USAC West Coast Sprint Cars head to Watsonville this Friday

USAC West Coast Sprint Cars head to Watsonville this Friday

Watsonville, CA – The always exciting nonwing USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars roar into Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway for their one and only appearance at the track this season.  Last year, it was Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd that took the checkered flag ahead of current Ocean Sprints point’s leader Geoff Ensign of Sebastopol, who finished second.  Arizona’s Stevie Sussex was third last year.  With 12 races in the books, Jake Swanson of Anaheim leads the way in the championship standings, 70 points ahead of Tracy’s Austin Liggett.  Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, and Jace Vander Weerd round out the top five in the current standings.  Swanson has captured two wins with the series this year, including the latest event at Ventura Raceway.  Bernal leads the series in the wins category with six. 

                The IMCA SportMods are back in action after a week off.  At the Kaeding Classic, Geoff Ensign and Prunedale’s Matt Hagio each picked up one win apiece at the two-day event.  Hagio sits atop the standings, leading Hollister’s Mark Hartman by 16 markers.  Last week in the American Stocks, Nick Silva became the third driver to win two main events this season.  San Jose’s Robert Gallaher comfortably leads the standings by 56 points over Katie Briggs, also of San Jose.  In the Four Bangers, points are being recalculated after a disqualification last race.  Tentatively, Dakota Keldsen leads the standings by 8 over Bill Beardsley.  The Police-N-Pursuit benefitting Special Olympics of Northern California will have their fourth race of the year this Friday.  Jesse Mueller of the CHP will look to stay undefeated, as he has won all three of the races thus far in 2017.  

Advance tickets are available here:

                Pits open at 2pm and Grandstands open at 4:30pm.  Pit passes are $45 for non-members and $40 for track, USAC, and IMCA members.  All seating is general admission and tickets cost $17 for adults and $16 for seniors.  New for 2017, Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $6.  As always, Kids 5 and under are free.

Families that race together, stay together.  Son, Robert (#1), and father, Joe Gallaher (#1G), have both been a force to be reckoned with the last several weeks.

Photo Credits to David Spencer.  

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