USAC/BCRA Midget Challenge Is Back At Petaluma

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USAC/BCRA Midget Challenge
The USAC Western States Midgets and BCRA will face off this weekend at Petaluma Speedway. (Lance Jennings photo)

PETALUMA, Calif. – On Saturday, the USAC Western States Midget Series and Bay Cities Racing Ass’n will return at Petaluma Speedway for a special non-points event.

Promoted by Rick Faeth, the final round of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge mini-series will also showcase the Hunt Wingless Spec Sprint Cars, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints.

Practice starts at 5 p.m. PT, and racing at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval will begin at 6 p.m. A pay-per-view stream will be available for the event, as the grandstands are closed.

Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge point chase.

Tallied from the Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 events at Petaluma, the mini-series will pay $1,000 to win, $700 for second, $500 for third, $350 for fourth, and $250 for fifth. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA.

Ties will be broken by the Oct. 24 qualifying times, and should that show be cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the Oct. 17 points.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. At press time, Saturday’s event will pay $600 to win, $300 for second, $250 for third, $200 for fourth, $150 for fifth, and $100 to start.

To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license or membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com.

In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

Since Oct. 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted 11 USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory.

Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins. Gardner, the five-time USAC Western States Midget champion, holds the track record of 14.200 seconds from qualifying on Oct. 5, 2013.

Last Saturday, second generation driver, Maria Cofer raced the family-owned No. 57 Tule Vista Ranches/Bell Helmets Spike to the second USAC triumph of her career.

Frankie Guerrini, Scotty Farmer, Kyle Beilman, Brody Fuson, Randi Pankratz, Sparky Howard, Floyd Alvis, Blake Bower, and C.J. Sarna chased the former BCRA champion to the checkered flags.

With a slim one-point lead, Frankie Guerrini sits atop the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge point standings.

Piloting the family-owned No. 63 F&F Racing/Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini leads Cofer, Placerville winner Scotty Farmer, former Rookie of the Year Kyle Beilman, and young Brody Fuson in the mini-series.

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