West Coast Sprints at Bakersfield Saturday; Bernal Johnson Score West Coast, Southwest Sprint Wins

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A pair of 2014 USAC Western Sprint Car Champs scored victories last weekend. Western Classic Champ Ryan Bernal won Saturday’s West Coast Sprint race at Hanford, Calif. and defending Southwest Sprint champ R.J. Johnson triumphed in Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Peoria, Ariz.

Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., will lead the West Coast series to this Saturday night’s race at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. He’s 14 points ahead of Danny Faria, Jr., who took second at Hanford.

Bernal won Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Keller Auto Speedway at the Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, passing Faria on the white-flag lap and leading the last two laps in his Tri-L Mandarin Ranch/Core Power ART/S & S. Faria took second ahead of Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson and Jake Swanson. Faria led the first two laps, Bernal led 14 and Faria the next 12 before Bernal’s winning pass.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., scored a last-lap victory in Saturday night’s Southwest race at Canyon Speedway Park. Wheeling the Michaels machine, Johnson caught Stevie Sussex on the 30th lap to grab the win, followed by Sussex, Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi and Mike Colegrove. The win vaulted Johnson to second in the standings behind Sussex.

The Southwest series resumes April 11 at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz.

Troy Rutherford won last year’s West Coast outing at Bakersfield, while Bernal and Faria both captured 2013 races at Bakersfield.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 28, 2015 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Vince Perez (#40 Perez), 7. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#4 Reynolds), 7. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Mike Colegrove, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Josh Shipley, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Larry Gibson, 16. Michael Curtis, 17. Vince Perez, 18. Koty McGullam, 19. Dalten Gabbard, 20. Mike Bonneau, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Tom Ogle. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gabbard, Laps 17-29 Sussex, Lap 30 Johnson.


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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 28, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds 

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams,, 5X, Adams-15.857; 2. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.948; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.978; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.017; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.101; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.134; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.165; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.303; 9. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.312; 10. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.318; 11. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.322; 12. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.328; 13. Colton Slack, 81M, Watt-16.491; 14. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.521; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.591; 16. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.638; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.639; 18. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.302; 19. Jeff Bothelo, 14, Bothelo-NT; 20. Dwayne Marcum, 25, Yount-NT; 21. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Slack, 2. Guardino, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Swanson, 6. McQueen, 7. Bothelo. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Hurst, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Carter, 6. Barnes, 7. Marcum. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Marcham, 3. Sibley, 4. Johnson, 5. Henry, 6. Day, 7. Liggett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Max Adams, 9. Austin Liggett, 10. Johnathon Henry, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Jeff Sibley, 13. Colton Slack, 14. Kevin Barnes, 15. Trent Carter, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 19. Matt Day, 20. Dwayne Marcum, 21. Jeff Bothelo. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Faria, Laps 2-16 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 17-28 Faria, Laps 29-30 Bernal
USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
UPCOMING EVENTS
**April 4, 2015

SERIES: USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
TRACK: Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California)
MEDIA COVERAGE: Live updates on www.scrafan.com
TRACK ADDRESS: 5001 N Chester Ave Ext, Bakersfield, CA 93308
TRACK PHONE: (661) 393-3373
2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
**Jan 23 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park Brady Bacon
**Jan 24 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park Ryan Bernal
**Jan 25 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park Ryan Bernal
**Jan 30 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway Rained Out
**Jan 31 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway Rained Out
Mar 05 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Motor Speedway Stevie Sussex
Mar 28 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park R.J. Johnson
Apr 11 Yuma, AZ Cocopah Speedway
Apr 18 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
May 02 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
May 16 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
May 23 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
May 24 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
Jun 13 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
Jun 20 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
Jun 27 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway
Jul 10 El Paso, TX El Paso Speedway Park
Jul 11 Las Cruces, NM Southern New Mexico Speedway
Jul 18 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
Aug 01 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
Aug 19 Lawton, OK Lawton Speedway
Aug 20 Sapulpa, OK Creek County Speedway
Aug 21 Wichita, KS 81 Speedway
Aug 22 Dodge City, KS Dodge City Raceway Park
Aug 28 Prescott Valley, AZ Prescott Valley Raceway
Aug 29 Prescott Valley, AZ Prescott Valley Raceway
Sep 19 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
Sep 26 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
Oct 03 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona Speedway
Oct 17 Casa Grande, AZ Central Arizona Raceway
Nov 19 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway
Nov 20 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway
Nov 21 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway

**Races noted with ** are non-points special events.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
SCHEDULE & RESULTS

**Jan. 23 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
 Brady Bacon
**Jan. 24 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park Ryan Bernal
**Jan. 25 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park Ryan Bernal
**Jan. 30 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway Rained Out
**Jan. 31 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway Rained Out
Mar. 5 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Motor Speedway Stevie Sussex
Mar. 13 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway Bud Kaeding
Mar. 14 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway Ryan Bernal
Mar. 28 Hanford, CA Keller Auto Speedway Ryan Bernal
Apr. 4 Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield Speedway
Apr. 11 Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria Speedway
May. 16 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway
May. 30 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway
Jun. 20 Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria Speedway
Jun. 27 Hanford, CA Keller Auto Speedway
Jul. 25 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway
Aug. 1 Hanford, CA Keller Auto Speedway
Aug. 22 Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria Speedway
Sep. 26 Peoria, AZ Canyon Speedway Park
Oct. 3 Hanford, CA Keller Auto Speedway
Oct. 10 Tulare, CA Thunderbowl Raceway
Nov. 19 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway
Nov. 20 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway
Nov. 21 Tucson, AZ USA Raceway

**Races noted with ** are non-points special events.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

RANK
DRIVER
POINTS
1
Stevie Sussex
139
2
R.J. Johnson
112
3
Charles Davis, Jr.
110
4
Matt Rossi
83
5
Josh Pelkey
80
6
Mike Martin
72
7
Ryan Bernal
71
8
Shon Deskins
68
9
Matt Mitchell
62
10
Hunter Schuerenberg
57
2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

RANK
DRIVER
POINTS
1
Ryan Bernal
250
2
Danny Faria, Jr.
236
3
Jace Vander Weerd
196
4
Austin Liggett
175
5
Riichard Vander Weerd
169
6
Landon Hurst
168
7
Colby Copeland
166
8
D.J. Johnson
162

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