RYAN BERNAL WINS TULARE’S CHRIS &
BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL
By Lance Jennings
2017... Starting ninth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California)
grabbed the lead from Kyle Hirst at the white flag and won
last Saturday’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The $1,500
USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Tulare’s Merle Stone
Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway was Bernal’s fourth victory of
the campaign. Hirst, fast qualifier Austin Liggett, Richard
Vander Weerd, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the
Tristan Guardino led the opening four laps before “The
Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr. grabbed the top spot. Looking for
his first series win, Stornetta dominated the event until
suffering heartbreak and front end damage on lap twenty-six.
Hirst, who won the April 22nd Peter Murphy Classic, inherited
the lead but slower cars became a factor. Bernal got the
better of the traffic and thrilled the crowd to earn the
Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport
XXX, Ryan Bernal captured his series leading 31st main event.
After qualifying tenth out of twenty-two racers, the Hollister
driver won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and earned
his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger
/ “Best Passing Job” honors. At press time, the two-time USAC
Western Classic Champion has reclaimed the point lead with one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race
victories, six top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led to his
After leading two laps late in the
race, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) settled for second
after winning the companion King of the West / NARC feature.
Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions
KPC, Hirst was second quick in time trials and ran third in
his heat race. In limited starts, the three-time King of the
West Champion is nineteenth in points with one feature win,
two top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year.
Liggett (Tracy, California) ran third in the Faria Memorial
after starting sixth. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year
earned his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award
and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. To date, the
2012 Rookie of the Year is tied with Jake Swanson for fourth
in points with one feature win, one, two heat race victories,
six top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.
Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) finished fourth at the
Tulare County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #10 Vander
Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard
qualified third overall and ran second to Danny Faria Jr. in
his heat race. At press time, the 2011 champion ranks second
in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and
six top-10 finishes.
Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored fifth in the
30-lap main event. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises
/ SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was ninth quick in time trials and
won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing
Products Heat Race #3. The two-time champion is sixth in
points with one feature win, four heat race victories, one
pole shuffle win, five top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps
led to his credit.
McQueen (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the
10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Piloting
the Bob & Toni Van Meter owned #7 Simpson Race Products /
Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen qualified eighth overall and scored
tenth in the “Faria Memorial.” As this writing goes to press,
the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion ranks sixteenth
in points with two top-10 finishes on the year.
June 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Jim
Naylor’s Ventura Raceway in Ventura, California. The “Battle
of the Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints
and will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning
Sprints, and USAC 600 Micro Sprints. Located on the Ventura
County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd., more event and
ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR
Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns
Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products,
Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing
Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto
Display for their support. If you or your company would like
to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings
information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and
www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the
USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
Loudpedal Productions has USAC West
Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for
purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE
May 20, 2017 – Tulare, California –
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-16.083; 2. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.181; 3. Richard
Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.294; 4. Jake Swanson, 92,
Sertich-16.308; 5. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.483;
6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.607; 7. Jace Vander
Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-16.679; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.686; 10. Ryan
Bernal, 73, Ford-16.845; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.901; 12.
Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.976; 13. Steven Garris, 58,
Garris-17.190; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.315; 15. Ryan
Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.376; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-17.479; 17. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-17.498; 18.
Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.522; 19. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team
33-17.790; 20. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.031; 21.
Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-20.027; 22. Cody Majors, 81M,
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Bernal, 2. Liggett, 3. J.Vander
Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Timmons, 6. Wiley, 7. Garris. NT
MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
2. Stornetta, 3. Hirst, 4. Adams, 5. Sibley, 6. Nelson, 7.
ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10
1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3.
Guardino, 4. Hix, 5. Stolz, 6. Catron, 7. Farmer. NT
laps – With Starting Positons)
1. Ryan Bernal (9th), 2. Kyle Hirst
(2nd), 3. Austin Liggett (6th), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (4th),
5. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 6. Jake Swanson (10th), 7. Max Adams
(11th), 8. Tristan Guardino (1st), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd),
10. Shannon McQueen (8th), 11. Ryan Timmons (13th), 12. Steven
Garris (19th), 13. Brandon Wiley (16th), 14. Steve Hix (12th),
15. Jeff Sibley (14th), 16. Ryan Stolz (15th), 17. Joe
Stornetta Jr. (5th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (17th), 19. Geoffrey
Strole (20th), 20. Benjamin Catron (18th), 21. Scotty Farmer
**Majors flipped during
qualifications. Farmer flipped on lap 1 of the third heat
race. Farmer flipped on lap 5 of the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Guardino, Laps 5-26 Stornetta, Laps 27-28
Hirst, Laps 29-30 Bernal.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING
PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (8th to 1st)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-473, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd-470, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-455, 4. Jake
Swanson-440, .. Austin Liggett-440, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7.
Tristan Guardino-357, 8. Cody Majors-320, 9. Ryan Timmons-294,
10. Brandon Wiley-280, 11. Jeff Sibley-270, 12. Joe Stornetta
Jr.-260, 13. Steven Garris-258, 14. Steve Hix-253, 15. Geoff
Ensign-244, 16. Shannon McQueen-207, 17. Ryan Stolz-178, 18.
Tye Mihocko-158, 19. Kyle Hirst-155, 20. Max Adams-154.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle of the Beach Race #1)
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at
Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura,
CA (Battle of the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Ocean Speedway -
July 29: Petaluma Speedway -
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
This schedule is subject to change.