USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA’S “RON OTTO
By Lance Jennings
JUNE 11, 2019... This
Saturday, June 15th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will
make their second of four appearances at the newly renovated
Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Ron Otto
Memorial” will also showcase IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks,
American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located
in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best
Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and
racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the
track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.
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.
Primarily featuring the
NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto Memorial” has hosted sprint
cars for several years. While some details are missing and
different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit
360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, “The Kruser”
Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen
won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed
the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012
were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 show in 2015,
Ryan Bernal topped 2017, and Austin Liggett was victorious in
last year’s memorial. A win list for the “Ron Otto Memorial”
is at the bottom of this release.
To date, Santa Maria
Raceway has held thirty-eight West Coast Sprint Car events and
Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August
12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384,
just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime”
Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Austin Liggett claimed
the April 28th main event and the Santa Maria series win list
is at the end of this release.
Entering the ninth point
race, there have been six different winners. Defending series
champion Austin Liggett and Tristan Guardino have two
victories, while Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and
Troy Rutherford have one win on the season. Rain washed out
the May 18th show at Petaluma.
Returning to Santa
Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 125-point
lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won
last Friday’s nonstop “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” at
Tulare. At press time, the point leader has two feature wins,
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race
victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led.
Tristan ranks ninth on the series win list and will be looking
to add the “Otto Memorial” to his resume.
(Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the
championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons finished
eighth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016
Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time
Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13
Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday,
Ryan will have his sights on his third USAC West Coast
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC
West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw
Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed tenth
in last Friday’s “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the
versatile driver has one heat race victory and three top-10
finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking for his first
career USAC win at Santa Maria Raceway.
After running a
close second to Guardino at Tulare, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA)
has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving
the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett
Trucking Maxim, the defending champion has two feature wins,
one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race
victories, four top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on
the season. Austin ranks sixth in feature wins and will have
his sights on another “Otto Memorial” victory.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) has risen to fifth in
the West Coast point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy
Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored a
fourth place finish at Tulare. To date, the two-time champion
has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the
year. “Hollywood” is tied with Bud Kaeding for third in series
victories and will be looking to add his name to the winner’s
list of the “Ron Otto Memorial.”
Hannah Mayhew (Acton,
CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt
(Harrisonville, MO) and J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) are also
Among the other drivers expected to be
in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto,
“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford,
T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Tanner Boul, Brandon Wiley, D.J.
Johnson, Ryan Stolz, and more.
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, Kids
Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more
event information, visit the track’s website at
santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.
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 email@example.com.
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.
"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis,
2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown,
2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN,
2013-NO RACE, 2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE,
2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Austin Liggett.
2019 USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett,
1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake
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-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander,
1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy
Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-515, 2. Ryan Timmons-390, 3. Koen Shaw-370, 4. Austin
Liggett-308, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 6. Hannah Mayhew (R)-273,
7. Austin Ervine-250, 8. Slater Helt (R)-241, 9. Jake
Swanson-238, 10. Michael Faccinto-231, 11. Ricky
Kirkbride-225, 12. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 14.
T.J. Smith-216, 15. Ryan Bernal-206, 16. Cody Majors-203, 17.
J.J. Ringo (R)-197, 18. Kyle Edwards-178, 19. Tanner Boul-166,
20. Brody Roa-154.
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 (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 (Winner: Troy
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
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 (ARP Battle at the Beach
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
(Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.