King of the West Sprints
Friday - Saturday
May 11th & 12th, 2012
King of the West Sprints - May 11th, 2012
Kyle Larson wins 'Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Spring Shooutout'
opener at Thunderbowl Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA May 11, 2012 - Elk Grove, California native Kyle Larson considers the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway to be his favorite track and on Friday night he showed exactly why that is the case.
Driving for well known car owner Paul Silva the 19-year-old took the lead from Tommy Tarlton in the main event and held off a closing Jonathan Allard to score victory with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear.
Larson also won the companion West Coast 360 Wingless Sprint Car feature to score a sweep for the night.
Paul Silva puts together a great car and it really is a pleasure to drive this thing,' said the 2010 Chris & Brian Faria Memorial winner. 'I always love racing at this track so it feels pretty awesome to get another win here.'
The 30-lap feature started out with KSE Dash winner Brent Kaeding getting the jump on the field. The slick and treacherous surface took its toll on a number of drivers throughout the contest. During a lap two restart 'BK' spun a complete 360 as Tommy Tarlton and Tim Kaeding challenged him for the lead.
Tarlton now assumed the lead of the race and would pace the field for a number of laps with Kyle Larson carving his way to second. Up front Tarlton tried to fend off the fast moving Larson, but the youngster sliced his way by and assumed the point just before lap-10.
TK' sat in third but spun a 360 on lap-nine and lost a number of spots, before hard contact with the turn three wall a few laps later resulted in the red flag coming out. Damage was too severe to continue and left Kaeding with a 19th place finish.
With Larson out front Tarlton kept pace, but with rubber building up more and more, the bottom side of the raceway became the place to be. Late in the running Chico's Jonathan Allard stepped up his challenges and when Tarlton got loose coming off the corner he would grab the runner up spot.
Allard gave it his all to try and track down the leader, but came up just shy at the checkered flag as Larson crossed under it by 0.287 seconds to claim victory. For
Allard his second place finish was good enough to make him the new KWS point leader by 20-markers over Tim Kaeding. The rest of the top-10 was completed by Tarlton, Oregon driver Roger Crockett, Loomis' Kyle Hirst, Scotts Valley's Evan Suggs, Campbell's Bud Kaeding, Clovis' Peter Murphy, Elk Grove's Bobby McMahan and Placerville's Andy Gregg.
Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Results
Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Friday May 11 'Chris & Brian Faria Memorial'
Fast time: Cody Lamar 13.361
Heat one: Tommy Tarlton, Jason Statler, Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey
Heat two: Evan Suggs, Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Cory Eliason, Peter Murphy, Sean McMahan, Trey Starks, Danielle Simpson, Geoffrey Strole
Heat three: Kyle Larson, Roger Crockett, Brent Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Mike Faria, Chad Compton, Willie Croft, Rico Abreu
Dash: Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Jason Statler, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Evan Suggs, Andy Gregg
LCQ: Rico Abreu, Willie Croft, Sean McMahan, Chad Compton, Danielle Simpson, Geoffrey Strole, Doug Gandy, Craig Stidham, Pat Harvey, Trey Starks, Cody Lamar
Amain: Kyle Larson, Jonathan Allard, Tommy Tarlton, Roger Crockett, Kyle Hirst, Evan Suggs, Bud Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Bobby McMahan, Andy Gregg, Cory Eliason, Mike Faria, Chad Compton, Brent Kaeding, Sean McMahan, Danielle Simpson, Doug Gandy, Geoffrey Strole, Tim Kaeding, Jason Statler, Rico Abreu, Willie Croft
USAC WEST COAST 360s - May 11th, 2012
USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2012 'Chris & Brian Faria Memorial'
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Larson, 72, Ford-15.992; 2. Matt Mitchell, 18, Watt-16.014; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.120; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.125; 5. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.184; 6. Danny Sheridan, 18K, Kittle-16.234; 7. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-16.379; 8. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.514; 9. A.J. Bender, 12, Bender-16.601; 10. Brent Kaeding, 29K, Bowman-16.625; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.661; 12. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.689; 13. Steve Conrad, 56, Swaim-16.705; 14. Peter Murphy, 11, Iturriria-16.726; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.746; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.813; 17. Austin Smith, 14, Springstead-16.941; 18. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-17.103; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.119; 20. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-17.317; 21. Justyne Hamblin, 8, JH-17.323; 22. Austin DeBlauw, 65, DeBlauw-17.359; 23. Tyler Dolacki, 18X, Dolacki-17.893; 24. Ray Knight, 6K, Knight-18.839; 25. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-NT; 26. D.J. Netto, 7N, Netto-NT; 27. Dylan Black, 84, Evans-NT; 28. Jared Little, 25, Little-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Smith, 4. Conrad, 5. Hamblin, 6. D. Gansen, 7. Bender. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Murphy, 3. Sheridan, 4. Mitchell, 5. Netto, 6. Barnes, 7. DeBlauw. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. J. Vander Weerd, 3. Niemela, 4. C. Gansen, 5. Liggett, 6. Dolacki, 7. Black. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Carlile, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Hawkins, 6. Little, 7. Knight. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hamblin, 2. Hawkins, 3. Netto, 4. Barnes, 5. Little, 6. Bender, 7. Dolacki, 8. D. Gansen, 9. Knight, 10. Liggett, 11. Black, 12. DeBlauw. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Danny Sheridan, 8. Markus Niemela, 9. Steve Conrad, 10. Justyne Hamblin, 11. Kevin Barnes, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Ricky Kirkbride, 14. Rusty Carlile, 15. Ryan Bernal, 16. D.J. Netto, 17. Marty Hawkins, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. A.J. Bender, 20. Peter Murphy, 21. Austin Smith, 22. Jared Little. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 R. Vander Weerd, Laps 23-30 Larson.
King of the West Sprints - May 12th, 2012
Rico Abreu leads final four laps to claim first career Cancen Oil KWS Series
presented by Goodyear win on Saturday night in Tulare
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA May 12, 2012 - Milestone victories come around from time to time and on Saturday night at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, that very thing occurred, as 20-year-old Rico Abreu took advantage of an opportunity given forth and scooped up his first career 410 Sprint Car win.
Abreu had captured an open 360 Sprint Car show at Silver Dollar Speedway two weeks prior, but Saturdays triumph marked his first ever victory with the traveling Cancen Oil KWS unlimited 410 Series presented by Goodyear.
The St. Helena, California driver stopped on the front stretch and was greeted by a number of joyous people, including good friend Kyle Larson, who was the first person to the car. Abreu then climbed atop the car in celebration and performed his signature wing dive into the arms of car owner Brent Kaeding.
It feels great to get my first 410 win tonight and having it come at my favorite track makes it even better,' commented the driver of the Abreu Vineyards, Stadelhofer Construction No. 89 Maxim. 'We won that 360 race a couple weeks ago, but this is pretty big to get our first KWS win. I want to thank my whole team and family for all their support.'
The 'Chris & Brian Faria Memorial' 30-lap finale started out with Sacramento's Willie Croft shooting into the lead. It turned out to be short lived however, after contact with the turn two wall left him with damage that resulted in his night coming to a premature end. It was a tough break for 'Double Down,' who looked solid all night.
Friday night winner Kyle Larson was the new leader of the race, as he looked to perform the amazing feat of a four-for-four sweep of the weekends sprint car races at Thunderbowl Raceway. The night before saw him sweep both the KWS and West Coast Wingless Series features. Prior to Saturday's KWS A-main Larson had also charged from 20th to score victory in the wingless main event for the second straight evening.
Larson possessed an expertly set up car underneath him once again from owner/crew chief Paul Silva and rocketed away from the field with ease early on. Various cautions slowed the pace of the race however, as turn one seemed to be a problem spot with everyone navigating their way around the slick and treacherous surface, which had the cushion right up on the wall in typical Thunderbowl Raceway fashion.
As drivers jockeyed for position Larson sat out front with no worries for much of the main event. Just past the halfway point the surface began to take rubber and caused the speeds to go up, but also made passing tough to come by. On lap 20 Larson very nearly lost it in turn four and actually had the engine stall, but luckily for him it fired back up and he continued on as the leader.
Just when it looked liked Larson was on his way to making it a complete weekend sweep, smoke began to billow out of the Silva 57 as he headed into turn one on lap 26. Things then went up in a blaze down the back stretch and his bid at four-for-four came to a dramatic end, with an oil filter issue causing a big flame up under the hood.
After running second for the majority of the race Rico Abreu now found himself in the lead of the race. Even despite Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding on his rear bumper, the talented youngster drove a smooth final four laps and crossed the checkered flag with the crowd coming to their feet.
Allard brought home a runner up finish for the second night in a row and will go into Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend as the KWS point leader. Kaeding rebounded from a hard crash on Friday night to round out the podium in Dennis & Teresa Roth's No. 83 mount.
Easton's Tommy Tarlton capped off a solid weekend by earning a fourth place finish and Loomis' Kyle Hirst did the same by scoring fifth for the second straight night driving for Dan Simpson Racing. Completing the top-10 in the main event were Medford, Oregon's Roger Crockett; Puyallup, Washington's Trey Starks; Campbell's Brent Kaeding; Placerville's Andy Gregg and Clovis' Peter Murphy.
The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was picked off by Andy Gregg and the KSE Racing Products Dash was captured by Rico Abreu. Kaeding Performance Heat Races were won by Kyle Hirst, Tommy Tarlton, Willie Croft and Kyle Larson. Roger Crockett topped the 28-car field in BR Motorsports qualifying to earn fast time with a lap of 13.800 around the one-third mile oval.
The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will have an off weekend upcoming, before returning to action with another big double-header at the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday May 26 & Sunday May 27. The traditional Memorial Day weekend event will mark the annual 'Salute to Walter T Ross' along with the return of the 'Tribute to Gary Patterson' to the half-mile.
All kids 12 and under will be free both nights at Calistoga Speedway in honor of the tracks 75th anniversary. The special offer should be a great way to get more kids into the stands, so we encourage everyone to bring a child or two and introduce them to sprint car racing if you haven't already. Tickets can be acquired by logging onto http://www.calistogaspeedway.org/Ticket-Information/index.html
USAC WEST COAST 360s - May 12th, 2012
USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2012 'Chris & Brian Faria Memorial'
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. D.J. Netto, 7N, Netto-16.101; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.236; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.267; 4. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-16.320; 5. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.386; 6. Kyle Larson, 72, Ford-16.390; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.415; 8. Peter Murphy, 11, Iturriria-16.484; 9. Matt Mitchell, 18, Watt-16.491; 10. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.492; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.569; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.588; 13. Justyne Hamblin, 8, JH-16.601; 14. Bobby Bender, 12, Bender-16.608; 15. Ronnie Gardner, 73, Ford-16.655; 16. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.668; 17. Austin DeBlauw, 65, DeBlauw-16.681; 18. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.738; 19. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.785; 20. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-16.803; 21. Steve Conrad, 56, Swaim-16.825; 22. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.935; 23. Tyler Dolacki, 18X, Dolacki-16.952; 24. Danny Sheridan, 18K, Kittle-17.027; 25. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.067; 26. Adam Frith-Smith, 62, Frith-Smith-17.123; 27. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-17.145; 28. Austin Smith, 14, Springstead-17.147; 29. Jared Little, 25, Little-17.235; 30. Kyle Smith, 51T, Smith-17.454; 31. Burt Foland Jr., 4, Foland-17.589; 32. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-17.913; 33. Ray Knight, 6K, Knight-17.972.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Hamblin, 3. Conrad, 4. Carlile, 5. Netto, 6. DeBlauw, 7. Little, 8. Day, 9. Knight. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kaeding, 2. Barnes, 3. C. Gansen, 4. Ennis, 5. K. Smith, 6. Frith-Smith, 7. Bender, 8. Larson. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Logan, 4. Hawkins, 5. Dolacki, 6. Liggett, 7. Gardner, 8. Foland. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Niemela, 2. Murphy, 3. Sheridan, 4. Kirkbride, 5. D. Gansen, 6. A. Smith, 7. Araki, 8. J. Vander Weerd. NT
SEMI: (7 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Netto, 3. J. Vander Weerd, 4. Larson (#73), 5. D. Gansen, 6. Dolacki, 7. Little, 8. DeBlauw, 9. K. Smith, 10. Foland, 11. Day, 12. Knight, 13. Bender, 14. A. Smith, 15. Frith-Smith. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson (#73), 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Rusty Carlile, 7. Marty Hawkins, 8. Ricky Kirkbride, 9. Austin Liggett, 10. Don Gansen, 11. Markus Niemela, 12. Chris Ennis, 13. Tyler Dolacki, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Steve Conrad, 16. Jonathan Logan, 17. Kevin Barnes, 18. D.J. Netto, 19. Danny Faria Jr., 20. Danny Sheridan, 21. Justyne Hamblin, 22. Peter Murphy. NT
**Larson flipped during the second heat. J. Vander Weerd flipped during the fourth heat. A. Smith flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Mitchell, Laps 20-25 Kaeding, Laps 26-30 Larson.
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