Bernal & Marcham Tame Tulare Dirt
TULARE, Calif. – Ryan Bernal drove away from Bud Kaeding to capture the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series feature Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway.
Troy Rutherford led the opening lap at the third-mile clay oval before Kaeding took over. Kaeding held the top spot until lap 18 when Bernal charged by. Bernal held the lead for the remainder of the 30-lap event, being chased by Kaeding the entire way.
Matt Mitchell, Rutherford and Richard Vander Weerd completed the top five.
In the companion Honda USAC Western Midget Series, Trey Marcham held off defending series champion Ronnie Gardner to earn his second victory of the season.
Ricky Shelton led the first lap before giving up the lead to Nick Chivello, but Shelton battled back on lap four to re-take the lead. On lap five Gardner made his move, moving into the top spot as Marcham began giving chase. Marcham took the lead for good on lap 19 and held off Gardner the rest of the way.
Sprints: Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, Matt Mitchell, Troy Rutherford, Richard Vander Weerd, Dennis Howell, Danny Faria Jr., Markus Niemela, Landon Hurst, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Ligget, Chris Ennis, Austin Stone, Max Adams, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, Garrett Long, Tony Everhart, Terry Nichols, Mike Spencer, Jeff Sibley, Connor Kassik.
Midgets: Trey Marcham, Ronnie Gardner, Nick Chivello, Chris Ennis, Britton Bock, Matt Streeter, Sean Dodenhoff, Shannon McQueen, Tyler Dolacki, Jarid Blondell, Alex Schutte, Ricky Shelton, Jake Swanson, Scott Pierovich, Richard Vander Weerd, Chad Nichols.