Guardino Tops West Coast Sprints

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Tristan Guardino (Joe Shivak photo)

TULARE, Calif. — After taking command from “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride on the second lap, Tristan Guardino held off several challenges from Ryan Bernal to win the non-stop “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.”

Driving the family-owned No. 15t Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino’s USAC West Coast sprint car victory at Thunderbowl Raceway was his second win of the campaign.

The point leader repeated as the “Faria Memorial” champion over fast-qualifier Austin Liggett, Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and hard charger T.J. Smith.

Bernal won the companion winged sprint car feature.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2), 2. Austin Liggett (6), 3. Ryan Bernal (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 5. T.J. Smith (10), 6. Michael Faccinto (3), 7. Ricky Kirkbride (1), 8. Ryan Timmons (7), 9. Tanner Boul (9), 10. Koen Shaw (11), 11. Hannah Mayhew (8).