Bernal Wins Three in a Row with USAC West Coast Series
Photo By: USAC West Coast
INDIANAPOLIS (Jun. 12, 2017) – Hollister, California’s, Ryan Bernal is on fire in USAC West Coast competition. Bernal, who had a total of five wins with the series this season, just racked up his sixth victory at Santa Maria Raceway in the Josh Ford Motorsports/ Naturipe No.73.
“Always feels good to get a win,” said Bernal. “We struggled a little bit with qualifying, but got it figured out for the heat race. We running some new ARS shocks that Jake Swanson built. They seem to really help and the car was great.”
Bernal started second in heat race competition, scoring a win over USAC West Coast regulars, Jace Vander Weerd and Tristan Guardino. Lining up 3rd on the field of 21 entries, Bernal would easily take over the second spot, and set his sights on leader Jake Swanson. Swanson lead every lap except the last one, as Bernal threw a hail-mary slider in turn 4 to win on a last lap, last corner pass.
“I didn’t think I had a chance until that last corner,” explained Bernal. “I just pitched it in there and it stuck. I really enjoy racing with Jake Swanson. He’s a great guy, and has been helping us with our shock program. I hope he doesn’t take them back now,” laughed Bernal. “In all seriousness, thanks to Jimmy May and the Ford’s for giving me a great car each week. Three consecutive wins is pretty cool.”
Bernal returns to the Phulps Motorsports No.56 Saturday, June 17th, to compete with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour series at Antioch Speedway.
Ryan Bernal would like to thank the following sponsors: 4 Alarm Promotions, Smith Precision, DMI, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Breaks, STIDA.com, Keizer Wheels, and Bell Helmets
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