Santa Maria, CA — (May 23rd, 2011) — Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. continues to lead the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car standings and he’ll try to hang onto the 31-point edge he has over runner-up Richard VanderWeerd when the series returns to Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway June 4.
Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. continued his great 2011 start by winning Saturday night’s 30-lap race at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. He passed Bernal on lap 11 and led the rest of the way to beat Bernal, fast qualifier Danny Faria Jr., Richard VanderWeerd and Jonathan Logan. The win was Kaeding’s third this season.
Bernal will seek his first series win at Santa Maria, a track where he finished fifth in the previous appearance this year. He has three second-place finishes in series competition so far.
USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS
1-Ryan Bernal-354; 2-Richard VanderWeerd-323; 3-Jace VanderWeerd-293; 4-Bud Kaeding-290; 5-Wes Gutierrez-285; 6-Greg Alexander-272; 7-Danny Faria Jr.-242; 8-Justyne Hamblin-231; 9-Peter Murphy-230; 10-Dennis Howell-213.