Wide Open USAC Western Sprint Series
9, 2004. Fair Oaks, CA. …Race number four in the 15-event United States Auto
Club (USAC) Western States Sprint Car Series is ready to rumble this Saturday
mile paved oval. The night will be capped with a 40-lap main event for the
colorful and fast wingless sprinters.
initial three races. Bumgarner finished fifth last June at
Grandfather, Roy Bumgarner. Brad who celebrates his 22nd birthday Thursday
(June 10th) is the son of Steve
Bumgarner; a respected
mechanic and 'engine man'. Growing up, Brad was able to rub elbows with some fine
talents that drove for his family as they fielded dirt sprint cars for
competition up and down the West Coast. Uncle Jerry Bumgarner also was a driver.
"I credit Bobby McMahan for helping me out", said Brad. "He drove for us the
longest and won alot of races. He gave me pointers when I started driving and
talked to me about not trying to be a hero, and really having respect for the
Bumgarner and his family team are not short on desire to race. From their
22nd birthday in a hauler driving 18
is my favorite track. Bar-none. It is racy and wide, and it lets the driver
get up and going."
The fact that Bumgarner is in the points lead is viewed as a huge bonus. "We
know we are fast enough to run good but the having the early points lead isn't
something I want to get too revved up about. If it's October and we are still
in front, I'll be revved!"
Tony Hunt, who sits in the runner-up spot in points, has two quick-time
efforts already this season in the Western Speed Racing #60. Last June, Hunt
finished second to teammate Michael Lewis of Noblesville, IN. Lewis, the defending
series champion has posted two feature event wins already in 2004, while Tim
Barber of San Francisco claimed the other checkered flag. Other past Western
Sprint winners at
Cup star Kasey Kahne.
Also entered for this Saturday night
are Michael Trimble of
Greg Anderson of
respectively in the driver standings. Lady racers Shauna Hogg of Rosevile, CA., and
Destiney Hays of Oroville, CA. are also expected to lend class to the field.
Also on the racing card are NASCAR Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, and