VENTURA’S “78TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND
PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER STARTS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings
2018... Starting Wednesday, November 21st, the USAC West Coast
and VRA Sprint Cars will battle at Ventura Raceway for two
nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious
“78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with
a special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprint cars
and practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets.
On Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point
“Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget
show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in
America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be
held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and
practice starts at 3:30pm.
RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. A $100 Entry fee
covers both nights. 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:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535,
14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST
FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P
*Failure to comply with the muffler
rule will risk disqualification from the event.
Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus
to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and
midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across
the country are expected at this prestigious event.
MARSHALLS: Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake, and Tommy Hunt.
VIEW: The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live
streamed at www.speedshifttv.com.
Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura
County Fairgrounds has held eleven West Coast Sprint Car races
and eight different drivers have claimed victory. This season,
Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal and Tristan Guardino celebrated
“Battle of the Beach” wins and Liggett set a new track record
(11.983) on August 25th. A complete series win list at Ventura
is at the bottom of this release.
checkered flags flew on October 6th at Santa Maria, Austin
Liggett (Tracy, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint
Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won by a
slim 17-point margin and became the first driver to earn
rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. In all,
Austin posted 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. With seven
career wins, Liggett ranks third in the “Battle of the Beach”
mini-series and will be looking to add the Turkey Night Grand
Prix to his resume.
Guardino (Fremont, CA) finished second in the USAC West Coast
point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s
Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino had two
feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards,
seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and
49 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan has five career
wins and have his sights on adding another winning trophy to
(Pleasant Hill, CA) placed third in the chase for the
championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had two
feature wins, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes,
and 57 feature laps led on the season. The 2016 Rookie of the
Year will be looking for his first victory at the Ventura
McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranked fourth in the championship
point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson
Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen posted twelve top-10
finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2012 USAC
Western States Midget Champion will have her sights on her
first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.
(Ventura, CA) placed fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car
point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano
Roofing Triple X, Hix recorded two heat race victories, nine
top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. Hix
will field a two-car effort with Tyler Edwards and will be
looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Turkey
Night Grand Prix.”
(Calistoga, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2018.
Driving Mike Bock’s #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu
Vineyards Eagle, Bock posted one Saldana Racing Products /
Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on
the season. Britton will be looking for his first series win
and Austin Liggett will pilot his midget at the “Turkey Night
drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura Raceway. Among
them are Max Adams, Shawn Arriaga, Tyler Courtney, Kyle
Edwards, Slater Helt, Rick Hendrix, Chase Johnson, Colby
Johnson, Austin Kuehl, C.J. Leary, Rob Lindsey, Cody Majors,
Hannah Mayhew, Kaleb Montgomery, Brent Owens, Michael Pickens,
Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Koen Shaw, Matt Stewart, Ryan
Stolz, Stevie Sussex, Jake Swanson, Tanner Thorson, Shawn
Torbert, Chris Tramel, and more.
(Moorpark, CA) earned his fourth VRA Sprint Car Championship
over “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Joey Bishop,
Charlie Butcher, Kyle Edwards, Tyler Hatzikian, Guy Woodward,
Chris Tramel, and Chris Meredith.
Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10
West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are
on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s
website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 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
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, 2018-Austin Liggett.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino,
2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Ryan Timmons, 2-Richard
Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan
Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon,
1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin
USAC 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
SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1775, 2. Jeremy
Ellertson-1405, 3. Rick Hendrix-1335, 4. Joey Bishop-1050, 5.
Charlie Butcher-880, 6. Kyle Edwards-715, 7. Tyler
Hatzikian-405, 8. Guy Woodward-260, 9. Chris Tramel-215, 10.
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.