AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA
MARIA “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings
3, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday,
October 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Championship Night”
is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will
also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States
Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby
Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs.
Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's
Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at
5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.
TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book
can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and
www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the
track or online at
2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk
disqualification from the event.
In addition to
crowning the USAC West Sprint Car Champion, Saturday’s
“Championship Night” will also celebrate the local Santa Maria
track champions. Last year, Jake Swanson earned the series
title, Trent Carter took his second Santa Maria crown, and
Tristan Guardino led all 30-laps to score the main event win.
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-six West
Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with
six victories. In the last three appearances, Troy Rutherford
claimed the April 28th show, Austin Liggett topped the June
9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” and Bernal scored the August 11 “Bud
Stanfield Memorial.” On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the
series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of
13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny
Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is
at the end of this release.
Entering the final point
race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 63-point lead over the
competition and could be the first driver to earn rookie of
the year honors (2012) and the championship. Piloting the
family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil
Maxim, Liggett scored twelfth in the August 25th feature at
Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” To date, the point
leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10
finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin has
seven career wins and will be looking to celebrate a
“Championship Night” victory.
(Fremont, CA) is second in the USAC West Coast point
standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive /
Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won Ventura’s “Battle at
the Beach Race #3.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate
has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products
/ Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and
49 feature laps led to his credit. With five career wins,
Tristan will have his sights on his second “Championship
Night” triumph and a shot at the crown.
(Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the
championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons charged from
twelfth to second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading
to the fourteenth point race, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has
one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10
finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. This
Saturday, Ryan will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning
trophy to his collection.
Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield,
CA) ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting
Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil
Maxim, McQueen raced from sixteenth to eighth at Ventura’s
August 25th main event. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western
Midget Champion has eleven top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps
led on the year. Shannon will race double duty with the USAC
Western States Midgets and will have her sights on her first
sprint car win at Santa Maria Raceway.
(Ventura, CA) is fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point
chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing
Triple X, Hix had a solid fourth place finish at Ventura
Raceway. To date, Steve has one heat race victory, eight
top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign.
This Saturday, Hix will be looking to earn his first series
feature win at the “Championship Night.”
seventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the
chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine
(Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent
Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA)
are also in contention.
Among the other drivers
expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny
Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Trent
Carter, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, and more.
“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) leads the
Santa Maria 360 Sprint Car point standings. Ryan Stolz, Jordan
Linson, James Herrera, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb
Montgomery, Matt Day, Brandon Wiley, and Shannon McQueen round
out the top-10 in points.
Santa Maria Raceway is
located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900
Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17,
Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids
Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more
event information, visit the track’s website at
www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig
Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding,
2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria
Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.
NIGHT WINNERS: 2017-Tristan Guardino.
2018 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino,
2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny
Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes
Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd,
3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny
Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith,
1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Austin
Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford,
2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832,
3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657,
6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556,
9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 11-Ryan
Bernal-437, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-433, 13-Ryan Stolz-428,
14-Troy Rutherford-338, 15-Jake Swanson-312, 16-Brandon
Wiley-311, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213,
19-Kyle Smith-183, 20-Kyle Edwards-180.
MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Trent Carter-202,
2-Ryan Stolz-180, -Jordan Linson-180, 4-James Herrera-174,
5-Austin Liggett-130, 6-Tristan Guardino-118, 7-Kaleb
Montgomery-112, -Matt Day-112, 9-Brandon Wiley-110, 10-Shannon
McQueen-108, 11-Koen Shaw-106, 12-Steve Hix-103, -Ryan
Timmons-103, 14-Britton Bock-98, 15-Austin Ervine-97, 16-Ryan
Bernal-81, 17-Danny Faria Jr.-75, 18-Patrick Frisco-65,
19-Troy Rutherford-64, 20-Tanner Thorson-44.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
**Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 /
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
schedule is subject to change.