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Ryan Bernal Stays Hot at Kings Speedway

June 12th, 2014

HANFORD, CA – After temperatures reached 100 degrees, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal made history by winning his fourth consecutive main event at Kings Speedway. Saturday’s $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at the Kings CountyFairgrounds was Bernal’s series leading eighteenth win as the group returns to Tulare on June 21st. Richard Vander Weerd, Nic Faas, Dennis Howell, and Matt Mitchell rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Bernal took the lead from polesitter Mitchell on the third circuit. While multiple caution and red flags would halt the action, Ryan maintained the lead with excellent restarts. In addition, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion fought off several challenges from Vander Weerd to earn the record breaking victory.

Driving the Mike Phulps owned #56 Core Power / Metal Works ART, Ryan Bernal qualified eighth out of twenty-three racers and won the Deist Safety Heat Race #2. With four main event wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes and 81 feature laps to his credit, Bernal left Hanford ranked eleventh in points.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia charged from fifth to battle for the lead before claiming second at the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd was second quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2011 Champion has climbed to fifth in points with one feature win, six heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas powered to third in the main event after starting tenth. Racing Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas qualified tenth overall and ran second in his heat race. Despite missing a few races, the 2008 USAC Western Midget Champion is seventh in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the year.

Dennis Howell of Rancho Palos Verdes fought hard to score fourth in the Hanford main event. Driving the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell-Meyer Racing Maxim, Howell was seventh fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Dennis left Hanford ranked eighth in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell battled with brake problems to claim fifth after leading the first two laps. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell qualified ninth overall and won the Saldana Racing Products / Weld Racing Heat Race #3. The former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year is second in points with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia recorded his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2014. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd was fourth in his heat race and scored twenty-second in the feature after a first lap flip. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year was uninjured and sits fourth in points with one feature wins, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led.

Terra Bella’s Trent Carter A.K.A. “Turd Ferguson” earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from seventeenth. Driving the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter was seventeenth quick in time trials and took seventh in his heat race. The Rookie of the Year contender left Kings Speedway tied for twentieth in points with one top-10 finish.

Marty Hawkins of Santa Rosa drove to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #3M Susie’s Bar / Vermeil Wines Maxim, Hawkins qualified sixteenth overall and scored ninth in the feature after starting sixteenth. Currently twelfth in points, Marty has three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes on the season.

On Saturday, June 21st, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the showcase will also feature the IMCA Modifieds, and Racesaver Wing Sprints. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks 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, 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, 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).

West Cost Sprints at Kings Saturday

June 3rd, 2014

Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. hosts the USAC West Coast Sprint cars Saturday night as Finnish driver Markus Niemela continues his quest for a first USAC driving championship. He has a 40-point lead over Matt Mitchell in the latest points after finishing eighth in last Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Thunderbowl Speedway in Tulare, Calif.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. wheeled Mike Phulps’ Metal Works/Red Line Oil Maxim to victory at Tulare. He passed Bud Kaeding on lap 18 and led the rest of the way to beat Kaeding, Mitchell, Troy Rutherford and Richard Vander Weerd. Rutherford led the first lap and Kaeding the next 17 before Bernal went to the front.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. stands third in the standings, seven behind Mitchell, and won the March 29 race at Hanford.

Bernal’s win Saturday was his third in a row in West Coast competition. Nobody has been able to put four together since the series began in 2010.

USAC West Coast Sprint Set for Hanford-Tulare Doubleheader

April 24th, 2014

SANTA MARIA, CA–The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set to battle the USAC Western Classic Sprints in a Central Valley doubleheader. This Friday, April 25th, Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford will host the “Verne Brasel Classic.” The following night, the traditional sprints will tackle Steve Faria’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

The “Verne Brasel Classic” will mark the second of five appearances at the Kings County Fairgrounds. On March 29th, Jace Vander Weerd scored his fourth career series win at the “Gary Jacob Memorial.” Since March 2009, thirty-six West Coast Sprint Car races have been held at Hanford’s 3/8-mile clay oval. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with six feature wins followed by Ryan Bernal (5), Danny Faria Jr. (4), and Bud Kaeding (4). Twelve other drivers have claimed Hanford victories and Peter Murphy holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 set on March 13, 2010. The action packed card will also feature the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, and IMCA
Stock Cars. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm, Drivers Meeting at 5:30pm, with Racing scheduled at 6:30pm.

Saturday’s event will be the second of five dates at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. On March 14th, veteran Dennis Howell raced to his first series main event win. Since March 2010, eighteen USAC West Coast Sprint Car races have been held at Tulare’s lightning fast 1/3-mile facility. Ryan Bernal and Bud Kaeding are tied for the series lead with four triumphs and Richard Vander Weerd has three wins. Four other drivers have claimed Tulare victories and Bernal holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.158 set on October 8, 2011. The IMCA Modifieds and RaceSaver Wing Sprints will share the spotlight as Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials
at 6:00pm, with Racing scheduled at 7:00pm.

Heading to Friday’s race, Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland has a twelve point advantage over the competition. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Niemela claimed fourth at Hanford’s “Jacob Memorial.” To date, the point leader has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led to his credit. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking for first USAC West Coast victories at Hanford and Tulare.

After winning the “Gary Jacob Memorial,” Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd has climbed to second in the point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the season. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will have his sights on adding more first place trophies to his collection.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane Maxim, Rutherford claimed sixth on March 29th at Kings Speedway. To date, the former VRA Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led in the campaign. Troy will be one of the favorites to score Hanford and Tulare main event wins.

After taking second at the “Gary Jacob Memorial,” Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led. The former USAC Western Midget Champion will have his sights on his first West Coast wins at Hanford and Tulare.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell ran third at Hanford after starting twenty-first. Entering the “Verne Brasel Classic,” the USAC/CRA standout has two Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and three top-10 finishes on the year. Matt will be looking to add his name to the winner’s list at Hanford and Tulare.

Currently sixteenth in the standings, Springville’s Garrett Long leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Terra Bella’s Trent Carter, Robert Nuckles of Hanford, and Hanford’s Connor Kassik are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Dennis Howell, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Marty Hawkins, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Davey Pombo, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Jeff Sibley, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jonathan Logan, Matt Day, and more.

“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign of Sebastopol leads the USAC Western Classic point standings. Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Nic Faas, Trevor Schmid, Matt Mitchell, Marty Hawkins, Landon Hurst, Jace Vander Weerd, and Terry Schank Jr. round out the top-10 drivers. Other WCRS drivers expected to compete are D.J. Johnson, Scott Hall, Jim Richardson, “Wild” Billy Aton, and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets are $15 with Kids 12 and under FREE with paid admission. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call 559.584.RACE (7223).

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks 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).

Danny Faria Jr. Wins Hansford’s Jim Turner Memorial

September 26th, 2013

HANFORD, CA –USAC West Coast Sprint point leader “Hollywood” Danny Faria of Tipton scored his 3rd straight win last Friday at Kings Speedway. The $1,500 “Jim Turner Memorial” victory was Faria’s sixth career West Coast win, tying Craig Stidham for fifth overall. Bud Kaeding, Richard Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, and Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

As starter Willie Williams waved the green flag, Finland’s Markus Niemela grabbed the lead. Looking for his first series win, Niemela set a torrid pace until slipping off the speedway. Faria assumed command until a miscue after a lap 7 restart. Richard Vander Weerd, up from fifth, took advantage and drove by Faria to take the lead. After another restart two laps later, Faria turned the tables on Vander Weerd and powered to the top spot. “Hollywood” hit his marks, but Richard applied heavy pressure for many laps. Bud Kaeding overtook Vander Weerd for second and once Faria reached slower traffic, he sailed to victory at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Danny Faria Jr. continued his championship bid. “Hollywood” qualified seventh out of twenty-one cars, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored the night’s Woodland Auto Display Dash victory. Heading to Tulare’s Talbot Memorial, Danny has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, eight heat race victories, four Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led to his credit.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell battled hard to claim second at the “Jim Turner Memorial.” Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud qualified fourth, placed fourth in his heat race, and was fourth in the dash. Running second in points, the defending champion has three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd led briefly before taking third at the checkered flags. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was second fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and fifth in the dash. Currently third in points, Vander Weerd is in the thick of the championship battle with four main event wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one semi-main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led.

After having fuel filter problems, Troy Rutherford of Ojai raced to fourth at Hanford after starting sixteenth. Piloting his #11 Amsoil / Trench Shoring TCR, Rutherford qualified twelfth and scored seventh in his heat race. In limited starts, the former VRA champion has one feature win, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year.

Tracy’s Austin Liggett earned his first BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twentieth. Driving the family owned #83 Lucas Oil / Excel Environmental Services Maxim, Liggett had fuel pickup troubles early in the night, running twenty-first in time trials and sixth in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and five top-10 finishes in the campaign.

D.J. Netto of Hanford earned his first Weld Racing Fast Time Award of 2013. Racing the family owned #88N Netto Ag. Inc. / Van De Pol Enterprises KB, last year’s Rebel Cup champion placed third in his heat race, ran sixth in the dash, and scored eighth in the “Turner Memorial.” In limited starts, D.J. has one Woodland Auto Display Dash win and four top-10 finishes on the season.

Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland claimed victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Niemela was fifth quick in time trials, second in the dash, and scored twentieth in the feature after leading the first two laps. The hard charger has two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in 2013.

In his first USAC West Coast start of the campaign, Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the USAC/CRA standout qualified third, placed third in the dash, and claimed sixteenth in the feature.

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).

Kings Speedway Hosts “4th Annual Jim Evett Memorial” This Saturday

August 3rd, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, August 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will travel to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “4th Annual Jim Evett Memorial” will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, and Hobby Stocks. The front gates will open at 5:30pm and racing at the “King of the Dirt Tracks” will begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday’s point race honors Jim Evett, a longtime supporter of racing in the California. Well respected in the pit area, Evett is perhaps best known for supporting the efforts of his grandson Jonathan Logan. Competing on a budget, the team raced with the non-winged 360s of the Central Valley and occasionally with the 410s of SCRA and USAC/CRA. In 2006, Logan and Evett enjoyed one of their best seasons, earning the SCRA 360 Championship and scoring victories at Quincy and Chowchilla. The partnership continued to have modest success until Jim’s passing in 2010. Jonathan still races in his grandfather’s memory and will be looking for his first USAC West Coast victory on Saturday.

Entering the “Jim Evett Memorial,” Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has taken over the point lead. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria claimed second to Troy Rutherford at Hanford on July 20th. The 2011 Evett Memorial Winner has yet to win a main event this season, but has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. On Saturday, “Hollywood” and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking extend their point lead with another “Evett Memorial” victory.

Sitting four points behind Faria is Ryan Bernal of Hollister. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike skipped the June 20th show at Hanford to race in USAC’s “Indiana Sprint Week.” Currently, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has five main event wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led. Bernal won the May 11th “Billet Cup” feature at Hanford and will have his sights on adding the “Evett Memorial” to his win list.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding has climbed to third in the championship points. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud scored fourth in the last show at Hanford. To date, the defending series champion has yet to score a West Coast victory in 2013, but has two heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, twelve top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led to his credit. Kaeding won the inaugural “Evett Memorial” in 2010 and will be looking to add Saturday’s trophy to his collection.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia is fourth in the West Coast standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard did not compete at Hanford to race in USAC’s “Indiana Sprint Week.” Currently, the 2011 Champion has four main event wins, two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one semi-main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led. Vander Weerd won last year’s “Evett Memorial” and will have his sights on another victory at Kings Speedway.

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 earned his second BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors at Hanford with a third place run from eleventh. To date, Markus has yet to win a feature this year, 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 on the season. The hard charging driver will be looking to add Saturday’s “Evett Memorial” to his resume.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Marty Hawkins, Andy Ferris, Matt Day, Kolby Araki, Jonathan Logan, Don Gansen, Chris Gansen, and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets are $15 with discounts available for Seniors (55+), Military (with I.D.), and Children 7-12. Kids 6 and under are FREE at all non-special events. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).

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.

Troy Rutherford Wins Shootout at Kings Speedway

July 24th, 2013

HANFORD, CA – In a wild race where lapped traffic played a key role, Ojai’s Troy Rutherford won the 30-lap feature at Kings Speedway. The $1,500 Hanford victory was the first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph for the former Ventura Sprint Car Champion. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Markus Niemela, Bud Kaeding, and Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

As starter Willie Williams waved the green flag, Rutherford grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting spot. With Faria close behind, the veteran drivers began to run away from the field. With nearly half of the race over and nearly a straightaway lead, the pair sliced their way through slower traffic. As Rutherford’s progress was slowed, Faria took advantage and grabbed the lead on lap fifteen. Two laps later, the tables were turned as “Hollywood” avoided near disaster with a slower car. As Faria recovered, Troy regained the lead and powered his way to the checkered flags at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Racing his #11 Amsoil / Trench Shoring TCR, Troy Rutherford dominated the Hanford main event. Qualifying seventh out of the 16 cars in the pit area, Troy scored fourth in his heat race and was second in the dash after starting fifth. In limited starts, the former SCRA Rookie of the Year has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, two-top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton led two laps of the feature before taking second at Kings Speedway. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was sixth quick in time trials, won the DJ Safety Heat Race
#2, and won the Woodland Auto Display Dash. With Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd racing in Indiana, “Hollywood” has taken over the points lead with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash
win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela earned his second BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from eleventh. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Maxim, Niemela
set the standard in Weld Racing Time Trials, claimed sixth in his heat race, and was not eligible for the dash. To date, Markus is fifth in the standings with 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 on the season.

Scoring fourth in the Kings Speedway 30-lap feature was Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud qualified second overall, scored fourth in his heat race, and ran fourth in the dash. Kaeding left Hanford third in points with two heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, twelve top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led in 2013.

Tracy’s Austin Liggett returned to action with a fresh engine and claimed fifth at the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett was fourth fast in qualifying, scored fifth in his heat race, and ran fifth in the dash. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is ninth in championship points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Don Gansen of Verdemont Heights raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #7G Trench Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, Gansen qualified ninth and claimed sixth in the dash. Unfortunately, the former California Lightning Sprint Champion scored fourteenth in the main event after an early exit. As this writing goes to press, Don has one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and one top-10 finish in limited starts.

On Saturday, August 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “Jim Evett Memorial” will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, and Hobby 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 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, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817).

West Coast Sprints Return to Kings Saturday

July 17th, 2013

The USAC West Coast Sprint cars return to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and the point standings are expected to tighten in the wake of Cory Kruseman’s recent Santa Maria victory, which ended the nine-race stranglehold of Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd.

Danny Faria Jr. holds down the number three spot, 62 behind Bernal, while Bud Kaeding and Markus Niemela rank fourth and fifth.

It’ll be the third appearance of the series this year at Kings and Faria already has a third and a fourth in the first two outings. Kaeding has a second and a 10th and Niemela has an eighth.

Other top finishers so far have been Dennis Howell with a third and a fifth, Austin Liggett with a fourth and Landon Hurst with a fifth.

West Coast Sprints at Kings Speedway July 20th

July 10th, 2013

Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. hosts the USAC West Coast Sprints July 20 and Ryan Bernal’s series point lead is 44 over Richard Vander Weerd. Bernal didn’t help his cause much last Thursday night, flipping during the feature and finishing last at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.

Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. won Saturday night’s 30-lap “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. He caught Bud Kaeding on lap six and led the rest of the way in his Lucas Oil/Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School Eagle/RC Performance Mopar. Danny Faria Jr. was second ahead of Kaeding, fast qualifier Troy Rutherford and Markus Niemela.

Bernal had to jump into a back-up car prior to his feature misfortune. Faria’s second-place finish enabled him to stay in the title hunt, 62 behind Bernal in third in the standings.

Kaeding led the opening five laps and stands fourth in the new standings.

Richard Vander Weerd Wins Thriller at Kings Speedway

June 13th, 2013

HANFORD, CA –With temperatures over 100 degrees, the action was even hotter as Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd grabbed his third win of the campaign. The $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Hanford was the eleventh career victory for the 2011 champion. Point leader Ryan Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, and fast qualifier Dennis Howell followed Richard to the checkered flags.

After claiming the Woodland Auto Display Dash win, Danny Faria Jr. had his sights on the Hanford victory. Taking command at the green flag, “Hollywood” would lead the first eighteen laps before Vander Weerd slipped by in heavy traffic. Faria looked to battle back and almost reclaimed the top spot until an aggressive move by Richard split Danny and a slower car. This gave Vander Weerd some needed breathing room.

Running the outside groove, Bud Kaeding and Ryan Bernal soon dropped Faria to fourth. Using the extra momentum, Kaeding began to inch closer to the leader. At the same time, Vander Weerd had to recover from jumping the cushion between the third and fourth corners. The defending champion was now within striking distance as the starter held the checkered flag. With one more shot for the lead, Kaeding drove hard into the third turn. The move ended in heartbreak as Bud’s car bicycled and slipped off the edge. Vander Weerd claimed the 30-lap victory and moved to second in career feature wins.

Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd qualified third, won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3, and was second in the dash. Currently second in points, Vander
Weerd has two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc., / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister had a strong run and finished second at Kings Speedway. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and third in the dash. To date, Ryan has a 25 point advantage with five feature wins, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. led early and claimed third in the main event. Racing his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified sixth, placed second in his heat race, and won the dash. “Hollywood” has climbed to third in points with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett of Tracy raced to fourth in the main event after starting eighth. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett was eighth fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and eighth in the dash. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is ninth in the championship points with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Rancho Palos Verdes’ Dennis Howell scored fifth in the Hanford feature. Driving the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell Meyer Racing Maxim, Howell earned his second Weld Racing Fast Time Award, ran third in his heat race, and placed fourth in the dash. Currently, the USAC Midget graduate is tenth in the standings with five top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led to his credit.

Don Gansen of Verdemont Heights made his first start of the season and earned the night’s BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a seventh place run from nineteenth. Racing the family owned #7G Trench Shoring / Heavy Equipment
Rentals Maxim, Gansen qualified eleventh overall and claimed seventh in his heat race.

San Diego’s Chris Ennis had a good night and won the program’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #86 Spy Optics / Bell Helmets 777 entry, Ennis was seventh fast in time trials, sixth in the dash, and sixth in the main event. To
date, the 2010 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Landon Hurst of Riverdale won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst qualified fourteenth and was ninth in the main event. The leading rookie contender has one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign.

On June 22nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance of the year at Ruben & Katy Munoz’s Santa Maria Speedway. The “28th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature the VP Racing Fuels Late Models, C&D Bonding Hobby Stocks, and Toste Construction Mini Stocks. Located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California, more event information can be found at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or calling (805) 315-2023.

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

Kings Speedway Hosts “2nd Annual Southwest Contractors Billet Cup” $1500 to Win Main Event

May 9th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, May 11th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their first of six appearances at Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “2nd Annual Southwest Contractors Billet Cup” will feature a special points format with a fully inverted 30-lap main event paying $1,500-to-win and $200-to-start. In addition, an extra $8,350 point fund with $2,000 awarded to the highest point driver will be up for grabs. With over $16,000 available in total purses and contingencies, the “Billet Cup” will have one of the biggest paydays of the season. The winged Rebel Cup 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCS Stock Cars, and Vintage Cars will join the action packed card. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:30pm.

Showcasing a format similar to the popular “Trophy Cup,” Promoters Chris Kearns and Scott Woodhouse are offering $3,500 to the driver that can win from the rear of the field. For placing last in the feature, that driver will get a minimum payout of $400. Each driver that attends the special event will earn 50 championship points and the entry fee is $50. Both the main event purse and point fund are listed at the end of this release.

Since 2009, the Hanford clay oval has showcased twenty-nine West Coast Sprint Car events. Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with four wins each. Other drivers to have claimed victories are Danny Faria Jr. (2), Justyne Hamblin (2), Peter Murphy (2), T.J. Smith (2), Craig Stidham (2), Aaron Altaffer (1), Rusty Carlile (1), Wes Gutierrez (1), Cory Kruseman (1), Davey Pombo (1), Terry Schank Jr. (1), and Jace Vander Weerd (1).

Ryan Bernal of Hollister continues to lead the point chase with a thirty point advantage over the competition. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal claimed his fourth win of the season at Bakersfield on April 27th. To date, the 2-time Santa Maria track champion has three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-5 finishes, and 81 feature laps led. Ryan and Crew Chief Jimmy May will be looking for a big payday this Saturday at Hanford.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the championship points. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard claimed second at Bakersfield. The 2011 Champion has two feature wins, two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one semi-main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, seven top-5 finishes, and 59 feature laps led. At Hanford, Vander Weerd will be looking to add another “Billet Cup” victory to his resume.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton has climbed to third in the point standings. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria led three laps at Bakersfield before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. Currently,
“Hollywood” has two heat race victories, two top-5 finishes, and four feature lap led to his credit. Danny and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will have their sights on a breakthrough victory at Kings Speedway.

Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia sits fourth in the points chase. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace flipped in the April 27th feature and finished sixteenth. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and four top-5 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd will be looking to rebound with a $3,500 “Billet Cup” paycheck this Saturday night.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell is fifth in the USAC West Coast standing. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Kaeding scored third in the Bakersfield main event. Currently, the defending champion has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and five top-5 finishes to his credit. On Saturday, Bud will be one of the favorites to claim the “Billet Cup” trophy.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Markus Niemela, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Marty Hawkins, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Austin Liggett, Rookie Contender Landon Hurst, Kevin Barnes, Dennis Howell, Jonathan Logan, Matt Day, Andy Ferris, and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Reserved Grandstand tickets are $15 with discounts available for Seniors (55+), Military (with I.D.), and Children 7-12. Kids 6 and under are FREE at all non-special events. Advance tickets are on sale now and camping is available on the fairgrounds. For more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).

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

IMCA backs West Coast Super Stock Weekly Racing Series

February 4th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – The West Coast Super Stock Weekly Racing Series will have the backing of IMCA this season.

Thirty-six series events are now scheduled at six different tracks in California and Nevada. IMCA is providing administration for the series, which will use the sanctioning body’s 40-point system.

“This is a unique situation,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “We’ve been asked to administer a series at six tracks with one or more sanctioned divisions. The Super Stocks are also very similar to classes at several other IMCA tracks that are not part of the series.”

“We want to help this series grow,” he added. “Super Stocks have an aftermarket body and use the IMCA-stamped Hoosier G-60 or Hoosier 500 tire and while not compatible to a single IMCA division, their rules are a combination of multiple IMCA divisions. IMCA will not control the rules.”

Chris Kearns is the division director and handle all rule enforcement and scheduling. Tracks hosting series dates include Bakersfield Speedway, Kings Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway and Santa Maria Speedway in California, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Pahrump Valley Speedway in Nevada.

Track champions will be crowned at the three venues planning to hold four or more events; series standings will be based on the best 20 of each driver’s first 40 starts – that second number assumes more races are scheduled. A maximum of 20 bonus points will be awarded to champions at tracks scheduling a minimum of eight races.

An overall division champion will be crowned. Super Stock point funds will be similar to those for sanctioned Stock Cars.

License cost is $90. Drivers should cross off ‘Stock Car’ and write in ‘West Coast Super Stock’ when using the 2013 IMCA competitor’s application. Both the insurance benefits and newsletter subscription IMCA members receive are included in that cost.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car rules are very similar to those for the Super Stocks but drivers will not be allowed to compete in both divisions. They can, however, race a Super Stock and an IMCA Modified or Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod.

“We will treat the Super Stocks like a sanctioned division. We’re not trying to make them Stock Cars or our Stock Cars into Super Stocks,” Root said. “Point standings will be posted on our website and drivers’ pictures will be published in the newsletter.”

Questions can be directed to Root at the IMCA home office or to Kearns at 805 714-8538. His website is www.chriskearnspresents.com.

Series races are Feb. 2 and 16, March 2 and 16, April 27, May 11, June 8 and 22, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14, 27 and 28 at Pahrump; March 5-6 at Las Vegas; March 16, April 6, May 11, June 8 and 29, Aug. 17, Sept. 14 and Oct. 11-12 at Bakersfield; March 23, Sept. 20 and Oct. 25-26 at Kings; April 13, May 4 and 24-25, June 15, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 1 and 28 at Santa Maria; and June 22 and Sept. 21 at Thunderbowl.

Races paying $1,000 to win are March 6-7 at LVMS, March 23 and Sept. 20 at Kings, and June 22 and Sept. 21 at Thunderbowl

Ryan Bernal Storms to Cotton Classic Victory

October 18th, 2012

HANFORD, CA – Last Saturday night, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal closed out the 2012 USAC West Coast Sprint Car season with a dominating performance at Kings Speedway. Bernal won the $1,500 “Cotton Classic” main event, scored his third Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, and claimed his fifth heat race of the year. Richard Vander Weerd, Andy Forsberg, Don Gansen, and Rookie of the Year Austin Liggett rounded out the top five.

With an six pill drawn for the main event inversion, Verdemont Heights’ Don Gansen and Austin Liggett of Tracy shared the front row. With the green flag waving, twenty-two cars picked up the throttle and roared towards the first turn. Unfortunately, close racing and contact resulted in flips by Shane Golobic and Tyler Dolacki. As both machines were unable to continue, both drivers walked away uninjured as a lengthy delay was needed to repair the front straightaway fence.

Back to a complete restart, Liggett got the better of Gansen to lead his first main event lap with the series. Vander Weerd, who won Santa Maria’s Billet Cup from seventeenth, was on the move and took control on the next circuit. Setting a fast pace on the Hanford clay oval, the leader would reach slower traffic on lap eight as Bernal, Liggett, Forsberg, and Gansen were in pursuit.

As Vander Weerd continued to slice through the traffic, Bernal was fighting his way forward and kept the leader in sight. By lap nineteen, Vander reached a cluster of racers battling side by side. Ryan saw his opportunity and entered the fray. With one driver choosing the high side and another diving low into the traffic, Bernal claimed the lead on lap twenty-one.

Once out front, Bernal had earned a small advantage and made his way past the traffic. Vander Weerd was on the hunt and charged after the leader. Now, the tables looked to be turned on Bernal with another thick pack of cars just ahead as Vander Weerd closed in and applied heavy pressure. Both drivers made their way through the traffic and Bernal maintained the top spot. Richard took another shot that fell short and Ryan Bernal won the green to checkered Cotton Classic in front of a large crowd.

Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Ryan Bernal scored his fourth win of the season. Currently second on the all-time list with nine victories, last year’s Rookie of the Year closed out the campaign second in points with two Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main wins, two Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Awards, ten top-5 finishes, and 91 feature laps led.

After scoring second, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia had another solid night behind the wheel of the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim. Qualifying second overall and placing second in his heat race, last year’s champion placed fifth in the point chase. With two feature wins, Vander Weerd also had one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, six top-5 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the year.

Auburn’s Andy Forsberg earned the night’s LRB Inc. Race Products Award with a third place run in the Cotton Classic. Piloting his #92 Autism Awareness / Pitstop USA Triple X entry, the multi-time California Civil War Champion was third quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. In limited appearances with the series, Forsberg was thirtieth in points. After falling back in the feature, Don Gansen rallied to score fourth at the checkered flags. Driving the Gansen Engineering #7G Maxim backed by Trench Shoring, the former California Lightning Sprint Champion timed in sixth fast and ran fifth in his heat race. Gansen placed fifteenth in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

By virtue of his fifth place finish, Austin Liggett secured Rookie of the Year honors in 2012. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, the Wingless Spec Sprint graduate qualified fifth overall and placed fifth in his heat race. Claiming eleventh in points, Liggett had one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-5 finishes, and 1 feature lap led.

Dennis Howell of Rancho Palos Verdes made his first start of the year and won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell Meyer Racing Maxim, the USAC Western Midget graduate qualified fourteenth and finished ninth in the main event. For his efforts at the Cotton Classic, Howell claimed forty-second in championship points.

Hanford’s Justyne Hamblin announced her retirement from racing and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Piloting the JH Motorsports #8 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino / Dias Law Firm Speed Tech, the 2009 Champion was fifth quick in time trials and scored twelfth in the main event. Closing out the season tenth in points, Hamblin had two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led.

“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride of Bakersfield drove Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 Fred Cummings Motorsports Maxim to victory in the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main. Qualifying eleventh on the night, the USAC Ford Focus Midget graduate ran sixth in his heat race and placed eighth in the feature. Claiming sixth in points, “The Rickster” had one heat race victory, seven
top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in 2012.

Verdemont Heights’ Chris Gansen earned the night’s Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run after starting twenty-first. Driving the Gansen Engineering #4G Trench Shoring Maxim, the Rookie of the Year candidate was nineteenth quick, seventh in his heat race, and sixth in the semi-main. Gansen placed twelfth overall in points with three top-10 finishes to his credit.

After scoring tenth in the Cotton Classic, San Diego’s Chris Ennis earned the program’s Weld Racing Award. Piloting his #86 B&B Transmission / Skarpohl & Associates 777 entry, the 2010 Rookie of the Year timed in twelfth fast, eighth in his heat race, and second in the semi-main. In limited starts, Ennis was fourteenth in points with three top-10 finishes on the season.

Hanford’s Cotton Classic is available on DVD for purchase from Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions. In addition, the company has other videos featuring the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series that can be ordered by calling (805) 407-7229 or visiting www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, ButlerBuilt, Competition Suspension Inc., Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School, Crow Enterprizes, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Hinchman-Indy Racing Uniforms, Integra Shocks, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, ParkerStore of Phoenix, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saferacer.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sander Engineering, and Weld Racing for their support.

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

Cotton Classic West Coast Finale Saturday at Kings

October 9th, 2012

This Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” concludes the 2012 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series as Bud Kaeding puts the finishing touches on the championship at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif., will land his fifth overall USAC title, holding a 125-point margin over Ryan Bernal entering the finale. Markus Niemela, however, trails Bernal by only six points in the latest tally.

Kaeding has a pair of feature wins already this year at Kings, while Bernal has a win and a second. Niemela has a third and fourth. Kaeding’s previous USAC championships came in the 1989 Western Sprint Car Series and the 2006, 2007 and 2009 TRAXXAS Silver Crown Series.

West Coast Sprints “Off” Until September 8th

August 8th, 2012

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. will rest on a 92-point lead in USAC’s West Coast Sprint Car series until the series resumes September 8 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Kaeding was fifth in last Saturday night’s “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford. He trailed winner Richard Vander Weerd, Shane Golobic, Austin Liggett and Markus Niemela.

Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., passed Ricky Kirkbride on lap 10 and led the final 21 laps for the win, his first of the season after three previous podium finishes.

Kings This Saturday Next for West Coast Leaders BK, Mitchell

April 3rd, 2012

USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leaders Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. and Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, Calif. enter this Saturday’s race at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. in a virtual tie for the lead.

Kaeding seeks to stay undefeated in 2012 after winning a non-points special event at Las Vegas and the subsequent series opener March 24 at Bakersfield, Calif.

Kaeding had a victory and three seconds in five West Coast Sprint starts at Kings Speedway last year. Mitchell did not compete in last year’s USAC/CRA finale at Kings in 2011.

Both need to keep an eye on third-ranking Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. Bernal scored a pair of victories and a pair of seconds at the 3/8-mile dirt oval last year.

West Coast Sprints Eye April 7th Date at Kings Speedway

March 27th, 2012

KAEDING STAYS “UNBEATEN” IN 2012 WITH BAKERSFIELD WIN Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. will lead the 2012 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. April 7 seeking his third win in three West Coast outings this season.

BK won a “special event” non-points race at Las Vegas, Nev. March 8 and claimed last Saturday night’s official series opener at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in the Buster & Ziggy Enterprises/Kaeding Performance Bullet/Reitz.

Kaeding led the final three laps at Bakersfield. He trailed until lap 28 when Brody Roa, who led the first 17 laps, got caught in a multi-car tangle. Roa officially ended up 17th after a spirited drive. Matt Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Markus Niemela and Josh Ford rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag. USAC AMSOIL National Sprint star Tracy Hines posted the fastest qualifying time in the 27-car field. Mitchell actually amassed enough points to share the current point lead with Kaeding,

Kaeding owns three Hanford Sprint trophies, two from last May at the 3/8-mile dirt oval and one from 2010. Third-ranking Ryan Bernal scored a pair of Hanford victories during his rookie season last year.

Kings adds IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods

February 22nd, 2012

HANFORD, Calif.– Kings Speedway becomes the first California track to run three IMCA divisions during the same season, with the addition of Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Seven dates for SportMods are on the schedule announced at Hanford, with the first points race set for Saturday, April 7.

The class is also featured on May 5, June 9, July 6-7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 22.

“What I like best about the Northern SportMods is that this class is affordable for a lot of drivers to move up to,” promoter Scott Woodhouse said. “The economics will also allow drivers who haven’t been racing because of the cost to get back into the sport.”

“The entire rule package is intriguing,” he added. “It takes high-dollar parts out of the equation.”

Hanford is also part of IMCA’s Western Region for Modifieds and the Southern Region for Stock Cars. Points earned in all three sanctioned divisions count toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national standings.

“We are also looking at adding the sanctioned Mach-1 Sport Compact class in the future,” said Woodhouse, one of the youngest IMCA promoters in the state. “That’s another class with a lot of potential for growth.”

Kings’ inaugural Ray Elder Classic Fair special is July 6-7. IMCA Modifieds race for $750 to win on opening night and for $1,500 to win in a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier on night two.

Can Spencer Continue CRA Streak at Hanford?

May 5th, 2011

The 2011 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series resumes Saturday at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and defending three-time champion Mike Spencer will try to extend his undefeated streak to four.

Spencer, of Temecula, Calif., leads David Cardey by 29 points, with Blake Miller only one point behind Cardey in the current standings.

It’s been four years since the last USAC/CRA Sprint race at Hanford, one in which Spencer and Cardey finished 16th and 17th respectively. Cory Kruseman won the 2007 race at Hanford.