USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS RETURN TO SANTA MARIA RACEWAY
By Lance Jennings
OCTOBER 1, 2019... With two point
races remaining, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade
Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 5th. Promoted by
Nick Duggan, the twelfth point race is the last stop of the
year for the traditional 360s at "The West's Best Short
Track." The action packed card will also showcase Pro Stocks,
Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. Located in
Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway
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, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST
FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100,
13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P
SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will
risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER
SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- 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
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast
Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at
westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at
To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held
forty 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 shy of the
all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on
September 11, 2004. Defending champion Austin Liggett topped
the April 27th and August 10th main events, while current
point leader Tristan Guardino was victorious on June 15th. The
series wins list at Santa Maria is at the end of this release.
Entering the twelfth point race, there have been six
different winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett lead
the series with three triumphs while Jake Swanson has two
victories on the season. Chase Johnson, Brody Roa, and Troy
Rutherford have posted one win as rain claimed the May 18th
show at Petaluma.
Closing on his first championship,
Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Santa Maria with a
stout 141-point lead over the competition. Driving the family
owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim,
Guardino charged to a fourth place finish at Ventura on August
24th after starting tenth. To date, the point leader has three
feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four
heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps
led. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy
and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the series win list and
will be looking for another win at Santa Maria.
Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship
point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto &
Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed fifth
at the Ventura County Fairgrounds after starting seventh. At
press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Woodland Auto
Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Wilwood
Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and eight top-10 finishes to his
credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third
career USAC West Coast victory.
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 scored a twelfth place finish in the August 24th
feature. To date, the versatile driver has posted one heat
race victory and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. This
Saturday night, Koen will be looking to earn his first career
USAC victory at Santa Maria Raceway.
third at Ventura, T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) has climbed to
fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the May
Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim,
Smith has four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 8
feature laps led on the season. The 2010 Santa Maria Track
Champion has four career series wins and will have his sights
on his first victory of 2019.
Hannah Mayhew (Acton,
CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the
family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew finished
thirteenth at Ventura’s “Battle of the Beach Race #3.” At
press time, the leading rookie contender has two Wilwood Disc
Brakes Lucky 13 Awards and two top-10 finishes in the
campaign. The 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion will
be looking for her first USAC win this Saturday night.
While Mayhew leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors,
J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO),
Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are
also in contention.
Among the other drivers expected
to be in action are Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett, Austin
Ervine, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria
Jr., Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky
Kirkbride, Tom Hendricks, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Brent
Owens, James Herrera, Ricky Lewis, Kaleb Montgomery, 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.
The USAC 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, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, 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
For more 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: 3-Tristan Guardino,
3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody
Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.
SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST
SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal,
5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett,
3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny
Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 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-739, 2. Ryan Timmons-598, 3. Koen Shaw-509, 4. T.J.
Smith-435, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-408, 6. Jake Swanson-400, 7.
J.J. Ringo ®-393, 8. Austin Liggett-390, 9. Austin Ervine-361,
10. Slater Helt ®-356, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve
Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275,
15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul
®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Ryan Bernal-206, 20. Kyle
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES
February 27: The Dirt Track
at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner:
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
*Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Adobe Cup II)
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.