USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH” RESUMES AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings
MAY 29, 2019... This Saturday, June
1st, the USAC West Coast and VRA (Ventura Racing Association)
Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim
Naylor, the “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2” is the second of
five appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. VRA Dwarf
Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprints,
and Hobby Stocks are also featured on the action packed card.
The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates 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 venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 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.
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 westcoastsprintcars.com and
usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track
or online at usaclicense.com.
Since April 4, 2009, the
Ventura County Fairgrounds has held thirteen West Coast 360
Sprint Car races. Nine different drivers have claimed victory,
led by Tristan Guardino with three main event wins. Guardino
also set a new 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23rd and
a complete series Ventura win list is at the end of this
Entering the seventh point race, there have
been five different winners. Defending series champion Austin
Liggett has won the last two races, including the May 17th
“Peter Murphy Classic” at Tulare. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson,
Chase Johnson, and Guardino have one win on the season and
rain washed out the May 18th event at Petaluma.
to Ventura, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout
119-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned
#15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino
led the first eight laps before finishing eleventh at Tulare’s
“Peter Murphy Classic.” To date, the young driver has posted
one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31
feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig
Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking
add another Ventura trophy to his collection.
finishing seventh at Tulare, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA)
has climbed to second in the chase for the championship.
Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair /
Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons has one heat race victory
and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Ventura, the 2016
Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his third career
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has climbed to third in
the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned
#88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw
scored a sixteenth place finish at the Tulare County
Fairgrounds. At press time, the versatile driver has posted
one heat race victory and one top-10 finish in the campaign.
This Saturday night, Koen will be looking for his first career
victory with the USAC West Coast Sprints.
(Anaheim, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. The
pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley
AG Transport Triple X skipped Tulare to compete in Arizona. At
press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one
Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory,
one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10
finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied
with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake
will skip Ventura for USAC SouthWest action in San Tan Valley,
After winning the last two features, Austin
Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC West
Coast standings. Driving the family owned #83 Excel
Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett has
one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 41 feature
laps led to his credit. To date, the defending champion ranks
sixth on the win list and will have his sights on his tenth
Currently seventh in points, Slater Helt
(Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year
honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill,
CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in
Among the other drivers expected to be in
action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. Austin Ervine, Steve
Hix, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Troy Rutherford, “The Rickster”
Ricky Kirkbride, D.J. Johnson, Tom Hendricks, and more.
Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong contingent with
the Ventura Racing Association. The 2016 Champion is expected
to be joined by Charlie Butcher, Kyle Smith, Brandon Wiley,
Tyler Hatzikian, Bruce Douglass, Tyler Williams, Kenny
Perkins, Gage Rucker, and Chris Meredith.
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 805.648.RACE.
West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller
Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal
Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products,
Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, 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.
information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social
media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at
westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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: 2-Austin Liggett,
1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake
VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
(Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Ryan Bernal,
2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff
Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1.
Tristan Guardino-405, 2. Ryan Timmons-286, 3. Koen Shaw-262,
4. Jake Swanson-238, 5. Austin Liggett-227, 6. Danny Faria
Jr.-221, 7. Slater Helt-212, 8. Hannah Mayhew-203, 9. J.J.
Ringo-197, 10. Austin Ervine-187, 11. Kyle Edwards-178, 12.
Steve Hix-172, 13. Michael Faccinto-167, 14. Brody Roa-154,
15. T.J. Smith-150, --. Cody Majors-150, 17. Charles Davis
Jr.-147, 18. Stevie Sussex-145, 19. Troy Rutherford-139, 20.
2019 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Rick Hendrix-1145, 2. Charlie Butcher-1050, 3. Kyle
Smith-660, 4. Brandon Wiley-425, 5. Tyler Hatzikian-420, 6.
Bruce Douglass-405, 7. Tyler Williams-365, 8. Kenny
Perkins-355, 9. Gage Rucker-350, 10. Chris Meredith-340, 11.
Ricky Lewis-325, 12. Joey Bishop-300, 13. Tyler Edwards-240,
14. Cody Majors-235, 15. Tanner Boul-220, 16. Bruce St.
James-215, 17. Danny Parrish-205, 18. Brent Owens-185, 19.
Evan Jonker-180, 20. Will Perkins-175.
2019 ARP BATTLE
AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino–245, 2. Jake
Swanson-235, 3. Carson Macedo-215, 4. Troy Rutherford-210, 5.
Cody Majors-205, 6. Ryan Timmons-185, -. Kyle Edwards-185, 8.
Slater Helt-170, 9. Koen Shaw-160, 10. Jeff Fillingame-155,
--. Steve Hix-155, 12. Rick Hendrix-150, 13. Charlie
Butcher-135, 14. Darren Vanderly-125, 15. Tom Hendricks-125,
16. Tyler Williams-120, 17. J.J. Ringo-115, 18. Gage
Rucker-110, 19. Austin Ervine-100.
2019 USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
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 (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa
Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at
the Beach Race #2)
June 7: 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)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the
Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
October 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 / ARP Battle at the Beach
Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.