RYAN TIMMONS GETS FIRST WIN AT BAKERSFIELD
JULY 30, 2018... Last Saturday night, Ryan
Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) earned his first career
USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Bakersfield Speedway.
Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Repair / Evergood
Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons claimed the eleventh point race over
fast qualifier Tristan Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett,
“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and Koen Shaw.
daytime temperatures reached triple digits during the day and
a full moon on display in the night sky, officials reworked
the track surface prior to the main event. This gave the
drivers two grooves of racing that was met with praise after
the checkered flags.
Going for this third win of the
season, Austin Liggett started on the pole position and set a
torrid pace on the outside lane. While some racers were
struggling with the Bakersfield clay, Ryan Timmons closed
within striking distance for the top spot. A Timmons bobble
gave Liggett some breathing room, but Ryan quickly regrouped
and began to apply pressure. Liggett led the first twenty-two
laps until Timmons executed a successful “slide job” in the
third turn to grab the top spot.
Looking for his first
series win, Timmons was able to shake free from his
challengers, but slower traffic would become a factor. As the
leader’s progress slowed, Liggett and fast qualifier Tristan
Guardino were gaining ground. Guardino slipped by Liggett for
second and briefly raced three wide with Timmons and a slower
car. Timmons managed to hold onto the lead and sailed to his
first main event victory.
Before starting on the
outside of the front row of the feature, Ryan Timmons
qualified fourth out of a season low twelve cars and won the
Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply second heat race.
While scoring several podium finishes in the last few races,
Timmons put it all together at Bakersfield to become the 49th
different driver to claim a USAC West Coast win. To date, the
2016 Rookie of the Year is third in points with two heat race
victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) earned
Bakersfield’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard
Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run
from ninth. In the night of firsts, Guardino raced the family
owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim to
his career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and scored
fifth in his heat race. At press time, Tristan ranks second in
points with one feature win, five heat race victories, eight
top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.
After leading the first twenty-two laps, Austin Liggett
(Tracy, California) had to settle for third at Bakersfield.
Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services /
Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was third quick in time trials and
won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The point leader
heads to Santa Maria with a 106-point advantage on the
strength of two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and
82 feature laps led to his credit.
Making his first
start in three years, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride
(Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at his hometown track.
Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 American Fabrication /
Fred Cummings Motorsports Spike, Kirkbride qualified ninth
overall and ran second to Liggett in his heat race.
Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) raced from eighth to fifth in
the Bakersfield return. Racing the family owned #88K Shaw
Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw was second
fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. To date,
Koen has taken over fourth in the point chase with two Saldana
Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and seven
top-10 finishes in the campaign.
The USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, August 11th, at
Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360
Sprints, the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature the
Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented
by CBD Living Water, Mini Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby
Stocks, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is
located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900
Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale
and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or
call 805.922.2232 for more information.
The USAC West
Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR
Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King
Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, 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 email@example.com.
For more 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.
COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 –
Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T,
Guardino-13.473; 2. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.544; 3. Austin
Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.691; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T,
Timmons-13.749; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.848; 6. Matt Day,
97, Day-14.008; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.023; 8.
Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.169; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van
Meter-14.176; 10. Austin Ervine, 57, AJ-14.984; 11. James
Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.675; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V,
EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1.
Liggett, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Herrera, 4. Bock, 5. Guardino, 6.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Hix, 3. Day, 4. Shaw, 5.
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Timmons (2nd), 2. Tristan Guardino (9th), 3. Austin
Liggett (1st), 4. Ricky Kirkbride (3rd), 5. Koen Shaw (8th),
6. Shannon McQueen (11th), 7. Steve Hix (4th), 8. Britton Bock
(7th), 9. Matt Day (6th), 10. Austin Ervine (10th), 11. James
Herrera (5th). NT
LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Laps 23-30 Timmons.
RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tristan Guardino
(9th to 2nd)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1-Liggett-703, 2-Guardino-596, 3-Timmons-570,
4-McQueen-511, 5-Shaw-510, 6-Hix-484, 7-Faria-477, 8-Richard
Vander Weerd-441, 9-Bock-431, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-390.
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: #Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the
Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night
Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned
Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.
Timmons at Bakersfield. Photo by Lance Jennings