TIMMONS TOPS SANTA MARIA FEATURE;
LIGGETT WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
By Lance Jennings
2018... Officially leading all 30-laps, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant
Hill, CA) claimed the last point race of the year at Santa
Maria Raceway. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Food Maxim, Timmons earned his
second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature win of the
season over fast qualifier Tristan Guardino, Trent Carter,
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Steve Hix.
the “Championship Night” victory was not easy but luck helped
the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Shannon McQueen, who started on
the pole position, suffered a flat tire on the initial start
and was restarted at the back of the field. From there, third
starting Timmons inherited the pole position and got the jump
on visiting Arizona driver Sterling Cling to grab the early
lead. Fourth starting Austin Liggett began to pressure Timmons
for the top spot, but a tangle with slower traffic ended
Liggett’s night on lap six. Now in second, Guardino was next
to challenge Timmons, but the leader held strong.
As the laps
counted down, “Hollywood” Danny Faria took over second and
mounted several challenges for the lead. Faria pressured
Timmons and contact between the two resulted in a Faria spin
on lap 27. On the restart, Ryan was in control, but a bobble
handed the lead to Guardino. However, a caution flag soon flew
over the speedway and handed the lead back to Timmons. From
there, Timmons got an excellent restart and roared to the
Santa Maria checkered flags.
opened the night by qualifying tenth out of the twenty-two car
field and finished third in his heat race. As this writing
goes to press, Ryan finished the point season ranked third in
the standings with two feature wins, three heat race
victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led to his
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA)
started sixth and finished second in Santa Maria’s
“Championship Night.” Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino posted his
second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to
Steve Hix in his heat race. Tristan closed out the point chase
ranked second with two feature wins, seven heat race
victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard
Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led
on the year.
(Terra Bella, CA) raced from eleventh to third at Santa Maria
Raceway. Driving the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe
/ Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter was fifth quick
in time trials, scored fourth in his heat race, and claimed
his third Santa Maria championship. The 2014 Co-Rookie of the
Year finished seventeenth in West Coast points on the strength
of four top-10 finishes.
Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) started eighth, challenged
Timmons for the lead, and salvaged a fourth place finish after
a late spin. Racing Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines /
The Heater Guy DRC, Faria qualified second overall and won the
Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The
two-time champion ended the campaign seventh in points with
one feature win, six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10
finishes, and 39 feature laps led.
Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) had another
solid night with a fifth place finish at Santa Maria Raceway.
Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing
Triple X, Hix was seventh fast in time trials and won the
night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Last year’s rookie
contender finished the season ranked fifth in the standings
with two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 3
feature laps led to his credit.
Herrera (New Cuyama, CA) earned the night’s Saldana Racing
Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job”
honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. Driving his
#5J Cuyama Buckhorn / City Motors Collision Maxim, Herrera
qualified twentieth overall and placed seventh in his heat
race. The former Santa Maria Champion tied with Kaleb
Montgomery for 19th in the USAC West Coast point standings.
Wiley (Santa Maria, CA) raced to victory in the Competition
Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Racing the Team
33 owned #33B Kittle Motorsports / All American Drilling
Schnee, Wiley was ninth fast in time trials and scored
nineteenth in the main event. The 2017 Rookie of the Year
finished fifteenth in points with one heat race victory and
two top-10 finishes in the campaign.
Liggett (Tracy, CA) won the 2018 USAC West Coast Championship
by seventeen points over Tristan Guardino. Piloting the family
owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim,
Liggett qualified third overall, ran second to Brandon Wiley
in his heat race, and scored twentieth in the feature after an
early exit. Austin claimed the title on the strength of 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.
Wednesday, November 21st, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will
return for two nights of action at Ventura Raceway.
Co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints, the non-point “78th Annual
Turkey Night Grand Prix” will also feature the USAC Western
and National Midget Series for practice on Wednesday and
racing on Thursday. More event and ticket information can be
found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.
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
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 SERIES
RACE RESULTS: October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California –
Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – co-sanctioned
with Santa Maria 360 Sprints
AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T,
Guardino-13.661; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-13.874; 3.
Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.011; 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 87,
Van Meter-14.153; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.283; 6. Tye
Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.287; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.312; 8.
Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.319; 9. Brandon Wiley, 33B,
Team 33-14.321; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.458; 11.
Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.461; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van
Meter-14.470; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-14.486; 14. Tom
Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.608; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E,
Edwards-14.636; 16. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-14.727; 17.
Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.866; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K,
Shaw-15.061; 19. Tyler Most, 3, Most-15.163; 20. James
Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.439; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.615;
22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.348.
MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Guardino, 3.
Timmons, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Ky.Shaw, 6. Jones, 7. Ervine, 8.
ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1.
Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. Cling, 4. Carter, 5. Hendricks, 6.
Bock, 7. Herrera. NT
SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Wiley, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Mihocko, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6.
Edwards, 7. Stolz. NT
laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Tristan Guardino, 3. Trent Carter,
4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Steve Hix, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Kyler
Shaw, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11.
James Herrera, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Austin Ervine, 14.
Kyle Edwards, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Tyler Most, 17. Troy
Rutherford, 18. Tom Hendricks, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Austin
Liggett, 21. Ryan Stolz, 22. Bill Jones. NT
**Rutherford flipped on lap 20 of
LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timmons
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING
OPTICS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (20th to 11th)
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-929,
2. Tristan Guardino-912, 3. Ryan Timmons-839, 4. Shannon
McQueen-733, 5. Steve Hix-723, 6. Koen Shaw-685, 7. Danny
Faria Jr.-630, 8. Britton Bock-611, 9. Austin Ervine-525, 10.
Ryan Stolz-453, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 12. Ryan
Bernal-437, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-433, 14. Troy
Rutherford-374, 15. Brandon Wiley-344, 16. Jake Swanson-312,
17. Trent Carter-296, 18. Kyle Edwards-218, 19. Kaleb
Montgomery-213, --. James Herrera-213
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
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
This schedule is subject to change.