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6 Western USAC Champtions Hightlight Santa Maria Fete

February 11th, 2014

Damion Gardner, Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ronnie Gardner, Chad Nichols and Cory Elliott celebrated 2013 USAC Western driving
championships at Saturday night’s Western “Night of Champions” banquet at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Museum of Flight.

Damion Gardner, of Concord, Calif., won last year’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint title, while Faria, of Tipton, Calif., won the West Coast Sprint crown. Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., was the Western Classic Sprint king, while Honda Western Midget titles went to Ronnie Gardner, of Norco, Calif. (dirt) and Nichols, of Colma, Calif. (pavement). Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, Calif. was also crowned USAC’s HPD Western Ignite Midget champion.

Car owner champions also feted Saturday included Mark Alexander (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Faria Motorsports (West Coast), Josh Ford Motorsports (Western Classic Sprints) and Six-8 Motorsports, Burbank, Calif. (Honda Western Midgets).

Rookies of the Year were also honored and included Markus Niemela of Finland (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Landon Hurst of Riverdale, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), D.J. Johnson of Stockton, Calif. (Western Classic Sprints) and Trey Marcham (Honda Western Midgets).

Earning Crew Chief of the Year” honors were Steve Alexander (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Vinny Lattner (West Coast Sprints), Jimmy May
(Western Classic Sprints) and Mitchell Johnson (Honda Western Midgets).

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif., who posted a pair of “podium” finishes during the season, earned the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car “Most Improved Driver” award.

Two traditional “special” awards, the Walt Johnson Award and the Joe Lynch Award, were presented to principals of Six-8 Motorsports, which included Walt and Mitchell Johnson and Ronnie Gardner.

USAC Western Racing Series coordinator Chris Kearns served as the emcee for the affair which was held at the museum located at the former Allan Hancock Air Field.

Petaluma Hosts 101-Lap “2nd Annual Johnny Soares Classic”

October 6th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, October 5th, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will invade Petaluma Speedway for the “2nd Annual Johnny Soares Classic.” The 101-lap “shootout” with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will award $1,500 to the main event winner. The BCRA Midget Lites, Vintage Midgets, and Hardtops will join the action packed card at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California.” The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing is set to begin at 6:30pm.

COMPETITOR NOTE: Tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area at Petaluma Speedway.

Saturday’s event will mark the 3rd Honda USAC Western Midget show at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Fremont’s Shane Golobic won the inaugural 101-lap classic last October 6th and point leader Ronnie Gardner raced to victory on June 15th.

After claiming his eighth series win last Saturday at Ventura, Ronnie Gardner of Norco holds a 190 point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner has five fast time awards, two heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 158 feature laps led on the year. Ronnie has his sights on the championship and will be looking to add the “Soares Classic” to his win list.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the Western Dirt point standings. At Ventura, Swanson jumped behind the wheel of Cory Kruseman’s #89K Lucas Oil / MavTV Spike and took second at the checkered flags. Currently, the May 11th Santa Maria winner has one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to gain valuable points with a main event win at Petaluma.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the dirt series point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored third in the “Battle at the Beach.” Last year’s Western Dirt Series Champion has yet to win a USAC feature in 2013, but has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. David will have his sights at claiming the $1,500 payday at Petaluma’s “Soares Classic.”

Tehachapi’s Shannon McQueen is fourth in the dirt championship points. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon placed thirteenth in last week’s race at Ventura. To date, last year’s champion has yet to claim a main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, McQueen will be looking to win the “Johnny Soares Classic.”

Cody Swanson of Norco is fifth in the Western Dirt Series. Racing the family owned #71 Edmunds Auto Research / K&N Filters machine, Swanson led the first twelve laps before scoring eleventh at Ventura. As this writing goes to press, the March 30th Bakersfield winner has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Cody will miss Saturday’s race at Petaluma to compete in a 360 Sprint Car at Ventura Raceway.

Among the other USAC drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Scott Pierovich, Terry Nichols, Trey Marcham, Johnathon Henry, Frankie Guerrini, Nick Chivello, Britton Bock, Sean Dodenhoff, and more. Floyd Alvis leads the BCRA standings with Gary Conterno, J.R. Williams, Kevin Morris, Darin Snider, David Goodwill, Bill Lindsey, Michael Snider, Nick Chivello, and Greg Bragg rounding out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $10, and Junior Tickets are $10. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call (530) 626-3680.

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).

Santa Maria checkers worth $2,000 to Hogge

August 20th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Stealthy Bobby Hogge IV was the $2,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature winner at Santa Maria Speedway’s Five Star Grafix Clash special.

Hogge started the Saturday feature from the 10th spot, steadily worked his way toward the front and then rocketed past both leader Austin Burke and second running Josh Vogt exiting turn two to take the lead on lap 11.

Vogt moved into second around Burke with Logan Drake taking third on lap 12. Only one yellow slowed the field the final 14 laps with Hogge taking the win. Daylan Coffey and Burke rounded out the top five.

Burke had led first pair of laps before a yellow, then maintained his lead with Jason Papich in second. Brad Pounds pocketed $150 for setting fast time, won his heat and the dash for cash, but was forced to pit from third with rear suspension issues on lap eight.

Consecutive yellows saw Papich tangled and restart at the rear of field. Robby Sawyer and Danny Lauer also tangled their way out of the race. The victory put Hogge on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Seventh starting Wayne Dotson took the top spot on lap eight of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.

Dotson, whose son Ethan won his first ever Northern SportMod feature Friday night at Ocean Speedway in his first-ever start, ran on to the win ahead of Nick Spainhoward, who had taken over second with three laps remaining.

Ryan Griffith stole third on the last lap with John Piker fourth ahead of Ethan Dotson.

USAC/CRA “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” At Perris Saturday

August 16th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday, August 17th, the cars and stars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” The special showcase will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, PAS Senior Sprint Cars, and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience. The spectator gates at the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” will open at 5:00pm and racing will start at 7:00pm.

The “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” continues the tradition of honoring those that have contributed to the Southern California Sprint Car scene. Going back to the legendary Ascot Park, special events have paid tribute to Don Peabody, Dave Sanborn, Jack & Wilda Kindoll, the Bagleys (Jeff, Paul, and Helen), and Glenn Howard. Led by the efforts of Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised to add spice to an already exciting program.

Starting with the “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award,” $700 will be awarded to the driver that sets fast time in qualifications. The driver that is second quick in time trials will earn $200. The “Walt James Last Man Standing Trophy Dash” will feature the four fastest qualifiers in three, three lap races. As the last driver is eliminated in each of the stages, the last remaining driver will pocket $2,625 at press time. The dash purse could rise to over $3,000 and more potential awards are available. Interested parties can email Chris Holt at MrChrisHolt@aol.com.

Heading to Saturday, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner holds a 130 point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner ran twenty-first last Friday at Watsonville and third the following night at Santa Maria. To date, “The Demon” has five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, one dash win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led. The 2005 Champion will have his sights on the Perris victory after qualifying the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car” at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Gardner’s teammate, Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is second in the championship standings. Faas missed the Watsonville-Santa Maria road trip due to illness, but already has two Perris victories in 2013. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led to his credit. Nic will be looking to add the billet trophy to his collection and gain valuable points.

Sitting third in the USAC/CRA point chase is Temecula’s Mike Spencer. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer claimed fifteenth at Watsonville and fifth at Santa Maria. To date, the five-time USAC/CRA champion has one feature win, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. On Saturday, Mike will be looking for another “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” feature win.

Climbing to fourth in the point standings is Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry, Mitchell scored eighteenth at Watsonville and second at Santa Maria. Currently, the former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led one the season. At Perris, Matt will have his sights on his sixth career USAC/CRA main event victory.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud missed the action at Watsonville and Santa Maria. Entering Saturday’s race, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has yet to win a main event, but has one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led on the year. Kaeding will be looking to at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” main event to his win list.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Brody Roa, Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, “Dynamite” David Cardey, Seth Wilson, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, and many more. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. The 360s can run their local approved Hoosier tires, but must meet series tech standards and race track muffler rules.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. General Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, and $5 for Children (6-12). For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134. Camping is available for $25 at the fairgrounds.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a live pay per view feed at www.circletracknetwork.com and the live feed is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm PST.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rugged Radios, 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, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

CRA Sprints Invat the PAS Saturday; Hawkins Gets #1 at Ocean, and Bernal’s 1st at Santa Maria

August 16th, 2013

“California Racers Hall of Fame Night” unfolds this Saturday at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and Damion Gardner enjoys a 130-point lead over Nic Faas in the latest AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car standings.

Marty Hawkins of Santa Rosa, Calif. scored his initial USAC feature victory in Friday night’s 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Western Classic Sprint race at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. He passed Western Classic point leader Ryan Bernal, who ran out of fuel on the white-flag lap, and led the last two circuits to beat Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, Jay Waugh and Bernal. Hawkins piloted the Blakeley Landscaping/Toiyabe Group Maxim/Bailey.

Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., earned his first 2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature win Saturday night at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway. Driving the Keith Ford Berry Pack/King Racing Products Spike Mopar, Bernal passed Matt Mitchell on lap 19 and led the final 12 laps to beat Mitchell, Gardner, Austin Williams and Mike Spencer. Austin Williams led the first 16 laps and Mitchell led two before Bernal took over.

Bernal holds a 30-lap lead in the new Western Classic Sprint points going into the two-night “Louie Vermeil Classic” events at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway August 31 and September 1.

Ryan Bernal Wins USAC/CRA Shootout at Santa Maria

August 17th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – After heartbreak the previous night at Watsonville, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal won the 30-lap feature at Santa Maria Speedway. The Saturday $2,500 victory was Bernal’s first Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season as he was followed by Matt Mitchell, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Austin Williams, and Mike Spencer.

With two career victories at Santa Maria, Austin Williams grabbed the early lead from the pole position. Negotiating slower traffic, Williams led the first sixteen laps before Matt Mitchell took over and led the next two circuits. Racing in close quarters on the fast surface, Bernal slid to the lead and powered his way to his way to the checkered flags. With only one yellow flag in the main event, the action was fast and furious at Santa Maria.

Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Ryan Bernal also earned his second Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with the win after starting sixth. Bernal also claimed his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign and was third in his heat race. Currently ninth in the point chase, Ryan has seven top-10 finishes and 36 feature laps led on the year.

After leading laps seventeen and eighteen, Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda had to settle for second at Santa Maria. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry, Mitchell was eighth fast in time trials and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Matt has climbed to fourth in championship points with one feature win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit.

Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner scored third in the 30-lap main event. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the point leader qualified fourth and placed third in his heat race. To date, Gardner has five main event wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, one dash win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led. After the main event, Damion drove to Bonneville, to qualify the “Green Demon” as the World’s Fastest Sprint Car.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda led the first sixteen laps before claiming fourth at Santa Maria Speedway. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was tenth fast in qualifications and second in his heat race. Currently sixth in points, Austin has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, three Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main wins, eight top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer was fifth in the Santa Maria feature after starting eighth. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time champion qualified fifth and scored seventh in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, Spencer sits third in the standings with one feature win, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in 2013.

Greg Alexander of Gardena won his first Extreme Mufflers Heat Race of the campaign. Driving Chuck Tyler’s #72 Oil Twins Amsoil / Barnes Systems Inc. Maxim, Alexander was ninth fast in time trials and ran seventh in the main event. Despite limited appearances, Greg hopes to race more with USAC/CRA before the season ends.

This Saturday, August 17th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a pay per view feed of every event at www.circletracknetwork.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., 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 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Gardner, Johnson Lead Sprints to Ocean Friday; CRA Sprints Tackle Santa Maria Saturday

August 7th, 2013

Damion Gardner and D.J. Johnson will try to protect point leads this Friday when the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint and the USAC Western Classic Sprints combine for Friday night’s program at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif.

Saturday night, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints continue their 2013 campaign at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.

Gardner has a 44-point lead over teammate Nic Faas entering this weekend’s pair of USAC/CRA races, while Johnson holds a tenuous five-point lead over Ryan Bernal in the Western Classics going into the Watsonville event.

Gardner has five wins in the last eight USAC/CRA outings and was the Watsonville winner in June. Faas has a pair of victories this year, while five-time series champion Mike Spencer has one.

Johnson has four “top-10” finishes in the Western Classics, while Bernal swept the two series openers, including the series debut this year at Ocean Speedway.

Bud Kaeding, currently fourth in the USAC/CRA points, was the winner at Watsonville last month. Gardner won the only previous USAC/CRA race this year at Santa Maria.

In related news, the August 17 Western Classic race at Reno-Fernley Raceway in Nevada has been removed from the calendar.

Cory Kruseman Storms to Doug Fort Memorial Win at Santa Maria

July 10th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –Taking the lead from Bud Kaeding on lap six, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura added Santa Maria’s “5th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” to his win list. The $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph was Kruseman’s third career victory with the series and his second “Fort Memorial” win. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kaeding, Troy Rutherford, and Markus Niemela followed Cory to the checkered flags.

Piloting his #21K Lucas Oil / Sander Engineering Eagle, Cory Kruseman withstood several challenges from Kaeding as multiple caution flags plagued the event. “The Kruser” was flawless on every restart and negotiated traffic with ease despite losing an engine cylinder. Making his second start of the campaign, Cory was fifth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and fourth in the dash. In limited appearances, the veteran driver left Santa Maria twenty-fourth in the point chase.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. used slower traffic to his advantage during the closing laps to slip by Kaeding for second. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified third, ran second in his heat race, and was sixth in the dash. Currently third in points, “Hollywood” has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led to his credit.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell led the first five laps before falling to Kruseman. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud looked to challenge Cory on the restarts and placed third in the 30-lap main event. The 2012 Champion was fourth fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and won his second Woodland Auto Display Dash of the campaign. To date, Kaeding is fourth in the standings with two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford made his first start of the season and placed fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Piloting his #11 Amsoil / Trench Shoring TCR, Rutherford earned his first Weld Racing Fast Time Award over the twenty-two cars in the pit
area. In addition, Troy ran fourth in his heat race and scored eighth in the dash after an early tangle knocked him out of the event. The former VRA Sprint Car Champion left Santa Maria twenty-fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela scored fifth in the Santa Maria main event. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Maxim, Niemela took the lead on the initial green flag before a flip by Ryan Bernal in a borrowed car erased the start. Earlier in the program, the hard charger qualified eighth, won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and was second in the dash. To date, Markus has climbed to fifth in points with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led.

Kolby Araki of Clovis earned his first BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run after starting twenty-first. Driving his #30K PKS Kart Supplies / Graphix Plus Stinger, the veteran go-kart racer was twenty-second fast in qualifications and eighth in his heat race. Gaining valuable experience, Araki is eighteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, Carlile qualified thirteenth, ran fifth in the dash, and scored eighth in the feature. To date, the former Cotton Classic winner is seventh in the points with one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eighth top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the year.

Jay Waugh of Canberra, Australia won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the Kruseman Motorsports #89K Lucas Oil / BMRS Eagle, Waugh was eighteenth quick in time trails and ran seventh in the feature after starting thirteenth. Also making his first start with the USAC West Coast Sprints, Jay left Santa Maria tied for twenty-ninth in championship points.

On Saturday, July 20th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will travel to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The event will also showcase the winged Rebel Cup Sprints, Hobby Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars. 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).

Santa Maria Hosts 5th Annual Doug Fort Memorial Saturday

July 4th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, July 6th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their final Santa Maria appearance of the season. The “5th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” will also showcase the VP Racing Fuels Late Models, Tilton IMCA Super Stocks, Okie Bowl Hardtops, American Stocks, and Condon Motorsports Mini Dwarfs. The front gates will open at 4:30pm, time trials will start at 5:00pm, and racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” will begin at 6:00pm.

Saturday’s point race honors Doug Fort, who built the Santa Maria 1/3-mile clay oval. Opening on Sunday, March 31, 1964 with the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Cars, Fort continued to serve as owner and promoter until his passing in 1999. During his tenure, Santa Maria Speedway was named the “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars. The famed World of Outlaws, Stock Cars, IMCA Modifieds,
Midgets, California Dirt Cars, Winged Sprint Cars, and Non-Winged Sprint Cars have battled on the Santa Maria clay. Doug Fort dedicated his life to racing and the staff at Santa Maria Speedway is proud to honor his memory.

Originally a winged 410 sprint car race, the “Doug Fort Memorial” continues to be a popular event at Santa Maria Speedway. Last season, the race was showcased as part of the USAC vs. ASCS “Grudge Series” and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman raced a Keith Ford entry to victory.

Heading to Santa Maria, two-time track champion Ryan Bernal of Hollister holds a twenty-four point advantage over the competition. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bernal scored third in Santa Maria’s “Bud
Stanfield Memorial” on June 22nd. Currently, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has five main event wins, 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. Ryan has four career wins at Santa Maria and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the USAC West Coast standings. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to win the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” The 2011 Champion has 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 will miss Saturday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” to prepare for “Indiana Sprint Week.”

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton is third in the championship points. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored tenth at Santa Maria after a flip ended his night. This year’s Billet Cup point champion has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led. Danny and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking for their first win of the season at the “Doug Fort Memorial.”

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding sits fourth in the point standings. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Kaeding ran seventh at Santa Maria. To date, the defending series champion has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, ten top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, Bud will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast victory at Santa Maria Speedway.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia is fifth in the point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace claimed fifth in the “Stanfield Memorial.” Currently, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Like his twin brother Richard, Jace will be in Indiana to prepare for “Sprint Week” with the USAC National Sprints.

Currently eighth in the standings, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jeff Sibley of Oakdale, 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 Flying Finn” Markus Niemela, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Austin Liggett, Dennis Howell, Marty Hawkins, Kevin Barnes, Andy Ferris, Kolby
Araki, Don Gansen, Chris Gansen, and more

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $18, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $16, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (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, 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).

“Doug Fort Memorial” July 6th at Santa Maria

July 4th, 2013

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars resume this Saturday at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway for the “Doug Fort Memorial” and series point leader Ryan Bernal will try to extend his 24-point lead over runner-up Richard Vander Weerd.

Bernal was third in the most recent race, also at Santa Maria, and that was his worst finish in nine races! He has five wins, three seconds and a third!

Nobody other than Bernal or Vander Weerd has been able to crack the winners circle so far in 2013. Vander Weerd and Markus Niemela finished 1-2 in the most recent Santa Maria race.

Santa Maria Return Slated July 6th

June 26th, 2013

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway July 6 and Richard Vander Weerd can’t wait after winning last Saturday night’s 30-lap feature at the one-third-mile dirt oval.

Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., led all 30 laps to win the 28th “Bud Stanfield Memorial”. Trailing the winner’s Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark were Markus Niemela, series point leader and fast qualifier Ryan Bernal, Andy Ferris and Jace Vander Weerd.

Bernal’s point lead now stands at 24 points over Saturday’s winner going into the return engagement at Santa Maria.

28th Annual Bun Stanfield Memorial This Saturday at Santa Maria

June 21st, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday, June 22nd, the powerful USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first appearance of 2013 at 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. The front gates will open at 4:30pm, time trials will start at 5:00pm, and racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” will begin at 6:00pm.

Saturday’s event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria Speedway. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith’s Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team’s equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Speedway continues to honor the memory of a racer’s racer- Bud Stanfield.

Since May 2009, Santa Maria Speedway has showcased 23 West Coast Sprint Car races. Current point leader and two-time track champion Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with four main event wins. Peter Murphy, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and Richard Vander Weerd have three victories each. Other Santa Maria winners are T.J. Smith (2), Jace Vander Weerd (2), Greg Alexander (1), “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., (1), Wes Gutierrez (1), Cory Kruseman (1), Davey Pombo, (1), and Craig Stidham (1).

Entering Saturday’s race, Ryan Bernal of Hollister holds a twenty-five point advantage over the competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bernal ran second at Hanford’s Kings Speedway on June 8th. To date, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has five main event 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. Ryan and Crew Chief Jimmy May will have their sights on tying Peter Murphy’s 2009 record of six wins in a season.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the championship points. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard claimed his third win of the year at Hanford. Currently, the 2011 Champion has 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, eleven top-10 finishes, and 71feature laps led. On Saturday, Vander Weerd will be looking to win the $1,500 feature and gain valuable points.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton sits third in the point standings. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria placed third at Hanford after leading the first eighteen laps. This year’s Billet Cup point champion has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led. Danny and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will have their sights on their first win of the season at Santa Maria Speedway.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding has climbed to fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Kaeding scored tenth at Kings Speedway after a last lap miscue cost him a shot at the win. The defending champion has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, nine top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown Champion will be looking for his first series win at Santa Maria Speedway.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia is fifth in the standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace chose to race with the Rebel Cup winged sprints at Hanford. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Vander Weerd will be looking to score his first USAC West Coast Sprint victory of 2013 at Santa Maria.

Currently eleventh in points, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jeff Sibley of Oakdale, 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 Flying Finn” Markus Niemela, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Austin Liggett, Dennis Howell, Marty Hawkins, Kevin Barnes, Andy Ferris, Kolby Araki, Don Gansen, Chris Gansen, and more.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $18, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $16, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (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).

Damion Gardner Adds Santa Maria to Win List

June 21st, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –After a dramatic and emotional win at Watsonville, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner added Santa Maria Speedway to his win list. Taking the lead from outside front row starter “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on lap seventeen, Gardner sailed to his 46th career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Faria led the first four laps until pole sitter Ryan Bernal powered to the lead on lap five. “Hollywood” regained command on the next circuit and maintained the lead until “The Demon” charged to the top spot. Faria, Richard Vander Weerd, Nic Faas, and Matt Mitchell followed Gardner to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Damion Gardner out-qualified the 18 car field to claim his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Placing third in his heat race and scoring his fifth win of the campaign, “The Demon” holds a 51 point lead over the competition. To date, Damion leads the point chase with four heat race victories, one dash win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the season.

After hurting his 410 engine at Watsonville, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton changed to a 360 power plant and led fifteen laps before placing second. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was seventh fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. In limited USAC/CRA appearances, “Hollywood” is twenty-first in the standings with two heat race victories, one dash win, and two top-10 finishes to his credit.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd had his best finish with a third place run at Santa Maria. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard qualified third and claimed third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has moved to tenth in points with one heat race victory, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes in 2013.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach scored fourth in the 30-lap feature. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Series Champion was second quick in time trials and third in his heat race. Currently second in points, Nic has one feature win, one heat race victory, eleven top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the year.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell had another strong night with a fifth place finish at Santa Maria. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry, Mitchell qualified fifth and placed sixth in his heat race after hitting the fence. With help from other crews, Matt and his team were able to make repairs and start the main event. Currently, the 2-time “Salute to Indy” winner is fifth in the point standings with two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season.

“The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an tenth place run from sixteenth. Driving Mark & Carmen Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freightlines / Sander
Engineering Bullet, the 2006 Champion was sixteenth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Making his return after a Perris crash in early March, Kruseman is twenty-second in points with two top-10 finishes in the
campaign. Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela won Santa Maria’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Clothing Maxim, Niemela qualified seventeenth overall and claimed fifteenth in the main event. Markus sits twentieth in the point standings with one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit.

Mike Spencer of Temecula drove to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim, the five-time champion was twelfth fast in time trials and seventh in the main event. To date, Spencer is fourth in points with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

On Thursday, July 4th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Firecracker 30 and Sky Concert.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at
www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information,
call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a pay per view feed of every event at www.circletracknetwork.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., 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 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Classic Sprints at Stockon Friday

June 21st, 2013

Ryan Bernal has a comfortable 54-point lead in the USAC Western Classic Sprint Car points over runner-up D.J. Johnson entering this Friday’s race at the Stockton (Calif.) 99 Dirt Track. The track is located at the San Joaquin County Fair.

Bernal finished fifth in last Friday’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Western Classic feature at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., a race won by Damion Gardner.

Gardner, of Concord, Calif., wrapped up a “sweep” of AMSOIL USAC/CRA races over the weekend with Saturday night’s victory at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway. The win was his fifth in his last seven USAC/CRA outings. He passed Danny Faria Jr. on lap 17 and led the rest of the way to beat Faria, Richard Vander Weerd, Nic Faas and Matt Mitchell.

Friday night Gardner stole victory from the grasp of Bud Kaeding on the final lap at Watsonville in his Scott Sales Company/CSA Shocks Spike/J & D. Kaeding was second ahead of Faas, Mitchell and Bernal. Faas led the first 21 laps and Kaeding the next eight. Bernal was among the three feature lap leaders.

The 2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint car campaign resumes July 4 with the “Firecracker 30” at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson Scores 1st USAC Western Midget Win at Santa Maria

May 16th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA – Starting on the outside of the front row, Anaheim’s Jake Swanson added his name to the record books by winning his first USAC Western Midget Series feature. Jake dominated the main event at Santa Maria Speedway by leading all 25-laps to score the $1,000 victory. Ronnie Gardner, T.J. Smith, Cody Swanson, and David Prickett followed Swanson to the checkered flags.

Piloting the family owned #05 Honda Racing / Goodwine Glass Stealth, Jake Swanson qualified sixth and won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. With the feature triumph, last year’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has tied Gardner in both the overall and dirt series point chase. Heading to Saturday’s action at Ventura, Swanson has three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led in the campaign.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco raced to second from the fourth starting spot in the main event. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner was third fast in time trials and third in his heat race. Currently, the co-leader in both the overall and dirt standings has one feature win, four top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led to his credit.

Fresno’s T.J. Smith made a late race surge to claim third at the checkered flags. Making his first start in the Neverlift Motorsports’ #55 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Smith qualified second overall and placed third in his heat race. The 2010 Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion will be looking for more opportunities to compete with the USAC Western Midget Series.

Cody Swanson of Norco started on the pole position and had to settle for fourth on this night. Racing the family owned #71 Edmunds Auto Research / K&N Filters entry, Swanson was seventh quick in time trials and second in his heat race. To date, Cody ranks sixth in the overall points and fourth in the dirt series with one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year.

Fresno’s David Prickett scored fifth in the Santa Maria feature. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15 Motorsports’ #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett was fifth fast in time trials and won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Currently third in both the overall and dirt series points, David has two heat race victories, one semi-main win, and four top-10 finishes on the season.

Shannon McQueen of Tehachapi earned her second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run after starting eleventh. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, last year’s champion qualified fourth and ran sixth in her heat race. As this writing goes to press, McQueen sits ninth in the overall standings and seventh in the dirt series with one fast time award and three top-10 finishes.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas made his first start in Jerome Rodela’s potent #25 machine and set fast time over the thirteen car field. The former series champion scored fourth in his heat race and claimed sixth in the 25-lap main event.

The USAC Western Midget Series will be back in action this Saturday, May 18th at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the VRA Midget Series, the second round of “Battle at the Beach” will also feature Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Focus Midgets, and Go Karts. For more event and ticket information, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. The 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)

Ronnie Gardner Leads USAC Western Midgets to Santa Maria

May 9th, 2013

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday, May 11th, the cars and stars of the USAC Western Midget Series will make their only appearance at Ruben & Katy Munoz’s Santa Maria Speedway. The action packed showcase will also feature the Papich Construction IMCA Modifieds, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Ignite Midgets, and the Toste Construction Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 4:30pm and Racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” is set to begin at 6:00pm.

Since May 1985, the Santa Maria clay oval has featured twenty-nine USAC Western Midget events. The legendary Sleepy Tripp leads all drivers with six victories as Rusty Rasmussen (3), and Billy Boat (2) have claimed multiple wins. Other drivers to have won at Santa Maria are Mario Bringetto Jr., Tyler Brown, Johnny Cofer, Tommie Estes Jr., Nic Faas, Terry Farrar, Robby Flock, Frankie Guerrini, Garrett Hansen, Johnathon Henry, Cory Kruseman, Brad Kuhn, Jeff Meyer, Wally Pankratz, Bryan Stanfill, Danny Stratton, Tommy White, and Josh Wise.

After winning the April 6th “Battle at the Beach” at Ventura Raceway, Ronnie Gardner of Norco leads both the overall and dirt series point standings. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner has three top-five finishes and 18 feature laps led to his credit. The 2011 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Most Improved Driver will be looking to add a Santa Maria victory to his resume.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson is second in both the overall and dirt series point chase. Racing the Swanson Motorsports’ #05 Honda Racing / Goodwine Glass Stealth, Jake claimed second at Ventura Raceway. To date, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, two top-5 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. Swanson will have his sights on a feature win at Santa Maria and becoming the new point leader.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg sits third in the overall points, fifth in the dirt series, and fifth in the pavement standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #55 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Swanson ran fifth in Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach.” Currently, the 2005 USAC Western Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the year. Kody will be looking to add Saturday’s 30-lap main event to his win list.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich is fourth in the overall standings, sixth in the dirt series, and seventh in the pavement points. Piloting the family owned #35 Mid-Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike, Pierovich did not race at Ventura, but finished third at Madera on May 4th. To date, the veteran driver has two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Scott will be looking add the Santa Maria feature to his resume.

David Prickett of Fresno has climbed to fifth in the overall points and third in the dirt series. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett claimed fourth at Ventura Raceway. Currently, the veteran driver has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, and three top-10 finishes on the season. David will have his sights on winning the 30-lap feature on Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Frankie Guerrini, Cody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Trey Marcham, Shannon McQueen, Kyle Edwards, Troy Rutherford, Robby Josett, Randi Pankratz, Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Britton Bock, Jimmy Voitel, and more.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $14, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $12, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 315-2023.

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

May 18th Tulare Race Added to Amsoil USAC/CA Sprint Car Schedule

December 17th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA -Series Director Chris Kearns has announced an addition to the 2013 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Schedule. On May 18th, the traditional 410 sprints will compete at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway, making a total of 23 events on the calendar. The tenth USAC/CRA season will kickoff on March 1st with the two day “Copper On Dirt” at Canyon Speedway Park.

Steve Faria’s lightning fast 1/3-mile facility last showcased the regional series in 2010. On May 30th, “The Bullet” Blake Miller claimed the “Salute To Indy” victory in Mark Priestley’s #7 Bullet. Piloting his #29 BK Motorsports Maxim, Bud Kaeding won the November 13th co-sanctioned Pacific Coast Nationals. Since 2007, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Matt Mitchell, Garrett Hansen, and Jon Stanbrough have also scored USAC/CRA victories at Thunderbowl Raceway. For more details on the May 18th event, visit tularethunderbowl.com.

Series officials have announced that the USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held on February 9th at the Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles. In addition to USAC/CRA, the West Coast Sprints, Western Classic Sprints, Western Midgets, and Ignite Midgets will be honored. More details will be released as soon as possible.

Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Racing Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the upcoming season, please email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

December 2nd, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –For the fourth straight season, car counts and the level of competition has continued to rise for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. With 105 drivers taking the green flag, six claimed feature wins in the 14 race schedule and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding added his name to the champion’s list. Hollister’s Ryan Bernal won the inaugural USAC vs. ASCS Grudge Series and Austin Liggett of Tracy earned Rookie of the Year honors. In all, the average car count for the traditional 360 sprint car series was twenty-six, up thirteen percent from last year.

Committed to making a charge for the championship, Bud Kaeding served notice to the competition by winning the March 8th season opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown Champion won three more main events and became the all-time leader in that category. Kaeding had an outstanding season and led the series with four feature wins (tied), seven heat race victories, two Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Awards (tied), and eleven top-5 finishes. In addition, the newly crowned champion led 47 feature laps with twelve starts in the campaign.

For the second straight season, Ryan Bernal finished second in the championship points. Moving to Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal nearly stole the opening night feature from Kaeding in a close finish. Last year’s Rookie of the Year rallied to score four main events, including Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on June 23rd and the season ending “Cotton Classic” at Hanford. Ryan led the series with four feature wins (tied), three Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main wins (tied), two Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Awards (tied), eleven top-10 finishes (tied), and 91 feature laps led. Bernal closed out his season with four heat race victories and won his second straight Santa Maria track title.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela put together a solid season and finished third in the point chase. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Lost Reality / SWE Maxim, Niemela did not win a main event but was a force to be reckoned with throughout the year. Getting adjusted to the larger tracks in Central California, Markus’ best finish was a third at Kings Speedway on April 7th. The star of his own reality show had one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton had a tough season and claimed fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, “Hollywood” was another fast driver that did not score a feature win. The all-time leader in fast time awards posted a season best third place finish on May 5th at Santa Maria, where he claimed second in track points. At season’s end, Faria earned one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, and nine top-10 finishes.

Scoring fifth in the point chase was Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the defending series champion won $5,000 at the Santa Maria “John Jewett Memorial / Billet Cup” on September 29th. Also claiming the “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford on August 4th, Vander Weerd had one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride of Bakersfield had a solid season and claimed sixth in the final standings. The pilot of the Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #87 Fred Cummings Motorsports Maxim did not win a main event, but posted a season best fifth place finish at Santa Maria on May 5th. With veteran mechanic Moose Lacy turning the wrenches, Kirkbride raced to one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, eight top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led during the campaign.

Santa Maria’s “Showtime” Danny Sheridan finished seventh in the point chase and claimed second in the USAC vs. ASCS Grudge Series. Closing the year out in Keith Ford’s #73X King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Sheridan did not win a feature but had three runner-up finishes. Also driving the Kittle Motorsports’ #18K Sherman and Warren Dorathy’s #21 KPC, the veteran driver had one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda placed eighth in the point standings. The pilot of Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / SWE Maxim had championship aspirations until a Terre Haute crash during Indiana Sprint Week ended his season.
Mitchell did not score a feature win during the campaign, but ran second to Bud Kaeding at Bakersfield on March 24th. The USAC/CRA standout earned one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, seven top-10
finishes, and 19 feature laps led. Mitchell is still on the mend from his eye injury and everyone with the USAC West Coast Series wishes him a complete and speedy recovery.

Bakersfield’s Rusty Carlile scored ninth in the championship points. Driving his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, Carlile was another fast driver that did not win a main event in 2012. At Hanford’s “Jim Turner Memorial” on September 8th, “The Bakersfield Bullet” had his best performance of the year with a third place run after starting fifteenth. To his credit, Carlile recorded one heat race victory, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year.

Finishing tenth in the point chase was Justyne Hamblin of Hanford. Driving the JH Motorsports’ #8 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino / Kings River Commodities SpeedTech, Hamblin had a tough season and did not win a main event. Like Carlile, the former series champion posted her best finish at Hanford’s “Jim Turner Memorial,” recording a fifth place run after starting thirteenth. Justyne closed out 2012 with one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes. Before the final checkered flag of the season, the popular driver announced her retirement from sprint car racing and will be missed at the races.

Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura, and Buckeye, Arizona’s Charles Davis Jr. also claimed feature wins in 2012. Driving for Keith Ford, Larson won both nights of Tulare’s Faria Memorial and scored the Saturday finale from 20th in an unfamiliar team car. On July 7th, Kruseman raced the Ford #73X to victory at Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial / War at the Shore.” Davis, the ASCS Canyon Region Champion, piloted the Massey Motorsports #50 to the September 22nd “Brawl For It All” triumph at Canyon Speedway Park. It should be noted that Ford, Crew Chief Jimmy May, and the JFM team made series history with seven wins (4:Bernal, 2: Larson, 1: Kruseman) on the season.

Austin Liggett finished eleventh in points and earned Rookie of the Year honors after a tough battle with Verdemont Heights’ Chris Gansen. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett showed improvement after teaming with Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner to score his best finish, a third at Hanford on August 4th. The Wingless Spec Sprint graduate had one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, seven top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led.

As this writing goes to press, Series Promoter Chris Kearns is working on the upcoming 2013 schedule and USAC officials are looking at options for the annual awards banquet. Details for both items will be released as soon as possible. Mike
Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series and videos 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). If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the upcoming season, please email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

USAC/CRA Season Wraps up at 17th Oval Nationals

November 1st, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Friday and Saturday, the cars and stars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the “17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, over fifty entries from across the country will compete in the prestigious $10,000-to-win event. The popular winged California Lightning Sprints and the PAS 360 Senior Sprints will join the action as the spectator gates at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will open at 4:00pm on Friday and 3:00pm on Saturday.

Track announcers Chris Holt and Scott Daloisio will serve as Grand Marshals and the festivities will kickoff on Thursday night. Scheduled for 6:00pm, a special practice session will be held that is FREE for fans to attend in the grandstands. On Saturday at 3:00pm, the PAS will host an autograph session on the front straightaway for fans to meet their favorite drivers.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer has a lock on his fifth straight championship. Last week at Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic,” the pilot of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim was fourth on Friday and did not race in Saturday’s main event. To date, Spencer has eight feature wins, twelve Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, nineteen top-5 finishes, and 164 feature laps led. Mike and the Bruce Bromme Jr. led team will be looking to claim their first Oval Nationals.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is second in the championship points. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the Perris 1-lap track record holder ran seventeenth in last Friday’s prelim and eleventh in the Canyon finale. The year, Faas has earned two feature wins, three Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, two Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-5 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Midget Champion will have his sights on adding the Oval Nationals to his resume.

Sitting third in the point chase is Buena Park’s Brody Roa. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, the former Wagsdash Champion scored twenty-second last Friday and ran twelfth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, Roa has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, six top-five finishes, and 47 feature laps led. Brody will be looking for his first Perris victory and winning the Oval Nationals.

“The Ripper” Rip Williams of Yorba Linda has climbed to fourth in the standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #3 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the 2004 Champion scored a sixteenth place finish on Friday and sixth in the Saturday finale. In 2012, Williams has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, five top-5 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. “The Ripper” won the Oval Nationals in 1997 and will have his sights on adding this year’s trophy to his collection.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal is fifth in the point chase and did not compete at Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, the pilot of Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike has two feature wins, three heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, eight top-5 finishes, and 94 feature laps led to his credit. Bernal will be looking to claim his first Perris victory and adding the Oval Nationals to his portfolio.
Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Yorba Linda’s “Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Dynamite” David Cardey of Riverside, Visalia’s Richard and Jace Vander
Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan of Santa Maria, Torrance’s “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, and many more.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson leads the USAC National Series in a tight battle with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN). Other series drivers expected to compete are Jon Stanbrough (Avon, IN), Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, IN), “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA), “The Madman” Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA), Chase Stockon (Sullivan, IN), Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL),”The Bear” Chris Windom (Canton, IL), and Bobby East (Brownsburg, IN).

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at www.perrisautospeedway.com. For more event information, please visit the track’s website or call (951) 940-0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Racing Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support. For more information on the
Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or
Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a pay per view feed of every event at www.circletracknetwork.com.

12th Annual “Hall of Fame classic” at Canyon Begins Friday

October 26th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Friday and Saturday, the cars and stars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints, the 12th Annual ParkerStore “Hall of Fame Classic” will feature an incredible roster of talent from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Midwest. The popular Challenge Cup Sprint Cars will join the showcase and the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing set begin at 7:00pm.

Heading into Friday’s event, Temecula’s Mike Spencer has a lock on his fifth straight championship. Holding a commanding 332 point advantage, the pilot of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim was second at the October 6th “Fair Race” at Perris. To date, Spencer has eight feature wins, eleven Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, eighteen top-5 finishes, and 164 feature laps led. Mike will be looking for his first “Copper State” victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is currently second in the point chase. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the 1-lap track record holder at Canyon claimed his second victory of the year on October 6th. In 2012, Faas has three Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, two Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-5 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Nic will be among the favorites to watch at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Sitting third in the point standings is Buena Park’s Brody Roa. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, the former Wagsdash Champion ran eighth at Perris after starting sixteenth. Roa won at Yuma on June 2nd and has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, six top-five finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. Brody will have his sights on adding the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is fourth in the championship points. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, the Santa Maria track champion was twelfth on October 6th after a flip ended his night. To date, Bernal has two feature wins, three heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, eight top-5 finishes, and 94 feature laps led. Ryan will be looking to claim victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Yorba Linda’s “The Ripper” Rip Williams sits fifth in USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #3 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the 2004 Champion scored eleventh at the Perris “Fair Race.” In 2012, “The Ripper” has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, five top-5 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. Williams has been running strong and will be a threat to win at Canyon.

Among the other top USAC/CRA contenders expected to be in action are Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, Ventura’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, and Yorba Linda’s “Cadillac” Cody Williams. Dave Darland will lead the challenge from USAC National drivers including last year’s Hall of Fame Classic winner Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Chris Windom, Robert Ballou, Casey Shuman, and Bobby East. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Mike Martin, “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, Stevie Sussex, and more will represent Arizona and New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl will be on hand. CSP is offering a bonus of $250 on Friday and $500 on Saturday to the highest finishing 360 and an open practice will be held Thursday at CSP from 6-9pm. Entry forms and race information can be found at www.usacracing.com/assets/files/rules/2012/October26.pdf.

This year, “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden will serve as Grand Marshall as the “Hall of Fame Classic” will induct Billy Boat, “The Gasman” Richard Griffin, Mark Passerelli, Bob Gibson, and “Hoot” Gibson to the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Racing Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Richard Vander Weerd Wins $5000 at Santa Maria Billet Cup

October 5th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA -.. Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd had a night to remember last Saturday by winning Santa Maria Speedway’s “John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup” presented by Southwest Contractors. Vander Weerd not only took home $2,500 for winning the main event from seventeenth, he claimed the $2,500 high point bonus, won a qualifying heat race, earned the Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, and scored his first Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast
Time Award of the year. Mike Spencer, Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. followed last year’s USAC West Coast Champion in the special 40-lap feature.

With an eighteen car inversion in the main event, San Diego’s Chris Ennis grabbed the early lead in his #86 B&B Transmission / Skarphol & Associates 777 entry. The 2010 Rookie of the Year set a fast pace on the Santa Maria clay with Austin Liggett and 4-time track champion Jimmy Thompson in hot pursuit. With the high point drivers battling their way forward, action was halted for Jace Vander Weerd who suffered front end damage on lap four, ending his night.

On the restart, pole-sitter Jeremy Ellertson reclaimed third from Thompson, but soon had his hands full with Mike Spencer. Spencer, who was on the move from ninth, quickly dropped Ellertson to fourth and gave chase after the leaders. The top three began to run away from the field as an intense ten car “battle royal” followed Ellertson around the speedway. Up front, Liggett pressured Ennis for the top spot as Spencer looked to take second from the young driver.

By lap twelve, “Hollywood” Faria had stormed into fourth from sixteenth and wanted more. Thirteenth starting Ryan Bernal claimed fifth two laps later and looked to power around Faria. With action throughout the field, Spencer slid past Liggett to claim second on lap sixteen. On the next circuit, Liggett bobbled on the high groove and lost four spots, opening the door for Faria, Bernal, and Vander Weerd. With Spencer challenging Ennis for the lead, Faria was making his bid for second with Bernal and Vander Weerd in striking distance.

Using extra momentum from the outside line, Mike Spencer claimed the lead on lap nineteen. As Ennis developed problems and began to fade, Faria dove into second and was quickly followed by Bernal and Vander Weerd. As the three drivers had a furious battle for second, Spencer opened up his advantage. As Bernal’s engine began to smoke, Vander Weerd made his way to second and Bud Kaeding dropped Faria to fifth with ten laps to go.

Preferring to run the low line on the Santa Maria clay, Vander Weerd was gaining on the leader. By lap thirty-four, the two drivers were running side by side on the back straightaway and Richard took command. Once out front, Vander Weerd had some breathing room but Spencer was still driving hard. With only a few laps remaining, slower traffic became a factor and the leaders sliced their way past the lappers. Vander Weerd remained in control and claimed his eighth career USAC West Coast feature, putting him in a 3-way tie with Bernal and Peter Murphy for second on the winner’s list.

Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd earned his second victory of the campaign and closed out the night as the Billet Cup point leader. Despite a seventh place finish in his heat race after a tangle, Richard earned $5,000 for his efforts and will be looking to win Hanford’s Cotton Classic on October 13th.

Making his first start in the Kittle Motorsports’ #18K Pace Lighting / PIPE Sherman, Temecula’s Mike Spencer came home second in the Billet Cup. Scoring fifth in overall points, the 4-time USAC/CRA Champion pocketed $1,850 after qualifying fifth, placing second in his heat race, and scoring ninth in his qualifier.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal ran third in the 40-lap feature and earned the night’s LRB Inc. Race Products Award. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, the 2-time Santa Maria Champion claimed $1,450 and was fourth overall in Billet Cup points. Earlier in the program, Bernal was eleventh fast in time trials, won the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #2, and ran third in his qualifying race.

Scoring fourth at the checkered flag was Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown Champion was the high point driver entering the main event and placed second in the Billet Cup chase. Taking home $1,950, Kaeding was fourth quick in time trials, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and ran second in his qualifier. Bud will be looking to celebrate his USAC West Coast Championship on October 13th at Kings Speedway.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. scored fifth in the main event after running second for several laps. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, Faria finished third overall in Billet Cup points and took home $1,350. Earlier in the night, “Hollywood” qualified third, ran third in his heat race, and placed fourth in his qualifying race. Danny will have his sights on winning the Cotton Classic at Hanford.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan of Santa Maria won the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73X King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, the former Bandit Sprint Car Champion was sixth in the Billet Cup point chase. Earning $1,000 on the night, Sheridan was ninth quick in time trials, placed third in his qualifier, and scored sixth in the feature after starting fifteenth.

Hanford’s D.J. Netto made another rare non-winged start and won the Extreme Mufflers Second Qualifying Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #7N Netto Ag Inc. / Van De Pol Enterprises KB, the 2012 Rebel Cup Champion also earned the program’s Weld Racing Award with a tenth place run in the main event. Placing ninth in the Billet Cup standings and earning $625, Netto qualified fourteenth and placed third in his heat race.

Santa Maria’s John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup presented by Southwest Contractors 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 Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, October 13th, at Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “27th Annual Cotton Classic” will also feature the winged King of the West 410 Sprints and Vintage Racers. 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 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)

John Jewett Memorial Billett Cup Saturday at Santa Maria

September 26th, 2012

This Saturday’s “John Jewett Memorial Billett Cup” race at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway is a “special event” for USAC’s West Coast Sprint Cars, meaning no series points are being awarded.

Bud Kaeding continues to lead the series standings and last Saturday’s “Brawl For It All” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. did nothing to change his 125-point edge over Ryan Bernal, since it also was a “special event” and offered no series points.

Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. won the Peoria race, outduelling Bernal in the closing laps for the win. The 30-lap race featured five lead changes among three drivers and Davis led the final three circuits for the win over Bernal, R.J.
Johnson, Rick Ziehl and Danny Sheridan. Brian Hosford led the first two laps, Davis led the next 12, Bernal took over for six and Davis led five. On lap 26 Bernal returned to the top spot, but two laps later he yielded it to Davis.

The West Coast Sprint Car Series point race concludes October 13 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Main Event Will Feature Extra $10k Point Fund

September 22nd, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – On Saturday, September 29th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Santa Maria Speedway for the “John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup” presented by Southwest Contractors. The special event will feature a passing points format with a fully inverted main event paying $2,500-to-win, $300-to-start, and $100-to-non-transfers. In addition, the 30-lap feature will have an extra $10,000 point fund, making this the richest night in series history.

Showcasing a format similar to the popular “Trophy Cup,” Promoter Chris Kearns has put together nearly $25,000 in total payout for this one day event. With the extra point fund, the high point driver entering the main event could take home $5,000 if they win from the rear of the field. The “John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup” winner will also get a one-of-a-kind custom billet aluminum cup trophy. For placing last in the feature, that driver will get a minimum bonus of $200, bringing their payday to $500. The entry fee is $75 and both the main event purse and point fund are listed at the end of this release.

To date, five different drivers have scored feature wins in 2012. Bud Kaeding leads all drivers with four victories and Ryan Bernal has claimed three. Kyle Larson swept the 2-day “Faria Memorial,” Cory Kruseman won Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial,” and Richard Vander Weerd drove to the Jim Evett Memorial victory at Hanford. The Josh Ford Motorsports Team has claimed six of the eleven victories with Bernal, Larson, and Kruseman at the controls.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, September 22nd, at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The “Brawl For It All” will be the final round of the USAC vs. ASCS “Grudge Series” and will also feature the Southwest Modlites and ASCS2 Mini Sprints. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC West Coast 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)

Calistoga’s 5th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic Set For This Weekend

August 29th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Labor Day Weekend, September 1st & 2nd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Calistoga Speedway for the 5th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic. Co-sanctioned with the USAC Western Classic Racing Series, the event will also feature the popular USAC Western Midget Series. There will be many pre-race festivities for race fans to enjoy and cars are scheduled to hit the scenic 1/2-mile race track at 5pm.

For the Sprint Cars, Saturday’s main event will pay $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start, as Sunday’s 30-lap finale will pay $5,000-to-win and $500-to-start. Thanks to fundraising efforts from raffles, wine tasting, silent auctions, and beer garden events, additional bonuses will be added to the Louie Vermeil Classic. An autograph session will be held that features past racing legends and current stars. Jack Hewitt will serve as Grand Marshall and will be joined by LeRoy Van Connett, Jimmy Boyd, Shane Carson, Jimmy Oskie, Billy Anderson, and more.

Competitors should note that Calistoga Speedway is located on a California State Fairgrounds and has a mandatory 95db at 100ft muffler rule. Knoxville type mufflers are not allowed and USAC/CRA tire rules (Hoosier HT2, HTW (105x18x15), DT3, or F55 Right Rear tire.) will apply for Aluminum block 410s. Local 360 powered cars can run their approved Hoosier Tires on all four corners. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25
entry fee to all competitors, which includes a transponder rental. USAC Western Classic Racing entries must follow series rules to earn championship points.

The Labor Day Weekend Classics at Calistoga will mark the fifteenth and sixteenth events of the USAC/CRA campaign. To date, eight different drivers have stood atop the podium with Mike Spencer leading all drivers with seven feature wins. Nic Faas won the season opener at Perris, while “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Brody Roa, and Ryan Bernal scored their first USAC/CRA main event wins. Santa Maria features were claimed by Austin Williams and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, while “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman returned to Perris’ victory circle on August 18th.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer sits atop the point standings in Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim. The 4-time defending series champion was second at Perris on August 18th and fourth the following night at Victorville. To
date, Spencer has nine Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-5 finishes, and leads the series with 139 feature laps led. Mike is a 2-time winner of the Louie Vermeil Classic (2009 & 2011) and will be looking to continue his march to another title with feature wins at Calistoga.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is second in the championship points. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas claimed fourth at Perris and did not start the Victorville feature. The 2008 Rookie of the Year has two Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Awards, nine top-5 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Faas holds the USAC Western Midget track record at Calistoga and will be looking to win the Louie Vermeil Classic.

After placing sixth at Perris and third at Victorville, Buena Park’s Brody Roa has climbed to third in the point chase. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, the Yuma, Arizona feature winner has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, four top-5 finishes, and 47 feature laps led. Roa will have his sights on adding Calistoga feature wins to his resume.

Sitting fourth in the standings is Ryan Bernal of Hollister. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal was fifth at Perris and won the Victorville 30-lap feature. The 2-time Santa Maria track champion has two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, seven top-5 finishes, and 76 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will be looking to add the Louie Vermeil Classic to his list of accomplishments.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams is fifth in the championship hunt. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Viper, Williams scored eighteenth at Perris and was seventh at Victorville. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. Austin will be looking claim his first victory at the famed Calistoga Speedway.

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are “The Ripper” Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Seth Wilson of Las Vegas, Yorba Linda’s “Cadillac” Cody Williams, Riverside’s “Dynamite” David Cardey, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan of Santa Maria, and many more.

The USAC Western Classic Racing Series is led by Lincoln’s Tony Hunt who has a 24 point advantage over Shauna Hogg of Fair Oaks. Lodi’s Scott Pierovich, Carmichael’s Tom Baker, Gordon Rodgers of Winton, Santa Rosa’s Marty Hawkins, Brian McClish of Santa Rosa, Fresno’s Tim Skoglund, Madera’s Cody Gerhardt, and Taylor Simas of Orland round out the top ten in points.

Calistoga Speedway is located on the Napa Valley Fairgrounds at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga. Reserved tickets are $30 and General Admission tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.louievermeilclassic.net or call (916) 773-7223.

To catch the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Competitors with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are welcomed to compete Wednesday, September 8th at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. While not an official point race with USAC/CRA, the event during the Gold Cup Race of Champions will
follow USAC Western Classic rules with restricted 410 engines. For more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call (530) 350-7275.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Danny Sheridan Surges to Win at Santa Maria Thriller

August 16th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –After winning the previous night at Watsonville, Amsoil USAC/CRA point leader Mike Spencer looked to sweep the co-sanctioned weekend with the USAC Western Classic Series. It was not to be as “Showtime” Danny Sheridan surged past the Amsoil USAC/CRA point leader to claim the $2,500 victory in front of his hometown fans. The last laps of the feature were noted by many observers as one of the most dramatic finishes in Santa Maria Speedway history. Following Sheridan across the finish line were Spencer, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, and Nic Faas.

After coming close many times, Danny Sheridan won his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car main event at Santa Maria. Piloting the Kittle Motorsports’ #18 Pace Lighting / PJ1 Lubricants Sherman, Danny was fourth quick in time trials and placed second in his heat race. Starting seventh in the feature, “Showtime” preferred the outside line to make his charge to the front. Taking command from early leader Jace Vander Weerd on lap seven, Sheridan set a torrid pace until Spencer slipped past on lap twenty-three.

Skillfully working through lapped traffic, Spencer began to stretch his lead. Once cleared of traffic himself, Sheridan gave chase after Mike and quickly erased the advantage. Still running the outside line, “Showtime” applied pressure and managed to pull alongside Spencer at the white flag. Sweeping through turn one, Danny grabbed the lead and shot down the back straight. Mike drove hard into turn three, finding extra traction on the bottom and taking the lead coming out of the fourth corner. With the checkered flag waving, Spencer momentarily bobbled and Sheridan used the extra momentum to take the popular hometown win. In victory lane, Sheridan dedicated the win to longtime sponsor Pat Kehoe of Pace Electronics, who recently passed away.

Piloting Ron Chaffin’s famed #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim, Mike Spencer of Temecula earned his seventh Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award of the Year. Scoring fifth in his heat race, the 4-time champion just fell short of claiming his eighth win of the campaign. To date, Spencer has two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award, twelve top-5
finishes, 139 feature laps led, and holds a 120 point advantage heading to the Perris-Victorville “Freeway Series.”

Yorba Linda’s “The Ripper” Rip Williams scored third in the Santa Maria 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Driving Jack Jory’s #3 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams won the night’s LRB Inc. Race Products Award, qualified sixth and placed fourth in his heat race. Currently fifth in points, the 2004 champion has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one feature lap led, and four top-5 finishes.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia scored fourth after leading the first six laps of the main event. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Mid Valley Pipe & Supply Maxim, Jace was sixteenth fast and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Running fourteenth in points, Vander Weerd has one Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Award on the season.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach placed fifth at Santa Maria. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the 2008 Rookie of the Year qualified eleventh and finished second in his heat race. Currently second in points, Faas has one feature win, two Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Keizer Wheels / Ringers Gloves Hard Charger Awards, 26 feature laps led, and eight top-5 finishes.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd earned the night’s Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run after starting twentieth. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Mid Valley Pipe & Supply Maxim, Richard qualified twentieth and ran fourth in his heat race. To date, Vander Weerd is twelfth in points with one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply
Fast Time Award, five feature laps led, and one top-five finish.

Ventura’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won his fourth heat race of the year by claiming the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #2. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, the 2006 Champion qualified seventeenth and scored tenth in the main event after starting seventeenth. In 2012, Kruseman is currently seventh in points with three top-5 finishes and 10 feature laps led.

Scott Pierovich of Alamo won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Piloting the Dave Vertullo / Ken Pierson #14 Starr Property Management / ART Enterprises Eagle, Pierovich was eighteenth fast in time trials and twelfth in the feature after starting eighteenth. The USAC Western Midget Series graduate left Santa Maria third in Western Classic points.

The traditional 410s will return to action on Saturday, August 18th, at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The showcase will also feature the PAS 360 Senior Sprint Cars and California Lightning Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.

The following night, Sunday, August 19th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprints will return to Victorville’s Route 66 Motorplex. Promoted by ex-CRA/SCRA Sprint Car driver Scott Burns, the event will also feature the USAC Western Midget Series. Located on the San Bernardino Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at dirtentertainment.com or calling (909) 237-4965. The pit gate will open at noon, the spectator gates will open at 3:30pm, and racing is slated for 6:00pm.

With sponsorship from the United States Auto Club (USAC), Sprint Car teams that attend both races of the “Freeway Series” will receive 3 pit passes at Victorville. In addition, Route 66 Motorplex will give 2 grandstand tickets to all Sprint Car and Midget teams in attendance on Sunday.

To catch the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Racing Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Mike Spencer Leads USAC/CRA Swing to Watsonville and Santa Maria

August 9th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Friday and Saturday, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will compete in a special doubleheader with the USAC Western Classic Racing Series. Starting August 10th at John Prentice’s Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, both groups will race the following night at Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway. With valuable championship points available for both series, a talented roster of drivers are expected at both tracks.

Friday’s event will mark the fourth appearance of USAC/CRA at the Watsonville quarter-mile facility. Last June 15th, Mike Spencer of Temecula claimed his first 30-lap feature at Ocean Speedway. In the two previous visits, “The Kruser” Cory
Kruseman of Ventura stormed to victory and both drivers will be among the favorites to watch. Joining the action packed card will be American Stocks, Micro 600s, Sport Mods, and Wingless Sprints. The pit gates will open at 1:00pm, spectator gates will open at 4:30pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm.

Santa Maria Speedway will showcase the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars for the fourteenth time in series history. Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams will be going for his third straight feature win at the 1/3-mile oval. Saturday’s card will also feature a $1,000 Winner-Take-All Sprint Car Wheelie Contest, the Toste Construction Mini Stocks, California Lightning Sprints, and Mod Lites. The pit gate will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 4:30pm, and racing is slated for 6:00pm.

Several bonuses have been announced to encourage more local participation and a larger fan base to the Watsonville and Santa Maria point races. The United States Auto Club (USAC) will award a bonus to the three highest finishing drivers with the Western Classic Series at both tracks. $500 will go to the top finishing driver, with $300 to second, and $200 awarded to third for eligible drivers with a current series membership. In addition, Kearns has announced a $200 bonus to the highest finishing USAC West Coast 360 at Santa Maria. Eligible drivers must have a current West Coast membership. Local cars are also eligible to participate in USAC/CRA’s contingency program that awards sponsor certificates to fast time, heat race winners, semi-main winner, hard charger, and more. The incentives will be paid in addition to the regular USAC/CRA purse of $2500-to-win and $300-to-start the main event.

Heading into the eleventh race of the season, Temecula’s Mike Spencer holds a 88-point advantage over the competition. At Perris Auto Speedway on July 28th, the pilot of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim scored his
sixth main event win of the campaign. To date, the 4-time USAC/CRA Champion has six Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, two heat race victory, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, 116 feature laps led, and ten top-5 finishes to his credit. Spencer has his sights set on another championship and claiming wins at Watsonville and Santa Maria.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is second in the chase for the championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the former Rookie of the Year placed fifth at Perris. Faas won the Perris “Sokola
Shootout” on February 25th and has two Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, twenty-six feature laps led, and seven top-5 finishes on the year. Nic will be looking to close the gap in the title chase with feature wins at Ocean and Santa Maria.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams is third in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the former Rookie of the Year scored twentieth at Perris after flipping his machine. To date, Williams has one feature win on the year with four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, twenty-nine feature laps led, and six top-five finishes on the season. Austin will have his sights on adding the Watsonville and Santa Maria main events to his resume.

Brody Roa of Buena Park is currently fourth in the point standings. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, the 2010 Wagsdash Champion claimed sixth on July 28th. Roa won his first USAC/CRA feature at Yuma on June 2nd and has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, thirty-one feature laps led, and two top-5 finishes on the year. Roa will be looking to score his first victories at Watsonville and Santa Maria Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell is fifth in the championship points. Driving the J.W.
Mitchell Motorsports’ #37 J.M. Mancha Realtors / Sierra Springs Water Maxim, Matt missed the July 28th race at Perris to recover from his Indiana Sprint Week crash at Terre Haute. In 2012, the former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and five top-5 finishes in the campaign. As this writing goes to press, Mitchell is still on the mend and could miss the Watsonville-Santa Maria swing.

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, “The Ripper” Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Ventura’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Yorba Linda’s Cody Williams, Seth Wilson of Las Vegas, and many more.

Heading into Friday’s show, Shauna Hogg leads the point chase with the USAC Western Classic Racing Series. The veteran driver is followed by Tony Hunt, Gordon Rodgers, Scott Pierovich, Marty Hawkins, Brian McClish, Tom Baker, Tim Skoglund, Cody Gerhardt, and Taylor Simas. West Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst swept last weekend’s races at Chico and Placerville.

All competitors must run mufflers at the Watsonville and Santa Maria events. Ocean Speedway has a strict muffler rule and asks competitors to run the Extreme Ventura Legal (4615-3535-8), FlowMaster Suitcase, Spintech Suitcase, or Extreme (6014-3530) & Spin Tech 180 degree mufflers. Santa Maria Speedway has a standard track rule (95dB at 100 feet), similar to those used at California Fairgrounds based facilities. Local track sound standards must be met in order to compete.

Per USAC/CRA rules, 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars can run their local track or series approved Hoosier tires on all four corners. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors, which includes a transponder rental. Aluminum block 410 powered cars must run either a Hoosier HT2, HTW (105x18x15), DT3, or F55 Right Rear tire. USAC Western Classic Racing entries must follow series rules to earn championship points.

Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California at 2601 E. Lake Avenue. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.oceanspeedway.com or call (831) 662-9466.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 922-2232.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

CRA, Classic Combine at Watsonville & Santa Maria

August 8th, 2012

USAC’s AMSOIL CRA and Western Classic Sprint Car series combine this week for a pair of races in California which could be pivotal in the battle for 2012 championships.

Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. hosts Friday’s race, while Santa Maria Speedway is Saturday’s venue. Mike Spencer of Temecula, Calif. (USAC/CRA) and Shauna Hogg of Citrus Heights, Calif. (Western Classic) enter the two races as the respective point leaders. Spencer has a comfortable 88-point lead over Nic Faas, while Hogg’s lead over Tony Hunt stands at 58 points. Hogg posted finishes of sixth and 17th in two Western Classic races last weekend, both races won by Kyle Hirst of West Sacramento, Calif.

Hirst won Friday’s 30-lapper at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, leading the final 21 laps after passing Andy Forsberg on lap 10. Saturday night, Hirst led the final 18 laps at Placerville Speedway after Jimmy Sills exited with car trouble on lap 13. Forsberg was second at Chico ahead of Terry Schank Jr., Tony Hunt and Mark Tabor Jr. At Placerville, Matt Streeter led the first seven laps and finished second ahead of James Sweeney, Jimmy Trulli and Mack Mackay. Sills, in a rare USAC appearance, led five laps before exiting the race.

Spencer enters the two weekend races after setting a record for consecutive USAC/CRA victories at Perris, Calif. (five), while Hogg continues to chase a championship which would make her USAC’s fifth female driving champion, joining Sondi Eden, Taylor Ferns, Jessica Clark and Chrissie Beavis.

“3rd Annual Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford Saturday

August 3rd, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday, August 4th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “3rd Annual Jim Evett Memorial” will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The front gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at the “King of the Dirt Tracks” will begin at 6:30pm.

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 racing success until Jim’s passing in 2010. Jonathan still drives in his grandfather’s memory and will be looking for his first USAC West Coast victory on Saturday.

Heading into the tenth race of the campaign, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding holds a sixty-six point advantage over the competition. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 2010 Evett Memorial Winner was twelfth at Santa Maria on July 7th. To date, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has three feature wins, four heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, eight top-five finishes, and forty-one feature laps led. Bud won at Hanford on June 9th and will be looking to repeat at Saturday’s $1,500-to-win Jim Evett Memorial.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, the 2-time Santa Maria track champion finished third after starting eighteenth on July 7th. In 2012, Bernal has three feature wins, one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, two Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Awards, six top-5 finishes, and sixty-six feature laps led. Ryan will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. is third in the point standings. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, the 2011 Evett Memorial Winner scored fourth at Santa Maria after starting fifteenth. The veteran driver has yet to score a USAC West Coast feature in 2012, but has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, and four top-5 finishes. “Hollywood” scored the May 19th victory at Hanford with USAC/CRA and will be looking to add another Evett
Memorial to his resume.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda sits fourth in the championship points. The driver of Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim skipped the Santa Maria race to prepare for Indiana Sprint Week. Mitchell is another driver looking to win a West Coast main event, but has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, and nineteen feature laps led on the season. As this writing goes to press, Mitchell is recovering from a July 18th crash at Terre Haute and could miss Saturday’s race at Hanford.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela is currently fifth in the point chase. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Lost Reality / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Niemela ran eighth at Santa Maria after starting twelfth. During the 2012 campaign, Niemela has not won a USAC West Coast feature, but has three heat race victories and three top-5 finishes on the year. Markus will be looking to breakthrough this Saturday and claim the Jim Evett Memorial.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets are $12 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).

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

CRA HEADED FOR WATSONVILLE & SANTA MARIA AUGUST 10-11; SPENCER’S 5TH STRAIGHT AT PERRIS SETS USAC/CRA RECORD!

August 1st, 2012

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint cars are idle this week, preparing for races August 10 and 11 respectively at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.

Series point leader Mike Spencer of Temecula, Calif. established a new series record Saturday night with his fifth consecutive feature victory at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.”. He led the final 15 laps after passing Danny Sheridan on lap 16 of the 30-lap race.

Trailing Spencer at the checkered flag were David Cardey, Rip Williams, Rickie Gaunt and Nic Faas. Faas trails Spencer by 88 points in the new series standings going into the August 10-11 events.

Williams and Sheridan each led Saturday’s race before Spencer assumed command.

Spencer Leads USAC/CRA to “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

July 26th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 28th. The “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” will also showcase the PAS Senior 360 Sprint Cars and the winged California Lightning Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will begin at 7:00pm.

The “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” continues the tradition of honoring former racers that have contributed to the Southern California Sprint Car scene. Going back to the legendary Ascot Park, special events have paid tribute to names like Don Peabody, Dave Sanborn, Jack & Wilda Kindoll, the Bagleys (Jeff, Paul, and Helen), and Glenn Howard. Led by the efforts of Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, over $5,000 has been raised to add spice to an already exciting program.

Starting with the “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award,” a minimum of $500 will be awarded to the driver that sets fast time in qualifications. The “Walt James Last Man Standing Trophy Dash” brings back a popular format that will pay $1,000 to the winner. One of the drivers will take home the “Aggie Award,” a special bonus in honor of J.C. Agajanian. The Hard Charger of the 30-lap main event will earn $100 for their efforts and more potential awards available. Interested parties can email Chris Holt at MrChrisHolt@aol.com.

Entering the tenth race of the campaign, Temecula’s Mike Spencer has a seventy-four point lead and five main event wins. The pilot of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim claimed the July 4th “Firecracker 30″ and can make USAC/CRA history with his fifth straight win at Perris. To date, Spencer has five Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, nine top-5 finishes, and 100 feature laps led on the season. The 4-time series champion will be looking to score the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory on his way to another crown.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach is currently second in the point chase. The driver of Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike earned the July 4th “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from twenty-second. In 2012, the former USAC Western Midgets Series Champion has one feature win, two Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, six top-5 finishes, and twenty-six feature laps led. Faas will have his sights on winning Saturday’s main event and gaining valuable points on Spencer.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams sits third in championship hunt. The pilot of Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike raced to fifth in the “Firecracker 30″ after starting fifteenth. The 2009 Rookie of the Year won at Santa
Maria on June 16th and has four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, six top-5 finishes, and twenty-nine feature laps led. Williams will be looking to add Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is fourth in the point standings. Piloting the J.W. Mitchell Motorsports’ #37 J.M. Mancha Realtors / Sierra Springs Water Maxim, Mitchell placed sixth at Perris after restarting at the back. As this writing goes to press, the former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and five top-5 finishes on the year. Mitchell has had a tough year and will be looking to rebound with a “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is fifth in the championship points. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, the Santa Maria Track Champion claimed fourth at Perris after starting sixth. To date, Bernal has two heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, five top-5 finishes, and forty-nine feature laps led. Last year’s USAC West Coast Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA feature win at Perris.

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Buena Park’s Brody Roa, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Yorba Linda’s “The Ripper” Rip Williams, Seth Wilson of Las Vegas, Yorba Linda’s “Cadillac” Cody Williams, Visalia’s Richard and Jace Vander Weerd, “Dynamite” David Cardey of Riverside, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, and many more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a pay per view feed of every event at www.circletracknetwork.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Racing Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

Santa Maria to Host Sept 29th “John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup”

July 21st, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – On Saturday, September 29th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will travel to Santa Maria Speedway for the Southwest Contractors “John Jewett Memorial Billet Cup.” Noted as one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule, Promoter Chris Kearns has put together nearly $25,000 in total payout for this one day event.

The “Billet Cup” will showcase a similar format to the extremely popular “Trophy Cup” as drivers receive passing points throughout the night. The main event will be fully inverted, making this a “must see race” as competitors battle for their share of a $10,000 point fund.

Not only featuring one of the largest single day purses in club history, the September 29th event will award $2,500 to the winner, $300 to last place, and $100 to non-transfers. In addition to an outstanding payout, the winner will also get a one-of-a-kind custom billet aluminum cup trophy.

To date, four different drivers have scored feature wins during the 2012 campaign. In the nine races held so far, point leader Bud Kaeding and Ryan Bernal are tied for the series lead with three victories. Kyle Larson swept the 2-day “Faria Memorial” at Tulare, and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won Santa Maria’s “War at the Shore / Doug Fort Memorial.” The Ford Motorsports Team have claimed six of the nine victories with Bernal, Larson, and Kruseman at the controls.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $18, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $16, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 922-2232.

The USAC West Coast 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

Cory Kruseman Wins Santa Maria “Doug Fort Memorial/War at the Shore”

July 12th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – Last Saturday night, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura took the lead on the second lap and led the rest of the way to claim the “4th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” at Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway. The second round “War at the Shore” victory of the USAC vs. ASCS “Grudge Series” earned Kruseman $2,500 for his efforts as he was followed by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Ryan Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and fast time qualifier Brody Roa.

With an eight pill drawn for the main event inversion, Kruseman shared the front row with former West Coast Champion Justyne Hamblin. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Ellis, Kruseman used a strong outside power move to take command. As last year’s USAC Western Midget Series Champion inched away from Hamblin, seventh starting Danny Sheridan charged into second. The former track champion was able to chase down Kruseman and looked for an opportunity to make his move.

Several yellow flags halted the action, but Cory had excellent restarts that kept the field at bay. As the laps counted down, Kruseman stretched his advantage, but had a tense moment after contact with a slower car. Unfazed, the leader gathered up his machine and continued his drive. A yellow flag on lap twenty-six and the ensuing restart gave Sheridan two more shots at Kruseman. However, the brakes in the Kittle Motorsports’ #18 Pace Lighting / PJ1 Lubricants Sherman were lost and “Showtime” was in a furious battle with Faria, Bernal, and Roa. Kruseman proved too strong on this night and streaked to the checkered flags as Sheridan held on for second. Bernal earned the night’s Ringer’s Gloves / Kaeding Performance “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighteenth to third place run.

Driving Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal earned the night’s LRB Inc. Race Products Award by finishing third in the “War at The Shore.” The performance also earned Bernal his second track championship as the young driver now sits atop the “Grudge Series” point chase. Ryan also climbed to second in the USAC West Coast standings as the series will be idle until August 4th at Hanford.

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton claimed fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting fifteenth. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, “Hollywood” won the 10-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #2. The hard charging driver has moved to third in the USAC West Coast standings and eighth in the “Grudge Series,” which resumes September 22nd at Canyon Speedway Park.

Buena Park’s Brody Roa started eighth in the “War at the Shore” and raced to third by the sixth lap. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, the Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award winner raced hard with Hamblin, Faria, Bernal, and R.J. Johnson. Finishing second in his heat race, the recent USAC/CRA winner at Yuma is currently tenth in the “Grudge Series” and twenty-fifth in USAC West Coast points.

“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride of Bakersfield earned the program’s Weld Racing Award with a tenth place run in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 Fred Cummings Motorsports Maxim, Kirkbride qualified fifteenth and
placed third in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, “The Rickster” is eighth in the USAC West Coast points and thirteenth in the “Grudge Series” standings.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown Champion was fifth quick in time trials and scored twelfth in the “War at the Shore.” The USAC West Coast point leader had a tough night, but holds a sixty-six point advantage and sits fourth in the “Grudge Series.”

Jared Little of Hanford raced to victory in the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Driving Craig Little’s #25 Little Chiropractic / Brad’s Smog & Tune Maxim, Jared was nineteenth quick and scored twenty-first in the “Fort Memorial” after an early exit. Despite missing some races, the young driver is twenty-second in USAC West Coast points and thirty-second in the “Grudge Series.”

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas made his first start of the campaign and won the SBI Fuel Systems / Integra Racing Shocks Heat Race #4. Subbing for Matt Mitchell in Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / SWE Maxim, the former USAC Western Midget Series Champion qualified eighth and ran ninth in the “War at The Shore.” With that performance, Faas sits eighteenth in the “Grudge Series” and thirty-sixth in USAC West Coast standings.

R.J. Johnson made the long tow from Phoenix, Arizona and won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the ASCS Canyon point leader was sixth quick in time trials, sixth in his heat race, and sixth in the “Fort Memorial.” The former Arizona Midget Champion is fifth in the “Grudge Series” and thirty-fifth in the USAC West Coast points.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, August 4th, at Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford. The “3rd Annual Jim Evett Memorial” will also feature the IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, 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 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)

War at the Shore This Saturday at Santa Maria

July 6th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, July 7th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will battle the ASCS Canyon Region in the “War at the Shore” at Santa Maria Speedway. The second round of the 3-race “Grudge Series” will showcase many of the best non-winged 360 sprint car drivers from California and Arizona in a $2,500-to-win, 30-lap main event. Joining the action packed card will be the West Coast Street Stocks, Richie McGowan Hobby Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and American/Enduro Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” will start at 6:00pm.

Held in conjunction with the “4th Annual Doug Fort Memorial,” Santa Maria’s “War at the Shore” could be the key race in the chase for the “Grudge Series” title. Thanks to sponsorship from Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, and ParkerStore of Phoenix, the mini-series has a point fund of $15,000 with $5,000 up for grabs to the champion and $300 for 15th place in points. Like all “Grudge Series” events, Saturday’s feature will pay $2,500-to-win and $300-to-start, with a $50 entry fee to all competitors. Promoters Chris Kearns and Kevin Montgomery are looking for more sponsorship to increase the point fund, which is contingent on 100% support of all three events. The finale will be held at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Brawl for it All” on September 22nd and the current point fund is listed at the end of this release.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring two series together for three special events with substantial payouts and championship fund,” says Kearns. “The two series are very close as far as rules and we are looking forward to letting some talented racers from both series get together to put on great events for the fans.”

According to Montgomery, “With the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series adopting the Hoosier 105/16 Medium right rear tire and the weight rule adjustment for both series to 1475lbs, it will closely match the neighboring Sprint Car Series and mark the first time in history that both traveling series will have a unified set of rules.”

After winning the March 8th “Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas, USAC West Coast point leader Bud Kaeding of Campbell also leads the “Grudge Series.” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix sits atop the ASCS Canyon standings and ranks seventh in the mini-series. Ryan Bernal, Casey Shuman, Troy Rutherford, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer, Josh Ford, Mike Martin, and Charles Davis Jr. round out the top ten in points.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $14, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 922-2232.

The USAC West Coast 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)

USAC vrs ASCS “Grudge Series” Resumes Saturday At Santa Maria

July 5th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – This Saturday, July 7th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway for the “4th Annual Doug Fort Memorial.” The $2,500-to-win “War at the Shore” is the second round of the “Grudge Series” with the ASCS Canyon Sprints and will also feature the West Coast Street Stocks, Richie McGowan Hobby Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and American/Enduro Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will start at 5:00pm, and racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” will begin at 6:00pm.

Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car point race honors Doug Fort, who built the Santa Maria 1/3-mile clay oval. Opening on Sunday, March 31, 1964 with the sprint cars of the California Racing Association (CRA), Fort continued to serve as owner and promoter until his passing in 1999. During his tenure, Santa Maria Speedway was named the “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars. The famed World of Outlaws, Stock Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Midgets, California Dirt Cars, Winged Sprint Cars, and Non-Winged Sprint Cars have battled on the Santa Maria clay. Doug Fort dedicated his life to racing and the staff at Santa Maria Speedway is proud to honor his memory.

Originally a winged 410 sprint car race, the “Doug Fort Memorial” will now showcase many of the best non-winged 360 sprint car drivers from California against the best from Arizona. Saturday’s USAC vs. ASCS “War at the Shore” will carry a $2,500-to-win and $300-to-start purse, with a $50 entry fee to all competitors. Thanks to sponsorship from Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, and ParkerStore of Phoenix, the 3-race mini-series has a point fund of $15,000 with $5,000 up for grabs to the champion and $700 for 10th place in points. Promoters Chris Kearns and Kevin Montgomery are currently looking for more sponsorship to pay at least $500 for 15th in “Grudge Series” points.

Heading into the ninth race of 2012 season, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding leads both the USAC West Coast and Grudge Series point chase. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown
Champion won the March 8th “Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas. Since then, the all-time leader in USAC West Coast feature wins has scored victories at Bakersfield on March 24th and Hanford on June 9th. In addition, Bud has three heat race wins,
one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, eight top-five finishes, and forty-one feature laps led. After claiming fourth in Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on June 23rd, Kaeding will be looking to add the “Doug Fort
Memorial” and the $2,500 payday to his resume.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is second in the USAC West Coast points and missed the Grudge Series opener at Las Vegas. Driving Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, the USAC/CRA standout finished third in the Stanfield Memorial after starting eighth. Mitchell has yet to win a West Coast Series feature, but has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, and nineteen feature laps led on the season. The former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year will have his sights on winning Saturday’s “War at the Shore.”

After winning the Stanfield Memorial, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal has climbed to third in the USAC West Coast standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, last year’s Rookie of the Year won at Hanford on April 7th and May 5th at Santa Maria. To date, the defending Santa Maria track champion has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, five top-5 finishes, and sixty-six feature laps led. Bernal is second in the Grudge Series points and will be going for his third straight victory at Santa Maria, breaking a USAC West Coast track record held by himself (twice), T.J. Smith, and Richard Vander Weerd.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton sits fourth in USAC West Coast points and sixteenth in the Grudge Series. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, Faria raced to fifth at Santa Maria after starting thirteenth. The former Stanfield Memorial winner has yet to score a West Coast feature win during 2012, but has one Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance Hard Charger Award, and three top-5 finishes. “Hollywood” will be among the favorites to watch in Saturday’s 30-lap “War at the Shore.”

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela is fifth in the championship points and missed the first round of the Grudge Series. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Lost Reality / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, the former VRA main event winner claimed seventh in the Stanfield Memorial on June 23rd. During the 2012 campaign, Niemela has yet to claim a USAC West Coast main event, but has three heat race victories and three top-5 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Markus will be looking to score his first Santa Maria 30-lap feature and the $2,500 payday.

While not an official point race for the ASCS Canyon Sprints, many Arizona racers are expected to be in action at Santa Maria. R.J. Johnson of Phoenix leads the ASCS standings and is seventh in the Grudge Series. Buckeye’s Charles Davis Jr. leads the group with three feature wins and is tenth in the USAC vs. ASCS points. Other Canyon Region drivers in the Grudge Series points are Casey Shuman (3rd), Mike Martin (9th), Brian Hosford (12th), Zach Sawyers (13th), Andy Reinbold (18th), Justin Quinn (19th), Nick Aiuto (20th), Josh Pelkey (21st), Bruce St. James (24th), James Aragon (26th), Stevie Sussex (29th), and Bryan Swinehart (32nd).

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Kevin Barnes, Chris Gansen, 2009 Champion Justyne Hamblin, Austin Liggett, Steve Conrad, and many more. In addition, other current and former sprint car champions likely to be at Santa Maria are Mike Spencer (USAC/CRA), Troy Rutherford (VRA), “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman (USAC/CRA & SCRA), Jonathan Logan (SCRA 360), and Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford (VRA).

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $14, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 922-2232.

The USAC West Coast 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)

Doug Fort Memorial War at the Shore Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway

July 4th, 2012

Saturday night’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway showcases the USAC West Coast Sprint cars in a program billed as the “War at the Shore.”

Bud Kaeding’s point lead in the series stands at 56 points over Matt Mitchell, while Santa Maria star Ryan Bernal rests third in the standings, 32 back on Mitchell.

Kaeding has victories at Bakersfield and Hanford and three seconds so far this season, including one at Santa Maria. Mitchell was second in the series opener and has added a pair of thirds and a pair of fourths, while Bernal owns both Santa Maria feature victories so far, plus one at Hanford.

July 14th “Sharp Memorial” at Tulare is Cancelled

June 30th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – Officials with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series have confirmed that the July 14th “John Anthony Sharp Memorial” at Tulare has been cancelled. Track improvements, including a new retaining wall, will not be completed in time for the event. As this writing goes to press, a replacement date at the Thunderbowl Raceway has not been announced.

The next point race for the traditional 360s will be the July 7th “Doug Fort Memorial” / “War At The Shore” at Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway. The $2500-to-win event is the second round of the “Grudge Series” with the ASCS Canyon
Sprints and will also feature the West Coast Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and American/Enduro Stocks. For more information, visit www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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)

Ryan Bernal Wins Bud Stanfield Memorial

June 28th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – Retaking the lead from “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on lap eleven, Ryan Bernal of Hollister led the rest of the way to claim the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria Speedway. The $1,500 triumph was Bernal’s third USAC West Coast Sprint Car win of the year as the series returns to Santa Maria on July 7th with the ASCS Canyon Sprints for the “Doug Fort Memorial” and “War at the Shore.”

With a four pill drawn for the main event inversion, Bud Kaeding shared the front row with Bernal. As the eighteen car feature rolled to the starter Tom Peterson’s green flag, Ryan took the early command. Sheridan grabbed second, followed by
Kaeding, Ronnie Gardner, Matt Mitchell, and Markus Niemela. Choosing to run the outside line of the speedway, Bernal looked to extend his advantage. Running in second, Sheridan tried several lines to close the gap. After a yellow flag lunched the field for a restart, “Showtime” executed a turn one “slide job” on Bernal and claimed the lead. Sheridan set a torrid pace and reached slower traffic within a few laps. Ryan tried to follow Danny past the lapped cars, but soon found himself under attack from Kaeding. The pair swapped positions, but Bernal was able to maintain second.

Action was halted on lap ten for a Kevin Barnes crash on the front straightaway. Barnes walked away uninjured, but damage to the catch fence caused a lengthy delay for repairs. When the race resumed, Sheridan was out front, but a miscue gave Bernal the opening he was looking for. The defending track champion shot to the lead and once out front, Ryan began to power away from field. Having to deal with the lapped traffic, Bernal’s lead was shrinking and “Showtime” quickly closed the gap. Danny pressured Ryan in the closing laps, but it was not to be on this night. Bernal took the checkered flags, followed by Sheridan, Mitchell, Kaeding, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr.

Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Ryan Bernal is now tied with Peter Murphy for second on the feature win list for the young series. Climbing to third in the point chase, Bernal was third quick on the night and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #3. The leader in the Santa Maria Sprint Car points has five top-5 finishes on the year and sixty-six feature laps led to his credit.

After leading seven laps, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan of Santa Maria finished second in the Stanfield Memorial. Driving the Kittle Motorsports’ #18 Pace Lighting / PJ1 Lubricants Sherman, the former Bandit Sprint Car Champion earned his first Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award of the year. After being collected in a heat race flip by Danny Faria Jr., “Showtime” rebounded to score third in the 10-lap event. Currently seventh in the standings, Sheridan has four top-5 finishes and two heat race wins in 2012.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell scored third at Santa Maria and earned the night’s LRB Inc. Race Products Award. Piloting Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / SWE Maxim, Mitchell was tenth quick on the night and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year is second in championship points with five top-5 finishes and one fast time award in the campaign.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell claimed fourth in the Bud Stanfield Memorial. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 3-time USAC Silver Crown Champion was fifth in qualifications and scored hird in his heat race with a broken right front shock. Holding a fifty-six point lead over the competition, Kaeding has three feature wins and eight top-5 finishes on the year. Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned the night’s Ringers Gloves / Kaeding Performance “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth to fifth place run. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, Faria was fourth quick in time trials and scored sixth in his heat after an early flip. The 2008 Stanfield Memorial winner is fourth in the point standings with three heat race wins and three top-5 finishes in 2012.

Chris Gansen of Verdemont Heights earned the program’s Weld Racing Award with a tenth place run in the Stanfield Memorial. Driving the family owned #7G Trench Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, Gansen had throttle problems in hot laps and damaged his machine. After his crew made repairs, Chris rebounded to qualify sixteenth and score fourth in his heat race. Now twelfth in points, the Rookie of the Year contender has two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela won the night’s 10-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #2. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Lost Reality / SWE Maxim, Niemela was second quick in time trials and placed seventh in the 30-lap feature. The VRA feature winner is currently fifth in series points with three top-5 finishes and three heat race wins on the year.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, July 7, at Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway. The $2500-to-win “4th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” / “War At The Shore” is the second round of the “Grudge Series” with the ASCS Canyon Region Sprints. The event is a point race for USAC 360s and will also feature the West Coast Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and American/Enduro Stocks. For more information, visit www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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-360S/369549755817)

27th Bud Standfield Memorial Saturday at Santa Maria

June 21st, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA –This Saturday night, June 23rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway for the 27th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial. Joining the action packed card will be the Super Late Models, Richie McGowan Hobby Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and American/Enduro Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:30pm, time trials will start at 5:00pm, and racing at “The West Coast’s Best Short Track” will begin at 6:00pm.

Saturday’s event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria Speedway. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith’s Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team’s equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Speedway continues to honor the memory of a racer’s racer- Bud Stanfield.

The 27th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial will mark the 21st appearance of the USAC West Coast Sprints at Santa Maria Speedway. The 30-lap feature on May 2, 2009 was won by Kerman’s Davey Pombo and ten other drivers have claimed victories at Santa Maria. Ryan Bernal, Peter Murphy, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan are currently tied for the series lead with three wins at the 1/3-mile oval. Sheridan, who won last year’s Stanfield Memorial, will be going for his third win of the event.

Heading into the eighth race of campaign, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding holds a fifty-nine point advantage over the competition. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud won at Hanford on June 9th. Also
winning at Las Vegas and Bakersfield, the series leader in feature wins has three heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-5 finishes, and forty-one feature laps led on the season. Kaeding has yet to score a series win at Santa Maria and will be looking to add the Stanfield Memorial to his resume.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is second in the championship points. Piloting Steve Watt’s #18 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell placed third at Kings Speedway. The former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year has one fast time award, three heat race victories, four top-5 finishes, and nineteen feature laps led. The USAC/CRA standout will be looking to score his first West Coast Sprint Car feature win at this Saturday night.

After finishing third on June 9th, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd has climbed to third in the standings. Driving Ron Vander Weerd’s #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard has two heat race victories, three top-5 finishes, and twenty-six feature laps led. As the writing goes to press, last year’s series champion is gearing up to race in Indiana and may miss the Bud Stanfield Memorial.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton is fourth in the point chase. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / Buster & Ziggy Enterprises Bullet, Faria claimed tenth at Hanford after restarting at the back. The 2008 Bud Stanfield Memorial winner has one fast time award, three heat race victories, and two top-5 finishes on the year. “Hollywood” will be among the favorites to watch in Saturday’s 30-lap main event.

Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela is fifth in the championship points. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Lost Reality / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Niemela scored seventeenth at Hanford. To date, the VRA main event winner has two heat race victories and three top-5 finishes on the season. Markus will be looking to rebound at Santa Maria and claim the Bud Stanfield Memorial.

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, Ricky Kirkbride, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Justyne Hamblin, Kevin Barnes, Rusty Carlile, Steve Conrad, Chris Gansen, Austin Liggett, Don Gansen, and many more.

Santa Maria Speedway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $18, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $16, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com or call (805) 922-2232.

The USAC West Coast 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-360S/369549755817).