is second in both the overall and dirt championship points. Piloting the Van Dyne / Swanson owned #05 Ram Bull Racing / Goodwine Glass Edmunds, Jake ran second to Gardner at Silver Dollar Speedway. To date, the May 11th Santa Maria winner has one fast time award, four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led in 2013. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to gain valuable points with a Bakersfield feature win.

On the strength of his fifth place run on the Madera pavement last Saturday, Alamo’s Scott Pierovich has vaulted to third in the overall point chase. Driving the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike, Pierovich is currently sixth in the dirt series. The veteran driver has yet to win a USAC main event this year, but has one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season. At Bakersfield, Scott will have his sights on his fourth career USAC Western Midget victory.

David Prickett of Fresno is fourth in overall standings and third in the dirt series point chase. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett ran eleventh in Chico’s “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories.” To date, last year’s Dirt Series Champion has yet to win a USAC feature in 2013, but has one fast time award, five heat race victories, one semi-main win, and seven top-10 finishes. On Saturday, David will have his sights on adding a Bakersfield main event trophy to his collection.

After running second last Saturday at Madera, Manteca’s Nick Chivello has climbed to fifth in the overall point standings. Piloting the family owned #27 Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts / Red Top Electric Spike, Chivello is also eighteenth in the dirt series. Currently, the hard charger has three feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led on the season. Nick will be looking to claim his first dirt win of the year at Bakersfield Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Johnathon Henry, Kyle Edwards, Terry Nichols, Trey Marcham, Alex Schutte, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets are $5, and Children’s tickets (5and under) are FREE. The Pit Gate will open at 2:00pm and for event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call (661) 393-3373.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).

Danny Faria Jr. Sprints to Bakersfield Victory

September 12th, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, CA – After a break in the schedule, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. continued his winning ways at Bakersfield Speedway. Leading all 30-laps, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader claimed his second $1,500 win of the campaign. Bud Kaeding, fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd and Mike Spencer followed Danny to the checkered flags.

Starting on the pole position, Faria hit his marks throughout the Bakersfield main event. Preferring to run the bottom groove, “Hollywood” also had excellent restarts after each caution flag. With a changing track surface, Danny was able to shake free from the challenges of Austin Liggett, Brody Roa and Bud Kaeding.

Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. almost swept the Bakersfield program. Qualifying eighth out of 20 cars, the Evett Memorial Champion won the 8-lap D.J. Safety Heat Race #2 and scored his third Woodland Auto Display Dash victory. “Hollywood” left Bakersfield with a 44 point lead with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell raced to second in the Bakersfield feature after starting fifth. Driving Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the defending champion was second fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and fifth in the dash. The 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has taken over second in the point chase with three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Starting seventh in the main event, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd placed third in the 30-lap main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, the 2011 Champion earned his series leading fourth Weld Racing Fast Time Award, ran fourth in his heat race, and claimed seventh in the dash. Now third in the standings, Vander Weerd has four main event wins, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia claimed fourth at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year qualified third, ran fourth in his heat race, and was eighth in the dash. To date, Vander Weerd is seventh in points with three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and seven top-10 finishes on the year.

Making a rare USAC West Coast appearance, Temecula’s Mike Spencer scored fifth in the Bakersfield feature. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7M Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion was sixth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and second in the dash.

Chris Gansen of Verdemont Heights earned the BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from twentieth. Racing the family owned #7G Trench Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, Gansen missed time trials and was sixth in his heat race. Running a limited schedule, Chris has one top-10 finish in 2013.

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the former VRA Champion qualified tenth overall and scored fifteenth in the feature after his second stop. In limited starts, Rutherford has one feature win, as 28 feature laps led, two top-10 finishes, and one Weld Racing Fast Time Award on the season.

“The Wild Child” Chris Ennis of Bakersfield drove to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving his new #86 Spy Optics / Bell Helmets Spike, Ennis was twelfth quick in time trials and placed tenth in the main event. The 2010 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will prepare for a rare Hanford-Tulare doubleheader. On September 20th, Kings Speedway will host the “Jim Turner Memorial” on a rare Friday night show with Rebel Cup Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, and Vintage Cars. More information can be found at www.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The following night, September 21st, the “Harry Talbot Memorial” will be held at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The winged King of the West Sprint Cars and Vintage Hard Tops will join the action packed card. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call (559) 688-0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Danny Faria Jr. Leads USAC West Coast Sprits to Bakersfield

September 6th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their final appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. The Saturday, September 7th, event will also feature the popular Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

In the five year history of the West Coast Sprint Car Series, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted nine events with the traditional sprint cars. Davey Pombo won the first of three main events on April 25, 2009 and other Bakersfield winners are Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Richard Vander Weerd, and Ryan Bernal. Vander Weerd won the March 23rd feature and Bernal claimed victory on April 27th.

After winning the August 3rd “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has a 21 point lead over the competition. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, “Hollywood” and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking extend their point lead by adding Bakersfield to their win list.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is second in the point standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bernal scored fifth at Hanford after starting twenty-third. To date, the 2-time Santa Maria track champion has five main event wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led. Ryan has parted ways with the Josh Ford Motorsports team and may miss the action at Bakersfield.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding sits third in the championship points. Racing Junior Bowman’s
#29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the defending champion
ran third in the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Kaeding has yet to score a West Coast victory
in 2013, but has three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins,
thirteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led to his credit. Bud won last
Saturday’s $7,500 USAC/CRA “Vermeil Classic” opener at Calistoga and will be looking
to add Saturday’s trophy to his collection.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia is fourth in the West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard set fast time and ran second at the “Evett Memorial” after starting fourteenth. The 2011 Champion has four main event wins, three Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rode End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led. Vander Weerd won at Bakersfield in his first start at the 1/3-mile facility and will have his sights on another feature win.

Sitting fifth in the USAC West Coast standings is Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Maxim, Niemela was second quick and scored sixteenth at Kings Speedway. The hard charging driver has yet to win a feature this season, but has two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, eight top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led. Niemela has returned to his native Finland and may miss the Bakersfield event.

Currently twelfth in the point standings, Landon Hurst of Riverdale leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley, Terra Bella’s Trent Carter, Springville’s Seth Hancock, and Garrett Long of Springville are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jace Vander Weerd, 2012 Rookie of the Year Austin Liggett, Marty Hawkins, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, Andy Ferris, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Kolby Araki, Jonathan Logan, Don Gansen, Chris Gansen, Terry Nichols, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets (12-6) are $5, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s
website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call (661) 393-3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

New Podium at Bakersfield Saturday

September 4th, 2013

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night and three drivers will try to make sure the podium resembles the previous two outings at the 3/8-mile dirt oval so far this year.

Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding and Richard Vander Weerd claimed the podium spots on both occasions but series point leader Danny Faria Jr., with a fourth and a seventh in his two Bakersfield starts, hopes to change that Saturday.

Bernal and Vander Weerd switched victories and runner-up finishes in the March and April races, while Kaeding was third in both. Bernal trails Faria in the latest standings by 21 points, with Kaeding 45 out of the lead and Vander Weerd seven behind Kaeding.

Bernal is coming off his two worst showings in the 2013 series, a fifth and 21st in his last two outings after recording line straight podiums to start the season. He has five wins, compared to Vander Weerd’s four. Kaeding is seeking his first this year, while Faria’s first came in the most recent race at Hanford.

USAC Western Midgets Invade Bakersfield Saturday

March 29th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, March 30th, the USAC Western Midget Series will make their first appearance of the year at Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway. The “Jack FM Night at the Races” will also feature the popular Sport Mods, Mini Stocks and NMRA TQ Midgets. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

After winning both nights of the “Copper On Dirt” at Canyon Speedway Park, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana leads the point standings. Piloting the #39 CTR/BCI/Curb/Agajanian Spike, Clauson has five career series wins with two heat race
victories and 31 feature laps led in the campaign. The USAC National Sprint Car Champion has returned to the Midwest and will miss Saturday’s action.

Kingsburg’s Kody Swanson is second in the point chase. Driving Bob Rosen’s #4 Espresso Beast, Swanson claimed last Saturday’s pavement victory at Madera. With seven career feature wins, Kody has two top-10 finishes and 41 feature laps led on the season. Swanson will be looking to score the Bakersfield triumph on Saturday.

Rico Abreu of Rutherford sits third in the championship points. The pilot of the Keith Kunz Motorsports’ #67 Toyota TRD Bullet did not compete at Madera, but scored fifth and second at Canyon. Abreu has one career USAC Western Midget victory to his credit with one fast time award in 2013. Rico is scheduled to miss Bakersfield to race a winged 360 Sprint Car in Northern California.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell is fourth in the standings. Like Abreu, the driver of the Keith Kunz Motorsports’ #71K Toyota TRD Bullet did not compete at Madera, but had a fast time award and claimed fourth and third at the “Copper On
Dirt.” Bell will skip Bakersfield to race a non-wing Sprint Car in Brownstown, Indiana.

Scott Pierovich of Alamo is fifth in the points. Racing the family owned #35 Mid-Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike, Pierovich was not at Madera, but scored eighth and seventh at Canyon. The veteran driver has three career feature wins to go with
one heat race victory in the campaign. Scott will have his sights on the Bakersfield main event win on Saturday.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Ronnie Gardner, David Prickett, Ryan Bernal, Nick Chivello, Shannon McQueen, Troy Rutherford, Robby Josett, Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Rick Hendrix, Richard Vander Weerd, and many more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets are $5, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. The Pit Gate will open at 2:00pm and for event information,
visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call (661) 393-3373.

For more information on the USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).

USAC West Coast Sprints Clash at Bakersfield Saturday

March 23rd, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday, March 23rd, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will battle at Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway. The action packed “KUZZ Night at the Races” will also feature the popular Hobby Stocks and American Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”

Since 2009, the Bakersfield oval has featured seven West Coast Sprint Car races and Davey Pombo has enjoyed the most success with three victories. Last March, Bud Kaeding joined Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, and Ricky Kirkbride as main event winners at the 1/3-mile facility.

Heading into Saturday’s showcase, Ryan Bernal of Hollister sits atop the point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Ryan scored both main event wins at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The former Rookie of the Year swept the Saturday program and has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, four top-five finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the year. Bernal will have his sights on adding Bakersfield to his win list on Saturday.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is second in the championship points. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Kaeding earned two third place finishes at Tulare. To date, the defending series champion has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and four top-10 finishes on the year. Bud will be looking to gain valuable points with a Bakersfield triumph.

After two fifth place runs at Tulare, Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia is third in the point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory in 2013. On Saturday, Vander Weerd will be making his first Bakersfield start and will be looking to claim the billet trophy.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. is currently fourth in the standings. Racing a brand new #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, “Hollywood” claimed a fourth and sixth place finish at Tulare. With veteran Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner turning the wrenches, Faria has his sights on a championship run and Saturday’s victory at Bakersfield.

Sitting fifth in the points is Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard scored fifteenth and second at Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, Vander Weerd has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Like his twin brother Jace, the 2011 Champion will make his first Bakersfield start and will be looking to claim the $1,500 victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Markus Niemela, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Rookie Contender Landon Hurst, Austin Liggett, Marty Hawkins, Andy Ferris, Jonathan Logan, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jim Richardson, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Brody Roa, and many more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets are $5, and Children’s tickets (and under) are FREE. The Pit Gate will open at 1:00pm and for event information,
visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call (661) 393-3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series in 2013, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817).

Pombo Wins at Bakersfield, Stidham Takes Point Lead to Tulare Saturday

April 2nd, 2010

SANTA MARIA, CA -Kerman’s Davey Pombo scored his first win of the season with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series at the Bakersfield Speedway last Saturday night. Driving Junior Bowman’s Buster & Ziggy sponsored #3 Bullet, Pombo finished ahead of Bakersfield’s Rusty Carlile, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Mariposa’s Andy Ferris, and Jonathan Logan of Hanford.

Stidham now enjoys a 28-point advantage over Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., who experienced some bad luck at the Bakersfield oval. Faria had an eighteenth place finish and will be looking for a Tulare victory this Saturday night, April 3rd, as the series returns for back-to-back weekends at the Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway.

The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School, Crow Enterprizes, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Hinchman-Indy Racing Uniforms, Integra
Shocks, Kaeding Performance, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Port City Racing, and Saferacer.com for their support.

Joining the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will be the Western States Modifieds. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at (559) 688-0909.

The Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway is located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare. For more event information, please visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

For more information on the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series, please visit www.racesantamariaspeedway.com, and www.usacracing.com.

Faria Looks to Extend 360 Lead at Bakersfield

March 26th, 2010

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. has a slim nine-point lead in the 2010 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series heading into this Saturday night’s race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Faria won the March 13 race at Giant Speedway in Hanford and was third behind winner Dean Alexander and Craig Stidham in the series debut March 6 at Tulare. Stidham, of Fresno, is tied for second in points with Jace VanderWeerd of Visalia.

Saturday’s race will mark the 10th time USAC Sprint cars have competed at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Cory Kruseman won a pair of CRA Sprints there in 2004 and 2005, while Tommy Tarlton won two Western Sprint events there in 1997. Other previous USAC Sprint winners at Bakersfield have been Kevin Urton in 1996, Bryan Bullard in 1997 and Bobby McMahan, Monte Faccinto and Davey Pombo in 1998. Pombo, of Kerman, Calif., finished third at Hanford March 13.

Lady phenom Justyne Hamblin of Hanford is looking to get back on track Saturday after posting a 15th and a 10th in the two series openers. She won the 2009 360 Sprint Car championship.