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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series
#73X Nic Faas Wins at Chowchilla. File photo by Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos.
NIC FAAS STORMS TO VICTORY AT CHOWCHILLA
By Lance Jennings
CHOWCHILLA, CA – AUGUST 11, 2014... Taking the lead from Austin Liggett on lap six, Nic Faas of Huntington Beach scored his first USAC West Coast victory at Chowchilla Raceway. Saturday’s $1,500 triumph was also his second USAC Western Classic main event win of the campaign. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.
Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Nic Faas became the 34th driver to score a USAC West Coast feature win. Using the non-qualifying / passing points format, Faas won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and placed fifth overall in points. After staring on the outside of the front row, Faas left Chowchilla ranked ninth in West Coast points and third in the Western Classic point chase.
Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. pressured Faas in the closing laps and took second at the checkered flags. Racing Junior Bowman’s #2 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran third in his heat race and took fourth in passing points. Entering the schedule break, last season’s West Coast Champion is sixth in points and ninth in the Western Classic standings.
Brody Roa of Huntington Beach had another strong effort with a third place finish at Chowchilla. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa took third in his heat race and entered the feature ranked second in passing points. In limited appearances, the former Wagsdash Champion is fourteenth in West Coast points and fifteenth in the Western Classic series.
After winning the night before at Watsonville, Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell placed fourth at Chowchilla. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race and was third in passing points. Returning to USAC/CRA competition, Matt is the West Coast Point Leader and second in the Western Classic point standings.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia was the night’s high point driver and took fifth in the Chowchilla debut. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard ran second to Nic Faas in his heat race. The 2011 West Coast Champion his currently third in points and fourth in the Western Classic standings.
Terra Bella’s Trent Carter earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from fourteenth. Driving a new family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter was seventh in his heat race, second in the dash, and fourteenth in passing points. Trent left Chowchilla ranked seventeenth in the West Coast standings and twenty-seventh in Western Classic points.
Austin Liggett of Tracy won the 10-lap Deist Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Home Connections Inc. Spike, Liggett was sixth in passing points and led the first five laps of the main event. The 2012 West Coast Rookie of the Year had an early exit and scored fifteenth. To date, Austin is ranked eighth in both the West Coast and Western Classic standings.
Clovis’ Kolby Araki returned to action and won the 4-lap Saldana Racing Products / Pyrotect Racing Cells Dash. Racing his new #30K PKS Kart Supplies / Graphix Plus Spike, Araki ran eighth in his heat race, was fifteenth in passing points, and ran thirteenth in the main event. Kolby is tied for fifty-fourth in West Coast points and thirty-third in the Western Classic series.
On Saturday, September 27th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action at Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The $2,500-to-win "Brawl For It All" is the second round of the "Grudge Series" with the USAC SouthWest Sprints and will also feature Mini Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and AMA ModLites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).
On Saturday, September 20th, the USAC Western Classic Sprints will make their debut at Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park in Marysville, California. The $1,500-to-win event will be the seventh point race of the season and will also showcase Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Pro 4 Sprint Cars. Located at 1468 Simpson Lane, more event information can be found at www.marysvilleracewaypark.com or calling 530.743.1327.
The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, Weld Racing, 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. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
The USAC Western Classic Racing Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, VanLare Steering Repair, 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. For more information on the USAC Western Classic Racing Series, visit www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WesternClassicSprints), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WCRS).
USAC WEST COAST & WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
August 9, 2014 – Chowchilla, California – Chowchilla Raceway
EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
1. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 4. Markus Niemela (#73 Ford), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 6. Jim Richardson (#8 Richardson), 7. A.J. Bender (#12B Bender), 8. Connor Kassik (#26 Kassik), 9. Jeff Bothelo (#14X Bothelo). NT
DEIST SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 2. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (#2 Bowman), 4. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 5. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 6. Max Adams (#5X Adams), 7. Trent Carter (#13 Carter), 8. Kolby Araki (#30K Araki). NT
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / PYROTECT RACING CELLS DASH: (4 laps)
1. Kolby Araki, 2. Trent Carter, 3. Connor Kassik. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Nic Faas (2nd), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (3rd), 3. Brody Roa (5th), 4. Matt Mitchell (4th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 6. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 7. Markus Niemela (8th), 8. Max Adams (11th), 9. Trent Carter (14th), 10. Jeff Sibley (10th), 11. A.J. Bender (13th), 12. Jim Richardson (12th), 13. Kolby Araki (15th), 14. Ryan Bernal (7th), 15. Austin Liggett (1st), 16. Connor Kassik (16th). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Austin Liggett, Laps 6-30 Nic Faas.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Trent Carter (14th to 9th)
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Matt Mitchell-659, 2. Markus Niemela-631, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-546, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-530, 5. Ryan Bernal-512, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-500, --Troy Rutherford-500, 8. Austin Liggett-490, 9. Nic Faas-465, 10. Dennis Howell-399, 11. Landon Hurst-344, 12. Marty Hawkins-269, 13. Kevin Barnes-244, 14. Brody Roa-207, 15. Jeff Sibley-205, 16. Bud Kaeding-180, 17. Trent Carter-159, 18. Chris Ennis-154, 19. Garrett Long-153, 20. Michael Pickens-150.
USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-359, 2. Matt Mitchell-333, 3. Nic Faas-324, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-303, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-280, 6. Marty Hawkins-227, 7. Markus Niemela-211, 8. Austin Liggett-189, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 10. D.J. Johnson-173, 11. Landon Hurst-166, 12. Trevor Schmid-150, 13. Scott Hall-135, 14. Geoff Ensign-130, 15. Brody Roa-128, 16. Jeff Sibley-123, 17. Terry Schank Jr.-84, 18. Dennis Howell-82, 19. Troy Rutherford-77, 20. Austin Stone-67.
2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
October 11: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Cotton Classic / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
2014 USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
September 20: Marysville Raceway Park - Marysville, CA
October 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
This schedule is subject to change.