VENTURA HOSTS USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH RACE #1”
By Lance Jennings
MARCH 18, 2019... After
last Saturday’s battle at Bakersfield, the USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars will clash with the Ventura Racing Association
(VRA) this Saturday, March 23rd at Ventura Raceway. Promoted
by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at
the Beach Race #1” is the first of five appearances at the
Ventura County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also
feature Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, and California
Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front
Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at
“The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event
information, visit the track’s website at
www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
- 2019 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 SUPER STOCK.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk
disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS &
FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE
SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY
legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
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 www.usaclicense.com.
Since April 4,
2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twelve West
Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Nine different drivers have
claimed victory, led by Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, and
Jake Swanson with two main event wins. The 1-lap track record
of 11.983 was set by defending champion Austin Liggett on
August 25, 2018 and a complete series win list at Ventura is
at the end of this release.
Entering the fourth point
race, there have been three different winners. Brody Roa, Jake
Swanson, and Chase Johnson swept their shows by setting fast
time/top qualifier, claiming heat races, and taking the
checkered flags in the main events. Last Saturday at
Bakersfield, Johnson became the fifty-first driver to earn a
After running fourth at Bakersfield,
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has taken over the point lead
and holds a 9-point advantage. Piloting the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has
posted two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes to
his credit. At press time, Tristan is tied with Troy
Rutherford for eleventh on the series win list and will be
looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.
Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton) ranks
second in the chase for the championship. Racing his #17V
Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike,
Faria finished third at Bakersfield last Saturday night. Also
running Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC, Faria
has posted two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes in
the campaign. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the
series win list, “Hollywood” will have his sights on his
twelfth victory at Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race
After missing the Bakersfield event, Jake Swanson
(Anaheim, CA) has dropped to third in the USAC West Coast
point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ
Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson has
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race
victory, one hard charger award, and 6 feature laps led on the
season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for
thirteenth on the series win list, the 2017 Champion will be
looking for his fifth main event triumph.
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) skipped last Saturday’s show and
is currently fourth in the championship points. Piloting
Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling
Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one
heat race victory, and 15 feature laps led on the year. The
2016 Champion is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the
series win list and will have his sights on his seventh
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye,
AZ) sits fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #50
MP Environmental / RSS Industries entry, Davis has two top-10
finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Regularly
competing in Arizona, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car
Champion missed last Saturday’s Bakersfield race and is not
expected at Ventura.
Currently ninth in points, Hannah
Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year
honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) and Brent Owens
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.
the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons,
Koen Shaw, Austin Ervine, Kyle Edwards, J.J. Ringo, Austin
Liggett, Cody Majors, Tom Hendricks, “The Rickster” Ricky
Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, Shannon McQueen, Ryan
Stolz, and more.
Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads a
strong contingent with the Ventura Racing Association. The
four-time VRA Champion is expected to be joined by Charlie
Butcher, Rick Hendrix, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Guy
Woodward, and Joey Bishop.
Ventura Raceway is located
on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in
Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60
and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are
$11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Kid’s tickets (12
and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the
track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension
Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier
Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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
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.
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, 2018-Austin Liggett.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Chase Johnson,
1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.
VENTURA USAC 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 Liggett,
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT
STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-195, 2. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 3.
Jake Swanson-161, 4. Brody Roa-154, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-147,
6. Stevie Sussex-145, 7. Ryan Timmons-139, 8. Koen Shaw-135,
9. Hannah Mayhew-119, 10. Dennis Gile-113, 11. Colton
Hardy-101, 12. Slater Helt-99, 13. T.J. Smith-93, 14. Austin
Ervine-89, 15. Chase Johnson-84, 16. Sterling Cling-80, 17.
Kyle Edwards-78, ... J.J. Ringo-71, 19. Michael Fanelli-70,
20. Austin Liggett-69.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
February 27: The
Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner:
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield,
CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway –
Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura
Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris
& Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria
Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura
Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night
Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.