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Cody Swanson Makes most of Santa Maria Return

September 26th, 2016

Taking the lead from Cory Elliott on the twenty-fifth lap, Cody Swanson (Corona, California) scored last Saturday’s feature win at Santa Maria Raceway. For Swanson, the $1,000 USAC Western States Midget triumph was his first victory of the campaign. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Elliott, Frankie Guerrini, and Shannon McQueen chased Cody to the checkered flags.

Piloting the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspensions Spike, Cody Swanson qualified eighth out of twelve racers and ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. Starting fourth in the main event, the former VRA Midget Champion slipped by Ronnie Gardner for second and chased down Cory Elliott for the top spot. Earning the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors and his second series win, Swanson is seventh in points with five top-10 finishes and 6 feature laps led.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) had a strong night at Santa Maria with a second place run. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the night’s Extreme Muffler’s Heat Race #1. The three-time champion heads to Tulare with an 82-point lead with four feature wins, eight heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading the first twenty-four laps, Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) finished third at Santa Maria Raceway. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was sixth quick in time trials and won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year ranks fourth in the point standings with four heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified seventh overall and ran second to Ronnie Gardner in his heat race. Last year’s BCRA Champion left Santa Maria sitting third in the point chase with one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the year.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) had a solid evening with a fifth place finish at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Racing Products/ Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen was fourth fast in time trials and placed third in her heat race. The 2012 Champion heads to Tulare ranked eleventh in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season.

After taking a break, the USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on October 8th. The “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” will also feature the King of the West Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and the “Legends of Kearney Bowl” Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

Santa Maria Hosts USAC Western States Midget Battle Saturday

September 17th, 2016

After a successful Northern California swing to Calistoga and Chico, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action this Saturday, September 17th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the tenth point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, and American Stocks. The Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm. Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The West’s Best Short Track” will start at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15″ long x 6″ diameter x 3″ inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday’s event will be the 34th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. As this writing goes to press, J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995, and a complete series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Inching closer to his record setting fourth straight title, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a 66-point lead over the competition. The pilot of Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart switched to Shannon McQueen’s backup car and charged to sixth at Chico’s “Gold Cup Race of Champions” from
thirteenth. To date, Gardner has posted four feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks sixth overall with seventeen wins and will be looking to
continue his championship bid this Saturday night.

After winning Calistoga’s $10,000 Louie Vermeil Classic and scoring nineteenth at Chico, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the year. Michael has four career series wins and will have his sights on claiming Santa Maria’s 30-lap main event.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini led the first sixteen laps at Chico before running second to Alex Schutte. At press time, last year’s BCRA Champion has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Frankie will have his sights on moving up the standings by earning his second career USAC win.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott scored third in Chico’s “Gold Cup Race of Champions.” To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. At Santa Maria, Cory will be looking to claim his second career USAC Western States Midget triumph.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone ran fifth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. At press time, the leading rookie contender has posted two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Courtney will have her sights on claiming her first series win at Santa Maria Raceway.

Other drivers expected to compete are Randi Pankratz, Robert Dalby, Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Ashley Hazelton, Terry Nichols, Nate Waite, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $11 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

Ryan Bernal Wins NonStop “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria

July 10th, 2016

Making his first start in eight months, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) claimed last Friday’s nonstop “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. Taking the lead from Brody Roa and holding off “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Bernal earned his seventh career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Gardner, Roa, hard charger Austin Williams, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan chased Ryan to the checkered flags.

Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Walker Filtration Systems / Sun Valley AG Transport Spike, Ryan Bernal qualified sixth out of twenty-six racers and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion started third in the main event and went on to claim his series leading third Santa Maria victory.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) pressured Bernal for the lead and raced hard with Roa to maintain the runner-up spot. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was third quick in time trials and won the 10-lap Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. The defending and four-time champion started fifth in the feature and gained valuable points.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) led the first eight laps before taking third at Santa Maria Raceway. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa qualified eighth overall and placed third in his heat race. The second generation driver has gotten off to a strong start with consistent finishes.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from eighth in the nonstop main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fourth fast in time trials, ran sixth in his heat race, and won the 12-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main. The second generation driver has already scored a victory at the Perris “Salute to Indy” on May 28th.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) raced to fifth in his first USAC/CRA start of the campaign from ninth. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Filtration Systems / Sun Valley AG Transport Spike, Sheridan qualified ninth overall and finished fourth in his heat race. The former Santa Maria champion plans to run a limited schedule in 2016.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard placed third in his heat race and scored seventh in the main event. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion won the June 11th feature at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson (Lawndale, California) won the program’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #98 Inland Rigging / SC Grafix Racecrafter, Ellertson was thirteenth quick in time trials and ran sixteenth in the 30-lap feature. Currently in the top-10 in points, Jeremy ran second in the program’s 360 feature and is looking to move up the ranks with USAC/CRA.

“Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson (Arroyo Grande, California) won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his brother’s 360 cubic inch powered #71 Petersen Backflow Service / Eames Trucking Maxim, Thompson qualified seventeenth overall and did not start the main event.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

Brody Roa Shines at Santa Maria

June 25th, 2016

Outdueling “Showtime” Danny Sheridan in the closing laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) claimed last Saturday’s race at Santa Maria Raceway. With his first $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season, Roa has reclaimed the point lead as the series heads to Hanford this Saturday. Fast Qualifier Sheridan, Hard Charger Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. chased Brody to the checkered flags.

Starting fourth, Brody Roa powered past polesitter Max Adams on the third lap. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa dominated the main event and held off the challenges made by Faria. After a late caution, Sheridan powered to the top spot, but Brody countered and managed to regain the lead for good.

Earlier in the program, Brody Roa qualified third out of twenty-seven racers and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. Now with two career West Coast wins, Roa left Santa Maria with a four point advantage. To date, the second generation driver has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led

Making his first start of the campaign, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) raced from thirteenth and briefly held the lead before taking second. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Filtration Systems / Sun Valley AG Transport Spike, Sheridan was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and scored fifth in his heat race. At the close of the show, the 1998 Bandit Sprint Car Champion has moved to twenty-third in the point chase.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from eighteenth. Driving Steve Watt’s #81X Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham had failed a post-qualifying tech inspection, scored ninth in his heat race, and ran third in the semi-main. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) drove to fourth at Santa Maria Raceway after starting tenth. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fourth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Now ranked second in points, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event after restarting at the back. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria qualified seventh overall and ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race. The two-time champion heads to Hanford sitting ninth in points with one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to his first heat race triumph of the season, sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Driving the family owned #54 Next Auto Body /Pit Image Spike, Majors was tenth fast in time trials and ran sixth in the feature after starting ninth. The young driver left Santa Maria ranked twelfth in points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) claimed the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fifth overall and scored fourteenth in the Santa Maria feature. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is fourth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) won the program’s 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /Lucas Oil entry, Liggett was twelfth quick in time trials and finished eleventh in the main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) claimed victory in the night’s 12-lap Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main. Driving Matt Dale’s #12 Imola / Agromin Soil Spike, Swanson qualified thirteenth overall and scored in eteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Josh Pelkey for forty-seventh in points.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Danny Faria Jr Wins Emotional Bud Stanfield Memorial at Santa Maria

August 29th, 2015

Hours after the passing of his father-in-law, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California slipped by Richard Vander Weerd and claimed Saturday’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” For Faria, the $1,500 victory at Santa Maria Raceway was his third USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season. Fast qualifier Troy Rutherford, Bud Kaeding, Vander Weerd, and Trey Marcham chased “Hollywood” to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Richard Vander Weerd got the jump on polesitter Ronnie Gardner to grab the early lead. Setting a torrid pace and looking for his third victory, Vander Weerd reached slower traffic on the fourth circuit. Two laps later, two more cars were lapped and that is when the fourth starting Faria made his move. Taking control on lap seven, “Hollywood” began to put some distance between himself and the field. Several caution flags halted the action, but Faria had great restarts to keep the top spot. Facing changing track conditions, Danny lapped cars at will but had some tense moments and near misses with traffic. Rutherford, Kaeding, and Vander Weerd were in pursuit, but the night belonged to Faria, who won by 2.3 seconds at the finish line.

Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Danny Faria Jr. scored his ninth career series main event and now holds a 135-point advantage. Qualifying third out of 23 racers, the 2013 Champion also won the 10-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. To date, the point leader has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, six heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led.

Ojai, California’s Troy Rutherford charged from sixth to finish second in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” Racing his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his heat race. Running a limited schedule, the former VRA Champion is twelfth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California returned to USAC West Coast action and raced to third from eighth in the Santa Maria feature. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding was eighth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The 2012 Champion is currently ninth in the point chase with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading the first six laps, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd scored fourth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd qualified sixth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. The 2011 Champion is running second in the championship chase with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led.

Debuting Keith Ford’s brand new #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products XXX, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ran fifth at Santa Maria. The leading Rookie of the Year contender was second quick in time trials and finished second to Bud Kaeding in his heat race. At press time, Marcham has climbed to third in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

Moorpark, California’s Kyle Smith earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #55 California RV Service / Roy’s Towing Maxim, Smith qualified eighteenth overall and ran sixth in his heat race. The former VRA Champion is seventeenth in points two top-10 finishes on the year.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton, California won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was thirteenth quick in time trials and ran sixth in the main event after starting thirteenth. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has risen to fourth in the point chase with six heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led.

On Saturday, September 26th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The $2,500-to-win, non-point “Brawl For It All” is the second round of the “Grudge Series” with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The action packed card will also showcase the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. 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 thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Santa Maria Hosts “29th Annual Bud Standfield Memorial”

August 20th, 2015

This Saturday, August 22nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their final appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “29th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, American Stocks, Mod Lites and Winged Outlaw Karts. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at “The West’s Best Short Track” will open at 8:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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 “Bud Stanfield Memorial” will be the 28th West Coast Sprint Car event at the fast 1/3-mile oval. On April 11th, Richard Vander Weerd swept the show and rookie Tristan Guardino won the June 20th feature. On September 17, 2011, Ryan Bernal set the USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.529 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 record of 13.354 on September 11, 2004.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Santa Maria will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After winning at Hanford on August 1st, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. heads to Santa Maria with a 120-point lead. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, the 2013 Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Peter Murphy for fourth on the series win list, “Hollywood” will be looking to continue his championship bid with his ninth victory.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd took third in the Hanford main event. To date, the 2011 Champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led. Currently ranked second on the West Coast win list, Richard will have his sights on claiming his eighteenth main event.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California sits third in the West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd placed seventh on August 1st. Entering the “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and twelve top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the series win list, Jace will be looking to collect his fifth winning trophy.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently fourth in the point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham scored tenth at the Hanford checkered flags. To date, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season. Trey continues to impress as he will have his sights on making the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” his first series win.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson sits fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson led the first nineteen laps at the Kings County Fairgrounds before finishing second to Faria. Entering Saturday’s show, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has five heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led in 2015. D.J. will be looking to claim his first West Coast victory at Santa Maria Raceway.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, and Shannon McQueen are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Brody Roa, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Johnathon Henry, Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Luke Boles, and more.

James Herrera of New Cuyama, California sits atop the local track point standings with Bill Jones, Jordan Linson, Luke Boles, Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen, Richard Vander Weerd, Trent Carter, D.J. Johnson, and Trey Marcham rounding out the top-10 drivers.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $13, 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.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Rickie Gaunt Wins Emotional “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria

July 11th, 2015

After leading all 30-laps, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, California won Friday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Gaunt, the emotional $2,500 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his first triumph since February 28, 2009. Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Austin Williams followed “Super” Rickie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sander Engineering / Smiley Crane Sled, Rickie Gaunt got the jump on polesitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the early lead. Setting a fast pace around the Santa Maria oval, Gaunt held off several challenges from Austin Williams as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. In the closing laps, a miscue by Williams became a three-way battle for second with Richard Vander Weerd and Matt Mitchell. This allowed Gaunt to extend his lead and score the popular victory in front of the large Santa Maria crowd.

By claiming the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Gaunt earned his eighth USAC/CRA main event win. Starting his career in the late 1980s at Ascot Park with CRA, Santa Maria was also the site of his first victory. On April 27, 1991, Rickie won the winged NARC / Golden State Challenge feature for Danny Pivovaroff. Last Friday, the veteran driver qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in the pit area and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 after teammate Danny Sheridan did not report to the scales.

After falling back to third, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ran second in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was seventh quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California had a solid night at Santa Maria Raceway with a third place finish. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race. Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner ran fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting sixth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner recorded his 64th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and claimed third in his heat race.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California pressured Gaunt for several laps before
falling back to fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics
Spike, Williams was third fast in time trials and scored third in his heat race.

Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from sixteenth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Swanson qualified sixteenth, ran fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the semi-main.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm of Corona, California earned his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car heat race victory at Santa Maria. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&D Powder Coating Victory, Malcolm was eighth fast in time trials, won the DJ Safety event, and had his best run with an eighth place finish in the main event.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall, took sixth in his heat race, and salvaged a fourteenth place finish in the main after a tangle on lap seventeen.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. 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.

Santa Maria’s “Fort Memorial” and Perris “Firecracker 40″ on Tap For USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

July 4th, 2015

For fans of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, this Friday and Saturday offers a special doubleheader. Starting July 3rd, the traditional 410s will travel to Santa Maria Raceway for the “Doug Fort Memorial” with the Honda USAC
Western Midgets. The following night, July 4th, the USAC/CRA Sprints will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the popular “Firecracker 40 & Skyconcert.”

Now promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial” will be the nineteenth USAC/CRA appearance at the “West’s Best Short Track.” “Super” Rickie Gaunt,” who won the Santa Maria debut on June 18, 2005, has announced his retirement after this weekend’s shows. Last season, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams earned his first series win at the “Fort Memorial” and “The Demon” Damion Gardner scored the September 6th victory. Heading into Friday’s event, “The Bullet” Blake Miller holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.230, set on June 14, 2008. The action packed card will also feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and American Stocks. The Pit Gate will open at 8:00am, Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm. Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The West’s Best Short Track” will start at 6:00pm. For more Santa Maria information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Saturday’s race will be the 176th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car event at Perris Auto Speedway. Dating back to March 6, 2004, the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” has been the “home track” for the series. This season, Richard Vander Weerd has three Perris victories and defending champion “The Demon” Damion Gardner has two “home track” wins. Gardner, who won last year’s “Firecracker 40,” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 34 Perris triumphs and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012. The “Firecracker 40 & Skyconcert” and “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gate will open at 1:00pm, Spectator Gates will open at 3:00pm. Kids Games & Meet/Greet at 3:15pm, Time Trials at 6:35pm, and Racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will start at 7:00pm. The “We The People” fireworks sky concert is scheduled for 9:00pm. For more Perris information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call
951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Friday’s point race honors Doug Fort, who built and operated the Santa Maria facility. 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, the Santa Maria track was named the “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars. Originally a winged 410 sprint car race and then a non-wing 360 show, the “Doug Fort Memorial” continues to be a popular event at the speedway.

The annual “Firecracker” race has been a Southern California tradition going back to the legendary Ascot Park in Gardena. Howard Gardner won the 1957 event and other winning drivers include Bob Hogle, Billy Vukovich, Jimmy Oskie, Dean Thompson, Bubby Jones, Rip Williams, Brad Noffsinger, and Ron Shuman. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman scored the second of his record six event wins.

Heading into the ninth point race, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has a 38-point lead over the competition, Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer finished second at the June 13th Perris race. To date, the five-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Tied with Cory Kruseman for second on the series win list, Mike will be looking to extend his point lead by claiming his 36th feature win.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell is second in the championship points. Piloting his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell charged from ninth to score fourth on July 13th. Heading to Santa Maria, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will have his sights on his seventh career victory.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his third main event of the campaign on June 13th. Entering Friday’s show, the three-time champion has three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led on the season. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking to claim his series leading 61st main event.

After finishing third at Perris Auto Speedway, Yorba Linda, California’s Austin Williams has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes to his credit. Heading to Friday’s show at Santa Maria, the 2009 Rookie of the Year is in a nine-way tie for twenty-first on USAC/CRA’s win list. Looking for his fourth victory, Austin will have his sights on adding more winning trophies to his collection.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California sits fifth in the point chase. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was the Perris hard charger, scoring sixth in the main event after starting fifteenth. To date, the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has four feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. Currently tied with Garrett Hansen for 17th on the series win list, Richard will be looking to score his sixth career USAC/CRA feature.

Sitting thirteenth in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ronnie Gardner, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, A.J. Bender, David Bezio, Chris Gansen, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $23, 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.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Reserved Adult tickets are $30 and Reserved Child tickets (6-12) are $10. For General Admission, Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. The event is FREE to residents of the City of Perris. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Santa Maria Friday, Not Saturday

July 2nd, 2015

Cody Swanson of Norco, Calif. leads the Honda USAC Western Midget points entering this Friday’s race at Santa Maria (Calif.) Raceway. He has a 14-point lead over defending series champion Ronnie Gardner.

Friday’s program also includes the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

Richard Vander Weerd won last year’s Santa Maria Midget race over Gatdner while Swanson did not compete.

Lady driver Shannon McQueen, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion, stands third in the latest series standings, only 15 points behind the leader.

Tristan Guardino Breks Through at Santa Maria

June 28th, 2015

Continuing his bid for Rookie of the Year, Tristan Guardino of Fremont, California led all 30-laps to claim his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory. By claiming Saturday’s main event at Santa Maria Raceway, Guardino earned $1,500 for his efforts. Brody Roa, Bud Kaeding, Trey Marcham, and Richard Vander Weerd followed the young driver to the checkered flags.

Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Tristan Guardino outdueled polesitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the lead. Once out front, the rookie contender built a small lead, but had to fend off several challenges from the fourth starting Brody Roa. Once in heavy traffic, Tristan avoided disaster with a few near misses and a spinning lapped car. In the closing laps, Roa closed to within striking distance but could not catch Guardino on this night.

Becoming the 38th driver to claim a West Coast feature win, Guardino left Santa Maria ranked seventh in the standings. Currently 42 points behind leading rookie Trey Marcham, Tristan began his night by qualifying sixth out of twenty-two racers and placing fourth in his heat race. To date, Guardino one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and five top-10 finishes on the season.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa pressured Guardino, but had to settle for second at Santa Maria. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fourth quick in time trials and took third in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Wagsdash Champion is thirteenth in points with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California scored third in the Saturday night feature after starting fifth. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified second overall and ran second to Tom Hendricks in his heat race. The 2012 Champion is currently ninth in the point chase with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham had a solid night at Santa Maria with a fourth place finish. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham was fifth fast in time trials and was third in his heat race. The leading rookie contender is tied for fifth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and four feature laps led to his credit.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California placed fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified seventh and finished fourth in his heat race. The 2011 Champion is tied for fifth in the standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from fifteenth. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fifteenth quick in time trials and won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heart Race #3. Heading to Hanford, the former USAC Western Classic Sprint Rookie of the Year is fourth in points with four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California earned his eleventh career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and scored twenty-first in the feature after an early exit. The 2013 Champion leads the point standings with one feature win, one high point driver award, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season.

Tom Hendricks of Simi Valley, California raced to victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his #14 Snap-On Tools / Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School ITI, Hendricks qualified fourteenth overall and scored fourteenth in his first West Coast start. The Ventura veteran left Santa Maria tied with Corey Ballard for fortieth in the championship points.

This Saturday, June 27th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the winged RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

USAC West Coast Sprints Clash at Santa Maria Saturday

June 19th, 2015

This Saturday, June 20th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will travel to Santa Maria Raceway for their second of three appearances. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the ninth point race of the season will also feature the Santa Maria
360 Sprints, Mini Stocks, American Stocks, WRA Vintage Sprints & Midgets, Mod Lites, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, The pit gates at “The West’s Best Short Track” will open at 9:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Saturday’s race will be the 26th West Coast Sprint Car event at the fast 1/3-mile oval. On April 11th, Richard Vander Weerd passed D.J. Johnson to claim his series leading fifth win at Santa Maria. On September 17, 2011, Bernal set the USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.529 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 1-lap record of 13.354 on September 11, 2004.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Santa Maria will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After running second at Tulare on May 30th, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has a 53-point lead over the competition. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, the 2013 Champion has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. Currently fifth on the series win list, “Hollywood” will be looking to continue his championship bid by scoring his eighth West Coast victory.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is second in the point standings. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal led all 30-laps to claim his sixth win of the year at Tulare. To date, the two-time Santa Maria Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 111 feature laps led. Ryan will have his sights on gaining valuable points by earning his series leading 27th main event win.

Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd is third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd scored eighth in the May 30th feature. At press time, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and five top-10 finishes on the year. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the series win list, Jace will be looking to score his fifth win on Saturday.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson scored fifth at Tulare after starting eighth. Heading to Santa Maria, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, D.J. will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast feature victory.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard retired early form the Tulare feature and scored fifteenth. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. At Santa Maria, Vander Weerd will be looking to claim his 17th West Coast main event.

Currently sixth in points, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Fremont’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, and Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill are also in contention.

Among the other USAC West Coast drivers expected to be in action are “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Johnathon Henry, The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Luke Boles, and more.

Santa Maria’s Bill Jones sits atop the local track point standings with James Herrera of New Cuyama in second, and Arroyo Grande’s Jordan Linson in third.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $13, 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.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Richard Vander Weerd Shines in Santa Maria Return

April 21st, 2015

SANTA MARIA, CA – Last Saturday, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd had a night to remember at Santa Maria Raceway. The 2011 Champion not only claimed his first main event of the season, he swept the program by also setting fast time, winning his heat race, and earning the hard charger award. D.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and Trey Marcham chased Vander Weerd to the checkered flags.

Starting sixth in the feature, Richard Vander Weerd powered to fourth by the end of the first lap. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard steadily made his way forward and powered by Johnson for the lead on lap thirteen. A caution flag for Arizona visitor Tye Mihocko erased the pass and Vander Weerd settled back into second. Five laps later, Vander Weerd regained the top spot and sailed to his sixteenth career USAC West Coast triumph. With the victory, Richard is fourth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

Looking for his first series win, D.J. Johnson of Stockton led the first eighteen laps but had to settle for second. Racing the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson qualified sixth out of fifteen racers and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year ranks sixth in the standings with four top-10 finishes on the year.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. had a solid night at Santa Maria with a third place run from fifth. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNsprint Spike, Faria was second quick in time trials and claimed second to Johnson in his heat race. With the podium finish, “Hollywood” has taken over the points lead with one high point driver award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit.

“Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale charged from ninth to score fourth at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst qualified eighth overall and placed fifth in his heat race. Heading to Tulare on May 16th, the former Rookie of the Year sits seventh in points on the strength of one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham scored fifth in the Santa Maria feature. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham was fourth fast in time trials and claimed third in his heat race. The Rookie of the Year contender is fifth in the point chase with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will take a break in the schedule and will be back at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on May 16th for the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” On that night, the King of the West Sprint Cars and the Western Racesaver Sprint Cars will join the showcase. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

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

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

Kappmeyer bringing new ideas, new events to Santa Maria Raceway

March 20th, 2015

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Second-generation racer Mike Kappmeyer takes over as promoter at his home track this season.

Kappmeyer takes charge at Santa Maria Raceway, where IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds return and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are new to regular Saturday programs. Opening night on the 1/3-mile dirt oval is April 11.

“The IMCA cars are fun divisions. My grandson (Christian Copley) drove one and I owned one,” said Kappmeyer, a former off-road competitor. “IMCA has been around for a while and they’re a good sanctioning body. Their rules make it easier for me as a promoter and I learned a lot working for Jim Naylor at Ventura Raceway.”

Concessions have been remodeled and work on updating restrooms is well underway.

Also of note, the pit area was moved from the infield to a portion of the parking lot and Kappmeyer added a smaller oval for classes designed for younger drivers.

“We are diversifying,” he summarized. “We’ll put on a couple sand drags this year and will hold two concerts. We can make use of the facility in more ways and hopefully get those people interested in coming back for the races.”

Santa Maria Raceway has been part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region for Modifieds since 2005. The Budweiser-sponsored Nationals are May 23-24 and the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly point season continues through Sept. 26.

Damion Gardner Wins California Sprint Week Title After Santa Maria Win

September 12th, 2014

SANTA MARIA, CA – Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner continued his winning ways by claiming his third straight $2,750 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature. Taking the lead from “The Cadillac” Cody Williams on lap twenty-five, “The Demon” sailed to victory at Santa Maria Speedway and won the inaugural “California Sprint Week” championship. Williams, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Brody Roa, and Mike Spencer followed Gardner to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike, Damion Gardner won his tenth main event of the season after starting fifth. Qualifying second out of the twenty-five racers in the pit area, Gardner also scored third in his heat race. To date, the point leader heads to Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” with a 242 point lead on the strength of seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, fourteen heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 191 feature lapsled to his credit.

After grabbing the lead from “Super” Rickie Gaunt and leading fourteen laps, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams of Corona took second at Santa Maria. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was sixth quick in time trials and ran second to Luke Boles in his heat race. Currently, the former National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year is fourth in points with one feature win, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led on the season.

Sebastopol’s “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign scored third in the “California Sprint Week” finale. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified fourth overall and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, the former USAC Western Classic Champion is twenty-second in points with one heat race win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes in 2014.

Brody Roa of Huntington Beach placed fourth in the Santa Maria feature after starting sixth. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa earned his first career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and took fourth in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion heads to Perris ranked third in the point chase with five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and eleven top-10 finishes on the year.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer charged to fifth in USAC/CRA’s return to Santa Maria after starting eighth. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer was eighth quick in time trials and claimed fourth in his heat race. To date, the five-time champion is second in the standings with one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, one Keizer Wheels /Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led.

Garrett Hansen of Manhattan Beach earned his second Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place finish from nineteenth. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, Hansen qualified nineteenth overall, took seventh in his heat race, and placed fifth in the semi-main. Making his return to USAC/CRA competition, Hansen sits thirty-fifth in points with one top-10 finish.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal drove to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-C Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal was sixteenth fast in time trials and charged from sixteenth in the main event to claim eleventh. Currently, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion is thirteenth in USAC/CRA standings with four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, four top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign.

“Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance won Santa Maria’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting David Miller’s #66 Tom Roberts Design / Barnes Systems Eagle, Gaunt qualified fifth overall and led the first ten laps of the main event before taking seventh. In limited action, the 1999 Oval Nationals Champion is twenty-first in points with three top-10 finishes.

Goleta’s Luke Boles claimed his first USAC/CRA checkered flags by winning the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Driving the family owned #56A Larry’s Auto Parts / Specialty Tool & Bolt TCR, Boles was eighteenth fast in time trials and was the highest ranked 360 entry with a sixteenth place run in the main event. After two appearances with USAC/CRA, the Ventura regular is sixtieth in the points chase.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda won his first 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. /Rod End Supply Semi-Main of the season. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified seventh overall, ran fifth in his heat race, and placed sixth in the main event. The former Rookie of the Year left Santa Maria ranked sixth in points with one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, September 13th, at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, the “Glenn Howard Classic” will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the California Lightning Sprints. For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, 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.

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Gerhardt Takes “Powbo/Sargent Classic” at Madera

June 12th, 2014

USAC Honda Western Midgets are idle until a dirt race July 5 at Santa Maria, Calif. Jarid Blondel, Trey Marcham and Chad Nichols all stand at the head of the class in Western points after last Saturday’s pavement race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway, a race co-sanctioned by BCRA.

Cody Gerhardt of Madera, Calif. won Saturday’s 30-lap “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Madera. Gerhardt led the first two laps and the last two after passing Nichols on lap 29. David Goodwill took second ahead of Blondel, Nichols and Lauren Snider. Nick Chivello led 19 laps and Nichols seven. Darrin Snider was the fastest qualifier.

Nichols emerged with a 17-point pavement lead over Snider, while Trey Marcham’s overall Western point lead is 29 points over defending champion Ronnie Gardner.

Blondel enters the Santa Maria race with a 15-point dirt lead over Alex Schutte.