Bernal Sets Sail In Watsonville Sprint

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Ryan Bernal, seen here at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway earlier this year, won Friday's USAC Western Classic/USAC West Coast sprint-car feature at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. (Tom Parker Photo)
Ryan Bernal, seen here at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway earlier this year, won Friday's USAC Western Classic/USAC West Coast sprint-car feature at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. (Tom Parker Photo)
Ryan Bernal, seen here at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway earlier this year, won Friday’s USAC Western Classic/USAC West Coast sprint-car feature at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. (Tom Parker Photo)

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Ryan Bernal powered to victory Friday during the the co-sanctioned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series and USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series feature at Ocean Speedway.

Troy Rutherford led the opening 10 laps of the 30-lap feature before giving way to Austin Liggett on the 11th circuit. Liggett didn’t stay at the point long because on lap 14 Bernal made his presence known, taking the top spot away. He led the remainder of the event for his second USAC victory of the season.

Markus Niemela chased Bernal to the checkers, followed by Liggett, Nic Faas and D.J. Johnson.

The finish:

Ryan Bernal, Markus Niemela, Austin Liggett, Nic Faas, D.J. Johnson, Matt Mitchell, Jace Vander Weerd, Dennis Howell, Troy Rutherford, Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Scott Clough, Michael Pickens, Danny Faria Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Marty Hawkins, Scott Hall, Scotty Dupont, Bud Kaeding, Colby Copeland, Richard Mitchell, Trevor Schmid.

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