By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – MAY 24, 2010… For competitors with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series, the Southwest Contractors 360 Clash Mini-Series will resume this Saturday, May 29th, at Bakersfield Speedway’s “Memorial Day Classic.” Fresno’s Craig Stidham leads the overall series points, while Clovis’ Peter Murphy sits atop the 360 Clash standings.

“Southwest Contractors have been very supportive of the series and what we are trying to accomplish in 360 Sprint Car Racing on the West Coast,” says Series Promoter Chris Kearns. “They have helped out in so many areas, from last year’s points fund and special events to our 2010 points fund and the Mini Series.”

In addition to the May 29th event, the remaining 360 Clash dates are August 28th at Santa Maria and September 11th at Hanford. The Southwest Contractors 360 Clash will carry it’s own $5000 point fund, with $2500 to the series winner, $1500 for second, and $1000 for third. As this writing goes to press, the 360 Clash main events will pay $1200 to win and $200 to start.

“The Southwest Contractors Mini Series should be very interesting,” say Kearns. “I am curious to see how many other teams will decide to run with us.” In addition to the regular contingencies with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series, Kirkey Racing Fabrication will award a $100 certificate to the driver that earns “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors in the 30-lap main event.

The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension, Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School, Crow Enterprizes, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Hinchman-Indy Racing Uniforms, Integra Shocks, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Port City Racing,, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Also on the card will be American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Mini Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 4:30pm with Racing at 6:00pm. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets (6-12) are $5, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. The Pit Gate will open at 2:00pm. For event information, please visit or call (661) 393-3373.

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1. Craig Stidham 455

2. Peter Murphy 439

3. Davey Pombo 415

4. Rusty Carlile 356

5. T.J. Smith 356

6. Justyne Hamblin 340

7. Jace VanderWeerd 331

8. Danny Faria Jr. 307

9. Andy Ferris 297

10. Richard VanderWeerd 277

11. Chris Ennis 267

12. Jonathan Logan 259

13. Danny Sheridan 226

14. Jimmy Thompson 187

15. Jesse Mack 168

16. Wes Gutierrez 155

17. Geoffrey Strole 150

18. Garrett Ishii 146

19. Dean Alexander 137

20. Dave Knott 132


1. Peter Murphy 69

2. Craig Stidham 68

3. Rusty Carlile 60

4. Davey Pombo 58

5. Jonathan Logan 54

6. Justyne Hamblin 48

7. Jesse Mack 47

8. Andy Ferris 44

9. Ronnie Case 44

10. Wes Gutierrez 39

11. Danny Faria Jr. 37

— Jared Little 37

13. Dave Knott 34

14. Geoffrey Strole 33

15. Chris Ennis 30

16. Jimmy Thompson 27

17. Kevin Barnes 24

18. T.J. Smith 22

19. Ray Knight 17